A clumsy cat, cold horse and president-obsessed family headline this week's edition.
Clumsy cat triggers hazmat incident
BROCKTON, Mass. -- A cat that broke a thermometer believed to contain mercury led to a call last Sunday to a state hazardous materials team and fire officials.
“Her cat had knocked an oral thermometer off of the counter, and it broke on the floor,” Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Murphy said. “She started to clean it up, and she called to ask us if there was anything she should be concerned about, the mercury inside the thermometer.”
After responding, Fire Lt. Jack McDonald, a hazardous materials technician, notified the region’s Tier One hazardous materials team to investigate. A Tier One response is defined as a “hazard and risk assessment” by the state Department of Fire Services — or the first level of hazmat response, Murphy said.
Wearing protective gear, the firefighters evacuated the house and tested the home, but they didn’t find any evidence of the highly toxic substance, Murphy said.
Man accused of stealing $350 in heartburn medication
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Police say a Canton man helped himself to a local drugstore’s products twice, taking about $350 worth of heartburn medication with him on one occasion.
According to police, the 20-year-old man entered the Walgreen’s pharmacy twice and left each time with a shopping basket full of merchandise for which he did not pay. Both incidents happened in June, but the man was arrested only last week.
Horse rescued from pool
SHERBORN, Mass. -- A backyard pool cover designed to support the weight of an elephant did not prevent a horse from falling into an icy swimming pool.
After weighing a variety of rescue options, firefighters cut through the broken mesh cover and led Spider, an 11-year-old American Paint, out of the pool, Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Dowse said.
"We got here, and the horse was sitting in the deep end of the pool," he said. "The horse was shivering. You could see he was a little nervous."
The horse had escaped his barn while no one was watching, owner Wendy Lewis said.
The gates leading from the barn to the pool area could not be completely closed because of high snow, and Spider walked onto the pool, which was covered by snow.
"He's warming up," Lewis said as Spider stood under a heat lamp with a propane heater blowing warm air on him. "We're just going to warm him up and get him some intravenous fluids."
The woven mesh pool cover is designed to hold a lot of weight, she said. One company's Web site features a photo of a small elephant on its pool cover.
Other than being cold, Lewis said Spider suffered several cuts near his front hooves but appeared to be OK.
Baby Barack on the way?
CANTON, Ohio -- Christina Whipkey has a penchant for presidents and royalty.
All seven of her children carry first names of presidents’ surnames and middle names of royalty.
What’s more, Whipkey says she’s planning on becoming pregnant this year with the goal of delivering on Presidents’ Day 2010.
Whipkey and her husband, Clayton, already have bandied about possible names.
“My husband likes Lincoln. I like Hayes. If it’s a girl, we still have Madison, but I think that’s overused. There’s Roosevelt, too,” she said.
Their children are Tyler Jacob, 14; Harrison Spencer, 12; McKinley Alexandra, 9; Reagan Victoria, 7; Kennedy Elizabeth, 6; Carter Isabella, 3, and Jackson Henry, 2.
Always quick with a quip, she explained, “Jackson Henry’s named after King Henry the VIII because anyone who creates a religion so he can divorce his wife and get remarried is a king by me.”
GateHouse News Service