NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Puppy rescued from drain, deer drops in for dinner
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) – A cocker spaniel was only a few hours old and weighed less than a pound when his life went down the drain.
The pup was the runt in a litter of six born Sunday in a kennel at the Escondido Humane Society, north of San Diego.
Shelter spokeswoman Katie Woolsey says during a check on the pups, a worker noticed the smallest was missing and heard faint whimpering coming from a drain. Woolsey says the mother had accidentally dislodged the cover.
Plumber Thomas Huff used a jackhammer to cut through the drain. As shelter workers cheered, Huff pulled out the pup, named him Drano and promised to adopt him for his kids if he can talk his landlord into allowing a dog.
On Tuesday, all six pups were doing well.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) – Identical twins Patrick and Nathan Griffin-Hall like the same food, the same movies, the same books.
But the 27-year-old brothers who live together in Port Orchard, Wash., split when it comes to politics.
Patrick is a Republican and Nathan is a Democrat, and both have registered as candidates for precinct committee officer in their respective parties. Both are running unopposed.
Patrick will be serving his third term, Nathan his first.
From an early age, Patrick sensed he was different from the rest of his large blended family.
He says, “They’re all hippie liberals. I’m the lone conservative.”
UK murderer’s outlandish jail escape plot foiled
LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) – A murderer’s plot to escape from a British jail using a helicopter and secret codes hidden in Sudoku puzzles has been foiled.
Brian Lawrence schemed to bring a helicopter into the grounds of a prison on the Isle of Wight, communicating with accomplices using lemon juice as invisible ink and encrypted instructions.
The 67-year-old retired teacher is serving a life term for killing a man and hiring a hitman to kill two others in 2003.
The Ministry of Justice said Friday prison guards became suspicious when they spotted the words “more heat, less light” in a Lawrence letter, then found the invisible messages by heating the paper.
The ministry declined to say when the plot was foiled, but Lawrence has been transferred to another prison.
Niles, Mich. (AP) – An out-of-work Michigan woman shot herself in the hope she’d receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury. Kathy Myers says she injured the shoulder a month ago while playing with her dogs. The 41-year-old Niles resident said she’s been unable to see a specialist because she can’t afford health insurance.
So Myers shot herself on Thursday.
She was released from the hospital a few hours later.
Myers told WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., she has “no suicide wish.” She says her life isn’t great “right now, but I want to live.”
Myers says she wouldn’t do it again and now is searching for a specialist who will accept a payment plan she can afford.
The prosecutor’s office is going to decide whether Myers will face charges for firing a weapon within city limits.
Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) – Her chicks have left the nest, but a peregrine falcon nesting on a Buffalo tower is proving to be an overprotective mother. Antoine Lanier said he saw the falcon recently chase a teenage boy across a street near the University of Buffalo’s South Campus, where a falcon nesting platform is perched on McKay Tower.
Minutes later, Lanier said the falcon swooped in and attacked his dog, leaving the pooch with bloodied paws and ears.
State wildlife biologist Connie Adams said the falcon chicks hatched on the UB tower have left the nest, but the mother remains defensive of her territory.
She said the falcon attacked a pair of bird watchers and a man working on the roof of a Buffalo hospital.
Adams said the mother falcon should become less aggressive in about two weeks.
Batavia, N.Y. (AP) – It wasn’t on the menu, but customers at a western New York restaurant got an up-close look at some venison on the hoof. Management and customers say a deer crashed through a window at an Applebee’s in Batavia just after 7 p.m. Sunday.
Customer Bruce Beck, who was visiting from Wisconsin, says the deer nearly slid into the booth next to his before veering away and running through the restaurant.
Witnesses say people were able to herd the deer out the front door.
No one was hurt.