Thursday, July 31, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Police Finds Baby Seal In Car During Traffic Stop
Even in a small town like Coupeville, Washington routine traffic stops usually don't make the news. But you could hardly call what happened routine.
"One of my officers stopped a vehicle on the streets here in town for failing to stop at a stop sign," said Town Marshall David Penrod.
Penrod says when his deputy walked up to the car, something caught his eye. "He looked in the back seat and noticed what he thought was a stuffed animal began to move around," said Penrod.
Staring up at him from behind the glass was a harbor seal pup just a few days old, scared and dehydrated. The deputy's investigation of a rolling stop was now an investigation of something very serious. It's violation of federal law to capture a seal.
Florida Teen Steals Father's Cruiser And Pulls Drivers Over
Florida police have arrested a man who they said posed as a police deputy by stealing his father's police vehicle and pulling over motorists.
Sunrise police said 19-year-old Myco Lee Coker took his father's unmarked Broward Sheriff's Office vehicle and conducted traffic stops in the Sunrise area at around 4:30 a.m. Monday.
Police said Coker, who was wearing a BSO deputy shirt, pulled over motorists with a male friend in the police car. Police said they received an anonymous call from someone in the area who told them what Coker was doing.
Security Cam Catches Men Stealing Giant Metal Plates
Two Florida men were caught on camera stealing hundreds of pounds in valuable metal from a North Miami business. A surveillance video showed two men in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck drive up to Artisan/Rich Iron in North Miami.
Before the thieves drove away, some of the load fell off the truck. The men picked up the metal sheets and drove away.
"Each plate weighs approximately 500 pounds and costs anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000 apiece," Cuevas said.
9-Year-Old Arrested In Kitten-Burning Case
A 9-year-old Delaware boy has been arrested and charged in a shocking crime that left a kitten dead.
New Castle County Police and officers from Delaware SPCA arrested the boy Friday after he allegedly set the kitten on fire in Edgemoor. Neighbors told police the boy, and two friends, poured lighter fluid on the kitten and then set it on fire. The kitten then ran to a nearby tree where its charred remains were found.
Authorities say the boy, who stands only 4'5" and weighs 60 lbs., has been charged with one count of "cruelty to animal that causes death" and remains in custody at the New Castle County Detention Center after failing to post $4,000 bail.
Man, 47, begs for arrest, gets wish
Peiter Vanvliet desperately wanted to be arrested. Problem was, the 47-year-old hadn't done anything wrong -- until he began harassing authorities and asking them to send him to jail.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Vanvliet, of 560 Joe King Road, repeatedly called 911 from a pay phone on Monday night to inform deputies there was a warrant for his arrest and that he would wait for them to come and arrest him.
Yet there was no warrant. Vanvliet wasn't wanted for any crime -- except that his repeated calls prompted deputies to charge him with misuse the 911 system. He was arrested.
A new toilet sign has been created at Thai school
The headteacher, Sitisak Sumontha, estimates that in any year between 10% and 20% of his boys consider themselves to be transgender - boys who would rather be girls.
"They used to be teased every time they used the boys' toilets," he said, "so they started using the girls' toilets instead. But that made the girls feel uncomfortable. It made these boys unhappy, and started to affect their work." So the school offered to build the transgender boys their own facility, and they welcomed it.
Thailand is well known for its tolerance of transgender men, and they are very visible in everyday life. Sex-change surgery has become a speciality of the Thai health industry, and it is relatively inexpensive; patients come here from all over the world for the operation.

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