April 26 Only in America

Friday, April 26, 2019

Watching ice melt? Residents compete to guess time of thaw

WEST DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — It’s officially spring in one northeastern Vermont community, where people bought tickets to guess when a cinder block would fall through the ice at a local pond. The cinder block went through the ice of Joe’s Pond in West Danville on Thursday at 5:39 a.m. Each year, the Joe’s Pond Ice Out Contest asks participants to guess the date and time of the ice melt. WCAX-TV reports that the Ice Out Committee is still trying to reach the person whose guess was closest. More than 13,000 tickets were sold, and the winner gets more than $5,000. The remainder goes to the Joe’s Pond Association. The association’s website says the contest was started in the 1980s as a result of cabin fever.

Puppy stolen from pet store by armed man is found unharmed

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Rottweiler puppy stolen from a Pennsylvania pet store by a man armed with a gun has been found safe. The 9-week-old dog named Remus was found Thursday on a Wilkes-Barre street. It had been taken Wednesday by a man who allegedly displayed a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants. The store’s owner told The Times Leader that a test of a microchip implanted in the puppy confirmed it was the dog that had been stolen. The puppy didn’t appear to be harmed. The man who allegedly took the dog remains at large. Officials say he, a woman and a child had played with the dog at the store on Wednesday. The man later returned and, after displaying the gun, demanded he be given the dog.

Colorado city settles with ‘butt sign’ political activist

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city has settled a lawsuit with a man who criticized a gubernatorial candidate using a sign featuring mannequin buttocks clothed in lingerie. The Reporter-Herald reports that insurers for Loveland have settled the First Amendment lawsuit filed by Bob Cluster for $70,000. The city about 51 miles (82 kilometers) north of Denver admits no wrongdoing in the April 15 settlement, and its attorney says no police policy changes or training are required. Loveland police detained the 80-year-old resident in June for holding the sign that Cluster said was intended to satirize the political motives of candidate Jared Polis. One side of Cluster’s sign said Polis “will be breaking old taboos & barriers” while the other side displayed the mannequin body part and a Polis slogan regarding “bold vision.”