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Business owner seeks to lure thieves with job offer

A New Zealand business owner posted security camera photos of thieves who broke into his premises along with a unusual message for them — a job offer. Tim Smith, owner of Smith Crane & Construction Ltd. in the Harewood area of Christchurch, posted images to Facebook of the thieves who broke into the business on Saturday and stole numerous items, including power tools.

“TO THE THIEVES: we thought you might like to come and work for us? Maybe make an honest living instead of thieving off us?” Smith wrote. The post listed the job-ready qualities the thieves displayed during the crime.

“1)You are good at early starts and getting out of bed on time (or staying up late)

2)You know your power tools well

3)You know your way around our yard

4)You may have good reliable transport to get to work on time (a brand new 2017 silver Hilux Ute was taken from our site a month earlier — was that you?)

5)You relate well to others as I see you have a mate/colleague/partner with you. Please ask him to apply as well. We notice he still has his balaclava on so he must have slightly more intelligence than you.” The post calls upon the thieves to turn themselves in — or, rather, to “apply in person.”


New Mexico town battling growing skunk crisis

Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman, New Mexico, thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early.

Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says the annoying animals are hanging in town and generally are not healthy. She says their stink appears to be a growing problem.

Hagerman Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are settling up traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter. Chavez says healthy skunks caught in traps will be relocated on the east side of town near a river.


Man wins $200,000 playing fortune cookie numbers

A man said he won a $200,000 South Carolina Education Lottery jackpot by playing numbers from an unusual source — a fortune cookie. The North Carolina man, who said he crosses the border into South Carolina to buy lottery tickets each week, said the Palmetto Cash 5 ticket that won him a $200,000 jackpot on Valentine’s Day was purchased using the numbers from the back of a fortune cookie.

“My wife eats the fortune cookies,” the winner said. “And I save our fortunes.” He said the numbers from this particular cookie were 6, 8, 20, 26, and 31. The man said he often uses fortune cookie numbers to play. He said he sometimes finds himself digging through the trash to find slips his wife threw out. The winner said his wife will be rewarded for eating so many fortune cookies. “She’s going to retire sooner than she thought,” he said.


Mike Tyson’s former Ohio home is house of worship

A garishly appointed Ohio mansion that heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once called home and subsequently fell into disrepair is being converted into a house of worship. The Living Word Sanctuary Church has been cleaning up the property in Trumbull County’s Southington Township, roughly 72 km southeast of Cleveland, since the 25,000-square-foot mansion was donated to the church several years ago.

“The property had been untouched for 10 years,” Living Word Pastor Nicholas DeJacimo told the Warren Tribune-Chronicle . “You had so much grass you could have sold it for hay. The mansion is a considerable step up; the church has been holding services at a YMCA. The sanctuary the church hopes to have ready by year’s end is an area where Tyson and his guests splashed in an indoor pool. A four-bay garage is being turned into youth classrooms and a nursery. Tall steel cages where Tyson kept four tigers have been dismantled for a pavilion.

The second-floor master suite featured mirror-covered walls and ceiling, a whirlpool spa and two bathrooms.

“We heard there were some crazy parties here,” DeJacimo said. “We will turn this into a room where women can get ready for a wedding.” Church offices and meeting rooms are being built on the second floor.

It’s unclear which of the mansion’s design features can be attributed to Tyson or the previous owner. It was built in 1979. Tyson bought it at sheriff’s sale in 1989 for $300,000 and sold it 10 years later for $1.3 million to Paul Monea, an infomercial entrepreneur best known for marketing Tae-Bo exercise videos.

Monea was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison in 2007 for money laundering charges. The mansion was bought at sheriff’s sale in 2010 for $600,000 and then donated to the church for a tax write-off. The church’s up-front investment was $50,000 to clear back taxes. Tyson returned to the mansion in 1995 after serving time in Indiana for rape and lived there while training at promoter Don King’s camp in nearby Orwell, according to the newspaper. Tyson befriended neighbours during training runs and played basketball with kids on his court.





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UTC to use 180 buses to ferry Yoga participants

21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...

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