Hunt starts with roar, ends with whimper
The alert was issued after several Britons spotted what they believed to be a live white tiger in a field near Hedge End, Southampton. Police arrived, confirmed the sighting and cleared the area. A helicopter buzzed overhead. Police snipers were called in and plans were made to shut down a nearby freeway. Then an officer carefully approached the "wild animal." When he got close enough, he realized things were not what they seemed. The cat was too still, the tail wasn't swishing, the head wasn't turning. As a police spokeswoman later said, "After a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah, the officer realized the tiger was not moving and the air support using their cameras realized there was a lack of heat source. The tiger then rolled over in the down draft and it was at that point it became obvious it was a stuffed life-size toy." Police would like to have a word or two with the owner of the toy tiger.
Defendants have to do homework
A judge in Ohio gives defendants what sounds like homework assignments as a part of probation sentences. Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Stacy Cook in Toledo has ordered offenders to write five-page reports on topics including teen violence, drug use and head injuries. The judge told Toledo's Blade newspaper her goal is to get defendants thinking about why what they did was wrong and how it hurt others. She has ordered at least 30 people to write papers since she took the bench in 2007.
Officials turn spat into food fight
Police say a city council member in Georgia lost his cool at a Waffle House and smothered and covered a city official with food. A police report said Warner Robins council member John Williams, 72, spilled food, coffee and water on downtown development authority chairman Tony Robbins on Monday. Williams told WMAZ-TV it was an accident. Robbins told the Telegraph of Macon that the Williams lifted up his placemat, and the food and drinks spilled all over him. Authorities in the central Georgia town have referred the case to a judge.
Man arrested after 'pocket dialing' 911
Police in Maine say a man wanted for failing to pay fines accidentally helped officers find him when he repeatedly "pocket dialed" 911 while doing yard work. Police said James Green, 29, was using a backpack leaf blower in Bangor on Saturday when he kept calling 911 without realizing it. Police Lt. Jeff Millard said officers were able to determine where the calls were coming from by triangulating the signal from Green's phone. The Bangor Daily News reported that there were two active warrants for Green's arrest for failure to pay fines.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.