Man helps injured woman 1,900 miles away
MONTREAL, April 10 (UPI) -- An elderly Canadian woman who fell and hurt herself dialed a wrong telephone number and ended up getting help from a man 1,900 miles away, officials said.
Patsy Watkins lives alone in a seniors' apartment east of Montreal in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Last week, she struck her knee, fell and cut her head, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
She told the broadcaster while she doesn't remember much after that; she apparently tried to call her daughter.
Instead, the landline phone of 23-year-old Matthew Washer, 1,900 miles to the west in Calgary, Alberta, rang.
Washer told the CBC he got the woman's name and phone number and began trying to help by calling his local 911 service. He said after 20 minutes with no success, he tracked down the business number of Watkins' apartment and called them.
Staff told him nurses were with the woman waiting for an ambulance.
Watkins told the CBC she considers Washer a hero.
"I think it's unbelievable that he took the time to do all that for a crazy old lady," she said.
Burglary foiled by 'vigilante' with guitar
ORLANDO, Fla., April 10 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a guitar-wielding vigilante foiled a burglary by striking the suspect with his instrument.
Orlando police said the vigilante, who was not identified, arrived at the apartment on Conroy Road around 12:45 a.m. and discovered a male suspect, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
"Vigilante grabbed a guitar and struck the suspect in the face. The suspect fled the scene," Officer Kristy Casiano wrote in the police report.
Sgt. Vincent Ogburn, a police spokesman, said the incident is under investigation. The suspect was described as about 25-years-old and around 6 feet tall.
Rooster hangs out at fried chicken eatery
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., April 10 (UPI) -- The manager of a Tennessee fried chicken restaurant said a rooster first spotted in the area three months ago has been making daily visits to the eatery.
Debi McCaffrey, manager of Gus's Fried Chicken on South Center in Collierville, said the rooster crosses the street nearly every day to pose next to the rooster on the restaurant's sign, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday.
"Every morning, you can hear him crowing coming down the street," McCaffrey said. "He crosses that street and just pecks around in the grass."
Neighbors said they are unaware of anyone in the area keeping fowl, which is legal in Collierville provided the birds are kept in coops.
Collierville Animal Services said workers have been trying to catch the rooster for months so it can be moved to a new home and protected from raccoons and other predators.
McCaffrey said she would like the city to adopt the rooster as a mascot. The city previously dubbed Amos the cat, a feline that lived at English Country Antiques until his death in 1981, as its official mascot and erected a plaque in the feline's honor.
Snoop Dogg prints book on rolling papers
INDIO, Calif., April 10 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg announced he will sell songbooks with pages made from marijuana rolling papers at an upcoming festival in California.
Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, posted a video online announcing his book, "Rolling Words: A Smokable Songbook," will be sold later this month at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, where he will be co-headlining with "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" collaborator Dr. Dre, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.
"Always remember, you can roll with an expert, you can roll with Snoop," he said in the video.
The book, which includes the lyrics to hits including "Gin & Juice," "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," is printed on hemp-based rolling papers and comes with a strike board on the spine for convenient match lighting.
The tome is aimed at helping the rapper promote his Snoop Dogg King Size Slim Rolling Papers.
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