MANOR, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman is crying “fowl” over a local ordinance that could cost her $300 in daily fines for keeping two ducks she bought as pets for her granddaughter.
Jodi Gavin-Fedor said she keeps the ducks named “Lucy” and “Ricky” in a fenced-in section of her yard. The birds live in a pen at night and use a wading pool during the day.
But she says a Manor borough zoning official told her the ducks would have to go, or she’d face a $300 daily fine.
Gavin-Fedor’s request for a zoning exemption was denied. She says that’s unfair because another neighbor keeps 15 chickens and five ducks.
Borough Councilman Bruce Hartman Jr. says, “I feel for the lady” but that she should have checked the ordinance first.
PRISONER USES SHEETS TO ESCAPE, FALLS WHEN KNOT SLIPS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two inmates at a Louisville jail facility could have used a course in knot-tying when they plotted an escape using bed sheets.
The men escaped to the roof of a minimum-security building Monday night, and used a rope made of bed sheets to climb down about four floors. Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton says 29-year-old Matthew Johnson was climbing down when a knot on the sheets came loose, dropping him about 20 feet.
Police learned of the escape about 9 p.m., when a hospital worker saw Johnson climbing down.
A second inmate, 37-year-old Christopher Cornelius, didn’t risk the climb and was found hiding on the roof.
Johnson was found hiding in a car early Tuesday morning. He injured his ankle and back and remained hospitalized Tuesday.
Both men were in jail on drug charges.
MAN SUED FOR UNPAID RENT TO PAINT TOWN’S VEHICLES
DURAND, Mich. — A small Michigan community found a creative way to settle a lawsuit: a new paint job on four publicly owned vehicles.
The Argus-Press reports that Durand reached a deal with Gary Stiles. He’ll settle a $17,000 debt by refurbishing, sandblasting and painting the vehicles, including dump trucks.
The city in Shiawassee County had sued Stiles over unpaid rent on farmland owned by Durand. City Manager Amy Roddy says the lawsuit was “going nowhere.” Then she learned that Stiles is skilled in painting vehicles.
Durand City Council members approved the settlement last week. Stiles must complete the work by Nov. 15.
— From wire service reports