Firefighter will get back dog after it escaped, got adopted

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A firefighter who left his dog with friends as he battled wildfires in Washington state will get back his dog weeks after the animal ran away and got adopted by another family.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington says the family decided over the weekend to return Hunter the dog to William Jones. They initially declined, saying they had bonded with the animal.

After Jones left, the black Labrador retriever jumped a fence, got picked up by animal control and was brought to a shelter earlier this month. Hunter was adopted 10 days later.

Jones told KOIN-TV in Portland that he called the Humane Society when he returned but was told nothing could be done because the adoption was legal.

The group says staff had tried to look for the owner but the dog didn't have a microchip.

Couple weds to sweet sound of tornado sirens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Not even tornado sirens could stop a Michigan couple from saying "I do."

As the sirens blared across Grand Rapids, Brandon Warner married Breane Proctor in front of family members and guests at a church.

Despite the storm threat, Warner decided to proceed with Saturday's ceremony.

"Bree is ready and we're all here. Let's go through with this," he told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Monday. "Let's make it happen. I figured if we were going to get hit, maybe it was meant to be."

"We just kind of shrugged our shoulders and went down the aisle," said Proctor.


After exchanging vows, storm sirens sounded again and everyone stood beneath the church's balconies, away from its stained-glass windows. A little less than an hour after they said "I do," a tornado reportedly touched down less than 3 miles away, according to the paper.

"The church seemed so big and massive and sturdy," Brandon said. "I truly did not know how bad it was until everyone got on their cellphones and looked at the maps."

After the storm passed, the wedding party rode around to look at some of the storm damage.

Some trees were knocked over and power lines were downed across some parts of southwestern and western Michigan. No injuries were reported.

Associated Press