Monday, September 22, 2014

Cat traps

Frogs are fascinated by worm video

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Chicken police stop squirrel stealing from bird feeder

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Via Say OMG.

Drummer livens up slow church song

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Brothers attacked each other with sticks in dispute over stolen okra

Two brothers were charged with assault and battery after police in Spartanburg, South Carolina, said they got into a fight with sticks over stolen okra.

Officers were called on Thursday about a disturbance. Police that say Anthony Kelly told them his brother Ted Carol Kelly hit him when Anthony confronted Ted about stealing okra from his garden.

Ted told police that his brother hit him with a stick and in response Ted hit him back with a stick, according to police.

Police say both men were intoxicated and were unable to give written statements. Both Ted and Anthony Kelly were charged with third-degree assault and battery.

2-foot alligator prompted cautious investigation

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota responded to a call regarding an exotic animal on Thursday.

The caller was out mowing his lawn near a wetland area when he saw a 2-foot alligator in the grass.

A deputy responded and found the alligator on the grass near a creek and swampy area. The deputy approached on foot and the alligator did not move.

The deputy then used his baton to investigate further and found the alligator to be a plastic toy. It was safely removed.

Spiritual healer arrested after killing follower to prove that he could bring him back to life

A pir was arrested in Pakistan on Wednesday for killing a follower to prove his claim that he could bring him back to life. A Saddar police spokesman said Muhammad Sabir, a pir of village Mubarakabad in Bahawalnagar, gained popularity over the last five years for his ability to perform ‘miracles’. He said on Tuesday, he announced that he could breathe life back into a dead man.

The pir gave the condition that the victim must be married and have children. Sabir said 40-year-old Muhammad Niaz, a daily wage worker and father of six children, volunteered for the miracle. On Wednesday, Niaz was placed on a table in a square and his hands and legs were bound. The police spokesman said Sabir then sliced his throat as people looked on. Meanwhile, an anonymous caller informed the police about ‘the miracle.’

The spokesman said that by the time police arrived, Niaz had died. Witnesses said Sabir uttered some words to bring him back to life. They said when he realized his ‘miracle’ had not worked, he tried to flee. He was detained by the villagers and handed over to the police. Villagers told police that he used ask a local pet store to donate birds and dogs so that could save villagers from black magic. They said he sacrificed animals and sprinkled their blood on his followers.

He also asked them to sprinkle it at the entrance of their houses to be protected from evil. A report against the cleric has been lodged in Saddar police station. The body of the victim was taken to a hospital for an autopsy and later handed over to the family for burial. Samina, sister of the victim, said that her brother had sacrificed himself for the spiritual leader. “Why should I mourn when I know that my brother is in heaven?” she said. “He will be rewarded for his services for the spiritual leader in afterlife.” She said her brother had volunteered for the miracle and that the pir should not have been arrested.

Man's naked afternoon stroll shocked shoppers

A naked man shocked customers at a shopping centre in Darwin, Australia. The butt-naked gentleman was spotted casually strolling through Casuarina Square on Saturday afternoon.

On-looker Dee Smith said he was a sight to behold as he walked through the area at around 3.30pm. “It was hilarious,” she said. “We were at the Coffee Club having a cuppa when this guy strolls past very calmly, he didn’t look stressed whatsoever.”

The reason for the cheeky appearance hasn’t been discovered but Ms Smith thought the man must have been put up to it by mates. “It was probably a dare, or he just likes to get naked,” she said. Reactions from other patrons were a mixed bag.

“We cracked up with laughter, there were a couple of shocked looks from the people sitting near us, a couple of 15 year old girls were screaming,” she continued. “It was a bit of an eye-opener.” But the man's display didn’t last for long. “Security came through with mean looks on their face so he got out of their pretty quickly,” Ms Smith said. The man evaded capture and was long gone by the time police arrived at the scene.

Council removes posters telling women which side of the road they should walk on

Posters in north east London warning women they should only walk on one side of the road have been taken down after they sparked a backlash. The notices, which were put up along streets in Stamford Hill, were removed after residents complained to Hackney Council. Written in both English and Hebrew, they read: "Women should please walk along this side of the road only".

The Shomrim group, whose Jewish volunteers support policing in the area, said they were put up by an orthodox Jewish group for a religious parade this week. People from the religious sect are prohibited from touching members of the opposite sex unless they are married or closely related to them. More than 20,000 Haredi Jews live in the area - the third largest group in the world. Stamford Hill West councillor Rosemary Sales described the posters as "unacceptable" and said they had been removed.

She said: "Several residents in my ward in Stamford Hill have drawn these posters to my attention. "It is of course quite unacceptable to try to restrict women's movements in a public place and council officers removed these posters as soon as it was reported to them." Superintendent Andy Walker, from Hackney police, said officers had spoken to the parade organisers about "potential misinterpretation" of the signs. He added: "They have agreed that next year they will only by written in Hebrew and will be removed more swiftly after the event."

Chaim Hochhauser, from the Stamford Hill Shomrim group, said it had contacted the organisers to inform them the posters "lacked explanation". He said: "We didn't know much about these posters until it was brought to our attention later on. We have since contacted the event organisers, and explained that these posters lacked explanation in the English text, and therefore could have offended people who don't understand the Hebrew wording and the logo." A Hackney council spokesperson said: "As soon as the signs were brought to the Council's attention they were removed."

Car parking row over harmony centre

A row over car parking has erupted over a centre in Hereford which is designed to "promote religious harmony". The Hereford Islamic Society wants to convert a shop in Putson, South Wye.

Neighbours claim the site is not suitable and could become "overcrowded" because of limited parking space and access. The society said it believes parking would not be a problem and has altered its proposals so the site can accommodate 11 cars.

It has told Herefordshire Council the new centre would provide a place for prayer, religious services and community activities and its busiest times would be limited to Friday prayers, between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. A public meeting will be held later about the planning application for the Holme Lacy Road property.

Tracey Rock, who lives in an adjoining street, said: "It'll be overcrowded, it's just not a suitable area for a day centre to be in." Another resident, Don Allan, said: "They're going to be praying there from seven in the morning until 11 at night and we don't really want that. It's nothing to do with race or anything like that, just the volume of traffic." Herefordshire Council is currently considering the application and has received a petition from residents.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dinner time

A reluctant Marv makes his big entrance

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Woman accused of threatening stepson with pellet gun after 9-hour binge drinking his booze

A Florida woman is accused of drinking for nine hours and threatening her stepson with his pellet gun when he tried to prevent her from polishing off his liquor. Laurie Ann Marlow, 55, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after deputies were called to her home in western Flagler County to investigate a disturbance, a sheriff’s report states.

A deputy reported Marlow appeared to be under the influence. She said she had been arguing with her 21-year-old stepson, Taylor Marlow, and that he and his brother, William, 25, left the house with two rifles, including one that they had fought over. “He advised that Laurie had found liquor that he had hidden in his room and that she had consumed a large amount of it,” the report states. The brothers then “heard a loud banging noise coming from within the house” so Taylor Marlow ran to the backyard and entered through a rear entrance that leads directly to his bedroom.

“As Taylor opened the door he observed that Laurie had broken down the locked door and was grabbing his pellet gun,” the deputy reported. “Laurie proceeded to turn around and point the gun into Taylor’s face.” He told the deputy the barrel of the gun was about a foot away from his face and he believed she would shoot him. Taylor Marlow’s brother, William Marlow told the deputy he did not see what happened from outside the home but heard his brother say, “Are you kidding me right now? Are you seriously pulling a gun on me?”

William Marlow said he then heard the two wrestling over the gun. Taylor Marlow got the gun away from his stepmother and his brother took it from him and hid it in the car. Taylor Marlow told the deputy it’s not the first time a situation like this has occurred. “He advised that Laurie had pulled a real firearm on their father, and she hits their father on a regular basis,” the deputy reported. Laurie Marlow was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility on $2,000 bail.

Naked man with bag on head caught getting amorous with bundle of women's underwear

A man was arrested for public indecency after Oklahoma City police said they caught him completely naked with a bundle of women's underwear.

According to police, on Wednesday afternoon officers were respondind to a call in Oklahoma City when a witness told them that he and another woman had seen a naked man on the ground wearing what appeared to be a bag over his head.

When officers arrived, they said they saw the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Jonathon Leon Warledo, on the other side of a fence. Officers said Warledo was lying face down on the ground completely naked. According to police, Warledo had a bag and women's panties over his head, and he was performing a sex act with a bundle of women's underwear.

Officers said they yelled at Warledo, asking him what he was doing. That's when Warledo jumped up and took off running. Officers were able to catch up with Warledo and take him into custody. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on one count of public indecency.

10-year-old girl rescued after losing balance and getting stuck in washing machine

A mother had to call 911 after a 10-year-old girl found herself stuck in a washing machine in Elmont, Long Island, New York on Wednesday.

Dejannah Price said she was leaning over as she took rugs out of the washer like her mother asked her to do, when she lost her balance and flipped right into the machine. “(I was) scared at first, and then it started to get funny,” Dejannah said. But her mother was did not think it was so funny at all.

“We was pissed because we was like, ‘How the hell are we going to get her out of here?’” said Dejannah’s mother, Diana Brown. “We attempted, but we couldn’t.” Nassau County police had to come to the home, along with the local fire department. They arrived just minutes after Brown called 911. “It was embarrassing,” Brown said.

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“They were like, ‘Uh this is a first. How did she get in there?’” Brown said. “And then I told them.” Dejannah spent nearly an hour stuck. She said first responders ultimately removed parts of the washer to get her out. Luckily, Dejannah was not seriously injured. She said she did learn an important lesson. “I’m never helping my mom with laundry ever again,” Dejannah said. Brown said she can at least stick to a front-load dryer.

Man who ate napkins to conceal insider trading pleads guilty

A Brooklyn, New York mortgage broker, who would scribble secret stock tips on napkins and pass them to an accomplice in Grand Central station before eating them, pleaded guilty to insider trading on Friday, federal prosecutors said. Frank Tamayo, 41, was the middleman in what prosecutors called a three-man scheme that generated $5.6 million in illegal profits over five years, based on tips about a dozen transactions being negotiated by a prestigious New York law firm.

Tamayo pleaded guilty to securities fraud, tender offer fraud, and conspiracy charges in the federal court in Trenton, New Jersey. The defendant also agreed to forfeit more than $1 million, the contents of two brokerage accounts, and a 2008 Audi Q7. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the fraud counts. Authorities had in March accused Steven Metro, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, of passing tips about the law firm's clients through Tamayo to Morgan Stanley stockbroker Vladimir Eydelman, who would then trade for himself, his family, customers and Tamayo.

Prosecutors said the scheme lacked sophisticated computerized techniques or cover-ups now often associated with insider trading. Rather, they said Tamayo would typically meet Metro, a friend and former law school classmate, at Manhattan bars or coffee shops, and write the ticker symbols of stocks to be bought on napkins or Post-It notes. Tamayo would then meet Eydelman near the main clock in Grand Central, show him a symbol and, once satisfied Eydelman had memorized it, "chew the paper or napkin to destroy it," prosecutors said.

The scheme allegedly began in February 2009 when Metro told Tamayo that Liberty Media Corp might invest in Sirius XM Radio, then on the verge of bankruptcy. Tamayo then allegedly told Eydelman to add to his existing Sirius stake, saying a "source" had alerted him to the bailout. Authorities said Tamayo this year began recording conversations with the other defendants, including on Feb. 20 when Eydelman gave him a cigar box containing $7,000 meant to help Metro buy and renovate a new home. "Take these cigars, put it to good use," Eydelman told Tamayo. Eydelman and Metro have both been fired from their respective employers.

Goose hunter fought off crocodile with eye-poke before self-medicating with beer

A man in Australia's Northern Territory who was attacked by a crocodile on at about 7.20pm on Friday managed to escape after he wrestled and poked the beast in the eyes “like a true Territorian”. He then decided to have first aid “in the form of Carlton Dry.”

Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said the 20-year-old man had been hunting geese in wetlands near Wudaduk Outstation, about 20km from the remote community of Peppimenarti. The man was attacked by a crocodile after wading into the water to recover a goose he had shot.

The crocodile is estimated to be about 2m in length. “The crocodile had launched at him, latched onto his right arm and tried to pull him underwater, Superintendent Jorgensen said. “Like a true Territorian he wrestled the crocodile and was able to shake it off finally by poking its eyes.”

After the man returned to shore, he was administered first aid and conveyed to Wudaduk Outstation by quadbike where further first aid “in the form of Carlton Dry was administered”. “When Police and clinic staff arrived he was conveyed in a mildly intoxicated state to the clinic where his wounds were cleaned,” she said. The man was going to be conveyed to Royal Darwin Hospital by Care Flight for numerous puncture wounds, tears and claw marks to his arm and back but opted to drive instead.

Young echidna rescued after getting stuck in wellington boot

A young echidna was rescued from a prickly situation near Darwin in Australia ­on Friday morning. Veterinarian Stephen Cutter, from the Ark Animal Hospital, said the juvenile monotreme decided to take shelter in a big, black wellington boot.

“Going in was easy but because of his spines, he couldn’t get back out,” Dr Cutter said. Luckily the owner of the gumboot was alerted to the plight of the prickly stowaway when his dogs started barking at the welly. “He looked in the boot and just saw spines,” Dr Cutter said.

The good Samaritan took the boot-and-echidna combo into the Ark where the rubber footwear was X-rayed to determine how stuck the echidna was. “He was very thoroughly wedged in the gumboot so we had to cut the boot to get him out,” Dr Cutter said.

“When echidnas get stressed they roll into a ball which wedged this guy further into the boot.” Once released from his rubber cage, the 3kg male was given a check-up and deemed healthy. “We’ll release him near where he was found – away from the dogs,” Dr Cutter said.

Police investigation after woman told her hair ‘looks like it has been cut with a knife and fork’

Members of an over-55s club in South Yorkshire have been visited by the police after one of their members received poison pen letters. Great-grandmother Margaret Kitching, 76, was called a ‘gobby bitch’ and taunted about her appearance. The retired dinner lady was described as ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ and asked to stay away from the club she has attended for eight years.

She was told her hair ‘looks like it has been cut with a knife and fork’ and that she looks as ‘cheap as chips’. Mrs Kitching called in the police after receiving four letters and fingerprints have been taken from them. Members of the over-55s club, which meets fortnightly at the Oaks Workingmen’s Club in Ardsley, Barnsley, have been asked by the police to give handwriting samples.

Mrs Kitchen, who has two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren said: “Some of the things in the letters are unbelievable. They are absolutely horrible and really upsetting. I think a jealous person is behind all this. It’s caused me real heartache and sleepless nights as well as stress. When I go out of my home I am always looking over my shoulder wondering if the perpetrator is following me like a stalker.”

One of the letters was signed with a devil symbol. The club currently has about 23 members, all women in their 60s and 70s, who meet for social activities including bingo, quizzes, guest speakers and day trips to the seaside. A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We have received reports of a 76-year-old woman receiving distressing letters from an unknown person. Officers are continuing their inquiries.”

Council investigate whether one chicken nugget is sufficient for school pupils' lunch

Reception pupils in some Birmingham schools are being given just one chicken nugget for their lunch, angry councillors have revealed. An investigation is being launched into the food being dished up for pupils by contractors. Birmingham’s education chief has described the current situation as “unacceptable.” An extra 163,208 children in the West Midlands have been receiving free meals as part of a new government drive since term started in September.

But at the city council’s education and vulnerable children overview and scrutiny committee it was revealed that four-year-olds at some Birmingham schools were receiving pitiful portions. Coun Valerie Seabright said schools served by council-owned food provider Cityserve – which is responsible for meals at 92 per cent of the city’s schools, was leaving youngsters short changed. “I welcome free school meals, but I’m seriously concerned having been to see a school that was not the best quality,” said the Labour councillor.

“The rations and portions are not brilliant. In reception class children get just one nugget, Year 1 get two and Year 2 get three or four. Why are reception only getting one chicken nugget? Is it subsidising the children getting more chicken nuggets in Year 1 or 2? That shouldn’t be the case when all children get the same funding per head. The whole point is to make sure that children get adequate meals with good nutrition. In one class I went to the children didn’t get any fresh vegetables or fruit.

“This is serious, it is not working. I think we should insist that there is more training of staff, they need to know about sizes of rations.” Coun Barry Bowles (Lab, Hall Green) also questioned why children were being served “junk food” since the quality of food was alleged to haves improved enormously in the last nine years. He said: “These are processed foods, why are we not giving them fresh food?” The council’s cabinet member for children and family services Brigid Jones said the situation was unacceptable. “We are currently looking at the future of Cityserve and how we can redesign (free food provision) for the future.”