USA: A Connecticut man is facing charges after police said he grabbed a mop out of a hotel employee’s hands and was "mopping aggressively" over the worker’s shoes.
John Thornton, 30, of Southington, was arrested and charged with breach of peace and threatening.
Officers responding to the Bristol hotel were told a man had become “unruly”, grabbed the mop, and swept it back and forth over the woman’s shoes. When the employee asked the man to stop, police said he turned his back and pushed her into a corner. Police said the woman was shaken and crying.
OHIO MAN ACCUSED OF IMPERSONATING OFFICER
USA: Police in northeast Ohio say a man trying to impersonate a police officer got caught when he tried to pull over a real officer.
Akron police say a man driving a Ford Crown Victoria with a spotlight and made to look like a police car tried to block the path of a real officer on his way to work this week.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 50-year-old David Scofield had a rifle, shotgun, handguns, a bullet-proof vest, a silencer, and ammunition in his car. Police say Scofield is a firearms dealer from Lancaster.
He was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer, carrying concealed weapons and obstructing official business.
ENGLAND: Staff at a wildlife park who are celebrating successfully breeding African spurred tortoises for the first time believe the soaring summer temperatures helped.
The four tiny babies, measuring just 2in (5cm) long, have been named Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo after their Ninja Turtle distant cousins by the Lake District Wildlife Park, near Keswick.
Park manager Richard Robinson said the eggs were successfully incubated for 100 days, and the babies hatched three weeks ago. He said: “We have had eggs in the past but we never managed to get everything in place. I would like to think the wonderful weather we had helped things along.”
ROAD OUTHOUSE BLUES
USA: A major US highway was shut down after a truck carrying portable toilets crashed and spilled blue deodoriser on to the roadway.
California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Rasmussen told reporters the crash took place on southbound Interstate 280 in San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The truck overturned after crashing with a car that had spun out of control. Several other vehicles also crashed, but police said all injuries were minor.
NEW YORK MAKES YOGHURT OFFICIAL STATE SNACK
USA: Yoghurt has become New York’s official state snack.
The city has become the nation’s top yoghurt producer amid the booming popularity of strained Greek-style yoghurt, said the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo signed a bill making it the official state snack.
“Designating yoghurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yoghurt and the dairy industry,” the governor’s office said.
Only a handful of states have official snacks. South Carolina has boiled peanuts, Texas has tortilla chips and salsa, Illinois has popcorn, and Utah has Jell-O.
POLICE: SUSPECT CHASED THROUGH CHICAGO MARATHON
USA: Authorities say a wanted man attempted to flee by blending into the sea of Chicago Marathon runners.
WLS-TV reports police say Bryan Duffy of Chicago ran from officers on Sunday after they approached him. Police say the 29-year-old jumped into a group of marathon runners in hopes he could make an escape. But police were ultimately able to tackle and arrest Duffy. Police say the man was carrying 10 capsules of MDMA. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and reckless conduct.
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