Odds and Ends – April 17, 2019

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(AP Photo Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo Matt Rourke, File)

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

Bethlehem, Pa. (AP) – With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they’re “born” is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as “Bob Born Day” in a ceremony at company offices. Born, now 94, joined his father’s candy business in 1946 and figured out a way to automate production of Peeps, which had been made by hand. Today, Just Born produces about 5.5 million Peeps per day. The city’s proclamation says Peeps are “an iconic symbol of Easter.” Just Born CEO Ross Born, Bob Born’s son, says “we are thankful for his many years of service to Just Born.”

 

California shoplifter stuffs chain saw down his pants

Fresno, Calif. (AP) – A California business owner says store surveillance video recorded a man stealing a small chain saw by stuffing it down his pants. Jeff Bennett of RG Equipment tells the Fresno Bee his security camera caught the theft Wednesday afternoon. The video shows the man take the chain saw from a display, stuff the blade down his pants and cover the engine assembly with his jacket. Bennett says the man drove off in a pickup truck. He believes an accomplice was watching the store last week.

 

In Sweden, naked policeman arrests fugitive in sauna

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – There’s no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna. Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who had dodged a jail sentence for aggravated assault, among other offenses. Skagerlind says after recognizing each other, “the naked police officer calmly told the man that he should consider himself arrested.” She said Tuesday the officer called colleagues to pick up the fugitive, adding “the arrest was undramatic and the wanted man didn’t try to flee.” The officer was praised for the March 29 arrest and police warned fugitives on Facebook: “We are everywhere. Even if you do not see us, we are there.”

 

English-speaking men can face arrest for antics in Poland

Warsaw, Poland (AP) – Police in southern Poland say they are investigating four English-speaking tourists spotted last week in the historic city of Krakow wearing only mankinis. The four men were caught on CCTV and by an Associated Press photographer Friday as they walked in the picturesque Renaissance Market Square and got into a horse cab. They were wearing lime green mankinis, as worn by Borat, the fictional Kazakh alter ego of comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Krakow province police spokesman Sebastian Glen said Thursday police are investigating the “indecent antics.” If convicted, the men could face up to 30 days in custody or fines of 5,000 zlotys ($1,300) each. Glen said that foreign tourists, especially British ones, who come for stag parties sometimes cause disturbance in the historic city, especially after drinking alcohol.

(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)