3 top stories from home and away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Caged for Life
In Sanda, Japan, police have arrested 73-year-old, Yoshitane Yamasaki amidst allegations the man kept his son in a wooden cage for over 20 years.
The son, now 42, is reported to have suffered mental problems and violent bouts, according to BBC World News Service. The cage, 1m in height and less than 2m wide, was in a hut next to the family home.
A visit by city welfare officials to Mr. Yamasaki’s home alerted authorities to the 42-year-old man’s confinement.
Mr. Yamasaki has reportedly admitted all allegations and, for the time being, police have only arrested the pensioner for caging his son for a single prolonged stretch of 36 hours on 18 January.
NATIONWIDE – Border Patrol
Texas National Guard has begun deploying 4,000 National Guard troops to secure the state’s southern border with Mexico.
According to the Huffington Post, the move follows U.S. Executive branch struggles to get U.S. Congress or the Mexican nation to fully fund a proposed border wall.
The deployment, announced on Friday by Texas officials, stems to Defense Secretary James Mattis requesting use of National Guard personnel to help Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern U.S. states, including Texas.
Funding for up to 4,000 troops for said operation is approved through Sept. 30, 2018.
Reported indicate troops will be under the “command and control” of their respective governors.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Action—Reaction
Newton’s Third Law, dictating equal and opposite force between two objects, was recently exemplified with true Alaska flare.
An unidentified Houston, AK man is reported to have kicked a moose and, as a result, received minor injuries plus a major lesson in how not to treat wildlife.
According to ADN the man encountered a cow with calf at his home on Armstrong Road, intentionally kicking the mother as means to move the animal. Officials speculate the moose to have scorned such treatment and repaid the aggressive act in kind.
Wildlife officials also say this time of year makes for unpredictable moose, tired from a long winter and often protective about their young.
Both cow and calf were reported to have quit the scene by the time of police arrival.
It’s unclear whether the man was kicked or stomped.