US news anchor’s skull fractured in fracas with colleague

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Date: August 31st, 2018

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skullA local US TV weather presenter has been arrested after a row that left a news anchor with a fractured skull.

WSAZ-TV’s Chelsea Ambriz, 26, is charged with misdemeanour battery. She allegedly shoved station host Erica Bivens in Charleston last Sunday.

As well as a fractured skull, the West Virginia anchor suffered a ruptured ear drum in the altercation, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

It is not clear where the alleged fight occurred or what was the cause.

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Thieves raid Virginia store of right foot shoes

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shoesThe Roanoke Times reports a Virginia shoe store lost mostly shoes designed for the right foot over the course of two break-ins this summer.

Clean Soles operator Rob Wickham says his two-year-old sneaker store was raided by two people on July 20 and by one person in Aug. 25. Taken together, he lost shirts, hoodies, a jacket, one complete sneaker pair — and 13 right shoes.

Wickham says he typically keeps right shoes on display, while their other halves rest behind the counter. Accordingly, Wickham says the looters were “pretty much risking their freedom for nothing.”

 

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Monkey forces its way into store, steals snacks

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Date: August 31st, 2018

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monkeyA Chinese store owner shared video of a monkey that and inside and stole and destroyed nearly $400 worth of merchandise.

The video shows the monkey helping itself to some snacks inside the Guiyang City store while a man attempts to catch it without success.

The owner of the store, a woman surnamed Sha, said the monkey is the largest of three primates that recently started visiting her store to steal food and wreak havoc.

She said police were able to catch the large monkey and it is now being rehomed at a zoo.

 

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Burglar suspect found wedged between wall, garage

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Date: August 31st, 2018

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wallLos Angeles police said a burglary suspect was arrested after needing to be rescued from his position between a wall and a building.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a homeowner checking their security camera footage about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night saw a person wandering the property

The homeowner decided to check the property Thursday to see if anything had been disturbed and they found the man was wedged between a wall and the home’s garage.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded about 8:10 a.m. and it took more than an hour to free the man, who had sustained minor injuries from his ordeal. It was unclear how long he had been wedged.

LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said the man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and police suspect he may have been involved in a nearby burglary earlier Wednesday evening.

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Police officer chased by tiny pig on Florida street

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pigA Florida police officer responding to a loose-animal complaint posted a video of the animal in question — a tiny pig — chasing him down the street.

The Cape Coral Police Department said Officer Ray Schilke III responded to the animal complaint in a residential neighborhood this week and discovered a small pig that enthusiastically started to chase him.

Schilke captured video of the chase, which was posted to the department’s Facebook page.

“The pigs are being chased by little pigs, how funny is that,” the officer jokes in the video.

The department said the little loose pig was identified as a pet named Willie and was reunited with his owner.  Video

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Mother, daughter destroy sculpture at exhibit opening

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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swingHarrisburg artist Sean Matthews worked for nearly two years to design and create his exhibit titled, “Recycled Play,” which features children’s playthings transformed into conceptual art.

His main piece, called “Fair and Square,” featured a life-sized swing set and required 60 hours of welding alone, to suspend two chains in mid-air simulating the scales of justice. The piece inspired by his own four daughters was insured for $5,000.

But ten minutes into the grand opening of the exhibit Aug. 17 at the Susquehanna Art Museum, a mother and daughter dismantled the piece in mere seconds.

The women walked under the swing set, grabbed the swings, and pulled them down, ruining the installation.

“I looked away for a moment and then, boom, it’s down,” said Alice Anne Schwab, the museum director. “The swings were swinging…We were just devastated. The visitors mistakenly assumed they were supposed to play on the swings that were suspended.”

Schwab said she told the women they could not touch the art, but the women then strolled to the back of the museum, where they picked up an “hourglass” sand clock, which was part of a different sculpture, even though that exhibit also had a “no-touch” label on the wall.

Although museum officials posted labels and printed an informative guide that explained the meaning behind the exhibit, the women apparently didn’t see the signs. And it’s clear from video surveillance that the women didn’t pick up the available guides.

The women reportedly told Schwab that they believed they were supposed to touch everything.

 

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Woman in ‘mock wedding’ tricked into marrying stranger

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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mockA woman claims she was deceived into marrying a stranger in a “mock” wedding in China.

The 21-year-old unidentified woman, from Hong Kong, said she was asked to play a bride in a mock wedding as part of training in order to become a wedding planner, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The woman originally signed up to be a make-up artist after seeing a post on Facebook. However, she was convinced by the firm to become a wedding planner instead because she could make more money. She received a week of free training in Hong Kong before traveling to the Chinese province of Fujian for the mock wedding.

However, as the simulated wedding went on, she and the groom signed a real marriage document. She was told by the company that the marriage would be voided after, the South China Morning Post reported.

The woman did not realize she was married until she returned to Hong Kong and sought legal help.

“It’s a new form of marriage scam,” Tong Kamgyiu, the director of the Rights and Benefits Committee of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, told the BBC. “I feel disappointed and cannot believe it’s even happening in modern Hong Kong.”

It was not immediately clear who the woman was married to but she may have to “apply for a divorce,” the BBC reported. Each year, an average of 1,000 Hong Kong-China marriage scam cases occur, according to the outlet.

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Man tumbles from car on I-394; patrol needs help finding vehicle

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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A man fell from a moving vehicle onto a west metro freeway Monday morning, and the State Patrol is trying to figure out why. Did he jump or just fall? Was he thrown?

394Authorities are looking for the vehicle involved in the incident, which occurred about 5:45 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 394 in the vicinity of Louisiana Avenue between Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.

A patrol spokeswoman said investigators have little information about the vehicle, other than it may have been a Lincoln crossover or similar light-colored vehicle.

It was not clear how many people were in the vehicle, which was moving at freeway speeds when the victim tumbled to the pavement, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

The victim, identified as 30-year-old William Watson of Minneapolis, was taken to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with critical injuries.

Traffic was light at the time of the incident, which was caught on MnDOT traffic cameras. Authorities closed two westbound lanes of I-394 for about an hour just as the rush hour began.

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A guy riding a motorized horse is the new hero of this quiet N.J. town

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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horseWhen Mindy Weiss Affronti pulled up to the bank drive-thru two weeks ago and saw a man atop a robotic horse at the teller window, she did a double take.

Then she took his picture.

The friendly cowboy smiled, happy to oblige, before riding off. Left in the stupor of what she had seen, Affronti did what any other rational person would do: She posted the photo on social media.

And so began the newfound fame of Steve Bacque, the self-proclaimed Crazy Cranford Cowboy.

Bacque’s trusty steed is a golf cart motor powered by four electric batteries, which Bacque charges up in his garage every night, all covered up and outfitted to look like a horse. He named it Charger.

Charger can do about 15 miles per hour and can handle up to 600 pounds. He even has a wheelie bar in the back, which is “not just for show,” Bacque warns. Yes, this motorized horse can pop a (small) wheelie.

Charger turns left and right with the reins and even brakes when you pull back on them. A key turns him on, and a gas pedal sets him in motion.

I took him for a spin around the barrels, and let me tell you, it was a thrill.

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Missing monkey turns up at McDonald’s in Sweden

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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monkeyA monkey suspected to have been stolen from a Swedish zoo turned up hours later at a McDonald’s in the area.

The Universeum science center in Gothenburg confirmed the Goeldi’s marmoset, which was found to be missing from the center’s zoo around noon Wednesday, turned up at a McDonald’s in the Frolunda area at 10:40 p.m.

“We think it’s the same one, but I guess there aren’t that many monkeys out and about at the moment,” police spokesman Peter Nordengard told TT/The Local.

Nordengard said the marmoset, which is believed to have been left at or near the restaurant by the person who took it from Universeum, did not cause a major disturbance at the restaurant and was said by witnesses to be friendly and well-behaved.

The tiny South American animal appeared to be unharmed, but Universeum officials said it would be examined by a veterinarian Thursday as a precaution.

Police are reviewing security camera footage from the exhibit as well as the McDonald’s in the hopes of identifying the monkey’s abductor.

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Man Fired at a ‘Ghost’ During ‘Home Invasion’

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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ghostA self-described paranormal investigator is facing charges after firing a gun at a masked intruder he later conceded could have been a ghost, state police said.

Christian J. Devaux, 25, of 71 Old Post Road, was arrested Friday following a motor vehicle stop in Vernon, where officers found there was a warrant for his arrest. He was later charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit supporting his arrest, Devaux dialed 911 early on the morning of July 26 to report that a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask and holding a rifle had broken into his home. While still on the line with dispatchers, Devaux could be heard yelling “Hey!” and firing two shots in an apparent attempt to scare off the intruder, troopers said.

Investigators who arrived at Devaux’s home, however, said they found no evidence that his residence had been broken into or that the mysterious man described in the 911 call was anywhere to be found.

A trained dog failed to pick up a scent in the area, the affidavit states, and a canvass of the street turned up nothing suspicious. In addition, neighbors said they did not hear or see anything that morning that would have raised an alarm, except for the two gunshots fired by Devaux.

Troopers also found problems with Devaux’s sworn statement, where he described firing the two bullets as warning shots that he intentionally aimed over the intruder’s head. Investigators found that scenario unlikely, however, after a ballistic analysis showed that the two bullets had punctured a wall in Devaux’s home less than three feet off the floor.

After state police uncovered even more inconsistencies — including shell casings discovered in front of Devaux’s supposed firing location — Devaux told troopers that “there are some things he just can’t explain, like seeing ghosts.”

Devaux then told state police that he has been a paranormal investigator for five or six years and most recently encountered an apparition at the former Mansfield Training School and Hospital, investigators said. Devaux said that while he did not want to be considered “insane,” he had to allow for the possibility that the intruder was of supernatural origin.

When a trooper at the scene asked Devaux if they could both agree that no one had been in Devaux’s house earlier that morning and that he may have seen a ghost, Devaux replied, “It had to be,” according to the warrant.

State police said Devaux had made a strikingly similar report about a phantom home invader back in 2011. In that incident, Devaux reported that he heard a loud bang and found a stranger in his home. A canvass of the area also turned up nothing.

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For $450, This Japanese Company Will Quit Your Job For You

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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quitStressed out, overworked, or just over it: Workers in Japan who want to leave their jobs — but don’t want to face the stress of quitting in person — are paying a company called Exit to tell their bosses that they won’t be back.

People hoping to never set foot in their workplace again pay Exit $450 to help them quit their full-time jobs; those who have had it with part-time work can pay around $360. And as Alex Martin reports for Japan Times, “Repeat clients get a [$90] discount.”

Based in Tokyo, Exit is part of a startup run by two childhood friends, Yuichiro Okazaki and Toshiyuki Niino. They started their company last year, and it is reportedly turning a profit.

“There’s definitely demand out there,” Okazaki told Martin. He added, “Personally, I’m perplexed as to why people find it hard to quit, but I do sense that this atmosphere is prevalent in Japan.”

While the company’s message stresses the new potential of changing environments, its logo — a figure running out of a door — suggests it is also aware some clients are simply desperate to get out of their current situation.

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Pair stole trash cans around Santa Fe

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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canTwo New Mexico men are facing charges after police say the pair went on a spree of stealing trash cans around Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 50-year-old Kenneth Brooks and 19-year-old Nicola Weydeveld were arrested Sunday after a security guard spotted them pushing rolling trash carts with trash cans inside from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

A criminal complaint says police found the two men next to the two carts with other trash carts loaded inside.

Court documents say Weydeveld told police he intended to use the trash carts for personal use.

Police say one stolen bin was valued at more than $3,200.

The men were ordered held on an unsecured bond of $2,500 each on larceny charges.

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Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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snakeA woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket.

Laura Walitsky says she was at Wegmans in Pittsford on Monday evening when her daughter spotted the hitchhiking reptile wrapped on the bottom of her cart. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports the woman then walked the cart outside and had her daughter tell customer service there was a snake on it.

Walitsky was able to flag down two employees who removed the snake and placed it in a nearby wooded area. A Wegmans spokesperson said in a statement that “this was an isolated incident.”

Biology professor Bradley Cosentino identified the pictured snake as a non-venomous milk snake, a common snake species.

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UPS delivery foiled by ‘bear in driveway’

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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bearA North Carolina UPS driver’s “sorry we missed you” note is going viral after listing the reason a package couldn’t be delivered: “bear in driveway.”

Marcy Lanier posted a photo to Facebook showing the note a UPS driver left in the mailbox at her Asheville home after being unable to deliver a package.

“Bear in driveway,” the terse note reads.

Lanier said the note was left in her mailbox, which is out by the road, instead of at her front door.

“On the street. We get bears all the time,” she told WLOS-TV.

“So there was a bear in the driveway, so he couldn’t drop it off on my front porch.

He normally drops my packages on my front porch. So that’s how it happened. He could stay safe in his truck, on the road,” she said.

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