Quirky World ... New York drunk driver tries to eat the evidence

EAT THAT

USA:

A 40-year-old man is facing multiple charges after New York state police say he tried to eat his drink-driving test results.AT

Troopers say Kenneth Desormes, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was stopped for speeding. After speaking with him, officers determined he was intoxicated and arrested him.

Desormes was transported to the state police barracks in Tarrytown to be processed. Troopers say when his breathalyser tests results were printing, Desormes grabbed the paperwork and tried to eat it. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal tampering.

WITCHMARK DISCOVERY

ENGLAND:

Archaeologists have uncovered 17th-century witchmarks which are believed to be connected to the Gunpowder Plot.

Discovered in a room in the National Trust property Knole in Kent, the marks lay hidden for centuries.

The find comes as part of a five-year project to conserve Knole, which was built to accommodate royalty. Using dendrochronology, or tree ring dating, archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (Mola) dated the marks to early 1606 and the reign of King James I.

UP IN FLAMES

ENGLAND:

An effigy of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will be burned at the stake during bonfire night celebrations.

The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been poking fun at the famous for nearly 20 years by building and exploding a 10m tall effigy alongside their traditional figure of Guy Fawkes.

This year’s “celebrity guy” was unveiled ahead of the society’s bonfire celebration. Bonfire society member Jon Mitchell said this year’s decision came down to Mr Barroso’s demand that Britain pay an extra £1.7 billion to the European Union.

WEARABLE BANKING

BRITAIN:

Customers of Britain’s biggest building society can now check their balances using a watch on their wrist in the latest innovation to help people manage their money “on the go”.

Nationwide Building Society said members who have downloaded the mobile banking app for Android will be able to access their balance if they want to using their Android Wear smartwatch. As well as being able to check their balance with the smartwatch, they can can also set it to give them daily notifications of how much money is in their account.

HELPING HANDS

USA:

Two US high school runners have been disqualified in the state girls’ cross country meeting for helping an opponent who fell.

Kailee Kiminski, a senior from Esko, and Tierney Winter, a junior in Janesville, forfeited the race in Minnesota to help Jackson County Central freshman Jessica Christoffer cross the finish line. All three were disqualified because of a rule against aiding another runner.

Ms Christoffer told reporters she is “really thankful” for the help of her peers.

FIERY BREW

USA:

US police say a Pittsburgh man told them he was making moonshine when he started a small fire that burned his legs.

The man was standing outside his North Side home when crews arrived to extinguish the small blaze in the basement, where the man allegedly told police he had been making the illegal alcohol.

He was being treated at a burns unit. It is not known if he will face charges.


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