NEW YORK (AP) — A British inventor billed as a real-life version of the superhero Iron Man has hit the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit at 32 mph (51 kph), a Guinness world record.
The record keeper announced Tuesday’s feat on Thursday as part of its annual Guinness World Records day.
Other marks announced included a Swedish baker’s record for the world’s largest vegan cake, which weighs in at more than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms). Harlem Globetrotter Thunder Law successfully made a basket Sunday on a 50-foot high hoop for a new mark. It’s the 17th mark accomplished by the Globetrotters, and Law’s fourth individual record.
Guinness says more than 600,000 people are attempting to set records as part of the event.
Police: Thief didn’t get far in motorized grocery store cart
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from an Alaska grocery store didn’t get very far or go very fast before his low-speed getaway attempt was foiled by police.
The battery-operated cart with a basket mounted behind the handlebars has a top speed of 1.9 mph.
Authorities say Rondell Tony Chinuhuk of Anchorage is charged with felony theft for attempting to take the cart early Tuesday from a Safeway store in Fairbanks.
Police say they stopped Chinuhuk while he was crossing a thoroughfare following a 10-minute joyride that consisted mostly of trying to leave the expansive store parking lot.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Chinuhuk was charged with felony theft of the $2,500 cart. Assistant public defender Jennifer Hite says in an email the office doesn’t comment on cases.
City clerk searching for owner of dentures left at polls
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A city clerk in Maine is looking for the owner of a set of dentures left behind in a polling booth.
The Portland Press Herald reports the false teeth were discovered during Tuesday’s election. An election clerk found the teeth in an auditorium that serves as a polling place in Portland.
The dentures are now in a plastic bag in the city clerk’s office in Portland City Hall, just a few steps away from the polling place.
Residents voted on City Council races, a school rebuilding project, a state Medicaid expansion drive and other issues on Tuesday.
Police say students found substitute teacher drunk at desk
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A substitute teacher at a northern Virginia school has been charged with being drunk in public after police say students found him passed out at a desk.
Local media reported Friday that 24-year-old Konbeh Koroma of Springfield was filling in for an art teacher who taught grades 10-12 at a Fairfax County public school.
Fairfax County police say students noticed Koroma unresponsive and tried to wake him up. Police say a school resource officer responded and determined Koroma was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken to an adult detention center.
A Fairfax County schools spokesman tells WTOP Koroma has been dismissed from his position.
A phone number listed for Koroma was disconnected. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Cat long thought dead found alive 120 miles away
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A cat missing for more than a year has been reunited with his owner 120 miles (193.11 kilometers) from their Maine home.
Kennebunkport resident George Lichte says he believed his cat, Romeo, was dead after he never came home one day last fall. The Bangor Daily News reports Lichte received a phone call two weeks ago from a Skowhegan veterinarian, saying Romeo was found alive.
Solon resident Kevin Taft says he found the friendly feline while he was sitting at a picnic table, and assumed he was a stray. He planned to adopt Romeo, before learning the cat already had an owner.
Lichte says he wonders how Romeo got so far away.
Udder surprise: Heifer found in family’s swimming pool
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family’s swimming pool.
Catawba County Chief Animal Control Officer Jenna Arsenault told news outlets the agency received a 911 call Wednesday morning and arrived to find the young female bovine defiantly staring from the pool in Newton.
The pool’s owner, Burt Thornburg, says he looked out the door and thought something fell into the pool. He says he started ripping off the cover and uncovered the cow.
Authorities say a team managed to lasso the horns and pull the cow from the pool. The cow was believed to be in the pool for two hours or more.
Authorities believe the cow was grazing and walked across the pool cover, thinking it was solid.
Imitating ‘Curb,’ St. Louis man ticketed for honking at cop
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is feeling pretty … pretty … pretty … pretty miffed over a recent traffic ticket.
In an instance of life imitating art — in this case a recent episode of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — computer programmer Scott Smith says he was ticketed for honking his horn at a police officer.
Smith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he repeatedly honked at the officer in an unmarked car Friday because the light had turned green and the officer wasn’t moving.
He was pulled over and used his cellphone to record the heated exchange with the plainclothes officer, who asked, “Is your horn stuck?” Smith replied: “Is your brake stuck?”
Smith was ticketed for excessive noise from a vehicle. He plans to file a formal complaint.
In the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode, Larry David’s character was ticketed for honking at a police car at a stoplight.
Drivers get turkeys instead of traffic tickets in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.
The Billings Gazette reports that officers with the Billings Police Department checked for outstanding warrants Wednesday after pulling over drivers for traffic violations.
If they found none, they issued a written warning and a frozen turkey.
Businessman Steve Gountanis bought the 20 turkeys and asked the department to distribute them in time for the holiday.
Driver Larry Riddle appreciated the surprise after he was pulled over for not signaling a turn.
Riddle’s wife died of cancer and he lives alone on a limited budget. Each year, he tries to make a holiday meal for his daughter and himself.
Canadian Mounties arrest 5 naked suspects after kidnapping
NISKU, Alberta (AP) — Police arriving at a car crash in western Canada found five naked people inside, and ended up accusing them of kidnapping a mother, her father and her baby.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Laurel Scott said the mother, baby and the woman’s father had been taken from a home and forced into a vehicle against their will. While the car was being driven, the adult male, who was in the trunk, managed to escape. Shortly after that the woman escaped with the baby.
Authorities said a passer-by offered assistance and secured all three in his truck before the suspects’ vehicle rammed the rear of the truck and ended up in the ditch.
Three adults among the suspects remained in custody facing charges of kidnapping and resisting arrest, police said. The other two suspects were youths and released without charges.
Officials said the three people who were kidnapped were not injured.
The investigation continued but officials believed drugs or alcohol might have been a factor.
Prankster tosses yellow dye into Lincoln Center’s fountain
NEW YORK (AP) — A prankster has thrown yellow dye into the fountain at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Photos posted on social media Saturday show lemon-yellow water gushing from the fountain, which sits in front of the Metropolitan Opera and is a popular tourist attraction that has been featured in movies including “Moonstruck” and “Ghostbusters.”
The Daily News reports the fountain was turned off after suddenly changing color Saturday afternoon.
A Lincoln Center spokeswoman says security notified the police, who are looking for the prankster. She says the fountain is being cleaned.
Police say Long Island teen robs bank twice in 2 days
MASTIC, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Long Island teenager was arrested for robbing the same bank twice in two days.
Suffolk County police say 18-year-old Shakeem Smith was arrested Wednesday after robbing the HSBC bank on Montauk Highway in Mastic. They say he hit the same bank the day before by handing a note to the teller demanding cash.
The Mastic Beach teen is to be arraigned on robbery charges at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.
It wasn’t clear if Smith had a lawyer who could provide comment.
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