Alleged burglar gets stuck in oven vent

Sunday, February 5, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An alleged burglar was rescued Thursday after he got stuck overnight in the oven vent of the convenience store he was trying to rob, the fire department said. Investigators said Lonnie Shields, 37, climbed into a small vent on the roof of the New City Mart at about 2 a.m. and wasn't found until store employees arrived at about 8 a.m. Shields was treated at a nearby hospital and booked into Orange County Jail on $1,000 bond for burglary charges.

Martial artists hired to battle marauding parrots

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Organizers of a vintage car rally reportedly have hired karate experts to protect the vehicles from marauding native parrots. About 40 members of a local karate club have been enlisted to protect the 140 classic cars due to visit an alpine village near Mount Cook on Sunday. The karate experts will protect the cars from Keas, native parrots that can be destructive in their search for shiny items. The karate experts wouldn't use martial arts moves on the parrots, which are a protected species. Their job would simply be to scare the birds away.

-- From wire reports

Local wildlife ranger Ray Bellringer said the karate experts were unlikely to deter the Keas. "They will fly around and laugh," he said.

-- From wire reports

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