Thursday, June 19, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

In Moscow it Rains Cement
Russian air force planes dropped a 25-kg (55-lb) sack of cement on a suburban Moscow home last week while seeding clouds to prevent rain from spoiling a holiday.
"A pack of cement used in creating ... good weather in the capital region ... failed to pulverize completely at high altitude and fell on the roof of a house, making a hole about 80-100 cm (2.5-3 ft)," police in Naro-Fominsk told agency RIA-Novosti.
Ahead of major public holidays the Russian Air Force often dispatches up to 12 cargo planes carrying loads of silver iodide, liquid nitrogen and cement powder to seed clouds above Moscow and empty the skies of moisture. Weather specialists said the cement's failure to turn to powder was the first hiccup in 20 years.
Man crashes into police gate, asks to be jailed, gets his wish
Authorities say a man drove into a security gate at the Moses Lake police parking lot, then asked to be jailed.
Officers in the building heard the crash, went outside and saw the 54-year-old man backing away in a 1977 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Only the gate was damaged.
The man was arrested for investigation of first-degree malicious mischief, driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run with property damage.
Capt. Dave Ruffin told the Columbia Basin Herald, "He wanted to go to jail. He said he did it on purpose."

Woman Arrested For Carrying Cocaine Under Her Wig
OSLO, Norway -- A British woman's bulging wig did not fool customs agents in Norway who realized she wasn't just having a bad hair day. The wig was concealing 2.2 pounds of cocaine glued to her head and customs agents detained her on suspicion of cocaine smuggling, authorities said Wednesday.
The 32-year-old suspect, whose name was withheld, arrived late Sunday at Vaernes airport near the city of Trondheim on a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark, the customs service said.
"The agent thought she had a great deal of hair and suspected that she was wearing a wig," the agency said. "The wig was examined and the agents found a bag of cocaine."
Man accused of robbing bank during test drive
Edmonton Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a bank while test-driving a truck.At around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a man approached a downtown car dealership and asked to take a used truck for a test drive, police said. The car salesman accompanied the suspect, who stopped at a bank near 111th Avenue and Groat Road and said he wanted to withdraw cash to pay for the vehicle.While the salesman waited in the car, the suspect slipped a note to a bank teller demanding cash, police said. He got the cash then drove away with the salesman, saying he wanted to show the truck to a friend before buying it.
When the suspect stopped and got out at a gas station near the Lakeland Trailer Park, the concerned salesman took the truck's keys and called 911. Police said the suspect then realized he was under suspicion and ran away. Police are looking for 40-year-old Marcel Perrot, described as Metis, six-foot-one and 230 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Burglars break into elderly widows' home - and introduce themselves
Two burglars broke into an elderly widow's home - and introduced themselves. "We are Marc and Francois. We're friendly burglars and we won't assault you," they said after breaking into Simone Delapierre's villa in Belgium. The pair pocketed jewelry and £200 - and advised her not to leave her windows open. They then gave Simone, 82, a hug and a kiss on the cheek and waved goodbye.

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