Pet squirrel guards home against burglary

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.

The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel's attack "scared him, obviously, because he wasn't expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him," said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. "So basically, he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could."

The squirrel's owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower garden by a friend's daughter when he was about a week old.

He said Joey's eyes were still closed and they set an alarm to feed him every two hours.

"His temperament is kind of like a cat," Pearl said. "When he wants attention, he'll run up to you and climb up your leg."

Joey eats nuts and greens, and spinach is his favorite. He buries some of the nuts in houseplants inside Pearl's house and uses a litterbox.

"He trained himself," Pearl said.

Joey's reward for his vigilance were Whoppers, the squirrel's favorite candy.

Pearl had planned to release Joey into his backyard in the spring.

"But now, I don't know," he said. "I'm kind of torn."

Woman wanted for throwing rocks at jail to attract Valentine


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PUEBLO, Colo. — Police say a Colorado woman threw rocks at a local jail in an attempt to get the attention of her love interest on Valentine's Day.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Pueblo County deputies say they responded to a report of suspicious activity at the county detention center just before midnight and found that a window on the second floor had been broken.

Deputies say surveillance video showed someone throwing rocks at the building and deputies later learned that the person has a relationship with a jail inmate.

An arrest warrant for criminal mischief has been issued for a 38-year-old woman. The investigation is ongoing.

Associated Press