Pit bull rescued after causing Borman traffic jam
GARY, Ind. -- After leading a small army of animal lovers on a hazardous three-hour chase, mostly along an interstate, a pit bull is finding out how much better it can be to get caught.
Jenny Webber, chief operating officer of the Humane Society Calumet Area, was driving on the Borman Expressway (Interstate 80/94) about noon Wednesday with Humane Society Chief Executive Officer Rachel Delaney and Pets for Life Coordinator Laura Wozniak when they saw the dog running west beside the road.
Webber said the dog ran back and forth between Cline Avenue and Broadway, avoiding good Samaritans, Lake County Sheriff's Department officers, Gary police and Gary Animal Control attemping to catch him.
Among those caught up in the effort was off-duty East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker. He and others stopped traffic and tried to corral the dog.
Becker and others finally formed a wedge and forced the dog off the expressway at Grant Street. Gary Animal Control finally captured the dog and turned him over to the humane society.
Meth lab discovered at Wal-Mart restroom in Indiana
MUNCIE, Ind. — A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.
State police say a Wal-Mart employee alerted police after seeing a man he described as suspicious enter the restroom about 11:30 p.m. Thursday with a backpack and leave without it. The Star Press reports that members of a state police meth suppression team removed the dangerous chemicals.
Delaware County Health Department inspectors closed the restroom and a nearby women's restroom until they could be "decontaminated" by a professional cleaning company.
State police say people who make methamphetamine are leaving "the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product," rather than risk explosions and contamination at their own homes.
Iowa woman: Stomach pains led to surprise birth in shower
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn.
Brittany Young, 24, told the Des Moines Register that she knew she was pregnant and had recurring stomach pains on Wednesday. Turns out, Young may have misunderstood a hospital worker in December. Instead of being 12 weeks pregnant then as Young believed, she had 12 weeks left.
"I got in the shower, not even five minutes after that, I was like, my stomach is still hurting. Not even five seconds (later), I had to push," Young said. Soon after, her daughter, Miracle, arrived, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces.
"This baby's eyes were open; she was just sitting there staring at me," Young said. "She didn't cry or anything. I was in shock. I was like, there's a baby here."
Dr. Michael Cardwell at Mercy Medical Center said women with a medical condition called precipitous labor means contractions can start a couple hours before delivery. Cardwell didn't personally treat Young, who has had three other children, but said that women who are already mothers can go into labor quickly.
What exit? New Jersey question getting a bit trickier
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — It may take some New Jersey residents a little more thought to answer that quintessential question: What exit are you from?
Some interchanges on the Garden State Parkway are getting new numbers next week. One new exit opened Friday.
The changed numbers are all in central New Jersey's Woodbridge. On the northbound road the old Exit 131 will be Exit 132. And on the southbound road Exit 131 is becoming Exit 132 and the old Exit 131A is becoming simply Exit 131.
And the new Exit 131 is getting a new name: Wood Avenue South instead of the former Metropark. Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney tells NJ.com the old name caused confusion.
In southern New Jersey's Galloway Township there's a new Exit 41 as of Friday.