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Golf course shooting

USA: A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 (€728) for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke his bedroom window.

Jeff Fleming, 53, was put on probation for up to five years in Washoe County District Court. He had faced as much as 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

The unidentified golfer who struck Fleming’s house took a drop and was attempting to play his next shot on the Lakeridge Golf Course in Sept 2012 when Fleming fired a shotgun at him. The golfer, who was playing with a friend, was treated for minor injuries to an arm and both legs.

Fleming’s attorney, Larry Dunn, said his client was just waking up when the stray golf ball shattered his bedroom window and sprayed him with glass shards. Fleming shot at the golfer from about 50m away in an attempt to scare him, not injure him, Dunn said.

Police said the golfer and his partner ran away after the shot was fired, and it wasn’t until they were safe that the golfer realised he had been hit. One or two shotgun pellets had to be removed from his body at the hospital.

Witch hunt

INDIA: New laws in an Indian state are aimed at witch doctors and religious charlatans who use beliefs and superstitions to defraud or harm followers.

Once the bill is signed by the governor of Maharashtra, police will be able to investigate religious fraud, extremism and human sacrifice. Activists said they would like to see the legislation adopted nationwide.

Politicians in the state, where the main financial city of Mumbai is located, passed the legislation following an 18-year debate and intense lobbying from activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was murdered this year after receiving death threats for encouraging villagers to embrace secular and scientific reason.

Chef’s Twitter storm

ENGLAND: A head chef who was fired a week before Christmas has become an online sensation when a series of tweets he published from his pub’s account went viral.

Jim Knight, 28, took to Twitter to air his grievances — and was even offered a job as a result, he said. In a sequence of messages, posted from the Twitter account he created for The Plough, a pub in Oxfordshire where he had been the head chef, Mr Knight said he had been sacked because he wanted Christmas Day and a weekend off with his family.

But Steve Potts, landlord of the pub in Great Haseley, said he had been clear about the need to work Sundays when Mr Knight started work in October and was left with little choice to part company with his chef when he could not work those days.

Frasier ’inspired Sherlock’

ENGLAND: Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss has revealed an unlikely inspiration behind the character of the master detective and his on-screen brother Mycroft: US sitcom Frasier.

Gatiss, who plays Mycroft opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, said fans would learn more about the pair’s family background in the new series, which starts on New Year’s Day.

He said: “We’ve had this idea for a long time that Sherlock and Mycroft are like Niles and Frasier Crane and have very ordinary parents who are just lovely people and actually Sherlock is more likely the product of a loving home than a broken one.”

Handy tips

USA: An anonymous diner is leaving tips worth thousands of dollars at restaurants across America.

Using the pseudonym “tipsforjesus” the man has left tips of up to $10,000 in one go at places from New York to San Francisco.

The name links to an Instagram account filled with photos documenting the tips with the tagline “Doing the Lord’s work, one tip at a time.”


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