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Social media helps teddy bear return home

HOORN, Netherlands, March 18 (UPI) -- A Dutch man who found a teddy bear left behind on a train said he was able to return it to its 3-year-old owner after an eight-month social media campaign.

Cees de Jonge, a photographer, said he found the bear on a train that arrived in Hoorn in July and decided to take it home when the conductor told him it would be discarded if he turned it in, Netherlands newspaper ad.nl reported Monday.

De Jonge said his Facebook posts about the bear yielded so many responses that he made the stuffed animal its own Facebook page. He said a friend made a Twitter account for the bear.

The photographer said months went by without finding the owner, but a fresh push last week resulted in a response from a woman who said the bear belonged to her 3-year-old son, Luciano, DutchNews.nl reported.

"I am the happiest bear in the world, I have found my owner, Luciano here I am," De Jonge posted on the bear's behalf.


Dog accidentally travels to Ireland

NEWARK, N.J., March 18 (UPI) -- A family moving from New York to Arizona said their dog was placed on the wrong flight and ended up in Ireland.

Edith Lombardo-Albach said she took the dog to New Jersey's Liberty Newark International Airport in January and handed him over to United Airlines workers to have him sent to join her husband and daughter Thursday in Phoenix, ABCNews.com reported Monday.

"They marked everything Phoenix, and put the tags on Phoenix," she said.

However, Lombardo-Albach said she got a call Thursday evening from the airline saying the 6-year-old English Springer Spaniel, Hendrix, had been placed on the wrong flight and was headed to Shannon, Ireland.

"I almost fainted," she said. "My husband and my daughter were already at the airport waiting for the dog."

Lombardo-Albach said United promised her Hendrix would be cared for and returned.

"They were going to have someone clean the dog, feed the dog, walk the dog, and then they were going to get the dog back on the plane and send him to Newark," she said.

"The dog had already gone seven hours to Ireland, and now the dog has a two-hour layover and then a seven-hour flight to Newark," Lombardo-Albach said. "I was insane."

Lombardo-Albach said she greeted Hendrix when he returned to Newark and spent time with him before he boarded the right plane to Phoenix.

United apologized for the incident and refunded Lombardo-Albach's money.


Police: Man vomited bags of heroin

RIVERDALE, N.J., March 18 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said a man accused of snorting heroin in his car allegedly vomited up 14 bags of the controlled substance during his arrest.

Riverdale police said they responded to a report of a man seen snorting drugs inside a 2012 Chevrolet Camero parked at a local Walmart. Police said they arrived to see Cody Larson, 24, a Walmart employee, swallowing something, NJ.com reported Monday.

Larsen allegedly admitted to snorting heroin and soon vomited up 14 bags of the drug, officers said. He was taken to Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pequannock.

Larsen was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, tampering with evidence, under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, failure to turn over a controlled dangerous substance to law enforcement, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and driving an unregistered vehicle.

He was released on his own recognizance and is due in court later this month.


Woman arrested for toilet message

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn., March 18 (UPI) -- A Tennessee woman was arrested for writing an obscene message directed to a police officer on a broken toilet and leaving it in her front yard.

Investigators said Patti Cole, 48, of Mount Pleasant was angry at Rob Wagonshutz, a member of the Maury County Drug Task Force, for arresting her daughter March 1 at her home, so she scrawled an obscene message addressed to Wagonshutz on a broken toilet and left it outside her home, The (Columbia) Daily Herald reported Monday.

"[Expletive] you, Rob Wagonshutz" the toilet bowl read, with the tank next it bearing the message, "Rob Wagonshutz special place in hell for u and ur boys!"

Wagonshultz, who lives near Cole's home, was alerted to the message and filed a complaint.

"Since she used the language she did, it took a step beyond freedom of speech and turned it into disorderly conduct because it created a physically offensive condition by an act that serves no legitimate purpose," Wagonshultz said.

"No parents would want their children to have to read that," he said. "Had she used different language about me, the sheriff's department or the drug task force as a whole, it wouldn't have gotten this far at all."

Cole was charged with disorderly conduct.

Wagonshultz and his team arrested Cole's daughter, Allison Michelle Powell, 30, at Cole's home March 1. She was allegedly trying to flush drugs down the toilet at the time of her arrest and officers disassembled the commode to retrieve the evidence, Wagonshultz said.

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