Friday, October 24, 2014

No matter what

Lucky the dog shadowed by tiny stalker

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Orphaned fawns gleefully boing back to the wild

After months in the care of the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California, five orphaned fawns enjoy their first moments back in the wild where they belong.

Orphaned fawns are prevented from seeing human faces and forms during their time in the rehabilitation setting. In keeping with that policy, this video was filmed from behind a camouflage blind in the woods, by a volunteer.

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Police used patrol units, dogs and helicopters to catch man who had snatched pack of cigarettes

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Florida on Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a $4 pack of cigarettes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The 43-year-old victim was in a parking lot in Bradenton at 9:11am when Shaquielle Olmeda ran by and snatched a pack of cigarettes out of the victim's hand.

Olmeda ran off and the victim called law enforcement. Deputies used patrol units, dogs and helicopters to set up a perimeter, and eventually found Olmeda in the east parking lot of Magic Mile Plaza.

The victim positively identified Olmeda and the pack of cigarettes was located on his person, deputies said. Olmeda was arrested without further incident.

Lady caught stealing Rock Hard erection cream, handcuffs and Deep Throat desensitizing spray

Police in Spartanburg, South Carolina, arrested 18-year-old Karla Farmer for shoplifting on Tuesday.

Ms Farmer first took the Rock Hard erection cream and Deep Throat desensitizing spray from the “love unit” of a Spencer’s store, according to a police report.

After exiting the business, she returned a few minutes later to take the handcuffs, investigators allege. Mall security subsequently detained Farmer and handcuffed the teenager when she fought with them and tried to flee.

When police searched Farmer’s purse, they recovered the Spencer’s merchandise, as well as a bra and two pairs of underwear apparently stolen from a Victoria’s Secret location in the WestGate mall in Spartanburg. Ms Farmer was charged with shoplifting and booked into the county jail.

Woman set roommate on fire during argument about thrown away spaghetti and meatballs

Police in Florida have arrested a woman they say doused her roommate with nail polish remover and set him on fire. At around 2:30am on Wednesday, 33-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers got into an argument with 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz Jr. at a home in Clearwater.

The two had been drinking, and Sellers doused Ortiz's upper body with nail polish remover and ignited with him a lighter or cigarette, police said. According to Ortiz's friend and witness, Ines Causevic, Sellers was angry at Ortiz because he had thrown out her spaghetti and meatballs. "She was setting little objects on fire, then that turned into pouring nail polish remover all over him, and then all of a sudden, the lighter sparked and he lit on fire," said Causevic.

Causevic said she threw water on Ortiz and tore his shirt off, trying to put out the fire. "When he got up, his face was like melting off, it was pink and sore," said Causevic. "His lips were burning." Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with burns to his face, chest and shoulders. Sellers left the scene before police arrived, but returned later from her stepfather's home nearby and was arrested, police said.

She was charged with aggravated battery. Neighbours and friends of Ortiz said they are sickened by the incident. They said Ortiz was a good guy who helped people out and let Sellers move in because she had been evicted. "That's my friend and I can't imagine such a horrible thing, because he didn't deserve that," said Katherine Muds. "He would never hurt anybody." Sellers has prior arrests for battery and robbery.

Security guards monitor chocolate milk sales

Security guards have been employed in New Zealand to monitor supermarket fridges containing Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk as customer demand continues to froth over. Since the chocolate milk went on sale three weeks ago, demand has been so great that customers are queuing up for fresh deliveries, purchase limits have been put in place at supermarkets, and security guards are being employed to watch over fridges containing the chocolate gold.

Auckland's New World Victoria Park owner, Jason Witehira, said the chocolate milk stock had run out every day since it was launched. Hoardes of devotees queued down the supermarket aisle every day in hope of getting their hands on it, and the weekends were particularly busy, he said. The supermarket received nearly 500 bottles of chocolate milk each morning, which sold out within 90 minutes, Witehira said.

"The interest in it has surprised me immensely. We've had some pretty good product launches in the past but this pretty much takes the cake." The store had put a limit on the number of bottles to two per customer, after one customer took nearly all the bottles on display, he said. "That's his right to do that, but we have to be fair to everybody." Lewis Road Creamery founder Peter Cullinane said he was also aware of security guards monitoring fridges. "It's not fabulous to have a situation where you have to have security guards in place," he said.

Lewis Road Creamery was producing 30,000 litres a week with partner Green Valley Dairies, he said. That could increase to about 50,000 litres per week, but to go beyond that would require either a second production facility or waiting until Green Valley Dairies had completed building its new production facility, about May next year. The company was not considering producing another milk flavour until it had its chocolate milk supply under control. A black market has also emerged, with numerous online auction sites selling two 75ml bottles of the chocolate milk from $30.

Poorly hedgehog has lost all its prickles

A hedgehog that has shed its prickles because of an infection is being cared for at a rescue centre in Cheddar, Somerset.

Pumpkin was taken to Prickles Hedgehog Rescue with swollen legs but later lost his fur and prickles.

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Staff at the centre plan to care for the creature until he has re-grown his spines to ensure he is not left vulnerable to predators.

The hedgehog will be released back to the wild in spring.

Hunt for barn owl hindered by chip shop decoy

A week-long search for a missing tame barn owl has been hindered by false sightings, including one of a plastic model on top of a fish and chip shop. Whisper flew off on 14 October after being mobbed by seagulls during a falconry demonstration in Gorleston, Norfolk. Owner David Gook has followed up sightings of an owl in sand dunes, in back gardens and a plastic owl perched on a chip shop roof in Great Yarmouth.

He said time was running out for Whisper, who cannot fend for himself. The three-year-old owl, which Mr Gook raised and trained from a chick, was spooked by the gulls at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy. He flew off towards a nearby housing estate and has not been seen since. Mr Gook, who runs Hawking Experience in Acle, said Whisper was unlikely to survive for more than five days and began a search, helped by local falconry clubs.

"Three days after he went missing a man said he'd seen a light owl in sand dunes at Yarmouth, about six miles away, so I spent ages there, but found nothing," Mr Gook said. "Then someone called and said her son had photographed an owl sitting on a fish and chip shop late at night, so I went there, too." When Mr Gook arrived at Rogers Fish and Chips on St Peters Road in Great Yarmouth, he realised the owl was not Whisper.

"It's a plastic owl on top of the shop. It doesn't bear the slightest likeness to mine," he said. Owner Roger Millward said he put four plastic owls on the roof to deter seagulls who were pecking the insulation from his solar panels. "When that failed I put a flying raptor on a pole, and then they got the message," he said. Mr Gook said he feared he "may not see Whisper again". "I'm gutted to think Whisper might be starving to death," he said. The 30cm (12in) bird, which weighs 255g (9oz) has never learned to hunt.

Football club's mascot reprimanded for swearing at own fans and challenging them to a fight

A football club's giant seagull mascot has been ruffling feathers after allegedly calling home fans "c*nts and cocks" - and challenging them to a fight. Torquay United's Gilbert the Gull was spotted arguing with his own supporters as the team crashed at home to visitors Grimsby. Shortly after the game fans took to the internet to complain about the novelty character's alleged bad language and threatening gestures. Torquay chief executive Andrew Candy launched a probe into the bizarre spat at last weekend's Conference Premier clash which Grimsby won 3-2. He cleared the mascot to resume his duties at the team's Plainmoor ground - but banned him from the Popside home stand to avoid further aggro with die-hard fans.

One supporter told the fans forum afterwards: "Around five minutes after Grimsby scored their third, Gilbert came over to us and shouted 'where's the drummer!' We all thought he was having a laugh, but then he called us a bunch of "c***s and c**ks" and after a few words exchanged he waddled off back to the Family Stand. At the end of the game, Gilbert came over again and in front of us on the pitch, he gave the 'come on then' body language towards us and wouldn't stop until hiding behind the stewards and again waddling off as we moved towards the exits. I (and many others) complained to the stewards about this and I personally spoke to Andrew Candy about this issue and he will be having a word. We have the worst mascot in football."

Another supporter added: "The mascot was, and no doubt about it, offering fans on to the pitch for a fight. What would have happened to the club if 10 or more decided to take up the mascots offer and jumped over the wall and on to the pitch?" Mr Candy confirmed he had reprimanded the employee who was inside the mascot costume. He said: "There was an exchange of views between Gilbert and the fans in the Popside. Gilbert was trying to generate some support and get the fans behind the team but it appears that there was a small altercation with the fans. There was no malicious intent in what was said but things were said that, in hindsight, should not have been. Gilbert has been spoken to and been told that this should not have happened and that this will not happen in the future."

Gilbert the Gull admitted getting into a spat with home fans but denied swearing during the angry exchange. Steve Jegat, a dad-of-two, has been donning the novelty costume for the past year to gee up supporters. He said: "Basically after Grimsby scored their third goal I went over and said 'where's the drummer gone' and ended up getting a load of abuse," he said. "The fans on that side had just given up. But I didn't swear like they were trying to say. I went and told the stewards 'I'm more welcome at the away end'. I even had a load of abuse on Gilbert's Facebook page when I got home. They say that I'm the ambassador for the club but if I'm the ambassador why are they trying to knock me about?" Despite the altercation, Steve vowed he wouldn't be put off going back on the pitch. He said: "I'm going to be there for the next home game. I do so much for the club, with charity things and other games, that when the club spoke to me they said 'just stay away from the Popside'."

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Spiny Flower Mantis defends self against finger

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Otter on ice

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Man arrested on suspicion of exposing himself to women at mall says he was extreme shopping

A man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of exposing himself to at least two women at the Seminole Towne Centre mall in Sanford, Florida.

Christopher Durrell Glaze, 27, was arrested on charges of indecent exposure of sexual organs. According to Sanford police, a woman said Glaze exposed himself to her.

Another victim said Glaze pulled down his pants and also exposed himself to her, too, according to police. Officers questioned Glaze, who said he was "extreme shopping," which he defined as "when you go shopping and you talk to girls and flirt," according to police.

Glaze was asked if he had exposed himself to anyone, and police said he told them that he showed some girls his stomach before admitting that he showed a girl his penis. Sanford police said Glaze smirked at them when he admitted to exposing himself to pick up girls. Glaze was arrested and taken to the Seminole County jail.

Uncle accused of stabbing nephew over pork chops

An argument over pork chops turned violent and bloody between relatives in Florida on Monday night. Fellsmere police arrested Billy Wall for stabbing his nephew with a butcher's knife two times in the abdomen.

The two were apparently arguing over how many pork chops each person would get to eat. Officers responded to the victim’s house just before eight o’clock. The victim, Charles Williams, came stumbling out the front door as police arrived. Wall was tracked down and arrested at his neighbour’s house a block away.

That neighbour, Carolyn Bibbs, said that Wall came to her door covered in blood and asking for a change of clothes. “He was drenched with blood because I seen it all down his leg,” Bibbs said. ”I ain’t givin’ him no clothes to put on.” Police said Wall claimed self-defence as he was being put in handcuffs. “He kept saying ‘I stabbed him’,” Bibbs said. “He say, ‘He try to get a machete at me and cut me with a machete and I stabbed him.”

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Wall was arrested on aggravated battery charges. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene and officers recovered the machete. The knife has yet to be recovered. Family members saidthat Williams had to undergo emergency surgery because of liver damage. Thankfully, the blade barely missed an artery and Williams is expected to survive, according to his family. The investigation remains active and additional charges may be filed, according to police.

Air Force member arrested after giving police officer a double wet Willy

An intoxicated member of the Air Force was arrested early on Saturday after he gave a Minnesota police officer a double “wet Willy.”

As a Mankato Department of Public Safety officer was speaking with a municipal bus driver at around 2:20am, the officer “felt two fingertips that were obvious to him as wet with saliva being pushed into his right and left ear canals,” according to a probable cause statement. The officer turned around and saw a tall white male walking away.

“I just gave the cop a wet Willie,” the suspect said as he joined a group of his friends. The officer confronted the man, later identified as Riley Swearingen, a 23-year-old who was home on leave from his post at North Carolina’s Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base. Swearingen told the officer that the “wet Willy” was a joke for which he was sorry.

Swearingen, who smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk, was then arrested. When asked what would happen if he gave a “wet Willy” to a military superior, Swearingen “admitted it would be a very big deal.” Swearingen was charged with felony assault on a police officer, misdemeanor assault, and disruptive intoxication. During a court appearance on Monday, Swearingen pleaded guilty to the drunk charge and was sentenced to the three days he had already spent in custody.

Bear cub went for a wander around pharmacy

Shoppers at a southern Oregon pharmacy were surpised when a brown bear cub walked into the store. Luckily, they had the cell phone cameras rolling as the bear cub was captured wandering the halls of an Ashland, Oregon Rite Aid on Sunday afternoon.

But the quick stop at the drug store was apparently just part of the little guy’s adventure that day. The bear first wandered into Ashland that morning and made his way into a nearby Super 8 motel.

After roaming the halls and entering one of the rooms, the cub jumped through one of the windows and made his way across the street and into the Rite Aid. That’s when Robin Bishop, one of the shoppers at the drug store chain, whipped out her cell phone and started recording.

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After several minutes, police were able to capture the curious cub – ironically, under a shopping basket. The bear is now under the care of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Because of its close contact with humans, the cub can no longer be released into the wild, so they’re looking at options for caring for the bear, including a rehab centre or a zoo.

Driver with no use of his legs used walking stick to operate car's pedals

A man with no use of his legs has been caught driving in Auckland, New Zealand, using a walking stick to control the pedals, police say. Police criticised the disabled man for his "blatant disregard for his own safety" and charged him with dangerous driving.

The man was driving with one passenger who had no legs and another passenger who had a disqualified drivers licence, they said. The man was pulled over in Manukau on Wednesday morning at an automatic number plate recognition checkpoint. Sergeant Mark Fleming described the offending as a "very unusual".


The man was driving a regular vehicle without hand controls, but was using a walking stick to operate the brake and accelerator, Fleming said. "Needless to say this was a very surprising thing to come across." The man has held a learner licence since 2002. He also had two passengers, neither of whom were licenced to drive. Fleming said the man put himself and other road users in danger.

"Operating a vehicle with a stick is an extremely dangerous practice and it would be impossible to safely control a vehicle in this way." He said it was very disappointing to see that in spite of the efforts made by police there were still people out there who were taking these kinds of unnecessary risks with people's safety. The 31-year-old man is due to appear in the Manukau District Court next month.

Man bitten despite attempting the ‘stand still snake trick’

Jono Roberts from New South Wales in Australia thought he was doing the right thing by standing still as a snake approached him.

According to most sources, standing still is the appropriate course of action in a snake encounter.

However, as Mr Roberts discovered - it can still end in a snake attack. Mr Roberts said he tried the 'old stand still trick.' “Always show respect and never get too complacent.”

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Unfortunately for Mr Roberts, the snake did not feel respected enough, or maybe had not read up on the appropriate protocols for man/snake encounters.

Smouldering flies blamed for fire that swept through hotel

Dead flies were the most likely cause of a fire at a Grade II-listed hotel, the fire service has said. Crathorne Hall in Yarm was badly damaged by the blaze on 1 October, which started in the roof space of the east wing.

An investigation by North Yorkshire Fire Service has now revealed that it was started accidentally. The most probable cause was smouldering flies from an electrical fly killer dropping onto flammable material below.

As a result of damage to the popular wedding venue a number of couples were forced to rearrange their nuptials. Repairs are now under way and managers said they hoped the hotel would be reopened in about a month.

North Yorkshire Fire Service said in a statement: "Following investigations into the cause of the fire at Crathorne we consider the most probable cause of the fire to be an electric fly killer in the roof space of the east wing of the hotel. Whilst other possible causes cannot be fully eliminated we are confident that the cause of the fire was accidental."