Swiss firefighters save elderly woman from her burning television by changing the channel.
Zurich authorities say police and firefighters were called to the house of an elderly woman early Thursday after she reported her television set was burning.
When they arrived, they discovered no signs of fire or smoke.
They found instead that the TV was tuned into a German station that in the early morning hours aired the constant image of a fireplace.
"The fire was extinguished with the press of a button," police said in a statement.
Obscene calls land man in jail
Police said man made obscene calls through a phone service for the deaf for fun of it.
A Lackawanna County man was arrested by Fountain Hill police for sending 72 obscene messages through an instant-message service for the hearing impaired for the fun of it.
Police said Andrew S. Brunell, 24, of Hawley told them he sent the messages because "because it was hilarious and entertaining to him."
He was charged yesterday with unlawful use of a computer, stalking, and harassment.
Man gets 5 years for STUPIDITY
A Bethlehem Township man will serve up to five years in prison for his role in a home invasion that was hardly the perfect crime.
Ryan J. DiPalma, 23, was one of four who robbed a house in December 2007 in Palmer Township, in a holdup in which the victims knew at least some of their assailants, having gone to school with them.
''As much as there is serious criminal conduct, there's also a great deal of stupidity here,'' Northampton County Judge Edward Smith said Wednesday.
Man charged with DUI after crashing into pool