A roundup of some unusual news of the past week as reported by GateHouse newspapers.
Police: Man swiped copper church gutter - during Easter Mass PLAINFIELD, Conn. -- A man was arrested last Saturday for allegedly stealing a copper gutter from the All Hallows Church - while Easter Mass was taking place. Plainfield police said they received a call at 8:37 p.m. from a parishioner who reported seeing a man remove a 30-foot section of gutter from above the doors leading to the front of the church. Witness statements and a successful track by the Plainfield Police Department’s K-9 unit resulted in the arrest of Paul Bissonette, 44. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. Police 'flush' out suspect CANTON, Ohio -- Police heard a toilet flush when they announced they were coming into a bathroom where they suspected a man was hiding. Seconds later, they found a rock of crack cocaine on the bathroom floor and arrested the man in the bathroom, Stark County Jail records said. Willie D. Powell, 27, was arrested Tuesday in a felony drug possession charge. He was arrested by Canton police, who had been called to an apartment complex by someone complaining of loud music. Jail records said police believed the man was hiding behind a locked bathroom door. When they announced they were coming in, they heard the toilet flush. They found the cocaine where he had been hiding, jail records said. Long-missing cat found ROCKFORD, Ill. – Precious the cat was reunited with its Denver owner last Friday after a flight from Midway Airport in Chicago. How in the world did a cat from Denver end up in Rockford? Precious isn’t saying, so for Virginia Wheeler of Denver, it’s a good thing the microchip is. The cat, who went missing from its Denver home about a year ago, was turned in to Winnebago County Animal Services last week as a stray. When officials scanned Precious’ microchip, they tracked the cat to Wheeler. Chicago-based Terry Dowd Inc., a fine-arts delivery company, took Precious from Rockford to Midway Airport, a donation estimated at nearly $1,000. Frontier Airlines donated the flight from Midway to Denver. She slit his tires, so he took a pipe to her head ARDMORE, Okla. -- An Ardmore woman told police her soon-to-be ex-husband assaulted her with a pipe after she slit the tires on his vehicle, which she only did when he refused to give her money to pay for their pending divorce. Officers responded about this past Wednesday to the estranged husband's residence after receiving a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived, they found the woman nursing a minor head wound, and the husband jacking up his vehicle in order to change the damaged tires. The pair apparently agreed on the circumstances surrounding the disturbance. They also agreed to leave each other alone and resolve their differences in divorce court. No charges were filed. GateHouse News Service