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Weird National Briefs (12/07/2016)

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Fowl play

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Two suspects in a weekend break-in at a Massachusetts convenience store had a fowl accomplice.

Northampton officers investigating a robbery in progress at a store at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday quickly found two men and a live rooster in a nearby car.

The men were arrested on breaking and entering and other charges, and the stolen property was recovered.

The rooster was not charged, but was taken to the station for safe keeping.

Police said on their official Facebook page that while they have provided temporary shelter for a variety of animals before, this was the first rooster.

There was no word on why the suspects had the bird. Their names were not released.

TME – They got cocky.


PORTLAND, Ore. - A 4-year-old macaw named “Bird” is an instant celebrity after appearing in a posed booking mug shot in Oregon with his unfortunate owner.

Craig Buckner left Bird in a tree outside court in Washington County while he went in for an appearance Thursday in an ongoing drug and theft case, said Sgt. Bob Ray, the sheriff’s spokesman. Buckner was not expecting to be arrested, but when he fell asleep while waiting for his case to be called, he was taken for a drug urine test and failed, Ray said.

When he realized he was going to be arrested, Buckner got very upset and deputies finally realized why.

“He was very concerned about Bird the bird,” Ray said. “Very distraught.”

Bird was 30 feet up the tree, Ray said, and it was getting dark and rainy. Temperatures were in the low 40s.

Deputies realized there was no way Bird - a tropical parrot - would survive overnight, but he would not come to them.

They eventually brought Buckner outside and removed the restraints from one of his hands.

Bird immediately flew down to Buckner and landed on his shoulder.

The macaw stayed with deputies for several hours and feasted on peanuts until they reached a friend who could pick Bird up.

TME – As long as Bird doesn’t turn stool pigeon, it’s all good.

Duct and cover

PENFIELD, N.Y. - A man rescued from an oven vent at a western New York pizzeria is now facing burglary charges.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office says deputies arrived at Pontillo’s Pizzeria in suburban Rochester at 3:45 a.m. Friday after someone reported a man yelling for help. They found 53-year-old Richard Graham of Rochester stuck in ductwork that led from an oven to a roof vent.

After Penfield firefighters pulled him out, Graham was checked out at a hospital before being arraigned in town court on burglary and criminal mischief charges. The sheriff’s office says Graham caused over $2,000 in damage to the restaurant.

Graham was sent to the county jail without bail because he’s considered a repeat offender.

It couldn’t be immediately determined if he has a lawyer to comment.

TME – The restaurant needs better pre-vent-ative measures.

Beaver believer

CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. - Even beavers are getting in the holiday spirit.

That’s what one sheriff’s office discovered this week when it spotted a curious beaver checking out Christmas decorations at a dollar store outside of Washington, D.C.

The St. Mary County Sheriff’s office in Maryland says the beaver walked through the door at the Dollar General on Monday, wandered into the Christmas section and knocked a few items over before being safely removed by animal control.

Sheriff’s office Spokeswoman Jennifer Stone says the animal has since been released to a wildlife rehabilitator. Stone says the animal did not cause any property damage.

The sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook that as an officer “you never know what your next call may be.”

TME – Even dams need holiday decorations.

Doodie duty

FAIR HAVEN, N.J. - Some pollution-sniffing dogs at the Jersey shore have shown they’re No. 1 at sniffing out No. 2.

A team of specially trained dogs has pointed out more than 70 spots in three towns near the Navesink (NAH’-veh-sink) River where human waste may be making its way into the waterway, parts of which are closed to shellfishing because of high bacteria levels.

Environmental groups including Clean Ocean Action brought the dogs from Otisfield, Maine-based Environmental Canine Services to Fair Haven, Red Bank and Middletown, New Jersey, in September.

They have sniffed out potentially broken or leaking sewer pipes, failed septic systems and places where waste might be mishandled or improperly disposed.

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli says the dogs laid out a map for the town to make repairs.

TME – It’s a ruff job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Need for speed

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. - A New York man whose driver’s license has been suspended nearly four dozen times was arrested for speeding on Interstate 81 south of Syracuse.

Fifty-one-year-old Darwin Barnes was pulled over by New York State Police in Cortland County around 10 p.m. Wednesday after troopers say he was observed going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone.

State police say the trooper who stopped Barnes found that the Rochester man didn’t have a valid license. A check of Barnes’ driving record showed that his license has been suspended a total of 46 times.

Barnes was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a felony. He has been released from the county jail after posting bail. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

TME – That is commitment to the craft.

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