Three-year sentence for judge car burglary
SAN FRANCISCO, July 17 (UPI) -- A car burglar who walked out of a San Francisco judge's courtroom and broke into her car was sentenced to three years in jail.
Prosecutor Omid Talai said Phillip Bernard, 32, was sentenced to the maximum three years in jail, but will likely serve only eight months, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.
Bernard was charged with a probation violation last month when he walked out of Judge Lillian Sing's courtroom and broke into her car.
"I will keep breaking into cars and houses. I will keep doing it and doing it and doing it," Bernard allegedly told officers while he was being arrested.
Bernard pleaded guilty to car burglary Friday before Judge Leslie Nichols and she had his probation from an earlier car burglary revoked. He was also ordered to pay $20 in restitution for smashing Sing's car window.
Human mattress domino record broken
BEIJING, July 17 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records said 1,001 people clung tight to mattresses in China to set the world record for largest human mattress dominoes.
Guinness adjudicator Dong Cheng said the volunteers gathered in Shanghai to beat the record of 850, which was set in February in New Orleans.
Cheng said the human mattress dominoes took 11 minutes and 11 seconds to fall.
"For an event like this involving 1,000 people, to succeed [the] first time is not just about luck. All other conditions must be correct. First of all, all the participants must fully understand the rules," Cheng said. "Second, the volunteers were all very brave. No one dodged when the 2-meter-high [about 6 feet-high] mattress fell onto them."
Dogs compete in dock jumping
BELVIDERE, Ill., July 17 (UPI) -- An Illinois dog training center said more than 150 dogs competed in the three events of a dock-jumping competition.
Chicagoland Dock Dogs, which hosted the three-day Summer Splash event at Meyer's Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, said 150 dogs competed in the Big Air distance jump, the Extreme Vertical leap to retrieve a toy suspended 8 feet over the pool, and the timed Speed Retrieve event, The New York Times reported Monday.
Dogs participating in all three events competed for the title of Iron Dog.
Organizer Beth Wiltshire said the dock jumping event makes a good alternative to traditional dog shows.
"There are no professional dogs," she said. "They are all people's dogs."
"I mean, they're just jumping off a dock. It's kind of hard to take it too seriously," Wiltshire said.
Lost dogs found after five years
WICHITA, Kan., July 17 (UPI) -- A Kansas couple said their beloved basset hounds have been returned to them after being stolen from their Tennessee back yard more than five years ago.
Brenda Travis and Tom Shields said the dogs, Allie and Bama, were taken from their home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., more than five years ago. The couple later moved to Wichita, Kan., and gave up hope of ever seeing their canines again, the Wichita Eagle reported Monday.
Travis said she received a voicemail Wednesday from a number she didn't recognize and called the number back when she was unable to understand the message.
She said the number turned out to be the Paulding County animal shelter in Dallas, Ga., and the worker asked her if she owned a basset hound.
"I explained we used to but somebody stole them years ago," Travis said.
The worker then explained that both dogs had recently arrived at the shelter and employees discovered Bama had a microchip with Travis' cellphone number.
The dogs and owners were reunited Saturday. Travis and Shields said they do not know where the dogs have been for the past five years, but they are happy to have them home.
"As soon as they saw us, they came running up," Travis said.
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