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Landlord Struggles To Get Rid Of Squatter

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A New York landlord trying to get rid of a squatter in one of his apartments said the man has so far cost him $6,400 in lost rent. Tibor Karakas said Brian Wiley, 33, moved into the apartment when the previous tenant took him on as a roommate earlier […]

Bank: Early Payment Foreclosure A Mistake

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) — Bank of America said it made a mistake in filing to foreclose on a retired Florida couple who made their mortgage payment a week early. The bank said Monday James Bullington, 78, of New Port Richey, and his wife Sharon, 70, will be returned to their loan […]

Hawk Flies Into N.Y. Apartment Building

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Animal rescuers in New York said a red-tailed hawk that entered an apartment building through an open third-story window has been released. Joe Moderski, a resident of the West 80th Street walkup, said he found the hawk in the hallway outside of his fifth-floor apartment when he arrived home […]

Neighbors Call For Skunk Action Plan

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Residents of an Illinois neighborhood said they want their city to take action to curb the population of skunks in their area. Neighbors in the Bryan Avenue area of Joliet said the skunk population has been steadily growing during the past few summers and the smell has become a […]

12-Year-Old Detective Tracks Down Suspects

ATLANTA, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia girl investigating a burglary at her late great-grandmother’s home said she confronted a suspect, but police have made no arrests. Jessica Maple, who attended the Fulton County District Attorney’s Junior District Attorney camp in Atlanta earlier in the summer, said police told her family there were no […]

German To Pay Briton An Old Golf Debt In Beer

PORTISHEAD, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A German man said he is planning an autumn trip to Britain to make good on a 5-year-old promise to buy a beer for a man who bested him at golf. Sebastian Steinzen said he lost a bet to the man, who he knew only as Pat, while playing […]

China Seeks To Curb Money Marriages

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Chinese experts said a top court decision on the fate of a house after a divorce is aimed at discouraging young women from “worshiping money.” The Chinese Supreme Court ruled a house will return to the possession of the person who owned it before the marriage in the case of […]

Couple Lose Legal Bid To Get Dog Back

OFFERTON, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A British judge tossed a lawsuit brought by couple who gave away their dachshund then sued for the canine’s return when the new owner refused to give it back. Gary Rowlinson, 55, of Offerton, England, told the Stockport county court hearing he was the legal owner of the dog, […]

Paraplegic Plans Solo Skydive

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) — A North Carolina man who lost the use of his legs in 2005 said he is training to become one of the few paraplegics able to skydive solo. Patrick Nichols, 30, who became paraplegic after a motorcycle accident, said he has been training for months at the Appalachian […]

Van Thief Took Children Home

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A New York man said a thief who stole his van from outside of a store returned the vehicle to his house when he discovered two children were inside. Sebastian Russo, 37, said his sons, John, 7, and Robert, 5, were in the 2010 Honda Odyssey with the family […]

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