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Iowa man says his dog shot him while they were playing
FORT DODGE, Iowa — With best friends like these, who needs enemies?
An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday.
Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger.
The gun fired, striking one of Remme's legs. He was treated at a hospital and released later that day.
Remme told The Messenger newspaper that Balew is a "big wuss" and lay down beside him and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.
Woman angry at utility worker, leaves her suspended in lift
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Police in New Jersey say a woman got angry at a cable TV worker and left her stranded in the air.
Police say the dispute started in Ridgewood on Monday between a woman and an Optimum employee. The Record reports the 59-year-old woman turned off the worker's truck while she was in the lift, leaving her stuck in midair.
Police say the woman took "utility property" before walking away.
Optimum says in a statement that the safety of its employees is their top priority and they're pleased their worker wasn't harmed.
The woman was charged with harassment, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. She was released from custody with a pending court date.
No names have been released.
This story has been corrected to show that the employee was a woman, not a man.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com
'Joggling' record: Man sets mark for running while juggling
BOSTON — It won't land him a spot in the Olympics, but a Massachusetts college student has run one of the fastest miles while juggling — an endeavor called "joggling."
Zach Prescott ran a 4 minute, 43.2 second-mile on Tuesday while juggling three lacrosse balls.
The junior business student who is on Boston University's track and cross country squads told The Boston Globe it's all about focus and rhythm. Once he gets used to the speed when he's running, "you're pretty much just juggling in place."
If verified, his time would beat the previous world record by .6 seconds.
A Guinness World Records spokeswoman says the organization is aware of Prescott's feat and working to determine whether he beat the current record, set in 1986, a process than can take several months.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com
Police: Woman jailed after slipper-slapping granddaughter
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 95-year-old Florida woman landed in jail after calling police for help during an argument with her defiant granddaughter.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Hattie Reynolds probably wasn't a threat, but her admission of slapping her granddaughter in the face with a slipper qualified as domestic violence.
An arrest report says Reynolds told police Saturday that she wanted 46-year-old Janeen Williams out of her house because she was in bed soaking up the air conditioning Reynolds pays for. When Williams began screaming and swearing at her, Reynolds said she slapped her with the slipper.
Police handcuffed Reynolds and took her to jail for the night. Records show a judge released her on her own recognizance.
A lawyer wasn't listed on records.
Blind, howling pug's apology to neighbor makes noise online
PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh pug's apology for his separation anxiety-induced howling is making some noise.
The 11-year-old dog named Charleston Chew and his owner Sharla Wilson just moved into a new apartment.
She tells KDKA-TV Charleston is nearly blind and since his vision started going, his separation anxiety ramped up.
Since the move, he's been bumping into walls and will meander into a corner and start howling until she rescues him.
So Wilson wrote up an apology from Charleston and taped it to a neighbor's door. It explains he's old and very sorry for his howling.
Neighbor Megan Jones snapped a photo of the note and posted it on Twitter saying "You can howl all you want Charleston, honey!'"
The tweet has gotten nearly 450,000 likes as of Thursday and launched his internet fame.
Information from: KDKA-TV, http://www.kdka.com
Police officer helps snapping turtle cross road
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A police officer in New Jersey took no chances when he helped a snapping turtle safely cross a road.
In video posted on the Hamilton Township Police Facebook page, the officer is seen using a shield to protect himself from the turtle's fierce bite. The turtle lunged at the shield several times.
The department, in Atlantic County, says it isn't sure the shield was meant to be utilized for that purpose.
Dog 'bride' in 'Most Expensive Pet Wedding' dies at 13
NEW YORK — A little dog known for her role in a fundraiser deemed the world's priciest pet wedding has died.
Animal advocate Wendy Diamond announced Wednesday that Baby Hope Diamond died this week after a nine-month battle with congestive heart failure. She was 13.
The coton du tulear participated in fundraisers for a host of charitable causes. She made it into Guinness World Records for playing the bride at "the Most Expensive Pet Wedding in History."
The 2012 gala in New York City cost over $158,000 in donated luxury goods and raised over $110,000 for a critical care ward at the Humane Society of New York.
Wendy Diamond adopted Baby Hope after the death of her also-famous Maltese, named Lucky.
Couple get up-close view of moose that stares through window
MERRIMACK, N.H. — A New Hampshire couple have gotten an up-close view of a moose that wandered into their yard, right up to their window.
The couple caught the moose's surprise visit on video and posted it on YouTube, where it has received thousands of views since Tuesday morning. The video shows the moose nibbling leaves on a tree across the street outside the couple's Merrimack home and then walking up to the home and standing inches away from the camera.
Resident Nichole DiVietro posted on Facebook it was her first time seeing a moose. She says she named the moose Mooshy, after her sister, Michelle, who recently died.
Rescuers bitten after mistaking bobcats for domestic kittens
SAN ANTONIO — Three well-meaning people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them mewling in a San Antonio alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs.
The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed pair of young bobcats on Saturday and, thinking they were Bengal kittens, took them in. They fed the bobcats milk from pet-feeding bottles, but realized something was amiss when the aggressive animals tore the bottles apart and bit them.
Workers intended to wait in the alley hoping to find the mother and reunite her with the cubs.
Can you spare a dime? Truck full of coins crashes in Nevada
LAS VEGAS — Brother can you spare a dime? How about 8 million of them?
A semi-trailer truck hauling $800,000 worth of dimes crashed Tuesday into a guard rail on an interstate near Las Vegas, spilling thousands of coins on the side of the road.
State troopers established a crime scene so a recovery team could collect the money,
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the truck was heading south on I-15 about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Las Vegas when it hit a guard rail in the early morning.
KSNV-TV reported Wednesday the truck was hauling the money under a contract with the U.S. Treasury Department when it dumped the load and several bags split open.
The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital. Their injuries aren't considered life-threatening.
Information from: KSNV-TV, http://www.mynews3.com/index.php
State trooper uses jerky to rescue pup from highway
WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts state trooper has rescued a dog running loose in the middle of an interstate with the bribe of a homemade snack.
Trooper Nick D'Angelo responded to a report of a pup running loose along Interstate 190 in Worcester on Wednesday morning.
State police say the dog, named Dozier, was "hot doggin' it," down the highway as stopped motorists tried to capture him.
D'Angelo lured Dozier to safety with some homemade deer jerky.
Dozier has been reunited with his owner.
Massachusetts State police say it's always great making new friends, two- and four-legged.
Firefighter gets creative with marriage proposal
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Firefighters helped one of their own pull off a marriage proposal.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, firefighter Ashton Hanway asked Lauren Wood to visit Station 17 on Friday to take some pictures. His captain suggested they stand on top of a truck.
An alarm sounded and two firefighters got into an adjacent truck. When they pulled out, they revealed a fire hose on the floor that spelled out: "Will you marry me?"
Hanway tells The Fayetteville Observer he was trying to write in cursive and it took several hours to do everything.
Wood, who said yes, says it was a complete shock. She described it as an "out-of-body experience."
The couple, who have been together for six years, are planning a 2019 wedding.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com
A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway
WARSAW, Poland — A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess.
The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions.
Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away.
Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, "the cooling chocolate is worse than snow."
TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.
Dog rescued from Colorado wastewater treatment plant
A 2-year-old English mastiff led astray by an escape-prone hound dog is happy to be home, but still stinks after being found stranded in muck at a wastewater treatment plant in Colorado.
Gidget's ordeal started when a walker coonhound named Buddy helped her escape from their house in Pueblo West on Sunday evening.
"We have a hound dog that likes to play escape artist with the front door," Mandi Smith said Tuesday. "When he gets out Gidget, of course, follows."
The hound came home about mid-day Monday, wet and muddy, without his partner-in-crime.
While Smith was out searching, an employee at a wastewater treatment plant about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Smith's house heard Gidget barking for help. Tony Campbell found the dog on the edge of an aeration pond.
The aeration process makes it impossible for anything to float in the waste water, even a boat, said Pueblo West Fire Division Chief Brad Davidson, meaning it wasn't safe for Campbell to try and rescue Gidget herself.
Fire crews used a ladder to get down to Gidget. They hosed her off and turned her over to Pueblo Animal Services, where she got two decontamination baths at the shelter before being returned to her owners.
"Everybody at the shelter just loved her," Smith said. "She was a star."
Campbell, a friend of Smith's, had seen Buddy at the treatment plant, too, but was unable to catch up with him.
Smith's 16-year-old son Henry Smithour went to pick up Gidget, who was reunited with Buddy and the family's other dog.
"Gidget is just ecstatic to be home," Smith said. "Out of all the dogs, she's the baby of the house."
Both escapees were smothered with love...and shampoo.
"They have gotten so many baths and they still smell," Smith said. "The poor bulldog is keeping her distance."
Probation for Colorado man who set fire over phallus prank
ASPEN, Colo. — A 25-year-old Colorado man accused of setting fire to a garage in retaliation to his roommates drawing phallic symbols on his face while he was asleep has been sentenced to two years of probation.
The Aspen Times reported Monday that Stephen Elmore pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson in exchange for a plea deal that calls for the felony conviction to be wiped from his criminal record if he stays out of trouble.
Court documents say that in January, Elmore's Snowmass Village roommates drew on his face with a felt-tipped pen while he was asleep. When he discovered the drawings, he confronted a roommate before going downstairs and eventually starting a fire in the garage.
The roommates put out the fire.
Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/