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The skinny: Plumber delivers his son in his own bathroom

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Plumber delivers his son in his own bathroom

Brian Hines is a plumber, and therefore does a lot of his best work in bathrooms. But none of his training prepared him for when water broke in his own bathroom. But with the help of an emergency dispatcher, the Michigan man talked his wife, Andrea, through the delivery of his newest son, Daniel. And anyone that had 7 pounds, 13½ ounces in the pool wins. Brian told the Detroit Free Press he recognizes the irony of the story, and says he and his wife will have "fun with that one for a long time." The dispatcher, Joy Nick, told the Oakland Press that it was her first phone delivery in 22 years.

Prisoners don't care what's flushed

The plumbing problems in Lancaster, Pa., are not nearly as adorable. Inmates at the prison there seem to think it's fun to flush all manner of things down the toilets, presumably to see if they can. Items include towels, sheets and sneakers, in addition to the usual stuff. To combat this, the county will install a big filter on the prison sewage system, so all the stuff is caught before it enters the treatment plant, where it creates big problems. "It tends to get bunched up, and then it finally blows out, and we get one big ball of stuff," Charlotte Katzenmoyer, the city's director of public works, told the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. Each portion of that quote draws an unfortunate mental image. The county will pay $225,000 for the big net. Taxpayer cash.

Breaking, entering

Cat burglar more of a cat napper

Police in Ellensburg, Wash., have surveillance video of a man breaking a basement window to Sterling Savings Bank. The man broke in about 3 a.m. Saturday, then left just before 8 a.m. But all he stole was a couple of winks. He spent the entire time he was there asleep. "He was intoxicated, and that's why he went downstairs and took a little nap on the couch," Ellensburg police Capt. Dan Hansberry said. "He honestly doesn't know why he was there to begin with." Police have arrested Brian Goff, 21, in the case. Apparently, alcohol may have been involved.

What a stink

Actually, it doesn't smell like gas at all

It was cause for concern in the Detroit suburbs of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe when customers of DTE Energy reported a gas leak. Acting in an abundance of caution, there was an investigation, and it determined that there wasn't actually a gas leak. But it smelled like one, because for some reason, there was too much stinky stuff in the mix. Natural gas has no odor, so companies add the rotten egg stench to it, so people know when its leaking. The problem here was just too much ick. Officials solved the problem by rerouting to a different source until they figure out what happened.

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

The skinny: Plumber delivers his son in his own bathroom 06/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:13pm]
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