Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smile for the camera

Ice fishing family catch a muskrat

I don't think they were expecting that.

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Update: As the video above, and all the other videos on that YouTube channel are no longer viewable in the UK, here's a Russian gentleman suffering an ice fishing mishap.

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Suspected serial gumball machine bandit on the loose

Gumball machines are going missing in North Carolina. The gumball bandit most recently hit the Golden Corral restaurant in Gastonia sometime on Saturday night. That marked the sixth such machine stolen from a business in the area in the last month.

Falling victim were two restaurants, a nonprofit store and a barber's shop. The first stolen gumball machine was reported on Dec. 19 at Jackson’s Cafeteria. The front window was smashed, and the gumball machine was taken from the foyer. The cafeteria would be hit again weeks later on Jan. 5.

Again the window was smashed and another gumball machine was taken. The Habitat for Humanity Restore also had a gumball machine stolen, as did a Gastonia barber's shop. Police reports estimate the machines cost anywhere from $100 to $750. Investigators think the same person is committing all the thefts, according to Gastonia Police Sgt. Heath McMullan.

He is described as a white male, wearing blue jeans, a dark, thick jacket and boots. He could be driving a burgundy Toyota Camry. Police believe he may be taking the machines for the coins secured inside. Years ago, Gastonia Police say, there were similar crimes targeting gumball machines. Generally there’s not much more than $10 in each machine, McMullan estimates. Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call Gastonia Crime Stoppers.

Man accused of urinating on waitress from night-club balcony

A Florida man allegedly urinated on a waitress from a night-club balcony early on Saturday morning. According to police, Orion Breese Jones, 20, committed the dirty deed at the Crows Nest, one of eight bars in the Rick's and Durty Harry's nightclub in Key West, which bills itself as the island’s largest bar complex.

A Key West Police Department police officer was flagged down at 2:20am by a bar worker due to a man “who was urinating on a female staff member from the balcony above.” When officers first confronted Jones, he was fighting with club security in the street. Jones subsequently fled from police after he was released by security, but was eventually handcuffed after twice being tasered by officers.

Waitress Tia Cruz, 26, told police that she was talking with a customer when she “began feeling something wet on her body.” Cruz initially thought it was raining, police noted, until a fellow employee “pointed out Jones and said he is peeing on you,” according to a police report. Jones was then chased through the bar by bouncers, who pinned him to the ground until police arrived.

He was subsequently charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. Jones has two marijuana possession convictions, as well as arrests for burglary and trespassing. Free on bond, Jones, a Key West resident, is scheduled for a February 2 arraignment on the misdemeanor counts. In his report, Officer Curtiss Richardson noted that, “In speaking with Jones, Jones expressed his desire to seek help for his alcohol problem.”

Snake with feet found in the Philippines

Residents in Mallig, Isabela, Philippines, were puzzled after a family caught and killed a snake that had a pair of feet.

Norberto was doing his usual routine of cleaning his house, which is located at the Gambol in Barangay Olango in Isabela, when he saw a snake on the floor.

The snake tried to hide in a box, but was caught. When the family examined the reptile, they were surprised to see that it had feet like those of a lizard. After killing the snake they put in a bottle along with formalin to preserve it.

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Some people have said the snake is a sign of good luck, while others have connected it with the second coming of God. However, a forestry specialist said the feet were the result of a “genetic mutation”.

Six-year-old boy hospitalised after sitting on pencil at school

It was a painful return to school for a young student in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday morning after sitting on a pencil and being taken to hospital.

Paramedics were called to Fairvale Public school in Fairfield where they treated a boy, believed to be six years old, for an injury to his buttocks.

The boy was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. Initial reports that the boy had been stabbed with the pencil were incorrect, a Department of Education spokesperson said.

Thousands of students across New South Wales headed back to school yesterday morning after the extended Christmas break.

Store relocated padded envelopes after thieves used them to post stolen goods from inside shop

A supermarket has been forced to relocate its stock of padded envelopes after thieves used them to post stolen goods from inside the shop.

Shoppers at the Asda Supercentre in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were baffled after padded envelopes and postage boxes were moved away from the Post Office desk and kept behind the entertainment counter at the other end of the store.

Asda staff admitted to customers that the reason for the bizarre location of the envelopes was due to a wave of shoplifters taking stock including DVDs and CDs, sealing them in the envelopes and then posting them back using the store’s Post Office counter. A confused Asda shopper posted on the Pride in the Port Facebook page to show his confusion about the sly shoplifting method.

An Asda spokesperson confirmed that ‘a small number of customers’ were posting items to themselves using the in-store Post Office. They said: “We take shoplifting very seriously and work with the local Police to ensure this doesn’t happen in our stores. This allows us to continue to offer the low prices that customers expect from Asda.”

Man who tracked woman's car and left condoms on her doorstep banned from using back door

A stalker who fitted trackers to his neighbour’s car has been banned from using his back door and going in his back yard. Gareth, Brierley, 45, also followed his victim to work, slashed her car tyre, sent her gifts and stared at her home from his window while not wearing many clothes.

He admitted stalking and four counts of criminal damage at Stockport Magistrates’ Court and was bailed until sentencing next month. Bail conditions include only being to enter or leave his house in Stockport, Greater Manchester, by the front door and not going in his rear yard. After the hearing Brierley, a married aircraft part manufacturer, said: “I am sorry for doing it. I regret everything I did that was illegal or that scared her. I had a drink problem at the time. I am looking at a prison sentence, I’m hoping it is suspended.

“I feel terrible about everything negative and wrong I have done, it got out of control. I have to live with it and the stigma of being a stalker.” In a year-long campaign of harassment, Brierley placed three tracking devices on his victim’s car and followed her to work despite her telling him to leave her alone. He received a warning from the police but cut off the lids of her wheelie bins and also damaged her porch roof and security lights.

Items were left on her doorstep including flowers, chocolates and condoms. Brierley will be sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on February 9. Under his bail conditions he can only use his back door or yard in ‘extreme circumstances, ie fire or emergency’. Inspector Steve Palmer, from Stockport’s east area neighbourhood police team, said: “This sort of offence is serious, fortunately we were able to arrest him before his behaviour got any worse.”

Missing chicken found covered in white emulsion paint with tinsel wrapped around its beak

A missing chicken was found doused in white emulsion paint with tinsel wrapped around its beak. The bird was found by a member of the public in Rhymney, south-east Wales. The RSPCA is now appealing for information, after the chicken, called Lambie, was reunited with her owner.

Animal collection officer Gary Lucas said: “The chicken was found covered with what transpired to be emulsion paint. The spread of paint suggested that it had been done deliberately. The chicken was taken to a veterinary surgery and washed and blow dried twice. Fortunately, it was emulsion paint and it was washable, and the chicken was fine.”

Gary tracked down owner Ellen Campbell, who said Lambie had gone missing overnight between January 18 and 19. Ellen, who lives near to where Lambie was found, said: “I could not believe my ears when I heard she was found covered in paint. We’ve had Lambie since May.

“She seems fine now and is back with the other hens.” Gary said: “The owner was really pleased to get her chicken, who is one of six birds, back. We are now appealing for information to try to find out who did this. It is just so unusual – who would have done this and why?” Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA.

Man found not guilty of stealing cat from ex-wife who walked 50 miles wearing Garfield onesie

A jilted husband has been found not guilty of stealing his ex wife's cat, sparking a massive manhunt. Tracy Brewster broke down in the witness stand at ex-husband Jonathan Brewster's trial. Mr Brewster, who has been separated from Tracy for two years, appeared before magistrates in Sevenoaks in connection with the alleged ‘catnapping’. The 45-year-old allegedly bundled Marmie the ginger Tom into his car while his estranged wife Tracy was at work. Magistrates heard he emailed his brother the day before the cat went missing and said: "As for the divorce I'm going to ruin the bitch's life. I won't rest until she's lost everything like she did to me."

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The Crown claimed that Brewster planned to take Marmie all the way back to his flat on the other side of London but he said he "felt bad" and dumped it 250 yards up the road. He allegedly took it from her home in Maidstone, Kent, in July last year - and it was not found until November when it was spotted wandering near the M23 in Surrey. Giving evidence Mr Brewster claimed he had taken Marmie in a bid to get Mrs Brewster to start up communications with him again, but changed his mind when the animal began to get stressed in his car. He said: "I didn't intend to hurt her feelings. I wanted Tracy back I wanted the whole thing back.

"I missed the cat like I missed everything." He said he only intended to take Marmie back to his flat in Essex for a few days. Magistrate Carole Findlay said: "We found the cat was owned by Mrs Brewster and initially you denied taking the cat but eventually admitted taking it from the doorstep and at some point released it. It went missing for 16 weeks however we did find that you didn't mean to permanently deprive Mrs Brewster of Marmalade and consider you not guilty." Speaking outside court, Mrs Brewster said: "I'm very disappointed as I went through a horrendous ordeal. He admitted to taking the cat from my doorstep and then he was found at least 35 miles away. I think he wanted to hurt me.

"I knew there was a chance he'd get off but I wasn't expecting it so I'm very disappointed. I'm glad it went to court. People can't just go round taking people's animals because they're upset over a breakup. I think this court case would have cost tens of thousands." Mrs Brewster added: "Marmie had lost a lot of body weight and I don't know how he survived. He's now got a kidney disorder and I'm getting through that. But I'm just so glad to have Marmie back and that's the most important thing." The 52-year-old had launched a major campaign to find her beloved pet and devoted all her spare time to it, at one point completing a 50-mile walk while wearing a Garfield onesie to raise awareness.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bacon and eggs

Kitten overwhelmed by ducklings

The referee should really have stopped this bout earlier.

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Miracle cat believed to be dead and buried clawed himself out of grave

A cat seemingly came back from the dead and clawed his way out of his grave. Ellis Hutson, of Tampa, Florida, says his beloved cat, Bart, was hit by a vehicle and left for dead in the road.

He even knows the exact spot where he buried the cat. But somehow, he says, Bart dug his way out of the ground and turned up in his neighbour's front yard five days later – alive. Hutson told rescuers he was sure Bart was dead.

He has no explanation for what happened. When Bart was found alive he was rushed to hospital. Bart is currently at the Human Society of Tampa Bay.

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Rescuers say he has severe trauma to the head, a broken jaw, a dead eye, and other injuries. They say they believe he may have regained consciousness, dug himself out of the ground, and hid for a few days. They add he's likely to live, but he will lose his eye.

Controversy after teenage girl had to wear coat to cover up her shoulders at school dance

A student at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah, was told her dress must be covered up because it was too inappropriate for the Preference Dance at the school last Saturday. Gabi Finlayson says she was “embarrassed,” when a representative from the school approached her as she entered the dance and told her she needed to wear a shawl or a coat to cover her shoulders. “She said, ‘Would you mind putting on a shawl?’ I didn't want to make a big scene so I said, yes. I had a coat in the car so I had to go back and get it,” she said.

Finlayson says she was angry after she was forced to wear her winter coat over her dress the entire dance, she says she felt as though the school was shaming her for what some of the boys might think. “Somehow my shoulders are sexualised,” Finlayson said. “Like it's my responsibility to make sure the boys’ thoughts are not unclean.” A total of 4 out of 1,200 students were told to cover their shoulders. Rhonda Bromley the principal of Lone Peak says students are well aware of the dress code for formal events that includes: “Formals, backless dresses and/or tops may not extend beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades. Girls’ dresses and tops must have a 2″ minimum strap on each shoulder.

"Shawls, boleros and other shrugs are acceptable if worn over the dress at all times. Cleavage covered.” Finlayson says her dress, which was purchased in Paris, and resembled in her mind, the classic, graceful style of her idol, actress Audrey Hepburn, was within the parameters put forth by the school dress code, and she says there were other girls at the dance whose dresses were questionable in her mind. “There were a lot of dresses that were very short, very tight, a lot more exposing or revealing than mine.” Finlayson’s mother, Kristy Kimball, is angry. She said the school is sending negative, demeaning messages to the girls they forced to cover up. “How have we gotten to the point that we look at shoulders as if they're somehow pornographic? As if they are this shameful thing,” Kimball said.

Bromley says all students were told about the dress code, and says the regulations where approved by students and teachers, and that the students were not embarrassed when their dresses were deemed inappropriate. “This was done by one of my female school employees in a very careful and sensitive way,” said Bromley. Finlayson says she felt as though she was shamed for wearing what most would consider a perfectly appropriate dress, and she wonders why girls are often forced to shoulder the burden of what is considered “inappropriate.” “Maybe instead of teaching girls they should cover themselves up, we should be teaching boys that we’re not just sex objects that you can look at and derive pleasure,” said Finlayson.

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Woman jailed for public nuisance after spinning child too quickly on playground merry-go-round

A woman who spun a stranger’s child around on a playground merry-go-round so fast he became upset and screamed for help, has been handed a six-month prison sentence. Kylie Radatti had to be restrained by two people before police arrived and arrested her at Justins Park in Burleigh, Queensland, Australia, on Sunday night. The 34-year-old pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to one count of public nuisance and was sentenced to six-months jail with immediate parole. Radatti said she was innocently playing with a group of kids before the fun took a turn for the worse. “I was just having a good time and I told one little kid, ‘I’m going to go fast, do you want to jump on?’ and he said he’d have a go,” she said.

“He had a bit of a scream then he got off and the other kids jumped on and off we went. There was one family that decided they wanted to ring the police and they hunted me down and handcuffed me in front of everyone.” Radatti added that she thought it was a little harsh for the police to arrest her. “They took me away from the park and wouldn’t even let me get my bag so I can’t even get into my house,” she said. “I was having a good night and everyone enjoyed me and there’s always got to be one who’s got to make a big deal of it.” Prosecutor Ben Fotheringham told the court when police arrived a witness said Radatti had encouraged their four-year-old boy to climb on to the merry-go-round.

“The defendant began spinning the merry-go-round faster and faster, causing the four-year-old to scream out for help,” he said. “It’s said the four-year-old was incredibly distressed from being spun around.” Mr Fotheringham said two people had to physically restrain Radatti to stop her spinning the child and to move her out of the way. Solicitor Matt Maloy said it was an “unusual” case of public nuisance as all Radatti was doing was spinning a child around on a playground. “My client instructs she had done that for a number of children on the evening in question,” he said. “When the four-year-old in question got off, more children got on, wanting her to do it with them.”

Mr Maloy said Radatti, who works as a dental assistant, said she was heavily intoxicated at the time. “This is not a matter that involves violence,” he said. “This is possibly what could best be described as poor decision making, but no other parents were opposed to this,” she said. “She was of the view that she was playing with the children and the children were enjoying it.” Magistrate Dermot Kehoe said it was a serious matter due to the risk of injury to the child. “It’s not fun and games to have a complete stranger going up and spinning children around,” he said. “If you don’t know the children, you shouldn’t be playing with them.” Mr Kehoe said Radatti had a three-page criminal history including other public nuisance type offences. She was sentenced to six months jail but was released immediately on parole.

Man who forced daughters to ski competitively and eat a macrobiotic diet jailed for abuse

An Italian father who forced his teenage daughters to ski competitively and eat a macrobiotic diet because he was concerned they were too fat has been found guilty of abuse and sentenced to nine months in prison. The unusual case in Turin may set a precedent in how Italian courts define psychological abuse of children. There are no similar cases of abuse on record.

The case started in 2011 when the two teenage girls, one is now an adult, complained to their mother that “Daddy treats us badly” and said they no longer wanted to visit their father. The parents are separated. The 53-year-old father, who has not been named but has been described as a wealthy individual, has said he became worried about his daughters’ health when he saw pictures of them on Facebook.

He said he encouraged them to ski and to eat a macrobiotic diet, avoiding processed and otherwise refined foods, out of a normal level of parental concern. But the mother of the teenagers and the prosecutor in the case painted a different picture, of constant pressure and taunting by the father of his daughters.

The sentence for mistreating the girls and causing psychological trauma was a month short of the punishment sought by the prosecutor. The father has said he will appeal against the verdict. Experts say children subjected to psychological abuse sometimes face the same mental health challenges as children who are sexually or physically abused and can suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and substance abuse.

Irish motorist jailed after being caught driving without insurance for 73rd time

A motorist in Cork, Ireland, was caught driving without insurance for the 73rd time and on Monday he was jailed for five months. The sentencing judge in the case had to ask the prosecuting inspector to repeat the number of previous convictions as he was unsure if he had heard correctly. “Can I ask you again – 72 previous convictions for no insurance?” Judge Olann Kelleher asked at Cork District Court.

Insp Eileen Foster confirmed this was the case for Anthony O’Sullivan of Togher, Cork. Insp Foster said the 28-year-old had a list of previous convictions for various offences which ran to the grand total of 421. Defence solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher applied to have the sentencing postponed to allow the accused continue with favourable work he was doing with the probation service in advance of sentencing for another crime before Cork Circuit Criminal Court for another crime.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he could not postpone sentencing in the case. O’Sullivan got into the witness box and said: “I am off everything. I am attending counselling.” Mr Kelleher, solicitor, said: “There is obviously going to be a penalty, I am just asking you to postpone the inevitable.” Judge Kelleher said he had to deal with what was before him and sentence O’Sullivan for driving without insurance where he had 72 previous convictions for the same offence.

The judge jailed him for five months and banned him from driving for 15 years for driving without insurance. That sentence also covered a charge of driving while under the influence of cannabis at the time. Inspector Eileen Foster said the accused was caught driving a Suburu Impreza in Cork, on February 19, 2014, at a time when it was weaving from one side of the road to the other. O’Sullivan was later released on cash bail of €300 pending an appeal of the five-month sentence.

Serial Peeping Tom claimed he was in ladies' toilets because he was wearing wrong glasses

A Peeping Tom who claimed he was in the ladies’ toilets because he was wearing the wrong glasses has been jailed. ‘Compulsive’ voyeur Roberto Collins has breached an ASBO banning him from spying on women seven times. In the most recent incident he was caught by a cleaner standing on top of a toilet in the Arndale Centre, Manchester, so he could peer at any woman who used the next cubicle. Minutes earlier, Collins had been chased from a toilet on the floor below.

The 51-year-old has now been jailed for 13 months by a Manchester Crown Court judge who said the public needed protection from his ‘disgusting’ behaviour. Collins’ lawyer said the roots of his compulsion were in a difficult childhood, when the toilets ‘were a place of safety for him’. The court heard that Collins, of Moss Side, came out with a string of bizarre excuses following his arrest on December 30. On that morning a cleaner checking toilets was stunned to find him standing on a toilet and looking into the next cubicle, which was empty. Asked what he was doing, he said ‘sorry love’, and made off. Police were alerted and caught up with him nearby.

Graham Robinson, prosecuting, said: “Taken to the police station and interviewed he said he’d gone into the ladies by mistake and gave some nonsensical story about having a sore backside he needed to scratch, and that’s why he had to stand up.” Interviewed later by the probation service, Collins claimed a fault with his glasses stopped him from seeing the signs properly, and that he needed a new pair. Collins was first convicted of public nuisance and given an ASBO banning him from ladies toilets and Manchester University in 2005, when he was seen looking under the dividing partition of a toilet at a faculty building.

Three years later he was jailed for nine months for breaching the ASBO three times. He breached it another three times in 2010, 2012, and 2013, when he was caught hiding in a swimming baths locker. David Thomson, defending, said: “The defendant accepts he has a problem - it’s a compulsion. In his own words, he simply can’t help himself. There’s never any suggestion he’s made any physical contact.” Sending him down after he admitted breaching his ASBO, Judge Martin Henshell told Collins the courts had ‘tried everything’ to help him change his ways. “These offences would cause considerable distress to women,” the judge added.

Call centre manager fined after forcefully thrusting his pelvis towards policewoman

A drunken call centre manager grabbed hold of a policewoman and ‘forcefully’ thrust his pelvis towards her. Darryl Pearson, 30, had been drinking in the Cooper Rose, in Albion Place, Sunderland City Centre, on December 21, when he pounced on the female officer as she walked into the bar at 8pm.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court the officer had been asked by a woman to escort her inside the bar to help find her boyfriend. “Mr Pearson grabbed her, taking hold of the officer’s hips from behind and thrusting his pelvis in a forceful manner. “He was clearly drunk.”

Pearson, of Silksworth, was arrested and spent the night at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. He later admitted being drunk and disorderly. Jason Smith, defending, said Pearson is a call centre manager at EDF Energy. “He has absolutely no idea why he acted in the manner that he did and has apologised to the officer,” Mr Smith said.

He apologised in the custody suite, he apologised in the cell and he continued to apologise. “He spent several hours in custody as a result of this act of gross stupidity. He has asked me again to apologise profusely to yourselves and the officer on his behalf. He does not intend to return to court again.” Pearson was fined £120, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Intruder got stuck upside-down in window for five hours

Two students helped police catch an intruder who they found stuck in the window of a building at Nottingham Trent University. Dan De-Niet, 20, and Tom Burdett, 19, found the man crying and screaming as he was wedged in the Arkwright building.

The pair were coming back from a night out at 2:30am on Friday morning when they heard the hapless local. They originally thought that the man was a drunken student, but when he told them he was 27-years-old they realised that it was highly unlikely. Dan said: “I was unsure where the noise was coming from but when I looked up and found him screaming and crying.”

The man, who was clearly in agony, told the students that he had been stuck in a handstand position half in, half out of the building for five hours. Dan phoned 999 and soon there were police, firefighters and university staff on site. Tom, said: “The police arrived and started pissing themselves laughing and taking selfies with him before they did anything.”

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Firefighters were forced to break the window to free the man. Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman later said that Carl Attar, 27, had been charged with burglary in a building other than a dwelling.