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When man needs help, Buddy dials K-911

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When man needs help, Buddy dials K-911

It has to be one of the strangest 911 transcripts ever. Dispatcher: "Hello, this is 911." Caller: Arf-arf. Whimper. Arf. Dispatcher: "Can you hear me? Is there somebody there you can give the phone to?" Caller: Arf. Whimperrrrrrr. Arf-arf-arf. And that was all dispatcher Chris Trott needed to hear to send help to Joe Stalnaker of Scottsdale, Ariz. The caller, later identified as Stalnaker's German shepherd Buddy, above, is trained to press the preprogrammed button on the phone for 911 when Stalnaker needs it. And he did. Rescue workers found he had suffered a seizure. Stalnaker spent two days in the hospital before returning home. Dispatchers say they have never heard of such a thing happening before, but police say this is Buddy's third call.

Not art, just stupid

Brilliant or stupid? Stupid, judge says

A judge in Toronto is not technically an art critic, but weighed in on the installation that Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson placed outside the Royal Ontario Museum. "I'd call it stupid," Judge William Bassel said, "really a stupid act, even for a young person." He was ruling on the fake bomb "sculpture" that Jonsson placed on Nov. 28, 2007. Jonsson says he wanted people to "recontextualize" the device. Instead people just called police. According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, Jonsson's lawyer pointed out that Jonsson has done 320 hours of community service since the incident, which is more than most judges would have sentenced. So the judge just said the thing about it being stupid and did not saddle him with a criminal record.

Police work

Vows interrupted to take statement

Before the preacher asked Constanze and Rocco if they took each other, the police wanted to find out who took Rocco's stuff. The Zahn wedding in Glauchau, Germany, was briefly interrupted when the cops decided they needed to get Rocco's statement about a theft from his stag party the night before. And apparently, it couldn't wait. "Everyone thought Rocco was in trouble," guest Heiner Winkler told German media. "After all, the stag party was quite wild." But then the guests found out the police just wanted to question him about the theft. "All the guests started booing," Winkler said. When police left, the wedding proceeded.

Tip: Don't leave finger at scene

In investigating an attempted robbery of the Aghios Christoforos Church in Mytilene, Greece, police were able to lift a fingerprint. And it was a really good one, still attached to the fingertip. Forensics tests traced the fingertip back to a Romanian man, and when police went to talk to him, he was missing a fingertip. He told them he lost it in a car accident, but they don't believe him. Cops think he was trying to open an alms box, but dropped it on his hand.

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

When man needs help, Buddy dials K-911 09/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:08pm]
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