QUIRKY WORLD ... Food fans in a flap at chicken wing festival

USA: Reno police said they shot to death a man who tried to run over an officer as he attempted to drive into a crowded chicken wing festival.

The incident began at about 1.30pm on Sunday when police tried to stop a silver mini-van near downtown, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver of the mini-van failed to stop and headed towards downtown. The mini-van tried to get past a barricade in front of the annual Biggest Little City Wing Fest and then swerved towards a police officer who was on foot. The officer shot the man after it crashed into a vendor.

The suspect, who police have not identified, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. No officers or bystanders were injured.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports that witness Steven Parks said he saw several police officers on foot attempted to cut off the vehicle so they could shoot into the passenger side of the van. Parks said he then heard multiple gunshots.

Small ‘hogs in the big city


Hedgehogs are highly adaptable and adjust well to city living if they can find suitable gardens and parks, a study has shown.

After 15m years of evolution, the humble hedgehog has learned to cope with all kinds of environmental changes, including urbanisation, say scientists.

To investigate how well street-wise hedgehogs were coping, a German team of researchers fitted a number of the prickly creatures with temperature-sensitive transmitters. The devices allowed the researchers to monitor hibernation patterns, winter nest-site use, and the range of territory over which the animals roamed.

Cheesed off


Some 9,070kg of cheese have been stolen in south-western Wisconsin. The cheese, produced by US Foods, was in a semi-trailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it went missing.

Police said the driver was transporting the load from Green Bay to the New York City area and unhitched the trailer to run an errand. When he returned, the trailer and $46,000 worth of cheese was gone.

It is not the first such heist in a state where sports fans like to wear foam wedges on their heads. A semi-trailer carrying $70,000 worth of cheese was stolen from Germantown, another Milwaukee suburb, in January.

Cooling off now a hot topic


Residents in Boulder, Colorado, will no longer be able to cool off with an ice cream cone by the pool because the city has discontinued the sweet treat as a vending option at all Parks and Recreation facilities.

The city dropped ice cream cones, bars, and sandwiches in an effort to cut down on sugary, unhealthy snacks. City-run facilities can only sell treats that satisfy a series of nutritional standards, meaning chips and other junk food also left snack stands this year.

The change hasn’t been welcomed by everyone. Andrew Gafford, 8, said he always spent his summers enjoying a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich at the pool.

“I’ll get over it, but then it brings back a lot of memories of me getting ice cream sandwiches,” Andrew said. “Like this one time, when I was eating one very slowly, so it melted all over me. It makes me feel sad to say.”

Postmen v pooches


The number of attacks by dogs on postal workers remains “unacceptable”, with over a third of incidents happening at the front door, a report shows.

Around seven attacks a day are being reported, a fall of 10% over the past year, but incidents usually increase during the summer holidays, when dogs are more likely to be in the garden.

The Royal Mail launched its annual Dog Awareness Week with a survey showing one in four dog owners admit they had left their pet loose in the house when a front door was open.

Girls go for a joyride


Authorities say a 12-year-old girl took her grandmother’s car for a joyride with her 7-year-old sister, striking other vehicles as she led police on a high-speed chase north of Houston.

The grandmother reported her car stolen before a Conroe officer spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it, but the girls sped away. A chase ensued, with the girls hitting at least two other vehicles.

Montgomery police Sergeeant Becky Lehn said that the stolen car reached top speeds before it stopped at a high school.

The older girl was taken into custody and could be charged with evading arrest.

Teen pushes the limit


Authorities say a 15-year-old serving as his uncle’s designated driver was pulled over for driving 165kph on a New Jersey highway.

Riverdale police said the teen was pulled over in a 65mph zone. They say the teen told police he was driving his sick uncle to the hospital, but that the uncle later admitted to smoking marijuana.

Ricardo Baez, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. The teenager was charged with being an unlicenced driver and speeding. He was released to his parents.


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