Dog saves woman from attacker in The Woodlands

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – A 10-month-old Rottweiler puppy in the Woodlands is living up to his name Hercules after saving his owner from an attacker in broad daylight.

Catalina Humphrey was walking Hercules on the popular Sawmill trail in the Grogan’s Mill community around 4 p.m. Saturday. Humprey said a man crept up from behind and grabbed her shoulder near Sawmill Road and South High Oaks Circle.

She told KHOU 11 News Hercules lunged into action before she could react.

“He went around behind me and attacked him. I fell down. I was surprised because he’s sweet and loving. I didn’t know he would exhibit that side of him,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said her 110-pound puppy sunk his teeth into the man and bit him again and again.

The man then reportedly cursed at her. He ran off screaming and bleeding.

“I didn’t have a purse on me. I just had my workout gear on. I didn’t have something that would draw me out for him to want to attack me like that,” Humphrey said. “I don’t know what his intent was, but I know it wasn’t good”

Humphrey ran home and called authorities. She then rewarded Hercules with a bone and a “doggie spa day.”

Humphrey said Hercules normally has a gentle personality and she was surprised — and grateful — to see that side of him.

“To know he protected me, I am beyond grateful he did that. He is a hero, because he saved my life,” she said.

Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have collected DNA from Hercules’ mouth and a scratch on Humphrey’s shoulder.

“I’ll never forget his face,” she added. “I want someone to turn him in. He violated me.”

Deputies are ramping up patrols in the area and have been on alert since the attack.

Investigators have also been checking around at hospitals all over the region for patients with dog bites.

A spokesman with the sheriff’s office said authorities don’t have reason to believe that this man is linked to any other recent crimes in the area.

He’s described as a clean-shaven black male in his 20’s. He is believed to be about 5-foot-10 and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

He was wearing black jogging pants, a red shirt and a black baseball hat, authorities say.

Hero Kid Saves Teacher

Mo. – A Heartland kid who loves super heroes got a chance to be one.

Two weeks ago, teacher Madonna Kenser, of Oak Grove Elementary in Poplar Bluff, suddenly had an asthma attack during class. Her hero is one of her students, nine-year-old Brendon Garman.

“I was teaching the class using the projector and little did I know I was allergic to the fumes of my dry erase pen,” Kenser said. “My throat began to close.”

“I was having an asthma attack,” she said. “The students were watching and I knew I had to get to my desk.”

Before Kenser could get to her desk and her inhaler, she passed out.

“I was starting to get worried,” said Brendon Garman, the young hero.

Brendon quickly came to Kenser’s rescue.

“I just ran over when she passed out,” said Brendon. He got to her purse and grabbed her inhaler, gave it to his groggy teacher and saved her life. He says he knew what to do from a scene in the movie “Are We There Yet.”

“If I didn’t see that movie, I wouldn’t know what to do,” said Brendon.

“After the event he said ‘‘You know Mrs. Kenser, TV’s not so bad huh?'” said Kenser.

Brendon’s family is very proud of him. His mother and teachers point out something that makes this young hero even more amazing. Brendon has autism, something that usually affects communication and social skills. Kenser and Brendon’s mother hope others will see autistic kids, like Brendon, are full of potential and capable of incredible things like saving a life.

“I went to the doctor and he said 5000 people die from the things that happened that day,” said Kenser. “There’s a good chance I wouldn’t be here.”

Kenser says she’s very proud of her entire class for their calm reaction. Ironically this is Autism Week.

Good Samaritans repair woman’s roof blown off by wind

A woman and her three great-grand children lost their roof during a recent wind storm.

The top layer of Marilyn Harper and her little ones’ roof was ripped right off their mobile home.

After seeing CBS 7’s story, two strangers say they had to take action.

Abernathy Construction’s owner Daniel Abernathy and his apprentice, Joe Rodriguez, spent an entire morning reattaching the roof.

To say Harper is grateful would be an understatement.

“Oh, he don’t know how much I appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate it. And it’s put a different light in me, a hope,” Harper said.

“I’m not here just to make a dollar, if somebody’s in need I’m gonna be there to try to do what I can do,” Abernathy said.

The two good Samaritans pounded away on the roof all morning, nail by nail, so the Harper family could sleep safe and sound at night.

“If you ever see somebody in the street that needs any help or has any sort of need, find out what you could do for them because your helping hand will leave them feeling good and wanting to help someone else is just a chain reaction,” Rodriguez added.

The roof that the two fixed is just temporarily up to keep the family sheltered and safe.

Abernathy and Rodriguez will later on construct a brand new roof for the Harpers.

If you’d like to help, you can reach out to Abernathy Construction at 432-349-5370, and the business is located at 3505 N. Deborah Ave., Odessa, TX 79764.

Canadian dog owner braves frozen river to save his pup

A young man’s love for his furry friend has gone viral after he braved a frozen river to save the pup’s life.

The video from Alberta, Canada shows the french bulldog Cosmo struggling in the icy water, as his owner Duncan McIver sprints to his rescue.

The harrowing incident was caught on camera by chance, with local news crews on the scene to report on ice safety when the scene unfolded.

‘As soon as the ice broke, I just went right in,’ dog owner Duncan McIver told CTV Edmonton.

‘I think most people would do the same for their dog.’

The footage shows McIver falling through the ice as he crosses the water to save Cosmo, who desperately tried to keep his head above the surface.

Angela Jung, a reporter for CTV called police to the park while reporting on a recent increase in ice rescues in the area.

‘It’s a split second thing,’ McIver continued, speaking on his lack of hesitation.

‘You’re not just going to let him die, right?’

Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

(CNN) You wouldn’t expect a museum dedicated to the coal industry to run on anything other than coal — but a mining museum in Kentucky is soon to be solar powered.

Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project “will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.”

Robinson also said that the project was funded through an outside foundation, WYMT reported. The project includes 20 solar panels installed by Bluegrass Solar

The owner of Bluegrass, Tre Sexton, believes the system will pay for itself. “I think everybody knows when we’re talking about attractions like this — these high-volume, low-traffic municipal attractions — something has got to give, to keep their expenses down.”

Sexton told WYMT that an average house could be run by 20 panels that would cost around $17,000 or $20,000 — but the system would pay itself off within five to seven years.

“It is a little ironic,” Robinson said to WYMT, “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.”

Badly burned cockatoo given new feathers with superglue and matchsticks

Vets at Perth zoo have used matchsticks and glue to replace the flight feathers of a Carnaby’s cockatoo which was badly injured after it was burned on a power line.

Using a syringe to coat the donor feathers with superglue and a matchstick to shape the quill, vets replaced the juvenile bird’s feathers and cut away the burnt remains in an effort to help it fly again.

The bird, which is an endangered species, was taken to the zoo’s vet hospital late last month. After a week recuperating and gaining weight, it was deemed fit enough to undergo surgery on Monday.

“This little guy was unfortunately burned when the bird sitting next to him exploded on power lines, so we needed to replace his feathers,” said a vet, Peter Ricci. “He’s faring quite well, he is a young bird so he is eating quite well and he’s begging for food so he has made some great improvements so far.

“Just to think, that poor little baby would have been sitting on that power line next to his mum or his dad and that bird unfortunately has gone up in flames and passed away as well,” he said.

The procedure to replace the feathers is called “imping”, something Ricci said was fairly common on domestic birds whose wings had been trimmed too short, and on wild birds of prey with damaged flight feathers.

“It’s a pretty basic procedure,” he said. “We use pretty basic tools – just matchsticks and superglue, really. The trick is to get the right feather in the right place and the right angles before the glue dries so there’s a little bit of tricky work to getting the features in place but it’s not rocket science overall.”

It was not unlike a person getting hair extensions, Ricci said, as long as your normal description of hair extensions includes the phrase “dead tissue”.

“We have got dead tissue that was once alive and that the body has produced, and we’re trimming that and just regluing it on to another part of the dead tissue again,” he said. “So it’s in essence just like hair extensions in people.”

The cockatoo was still recovering, but Ricci said there was every chance it would be able to fly again and to be released to the wild.

There is no clear estimate of the number of Carnaby’s cockatoos left in the wild but populations have declined by 50% since the 1960s.

The species, identifiable by its white tail and cheeks, is endemic to south-west Western Australia and has lost significant tracts of habitat owing to land clearing and urban sprawl. According to the 2015 Great Cocky Count, administered by Birdlife Australia, numbers have further declined by 15% year on year.

Once the bird recovers, it will be sent to a black cockatoo wildlife sanctuary to prepare it for release.

Woman found wet, mostly naked – says she is a mermaid

FRESNO (KSEE) – A woman was found near Table Mountain on Tuesday morning, and she doesn’t seem to know who she is, the Fresno Police Department said.

“She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital,” said Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson.

The woman was found about 3:15 a.m. walking in the middle of the street on Millerton Road (Friant Road) about a mile south of Table Mountain.

When she was found, her hair was wet, and she was mostly naked. She told officers she had been in the water.

She answers, “I don’t know” to most questions, police said. She has claimed to be a mermaid named “Joanna.”

“We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity,” said Hudson.

She is 5-foot-4, weighs 150 pounds and has webbed feet.

“There are some strange things that happen up here,” said neighbor Karon Renwick. “We’re in the mountains.”

Anyone with information on this woman should call (559) 621-2455 or email the missing persons unit Detective Paul Hill at paul.hill@fresno.gov.