Nancy Drew has nothing on Jessica Maple
Jessica Maple, 12, went to a junior forensics program in Atlanta this summer. That doesn't mean she knows everything . . . maybe. But after a family member's home was robbed, police could not figure out how the burglars got in. Jessica found a broken window they missed and spotted fingerprints. "I don't see how the police officer didn't see that," she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Then she went to a pawn shop and found most of the missing stuff. "We called the police station and the investigator was like, 'Oh my gosh, how'd you find all the stuff?' And I was like, 'I did your job again,' " she told WSB-TV, endearing her to authorities. Then she asked the pawn shop owner if he had the name of the person who brought the stuff in. He did. So Jessica and her mother went to his house and confronted him. He confessed. That was a month ago. He still hasn't been arrested. Apparently, Jessica has to do everything.
'Mayor' runs on Bieber platform
What's the worst thing that could happen if you let an 11-year-old be mayor of the city for a day? Depends on how attached you are to "Main Street." Caroline Gonzalez won a Facebook contest to lead the great city of Forney, Texas, for 24 hours, and her administration vowed to name something in the city after Justin Bieber, as Bieberlessness was determined to be the city's biggest problem. So she redubbed Main Street as Justin Bieber Way. That would last either one week, or until the sign got stolen. And the sign got stolen. It was replaced at the cost of 20 taxpayer dollars. Whew.
2 feet as effective as no brakes
A 24-year-old man in Roseville, Mich., needed to get home. There was a minor problem in that the brakes in his truck were totally gone, but that was no big deal, because the man had seen episodes of the Flintstones and knew that all you had to do was use your feet to stop a vehicle. He ran a red light and hit at least four cars as he went two miles before police instructed him to throw it in park. "It's so stupid, it's comical," Roseville police Deputy Chief James Berlin told WDIV-TV in Detroit.
Bavarian bovine remains at large
It seems unlikely a 1,500-pound cow could hide for too long. But Yvonne, a brown dairy cow, has been on the loose in Germany since May. Teams have combed the Bavarian forest, trying to lure her with food and the recorded bellows of kindred cows. A search-and-rescue team armed with a thermal camera went up in a helicopter this week to look. Nothing. An animal sanctuary has bought Yvonne from its former owner, so if she is found, she'll never have to work again. Officials had ordered the cow shot on sight, for some reason, but since her Facebook page is now 23,000-fans strong, that order has been retracted.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at email@example.com.