On the Light Side
Feb. 14, 1986
RICHMOND (AP) _ Gov. Gerald L. Baliles now has two capitol buildings to look at from the executive mansion: the real one and the dog-sized statehouse where his beagle, Bandit, lives.
Bandit moved into his new home Thursday after winning a reprieve from exile to the governor's civilian home in Richmond.
Bandit, 7 years old and arthritic, was in disgrace after soiling the floor the night before Inauguration Day. Soon-to-be Gov. Baliles spent the morning cleaning up after him.
But the governor, his daughter, Laura; and son, Jonathan outvoted his wife, Jeanie, to reprieve Bandit, who was driven to the First Dog House in style by a state trooper.
The dog house was a gift from Ralph Shockey, a Winchester contractor who oversaw renovations to the mansion three years ago.
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) - A man found wedged inside a convenience store's chimney told police he had been trying to hide from pursuers, but he was charged with breaking and entering after being rescued, a patrolman said.
Patrolman Joseph Pontbriand said the incident began when he responded to a 5 a.m. call Thursday.
''We kept hearing someone scream but we couldn't find where they were located,'' said Pontbriand. ''We started yelling back at the chimney, and a guy yelled back that he was in there.''
Firefighters freed Thomas Bannon, 24, from the chimney by tearing a basement section of it apart brick-by-brick, said Pontbriand.
''The kid was saying he had trouble breathing,'' the officer said. ''He was all covered with bricks and soot. The kid was kind of afraid the boiler was going to come on. He said he had been in there about three hours.''
Pontbriand said it appeared that Bannon had lost his footing while trying to slither down the chimney, and had slipped about 20 feet, where he was trapped.
''He said he was being chased by some kids,'' Pontbriand said.
Bannon was treated at Malden Hospital for abrasions and released, Pontbriand said.