By the time she gets to Phoenix, better look out
Pittsburgh was not included in the flight plan, until a 12-pound Manchester terrier decided to do what dogs sometimes do: bite. Mandy was accompanying her 89-year-old New Jersey owner on a US Airways flight from Newark to Phoenix when she became agitated Monday, authorities reported. When a passenger tried to calm her, she bit the passenger. Then she broke out of her cage and bit a flight attendant who tried to grab her. That forced the pilot to touch down in Pittsburgh. The bites were not severe, and the flight resumed without Mandy and her owner, whose name was not released. They caught a later flight. No word on what Mandy did next.
Hmm, a rehearsal for a TV cop show?
The police said stop. The driver of the stolen dump truck stepped on the gas. Naturally, the police gave chase, for 50 miles through three northern Ohio counties on Saturday. Officers dodged bricks hurled from the truck's window. They dodged the truck itself when it suddenly went into reverse, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. The truck, which was reported stolen in Stow, about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, struck three police cars and several civilian vehicles. When it all ended, a 17-year-old was under arrest. Police Chief Louis A. Dirker Jr. called the episode "very strange."
A crime tale
When the cat's away, the mice ...
Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow thought she'd do something about crime. Off she went to a crime prevention meeting Saturday. Four teenagers — two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds — apparently noticed. They are accused of burglarizing her home and taking several things, including her plasma television, WSB-TV reported. Not all was lost. Police found some of her belongings.
no scrooges here
Dashing through the snow in unison
The holiday season is here, so why not? Hundreds of skiing Santas dashed through the snow at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine, on Sunday. The resort said 250 skiers and snowboarders signed up for its 11th annual Santa Sunday event, with registration filling up in 12 minutes. For the event, skiers got a free lift ticket if they came dressed as Santa and donated $10 or more to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual drive to provide gifts for children in need.
Compiled from Times wire services