WASHINGTON

After rifle found in car, man arrested near White House

Secret Service agents arrested an Iowa man outside the White House on Wednesday after a search of his vehicle uncovered a rifle.

R.J. Kapheim, 41, of Davenport told a uniformed Secret Service officer that someone in Iowa had told him to go to the White House and that he had driven from there to Washington, according to Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor.

Officers searched the man’s vehicle, which was parked nearby on Constitution Avenue, and found a rifle and ammunition in the trunk.

Kapheim is charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.

CORNELIUS, Ore.

Couple faces $3,000 in fines over Mr. Rooster’s crowing

A couple in suburban Portland faces up to $3,000 in fines for a crowing rooster.

For Dan and Megan Keller of Cornelius, it’s the culmination of six citations in five months following neighbors’ complaints.

Megan Keller says she ordered a female bird. But a shipping mix-up became evident as the bird now known as Mr. Rooster started growing – and crowing.

At a judge’s insistence, Mr. Rooster was sent to a farm over the summer.

Megan Keller says Mr. Rooster lost feathers, and a hawk attacked him. So she retrieved him.

She’s hoping a special collar will suppress the crowing and avert further penalties while she lobbies to get the city’s noise ordinance amended.

– From news service reports