Odd news as reported by GateHouse newspapers.
Employees team up to help rescue trapped cat
BRAINTREE, Mass. - A team of town employees came to the rescue of a cat whose head was stuck in a sewer grate.
In a memo to Mayor Joseph Sullivan, Director of Municipal Licenses and Inspections Marybeth McGrath said Plumbing Inspector Andy Lyne was returning to the department’s offices last Friday when he spotted the cat, which was trapped and in “severe distress.”
Lyne called Building Inspector Russell Forsberg and building and health department staff members Eric Erskine, Sean Collins and Mary Mulready to gather soap, petroleum jelly or cooking oil so the cat’s head could be lubricated.
“After 20 minutes or so, without success, the police and fire department (two trucks) were contacted and arrived to assist,” McGrath said.
The police officers and firefighters didn’t have much luck either, she said.
“Both the cat and the grate were carefully picked up, and several firefighters along with Andy Lyne transported the cat” to the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, McGrath said.
There, the staff sedated the cat and successfully got its head out of the grate, she said.
“It is our understanding that the cat is recovering and will be placed for adoption,” she said.
Workers find dud hand grenade in trash
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A discarded Halloween costume and a black plastic gun alerted trash collectors to a non-explosive hand grenade that resulted in an investigation by state and city authorities Wednesday morning, officials said.
A state police bomb squad investigated and X-rayed the grenade at the Department of Public Works garage and determined there was no powder and no fuse, Mayor Will Flanagan and Community Maintenance Director Kenneth Pacheco said after responding to the incident.
“It did not detonate,” police spokesman Lt. Paul Gauvin said. “The hand grenade did not contain all of its components.”
He said the bomb squad took possession of the item. “It’s still dangerous,” Gauvin said, declining further details on what he called “a preliminary investigation.”
“Somebody was probably clearing out a basement. It looked like a souvenir grenade that somebody probably bought at a show,” Pacheco said.
Man wrestles with Jackson officer at dental office
JACKSON TWP., Ohio — A man accused of pulling a dental worker’s hair Tuesday afternoon had, minutes later, a police officer in a headlock on the floor after she fired her Taser at him.
Witnesses helped free township police Officer Kimberly Haines, who then arrested Richard P. Snider, 37, according to Stark County Jail records.
Haines was called to Allcare Dental & Dentures, where Snider reportedly pulled the hair of the female patient care manager in the lobby.
Page 2 of 2 - When Haines told him in a consultation room that he was being arrested for assault, he “became combative” with Haines, the jail records said.
Haines deployed her Taser, firing at Snider, but the probes missed him and a struggle ensued, leading both to the floor.
There, Snider wrapped his legs around Haines’ head and put her into a headlock, the jail records said.
The jail records said witnesses helped Haines get him “under control.”
Snider was taken to Aultman Hospital for an evaluation, then booked into the jail on charges of felony assault of a police officer, misdemeanor assault and resisting arrest.
Police say teen swallowed bag of cocaine
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A Framingham teenager fought with officers Tuesday as they tried to prevent him from swallowing a bag of what appeared to be cocaine, police said.
Art Taylor, 18, swallowed the small bag but was arrested on several other charges after police pulled him over, police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.
Members of the street crimes unit patrolling the area saw a car turn without signaling. They stopped the car, and when they spoke to Taylor, he refused to give them his license or registration, Brandolini said.
"He made a quick movement to the center console, and there was small baggie with a white powder in it," Brandolini said. "He immediately made a movement to put it in his mouth."
An officer tried to stop him, but Taylor kept pushing his arm away. The officers dragged Taylor from the car, and he started fighting with them in the middle of the road.
By the time officers handcuffed him, Taylor had swallowed the bag, Brandolini said.
Police used a dog to search the car for other drugs, but nothing was found.
Taylor was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and refusing to give police his license and registration. He was also cited for not using a turn signal.
GateHouse News Service