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Police seek someone who looks like British actor

Kate Tapley holds the police wanted poster sporting a photo of TV star Robbie Coltrane which was distributed around homes in her street in central Christchurch in New Zealand.

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Kate Tapley holds the police wanted poster sporting a photo of TV star Robbie Coltrane which was distributed around homes in her street in central Christchurch in New Zealand.

Act like a criminal

Police: We are not looking for this guy here

A 16-year-old boy is wanted in New Zealand on suspicion of burglarizing several homes. So police put up Wanted posters alerting residents to be on the lookout. Unfortunately, New Zealand law does not allow them to use a photo of minors in wanted posters, even if a minor is wanted. So they used a photo of British actor Robbie Coltrane, who isn't wanted for any crime in New Zealand. The text on the poster reads: "Robbie Coltrane is not the burglar, but imagine him aged 16 with lank, greasy hair and you have the picture." Police say that the boy resembles Coltrane, who is 58. But a young 58. For what its worth, officials believe that Coltrane was last seen in Los Angeles.

Sleepy dogs

If you yawn, you may see Spot yawn

You know how when you see someone yawn, it makes you want to yawn, too? According to researchers at the University of London, so do dogs. According to the BBC, the team tested 29 dogs in two scenarios. In the first, a stranger talked to them, then yawned. And 21 of the 29 dogs responded by yawning. In the second, a stranger moved their lips as if they were speaking, but said nothing and did not yawn. No dogs yawned. Researchers say this indicates that dogs have a capacity to empathize with humans. Science!

Disorder in court

Judge rules in case of the giggles

A German judge took the rare step of calling a recess when she just couldn't take it any more. Was she horrified by brutal evidence in a murder case? No, nothing like that. Bored with a monotony of numbers in a corporate case? No. It seems that Judge Brigitte Koppenhoefer was hearing a case between feuding neighbors. She managed to keep it professional while hearing about egg fights and details of unfortunately foul-smelling correspondence they sent each other, but she couldn't keep it together when they went on a five-minute spree of calling each other nasty names, including "smelly bum" and "donkey face." She took a short recess, then returned and dismissed the case. "I usually deal with financial fraud and company law," she said. "This was all just so ridiculous I couldn't help it."

Update

Fat cat adopted

Prince Chunk, the 44-pound cat found at a New Jersey apartment building, has a new home. The Camden County Animal Shelter said that about 400 people applied to adopt the cat and that an unnamed family in south Jersey that currently has two cats was chosen. Also, blood work came back, and he does not have a thyroid condition. He's just fat. So he has been prescribed a high-protein, low-carb diet.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Police seek someone who looks like British actor 08/08/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:44am]

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