ODDLY ENOUGHPublished: 12/6/12 @ 12:00
Nearby robbery, bear prompt a lockdown at Pa. school
Robbers and police cars and a bear, oh my!
Officials say a Pittsburgh-area school was briefly locked down and students later missed outdoor recess after police received separate reports of a home-invasion robbery and a bear on the loose Monday morning.
Shaler Township police notified administrators at Marzolf Primary School to lock its doors about 9:30 a.m. after two men armed with a pistol stole $800 in a home invasion and ran away.
Later that morning, students had to be kept in at recess after a woman reported a bear on the loose. Police called in the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Students in the school, which includes kindergarten through fourth grade, didn’t even know about the home-invasion lockdown. Principal Marty Martynuska said, “It was a pretty eventful Monday morning.”
Woman thanks NY cop with $1K, but he can’t keep it
New York State Police are trying to find the woman who handed an on-duty trooper a holiday card with $1,000 cash inside.
Under New York law, members of the state police can’t accept such gifts.
State police officials are seeking the public’s help in finding the woman who gave the money to Trooper Christopher Maniscalco in the Albany suburb of Guilderland on Sunday.
They say they want the woman to tell them where she would like the donation to go.
Police say the woman told Maniscalco she had seen him doing a good job and wanted to wish him a Merry Christmas and thank him.
Officials say it wasn’t until after his shift ended that the trooper opened the card and saw the money.
Residents put big ribbon on burned-out Pa. house
PENN HILLS, Pa.
Some residents of a Pittsburgh suburb have gift-wrapped something they hope will be gone by Christmas: a charred and abandoned house that burned nine months ago.
Amy Davis tells WPXI-TV that residents put a big red bow on the house next door to hers, so Penn Hills officials will get moving on tearing it down. The house burned in March.
Residents say it’s unsafe and an eyesore, and that they fear it could harm their property values.
Davis says gift-wrapping the house “was done in jest to bring light to a situation where there’s no humor at all.” She says the fire frightened her and caused $8,000 worth of damage to her 100-year-old home.
Municipal code enforcement officer John McCafferty tells the TV station he just got approval to tear down the home.