The opposite of child-proofing
CHICAGO - Chicago-area parents thought their pit bull was to blame when they heard their 18-month-old daughter crying and discovered one of her fingertips had been severed.
Turns out, the culprit was a piranha the family kept in an aquarium.
Doctors determined the bite wasn’t from a dog after the girl was rushed to a hospital by ambulance Tuesday night.
Cook County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Frank Bilecki tells the Chicago Tribune the girl’s father cut open one of two piranhas and found the fingertip. He says doctors tried to reattach the fingertip, but he didn’t know if they were successful.
He didn’t immediately respond to messages left Saturday by The Associated Press, and a hospital spokesman couldn’t provide the information.
Bilecki says the parents were distraught and aren’t facing charges.
TME – Piranhas? Pit bulls? Do they store their bleach in sippy cups too?
Stopped into a church
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A church burglar in South Texas who stole about $20 has left a note saying: “Forgive me. I need the money.”
No arrests have been made in the break-in discovered Thursday at South Shore Christian Church in Corpus Christi.
Church secretary Iris Cantu said Friday that cleanup of a broken door has been completed and weekend services will go on as scheduled. She had no damage estimate.
Cantu also says whoever stole the cash and left the apology note on a desk “had very good manners, I’ll give him that.”
Corpus Christi police spokesman Kirk Stowers said the investigation is in its early stages.
TME – God helps those who help themselves.
Can I play through?
UXBRIDGE, Mass. - A woman told police she drove her car into a sand trap on a Massachusetts golf course because her GPS sent her the wrong way.
Police say she was drunk.
Patricia Maione was held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including driving with a suspended license and fourth offense drunken driving.
Authorities say the 47-year-old woman’s car got stuck at the Whitinsville Golf Club in Northbridge on Monday. She told police her GPS told her to turn left, which she said led her through a corn field and onto the golf course.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that police say they found a cup filled with alcohol in her car.
There were golfers on the course at the time, but no one was hurt.
TME – She took a driving lesson with Tiger Woods – just the wrong kind of driving.
The sweet tooth of crime
LORAIN, Ohio - Police in northern Ohio are trying to identify a candy thief who has stolen hundreds of dollars in peanut butter cups from a gas station store.
Employees reported that a young man usually comes in after midnight, snatches Reese’s peanut butter cups and exits the store before they can call police. The workers say the candy stolen over the past few months was worth $400 to $600.
The Morning Journal reports the latest theft happened early Tuesday morning. A police report indicates the man stole peanut butter cups and went for a saltier snack, grabbing a bag of chips. He was dressed in black clothing, with a hooded sweatshirt over his head.
A clerk says he tried to stop the thief, who spun him around and fled on foot.
TME – There’s no wrong way to steal a Reese’s.
Social (media) justice
HACKENSACK, N.J. - A New Jersey sheriff’s office has a new website that’s looking for arrests instead of friends.
“Facecrook” features the names, photos and last locations of fugitives wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. The site creates a map and users can send anonymous tips to help authorities apprehend those wanted on everything from failure to pay child support to committing murder.
Inspector Mickey Bradley tells The Record newspaper he came up with the idea about a year ago and bought the Facecrook address for $17.
Users entering the site must agree not to use it to “intimidate or harass another.” The site includes a “do not apprehend” warning to discourage people from vigilantism.
TME – This should work well – at least until Zuckerberg sues them.