Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Polar warrior

Kepler the picky parrot doesn't like apple slices

Congo African Grey parrot Kelpin, a resident at Zazu's House Parrot Sanctuary in Woodinville, Washington, apparently isn't a big fan of apple slices.

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Mystery surrounds apparent theft of roof from house

What someone took from an home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a neighbourhood baffled. It couldn’t have been easy, but someone swiped an entire roof right off a house. Now the homeowner wants to know who these mystery men are. From the front, the home in northwest Albuquerque looks normal. However, when Cory Archuleta went to check the mail on Saturday, he noticed something major was missing. All of the shingles from his roof were gone. “Even the police officer couldn’t believe it,” Archuleta said.

He said his insurance adjuster also had to laugh about it at one point. “She said that they’ll have to claim it as ‘stolen,'” he chuckled, still baffled by the strange theft. He learned from neighbours that before the weekend, someone had stripped the entire roof off of the house. “That’s all they left,” said Archuleta, pointing to a few shingles on the ground. He’s been in the process of selling the house, and the future resident hasn’t moved in yet. “My first thought was to call the realtor to see if maybe the new owners were doing anything yet,” Archuleta recalled. “But we haven’t closed on the house so I don’t know why they’d be working on it.”

He called his realtor, Alex Morgan. “He said, ‘well, my roof is gone. The original roof is gone,'” Morgan recalled. “And I was like, ‘what? How the hell is that possible? How does somebody steal a roof?'” Neighbours tell Archuleta they saw a crew there on Thursday and Friday tearing the roof off, but they didn’t think it was suspicious at the time. “They just figured it was part of the sale of the house,” said Archuleta. “They were in a truck with no sign, no business signs on it, so nobody knows who they are.” The home didn’t need a new roof. Archuleta said the houses in the neighbourhood are fairly new. Whoever did all that work mostly cleaned up after themselves.

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“They put the tar paper back,” Archuleta pointed out. His best guess is that someone ordered a new roof, just not this address. “It’s just surprising that they did do all that work and then you know, must have found out they were at the wrong residence and decided to stop where they were at,” Archuleta said. He hopes the mystery men might return to finish the job. Archuleta is now working to get the roof replaced before it rains. So far no one has come forward to claim a mistaken job location. Neighbours said the mystery men were in a silver extended cab pick-up truck with a white flat-bed trailer. On the bright side, Archuleta said the new owner will be getting a new roof. In the meantime, Archuleta has to fork out $1,000 up-front for his insurance deductible.

Man accused of trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her friends with a bow and arrow

A man from Salisbury, North Carolina, was arrested on Sunday night after trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend and her friends with a bow and arrow through the window of her home, according to deputies. The incident began just after 10:30pm in Rockwell when, deputies said, 46-year-old Jody Edgar Hall showed up with the bow and arrow and began threatening his ex-girlfriend and two of her friends.

The victim told authorities that she and her friends heard yelling outside. When she opened the door, she saw Hall with a bow and arrow, which he drew back to release just as she closed the door. She said he then tried to force his way into the front door, but couldn't get in. The victim said she then went to a bedroom where her friend was lying on a bed.

That's when officials said Hall fired an arrow through the bedroom window. It reportedly stuck into the wall over the friend's head. When Hall told the victims he would burn down the house if they didn't come outside, the ex-girlfriend called 911. When deputies got to the scene, they found Hall's moped, but could not find him. It was later discovered he had climbed to the top of a tree to hide.

While one deputy went to the Rowan County Magistrate's Office to get an arrest warrant, other deputies continued searching the area. That's when Hall reportedly returned to the home and tried to kick in the door. The victim called 911 again and Hall was arrested. Hall was taken to the county jail and charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and three counts of first-degree burglary. He was given bond of $250,000 on the assault and $250,000 bond on the burglary charges.

Man sneaked into closed restaurant before sprinkling himself with sugar

Surveillance video caught a man sneaking into the Mother restaurant in midtown Sacramento, California, when it was closed over the weekend and pouring sugar over himself for several seconds in the eatery’s empty kitchen.

Ryan Donahue, a partner in the Mother and Empress restaurants in Sacramento, said he was walking by Mother at about 1pm on Saturday when he saw the man and followed him out. Donahue said he then called the Downtown Partnership, a property improvement organisation, which he presumes called police.

On Monday, Sacramento police said officers detained 38-year-old Sacramento resident Shannon Berry near the location shortly after the incident. Berry was arrested on suspicion of burglary and was served with a notice of trespass, police said. Donahue said the man went into six or seven businesses in a span of 10 minutes. He appeared to have got into Mother when an employee left the door partially open, Donahue said.

The surveillance video shows Mr Berry hiding behind a counter, then grabbing a beer and some other items, and sprinkling himself with sugar. “He was on another plane,” Donahue said. “He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. It was the closest thing I’ve seen to Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil ... It was unique even for K Street ... It wasn’t malicious. It was just weird.”

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Pony, donkey and cow headed to local pub after escaping from their paddock

A pony, donkey and a cow headed to a pub in Australia's Northern Territory after escaping from their paddock on Monday night. The unusual trio trotted about a kilometre from their home to the Humpty Doo Hotel, about 40km north of Darwin. Mary Walshe, who lives next door to the hotel said she woke at 2:30am after her dog began barking. "Our little Jack Russell security alarm was a bit persistent, and of course I listen to my animals and I jumped up," Ms Walshe said.

"I had a look out the window and a bit of a white flash went across the back of the pub, then another little white flash, which got my attention. There was a tiny pony, and a tiny donkey and a cow." Ms Walshe began to get worried about the animals' safety. The pub is located on the Arnhem Highway, a road frequented by large trucks during the night.

"I went in and woke up my long-suffering dear husband ... which didn't go down really well, I might add," she said. Ms Walshe said she was also worried someone who was hungry enough could have tried to capture the heifer. "She was exceptionally good, the cow. She could have been eaten by anyone quite easily, which is what I was worried about," she said. That was when Ms Walshe called the police. "I had to convince them that I wasn't on any sort of substances that might be causing this story."

Officers took the situation seriously and helped Ms Walsh lead the animals into her backyard using a bag of bread. The blame for the escapade was later laid solely on the pony. "The little stallion [was] definitely the leader of the pack and had the other two following," added Ms Walshe. Following a public appeal for information, the owners of the animals came and collected them on Tuesday morning before returning them to their paddock.

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Row over the angle of hotel's flags

The position of two Welsh flags outside a hotel in Conwy, Wales, has led to an argument over whether the owner needs planning permission. The flags are flying at an angle at the Glan Aber Hotel in Betws-y-Coed.

A complaint was made to the Snowdonia National Park Authority that only vertical flags are exempt from planning permission. Owner Frank Wilson called a letter from the authority "petty". However, no action will be taken.

A spokesman for the national park said that following a complaint, its officers had noted the angle of the flagpoles. "According to town and country planning regulations, the display of a national flag is normally exempt from advertisement control, provided the flag is being displayed on a vertical flagstaff," he said.

"However, this was not the case here." While the authority wrote a letter to Mr Wilson pointing this out, it said no action would be taken. However, the spokesman said the fact he has not applied for advertising consent means there could be "consequences" if the owner tries to sell the hotel in the future. Mr Wilson said he would not apply for permission and vowed to ignore the letter.

Firefighters called out to rescue eight-foot long boa constrictor that got stuck in gas fire

Firefighters in Lincolnshire found themselves grappling with a potentially deadly, 8-foot long reptile in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The crew were called out to an address in Gainsborough, where a boa constrictor had managed to get itself stuck inside a gas fire. Initially the crew were told the snake, called Billy, was under the fire

But when they arrived they found it had somehow managed to slither into a tight spot. The crew then set about carefully yanking Billy free. A spokesperson from the Gainsborough crew said: "Just before 3am this morning we were called to rescue Billy, an 8ft Boa Constrictor that had got trapped under the owner's gas fire in the living room.

"Upon arrival it turned out Billy was actually in the gas fire. We had to isolate the gas and remove the fire before carefully dismantling it to free Billy. The lady owner was extremely pleased to have him rescued!" The spokesperson added: "Nobody on the crew would admit they were scared but there weren't many volunteers to free his head or hold him!"

Sign warns of middle-aged dumpy woman inviting people on midnight walks with dog

A sign has appeared near Barnehurst Golf Course in south east London to warn residents about a "dumpy pervert" who "must be avoided".

The sign, attached to a tree close to the club brands the woman as a "disgusting pervert" who attempts to tempt dog walkers to take part in dogging and is looking to arrange a "seedy get together" in a nearby field.

The sign warns that: "[She is] friendly at first but be warned, she has an agenda. She and her partner are doggers, trying to test the waters to see if you want to join in their dirty antics."

The author goes on to claim that the "5ft 4" woman" tried to "touch them in [their] special place" and warns readers: "If she offers you a 10 man train or asks if you like pearly rain you know its time to walk away. We have all seen the stockings on the bushes. Give her a wide berth."

Horrified passer-by reported severed hand in canal to police before realising it was a glove

A concerned passer-by called police to report a severed hand was seen floating in a canal in Manchester city centre .

But when the caller took a second look they realised the hand, seen in a stretch of the Rochdale Canal near Ducie Street, was in actual fact a glove.

The mortified caller quickly spoke to Greater Manchester Police again to inform them of their mistake. A message from the GMP City Centre Twitter account said: “Thankfully, person who reported severed hand in canal Ducie St, quickly rang back to say it’s OK.

“It’s just a glove. No arm done then...” The embarrassed caller later revealed herself and posted an image of the glove with the message: “In our defence the glove did look particularly hand like. Thanks GMP for being so cool about it!”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Ball python on a fleece throw goes nowhere fast

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Lawsuit claims man was left an emotional wreck because of teenager playing ‘ding dong ditch’

An insurance agent from Shorewood, Illinois, was left an emotional wreck by a teenage neighbour who repeatedly rang his doorbell and ran away, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court. State Farm insurance agent John Wright has sued the youth, 14-year-old Brennan Papp, as well as Papp’s parents, Rick and Sara Papp.

Rick Papp is also a State Farm agent, and the lawsuit says that is why Papp singled out Wright for his doorbell devilry. According to the suit, “Brennan intentionally chose” Wright’s “residence because he knew John D. Wright was also an agent with the insurance company like his father.” For several weeks, the suit said, “some unknown individual or individuals repeatedly rang the doorbell at the Wright residence.

When (Wright) went to answer the door, no one would be at the door. This is commonly known as ‘ding dong ditch.’” This happened so often, the suit says, that Wright was “forced to contact the police; however, no one (was) caught until June 26, 2016.” The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday, says that “upon information and belief,” Brennan confessed to a Shorewood police officer that he rang Wright’s bell and ran off at least once.

Brennan’s “actions were willful and intentionally aimed at harassing” Wright, according to the lawsuit, and they had a dire effect on Wright’s well-being. Wright “suffered severe emotional distress, severe anxiety, sleeplessness, extreme and rapid weight loss, and required treatment medication in order to function in his daily living,” the lawsuit says. Wright also supposedly lost more than $30,000 in income, somehow. Neither Wright nor Papp have commented.

Llama loves leaf blower

A llama at Houston Zoo in Texas has found an unsusal way to cool down.

Fiesta, a female llama who is nearly 4 years old, resides at the on-site McGovern Children's Zoo.

She has made a habit of jumping in front of the leaf blower when zookeepers are cleaning out her enclosure.

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Fiesta appears to enjoy the cool breeze and rolls around on the floor, making the most of the artificial gusts of wind.

Homeless charity reveals bizarre donations to their shops

A homeless charity has told of the weird donations they receive at their shops across Scotland. A mummified cat, 40 blue plastic pigeons and sack of creepy severed doll’s heads with their eyelids glued shut or painted black are among donations left to Shelter Scotland.

The charity has now released a list of items that they are accepting and items they don’t want because of the weird and wonderful donations, including a bag packed with 30 pairs of dirty pants which they say they receive across all their stores. Across Scotland the charity has had donated a china doll with a lock of human hair glued under its clothes in Edinburgh and a dominatrix set, equipped with several masks, nipple clamps, whips and handcuffs in Paisley.

Alison Watson, deputy director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Our supporters have donated some wonderful items over the years that have raised funds for our vital work. There are times however when we open the donations sacks and are left flabbergasted by what we find. My personal favourite was the china doll as it had obviously been someone’s treasured possession before it was donated to us, as was the mummified cat.

“We welcome all donations, within reason, and some of the more interesting items are certainly conversation starters with our customers. We’re sometimes pleasantly surprised by what some people actually buy. Whatever the donation, every penny we raise through our shops goes towards our fight to end homelessness and ensure that everyone in Scotland has a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.”

Unfortunate BBC past tense typo of the day

For a short period yesterday morning, the BBC News page for Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland declared that a youth wearing a balaclava had shat a bus.

It was soon changed to fired an air gun.

Police hunt teenage boys who stole sweets and fizzy drinks while armed with a plastic broom

Detectives have released CCTV footage of teenage boys robbing a newsagents in south London by threatening the shopkeep with a plastic broom.

Wandsworth Borough police said that officers were called to the robbery at A J corner shop, on the Winstanley estate in Battersea. The two suspects entered the shop and demanded cash from the till. When the shop keeper refused, the suspects threatened the shopkeeper with a broom and grabbed a quantity of sweets and fizzy drinks.

They then left the store with the goods. The suspects, captured by the CCTV, are described as: Suspect 1 is described as a black teenager wearing a fur lined coat, black trousers and black shoes. Suspect 2 is described as a black teenager, wearing a dark hooded jacket with a white sports badge on the right elbow.

He wore a grey hood underneath the coat, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. He was seen wearing a black sports bag with 'Nike' written in white across the front. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise or witness the two teenagers shown on CCTV.

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Man who dressed as pink Disney Princess banned from wearing fancy dress in public

A man who harassed women by dressing up as a pink Disney princess has been banned from wearing fancy dress in public. Ian Qualters looked through their windows, trespassing into one garden of an empty house and walking into a neighbour’s house uninvited.

The 41-year-old was also spotted wearing women’s swimwear and leotards around Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, between July 2015 and February this year. Prosecutors said Qualters had harassed a neighbour by making lewd comments to her as she walked past his home, and had been seen by other women in female leggings, leotards and swimming costumes.

Once, Qualters, of Ellesmere Port, had peered through a resident’s windows while dressed in a pink Disney Princess costume. Witnesses said Qualters would run away and hide in bushes if he was caught, and would be seen laughing and jumping. Qualters avoided jail after admitting a number of public order offences and harassment offences, and was also given a restraining order.

A Criminal Behaviour Order was imposed so he is no longer allowed to wear women’s swimwear or fancy dress in public. Qualters also cannot enter a leisure/sport facility, enter a garden or driveway without permission, approach lone females, solicit for photographs in public, touch his genitals in public, show his genitals in public or use abusive or threatening language. Chester Magistrates Court also heard how Qualters resisted arrest and had to be restrained by six officers who used CS spray to detain him.

Puppy born with wonky legs given life-changing surgery

A little puppy has avoided being put down and had her wonky legs pinned to help her walk.

Cocker spaniel Wanda was born with such badly deformed front legs that vets thought the bone damage was irreparable and advised she should be put down.

Despite her problematic paws four-month-old Wanda was taken in by volunteers, Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney and Eileen Mellis, founders of Cinque Ports Rescue in Deal, Kent, who refused to give up on her.

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Just one week later the playful pup underwent surgery where a specialist orthopaedic vet rotated the ulna bones by 180 degrees and fixed them into place with pins. Although it’s still unclear whether Wanda will ever be able to walk normally she continues to exceed all expectations and has already seen a huge improvement.

Woman bombarded with hate messages after ad typo led to her offering terror puppies for sale

A school teacher from St Helens, Merseyside, was bombarded with hate messages after a typo in an advert branded her adorable terrier pups as terror puppies. The mistake in the classified ad led to Susannah Davies, 25, receiving dozens of vile calls and forced her to change her number.

She says she can now see the funny side, but admitted: “I have pages and pages of text telling me what a horrible person I am.” Her Jack Russell Fudge gave birth to the litter of pups, five girls, eight weeks ago. Their dad is Rodger, a Patterdale terrier.

Susannah advertised them for sale at £350 for the girls and £300 for boys. She added: “I’m the world’s biggest softie for dogs and they are the most adorable puppies. You could hardly describe them as terror dogs, they are so tiny and cute. One of them is pure white with black eyes and looks like a little Panda.

“I can’t believe that people thought I was advertising vicious pups. They look the absolute opposite of terror dogs.” The dog lover used the same paper to advertise her dogs first litter two years ago. She said: “All the dogs found good homes so I thought I was doing the right thing.”