Odd News Roundup
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Kitten travels 30 miles in engine compartment

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man had an unexpected passenger in his car during the 30-mile trip to his parents' house: a small, stray kitten that had somehow found a place to ride in the engine compartment.

Jim Michelotti (My-koh-la-TEE) says he heard meowing after pulling into a gas station on Saturday. A woman next to him said it was coming from his 1993 Mitsubishi Diamante, so he began checking around.

With the help of a flashlight, Michelotti found the black kitten on a bar between the engine and firewall, just inches from the ground. The cat was greasy and scared, but otherwise OK.

It had apparently ridden from Michelotti's home in the Silicon Valley city of Sunnyvale.

Michelotti says the cat appears to be abandoned.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man arrested in Delaware frozen chicken caper

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware arrested a man they say was trying to retrieve 72 pounds of whole frozen chickens he stole from a delivery truck and stashed at a day care.

Police say a man stole the frozen chickens from a truck making a grocery delivery in Wilmington Friday. Officers say the man hid the chickens at a day care behind the grocery and fled.

Authorities say 49-year-old Ronald Johnson of Wilmington returned to the day care, but was confronted by an employee. Police say he cut the employee on the back and hand with a knife. The man was arrested after a foot chase.

Johnson is charged with assault and theft.

Police gave the chickens back to the delivery driver.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Diamond dog coughs up missing wedding ring

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman who lost her diamond wedding ring five years ago had given up all hope of finding it after searching high and low.

It turns out her mischievous dog may have had it all along.

Lois Matykowski (mat-ih-KOW'-skee), of Stevens Point, was eating an ice pop two weeks ago when she noticed her granddaughter's treat was gone. Her dog, Tucker, was smacking his jaws. The 10-year-old mutt the family calls the "food burglar" had struck again, swallowing it whole.

The snatched food soon came back up. Two days later, Tucker threw up again. Matykowski tells WAOW-TV that this time when she went to clean up the mess, she found her missing ring.

Her veterinarian says the Popsicle stick may have dislodged the ring inside his belly.

Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Prosthetic leg found on Washington beach returned

KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) — A woman who found a prosthetic leg on a Washington state beach has returned it to its owner.

Hannah Listle posted information on Facebook about the prosthetic she found while looking for shells Sunday at Point No Point beach.

KOMO reports Megan Smith of Poulsbo gratefully claimed the leg Monday. She said she and her husband had been swimming Saturday night when she realized the leg was gone.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police charge Pennsylvania man found dribbling along I-78

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man faces charges after police encountered him dribbling a basketball along Interstate 78 near Bethlehem.

The Express-Times of Easton reported Monday that police said Marquis Johnson, of Hatfield, was found on Sunday with a Pennsylvania license plate sticking out from his shirt and shorts, and smelled of marijuana.

Police say a key in Johnson's possession matched a vehicle about 2 miles away that didn't have a license plate.

They say he wouldn't answer questions about the vehicle, and they found marijuana in the car. The vehicle had less than 700 miles on the odometer and was traced to a dealership.

Johnson is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, abandoning a vehicle and drug possession. Court records didn't list a defense attorney.

Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Groom chases thief who grabbed wedding gifts

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas couple who had just renewed their wedding vows got a rude shock when a man tried to steal wedding gifts from the reception and the groom ran after him shouting "Stop! Thief! Stop!"

Jared Lightle, of Galena, Kansas, was outside during the reception Saturday after renewing his vows with his wife, Stephanie, at the Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Joplin when his mother yelled that someone had taken cards from a gift table in the lobby.

Lightle said he saw a man across the street with wedding cards in his hand and yelled at him to stop. But the suspect began running and Lightle took off after him, yelling "Stop! Thief! Stop."

Police who were investigating a traffic accident nearby eventually caught the suspect, The Joplin Globe reported. Rosario Caruso, 31, of Lamar, was charged with trespassing, larceny and resisting arrest.

"If we hadn't caught the guy, it would have ended an otherwise perfect celebration on a very bitter note," Lightle said.

The couple was left with the hassle of trying to match recovered gift cards and cash with the gift givers.

Lightle was pleased that police apprehended the suspect, and said it appears justice will be served.

The Lightles were renewing their vows Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of their wedding at a courthouse near Fort Hood, Texas, just before Jared, a combat engineer with the 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Afghanistan. The Joplin ceremony, with 175 guests, was the traditional wedding that the couple planned for when he returned.

"I guess we're going to have a very unique wedding story to tell the rest of our lives," Lightle said.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Rare Poitou donkey born in Massachusetts

STERLING, Mass. (AP) — A rare Poitou (PWAH'-too) donkey has been born in Massachusetts.

The male donkey was born Saturday at Davis Farmland, a petting zoo, spray park and animal sanctuary in the central Massachusetts town of Sterling.

Co-owner Larry Davis says there are only about 100 purebred Poitou donkeys in the world. They were once widespread work animals on farms but fell out of favor with the rise of motorized machinery.

The baby donkey's parents are Duke and Duchess, two adults who came to Davis Farmland together from Tennessee just over a year ago.

Taller than conventional donkeys, Poitou donkeys have long shaggy hair.

Davis Farmland is holding a contest to name the new addition.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Black bear euthanized after frequenting area

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) — A 350-pound black bear found sleeping in a Florida Panhandle tree has been euthanized.

The bear had been caught, tagged and removed from the same area twice since April but kept finding his way back to the neighborhood near Panama City.

A spokesman for Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Northwest Florida Daily News that the bear was euthanized because he created a risk of causing traffic accidents and other problems in the busy area.

The bear was first spotted April 14 near a Panama City elementary school. He was moved 90 miles away to Mud Swamp in Apalachicola National Forest, but he returned to the neighborhood just three weeks later. He was relocated again before he returned for a third time on Monday.

Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Burglary suspect made getaway in kayak

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Police used a boat to catch a burglary suspect who made his getaway in a kayak in southern Minnesota.

The 31-year man from Austin, Minnesota, was arrested Sunday as he tried to kayak away from a restaurant with allegedly stolen items.

Police say the restaurant was closed when an employee giving a tour interrupted a burglary.

Officers found two people in kayaks on the Cedar River and got one to talk to them. That information led police to believe the second man was involved in the burglary.

Police got a fire department boat and, with a firefighter driving, were able to catch the kayaker. Authorities recovered cleaning supplies and lighters apparently taken from the restaurant.

The Post-Bulletin reports the suspect faces burglary charges.

Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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