Quirky World ... Woman rescued from chimney with soap

California woman gets stuck in chimney trying to sneak into home

Quirky World ... Woman rescued from chimney with soap

USA: A California woman who tried to sneak into a house through the chimney got stuck and had to be rescued by firemen, who used dish soap to help extricate the soot-covered intruder, authorities have said.

Media reports say the woman, identified by police as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, tried on Sunday to enter the Los Angeles-area house of a man who said he met her online, and she started screaming for help when she got stuck.

Firemen who arrived found her about 2m down the chimney, which they took apart brick by brick down to the roof line, Ventura County Department spokesman Bill Nash said.

“She was stuck in there and obviously she doesn’t need bricks falling down on her on top of that,” Nash said.

The team of about 10 firemen spent two hours extracting the woman, pulling her out with straps after lubricating the chimney interior with dish soap, Nash said. She was then taken to a hospital for observation, he said.

Nunez-Figueroa was later arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to a police officer, which involved her misrepresenting her identity, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Don Aguilar.

MYSTERY BLAZE

ENGLAND: Smouldering dead flies which had been zapped by an electric insect killer are being blamed for starting a fire that ripped through a Grade II listed hotel.

Large parts of Crathorne Hall, near Yarm, North Yorkshire, were left gutted by the blaze when the burning insects landed on flammable material. The flames quickly took hold, and around 100 firemen were called to put them out.

A North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman said: “Following investigations into the cause of the fire at Crathorne, we consider the most probable cause of the fire to be an electric fly killer in the roof space of the east wing of the hotel.”

Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

USA: A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights.

Dwight Pink Jr, 44, says in the lawsuit filed in US District Court in July that guards have used the policy to deny him an art book, The Atlas of Foreshortening, which uses nude models to help show how to draw the human form. Pink says the ban is a violation of his free speech rights and serves no meaningful objective in prison. The state filed its response this week, saying Pink has not been harmed by the ban and none of his rights were violated.

HOME UNDER THE HAMMER

ENGLAND: The childhood terraced home of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has sold at auction for £156,000 (€198,000).

The property, at 25 Upton Green in the Speke area of Liverpool, was the musician’s home for a decade from 1949 after his parents moved in following an 18-year wait on the council house list.

The three-bedroom home was sold at the city’s Cavern Club by Countrywide Property Auctions, which last year handled the home of his bandmate John Lennon.The buyer was a Beatles fan from London.

ROYALS ROW

USA: The popular song ‘Royals’ by New Zealand singer Lorde has got caught up in the fervour over the upcoming baseball World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Two San Francisco radio stations said they will not play the song during the duration of the World Series. KOIT programme director Brian Figula said listeners called for the ban, while KFOG’s Jim Richards said they did not want to play a song which repeatedly mentions Royals while rooting for the hometown team.

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