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Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 1:57 PM
AUGUSTA, Maine — A man in Maine who became upset after being told he did not qualify for government benefits unleashed a cup of live bedbugs at a city office, officials said.
The incident took place Friday afternoon and forced the evacuation of the Augusta City Center, according to CentralMaine.com. City Manager William Bridgeo said about 100 bedbugs were released. The building will be sprayed and a bedbug-detecting dog service will inspect the building before reopening Monday, Bridgeo said.
The man, whose identity was not immediately available, released the bedbugs after he was told by a city employee that he did not qualify for assistance. The bedbugs were in a cup, which the man slammed on the counter of the office, sending the bugs flying onto the desk and floor.
Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:05 PM
— A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.
An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department.
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Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:34 PM
RIO RANCHO, N.M.
— A town in New Mexico was left in the dark Wednesday night after a raccoon met a fiery fate with a power station transformer.
Those who live near the facility in Rio Rancho told KOB they saw, heard and felt the transformer explosion. Residents reported seeing flames, sparks and a blinding light, along with feeling their houses shaking.
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Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The bells from a church in New Mexico are anything but heavenly-sounding to one disgruntled neighbor.
Bernadette Hall-Cuaron told KOB that she's lived near Our Lady of Guadalupe church for years with no issues, but a couple of months ago, the church switched to an electronic bell system.
The switch means that the bells sound several times per day, and each occasion can include 20-25 bell rings, according to Hall-Cuaron. The electronic bell system also plays songs like "Amazing Grace."
Hall-Cuaron told KOB that the bells are so loud they wake her up, and make it difficult to work from home. She wishes church leadership would have consulted with residents in the area before installing the new bell system. She also said that she's complained directly to church officials, but she is not satisfied with their response.
The church's pastor told KOB that he's lowered the volume and is starting the bells at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. in response to Hall-Cuaron's complaints.
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Sword family readily admits that not every chicken deserves an obituary, but Big Mama was special.
Big Mama, a Rhode Island Red chicken, once lived in a Houston apartment until her original owners decided to have her euthanized, The Eagle reported. A veterinarian intervened, and the chicken was put up for adoption. The Swords adopted Big Mama in 2013, after falling in love with a photo of the year-old chicken checking out its reflection in a mirror.
The family slowly acclimated Big Mama to a more natural outdoor life with a flock of free-range chickens on their College Station property. Stephanie Sword told The Eagle that Big Mama maintained a few quirks from her indoor living years, such as refusing to go into the coop at times and trying to come inside the house. In bad weather, Big Mama could be seen taking refuge on patio furniture, Sword said.
The chicken quickly became a beloved member of the family, and even appeared in the family Christmas card last year. The Sword family was devastated when they found her dead in her coop last week, The Eagle reported. The family wanted to honor her and those who saved her from euthanasia by telling her story in an obituary, which was published in The Eagle on Tuesday.
Big Mama is survived by the Sword family and her flock: Bubbles, Runt, Ms. S, Funky, Lucky and Blondie.
Deceased family chicken honored with loving obit https://t.co/iJaflxQ8rq— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 23, 2018
Big Mama also received a musical tribute.