Oddities
Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 10:05

NORTH READING, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

But during a quick search of the home, police found a soot-covered wood duck.

Police say it appears the duck got in through the chimney.

An officer caught the duck and released it into a nearby pond.


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Mystery surrounds death of Tennessee twins in home PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 08:01

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Strange, sad and macabre, the discovery of the skeletal remains of twin brothers Andrew and Anthony Johnson has mystified neighbors and others in Chattanooga and beyond. Each man was found seated in an easy chair inside the modest home they shared for decades, and where they apparently died together about three years ago, with no obvious signs of foul play.

Even while they were alive, though, the 63-year-old twins were something of a mystery to their neighbors, who occasionally saw them wearing surgical masks while gardening but never saw them with visitors.

"I didn't even know their names," said retiree Linda Maffett, who lived across the street.

In an interview about the Johnsons she added, "It's a strange story, it's a sad story. I think it's sad that they were sitting there that long with nobody checking on them."

Police went to the home March 29 after being asked to check on the brothers by a relative who had a key. Officers found the twins' decomposing bodies sitting in recliners in the living room. Their conditions suggested that both men had been dead since 2011.

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Two pit bulls enter Nevada home, kill three dogs PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 06:13

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Two pit bulls broke through a fence in a Nevada community, entered a neighbor's home through a dog door and killed three dogs inside while the residents were away, animal control officers said.

The residents of the home in the Reno suburb of Spanish Springs returned Friday to find their black Lab, shih tzu and Pekingese dead.

The dogs were seized and their owner is facing a citation, said Barry Brode, director of Washoe County Animal Services. The pit bulls could be euthanized if a judge orders it.

"(It was) an accident that could have been prevented ... by making sure the (pit bulls) were secured in the kennel, that the fence line was properly secured and up to date," Brode told KTVN-TV (http://bit.ly/1snkCQR ).

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Couple sued in fire caused by squirrel dinner prep PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 04 April 2014 09:16

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two lawsuits are pending in the case of an apartment complex fire sparked by a tenant who tried to cook a squirrel with a propane torch.

While on the balcony of his unit at Clearview Apartments in Holland Township, Khek Chanthalavong used the torch to burn off the squirrel's fur as he prepared to cook the rodent. Chanthalavong shared the apartment with Barbara Pellow.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the suits were filed in Ottawa County Circuit Court by insurance companies that covered damages after the October 2012 fire.

Travelers Indemnity Company is suing Pellow for $2 million, and Auto Owners Insurance Company is seeking the $56,000 it paid to three renters.

The Holland Sentinel says Chanthalavong's attorney had no comment. The Associated Press left a message for her Friday.


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Broken ATM at Maine bank spits out $37,000 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 04 April 2014 08:44

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating after a malfunctioning ATM at a bank spit out $37,000 in cash to man who requested $140.

South Portland police tell WGME-TV (http://bit.ly/1dXCy0i ) that they responded to the TD Bank branch at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use.

Responding officers found the man stuffing cash into a shopping bag.

The money was returned to the bank, and bank officials said they don't want to press charges. But police continue to investigate. The identity of the man wasn't released because he hasn't been charged.

A bank official described the problem as a "code error" and said no customer accounts were affected.

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Information from: WGME-TV, http://www.wgme.com


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