Published January 13, 2015
Salt Lake City's got one tough bloodhound.
J.J., the city's senior police dog, made his 223rd apprehension Feb. 16 despite being in the middle of cancer treatments, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with the ramming of an occupied truck when J.J. came to the rescue, the paper said. The bloodhound — one of six dogs used by the department — caught the suspect behind a dumpster.
"That's what J.J. lives for," said Sgt. Chris Ward, who oversees the department's K-9 charges. "That's what makes him happiest."
It was quite a feat for a dog that's been flying back and forth between Utah and New York to treat a melanoma in his mouth, getting the doggie equivalent of chemotherapy.
J.J. is a contract worker for the city, hired out by his handler, Officer Mike Serio, who is paying for the bloodhound's expensive cancer treatments.
"Mike is going to pay for [the treatment] regardless but donations have been coming from as far away as Virginia, Montana and all across the state of Utah," Ward told the paper.
Texas Town Really Needs Those Energy-Saving Lightbulbs
WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Perhaps his $24 billion electric bill will teach Richard Redden to turn down the thermostat a bit.
Redden and more than 1,300 Weatherford utility customers this week received billion-dollar electric bills marked as late notices. The mega-charges were attributed to a printing error.
Irving-bases DataProse, which prints customer bills for Weatherford Electric, said the company was embarrassed by the error.
"Obviously, this is not something we are pleased about," said Curtis Nelson, DataProse vice president and general manager.
Weatherford Electric spokeswoman Pam Pearson said customers can expect their correct bills later this month. She said the company's records were correct and showed the right balances.
"I know they raised the rates on kilowatt hours a little bit," Redden said. "I guess we shouldn't have run the heater quite so much this month."
Wrong Northern Exposure in Tourism Ad
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the advertisements in a national campaign by state tourism officials to attract mountain bikers to Tennessee shows a photograph taken in Alaska.
The photo in the ad was first featured in National Geographic magazine article in 1997 for a story about a seven-week bicycle trek across the Alaska Range, The Tennessean reported Wednesday.
"You don't just visit Tennessee. You experience it. Engage it. Challenge it. And, at any point on our more than 1800 miles of bike trails, love it," says the half-page ad appearing this month in Outside magazine and other publications.
The photographer who took the picture, Bill Hatcher, said Tennessee bikers would be less likely to run into the some of the obstacles he encountered on the Alaska trip, like avoiding grizzly bears and negotiating glaciated mountain passes.
The photo was spotted in Outside by Tim Woody, an avid cyclist of Anchorage, Alaska, who said he used the original shot as the screensaver on his computer for a time. He reported its recent use by Tennessee on his blog.
"A knowledgeable Alaskan might look at this and think that it really looks more like Alaska than Tennessee. Our spruce trees tend to be sort of scrawny looking," Woody told The Tennessean on Wednesday. "If you were going to promote a state by buying a half-page ad, why wouldn't you make sure you showcased your best spot?"
The stock photo was purchased for the $75,000 campaign by Memphis-based marketing firm Chandler Ehrlich, said Jennifer Spence, an assistant commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
The department did not complete its concept for the campaign until after the leaves had fallen from trees in Tennessee, making for less picturesque scenes, she said. Most of the other shots in the campaign feature actual scenery in Tennessee, which state officials said features 1,800 miles of trails for mountain biking.
We All Search for the Yellow Submarine
FELTON, Calif. (AP) — A 3 1/2-ton yellow submarine has fallen off the radar.
The 10-foot-long sub, built by a resident to patrol Monterey Bay during the 1940s and 1950s, was reported missing Feb. 15 from its Santa Cruz Mountains berth by owner Carl Barker.
"It sounds bizarre," said Detective Kevin Coyne of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. "All I know is ... there's no suspects."
Irven Thomson built the vessel from an old propane tank about 60 years ago. He added a turret, hatch, windows and a cement keel, rudder and navigational instruments.
"One of the neighbors said they saw a tow truck loading it up," Barker, 38, said. "Someone knew they wanted it and came and took it. I don't think they stole it for any kind of recycling value."
Barker said Thomson went on vigilante patrols of the bay and used the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf as his home base. Neighbors said Thomson quickly gave up the patrols and beached the vessel on his land.
Thomson left the yellow submarine on the property when he moved years ago.
And Boy Are My Thighs Tired
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — New Yorker Ashrita Furman looked around for a record he could break, and settled on doing the most squat thrusts in one minute. Then he decided on a place — the back of an elephant in northern Thailand.
He achieved both goals Thursday as he climbed onto a platform on the back of an obliging pachyderm in blazing heat and powered through 40 of the vigorous kicks in a minute. The previous squat thrust record — achieved on level ground in Britain without an elephant in sight — was 30.
Furman, 52, is accustomed to setting bizarre records. By his own count, he holds 54, and has held 144 in total. These include the record for the fastest 11 yards on a space hopper — a heavy rubber balloon on which children bounce — and the fastest mile balancing a cue pool on his finger.
"To me the real beauty of this record is that I did it on the back of a live elephant," he said. "I've had this dream of doing a record on the back of an elephant for many, many years but I've had no way of really accomplishing it until I came to Thailand."
The movements of Kamee, a 40-year-old female elephant, initially created difficulties as Furman practiced his routine. But for the actual record-setting bid, Kamee was solid as a rock.
Furman's new claim for a record will be forwarded, along with witness statements, to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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