Odds and Ends – April 25, 2019

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Woman charged for damaging neighbor’s racy Easter display

Clifton, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who used garden shears to destroy her neighbor’s racy Easter display has been charged with criminal mischief. The display at a dental office in Clifton, New Jersey, featured five mannequins dressed in lingerie, all holding Easter baskets and surrounded by Easter eggs. It had drawn mixed reviews from neighbors, as well as passers-by who stopped to take photos. A television news crew was filming the display earlier this week when 37-year-old Desiree Shepstone took it down. She says she didn’t want her 16-year-old son to be subjected to the “disgusting” display. The dentist who created the display, Wayne Gangi, says he will soon have it back up. He says he got the idea for the Playboy bunnies-themed decorations during a trip to Party City.

(Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)
(Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)

No kidding: Woman pulled over had baby goat in lap

Marlborough, N.H. (AP) – Police in New Hampshire say they cited a driver who had a kid in her lap – the baby goat kind. Marlborough police say they pulled the woman over on April Fool’s Day when they saw her using her cellphone. They soon realized that she was driving without a valid license – and with the goat. Police said the driver was a 60-year-old woman from Sullivan, New Hampshire. She was released on a citation for operating without a valid license. She also was counseled about distracted driving. Police posted the encounter on Facebook, with the comment, “I wish this was another April Fool’s joke baaaht it’s not.”

 

Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland

Manila, Philippines (AP) – Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas. Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila’s international airport Monday and later arrested a Filipino man who tried to claim the long-legged and venomous spiders, which were declared as “collection items.” Many of the baby tarantulas were concealed in small plastic vials punctured with holes for air while bigger spiders were shipped in see-through plastic containers. Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at 310,000 pesos ($5,900). Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular pets among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits. Despite threats of hefty fines and imprisonment, a startling array of wildlife has been seized by the hundreds by airport customs inspectors in Manila since last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragons.

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Big Sexy found after bolting from NY firefighter shoot

New York (AP) – Big Sexy the cat went on a five-week romp around New York City, bolting from a photo shoot for a bare-chested firefighter charity calendar. The big black feline was finally found Friday on Staten Island after disappearing from a lower Manhattan firehouse. The lost pet showed up in the backyard of a woman whose firefighter husband was a 9/11 first responder who died of cancer last year. The firefighters called the cat Big Sexy, but its real name is Buddy. Staten Island resident Michele Froehlich-Perosi snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook. And the owner, Leslie Silbert, recognized her cat. The code on the cat’s embedded chip confirmed this was, indeed, Big Sexy, aka Buddy.

(Michele Perosi-Froehlich via AP)
(Michele Perosi-Froehlich via AP)