LILLY, Pa., June 14 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said they arrested a man who tried to blame a dog for burning down his apartment.
Cresson Township police said John Joseph Saparo, 58, was arrested Monday after a nearly yearlong investigation into the fire that burned down his 158 Railroad St. apartment July 12, The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, N.Y., reported Wednesday.
Investigators said Saparo told a state police fire marshal "a dog may have started the fire by knocking over one of the fans."
However, police said they do not buy Saparo's explanation.
He was charged Monday with reckless endangerment, making false reports to law enforcement authorities, and arson and related offenses. He was ordered held on $25,000 bond.
Goose dubbed '50 Cent' after being shot
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark., June 14 (UPI) -- An Arkansas veterinarian said a goose named for rapper 50 Cent when he was found to have been shot seven times has become a national celebrity.
Dr. Rob Conner of Mountain Home said the goose, which was brought to the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital May 2, when X-rays revealed it had been shot seven times with a pellet gun, became a local celebrity with a story in The Baxter Bulletin, and his fame went nationwide when the story was picked up by Web sites across the country, the Bulletin reported Wednesday.
"Apparently, someone didn't like him," Conner said. "Sometimes, people get upset because the geese go to the bathroom everywhere. There's got to be a better way to shoo them away, pepper spray or something."
Conner said 50 Cent will remain at the vet's office while he recovers from his injuries and will then be available for adoption.
"I want to find him a good home," Conner said. "I also hope his story will make people think twice about shooting geese."
Mule-drawn wagon has GPS, toilet
ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn., June 14 (UPI) -- A Minnesota couple who began traveling by mule-drawn wagon a few years ago said they are taking it on a cross-country trip.
Warren and Mary Veien of Zumbro Falls said they will set out next week for a cross-country trip in their mule-drawn wagon, whose amenities include a GPS, a frontal brake system, a charcoal grill, beds, seats taken from pickup trucks and a Port-o-Potty, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, reported Wednesday.
"They always say a mule, if you can rub their forehead, then you can do most anything with 'em," Warren Veien said.
He said the only thing his mules won't do is go near semi trucks, so they stick to traveling on gravel roads, away from the larger vehicles.
The couple said they will be accompanied on their cross-country excursion by 25 other covered wagons forming a "wagon train."
People on the toilet embrace iPoo app
TORONTO, June 14 (UPI) -- Almost 300,000 people have paid $1 each for a portable device iPoo app to share their experiences on the toilet with others trying to empty their bowels.
The app was designed by two people from the Toronto area and one from the United States in 2009, the Toronto Star reported.
Only one of the Toronto men, 30-year-old accountant Amit Khanna, is willing to go public with his name and discuss why the potty-based app has become a money-maker for him and his partners.
While popular Western culture suggests many people like to read newspapers and magazines while doing their daily ablutions, Khanna said the popularity suggests some would like to share ideas.
"Imagine that you're on the can, and think about the things that you would maybe want to do," he said. "I'm not ashamed of it whatsoever -- it's a conversation starter."
Khanna said bathroom chatterers also have an option to map where other "goers" are located.
The app is sold through iTunes, which takes a 30 percent cut of the proceeds, but Khanna said he has still been able to invest in real estate and one of his silent partners helped finance his way through Harvard Business School with iPoo profits.
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