QUIRKY WORLD ... Cat stink giving St Bernard residents a dog’s life

USA: The Cincinnati village of St Bernard is being taken over by the smell of cats.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Cat stink giving St Bernard residents a dog’s life

Residents are keeping their windows shut due to the foul smell that has been plaguing neighbourhoods.

The village council has fielded numerous complaints about the unbearable odour from feral cats in residential areas, the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported.

Councilwoman Diana Schildmeyer said the stench of waste from the cats is so bad the council needs to act.

“I have residents calling me. They can’t even go out of their house,” she said.

One house was recently condemned by Hamilton County Public Health after an inspector observed nearly 20 cats on the property.

St Bernard director of law Curtis Walden unsuccessfully proposed an ordinance in March that would have empowered police to capture and euthanise the feral cats.

Charlotte White-Hull, an advocate with Ohio Alleycat Resource, said removing cats from the equation won’t solve the problem. She said if the euthanasia ordinance was adopted, other cats would have moved in to take advantage of the lack of competition for food and shelter.

The group hopes residents will capture the cats using traps and take them to be spayed or neutered, which officials say will curb their bad behaviour.

What a find

USA: Arizona detectives holding a free rubbish collection event got more than just garbage. They also got their man.

Reports said detectives working at the event in Kingman spotted a familiar vehicle in line. Authorities say they saw the same vehicle five days earlier at the home of 20-year-old Trenton Drake White, who is suspected of illegal dumping.

They say White allegedly dumped 270kg of construction and household rubbish in the desert. Detectives approached White. They said he admitted dumping the items. He was arrested on two unrelated misdemeanour warrants for failure to pay fines and driving on a suspended licence — but he now also faces a felony charge of illegal dumping.

Audacious plot

ENGLAND: Four alleged smugglers are accused of using unusual vehicles to carry drugs into Britain — a fleet of ambulances.

A joint British and Dutch investigation put the brakes on the scheme this week when police arrested four Dutch nationals — two of them wearing paramedic uniforms — and seized 270kg of heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines hidden in secret compartments in an ambulance in the city of Birmingham.

Dutch detectives said the stash had a street value of €10m. Police raids in the Netherlands following the arrests found 10 more ambulances.

In a statement, Brent Lyon of Britain’s National Crime Agency calls the smuggling “an audacious plot” in which suspects posed as paramedics “to avoid unwanted attention”.

Cannonball run

USA: Crews repairing footpaths on the University of Alabama campus discovered a stash of civil war-era cannonballs.

University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen told al.com explosive ordinance disposal technicians were called to the campus after the 10 cannonballs were found

under a footpath near the Gorgas Library. Employees in the area were sent home.

Gun-ho

USA: A man accidentally shot himself during a gun safety class at an Orlando pawn shop.

Orange County Sheriff’s officials did not identify the 23-year-old victim but said the incident happened at the Instant Replay Pawn Shop and Shooting Range. The Orlando Sentinel reports the bullet grazed his leg.

Machete attack

USA: Los Angeles police say a man’s thumb was severed after being attacked with a machete as four men tried to steal his bicycle.

Sgt John Marroquin said the suspects got out of a green sedan and tried to pull the man off his bicycle early on Sunday in the Pico-Union neighbourhood.

Marroquin told City News Service that when the victim resisted, one of the suspects began hacking at him with a 24-inch machete.

The man’s left thumb was cut off and he suffered lacerations to the left side of his face and hands and cuts to the back of his head. Marroquin said the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in a critical but stable condition.

He said the suspects drove away without the bike.

Go fish

ENGLAND: The vast distances gannets fly to catch fish are being tracked in real time for the first time using the 3G mobile network.

People are being given the chance to see how Britain’s largest native seabirds journey through the English Channel from nests off Alderney in the Channel Islands to find food for their chicks, with data from GPS tags uploaded onto the web.

The data has already revealed a fishing trip totalling over 800km through the Channel and one bird has been tracked flying up as far as the Thames Estuary.

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