India farmer has cow that eats chickens
CALCUTTA, India – When his chickens started disappearing a few weeks ago, a farmer in eastern India figured dogs or jackals were to blame – until he discovered his calf making a meal of his poultry.
Moloy, who uses only one name, and his 1-year-old calf have since become local celebrities, with the carnivorous cow appearing on television in India’s West Bengal state and hundreds of people flocking to see them in Chandipur, a village 145 miles southwest of Calcutta, the state capital.
“To catch the culprit, Moloy got up very early … and to his disbelief found that it was his calf, which came out from the cow shed and was eating the chickens alive,” Debjyoti Chatterjee, a local resident who filmed the calf eating a chicken, said March 8.
Former inmate tells police he is a werewolf
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – A former inmate told police that he was a werewolf and could change shape after he was arrested for breaking into a woman’s apartment. Robert Marsh, 39, appeared March 2 in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.
A woman called police about 3 a.m. March 1 and said Marsh broke through the deadbolt on her door and grabbed her. Two men in the home stopped him, a criminal complaint said.
The woman said she had been letting Marsh stay with her since his release from prison several days earlier because he was homeless, the complaint said.
Marsh had been drinking heavily and claimed to be a werewolf and involved in a witch religion, the woman told police. When police arrested Marsh, he told them he was a werewolf who could change forms, the complaint said.
Moose kamikaze run brings down helicopter
ANCHORAGE – A helicopter is not necessarily a match for an angry moose. Instead of lying down after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, a moose charged a hovering helicopter used by a wildlife biologist, damaging the aircraft’s tail rotor and forcing it to the ground.
Neither the pilot nor the biologist was injured, but the moose was maimed by the spinning rotor and had to be euthanized, wildlife officials said.
Biologist Kevin White was aboard the chartered helicopter March 3 for a study of moose near Gustavus. Moose outnumber humans there 2-to-1, White has written in an essay for the Department of Fish and Game Web site.
He shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart, said Doug Larsen, regional supervisor for the Division of Wildlife Conservation, and the pilot maneuvered the helicopter to keep the animal from slipping into a tight space or collapsing in water and drowning. But instead of moving toward open space, the moose charged the helicopter.
Man allegedly offers boys cash for urine
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Police are investigating a report that a man asked boys at Holmes Elementary School to urinate in a cup for cash. A man went into a boys’ bathroom March 1 and asked students for a urine sample for a parole hearing, police said. Officers have not arrested the man yet, but his sister, Denise Berrios, 26, has been charged with giving a false statement.
Police said the man had allegedly accompanied his sister to the school, where she dropped off cupcakes and balloons for her child’s birthday party.
Police said the brother then reportedly went into the boys’ bathroom and stopped several students, telling them that he would give them $10 if they urinated into a plastic cup for him.
Man allegedly trying break-in calls cops
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – If only all criminals were this helpful. A 24-year-old man called police to tell them he was trying to break into a church, but he wasn’t having much luck.
Police said the would-be thief’s call prompted them to show up at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where they found him waiting. The man told them he had hoped to get married in the church and was trying to use a metal shovel to break through the doors. He told them, if anything, he figured they could help.
Officers searched the man and found marijuana. He then invited them to his home, where he told them they would find more drugs.
They did: He showed them his stash of marijuana and stolen prescription drugs.
The man was arrested on charges of criminal damage to property and possession of drugs and paraphernalia, police said. He has not yet been charged.
After 20 years, Maryland city fixes road sign
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The city of Hagerstown corrected a municipal spelling error Thursday, 20 years after committing it. A sign directing drivers to “Municpal Stadium” was replaced with one displaying the proper spelling, Erik Kline, city traffic control supervisor, said.
The sign was first placed at the corner of Frederick Street and East Memorial Boulevard in the mid- to late 1908s, but the error went uncorrected until The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail brought it to City Hall’s attention this week, prompted by a reader’s complaint.
Kline said the longtime tolerance for the misspelled sign doesn’t reflect poorly on the western Maryland city of 38,000.
“I think it was a mistake that was made. I don’t know that it necessarily makes us look bad,” Kline said.