Thursday, June 23, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

City bills woman $650 for mowing her grass
Pennsylvania woman who moved out of her Phillipsburg house due to a pending divorce said the city cut the grass on the property and billed her $650.
Nicole Hodgskin, who left her home a month ago when she and her husband split, told the Phillipsburg Council Tuesday she had thought her husband was still living at the residence and taking care of the grass.
"We've received lots of complaints from neighbors about your lawn and sent out a notice," Mayor Harry Wyant told Hodgskin at the meeting. "Ten days after the notice the grass wasn't cut, so we cut the grass."
Wyant said the bill was so high because the workers doing the mowing received overtime pay.
"Based on the amount of employees and rain, we had to do our work orders on an overtime basis," Wyant said. "We also had to move debris from the property."
Dead man to be exhumed to retrieve dentures
A Tennessee man's body is being exhumed to remove dentures that belong to another man after a mix-up at a Chattanooga hospital.
Parkridge Medical Center spokesperson Alison Counts said that the body of 76-year-old Kenneth Ray Manis will be exhumed after his family learned the dentures belonged to an intensive care patient who shared the same hospital room. The dentures were with personal items placed inside his coffin. Counts said Manis' family asked that the dentures be removed.
The hospital has apologized and will be paying for new dentures, as well as reburial costs and attorney's fees. The hospital declined to identify the patient who lost his dentures.
Man fined $100 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal
Touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal will cost a 19-year-old man $100.
Cameron Cayaban pleaded guilty in federal court to harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species.
A federal magistrate judged imposed $100 in fines and fees.
Cayaban was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal at Kalaeloa's White Plains Beach.
His lawyer says Cayaban ran up to the endangered animal and touched it.

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