Saturday, May 2, 2009

Plane crashes into potties

A Wisconsin man walked away unharmed after his plane crash landed on a row of port-a-potties.

Gary Mayor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 182 crashed Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the plane was about 150 feet in the air when the engine quit.

Troyer told The News Tribune that the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn't quite make it.

The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.

It was a soft landing, no reports as to if it was a smelly landing.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thief breaks into house, steals jellybeans

A thief in Pennsylvania broke a window to get into a house and only stole jellybeans.

Sgt. Mark Zaleski said it remains unclear whether the suspect wanted only jellybeans. Or maybe that's all the thief had time to grab.

Police said the burglar broke a front door window Friday night and took the jellybeans from a dining room table. The homeowner reported that nothing else was missing or even moved.

I wonder if the thief worked for the Easter Bunny.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Girl fights off muggers with marching band baton

A California girl beat up two muggers with her marching band baton when they tried to rob her on her way home from school.

The girl punched one of the men in the nose, kicked the other in the groin and beat both with her large baton before she ran away on Friday morning, officials said.

"The moral to this story is don't mess with the marching band girls, or you just might get what you deserve," said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Michael Rust.

He said two men approached the girl from behind, grabbed her coat and demanded money. Deputies searched near Quartz Hill High School for the muggers, looking for a man who was holding his bloodied nose and the other limping.

That will teach them to mess with the band geeks.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Postman gets bitten by snake in mailbox

A postman in England was bitten by a snake while trying to deliver the mail.

Alan Wakley told the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News he is sure the snake, small and olive-green in color, was an adder. But he said his hand did not become swollen so the snake may not have actually injected him with venom, although he could see the mark of its fangs.

The collection box in Brean Cove in Somerset, set into a wall, has now been sealed off with a sign: Out of use. Caution -- Snake (Adder).

The common European adder, which has a range as far east as China, is the only venomous snake found in England.

"I opened the box to empty the post and expected to find a couple of letters and a few snails, which often crawl in through a small hole in the bottom," Wakley said. "But when I opened the door and put my hand in I could hardly believe it when a snake jumped out and bit my hand."

Ouch! That's worse than the attack turkeys in Michigan.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Official eats his finger in protest

A union leader in Serbia cut off his finger and ate it to protest unpaid wages.

Zoran Bulatovic, who leads the union at the Raska Holding textile factory in Novi Pazar, told Reuters that he used a hacksaw to chop off most of the little finger on his left hand last Friday.

Bulatovic said: "We, the workers have nothing to eat, we had to seek some sort of alternative food and I gave them an example. It hurt like hell.

"[My deputy], a single mother of three, was the first to say she would cut off her finger. I could not allow her to do that."

Some of the 100 workers at the factory have not been paid in years and receive only social benefits such as medical care.

Workers, who went on a 19-day hunger strike last year, are calling for the implementation of a welfare programme for those approaching retirement and for the company's debt to be exchanged for state-held equity.

Sounds like they've been treated horribly, but eating your finger. Really?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fourth graders suspended because of slingshots

Five fourth graders in Pennsylvania were suspended for having weapons at school after they made slingshots out of pencils, rubber bands and paper clips.

This was not a weapon to them. This was a toy," said Melanie Chelko. Chelko is the parent of one of the suspended students.

“Everyone uses pencils while in school, but you would never think someone would use them to create a weapon, but that's exactly how the district sees it," said principal Kathi Shirey.

Shirey said the accused students bound two pencils together with tape and tied rubber bands around them to make their own sling shots and used them with paper clips, hitting a teacher and three other students.

"It’s an object that could have caused serious injury," Shirey said.“They were seeing who could flip the paper clip the furthest. They weren't maliciously using it,” Chelko said.

Shirey said the boys faced expulsion for a year, but considering their age, she said the district decided to be lenient. It suspended the students for a day and took away one of their scheduled field trips.

“We took a lot of time to come to that decision and we really felt it was appropriate," Shirey said.

Seems harsh to me. A weapons charge? Really? What's next, expelling kids for paper balls?

Update: The flying dog has been found!

Tinker Bell the flying dog was found and is ok!

"We were shocked when we found her," said Dorothy Utley, 72, Tinker Bell's mother. "You don't know how happy we were. We love her so much."

More than 50 volunteers helped Utley and her husband, Lavern, search for their dog, who blew away in 70 mph per hour winds Saturday.

After speaking with a pet psychic from Holly, Utley said she and her husband headed to a wooded field on the opposite side of Dixie Highway. There, they found Tinker Bell. The black and brown long-haired dog was very dirty and hungry.

"That dog was so happy," Utley said. "She just went wild. She was so hungry and we had to bathe her."

No reports as to if the Wizard helped her get home.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Woman's Chihuahua Blown Away by High Winds

A Michigan woman's chihuahua blew away in high winds yesterday.

Dorothy Utley said around 2:30 p.m. when rain and whipping winds hit Metro Detroit, her eight-month-old dog was thrown into the air and "nobody could catch her."

She was last seen air-bound, heading south over Dixie Highway, Utley said.

"She just went. The wind came up and within seconds she was gone," said Utley, a frequent vendor, who sells clothes, tools and bedspreads at the market. "She was so beautiful, a gift from God."

Utley said Tinker Bell is a black and brown, long-haired Chihuahua. She was wearing a red collar, but didn't have tags. The forceful winds broke her leash, which was left behind.

A search for the pup has been on since yesterday. Utley and her husband along with about 30 others have scoured the market grounds and miles of nearby roadways for the dog. They've even put up posters and are offering a reward for her safe return.

I remember another Dorthy had that problem once. It lead her to a magical land with talking animals, munchkins, wizards and wicked witches.

Bull runs through grocery store

An escaped bull ran through a grocery store in Ireland shocking customers.

Stunned shoppers watched on as the young animal charged through the automatic doors at Cummins's SuperValu in Ballinrobe, County Mayo.

The bull made its way through the shop before turning around and leaving from the front exit, reports The Daily Telegraph. Owner John Cummins said that no-one was injured in the incident and that the only damage sustained was to a fruit and vegetable stand.

"The bull ran down one aisle, and into the store area, where he had a good look around and came back out again. He then charged down another aisle, and out the front door again," he said.

"Amazingly, no one came directly in his path or it could have been very bad news. It was a happy ending to a story that could have gone very wrong."

He was probably looking for some chocolate to go with his milk.