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Odds & Ends for January 17

Manual transmission stymies car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

Police in Springfield said the men pulled a knife on a food delivery driver Tuesday night and demanded the grub and his keys. But then they noticed the car had a manual transmission.

Sgt. John Delaney said the thieves argued among themselves then ran down the street with their ill-gotten dinner.

The driver was not seriously hurt. There have been no arrests.

Woman offers beer, smokes as reward

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog — and it worked.

Twenty-three-year-old Abigail Miller, of Dayton, offered the unusual reward after her two dogs escaped through an open gate Jan. 2.

She found one of them at a local animal shelter a few days later, but the other, a Husky named Zoro, remained missing.

Miller came up the reward because she could afford it and figured it would attract attention.

She was right. The man who called and told Miller where to find her dog turned down the reward, but she said she’s going to offer him some food from the sandwich shop where she works.

Dead chickens being left at NM cemetery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small Albuquerque cemetery appears to be the victim of some fowl activity: Someone is leaving dead chickens and bird parts near its headstones.

Michael Gabaldon, co-owner of Romero Cemetery, said for two years, dead chickens and chicken parts have been dropped off overnight.

He said the chickens have been left periodically from every day to every two weeks. There also are bones or feathers scattered throughout the cemetery.


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