Cowboy causes a scene for hunger

NEW YORK — A cowboy who tied up traffic by riding a horse across a busy bridge connecting New York City and New Jersey says he is traversing the country to raise money and awareness for child hunger.

Tod Mishler, 80, was followed across the Outerbridge Crossing on Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

Once he was safely across the bridge, officers issued him two criminal court summonses, for trespassing and impeding traffic.

A video sent to the Staten Island Advance newspaper showed Mishler sporting a cowboy hat, a brown vest and a red kerchief and riding quickly toward Staten Island. New Jersey-bound traffic slowed as motorists stopped to watch. The rider held the reins of the second horse laden down with bags.

"My dream is to ride across the country and let the people know that we have the money to feed every starving child in the world," Mishler told WCBS-TV.

Mishler, who goes by Doc, said that he hadn't paid any toll for riding across the bridge on his horse and that he had been on his way to a corral in Queens.

He said didn't have any ill-will toward authorities for the summonses.

"The police are always here to serve and protect all across the law," he said.

Mishler, of Ulster Park, N.Y., has earned both admirers and critics for his horse-riding endeavors.

Court restarts trial after judge gets his snooze on

BERLIN — A German court had to restart the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery store because a judge kept nodding off during the proceedings.


The Muenster state court told the dpa news agency on Tuesday that the presiding judge decided it was better to start things over than provide immediate grounds for an appeal.

German trials are typically heard by a panel of five judges — three professionals and two lay judges. In this case, it was one of the lay judges who couldn't stay awake Monday.

Fortunately, it was the first day of the trial and it was able to start again from scratch after an alternate judge took his place.

— Associated Press