And you thought Flint, Michigan, residents only cared about toxic water: From the Associated Press and Flint Journal: “Nearly 700 miles from home and stark naked, a 48-year-old Georgia woman led state troopers on a two-county chase at speeds of more than 100 mph last week.

“The chase, which lasted only 15 minutes but covered more than 25 miles of Interstate 75, ended with the woman uninjured and taken to a hospital for evaluation, said Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser.

"We're not sure if this is a drug-related incident or a medical condition," Kaiser said.

“The chase began shortly after 11 a.m., on southbound I-75 near Buena Vista Township when a vehicle passed a trooper at speeds of more than 100 mph, Kaiser said.

“The woman disregarded police attempts to signal her over and continued at high speeds until she reached the Vienna Road exit near Clio, Kaiser said.”

The story reminds A-E of that great Tribune sports headline: “Bares 2, Rams 0.”

Greater Jasper comparison

The Orleans County, N.Y., Economic Development Agency (EDA) said last year nearly $20 million was invested by businesses and 91 new jobs created in the county, The OrleansHub newspaper reported.

“It was a very good year,” said Jim Whipple, EDA chief executive officer.

“Pride Pak opened a new 68,000-squarefoot vegetable and processing facility on Maple Ridge Road in November. The facility represented a $12.5 million investment and the EDA said it created 80 jobs.

Pride Pak is a Canadian company with locations in Mississauga, Ontario, and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“Pride Pak officials told Whipple they may have two additional Orleans County expansions in mind.

“In addition to Pride Pak, the EDA cited a $5 million investment by Helena Chemical for a new facility in Ridgeway on Allis Road. That project will create seven jobs, according to the EDA.

“Also in Ridgeway, Sierra Biological took over a former auto repair shop on Swett Road and turned it into a nematode growing facility. The company invested $250,000 and created one job.

“On the other side of the county, Karl Driesel opened a new woodworking shop in Kendall. The site is a new 5,884-square-foot building for Orleans Millworks that represents a $500,000 investment and created a new job.

A-E note: There was no mention of increased real estate taxes for the county.

From Moose country

A man parked his RV in the backyard next to a swing set. A few days later, a moose decided the swing set looked like fun and managed to get his antlers entangled. As the moose dragged the play equipment around trying to untangle himself, he severely damaged the swing set and motor home.

When another couple came home to their ransacked house they assumed burglars did it. They quickly discovered that while there were masked intruders in their home, the culprits were raccoons. The pint-sized rascals had chewed through the walls and floors before proceeding to run amuck in the couple’s home.

And from West Africa…

…Adama Barrow was sworn in last week as Gambia's new President at the West African nation's embassy in neighboring Senegal, but incumbent Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down as president of Gambia.

Senegalese troops entered Gambian territory hours later in a bid to resolve the standoff, according to the state-run APS news agency.

Foreign diplomats had earlier attended the swearing-in ceremony in Dakar, which took place even as Jammeh continued to ignore pleas by African leaders and the United States urging a peaceful transition. Throngs of Barrow supporters took to the streets of Gambia in celebration.

Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 military coup, suffered a surprise defeat in elections in December, with Barrow winning 45% of the vote. Final dispatch from Gambia: Jammeh peacefully left office during the weekend.

Al Bruce of Canisteo writes a weekly column for The Evening Tribune.