BURGLARY SUSPECT CAPTURED EASILY
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took some police work to catch a burglary suspect who had broken into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer’s chicken dinner. But not a lot of police work. Detectives didn’t need to do things like lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal. All they had to do was to check the ID cards the suspect left behind. Police in Boynton Beach say officers arriving for a morning shift at the substation last week found a broken window and the remains of an officer’s dinner. They also found a wallet, which contained the suspect’s two ID cards. Police have taken 29-year-old Yvelande Jean-Pierre into custody, and charged her with burglary.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — By now, just about every Christmas tree has yielded the presents stored under them. But one woman in northern Virginia says an ornament on her live Christmas tree has produced some interesting “presents.” WJLA-TV reports more than 100 praying mantises popped out of a brown egg-case what was under one of the branches of Molly Kreuze’s tree. And after they emerged, they made themselves at home at her home, crawling on the walls and ceilings. For many people, that would be a time to call an exterminator. But Kreuze is a veterinarian. So she captured the praying mantises and is feeding them fruit flies. Eventually she hopes to find the praying mantises a new home, perhaps with organic gardeners, who treasure the insects because they eat other bugs. As for next Christmas, Kreuze says she’s going with an artificial tree.
REPORTER HELPS POLICE - TWICE
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — WWJ reporter Mike Campbell is a journalist, not a police officer. But he’s doing some serious police work while on his reporting gig. Last week, Campbell helped police catch a robbery suspect. And he has followed that by finding an 89-year-old Detroit-area woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures. Campbell was covering the disappearance of Barbara Kasler — when he spotted her yesterday morning in her pajamas and slippers walking on a street in Shelby County, Michigan. Campbell took the missing woman into his vehicle and put the heater on for her until police arrived. She was taken to a hospital for observation. Campbell says he just happened to be “in the right place at the right time.” But police are grateful, tweeting, “We owe you lunch!”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II