Deer hits wine store, but is just browsing
A deer crashed through the front door of Cujak's Wine Market in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Wednesday. Luckily, Sara Cujak was showing a customer a merlot, because if it had been a cabernet, they would have been plowed over. The deer immediately tried to leave the store, but had trouble navigating the hardwood floors. Somehow, it got out without breaking a bottle of wine. After the incident, Cujak sat in her store, uncorked a bottle of Garnacha from the shelf and poured herself a glass to take the edge off. "It goes good with venison," she told the Fond du Lac Reporter. But like the deer that crashed into a Philadelphia-area salon two weeks ago, this one suffered injuries in the incident and did not survive.
Line of duty
Cops didn't like his protective laundry
A man in Taiyuan, China, devised his own theft-protection device for his car. According to the Shanxi Evening Post, he hung a fake police uniform in the rear window. "We were suspicious when we spotted a uniform hanging up in a civilian vehicle," said a police spokesman. The man, 25, was pulled over, and he admitted it was a fake meant to scare off thieves. Police let him off with a warning, but confiscated the uniform.
Cops didn't like her customer service
Alma Floyd, a shopkeeper in Cheddar, England, has taken to warning customers who illegally park that police are on their way to ticket them. Mighty neighborly, you might think. Interfering with officers in the line of duty, police tell her. They have threatened to arrest her if she doesn't stop giving warnings, according to the Daily Mail. Floyd says that business is down since new parking rules went into effect, so she has been "looking out" for customers in an effort to help business.
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Anniversary party may be in limbo
Virender and Meena Verma have been living together in marital bliss in the northern India state of Haryana. Well, they thought they were. The Times of India reports that the Vermas recently learned they have been divorced for more than 10 years. Meena recently tried to file charges against her in-laws, and when she went to the courthouse, she was told she wasn't married and hadn't been for a decade. Virender suspects his brother, a lawyer, of forging the papers.
The pastor of a church in Detroit says its stolen 8-foot Jesus statue was recovered from bushes in an alley about two blocks away. The Rev. Barry Randolph says the only damage to the statue is a broken hand. He suspects thieves may have thought the statue was made of copper, which often is stolen to be sold as scrap metal.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.