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by Thanos Kalamidas
2012-02-05 10:27:59
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Man arrested over glacier ice theft

bizarrew001_400Police in the south of Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing ice from the Jorge Montt Glacier. Officials in the town of Cochrane found five tonnes of ice in the back of his truck. Scientists say the glacier, in the Patagonia region, is retreating faster than any other in Chile.

Police suspect the ice was destined for the capital, Santiago, to make gourmet ice cubes for use in upmarket bars and restaurants. The BBC's Gideon Long, in Santiago, says tourists in southern Chile are often served whisky chilled with glacial ice - which has an extra kudos because it comes directly from the glaciers.

According to El Mercurio, the driver is accused of theft, but prosecutors are also considering bringing charges under the national monuments act. The paper says the ice found in the back of the vehicle was worth about 3 million pesos ($6,100; £3,900). The shrinking glacier is in the Bernardo O'Higgins national park, the largest protected area in Chile.


Akron man stole child’s lunchbox

bizarrew002A 20-year-old Akron man was convicted late Thursday of two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary and various firearms offenses for his role in an armed holdup last year, authorities said. One of the items stolen, prosecutors said, was a 6-year-old boy’s lunch box. Terrell D. Nurse was convicted of the crimes in a bench trial before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker.

Nurse, who faces six years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 28 in Parker’s court. Prosecutors said the holdup occurred Sept. 26, after Nurse and three accomplices contacted an acquaintance and went to the person’s home under false pretenses. After entering the home, one of Nurse’s accomplices pointed a gun at a male resident, then at a woman, and demanded money, prosecutors said.

All four intruders ransacked the home, taking the woman’s purse and money and her son’s lunch box. Prosecutors said police arrested Nurse after one of the victims identified him. Parker revoked his bond after returning the guilty verdicts.


Worker falls into reactor pool at San Onofre nuclear plant

bizarrew003_400A veteran worker at the San Onofre nuclear power plant lost his balance while trying to retrieve a flashlight and tumbled into a reactor pool at the facility last week. The worker at the San Diego County power plant did not suffer significant radiation exposure, the North County Times reported.

Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said Thursday that the man, who is employed by a private contractor assigned to replace the reactor’s vessel head, "momentarily lost his balance" and fell into the pool Jan. 27 while leaning over to retrieve a flashlight. “He was wearing all of the appropriate safety equipment, including a life preserver vest. We immediately began a thorough medical screening to determine if there had been any injury,” Alexander told The Times.

The pool is more than 20 feet deep and holds water that continually circulates through the reactor core. Workers had previously removed the highly radioactive uranium fuel that normally sits at the bottom of the pool, officials said. Edison may review its procedures for working around the reactor pool and may require that workers tie off with ropes to a surrounding structure as a way of preventing another incident, Alexander said.


Carbondale stabbing was over a brownie

bizarrew004A city man faces felony charges after he allegedly stabbed his brother following a dispute over a brownie Wednesday night. Erik "Eggs" Cain, 30, 152 Pike Street, was arrested by city police after he stabbed his brother, Gene, in the left forearm, left shoulder and right wrist. According to charges, Erik Cain was upset about a brownie being cut in half.

In an interview at Marian Community Hospital, Gene Cain said he and his brother were arguing over a McDonald's brownie when Erik punched him. Erik then ran to the kitchen, picked up three steak knives and "slashed him," he told Sergeant Joseph Laguzzi. Gene said he "thought his brother was going to kill him," so he retaliated by throwing a television at him, according to police. Erik then fled the scene and was later arrested on Gordon Avenue by Patrolman Jeffrey Arthur, according to the criminal complaint.

Erik Cain is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Lackawanna County Prison. No bail information was available.

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