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February 20, 2013

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Night of the Lepus

DENVER - Silly rabbits. 

The furry creatures are wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport by eating spark plug cables and other wiring. 

To stop the problem, federal wildlife workers are removing at least 100 bunnies a month while parking companies install better fences and build perches for predator hawks and eagles. 

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says that out of 4.3 million parking transactions in 2012, three claims were submitted for rodent or rabbit damage, and none was submitted with a claim for towing. 

KCNC-TV reports there's another way to stop the damage that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. 

Mechanics say coating the wires with fox or coyote urine can rob the rabbits of their appetite. Fox urine can be purchased at many hunting shops. 

TME All you need is the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. Boom - problem solved.

Gun-toting granny

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. - Two men have been arrested in Lawrence County because a 72-year-old great-grandmother held them at gunpoint for police. 

The Daily Herald in Columbia reported police believe Flo Armstreet foiled a robbery of the Dollar General Store next door. 

Armstreet said she pointed a pistol at the men who got out of a car behind her Summertown flea market and ordered them to put their hands on the vehicle where she could see them. Neighbors called police and arrived to help Armstreet on Sunday night. 

Lawrence County Police arrested two 21-year-old men - Travis G. Carter of Spring Hill and Freddie Currie II of Columbia. They are charged with attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated criminal trespass, marijuana possession and unlawful possession of a weapon. 

Armstreet said she would have shot them if necessary.

TME She had no clue that there was a robbery she just wanted them off her lawn. 

Just say noto syrup

ANNA, Ill. - A southern Illinois family is finding their homemade maple syrup operation anything but sweet after investigators swarmed their property, mistaking their sap collection for a meth lab. 

Laura Benson tells KFVS-TV that drug agents showed up at her home near Anna on Wednesday morning saying they fielded a report that a meth-making operation was on the Union County property. 

When investigators pointed to buckets near some trees, 49-year-old Benson says she quickly explained the containers were collecting sap for the family's production of syrup. 

The law enforcers quickly moved on, taking with them some homemade syrup the Bensons gave them. 

Benson thanks her neighbors for being alert and notifying police, even if it was a misunderstanding. She's extending an open invitation to those locals to come by for pancakes. 

TME They're both bad for your teeth and delicious on pancakes.

Manslaughter on rye

TORRANCE, Calif. - A Southern California man has been convicted of killing a New Jersey businessman who laughed at him when pastrami fell out of his sandwich at a doughnut shop. 

The prosecutor says 26-year-old Ronald Eugene Murray II, of Gardena, punched and kicked 56-year-old Mun Jang while they were eating in the Donut King in October 2011. 

Murray had taken a bite out of his pastrami sandwich and some of the meat fell out. Jang laughed and Murray became enraged and attacked him. 

The Daily Breeze in Torrance reports a jury on Monday found Murray guilty of voluntary manslaughter. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder, which could have led to 15 years to life in prison. 

Murray now faces up to 11 years when he's sentenced on March 4. 

TME We're pretty sure this happened in a Johnny Cash song.

Ear today, gone tomorrow

STAMFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut man accused of biting off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowing it during a fight over loud music has pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Emilio Mendoza, of Stamford, was arraigned Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court and ordered held on $50,000 bail. 

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Mendoza's cousin and roommate, 31-year-old Clemente Perez-Ruiz, also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault and disorderly conduct charges connected to the brawl. A good portion of his left ear was missing. 

Stamford police say the two men were intoxicated and started fighting after Perez-Ruiz asked Mendoza to turn down the music. Police say Mendoza admitted swallowing the ear lobe. 

Mendoza's lawyer said he hadn't seen the police report detailing the allegations and declined to comment. 

TME And now the guy is just going to have to turn the volume up even higher.

Lemur larceny

LUCEDALE, Miss. - A south Mississippi man is accused of stealing a pet primate from an Alabama family and demanding a cash reward the family offered for its return. 

The 2-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Gizmo was taken during a January burglary of a home in Mobile, Ala. The pet is valued at $1,500. 

George County, Miss., Sheriff Dean Howell says Wednesday that James Edward Welborn Jr. of Lucedale, Miss., was being held in the Mobile County, Ala., jail. Officials want to return him to Mississippi to charge him with possession of stolen property. 

Howell says the lemur's owner offered a reward and someone who had seen the animal contacted the Mobile County Sheriff's Office. 

Welborn was arrested after contacting the lemur's owner with information about its location and seeking the reward, Howell says. 

TME Who wouldn't steal a lemur given the chance?

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