Quirky World... Grandmother tackles man fleeing from police

USA: A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.

Quirky World... Grandmother tackles man fleeing from police

Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb told the Tri-City Herald that Becky Powell was driving by when she saw the man run from officers. She told her husband to speed ahead of the fleeing man, and got out to confront him.

Powell said she got help pinning the man and asked him how it felt to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three.

POLAND: Poland’s economy ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.

It is trying to exempt cider from a law that bans advertising any alcohol other than beer, as it tries to help apple producers hurt by a Russian embargo on European foods.

However, the health ministry and others are fighting the proposal, saying it is dangerous to encourage alcohol consumption when some people abuse it.

Krzysztof Brzozka, the director of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems, said: “Poles are not light drinkers.”

ENGLAND: A beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier.

The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last month’s blaze.

Jamie Simm, head brewer said they had “tweaked” the recipe of their flagship Long Blonde beer to “create something special” for the pier.

All profits up to £10,000 (€12,500) from the sale of the Craft Pier beer will go into a fund to help firms get back into business.

SWEDEN: A TV network has apologised to Costa Rica for using the Central American country’s national anthem to promote a comedy show.

TV4 is using the anthem in a trailer for Parlamentet, a popular game show featuring comedians. After complaints from Costa Ricans living in Sweden, Costa Rica lodged a diplomatic protest, calling it a “grave disrespect to our national symbol”.

A network spokesman said producers have apologised to Costa Rica’s ambassador. He said they picked the tune from a music library because it was “beautiful and grand” but did not know it was Costa Rica’s anthem.

ENGLAND: An early spring and a “wonderful growing season” is set to deliver autumn fruit crops around two weeks early, experts said.

The Royal Horticultural Societysaid its orchard at Wisley, Surrey, was seeing early ripening of berries and fruits such as apples and pears, and that most gardeners should be in line for an excellent crop.

RHS chief horticultural adviser Guy Barter said: “The whole season has been early, it’s been a wonderful growing season, with no frosts, good weather and here we are with autumn approaching and fruits ripening.”

USA: A poodle was freed with the help of Albuquerque firefighters after one of its paws got stuck in a bathtub drain for several hours.

Twelve-year-old Selene Ortega told KRQE-TV she was giving her dog, Morita, a bath when the poodle started screaming.

Ortega said she and her family first called their veterinarian, then a plumber, and finally 911.

A 911 dispatcher contacted Albuquerque Animal Welfare. The agency ended up calling the fire department.

Firefighters tried to use lotion and shampoo to get Morita’s paw out. They eventually cut open the bathtub.

Morita, drain and all, was taken to a vet, who successfully removed it.

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