QUIRKY WORLD ... It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye

USA: Police say a veteran’s prosthetic eye has been stolen from his car in New York.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s office says the eye was stolen on Saturday in the village of Boonville in the central part of the state.

They say the eye was in a small black bag inside the car, which was parked in a supermarket plaza lot.

Police say the eye is worth more than $2,000 (€1,840).

Sheriff’s deputies are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Making a killing

ENGLAND: Church leaders have condemned online profiteers for attempting to sell orders of service for Richard III’s reburial for hundreds of pounds on eBay.

Dozens of copies of specially printed card booklets produced for the series of high-profile services at Leicester Cathedral, where the king was reinterred on March 26, have been appearing on the auction website.

Some are being bundled together and listed as souvenir packs, with a copy of a local newspaper, for £300 (€410) plus £2.50 postage.

Tickled pink

USA: The mystery of Portland’s pink chickens has been solved after the birds’ owner said he used food colouring, beetroot juice, and Kool-Aid to dye the pair before releasing them “to make people smile”.

Bruce Whitman tucked the chickens into a tree in a waterfront park, figuring he would collect them later that day. He said the joke surpassed his wildest dreams as he “didn’t expect to get this many people to smile”.

Animal services billed Whitman about $16 per bird for their time in custody.

In the frame

ITALY: Police have recovered a lost Picasso painting, Violin et Bouteille de Bass, that was given to a picture framer as a gift in 1978 and then forgotten.

Officers unveiled the painting and two antiquities that were recovered last year and together valued at €30m. Police said an unknown man gave the framer the painting as a thank you. The framer forgot about it until recently.

The painting’s provenance is under investigation. Another recovered piece was a 3rd-century marble sculpture of a man fighting a bull that was destined for the illicit antiquities market in Switzerland.

A little horseplay

USA: Police officers in Alaska’s biggest city became wranglers after rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped their corral.

A photo tweeted by the Anchorage police department showed officers with the two horses they apprehended. The tweet read: “Some interesting runaways patrol came across this morning!”

The two horses, one black and one tan, were found grazing in the median of a busy East Anchorage street. A police spokeswoman said officers were “able to take these horses into custody” and the pair were reunited with their owners.

Wrong arm of the law

USA: A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade, even making partner at her Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, firm before her fraud was discovered.

Kimberly Kitchen was charged with forgery, unauthorised practise of law, and records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school, and a cheque for a state attorney registration fee.

Kitchen handled estate planning for more than 30 clients and even served as president of her county bar.

“She’s an incredibly competent person, and she worked very diligently and was devoted to the people she served,” said lawyer Caroline Roberto. “There are things about the charges we don’t agree with.”


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