Bull runs inside house, couple gets in fight on Valentine’s Day and more in this week’s edition.
Bull breaks into house
PEORIA, Ill. - Excuse anyone who heard about Sally Joyner's weekend and figured she was full of bull.
Even she didn't expect to be taken seriously when calling for help Saturday morning.
"I called 911 and said, 'Please don't think I'm crazy, but a bull just crashed through my front door,' " Joyner said Tuesday.
Joyner was in her house about 11 a.m. Saturday with her 16-year-old granddaughter Samantha Thompson when it happened.
"I was sitting here in the kitchen and all of a sudden I heard this loud crash," Joyner said. "I jumped up and looked down the stairs and there was a humongous bull in our foyer."
Looking down the stairs leading to the home's entry area, Joyner noticed the full glass front door was gone and glass was piled an inch thick on the floor.
"I was screaming," Joyner said. "I went down a couple stairs and then I thought, 'What am I doing?' "
First, Joyner called police. Then she dialed her husband, Steve.
"When I called him at work, he couldn't understand what I said," Joyner said. "I tried to tell him a bull just came through the front door. He was just saying, 'What?' I told him, 'You need to get home.' "
According to a police report from the Peoria County Sheriff's Department, three bulls escaped in the area.
Gary B. Wessel, 64, was in charge of the bulls when they got loose, the report said. Wessel declined to explain where the bulls escaped from or how they did it. Other than to say he later found the crashing bull, Wessel would not discuss the incident.
"It's none of your business," Wessel said.
Couple gets into candy-throwing fight over no card on Valentine’s Day
WELLSVILLE, N.Y. – Cupid normally brings couples together, but this time he did just the opposite to a couple on Valentine’s Day.
A Hallmark moment could have prevented charges against a 37-year-old man who will be charged with harassment as a fight between a couple took place when candy, not a card, was the only Valentine’s Day gift.
Coudersport, Pa.-based state police say the man will be charged with harassment after an incident at 9:53 a.m. Sunday. Troopers said he got into an argument with a 37-year-old woman, apparently because a Valentine’s Day card was not purchased for one of them.
The man got angry and began to throw several pieces of candy at the woman, troopers said. When she tried to pick the candy up off the floor, the man approached her. Not knowing what he was going to do, she pushed him away, causing her fingernails to scratch his arms. He allegedly grabbed her by the chest and then she pushed him away, troopers said.
The man will be charged in district court, troopers said.
Puppy problem leads to Massachusetts man's arrest
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - A dispute over a puppy led a local man to kick in the door of a home and smash a car window, police said.
Nicholas R. Hubbard, 22, was arrested on vandalism and breaking-and-entering charges, police said.
Hubbard traded his computer for a puppy with a woman who lives at the home, Detective Martha Shea said, but he became angry when the puppy scratched his daughter. He left the woman messages that he wanted to hurt the dog, police said.
The woman told Hubbard she would take the dog back and he agreed, police said. After she retrieved the dog, he changed his mind and wanted the dog back.
She refused, because she feared for the dog's safety, and agreed to return his computer, police said.
Hubbard showed up at the home on Thursday, kicking and punching the front door and yelling. After the woman kept him from entering, police said, Hubbard then smashed a car window, police said.
Hubbard was charged with daytime breaking and entering for a felony/placing a person in fear and vandalizing property, police said.
Man charged in cleaver assault
ASHLAND, Mass. - An Ashland man kicked out of a bar late Tuesday came back just after midnight and threatened patrons with a cleaver, police said.
Phuk Vong, 34, was arrested at gunpoint shortly after midnight after he refused to drop the knife and advanced toward an officer, police spokesman Lt. Richard Briggs said.
No one was injured.
Officer Douglas Grout went to Corner Pub after a report of a man with a knife and arrived to find a crowd gathered outside in "a panicked state."
They pointed to two men, including Vong, who tried to hide what police later discovered to be a cleaver.
Grout drew his gun and ordered Vong to drop the weapon. Vong walked toward the officer, who backed up behind some cement pillars for protection, Briggs said.
Vong got within 10 feet of Grout before dropping the cleaver.
Vong was drunk when he went to Corner Pub at about 11:30 p.m., Briggs said. He got into an altercation with a woman there, and several patrons forced him to leave.
He returned 30 minutes later with the cleaver and threatened people, Briggs said.
Smoker sets herself on fire
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - A cigarette smoker was charged with reckless endangerment after she lit herself on fire for the second time in an apartment building, Ontario County deputies said.
Rosemary M. Brown, 48, was charged last Friday with second-degree reckless endangerment. Brown’s clothing caught fire while she was smoking and using an oxygen tank in her apartment, and Brown “told deputies this was the second time she caught herself on fire while smoking,” said Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William Gallagher.
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