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Cops: ‘Karaoke’ attacker bites man’s ear

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – A crazed attacker broke into a Long Island man’s home, beat him with a karaoke machine and bit off his ear, police said. Doctors were unable to reattach the ear of the victim, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, said Nassau County police Officer Mary Verna.

The 64-year-old Uniondale resident attempted to defend himself with a vacuum cleaner hose.

The 27-year-old attacker punched and kicked him in the head and face before grabbing the karaoke machine and using it as a weapon, police said. He did not flee the scene of the violence Thursday but instead crouched in the hallway until police arrived.

“This guy just randomly picked this house,” said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Luis Hidalgo, also of Uniondale, pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and assault. He was being held at the Nassau County jail on bail of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond, prosecutors said. The number for his home was unlisted.

Dentist claims breast rubs appropriate

WOODLAND, Calif. – A dentist accused of fondling the breasts of 27 female patients is trying to keep his dental license by arguing that chest massages are an appropriate procedure in certain cases. Mark Anderson’s lawyer says dental journals discuss the need to massage the pectoral muscles to treat a common jaw problem.

Police say Anderson said during recorded phone calls that he routinely massaged patients’ chests to treat temporo-mandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which causes neck and head pain.

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Attorney Robert Zaro told administrative law judge Jonathan Lew at a hearing Thursday that he should let Anderson keep his dental license while disciplinary appeals proceed. Anderson would be supervised by two assistants and would no longer do the chest rubs, Zaro said.

Zaro said Anderson, 48, of Woodland, needs to keep seeing patients so he can feed his seven children and pay for his defense.

The judge made no immediate decision.

Lew suspended Anderson’s dental license in September. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and sexual battery. Yolo County prosecutors are investigating complaints from more than two dozen women who say they also were groped in the examining chair in the last five years.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Phillips gave Lew three new complaints, including one from a 31-year-old woman who said Anderson fondled her at least six times over two years.

She took to wearing tight shirts with high necklines, “and Anderson would still get in under her shirt and bra,” according to a police report.

Woman to get reward for turning in cash

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. – A woman who found $20,000 in cash at a convenience store last month is getting a $500 reward from the armored car company that lost it.

Joi Lyn Honer found the stack of $20 bills by a cash machine in Brigantine, N.J., over Labor Day weekend and turned the money over to police.

“I’m grateful,” she told The Press of Atlantic City. “I didn’t do it for the reward, but I think I have $500 that I didn’t have three days ago, and that’s really helpful to me.”

News of the reward arrived in the form of a letter from Loomis, the armored car company. Honer said she has no regrets.

“If I didn’t know all this was going to happen, I would still do the exact same thing,” she said.

Recently, a sanitation worker in St. Petersburg, Fla., found a plastic bag on the road that contained $65,000 after first mistaking the bag for a turtle. That money had apparently fallen from a Loomis armored car a half-hour earlier.

A message left with a Loomis spokesman was not immediately returned.

Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical

INDIANA, Pa. – The long-standing rivalry between Coke and Pepsi took a physical turn when a Pepsi deliveryman allegedly punched his Coke counterpart in the face at a western Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, state police said.

The two deliverymen were “apparently bickering back and forth” while unloading their wares at the Indiana County store, police said. When the Coke deliveryman left the store, his counterpart allegedly punched him in the face three times, breaking his nose and giving him a black eye, police said.

No charges have been filed, but police characterized the incident as a misdemeanor simple assault.

Woman drops ‘bin Laden’ name change

APPLETON, Wis. – A woman who petitioned to change her last name to bin Laden did not appear in court and her case was dismissed. Caren Ann Burke, 49, of Seymour, failed to show for a name change hearing in front of Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Dee Dyer.

Burke had filed a name change petition on Aug. 23. She wanted to change her name to Caren Ann bin Laden. Dyer said in court that he received a letter from Burke stating she did not file a required third legal notice and was not intending to appear for the hearing.

Dyer then dismissed her petition.