This Week in Weird
Panther gunned down as it tries to get in home, attack officer
NEOSHO, Mo. -- A deputy shot and killed what experts believe to have been a pet black panther as it tried to batter its way into a woman’s home.
Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Donn Hall responded to a 9-1-1 call from a Neosho-area resident that a panther was trying to get in her back door.
“Most of the time when you get a call like that you’re like, ‘OK, whatever,’” said Capt. Richard Leavens, patrol supervisor with the sheriff’s department.
But when Hall arrived at the residence just after 6 a.m., he was met by the animal, which began running toward him. According to Leavens, Hall grabbed his service 12-gauge shotgun and pumped two shells into the attacking animal. Deterred, the panther retreated down the driveway, but then it turned back and came at Hall again, who had time to squeeze off his last shotgun round, draw his Glock .45 service pistol and empty the clip into the cat, which killed it.
The resident, who was not identified, later told officers that she had been outside when the panther ran at her. She screamed and took off for her house. The cat would have overtaken her if her dogs hadn’t jumped in to fight the animal off. It bought her the time she needed to reach her door and call the police. To her horror, the panther — who had brushed the dogs aside — then tried to break its way through the door to get at her.
Hall arrived shortly thereafter. The dogs weren’t injured in the fight.
Hall was given the carcass of the animal and is having it stuffed, Leavens said.
‘Wonder Woman’ has baby as husband drives on
KINGSTON, Mass. -- Gregory Dunn has a new nickname for his wife: “Wonder Woman.”
Melissa Dunn delivered the Kingston couple’s third child – their first girl – in the passenger seat of a moving car.
“I knew she was in hard labor,” Gregory Dunn said. “But I didn’t think she was going to have the baby right there in the front seat.”
Grace Maria Dunn, born about 3 a.m. Tuesday in a Dodge Durango en route to the hospital, is doing fine, her father said.
Gregory said he and Melissa, both 30, left for the hospital shortly after she went into labor about 1:30 a.m. About eight minutes into the trip, Melissa said the baby was coming.
“I was just concentrating on trying to get there,” he said. “I didn’t think she was going to deliver, then there’s a baby there, crying. I was shocked.”
Woman flees accident, gets into another one
CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. -- A 19-year old Camdenton woman who sped off in a van after slamming into a sign at a fast-food restaurant managed to elude authorities -- until she became involved in another accident a few minutes later.
The first accident was reported at 6:10 p.m. when the woman hit the sign used to place food orders at McDonalds, then left, according to the Camdenton Police Department. She was driving a gray mini-van with two children inside.
Officers were on their way to the scene of the accident when a vehicle matching the description wrecked in the parking lot of another restaurant down the street.
When officers arrived, the woman was outside the vehicle holding her two children. She suffered cuts and bruises to her arms and legs and refused medical treatment for her and the children.
The woman faces a string of charges including two counts of child endangerment, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, property damage and operating without a valid driver’s license.
A goat ate it -- I swear!
BOURNE, Mass. -- The Bourne Public Library received a package in the mail last week that included a letter of lament from the May family, who said their goat ate a library.
The package also included a book replacement: “Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs” by Kelly Klober. Also included were pictures of new piglets and the goat that ate the original book.
The May family says the original helped greatly in the birth of the piglets. Then it was devoured.
GateHouse News Service