His workouts not working out for neighbors
Britain's Daily Mail reports that Giran Jobe, 36, was served a noise abatement order in June 2007 because of his noisy exercising at his southeastern England home. But he has since violated the order 47 times, creating noise reported to be as much as 100 decibels, the same as a rock concert. (A rock concert where the band isn't trying too hard, but nonetheless.) "The noise was so loud that I thought that he had an angle grinder up there," said downstairs neighbor Doris Fox, 68. A court fined him $140 for violating the order. Jobe said he is going to get rid of his weight set and will now just do push-ups and sit-ups. "I cannot believe I got taken to court for exercising," he said.
Court rules against feeding wildlife
The Chicago Tribune reports that Halina and Richard Rogulski of Prospect Heights, Ill., are in compliance with a court order to empty their bird feeders. Neighbors said that the feeder was posing a health risk by attracting raccoons and opossums in addition to birds. "I was born in communist Russia, and in Russia, there was no freedom to pray ... (but) we could feed the birds," said Halina Rogulski, 73.
No keyless exit
Cash Burch, 24, was arrested by police in Waterloo, Iowa, and charged with trying to steal a truck. It was easy for police to catch Burch, because the truck wasn't moving, and he was locked inside. According to police, Burch ran down the battery trying to start the Explorer. When the battery died, the antitheft activated, locking the doors. With the battery dead, he couldn't unlock the doors. So he was waiting there when police showed up.
A truck driver going through Boston smashed his truck into a railroad bridge, wedging the rig beneath the low overpass. Not his fault, though, he says. He says his GPS told him this was the way to go. He didn't set it to the truck route, though.
Teacher caught on (masking) tape
Warning: It will be hard to determine the dumbest part of this item. A teacher at Phoenix Elementary School in southern Oregon has been suspended — technically, put on paid administrative leave — because of her reaction to four unruly students during exams. She broke out the masking tape. No, she didn't tape the kids to their desks, although that is how it was initially reported. She used the tape to make boundaries for them on the floor. Think Les Nessman in WKRP in Cincinnati. It isn't clear how effective this was, or why Oregon's child welfare division needed to be notified, but that's what happened. "It doesn't mean we think the teacher is guilty," Cally McKenzie, schools human resources director, told the Medford Mail-Tribune.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.