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End of days comes for Ohio man’s ‘zombie Nativity’ scene

18 Dec 2017 0 Comments
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year. Sycamore Township's Jasen Dixon said he originally wasn't planning to install the display this Christmas season. "But I get hundreds of emails from people, local fans," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's almost like a cult following." Dixon installed the display complete with zombie Mary and zombie baby Read more [...]

California man gets stuck in chimney during burglary attempt

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
CITRUS HEIGHTS, California (AP) -- Authorities say a Northern California man tried to burglarize a business by entering through the chimney only to become stuck. Police in the Sacramento-area city of Citrus Heights said Friday that 32-year-old Jesse Berube was uninjured but now faces one count of burglary. According to police, Berube slid down the chimney of the business Wednesday and then found himself lodged inside. The Rocklin man was able to reach his cellphone and dial 911 for Read more [...]

Oil change turns into owl sighting, bird named ‘Shazam’

17 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SALEM, N.H. (AP) -- A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for one car owner. The police department in Salem, New Hampshire, said Friday a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had no idea how the owl got there. Police guessed he was either seeking warmth or chasing a mouse. Police posted photos of the owl on Facebook. They named him "Shazam" and said he was very friendly. Read more [...]

Dog subject of court battle, faked death

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A dog who was the subject of a two-year court battle and a faked death is back with his adopted family in Missouri. KSDK-TV reports that Jamie Patterson and her seven kids adopted Mack the boxer-mastiff mix from Rough Road Rescue in Perryville in 2015. It turned out that Mack was quite the escape artist. The last time he wandered off, Rough Road Rescue director Steve Svehla found him and decided to keep him, accusing Patterson of neglect. A two-year court battle Read more [...]

Farmhouse for free, but buyer must move it off owners’ land

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) -- Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck wrote in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer. The Dolechecks have been trying for years to sell the house where they raised their four children, the Des Moines Register reported . "It needs Read more [...]

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves. He took a closer look through his headlights Thursday and saw something bigger and badder. Two young polar bears ran away when they saw the Alaska airport worker's truck approach. He made sure to videotape their departure. "Well, it's just another day at the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Airport," Babcock Read more [...]

Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory’s stolen bear found

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago. Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins says the Russell Stover Candies sculpture, depicting a sitting teddy bear covered in chocolate, was found Wednesday in a Salina home following a tip from someone apparently unconnected to its theft. Det. Karmen Kupper says a suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested. Read more [...]

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PARIS (AP) -- French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are not allowed to speak publicly on the case, said Thursday that video surveillance showed the man looking in the trash and leaning against a nearby door. Airport police union official Jean-Yann William Airport told France Info television that "to his surprise, the door is Read more [...]

Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church's live nativity scene. Stormy, a 7-year-old brown and white Hereford, was back munching hay at Old First Reformed Church of Christ by 7:15 a.m. after two sets of adventures on snowy downtown streets. Police first got reports of a cow near an Interstate 95 on-ramp around 2 a.m. Thursday. One of the state police troopers who responded has a cattle Read more [...]

In need of workers, Maine hires contractors to plow roads

14 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Worker shortages in Maine have forced the state Department of Transportation to hire private contractors to plow roads. The Portland Press Herald reports the state Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to the Ohio-based company First Vehicle Services. The contractors will work in southern Maine. MDOT has struggled to keep highway workers in recent years. The department currently has 50 open positions. Dale Doughty, MDOT's Director of Maintenance Read more [...]
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