GERMAN TOWN ESCHEWS STREET NAMES
BERLIN (AP) — Most people would agree that having street names and number can make it easier to find one’s way around a town. But people in a northwestern town in Germany — disagree. Results from a referendum for the town of Hilgermissen shows that 60 percent of voters have rejected the local council’s plan to name its streets. The proposed change was intended to make it easier for people — including police, emergency and delivery services — to find their way around the municipality of about 2,200 residents. Hilgermissen was formed in the 1970s out of several villages. Addresses currently consist of a house number and the name of a former village, a system that has become more unwieldy as new buildings are added. The referendum is binding for two years.
MAN WHO INTRUDED ON CROCODILE ENCLOSURE SENTENCED
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — It could have turned out much worse for a man who jumped into a Florida zoo crocodile enclosure — if the crocs got to hand down the sentence. A judge has sentenced Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs to one year in jail. Court records indicated Hatfield pleaded no contest to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal mischief. Police in St. Augustine say Hatfield broke into an alligator farm Nov. 5, causing more than $5,000 in damage at the attraction. They also say he jumped into the water at the zoo’s Nile crocodile exhibit, where security video shows him being bitten in the leg. He escaped, leaving blood and clothing behind him. He was arrested the day after the trespass — when a resident reported he was crawling across a nearby yard — in his underwear.
MAN STRIKING “KARATE KID” POSE STEALS PURSE AT S.C. GAS STATION
SWANSEA, S.C. (AP) — It was a crime with a kick, to be sure. Police in South Carolina say a man who stole a purse at a gas station in Swansea went into Mr. Miyagi’s famous “Karate Kid” crane kick pose before he swiped the purse from a vehicle. Police say they have surveillance video showing the man striking the iconic pose from the 1984 movie before the theft. After police in Swansea posted the footage from the incident on the internet, they said the man had been identified — and that warrants against him would be issued.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II