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UPI News Service, 08/04/2010 

Girl, 12, stops burglar with groin kick

BOSHAM, England, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old British girl said she discovered a burglar in her family's kitchen and drove him off with a swift kick in the groin.

Georgia Bulis-Gray said she heard a door slam while she was alone in her family's Bosham, England, house and discovered the stranger standing in the kitchen, The Sun reported Wednesday.

"He smiled at me and I thought, 'I do not want him thinking I am just a helpless little girl,'" Bulis-Gray said.

She said her solution was to kick the crook between the legs.

"I kicked him very hard. He groaned and then ran out of the side gate," the girl said.

Bulis-Gray said she called police and gave them a rough sketch of the intruder to aid in the search for a suspect.

The girl's mother, Joanna, 48, said she was "very proud" of her daughter's bravery.

Rotten Bay locals like their name

BOSTON ISLAND, Australia, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The local council of Rotten Bay, Australia, says it is disappointed the citizenry wasn't behind a proposal to change the name of the community.

The council had thrown its weight behind Bluefin Bay as a better monicker for their Boston Island community, but has since decided to withdraw the proposal due to local opposition.

Mayor Peter Davis, who owns Boston Island, indicated to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week that he was particularly mystified because Rotten Bay isn't even a formal place name.

"It's not a recognized name, whereas Coffin Bay is named after Sir Isaac Coffin," Davis said. "Cape Catastrophe is well known as that's where (explorer Matthew) Flinders lost his men, as is Memory Cove -- all those other locations are quite specifically named. Rotten Bay has never been named."

Women charged in kindergarten grad fight

VICTORVILLE, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said charges have been filed against two women accused of sparking a melee during a kindergarten graduation ceremony.

Prosecutors said Queiona Burt, 31, of Victorville, and Marina Ruth Vargas, 29, of Hesperia, argued during the June 23 ceremony at Victorville's Puesta del Sol Elementary about a Facebook comment regarding the Los Angeles Lakers, the Victorville Daily Press reported Wednesday.

The women started physically fighting and the situation escalated when several men joined the brawl, prosecutors said.

Burt and Vargas were charged with interference with peaceful conduct on campus and unlawful acts committed at school grounds and are due in court Aug. 25.

Turkey makes fans, trouble in Ill.

LAKE BLUFF, Ill., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A turkey has been making trouble for motorists in a suburban Chicago community but residents said they have become fond of the local bird celebrity.

Jackie Gronau, 26, whose parents own gift store Peg Ann Kompany in Lake Bluff, Ill., said the store has sold about 450 buttons and 350 T-shirts sporting pictures of the male turkey, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

"A little girl came in here the other day and sang us a 10-minute rendition of her 'Sparkles the Turkey' song," Gronau said.

Police said the turkey, which was first spotted hanging around a busy intersection in May, has only been tied to one traffic accident and investigators said the accident was mostly attributable to a distracted youth.

The turkey, nicknamed "Jeff,""Sparkles" and "Tom" by residents, has thus far managed to evade police and Garon Fyffe, director of A-B-C Humane Wildlife Control of Arlington Heights, Ill.

"The bum rap on turkeys is that they're dumb. They are very intelligent," Fyffe said. "I don't know if I'll outsmart it, but I'll outluck it and I'll do things it won't expect."

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