Quirky World... LONELY MAN MADE REPEATED 911 CALLS

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up.

Reports said 52-year-old Gregory Shaffer was jailed on charges of making false reports to authorities.

Penn Township police say Shaffer called Westmoreland County’s 911 centre three times over about four hours on July 30 with various false complaints. The first time, Shaffer claimed he had fallen down some stairs and injured his head and neck. Paramedics say they found him intoxicated but otherwise well and calmly waiting inside his home. Owner of Isis boutique fights off terrorist slurs

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ENGLAND: The owner of a Malvern boutique called Isis has been left astonished at terrorist slurs.

Jill Campbell now has to assure people the shop is not linked to Islamic State fanatics Isis, after rumours started on social media. She and her staff have been subject to “ridiculous and ill-advised” comments from passers-by linking the shop with the terrorist group behind the beheading of journalists and aid-workers.

Campbell told Worcester News: “This is happening thousands of miles away, and yet my business in Malvern is being targeted, it’s bizarre. I can’t believe I have to do this, but I want to make it clear I do not in any way, nor does this business, have any affiliation with, or support for, this vile terrorist group in the Middle East.”

JUVENILE JOYRIDE

USA: Police say a 13-year-old Colorado boy stole his parents’ car, ran over an officer’s leg, and rammed three patrol cars before being struck with a stun gun and arrested.

The officer was treated for ankle injuries and released after the pursuit in Grand Junction. It was reported that an officer shot the boy with a Taser as police tried to remove him from the car. He was evaluated at a hospital and taken to a juvenile jail. Authorities say charges are pending.

His parents reported shortly after 9am that their car had been stolen. Police pursued the boy around the neighbourhood until he parked in front of his home. He then drove off, striking the officer before he stopped and was arrested.

DOG FOUND IN OREGON HEADING BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA

USA: Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania.

A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back.

A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal shelter near Portland to find the dog’s owner. PetLink, manufactures the microchip and will pay for her return flight, said Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Washington County.

“We have no idea how she came from Pennsylvania to Oregon, but we are thrilled that she will be going home safe and sound,” Wood said.

NEWS READER SACKED OVER NAME ERROR

INDIA: A news presenter for an Indian TV channel has been fired after she referred to China’s president, Xi Jinping, as “11 Jinping” — apparently mistaking his name for a Roman numeral.

The Chinese leader had just left India after a three-day visit where he signed more than a dozen agreements to push trade and investment between the countries.

The presenter for Doordarshan news channel made the mistake on Wednesday night while she read a news bulletin. She was dismissed afterwards, according to an official at the station who said the presenter was a “casual” employee and not a regular member of staff.

DRUNK AS A SKUNK

USA: A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in south-western Ohio.

Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk’s predicament and officers found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs.

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