Odds and ends

Man recovers buried treasure

BERLIN (AP) – German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he’d hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable.

Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he’d hidden the money in his house, which is now in danger of collapse.

When they didn’t find it there, he told them he had buried the cash in the garden. They brought in heavy machinery to dig through the garden, eventually coming across the treasure in a metal box some two meters (6 1/2 feet) below the surface.

They say the “five-digit sum” of cash is being deposited in the man’s bank account.

Simbach, on the Austrian border, was badly hit by flooding in early June.

Zoo closes as staff try to catch monkey

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – There’s some monkey business afoot at a Massachusetts zoo.

WWLP-TV reports a 12-pound guenon monkey named Dizzy escaped from its enclosure at The Zoo in Forest Park, in Springfield, on Tuesday.

The zoo is temporarily closed while employees try to recapture the animal.

The zoo says on its website that an employee was cleaning the enclosure and had walked out to help a visitor when Dizzy twisted a doorknob and let himself out.

The zoo says that had never happened before.

Staff members located Dizzy inside the zoo and were trying to get him back into his enclosure on Tuesday afternoon.

The zoo says Dizzy poses no harm to the public.

Man says he didn’t place ad for wife

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A Salt Lake City businessman said he was shocked to see a full-page advertisement in an Idaho newspaper inviting women to interview to be his wife.

Baron Brooks, 48, told The Spokesman Review that his father took out the $900 ad last Saturday in the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Although he called the advertisement “embarrassing,” Brooks says he will let his 78-year-old father go forward with the interviews.

“What am I supposed to do? He already did it,” said Brooks, the owner of two health food stores.

His father, Arthur Brooks of Beverly Hills, Calif., said Monday that he wouldn’t answer questions until after the interviews Saturday.

The ad lists criteria such as shorter height and conservative political views.

Brooks says his father recently vacationed in Coeur d’Alene and may have placed the ad because of the area’s conservative politics.

He said his father has been ill and wants a grandson to carry on the family name.

Brooks compared his father to Larry David’s character in the TV series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” saying he “thinks he does the right thing, and then it all blows up in his face.”

He said he’d never buy an ad like this himself, but “it’s worth a shot. Can’t hurt.”