A pigeon turned woman’s colander into a nest. When Genevieve Roman, 33, returned to her Brooklyn apartment after a two-month trip, she found a squatter had taken up residence in her kitchen. The New York Post reports that while she was away, a pigeon had moved into Roman’s apartment and made a nest in her pasta strainer. Not only that, there’s two eggs in the nest. Roman, an immigration lawyer, found her new feathered friend when she returned on Tuesday and heard “flapping and banging” in the kitchen. She discovered the bird had sneaked in through an open window. She said, “I walked into the apartment Tuesday morning and, you know, I had a squatter.” But Roman bonded with the pertinacious pigeon and named her “Adelaide.” She even gave the expectant mother her own Instagram account to chronicle her unique experience. Roman did look into a rescue organization for Adelaide, but to no avail. “Basically everyone told me in this particular case, if there were chicks without a parent I can take them in,” she said. So Roman vowed to let Adelaide stay until the chicks hatch. Then they have to move on. At least Adelaide is a thoughtful roommate. When she isn’t sitting on her eggs, she flies outside, where she does her business.
Either there are some potato farmers using their fields as driving ranges or there’s a golf course near a potato farm and everyone is hitting in the rough, because some frozen hash browns have been recalled due to possible contamination from golf balls. On Friday, the FDA issued a press release stating that McCain Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with “extraneous golf ball materials.” The products include Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns, and were distributed in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland. It seems that golf balls may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make the hash browns. The products may present a choking hazard if consumed. Consumers are urged not to consume these products. They should be thrown away or returned to the store. Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries. Anyone with questions about the recall should contact McCain Foods USA, Inc. at 630-857-4533, Monday through Sunday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT.
A Sacramento woman nicely threw a little shade at her favorite team in her obituary. The Sacramento Bee shared the notice of the passing of Christine Kockinis, who was 86. Her obituary tells of her life and devotion to her large family. Kockinis worked for the California Senate as an Associate Director for Office of Protocol & International Relations and faithfully followed the Sacramento Kings basketball team, a notoriously unsuccessful team. As her obituary draws to a close, she took a shot the Kings. It states, “Whether you knew her or not, the world's most interesting woman is going to be missed, and the world a little duller. Christine requested that six players from the Sacramento Kings be her pallbearers so that they could let her down one last time.” The Sacramento Kings are currently Number Twelve in the NBA Eastern Conference standings with 32 wins and 50 losses. The Kings have never made an appearance in the NBA finals, although in 1951 when they were known as the Rochester Royals they won the NBA championship.
9 News Australia reports that a 12-year-old Australian boy who drove 1300 kilometers, or 800 miles, across New South Wales on his own was eventually stopped by highway patrol officers. The boy was in the family car and was apparently involved in a crash. Highway patrol officers pulled him over on Saturday after they noticed the car's bumper dragging on the ground. "He'd taken the family car," Detective Inspector Kim Fehon said, and it was clear there had been some kind of accident. "So it appears he did have an accident while driving.” It seems the boy was en-route to the West Coast city of Perth, 4000 kilometers, or 2500 miles, across the country from his home in Kendall, on the east coast. Fehon said, "His parents reported him missing immediately after he left home, so they were looking for him.” Officers says it is unclear why the boy attempted to cross the country. The boy was arrested and has since been released to his parents.
A family found a bag of $14,000 in cash on the street in Worthington, Ohio. But instead of taking the money and running, they delivered the bag to a nearby police station. It seems someone brought the cash to a car dealer – then decided they didn’t want the car after all. Somewhere along the way, the money was dropped. Luckily, it was found by Jake Bowers and his family. Jake admits that the money could have been used to pay off debts, to take a vacation, or even to buy groceries. Instead, Jake used the money as an opportunity to teach his kids about doing the right thing, knowing that returning the money to the rightful owner would make a much bigger difference in that person’s life.
A Florida woman woke up to find that a stranger had broken into her home and left her a bunch of panties, along with a note pleading with her to share photos of herself wearing them. The victim initially called cops after she spotted strange undies strewn around her house and the front seat of her car, but officers weren't able to sniff out the perpetrator, who also stole a few pairs of her unmentionables. Then, a few weeks later, the victim's boyfriend reported hearing a noise as he prepared dinner in her kitchen and managed to get a look at the intruder, who'd made a cameo appearance to return the panties he swiped. Deputies caught and cuffed Isitro Sanches, and found a large array of womens' underwear in his home right down the street.
A Florida man proved his bite is worse than his bark by sinking his teeth into a pup.
Firefighters in Wisconsin fought a huge cheese fire.
An 18-wheeler in Wisconsin had a major meltdown when the 20,000 pounds of cheese it was hauling suddenly went up in flames. The driver realized that the truck's brakes were on fire, so he headed to an empty parking lot and tried to put out the blaze himself. What he didn't realize is that the Kraft and Velveeta products that were tightly packed in the trailer were also on fire, and when the cheese fire met the diesel fuel, it resulted in a raging blaze that was very difficult for firefighters to put out. Luckily no one was hurt.
An octopus in Australia was filmed stealing a woman's pair of expensive Ray-Ban sunglasses, and hanging on to them despite attempts to get them back. On Thursday, Emma Solomon was with her family at the north end of One Mile Beach in New South Wales, when she pointed out an octopus in a rock pool. A video taken by a member of her family, shared by the Daily Mail, shows the moment after Solomon used her Ray-Bans to point out the ornery octopus. The creature took a liking to the stylish specs and latched on to them and would not let them go. Solomon tried to pull the sunglasses back without breaking them while her family expressed doubt that the sunglasses will be returned, pointing out that octopuses are unlikely to let go of objects they desire. A man says, "It's not the end of the world, you guys. We can always get another pair." The video concludes with the octopus succeeding. Clearly, it’s a sucker for fashion.
A maxim in journalism states that an unusual event is more likely to be reported than something that happens everyday. A Florida man just reinforced that concept. Zachary Kelly, 30, of Brevard County, was arrested after biting the family dog. Police said Kelly told them he got angry with Pheobe, a four-month-old puppy who was "acting up." Investigators say that Kelly wanted to "teach the dog a lesson," so he said he held Phoebe down and bit her on the ears, causing the animal to yelp in pain. Jessica Wenner, the suspect's girlfriend who owns Pheobe, said, "I'm obviously not happy about it.” Wenner incident also led to a fight between Kelly and his brother, whom he also allegedly bit. Of the bitten brother, Wenner said, "He has some marks on him, but he's fine.” And in spite of the attack, Pheobe appears to be OK. Kelly was ordered not to have any contact with his brother or Pheobe, and was charged with animal cruelty and battery.
A cop in Texas who showed up to do his job -- give Breathalyzer tests to suspected DUIs -- was asked to blow one of his own and failed. Officer Michael Cuellar self-administered a Breathalyzer test that showed his blood-alcohol level to be 0.06, a reading that was inside the legal limit to drive, but way over the limit for an on-duty cop in the Lone Star state. He was given an "indefinite" suspension but probably won't face criminal charges. Cuellar reckoned he’d had three glasses of vodka and two glasses of wine the night before, and estimated that he’d stopped drinking around three hours before his shift started.
A Simpsons super-fan in the U.K. who says he grew up feeling like Homer Simpson was his dad inked up his entire right arm with 52 tattoos of the cartoon character. 32-year-old Ricky Viner says, "I instantly fell in love with the program when I saw it aged eight. I was adopted when I was a kid and never really had a father, so, in a funny way, Homer became the father figure I always wanted." Viner's Homer tattoos extend from his wrist to his shoulder. It took the tattoo artist 14 hours to complete all of them. Viner says he was inspired by hearing about a man with 203 different Simpsons tats on his back. Viner thinks he may have a shot at a record for the most tattoos of a single cartoon character. As of now, the tattoos are all just outlines, but Viner says he plans to get them all colored in.
Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at Montana State University, is suing the retailer for libel after, he says, an employee listed the occupation on his fishing license as a toilet cleaner. Two years ago, Kalonde went to Wal-Mart in Bozeman to buy a Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing license. Kalonde told the employee that he worked for MSU and showed him his University ID, but the employee entered “clean toilets” into the FWP database as Kalonde’s occupation. Kalonde’s lawsuit claims this was done to expose Kalonde to “hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy.” When he renewed his license last year at Wal-Mart, Kalonde said he told the employee that he worked for MSU, but “clean toilets” was listed on his license, but they failed to change it. Two days later Kalonde returned to Wal-Mart and asked for a corrected license and a written apology. An apology was never provided. Kalonde is seeking unspecified damages.
The Bruce family of Poinsett County, Arkansas escaped a fire that destroyed their home, thanks to the actions of their pet goat. WREG reports that 10-year-old Abigail Bruce was sleeping Saturday night when Speedy, the loud family pet, jumped on her legs and then her chest. Abigail said, "I was in the living room sleeping. I was thinking what's happening? And all I seen was smoke.” Abigail got up and ran into her parent's room. Her father Nick Bruce said, "I woke up to Abigail running into the room saying it was smoky and she could barely breathe.” He realized the garage was engulfed in flames and the house was catching fire. The Bruces climbed out the bedroom window to safety on the front lawn. The local fire department got to their home minutes later, and though they were able to put out the fire, the smoke and soot damaged everything in the home. But the Bruces know it might have been worse if not for Speedy. Speedy only joined the family two days before the fire. He was a birthday present for Abigail and was living with the family inside their home. "I didn't approve of him at first but he'll be there from now on," said Nick Bruce. "He knew what to do and everything," said Abigail. "I think he was special before we got him.” The Weiner Fire Department and the Jonesboro Fire Department of Poinsett County set up a fund to help the family.
Imagine trekking 500 miles across mountains, rivers and even a Spanish desert. Now imagine doing that with your best friend who's in a wheelchair. Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have known each other since they were born and grew up together. Gray, 41, was even there when Skeesuck, also 41, was diagnosed with multifocal acquired motor axonopathy, a neuromuscular disease that causes symptoms similar to ALS. "I have to have my clothes put on. I have to be bathed in the bathroom. I can do some stuff on my own. I can get around on my own. I use a power wheelchair," Skeesuck told ABC News. "But my wife is my primary caregiver and then Patrick steps in and he’s kind of my No. 2. I call him the vice president of my inner circle." So when Skeesuck, who lives in Eagle, Idaho, wanted to trek the 500 miles of Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail after watching a travel show, Gray didn't hesitate. "I just knew I needed to do it," Skeesuck said of getting the idea in 2013. After a year of training -- and convincing their spouses and families -- they hit the trail on June 3, 2014. "We were going to try to make it, come hell or high water," Skeesuck said, adding that they were just "focused; trying to have fun throughout the process." And, just like The Proclaimers song, they walked 500 miles. The two documented their experience in a book, I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends and One Wheelchair, out June 6. There is also a documentary about their trip due out this fall. Gray said he stole a phrase from his best friend on why they're sharing their experience: "'It’s too much hope not to share it.'"
You can be a Pepper if you drink Dr Pepper, according to the commercial jingle, but you really have to love the unique soda pop to get the company to send you your very own Dr Pepper soda fountain. According to the Wichita Eagle, Claire Daniels, a senior at Kansas State got a big surprise when she came home from class on Thursday. Dr Pepper presented her with a custom-made, maroon-colored fountain that holds five gallons of soda. Daniels constantly tweets about her love of Dr Pepper, and a few months ago tweeted, “I really just need to have a Dr Pepper fountain installed in my house. That would probably be cheaper than how much I spend on it currently.” Much to her surprise, after seeing her tweets, the company decided to present her with the soda fountain and 1,200 cans of soda to keep it full and flowing. Daniels, who is a communication studies major from Augusta, Georgia, said, “It’s really crazy. I am still kind of in awe ... It was just kind of a joke tweet, but here we are. I think it’s awesome. I’m really excited. It’s kind of crazy to think one tweet could make this happen.”
A Georgia man proved he was way off target in his definition of "customer service" -- by coming onto and assaulting a department store employee, then leaving a signed comment card about her on his way out. Ira Davis approached the clerk in the electronics department of a Target near Atlanta and began making sexual comments to her, then touched her before she shouted at him and scared him away. Before he left the building entirely, he stopped at a kiosk and picked up a card to rate the victim's "work," saying she "did great" -- ending by signing his name to the document. Police in the suburb of Sandy Springs picked Davis up on an unrelated suspicious person call and charged him with gross sexual imposition.
A British woman was left stunned and disgusted after making a disturbing discovery inside her newly built home. 50-year-old Mandy Greeves moved into the brand-new home two years ago. When a plumber was doing some work in her bathroom, he removed a wall panel and discovered three bottles filled with urine. She never knew they were there and wouldn't have known if the plumber hadn't removed the panel. The workers who built the house must have relieved themselves in the bottles and stored them behind the wall. Greeves says, "Why did they have to do it in a bottle and leave it and then put the bath panel back on? It might have been the builders. The guy that put the panel on. Why did he not notice it? It’s not nice."
Every gambler can tell you that while playing inside a casino, it's easy to lose track of things like time, money and the bag of heroin you accidentally dropped out of your pocket. Police in Great Falls, Montana were called to a casino after an employee picked up a baggie of heroin that fell from a man's pocket as he continued to play a table game. 41-year-old Dylan Hayes Stephens was unaware that he'd dropped the drugs and was arrested inside the casino. Officers say Stephens was also in possession of three more baggies of heroin, a syringe and "a brass knuckle/knife weapon." He's been charged with criminal possession of drugs, paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.
A group of friends at a Florida state park caught the moment a horse attacked an alligator on video. Krystal Berry and her friends went to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Ocala on Wednesday to celebrate their recent graduation from nursing school and were filming the unlikely enemies as they stood near each other in a field, she told Storyful. In the video, the group of horses appears to be grazing near the alligator when one closest to the reptile suddenly charges toward it, running over the alligator at least twice as it hisses back angrily. The alligator appears to fight back, attempting to bite the horse after the force of the attack sent it into the air. The encounter transfixed a small crowd, which seemed to be on the gator's side. "Just leave him alone," one person behind the camera says. The animals then retreat, with the horse trotting away quickly, keeping an eye on the alligator as it slowly crawls to the opposite side of the field. Berry asked park officials to check if the animals were harmed in the scuffle, and she said they told her that neither showed any signs of stress or bleeding. Paynes Prairie is located about 10 miles south of the University of Florida in Gainesville and is a popular recreational destination for students. The university's mascot is the Florida Gators.
A golfer in Australia encountered an unusual hazard during a recent outing. On April 6, Greg Tannos was playing a round at Sanctuary Point Country Club when a group of eastern grey kangaroos decided to hop on the green and instantly increase the difficulty of an already hard sport. Treating the mob of kangaroos like just another obstacle to surmount, Tannos tried to play through, wheeling his clubs behind him. The kangaroos frolicked around the green, hopped alongside golf carts and even stood still and quiet while he putted.
A Walmart in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has fired an 88-year-old man who worked as a greeter after a wild turkey entered the store and walked past him. WISN reports that Bob Tallinger was working on Monday, March 27, when a wild turkey walked in through the automatic doors. Tallinger said, “He goes back and then he walks out.” A member of the local Humane Animal Welfare Society was contacted and was able to capture the bird by luring it into a net. A few days later, Bob Tallinger, who worked at Walmart for eight years, was fired. Tallinger said, “I says what for? ‘Well, you should have helped get that turkey out of here.” Tallinger was told he should have alerted a manager about the turkey in the store. His wife Janet Tallinger was shocked. She said, “He was hired to be a greeter and that is what he did. He never saw a book of rules that said if a wild turkey comes in here, you better run and get management.” She believes his termination was unfair, and said, “Granted, he’s gotten older and granted he’s lost a little memory, but nevertheless, that hasn’t prevented him from being an excellent greeter.” She added that her husband was the most popular person at the Walmart and loved working there. Walmart issued a statement saying, "We appreciate the public’s concern and take this situation seriously. While we will not comment no HR matters, we can confirm Mr. Tallinger is no longer with the company.” Ironically, the Walmart in Waukesha sells whole turkeys.
By day, 82-year-old Sumiko Iwamuro runs a restaurant in Tokyo. However, when the sun goes down, she gets down -- as DJ Sumirock, a techno DJ who spins at the DecaBarZ nightclub in the Shinjuku district. The New York Post reports Iwamuro first dropped the bass at 70, at her son's birthday party. However, now she's a sought-after DJ with young club-goers -- and a viral video star.
Police in Sydney, Australia had a lot of trouble slipping the cuffs onto one of the s-s-suspects they nabbed in a meth lab raid earlier this month -- a six-foot-long ball python kept around the place to scare off trespassers. Authorities did manage to corral the critter, which they soon sent directly to an animal rehab center, because it had developed a full-blown habit after absorbing fumes and particles sent into the air as the drug "ice" was being manufactured. While the snake was rattled by the experience, it's expected to make a full recovery. Ian Mitchell, a manager at the wildlife center where the slippery fella was treated, said, "Normally these pythons can be a little bit snappy, they are constrictors and not poisonous, and they just lie around. But this one was totally on edge, jittery, slithering and wanting to strike."
It's best to just leave the drunk guy in the NRA T-shirt alone.
Here's some free advice. Don't get into an argument with your drunken neighbor wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt. Police in Connecticut responded to a complaint inside a grocery store where two men reportedly got into an argument over some neighborhood issue. They found 58-year-old Mario Williams, drunk and dressed in an NRA T-shirt, pointing a gun at the other man. He was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, threatening and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Again, people, choose your T-shirts more wisely before getting drunk.
A New York woman wearing a "Support Your Local Bartender" T-shirt apparently did just that before getting behind the wheel of her car with her six-year-old son in the backseat. 31-year-old Ladion Logan was arrested after she slammed her car into a parked vehicle. She made matters worse for herself by screaming and cursing at officers when they arrived at the scene. She was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser. Her son was placed in the custody of family members. Logan was charged with drunk driving, resisting arrest, and endangering the welfare of a child. This is just the latest case of someone wearing the worst possible shirt at the worst possible time. Earlier this week, a Connecticut man was busted for DUI while wearing a T-shirt reading "Hold My Beer and Watch This." Last week a Pennsylvania man arrested for drunk driving was wearing a "Drunk Lives Matter" shirt.
A driver in Canada had his car impounded by police following a traffic stop after police realized he had used wooden logs and chicken wire to reinforce his vehicle’s suspension. According to the Ottawa Citizen, on Sunday, police in Quebec pulled over a 1999 Toyota Tercel around 10:45 p.m. after noticing the car didn’t have working brake lights. They soon discovered that the unnamed 28-year-old driver had an open container of beer in the front seat and no proof of insurance. It gets better. Upon closer inspection, the police found that three of the four tires were bald, the car had no windshield wipers and had the rear suspension held in place by the wooden logs and chicken wire. Sergeant Martin Fournel said, “It was basically keeping the vehicle up.” Stunningly, the man passed a field sobriety test but nevertheless police impounded the car. The man will have to pay for the towing of his car and was ticketed for various safety infractions.
An eight-year-old boy from East Palestine, Ohio, took his dad's van and drove his four-year-old sister to the local McDonald's to get cheeseburgers. Officer Jacob Koehler of the East Palestine Police said that the boy pulled up to the drive-thru around 8 p.m. Sunday. He had driven from his home about a half mile away, while his parents were sleeping. Koehler said, “He looked up videos on YouTube on how to drive.” Koehler said that witnesses say the boy, stopped for lights, kept to the speed limit and followed the rules of the road. Their grandparents were called to come pick them up, and while they waited, the kids got to eat their cheeseburgers. No charges are being filed.
This squirrel gets more ice cream than you! KABC reports that a squirrel in North Carolina loves ice cream and gets it twice a day. Putter the squirrel, or Putt Putt, is regular customer at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf in Holden Beach. Owners Scott and Pam Martin say their furry friend showed up last summer and hasn’t left since. She lives in a tree above the shop and comes down every day, often twice a day, for a scoop. Vanilla is her favorite flavor. Putt Putt even has her own little specialty cones.
A Danish group is making a beer brewed using urine collected from music festival guests. The Local of Denmark reports that there is no urine in the beer, but the collected wee is used as fertilizer. Instead of using fertilizer from cows or pigs, the beer makers collect the fertilizer from concertgoers at the Roskilde Festival, the largest music festival in Northern Europe. The Danish Agriculture and Food Council collected 54,000 liters -- 14,265 gallons -- of urine from festival attendees at the 2015 Roskilde Festival, which featured Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Adams, Deafheaven and Lamb of God, among others. The following spring 2016, the urine was used as fertilizer and yielded 11 tons of malting barley. The Danish Agriculture and Food Council collaborated with brewery Nørrebro Bryghus [nor-eh-bro bry-gus] on the project, called beercycling, to brew 60,000 bottles of beer. The beer, a pilsner called Pisner, is set to be released in Denmark in June. Henrik Vang, executive director of the brewery, said, “We want to be a part of the beercycling project partly due to the story it has already told, but also because it is interesting to partake in a project which addresses the challenges of sustainability and circular economy. Basically, it is a cool project,” The public will be able to taste Pisner this summer.
Brian K. Siemienski, 33, of Port St. Lucie, is accused of stealing a woman’s purse then literally running into a police officer’s arms on Monday. The woman, a Denny’s employee, was sitting in her car while the restaurant was being cleaned. Siemienski allegedly approached her. She asked if she could help him and he said, “Yeah, this.” Siemienski then allegedly opened the car door and grabbed her purse. An exterminator pulled up during the struggle and allegedly Siemienski took off running. Someone had called 911, and police arrived just as Siemienski was running by. He ran straight into the arms of a police sergeant. Siemienski was arrested and faces multiple charges.
Timothy Robert Scott, 39, of Springfield, Oregon, was on his way to jail, arrested after he allegedly crashed into a police car while doing 80. The officer was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. In an exchange reportedly captured on the in-car video and transcribed in affidavit, Scott allegedly told the officer about the meth stash in his 1998 Lexus 300. “Can you tell me which tow company took my car? I have, like, five pounds in that car.” The officer reportedly responded, “Of what?” “Methamphetamines.” Detective David Lewis of the Springfield police said they thoroughly searched Scott’s car with the help of a drug-sniffing dog but did not locate the meth. Scott has a history of meth-related cases but does not have any drug charges pending. He was arrested on charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants and second-degree assault.
Cops in a British seaside town will have quite a "tail" to tell their loved ones after they rushed to revive a collapsed man -- only to find that they'd been called to attend to a very healthy alligator. A bystander called the Brit equivalent of 911 to report that there was a man collapsed on the Bristol boardwalk, but when officers responded, they found a four-foot-long gator on a leash, not far from its owner -- the proprietor of a seaside pet shop. The officers took time out to see if there was any crime to take a bite out of, but found that the critter's papers were all in order, allowing him to slither away in peace.
An Arizona man was pretty unsuccessful on a first date -- in trying to steal a purse from the gal he was meeting.
A Massachusetts man is waiting for the government to explain why they unexpectedly sent him a check for two cents.
A Massachusetts man is waiting for the government to put in their two cents -- about why they suddenly and unexpectedly sent him a check for two cents. Bruce Rideout doesn't have a clue why the Treasury Department cut him the tiny check this week, and has been showing it to his friends asking for guesses. The 79-year-old told a local paper, "First, they all laugh. The second thing is always, 'Do you know how much it cost them to send this check?’" The retiree has eliminated a number of possibilities, including his monthly pension and a tax refund, both of which he'd already received. But even if he never solves the mystery, he has no intention of cashing the thing. Instead, he'll hang it on his living room wall -- in a custom frame he purchased for $82.15.
A lot of us have to pinch pennies when we go to the supermarket to buy groceries,but a couple in Maryland nearly had their groceries pinch back -- when they found a live scorpion in a bag of pre-washed spinach. Sri Sindhusha Boddapati says she and her husband brought the greens home and opened the bag when they spotted what they thought was a cricket crawling around inside. After a second or two, she found out things were even worse than she'd imagined -- the critter was actually a small, but still-deadly, scorpion. The market issued a statement saying, “We regret any inconvenience to our customer," but declined to pull the product from its shelves.
A Florida con artist was busted with dozens of different wigs she'd used to impersonate her victims.
A Florida woman didn't use her head when working out an identity theft scam -- she was busted with dozens of different wigs she'd used to impersonate her victims. Dianne Garrett was initially arrested for breaking and entering after surveillance tapes showed her sneaking into unlocked cars and skulking off with purses, sunglasses, wallets, pretty much anything imaginable. But when cops went to the motel room where Garrett was living, they found a lot more -- including 30 or so wigs chosen to match the drivers licenses of women she was trying to imitate in order to use their credit cards. Authorities set a relatively high bail, since the 31-year-old's past includes fraud charges in Florida, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
A Montana man thinks he really got screwed by his state government -- after the treasury refused to cash his property tax check because he wrote "for sexual favors" on the front of the document.
A Montana man thinks he really got screwed by his state government -- after the treasury refused to cash his property tax check because he wrote "for sexual favors" on the front of the document. Scott Dion, who lives in the northern town of Havre [pr: Hahv], says that he sent off his payment of $745 to the state office last November, but has yet to see the cash debited from his account. He's hired a lawyer to force the hand of the government, saying refusal to cash the check amounts to "official misconduct." The office of the treasurer says the check remains uncashed because the department is unsure where the funds should actually go.
Police have released video of a man suspected of robbing a Pennsylvania credit union that shows him dropping some of the money while bicycling away from the crime scene. Springettsbury Township police say the man robbed the Members First Credit Union on Thursday. The video is from a security camera on a business on a nearby street, about 10 minutes after the robbery. The video clip posted on the police department's Facebook page shows the suspect riding down the sidewalk and dropping cash before he stops, gets off the bike, and returns to scoop up the loot. Police have not yet charged anyone in the heist.
Great Britain doesn't exist in Slovakia. There's an institution with a power to issue fines of up to 6,600 euros ($7,000) for those who would disagree. The state Geodesy, Cartography and Cadaster Authority has warned Slovakian media that a 1995 law says the country that comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island man only be called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or United Kingdom for short. Using Britain and Great Britain are illegal. The authority says it plans to organize trainings on the proper terms before imposing fines. The British embassy in Bratislava and Slovakia's own Foreign Ministry could run afoul of the law. Spokesman Peter Susko says the Foreign Ministry uses United Kingdom in official documents, and terms "understandable to people" in common communication.
A worker at a Massachusetts hotel got a slithery surprise while cleaning a room — a 5-foot ball python left in a drawer. The Telegram & Gazette reports that staff at the Marriott Residence Inn in Worcester found the snake last week and called animal control. Animal control took the snake to a pet supply store. General manager Rod Dzivasen says the snake appeared to be in good health. Officials don't think the snake was in the room for long. Police say the person renting the room and believed to be the snake's owner had checked out the prior day. It's unlikely anyone will be charged.
An Ohio woman got herself locked up just after she got herself locked in -- at a store she was robbing just before employees closed the joint, leaving her stuck inside. Joanne Havens was shoplifting from a Kohl's just outside Kent when she tried to hide from a clerk by sneaking into a dressing room, not knowing the place was about to shut its doors. When she realized she was trapped, Havens called 911 to ask cops to rescue her, not realizing that they were already on their way to the store because of the alarms she set off while sneaking around inside. The 35-year-old denied any wrongdoing, insisting she just lost track of time, but officers sent to the scene found a number of items hidden in her purse when they reached her.
A Florida man who busted out a number of windows on his rental property blamed his roomie's cats for trashing the place.
A Florida man was hauled in by cops for busting out a number of windows on his rental property, but he thought he had the purr-fect alibi -- he blamed his roomie's cats for trashing the place. Hervey Hernandez had been booted from the house early on the evening of March 22nd, and had a hissy fit when he couldn't get back in, pounding on doors and windows all around the place. Eventually, he just started smashing glass to make a point -- and that's when someone called 911 to report him. Hernandez, who'd lived at the place for seven months, smelled strongly of alcohol when officers arrived at the scene. He told them he had nothing to do with the incident -- insisting the victim's 11 house cats conspired to trash the joint.
A photo of the snake-like cheese puff has gone viral.
A Tennessee woman has gone viral thanks to an unusually long Cheeto. Jessica Rupie opened a medium-sized bag of Cheetos and found the extra long, snake-like cheese puff. Her roommate, Rue Lawrence, took a picture of it and posted it on Twitter. The picture quickly went viral. It appears that the long Cheeto is actually several Cheetos which somehow got stuck together end on end. The women thought about saving it, and perhaps should have considering there are people willing to pay good money for weird items like this on eBay. But ultimately, Rupie gave in to her hunger and munched down on it. Frito-Lay has not yet commented on it.
A horse was returning from a trip to Taco Bell when it fell into a underground sidewalk vault.
Many of us have regretted a late night trip to Taco Bell, but perhaps no one feels worse about a late run for the border more than this horse. Authorities in Riverside, California say a horse and its rider were returning home from a trip to Taco Bell when they fell into a five-foot-deep underground utility vault. The owner was able to climb out on his own, but firefighters needed to help pull the horse out of the vault. A veterinarian on the scene examined the horse and said he had suffered only minor cuts.
WFLA in Tampa reports that Leonard Vanderpool of Winter Haven was watching television with his wife when he heard a large crash on the patio. When he checked to see where the noise came from, he found a catfish swimming in the backyard pool. Vanderpool said, “I come out and there’s a big hole in my screen, and there’s this big bullhead swimming in the water. It didn’t kill him or anything. He’s going crazy. The water was moving like crazy." He called Winter Haven Police because he didn’t know how the fish had just fallen from the sky. An officer helped get the fish out of the pool. Dawn Vanderpool said the officer was surprised. “He had to take pictures because he knew they wouldn’t believe him back at the station.” Police determined that a bird accidentally dropped the fish while flying over the home. The officer set the catfish free in nearby Lake Ruby.
A Florida man who posted on social media that he wasn’t going to prison, is in prison after he was captured by police Tuesday night. According to WFLA in Tampa, Ricky Ratton, 36, was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon but failed to appear in court for sentencing on Friday. After the Polk County Sheriff issued a warrant for his arrest, deputies discovered that Ratton had posted on social media that he wasn’t going to prison and told police good luck finding him. Tuesday night, deputies pulled over an SUV Ratton was riding in as a passenger, but they say he took off running. The sheriff’s office released their K9 unit and caught Ratton. Ratton was bitten by police dog Dexter and treated for bite wounds He was later booked into the Polk County Jail.
A couple in Canada won a multimillion lottery for the third time. The Western Canada Lottery Corporation reports that Barbara and Douglas Fink of Edmonton, Alberta, won the lottery in 1998 and 2010, but on Tuesday they claimed their biggest prize so far, winning $8,163,061 in the corporation's 6/49 draw. Mrs. Fink said she called her husband at work to share the good news, saying, "He didn't answer, so I waited five minutes and tried again. That time, he picked up. I said, 'I did it again!'" The Finks were one of two winners and split the $16.3 million jackpot. Fink said she and her husband would spend the money on their family. "Family comes first," she said. "We want to make sure that our daughters and our grandkids are looked after." Mr. Fink added, "Barbara wants a new house, so she'll get one.”
An Ohio man had his hunger pangs come back to bite him -- after he pulled a gun on a stranger in a bar and demanded she buy him something to eat. Galen Kincaid was already pretty sauced when he walked into a Cleveland joint called The Drink just before midnight on Saturday in search of some supper -- and someone to buy it for him. He sat down at the bar next to a woman who had just dropped her watch, waited for her to sit back up, then pointed a handgun at her, asking "Is you going to buy me some food or what?" She bolted the bar in order to call police while a bouncer restrained Kincaid. He admitted he'd been drinking for several hours, but denied making any threats. He's been charged with attempted robbery.
A Florida criminal learned the meaning of "be careful what you wish for."
She knew to get a designated driver -- she just didn't get one old enough to drive.
A 32-year-old high school math teacher in Florida is under arrest after she got drunk and let a 14-year-old boy drive her car because she wanted to go to Waffle House. Police say Terra Virgin consumed five drinks and did the math to figure out that she was too drunk to drive. So she did what she thought was the responsible thing: get a designated driver. Unfortunately, she chose one who was underage, and they got pulled over by police. Cops say there was an open beer in the cup holder when they searched the vehicle. The woman identified her 14-year-old chauffeur as her boyfriend's son. She was charged with child neglect and allowing a minor to drive. Next up for her is a hearing with the school district, which will decide her professional fate.
Police are trying to identify this little mermaid.
In what sounds like something out of the Tom Hanks movie Splash, police in Fresno, California are asking for help in identifying a woman who claims to be a mermaid. The woman was discovered nearly naked and wandering on the street around 3:00 in the morning when officers approached her. She was soaking wet and told police that she'd been in the water because she's a mermaid. Adding intrigue to her story: She has webbed toes. Unfortunately, cops couldn't get much more information about her because she wouldn't answer their questions. However, they believe they've tracked down a possible relative and might know her name and where she lives -- assuming it's not actually in the ocean.
A real estate developer in New York City has agreed to give up half of his $2 billion fortune to end his messy divorce case – and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him too much. After 58 years of marriage, 79-year-old Harry Macklowe is dumping his wife for his 62-year-old mistress. The mess all started when the wife figured out that Harry put the mistress up in one of his apartments, less than a mile away from their home. The wife filed for divorce and – in order to speed things along – Harry’s on the hook for a cool billion bucks. He’s OK with this because, obviously, it’s more money than he can spend anyway. And, he wants to get remarried as quickly as possible.
A homeless man who bought pizza for his companion on her birthday was cited for eating pizza at a bus stop in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a police officer cited the man, a senior citizen, after he was seen eating pizza in a bus shelter. In the City by the Bay, eating on public transit is prohibited and that apparently includes bus shelters. The man was cited for violating an ordinance against “eating or drinking in or on a system facility or vehicle in areas where those activities are prohibited by that system,” which can carry a fine of $250. The incident happened at the intersection of Market and Seventh streets, where many homeless people congregate. Kelley Cutler, an organizer with the Coalition on Homelessness, said the man brought his citation to homeless-outreach workers Friday. “Some people get agitated or upset, but he was being a good sport,” Cutler said. “He laughed about it. He kept saying he bought the pizza for his friend on her birthday.” Cutler said that the citation was what some authorities refer to as a “quality of life” enforcement, adding, “The problem is, whose quality of life are you talking about?”
Orange City Police went on a wild goose chase to catch a Florida man who said he “does stupid things” when he’s high. Michael Caruso, 31, was first arrested Sunday afternoon at Kohl’s after he allegedly tried walking out of the store without paying for a Shark vacuum and Marley speaker, valued at $529. While chasing him in his cruiser, the officer left his car in gear as he got out to arrest Caruso. The car rolled forward and as the officer ran to stop it, Caruso allegedly made a run for it. The officer finally managed to take him into custody and brought him to the Orange City Police Department for processing. While he was there, Caruso told police he needed to defecate so an officer took him to the restroom and waited outside the door. Caruso allegedly managed to smash the sheet rock and crawl through a hole he made in the ceiling. He then is accused of crawling through the attic, removed a fan and escaped. Caruso later allegedly was held at gunpoint by a homeowner who called 911 when Caruso showed up at his home asking for a ride. He managed to escape that situation and after allegedly trying to break into another home was finally brought down by a K-9 unit when a dog bit him. Caruso told police that he tried to escape because he didn't want to go back to prison and he "does stupid things" when he is high on drugs.
Chocolate Easter bunnies are a staple of American consumerism in the spring, and maybe you buy them every year, but is there a right way to eat them? According to the New York Daily News, a new study reveals that 59 percent of people eat the ears first. Conversely, 4 percent begin eat the tail or feet first, while the remaining 37 percent offered no preference in candy-bunny binging. The study, "Seasonality of auricular amputations in rabbits," was published this month in The Laryngoscope journal. The study was conducted by an otolaryngologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Kathleen Yaremchuk. She analyzed online searches by 28,113 online subjects between January 2012 and January 2017. She and her research team used search terms such as “chocolate,” “Easter Bunny,” “ears,” “amputation” and “bunny” to help determine patterns in confectionary rabbit auricular amputations. Yaremchuk acknowledged that the study is “tongue in cheek” but concluded there are “fewer reports of anatomical defects in relation to confectionery symbols.” “In the end,” she added, “we’re taking about ears.” Nevertheless, if you choose to go bottoms-up or sideways, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong.
The South Florida Water Management District’s effort to rid the Everglades of pythons is making great strides. As part of the “Python Challenge,” the agency is paying hunters to remove the invasive species over a 60-day period. Nicholas Baños and Leonard Sanchez captured and killed a 15-foot-2-inch python, weighing 144 pounds. That was only the second biggest catch so far. Patrick Campbell made the biggest catch, a 15-foot-10-inch, 135-pound Burmese python. The kill paid him $350. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has moved to the top of the food chain in the Everglades and researchers fear they are spreading. Pythons are estimated to be in the tens of thousands and the damage they are doing to native species is alarming. Last year researchers found a 15-foot female python that had eaten three white-tailed deer. Python hunter Omar Gomez said, “Every one pulled out is one less out there, and every time we go out there and pull out another one, it’s one less mammal, one less native mammal, native bird, or native whatever that’s being taken out by one of these guys.” So far, the challenge has removed 10 pythons.
A Jamaican man traveling to New York was busted allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine while in disguise as an airline crew member. WPIX in New York reports that on March 27, when arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Kingston, Jamaica, Hudson was intercepted U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Hudson claimed he was a “dead-heading crew member” and appeared to be wearing a pilot’s uniform. However, his two Delta Airlines ID badges were allegedly fraudulent. Hudson’s suitcase was searched and according to officials was tested positive for cocaine. The total weight seized was about five pounds with a street value of $85,000. He was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. Mario Hudson wasn’t the only person who saw Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can. When a crew member is “dead-heading,” it means they are flying as a passenger but not working; however, they must travel in uniform. Pilots and flight attendants carry badges that identify what airline they work for and what airport they regularly fly from. Hudson claimed he was a “dead-heading crew member” and appeared to be wearing a pilot’s uniform. However, his two Delta Airlines ID badges were fraudulent.
A man who is under arrest for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a rock tried to run from police but failed miserably. The alleged victim was standing near an apartment complex in San Diego on Monday when the suspect hit him in the head with a rock, according to police. The suspect, whom police did not name, fled the scene. Officers and a K-9 unit chased down the suspect and cornered him on the other side of a fence. Police asked him to jump the fence toward them, and when he did, he got his pants stuck on spikes at the top of the fence. Police got the man safely off the fence but not before ripping his pants. The suspect could face an assault with a deadly weapon charge. The suspect did not know the victim, authorities said.
Traffic in northeast Houston, Texas was disrupted Wednesday when drivers slowed to look at a man who was duct-taped to a yield sign. WFAA reports that police responded to a call and arrived just in time to see a man with a knife approach the poor duct-taped soul. An officer shouted, “Drop the knife or I’ll tase you.” It turned out the man was there to cut his friend down from the sign. They explained to the officers that Miguel Chavez was duct-taped to the sign after he lost a bet on the Rockets/Warriors basketball game Tuesday night. The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 113-106 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, bringing their league-best winning streak to eight games. Chavez bet on the Rockets, but at least he was rooting for the home team. Police helped Chavez down and gave him a ride home.
As part of a campaign to save Giant Pandas, the adult entertainment site is encouraging people to upload videos of themselves fornicating while dressed or painted as pandas. The idea is that scientists and zookeepers will then show these videos to actual pandas to help get them in the mood. This is 100% real. Pornhub Cares, the philanthropic arm of the porn site, will donate $100 for every video added to the category “Panda Style” through April 16. Additionally, they will donate one cent for each time a video is viewed. Donations will go to nonprofit groups like the World Wildlife Fund, who work to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered giant panda. Giant pandas are one of the world’s most vulnerable species. One of the reasons for this is that male pandas are reluctant to fornicate. Males spend as much as 16 hours a day eating and sleep the rest of the time. Female pandas are only sexually receptive two or three days a year. Getting them together can be difficult. If that doesn’t stimulate you and you still want to help save the giant pandas, you can always make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund and “adopt” a panda via their website, worldwildlife.org.
A man in Northern Ireland died Wednesday at his wife’s funeral. The Belfast Telegraph reports that James McCallister was at his wife Kathleen’s funeral in Cushendall on Wednesday, shaking hands with people at St Mary's Church, when he took unwell and collapsed at his wife's graveside. Kathleen passed away on Monday. The McCallisters were in their 70s. Mr. McCallister's funeral will take place on Friday at St Mary's Church.
The Panama City News Herald reports that an Alabama man was fined $25 last week after he and his son used a metal garden hoe to dig in the sand to build a sandcastle. Bryant Rylee, a youth minister, along with his wife and their seven-year-old son, were at Panama City beach building sandcastles when they were approached by Panama City Beach Police Department. A PCBPD officer believed he had spoken with them the day before about using metal tools to dig holes on the beach. But Rylee said they were mistaken and he was unaware of the law, so he asked the officer to cite the law to him. "If I'd been warned or knew, I wouldn't have done that," Rylee said. "That would be foolish." Rylee was given an opportunity to avoid a citation by filling in a moat they had dug around the sandcastle, but since he insisted on seeing the law he earned himself a ticket. The law banning metal shovels on the beach was passed after Spring Break 2015. Now, metal shovels are not permitted on the beach, and any holes in the sand cannot be deeper than 2 feet. Mayor Mike Thomas said the law was intended to promote safety and prevent crime. Despite the events and the $25 ticket, Rylee said he’ll still come back to the beach.
A fire that put a Massachusetts water treatment plant out of commission was caused by birds. The Salem News reports that the water treatment facilities in Peabody were heavily damaged after nesting birds chewed up the wiring in an exterior light fixture, which then heated up the nesting material and ignited the roof. The roof was destroyed, and one side of the building was heavily damaged. Some operation equipment used the facility also was damaged. Lt. Chris Dowling said, “It looks like it was possibly birds that were nesting in the soffit area of the building. There were nests there, and they chewed away at the insulation to the wiring.” The plant remains inoperable and officials say it may be up to a year before it's running again. The building has since been boarded up and tarps are covering gaping holes in the roof. While the plant is shut down, the city is pumping in more water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority to supply customers. It is not clear what kind of birds caused the fire.
A Florida woman ended up hauled off by cops after causing a ruckus over copper -- by pulling a gun on a store clerk who wouldn't accept her jar full of pennies. The still-unidentified cheapskate walked into a 7-Eleven in Melbourne and picked out a few items before going to the checkout, where she hoped to hand over the change. The counterman wanted nothing to do with her payment, saying he had no intention of going through a jar of "gunked-up, dirty" pennies and telling her there was a limit to how many he would take at one time. That caused the woman to flip, toss items off the counter and storm outside -- then return a few minutes later with a pair of handguns. She berated the man for a few minutes and did a bit more damage, but did not fire the weapons or take the items she'd come for.
A Florida man blames his arrest on some bad legal advice he got from Wikipedia.
A Florida man arrested for driving with a suspended license and not having insurance told cops he didn't know it was illegal because Wikipedia told him he'd only get a summons. Moving forward, 22-year-old Justin Miret might want to get his legal advice from a lawyer. A police officer pulled him over after seeing him blow a stop sign. The cop ran his license and discovered that it was suspended last year and his insurance had been cancelled. Miret then started shouting at the officer and made a fist to try to intimidate him. That's when the officer placed him under arrest. On the way to jail he admitted, "That’s the last time I listen to Wikipedia about driving. It said I would just get a ticket."
A family is lucky to be alive after their SUV collided with a flying turkey.
A New Jersey family will have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving -- they're lucky to be alive following a terrifying run-in with a 30-pound turkey. John Tarabocchia was driving his family in a rented SUV on a highway near South Bend, Indiana when a flying turkey suddenly crashed right into the windshield. The bird was killed on impact and the family suffered minor cuts, but nothing worse than that. Officers say it's mating season for the wild turkeys and they're often spotted around the road. The Sheriff's department shared the frightening photos on Facebook.
A California couple is suing the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for destroying their home after a homeless man holed himself up there. David and Gretchen Jessen filed a lawsuit this month over the incident, which happened in June 2016. A five-hour standoff ensued after Chanly Un, 38, threatened that he was armed and would shoot anyone trying to enter. During the standoff, police deployed over 50 vehicles, a K-9 unit, two helicopters, two ambulances, one fire truck, a crisis negotiation team in a large motor home, a robot, a SWAT team and a back-up SWAT team from the Clovis City Police. There was no one at home at the time Un entered the house; but David Jessen told police he kept guns inside, though he insisted there was no way they could be accessed. Un was later arrested without incident. He did not have any weapons, but had eaten an ice cream bar. The lawsuit states police ripped out a wrought iron door and interior door to the Jessen’s home office; pulled the wall of the office off the foundation; broke the window to the office; shattered the sliding glass door to the home for “robot” entry; ripped a wrought iron door off the laundry room; flash bombed the laundry room and the business office breaking six windows; teargassed the laundry room, kitchen, master bathroom, sewing room, another bedroom and a bathroom near the office; and destroyed over 90 feet of exterior fencing with a SWAT vehicle. The Jessens maintain that damage exceeded $150,000 and that police were negligent when they destroyed the house. They are seeking general damages, attorney fees, costs of the lawsuit and any additional costs the court deems proper.
Shawn Mercer wanted to do something special for his wife for her 50th birthday. So gave her an exact replica of the red BMW 325 ES she drove in college back in the '80s. Rebecca Mercer had gotten the original car as a high school graduation present from her father. When she first met Shawn in college, he was admiring the car and they ended up talking. Rebecca and Shawn dated for a while but eventually broke up. They each married other people. Rebecca’s first husband sold her beloved car without her permission. Six years ago, and both single, Rebecca and Shawn got back together and got married. And though the car was just a memory, every time she saw a car like it, she’d take pictures and reminisce. So he found the same model and year parked on a nearby street and over the course of a year had it restored without me knowing it." Shawn spent $30,000 restoring the car, adding a new engine, heated seats and a new paint job. The car was ready for her 50th birthday and Rebecca got the big surprise in front of family and friends.
A North Carolina girl was suspended from school because she was wielding a stick that resembled a gun. WTVD in Raleigh-Durham reports that Caitlin Miller, 5, of Hoke County, was on the school playground with two friends. They were were using their imaginations, playing "King and Queen." Caitlin was a guard protecting the King and Queen and picked up a stick to use as a prop gun, which she was going to use to shoot an intruder into the kingdom. Hoke County Schools said the kindergartner was in violation of the school’s zero tolerance policy that ensures every child has a safe learning environment. They said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a pretend shooting motion, and was therefore in violation of that policy. She was suspended from school for one day. According to the school system, "Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning." Caitlin’s mother, Brandy Miller, said she understands the policy, but would like the school to apologize to her daughter, who was unaware that using her imagination while playing with a stick was a violation that would get her suspended. The school has not apologized.
In Scotland, a reality show sent 23 men and women into the wilderness for a year, only to have them all return to civilization and learn that their show was canceled. The show – called Eden – was promoted as a social experiment. These people were cut off from any contact from the outside world and had to decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food, and raise their own livestock. But as the ratings on the show slipped, the network pulled the plug on the show. One small problem – they didn’t bother to tell the remaining contestants, who endured boredom and infighting, and were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed.
A South Dakota man was mentally running on empty when he called cops for help after he ran out of gas -- and then stole the police car, which he also ran past "E." Troy James placed a call to 911 pleading for a ride early Monday morning, summoning a deputy who stepped out of his own vehicle for a closer look at the situation. As he got closer to Harris's car and began asking questions, the suspect bolted, hopped into the driver's side of the cruiser and sped off. James managed to elude pursuing police for more than two hours, covering 140 miles before he slipped up -- by running out of gas yet again. He's been charged with felony grand theft auto.
A Florida couple caught doing something indecent under a blanket claimed to be part of the secret Illuminati.
A Florida couple arrested for disorderly conduct is really bad at keeping a secret, especially if they belong to the groups they claim to belong to. 37-year-old Kristen Morrow and 25-year-old George Major Harris were arrested after a neighbor called police to report that they were in public doing something indecent under a blanket. An officer approached the couple and they immediately became combative. They were shouting and screaming about being part of the Illuminati and Freemasons, and also claimed to have powerful connections that could make the officer lose his job. The couple also claimed to be "a famous music talent" with a record deal. Despite their claims of belonging to a secret society, the officer arrested them for disorderly conduct.
Who is that guy and why is he walking a kangaroo in Detroit?
There are some things you just don't expect to see in Detroit -- one of them being a man taking his kangaroo for a walk. A Snapchat user was in her car when she spotted a man walking a kangaroo on a leash. The man is mostly seen running along with the kangaroo as it hops down the street. It led to a lot of speculation as to where the man got the marsupial, but Detroit's local CBS affiliate got to the bottom of it. The man's name is Javon Stacks and he has a company called Exotic Zoo, which brings exotic animals to schools and kids' parties. He insists the company is licensed and the animals are treated well. When the video was taken, he says, he had the kangaroo at a birthday party and was taking it out to stretch its legs.
Stay in school, kids! Hip dads of the world are not going to let your bad grades slide. TIME magazine reports that one father, who is a basketball fan, wanted to make certain his son knows that that school matters. On Friday, an unidentified NBA fan showed up at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Charlotte Hornets game with a sign that hilariously called out his son Thomas for his unsatisfactory academic performance, hoisting a sign that read: “Thomas, get your grades up and next time you’ll be here. Love Dad.” In the bottom right corner of the sign was a little teary-eyed yellow smiley face, which was captured on Twitter by another fan. But that wasn’t the end of this Dad trolling his son. On Sunday night, he showed up at the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game with another sign which was captured on Twitter and by ESPN. With that sign he emphasized his son should be a student first, and an athlete second. The sign read, “Thomas, can you hear me now? STUDENT then athlete son. In that order. Love, Dad.” Hopefully Thomas will get his act together for next season.
Echo News reports that Connor Slocombe, a sixth grade student in Eagle River, Alaska, won the nation’s only contest honoring smelly shoes at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York City on March 28. Connor won the 42nd National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, a national competition that featured seven of the nation’s ickiest tennis shoes worn by kids. Connor’s foul footwear won the coveted title of “Smelliest Sole.” Along with the title, he won $2,500, a year’s supply of Odor-Eaters, a two-night’s stay in New York City to see the play Aladdin and lifetime recognition in the Hall of Fumes. Sneakers were judged on odor, condition and the child’s personal description on why their sneakers are simply the stinkiest. Judges included NASA “Master Sniffer” George Aldrich, a chemical specialist for NASA space missions; Rachel Herz, Ph.D., an expert and author on the psychology of smell; and two reporters, Buck Wolf from the Huffington Post and Greg Mocker from PIX 11 News. The contest started in 1974 as a promotion by a sporting goods owner in Vermont looking to advertise a new line of sneakers. Odor-Eaters became the official sponsor in 1988.
A gargantuan alligator interrupted a golf tournament in South Carolina on Monday, nonchalantly walking across the course as players watched carefully nearby. The gator was photographed at The River Course on Kiawah Island, as it snuck up on players participating in the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic's 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational. At first, the men did not notice as the alligator approached them, said photographer Carrie Moores, marketing and communications specialist for the Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic. Once Moores alerted them to the gator's presence, "they hopped in their carts to zoom off," she told ABC News. In a second photo, the players are watching the gator from the safety of their golf carts. A representative for The Kiawah Island Club told ABC News that gators often walk onto the courses before retreating back to the ponds. The invitational raised money for uninsured patients in the area to receive free patient care at the clinic, based on nearby Johns Island, according to ABC Charleston affiliate WCIV-TV. A video posted to Instagram Monday afternoon shows another large gator crashing a round of golf at the Osprey Point Course -- also on Kiawah Island, about four miles east of The River Course. In the video, golfers stop and stare, as the alligator slowly makes its way across the grass. It's unclear if it was the same alligator observed at The River Course. Kiawah Island, located about 25 miles southwest of Charleston, is known for its beaches and acclaimed golf courses.
A New Hampshire woman was down in the dumps after a loud fight with her boyfriend, and she decided to take things out on the cop who came to investigate the fracas -- by threatening to take a dump on her! Kristina Roberts and her boyfriend got involved in a loud argument in the wee hours of Monday morning, waking a neighbor who yelled at them to quiet down. Instead of doing that, Roberts grabbed a carton of eggs and began pelting the guy's car with them, prompting him to call 911. When officers responded to the building, Roberts tried to block them from entering while her boyfriend made a motion towards grabbing a gun that was in full view -- at which point he was arrested. A female officer had to struggle to place handcuffs on Roberts, who attempted to sit on her, then threatened to defecate on the deputy's leg -- which she was unable to do.
A Florida woman gave new meaning to the phrase "calling all cars."
A Florida woman gave new meaning to the phrase "calling all cars" by running around the parking lot of one of Donald Trump's Florida properties and trying to hold conversations with empty vehicles. Amanda Ayres Kerwin was wandering around a service area at Mar-a-Lago, looking confused and disheveled, when security guards spotted her shouting obscenities at random parked cars. A police officer summoned to the scene said that the 37-year-old smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be intent on making her way inside, where she insisted her friends were waiting. The deputies took Kerwin to the Palm Beach Police Department, where she refused to get into a holding cell. She was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.
His baggy pants got caught on a spiked gate as he was trying to get away.
If you wear baggy pants and you're a prowler, pay close attention and learn something. An Arizona man was trying to break into an elementary school in Tucson but got caught up when his baggy pants got snagged on a spiked iron gate as he was trying to flee. The mishap left him dangling upside down and on display in just his boxers. A passerby snapped a hilarious photo of the bottomless prowler and shared it on Facebook. Police say a janitor spotted the unnamed man on school grounds trying to get into a classroom. When the man realized that he'd been spotted, he tried to hop the iron gate and got stuck. Officers showed up moments later and helped him down -- and then into the back of a police car.
The bad mom was drinking all day and forgot where her daughter was.
You can take this Florida woman's name out of consideration for Mother of the Year. 29-year-old Maria Irias is under arrest after she called 911 to report that her six-year-old daughter had been kidnapped. She told police she and her daughter were at a supermarket and accepted a stranger's offer of a ride home. But when she got out of the car, the driver sped off with the child. It turns out, though, that Irias made up the whole story when in fact she had been drinking all day and had simply forgotten where her daughter was. Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the girl and asked for the public's help in finding her. After Irias admitted to making up the story, she was arrested and charged with child neglect and falsely reporting a crime. The little girl was found unharmed.
Deep in the heart of South Texas, visitors are getting the chance to fire a real-life war machine. DriveTanks.com has set up shop at an 18,000-acre ranch in Uvalde, Texas, about two hours west of San Antonio, where people can take control of real tanks on battlefield courses set up with special effects to recreate scenes that seem right out of Saving Private Ryan. The company is the brainchild of Todd DeGidio, a former Houston police officer and Green Beret. His collection has tanks from various countries, including the United States, Germany and Russia, as well as anti-tank guns, a Howitzer and a few mortars, and machine guns all from different wartime periods, including World War II and the Korean War. The company’s crown jewel is the 1944 Sherman tank, the same model that Brad Pitt drove in the movie Fury. It’s a working tank that shoots live ammunition, meaning participants can launch a solid steel, 14.5-pound projectile at more than 2,500 feet per second. DeGidio gives new participants a quick run-through of how to drive the tanks and then guides them through the courses. The company offers various packages. Shooting the Flamethrower is $300, but driving a tank over an old car runs about $1,000. Firing the Sherman tank costs about $3,000.
There was a time when you weren’t allowed to squeeze the Charmin, now you’re lucky if you get any. Park authorities in Beijing have installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition technology at the Temple of Heaven Park to prevent theft and waste. According to the BBC, machines at the park scan visitors' faces before dispensing a fixed length strip of paper. Signs indicate visitors must remove their glasses and hats before being scanned. The machines then dispense strips of toilet paper measuring about 24 to 27.5 inches. Additional paper will not be dispensed to the same person until nine minutes have passed. What inspired the Chinese to do this? Media outlets in China reported that visitors to the bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven were taking excessive amounts of toilet paper, with some even taking rolls home in their bags, a problem the park has had since it began dispensing free toilet paper in 2007. The daily use of toilet paper in the park has dropped by 20 percent, which is part of the plan. Mercifully, officials are not heartless. A park spokesman told the Beijing Evening News, "If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper.” Six machines have been installed for a half-month trial. Staff remains on standby to explain the technology to visitors. Additionally, the park upgraded the toilet paper from one-ply to two-ply.
The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that Pedro J. Rodriguez, 74, was arrested Friday after police seized a 1,352 grams -- about three pounds -- of cocaine valued at least $150,000, and more than a pound of marijuana from his apartment. He was arraigned Monday on charges of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Rodriguez was living at the Richard Dewert Terrace apartment complex for the elderly and disabled, which is owned by the City of Taunton Housing Authority. Rodriguez also had an extensive coin collection, with hundreds of different coins, which police said is a common way to launder proceeds from drug deal. Police also found uncut sheets of US paper currency, silver coins and proof sets. Rodriguez's bail was set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 11.
A Florida woman just dropped a couple of notches on the list of Mother of the Year contenders -- by getting drunk and puking all over one of her favorite watering holes, then forgetting she'd brought her five-year-old along on the bender. Deana A. Pulis and her husband David decided to tie one on at the de Bine Brewing Company just after midnight on Saturday, and they partied hard enough for Deana to pass out in her own vomit. When a bouncer tried to get the couple to leave, she refused, and her hubby picked a fight -- which he lost so badly that he ended up bleeding in the street in front of the joint. One bystander reported that the couple's daughter, who Deana denied having along on the trip, witnessed all the action, right up until her folks were carted off to jail on charges of public intoxication, assault and child endangerment. She's now in custody of child protective services.
A Mississippi woman smuggled a batch of meth to her prison-inmate boyfriend -- inside a Bible!
A Mississippi woman broke at least one of the commandments by breaking bad and smuggling a batch of meth to her prison-inmate boyfriend -- inside a Bible! Courtney Ford tore open the binding of the holy book and dropped it off for her sweetie, Stephen Jason Estes, but she made a mess of the meth stash, which was quickly discovered by corrections officers assigned to the Lee County Jail. A spokesman for the facility says it was easy to see something was amiss, because the binding was loose and there was an obvious bulge in the back of the book. Estes initially denied being in on the plot, but Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says, “We know he knew about it because that day, he kept asking where his Bible was, even before she dropped it off." Estes was already serving time on meth distribution charges; Ford was out on bond for the same thing.
A hair salon is offering neck massages performed by a four-foot python.
A hair salon in Germany is offering an unusual service where customers can get a haircut and then seal it with a hiss. For an additional fee, customers at the Haar Mode Team salon in Dresden can get a neck massage from Monty, the owner's pet python. Those who don't have a debilitating fear of snakes -- and believe they won't be choked to death -- can have Monty Python slither around their neck and send soothing pulses to loosen up tight muscles. Monty's owner insists that the snake is trained to be gentle and customers have nothing to worry about. The only thing is that Monty works only two days a week and doesn't accept walk-ins.
A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend. The loose snake was spotted Sunday on a 90-minute Ravn Alaska flight between Aniak (AN-ee-ak) in southwest Alaska and Anchorage. Photos show a pale snake about 4 to 5 feet long curled up under a carry-on bag. Another shows a flight attendant placing it into a trash bag. Ravn Alaska spokesman William Walsh says a passenger violated airline policy by bringing the snake aboard. He didn't confirm the type of snake or whether the passenger could face charges. Walsh says the airline prohibits rodents and reptiles, including snakes, from being used as emotional support animals. Snakes aren't found in most of Alaska. The flight landed as scheduled in Anchorage.
The World Happiness Report is out and subjective well-being is America is not good. Norway leads the way in happiness and Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland follow; then comes the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The U.S. didn’t even make the top 10: we came in at 14 out of 155 countries. The Central African Republic came in last. According to the report, six variables are used to measure happiness: income, life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust. Trust is measured by the absence of corruption in business and government. Declining social support and increased corruption are significant contributing factors to our misery. Why is there a happiness report? Some experts say that it is an excellent way to measure a nation's progress and that social well-being drives better public policy. People in the U.S. may not feel like going outside today.
A soccer player in South Africa has become a viral sensation, but not for anything he did on the field. Mohammed Anas of the Free State Stars is backtracking after a post game interview last Friday. The Independent reports that Anas was named "man of the match" after a game last Friday and in a post-game interview with South African television, he offered thanks for the honor. "I appreciate my fans, also my wife and my girlfriend, I mean my wife," he said. "Sorry to say, I'm so sorry, my wife...I love you so much!" After the interview went viral in South Africa, Anas was quick to backtrack telling the BBC that by "girlfriend" he meant his daughter. "My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend," he told the BBC. "That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend." The video of the interview quickly earned more than a quarter of a million views on YouTube.
All they do is eat and sleep but now they can have an even cushier life. Introducing Baby Spa Perth, the third "baby spa" in a franchise that started in South Africa. It's the first of its kind in Australia, where babies may indulge in hydrotherapy or massage sessions for the low price of $65. According to Anita and Kavita Kumar, the spa directors, infant hydrotherapy benefits "range from improved sleep quality, reduced discomfort from colic, wind, constipation and reflux while regular visits can benefit the cardiovascular and respiratory systems." The Baby Spa website states that it is the only facility in the world to use a specially designed floatation device, sort of like an Elizabethan collar, which supports babies in the water, allowing them freedom of movement that they would otherwise not experience. If Australia is too far for you to travel to indulge your baby, there is a similar spa in Texas called Float Baby.
In Australia, an 18-year-old guy jumped into a crocodile-infested river to impress his girlfriend. Lee De Paauw was hiking with his girlfriend, Sophie Patterson, and started bragging about swimming in the river, despite the alligators there. Sophie didn’t think he was serious. Unfortunately, he was serious. Lee jumped in the river. It didn’t take long for the crocodiles to sense him – and attack. Realizing he was in trouble, Lee swam to the riverbank and tried to escape the water. He couldn’t get out because the crocodile had him by the arm. He managed to free himself by punching it on the snout and in the eye. Sophie explained that “it all happened very fast” and that “there was splashing and screaming” as well as “a lot of blood” and “a lot of bone.” Lee ended up with a serious arm injury – and Sophie is standing by her man. The two plan to see a movie together … once he’s released from the hospital.
A woman from California has become the latest victim of an alleged serial dine-and-dash-dater, who skips out on dates before the bill arrives. The guy – who went by the name Paul Gonzales while pulling off this heist – bailed after eating a massive meal at BJ’s restaurant in Pasadena, California. He got away with $50 worth of food for himself, including a glass of red wine, a Caesar salad with a side of shrimp, a steak, and a baked potato.
A fake California dentist is in very real trouble for running a meth lab under the cover of a dental office. Police say 59-year-old Joseph Hirsch ran an unlicensed dental office with everything you would find in a real one. He had a dentist's chair, an X-ray machine, dental tools and other equipment. But he also had tools and equipment used for making drugs like methamphetamine. It's believed that he treated patients and cooked up meth for about six years. After a three-month investigation, police raided his office and arrested Hirsch on several drug and weapons charges.
Cops are investigating a woman accused of assaulting her mother -- with a cheeseburger.
Police in Indianapolis are investigating a fight between a mother and her daughter that culminated in the daughter assaulting the mother -- with a cheeseburger. According to police, the family spat began at home when the mother informed her 39-year-old daughter that she could no longer live in her house. As she was driving the daughter to a friend's house, the daughter asked to stop at a McDonald'd drive thru. While they were sitting in the parking lot, the argument turned physical and the daughter smashed her cheeseburger into her mother's face. Police were called, but the daughter fled the scene in a friend's car. Officers confirmed that the mother had been walloped by the burger because she had ketchup and pickles on her swollen face. She also complained of pain and added that her daughter had threatened to kill her. So far, no arrests have been made.
The runoff from your shower might just become part of your next beer. The Times of San Diego reports that the city’s largest brewery introduced a craft beer made with 100 percent recycled water. The Stone Brewery in Liberty Station, the nation’s ninth largest brewer, produced five barrels of the beer using water from the city’s Pure Water demonstration plant in Miramar. Chief Operating Officer Pat Tiernan said, “Stone has a long history of sustainability,” The demo was part of the city’s ambitious, $3 billion project to get a third of its water from advanced recycling. Mayor Kevin Faulconer tried the beer and said, “It is fantastic. There’s no better way to highlight the purity of this water.” Stone’s senior manager of brewing and innovation, Steve Gonzalez, said the recycled water only needed some salts to be added to be perfect for brewing.
A spring breaker in Florida caused quite a stink when he failed to pay for his new ink -- and then posted a photo of his stolen tattoo on Instagram. Andrew Villanueva sat for several hours to get a tribal shark needled onto his thigh, but when it came time to pay up, he handed the owner a credit card that was declined -- and then bailed after promising to come back with the cash. Villanueva might have gotten away with the scam -- had he not hit up his social media account to brag about the new art and his clever ruse. Jamie Snediker, owner of Southernmost Tattoo, didn't take kindly to seeing the posts and responded with a note advising Villanueva to “bring your punk a-- back to my shop and pay for your [bleeping] tattoo" -- and then contacted the kid's father.
A Missouri woman came home from picking her young sons up from school to find a strange woman sitting on her couch -- wearing her birthday suit.
A Missouri woman got a surprise when she came home from picking her young sons up from school and found a strange woman sitting on her couch, saying she was there for "the birthday party" -- while wearing her birthday suit. Catherine Therell was perched calmly on the sofa, stark naked, when Brianna Willey came home with her four- and six-year-old boys. Willey says the intruder said she was waiting for the party, but agreed to put her clothing back on. Unfortunately, she put everything on backwards and started over, leading to another interlude of full-on nudity. According to the police report, Therell "appeared to be highly intoxicated" when cops arrived on the scene to take her away. The homeowner told a local TV outlet, "All we hear about is the naked lady -- including at school. School gets to hear about the naked lady too."
A Florida man can't find his pet cobra.
Nothing makes your neighbors more nervous than when you tell them your pet cobra has gotten loose from its enclosure. A Florida neighborhood is on high alert after Brian Purdy reported that his two-foot venomous cobra had escaped. Purdy holds a venomous reptile permit, so he's allowed to keep it as a pet as long as it is in a room it can't escape from. But Purdy's friend, who's trying to obtain his own venomous reptile permit, was watching it and somehow let it get out of its enclosure. The Florida Wildlife Commission is leading the search effort to find the snake. Its whereabouts are still unknown and it's possible it is still inside the house. Another theory is that the owner has other pet reptiles and one of them may have eaten the cobra. Either way, until they find some evidence of the snake, neighbors will be on a heightened state of alert.
A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him. Police say 21-year-old Leoul Yosef will be charged with burglary for robbing an Alexandria apartment on Wednesday and then jumping off the second-story balcony after the owner returned home. Fairfax County Police Officer Don Gatthardt says Yosef left tracks in the snow when he jumped. Officers say they were following the snow trail when they received a 911 call from a man in the vicinity saying he'd broken his leg. Responding officers matched the identity of the caller to the burglary suspect. Gatthhardt says Yosef will be charged after his release from the hospital.
Key West police detectives nabbed a man wanted in Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes, including felony strangulation and aggravated assault with a weapon — after he used a store rewards card, which tipped authorities off to his whereabouts. Cobb County Sheriff's officials contacted Key West police Thursday saying 37-year-old Jamaal Seymour was possibly in Key West and was wanted on a number of counts. Shortly after, Seymour used his rewards card at a CVS pharmacy. Card holders can earn benefits like coupons. Detectives spotted Seymour that night and approached him. Police said the man took off running, but they caught him a short time later. He was booked locally for resisting arrest, giving false ID to an officer and being a fugitive.
French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window. The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out of the hole. "Drunk, he robbed a shop but got stuck ... in the window before being arrested," the gendarmerie tweeted, with the hashtag "ThugLife." The 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in the Pyrenees town of Mauleon-Licharre in southwest France, a duty officer for the regional gendarmerie told The Associated Press. Firefighters were called to free the man, who was then taken into custody, said the officer, who wouldn't be quoted by name, citing official policy.
If you've bought basically anything or signed any online contract nowadays, you've inevitably come across a "terms and conditions" rider. And if you're like everyone else, you probably scroll to the bottom of the legally-binding document without reading it and click "accept." The Australian consumer group Choice isn't like us. They hired an actor to read the ENTIRE "terms and conditions" section that came with an Amazon Kindle, as if it were a book. Any guesses how long it took? Would you believe nine hours? If you're a sucker for punishment, Choice popped the entire 73 thousand, 200-plus-word reading in one-hour chunks on YouTube. The idea, of course, is to highlight how ridiculously long and complicated the contracts are, in hopes of convincing the powers that be to make them more manageable.
Georgia cops are looking to grill a woman who got a little too salty at a fast-food joint -- and flung her order back in the face of a counterperson because the fries weren't coated in enough salt. The woman, who's still at large, went into the Zaxby's location and placed a large carry-out order, which she took in the direction of her car, but wheeled around and stormed back inside. She began berating the clerk, then threw the contents of both bags at the hapless employee before punching a hole in the ordering console and stalking out. One witness, who noted that the woman was angry over the fact that the potatoes came up a bit shy on Zaxby's famed seasoning salt, simply said "that was wrong. What she did was wrong."
A British man stopped by his local McDonald's for lunch earlier this week and ordered off the no-value menu -- by asking for a cheeseburger with no ketchup, pickles, onions, bun....or burger!
A British man stopped by his local McDonald's for lunch earlier this week and ordered off the no-value menu -- by asking for a cheeseburger with no ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, bun....or burger! Col Merchant, who clearly wanted to have it his way, produced a receipt on Instagram that chronicled his special order, which netted him a single slice of American cheese, wrapped in waxed paper -- which ended up costing the same amount as a fully dressed burger. In British terms, that means he paid just over a buck and a half for the bite-sized orange snack. One of Merchant's followers expressed confusion over the charge, since it only costs about 50 cents to add a single slice of cheese to any sandwich, but he insisted he was happy with his gluten-free (and meat and veggie -free) lunch.
An Ohio library keeps finding empty steak sauce bottles on book shelves.
A public library in Ohio has plenty of mystery novels on its shelves, but there's an even saucier non-fiction mystery they're trying to solve. For the past few months, staff at the Avon Lake Public Library have been noticing empty bottles of A-1 steak sauce placed all around the library. According to the library's Facebook page, 30 bottles have been found on book shelves since January. The library's public relations coordinator doesn't think there is any bad intent behind the anonymous prank, but they're not giving up on trying to figure out a possible hidden message or whodunit.
Stop asking Alexa Seary for directions to the nearest restaurant.
When Amazon introduced the Echo and its voice-controlled personal assistant, Alexa, it immediately made life a little more difficult for girls named Alexa. Being in the same room with an Echo device causes a lot of confusion, not to mention having to hear the same jokes from everyone. But there's something that's even worse, and a 21-year-old woman in New Jersey knows all about it. That's because her name is Alexa Seary [pr: siri]. She shares the names of the two most-popular virtual assistants -- Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. Alexa Seary says, "It started off at work. It would be, ‘Siri, do this, Siri do that,’ and now they do the same thing with Alexa. Mostly people just say, ‘Haha, I’m telling you what to do,’ and I’m like, ‘OK, haha, that’s a new one.'"
Michael Lorusso, 50, was arrested in Key West, Florida this past weekend for burglary and misdemeanor trespassing. An employee of Kino Sandals called police to complain that Lorusso had been constantly urinating behind their warehouse. Lorusso apparently told the employee, “You may kick me off now, but I’ll be back.” He was found by police sleeping in the back of a Kino’s truck. Lorusso told police his home address is the city’s overnight shelter on Stock Island. Police said he had been warned before. There are public restrooms in Key West.
State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street. Troopers in Schuylkill County say a 23-year-old woman claimed she shoveled the spot only to have her 43-year-old neighbor's husband park his pickup in it. It happened in Ashland borough on Tuesday night. The region took the brunt of that day's winter storm. Police say the women argued about the parking space before pushing and punching one another, and then pulling each other's hair. Both have been charged with disorderly conduct. The citations are being mailed to the women.
Sierra Leone's government says that a pastor in the country's Kono district has found and turned in the largest uncut diamond discovered in more than four decades in the West African country. Presidential Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay said Thursday that a 706-carat diamond was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday. He said that Pastor Emmanuel Momoh found the diamond in Yakadu village in Sierra Leone's diamond-rich eastern province. This is the second largest diamond to be found in Sierra Leone. In 1972 the 968.9-carat Star of Sierra Leone was found by miners. The president promised proceeds from auctioning the diamond to the highest bidder would be distributed transparently. The presidential spokesman said the diamond has not yet been valued, but has been deposited at the Bank of Sierra Leone.
A anonymous donor left a little something extra to the Goodwill in Monroe, Washington, last week. Goodwill employees were very surprised when they opened a cooler that was donated and found lots of marijuana inside. Employees called local police, who came in to investigate. The Monroe Police Department said the weed inside weighed 3.75 pounds and had an estimated street value of $24,000. They later tweeted, “This cooler was donated over the weekend to the Goodwill. Employees surprised when they opened the lid. Police were called...” Goodwill is examining footage from its surveillance cameras to see if they can locate the mysterious donor.
While not everyone appreciates the importance of having and using good grammar, it came in handy for a group of delivery drivers in Portland, Maine. They won their case because of a lack of a comma. The Bangor Daily News reports that the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of 75 delivery drivers for Oakhurst Dairy who sued the company for $10 million in unpaid overtime wages. A lower court had initially ruled in Oakhurst’s favor in the dispute, but the appeals court found that the wording of Maine’s overtime rules were written ambiguously because the statute did not employ an Oxford comma. An Oxford comma is the comma before the conjunction. It provides clarity in a list, such as, “I’m going to buy some beer, fish, and chips.” Without the comma after the word fish, the sentence reads, “I’m going to buy some beer, fish and chips.” and makes it sounds like the speaker is heading to a bar instead of a grocer. According to Maine state law, the following activities are not eligible for overtime pay: The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) Agricultural produce; (2) Meat and fish products; and (3) Perishable foods. The ambiguity centered on whether “packing for shipment or distribution” is a single overtime-exempt activity, or “packing for shipment” and “distribution” are two activities. U.S. appeals Judge David J. Barron wrote, “For want of a comma, we have this case.” So the drivers have won their case for now, thanks to grammar ambiguity. The case likely will see more proceedings before the lawsuit is finally decided.
A Florida woman may be reconsidering her opinion of reptiles after finding a snake in her bathroom Friday, and for good reason. WZVN reports that a Lehigh Acres woman called the police Friday after she found a snake in her bathroom. Shortly after she placed the call, she was attacked in her home. According to a Lee County Sheriff’s office report, Malcolm Porter, 28, of Fort Myers, is accused attacking the woman. WZVN cites police reports accusing Porter coming up behind the woman and grabbing her by the neck. Porter allegedly choked the woman, took off her underwear and threatened to kill her. The victim told police she believed Porter intended to rape her, so she says she told Porter to get condoms from another room. When he did so, she ran outside to deputies, who had just arrived, responding to her call about the snake. Neighbors expressed their disbelief. Kaitlin Soeder, who lives in the neighborhood, said, “It definitely is a wake-up call that things like this happen all the time." Anita Ackley of Lehigh Acres, said, "I think it's crazy that that happened. The snake played a role in saving her." Porter is currently behind bars, charged with domestic battery by strangulation.
A Florida couple returned from vacation to find a complete stranger spending his vacation at their condo -- after breaking in and spending the better part of a week living there. Kayin Harper was taken into custody by cops who responded to a 911 call from Bruce Kramer and Heather Tufford, who walked into their home to find him sprawled out on their couch, surrounded by dirty clothes and carry-out food containers. They initially just ordered Harper to leave, but he refused and tried to attack both of them -- at which point Tufford ran to a neighbor's house to seek help. One neighbor accompanied her back, armed with a cast iron frying pan and subdued the intruder, who had a paper check worth $584 and a Capitol One credit card both belonging to Tufford in the pocket of his brown sweat pants when officers searched him. There were signs that Harper had slept in the couple's bed and had a nice warm bath shortly before his arrest.
A Minnesota man crashed his car into a frozen lake, then broke into a stranger's house to warm up in front of the TV.
A Minnesota man had to cool his heels behind bars after he crashed his car into a frozen lake, then broke into a stranger's house to warm up in front of the TV. James Sundby careened off an embankment and landed more than 200 feet out onto Lake L’Homme Dieu [pr: lum-DYOO], where his vehicle started to sink. He managed to wade through the frigid water and make it to shore, and then wandered to the home of Andy Armstrong and settled into an armchair in the living room. Armstrong woke up when he was startled by the sounds in the other room. He says, "My TV was on and he’d flipped through the channels because it wasn’t on the same channel as when I went to bed. The living room lights were on, kitchen lights, bathroom lights... He even took his shoes off when he came in the house.” Police caught up with Sundby about 15 minutes away from Armstrong's house, but he decided not to press charges, since no harm was done.
A substitute teacher got hammered on box wine.
A substitute teacher in South Carolina recently taught her class a valuable lesson -- never bring a box of wine to work. 52-year-old Judith Richards-Gartee was arrested after a school administrator called police to report that she'd been drinking in class. When officers arrived, they found her throwing up and unable to stand. Officers then discovered a box of wine in her bag, which students say she kept drinking from. Richards-Gartee had to be taken out of the classroom in a wheelchair. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. She's facing disorderly conduct charges and is out of a job.
A man led cops on a 10-mile chase -- in a street-sweeper.
An Oregon man is under arrest after he stole a street-sweeper and tried to make a clean getaway. Cops say Tyler Haguewood waited for the driver to exit the large vehicle, and then hopped in and drove away. Police located the sweeper and pursued the thief for 10 miles at speeds as high as 65 miles per hour. They finally stopped him by laying down spike strips in the street. Haguewood was charged with auto theft and attempting to elude police. He's also facing a parole violation connected to a prior conviction.
Firefighters save hearts and homes but the fighters in Pendleton, Oregon, save reptiles, too. The East Oregonian reports that the crew of the Pendleton Fire Department responded to an afternoon call about a house fire on Friday. The fire damaged the home but the family — and their 20-pound iguana — were unharmed. An unnamed family of three lives in the house, with their unnamed iguana, but only one adult was home at the time of the blaze. Firefighters Craig Murstig and Marc Proctor removed an iguana and aided it, giving it oxygen. The assistant chief of the Pendleton Fire Department, Shawn Penninger, said the department got the call at 4:43 p.m. Penninger said preliminary investigation indicates the fire was caused by smoking materials which were improperly disposed. Firefighters cleared from the scene after about two hours.
Six Flags Over Georgia has settled its Super Bowl bet with Six Flags New England. Wearing a New England Patriots jersey, Six Flags Over Georgia Park President Dale Kaetzel announced in a video posted to Facebook that the park's 240-foot tall swing ride would be renamed the "Patriots SkyScreamer." All-season dining plan holders also are being offered New England clam chowder, Kaetzel said. He congratulated Six Flags News England and Patriots fans before saying to a cheering crowd: "We are really here today to celebrate the best fans in the NFL. Falcons fans. Am I right?" Kaetzel and a group of Falcons fans then went for a ride on the Patriots SkyScreamer, shouting the Falcons' slogan, "Rise up!"
Not everything can be delivered. A Pennsylvania man is in trouble after he allegedly tried to use 911 as an emergency escort service. Penn Live reports that Joel Eric Cummings, 39, of Duncannon, is accused of calling 911 several times "requesting girls be sent to his location.” The incident took place on March 9 shortly after midnight, according to state police. Cummings was charged with disorderly conduct. It is not clear if alcohol was involved or if Cummings has heard of the internet.
If you’ve been looking for a job or thinking about a career change, the state of Florida might have an opportunity for you. The South Florida Water Management District announced an experimental program Thursday. According to the district's website, “The Governing Board has approved a pilot monetary compensation program that will incentivize a limited number of public-spirited individuals to kill pythons.” That’s right: Florida wants you to get those you-know-what snakes off their you-know-what Everglades. As part of their effort to reduce the population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, Florida is hiring snake hunters at $8.10 an hour, with incentives starting at $50 for each 4-foot-long snake and $25 for each additional foot above that. A snake guarding a nest with eggs will net you an additional $100. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has moved to the top of the food chain in the Everglades and researchers fear they are spreading. Pythons are estimated to be in the tens of thousands and the damage they are doing to native species is alarming. Last year researchers found a 15-foot female python that had eaten three white-tailed deer. The application period for the program will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 10.
A pair of Indiana-bred brothers showed a really strange form of "brotherly love" last week -- by making out while stark naked and stoned, then attacking a stranger who crossed their path at the wrong time. Noah and Timothy Batz were spotted kissing passionately behind the dumpster of an apartment complex by a property manager who called 911 and yelled for residents to steer clear of the oddball pair. One woman couldn't help herself and got a little too close while rubber-necking, a decision that earned her a couple of sharp punches to the face. The brothers chased her to the parking lot, where she locked herself in her car as they rambled in and out of other vehicles, smooching the whole time. After being taken into custody, they both told cops that they were under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms, among other substances.
An Ohio couple had a bloody hard time convincing cops not to haul them off to jail after concocting a prank that made it look like the guy had killed his girlfriend -- by covering her prone body in ketchup and sending photos to their friends.
An Ohio couple had a bloody hard time convincing cops not to haul them off to jail after concocting a prank that made it look like the guy had killed his girlfriend -- by covering her prone body in ketchup and sending photos to their friends. Nataleigh Schlette and Micah Risner both received citations for "inducing panic" by staging the elaborate hoax and posting the so-called evidence on Facebook, as well as texting it to their pals. Sandusky police Sergeant Dawn Allen said, “He started sending the picture and texting that he did it. We had people calling in hysterical not knowing what was going on.”
An Anchorage, Alaska, man has been charged with using an unusual tool to steal an ATM — a front-end loader. Federal authorities have charged 25-year-old Adrian Turnbow with bank larceny in the attempted theft of an ATM. It was the fourth Anchorage ATM theft with heavy equipment since Dec. 25. An FBI affidavit says a security guard at 6:10 a.m. Monday called Anchorage police to report a front-end loader trying to take an ATM from an east-side bank. Officers spotted the loader attempting to flee until it got stuck in a parking lot embankment. Turnbow was driving. Police found the ATM in a bank drive-thru lane. Turnbow remains jailed. Federal public defender Darrel Gardner says the case is in its early stages and Turnbow has not entered a plea.
Do you remember that scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day when the Terminator explains that the whole saga began when the machines became self-aware? Tell your stomach to get ready for Judgment Day. Food & Wine reports that CaliBurger, just announced that it will soon be using a burger-flipping robot to handle grill duties. Created by Miso Robotics, Flippy is a robot chef with a fast food mind. According to a promotional video, “Flippy cooks burgers perfectly – every time.” Flippy is equipped with cameras and sensors that allow it “to see” thanks to “intelligent Cooking AI software.” Not only that, Flippy can be set up in less than five minutes. CaliBurger, which is an international chain with outlets in twelve countries said Flippy would be working in more than 50 locations by the end of 2019. Miso Robotics CEO David Zito said, "Flippy is positioned as a kitchen assistant, supporting humans in the food service industry primarily with dull, dangerous and dirty tasks. This is a technology that is meant to be a needed third hand to improve efficiency, productivity, consistency and value."
A four-year-old girl was swept off her feet by fierce winds in Northeast Ohio Wednesday when a gust hit a door that she was trying to open. Security camera footage from the home of Ohio resident Brittany Gardner shows her young daughter, Madison, walking toward the front door of the home. She is seen slightly struggling as she walks up the steps due to high winds forcing her backwards. As soon as Madison reaches for the glass door, the force of the wind flings it open -- with her still attached. In the background, Gardner does not seem to notice Madison's predicament as she rummages through the family SUV and helps her other daughter out of the car. Areas near the Great Lakes were under a high wind warning at the time. Madison called out for her mother throughout the ordeal, though, Gardner wrote on Facebook. "All I hear is 'mommm!' So I look back and she's pinned between the house and the glass door," Gardner wrote. Nearly a million people lost power in Michigan after high winds Madison was OK and laughing when Gardner went to check up on her, the mother said.
A bride and groom’s new life together got off to a bumpy start when their party bus exploded and was engulfed in flames on their way to the chapel. The 26-year-old bride, Krissi Buhrow, said she knew something wasn't right during the trip because she could smell smoke. So, the bus driver pulled over and the wedding party quickly scrambled out of the vehicle. Just minutes after everyone was a safe distance away, it actually blew up – flames, smoke, explosions. Showing an ability to look at the bright side of things, Krissi – along with her husband, Shane – were able to get some pretty unique photos with the wedding party as the firemen put out the flames in the background. Of course, then there was the problem of getting to church on time. The whole ordeal ended happily when the party bus company sent a replacement bus so the couple could get married and the friends and family along for the ride could continue their celebration in style.
A New Jersey man was busted on charges of DUI and reckless driving in Florida after he got behind the wheel of a golf cart and played a game of chicken -- against an actual chicken! Daniel Jones was spotted driving the cart erratically near his hotel in Key West. Vincent Vurro, who called 911, reported that he was trying to run over a free-range rooster. "He was adamant about trying to hit it." After his third shot at flattening the bird, Jones rolled the cart over and was thrown out, as were his two passengers, one of whom had to be hospitalized for treatment. The rooster got away without a scratch.
Cops in South Carolina gave new meaning to the term "cold case" when they nabbed a drunken vandal and hit him with theft charges -- for stealing a container of frozen gelato and passing out while holding it. Robert Corbit Hodges was taken into custody after cops found him sprawled on the sidewalk, naked, bleeding and holding a partially eaten container of the tasty treat. They'd been called to investigate an alarm that was triggered by a window being broken at one business, but when they arrived at the scene, they found eight different storefronts vandalized -- with items stolen from at least two. Hodges' blood was found at the scene of the vandalism, so he was immediately hit with that charge. It wasn't until he was behind bars that officers realized his dessert of choice had been swiped from one of the stores, then added petty theft to the list.
A 74-year-old Connecticut man is sick and tired of hearing about Kim Kardashian, so he decided to take out his frustrations by destroying a bunch of her selfie books. Carl Puia went to a Barnes & Noble store and poured red liquid over every copy of Kim's book Selfish. His bizarre act of revenge was captured on the store's surveillance cameras and he was eventually arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Police say the man also penned a lengthy letter addressed to the store explaining why he dislikes Kim Kardashian and "people like her." He lamented that bookstores will sell anything for money.
A Miami defense lawyer had to run out of a courtroom this week when his pants suddenly burst into flames. Stephen Gutierrez was defending his client, who happens to be on trial for arson, when smoke began billowing out of his pants pocket. He ran out of the courtroom and left jurors and spectators wondering what had just happened. It turns out that a faulty battery in his e-cigarette caught fire. He eventually returned wearing burnt pants. Gutierrez's client was accused of intentionally setting fire to his car. The jury eventually convicted him of arson.
It wasn’t smooth sailing when a cruise ship got too close for comfort to a Florida house. WPLG reports that Bill Todhunter regularly sees ships cruise pass his waterfront home in Port Everglades, Florida. The city is a noted port for such giant ships that come and go daily. But Todhunter had a scare on Friday when a the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox ship came within 100 feet of his home. It’s unclear if the ship drifted in high winds or if human error was to blame. When the ships’ thrusters stopped Todhunter shouted, “somebody’s going to get fired.” The ship was so close that people on board heard him and applauded. The ship was eventually able to back out of the channel. Todhunter’s wife shot video of him waving the boat away and he shared it on Facebook, writing “Equinox runs aground in Port Everglades.” Celebrity Cruises issued a statement saying that the ship “operated safely” and “did not put guests or crew at risk.” It also said the ship “did not touch bottom.” Todhunter refutes the statement and has contacted the U.S. Coast Guard.
Hundreds of people in Canada arrived home Monday evening to an unusual sight: Bright pink liquid running out of their faucets. Despite its unusual hue, the fluid was neither fruit punch nor pink lemonade but city water that had been contaminated during a weekly treatment of the water lines, according to the city of Onoway in Alberta province, about 42 miles northwest of Edmonton. A disinfecting agent called potassium permanganate likely tainted the city's water supply through a valve that became stuck, allowing the fuchsia water to enter the distribution system, according to a notice posted to the official Onoway website on Monday. “We do a weekly flush and have done it for years and years, and nothing like this has ever happened before,” said Onoway Mayor Dale Krasnow, according to CTV New Edmonton. Residents took to social media to express shock and amazement at the state of their tap water. “This morning when I ran the tub to give [my kids] a bath, I immediately shut that down,” Onoway resident Shauna Wilkinson told CTV. Once the city realized the problem, it immediately began flushing the water distribution system, officials said. On Tuesday, the city announced that it had determined that the incident was not caused by operator error. All of the main water lines had been cleared by Tuesday and the water was deemed safe to drink, city officials said.
The BBC reports that 14-year-old Daniel Rom Kristiansen, of Birkelse, Denmark, was assigned a World War II project for history class and told his father about it. His father, Klaus Kristiansen jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had supposedly had crashed on the family farm in 1944. So Daniel and his father went out with a metal detector and found the remains of an ME 109 Messerschmitt, and its pilot, in a field on the farm. "In the first moment it was not a plane," Mr Kristiansen said. "It was maybe 2,000 - 5,000 pieces of a plane. And we found a motor... then suddenly we found parts of bones, and parts from the pilot's clothes. And then we found some personal things -- books, a wallet with money... Either it was a little Bible or it was Mein Kampf -- a book in his pocket. We didn't touch it, we just put it in some bags. A museum is now taking care of it. I think there's a lot of information in those papers." Shortly after, the Kristiansens contacted the Danish authorities and World War II historians. The site was closed for investigation by police. Forensic police are working to identify the pilot. "Probably there is a pilot who will be buried now in Germany," Mr Kristiansen says. "I would hope so." Daniel has already handed in his homework, but plans to update it when the details of the wreckage become available.
A Florida woman could be in a whole "latte" trouble after she freaked out at a Dunkin' Donuts and assaulted an employee -- who wouldn't serve her a drink made only at Starbucks. The manager of the store, who identified himself only as Bryce, says the woman placed her order at a drive-thru and got furious when the clerk told her that wasn't an option at their store. She pulled into a parking spot and stormed inside where, according to the police report, "the conversation got heated and she came into the store and started throwing F-bombs." Surveillance camera footage backed up that account, so the woman, who was wearing an Air Force officer's uniform, is being sought by cops.
A scuba diver encountered a shark with a steak knife in its head.
A scuba instructor in the Cayman Islands has seen many hammerhead sharks in his years, but until recently had never seen a knife-head shark. Instructor Brett Johnson was leading a diving class around a reef when he spotted a shark that didn't quite look right. He swam closer and noticed that the three-foot nurse shark had a 12-inch steak knife stuck in its head. Johnson, who took video of the encounter, thought the shark had swum up to him as if to ask for help, so he reached down and gently pulled the knife out. The shark swam away with a hole in its head, but Johnson said that he saw the same shark days later and it appeared to be doing well.
A woman noticed a drone hovering over house -- and tried to blast it out of the sky.
A Washington state woman was not too pleased with a nosy drone flying over her house -- so she tried to blast it out of the sky. Video of the dramatic encounter, taken by a camera mounted to the drone, shows the woman walking out of her house and trying to protect her privacy by throwing objects at the aircraft. When the drone didn't retreat, she went back inside and emerged with a firearm. That appeared to do the trick. Police investigated the encounter and said that, although the camera was clearly fixed on the house, no crime was committed because the drone was flying in a public space. Police also believe the gun she was holding was a pellet gun and that she never fired it.
Just for fun, Gary Gregory taught his three-year-old rottweiler Megan to open the front door of his house. Recently, that trick saved Gary’s life, because Megan was able to open the door for paramedics after Gary became seriously ill and passed out. Gary suffered serious internal bleeding and collapsed at his home while calling for help. When the paramedics arrived, they struggled to get to him because the front door was locked. That’s when Megan sprang into action and let the rescue team in. The paramedics say it's likely Gary wouldn't have survived without her help. Gary calls his beloved dog “a real hero” and a “superstar” and says she deserves an award. Gary is now scheduled for an operation and, in the meantime, Megan is keeping a close eye to make sure he doesn’t come to any further harm.
Holy cow! That’s what two California Highway Patrol officers must have thought when they rescued two calves who were tied up inside a Honda Civic in Beaumont this weekend. The Press-Enterprise reports that police started getting udderly ridiculous calls early Saturday morning about a cow attempting to climb out of the trunk of a 2001 Honda Civic on the shoulder of the I-10 freeway. When police arrived, one calf was trying to climb out of the trunk, while the other calf was wedged in the back seat. Both calves had their hooves tied and couldn’t moo-ve. The officers were able to get the calves out of the Honda and safely secured them under an oak tree using halters The Honda hadn’t been reported stolen as of Monday, but police noted the car had false registration tags. The car has been impounded. The calves were taken to a ranch while investigators try to determine if they were stolen. It is unknown if the car had leather interior.
He wanted to blow her away with a beautiful proposal, but instead he blew chunks. On February 21, Darrell Hamilton posted a video on YouTube of his mid-air proposal to his girlfriend, Rheanna Lopez that took place February 11. The video was meant to capture the moment when he proposed to her while they were flying over Reedley, California and has since gone viral. Hamilton had made a sign that read “Marry me?” and wanted to fly over it and propose. It didn’t quite work out that way. Just as Hamilton reached into his pocket to pull out the ring, he was overcome with air sickness. Lopez was looking out the window, then turned as he taps her arm. She is shocked to see him holding a box with a ring in it. The moment of truth happened right after he asked her, “Will you marry me?” Then Hamilton leans forward and yaks. He stayed with his head between his knees for a while as Lopez rubs his back. She said yes, but opted to blow him a kiss instead of planting one on his lips. Hamilton told ABC News that the couple doesn’t have wedding plans yet. He wrote on YouTube, “I just thought I'd share a priceless memory from the day my girlfriend and I got engaged. But I ended up throwing up immediately after giving her the ring.”
He does not like to keep up with the Kardashians. A Connecticut man is accused of destroying several books at the Barnes & Noble store in Glastonbury, according to The Hartford Courant Police said 74-year-old Carl Puia was arrested Monday and charged with third-degree criminal mischief. Back in October, Puia allegedly vandalized six copies of Kim Kardashian West's book, "Selfish," by pouring an unidentified red liquid on them. The septuagenarian also allegedly left a typewritten note for store staff detailing his distaste for Kardashians and added that bookstores and publishing companies will sell anything for money. The mangled monographs are coffee table books filled with selfies and pictures of Kardasian and her family. Surveillance cameras captured Puia in action, police told the paper. Puia was released without bail.
A dummy in Nevada is facing a long stretch of prison time after he pulled out a hammer and smashed open the head of a dummy -- a mannequin used as a decoy to resemble a homeless person. Shane Schindler crept up on the mannequin, which was covered with blankets and old clothes, and violently wailed away at its noggin, breaking it into pieces in full view of cops staking out the scene. The operation was staged because two homeless men had been bludgeoned to death in the area in recent weeks, leading officials to believe a serial criminal was on the prowl. Schindler could be charged with attempted murder in connection with the crime, but he insists he knew all along the figurine was fake and that he committed no crime. Cops also have plans to charge him with possession of a deadly weapon.
A Florida man got in touch with his inner boxer by knocking his brother cold -- for wearing a pair of his "borrowed" boxers.
A Florida man got in touch with his inner boxer by knocking his brother cold -- for wearing a pair of his "borrowed" boxers. Jeremiah Rios got his panties in a bunch after seeing his 17-year-old bro walking through the house in a pair of his boxer briefs. Jeremiah berated the teen and demanded he take them off, and he obliged -- but tossed them onto Rios's bed with "attitude." So the 19-year-old suspect punched the kid, then grabbed a bottle of wine and slammed it over his head. The victim called 911 after putting his brother into a choke hold and subduing him. Cops arrived on the scene and transported Rios to the hospital for a cut he received while punching a fish tank during the scuffle, then to jail.
Applicants mistakenly received emails telling them they had been accepted.
The University of Southern Mississippi is apologizing to a group of students who mistakenly received acceptance letters when they actually hadn't been accepted. The big whoops happened last weekend when a group of applicants for the university's speech pathology master's degree program received emails informing them that they had been accepted to the program. The email read, "Congratulations on your acceptance to graduate school at Southern Miss!" But the celebration was brief because a short while later, another email was sent letting applicants know that due to a glitch, the email was "inadvertently sent to a number of applicants who have not yet been reviewed by the department. Please disregard the previous email. We apologize for the miscommunication and any inconvenience this may have caused you." The university says it is reviewing its application processes to make sure they never make the same mistake again.
Police say a tractor-trailer spilled its load of more than 30,000 pounds of cat litter on a Pennsylvania roadway when it failed to manage a curve and overturned. The northbound lanes of Route 222 were closed for five hours early Tuesday in Spring Township, near Reading, while crews tried to clean up the ruptured bags of rain-moistened litter. Spring Township Police Sgt. Bill P. Van Etten tells the Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/2na6mwC) the driver of the rig sustained minor injuries in the crash that happened around 2 a.m. The litter was on its way to a retail store. A front-end loader was brought in to scoop up the litter and put it in large trash containers. The road reopened at 7 a.m. Van Etten says the spill "was just really messy."
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Michigan man who was arrested for driving with his ex-wife in a records screw-up that put him in jail for three days. Federal Judge Laurie Michelson said Monday that the arrest was "unfortunate." But she says police acted reasonably in carrying out their duties. Joseph Scott was stopped in 2013 for not wearing a seat belt. The Port Huron officer found Scott was violating a personal protection order because he was traveling with his ex-wife. Coralee Scott insisted the order had expired. But Joseph Scott was kept in jail for three days — after first being treated for a panic attack. Authorities discovered the Scotts were right: The expiration date on the protection order was wrongly entered into a database.
According to Thai superstition, throwing coins onto turtles brings longevity to the thrower. For the turtle, it can be deadly. The Christian Science Monitor reports that a 25-year-old female green sea turtle named "Omsin," or "Bank," had surgery in Bangkok, Thailand this week to remove almost one thousand coins in her stomach. Bank lives near the eastern town of Sri Racha, a popular destination for tourists seeking good fortune. Years of coin tossing resulted in an eleven-pound ball in Bank's stomach, which caused her ventral shell to crack. This can lead to a life-threatening infection. A surgical team from the veterinary faculty at Chulalongkorn University worked to remove the 915 coins. Bank was brought in by the navy, which found her sick in her seaside hometown. After a 3-D scan the vets identified the problem. It will take Bank about a month to fully recover. Green sea turtles typically live around 80 years.
A machete-wielding man in Texas took police on a dangerous, but very entertaining, car chase. KABB in San Antonio reports that after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and abandoned it at a gas station in Fair Oaks Ranch, 24-year-old Refugio Vasquez allegedly stole a front-end loader and led police on a slow-speed chase down I-10 during morning rush hour. Brian McMahan, who recorded cell phone video of the chase, said, “This is crazy. This guy just will not pull over for the cops.” Police said Vasquez was brandishing a machete and is accused of threatening a construction worker with it in order to steal the yellow construction vehicle. Policed added that he drove the truck from Fair Oaks Ranch to his mom’s apartment in Boerne Multiple law enforcement agencies joined the chase during morning rush hour, and it was clear the alleged thief wasn’t getting far. Sergeant James Lint with the San Antonio Police Department said, "The speeds are only about 25 miles per hour.” The chase reached a destructive climax according to officials when Vasquez reached his mother’s apartment. "He did hit the house with the front-end loader, raised the bucket and tried to pull part of the roof off,” said Captain Martin Molina with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Vasqyez was taken into custody without incident and the construction workers got their vehicle back.
A long-haul trucker thought he had lost his cat, but it turns out the cat had other ideas. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that 57-year-old Paul Robertson was getting over food poisoning at a rest area in Ohio, sleeping in the bed of the truck. While he was resting, his beloved cat and travel companion Percy got out of the truck. A shaken and devastated Robertson posted about it on Facebook. Robertson received an outpouring of support as people shared the post, called nearby animal shelters looking for Percy and one friend showed up to help Robertson search the rest area. For 24 hours, the St. Paul trucker looked for Percy. Then he had to make a hard decision: he would have to leave Percy behind. Robertson posted on Facebook, "I felt hollow and low and terrible. But I couldn't be days late because my cat went missing." With a storm coming and a deadline to meet, Robertson drove 400 miles to his destination, heartbroken. But when he got out, Robertson saw a cat emerge from beneath his truck. It was Percy. Percy needed a warm bath and a trip to the vet for some medication but soon he was back in business as Robertson’s co-pilot. Robertson wrote on Facebook, "This is the feel-good story of 2017. If ever a moment felt like a gift from God, it was then."
A chain of Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville senior-living communities are coming soon, obviously aimed at active retirees who like "nibblin' on sponge cake, watchin' the sun bake." Buffett's Margaritaville company, known for restaurants, hotels and vacation resorts, recently announced it has partnered with Minto Communities, a development and building company in Florida, to build a string of easy, breezy senior neighborhoods. The first has been dubbed Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach, Florida. "It's going to be a very fun place," Bill Bullock, senior vice president of Minto Communities, told ABC News. "We expect our first residents to be living in the community by late summer of 2018." The $1 billion project is expected to create almost 7,000 homes offering fitness facilities, lap pools, spas, live entertainment, personal beachfront access and, of course, booze in the blender that will soon render that frozen concoction that helps residents hang on. Bullock said the two- or three-bedroom homes, which feature a den and garages in the golf cart-friendly community, will start in "the very low $200,000s to $350,000." "It was very important to us to make this as obtainable as possible," he said. "We have over 10,000 registrations in two weeks. It's just been amazing." Residents in Latitude Margaritaville have to be aged "55 and better," Bullock explained.
A Florida man got a real wake-up call from cops who cuffed him for breaking into an SUV in order to steal something he desperately needed -- a few winks of sleep. The owner of a 1995 Chevy Blazer called the Monroe County Sheriff's Office after finding a stranger zonked out in the passenger seat. Donald Geib was still snoozing away when officers arrived at the scene to jostle him, and admitted he had broken the window to get in -- but insisted he had permission from the owner to take a nap there. The arresting officer said it appeared that Geib had attempted to hot-wire the car and break into the trunk --and had dropped his meth pipe on the floorboard before zoning out.
A wanna-be British robber had to peel out in a hurry when he failed miserably in his attempt to hold up a fish and chip stand -- using a banana as a weapon.
A wanna-be British robber had to peel out in a hurry when he failed miserably in his attempt to hold up a fish and chip stand -- using a banana as a weapon. The aspiring thug strolled into the eatery wearing a hoodie and demanded the clerk on duty hand over "all the [bleeping] cash," while pointing what he said was a gun, hidden in a plastic bag. The employee grew suspicious, he said, when he noticed the alleged weapon was "kind of bendy." The crook cursed again when the worker hesitated, and then fumbled in his pocket, looking for another reasonably threatening object, but couldn't come up with anything and fled the scene empty-handed. Guess that's what they call the ol' banana split.
The Valley Morning Star of Harlingen, Texas, reports that three weeks ago 35-year-old Leandra Ruiz entered an online contest for a chance to win a home delivery of beer from Budweiser delivered by its signature Clydesdales and carriage drivers. As luck would have it, after Ruiz gave up beer for Lent, she got the news she won the contest. Thursday afternoon, Ruiz and her children, her family and her neighbors got to see the world famous horses trot down her street and pull up in front of her home. They brought her 24 bottles of the King of Beers in a classic wooden case. Kids from the neighborhood walked with the horses as they passed by the neighborhood. Ruiz even got to take a ride around the block with the carriage drivers. Ruiz said, “I’m excited, but I’m not shocked that I won. We have a lot of small kids on this street and I thought it would be neat if we had won it. And they came, so I’m glad I signed up.” Unfortunately for Ruiz, she won’t be able to enjoy a nice cold one for another six weeks.
A 4-year-old boy literally ran from his competition at his first-ever wrestling tournament. Isaiah Lineberry, the boy, was competing in his second match in a Pennsylvania wrestling tournament when he had to face a 5-year-old girl. After the two competitors shook hands and got in position to begin the match, Isaiah took off running. "I asked him afterwards, 'So why did you run?'" Isaiah’s mother, Alexis Salyers, told ABC News. "And he said, 'I don’t know, Mommy, but it was silly.'" Isaiah’s surprising move did get a big laugh from the crowd at the tournament, which took place last December. The boy’s grandmother captured the funny moment on camera. Isaiah, who lives in Pennsylvania with his father, has been around wrestling his whole life, according to Salyers, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. Isaiah’s dad was a high school wrestler, while his stepfather is on the coaching staff of Ohio State University’s wrestling team. Salyers said she believes the difference in size between Isaiah and the 5-year-old girl may have intimidated him. Isaiah eventually stopped running and can be seen in the video being pinned down by the girl.
A Florida man had his hot time doused by cops who hauled him into jail after he was found hiding in a stolen van -- naked and spraying a fire extinguisher at random. Officers from the Vero Beach P.D. were called to a parking lot where a bystander had reported a man causing a ruckus. They found Crayton Coursey sitting in the vehicle, nude in a pool of foam. He told them he was employed by the company that owned the van, but the company denied it. It wasn't Coursey's first experience being hell on wheels: In January, he stole a motorized shopping cart from a Publix supermarket and drove it to a nearby hospital where he created a disturbance.
A Michigan man who was pulled over for DUI said he'd had a few too many...chicken nuggets!
A Michigan man who was pulled over for driving while a little bit too fried told cops that he'd knocked back a few too many...chicken nuggets! Jeremy Miller had clearly been hitting the sauce before cops subjected him to a breathalyzer test that showed his blood alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit. But when asked to explain himself, he said he'd been busted "because I was stupid, those damn chicken nuggets.” Miller, a newly elected commissioner in his home county, told officers he had no idea how much booze he'd consumed because he'd had "quite a night" and didn't remember where he'd been. Miller apologized to his constituents, but is not likely to face jail time because it was his first offense.
A truck spilled beer all over the road, and into a police officer who'd just pulled over a motorist he suspected of drunk driving.
A Las Vegas highway turned into an open bar earlier this week after a truck carrying beer swerved out of the way of another vehicle and dumped its load all over Interstate 15. In a strange twist of fate, the 18-wheeler lost its load right as it came up to a police officer on the shoulder who'd just pulled over a car for suspected drunk driving. In the officer's dashcam recording, you hear Trooper Travis Smaka ask the driver and passenger, "You guys had anything to drink tonight?" Just then, a tidal wave of beer bottles and cans crashed into them and spilled out all over the road. The occupants of the car were let off with a warning while the trooper stayed back to wait for more officers and a cleaning crew.
The 71-year-old said she felt like Sigourney Weaver in Alien.
A Pennsylvania woman is nearly 200 pounds lighter after doctors made an unbelievable discovery. 71-year-old Mary Clancy couldn't understand why, no matter how she dieted, she just couldn't lose any weight. Finally, she visited her doctor who explained that no amount of dieting would work for her. Her weight wasn't the result of too many donuts and burgers -- it was because of a 140-pound cyst in her abdomen. Clancy just assumed she'd grown a pot belly over the course of about 16 years. She says, "I was so shocked when they told me. The first thing I thought was Sigourney Weaver with the Alien. I was so scared. I thought, what could this be then?" Doctors operated on her to remove the cyst as well as 40 pounds of excess skin. In just a few hours, she went from more than 300 pounds to 150 pounds.
How he squeaked through security is anyone's guess. A little mouse made for a big delay on a British Airways flight from London to San Francisco. The passengers were buckled up and ready to go when the crew told them that a mouse-spotting meant they couldn't take off. The crew joked that the mouse couldn't enter US airspace without a passport, and told everyone they needed a whole new plane. That meant a four-hour delay. Despite the delay most passengers were happy to be on a mouse-free aircraft, especially since they would be eating on the flight. British Airways apologized and said they were satisfied that only two-legged passengers were on the flight once it took off.
A bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a Massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life. Jonathan Davis came across the fowl play in the Boston suburb of Randolph Thursday. He posted a video on Twitter that he says was viewed a half million times by the late afternoon. The recording shows what appears to be 17 turkeys circling the cat. Dave Scarpitti is a wildlife biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He suspects the turkeys were sizing up the threat of the cat and had no intention to make a meal out of it. He says turkeys prefer bird seed and vegetation.
George Bernard Shaw once said, "Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough." For Rob Foxx there wasn't time enough but that didn't stop him. According to Florida Key West News, Connecticut native Foxx passed away a year ago March 3, from cancer, at 41. He always wanted to feel the sun on his face while standing in Key West, the tropical island in the Florida Keys that he always dreamed of visiting. For the anniversary of his death, his biker buddies decided they needed to make the trip with their friend. Five of his friends including 53-year-old Scott Adams of Wallingford, Connecticut, drove a truck 18 hours down to Cocoa Beach, then then rode their Harleys to Key West. One of the bikes pulled a black casket with Foxx’s ashes inside. He finally made it. While in Key West, Foxx’s friends stopped in a few bars for beers and remembered their friend.
How well do you know your babysitters and do you trust them? According to Northwest Florida Daily News, an unidentified 15-year-old babysitter was arrested Saturday in Crestview, Florida, after she allegedly took a car and drove it into a ditch with two young children inside. Crestview police officers who spoke with the teen said she intended to take the kids out for ice cream using their mother’s car, but panicked when she saw the mother in a funeral procession. When she tried to turn the car around, it slid into a ditch. One of the children told police the babysitter promised to take them for ice cream to celebrate getting her driver's license. But, the child said, they never got ice cream as the teen drove down dirt roads and met up with her cousin on the side of the road. According to the children, the teens smoked cigarettes while the kids sat in the backseat. They told police they were very scared. The teen allegedly told the little girls to lie after the car got stuck and say that some boys had stolen the car. The teen was charged with grand theft.
An Illinois woman is now in possession of a priceless piece of space history. WBBM in Chicago reports that a self-described “space geek” had to sue NASA to recover a space artifact from the Apollo 11 mission, which she won at auction. Nancy Lee Carlson of Inverness, Illinois saw the item, a bag that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Alrdrin collected moon rocks in when they walked on the moon, on a U.S. Marshal’s auction page last year. She had the winning bid of $995. After receiving the bag, she sent it to NASA to confirm it was real. NASA claimed it was their property and wouldn’t give it back. So Carlson filed a lawsuit again the space agency, and last week a judge in Houston ruled in her favor. Carlson finally has the bag, which is filled with residue from the moon rock samples -- moon dust -- and now its mission accomplished.
Some people might think it's a b-a-a-a-a-ad idea, but a North Carolina man has decided to horn in on the real estate market with his lottery winnings -- by buying a house perfectly suited to his fiancee's pet goats. Bobby Murphy ponied up $50 for a handful of big-ticket chances and ended up winning one of the $1 million top prizes, which translated into enough cash for him to buy a pad that he, his gal pal and her tin-can chewing pets can all call home. Bobby told a local paper, “We’ll be able to buy a house where my fiancee’s son will have space to play, and she can have her goats.” The odds against them were more than two million to one.
A guy named Toot was arrested before he had a chance to snort.
A Florida man doesn't mean to toot his own horn, but he does have a great name for a cocaine user. Neil Toot was arrested for cocaine possession after a brief bicycle pursuit with police. Cops say they spotted the 51-year-old riding his bike through a stop sign and attempted to pull him over. Mr. Toot then peddled away and was seen tossing an object to the side. After Toot got off his bike, an officer picked up the object and discovered it was a bag filled with crack cocaine. Toot, who has spent time in prison for cocaine possession, was charged with felony narcotics possession.
A woman found a 20-pound note, picked it up and got arrested for theft.
If you're in a store and you find some cash on the floor, what do you do? Do you keep it? Do you try to find its rightful owner? It's a tough decision, and one British woman apparently made the wrong one. The 23-year-old figured "finders keepers," so she picked it up, looked around and put it in her pocket. Later on, someone called the store to say they'd lost a 20-pound note. The manager checked the surveillance footage and saw the woman taking the money. The video was turned over to police, who identified the finder and then arrested her for theft. The woman pleaded guilty and was fined 175 pounds in court costs and charges. She's also been placed on six months' probation. The local police chief says, "Morally, the right thing to do is hand in any found property so that the person who has lost out has every opportunity to be reunited with it. This was someone's hard-earned money, and we are committed to supporting all victims in our community."
We’re right in the middle of tax season, which means most of us are doing what we can to give the government all that they’re owed – and not a penny more. While that idea might seem right to most of us, it’s not what everybody is doing. There are actually people out there who are giving added money – as gifts – to help the government pay down the debt. And, the government is open to this idea, making it as easy as possible to “donate.” If you’re interested in kicking in a little extra something for Uncle Sam, you can contribute online at Pay.gov by credit card, debit card, PayPal, checking account, or savings account. Or, you can do it the old-fashioned way by writing a check, and, in the memo section, explain that it's a gift to reduce the debt held by the public.
A Democratic candidate's run for the Pennsylvania Legislature is down the drain — partly because he used too little water at the house he claimed as his residence. A state judge Thursday threw Frederick Ramirez off the ballot in the race for an open House seat in Philadelphia. The judge found that low water and electric use at the house Ramirez claimed as his residence showed he really didn't live in the district. According to testimony, for 11 months he was billed for a total of about 3,000 gallons of water, or the equivalent of less than two toilet flushes a day on average. His attorney said the number is misleading because of how bills are calculated. The decision means the overwhelmingly Democratic district could soon be represented by a Republican, the only candidate still on the ballot.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation in New York warned Friday that the breeding migrations of salamanders and frogs have gotten underway because of the recent warm weather. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, this means drivers should be extra vigilant and lookout for frogs, salamanders and other amphibians crossing the road. Migrations begin when the ground thaws in late winter and early spring. DEC commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement, "As the State’s Wildlife Action Plan identifies road mortality as a significant threat to frogs, toads, and salamanders, I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors traveling through our state to keep an eye out for amphibians.” Volunteers with the Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project are studying locations where amphibians are crossing the roads. The project involves more than 300 volunteers who have assisted 8,500 amphibians cross New York roads, DEC said. Wood frogs and spotted salamanders emerge from their underground winter shelters and make their way to woodland ponds for breeding. Usually this happens in late March and early April, but may be happening sooner this year because of the warmer weather. The DEC said there can be "explosive migrations, with hundreds of amphibians on the move, many having to cross roads." Which is when drivers have to be on the lookout.
A Texas-based restaurant chain is the victim of a series of thefts. But it's not cash, computers or food. It's table tents -- that's the name for those little plastic triangles printed with your order number, that you take to your table so the server knows where to bring your food. And KTRK reports someone's stealing them from Whataburger restaurants. Apparently, it's a thing among teens to steal the the orange-and-white Whataburger tents. And police are taking it very seriously. Last week the Northeast Police Department recovered a bunch of tents and posted pictures of the recovered merchandise on Facebook. “We have learned that it has become a game for area teens to be removing the plastic ‘order numbers’ from the restaurant when in attendance," the post reads. "Removing these items without consent is a theft, which could result in a citation being issued for Theft of Property under $100.00.” Whataburger has over 750 locations the Southern U.S., from Florida to Arizona. It is not clear if the thefts are occurring in other states.
A British couple got a little too crusty while waiting for a fast food pizza -- and killing a few minutes by engaging in a sex act right in the middle of the shop. Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith had hit the town for a few drinks to celebrate his birthday, then decided they needed to fill up on something else, so they nipped into a nearby Domino's to order a pie. When that took longer than expected, the couple started to disrobe and got busy right on the counter that other customers were using to place orders. Clerks called a halt to the display, but not before security cameras captured several minutes of steamy footage that has been making the rounds on the internet. The couple say they pride themselves on finding unusual places to get frisky, with Daniella saying, "It’s just one of them things that people do. We’re open minded. We won’t do it in Dominos again. Maybe Pizza Hut."
Two Florida teens lost their good behavior merit badges after they trashed a Girl Scout cookie stand in an attempt to settle an argument over 20 bucks.
Two Florida teens lost their good behavior merit badges after they trashed a Girl Scout cookie stand in an attempt to settle an argument over 20 bucks. 18-year-old Daniel Kennedy and his 16-year-old brother, whose name was not released because of his age, were cuffed and collared after they and their mom flipped over the stand, which was set up outside a Walmart. The mom admitted she brought the boys to the scene in an effort to collect a debt one of the older girls owed them. The girls refused to part with cash, and their scout leader refused demands to hand over cookies instead, so the boys trashed the stand, and punched out Girl Scout dad Thomas Ketchum, who was recovering from open heart surgery. Daniel Kennedy was booked on assault charges, while his younger sibling faces a disorderly conduct rap.
A man is in jail on smuggling charges for keeping 54 pills in his bum.
Getting arrested can be a real pain in the butt, as this Floridian can tell you. 34-year-old Joshua Fletcher was picked up by police for a probation violation in connection to a domestic violence charge. As he was being booked and searched at the station, an officer noticed something sticking out of his anus. It was a large stash of pills -- specifically an anti-depressant called Alprazolam. He had 54 pills hidden up his butt. Fletcher was charged with smuggling contraband into a correctional facility.
Cops are looking for a bank customer who deposited cocaine into the ATM.
Police in Florida are looking for a bank customer who must have mistaken an ATM transaction for a drug deal. An ATM technician was called in to the Suncoast Credit Union to fix a machine that appeared to be jammed. While looking at the mechanism, he found the cause of the obstruction -- a baggie filled with white powder that later tested positive for cocaine. The technician believes the drugs may have been included with the cash of the last depositor. The account-holder's name was turned over to police and they are looking into it.
A Montana man was just arrested for his 23rd DUI.
Police in Butte, Montana arrested a drunk driver last weekend and were stunned to find out that this wasn't his first DUI. It was his 23rd. 54-year-old Clinton Sproles seems to drive drunk more than he drives sober. When asked if he'd had any previous arrests, Sproles told officers that he actually has 22 previous DUIs in Montana and other states. Officers at first didn't believe that he could have been arrested so many times and still be allowed on the road, so they checked his record and saw he was telling the truth. His most recent DUI arrest came in 2008. The local sheriff stated the obvious: "It doesn't look like he's getting any kind of a message to stop his behavior, that's the concerning part. Anytime you're racking up DUIs, that's an amazing pace for anybody to set, so it's deeply concerning that he'd be out driving with potentially 22 DUIs."
If you’ve ever wanted to breathe the rarefied air of the elite, how about buying some genuine Swiss alpine air? British ex-pat John Green who lives in Basel, has started a new online business, the aptly-named MountainAirfromSwitzerland.com, which sells genuine Swiss air in branded bottles, for just $97 for 16 ounces, worldwide shipping included. And before you go off about how someone's making a killing selling empty bottles, Green has pledged 25 percent of his profits to World Vision, which supports clean water programs in Africa. But sure, it's basically a novelty gift. The bottles are mason jars and come with a certificate of authenticity, as well as the GPS coordinates of the exact place where the air was collected. Green said, “We really do go to a secret location near Zermatt and bottle the air and bring it back, label it up and send it off.” Zermatt is a mountain resort on the border of Italy where the famed Matterhorn mountain is located. High rollers who want to breathe in more can also pay $167 for 33 oz, and $247 for 101.
27-year-old Samantha James was on her way home when she came across a van that was in an accident on the side of the road. She was shocked to see that the driver of the van was her younger brother, Luke – and lucky for him, Samantha is an ambulance driver and paramedic. Samantha was able to grab her first aid kit from the trunk of her car and save her brother’s life – as well as save his leg, which was severely injured. Luke was air-lifted to a nearby hospital, where surgeons operated on his leg and got him back up and walking. Luke explained that without Samantha’s quick action and expertise, he would most likely have to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but instead, he’s able to get around on his own and play with his 18-month-old daughter.
A Connecticut woman ended up behind bars after getting into an altered state -- then going on a naked rampage across a church altar last week. Celina Kelly had ingested a cocktail of drugs before bashing through a stained glass window and breaking into St. Clement church, where she shed her threads and started running around wildly, screaming and waving a fire extinguisher. She kicked and punched holes in the chapel's walls, and surveillance video captured her screaming obscenities about a bomb she was apparently searching for. A police spokesman said that an officer who happened to be on routine neighborhood patrol heard the commotion and phoned for backup, and those officers managed to take Kelly into custody without incident. The arresting officer said, "She was compliant at that point. I think she lost a lot of steam from what she was doing inside the rectory.”
A Florida woman ended up losing a fight over a pair of shoes by giving her opponent the finger, which was bitten off and spat on the floor.
A Florida woman ended up losing a fight over a pair of shoes by giving her opponent the finger, which was bitten off and spat on the floor during the skirmish. Sharmeize Lillie had to call 911 after she got into the fracas with Gelisa Riddles, who objected to her coming onto her property in search of the missing footwear. Lillie says that she approached a chair that Riddles was sitting on, which upset the younger woman -- who grabbed her by the hair and bit her forehead before chomping down on her hand. Lillie, who lost a good chunk of her index finger in the incident, says she doesn't know why Riddles was so upset about the whole shoe business. The women had no history of bad blood beforehand.
Here's one guy who really has balls of steel.
A 67-year-old Kung Fu master in China can best be described as "nuts" for teaching an unusual form of the martial art. Master Wei Yaobin is an expert in something he calls "Iron Crotch Kung Fu." The unusual practice involves taking swift blows to the groin in an effort to build strength and endurance. Videos show him taking repeated kicks to the crotch. He also whacks himself in the private parts with bricks and a battering ram. It's incredibly difficult for guys to watch, but he insists that it's good for his health and since he started doing it, he no longer gets colds and fevers. Not only that, contrary to what you might think, he claims it cures erectile dysfunction. As nuts as it sound, "Iron Crotch Kung Fu" is actually catching on and more martial arts studios are starting to teach it.
Even in Intercourse, Pennsylvania exposure is illegal.
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for doing something you might not think is illegal in a town that's called Intercourse. 41-year-old Brandon Holbrook was arrested for indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman inside the public library. The 33-year-old victim called police who came and picked him up. This also isn't the first time he's been busted for exposing himself in public.
The chain is being sued by a man who claims he's being harassed with constant text messages.
Papa John's Pizza is being sued by a man who claims that the chain is harassing him with constant text messages. Jonathan Anozie says he's never ordered food from Papa John's but he keeps getting text messages informing him of deals and other information. He says he's even replied to the texts with the word "stop," but it hasn't changed anything. So now he's suing for undisclosed damages, citing significant anxiety, frustration and annoyance.
A man in California allegedly boosted a van from outside a mortuary only to return it after finding a dead body inside. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, police say Bobby Joe Washington, 24, is accused of stealing the van from a mortuary in Riverside, California on Sunday. Officer Ryan Railsback said that the van was returned an hour later when the suspect realized there was a dead body inside. After bringing the first van back, the suspect is accused of trying to steal another one. An employee at the mortuary tried to stop the second theft, the employee told police, but alleged that the suspect tried to run that person over. An officer responding to the call pursued the second van for two-and-a-half miles before making an arrest. Washington was charged with multiple counts including car theft and assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $100,000 bail, the paper reports. Stealing a dead body was not included in the list of charges against him because police believe he didn’t mean to steal it.
Strangers are bringing joy to an elderly grandfather with dementia by sending Valentine's Day cards to the senior center where he lives. Jim Gaboardi, 89, is a former mailman who served in Danbury, Connecticut, for 45 years. Gaboardi has received 80 handmade cards and counting after his eldest granddaughter, Meghan Henriques-Parker, originally asked her Facebook friends to mail him Christmas cards on December 14. "He looks up to me and said, 'Sure been a long time since I got any mail,'" Henriques-Parker, 36, told ABC News. "I felt absolutely horrific, so I put it on Facebook and I just wrote 'Hey guys, do me a favor if you have time, or an extra stamp, pictures, just send it over.'" Within two days, the cards started arriving by the dozens to Gaboardi's home at the Maplewood at Stony Hill senior center. Gaboardi was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, but the disease progressed over the past year, Henriques-Parker said. To help lift his spirits, she asked her Facebook friends to send holiday cards to the senior center. Gaboardi received over 350 cards from across the nation after the Facebook post was shared over 100 times. Now, the Valentine's Day greetings are rolling in. Henriques-Parker thanks everyone who thought of her grandfather and hopes it inspires others to make a card for someone with dementia, she said.
The national food of Great Britain is as much of a staple of the English diet as tea. Now, a tiny fish and chips shop is gaining international attention as it may soon boast a Michelin star. Metro UK reports that Kingfisher Fish and Chips in Plymouth, a “chippy” -- an English term for a fish and chips shop -- was recently named best in the UK. Kingfisher won the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, for its tasty, sustainable menu designed by owners Craig Maw and partner Nikki Mutton. Michelin heard about the award and said, “We are aware of this establishment and our inspectors are taking it into consideration when they visit Plymouth.” Maw said of the interest, “Neither of us have ever eaten in a Michelin starred restaurant but we’re delighted Michelin are considering us.” He added, “Perhaps it’s about time the fish and chip industry got this level of recognition, many of us have balanced being a traditional chippy with modernizing our menus, you don’t just get cod and haddock now.” Kingfisher offers thirteen different kinds of fish including cod, haddock and Cornish hake, as well as sardine fish cakes and lobster. They have even commissioned their own locally-produced tomato ketchup. Kingfisher’s Twitter account has been exploding with accolades and encouragement. No doubt they will be the first to share the news if they get starred.
A New Jersey couple ended up canceling their very expensive wedding after guests at a rehearsal dinner got into a brawl that cops had to break up. The melee started when the father of groom-to-be Bradley Moss refused to let the brother of Moss's fiancee, Amy Bzura, make a toast -- leading to an argument that turned physical. Relatives from both sides began brawling, and by the time deputies arrived to calm things down, Robert Moss told his son that he refused to pay for the $325,000 ceremony -- and then threatened to cut his son out of the family business if the wedding continued. The groom decided that he'd rather be richer than poorer, and told his gal pal he no longer wanted to exchange vows, but did want his ring back -- an offer she refused. He's now suing her for $125,000, or the return of the sparkly bauble.
A Florida woman followed up her drunken car crash by taking a nap on the hood of her wrecked vehicle.
A Florida woman turned out to be the little engine that couldn't -- after following up her drunken car crash by taking a nap on the hood of her wrecked vehicle. Cops were called to investigate what sounded like a loud crash in the wee hours of Thursday morning and drove to the end of a residential street to find a BMW stuck in a ditch -- with Bridgette Potvin-Novak sound asleep on its hood. The officers roused the 55-year-old, who told them she'd swerved to avoid a rabbit and ended up careening off the side of a house and into the gully. When deputies talked with Novak, they said her words were slurred and she had a hard time keeping her balance, but she insisted she hadn't had a drop to drink and had simple been awake since early the previous morning. A breathalyzer test proved otherwise, so she was hauled in on DUI charges -- for "at least" the third time in the past 10 years.
Six sleepy bureaucrats are being punished for falling asleep during meeting about laziness.
Six government officials in China are being punished and publicly shamed for falling asleep during a meeting. The meeting they dozed through was called to figure out how they could better motivate other lazy government officials. China's president has promised to crack down on government corruption and expose officials who are taking advantage of their positions. Photos of the six sleepy, mid-level bureaucrats were released to the media, and each of them has been forced to write self-criticisms and public apologies.
A man in France is suing Uber for $47 million because a glitch in the app informed his wife about all the times he went to see his mistresses. The bug caused the app to broadcast notifications of pickups and destinations to her phone, even though he – stupidly – only used her phone one time for a pickup. Thanks to the messages from Uber, the wife had enough evidence to prove that he was cheating, so she dumped him and filed for divorce. And to fight back, this guy is making a run at Uber to the tune of $47 million.
When a California woman donated old clothes to Goodwill, she unknowingly gave them her husband’s secret cash stash. Linda Hoffman, of Placentia, was more generous than she intended when she brought them a bag of old clothes that included her husband’s secret vacation stash of $8,000 in cash hidden in a pocket of one of his old shirts. For six years, Bob Hoffman had been saving the cash and was going to surprise his wife with a vacation in Italy when he retired. Two days later he discovered the shirt and the cash were missing. After he told his wife about it, they rushed over to Goodwill. Employees looked frantically for the shirt, but had no luck. Linda said, "We looked at it as if it was gone, that we hoped it would go to somebody to help that family out.” It looked like the Hoffmans had to say, “Addio, Italia,” until the very next when Goodwill employee Caitlin Mulvihill came across a bulky pile of shirts. After sifting through it, she found the shirt -- and Bob's stash. Hoffman said, "I describe it as a miracle. I would say that it was honest people and what touched our hearts the most is how honest they were."
His squirrel is a hero. When Adam Pearl, of Meridian, Idaho, got home Tuesday he realized he had been robbed. Pearl was greeted by his pet squirrel Joey, but soon noticed doors that would normally be closed were open. His fear was confirmed when he saw his gun safe, saying, "I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area and at that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around.” Pearl called Meridian Police and when Officer Ashley Turner arrived, she met Joey. After observing the scene and taking some information, Turner left, only to return later with some of Pearl's stolen belongings and some incredible news. Pearl explained, "She said while she was questioning the individual he had scratches on his hands so she asked him, 'Did you get that from the squirrel?,' and he says 'Yeah, damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn't stop until I left'." Pearl thinks it’s funny, but realizes how lucky he is to have Joey. "Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house, which is crazy," he said. "You can't ask for much more than that. He is a pain in the butt, but he is great." Pearl rewarded Joey with some Whoppers candies treat.
Some New Jersey residents are upset about officials changing the name of their street. City council officials in Clifton, New Jersey, are considering re-naming a short part of a street currently known as Ellsworth Street, to Dick Street. The street currently known as Ellsworth is separated, and officials think giving its two sections separate names will make it easier on first-responders. But people who live on the section of Ellsworth that could be re-named think the new name will conjure up off-color associations. Resident Damon Kuzniar said, “I think their solution lacks thought and consideration about how it will impact residents.” The next city council meeting is February 21.
A Florida woman is nothing if not persistent, but her tenacity to land prescription drugs has landed her behind bars. 40-year-old Kimberly Keener was so desperate to score prescription painkillers that she called 911 seven different times over a 26-hour span and each time asked for an ambulance to take her to a different hospital. She ended up visiting seven area hospitals before she was finally stopped and arrested. Police say each time she was taken to a hospital she tried to "obtain fraudulent prescription pain medication." Keener admitted to her scheme and was charged with misuse of the 911 emergency system and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
A brilliant rock fan scammed his way into the VIP section.
Every rock band has die-hard fans who will do just about anything they can to get into shows, but one fan took it to a clever new level. Adam Boyd came up with a brilliant twist to the old "I'm with the band" line to sneak into the VIP section of Royal Albert Hall in England to see his favorite band. Boyd arrived late to see the band The Sherlocks and was stuck having to watch from all the way in the back. That's when he hatched his scheme. From his cell phone, he edited the band's Wikipedia page to say that he's the cousin of the band's lead singer and inspired one of their songs. He then told the security guard that he was with the band, showed the Wikipedia page as proof, and was allowed in. Boyd later admitted, "I couldn’t believe that he’d actually let me in. I was expecting someone to drag me out and ban me from the venue. But no, I was given free access to all the VIP section." The band's members found out about it and said they were very impressed with Boyd's effort.
A man in England asked a woman to pay him back for their first date ... because she declined to go on another date with him. The man, whose name was not released, met Lucy Brown on the Plenty of Fish site and took her out for drinks and conversation, but she didn't feel that special spark and told him "no thanks" when he asked to hook up again. After telling her he was disappointed because he thought everything went well, he said he thought she should foot the bill for the first date, and asked for about 60 bucks to cover the evening. Amazingly, Lucy agreed and used a money transfer service to wire the funds, then donated the same amount again to a donkey sanctuary, claiming she had never laughed so hard.
Where do you hide a 1,000-pound chicken? That's what sheriff's deputies in Alexander County, North Carolina, are trying to figure out as they search for the concrete statue that disappeared from a farm west of Taylorsville over the weekend. While the chicken may be heavy, it's only 3 feet tall. Deputies think the statue was taken sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday from the driveway of the farm. Chief Deputy Tod Jones told the Hickory Daily Record the statue's base was found several miles away. Jones said the statue is valued at about $1,100.
In Philadelphia, no one escapes the scrutiny of the parking authority — not even the city's police commissioner. Commissioner Richard Ross was attending a speaking engagement at a downtown hotel Tuesday morning when he was ticketed for parking in a zone that is off limits during rush hour. Police say he paid the ticket. The amount was not disclosed. Anyone who parks in the city knows the Philadelphia Parking Authority means business. It's a reputation that was reinforced when its ticket-writers and booters were featured on the A&E reality TV series "Parking Wars."
Some people long for a home where the buffalo roam, but this rancher in Texas has a home and his buffalo is allowed inside. 60-year-old Ronnie Bridges 44-year-old Sherron Bridges, of Quinlan, Texas, have an 11-year-old pet buffalo named Wild Thing who has his own room inside in their home. Ronnie says, “He’s a house pet. Outside, he plays really rough but inside the house, he’s really a gentleman.” Ronnie owned a herd of 52 buffalo but had to sell them in 2004 to pay for medical bills. However, he kept Wild Thing, who was three months old at the time. Wild Thing now weighs 2,500 pounds. Sherron said, “It was kind of my idea to bring Wild Thing in the house. We bring the dogs in the house, and he said, ‘You don’t understand -- he’s a buffalo, we might not have a house left.’ But we brought him in the house, and ever since then, he’s been in the house.” When the couple renewed their vows, Wild Thing was the best man. “We put the rings on his horn, but he threw ‘em in the air,” Ronnie said. Wild Thing also is potty trained. Ronnie explains, “He walks right out, potties, turns around and comes right back in the house.” Wild Thing has his own room and is welcome in other rooms as long as they move the furniture. Wild Thing loves watching television, and apparently loves cartoons. Ronnie says, “I think the news bores him.”
It’s a challenging job removing snow and ice from roads but one Massachusetts town has found a sweet solution. WJAR reports that officials in Dighton got a delicious idea from their friends in Somerset and Swansea. As part of a new effort to combat icy roads, workers at the Dighton Maintenance Yard are mixing molasses with rock salt. When mixed with rock salt, molasses turn a dark brown which soaks up the sun, melting ice faster. Dighton Highway Superintendent Tom Ferry said, "It's less to clean up. It's better for the storm water management. You don't have to clean the sand out of the basins and road sweepings.” Molasses sticks better to roads which makes the salt more effective, which means workers don't have to use as much. And it works even the coldest of weather, staying on roads for days. The town concluded that using molasses is not only works better, but is economically prudent as the town uses less equipment.
It’s not a new idea, but it’s not common. So when a funeral home in Memphis decided to start offering drive-thru viewings, it got a lot of people’s attention. WATN reports that Ryan Bernard, owner of R. Bernard funeral home, says he got the idea from a funeral home in California. Bernard wants to make it more convenient for families to say goodbye to their loved ones without having to get out the car. Bernard says, "Say a family has a visitation from 4 to 6. We would put their loved one in the drive-thru viewing area say around 1 o'clock and they will have a drive-thru viewing from 1 to 2:30.” The funeral home offers the service free for customers who have purchased funeral packages, and four families have already tried it out. "We've been getting rave reviews. We've had people actually just pull up drive-thru just had a curiosity they didn't even know the person who passed,” Bernard says. The reaction so far has been positive. Bernard says he hasn't received any complaints from families who have used it. "They loved it. They loved it, yes." If people can’t drive to Memphis to visit their loved ones, Bernard says his funeral home is even offering live streaming of funeral services.
Some guys think they can boost their romantic chances by throwing themselves at a woman, but a Florida man took things to a bizarre new level when he tried to pick up a gal by throwing his dog at her. Howard van Swearingen should have realized he was barking up the wrong tree when he tried to follow Kristina Fuller's car after she dropped her daughter off at school last Thursday. She sped up to try to ditch him, then tried changing lanes and making U-turns, but couldn't lose the guy. Fuller says things got really weird when she stopped at a red light and “he got out of his vehicle, came up to my window and threw his dog on me. I thought it was going to bite me or something, so I tossed the dog back at him." She called 911, then turned around and headed back to the school, where cops were waiting to question van Swearingen. He first claimed he knew the woman, but, later admitted he just thought she was pretty and wanted to find a way to force her to talk to him.
The term "thick-headed" suits John Ferraro just fine, because it's his very thick head that just helped him land in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ferraro, who's earned the nickname "Hammer Head" and is also a professional wrestler known as Gino Martino, recently used his head to nail 38 nails into a wooden board in under two minutes. Ferraro is able to do it with ease because he is a medical marvel and really is thick-headed. His skull has been measured at 16 millimeters in thickness, which is more than twice that of the average human skull. In addition to his most recent record breaking achievement, he also holds the record for most nails hammered with his head in one minute and "most concrete blocks broken on the head with a bowling ball in three minutes" with 45 blocks.
This time, the ones who knocked were the police, coming to take them into custody. The would-be Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were arrested after police discovered a mobile meth lab in a motor home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Police said it reminded them of the television series Breaking Bad. Daytona Beach police arrested Theron Greer, 38, and Douglas Williams, 40, Tuesday morning after receiving an anonymous tip. Police found an RV in the parking lot underneath the Seabreeze Bridge, its windows covered and taking up several spaces. Volusia County sheriff's deputies searched the vehicle in hazmat suits and found all of the chemicals needed to make crystal meth. Deputies said the situation reminded them of Breaking Bad, where a high school chemistry teacher and his former student turns to a life of drugs, manufacturing meth in an RV. The wannabe Walter and Jesse are being held on $37,000 bond each.
Most people don’t want bugs in their food, but a new company wants to change that. A Nebraska start-up is trying to figure out how to make food from crickets. Bugeater Foods, a startup working out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is developing new products made from crickets. By improving the taste, Bugeater hopes to convince consumers that certain insects are high in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The company's even received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make bugs into safe, healthful food products that taste good. Currently, Bugeater is working on turning crickets into powder for pasta dough. The result is said to look and taste like whole-grain pasta, with a slight nutty flavor. Bugeater believes bugs are the future of cheap, sustainable food that will feed the world’s growing population. Leon Higley, a UNL insect ecologist, said insects have long been a source of protein in human diets, and still are in places like southeast Asia. Mind you, he says there's “not a chance” that eating insects will become mainstream in the US, but he sees a market for it.
An orange alligator spotted in a South Carolina pond has residents wondering -- is it an anomaly, stained by algae, or a diehard Clemson fan? An orange-colored alligator has made its home in the retention ponds at Tanner Plantation in Hanahan, just inland from Charleston. Residents say the gator is rust-colored orange and between four and five feet long. Herpetologist Josh Zalabak of the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston says albino gators are born that way, but the Hanahan orange gator is likely colored by an environmental factor. Zalabak guesses it's “Algae -- maybe some pollutant in the water, but it’s hard to say unless the water is tested.” Alligators routinely shed their skin so it is likely the gator will return to a normal shade. In the meantime, neighbors are calling him the “Trump-a-gator.”
An Alabama man went over the river and into the woods -- to try to steal money from his grandmother's house by faking his own kidnapping. Preston Kelley texted his grandma on Monday, begging for help and attaching a photo that appeared to show him bound and disabled in the woods a hundred or so miles away, over the Tennessee border. The 23-year-old said he needed $1,000 ransom to keep his captors from killing him. The elderly woman, fearing the worst, contacted the authorities. They looked at the evidence, called some of the kid's contacts and told her the whole thing appeared to be a fraud -- that Kelley was in no danger and wasn't even in Tennessee. Kelley later told investigators he had indeed been kidnapped but somehow managed to escape. They didn't buy it and charged him with extortion.
A Louisiana crook trying to break into a business ended up in cuffs after he got stuck in a flue.
A Louisiana crook ended up in cuffs last week after being hit hard by the flue -- the chimney flue that he got stuck in while trying to break into a business. Matthew Mobley got himself wedged in the chimney in the wee hours of Friday morning and began calling for help when employees arrived for work. One alarmed worker called 911, but Mobley managed to get free before they arrived on the scene, threw a brick at the employee and fled. Officers tracked down Mobley a short distance from the building and arrested him for the 77th time!
A Texas woman shot her boyfriend during a food fight.
A Texas woman shot her boyfriend in the shoulder during a fight over a soft-shell taco that wasn't hot enough for her liking. The woman, whose name was not released, bought a taco and then started a beef with the guy who served her when he said he couldn't reheat it. As the fight escalated, she went to her car to get her gun. Her boyfriend told her to stop being so hot-headed. At some point during their argument, the gun went off inside the vehicle, striking the victim once. He declined to press charges. We don't know if the taco ever got heated or eaten.
The St. Louis University Billikens lost their game -- and then lost their bus.
Bummed about losing to St. Bonaventure Wednesday night, the St. Louis University men's basketball team was looking forward to getting on their bus and going home. Unfortunately, their bus was gone. The Billikens walked out into the parking lot of the upstate New York university and couldn't find their team bus. Their driver was also nowhere to be found. They called police, who used GPS to track down the bus 40 miles away. They found the driver, too, and she was drunk. Police arrested 56-year-old Linda Edmister for driving while intoxicated. They say her blood-alcohol content was five times the legal limit. The team eventually got another bus with a sober driver.
A Florida man fell asleep in a dumpster and woke up in a trash compactor.
A Tampa man is recovering in the hospital after literally getting trashed earlier this week. Police say 32-year-old Tristan Godsey was sleeping in a dumpster early Wednesday morning and woke up in the belly of a garbage truck. The driver of the truck was making his routine pickups when he heard a voice calling for help. Police arrived and saw Godsey trapped among the trash in the compactor. He was conscious but injured. It took emergency workers an hour to free him from the truck. He was then transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown.
A septuagenarian’s libido caused him to run amok because, he says, his wife never consummated their marriage. Donald Royce, 76, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, he shot his wife following an argument over the couple’s sleeping arrangements. Royce’s 62-year-old wife, who was not identified, was rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the buttocks and hip and is now recovering at home. The couple’s roommate heard the gun shots. When she went to investigate, Royce pointed the gun at her, but she managed to convince him to let her call for help for his wife. Police say when they arrived on the scene, Royce said, “I shot her and the gun is in my room.” He later told deputies that he and his wife were married in August but still hadn’t consummated their marriage. He added didn’t intend to shoot his wife, he only wanted to scare her by shooting the mattress. He was arrested and charged with charged with aggravated battery. Royce and his wife were together for six years before getting married. Royce's neighbor, April Bailey, said, “A woman should have a right to her own body, regardless of age or marriage status."
You may have heard of fire departments hosting pot luck suppers and bingo nights to raise money, but have you heard about naughty bingo? the Hometown Volunteer Fire Company in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, is preparing to host its second -- that's right, they've done it once before -- adults-only naughty bingo night. The volunteer company said it had to get creative with fundraising events and the first one turned out to be so popular, it was standing room only. So what exactly is naughty bingo? Volunteer fireman Jason Messerschmidt explained, "So instead of obtaining individual or cash prizes for winning bingo, you get adult toys.” He says at first, the fire company was worried about the reaction but so far, it's been positive. The fire company said that with its first naughty bingo fundraiser, they raised a few thousand dollars. The next naughty bingo night is set for March 11. Tickets for the event cost $20 each, if you want to attend.
Dolphins are highly intelligent and love to play. Now it appears they like to get high as well. Researchers and scientists in Australia have been observing strange behavior in local dolphins, who appear to be getting high using blowfish. Krista Nicholson, a researcher from Murdoch University, said several records show dolphins interacting with blowfish around the world. A 2014 BBC documentary, Dolphins - Spy in the Pod, showed dolphins chewing on a blowfish and, she said, "passing the puffer fish around.” Blowfish They contain tetrodotoxin, which can kill if enough of it's ingested. However, small doses of the toxin apparently have a narcotic effect on dolphins. Nicholson, who monitors dolphins occupying the Peel-Harvey coastal waters off Mandurah, in Australia, says dolphins are using the fish as a recreational drug.
Working an airplane tray table isn't brain surgery -- but an Australian brain surgeon disagrees, and he's suing because he hurt his little finger while trying to do that. Dr. David Walker has filed a lawsuit against Austrian Airlines, which he was using to get from his home in Brisbane to Manchester, England. The doc says the cabin crew folded out the horizontal table tray from his armrest to serve his in-flight meal, but says they failed to put it back after he'd finished eating, requiring him to fold it himself. Walker says the re-fold was too complex and caused him to jam his pinky, resulting in serious physical and emotional pain. He's asking for an unspecified amount for loss of income, as well as "anxiety and depression."
A Washington state man was busted by cops after offering some Girl Scouts what he thought was a sweet deal -- trading some of his vodka for a couple of boxes of their cookies. Jerry Swanson was already a bit blitzed when he arrived at a mall in the town of Ardmore and spotted the uniformed youngsters sitting at a table behind a display of Thin Mints and other treats. He told them he was a bit short on cash, but said he was willing to barter -- with some of the booze he'd been knocking back that afternoon. The girls declined the swap and contacted security, who detained Swanson for cops. According to the arrest report, "he didn't even know what they were talking about. He was unsteady on his feet and basically had to place him in the police car and barely able to walk."
A Buddhist holy man is going to have plenty of time to meditate after authorities caught him monk-eying around -- by distributing millions of dollars worth of meth in his home country. U Arsara was pulled over on Sunday by members of a narcotics task force who found more than 400,000 capsules containing the drug in his beat-up Toyota after getting a tip from an informant. The lawmen hauled Arsara back to his compound in the small town of Shwe Baho, Myanmar, where they found another four million capsules, along with weapons -- including at least one hand grenade. Myanmar is one of the world’s top narcotics-producing countries, manufacturing massive quantities of meth and opium.
Police in British Columbia reported an unusual traffic stop that could only happen in Canada. After a snowstorm left Marko Kardum's neighborhood impassable, the farmer decided to fire up his Zamboni and use it to clear the snow off the streets. One neighbor was concerned about the large ice-removal machine driving on the street and called police. Officers arrived and pulled him over. They told him that while he may have had the best of intentions in using the vehicle to clear the snow, it was actually melting the snow which was then re-freezing into a sheet of ice. Officers understood that he was just trying to help and did not ticket him. They escorted him and his Zamboni back home to his farm.
A Florida man accused of stealing $7 billion from "a large, nationally renowned financial institution" says he did it because Jesus wanted him to be wealthy. Police arrested John Haskew for allegedly setting up fraudulent wire transfers, which the unemployed man says he did to pay off a debt to the federal government. He told police he was "self-taught on the banking industry" and learned how to make the fraudulent wire transfers. He added that his scheme would allow him to "obtain the wealth that Jesus Christ created for him and that belonged to him." Haskew is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you have something clever to say about highway safety -- and who doesn’t? -- now’s your chance. KSAZ reports that the Arizona Department of Transportation is holding a contest, encouraging people to contribute witty safety messages to be displayed on the state’s digital freeway signs. Some examples of the ADOT’s wit include, "Hello from the other side, buckle up and stay alive," "New year, new you, use your blinker," and "Mash potatoes, not your head. Buckle up." Kevin Biesty, ADOT deputy director for policy, said, “We want to get to a point where impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and aggressive driving are socially unacceptable and the messages ADOT displays on signs are a good way to start those conversations.” The ADOT will select 15 messages and post them on the ADOT website in March, when people will be able to vote for the best message. The winning entry will be displayed on a freeway sign sometime after. Messages can be submitted on this page until Feb. 19.
He was a stand-up guy, until he slipped and hurt himself. According to the New York Post, Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, a former boss for the Colombo crime family in New York, is suing the federal government for $10 million over injuries he sustained from a game of prison ping pong. The accident occurred August 29, 2013, when Gioeli was being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while waiting to be assigned to a prison to serve his 18-year sentence for racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. The New York capo argues he slipped and fell while playing a game of table tennis because prison officials ignored a hazardous wet floor in the recreation area, which was near showers and an allegedly leaky sink pipe. Gioeli fractured his right kneecap and was hospitalized. He ultimately required surgery, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The government rejects any charge of negligence, and added that there is risk involved with playing table tennis. Gioeli's currently serving his sentence.at the FCI Butner Low Correctional Facility, in North Carolina. It is unknown if he's started playing ping pong again.
A Pennsylvania man got his panties in a bunch and threatened to shoot a group of cops who showed up to arrest him for passing out in his car while wearing nothing but lingerie -- which didn't cover his naughty bits. Officers who were called to check on a car that had been idling at a bus stop for a long while found Daniel Marchese drifting in and out of consciousness with his manhood peeking out from a pair of pink panties. The 51-year-old didn't take kindly to being disturbed by the deputies, kicking one of them and telling the others, “Just wait ‘til I get my AK. You’re going to see what happens then." After running the plates, police found the car, which Marchese customized with an open bottle of whiskey and two guns, had been reported stolen earlier that day.
A notorious potbellied pig known as Piggy Smalls has been captured after a long swine spree in Oregon. The porker spent several months tormenting residents of Forest Grove, Oregon, often sneaking up on unsuspecting people or running into traffic. Police had responded to many calls about the pig but were never able to locate him. Finally last week, they got him. Police say there's no known owner, so Piggy Smalls will be turned over to an animal rescue facility outside of the city.
Police officers have heard drivers use all kinds of excuses for why they were speeding, but this one really stinks. A traffic officer in England pulled over a taxi that was speeding through town. When he questioned the driver, the cabbie said he was rushing because one of the passengers had farted and he couldn't stand the smell. The officer wouldn't accept it as a valid excuse and cited the driver for speeding.
A crafty French politician has figured out a way to be two places at once. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a tech-savy candidate, has incorporated the use of a hologram in his campaign to speak to audiences in two separate places at the same time, according to the website French 24. Mélenchon’s spokesman, Alexis Corbière, tells the website that a crowd of 12,000 was on hand to see Mélenchon speak in the city of Lyon, while another 6,000 people watched a virtual rally by the candidate in two separate halls in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. However, the stunt came with a hefty price tag -- over $43,000 U.S. Mélenchon says the hologram should be an “occasion to discover what everyone knows: That when the human spirit invents, when no conditions of skin color, religion or gender are placed upon it...the imagination unleashes itself and shares knowledge.”
An obese Mississippi man is finally getting his life back after doctors discovered his weight problem was actually caused by a 130-pound tumor. Doctors tell Arizona's KPNX-TV that Roger Logan, 57, had a benign tumor that probably started out as an ingrown hair in his abdomen 12 years ago. And it kept on growing, until it was so massive it had its own blood supply. As a result, Logan, was confined to a chair and unable to run his antique store or go fishing, until his wife found a specialist in California who could perform the surgery to remove it. Logan, who rode from Mississippi to California in the back of a cargo van with his armchair bolted to the bottom, was told there was only a 50 percent chance the surgery would be successful, but he's now walking for the first time in years.
A Florida man demonstrated just what it means to be built Ford tough. WKMG-TV reports that an altercation occurred Wednesday afternoon in High Springs, Florida, when Adalberto Aponte, 53, was in his Toyota Camry trailing closely behind a Ford F150 with an 18-year-old man, his girlfriend and their baby inside. Police say Aponte was driving recklessly and nearly caused several accidents. When the truck topped at a light, Aponte got out of his car, went over to the truck and started punching the driver in the face. In an attempt to scare him off, the truck driver’s girlfriend screamed that there was a gun in the truck, though there wasn't. Angered, Aponte threated to get his gun and walked toward his Camry. Not wanting to risk Aponte getting his gun, the truck driver threw it into reverse and backed his truck onto the Camry. Witnesses confirmed the victim's versions of events. Aponte was arrested at the scene and charged with multiple crimes including driving with a suspended license. The truck driver wasn't arrested.
A casino in Pennsylvania was recently fined $25,000 by the state's Gaming Control Board after it was determined that one slot machine player was served 27 alcoholic drinks over nine hours. Officials cited an October 7th incident at the Mount Airy Casino in which a man was playing a table-top slot machine inside the bar and ended up getting so drunk that he fell off his stool and fought with police when they tried to remove him. There is a state law that prohibits casinos from serving alcohol to visibly drunk gamblers, and clearly they should have realized the man was already drunk long before he was served his 27th rum-and-Coke. It's only the third time in 11 years a casino has violated the law. In addition to paying the fine, the casino has fired three bartenders and will train the rest of the staff.
A Texas family found a rattlesnake in the toilet, and another 23 in the basement.
The past year has seen an unusual number of news stories involving snakes in toilet bowls. The latest nightmare-inducing story comes from Abilene, Texas, where a young boy woke up, went to the bathroom and found a rattlesnake taking a soak in the toilet. He immediately called for his parents, who used a shovel to kill the reptile and then called a snake removal company. Upon further inspection of the house, experts found another 23 diamondback rattlesnakes -- 13 in the cellar and another 10 hidden under the house. They have all been removed. Local residents are being warned to have their homes checked regularly for snake infestations.
A giant sinkhole in suburban Detroit is being threatened by the Super Bowl. Macomb County public works chief Candice Miller is worried that thousands of football fans will flush toilets at halftime Sunday night. She tells radio station WWJ that it could overwhelm a broken sewer line blamed for the sinkhole. Miller says her bathroom advice "sounds crazy." But she fears trouble unless people are willing to hold it — or at least not immediately flush. Crews are building a bypass to get around the broken sewer line in Fraser, but it's not ready yet. The line affects more than 300,000 people in 11 communities. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced grants of up to $100,000 for local governments affected by the sinkhole, which was discovered on Dec. 24.
A giant sinkhole in suburban Detroit is being threatened by the Super Bowl. Macomb County public works chief Candice Miller is worried that thousands of football fans will flush toilets at halftime Sunday night. She tells radio station WWJ that it could overwhelm a broken sewer line blamed for the sinkhole. Miller says her bathroom advice "sounds crazy." But she fears trouble unless people are willing to hold it — or at least not immediately flush. Crews are building a bypass to get around the broken sewer line in Fraser, but it's not ready yet. The line affects more than 300,000 people in 11 communities. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced grants of up to $100,000 for local governments affected by the sinkhole, which was discovered on Dec. 24.
Vandals have struck a banana yellow car blamed for ruining visitors' photos of a famous English village. "Move," someone scratched into the hood of Peter Maddox's car in the Cotswolds village of Bibury as part of a January rampage that caused around 6,000 pounds ($8,000) in damages. For the past three years, the 84-year-old widower has parked his Vauxhall Corsa outside his retirement cottage on Arlington Row in Bibury. The grey-stone 14th century homes are among the oldest inhabited dwellings in Britain and feature in the artwork of British passports. With locals' public backing, the retired dentist says he won't have his style dictated by tourists. Told by mechanics that his car was probably an insurance write-off, Maddox says he plans to buy a replacement — in lime green.
A Kansas man didn't just win Super Bowl tickets -- he won Super Bowl tickets for life, thanks to a lucky beer run. The Wichita Eagle reports that Lyle Randa, 52, of Wichita, will get two tickets to every Super Bowl for the rest of his life thanks to Bud Light's “Super Bowl Tickets for Life” sweepstakes. Randa said he went to the liquor store to stock up on beer. When he got home, he found a gold can in his brews. Turns out Budweiser had included over 37,000 gold Super Bowl 51 cans in select cases of Bud Light. Anyone finding a gold can could enter for the chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life by uploading a picture of the can. And that's what Randa's wife did. Ultimately, six contestants won a pair of season tickets to their favorite team for the next season, but only Randa’s gold can won the grand prize. Randa said, "I had no idea that an ordinary Bud Light run would change my life. This is a dream come true!" He'll attend his first-ever Super Bowl in Houston this weekend. A lifetime Kansas City Chiefs fan, he’ll says he'll be rooting for the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons.
If it makes a delicious cookie, it must make a delicious beer. Right? Introducing Oreo cookie-flavored beer. The Veil Brewing Co. in Richmond took their Hornswoggler milk stout and tweaked it using Oreo cookies to create the “Hornswoggler with Oreos.” The company first announced it on Instagram, saying, "That's right. You heard right. We took our 7 percent robust chocolate milk stout Hornswoggler and conditioned it on hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies. If you like Oreo cookies, this is a must try." Matt Tarpey, head brewer and co-founder of the brewery said, “We made 64 cases and quickly sold out within a few hours last week.” There was still a limited amount available on tap at the brewery but on Tuesday night, they tweeted they'd completely run out of it. No doubt the sales were helped by a January 31 feature on the ABC show The Chew, where the hosts sampled the Oreo-flavored stout. Neither Tarpey nor the brewery have indicated whether they'll make another batch. One can only hope.
Valentine’s Day will soon be here. It’s that time of year when people rush to make dinner reservations and try to corner the market on flowers and chocolate. But what if flowers and chocolate and dinner in an overcrowded restaurant don’t cut it? Say It with Beef has the solution. The online retailer has put a twist on the traditional Valentine's Day gift, by replacing flowers with beef jerky -- shaped like flowers -- from stems to petals. They offer roses and daises handcrafted from over a half-pound of 100 percent beef jerky. They're marketing it as a "bro-quet," the alternative Valentine's Day gift for men. Say It with Beef says they got the idea for beef jerky flowers from the absence of appropriate gifts for a man to give another man who was hospitalized. According to the site, “Whether it's an anniversary, a special occasion, a get-well-soon, or more of a slap on the back, a Broquet from Say It with Beef is the best way to say anything -- period. Flowers are lame. Say it with beef instead.” Currently, the site has been overwhelmed with orders for the holiday but a recent update on Twitter sounds encouraging.
Police in New Jersey have arrested a man on child porn charges, just as he was desperately trying to destroy the evidence. Police showed up at the home of 57-year-old Brian Ayers, just as he was attempting to chop up his iPad with a hatchet. It was clear he knew exactly why officers were visiting him. Police say they were alerted to his online activity a month ago and charged him with possession and distribution of child pornography. He was also charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution because he tried to destroy his tablet, which he used to access the Internet.
The mega fan has been in the news before because of his crazy head tattoo.
A Tom Brady super fan, who literally wears his fandom on his skull, is wanted by police in Florida and they really shouldn't have a hard time finding him. 48-year-old Victor Thompson, a Massachusetts native and die-hard Patriots fan who relocated to Florida, has been in the news before -- less so for his previous criminal activity and more for his crazy tattoo. Thompson has Tom Brady's football helmet inked on his bald head. Each side of his head has the Patriots logo. The back of his head has Brady's number 12, the word "Patriots," an American flag and an NFL logo. He even has the helmet maker, Riddell, inked on his forehead. Thompson was arrested in 2014 on narcotics charges and his mugshot went viral. He now has warrants out for his arrest for drug possession and failure to appear in court. The new allegations occurred in 2015.
A high school teacher performed a cartwheel for her class while going commando and got arrested.
A substitute teacher in Oklahoma was arrested for indecent exposure after she did a cartwheel in class without any underwear on. It's unclear why 34-year-old Lacey Sponsler was doing cartwheels in the high school choir class she was teaching, but it was very clear that she had nothing on under her dress and the students got an unexpected show. A video of the commando cartwheeler was captured on a student's cell phone and subsequently posted on Snapchat. It was also turned over to police who reviewed it and arrested Sponsler for indecent exposure. One student in the class told police that before Sponsler did the cartwheel, she informed the class that she wasn't wearing any underwear and also talked about drugs. When questioned by police, Sponsler said she was "just dancing with the students" and "trying to be a cool teacher."
A couple in Canada was awarded $15,000 in damages after their neighbors were found to have willfully spread manure near their property. So much manure, yo could reportedly see it via Google Earth. According to The Calgary Herald, David and Joan Gallants purchased their home in New Brunswick in 2001. Sometime around November 2013, things went south with their immediate neighbors, Lee and Shirley Murray. No one knows what happened between the two couples to sour their relationship, but the Gallants say that the Murrays began dumping load after load of “fresh, unseasoned, wet, raw manure” onto land abutting their property. They complained to the New Brunswick Farm Practices Review Board, who got the manure pile removed. But a number of other alleged transgressions continued, so the Gallants sued, and won their judgment. The Murrays think that stinks, and say they will appeal.
Somebody sure does love Zelda the ferret. The animal was fitted with a pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University. According to the Kansas State University website, Zelda, who's 4, is owned by Carl Hobi of Olathe. After he noticed she was laying down more than usual and her appetite was off, Hobi took her to the Veterinary Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas, where doctors found Zelda had a heart blockage that explained her symptoms. Tests determined Zelda was a good candidate for a pacemaker, which had to be special ordered because of her small size. Two days after it was surgically implanted, Zelda was sent home, where she should enjoy a normal ferret lifespan of about 10 years. It was the first time the center implanted a pacemaker in a ferret, but not the first time a ferret has received a pacemaker.
According to the Treasure Coast Palm, a 73-year-old Indiantown, Florida woman threw a bucket -- that's right, a bucket -- of cherry Kool-Aid on an unidentified 86-year-old man while he and his 80-year-old friend were walking their dogs. According to deputies, the 73-year-old woman said she threw the Kool-Aid because the victim and his friend “smiled at her and she knows that they did it in a malicious manner.” She added that the man “is always the one causing trouble for her so she threw the Kool-Aid on him.” The victim declined to press charges but wanted the woman to stay away from him. It is unclear why the woman was carrying a bucket of cherry Kool-Aid.
Two Pennsylvania teens are under arrest for robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint, and one of the thugs is ironically named Cheese. 17-year-old Sheldon Cheese and his friend, 18-year-old Logan Alexander, are accused of robbing a man as he was exiting his car to deliver pizza. The victim told police they made off with two pies and $25 in cash before escaping into the nearby woods. Police were able to locate Alexander's car near the scene of the robbery and Cheese's wallet and ID were found inside. Alexander and Cheese were each charged with robbery and conspiracy.
A viral photograph showing 80 birds of prey on board a Qatar Airways flight is finally explained.
A airplane maintenance worker opened the nose cone of the plane and found the drugs.
Authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma are investigating the discovery of 31 pounds of cocaine found inside the nose of an American Airlines jet. A maintenance worker was checking the electronics bay in the nose cone of the plane and found a brick of the drug stored inside some insulation. The Boeing 757 had flown in from Miami, but originated in Bogota, Colombia. Investigators say the drugs had a street value of around $200,000. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is leading the investigation.
The Internet is getting a chuckle out of a viral photograph that shows 80 falcons on an airplane, and they're not the ones heading to the Super Bowl. These real birds of prey recently accompanied a Saudi prince on a Qatar Airways flight over the United Arab Emirates. The large birds are seen sitting throughout the cabin along with their fellow (human) passengers. The pilot of the plane snapped the photo and shared it with a friend who posted it on Reddit. Although it seems extremely bizarre to allow these birds on board the plane, it's actually not that unusual in that part of the world, where falconry is a popular sport. Several airlines that serve the Middle East will allow a certain number of falcons to travel inside the cabin with their owners.
A tiger-mauling death at a Chinese zoo is under investigation by local authorities who say the victim climbed a fence into the tiger's enclosure. The attack occurred Saturday at a resort on Dongqian Lake in eastern China's Zhejiang province. A local government statement says the victim, identified only by his surname of Zhang, climbed a fence with a friend instead of buying tickets. Zhang entered the tiger enclosure and was attacked by a tiger. A photo shared on Chinese social media appears to show Zhang lying next to the tiger. Zhang died later in a hospital. State television reported the tiger was shot dead by local police, and three others nearby were dispersed using firecrackers.
Charlotte McCourt, 11, has sold more than 15,300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and counting, thanks to a frank letter she wrote rating each cookie and describing their respective flaws. “The Toffee-tastic is a bleak, flavorless, gluten-free wasteland,” Charlotte, a sixth-grader from New Jersey, wrote in the letter addressed to a family friend. “I’m telling you, it’s as flavorless as dirt.” Charlotte penned the letter to a family friend in Colorado after she became concerned that only two of the 92 boxes of Girl Scout cookies she had sold so far were designated to be donated to U.S. military troops. Charlotte rated each of the Girl Scout’s famous cookies on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. The perennial favorite Thin Mint earned a “9” for its “inspired” combination of chocolate and mint. The Do-si-dos peanut butter sandwich cookie earned a “5” for “its unoriginality and its blandness,” while the Savannah Smiles earned a “7” for its “divine taste." Charlotte’s letter gained a global audience when Mike Rowe read it aloud in a video posted to his Facebook page. The number of cookie boxes people have donated to U.S. troops through Charlotte’s cookie ordering website has now jumped to 7,253 and counting, according to Charlotte's local Girl Scouts council.
Planes fly. Birds fly. And sometimes, birds fly inside of flying planes. An image going viral after being posted on Reddit Monday shows the inside of an airplane cabin, filled falcons. As for why they're on the plane: Falconry has been practiced in the Middle East for thousands of years and is a popular pastime in the United Arab of Emirates. The falcon is also the national bird of the UAE. Which is why, according to Atlas Obscura, falcons can get their own passports to fly within the UAE, as well as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Syria. In this instance, a Saudi prince apparently purchased fares for all 80 of his beloved birds. Qatar Airways stipulates that falcon-loving passengers, “may travel with one falcon in cabin per passenger. There is a limit of six falcons allowed in the cabin.” Falcons must be hooded to travel, so it's unlikely they got to enjoy the in-flight movie.
When 16-year-old Alyssa Elkins of McConnelsville, Ohio found out her leukemia was terminal on January 19, she put together a bucket list. And after having seen her uncle, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, being hit with a Taser during his training, she half-seriously added firing a Taser to the list. She got her wish, and then some. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Elkins’ uncle, Josh Barry, worked behind the scenes with her family and friends to make her dream a reality. Newark Police Chief Barry Connell said that six officers and two civilian employees volunteered to be tased after hearing about Alyssa. On Sunday, Elkins showed up at the Newark Police Department and got some training with Sgt. Al Shaffer. They even outfitted her with Newark Police uniform shirt with her name on it. Alyssa took aim in a room full of about 50 people yelling, "Taser! Taser! Taser!" One by one, her targets lined up to get jolted. The Elkins family has a Facebook page, Storming Heaven for Alyssa, with information about her and her fight with leukemia.
Not so much a bull in a china shop, as it was a bull out for a jog. KOTA reports an 800-pound bull led police on a chase around Rapid City, South Dakota Sunday on a course that included a bike path, the local park, under bridges and through Rapid Creek before coming to a halt at the Executive Golf Course, between the second and third holes. Cowboys from a local rodeo arrived on horses to help catch the bull, which got loose when the owner was trying to load him into his trailer. No one was hurt, although the golf course has some divots that may need attention.
Police in Pennsylvania nabbed one of the most unusual drunk drivers they've ever seen over the weekend. Cops say 47-year-old Charlie Ray Carroll was drunk and using a wheelchair to get around, which isn't really against the law. But he was so drunk that he kept trying to grab onto the back of passing cars as they drove by him. It's not known why the man needs a wheelchair or if he's hoping the activity becomes the newest extreme sport. But cops say it was extremely dangerous, and he was arrested and charged with public drunkenness.
A West Virginia man is facing up to 18 years in prison after he left a casino, robbed a bank, and then returned to the casino to continue playing. 52-year-old Kerry Johnson was having a bad day at the blackjack table inside the Mardi Gras casino near Charleston. He put down a $25 chip to hold his spot while he stepped away. He then headed to a bank, where he handed the teller a note saying he had a bomb and another weapon. The teller handed him $5000 and Johnson ran out of the bank. Moments later, he returned to his spot at the blackjack table and continued playing. The next day, police acted on an anonymous tip and visited Johnson at his house. There, they found a yellow legal pad matching the paper used in the note he handed to the teller, and also a hat that matched the one he wore in the surveillance footage. A subsequent search turned up large sums of cash stuffed inside his couch cushions, and detectives later found out that $500 of the stolen money had been used at the casino. Johnson claims he was on a lot of drugs at the time. He's scheduled to be sentenced in March.
Police in New York City are asking for the public's help in apprehending a burglar who wore a white biohazard suit to conceal his identity when he stole a safe containing $200,000 from a home in Queens earlier this month. WNBC-TV reports surveillance video shows the burglar pull a Mercedes-Benz station wagon into the driveway of a home in the Bayside section of the borough on Jan. 6. Police say the man exited his vehicle, entered the home through an unlocked back door and made off with the safe, which contained valuable jewelry in addition to the cash. Investigators have not said whether the home was targeted.
Police say two employees at a New Hampshire Burger King have been arrested on drug charges after authorities were tipped off that drive-thru customers who asked for extra crispy fries got marijuana with their meal. Epping Police Chief Mike Wallace said 20-year-old Garrett Norris was arrested Saturday after police conducted a sting operation. Also arrested was 19-year-old Meagan Dearborn, the shift manager. Wallace said drive-thru buyers would ask for "Nasty Boy," then for extra crispy fries. Wallace said the drugs weren't put in the food; they were sold in a separate container. He said the operation didn't involve the franchise owners. Norris and Dearborn are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 28.
Good news: they've finally caught the phantom shower-taking dude. The Vindicator reports that Jacob Merchant, 33, was charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of breaking and entering after he was found showering in a home in Youngstown, Ohio. Detective Sergeants Ronald Rodway and Michael Cox, who arrested Merchant, say he was involved in a series of incidents in which he enters a home, often bringing his own food, which he cooks. And then, he takes a shower before he leaves. Merchant was finally arrested when the homeowner returned from work and found her kitchen had been ransacked, and evidence her stove had been used. When she heard running water on the second floor, she went to check and found Merchant in her shower.
We all know the old joke about clearing out a movie theater by yelling "fire!" Right? KVOA reports that people attending the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split in Tuscon, Arizona bolted out of the theater Friday night. But no one really knows why -- not even the people who ran out. Attendees Elissa Sherman and Courtney Nash were sitting in the front row with friends at the Century Theatres. According to Nash, “We were all kind of spooked out in the first place. And there were some weird noises being made by one guy in the theater.” Sherman said, “All of a sudden a man yelled, ‘Duck down and run for your life!’ So we all just hit the deck.” According to Tucson Police Department Sergeant Pete Dugan, officers never got a first-hand report of what started the commotion. Sherman ran out so fast she left her shoes behind. “My shoes are still left in the theater. Because I ran out without shoes on. It was just pure chaos,” she said. After the incident, staff turned up the lights and officers cleared the theater, finding nothing suspicious. The movies continued later that night.
A Massachusetts man tried to argue in court that he was mistakenly issued a speeding ticket because the police radar clocked a deer, and not his car. Dennis Sayers of Haverhill appeared in court Thursday before Judge Peter Doyle, appealing a speeding violation he received for allegedly going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone in West Newbury. He had previously appeared before a clerk magistrate who ruled in favor of the police and fined him $105. Sayers’ questioned officer Royster Johnson, who gave him the ticket, asking if he was 100 percent certain his radar captured Sayers’ speed, or that of a deer that might have been in the area. Judge Doyle wasn't buying it, and asked Sayers, “You’re not contending the radar picked up the deer?” Sayers said anything was possible. Doyle didn't agree and ruled against Sayers, who must pay the $105 fine.
If you want to make your dog happy, break out your Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley records. According to The Scottish SPCA, new research reveals that dogs have different music tastes, and reggae is a favorite for man’s best friend. The study was conducted in partnership with University of Glasgow. PhD student Amy Bowman said, “We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioral changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.” Professor Neil Evans added, “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences. “That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.” The Scottish SPCA will be investing in sound systems. Currently, both the Glasgow and Edinburgh SPCA are able to play music in the kennels. In the future, they want every kennel in Scotland to offer music, with the hopes of extending this research to other species in their care.
An Arizona man got some strong Facebook dislikes from local police after posting a request for help in launching a mass shooting spree in his hometown. Thomas Hunter logged onto his account on Wednesday to ask "Anyone going on a mass killing spree with me?" He promised volunteers that they'd be hunting humans "in a fun-filled way" with "the most entertaining crime scenes ever imagined." He didn't get any takers, but he did alarm at least one online friend enough to call cops, who paid the 25-year-old a visit. Hunter insisted the post was a "joke," but he was still hauled in on a charge of making terroristic threats.
A Florida crook had cops put a cap on his crime spree -- after tracking him down through DNA on a cap he left behind while trying to swipe a car. The overnight security guard at a used car dealership in Hollywood spotted Michael Jerry Saul on the lot and took off after him, then noticed he and an accomplice had driven a Hyundai Sonata through a hole cut in the barrier fence. Whoever was behind the wheel racked up the vehicle by smacking into a tree stump, but they managed to flee in their original car -- leaving Saul's baseball cap behind. Crime scene technicians swabbed the hat and found a match in the state's DNA crime database, which led to Saul's arrest on charges of burglary and grand theft auto. Guess you could say he didn't use his head!
A Southern lawmaker wants to make sure nobody ever has to see anyone's underwear in public. Republican Tom Weathersby of the Mississippi House of Representatives is sick and tired of seeing men wearing saggy pants, and thinks there should be a law on the books to prevent it. A bill Weathersby has proposed would make it "unlawful for any person to wear pants, shorts or clothing bottoms that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner." The penalty for first-time offenders is just a warning, but minors will get a note sent to their parents. Second-time offenders will be fined $20, with fines escalating to $100 for a sixth offense. And six-time offenders will be ordered to get psychological and social counseling.
Atlanta Falcons fans are angry about a column in a Boston newspaper which slammed them for having "absolutely zero enthusiasm for professional sports." The article, written by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, suggested that New England Patriots fans are finding it "hard to get pumped up about a Super Bowl against ... Atlanta." Not surprisingly, there are many in Atlanta who don't see it that way. Viral Chhadua, the manager of a suburban gas station, is fighting back by banning the sale of Samuel Adams beer in his store. He says he will not carry the Boston brew until after the Super Bowl. The brewer responded to the ban on Twitter by writing, "Won’t be their only loss." The company later added, "And don't worry Atlanta. We're still drinking Coca-Cola" -- which is headquartered in Atlanta.
Maybe she couldn’t see what she was doing was wrong. A 60-year-old Florida woman received disability benefits of nearly $400,000 for more than a decade, because she was blind. Except she wasn't. WFTV reports that Veronica Dale Hahn, of Bonifay, pleaded guilty to deceiving the Veterans Health Administration that her service-related injury caused blindness in both eyes from 2001 to 2016. One thing that tipped off authorities? Less than a year after she started receiving benefits for being blind, Hahn had obtained drivers licenses in New Mexico, Alabama and Florida. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “Hahn was also observed driving her personal automobile on numerous occasions,” Additionally, Hahn worked full time at several state correctional facilities as a case manager and transition counselor, which required normal eyesight to perform her duties. Ms. Not Really Blind faces up to 10 years in prison.
Nice work, if you can get it. Meaning if you're a twin. A New York man pretended to be his dead twin brother for almost 20 years to collect public assistance totaling over half a million dollars. According to the New York Daily News, Thomas Murphy, 54, of Queens pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records after he was busted using the Social Security number of his twin brother, Robert -- who died a day after their birth in 1962 -- to collect public benefits from 1994 to 2013. Murphy filed paperwork with the Social Security Administration saying his long-dead sibling was in fact alive and suffering from depression. He maintained separate addresses, driver’s licenses and bank accounts for his deceased brother, collecting more than $580,000 in benefits while he was working for the city Department of Sanitation. That includes $216,481.80 from Medicaid, $209,902 in state rental subsidies, $140,398 from Social Security and $15,024 from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. Murphy's promised to pay back the state for what he stole. He'll be sentenced April 4.
A Texas woman really got into a lather when she tried to ride out a tornado by hiding in her bathtub -- but got thrown completely out of her home in the process. 75-year-old Charlesetta Williams was watching TV when the storm warning came across her screen, and she headed to one of the safe spaces she was taught to seek out. As it turned out, Ms. Williams house was right in the path of the twister, which tore the roof off the place and sucked her up into its middle -- then dropped her in the woods without any major injuries. Ms. Williams says she isn't sure exactly how she ended up where she did, saying “I wasn’t looking. I was under that quilt. I’m a tell you I don’t wanna ride now through another one.”
A Pennsylvania man got a double shot of bad news when he got tossed out of his workplace for being too drunk to do his job -- only to get arrested for DUI in the parking lot when he tried to go home.
A Pennsylvania man got a double shot of bad news when he got tossed out of his workplace for being too drunk to do his job -- only to get arrested for DUI in the parking lot when he tried to go home. Johnathan Ranieri was intercepted by a supervisor when he tried to check in for his afternoon shift, and told he couldn't clock in because he was too wasted. He walked out of the building and went to get his car at a nearby parking structure, but as soon as he got into gear, he got clocked again -- this time by a cop on routine patrol who also thought that he was under the influence. He's due to be arraigned in court next week.
A tweet mistakenly led angry phone callers to a Washington, D.C. deli instead of the White House.
The phone at a Washington, D.C. sandwich shop has been ringing off the hook and it's not because people are placing lunch orders. Bub & Pops restaurant says they're receiving around 50 or 60 calls a day from people wanting to complain about President Trump. It seems odd for people to want to air their frustration with the new administration, but it turns out that someone had mistakenly tweeted out their phone number instead of the White House's public phone number. The owners of Bub & Pops understand it's an honest mistake considering their phone number is one digit different than the White House's. But instead of getting annoyed, they've been listening to callers' complaints and giving them the correct number to call.
Police on Long Island man say they've arrested a man who has had his driver's license suspended nearly 100 times. The Suffolk County Police Department says 47-year-old Jerry Tenzie was arrested Tuesday night at a park and ride in Commack and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say officers detected an odor of marijuana emanating from Tenzie's car. A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up an illegal rifle, as well as marijuana. Officials say the Copiague man has a total of 95 suspensions on his license from nine different dates. Police didn't say what his suspensions were for.