Puppy found during Mass. drug bust
LAWRENCE, Mass. — Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer in Lawrence got an unusual surprise.
An officer pulled out a tiny three-week-old pit bull puppy and handed it over to animal control.
The little dog was separated from its mother too soon and got sick and dehydrated, but is now recovering at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Waltham.
Veterinarian Kristina DePaula estimates the dog is no more than three or four weeks old.
The puppy — dubbed Pocket, of course — should be ready for adoption within a few weeks.
Voter records list 73-year-old New York woman as 164
NEW YORK — A 73-year-old woman has discovered her official voter registration card lists her birth year as 1850, aging her by a whopping 91 years.
Luz Pabellon told the New York Post she’s been voting for years but never knew city Board of Elections records misstated her age by nearly a century.
Election officials told the newspaper that the origins of the mix-up can be traced to 1978, when Pabellon registered to vote, listing “18+” in the date-of-birth section of her voting card. Years later, the board entered those cards electronically and the Bronx resident’s birthdate was somehow entered in as 01/01/1850 by default.
The registered Democrat was actually born in 1941.
Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers
PEORIA, Ill. — A cemetery in central Illinois is embarking on an unusual marketing campaign that includes a 5K race and actors dressing as people buried there.
The goal is to encourage more people to buy lots at Springdale Cemetery, Bob Manning, chairman of the management authority at the Peoria cemetery, told the Journal Star newspaper.
Ten events will be hosted this month in an effort to diversify the appeal of the sprawling East Bluff property, he said.
“We know if we get people back into the cemetery, they’re going to be amazed at its beauty,” Manning said. “Then, hopefully, they’ll think of us when the time comes.”
Super drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar
PAW PAW, Mich. — One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.
The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend.
The department says Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail parking lot in Paw Paw and noticed she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.
It says a breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08 percent blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan.