Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Dogwalker Dragged Into Oncoming Train
"A woman was struck and killed by a Capital Corridor train in Hayward when the dog she was walking dragged her onto the tracks and into the path of the oncoming locomotive, according to authorities... Nelson said the woman, in her early-to-mid 30s, was unable to simply let the dog go because of how she had the leash wrapped around her hand."
Child who wouldn't buckle up is sent to traffic class
A New Mexico five-year-old sentenced to traffic safety class after refusing to wear a seatbelt says he is reformed.
David Kirk-Peet completed the class Thursday and was handed a certificate.
He promised to buckle up, saying: "You want to get safe."
Magistrate Buddy Sanchez sentenced David and his mother to the class after an officer spotted the boy unbuckling his seatbelt earlier this year.
His mother received a ticket for failing to restrain him.
She asked the officer to speak to David about the importance of seatbelts because he constantly unbuckled.
The ticket landed her in Sanchez's courtroom, where she explained the problem.
Driver's sneeze turns into head-on crash
Five people were taken to hospital Saturday after a sneeze resulted in a head-on crash on Hwy. 307 at Cantley.
The crash occurred at about 2:15 p.m. MRC des Collines police said the driver of a car sneezed, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck.
The driver, his female passenger and an infant, as well as the couple in the pickup truck, were all taken to hospital. None of their injuries are considered serious.
Dog playing fetch brings back hand grenade
A dog playing fetch in Germany brought its owner a live U.S. hand grenade from the Second World War.
Police in the western town of Erkrath said Monday they were called by the dog's 40-year-old owner who stopped walking her pooch when she recognized the "rusty" object it was carrying was a weapon.
Police summoned a munitions expert Sunday to identify and defuse the grenade.
Grenades and bombs left over from the war are still often found in Germany.
Sometimes whole streets in neighborhoods are evacuated so that such devices can be safely defused.
Ambulance taken on joyride
A 29-year-old St. Albert man is facing a handful of charges after allegedly stealing an ambulance in Edmonton and taking it for a wild ride to Jasper.
Cops said a man swiped the emergency vehicle while paramedics were responding to a call near 101 Avenue and 113 Street around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Shortly after, with the help of the ambulance's on-board global positioning system, Edmonton cops caught up with the ambulance near 151 Street and Yellowhead Trail.
During the pursuit that ensued on Highway 16, police said they tried several methods -- including deploying spike belts and talking to the man on the ambulance's radio -- to get him to pull over.
None worked.
Sometimes, police say, the man appeared to deliberately try to ram police vehicles, forcing officers to take evasive action.
Shortly after sunset, at about 10 p.m., the ambulance hit a spike belt just east of Jasper, disabling it and prompting the driver to take off on foot.
He was arrested not far from the ambulance, nearly 400 km from where the incident began.
RCMP have not yet laid charges but said they are pending.

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