Third car crashes into New Jersey store
SOMERVILLE, N.J., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in New Jersey said a car that crashed through a 7-Eleven was the third car in recent memory to crash into the store.
Steve Weinmann, the Somerville Rescue Squad's president, said the car plowed through the front window of the convenience store around 2 p.m. Saturday and ended up completely inside the shop, NJ.com reported Tuesday.
Weinmann said no injuries were reported from the incident. He said it was the third time in recent memory that a vehicle has crashed into the store.
"But usually, they just put the nose through the front. This is the first time I've seen the whole car go into the store," Weinmann said.
NJ.com said it was unable to reach police for comment.
Woman charged in ice cream assault
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a woman accused of using a pint of ice cream as a projectile weapon against a neighbor.
Port St. Lucie police said the mother of Vanessa Pierre, 19, told investigators she argued with her daughter Dec. 11 about "allowing an unknown friend to live in her bedroom" and the teenager went outside the home while continuing to shout arguments, TCPalm.com, Stuart, Fla., reported Tuesday.
The police report said a neighbor came outside to investigate the shouting and found Pierre screaming "bad words."
"She called him [female dog], told him to go inside his [fornicating] house, and to get off her [fornicating] property," the arrest affidavit states.
Pierre allegedly threw a pint of ice cream at the neighbor, getting the frozen treat on his legs and shoes.
Pierre left the scene before police arrived, but she was arrested Jan. 15 on battery and criminal mischief charges.
Chemical odor wafts from France to England
CHICHESTER, England, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Authorities said a foul odor reported in a pair of English counties originated in France and is not toxic.
Police in Sussex and Kent counties said calls began coming in at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from residents concerned about the odor, which was described as a mixture of sweat, garlic and rotten eggs, Radio France Internationale reported Tuesday.
Police said they received 25 calls in less than two hours.
Authorities in Paris said they had earlier received reports of the same stench and it was traced to a chemical factory outside Rouen, about 70 miles west of Paris. The factory is owned by U.S. millionaire Warren Buffet and produces a chemical added to odorless gas so people can detect leaks.
"Its inhalation presents no risks," Paris police said.
They said the chemical leaked from the factory Monday and crews worked overnight to neutralize the leak.
New Zealand man wants cats gone
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A New Zealand economist started a website calling on the country's residents to do away with domestic cats, which he described as "sadists."
Gareth Morgan's website, Cats to Go, accuses domestic cats of posing a danger to native wildlife, particularly birds, and alleges felines were partially responsible for the extinctions of nine bird species in New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald reported Tuesday.
"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural-born killer," a video on the website says. "Cats are the only true sadists of the animal world."
The website calls on New Zealanders to stop buying new cats and not to replace their old pets when they die.
Morgan could not be reached for comment, the Herald said.
Bob Kerridge, chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, described Morgan's views as "a bit radical, over the top and completely wrong."
He said the arguments on Morgan's website are based on faulty research.
"People blindly say, 'Yes, it's cats that kill all the birds,'" Kerridge said. "Gareth Morgan is way out of line because very few native birds fall at the hand of cats, domestic cats."