Oddities
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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Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:07

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

The 3-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Corbin dug a hole under a fence in his backyard in Killeen, Texas, on March 25. He was found Saturday tied to a bench outside the animal shelter in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

"It sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true stories," Corbin's owner, Mike Saiz, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "This isn't the first time he dug a hole under the fence. One time he was waiting for us on our front porch and the other two times we had to pick him up from the local pound."

A surveillance camera at the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton recorded a woman leaving Corbin at the shelter late Friday night. Staff found him the next day.

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