Some of the stranger stories from around the world
ENGLAND: Prime ministers may come and go, but Larry the cat is staying put. Known officially as the chief mouser at the prime minister’s residence at No 10 Downing Street, Larry has not joined outgoing chief David Cameron and his family as they moved out.
Instead, he was in place to welcome Cameron’s successor, Theresa May, and her husband Philip — while trying to keep the famous residence and offices vermin-free.
The never shy brown and white tabby rescue cat was seen on patrol as the international press gathered in front of No 10 to await Mr Cameron’s departure and the arrival of May. He looks the part — but some suggest he’s not so great at catching mice.
Authorities say a Florida beach-goer found over two pounds of cocaine floating in waters at a state park along the Gulf Coast.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s officials say the suspicious package was spotted at Don Pedro State Park, part of a chain of barrier islands extending along the coast.
Authorities told the Herald Tribune the parcel contained 2.58 pounds of powder cocaine. The case is under investigation.
The mayor of a small town outside Naples had to shut down most municipal offices after police arrested 23 of his staff in the latest revelations of absenteeism in Italy’s public sector.
Police arrested around half of all employees in the town hall offices of Boscotrecase following a weeks-long investigation which they said revealed 200 cases of absenteeism involving 30 people.
Staff were filmed clocking in and then leaving to go about their personal business or using multiple swipe cards to register absent colleagues, in scenes which have become familiar after numerous similar scandals.
A police video showed one man trying to tamper with a security camera and then putting a cardboard box over his head to hide his identity before swiping two cards.
“I’ll probably have to shut down the town hall,” Pietro Carotenuto, elected just a month ago as mayor of the town of 11,000 people, told Sky Italia.
He said four major town hall departments had been closed on Tuesday due to a lack of staff. Those arrested, accused of fraud against the state, included the head of the local traffic police and the head of the town’s accounting department.
Frying pan fight
Police say a Maryland woman struck her fiancé with a frying pan after an argument and now faces charges.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 32-year-old Kiesha Latasha Lee of Salisbury was arrested on charges including first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
The paper says charging documents state the couple got into an argument on Saturday night. State police say Lee grabbed the frying pan and struck her fiancé with it across the left side of his face. Her fiancé has a loose front tooth as a result.
A small-city mayor in Cincinnati who’s also a veteran standup comedian was indicted on four felony counts including election falsification and theft.
The state auditor’s office announcement followed a monthslong investigation of Republican Hillsboro mayor Drew Hastings by special prosecutors appointed by a Highland County judge. The counts also include theft and tampering with records.
Mr Hastings said he has done nothing wrong and was “mystified” when he was served with the indictment while having lunch at a restaurant. “I’m only guilty of trying to represent our citizens without the consent of an established political structure,” he said.
Among allegations probed were improper personal use of Hillsboro city bins, a $500 (€450) vacant building fee refund he received and election falsification concerning his residency in the city of 6,600 residents, where he has a downtown apartment. He has called the investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt” and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Police in New Jersey say a man on a motorcycle used a retractable licence plate to try to prevent paying a toll at the Holland Tunnel.
A Port Authority police officer saw the licence plate was concealed as the motorcycle entered an E-ZPass lane. The officer then saw the man use a toggle switch to return the licence plate to its proper position. Authorities charged 51-year-old Henry Pogue of Roselle with theft of service and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Toilet roll disguise
Police in Tennessee are looking for a man who they say robbed a Nashville petrol station while covering his face with toilet paper.
The man entered the station just before 2am.
He went into the bathroom, grabbed toilet paper and used it to cover his face as he pulled out a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
Police are reviewing the store’s surveillance video.
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