Friday, November 10, 2017

Screams of “Help!” draw 911 call, but parrot is the screamer

A deliveryman in Oregon who heard a woman’s screams for help had his wife call 911, but when a deputy showed up it turned out the screamer was a parrot, not a woman. It was reported that when Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy Hayden Sanders showed up, all he found was Diego the Parrot. The green-and-yellow bird was in good health and no humans were involved. (Yahoo)


There’s Now an App That Tells You If McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Is Broken

The pain of ordering a McFlurry at McDonald’s only to be told the ice cream is machine is broken may finally be over. After years of customers complaining online that the fast food giant’s soft-serve machines are too frequently out of service, there is now an app that aims to tell you whether or not you’ll be able to satisfy your frozen treat cravings before you arrive at your local Mickey D’s. Dubbed Ice Check, the app (available for Apple iOS devices) allows users to search for their nearest McDonald’s and then shows them the status of its ice cream machine in real-time. And if you happen to be the unlucky customer who discovers a machine is down, you can save your fellow McD’s lovers some trouble by marking the location as “off.” (Buzzfeed)


The proposed AT&T/Time Warner hit a major snag

AT&T CFO John Stephens told a media conference the “timing of the closing of the deal is uncertain” after reports that the Justice Department was insisting the combined entity divest either Turner Broadcasting — owner of CNN — or DirecTV. The antitrust implications of the combination were not immediately clear; legal experts in the field said that “fighting the deal could prove challenging for regulators.” As late as last week the companies were under the impression that “DoJ approval was right around the corner.” (CNBC)


Attempted murder suspect offered 20 years, demands 30

A 40-year-old man from Montegut, Louisianna, charged with attempted murder rejected the state’s plea offer because he didn’t feel the sentence was long enough. Steven Walcott Jr. is being held without bond at the jail following his arrest in May 2016 in the wake of a shooting that left a 46-year-old man in critical condition, authorities said. Prosecutors offered Walcott a 20-year plea agreement, but Walcott turned down the offer and demanded 30. Dressed in a red jail-issued jumpsuit and seated in a wheelchair, Walcott also asked to represent himself in the case even though the court had appointed public defender Michael Billiot as his attorney. “I don’t want (Billiot’s) representation because to this day he hasn’t done any work on my case,” Walcott said. “The plea deal that I came to court for on Oct. 9 went down from 30 years to 20 years and I don’t want the 20 years. I want the 30 years. I want the plea deal that was first offered.” Walcott said. “I was offered 30 years and he came to me with 20 and I told him I wasn’t going to accept the 20. I wanted the 30. If he couldn’t get me the 30 years I didn’t want to see him anymore as my counsel.” Billiot said Walcott also refuses to meet with him at the jail, which makes it difficult for him to move forward on the case. Walcott was charged with six counts of contempt of court which amounts to a three-year sentence. After Walcott was wheeled out of the courtroom, Billiot requested a sanity commission to be appointed to evaluate his client’s mental state. Bethancourt granted the motion. The defendant has also filed four pending lawsuits over the last year alleging harsh conditions at the Terrebonne Parish jail. The Sheriff’s Office dismissed the lawsuits as baseless. Walcott’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 11th. (Houma Today)


Bradford man arrested trying to sell stolen food outside grocery store

A man in Bradford, Ontario, Canada got arrested and charged after trying to sell stolen food outside the grocery store from which he stole it. On Tuesday (11/7), South Simcoe Police responded to reports that a man had stolen food items from a grocery store. The suspect allegedly went into the grocery store to ask for bags, then proceeded to fill them with hundreds of dollars worth of stolen food. He walked out of the store without making an attempt to pay and then began to sell the items on the sidewalk nearby. Police arrived and located him on the sidewalk. After resisting arrest by one officer, more officers arrived to arrest and charge the man. The man was charged with resisting arrest and theft under $5,000. (Guelph Mercury Tribune)


Woman Blames GPS After Driving Into River

A woman in New York is blaming her car’s navigation system for leading her straight into a river this past Sunday (11/5). According to reports, the driver was following her GPS directions while traveling through the small city of Port Jervis when it allegedly took her down a muddy bank and into the Neversink River. “I saw water hit my windshield and then looked around and realized I was in water,” the 30-year-old told authorities. The woman could not open her door after crashing into the 55-mile-long river and called 911 immediately. Rescue teams arrived quickly to pull the woman out of the wreck, which was right behind the Port Jervis Fire Training Center. Her brand new 2017 vehicle, however, completely sank into the Neversink and had to be removed by a tow truck. It’s not known where the 30-year-old driver was actually headed but she admitted that she was not familiar with the area and was only following where the GPS was directing her. (Philadelphia CBS)


Woman charged with paying $3.70 for $1,800 worth of electronics in Walmart self-checkout

A woman was arrested at Walmart after a deputy said she rang up more than $1,800 worth of electronics for $3.70 in the self-checkout Monday (11/6). Cheyenne Amber West, 25, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was charged with felony grand theft and felony shoplifting, according to her arrest affidavit. A loss prevention officer at Walmart, in the 5500 block of State Road 60, told a deputy he saw West and another woman select a computer, video game controllers and other merchandise from the electronics department. The women then covered the bar codes on those items with stickers removed from merchandise in the clearance department and took them to the self-checkout, where they paid $1,821 less than what they should have, according to the affidavit. She was being held at Indian River County Jail. Bail was set at $3,000. No charges were filed against the other woman involved. (TC Palm)


The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits

The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring. The YouTube video shows rabbits munching on lettuce and carrots while a rabbit “narrator” reveals the secret of their big families — exercise, a healthy diet and little stress. The brief appearance of a human couple enjoying a romantic picnic hints that a little romance might help, and a wine glass turned upside down suggested an anti-alcohol message.  It is the latest step by the conservative government in this mostly Catholic country of 38 million to reverse a shrinking population. European Union figures show that Poland’s birth rate was 1.32 children per woman in 2015. Only Portugal had a lower fertility rate, though the figures in Spain and Greece were almost as low as Poland. The Health Ministry said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was trying to encourage Poles in their reproductive years — between the ages of 18 and 45 — to adopt a healthy lifestyle that would improve their reproductive health. It also said it was seeking to raise public awareness of the issue in a way that “did not offend anyone and was not vulgar.” (Yahoo)


OH YEAH!!! It’s Finally Friday!! 

*Area Code Day
*NET Cancer Awareness Day
*Marine Corps Birthday
*National Forget-Me-Not Day
*National Vanilla Cupcake Day
*Sesame Street Day
*Veteran’s Day (Observed)
*Windows Day (Microsoft)


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