July 28, 2008

No Turn for Worse: Cat Rescued By Drain Snake

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio It was Roto-Rooter to the rescue for an unlucky black kitten that got stuck in an outdoor drainage pipe near Cleveland.

The plumbing and drain service was called in Friday by workers at a firm in suburban Brecksville that provides health care billing services. Someone had noticed the little cat down a pipe in the ground outside the business, but various agencies that were contacted first were unable to come and help.

A Roto-Rooter crew used a drain snake equipped with a remote camera to keep the scared kitty in its sights during a tricky removal operation that took six hours.

After being checked out by a vet, the feline was taken home by Larry Ozanick, one of the lead rescuers.

He says he plans to name the kitten "Roto."

The Associated Press


Wherefore art thou, subway car Romeo?

Two drama students are spending the summer performing the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in exchange for tips from New York subway commuters.

Peter Vack and Troian Bellisario from the University of Southern California say they've timed their performance to last from one stop to the next. Most tips range from pennies to $5.

Vack says the city's subway cars are good performance spaces because "you have a different captive audience every 30 seconds."


Mower won't start? Just fill it with lead

MILWAUKEE A 56-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start.

Keith Walendowski has been charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.

According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police: "I can do that. It's my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want."

A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident.

She told police he was intoxicated.

Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press

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