Sunday, September 07, 2008


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Dog eats burglary weapon

A burglar who broke into a home just east of Fresno rubbed spices over the body of one of two men as they slept in their rooms and then used an 8-inch sausage to whack the other man in the face and head before he ran out the house.

After the man fled, the victims discovered the home had been ransacked and that some money was taken, Burrimond said.

Lieutenant Ian Burrimond of Fresno County, California, described the crime as one of the strangest he had ever heard of. He said a suspect was found hiding in a nearby field a few minutes later and taken into custody on suspicion of residential robbery.

Deputies, he said, had no problem linking the suspect to the crime. "It seems the guy ran out of the house wearing only a T-shirt, boxer shorts and socks, leaving behind his wallet with his ID,'' Burrimond said.

Arrested was Antonio Vasquez, 22, of Fresno.

Burrimond said the money was recovered, but that the piece of sausage used in the attack was discarded by the suspect and eaten by a dog. "That's right, the dog ate the weapon,'' Burrimond said. "I tell you, this was one weird case.''

Town centre traffic is being brought to a standstill by a cat.

Now frustrated authorities have slapped a curfew on Mollie the moggy after she was blamed for wreaking havoc in St Peter's Avenue car park in Cleethorpes.

Drivers are having to swerve out of the way as she coolly makes her way across her resort territory and then stretches out across the Cleethorpes car park's only exit - causing tailbacks down one-way Cosgrove Street, and gridlock around the busy shopping area.

And local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) say they have had no choice but to impose a curfew on Mollie at peak times during the day.

The two-year-old rescue cat's owners are Colin and Angela Binns, of Cosgrove Street, and their sons Thomas and James. Mr Binns said he will now have to buy a cat-flap which has a timer on it to keep Mollie indoors during those times.

Colin (38) said: "I will be in trouble if she gets out. I consider it a warning. If the curfew does not work, it could be an ASBO next," he joked.

"She is oblivious to cars. They all toot their horns but have to go around her. I don't know how we can keep her in when all she wants is to go out and be cool. I could understand it, if she was a dog. But she's just a cat and she is friendly."

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Wheelchair robber rolls in and rips off condoms

Dallas police are searching for a man who robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in his wheelchair, stealing 10 boxes of condoms and an energy drink before rolling himself out the door.

The man wheeled into the store in the 8400 block of Park Lane in northeast Dallas around 2 a.m. Wednesday clutching a baseball bat and a knife, said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, a Dallas police spokesman.

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, went straight to the cash register and began beating it with the bat until it opened, Cpl. Janse said. But he didn’t steal any money.

Instead, he wheeled himself past other customers around the store, grabbing boxes of condoms and an energy drink before leaving, Cpl. Janse said.

By the time police arrived, the man was nowhere to be found. He is described as a black male, 5-10, weighing about 170 pounds.

Cpl. Janse said he couldn’t recall another robbery involving a person in a wheelchair. He believes the culprit was probably intoxicated at the time. “This certainly isn’t something we see everyday,” he said.

Woman who turned silver warns of dangers of internet medicines

A woman whose skin turned a silver colour after she took nose drops for years is warning people to steer clear of medicines containing the metal.

Rosemary Jacobs, 66, had painful face peels to remove layers of skin after it developed an irreversible grey tinge.

Her rare condition - known as argyria - began when she started taking nasal drops containing colloidal silver (CSP) at the age of 11.

Four years later a skin biopsy revealed a multitude of silver particles embedded deep beneath her epidermis.

"They told me my colour was permanent," Mrs Jacobs said. "It was devastating."

Now, after years of verbal abuse, cruel remarks and severe skin treatments, Mrs Jacobs is determined to raise awareness of the dangers of taking supplements and medicines containing silver.

Mystery inmate refuses to leave jail

An inmate is frustrating prison bosses by refusing to leave jail - two years after serving his sentence. The male prisoner, who is a foreign national, has exploited a loophole in the system by refusing to divulge his real name and country of origin.

He was due to be deported to his home country when he completed a six-year sentence for wounding with intent and aggravated burglary at HMP Peterborough in 2006. But the necessary paperwork cannot be processed because he has refused to give prison officers his name or reveal the country where he was born.
Prison bosses fear the unnamed inmate could potentially remain at the prison indefinitely - costing the taxpayer an estimated £30,000-a-year.

Alessio Beschizza, chairman of HMP Peterborough's Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), said he could not see an end to the "unusual" situation.

He said: "He is refusing to give the authorities any information about himself and there is nothing that can be done. We don't even know if the name he has been giving is correct and he will not confirm his nationality.

"He has been due for deportation since he completed his sentence almost two years ago, but the prison has no choice but to hold him until we get the information. He could well be in there indefinitely, unless someone takes his case up and it goes through the courts, but I can't see that happening."

Vets save collie after 20 inch stick stuck down throat

Vets have saved a dog after a three-hour operation to remove a 20 inch long stick which became lodged in the pet's throat during a game of catch. Archie, an eight-month-old border collie, ran into the stick at speed after it was thrown at the dog to chase.

The stick tore through the animal's windpipe and shredded the muscles down the side of its neck. The dog collapsed unconscious and the owner's father Steven Harding carried it half a mile to its home in Exeter, Devon. He then took it to a surgery where three local vets Peter Howard, John Gale and Sara Eley opened up its neck and removed the stick.

Mr Howard said: "It was impossible to know what damage had been done to vital structures in Archie's mouth, throat and neck but it was obviously a life threatening condition.

"There were two small branches acting like barbs anchoring the stick inside the throat. A major nerve was trapped tightly around the end of the wood which risked paralysis. The stick had to be sawn off to release it.

"Amazingly the major blood vessels of the neck had avoided potentially fatal damage and after three hours of intense surgery the stick was removed through the neck incision and all the wounds repaired."

The dog is now recovering at home where he has been banned from playing with sticks.

Monster marrow a record breaker

The world's largest marrow has gone on display at a gardening show after gaining a place in the record books.

Grown by Ken Dade in Norfolk, the 65kg (113lbs) vegetable needed two men to carry it to a stand at the National Amateur Gardening Show in Somerset.

The voluptuous vegetable has entered the Guinness World Records book, beating the previous world title holder by 3kg.

The vegetable is being exhibited at a giant vegetable contest at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet at the weekend.

Boy's family angry over hat ban

The parents of a 13-year-old schoolboy are angry that his school is making him take lessons in isolation because he turned up wearing a baseball cap. Dale Platts from Collingham in Nottinghamshire wears a hat because he has alopecia which causes baldness.

The Robert Pattinson School in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire said it does not allow peaked baseball caps and the boy would have to take classes alone.

Dale's motehr Kenina Platts said she wanted the decision reversed. "It is like putting him in solitary confinement. It is punishing him for being bald," she said. The condition means he has no hair, eyebrows or eyelashes

The school said that its uniform policy does not allow peaked caps or hoodies, but some adaptations could be made to the uniform for medical or religious reasons. In this case, the school said it believed the family had agreed to a compromise allowing the boy to wear a knitted beanie-style hat.

Mrs Platts said the woollen "beanie" hat makes her son's scalp hot and sweaty and causes eczema and psoriasis and he suffers from headaches.

"He wears the peaked cap for protection for his eyes to prevent light and dust from affecting them," she said.

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Schoolboy sent home for having ginger hair

Schoolboy Felix Kramer's new term lasted less than an hour when he was sent home for having a one-inch ginger fringe. Felix Kramer, 15, had the end of his brown hair bleached by the sun over summer.

Teachers admitted he had not dyed it in breach of school rules but booted him out anyway until he gets it trimmed.

The GCSE pupil said: "I was five minutes late for assembly when a senior teacher took me aside and said I had to go home. I didn't even have time to see my friends. I was shocked as my hair goes like this every year, but they said it wasn't acceptable.

"My dad was quite angry about it and said I should get the school to pay for my haircut."

His father Ian furiously phoned up Isleworth and Syon School in West London, but teachers refused to budge.

The graphic designer, 58, fumed: "They accepted he hadn't dyed his hair but said he couldn't come back until it was sorted out. They were apologetic but told me rules are rules. I couldn't believe it when they told me. Felix's fringe goes blond and ginger in the sunshine and the same happens to me.

"Perhaps it would be different if he had dyed it blue or green, but it's all natural."

However, school head Euan Ferguson defended the tough stance. Mr Ferguson insisted: "We are very proud of the high standards we set. My staff and I continue to monitor these standards on a daily basis to ensure that our high expectations are met."