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The skinny: German police send vultures to do dog's work

Cadaver birds

German police send vultures to do dog's work

Police have long used dogs for tasks such as helping to find dead bodies. But police in Germany think they have a better idea: turkey vultures. Police in Walsrode, Germany, say they have trained a vulture named Sherlock to track down gasses released by decaying corpses and will track him with a GPS device on his leg. "If it works, it could save time because the birds can cover much more area than sniffer dogs or humans," officer Rainer Herrmann told the Daily Mail. Now that they have one vulture who can do it, the next task is to train more and get them to work as a team.

Smart kids

That'll do for a piggy bank

Lindsay Binegar of Greenfield, Ohio, started her winning streak when she was 4, pocketing $100 for showing a hog at a 4-H competition. Went straight in the bank. Over the years, her hog-showing abilities have netted her $15,540. Every cent, in the bank. So, now she's 19 and has amassed $40,000 and instead of bankrolling a trip with friends to Cabo, she bought a house, reports the Columbus Dispatch. And she hit the bottom of the market, too, so even that should work out for her. She can't live in the house while she's at college — which her dad is bankrolling — so she is renting it out to relatives. She should major in economics.


Employees must pay for old mistake

Employees of Gwinnett County, Ga., might have noticed a little something extra in their paychecks back in 1994. Of course, even if they did, they probably forgot it by now. But the county just figured it out, and they want the money back. The bonuses totaled about $39,000 and were dispersed among about 180 employees. Fixing the bookkeeping error is going to be really easy, says the county. All they need is for everyone to send the money back. And those still working for the county have the option of paying it back in vacation time. So easy!

Police reports

'Farmer' catches kids in his crop

Police in Niagara County, N.Y., responded to a call from a man who said two teens had broken into his garage and tried to steal the contents. He had them cornered, and all the police had to do was come pick them up. When they got there, they couldn't help but notice that the contents of the garage were 51 marijuana plants the homeowner was growing. So they arrested everyone.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: German police send vultures to do dog's work 05/19/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:15pm]
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