Monday, September 26, 2016

Vantage point

Snail slithers across dog's nose

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Here's a rabbit eating a dandelion

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Student suspended after posting photo on social media of discoloured water in school bathroom

Hazel Juco says when she saw discoloured water coming from the sink at her school in Westland, Michigan, it concerned her. “I just took a picture of it. And then in my newspaper class I talked about it with them,” said Juco. The senior at John Glenn High School also posted the picture on Facebook and Twitter, voicing complaints. “I always hope that someone will see it and want to help us,” said Juco.

"Because our school obviously doesn’t have money.” A short time later, she was called down to the office. "They told me I was being suspended, OSS (Out of School Suspension). It is inappropriate use of electronics in the restroom,” said Juco. She said she felt she was singled out because she exposed a problem. “Every girl takes selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile pictures,” said Juco. “No one has gotten in trouble.”

Wayne-Westand Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Michele Harmala says she looked into what was happening at the high school. She says she found out high school administrators made mistakes. They didn’t report the water issue to maintenance. Dr. Harmala made sure maintenance knew about it. “They sent a plumber out right away,” said Dr. Harmala. It turns out there is a pipe leading to that faucet that needs to be replaced. That is being done.

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Dr. Harmala says the rule against cell phones in bathrooms aims to prevent inappropriate pictures of people, not pictures of building issues. “The punishment is inappropriate. I am going to make sure the out of school suspension is expunged from the student’s record,” said Dr. Harmala. Dr. Harmala says this is a learning opportunity for students and staff. She wants students to know there is a building problem they feel is being ignored, they can report it to building maintenance or administration directly. It will give them a chance to address it sooner than if it is just put on social media.

Naked man arrested after allegedly throwing 4-month-old baby over 8-foot-tall fence

A Florida man is accused of tossing a 4-month-old baby over a fence and into brush on the other side. The baby was found on Thursday evening in Longwood with minor injuries. Richard Harris, 31, is accused of aggravated child abuse. A caller to 911 said she saw Harris in her apartment parking lot. "I can, like, see him. And he's completely naked, and I can't see the baby, but he's, like, screaming," the caller told a 911 dispatcher.

The caller said one minute the man had on pants, carrying a crying baby, and the next thing she knew, no clothes, and no infant. "He hasn't said where the baby is, has he?" the dispatcher told the caller. "No," the caller replied. Across the street, a clue was found in the yard of Michele Reaves. She told police there were pants in her yard. "We heard him screaming," Reaves said. The baby was on the opposite side of Reaves' 8-foot-tall fence.

"I've never seen an officer clear a fence as quick as he did. I don't know how he did it, but he was over the fence, had the baby and was back over the fence with the baby," Reaves said. "The baby had actually been thrown over the fence by the suspect," said Corporal. Ryan Short of the Longwood Police Department. The baby was rushed to the hospital for medical care and is expected to make a full recovery. Reaves has seen Harris and the baby before and said she had never seen anything odd.

"Who does that? No one just does that," Reaves said. Police and Reaves suggested that Harris may have been under the influence of something that made him act strangely. Harris’s attorney argued the case should not be aggravated child abuse because the baby wasn’t badly hurt. The judge said Harris, who trembled and sobbed in court, will be held without bond while that's sorted out. Police said Harris resisted arrest and yelled random things. Harris said after a trip to the hospital, he doesn’t remember anything at all.

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President of Crime Stoppers ousted after arrest for running large marijuana growing-operation

The president of a Crime Stoppers chapter in Ontario, Canada, was forced out of his position this week, after police charged him in connection with a large marijuana growing-operation.

Windsor and Essex County Crime Stoppers voted on Thursday, to remove Jon-Paul Fuller the day after Ontario Provincial Police raided greenhouses in Leamington, Ontario.

Police said they found more than 2,900 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $2.9 million, along with 41 kilograms of harvested marijuana worth about $180,000. “It’s difficult to accept, very shocking, but nonetheless we’re moving forward,” said Charlie Hotham, who preceded Fuller as president and was reinstated on Thursday.

“We don’t want to let one person take away from the good deeds that Crime Stoppers does,” he added. Hotham said the Crime Stoppers board is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the tip line, which allows people to offer information on crimes without contacting police. Fuller is charged with production of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Another man also faces charges.

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20-year-old who faked £200,000 job at NASA and was honoured for his achievements arrested

Police in Madhya Pradesh, India, arrested Ansar Khan, 20, on Friday for wrongly claiming that he was employed with United States' space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA. A fake identity card, with US president Barack Obama's forged signatures, was also recovered from him.

Mr Khan, who has only studied up to class 12, claimed he was appointed to the space agency's 'Space and Food' program with an annual salary of Rs. 1.85 crore (£210,000, $270,000) and was set to start work later this month. He even invited the senior officials of Kamalpur administration for a felicitation programme in his honour. However, this proved to be his undoing. Senior police officer Shashikant Shukla became suspicious of Mr Khan when the latter came to invite him with his 'identity card' around his neck.

Noticing president Barack Obama's signature on the card, Mr Shukla ordered his office to verify the young man's claims. During the investigation, not only was Mr Khan's fraud exposed, police also discovered that he had borrowed money from several people promising to pay back when he received his salary from NASA. According to the police, he had visited a local photo studio on August 14 where he had a fake NASA identity card printed complete with the space agency's logo and the signature of Barack Obama.

Believing Mr Khan's claims, his school and several local organisations organised functions to celebrate his achievements. At one time he was even honoured in an event which had the local legislator in attendance. "Our SP got suspicious after seeing his (Ansar's) identity card and we started our investigation. The owner of the photo studio told us that Ansar kept on postponing his date of going to the US and did not even possess a passport. He had even taken money from people for going abroad," police officer BS Gaure said.

Giant inflatable duck found freedom in stormy weather

A giant inflatable duck rolled around the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday morning.

The duck had been on display at the Peter Vardy CarStore near Braehead shopping centre.

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However, strong winds which battered the city dislodged the inflatable and it ended up in the middle of a nearby road.

One shocked eyewitness said: "I couldn't believe it. It's not what you expect to see on your way to work in the morning."

Police appeal for information after beauty spot graffiti vandalism

Police are appealing to the public to help trace those responsible for causing graffiti damage at a popular beauty spot in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Officers from the Matlock Bath, Cromford and Bonsall Safer Neighbourhood Team were contacted by a member of the public after vandals sprayed tags and offensive language on Black Rocks, Cromford.

PCSO Brian Pemberton said: “We are appealing to the public in the hope that someone may know who is responsible for this damage. Black Rocks is a popular beauty spot and yet it is being let down by mindless vandals spraying graffiti.

“This is an ongoing issue and is turning an otherwise beautiful and picturesque area of the Derbyshire Dales into somewhere offensive for people to visit. I would encourage anyone who knows of those responsible, or have witnessed damage taking place, to get in touch so that we can bring those responsible to justice.”

Ninety-year-old record for the world's heaviest red cabbage finally beaten

A man from Cornwall has broken a world record that has stood for more than 90 years, by growing the heaviest red cabbage.

David Thomas, from Leedstown, presented the 23.2kg (51.1lbs) vegetable at this year's National Giant Vegetable Championships.

Mr Thomas said he was "very proud" of the "beach ball" sized cabbage. The previous record, set in 1925 by Mr R Straw of Staveley, Derbyshire, weighed in at 19.05kg (42lbs).

Growing the huge vegetable took "hours of work", said Mr Thomas, who has been cultivating vegetables competitively for more than 15 years. "There's no big secret to growing giant veg. You just need the right seeds to start with, plenty of room, good soil and a bit of luck," he said.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Deer bounces across beach at sunrise

This deer was spotted bouncing along the beach at Poole Harbour, Dorset. It was filmed by by Dave Mott who was walking his dog along the shore at dawn.

It is thought to be a Japanese Sika deer that may have swum over from Brownsea Island where there's a resident population.

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Clown arrested while lurking in the woods

Police in Kentucky have arrested a man dressed as a clown lurking in a wooded area amid a wave of clown reports in at least six US states. Jonathan Martin, 20, was charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct.

He was found at about 1:00am on Friday in "full clown costume" and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex in Middlesboro, according to police. Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm.

Police have warned individuals against dressing up in clown costumes, adding that it could lead to criminal charges. "Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others," police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement.

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"While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal." Alleged clown encounters have been reported in recent weeks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.

Upset woman accused of stabbing roommate for refusing to have sex with her

A woman stabbed her male roommate in the chest after he refused to have sex with her, prosecutors say.

Sharon Harry, 61, of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and weapons charges.

During a bail hearing prosecutors said Harry got upset at her roommate for not having sex with her on Friday night. She grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the chest, causing a serious injury.

When police arrived at the home, the roommate was coherent and able to tell them what had happened. He was rushed to the hospital and is still being treated. An attorney representing Harry told a Superior Court judge that the assault was out of character for Harry, who has no prior record. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Man hiding lobster tails in his pants arrested for theft

A man faces charges after allegedly hiding several lobster tails in his pants and stealing them from a grocery store.

According to police reports, it happened at around 2:22pm on Friday at the Giant Eagle Market in Solon, Ohio. A Giant Eagle worker said they saw the suspect come into the store and get several items from the seafood counter.

He said the suspect then placed the items in a baby seat that was in his cart and then pushed the cart past the pet aisle, where he placed the items in his pants. The suspect then reportedly exited the store without paying.

A worker at the seafood counter said she waited on the suspect, giving him eight lobster tails worth around $80. John J. Gaglione, 40, of Maple Heights, Ohio, was later arrested and now faces a charge of theft/shoplifting.

Angler surprised to catch fish with large missing portion

A man reeled in a fish missing a large portion of its mid-section last weekend.

Edward Grant, 45, of Middletown, New Jersey, caught the strangely shaped fluke while fishing with friends in Raritan Bay on Sunday afternoon.

"We were very shocked," Grant said, adding, "We used a few other words, too." Grant tossed the 18.5 inch fluke back into the bay, deciding it had been through enough already and deserved to live.

"I felt bad for it," he said. He surmised a large bluefish or small shark had previously attacked the fluke, which was completely healed from whatever injuries it had suffered.

Man's selfie with python could probably have gone better

A man was attacked by a python in the Mount Abu district of Rajasthan, India, as he tried to take a selfie with it.

The incident took place on Wednesday when the forest department of Mount Abu caught the python at a private hotel in Sirohi.

After catching it, they were taking the snake back to the department when a man tried to capture his moment alongside the reptile.

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But during the attempt, the 13-foot-long python struck out and bit him on the shoulder. However, the man was not injured.

Shop owner hunts for man who keeps pooing outside his store

A shop owner in Dublin, Ireland, is hunting for a man who has been repeatedly defecated outside his store. Clever Buys owner Alan Buckley from Finglas said that he didn’t believe it until he saw the CCTV footage. “Someone keeps coming up and sh*tting outside the shop,” he said.

“It’s very upsetting, you’d want to have your breakfast before you come in because you’ll not eat again after looking at it. He pulls up in a car in the middle of the night, does his business and then drives off.” The first incident occurred near the Clever Buys shop on Clune Road last Thursday September 15 and occurred again on Wednesday September 21.

“I haven’t got a clue why he’s doing it. He’s doing it in a public area outside a row of shops. It’s disgusting,” said Alan. “The first one was just horrible, the smell and all. You’d swear a horse did it. If I hadn’t seen him do it on CCTV, I wouldn’t have believed it.” Alan said there’s “no excuse” for this kind of behaviour. “You can do it in a bush or in a 24-hour shop. We have the cheapest toilet roll in town.”

Alan said during the second incident the man was there for 45 minutes. “I think sh*tting in the street isn’t his only problem,” said Alan. He described the man as being in his late 30s. “It’s very strange. He doesn’t look homeless or anything,” he said. Alan, however, can still see the funny side and has now placed a toilet and large quantity of toilet paper outside the store.

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Egg-throwers fined as stash recovered by police

A trio of anti-social egg-throwers in Kesgrave, Suffolk have been fined after dozens of reports of homes and cars being targeted. Residents have reported the matter over the last week, with cars in particular being the target. Others have said they have had eggs posted through letterboxes.

Suffolk police officers said the eggs were being thrown from a moving car driving past in the evenings, prompting senior community figures to condemn the behaviour. Christopher Hudson, Suffolk county councillor for Kesgrave said: “I am repulsed, sickened, shocked and appalled about this.

“It’s anti-social to the extreme and it’s potentially very dangerous or intimidating, particularly to people living on their own. I think it’s terrible for residents and a terrible waste of food.” On Wednesday officers issued penalty disorder notices to three men aged between 18 and 20, who have been ordered to pay a fine of £80 each. A fourth man, the driver of the car, was given a seizure of motor vehicle warning.

Officers also recovered a stash of between 50 and 100 eggs. Sergeant Philip Barrett said: “Throwing eggs at cars or houses is a criminal offence, capable of causing damage and injury. We do not tolerate this anti-social behaviour and would appeal to anyone who has witnessed egg-throwing vandalism or who has been a victim, to contact us.” Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police.

Cross-dressing clown in alleged shop robbery

Police are appealing to the public to help find a woman’s dress and clown mask worn during an alleged robbery at a Teesdale supermarket. The incident took place at the Co-op in Middleton-in-Teesdale at 9.20pm on Wednesday when a man entered the shop clad in the dress, mask and dark coloured footwear.

Detective Michael Rutherford, of Bishop Auckland CID, said the man was challenged by employees who were left frightened while one member of staff was assaulted. The suspect made off with nine boxes of cigarettes. Despite searches conducted in the area, the items of clothing have not been found and officers are keen to identify where the clothing came from.

The dress is described as dark in colour and appears to have a light-coloured circular pattern, possibly floral in design. It is short-sleeved and is estimated to be ankle length while the clown mask is white with fake hair attached. Residents in Middleton-in-Teesdale are asked to check their gardens and property to help locate the items which may have been discarded shortly after the offence.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. DC Rutherford said: “It is considered to be a rare incident in this location.” Anyone who has recently seen any person wearing a similar combination of clothing, has experienced the theft of this clothing, or have found similar clothing discarded in the Middleton-in-Teesdale area are urged to contact South Durham CID.