QUIRKY WORLD... Five years later, owner’s hungry dog coughs up missing wedding ring

 DIAMOND DOG COUGHS UP MISSING WEDDING RING 

QUIRKY WORLD... Five years later, owner’s hungry dog coughs up missing wedding ring

USA: A Wisconsin woman who lost her diamond wedding ring five years ago had given up all hope of finding it after searching high and low.

It turns out her mischievous dog may have had it all along.

Lois Matykowski, of Stevens Point, was eating an icecream two weeks ago when she noticed her granddaughter’s own one was gone. Her dog, Tucker, was to blame. The 10-year-old mutt the family calls the “food burglar” had struck again, swallowing it whole.

The snatched food soon came back up. Two days later, Tucker threw up again. Matykowski said that this time when she went to clean up the mess, she found her missing ring.

Her veterinarian says the Popsicle icecream may have dislodged the ring from inside his belly.

TROUSER ’THEFT’

ENGLAND: A man who claimed his trousers had been stolen when he walked into a London Underground station naked from the waist down has been jailed.

Christopher Dove, 39, attempted to talk to a member of staff before sitting on the floor of Piccadilly Circus station, British Transport Police said. Officers found Dove, from Strood, Kent, still sitting down with excrement smeared over the lower half of his body and the station floor.

When questioned, he claimed his trousers had been taken and that he had entered the station to ask for help, a spokesman said. Dove was sentenced to four weeks’ jail at Blackfriars Crown Court after pleading guilty to outraging public indecency

MAN ARRESTED IN DELAWARE FROZEN CHICKEN CAPER

USA: Police in Delaware arrested a man they say was trying to retrieve 33kg of whole frozen chickens he stole from a delivery truck and stashed at a day care.

Police say a man stole the chickens from a truck making a grocery delivery in Wilmington. Officers say the man hid the chickens at a day care behind the grocery and fled.

Authorities say 49-year-old Ronald Johnson of Wilmington returned to the day care, but was confronted by an employee. Police say he cut the employee on the back and hand with a knife. The man was arrested after a foot chase.

Johnson is charged with assault and theft.

BENCH MYSTERY

HOLLAND: The city of Amsterdam is not quite sure who to blame for the fact that a bench that found fame in the hit film The Fault In Our Stars has gone missing.

Nobody noticed that the green bench on the Leidsdegracht upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers talk and kiss had gone for at least a month — probably because someone put a large flower pot on the spot.

The bench resembles hundreds of others around the city and could simply have been taken away for repairs. The city says it will be replaced.

USA: A San Francisco Bay area man had an unexpected passenger in his car during the 50km trip to his parents’ house: A small, stray kitten that had somehow found a place to ride in the engine compartment.

Jim Michelotti says he heard meowing after pulling into a petrol station. A woman next to him said it was coming from his 1993 Mitsubishi Diamante.

With the help of a flashlight, Michelotti found the black kitten on a bar between the engine and firewall, just inches from the ground. The cat was greasy and scared, but otherwise healthy.

It had apparently ridden from Michelotti’s home in the Silicon Valley city of Sunnyvale. Michelotti says the cat appears to be abandoned.

POLICE MOVE IN ON ACROBATS

USA: The underground acrobats who flip, somersault, and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience — police officers.

The New York Police Department is cracking down on the subway showmen who use the tight quarters of the nation’s busiest transit system as moving stages for their impromptu — and illegal — pass-the-hat performances.

More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanours related to acrobatics so far this year, compared with fewer than 40 at this time a year ago.

Police commissioner William Bratton acknowledges he is targeting subway acrobats as part of his embrace of the “broken windows” theory of policing, which posits that low-grade lawlessness can cultivate a greater sense of disorder and embolden more dangerous offenders.

Texan dies after riding lawnmower goes into pond

USA: An 80-year-old East Texas man died when he drove his sit-down lawnmower into a pond and was pinned down underwater by the machine, police said.

Billy Huffines was pronounced dead in Fannett, about 115km east of Houston, after fire department medics were unable to resuscitate him.

“There’s been a lot of rain over here and there’s a possibility that the wheels of a tractor, or a mower like that, dig into the mud and inertia can pull it over if the edge slopes downward like a ditch,” said deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office.

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