Burglar burrows through walls


KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) – Police are searching for a burglar who enters homes in a very unique manner – burrowing through the walls of a house.

The method avoids setting off alarm systems, which typically are attached to windows or doors.

Someone burglarized a home Jan. 8 in a subdivision of Kennesaw after entering the house through a rear wall.

“That’s the first type of entry that I’ve seen of that method in this area,” Kennesaw Police Detective Rick Shumpert said in a message to a homeowners association. “It’s typically a break in a window or door.”

Police believe the burglar peels back siding and burrows through the sheetrock with a tool such as a screwdriver.

About a dozen similar burglaries have happened in unincorporated Cobb County and in nearby Acworth, Ga., police said.

Frozen 8-foot boa found dead

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – Ron Newman had a pretty horrible Monday morning.

He and other workers for contractor McGraw-Kokosing Inc. found the body of a frozen 8-foot boa constrictor while clearing debris along the Great Miami River.

Newman doesn’t like snakes. Even dead ones.

“I think he had to go home and change his drawers,” said co-worker Chris Miller, with a hearty laugh.

“He’s deathly afraid of them.”

Newman responded: “Man, that thing was huge.”

The snake was stretched out when found near a bike path along the river.

“It’s very unusual,” Miller said. “It’d be like finding an alligator down here.”

It was unclear where the snake came from, or how long it had been dead. The workers believe the boa may have tried to get out of the cold weather by slivering into a nearby water pump house.

“We never expected this to happen,” said Miller. “We’ve been entertaining ourselves. It’s been a lot of fun, really.”

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) – Woody has something the nation’s other prognosticating groundhogs don’t.

Female intuition.

Other groundhogs – Gen. Beauregard Lee in Georgia, Sir Walter Wally in North Carolina and, of course, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania – might be more established, but Woody has a pretty good track record.

She has correctly predicted when spring would arrive six out of eight years.

Why is she so successful?

She relies on her stomach, said Richard Grant, executive director of the Howell Conference and Nature Center. Grant said groundhogs eat a lot before the winter, but don’t consume much during the colder months.

So, on Friday, if Woody comes out of her home, eats any of the food placed in front of her – such as bananas and peanuts – and stays out for at least 30 seconds, then spring is coming soon. If not, we’re in for another six weeks of winter.

Grant said science proves that Woody’s sex is an advantage. Female groundhogs “have a whole lot more responsibility,” he said, including motherhood. “What do male groundhogs do? They mate … and then they get hit by cars.”

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A man accidentally discharged a new pistol he was unfamiliar with, firing a bullet that nicked his arm and eventually struck a man using the bathroom in another building, police said.

However, since the bullet traveled through two walls, across a courtyard and ricocheted off a shower wall, it left only a small bruise on the chest of the man it hit, and he did not require treatment, police said.

“It’s one of those freak happenings,” police Sgt. Mark Trimble said Monday.

The incident occurred about noon Sunday.

Trimble said Erick Hovermale of Casper was cited for misdemeanor discharging a firearm in city limits.

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