Woman goes to court with tiny monkey in bra
A woman turned a few heads when she walked into a rural Virginia courthouse last week with a tiny monkey clad in a pink-and-white dress tucked in her bra. The woman brought the palm-sized marmoset to Amherst County Courthouse for a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Officials apparently didn't notice the monkey until the woman went to an office to complete some paperwork. In an interview with the News & Advance of Lynchburg, the woman said the marmoset, which she bought on an online auction site, was 7 weeks old and required constant attention. She had its clothes specially made in West Virginia.
Firm smells money in rotting sardines
The massive fish die-off in a Southern California marina is a boon for a Mojave Desert composting firm that is recycling the stinking haul for use as fertilizer. Trucks took about 75 tons of rotting sardines to Victorville's American Organic site in the first four days of the cleanup at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. The city says cleanup of 140 tons of dead sardines was completed Sunday. Biologists from the University of Southern California and the state Department of Fish and Game say critically low oxygen levels in the water caused the sardines to suffocate March 7.
1944 letter finally gets to addressee
A World War II-era letter mailed to a soldier's sister at a Red Cross hospital is finally headed for its intended recipient. The letter was postmarked from Montgomery, Ala., on Aug. 9, 1944, and addressed to a Miss R.T. Fletcher at an American Red Cross hospital at Camp Roberts, Calif. There was no return address. It was delivered in February to the camp's historical museum. The postal service couldn't explain the delay. The story received worldwide publicity after the museum contacted the Montgomery Advertiser. The newspaper reported on Friday that Fletcher's daughter had come forward. She said her mother, who is 90, was a Red Cross volunteer and the letter was from Fletcher's brother, who has died. The daughter planned to hand-deliver the letter to her mother.
Hamper hampers his break-in plans
A man was in custody after police said he broke into an Arizona townhome and got stuck in a clothes hamper underneath the window he climbed through. Mesa police said Michael Trias, 20, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage. The East Valley Tribune reported a resident inside the home heard the commotion of Trias becoming entangled in the hamper Thursday morning. The home's owner restrained Trias and was able to take him outside and call police.
Compiled from Times wires.