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May 17, 2019 - May 23, 2019

(Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)

Wandering horse: Strolling mare causes stir in Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany (AP) — Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood. Owner Werner Weischedel says his old nag Jenny, who’s recently found social media fame after a local news show about it went viral, has been taking her 20-kilometer (12-mile) daily jaunts for 14 years — preferring to escape the confines of her home field to nibble on tasty vegetation on the Main river banks. “Everybody knows her,” the 79-year-old said Tuesday. Jenny ambles along cobblestone streets and pedestrian paths, avoiding joggers, families and vehicles. Surprised newcomers occasionally call authorities, so she wears a note on her neck: “My name is Jenny, I didn’t run away, I’m just going for a walk.”

 

Arizona woman attacked
by bees after hive falls on her head

Tempe, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona woman is recovering from more than 20 bee stings after heavy winds blew a hive off a tree and it landed on her head. Firefighters in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe say it happened Monday afternoon as the woman picked up her child from daycare. Assistant Chief Andrea Glass says the woman happened to be walking under the tree where the hive was when wind blew it off. The National Weather Service says wind gusts around metro Phoenix reached 45 mph (72 kph). Glass says the woman was stung 20 to 30 times on and around her head. She was evaluated and opted to have her husband drive her to a hospital. Firefighters sprayed the hive with foam because of its proximity to the daycare and a school.

Iguana thrown at restaurant
manager in protective custody

Painesville, Ohio (AP) — An iguana injured when a man pulled the lizard from under his shirt and threw it at an Ohio restaurant manager remains in protective custody at a humane society that is awaiting court permission to provide medical treatment. The turquoise female iguana that police named “Copper” has a broken leg, metabolic bone disease and other ailments, Lake County Humane Society officials told WEWS-TV. The animal needs surgery that will cost about $1,600, but that can’t happen until a judge gives approval because the Humane Society is not its owner, society intake coordinator Allison Rothlisberger said Saturday. The Humane Society is seeking tax-deductible donations to pay for the surgery. Copper is receiving basic care for now to make the lizard as comfortable as possible, Rothlisberger said. The iguana’s 49-year-old owner has been charged with cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanor charges. According to authorities, the man threw a menu at a waitress at a Perkins Restaurant in Painesville on April 16. When a manager intervened, the man removed the iguana from beneath his shirt, twirled it around and threw it at him, police said. Authorities haven’t said what provoked the attack. Painesville is roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of downtown Cleveland.

Single winner of Alaska ice-melt
guessing game announced

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) — Nenana Ice Classic organizers have announced this year’s winner for the guessing contest. Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness says Anchorage resident Patricia Andrew was the only person to guess the exact time the ice officially went out on the Tanana River in Nenana. That happened at 12:21 a.m. April 14, the earliest in the contest’s 102-year history. The jackpot is $311,652. Forness says Andrew will receive $224,389.44 after federal taxes are withheld. There is no listing for Andrew in Anchorage. She could not be reached for comment. The payout will be made June 1. Each year, people buy tickets to guess when a tripod mounted on the frozen Tanana River will fall over as ice on the river breaks up. Forness estimates about 287,000 tickets were sold this year.


- Friday May 10, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Finders keepers? Police say no way after $30K spills on road

Grand Haven, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan are appealing to people to surrender their instant riches after a box with $30,000 fell off the back of a truck. Authorities in Grand Haven say drivers stopped to pick up cash for themselves. Only $2,500 was immediately recovered and returned to the owner, who had forgotten that a cash box was on the truck’s bumper. Traffic was backed up on U.S. 31 after money hit the ground. But two days later more money was trickling in. The Department of Public Safety says two teenagers turned in $630, and a woman gave up nearly $3,900. The department says on Facebook: “We commend you for your honesty!”

Pilot rescued from plane that crash-landed atop Idaho tree

McCall, Idaho (AP) — A pilot who was trying to crash-land this week in an Idaho field instead brought his small plane to rest at the top of a 60-foot (18-meter) tree, officials said. Pilot John Gregory was not hurt in the Monday night crash, which happened when his single-engine Piper Cub PA-18 lost power and a wing strut became entangled in the tree, according to the fire department in the resort town of McCall. Gregory was rescued from his perch atop the giant white fir by volunteer firefighter Randy Acker, who owns a tree removal company. “My thought was, ‘I need to get up there and see what’s going on,’” Acker said. Acker had Gregory stand up in the plane so he could cut the pilot’s harness and clip him to a safety line for the descent. Gregory was brought down safely with the plane still lodged in the branches. Most of the weight of the plane was borne by one tree, but it also was touching a nearby tree. “Those wings were perfectly centered over the top of the tree,” said McCall Fire Capt. Brandon Swain. A piece of the plane’s propeller and one of its wheels had fallen to the ground, but the rest of the plane was intact, suspended in the tree. Acker cut branches as he scaled the tree until he was about 20 feet (6 meters) from the top, where higher branches were supporting the plane. Swain said Acker then secured the plane to the tree using rope webbing before Gregory was rescued. “I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” Acker said. “Just glad I was able to help.” Officials are trying to determine how to remove the plane from its perch and warned people to stay away from it.

(Undersheriff Jason Speer/Valley County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

‘Snot otter’ named Pennsylvania’s official amphibian

Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday granting the honor to the Eastern hellbender, a nocturnal animal whose colorful nicknames include snot otter, lasagna lizard and mud devil. Members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s student leadership council have spent three years campaigning to get it designated as the state’s official amphibian, helped by Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute. It’s the largest salamander in North America. Wolf says the most recent official designation of that type in the state occurred in 1974, when the firefly was named Pennsylvania’s official insect.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Wyoming man shoplifted at store, applied for job, police say

Gillette, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a man who allegedly shoplifted at the same store twice in one day also asked to fill out a job application during one of his visits. The Gillette News Record reported Sunday the 36-year-old man went to the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Gillette and bought some items with a rewards card but allegedly took sunglasses and ammunition without paying for them. Police say he returned to the store a few hours later, asked to fill out the job application and left with two more pairs of sunglasses, allegedly without paying for them. Officers issued the man a citation for the alleged thefts and recovered the items. The suspect’s name wasn’t immediately available.


 


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