Passerby gets taken for train ride

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A drunken man who tried to climb over a freight train that was stopped at a downtown crossing ended up going for a ride when the train took off.

The 23-year-old man called 911 from his cell phone early Friday when the train reached the Casselton area west of Fargo because he was cold and wanted off, said Cass County Deputy Sheriff Shawn Getz.

Dispatchers called BNSF Railway, which alerted the train conductor.

“A few miles west of Casselton they were able to stop the train and (the man) got off,” Getz said.

Authorities said the man did not require any medical treatment, and the railroad did not press charges. The man was taken to a detox center, Getz said.

Double caffeine in your doughnut

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – How about caffeine in your doughnut as well as your coffee?

Dr. Robert Bohannon, a molecular scientist, says he has developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.

You can’t buy the amped up doughnuts yet, but Bohannon says he’s been approached some heavyweight companies, including Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks about carrying it.

Animals, owners removed from feces-caked home

CHESHIRE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Health officials have condemned a feces-filled and urine-soaked mobile home inhabited by a 68-year-old woman, her 22-year-old daughter and their 66 cats and dogs.

The animals, 39 adult dogs, 14 puppies and 13 cats, were found caked in fecal matter. The floors and furniture inside the doublewide trailer were covered with up to three inches of animal waste, animal rescue volunteers said.

The women, whose names were not released, faced the possibility of criminal charges. Authorities described them as animal lovers who were simply overwhelmed by the rapid growth of their menagerie.

Sixteen animals were removed Monday from the Cheshire Township home and the rest were taken away on Wednesday, Allegan County sheriff’s Deputy Tim Halstead told The Holland Sentinel for a story published Friday. The rural township is about 35 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

The dogs and cats ranged in age from a few days to a few years. Two Holland-area veterinarians who cleaned and examined the animals said most appeared to be in good health.

Halstead said the older woman told him she originally had four dogs before they started breeding. “The problem just got away from them,” he said.

The mother and daughter became used to having their clothing, especially the lower parts of their pants, covered in feces. The women shared a bed, also covered with animal waste, and protected themselves from the filth by wearing heavy jackets and pants at night, deputies said.

Same-name mix-up leads to meeting

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Sally Creech, meet Sally Creech.

The two Flint-area residents both married men named James and have had identity mix-ups for years. This week, the women finally met face to face, although the giggles and inside jokes they exchanged were a sign of 40 years of familiarity.

The meeting Tuesday was at Lucky’s Steakhouse in Genesee County’s Davison Township, about 50 miles north of Detroit.

“This is nice,” said Sally Lucille Creech, 63, of Davison Township, accompanied by husband James, 65. “It’s something we always wanted to do.”

Crossing paths over the years “has been fun for me,” Sally Ann Creech, 71, of Clayton Township, told The Flint Journal.

James and Sally Lucille Creech learned of their counterparts through a published birth announcement that said James and Sally Creech had had a baby boy, Michael. Today, he is 40.

Sally Lucille Creech was pregnant at the time. She said her father sent her the announcement as a sign he would soon have a grandson. Instead, she gave birth to a girl. Jill also is 40.

The women’s paths crossed in the mid-1970s, when Sally Ann Creech ran unsuccessfully for Clayton Township clerk.

“People said, “I didn’t know you were political,”‘ Sally Lucille Creech said. “I told them, “I’m not.”‘