Odds and Ends – Friday January 4, 2019 – January 10, 2019

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bakers upset with missing tips on Hershey’s Kisses candy

Hershey, Pa. (AP) – Bakers are complaining that something is amiss with Hershey’s Kisses. The chocolate candy’s trademark tips have been mysteriously missing from batches around the country. Bakers have taken to social media to complain that the lopped-off tops are ruining the look of their holiday treats. Without their points, the chocolate candies are left with flat tops. The Hershey Company responded to the disgruntled bakers after hearing of a Facebook post by the Wedding Cookie Table Community group that detailed the problem. Company spokesman Jeff Beckman tells the Lebanon Daily News they’re reviewing the issue. Beckman says Hershey has donated baking items to the group as a thank you for pointing out the issue. The candy company has yet to explain what’s causing the missing tips.


Car thief in Norway gets trapped and calls police to get out

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – A car thief had to call the police to ask for help after he was trapped inside the car he was trying to steal. Police in Trondheim said the young man, who wasn’t identified, called law enforcement from a car dealership in Norway’s third-largest city to say he was “stuck” inside the car. Norwegian broadcaster NRK said the man was aged 17 and was known to the police for petty crimes, and that it was unclear why the doors of the car, parked outside the shop, had locked. Police said on Twitter that officers hurried to the scene Monday “to get him out and into detention.” No further details were available.


Mom pins down man trying to steal her SUV

New York (AP) – A mother taking her child to school says she stopped a man from stealing her car and held him down until New York City police arrived. Tihisha Jones says she started her car with an automatic car starter before leaving her Bronx apartment Tuesday when her son saw a man in the SUV that she calls “Black Beauty.” Jones tells WNBC-TV she pulled the man out and dragged him to the ground. Jones says “he’s lucky I didn’t kill him.” She says she was running on adrenaline and all she was worried about was her vehicle, which had been broken into twice before. Police say the man has been charged with attempted grand larceny auto, attempted petit larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.


Poker player turns $5 bet into $1M at casino

Atlantic City, N.J. (AP) – A man playing poker at an Atlantic City casino has won $1 million on a $5 bet. The man, identified only as a Lakewood resident, made the three-card poker “6 Card Bonus” bet Saturday afternoon at the Borgata Hotel Casino. He then hit a royal straight flush of diamonds, a hand that overcame 1-to-20 million odds. The man was dealt the 10, queen and ace of diamonds. The dealer’s hand was the nine, jack and king of diamonds. Casino officials say it’s the first time this bet has been hit at the Borgata.


Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border

Helsinki (AP) – Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood. They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia’s alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border. The Baltic News Service says Igor Abramson of Russian state-owned broadcaster Channel One Russia apparently “seemed suspicious.” BNS said Abramson was “filming the entire surroundings, including Russian border officials” on Monday on the bridge linking Estonia’s third-largest city of Narva to the Russian town of Ivangorod. Since 1997, the jovial characters have met there and handed out presents to nurseries and hospitals. Relations between Tallinn and Moscow are notoriously icy. Estonia, a former Soviet republic, still has no valid border treaty with Russia.