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1919: Herman Berg of Bleecker Street walked into police headquarters with a French poodle under his arm and in broken English implored Detective Patrick Sheehan to take the dog and kill it while showing the policeman several scratches on his hands. Sheehan, a dog lover who had recently lost his pet dog of 14 years, Beazle, refused but took the poodle and agreed to find a proper placement for it. The next evening, Berg’s wife arrived at headquarters with Berg trailing behind her to report her lost dog. Nothing Sheehan said could convince the two that the dog hadn’t been shot and disposed of until he returned it to their house the following morning.
1969: A grease fire that began at about 10:15 Sunday morning in the Siena College friars’ deep fryer caused extensive damage. The splattering grease burned three fingers of the left hand of chief cook Homer G. Durham, 38, of Albany. He was treated at Albany Memorial Hospital. The Shaker Road and Latham volunteer fire companies were called to the scene.
1994: Tonya Harding’s bodyguard and another man were arrested and charged with conspiracy in the attack on Olympic skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, a saga that had captivated the nation. The bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt, 26, and Derrick Brian Smith, 29, were arrested in Portland, said Michael Schrunk, Multnomah County district attorney. The Seattle Post-intelligencer reported that two others named in the arrest warrants were still at large: Harding’s former husband, Jeff Gillooly of Portland, and another Portland man identified as Shane Stant, believed to be the hired assailant. Reports that Harding also had been named in the warrants were refuted by authorities.