In Waiting to Exhale, Angela Bassett only torched her husband’s car after he left her for another woman. A Paulding County, Georgia woman set her entire house on fire -- and in turn caused the flames to spread to 19 other homes. Paulding County Fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, was going through a divorce and lost the home to her ex, so she decided to torch it around 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning. Paulding County Deputy Fire Commissioner Jay Florence said, "She stacked a pile of mattresses in the kitchen area of her home on Rosemont Court. We believe she lit them on fire. She put not only herself but her neighbors and first responders in jeopardy." Satterly left the house with her two cats, walked to Walmart and called 911. The fire destroyed four homes and damaged 16 others with varying degrees of heat and smoke damage. Satterly faces 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Satterly is now in the Paulding County Jail, where she is being held without bond. Satterly also faces one count of public drunkenness. It's unclear if her ex-husband was harmed.
Black Panther fans rejoice: the world’s busiest airport is officially offering nonstop flights to the African Kingdom of Wakanda. Kind of. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shared a photo of a terminal display showing a 7:30 p.m. departure time to the hidden city on their Twitter page. This comes just after the holiday weekend opening that brought in a whopping $235 million for the film. The tweet reads, “The bags are packed. #WakandaForever.” Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o responded to the tweet by making puns on the film’s characters: “Apart from La Femme Nakia, what else is on the in-flight entertainment? T’Challa’s Angels, M’Baku To The Future, Shuri’s Gotta Have It, Killmonger Bill, W’Kabi In The Woods...?” To which the Atlanta Airport Twitter account replied, “We've gotta have some music on the in-flight entertainment too. Now streaming: Killmonger Me Softly, T'Challa Back Girl, M'Baku That Thang Up, Straight Outta Wakanda, N'Jadaka Said Knock You Out.” About $84 million of “Black Panther’s” reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia, where much of the film was shot. Reese McCranie, Hartsfield-Jackson’s director of policy and communications, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the current flight departing from Gate T3 isn’t actually headed to the Kingdom of Wakanda, but added, “we hope everyone gets to enjoy the movie.”
According to WSB, that's apparently what Tara Marie Solem of Marietta, Georgia believed. She was indicted Thursday for allegedly claiming to be a federal law enforcement agent, all in order to get a discount at Chick-fil-A. The alleged incident took place July 5 at the Macland Cross Circle location of the fast-food restaurant. Solem was at the drive-through window when she tried to convince a worker that she was a federal agent. It didn’t work, so she went inside, walked up to the counter and started arguing with two managers, swearing in front of children. Solem then flashed a silver badge in a black wallet to the managers to try to convince them she was a federal agent. Solem told the managers that she was undercover and for them to insist she be in uniform would blow her cover and possibly get her killed. Solem even called the restaurant chain’s corporate office to complain, giving her name as “Agent Solem.” She faces two felony counts of impersonating an officer.
A British Amazon customer was feeling less than prime after opening a shipment and finding a bottle of urine inside. The p.o.'ed shopper was perturbed enough when his box arrived with obvious damage, but the Swarovski pendant he'd ordered was inside -- along with the bonus item. The 30-year-old, who didn’t want his name released, said, “I could tell instantly what it was. I just couldn’t believe it. It made me feel sick and I took it straight out to the bin. I just kept washing my hands over and over again." In December, it was revealed that many British Amazon drivers urinate in plastic bottles in their vans as they have no time to stop for toilet breaks, which might explain the wee something extra.
A Florida man battled to a draw in a crazy street fight -- because cops say he was fighting with himself! An officer on routine patrol spotted Richard Dibernardini punching a light pole on a Fort Pierce street, stopping every now and then to engage in a heated argument with himself. When the cop approached the 56-year-old, he chugged the beer he was holding and tried to hide behind an electrical box a few feet away. Asked to come out with his hands up, Dibenardini obliged, leaving the empty can of Natural Ice on the ground and letting cops take him in on trespassing charges. The police report didn't indicate what dispute he had with himself.
Managers at a Missouri thrift store are not high on an uptick in one kind of donation -- illegal drugs hidden in donated items. Workers at Savers' Superstore in suburban St. Louis called police twice last week to report illicit drugs tucked into boxes of clothing dropped off by locals. The Crestwood police department hit up its social media accounts to tell residents, "Savers has made it quite clear to us that they do not want these items. So in the spirit of good gift giving and charity, please remove your drugs before donating your clothing." One snarky follower responded by saying, "Thinking I might head on over and check out some pocketed tie-dyed T-shirts."
Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors' apartment. A Cape Coral police news release says 61-year-old Ivan Bakh was arrested Sunday and charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting into a dwelling.
Police say Bakh's neighbors called them Sunday morning after awaking to a loud bang and finding holes in their bedroom and living room walls. When officers went to Bakh's apartment, they reported seeing holes in the wall he shared with his neighbors, as well as several books taped together with a red target drawn on them. Police say they also found a loaded 9mm handgun. Bakh was released Tuesday on $10,000 bail.
A high-speed police chase of luxury sports car that looked like something out of a Fast & Furious movie was caught on newly-released dashcam footage. A lime green Lamborghini, a Ferrari, another Lamborghini and an Audi were among the pack speeding as fast as 110 mph on a Minnesota highway. The video shows Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Paul Stricker pursuing the pack of exotic cars for several miles along Interstate 394 in April 2016, and captured his conversations with the drivers when he finally caught up with them Striker asked one of the drivers if he knew why he was being pulled over. "For speeding?" the driver replied. "A bunch of beautiful cars going that fast out here," Striker replies. "It’s like Cannonball Run all over again," referencing the ‘80s freeway movie starring Burt Reynolds. Some of the drivers were pulled over along the highway and others were detained at a gas station nearby. After issuing the drivers speeding tickets, Striker sends them on their way with a bit of advice. "You guys have got beautiful cars, enjoy them," he said in the dashcam footage. "But, just run them in the right spot. There's tracks around, I know you can run them." The cases have now been closed, allowing the video to be released, the Minnetonka City Attorney’s office confirmed to ABC affiliate KSTP.
A runaway dog wandering New York City's subway tracks created a hairy situation for transit officials and commuters Friday afternoon. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a service alert around 3:15 p.m. ET announcing changes and delays to the F train "because of a dog on the tracks" at York Street station in Brooklyn. A and C train riders also experienced delays as transit workers and police spent an hour trying to search for and rescue the lost pup. The dog, named Dakota, had escaped from a dog park in Brooklyn and somehow found its way onto the subway tracks, according to the New York City Transit Police Department. Police officers and transit workers eventually retrieved Dakota and took the dog to safety. Dakota was reunited with its owner, who took her beloved pup to the vet for a "minor injury," police said. Normal train service resumed about an hour later.
Twitter user Pillsbury posted a video on Friday showing him and a friend in line at a movie theater in Carson, California trying to get away with only paying for one movie ticket, using a dodge you normally only see in cartoons. One boy carried the other on his shoulders and then they draped themselves with a long trenchcoat. The ruse was hardly convincing as bystanders laughed and snapped photos. The video doesn’t tell the whole story, though: Pillsbury wrote, “We tried getting the two for one special at Black Panther. The manager was not having it.” What's not clear is whether the boys were serious in their attempt to get into the theater, or only doing it for laughs. Regardless, they get points for trying. The tweet had over 400,000 likes as of Monday night and had been retweeted more than 150,000 times. A full video showing the boys getting into their disguise and later getting busted by the theater manager appears in the thread beneath the tweet.
A Texas woman capped off the hottest garage sale in recent memory by torching the wedding dress from her failed marriage. Brianna Barksdale placed a Craigslist ad to sell off her ex's possessions when he dragged his feet getting them out of the house they once shared. The 34-year-old said she was celebrating her divorce and intended to go out with a bang after unloading his Playstation, electronics and "pretty much everything it takes to keep a lazy worthless human being in a state of comfort for a year.” Barksdale offered free mimosas and donuts to all attendees and asked those who came to stick around to help her burn her wedding dress, which she did at the end of the day.
There's trouble on tap for a Florida woman who was caught drinking beer driving home from rehab.
There's trouble on tap for a Florida woman who was caught drinking beer behind the wheel -- on her way home from rehab. A trooper approached Stephanie Roque's SUV after spotting it stopped in the middle of a busy street despite a green light. When he got to the driver's side window to question the 30-year-old, he smelled a strong aroma of alcohol and decided to conduct a search, which turned up an open container and a partially empty 12-pack of beer -- hidden under the child's seat holding her daughter. Roque told the cop she'd been released from alcohol rehab earlier that day, and asked for a break -- which she didn't get. She was charged with DUI and child endangerment.
An Indian farmer says that an oversized poster of a porn star made him grow much bigger...crops.
An Indian farmer says that an oversized poster of a former porn star made him grow much bigger...crops. Chenchu Reddy says he initially erected the larger-than life image of actress Sunny Leone in hopes that her scantily-clad image would act as a sort of X-rated scarecrow. And be fun to look at. That idea worked, but then Reddy says he got a bonus -- in the form of increased fertility across his ten-acre spread. Reddy says his cabbages and cauliflowers both have much more girth thanks to Leone's bikini-draped figure. He muses, "To ward off the evil eye, I thought of this idea of putting up the big poster of Sunny Leone. The trick has worked. Nobody is looking at my crop now."
An airline pilot was forced to make an emergency landing because his flight had too much gas -- and not the kind that makes planes fly. The Transavia flight, which was headed from Dubai to Amsterdam, was diverted because a passenger -- described in news reports as elderly and obese -- couldn't stop farting. The man, whose name was not released, was in a middle seat on the long flight, and began pumping out the gas just a few minutes after takeoff. Two men in his row demanded he stop, then scuffled with him when he did not. As a result, the pilot was forced to land in Vienna, Austria, where cops escorted all three men and two women off the plane. While none was arrested, Transavia imposed a permanent flight ban on four of them.
A Georgia man took breaking ba-a-a-a-ad to a whole new level by force-feeding cocaine to a goat.
A Georgia man took breaking ba-a-a-a-ad to a whole new level -- by force-feeding cocaine to a goat he was caring for. Sergio Palomares-Guzman, an employee at a Grayson city farm, was arrested after a snitch provided cops with a video showing him and another suspect holding the goat by its horns and shoving a large amount of coke into its nostrils. Guzman made it a one-two punch by pouring whiskey down its throat. The animal received a clean bill of health after a thorough examination, but the 28-year-old suspect still faces felony animal cruelty charges.
Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car. Officers were called after cries were heard from an apartment in the city of Mainz in the early hours of Saturday. Police found the 58-year-old tenant and a 61-year-old visitor "hopelessly locked together" with the toy car and the mannequin — which was dressed in a knight's costume. Officers were able to free the men, who were too drunk to explain how their unfortunate predicament had come about. According to a police statement, "the whole thing would have remained a funny episode" but the younger man was "more than impolite" and now faces a charge of insulting officers.
Authorities say speeds reached 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports a chase began shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The bus had been stolen from the Twin Valley schools in West Alexandria, about 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Dayton. The chase began in Brookville, northwest of Dayton. The bus struck a parked car during the chase, which ended in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood.
A suspect was arrested.
A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence. The Carnival Legend arrived in its home port of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after a family was offloaded in an unscheduled stop in Eden, New South Wales in Australia. Police said they were investigating the incident and the operator apologized for the "disruptive behavior" by the group that was removed from the cruise liner. The "big Italian family" spent days attacking Australians aboard the ship, with people "getting strangled and punched up," passenger Lisa Bolitho told reporters. "Very violent, they were full-on attacks," she said. She also questioned the ship's management, quoting the captain as saying, "'What do you want me to do about it — throw them overboard?'" Cellphone video footage purportedly of the brawl on Friday shows security guards fighting and trying to separate passengers amid shouting and kicking. Bolitho's son Jarrah said he was among those targeted and fled and locked himself in the cabin with his mother. "I was watching the fight and one guy came up to me and said 'Do you want to go too bro?'" he said, adding the offenders were in their late teens and early 20s. "My mum had to drag me away from it all. They were trying to pick on any Aussie they could find." Carnival Cruise Line said it was offering guests a 25 percent future cruise credit as a "goodwill gesture" but some passengers criticized the offer. "I won't be travelling Carnival ever again so a 25 percent off a future cruise in my eyes is unacceptable," Mark Morrison said. The cruise liner with more than 2,000 passengers was on a 10-day trip from Melbourne to New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific.
Relatives who thought they had buried their loved one only to find out he was alive 11 days after his funeral sued a California county last Tuesday. The suit filed by Frank Kerrigan's family accuses the Orange County Coroner's Office of negligence, concealment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. County spokeswoman Carrie Braun said she can't comment on pending litigation but that the sheriff's department is conducting an internal investigation. "The department extends regrets to the family of Frank M. Kerrigan for any emotional stress caused as a result of this unfortunate incident," she said. The mix-up began when a man was found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Frank Kerrigan's father, who goes by the same name as his son, said the Orange County Coroner's Office told him the body was his son's. When he asked whether he should identify the body, a woman at the coroner's office said — apparently incorrectly — that identification had been made through fingerprints. Another family member who talked to the coroner's office said a woman told her Kerrigan also had been found with his identification, according to the lawsuit. Last May, Kerrigan's family buried a man. Eleven days later, Kerrigan turned up at a family friend's house. The friend called Kerrigan's family to tell them he was alive. The man the Kerrigan family had buried turned out to be a Kansas native named John Dickens, who had to be exhumed before he was cremated and sent to his mother in Kansas. Both Kerrigan and Dickens were homeless and mentally ill. Kerrigan's family also alleges that the body found at the Verizon store was neither Kerrigan nor Dickens. The man found at the Verizon store was listed as weighing 250 pounds, according to a report by the Fountain Valley Fire Department obtained by attorneys representing the Kerrigan family and provided to The Associated Press. Meanwhile Kerrigan weighs about 160 pounds, and the body that the family buried matched that size, said James DeSimone, the attorney representing the family. The coroner's office "did not want to admit to their identification error and instead released a body that resembled Frankie with the belief that no one would care because the deceased were mentally ill and/or homeless," according to the lawsuit.
A daycare in Maine closed early after staff reported feeling high after consuming cookies made by a parent. News Center Maine reports that Bangor Police seized several batches of homemade cookies from the Watch Me Shine daycare Wednesday morning. Daycare staff reported a parent provided the cookies. None of the children ate the cookies. Police said that several staff members reported "a feeling of marijuana intoxication." Investigators and Watch Me Shine management contacted all the parents to pick up their children and closed the daycare for the rest of the day. The owner of Watch Me Shine, Tiffany Nowicki said that after the incident, the daycare will never allow outside food again. Officials said the cookies will be sent to a lab for a series of tests.
A Chinese burglar found out the hard way not to use his head in a heist -- he was knocked out by a brick meant to break a glass door. The clumsy crook, who's still at large, tried to bust the door himself, but failed, so his accomplice tried to pitch in by pitching a missile at the door -- only to have it bounce off and disable his partner in crime. The brick-tosser dragged him a few feet away from the crime scene to administer first aid until he was able to stand on his own. Local police called them "the dumbest crooks ever," and one online commenter snarked "want to rob this place? Knock yourself out!"
A Pennsylvania woman who was supposed to be in court for a DUI ended up racking up a PUI -- pleading while intoxicated.
A Pennsylvania woman who was supposed to be in court for a DUI ended up racking up a PUI -- pleading while intoxicated. Jennifer Amanda Jones was busted for driving erratically, with a blood alcohol level well over the legal limit. But when she showed up to court last week, a bailiff noted her odd behavior and found her smelling strongly of alcohol. That prompted a blood test -- and she was borderline wasted. Online court records indicate Jones has had multiple cases involving public drunkenness and driving under the influence. She was ordered back to court later this month.
A Florida woman started a new Cuban missile crisis last week -- by launching a Cuban sandwich at a 7-Eleven employee.
A Florida woman started a new Cuban missile crisis last week -- by launching a Cuban sandwich at a 7-Eleven employee. Corinthian Jones set back diplomatic relations with the clerk by going on a rampage when she was served a meal she considered too cold. The 19-year-old ordered the sandwich as part of a to-go order, and when she got to her car and took a bite, she found it hadn't been heated through to her satisfaction. Jones returned to the store and asked clerk Victoria Vazquez to reheat the Cuban sandwich or return her money, then escalated the argument by throwing the offending item into the victim's face, splattering her with the contents. A judge has ordered Jones to have no contact with Vazquez or any location of 7-Eleven.
An online store called Always Fits, which describes itself as “a woman-owned, women-run business with a penchant for feminist gifts, gifts with a splash of profanity and colorful gifts,” has something special for fans of the hit show Golden Girls, Golden Girls Hot Sauce. There are four sauces available: Desert Rose and Bea Spicy are jalapeño hot sauces; Sicilian Fire and Hot Slut are habanero. Rose and Bea are named for Betty White’s character and star Bea Arthur. Sicilian Fire and Hot Slut are named for Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. The sauces come in five-ounce bottles and are manufactured and bottled in Arizona exclusively for AlwaysFits.com. Golden Girls Hot Sauce 4-Pack Set retails for $32. The company also sells the Golden Girls Clue board game, the Golden Girls edition of Monopoly and Golden Girls prayer candles.
He swears it wasn’t the doughnuts. Or the pizza. Or the Hostess Twinkies. The New York Post reports a former New York City Police officer who retired and went on disability at age 43 is suing the NYPD, claiming the job made him fat. Jose Vega, 46, is a former Marine who first joined the NYPD in 1997 when he weighed 180 pounds. Now Vega, who is 5’ 10” and used to work in the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct, weighs in around 360 pounds. Vega said, “I went from 250 to 395 pounds in one year,” he said. Vega insists it was not his eating habits but the slew of health problems brought by the stress of his former police job that led to his massive weight gain. Warren Roth, Vega’s lawyer, said the job of a cop isn’t conducive to healthy eating. “It’s easier to pull into McDonald’s and wolf something down when you’re busy,’’ he said. Vega called it quits in 2014 as the stress and his weight soared. He retired on $4,000-a-month disability. The following year, he applied for three-quarters disability and argued that his condition was caused by his police work. But the medical board did not agree: They determined that only about 10 percent of his medical condition was related to job stress. Vega defends his eating habits and insists his obesity came from ventricular hypertrophy. “It’s when you suffer from hypertension. Your heart starts to thicken. It’s from stress,’’ he said. “I’m not a diabetic. … I don’t eat nothing sweet." The NYPD declined comment on the suit. A city Law Department rep said, “We’ll review Mr. Vega’s complaint.”
A woman from Tennessee claiming to be “Mother Mary” led Kentucky State Police on a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon that ended in her arrest. According to the citation, Connie Lynn Allen, 52, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is accused of passing an unmarked state police car exceeding the speed limit, then cutting into the emergency lane to pass other cars. The trooper began pursuing Allen in his unmarked vehicle while she exceeded speeds of 120 mph. Allen refused to pull over or stop and a second Kentucky State police cruiser joined the pursuit. Eventually they were able to pull in front of the vehicle and bring her to a stop. Allen refused to exit the vehicle so a KSP trooper broke the driver’s side window, compelling Allen to exit the vehicle. According to police, Allen told troopers she was the Mother Mary en route to pick up baby Jesus. It is unclear where she thought the baby Jesus was located. She also said she had authority from God to drive the way she did. Allen faces multiple charges and is being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond in the Hardin County Detention Center.
A Minnesota man helped cops solve a cold case -- by surrendering because he was too chilly to keep running after his escape. Kenneth R. Shutes Junior was pulled over during a routine traffic stop, but decided to bolt from cops because he knew he had drugs in his vehicle. Shutes ran into a nearby wooded area and managed to elude officers -- before finding he was stuck in swampy terrain with no way out -- and a thermometer that was dropping too fast for him to deal with. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the suspect reported that his legs were so numb that he couldn't walk, so he was transported out of the area on a stretcher and taken to a hospital -- where he checked out fine, allowing cops to transport him to a precinct where he was charged with failure to obey an officer, marijuana possession and obstructing an officer. The police report describes him as "apologetic and co-operative" during his booking.
A man who was convicted of driving-while-intoxicated four times tried to argue that the Texas law about intoxicated driving discriminates against alcoholics. Ralph Alfred Friesenhahn of San Antonio, tried to overturn his four-year prison sentence by presenting his case to the the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. He argued that the state ignores the higher tolerances of frequent drinkers with its driving limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol concentration. He said that the “protected class of alcoholics” is being prosecuted without considering if they had lost control of their mental or physical abilities. The court issued an opinion that state law does not unfairly single out alcoholics because it applies equally to all drivers. In the opinion, Justice Cindy Olson Bourland, ruled that Friesenhahn failed to present evidence that alcoholics are a protected class under the Americans with Disabilities Act or other federal law. She also noted that Friesenhahn failed to prove that the law treats alcoholics differently than other DWI defendants. “Instead, he argues that they ‘should’ be treated differently and thus fails to establish an equal-protection violation.”. The chief of the felony division for the Comal County criminal district attorney’s office, Sammy McCrary, said, “You’re not being punished for being an alcoholic. It’s the driving that’s the problem..”
Police in Cape Cod, Massachusetts arrested a man they called the “obit bandit” after he allegedly robbed homes while residents attended funerals. WBZ reports that Randy Brunelle, 35, of Plymouth, was convicted and served a year and a half in prison after he was caught breaking into the home of a Sandwich police officer’s mother while the officer was at her funeral back in 2012. Since then, Barnstable Police said Brunelle has used the same technique for more break-ins. Friday night, police tailed Brunelle while detectives went to homes of residents who were attending funeral services in the Barnstable area. They discovered a break-in in Cotuit and Brunelle was later pulled over as he drove home. Officers found jewelry in Brunelle’s sweatshirt pockets and he was arrested. The Cotuit resident, who was at her mother’s wake, positively identified the jewelry. Brunelle was charged for the break-in, and also for two similar incidents in Osterville. Both break-ins occurred while widows were attending funeral services for their late husbands. Brunelle also is suspected of breaking into homes in Plymouth and Mashpee.
A 19-year-old man who wanted to test out a flak jacket Saturday suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound when his friend missed his target. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Sheriff Terry Wagner said law enforcement was alerted to the shooting by staff at Lincoln hospital. The 19-year-old man was with his two friends in Lancaster County and were shooting a Vietnam War-era flak jacket. The jacket which is a forerunner of the modern bullet-proof vest stopped the rounds successfully, so the teens decided to try it on a person. The 19-year-old victim put a pillow under the back of the vest to absorb the shock, but the shooter missed the vest. The victim was struck in the buttocks. Investigators believe those involved had been drinking alcohol before the shooting.
A Chinese man who spent 30 minutes on the toilet while playing video games on his cellphone must have been really into the game -- because he didn't notice that his rectum had fallen out. The man stood up and noticed that a ball-sized mass had slipped out of his butt and was hanging. He went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a severe case of rectal prolapse. In other words, his rectum became detached from the large intestine. It was likely caused by extreme pushing or straining, as he told doctors he was having trouble going to the bathroom.
An 84-year-old Northern California woman is accused of shooting at her neighbor's children because she said they were being too noisy. Betty Frances Sanders of Anderson was arrested Friday, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. Sanders complained that her neighbor's three children, who are between the ages of 8 and 10, were being too noisy. The children were riding their motorcycles around their house. Angela Rollins, mother of the children, told deputies that she and her husband were in the front yard with the children when Sanders and her husband approached the fence between their properties. Sanders complained that Rollins' children were being noisy. Deputies said it escalated into an argument and Sanders fired her handgun at Rollins and her family 20 feet away. No one was injured during the incident. Sanders was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm and child endangerment.
Haleigh Morrissey, from Alamo, California discovered her neighbors are number one, after they went through some literal number two to find the engagement ring she'd accidentally flushed. After accidentally knocking the ring into the bowl Saturday, she was convinced it was gone forever. However, she and her fiancé, Dean Booras, soon found their neighbors willing to help. They sifted, shoveled and slopped through the sewer line from their house to the street to try to find the ring -- documenting their efforts on video but to no avail. Lucky for them, however, one of their neighbors is a building inspector. Ken Gunari suggested, "Turn on the bathtub, flush the toilet, [and] dump two five-gallon buckets of water into the toilet all at once." The move sent gallons of fresh water down the line and flushed out the ring a little dinged up.
A Utah man left cops shaken and stirred after he broke into their station house using two bottles of vodka -- in order to use the space as his own private meditation center. Siosifa Lolohea was arrested early Saturday morning after setting off an alarm at a precinct of the Orem police department by throwing two empty vodka bottles through the glass front door -- and then calmly sitting down in the middle of the station to relax and gather his thoughts. Officers stationed at a nearby building arrived in minutes to find out what had happened, but they had little success in interviewing Lolohea, who was "making incoherent and strange statements about 'looking for Jesus' and 'nice shoes' while being unable to follow simple instructions." According to the police report, the suspect "was a little upset that we were messing up his meditation period, disturbing him while he was just trying to get some inner peace."
A Minnesota car thief got a Triple-F for trying to get his victim to play Triple-A -- by calling her hours after the heist to ask her how to start the vehicle, which has a keyless ignition. Edward Leroy Wilson was lurking around a Walmart parking lot one evening last week when he stumbled on an idling car, which the woman had started remotely to let it warm up in the sub-freezing temperature. He sped off in the vehicle before she realized it was missing and got it to his home an hour away, where he parked it -- and discovered he had no way to get it moving again. The 37-year-old crook found the woman's contact info on the registration and decided to call her for help in getting back on the road, saying he was a windshield repairman who took it to work on it. He ended up getting a different sort of jump-start, directly to jail. Wilson reportedly admitted to the crime and told officers “he knew it was not a good idea to get the vehicle,” according to a criminal complaint filed against him.
An Oregon golf resort is planning to replace human caddies with goats. According to Golf Wrx, the Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Oregon is planning a new course, McVeigh's Gauntlet, which is due to open later this year. According to the resort website, “This stunning 7-hole course is meant to be a fun, care-free course to help players settle bets and test their accuracy on a series of undulating par 3’s and par 4’s. Carved into a razor back and challenging in design, golfers will marvel at the views while exploring the course and its Western appeal.” And there will be goats. The resort is currently training goats – yes, you read that right -- to act as caddies for golfers on the course. The goats will wear special backpack harnesses so they can carry clubs, tees, balls and even beverages. Silvies owner Scott Campbell told Golf Wrx, "We're taking the golf experience at Silvies Valley Ranch to a new level in 2018. We've been developing an unprecedented caddie training program with our head caddie, Bruce LeGoat, to ensure that he and his team are ready for the opening of The Gauntlet this summer. The season opening at the resort is in April but the goats will not be in action until later in the year.
An Outback Steakhouse waitress in Palm Beach Gardens was fired after complaining on social media about getting not getting tipped by a customer. Tamlynn Yoder, 25, of Lake Park, said Christ Fellowship placed a substantial order Wednesday morning: 25 steaks, 25 chickens and 25 potatoes. Yoder said, “We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car. It’s a lot of work just as much as serving.” Someone from Christ Fellowship arrived to pick up the order which Yoder put in the car; however, she received no tip for her effort. It stung, because she spent most of her shift preparing the 75-item order for Christ Fellowship and only was able to make $18 in tips on other orders. She posted on Facebook that Christ Fellowship left her no tip on their $735 tab. A friend contacted the Christ Fellowship and was told the church was going to contact the restaurant to rectify the situation. When Yoder arrived at work the next day, her manager told her that not only did Christ Fellowship get a full refund: she was fired. A spokeswoman for Outback Steakhouse, Cathie Koch, said that it is company policy that employees cannot post about customers on social media and are subject to termination if they do. David Lonsberry, an executive director of business for Christ Fellowship said the group is trying to make the situation right and they are trying to contact Yoder. Yoder intends to pursue another serving job because she is devoted to her work.
We all know about fish getting hooked, but a gang in New York City turned that upside down. They packed a shipment of fish that will hook people -- because the critters were stuffed with hefty doses of fentanyl. Cops in The Bronx intercepted a load of fish fillets that were layered around hundreds of packets of the dangerous opioid, and tucked into a large styrofoam cooler. A further search of the Honda Acura that the smugglers were driving revealed a second, smaller cooler filled with containers of chili and more fentanyl. Police arrested driver Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez on felony drug charges.
An Alabama man assaulted his roommate last week after finding that the other man had allowed his box of Cap'n Crunch to get stale.
An Alabama man delivered a bone-crunching assault on his roommate last week after finding that the other man had allowed his box of Cap'n Crunch to get stale. Duane Barry Smith was arrested on domestic violence charges after the victim called 911 to say that he'd been attacked in the kitchen of the apartment they share. Smith grew enraged when he grabbed the cereal box from the cupboard and found the sugary treat wasn't as crispy as it should have been -- which really bugged him because it made it more difficult to eat with dentures. According to the police report, the 52-year-old suspect first told the victim to take out his own false teeth to prove a point about the stale cereal, and when he refused, Smith began hitting him with an extension cord. Smith's roomie sustained injuries to his hand, leg and arm.
WFTS reports that a Colorado couple who relocated to Tampa Bay to pursue their dream of escaping modern life in a sailboat is back on land after their boat sank. Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh sold just about everything they owned to buy a 28-foot boat and sail the Gulf of Mexico. Their trip came to an abrupt end on the second night of their new adventure while passing through John's Pass off Madeira Beach. Broadwell said, "We hit something in about 8 or 9 feet of water and it stopped the boat completely.” The boat took on water and everything they had was destroyed save their social security cards, some cash and a few clothes. Walsh said, "Everything I've worked for, everything I've owned since I was a child, I brought with me. It's just floating away and there's nothing I can do." Storms often shift the channel after which docks and unforgiving sandbars wait to trap boats. Kenny Keen, a local charter boat captain, said, "We've also had several experienced captains hit that from time to time when there's been big storms and they try to get into the inlet and they don't hit the buoy just right." To add insult to injury, Tanner and Nikki will have to pay roughly $6,700 to remove their sunken boat from the water. Still, the couple remains optimistic. Walsh said, "The boat sank, but our dreams didn't sink with the boat.”
A Florida woman claims that Spirit Airlines forced her to flush her hamster down an airport toilet because the emotional support animal wasn't allowed to board the plane with her. Before college student Belen Aldecosea flew home from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale she called Spirit Airlines twice to confirm she could bring Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. Aldecosea had a doctor's letter certifying Pebbles as an emotional support animal, and the airline assured her it wouldn't be a problem. When the 21-year-old arrived at the Baltimore airport, a Spirit employee refused to allow her to board with the animal. She said Spirit agents informed her she couldn't place the hamster in the cargo hold either. Panicked and with her plane about to take off, Aldecosea said she flushed Pebbles at an airline employee's suggestion, after exhausting all other options. Spirit Airlines spokesman Derek Dombrowski admits in an email that the company mistakenly told Aldecosea over the phone that the rodent was allowed. He explained, "Our reservation representative, unfortunately, did misinform the guest that a hamster was permitted to fly as an emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines." However, Dombrowski denies that a Spirit employee told her to flush her pet down the toilet. Dombrowski adds, "To be clear, at no point did any of our agents suggest this guest (or any other for that matter) should flush or otherwise injure an animal." Aldecosea said she's considering suing Spirit over the conflicting instructions that pressured her into making the difficult decision. A U.S. Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman told the newspaper they have no problem with carry-on hamsters, but it is up to the individual airlines to decide whether they allow hamsters on board.
Talk about cold hard cash -- a Kansas couple who didn't have time to claim their $100,000 lottery ticket kept the ticket "on ice" in their freezer for over a month. Tim Hiatt said he stopped at a store in Belleville in November and purchased a Kansas Lottery ticket. Hiatt said, "On Black Friday, I stopped at our local Casey's and asked the store clerk what lottery ticket she thought I should buy. If it weren't for her suggesting I buy a Holiday Millionaire Raffle ticket that day, we never would have won." Hiatt said he took his ticket to a liquor store to check it after the January 3 drawing. Hiatt explained, "When I checked the ticket myself, I received a message I'd never seen before." He added, "The message said something about claiming the ticket at the Lottery. I thought something was wrong, so I asked my friend who was working at the liquor store to check the ticket for me. When we found out it was worth $100,000, we couldn't believe it! I was so surprised!" Hiatt and his wife didn't have time to travel to Topeka to claim the ticket, so they hid it instead. Hiatt said, "It's kind of scary having a big winning ticket like that lying around," Tim Hiatt said. "We decided to put the ticket in our freezer in case someone broke into our house. We figured no one would bother looking in there." The ticket remained frozen more than a month, until they were able to collect their winnings on Monday.
Chefs for the Norwegian Olympic team thought they placed an order for 1,500 eggs, but it appears that Google may have translated that request into 15,000, the team said, according to The Guardian. The chefs, who are providing the catering for their country's 109 competitors at the Pyeongchang games, were quite shell-shocked when a truck full of eggs arrived. Chef Stale Johansen, told the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, they "received half a truckload of eggs" and that there was "no end to the delivery" adding that it was "absolutely unbelievable." Luckily, they were able to return 13,500 eggs back to the South Korean grocer. The scrambled translation might not entirely be Google's fault. According to The Guardian, it's common for restaurants to buy eggs in multiples of 30 and by changing one syllable in "1,500" in Korean it changes the number to 15,000.
A SpaceX "Starman" is aboard the company's new rocket that's set to make its launch debut from Florida SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk revealed pictures of the surprise dummy passenger Monday. Test flights usually carry steel or concrete for cargo, or mundane experiments — nothing valuable in case the rocket blows up. But aboard the Falcon Heavy for Tuesday's demo is Musk's red Tesla Roadster. A figure is in the driver's seat, with the right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the convertible's door. Starman, as Musk calls the passenger, is wearing a white-and-black-trimmed spacesuit and helmet. It's the same outfit real astronauts will wear when riding SpaceX rockets from Florida a year or so from now, bound for the International Space Station. Musk, who also runs the electric car company Tesla, is sending his Roadster into a long solar orbit stretching out to Mars. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration officially licensed the flight from Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon Heavy, at liftoff, will be the world's most powerful rocket currently in operation. A David Bowie fan, Musk has promised via Twitter to have the car soundtrack playing "Space Oddity." "Starman," is the title of a Bowie song from 1972. That's three years after the late rocker penned "Ground Control to Major Tom" for "Space Oddity." "There's a Starman waiting in the sky," goes Bowie's "Starman." If the flight succeeds, Musk's Starman should cruise around the sun for a billion years.
Free stuff from Amazon sounds like a pretty good deal, but it's driving one Massachusetts couple crazy. Mike and Kelly Gallivan of Acton, Massachusetts, tell the Boston Globe that mysterious packages from Amazon began arriving at their home in October. Plastic fans, phone chargers and other inexpensive gadgets arrived and keep arriving, according to the Gallivans, at a rate of one or two a week, the Globe reports, none of which the couple ordered. The package count is now up to 25, the couple says. The Gallivans say they've contacted Amazon, which told them the items were paid for with gift cards and that the orders have no sender's name or address attached to them. Former Amazon employees tell the Globe the packages are likely part of a scam to manipulate buyer reviews on Amazon. According to the experts a seller looking to manipulate reviews might set up a phony e-mail account, use it to establish an Amazon account, then purchase merchandise with gift cards and send the items to random people. The seller could then give the items positive reviews using the Amazon account he or she has set up.
A police department in Indiana is taking a rather lighthearted approach to curbing speeders in their town. The Danville Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday announced a new “Digital Driver Feedback” sign along a stretch of road officers say is notorious for drivers with a lead foot. The sign will post the driver’s speed followed by either a smiling or a frowning emoji. “If you’re driving the speed limit, it's going to give you a smiley face emoji," said public information officer Nate Lien, "but if you’re speeding it’s going to flash for you to slow down and give you a frown emoji.” The sign will also record data that will help police determine what time of day drivers are accelerating the most, which Lien says the department plans to use the data to help better target their speed enforcement patrols. “It will give us a chance to not only increase the patrols that our officers already do, but it’ll give us a better location and a better time to pinpoint when it's a problem,” Lien added. Danville police say they hope the digital signs will encourage drivers to slow down. The department says it plans to move the sign to several locations across town over the next few weeks in hopes of making the roadways safer.
Grease was most definitely the word for a drug-crazed Pennsylvania man who decided to strip naked and slather himself with cooking oil before attacking his family in a wild rage. Lonnie Beatty reportedly downed a hefty dose of LSD, which led him to flip out and go after his relatives, chasing them up a flight of stairs where they hid in a bathroom and called cops. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 19-year-old acting irrationally, wearing nothing but a single sock and rolling around on the ground. When the lubed-up loser charged deputies, they used a taser to subdue him -- while the family dog took a chomp for good measure. He was held for trial on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Potholes in New York City are as ubiquitous as cockroaches and just as frustrating. One man has decided to do something about them. WABC reports that YouTube personality Coby Persin has been going around the city filling potholes with flowers, plants and even trees. Persin decided to do it after he hit a pothole in the city and popped his tire. He argues: Would you rather hit a big pothole, or drive around a plant? While there are many, many people who would rather drive around a plant, the the New York City Department of Transportation sees things differently. The DOT said that, “aside from putting himself in harm's way, Persin's tree planting is putting other people on the road in danger.” The DOT did not say when they would they would fill the potholes that Persin filled.
A Florida man who opened up his mouth during a drug bust ended up making his wife open up a much more private area for cops -- who found a stash of dope hidden in her lady parts. Steven and Jamie Schultz were initially pulled over after their car was spotted weaving back and forth over a solid yellow highway line. As one deputy wrote up a citation and checked their licenses, another called for backup, including a K-9 unit, which caught a scent of cocaine that prompted a search of the vehicle. According to the police report, the couple was then put in the backseat of a patrol car, where a recording device caught them discussing a hiding place for the drugs, and deciding on Jamie's private parts -- where a female officer found a baggie of coke during an exam at the station.
A crook in Florida was missing his driver's license when he was arrested. He'd left it with the manager of the bank he'd just robbed.
A dumb crook in Florida left his driver's license with the manager of a bank he robbed. Donald Towns walked into a Lake City branch of the Renasant Bank on Monday morning and asked about opening an account -- going so far as to fill out a form and give his ID to the manager on duty. When the man returned, the suspect handed over another bit of paperwork -- a stick-up note that was scribbled on the back of a hospital discharge that also had Towns' personal info on it. The 41-year-old walked out of the bank with $1,200 in cash and threatened to kill the employees on duty if they called police, but one took a chance and dialed 911. Towns was caught less than an hour later.
An overconfident Patriots fan tattooed the team's Super Bowl 52 victory on his back.
Plenty of New England Patriots fans are bummed about losing the Super Bowl, but no one feels worse than Eddy Ferrini. After five Super Bowl victories, fans were pretty confident that quarterback Tom Brady would lead the team to a sixth, so this die-hard fan decided to commemorate the sure thing by getting a new tattoo. The 21-year-old college student, who already had five Patriots Super Bowl wins inked on his back, accepted a dare from his friends and got the new tattoo a week before the game. When fans found out about his bold branding, they immediately labelled him a jinx. He said before the game that, if they were to lose, he would simply add another Roman numeral to the tattoo next year when they win.
Turns out Frito-Lay is not looking at making female-specific Doritos after all. An interview with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi went viral in which Nooyi suggested that snack giant Frito-Lay is looking at ways to develop Doritos chips that are women-friendly. Such chips would not to leave residue on a women’s fingers and have a less audible crunch. But Pepsi has issued a statement denying that the company is looking into making a special version of its chips for ladies. "The reporting on a specific Doritos product for female consumers is inaccurate," the company said in an email to Ad Age on Monday. Social media backlash was swift to suggestions by Nooyi that woman don't like to crunch loudly in public, with the hashtag #LadyDoritos trending and leading to some scathing comments, such as one from a Twitter user, who wrote, "My generation marched so future generations of women could enjoy Lady Doritos." As of Tuesday, "Lady Doritos" had been the subject of more than 95,000 tweets.
A Texas real estate agent has generated a lot of attention with her unusual realty signs. KPRC reports that Nicole Lopez started adding an unusual offer to real estate signs in front of properties promising "$250 in free tacos with the purchase of this home." Lopez, of Intero Real Estate Services in Houston, recently sold a home in Cypress that came with the now-viral taco incentive. She said, “The buyer is definitely going to get the tacos. He’s planning a taco party at the end of February.” Lopez said the home sold shortly after her sign appeared on a Facebook page. “It was the best investment in a $60 sign ever,” she said. Since the Facebook photo of her sign went viral, Lopez said she’s been inundated with calls from around the country and Canada. Lopez said she anticipates that copycats will steal her idea now that her tactic has proved successful. She thinks she may have to market herself now as “the original taco Realtor.” “We’ll take imitation,” she said. “If it helps people sell homes, we’re all for it.”
A report from the University of Rochester Medical Center that suggests that consuming low levels of alcohol actually keeps inflammation at bay and clear the brain of toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study’s lead author, Maiken Nedergaard, said in a statement, “Low doses of alcohol are potentially beneficial to brain health. Alcohol in moderation improves the brain’s ability to remove waste.” The brain has a unique system that flushes away waste, including proteins that have been linked to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The effects of alcohol on that cleaning process were examined in the study. Apparently mice who had the equivalent of 2.5 drinks a day could clear out brain waste more efficiently than teetotaling mice. Moderation is key, though. The study points out that rodents exposed to high levels of alcohol fared poorly, cognitive impairment, impeded motor skills and inflammation.
Police in Arkansas pulled over a Shelby Mustang GT500 -- and the car he was driving. State troopers arrested a 29-year-old man named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller and charged him with driving without a license or insurance. He also wasn't wearing a seat belt. The police report doesn't mention what car he was driving at the time. Nor does it mention if he's had the name of the sports car since birth or if he had it legally changed as an adult. Either way, you'd expect someone with that name to have a driver's license. He's due in court next month.
When Diane Liotta, 71, of Murray Hill in Manhattan, got a phone call from a Federal Marshall, she knew something was up. "I wanted to lead him on,” she said. "I wanted to see how far this idiot was going to go." Liotta said she received a phone call from a Bridgeport, Washington number and immediately sensed something was wrong. Liotta said, “It was yesterday, 3:15 in the afternoon, and I got a phone call from a man with a heavy Mandarin accent who identified himself as a federal IRS Marshall.” The “Marshall” said his name was Ray Johnson and told Liotta she owed $1,500 in back taxes. He said that a warrant was being issued for her arrest unless she withdrew the funds from her bank immediately and went to a federal store to wire it. But Liotta wasn’t born last night and turned the tables on Mr. Ray Johnson, saying, “But when I said, 'I have that much money in the house,' and 'Where can I send the check?' he said, 'Um, um, um,um.” Liotta posted her story on Facebook and included the number the scammer used as a way to warn others. “Nobody should think someone can call and said they are a federal marshal and demand money,” she said. Liotta plans to call the New York State Attorney General about the incident.
Florida cops seem to have a good case against a woman who drunkenly assaulted her boyfriend -- by throwing a bookcase at him, hitting him in the torso and bruising his hand. Cheryl Merrill and the victim got into an argument about the Super Bowl shortly after kickoff, and it quickly escalated into a physical fight, which she ended by lobbing the shelving unit in his direction. He called 911 to summon cops, who arrived and found the 60-year-old Merrill to be "highly intoxicated" and unwilling to answer questions. Merrill walked outside and got into her car but was forcibly removed before she could drive away. Her boyfriend insisted on pressing charges but couldn't sign an affidavit because of the injury to his writing hand.
A British woman found half a rat in a bag of frozen vegetables.
A British woman who went to the supermarket to pick up a bag of frozen vegetables ended up getting a full-on ratatouille -- thanks to a cut-in-half rat that was included in the mix. Pat Bateman had already heated up a portion of the expected ingredients -- and fed some of the veggies to her two-year-old granddaughter -- when she took a look inside the bag before putting it in the freezer. The 60-year-old told reporters, "I couldn’t believe my eyes when I pulled it out. It just looked like half a rat. It had fur on it. We felt physically sick after finding the rat." The grocery chain where she shopped offered her a $50 gift card, which she refused. They've since upped the ante to nearly $700, but the Batemans have yet to decide whether or not to bite.
According to ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster, thousands of pages of top secret government documents including national security, counter-terror and military files – were left in a locked filing cabinet that was sold off at auction. Australia is a member of Five Eyes, an espionage and intelligence alliance made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States that can trace its origins to the outset of the Cold War. So it is possible that within the filing cabinet there was information that could be detrimental to American interests. The documents may include information from between 2008 and 2013, when Australian troops were cooperating with American forces to combat terrorists, and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many businesses sell used government furniture. The documents were uncovered by the buyer who removed the cabinet locks with a drill. Almost all of the documents are classified, designated "top secret," "sensitive," ''Australian eyes only" and "cabinet-in-confidence." The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said has opened an investigation into the disposal of the filing cabinets.
Deputies from the Walton County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office arrested an unidentified a 30-year-old man after the suspect was stopped and panties and other stolen property were discovered in plain view of the officers. On January 14, deputies were called to a woman’s home in Defuniak Springs after she reported a burglary. According to the report, the woman noticed a pair of her panties on the ground in front of the porch steps when she returned from work. When entering her home, she noticed the door was unlocked and her bedroom had been ransacked. Things were strewn about the room, her mattress was cut down the middle, a full-length mirror was lying on the floor and shoes had been thrown from her closet. After taking an inventory of her property, she noticed all of her panties had been stolen as well as socks, a bull skull was removed from the wall and her spare car key was missing. The damaged and stolen property amounted to $1,100. The man was arrested and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. It is unclear if, when her property is returned, if the woman will actually want her panties back.
A Lakeland, Florida, man was has been charged with solicitation to commit murder after allegedly passing coded messages to his mother to contact a hitman to kill the judge sentencing him. WFTV reports that on January 8, Robert O’Hare, 56, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted on child pornography charges. Detectives said O’Hare called his mother from jail to contact “the Rabbi” the day before Judge Don F. Briggs sentenced him. John Herrell, spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff's Office, said, "Detectives have been listening to his record phone conversations with his mom while he was in the jail and along the way, they realized he was passing coded messages to her, using an alpha-numeric system." The simple code system involved a series of numbers that translated into letters from the alphabet, with A equal to 5, B equal to 6 and so on. Officials allege that the messages were intended for a family friend, Albert Arthur Bowman, 74, a.k.a. “the Rabbi.” Bowman denied involvement and reportedly told O’Hare’s mother that he couldn’t kill the judge and that he was just a “Rabbi.” It is unclear if Bowman is actually a rabbi.
A Nebraska man took the slogan "have it your way" a little too seriously over the weekend -- by walking into a Burger King and Exposing himself in full view of diners and employees. According to one employee, Khaled Khalil repeatedly walked into the restaurant and unwrapped his Whopper, leaving when ordered by the manager, but returning a few minutes later each time. Officers called to the scene were able to arrest the 24-year-old without a struggle, but their report said he appeared to be intoxicated and refused to speak to them. Khalil, who has no prior record, was charged with indecent exposure.
A Pennsylvania burglar accidentally knocked a phone off the hook and called 911 while ransacking an office.
A Pennsylvania burglar is on the hook for some serious charges after accidentally knocking a phone off the hook and calling 911 while ransacking the office he'd broken into. Police who responded to the hang-up found the glass entry door smashed in. They came upon Brendan Weaver crouching in a back hallway, stark naked and "under the influence of a controlled substance." According to the police report, the 28-year-old did more than $5,000 in damage to the office, which houses the Ephrata Review, his hometown newspaper. We're guessing his mom won't be putting that headline in the family scrapbook.
A customer picked up a take-out order and found a package of cocaine inside.
The owner of an Indiana restaurant is under arrest after she mistakenly served a customer an order of cheese sticks with extra cocaine. Police say a customer picked up her take-out order and when she opened it she noticed an extra container that appeared to have cocaine inside. She contacted police, which triggered an investigation that led right back to the restaurant's owner. Investigators reviewed the business's surveillance footage and watched as the owner, Carrie Demoff, took a container from a back office and brought it into a kitchen where she placed it inside a bag of food. Later, a cashier mistakenly handed the drug-filled bag of food to the customer. The owner eventually realized the mistake when the intended recipient of the cocaine bag came in 20 minutes later to make a purchase and the bag was nowhere to be found. Demoff was arrested and is facing felong drug charges.
An expert gamer who held a record for 35 years has been stripped of his title.
A cheating scandal is putting a dark cloud over the world of video gaming. Guinness World Records officials have stripped expert gamer Todd Rogers of a video game record. In 1982, he won a race in the Atari 2600 game Dragster in just 5.51 seconds. That score has never been broken, and Twin Galaxies, which is Guinness's main adviser on video game records, says there's a reason why: he cheated. Experts presented Guinness with evidence which shows that there's no way Rogers could have achieved that score. A Twin Galaxies rep released a statement saying, "Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Todd Rogers' scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leader boards." Rogers maintains that his score is true but says, "if the investigation into my score(s), and subsequent banning, can serve as a catalyst to clean the database of questionable scores and facilitate methods to catch future cheaters, this is a positive thing."
According to the Independent, a Norwegian Airlines flight from Oslo to Munich had to turn around mid-flight because of problems with the toilets. Norwegian communications advisor Fatima Elkadi told Norwegian news site Dagbladet, “It is true that DY1156, which was to fly from Oslo to Munich, had to return to Oslo again when they found an issue with the toilets on board.” The irony is that on the 186-seat plane was literally packed with plumbers. In fact, 85 of the passengers were from the Norwegian plumbing industry and between 60 and 70 were plumbers from the Rørkjøp plumbing company. Rørkjøp CEO Frank Olsen said, “We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we didn’t risk sending a plumber to work at 10,000 meters,” he told Dagbladet. “There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets.” Ground technicians fixed the problem and the plane took off again, landing in Munich at around 12 p.m.
The proliferation of service animals and emotional support animals traveling on airplanes has increased steadily over the last few years, but it seems like some emotional support animals strain credibility. According to NJ.com, that’s what happened Wednesday at Newark Liberty International Airport when United Airlines turned away Brooklyn artist Ventiko and her big bird Dexter, after she tried to bring the service peacock on board her flight to Los Angeles. Ventiko bought the colorful bird -- which has its own Instagram account --its own seat, but that didn’t matter. United Airlines spokesperson Andrea Hiller said, "The animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its size and weight. We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport." Hiller said United has seen a 75 percent year-over-year increase in passengers bringing emotional support animals on flights, as well as an uptick in incidents involving those animals while flying. Effective March 1, Delta airlines announced it is cracking down on the abundance of emotional support animals by requiring owners to provide more information -- proof of good health and up-to-date immunizations with 48 hours notice -- before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself. Delta says the crackdown is a response to a rise in complaints about animals biting passengers or soiling cabins.
When Colin Miller, general manager of Robin Autopilot of Dallas, received an alert on his phone that one of his robot lawn mowers had taken off from the yard it is assigned to, he became suspicious. According to KTVT, Robin Autopilot is an eco-friendly robotic lawn care service that uses robots to mow lawns, similar to the way a Roomba vacuums a home. They are programmed to each assigned yard and kept in check with a wire perimeter. “It’s not going to just drive down the street and run away,” Miller said. “I pulled it up on the tracking device and saw that it went on an adventure kind of all over the neighborhood.” Miller said there was no way the robot had gone rogue. “It was in the 30, 40 miles an hour range compared to the few miles an hour the robot actually mows your lawn at,” he said. “They’re smart, but they’re not that smart.” So Miller used the robot’s GPS to track it. When he caught up with the robot, he called the Dallas police and let the professionals rescue the lawn-mowing gadget. Investigators arrested Stephen Cress and Maria Izaguirre. Police said after locating Cress and Izaguirre, they found other stolen property belonging to other people. And the robot was rewarded for its service. Miller said, “The robot definitely got a few days off. We brought it into the office, cleaned it up, made sure everything was working on it. So it got a nice little vacation from doing its job.” The suspects were charged with theft.
A Washington man who didn't have enough dough for a pizza delivery tried to rob the driver, but ended up getting boxed in by a quick-thinking cop who found he'd ordered the same pie from the same cell phone just four days earlier. A guy who identified himself as "David Adams" rang a Pizza Hut and placed a large order worth more than 80 bucks, but when the driver arrived at his apartment complex, he said he'd meet her in the parking lot, which he did -- pulling out a gun and demanding she hand over the food and the cash she was carrying. The driver called 911 and reached a dispatcher who thought outside the box and checked with the eatery to see if anyone had used the suspect's phone to order pizza in the past -- finding that he'd done that just four days earlier. Cops were dispatched to his apartment, where they found a group of people smoking weed and eating a few pies, which they insisted had been there long before they showed up for the party.
A stretch of highway in Arizona has been adopted by Satanists.
You might say that Arizona is hot as hell, but if you're driving along a particular stretch of Interstate 10, you might think you actually are in hell. A two-mile portion of the highway between Phoenix and Tucson has been adopted by the Satanic Temple of Arizona. So if you happen to be driving on I-10, you might actually see some Satanists with pitchforks cleaning up trash on the side of the road. Members of the temple say they wanted to do something good for their community, so they contacted the Arizona Department of Transportation and asked to adopt a segment of the highway. They paid the fee and now have their own sign on the side of the road. A founding member of the temple says, "What we are really showing here is that Satanism is a legitimate religion, even though it’s non-theistic. We are showing the people do have a sense of community and they want to get involved."
An Indianapolis man recently did two things he thought he would never do -- reach top speed in a minivan and deliver a baby all by himself. Doug and Tara Schetzel were expecting their second child in about a month, but their doctor told them last week that the baby would likely arrive early. He wasn't kidding. Just two days later, Tara started having contractions and told Doug it was time to get to the hospital. They grabbed their two-year-old daughter and hopped into their minivan. After dropping their daughter off at a neighbor's house, Doug put the pedal to the metal. Doug says he drove as fast as he could, but the baby was a little faster and started to make an appearance in the front seat. They made it to the parking lot of the hospital, but couldn't run inside in time. Doug ran around to the passenger side just in time to deliver the baby. Doug took off his shirt and wrapped the baby up. Hospital staff then came running out and moved mom and baby inside to a labor and delivery room. They're both doing fine.
A Wisconsin funeral home is throwing a pizza party and you’re invited. On Tuesday, January 30, the Krause Funeral Home will offer free pizza as an incentive to get people in to pre-plan their funerals. They even sent out invitations in the mail, via postcard. Mark Krause, Krause Funeral Home owner said that funeral expenses are on the rise, with costs ranging from $6,000 to $12,000. Krause said believes that price-tag will double in the industry over the next 15 years. Unless you plan ahead. "You buy your funeral today, and we guarantee you will get your service and merchandise without any added expenses in the future," Krause said. Krause said more than 100 people showed up to their "pizza and pre-plan" event last year.
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is cracking down on archaic laws. House Majority Whip Representative John G. Edwards of the Rhode Island General Assembly is spearheading a move to get rid of the state’s outdated legislation. One bill would repeal a law that allows residents of the town of Barrington to haul away up to two loads of seaweed from any public beach, but bans non-Barrington residents from doing the same. A second bill would repeal a law that makes it a crime to act as a second at any duel where a mortal injury is inflicted. Other outdated laws include one that makes it illegal to race or “test the speed of a horse” on a public highway. The current law calls for a fine of $20 or 10 days in jail. Another bill seeks to amend a law requiring a driver passing an automobile on its left to audibly indicate via honking or shouting when passing. It would change the word “audible” to “visible,” meaning the use of a directional signal. Representative Edwards said, “I’m sure many of these laws served an important purpose when they were passed. There was a time when dueling was a problem and needed to be curtailed. When the Model T first hit the streets, we were still trying to figure out how to regulate driving. Horseracing on the roads was probably an issue in previous centuries, but they have no relevance in 2018.” Edwards also wants to form a committee that would make recommendations to the General Assembly about laws to repeal or to the governor of executive orders to repeal.
When Terry Wayne Ward passed away on January 23, the 71-year-old went out in style, thanks to his daughter, Jean Lahn, of Lowell. “He lived to make other people laugh…it was the only way to honor him properly,” Lahn told WXN of the death notice she wrote for her dad. “I wrote it myself and I didn’t tell anyone I was going to make it funny.” Once they read it, the rest of her family agreed it was the perfect send-off. The obituary appears on the Geisen Funeral Home website and has since gone viral. The obituary begins, “Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of DeMotte, IN, escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.” Ward, who was an Army veteran in the Viet Nam war, worked for AT&T for 39 years. The obituary states that he “despised ‘uppity foods’ like hummus, which his family lovingly called ‘bean dip’ for his benefit, which he loved consequently. He couldn’t give a damn about most material things, and automobiles were never to be purchased new. He never owned a personal cell phone and he had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians.” The obituary is long and lovingly detailed and ends on a high note, stating, “Memorial donations in Terry’s name can be made to your favorite charity or your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on and tell a few stories of the great Terry Ward.”
An elephant completely disregarded border laws when it crossed from China into Laos late Saturday night. In a video released by CCTV, the elephant is seen walking over one fence-like barrier and skirting another as it ambles down a concrete strip separating the countries. According to CCTV, Chinese soldiers were quickly sent out to look for the elephant, but the animal returned home on its own, crossing the border once again. "It's winter now, and there's not a lot of food in the forest areas. We often see wild elephants hunting for food in nearby villages,” Li Zhifu, a soldier with a Chinese border agency said, according to CCTV. China has roughly 300 elephants, most of them living in the rainforest of Yunnan Province.
According to the New York Post, David Kupferstein, 36, was at the Hustler Club with some friends back in March 2015 when one of the dancers chatted them up. Kupferstein said, “She kept on talking to me. She kept on having drinks with us. Some of my friends were throwing money at her. She told me all about herself and her family and how her children were in trouble with the police.” Kupferstein, who works as private chef, replied, “It sounds like you are a bad mother.” The unnamed dancer punched Kupferstein as he had his drink to his mouth and knocked out his left front tooth in the process, he claims. Kupferstein said, “I guess she didn’t like it.” Now he is bringing a lawsuit against the strip club. Kupferstein claims the manager pledged to pay the private chef’s dental bills, but later reneged. He is suing for almost $1 million in damages. Kupferstein acknowledged, “I guess it is sort of insulting to tell a woman she is a bad mother. I felt we had that kind of rapport.”
A meat-hating woman in England went bananas when trying to show the world her dietary choice -- by tattooing the word "vegan" on her forehead. Kate Bullen, who lives in the industrial town of Preston, wanted to spread the word that it's easy eating green, so she had the word inked just above her right eyebrow -- to remind her that she never wanted to go back to munching on her fellow mammals. She says she's gotten a lot of negative feedback over the decision, some from family members who say they're worried she might be harming her chances of getting a job-- although she's been "self-employed" since her late teens. Her tattoo artist admits she was initially skeptical about doing the inking, but says that Kate "didn't try to convert" her to eating vegan, so she relented and is glad she did.
Don't get between a man and his barbecue sauce.
There's apparently one condiment you won't find at a Waffle House restaurant, and thanks to an insane Georgia man, we now know what it is. 43-year-old Willie Edward Drake sat down at the counter of a Waffle House in Macon, Georgia and asked for some barbecue sauce with his meal. An employee informed him that they don't keep barbecue sauce in stock and Drake didn't take the news very well. He completely lost his mind and started yelling obscenities at the staff. At one point hollered, "I’ll go to [effing] jail over some barbecue sauce!" Well, it turns out he was serious. Employees feared for their safety and called 911. When police arrived, they found Drake being "uncooperative and disorderly." He was arrested for disorderly conduct.
A prison inmate was pining for some luxuries of home is in big trouble -- after he briefly escaped but later returned with a duffel bag full of homemade meals. Prison officials at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, Texas say 25-year-old Joshua Hansen was able to escape the prison grounds and make it to a privately owned ranch, where he picked up a bag of contraband and carried it back to the prison. He was caught by authorities when he returned. His bag contained "a large amount of home-cooked food." There was also a few bottles of liquor, tobacco and marijuana. Hansen, who is already doing time for a narcotics conviction, now faces additional charges of escape and marijuana possession.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp's daughter says her mother wore a fake nose and sunglasses to try to help her pass a 2011 driving test after she failed her initial attempt. The Chicago Tribune reports that Stepp had her daughter, Hannah, introduce her to staff on Jan. 11 after President Donald Trump appointed the former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary to be the EPA Region 5 administrator. During the introduction, Hannah Stepp said her mother wore the disguise so she could follow someone taking the Wisconsin driver's test. She said her mom wanted to learn the route to help her practice for her own test. She told the newspaper that her mom always carries a fake nose around. Cathy Stepp issued a statement Friday saying the story was simply meant to be funny and she's surprised anyone might take it otherwise.
Talk about hitchhikers you really can't pick up: Four circus elephants were briefly stuck along an Oklahoma road waiting for a ride. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a truck carrying them to Iowa broke down Wednesday. Trooper Dwight Durant said Thursday that the floor of the trailer carrying the pachyderms had started to give way and was dragging on the road, sparking grass fires along the way. The elephants disembarked near Eufaula, about 120 miles East of Oklahoma City, after someone noticed the problem from another vehicle traveling behind the truck. The elephants were transferred to another trailer and moved to a nearby veterinarian's property before another vehicle arrived to take them to Iowa. Durant said the elephants belong to Carson & Barnes Circus, based in Hugo, Oklahoma.
City workers found 93,000 pounds – 46 tons -- of Mardi Gras beads in the storm drains of New Orleans. The storm drains got a thorough cleaning over the past few months as part of the 120-day cleanup effort, part of the Emergency Catch Basin Cleaning and Repair Program. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration proposed the $22 million dollar project after heavy flooding caused chaos in neighborhoods across the city in August. The flooding exposed problems with the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage system as well as the clogged catch basins and drains. The beads were all found in the St. Charles thoroughfare between Poydras Street and Lee Circle. The project began on September 26 with the goal of cleaning 15,000 catch basins. Department of Public Works Director Dani Galloway said they hit that mark on Wednesday. The three-month project yielded 7.2 million pounds of debris in city drains. Galloway said, "Once you hear a number like that, you never go back - so we have to do better.” According to CNN, typical attendance for Mardi Gras in New Orleans is about 1.4 million people. Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans kick off Friday, February 2.
It all started when the mother of the groom had an accident. WABC reports that a wedding ceremony in Freehold, New Jersey demonstrated a young couple’s commitment to each other when the ceremony was unexpectedly moved to the bathroom. The courthouse bathroom, that is. Brian and Maria Schulz, of Ocean Township, were at the Monmouth County Courthouse on January 2. They were all set to tie the knot when things got tense. Brian's mother started having trouble breathing and felt she was having an asthma attack. Sheriff's officers rushed over to help and brought her to the ladies’ room. There, they started giving her oxygen while waiting for EMTs to come help. The young bride and groom were worried about Brian’s mother but also concerned that they wouldn't tie the knot that day. If the ceremony didn't take place on January 2, they would have to wait 45 days for a new marriage license to be processed. The groom's mother signed the marriage license and had to be there for the ceremony, and officers were concerned moving her could cause her situation to get worse. That's when one of the officers suggested the couple get married in the women's restroom. The couple loved the idea and the venue was officially moved. Honorable Judge Katie Gummer performed the ceremony near the paper towel dispenser. The newlyweds are doing just fine, as is the groom's mom. No word where the couple is planning to spend their honeymoon.
WVLT reports that thirty-three year-old Chad O. England of Maryville, Tennessee, was arrested after he flipped his truck five times because, as he told police, "Jesus was calling him and advised him to let go of the wheel." The incident took place on the morning of January 20. Sullivan County deputies responded to a single car accident on I-81 North. According to the incident report, England had gotten out and began to run away, carrying a jar and "speaking gibberish" before deputies were able to secure him in the cruiser. In the vehicle, deputies found six grams of marijuana; 0.6 grams of cocaine; a pipe; rolling papers; a bottle of Crown Royal about 3/4 empty; a small, empty bottle of Crown Royal; and several cans of the sort used for huffing. Witnesses said England was speeding down the highway, when he suddenly left veered off the road. England said he wasn’t running when he left the accident, but rather was “being called and was traveling to bow before someone.” He also told police that although he was behind the wheel, he was not driving. England was arrested on multiple charges: DUI first offense; felony possession of schedule II for resale, possession of schedule VI and possession of paraphernalia; open container; no driver’s license in possession; failure to exercise due care; no registration in possession; violation of implied consent and no insurance in possession.
People all over France lost their minds when Intermarché, a chain of supermarkets, offered a 70-percent discount on Nutella, lowering from about $5.60 to about $1.75. Police were called when the shopping turned violent and people began fighting and pushing one another. Riots broke out at the stores across the country. The newspaper Le Progrès reported that an employee at an Intermarché in central France said, "We were trying to get in between the customers but they were pushing us." A shopper told French media, "They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head; another had a bloody hand.” The report adds that every Intermarché across France was sold out of Nutella within 15 minutes. Nutella is a hazelnut cocoa spread made in Italy. Over 750 million pounds of Nutella is consumed annually in 160 countries around the world. Many Europeans enjoy Nutella on toast or bread for breakfast.
Customs authorities in California weren't laughing when a man tried to pull off the old snakes in a can joke -- because he used some very real, very dangerous cobras instead of the cute toy ones. Rodrigo Franco faces five months in prison after pleading guilty to wildlife smuggling -- a charge he was hit with when officials snagged a courier shipment bound for his house, containing potato chip cans with three live king cobra snakes and three albino soft-shelled turtles inside. Franco was allowed to keep the turtles, which are legal to have as pets, but was cited for receipt of the highly venomous cobras, which are banned. Franco later admitted he received 20 king cobras in two other previous shipments, but all the snakes had died while being shipped.
Forget repeat or three-peat. This guy is a 344-peat offender.
To call Richard Powell a repeat offender would be perhaps the biggest understatement ever. The 57-year-old Florida man was recently arrested for the 344th time. His lifetime of shenanigans has landed him in handcuffs for a wide variety of offenses, including robbery, assault, public drunkenness and stealing a milk crate. His most recent misconduct involved violating a previous order to stay out of Miami Beach, where he's gotten into a lot of trouble. Police found Powell there yelling in the street and carrying a beer. He also had marijuana stuffed inside his shoes. He appeared before a judge this week and was sentenced to 90 days in the slammer.
Looking for stripper poles, a coffin with cherry red lining and a velociraptor? You might want to check out the upcoming auction of gaudy items that decorated two mansions once owned by a former developer in South Florida. The Miami Herald reports the former estate of Thomas Kramer will be sold in one package to the highest bidder on Feb. 14. The auction followed the seizure of Kramer's Star Island mansions following a judgment his former in-laws obtained against him. Kramer's extravagant South Beach lifestyle was fueled by the millions given him by father-in-law Siegfried Otto, a now-deceased German businessman. Later, a battle ensued over whether it was a gift or loan. Kramer lost the case, his home and possessions. Kramer, now living in Europe, is only allowed to keep his personal photos.
Super Bowl LII is shaping up to be a truly exciting day when 2016 Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, face the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots have won the Super Bowl five times and will be appearing for the third time in four seasons. The Eagles have gone to the Super Bowl twice: the last time was in 2004 when they were beaten by the Pats. Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime performance, while the national anthem will be sung by native Pennsylvanian Pink. And of course there will be the requisite multi-million-dollar attention-grabbing commercials. But when two teams face off at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth two hours before kickoff. At the time of its nearest approach, the asteroid will be no closer than 10 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, or about 2.6 million miles. The asteroid is classified as “potentially hazardous” but NASA insists that it “isn’t expected to hit earth.” Which could also mean there’s not enough time to get Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck into space before an extinction-level event occurs, so there’s no point in warning people. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, who would probably be played by Paul Giamatti in a movie about the asteroid, said, “We have been tracking this asteroid for over 14 years and know its orbit very accurately. Our calculations indicate that asteroid 2002 AJ129 has no chance — zero — of colliding with Earth on February 4 or any time over the next 100 years.”
The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in the Dublin suburb of Clonsilla said on its website that it is seeking the office's new "cat cuddler." The clinic is looking for someone with “gentle hands” that can pet cats for long periods of time. The job notice states, “Are you a crazy cat person and loves cats? Does ‘cattitude’ come naturally to you? Have you counted kittens before you go asleep? Do you feed the stray cats in your locality? Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?” The clinic writes that the ideal candidate, “must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.” Additionally, candidates “need to be softly spoke and capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients,” and must possess the, “ability to understand different types of purring is a distinct added advantage in helping you secure this position with us. “ In order to qualify for the position, candidates must be recognized by the veterinary council in Ireland. Irish and all other cat cuddlers should apply at www.justcats.ie/careers.
A Michigan woman on the brink of homelessness said she couldn't believe her eyes when she realized that her lottery ticket was a match. Fifty-year-old Shawna Donnelly, of Clarkston, Michigan, won the option of receiving $25,000 a year for life after playing "Lucky for Life" at a local 7-Eleven earlier this month, Michigan lottery officials said Monday. Donnelly said she's still trying to wrap her head around the win. "I woke up in the middle of the night and had a feeling I should check my tickets," Donnelly told Michigan Lottery officials on Monday. "When I saw I matched five numbers, I must have refreshed my phone 100 times to make sure I really won." Donnelly, who was facing homelessness and struggling to take care of her elderly parents, said the windfall came at the perfect time." “Winning this prize couldn't have come at a better time," she added. Donnelly, who claimed her winnings on Monday, opted to receive the money in a one-time lump sum of $390,000 as opposed to annual payments of $25,000, which would have turned out to be more money in the long run, according to lottery officials. She said she plans to buy a new home and car with some of the winnings and plans to save the rest.
A Florida man is on the hook for some pretty serious charges after he was hauled in for robbing a high-end pet store -- by shoving some expensive exotic fish down his pants. Cops reeled in Cruz Garcia Junior after he entered Pet Safari this month and reached into a tank to grab several Electric Blue Acaras and Blue Ram Cichlids while his accomplice, Crystal Dixon, tried to distract the clerk on duty. After Garcia snagged the fish, valued at about $20 apiece, he allegedly complimented the store and made his way out, but as the clerk put it, “I immediately went to where I saw them last and I noticed there were droplets of water coming from the tank." Rob Shaw of the Clearwater Police Department says, “I think it’s the first call you ever heard were somebody stuffs live fish down their pants and flees the scene."
A Texas family said farewell to their beloved chicken with a sweet obituary.
A Texas family mourning the loss of a loved one thought the best way to honor her was with a lengthy newspaper obituary -- even though she was a chicken. The Sword family adopted their beloved pet chicken, Big Mama, in 2013 from a veterinary college that had taken her from a family that no longer wanted her. She quickly became part of the Sword family and happily joined the rest of their flock of chickens. The obituary, printed in The Eagle newspaper, reads, "Not many chickens deserve an obituary, but she does... Big Mama flourished in her new life, growing into the beautiful Rhode Island Red chicken we knew she could be. She is survived by her flock: Bubbles, Runt, Mrs. S, Funky, Lucky and Blondie."
A car crash littered an Illinois highway with cash.
A portion of an Illinois highway had to be shut down on Tuesday after a car crash dumped wads of cash all over the road. Illinois State Police say the driver of a Ford sedan lost control of his car, slammed into a guardrail, then struck another vehicle and ended up on the grass median. The man was transporting video gambling machines for the company he works for, and they all opened up and spilled piles of five-, 10- and 20-dollar bills. Police closed off the area for about an hour while crews worked to pick up the loot. It's not known of all of it was recovered. Luckily there were only minor injuries reported. The driver was cited for driving too fast for the road conditions.
When the Minnesota Vikings played the Eagles in Philadelphia, many Eagles fans were less than polite to visiting Vikings fans. Some of the behavior they faced was nasty -- and sometimes violent. But, Vikings fans might get the last laugh when Eagles fans come to Minneapolis to watch the Super Bowl. Many of these fans are signing up to be Uber drivers for the weekend with plans of picking up Eagles fans and driving them to the wrong places -- or even out in the boonies. Weird Super Bowl this year because neither fan base is very well liked. Need proof? An online survey said more people would rather see the Super Bowl get hit by an asteroid than root for either team.
A fake can of Campbell’s tomato soup has cost a Middleton, Massachusetts couple their savings. WFXT reports that Amanda Mattuchio’s parents used a fake can of soup to hide their cash. Sadly for them, they stored it next to real soup cans in their kitchen. Amanda said, “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills. The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center.” Her parents generously cleared out their soup cabinet and absent-mindedly donated their can with their savings. Frank Leary, who runs the Middleton Food Pantry where the cans ended up, said they receive hundreds of donated cans of soup a week. They searched every single one but still haven't found that can. Leary said, “I would love to find the can of soup. That amount of money is a terrible, terrible loss for anyone. For all I know, that Campbell tomato soup is sitting in someone's cabinet right now and they don't even know it.” Amanda's folks are retired and live on a fixed income. She’s asking anyone who went to the Middleton Food Pantry in the past few weeks to check their cabinets and soup cans. “I just hope whoever did find the money. If it has been found that they see this and they find it in their heart to return it,” Amanda said.
At a school raffle to raise money for team uniforms or new books or art supplies, prizes might include a new car or a vacation. One school in New Mexico is doing things a little differently. KRQE reports the Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriatry is trying to raise money to go towards a new school building. The big-ticket items at their “Made in America” fundraiser are a gun and a rifle. Some parents are not happy about it. The Estancia Valley Classical Academy’s fundraising arm, which is made up of staff and parents, hosts several fundraisers a year. The Public Education Department says the state has no control over the fundraising efforts. It is up to the individual districts or school to decide how it raises money. Estancia Valley Classical Academy is a charter school, which means that while it uses public funds, it is independently run, so the school and fundraising foundation have final say. The school website shows the foundation has held gun raffles at least since 2015.
A DUI suspect in Maine gave new meaning to the term "punch drunk" by hitting himself in the face over and over so he wouldn't have to take a breathalyzer test after a wreck. Brian Fogg had driven his car into a ditch, sustaining minor injuries, and when deputies approached him, they thought he smelled strongly of alcohol. But rather than submit to a breathalyzer test, Fogg decided to punch himself repeatedly in the face, making it all but impossible for him to put the testing tool into his mouth. Police tended to the 27-year-old's injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the influence, falsifying physical evidence and criminal mischief.
A Florida man drunkenly tried to place a Taco Bell order -- at the drive-up window of a neighborhood bank.
A Canadian man built a car out of snow on the street -- and received a parking ticket.
You can't park your snowmobile on the street in Montreal, especially if the snowmobile is actually a car made out of snow. Simon Laprise sculpted a full-sized Back to the Future-style DeLorean out of snow right on the street outside his apartment. But even though the vehicle was fake, police officers weren't amused and they left a real parking ticket on the fake windshield of the fake car. Laprise says the snow car had been parked in the street for a few days during a snowstorm before cops discovered it. He says he did it just to have a little fun with the snow removal crews. He later shared some photos of the car and his ticket on Facebook.
A Florida man is probably wishing he could make a run for the border after he drunkenly tried to place a Taco Bell order -- at the drive-up window of a neighborhood bank. Douglas Jon Francisco aroused the suspicion of the bank's manager when he pulled into the drive-thru and promptly fell asleep, and kept snoozing through many attempts to wake him with banging on the driver's side window. When he did come to, Francisco promptly ordered a burrito and seemed confused when he was told he couldn't get one. Cops were dispatched to the scene when the 38-year-old became belligerent, but when they arrived, he insisted he'd never asked for a burrito. Still, according to the police report, "he made several statements that were differing from reality" and was taken into custody.
Police in New Hampshire say when they went to an apartment to arrest a man on a drug charge, his mother told them he was fatally shot inside and then led them on a two-state chase. A body hasn't been found. WMUR-TV reports 54-year-old Carmelita Vergez pleaded not guilty Thursday to several misdemeanor counts. Police in Nashua say Vergez told them Wednesday about her son's death, but drove off as they attempted to learn more. They said Vergez led them into Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, where she caused a minor collision before driving back to Nashua, about 20 miles. Police arrested her after her van struck another vehicle and she ran off.
Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with period uniforms and antique weaponry. When they went down they saw a crocodile resting in a small pool of water dug in concrete basement. The owner of the house explained that he got the crocodile years ago. City prosecutors said Friday they were checking whether the man was complying with local laws.
The U.K.-based budget variety-store B&M is about to launch a fresh and frozen food range in England. To help them ensure that they are “the best in the country,” the company is offering one lucky person the chance to taste test some of their new products. The position is listed as “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur.” Clearly, they’ve never heard of Carter Wilkerson. who earned a year's worth of free chicken nugget from Wendy's in a Twitter contest. The lucky candidate who gets the job will receive a 25-pound, or about 35 dollar, voucher each month to spend on “fresh and frozen food” in their local B&M store. The job requires the nugget eater to then share their feedback with B&M. The company adds, “Just like a good steak, this opportunity is rare and shouldn’t be diced with. If you think this is your calling please upload a paragraph on why you think you deserve the opportunity and what relevant experiences you have…” The position is listed as temporary but is open to anyone.
This Valentine’s Day, the Bronx Zoo wants to help you show that special someone how much they mean to you with cockroaches. The Zoo says the perfect gift for your loved one is a Madagascar hissing cockroach. The Madagascar hissing cockroach, or Gromphadorhina portentosa, is two to three inches long, orange and brownish in color and has a life span of up to five years. It hisses by exhaling air through its breathing holes, called spiracles. Their hiss takes three forms: the disturbance hiss, the female-attracting hiss and the aggressive fighting hiss. You can name a roach in honor of your loved one, or if you prefer, in dishonor of an ex or enemy for merely $15. And this year, according to the Zoo website, you can add a roach-shaped pin, chocolate or socks with roaches on them to up the sweet and cuddly factor. There are also packages available from $25 to $50, or for the big roach spender, the VIP package for $75 which includes everything: a roach pin, socks delicious chocolates and a printed certificate with the roach’s name, all for your sweetie. All funds raised go to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Snowy owls are visiting a small town in coastal New Hampshire and people are freaking out. Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh told Seacoast Online that snowy owls wintering in the area have brought out some excitable bird watchers. At Rye Harbor State Park, dozens of people, outfitted with large spotting scopes and cameras, lined the shore to observe a snowy owl resting on the rocks. In some instances, Walsh said, people have been throwing things at the owl, or chasing it, to make it fly “to get the picture they want.” The Rye Police Department posted on Facebook, writing, "With several snowy owls spotted in Rye, we are encouraging people to keep their distance and be respectful. They are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.” New Hampshire Audubon explains that snowy owls “are already stressed by hunger and cold temperatures when they get here, so it is important to resist the temptation to get too close for a clearer look or better picture.” Snowy owls in this area are usually juveniles that hatched the previous summer and flew south for the winter when food is scarce in their Arctic habitat. Audubon says people should keep a respectful distance and adds that if an owl reacts to your presence, “you are too close.” If people keep bothering the owls, it could end up costing them. Walsh thinks his department should start ticketing people who bother the owl. “So taxpayers will be paying for us to watch people,” he said.
A Massachusetts drunk who'd hopped on the New England Patriots bandwagon was arrested after trying to hop onto a train leaving the team's stadium -- while it was chugging away at full speed. Tony Sillari had been thrown off the train for causing a ruckus by “swinging his arms wildly and screaming profanities while several other passengers were attempting to restrain him," but tried to re-board once it started moving again -- nearly dragging a transit cop off the side in the process. The hefty fan was hanging on by the door railing as the choo-choo chugged along. He fought off help from an officer who tried to steady him and instead tried to pull the cop down with him. The 34-year-old was eventually subdued and charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer.
A Montana woman really put the "butt" in butter knife when she was busted for smuggling a blade into jail between the cheeks of her rear end.
A Montana woman really put the "butt" in butter knife when she was busted for smuggling a blade into jail between the cheeks of her rear end. Samantha Nicole Wise was found holding the knife in her cell, and confessed that she had hidden it, folded, between her buttocks when she was booked into the jail last week, She went on to say that when a strip-search was conducted, she was able to move the knife and hide it in her jail-issued towel. Authorities added a weapons possession count to the charges that landed Wise in jail to begin with -- namely leading police on a high-speed chase after shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from a big box store.
A plastic surgeon showed for work drunk.
When choosing a doctor to perform your surgery, you can't do much better than selecting one who is Harvard-trained with a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. That is, unless, they've been doing some day-drinking. Dr. Theodore Gerstle of Lexington, Kentucky arrived at the hospital on Monday for a scheduled plastic surgery procedure and as he was preparing to start slicing and dicing, some other staff members noticed he was clearly intoxicated. The chief medical officer confronted him and Gerstle voluntarily left the hospital and started walking away. Police were called and they caught up to him a short while later. Gerstle was arrested and nipped and tucked into jail on a charge of public intoxication. It's not clear exactly what procedure he was about to perform.
Two cops messed up bigly as thieves stole pot plants from the crime scene they were supposedly guarding.
A pair of police officers in Western Australia had one simple job to do and failed in the worst way possible. The duo was assigned to guard a marijuana grow house that had been cordoned off. All they had to do was protect the evidence inside. Somehow, as they were guarding the one-story house overnight, thieves got inside and made off with 100 plants. Stunned police officers made the discovery the next morning and immediately had two questions: "Who stole the plants?" and "How did the guards miss them?" An investigation is under way to find the thieves and recover the plants. When the house was initially raided, police arrested two people inside and charged them with growing marijuana.
A gaggle of armed robbers went door to door in New Zealand hoping to get a ride home from a heist -- but residents told them to take a hike, and they ended up behind bars. The men barged into a convenience store on Saturday night armed with hammers, and demanded the clerk turn over cash and cigarettes, which he did -- but still got bashed in the head before the men escaped onto the busy street outside. At that point, they realized they had no getaway car and bolted down the road to knock on doors looking for a ride. Since they were still wearing their masks, they found no takers, and two of the three were picked up by cops called to the scene by one of the homeowners who turned them down.
We've all heard the phrase "don't look a gift horse in the mouth," but a drunken Pennsylvania man needs to learn another lesson -- don't punch a police horse in the mouth. Taylor Hendricks got so wasted inside Lincoln Financial Field that security guards gave him the boot long before the final whistle blew at Saturday's game between his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. Getting hit with that penalty flag enraged the 22-year-old so much that he decided to pick a fight with the horse, punching the equine officer in the face, neck and upper body, causing it to rear up and nearly unseat the cop in its saddle. Court records indicate that Hendricks, who will face a judge on January 30th, has been previously cited for public drunkenness on two separate occasions, pleading guilty both times. For what it's worth, if he'd stuck around, he could've celebrated an Eagles win.
The next time you feel a sneeze coming on and try to prevent it from coming out because you're in a meeting, watching a play or simply don't have a tissue ready, think twice. A 34-year-old man was about to sneeze and decided to stop it by pinching his nose and covering his mouth. Unfortunately, the sneeze had no exit, so the man ended up rupturing his throat. According to a case study published this week in the British Medical Journal, the man immediately felt something pop and experienced swelling in his throat. He also had trouble breathing and swallowing. He ended up being hospitalized for seven days and fed through a tube until the rupture healed. He's expected to make a full recovery.
A British man trying to return home from Iceland was barred from boarding his flight when he tried to get through security wearing too many layers of clothes. Ryan Carney Williams was trying to avoid the checked-luggage fee, so he wore every item of clothing he had, which included eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts. Security at the airport in Iceland was not amused and he was denied entry to the gate. He was then arrested for causing a disruption. \The next day, he tried to board another flight with a different airline and was denied entrance again because the airline had been notified of his behavior the day before. Instead, he was offered a refund for the ticket. Ultimately, he was able to catch a flight home with a third airline.
A whopping 910-carat diamond was discovered in Southern Africa, one of the biggest gems ever found, the mining company that uncovered it said Monday. The colorless diamond was extracted from the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small nation completely surrounded by South Africa, and is believed to be the fifth largest diamond to be unearthed, said Clifford Elphick, chief executive of the Gem Diamonds, which runs the mine in partnership with the government of Lesotho. Elphick released a statement describing the gem as an "exceptional top quality diamond." He said the precious stone is rated D color, the top-rated color for diamonds. The largest diamond ever excavated is the Cullinan Diamond, a 3,106.75-carat gem found in Cullinan, South Africa, in 1905. The diamond, which is also known as the Star of Africa I, was cut and used in the British monarchy's crown jewels. Letseng is the same mine where the 603-carat Lesotho Promise diamond was discovered in 2006, Elphick said. The uncut Lesotho Promise diamond was auctioned off in Belgium that same year for $12.4 million.
Dramatic video shows the moment a sedan soared into the air and crashed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, California, leaving several people with minor injuries. The car was speeding when it hit a raised center median and launched into the air, the Santa Ana Police Department said Sunday. The car then collided into the building's second floor and became lodged, police said. The Orange County Fire Authority said it responded and extinguished the fire. Only minor injuries were reported, police said. According to police, the driver admitted to using narcotics. ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported that the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Dramatic, high-definition helmet-camera video captured the moment a Georgia firefighter caught a child thrown to safety from a third-floor balcony amid a raging fire. "I heard the screams" at the 2.5 alarm fire at an apartment complex earlier this month, DeKalb County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Crump told reporters. "Quickly they got that ladder up to that third-floor balcony and got them down." It was third-generation DeKalb County firefighter Captain Scott Stroup who was seen on video catching a child dropped from the third floor, the fire department said. Another firefighter also caught a young child, the fire department said. "We don't encounter that pretty often," Crump said. "Obviously the parents trusted us enough to drop their children to our captains. And they made the catch." A dozen trapped people were rescued from the blaze, the Dekalb Professional Fire Fighters Local 1492 wrote on Facebook Sunday. "They did an outstanding job," Crump added. "Everybody on that scene did a great job."
The cat is really out of the bag about the stupidity of a Florida couple who stuffed their cat into a bag -- and tried to check it in as luggage on a flight at a Pennsylvania airport over the holidays. Olivia Sari and Nicholas Larrison had visited loved ones near Erie and were flying home on New Year's Day when they checked the suitcase -- which triggered an alert system in the baggage area. When a screener grabbed the bag to look inside, he found an undersized female cat tucked between layers of unfolded clothing -- without food, water or sufficient air to make it through a two-hour flight. The suspects, who are both 21 years of age, were both cited for transporting animals in a cruel manner. They have not entered pleas.
Nearly two dozen people got a little too saucy at a Northern California pizzeria -- getting into a vicious brawl over a missing cell phone that was actually in the restaurant's lost and found the entire time. The scuffle broke out at John's Incredible Pizza Company on Saturday night after a woman asked another member of a different large party if one of her group had the phone -- and got a slap in the face for her trouble. The mother of the girl who lost the phone said her family was attacked simply for asking questions. Waiter Drake Lynn says, "Their boyfriends, or males who they were with, backed them up, and then they started throwing punches, and then their friends started throwing punches, and they started throwing punches at other parties that were there. We would have definitely found the cellphone, if they would have just given us a little bit of time and let us do our jobs." After cops restored order, they discovered the phone had been turned in to the lost and found hours earlier.
The cat is really out of the bag about the stupidity of a Florida couple who stuffed their cat into a bag -- and tried to check it in as luggage on a flight at a Pennsylvania airport over the holidays.
A drunk driver decided to sleep it off while inside New York's Holland Tunnel.
A drunk driver travelling between New York City and New Jersey probably had the right idea when he stopped driving so he could sleep it off. It's just that doing it while inside the Holland Tunnel was not the best place for a nap. A Port Authority Police officer was exiting the Hudson River tunnel on the New Jersey side when he suddenly came up on a traffic jam. As he rolled up to a stopped vehicle, he noticed the driver inside fast asleep at the wheel with the motor running and the car in gear. He also detected a strong odor of alcohol and spotted an open bottle of wine on the floor. The officer's keen investigative skills told him that the driver was drunk as a skunk. After failing a field sobriety test, as expected, the officer arrested Robert Tume-Ponce with driving while intoxicated.
If a large snake doesn't want to pay the toll, it doesn't have to.
New Jersey State Troopers are not the men and women you want to mess with, but one officer met his match last week along the Garden State Parkway. Trooper Steven Vallejo was dispatched to a toll booth probably expecting a driver trying to slide by without paying. Instead, the call on the radio reported a live python sliding around in the toll collector's basket. Trooper Vallejo must be on the short end of the New Jersey State Police totem pole, because he was called to remove it. Luckily for him, he didn't have to reach into the basket to get it. When he arrived, he saw that the snake was actually left in a tank on the side of the road. Without any prior snake-handling experience, Vallejo grabbed the python by its tail and used his baton to lift its head. He then placed it in the backseat of his cruiser and transported it to a local exotic pet store, which is now taking care of it.
A 12-and-a-half foot Burmese python was no match for the law Thursday night in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Officer Joey Cabrera struggled single-handedly with the massive reptile in a fight captured on video. Cabrera was victorious. An off-duty United States Customs and Border Patrol officer had spotted the snake along a roadway and notified police. Cabrera was first at the scene and quickly managed to secure the reptile. Once backup units arrived, the snake was taken to a police substation where a licensed python removal contractor euthanized it. On Friday, Pembroke Pines Police Department tweeted out a warning, “Snakes are not an uncommon sight to Floridians, but Burmese pythons are an invasive species & a real threat to local wildlife, pets, and even children. If you see a snake please do not approach it. If the snake is a danger to you or the surrounding area contact 911.” Burmese pythons are not venomous, but they can bite people as well as wrap themselves around their prey to crush them. Carol Lyn Parrish, the public information coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), told ABC News that her agency “wants to engage the public to help in removing this invasive species and even offer classes to the public.” FWC has an Exotic Species Hotline, 888-483-4681, that people can call if they’ve spotted a Burmese python.
One expecting mother spent so much time in Taco Bell thanks to her pregnancy cravings that she knew exactly where she'd shoot her maternity photos. Kristin Johnston, who lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, posed at sunset in front of her local Taco Bell in a bright red floor-length gown and a string of pearls. The now-mother of two said she was inspired to have her maternity shoot there after looking up ideas on Pinterest, where she spotted an elderly couple who shot their senior portraits at the restaurant. Johnston -- who was already a mother to a 1-year-old son named Sawyer with her husband of nearly three years, Cody -- tapped her best friend Kelly Daniels to trek to Taco Bell with her for the shoot. Last month, the two met outside of the restaurant at sunset "so it can be really good lighting," Johnston noted. Daniels recalled, "She steps out of her huge mom mobile and she steps out of it in her floor-length red gown and [the Taco Bell is] right at one of the busiest intersections. We got quite an audience every time a red light came around." Johnston, who welcomed the baby -- Theodore Johnston -- featured in the photo shoot last week, said she's thrilled with how the photos turned out. She noted that even her husband was amused by the photo shoot.
A British man really felt like a weenie for locking himself inside a meat locker at his job -- until he discovered that he could break out with a sausage. Chris McCabe says he was trapped in the walk-in freezer at his butcher shop in southwest England when an unexpected gust of wind blew the door shut. The safety button to open the door had frozen due to the extreme cold. McCabe, freezing in a temperature of four below zero, tried to kick the door down, but had no luck. But rather than panic, McCabe dug out a rock-hard three-pound log of blood sausage and pounded on the latch, which eventually opened. At a news conference, he said "Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt."
A North Carolina man was arrested for trading his stepdaughter's dog for a batch of meth.
A North Carolina man's attempt to seal a drug deal came back to bite him -- when he was arrested for stealing his stepdaughter's dog in order to trade it for a batch of meth. Christopher O’Neal Eakes swiped the eight-week-old Yorkie on New Year's Day and offered it to his dealer in exchange for a few baggies of the drug. The deal went down, and the dealer and ended up trying to deal the poor pooch via a Facebook ad -- which its owner saw and called 911. Unfortunately, she didn't make the call in time -- the meth man had already sold the dog to a family with kids who'd bonded with the critter, so his original owner agreed to let them keep him.
A woman was arrested for attacking her husband with a pizza.
Imagine being so angry at someone that you're willing to ruin a perfectly good pizza. A Connecticut woman got into a nasty late-night argument with her husband and ended up in handcuffs for attacking him with a Domino's pizza. Police say 44-year-old Amber Llorens and her husband George picked up the pie around 1:30 a.m. on their way home from a friend's birthday party and then got into an argument. That's when police say she allegedly picked up the pizza and started attacking her husband with it. Police were called to break up the fight and arrived to find several slices of pizza on the floor of the car. They arrested Amber and charged her with disorderly conduct.
Cops followed a drunk driver around a traffic circle 17 times.
A drunk driver in France was finally stopped and arrested after leading police on a dizzying chase. The 73-year-old man ignored police sirens and continued driving around a traffic circle not once, but 17 times before he was finally stopped and collared. He told cops he never heard the sirens. And it turns out this wasn't even the first time he's done this sort of thing. Police have taken away his driver's license in the hopes that he never does it again.
A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed. Police responded to the Stratford trash company Thursday and after finding what appeared to be a hand grenade, called the state police bomb squad to disarm the explosive. Police say the grenade appeared to be from either World War I or World War II and was thrown out alongside garbage that ended up at the waste facility. Police say there were no injuries reported and the scene was cleared without incident.
A group of concerned citizens in Maine saved a young moose trapped in the snow. WLBT-TV reports that the group dug the calf out of 40 inches of snow in Crouseville on Monday. Lauren Allen's husband was among the small crowd of helpers. Allen says Maine game wardens responded to help load the distressed animal onto a flat sled and move her to stable ground. Allen says the moose got stranded last week too and needed help. Community members think the calf lost its mother. But a Warden Service spokesman said there's no happy ending. Cpl. John MacDonald said the baby moose's labored breathing pointed toward an illness called lungworm. In consultation with wildlife biologists, Wardens determined the moose had to be put down.
It wasn't an armed robbery at the Ritz, but you could put it on a Ritz – and it stinks a lot more. Local police from central France’s Auvergne region told ABC News today that around 700 blocks of Saint-Nectaire cheese were stolen Monday night in the city of Murol. Thieves broke the door of a cellar where the cheese was located, according to police. The owner and producer of the cheese, Caroline Borrel, told the France Bleu radio network that the losses totaled an estimated €10,000, or U.S. $12,000. Borrel said she wanted to install CCTV cameras and alarms in her cellar.
You've heard of drug-sniffing dogs. But bug-sniffing dogs? Yes, they are part of the canine workforce too. On Wednesday, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts introduced its newest employee: Riley, a Weimaraner puppy, who is being trained to sniff out bugs and other critters that could potentially damage valuable artwork at the museum. The museum's deputy director, Katie Getchell, told The Boston Globe that insects are an ongoing concern for museums. Riley will add another layer and help sniff out pests that humans can't see. "Weimaraners are incredibly smart and have a powerful sense of smell," said Nicki Luongo, director of the museum's protective services department, at a press conference Wednesday. Riley won't live at the museum, either. He will live with Luongo instead. Although Riley seemed to relish the attention he received at his first work event, the museum said visitors won't see the pup roaming the halls along with the Monets and Rembrandts. He will be used behind the scenes. And it seems like Riley was born to do this work. The American Kennel Club said Weimaraners have "good scenting ability, courage and intelligence" and are "excellent game hunters." Even if the hunt is for bugs.
A Russian man got drunk and broke into a convenience store to steal a bottle of wine, but it's how he broke into the store that is absolutely insane. Simply breaking open a window or squeezing through a door never crossed this crook's mind. He decided to go much bigger by stealing an armored personnel carrier and driving it into the front window. He then climbed out of from the tank, grabbed a bottle of wine and left the store. But he didn't get far. It turns out it's hard to drive an armored tank into a store without people noticing, so police were called and they came right away to arrest him. Police say the drunk stole the tank from a nearby motorsport training facility, and before he crashed it into the store, he also happened to flatten a car.
A Florida man who got a pizza delivered to his apartment ended getting himself delivered -- to jail, by cops who were staking out the place to question him on charges of attempted murder. Luis Marino Nieuwkerk got into a drug dispute and fired two gunshots that missed their mark before driving away in a dark-colored sedan -- with the incident clearly captured on a surveillance tape that showed the car's license plate. Deputies tracked the vehicle to the parking lot of a large apartment complex, but couldn't determine which unit to go to -- until they ran into the delivery driver, who told them he'd just dropped a pie off with "Boogie," which is the suspect's nickname. The pizza man said it was Nieuwkerk's regular order, and told them which apartment he could be found in. Boogie was cuffed there without incident. We're guessing the pizza didn't come along for the ride.
A New York woman got a free pair of thong panties added to the pair of designer jeans she ordered online -- but they were dirty and used.
A New York woman got a free pair of thong panties added to the pair of designer jeans she ordered online, but she wasn't terribly happy -- because they were dirty and used, and stuffed into the pocket of the denims. Christine Evans purchased the $150 Not Your Daughter's Jeans through Nordstrom's website, and opened her package on Tuesday to find the icky add-on in the front pocket. She tweeted her displeasure, along with a photo of the putrid panties, and asked the company for some sort of solution -- which the retailer answered by offering to send her a pair of replacement jeans. Evans said that wasn't good enough, calling the reply "appalling customer service," adding that "as a nurse, the numerous amount of health hazards this issue presents is astounding." Nordstrom says it plans to work with Evans to "make things right."
Getting drunk and driving an armored tank into a store to steal a bottle of wine is no way to go through life.
Apparently Costco will accept all sorts of returns.
A California man has turned to social media to publicly shame a woman who wasn't ashamed to return a dead Christmas tree to Costco -- 10 days after Christmas. Scott Bentley stood in line behind the woman and couldn't believe she was trying to get a refund for her dead tree. He snapped a photo and posted it on social media with the caption, "I can’t make this stuff up... Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas tree ‘because it is dead’ on January 4. If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe that someone had so little moral values or lack of conscience." The woman was slammed on social media with people calling her a "miserable" and "cheap" person. Costco actually gave her a full refund, which might come as little surprise to members who know about the company's generous return policy.
It might sound off-putting, but wait until you hear the rest. Adweek reports that an IKEA ad running in Amelia magazine, is one of Sweden’s most influential magazines for women, encourages women to pee on the ad. If the woman who does so is pregnant, peeing on the ad reveals a special discounted price on cribs. The ad was created by Swedish agency Åkestam Holst in collaboration with Mercene Labs, using technology similar to home pregnancy tests. Adweek runs down the scientific hows and whys of what makes the ad work. This is not the first time pee-based advertising has been implemented: Animal Planet once put urine-scented ads at the bottom of lampposts to attract dogs, with human eye-level ads promoting a dog award show.
A leading cruise company is trying to stop customers from getting a pizza the action -- by handing out fliers telling them that they aren't allowed to get busy with steaming slices, or any other buffet item. Norwegian Cruise lines printed out the one-page handout for its winter Caribbean cruises, which explained in great detail, that "Sexual acts with our handcrafted pizzas can bring unintended health consequences and can pose a safety hazard for other passengers aboard our journey." While light-hearted in nature, the note did call attention to a rash of incidents in which cruise passengers have exposed themselves in dining areas and other public places.
An SUV flew off the road and crashed into thousands of bees.
An SUV veered off the highway in Florida and went airborne, and that's not even the craziest part of the accident. Police say the vehicle was traveling on I-75 just south of Tampa when it somehow drove off the road and flew through the air. It crashed through a fence and eventually slammed into a tree. But making matters worse is that emergency responders couldn't rescue the two occupants inside the car right away because they crashed through several large boxes containing bee hives before hitting the tree. First responders were kept away by thousands of bees swarming the SUV. It wasn't until the fire department arrived with foam spray that they were able to reach the couple inside the car. It's not known if anyone was stung, or if the occupants inside the SUV were injured. The accident is under investigation.
A rabbit owner got a hare-raising surprise.
A British woman who says she's not very religious believes there is something rather divine about her pet rabbit. Kate Hazel says she noticed just a few days before Christmas that her pet bunny Fluff had a mysterious cross on its forehead. The bunny's mostly black fur had developed a light-colored, cross-shaped marking. Hazel says, "I’m not religious, but some people think they are a sign of something happening. But, you know, she’s just a Cornish rabbit with a cross in the middle of her forehead. Maybe it’s her new fur coming through, or her old fur, whichever way you look at it. So, she might shed it or it might stay there." Not surprisingly, the bunny has received a lot of attention from people who believe it is a sign, especially because it came right before Christmas. Hazel says people have begun calling the bunny Fluff the Baby Jesus.
Swiss authorities say they have apprehended an 80-year-old man on allegations he robbed a bank near the city of Lucerne. Lucerne canton (state) prosecutors said Tuesday the man, who was arrested the previous day in the Lucerne area, had confessed to the December masked robbery of the bank in Meggen. The suspect's name wasn't released in line with privacy laws and further details weren't immediately available. At the time of the robbery, police released a photo of the suspect showing him wearing a black mask, clutching a blue plastic bag of money as he robbed the bank before he fled on foot. They said it wasn't clear if he was armed, and did not say how much money he got away with.
Guam's governor was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who pretended to be officials from Ukraine. Pacific Daily News reports that Guam officials received an email in September 2017 requesting a phone call with Gov. Eddie Calvo. The senders claimed to be from the office of the Ukraine prime minister and wanted to talk about North Korea's threat to Guam. Guam government spokeswoman Jenna Blas says the email included verifiable information, which led officials to proceed with the phone call. Blas says Calvo caught wind of something not being right partway through the interview, but that he completed the call in a professional manner. On Tuesday, comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov posted a video with an audio recording of the phone call on their YouTube channel.
For those looking to stay cheaply in New York City, there’s a new listing on Airbnb: "Snowfort penthouse with lots of natural light." According to WABC, ABC News producer Michael Koenigs built a snowfort on his penthouse balcony after last week's bomb cyclone snowstorm and decided to put it on Airbnb. The listing reads, “This comfy snowfort is built to impress with its very own tunnel entrance, breakfast chair, and couch for sleeping (bring your own blankets--BYOB). It has sweeping city views and no roof to allow maximum sunlight exposure to help warm you up during the day. The 5 foot-tall snow wall offers some privacy from the prying eyes of nosey New Yorkers.” The listing is only available for a limited time because the snowfort will melt. The fort includes excellent views of the New York City skyline, a tunnel and Koenigs’ wife, who makes hot chocolate.
Alligators living at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, have adapted to the state's unusual weather by poking their noses through the ice to survive. "It's a survival mechanism," said George Howard, the general manager of the park. "They'll go wherever it is warmest." The alligators went into the water last week during the "bomb cyclone" that hit the East Coast. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard. The animals are experiencing brumation, a process cold-blooded animals go through that lowers their metabolism so they can survive cold climates, similar to warm-blooded mammals' hibernation. "It is very, very abnormal for southeastern North Carolina," Howard said of the ice and freezing temps. "It is not abnormal for them [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe." A layer of ice had formed on top of the swamp last Friday and stayed solid throughout the weekend. The ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water, said Howard. "They didn't care. They're just doing their thing," said Howard. "Alligators have been around for hundreds of years. They're survival machines." The American alligator can survive water temperatures of negative 40 degrees and can hold their breath for one to 24 hours, the park said in a blog post. As of Tuesday morning, the alligators have thawed and were waiting for the afternoon sun.
The Massachusetts Lottery reports Robert Goodwin of Randolph won $1 million less than five months after his wife won a million bucks from Publisher’s Clearinghouse. Goodwin won his prize in the Lottery’s “$1,000,000 Platinum Payout” after buying a $5 instant ticket scratch off ticket. His wife Jane Goodwin found out that she won her $1 million dollars after a day trip to Provincetown. The married millionaires said they plan to use their winnings to purchase a home in an over-55 community. When asked why, Goodwin said, "No more shoveling.”
As if California doesn’t have enough fires to fight, one man in northern California started a fire when he could have used a shoe. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that Lyndsey Wisegarver tried to kill a spider with a torch light and ended up burning his apartment building so badly, residents have been forced to move out. "It was a huge wolf spider," Wisegarver said. Wisegarver is a caregiver for one of the men living in the apartment. Once Wisegarver set the arachnid ablaze, it jumped on a mattress, setting it on fire. The fire then quickly spread to a flag collection and drapes in the bedroom. Residents tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but they were unsuccessful. Officials said the fire caused about $11,000 in damage. Battalion Chief Rob Pitt said all the residents escaped from the building and no one was injured.
It didn't take long for Texas cops to tell a crook that his number was up -- after security cameras captured photos of him robbing a store...with the social security number tattoo on his forehead in full view. Robert Charles Wooten was fingered in at least three armed robberies in Houston late last year, each of which showed the digits inked on his shaven head, making him easy to track down. During one, the 40-year-old lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked into his waistband, then began demanding cartons of several different brands of cigarettes, which the frightened clerk handed over. Wooten is also a suspect in several recent armed robberies at a pawn shop, Walgreen’s and a Family Dollar. A Houston police rep said they don't even refer to him by name and "are calling this guy ‘Social Security’ because he actually has his Social Security (number) tattooed across his forehead."
A shoplifter stuffed an entire rack of ribs -- among other things -- down the front of his pants.
A Florida supermarket owner has a bone to pick with a shoplifter who stuffed a rack of ribs -- among other things -- down the front of his pants. Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez was nabbed by a sheriff's deputy who happened to be at the IGA market at the time, and saw him stuff the meat into his trousers. When he approached the 25-year-old, he found that Aguilar-Alvarez had a pantload of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and two packages of hamburger buns. Investigators reported that Aguilar-Alvarez smelled strongly of booze and appeared to be highly intoxicated as he was booked for retail theft in the $33 robbery. We're guessing he's in for quite a ribbing from friends once he's back out on the street.
Some wild turkeys are holding residents of an Ohio town hostage.
Residents of one Ohio community hope they can have mail delivered to their homes again soon, but that all depends on a pack of wild turkeys. About 25 or 30 homes in Rocky River haven't had mail delivered in three weeks because some aggressive turkeys have taken over the streets and are preventing mail carriers from doing their job. The town's mayor believes bird feeders in some residents' yards have attracted the turkeys and now they refuse to leave. So people are urged to remove the feeders in the hopes that the turkeys will go somewhere else. Some mail carriers have reported being pecked by the turkeys. In the meantime, residents have to go to the post office to receive their mail.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Tim McCoy of Conway, South Carolina likes to chill his beer by keeping it on top of his frozen pool. With the outside temperatures in the lower twenties, McCoy’s pool froze. So he went outside with a chair and a case of beer and downed a few cold ones. A picture of him cooling down his brew was later posted on Facebook and went viral. He said he got the idea because he was homesick. "I'm from Indiana and I love to ice fish,” McCoy said. “That was my closest, next best thing to ice fishing. So I figured I'd get up there, sit down and have me a beverage."
This is why you should always insist on getting a signature. Washington, D.C. police arrested a man who was trying to recover 9.4 pounds of marijuana which had apparently been delivered to the wrong address. The package was delivered to a witness on Friday via FedEx but he didn't order the package. The man was contacted by a suspect about the package and said he would have someone turn it over. So on Saturday, a plain-clothes officer contacted the suspect and told him he had his package. When the suspect arrived, the undercover officer handed him a decoy box. As the suspect put the package in his car police arrested him for possession with intent to distribute.
A North Carolina man spent 24 hours inside a Waffle House last week, which was the agreed-upon punishment for finishing in last place of his fantasy football league. Justin Poliachik and his bros agreed early on in the season that whoever were to finish last would have to spend a full day in the restaurant as punishment. But for every waffle he ate, he got to deduct 20 minutes. Justin sat down at a table at 7 p.m., and posted a sign letting employees know that he was going to be there a while and explaining why. Justin ate seven waffles while seated at the table and ended up having to stay there for 21 hours and 40 minutes.
If only this guy could go back in time to prevent his DeLorean from catching fire.
A Utah man took his beloved DeLorean out for a drive last weekend and nearly drowned in his tears as he helplessly watched his rare car go up in flames. Daryl Kemsley was driving the rare stainless-steel sports car, popularized by the Back to the Future movies, when he was rear-ended by another car. As he pulled into a Rite Aid parking lot, a fire broke out in the engine. Kemsley ran inside the Rite Aid and asked employees to use their fire extinguisher but they refused to let him use it and told him to leave. With nothing else he could do, Kemsley sat down on the curb and cried as his car was completely engulfed in flames and utterly destroyed. Rite Aid has been made aware of the situation but has not yet commented.
An American tourist in Thailand OD'd on the drug and ran naked through the airport.
A New York man is about to return home from his trip to Thailand with a very interesting story. 27-year-old Steve Cho was thrown in jail after he overdosed on Viagra and went for a naked stroll through the airport. And just to make sure he got everyone's attention, he also decided to yell some insane things and throw his own feces at people. Cho was eventually tackled by six security guards who, to their credit, showed a lot of restraint and didn't harm him. Once Cho calmed down, he told officers he had "taken too many sex drugs" and apologized. He also offered to pay for any damage he caused. Police transported him to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
A neighborhood in Arkansas is trying to track down a jogger who's been leaving turds in their driveways.
Over the past year there have been multiple incidents involving people pooping in other people's yards and driveways, and now 2018 has its first poopetrator. This time, a jogger with a bad case of the runs has made Little Rock, Arkansas his dumping ground. Tiffany Mattzela says she found a "huge pile of feces" in her driveway and suspected an inconsiderate neighbor of not cleaning up after their dog. But after reviewing her security camera footage she was shocked to see that it wasn't a package left by a dog -- it was dropped off by a jogger. She said, "It was a person who had been jogging down the street, ran up between our two cars, defecated, and ran away." Mattzela says she's not the only one who's been victimized. Other neighbors have reported being dumped on. The jogger remains on the loose.
A Pennsylvania family had an emotional reunion last week with their beloved dog, whom they thought was gone forever after an eagle swooped down and flew away with her. Monica Newhard says her brother let the family's four dogs out to play in their yard when he noticed an eagle flying around. As he stood and admired the bird's impressive wingspan, the predator swiftly flew down and grabbed Zoey, the family's eight-pound bichon frise, and flew away with her. The family was shocked and heartbroken. They just assumed that Zoey was gone forever, but then just two hours later, someone driving four miles away spotted something white in the road. Christina Hartman said she thought it was a patch of snow but then got closer and realized it was a little white dog. Hartman brought Zoey home with her and went on Facebook where she discovered the family's post about their dog being taken away by an eagle. The next day, Hartman returned Zoey to her very grateful family.
While most visitors to Disney World get a pair of Mickey ears to wear or a barbecued turkey leg to eat, one New Jersey man got a new kidney. A family trip to Disney World last September turned out to be a magical one for 60-year-old Robert Leibowitz. The single father of four suffers from chronic kidney disease and has been in need of a kidney for three years. So while at the world's most magical place, he wore a T-shirt letting people know he was looking for an O-positive donor and included his phone number. A fellow Disney visitor took a picture of the shirt and shared it on Facebook. Lo and behold, an Indiana man named Richie Sully saw it, knew he was O-positive and immediately contacted him. Richie called Robert and said, "My name is Richie. I am O positive. I have an extra kidney [and] you are welcome to it." Richie went through the testing process and traveled to New York to find out of he is a good match, and he is. The transplant surgery is scheduled for next Thursday.
Florida police are sharing the details of an odd 911 call they received on New Year's Eve from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Polk County Sheriff's officials wrote on their Facebook page that Michael Lester of Winter Haven told the dispatcher that he was driving drunk on the wrong side of the road, and he needed to be pulled over. The Polk County Sheriff's office also posted the audio from the 911 call on its Facebook page. Lester said at one point during the call, "Look, I'm parked in the middle of the road." The dispatcher tried several times to get Michael to pull over, and directed a deputy to his location. When the dispatcher asked Lester where he was, he said, "I'm too drunk. I don't know where I'm at." Police eventually located Lester who told them he only had two beers. Then, he changed that number to three or four. He also mentioned that he had only slept four hours in the past four days, and he said he had swallowed some meth, instead of smoking it. Lester was arrested for DUI and he was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, improper use of the center lane and not wearing a seat belt. The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester's criminal past includes a previous DUI, as well as aggravated battery, drug possession, disorderly conduct, resisting, and hit and run. Sheriff's officers wrote, "Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter." They added, "However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn't help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off)."
Google has hired 30 employees to try and stop local residents from stealing its bikes in droves, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company offers its employees free multi-colored company bicycles as an environmentally friendly way for its employees travel around its giant corporate campus in Mountain View, California, where the company is based. However, the local residents in Mountain View reportedly have also taken a liking to the "Gbikes," and some 100 to 250 of the company's 1,100 Gbikes go missing on a weekly basis. The bikes reportedly have shown up at local schools, on neighborhood lawns, at the bottom of the town creek and even on the roof of a local sports pub. Now Google is trying to cut its losses by hiring a team of 30 contractors to retrieve the bikes from around the city, and it is testing other solutions like GPS trackers and bike locks that only Google employees can open using their smart phones. The contractors drive around in five designated vans, and their only job is to recover the Gbikes from around the community, according to the report.
A Cocoa Beach, Florida woman said a cat jumped into her car and attacked her, and as she was trying to escape the feisty feline, she was run over by her own vehicle as it rolled in reverse, according to Florida Today. The woman, who officials from the Florida Highway Patrol say is recovering from her injuries, said she had left her car parked in front of a house on Friday night when the cat jumped into the car and attacked her. In an attempt to escape from the angry kitty, the woman exited the vehicle, forgetting that she had shifted it into reverse. Troopers said the car then rolled over the woman, leaving her with critical injuries. She was transported to the hospital via a medical helicopter. Florida Highway Patrol's Lieutenant Channing Taylor said, "It's very unusual to have an animal leap into a car and bite somebody like this and then get run over by your own car. The car rolled into the street and did strike a parked vehicle as well."
A New York family returning from a Christmas trip to Florida found they could no longer drive their car as two of its tires were stolen while it was parked in the airport parking garage at the Greater Rochester International Airport. Heather Evans and her family came back from a 10-day trip to Florida and found the tires on the passenger side of her Cadillac Escalade were missing. The thieves left behind a cinder block propped under the rear wheel. The theft was discovered and reported Christmas Day while Evans and her family were still in Florida. The perpetrators got away without being noticed by employees or cameras as the level of the garage where Evans parked is not covered by video surveillance. Evans says no one noticed when her husband returned to the garage to replace the tires. When they were finally able to drive away, Evans said they weren’t allowed leave without paying the $168 parking fee. Airport Director Andy Moore said Evans would be reimbursed for the cost of parking and the county will allow the family to file a claim for damages.
A man who was flying overseas on United Airlines created a really crappy situation -- by having a mid-flight meltdown and smearing his poop all over the walls, forcing an emergency landing. The man, whose name was not released, was on his way from Chicago to Hong Kong when he decided to find out what brown could do for him. He took a handful of his excrement and smeared it on the walls of two different bathrooms, as well as the outside hallways, then tried to stuff his soiled shirt into one of the toilets. Airport police in Anchorage, Alaska, where the flight was held, say the subject was taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. No charges were filed.
A Utah man was arrested for stealing his own bike from a police station -- where cops had taken it after it was stolen from the guy's house in the first place.
A Utah man was arrested for the strangest burglary of the new year. He stole his own bike from a police station -- where cops had taken it after it was stolen from the guy's house in the first place. David Elwyn Snow and his brother went to the department to retrieve the bike, but since they'd never actually reported it stolen, cops were unwilling to confirm that it actually belonged to Snow. Then an officer who was on duty at the time accused him of returning to the station that same night after seeing where it was being stored. Officers went to the home of Snow's grandmother after the man who allegedly stole the bike was busted for a separate crime, and said Snow and his brother "had been bragging that they had 'pulled off the crime of the century and broken into the police department.'" He faces charges of burglary for breaking into the police station, but not theft, since the bike was his.
An airline mistake resulted in a passenger being the only person on a flight.
Airline mistakes usually don't bode well for passengers, but thanks to one error, a woman got to enjoy her greatest flight ever. Imagine a flight where no one's behind you kicking your seat or next to you chewing your ear off or asking you to get up every 10 minutes to go to the bathroom. Beth VerSteeg had all that and more on her recent flight from Rochester, New York to Washington, DC. Thanks to a mistake that booked her on a staff-only flight, Beth got to enjoy her own private plane. She, the pilot and one flight attendant were the only ones on board. VerSteeg described the flight as awkward, especially when the flight attendant went through the usual safety demonstration.
Amid the fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, a man's car trunk was set ablaze in a Houston, Texas, parking lot. Hurara Hassan’s trunk exploded in a massive light show after a lit firework fell on top of the more than 600 packaged fireworks he had stashed in the trunk, according to ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston. The incident occurred during a parking lot party where people were setting off fireworks to celebrate the holiday. Hassan chronicled the burnt packaging and destroyed interior of his Dodge Charger in a video. His friend Issa Sham's car suffered minor paint damage from the popping fireworks. No one was injured in the explosion. Sham said he's thankful that everyone was OK. Jonathan Garza witnessed the explosion, and posted video of it on social media. Fireworks can be seen popping in every direction and dark smoke is seen billowing out of the Charger's windows. Hassan said his car is in need of serious repair, but said he isn’t worried about the cost of fixing it. As for next New Year’s Eve? “I'll go do the fireworks again, but I'll make sure the trunk is closed next time," he said.
A woman eating an egg sandwich crashed into a home on Long Island when her dog, who was riding in the back, jumped into the front seat and onto her lap. WNBC reports that an unidentified woman crashed into a vacant, condemned home on Long Island in Hempstead around 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a neighbor and authorities. A neighbor says a woman was driving and there was also a man and dog inside the vehicle. The neighbor told police the dog jumped into the front seat and on the woman while she was eating her egg sandwich. It is unclear if the dog wanted the sandwich. The woman lost control of the car and crashed into the corner of the home. There was heavy damage to a portion of the home but an official from the town of Hempstead said it was condemned and has been abandoned for years.
A New Zealand man could've creamed an intruder who broke in to sleep on his couch -- but instead, he offered the guy a cup of coffee with cream and a plate of toast before sending him on his way. Gordon Pryor woke up at the crack of dawn and went downstairs to grab a cup of coffee when he was startled at the sight of a young man snoring away on his couch. He thought about calling cops to rouse the lad, but decided to just let him sleep it off -- then offer him a stern lecture about breaking and entering, along with a breakfast of toast and coffee. The younger man, whose name was not released, said he'd taken the wrong shuttle bus after leaving a music festival some 15 miles away, and got nervous about finding a place to stay, so he climbed in an open window at Pryor's place. The 60-year-old described his visitor as apologetic and “really humble, a helluva nice kid.”
A Colombian man injured himself digging up a relative's dead body so he could join the New Year's Eve festivities.
A Colombian man missed a family New Year's Eve party because he injured himself trying to loosen up a stiff relative -- by digging up the guy's dead body to join the festivities. Kevin Rivera apologized to loved ones by offering up the horror story, which no one believed -- until they got a call from the San Jacinto Cemetery, where a worked found that someone had removed Jassir Jose Rivera Gomez’s body from its resting place the night before. Rivera, who suffered cuts to both hands and arms, told his family that he exhumed the body of his cousin, who'd died in a car accident two years earlier, "because he loved him a lot and wanted him out of his niche so he could see in the New Year with him.”
A woman's security camera caught a woman stealing her package, and then caught her returning it 10 days later.
A package thief in California appears to have gotten a conscience for Christmas. A security camera outside Brittany Hale's home captured the moment on December 21st when a woman tip-toed onto her front porch and walked off with a package. The box contained containing personalized collages of photos from her wedding that were meant to be Christmas gifts for her parents and grandparents. Hale shared the video with police and on social media in the hopes it would convince the Grinch to return the package, and it worked. On New Year's Eve, the security camera caught the woman sneaking back onto the porch to return the box. Hale shared the video on Facebook and wrote, "Starting 2018 off with the stolen wedding photos returned. Last night the lady that stole them had the heart to return them. I am thankful that this lady did the right thing and returned what was not hers. I can only hope she has learned a lesson from stealing other people’s property.
A group of drinkers built their own island to get around their town's ban on alcohol.
A group of New Zealanders came up with a very clever way to get around a local ban on alcohol so they could imbibe on New Year's Eve. The government of Tairua, a small town in New Zealand's North Island, bans public drinking every year between December 26th and January 6th in an effort to cut down on illegal behavior. But this year, a group of friends came up with the brilliant idea to create their own private island where the law couldn't be enforced. So one day, during low tide in the Tairua estuary, they marched into the water and shoveled up a large mound of mud big enough to fit all seven of them and a picnic table. Then, on New Year's Eve, they sat on their man-made island and rang in the new year with drinks. Even local law enforcement was impressed. The police inspector said, "That's creative thinking. If I had known that I probably would have joined them."
A bird somehow flew into the cockpit of a Delta flight.
A Delta flight from Detroit to Atlanta had to make a U-turn and return to Detroit after pilots found a small bird flying around the cockpit. The plane was taxiing to the runway when the pilots noticed the bird inside the cockpit. So they turned the plane around and returned to the gate to remove the bird. But after searching for an hour, they couldn't find it and assumed it had somehow left on its own. The plane then took off, but an hour into the flight the bird reappeared and the pilot announced, "I have an update that the bird is back and it's going a little nuts in here in the cockpit and we do not feel safe continuing on this flight, so we're going to go back to Detroit." Once the plane arrived at the gate, the door was opened and the bird flew out. After a brief delay, the flight was resumed and took off for Atlanta without any winged hitchhikers.
A squirrel trespassing in a New York kitchen was seen on bodycam footage lunging at a police officer who caught it stealing cookies red-handed. Two officers from the Brockport Police Department in upstate New York responded to a home on Friday after dispatchers received a call that the squirrel was eating cookies in the kitchen, the police department wrote on Facebook. As the video begins, loud music is heard in the background as the officer enters the kitchen, and he tells the homeowner that he is going to turn their radio down. "The squirrel turned it on," an exasperated female voice is heard saying in the background. Just as the officer enters the kitchen, the squirrel can be seen running on the wall opposite to him. Within seconds, it jumps onto a cutting board sitting on the kitchen island, using it as a springboard to launch itself toward the officer. "Geez!" the officer says, laughing, as the residents scream in the background. Amid the commotion, the squirrel continues to hop around the kitchen frantically. "Officers Sime and Dawson arrived on scene but were not at all expecting the warm welcome they would receive from the squirrel," the police department said. The officers eventually captured the "uninvited guest" and released it without injury, to the relief of the homeowner, according to the police department. While capturing squirrels may not be in the Brockport Police Department's usual list of duties, the department said its police officers would "always go the extra mile to help their residents.
An Ohio man left the world laughing with a sarcastic jab at the Cleveland Browns. The football team was 1-15 last season and 0-16 this year and has the NFL's worst two-season record ever at 1-31. An obituary published in The Sandusky Register reads, “Paul Stark passed away Dec. 27, 2017, of complications from a brief illness, exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns, at Stein Hospice, Sandusky.” The notice goes on to talk about Stark’s life in Ohio and mentions that he leaves behind his wife of 52 years, three children, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The obituary later mentions, “Paul passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner, but had many well-earned blessings.” Browns fans can only hope their team turns the corner: Cleveland has the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming NFL draft.
A Florida man heard the jail door slam behind him after trying to kill his wife by rigging their front door with electricity -- and changing his Facebook status to "widowed" before finding out the plot failed badly. Michael Wilson devised an elaborate set-up that was supposed to give a fatal jolt to anyone who touched the deadbolt lock, but made the mistake of telling relatives not to let their kids anywhere near the lock or door handle -- which aroused suspicions. When the wife's step-dad showed up to check things out, he found a strange drawing with the word "hi" and a smiley face along with some wires. He called cops, who disarmed the device. The couple recently had serious marital problems and Wilson was not supposed to be at the residence, but violated that order numerous times. A Facebook page belonging to the 32-year-old shows him holding two handguns, and calls him "the guy that your father warned you about.” It also lists him as “widowed.”
A North Carolina man who was busted for shoplifting at Wal-Mart had the charges upped because he was armed with a gun and a pair of human teeth. Security guards called police on Tavon Malik Stanley after he was spotted trying to swipe about $25 worth of small items from the store. The 21-year-old's bag was searched and police found a handgun, $2,500 in cash, thousands of dollars worth of heroin and prescription pills and two human teeth. Stanley said the teeth were his, and were recently pulled by a dentist.
A Florida judge says a sheriff's office must retain custody of a horse whose owner was charged with drunken driving while riding the animal. In a report by The Ledger , Polk County Judge Sharon Franklin said 53-year-old Donna Byrne was unfit to care for the horse. Franklin also said Byrne must complete treatment for alcohol addiction. Byrne was arrested Nov. 2 after riding her horse down a highway. Police said her blood-alcohol level twice Florida's legal limit. Byrne's attorney, Craig Whisenhunt, says he will revisit the custody issue at a Jan. 11 hearing regarding additional pending charges of disorderly intoxication, animal endangerment and culpable negligence. Whisenhunt questions whether the charges applied to Byrne, saying she had not been disorderly and was a pedestrian under the law.
Joker the dog had one heckuva Christmas adventure. Joker's owner, Summer Burgos, flew him to Florida on Dec. 21 to live with family while she trains in the Navy. As soon as Burgos' mother-in-law opened the crate at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the 2-year-old Canaan bolted past her. For eight days, in a strange city, Joker roamed the streets. On Christmas Eve, the Sun Sentinel reports that Joker was spotted near some shops in Fort Lauderdale. A few days later, a group of neighbors in Dania Beach finally rescued Joker — about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the airport. Using information from his tags, they got in touch with Burgos. Joker got a checkup at a veterinarian's office before going home to Burgos' family, starting another new adventure.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a hair stylist in Madison allegedly clipped a customer’s ear, on purpose, during a botched haircut just before the holidays. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that an unidentified 22-year-old man went to Ruby’s Salon on Friday to get a shave for the sides of his head and an inch cut off the top. DeSpain said that the hairdresser, Khaled A. Shabani, 46, told the man he was fidgeting and moving his head and twisted his ear. Then Shabani snipped the man’s ear with a pair of scissors. DeSpain said, “While it is not a crime to give someone a bad haircut, you will get arrested for intentionally snipping their ear with a scissors.” Shabani then ran the clipper down the middle of the customer’s head, giving him a reverse mohawk and “leaving him looking a bit like Larry from the Three Stooges,’” DeSpain added. The customer went to another stylist and had his head fully shaved before leaving for Christmas. Though Shabani insists the snip was an accident, he was arrested on a tentative charge of mayhem and disorderly conduct while armed.
A Florida man is under arrest for beating up an ATM that wouldn't stop dispensing cash. An ATM that keeps spitting out cash sounds like something people dream about, but for 23-year-old Michael Joseph Oleksik it was a nuisance, because he was in a rush. He took the cash he requested, but when the cash flow didn't stop, he got fed up and started punching the machine to make it stop. His fists of frustration caused about $5,000 worth of damage to the machine. A surveillance camera caught the whole thing. Police arrested Oleksik and charged him with criminal mischief. He told police he was "angry the ATM was giving him too much money, and he did not know what to do" because he was late for work. He also apologized to the bank for causing the damage.
The couple caught driving 60 pounds of pot across the country to Vermont are the parents of a DA.
Last week we shared the story about an elderly couple from California caught driving cross-country to Vermont with 60 pounds of marijuana. They told cops the weed was for Christmas gifts. It turns out there's another detail to this story. 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 83-year-old wife Barbara were pulled over in Nebraska; the pot plants were found under the cap of their pickup truck. They were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Now here's where the story gets more interesting. They were on their way to visit family in Vermont, including their son Justin Jiron -- who happens to be the chief deputy state's attorney for Chittenden County, which is where Burlington is located. Justin Jiron is known for prosecuting some of the state's highest-profile criminal cases. When word got out about his parents' arrest, he immediately denied having anything to do with it. His boss issued a statement which reads, "Justin is in no way connected to this allegation other than by relation. Justin is and has been a dedicated public servant for over 15 years, and I assure you he is as surprised and upset about these allegations as anyone."
A couple weeks ago, a mother deer wandered into a Stout, Colorado, convenience store. According to store employee Lori Jones, the deer was calm, and “she was looking at the sunglasses and the chips.” Jones took a few photos of the deer and then lured her outside with a peanut butter bar. She thought that was the end of it and went back to work checking the store’s stock. A half hour later the doe was back … this time, with three of her family members. "They were just looking in the doorway like, 'Can we come in too?' I said, 'No,'" said Jones, who lured the herd away with another peanut butter bar. But this time she clapped so they would scatter. Apparently, no one can resist a peanut butter bar.
A Texas woman, who may have had a little bit too much to drink on Christmas Eve, was arrested by police after they spotted her attempting to order food at a closed Taco Bell drive-thru in Pflugerville early Christmas morning. Angela Rodriguez’s vehicle was running in the drive-thru lane with the headlights on when officers approached her at 2:51 am. According to an arrest affidavit, a Travis County Sheriff's deputy noticed her vehicle in the Taco Bell even though the lights inside the restaurant were off and the restaurant was closed for the holiday. When the officer spoke to Rodriguez she told the officer she had just left her girlfriend’s house and said she “she knew she should not be driving." She also told police she was waiting for her order, but the Taco Bell had an automated voice playing in a loop at the drive through saying that Taco Bell was closed. A Breathalyzer showed the 34-year-old’s Blood Alcohol Content was 0.108, and she was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Florida authorities have a real "who-dunit" mystery on their hands. The Broward County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspected theft of a 10-month-old owl, named Luna. The bird was stolen on Christmas Eve in North Lauderdale. The owl is owned by a company called Jurassic Exotics where she is used for educational wildlife presentations for school events, fairs and photo shoots. Luna's owner, Suzi Davis, said the owl is like family, and she's understandably upset that someone would steal her. She posted a photo of the owl on Instagram with the caption, "I never thought I'd have to post this, let alone on Christmas morning. But last night some piece of (poop) broke into my mew and stole Luna. I can only hope they had some clue as to how to handle a bird of her size, and she hasn't been released." Davis also said that she is offering a cash reward for the safe return of her owl with no questions asked.
A 9-year-old boy in Kokomo, Indiana scared a would-be robber away from stealing his father's truck by pointing a very realistic looking pellet gun at the robber’s head. The boy, Larry Larimore, was sitting in the truck, which his dad had left the truck idling at a gas station. Kevin Cookey stopped at the local One Stop Express to quickly pick up ibuprofen for his wife, but when he returned to the vehicle, he saw his truck door was open. Meanwhile, young Larry said that he was scared when a man opened one of the truck’s doors while he was waiting for his dad to return, so he grabbed a black pellet gun that was in the truck and pointed it at the man’s head. The man, who clearly wasn't expecting to be confronted by a gun-toting child, ran for his life and took off in a different truck that Kyle Sparling had left idling nearby. Cookey and Sparling hopped in Cookey's car and chased the crook down. The thief crashed Sparling's SUV a few miles away from the gas station. In the end, everyone got their cars back and no one was hurt in the incident.
It's not uncommon for people to get stressed during holiday season, but one Florida man's crabby mood landed him in the tank last week. Police responded to Crabby's Seafood Shack in Stuart, Florida after receiving several 911 calls from a customer who complained about the size of the clams he was served. 51-year-old Nelson Agosto was warned that the day's clams were a little small, but he ordered them anyway. Then he complained about their size. The restaurant gave him a second plate on the house, but Agosto still wasn't satisfied. He didn't think he should have to pay for any of them and called police to complain. Police told Agosto to stop calling the emergency number, but he persisted. Cops finally had enough and arrested him for misuse of 911.
Authorities say an inmate with a skull tattooed on his face who escaped last month from a work crew in central California is back in custody. The Fresno Bee reports police arrested 27-year-old Corey Hughes on Thursday at a home in Stockton. Officers set up a perimeter and knocked on the door, but no one answered. Stockton police then sent a police dog into the residence, and Hughes was apprehended. He was taken to a hospital for treatment before being booked into San Joaquin County Jail. Hughes was reported missing from a work crew near Interstate 5 in Stockton on Nov. 27. He had been serving time on a weapons charge and was due to be released in February.
Authorities say a gift-wrapped box of horse manure addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) was found near his home in Los Angeles. The package was found Saturday night in the tony Bel Air neighborhood after it was dropped off at a neighbor's house. The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad was called to the home and officers opened the box, finding a pile of horse manure inside. Police said the package had been gift wrapped and was marked as being from "the American people." Police said the Secret Service was taking over the investigation. Representatives for the Secret Service and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday.
Legalized marijuana in California goes into effect on January 1, and the popular California-based burger chain Jack in the Box recognized an opportunity. The chain is celebrating by offering a late-night snack clearly targeted at stoners with its $4.20 price tag. Smoking marijuana can give you the munchies, and the company knows that fast food is often the quickest option to satisfy that craving. So, Jack in the Box is partnering with the Snoop Dogg-backed "cannabis media and lifestyle platform" Merry Jane to launch a new Merry Munchie Meal. According to the company, the new Merry Munchie Meal "will include the most craveable and snackable products that Jack in the Box has to offer, including: a unique twist on Halfsies (half curly fries and half onion rings), two of the brand’s famous Tacos, 5 Mini Churros, 3 Crispy Chicken Strips and a small drink -- all for a very special price of $4.20, plus tax." Iwona Alter, Chief Marketing Officer at Jack in the Box said in a statement, "We are about welcoming all of our guests, no matter what they’re craving or why they're craving it." Unfortunately for pot smokers outside of California, the Merry Munchie Meal will only be available at three Long Beach, California locations and will only be offered from January 18 to 25.
A fugitive who thought it would be a good idea to try to rob an electronics store in one of the country's busiest and most heavily guarded airports on the Friday before Christmas was quickly taken into custody, reports WNBC. Ernesto Rodriguez-Zazueta allegedly entered a Blue Wire Electronics store in Terminal C of Newark Airport Friday morning, authorities said. He is accused of going behind the counter, and using a pen to pretend he had a weapon as he demanded money from an employee, Port Authority Police said. The worker struggled with Rodriguez-Zazueta, but was able to call Port Authority Police. The 46-year-old was arrested by police and charged with robbery, resisting arrest and hindering apprehension. Records show that Rodriguez-Zazueta was the subject of a federal arrest warrant for illegal drug sales, and was listed on the Drug Enforcement Agency's most wanted list.
A woman completed her college's final exam while she was in labor for nearly 15 hours. Nayzia Thomas is a 19-year-old psychology major at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. When her water broke on December 11, she knew that her final exam was due and had a few hours to spare as she was only two centimeters or 3/4-of-an-inch dilated. So Thomas took out her laptop and put the finishing touches on the research paper. "After my exam was finished we kind of just walked around the hospital, did pain management and tried to just kind of relax," she said. "That’s really all you can do when you’re waiting for a baby to be born." Her son, Anthony, was born at 1:30 p.m. the following day. She'd later learn that she had earned an A on the paper, finishing the semester with a 3.5 GPA. Thomas tweeted a photo of herself finishing her final, with the caption: "My mom took this pic & it's the perfect explanation of my life. yes i'm about to have a baby, but final season ain't over yet." The photo quickly went viral. Thomas admits that school was "difficult because pregnancy is not just physical. It's mental. It's emotional." Thomas credits her mother, Aisha Kelley, with teaching her how to persevere through difficult tasks. "It comes from watching my mom. She has lupus and she's a single mom. Looking at my mom being able to overcome that; it's very commendable," Thomas said.
Police in Maplewood, Minnesota have a mystery on their hands. The authorities have a few questions they’d like answered by the driver who mowed down a utility pole with a vehicle on Christmas Eve -- leaving the wrecked car and the damaged pole behind. Officials posted a photo of the car and the utility pole on Twitter with the following caption, "Good Morning. We're looking for the driver of this vehicle. 1. Are you okay? 2. What events lead to you hitting this utility pole? How did you take out the bottom half of the pole and suspend the top half in midair? 4. THANKS for missing the mailbox. Please call us." Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Maplewood police.
Holiday season is a time for parents to show their appreciation for their kids' teachers by giving them coffee mugs, cheap jewelry and other things they don't need or want. An Ohio couple decided that this year to give their son's teachers something they not only want, but could really use -- a bottle of wine with a picture of their son on the label. Mary and Paul Sommers know that their eighth-grader Jake can be very difficult, so they decided his teachers could use a drink this year. Under Jake's photo, the label reads, "Our child might be the reason you drink, so enjoy this bottle on us." Mary believes the gift was appropriate because, "Who doesn't need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?" Even Jake agrees, admitting, "I guess my teachers deserve [the wine]."
A beloved football coach at a Tennessee high school has always let his players know that he has their backs, and the team recently let him know in a big way that they've got his. Narcellus Black, who is known to the team as "Coach Squeaky," has volunteered as a coach and mentor at the school for nearly 20 years. Current and former players regard him as a father or grandfather because he's always doling out words of advice and offering them support when dealing with personal problems. His car was badly vandalized in October and the players, alumni and other members of the community teamed up to buy him a new set of wheels. They launched a massive fundraising effort and raised enough money to buy him a brand new Kia. There was even money left over to purchase insurance and gas for one year. Coach Squeaky was shocked and brought to tears when he was presented with the car. One former player says, "It is so exciting and so moving to see Coach Squeaky receive a gift like this because it doesn’t even compare to the gift he has given to hundreds of kids who have come through this high school."
The inhabitants of the town of Scotland, Connecticut are getting a unique Christmas gift this year. WTNH reports that everyone in the tiny eastern Connecticut town of Scotland is getting a tiny parcel of land, just one foot by one foot, from Scotland, some 3,000 miles away. The holiday gift comes from the other Scotland on the other side of the pond. Highland Titles, a land preservation company, wants to preserve the rolling hills and green spaces that once defined the country side of Scotland. Nearly 95 percent of farm land has been developed in Scotland. Lee Duval, the liaison for the first selectman in the town, said, “It’s a nice gesture and something that’s good for Scotland, CT too. We take our land development seriously here also, so to have someone reach out to us with the same kind of sentiment was a nice fit for us.” Scotland, Connecticut was founded by Scotsman Isaac Magoon in the 1700s. It’s a bucolic town known for its lush rolling hills, expansive farmland and quaint public square. Residents of the Connecticut Scotland also will receive an added benefit with their complimentary plot of land: They will become honorary Scottish nobility. “They would then have the opportunity to use lord or lady before their names,” Duval told News 8. “No taxes, no fees. It’s considered a souvenir gift.”
The cocaine definitely did not belong to the turtle. WNBC reports that the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Thetis found a sea turtle trapped amid bales of cocaine in the eastern Pacific. The turtle was rescued after a military plane spotted floating debris consisting of 26 packages strung together, amounting to 800 kilos of cocaine. Commander Jose Diaz said the turtle had lines wrapped around its neck and fins, "There were some marks on her neck, so she may have been there a day or two." According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, availability and use of cocaine is rebounding to levels not seen in a decade.
A customer at a hotel in Indiana said she was charged $350 and threatened with legal action after posting a negative review about her experience. WRTV reports that on December 15, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit on behalf of Katrina Arthur and her husband alleging the hotel violated Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The couple stayed at the Abbey Inn & Suites in Brown County in March 2016 and she said the problems began as soon as they arrived. “It was a nightmare,” she said. “The room was unkempt, and it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the last people stayed there. We checked the sheets and I found hairs and dirt.” Worse, the room smelled like sewage and the air conditioner didn’t work. She tried to get help but got the runaround instead. When she later received an email from the hotel asking for a review, she didn’t hold back. After posting the review, Arthur said the hotel charged her $350 and she received a letter from the hotel’s attorney threatening legal action. Arthur filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General in an attempt to get her $350 back. The Indiana Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit on against Abbey Management, which owned and operated the inn when Arthur visited. Katrina Arthur wants her $350 back and hopes the state’s lawsuit sends a message to consumers who post online reviews. “There’s nothing wrong with being truthful,” said Arthur. The Indiana Attorney General’s office said consumers should not be afraid to speak the truth about businesses and added that it is unlawful for a business to attempt to penalize you for leaving a review. Arthur’s case is pending.
It's going to be a nice Christmas in Kansas for one young couple. The Kansas Lottery reports that Ryan Mercia, 33, of Stilwell, went to the store to get a snack for his fiancée, Jesse, who just gave birth to their first child, Lexi, on Saturday. Mercia said Lexi’s birth had him feeling lucky. "On Monday morning, the doctor told Jesse that she could have solid food, and she asked me to go get her a donut from the store," he said. "I was feeling so lucky, we just had a baby, it's almost Christmas, and I saw that sparkly ticket at the register, and I thought I may as well give it a shot." His shot paid off, winning Mercia $25,000 from a $5 Holiday Treasures ticket. Mercia said, "I scratched the ticket off in the store, and couldn't believe it. I thought I had read it wrong. It wasn't until the cashier scanned the ticket that I realized I had won big. It truly couldn't have come at a better time. We just moved back to Kansas from California, and we just had a baby. This is truly a blessing." "I was so excited,” he added, “I left without getting my fiancée her donut. But she wasn't upset for long!" The first-time parents plan to use their winnings to pay off their debt, buy Christmas presents, and set up a college fund for Lexi.
A Florida woman who was trying to sniff out the perfect present for her adult son decided that she needed a can of aerosol inhalant to get her in the Christmas spirit. The 63-year-old, whose name was not released, was huffing in the driver's seat of her car when cops approached her to ask what she was doing. She said she was "trying to get high" and told the officers she'd just bought the can and needed to take a few hits in order to relax herself before going to another store to buy gifts for her son. She insisted she'd never really tried the stuff before, but during a search of her vehicle, deputies found one empty can of duster, a half empty can of duster and two un-opened cans of duster in her possession.
Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals. Two polar bears found their way onto a runway at the airport in the city of Utqiagvik (oot-GAR'-vik), formerly Barrow. Two months ago, it was a bearded seal. Equipment operator foreman Scott Babcock says he was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection when he saw the young bears. They ran off when they saw his truck. Babcock, who recorded the encounter on video, says airport personnel aren't authorized to harass or chase the protected marine mammals. He says he was happy they ran toward a snow dump rather than airport buildings or equipment where they could have been a danger to people.
A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs. Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH'-jee). He's more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems. Support Dogs president and CEO Anne Klein says D-O-G is "fearless" around the larger canines and plays with their tails, sleeps in their beds and eats and drinks from their bowls instead of his own. The dogs go through a two-year training program before they're given to clients for free.
A cow created a not-so-silent night in Philadelphia this week. The cow, nicknamed “Stormy,” escaped not once, but twice from a living nativity scene at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Philadelphia. Stormy took off around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and hoofed it to the highway. Philadelphia police were able to box in Stormy with their cars and tie a rope around her neck. She was guided off the highway and back to the nativity scene. But just a few hours later police tweeted that she had escaped again. Reverend Michael Caine of Old First Reformed UCC had tried to stop the 1,500 pound bovine when she made her second escape, but was unsuccessful. Stormy then headed toward the upper level of a nearby parking garage, where her handlers and police were able to capture her again. One of the state troopers who responded knew how to handle the situation because he owns a cattle ranch. Stormy was returned for a second time to her pen in the church’s nativity scene, which also includes two sheep and two donkeys. Old First Reformed UCC said in a statement that its “crèche was vandalized. The gate was opened and Stormy, the cow, escaped onto the south bound ramp of I-95.” People have recently expressed concern over the animals’ welfare in the nativity scene, Caine said. “She's not cold. She's been shown since she's a baby. She's not unnerved by the people or the city's commotion,” according to a Facebook post from the church. “Life in a barn isn't always easy.” Caine said that the church has put on the nativity scene display since 1973.
If you have a sweet tooth and the travel bug this holiday season, you will want to check out this chocolate masterpiece. You can see it online, but you will have to visit Mexico to experience it. The talented pastry chefs at the Moon Palace Cancun resort have built a massive chocolate holiday village using one ton of chocolate, which cost more than $10,000. A video posted to YouTube assures viewers that everything in the village is made from chocolate. It took pastry chefs more than 4,500 hours to complete, over the course of 12 weeks. In the video shared by the resort, you'll see chocolate fountains surrounding the entire display; carefully crafted chimneys with white chocolate covered tops to resemble the snow, chocolate carved penguins; and a lit-up chocolate Ferris wheel with Christmas lights and carnival-style chocolate swings holding tiny bears, coated in edible gold sparkles. A chocolate toy train that surrounds the entire display and the entire village is decorated with thousands of M & M's resembling twinkling lights.
Would you like to adopt a snake for Christmas, or perhaps gift someone special with an elongated, legless, carnivorous reptile? WGAL reports that Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Elm, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has at least 10 boa constrictors and pythons up for adoption and they’re looking for people to step up during the holiday season and show off their Christmas spirit and adopt a snake. Or ten! Jesse Rothacker, of the Sanctuary says, “Pets are never a good surprise gift. But for experienced reptile homes that are prepared for a growing commitment, a boa or python adoption is a great idea!” He added, “Adopting a pet is one of the best ways to show your Christmas spirit, especially by helping a marginalized animal group like reptiles.” Several of the boas and pythons at the Sanctuary were rescued after their owners passed away unexpectedly. Others came from more typical rescue cases: kids going off to college or couples breaking up. Among the snakes available to adopt for the holidays are a Ball Python, a Bloody Python and a Red Tail Boa. Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary states that they are seeking responsible reptile owners. Rothacker says, “Who doesn’t love a good squeeze on Christmas!?”
Parking is a problem in the Florida Keys but is it legal to hold a spot? What if your kid holds it for you? FlKeysNews reports Elda Solis, 47, of Marathon, did what a lot of parents may have thought about: She allegedly left her 6-year-old child guarding her parking spot while she went to a supermarket across the street. The girl was sitting in a chair in the parking space. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on the evening of December 7, and when confronted about it, Solis confirmed it. When asked by investigators about it, her 6-year-old daughter said that it wasn’t the first time she’d held a spot for her mother. Solis was charged with child neglect.
New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was suspended for four games early in November when he was found in violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. He supposedly tested positive for some steroid named Turinabol. Now, usually when these guys get popped for performance enhancing drugs, they plead ignorance or blame their nutritionist for slipping them something on the list of banned substances without them knowing about it. But instead of blaming a person, he blamed a ghost. When asked how a banned substance got into his system, Jeremy suggested -- out loud -- that a ghost might have done it.
A Jet Blue passenger didn't let the lack of an economy-class meal get in the way of him grabbing a bite -- he ended up biting several other people in mid-flight, forcing an emergency landing. The flight had just left Los Angeles en route to New York, but after about an hour, the passenger, whose name was not revealed, decided to chew out his seatmates -- literally, by biting them on the arms and face. While he apparently knew the two people that he sank his teeth into, he also ended up running around the cabin hitting strangers, which prompted crew members to declare an emergency and ask for an unscheduled landing in Las Vegas. Another flier, identified only as "Tom," told authorities "I grabbed his hands behind his back and held him there while the flight attendants put the restraints on him. I really had a hell of a time keeping him in place." The suspect was taken into custody in Vegas, while the rest of the passengers were put on another flight to continue on to the Big Apple.
A Seattle woman threw a fit when she couldn't get chili sauce at the restaurant where she was eating.
A Seattle woman got a hot under the collar when she couldn't get enough heat into her mouth -- and threw a fit when she couldn't get chili sauce at the restaurant where she was eating. The woman, whose name was not released, went into a pizza joint in the wee hours of Monday morning and ordered a couple of slices, but was reportedly dissatisfied "when she did not receive what she believed to be an adequate amount of Sriracha sauce." An employee called cops when the woman refused to leave, and when the officers arrived, they found her and two friends creating a disturbance on the sidewalk outside. Cops say that the woman, who was described as "extremely intoxicated," kept complaining about one pizza joint worker with a tattooed face, but they ended up letting her leave the scene. However, they arrested a bystander who'd gotten involved and ended up hitting her and her companion with a trash can for an unknown reason.
A train smashed into an 18-wheeler in Florida, splitting the trailer in half and leaving the scent of bacon. WTVT reports that Wednesday morning, a Colorado Meat and Seafood Company truck stalled on the train tracks in Lakeland. The driver got out and tried to contact the rail freight company CSX to warn them about what happened, but he was unsuccessful. A CSX train crashed into the truck leaving behind scattered boxes of frozen meats, beef and seafood. There were no injuries. Colorado Meat and Seafood Company said they no longer wanted the food. Authorities let the public retrieve the food for themselves. Much of it was boxed or sealed in plastic. Local Jessie Woulard said, "People are hungry. Some people are so hungry they'll wash it off. Everybody needs something. It's Christmas." Authorities allowed people to gather up food for at least an hour before CSX employees began to clear the area in order to reopen the tracks.
The Saturday showdown in New Jersey touted as the world’s largest snowball fight was abandoned after a Nor’easter dumped around 6-inches of snow. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, teaming up with the Hallmark Channel, set up the late morning cost-free rumble on December 9 as an "attempt to break the record for the world's largest snowball fight" and expected thousands to participate in the “family-friendly event executed with kid-friendly plush snowballs while supplies last,” according to a release from the theme park’s website. According to the same release, Six Flags, which broke the Guinness World Records title in 2016 for attracting 400 people as the "most couples kissing under the mistletoe" and boldly stated that Canada's reign as snow fight world record holders -- with an 8,200 count in 2016 -- was bound to be broken as Six Flags "aims to break the record with 9,000 participants," the statement read. But before would-be participants got a chance to toss their orbs at each other, a warning was added in boldface informing the public that the icy war was off “due to inclement weather.” No specific makeup date was released.
Just in time for Christmas, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has welcomed a 26-year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, Francesca, KOCO reports. Caretakers say Franny is confident and calm and loves carrots, yams, cucumbers and apples. She joins Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the Zoo’s pachyderm habitat. Wolee has been at the Zoo since 1999 and is the oldest pygmy hippo in a United States zoo. Francesca’s arrival was announced by local Sooner Gayla Peevey, the singer who recorded the 1953 novelty Christmas single, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” when she was just 10 years old, at the Zoo’s annual Hippo Holiday Sing-Along on Saturday. Peevey also was present in December 1953 when the Nile hippopotamus Mathilda arrived at the zoo.
A New Jersey man made quite a splash with authorities after falling into a freezing cold river -- by getting knocked off a bridge by a train that sideswiped him as he was taking a poop in the middle of the night. The man, whose name was not released, decided to squat in the middle of a railroad bridge spanning the Passaic River in northern New Jersey. Though he was shivering and screaming when scooped from the frigid water with his pants around his ankles, he was not seriously injured. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment -- and may still face criminal charges for the incident.
An elementary school teacher in England got wasted in the classroom after hours -- and scarged down the food reserved for her class's pet guinea pig.
An elementary school teacher in England thought it would be interesting to make herself a guinea pig for an after-hours assignment -- by getting wasted in the classroom and scarfing down the food reserved for her class's pet guinea pig. The woman, whose name was not released, went on a festive bender after downing a couple of bottles of wine that parents had donated to the staff as holiday gifts. She ended up getting busted by administrators who heard a ruckus. She told police, “The deputy head found my teaching assistant cackling on the floor with a half-chewed carrot and me going at the bowl of pellets like it was a dish of bar snacks. I don’t remember much after that.” The incident inspired a local teachers' group to come up with a list of no-nos, including "don’t post snaps of a colleague vomiting on Santa” and “never take pics of your rude bits."
A real-life Grinch who stole a Christmas tree from Whataburger, had a change of heart.
A Texas thief who stole a Christmas tree from a Whataburger restaurant and earned the nickname the "Whataburger Grinch" must have caught a bit of the Christmas spirit and decided to bring it back. Police say the fast food joint's surveillance camera captured the moment the thief returned the tree. It could have ended there, but after dropping off the tree, the man walked to the police station where he turned himself in and offered to do some community service as his punishment. He explained that he took the tree on a dare. The police department later had some fun with the "Whataburger Grinch" and wrote a fantastic Dr. Seuss-style story about it which was shared on its Facebook page. It reads, "Just like the Grinch in Whoville that year, He wound up finding his Christmas cheer. Our local guy, who stole from Whataburger on a dare, Returned the short tree, which is actually quite rare. To those who might steal this Christmas year, We ask that you rather give some Christmas cheer."
Uber mistakenly charged a Toronto man more than $18,000 Canadian for a 21-minute ride ride that should have cost him about $12 to $16 on Friday after an error occurred during surge pricing, reports Slate. Instagram user votethehish posted the receipt for his ride for the amount of $18,518 in Canadian currency, which works out to more than $14,000 in U.S. dollars at current exchange rates. The man's friend, Emily Kannard, said that Uber initially told him they wouldn't give a refund. But Kannard posted the receipt on Twitter and the company quickly reversed its position. Uber acknowledged in a statement that a mistake was made: "There was an error here and it has been resolved. We have provided a full refund to this rider and apologized to him for this experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred."
A Leesburg, Florida man who posted videos of himself walking and dancing with a small alligator on a leash on social media is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He calls himself the "Alligator Man" in the videos, but FWC officials confirm his real name is Jordan Bedford. In one clip, you can see the man dancing with the baby gator on a leash while someone in the background is heard singing "Go, Alligator man!" Bedford posted the video on Facebook in November with a caption that reads, "I'm the only person I know to walk an alligator in a leash." The reptile could be heard in the video making noises as it was dragged on the leash with tape around its mouth. FWC officials are looking into the posts, and trying to determine if Bedford has a license to own the alligator. On August 16, Bedford posted a video where he was walking the small reptile with a leash. In that video, Bedford said the gator was his "new pet" and said he named the alligator "Lebron." Meanwhile, Bedford says "I don't have an alligator. I found it and played with it." He claims that all his online videos are just a joke. Bedford explains, "I seen it while I was fishing one day and it was wrapped up, so I played with it."
The Spencer Fire Department in Massachusetts responded to a McDonald's restaurant on Sunday evening to free a 10-year-old girl who got her leg stuck in the playground equipment and was stranded 12 feet in the air. Firefighters arrived to find the girl's leg trapped in the highest part of the fast food restaurant's Play Place, which is comprised of mesh cubes and plastic tubes. When a firefighter stuck his head into the Play Place, Hannah Bickford smiled at him and made a joke. Melissa Bickford, Hannah’s mom said, "She told him she should have went to Burger King." Firemen used a ladder to reach the girl after cutting away a part of the playground's structure to free her. Hannah suffered a dislocated knee. It wasn’t the first time Hannah had problems with the knee, but this was the first time the kneecap completely separated, according to her mother. Hannah was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but the incident won't deter her from visiting her favorite McDonald's again soon. Her mother said, "She'd eat there every night if she could."
Imagine the feeling of losing your home to a fire. Now imagine also losing the home you moved into after you lost the first. Antonio and Pratima Wong, along with their 19-year-old son, were among thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes in Northern California two months ago when deadly wildfires erupted in Sonoma County. The family's house in Santa Rosa's Fountain Grove neighborhood burned to the ground, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. The Wongs moved to Santa Rosa from Ventura, in Southern California, just eighteen months ago. They decided to rent out their house in Ventura rather than sell it, thinking perhaps they'd return someday. But on Tuesday, that house burned down in a massive wildfire that has rapidly engulfed 148,000 acres of land in Ventura County this week. "It was surreal, more like numb you know. Did this really happen to us?" Pratima Wong told KGO-TV, through tears. "For the second time, it's a lot harder." The so-called Thomas fire in Ventura County has destroyed at least 537 structures and damaged another 118, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. An additional 15,000 structures remain threatened by the flames, which continued to burn Saturday and are expected to intensify because of increasing winds. The Wongs are now trying to determine whether they can afford to rebuild either house, after realizing they were under-insured in both places.
An Ohio woman who was really itching to rid her home of bedbugs managed to do so by burning the place to the ground. The woman, whose name was not released by fire officials, was spraying alcohol on a first floor area the bugs had taken over when she either knocked over or sprayed a large pillar candle, igniting a blaze that quickly spread throughout the three-story Victorian house. Three people suffered minor injuries in the fire, but the damage was so severe that none of the ten residents was able to return. Eight people were displaced in a similar Cincinnati fire just a few days earlier -- leading the city's fire department to warn against trying to kill creepy crawlies with homemade concoctions of that nature.
German cops needed to use Brut force to subdue a woman who got a little too bubbly on a flight attendant.
German cops needed to use Brut force to subdue a woman on a flight from Moscow to Zurich who got a little too bubbly after flight attendants refused to refill her champagne glass. The woman, whose name was not revealed, become aggressive after being denied access to the promised unlimited bubbly, and forced the plane to make an unscheduled stop in Stuttgart. The 44-year-old had to be taken into custody by police, who escorted her off the jet and charged her with disorderly conduct. Officials said the 43 other passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to over 100,000 euros.
A woman from Avalon, Texas who found a $1 million winning Virginia Lottery ticket in her husband's backpack said he told her he had thought the ticket was a prank. Rosa Ibarra was cleaning out her husband's backpack when she found a Hot Millions Multiplier ticket from the Virginia Lottery. Much to her surprise and delight, the ticket was indeed a $1 million winner. A friend had given him the ticket, and he tossed it in the backpack after scratching it, thinking it was a joke. However, the ticket really was worth $1 million. Since she was the one who found the ticket and realized what it was worth, her husband told her to keep it! Ms. Ibarra and her husband were in Virginia for his work in construction. Their big win came just in time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Virginia. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $561,798 before taxes. She chose the cash option.
A Madison, Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday. Lisa Harding also was ordered to pay back money taken during a third bank robbery, even though that charge was dismissed under a plea agreement. The robberies all happened in December of 2016. She did not have a weapon during any of the three robberies, but put her hands in her pockets in a way that suggested that she had a weapon. Harding was apprehended after taking a taxi to and from the crime during her last robbery attempt. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky said that while she understood that Harding has physical and mental health problems, along with drug addictions, she still had to sentence Harding to prison because of the threat she poses to public safety. Harding did apologize for her crimes and she explained that a lot of things were "going wrong" for her at the time. Harding also told Judge Karofsky that after her arrest she gave birth to a healthy boy. She put the baby up for adoption to a family with whom she has kept in touch.
A Belcamp, Maryland man who was celebrating his birthday has claimed the $30,000 top prize on the Maryland Lottery's Polar Payout game. Walker Bazemore, who is now 26, had preparations for his birthday all ready to go, but then he remembered he had forgotten to buy sour cream for the party. Bazemore called his sister, who was en route, and she purchased the sour cream along with one scratch-off ticket as a last-minute gift. Bazemore explained, "My sister had exactly $3 in change, so she bought me a $3 Lottery ticket." He added, "I have never bought a Lottery ticket in my life -- still haven't, so it was a new experience when she gave it to me." Walker played the holiday-themed scratch-off about 30 minutes before his guests arrived and was shocked to see he had won the $30,000 top-prize. However, knowing that his sister might be playing a joke on him, he insisted on confirming the win at a nearby Lottery retailer. Bazemore said, "My sister is a prankster, we both are. We're always trying to get one another. I really thought it was a joke when I saw the $30,000, that it was a fake ticket." He said, "It was sheer jubilation when the guy at the store ran it through the machine and told me it was a winner," he said. "This really is a life-changer for me." The engineering technician will put his prize toward bills. He just bought a condominium and owes college student loan debt, so the $30,000 is a huge help.
A New York City neighborhood cat got into the holiday spirit, and the result was viral gold. The feline was spotted keeping Jesus' manger warm in a Nativity scene last Sunday in Queens, New York. Photographer Brooke Goldman snapped a pic when she noticed the scene while walking to a subway station in the borough of Queens. "I saw him there, and I just had to take a photo," said Goldman, who has been shooting photos professionally for six years. "It was, like, the funniest moment." Goldman, 23, told ABC News of the cat, "He was a little angry that I was in his space. But it was, frankly, the funniest scene to me. I was laughing hysterically." The Internet seems to agree with Goldman. After she posted it on the Cat Spotting Facebook group, the photo quickly gathered attention. Incidentally, we discovered nativity scenes are like catnip to cats: There's a whole Ranker listing of people's favorite snaps of cats 'jacking Jesus' digs.
A Pennsylvania man's bad driving habits ended up landing him in jail on crack charges -- after cops pulled him over and found a bag of rocks stuffed into his crack! Steven Reeves was stopped after a trooper spotted him make an illegal turn on his motorcycle, and flagged him down to write a citation. As he was writing the ticket, the deputy discovered that Reeves was driving with a suspended license, and had two outstanding warrants to boot, so he took the 26-year-old into custody. Once at the precinct, Reeves was subjected to a search, which turned up a quantity of crack cocaine, which he'd tucked into his rectum in an attempt to avoid detection. The cheeky move did not work.
A Utah man gave new meaning to the "right to bear arms" by chasing down a burglar with actual bear arms -- a can of spray meant to disable grizzlies and other nasty four-legged critters.
A Utah man gave new meaning to the "right to bear arms" by chasing down a burglar with actual bear arms -- a can of spray meant to disable grizzlies and other nasty four-legged critters. The man, whose name was not released, was awakened in the middle of the night last Tuesday when his motion detector went off and alerted him to the fact that someone was trying to break into a vehicle in his driveway. The homeowner grabbed the bear mace and went after the intruder, who took off, but couldn't scale a neighboring fence in time to avoid a hit from the disabling spray. Cops arrived on the scene a few minutes later to arrest John Coopride, who has a long criminal history. The homeowner said, “I was not dressed. I was in my underwear, I had no shoes on, and my feet ended up getting bloodied just from chasing him down the street -- he threw his hands in the air and laid on the ground and said, 'I'm done.' "
A family dog got sick from swallowing the baby's binkies.
An Oklahoma family brought their sick dog to the vet and wound up getting to the bottom of a mystery which had perplexed them for weeks. Dovey, a four-year-old Shar-Pei, was sick and losing weight. So when she vomited up a baby's pacifier, it occurred to the family that she might have been behind the mysterious disappearance of other pacifiers. They brought her to the animal hospital and told the vet they believed she may have swallowed a few "binkies." An X-ray led the vet to suspect there might be as many as seven pacifiers in the dog's stomach. But he was wrong. A surgeon opened up the pooch's stomach and removed 21 pacifiers! Dovey is recovering well.
An 18-year-old driver refused to stop for police because he had an opportunity to score.
A Florida man who was driving to a booty call landed in jail when he ignored the police car on his tail. An officer in an unmarked car spotted 18-year-old Ruben Hughes speeding and driving erratically. The officer put on his lights and siren and pursued the sex-hungry speedster for several miles. Hughes refused to stop, so more police officers joined the chase. He was eventually caught and placed under arrest for fleeing and eluding a police officer. During questioning, Hughes told officers he did not see or hear them following him because he was "trying to meet his girlfriend for relations and he was trying to get there."
A vengeful mother used her baby's diapers to fight package thieves.
A fed-up Oregon mother recruited her infant son to fight back against thieves who stole a package from her front porch. Angie Boliek said she ordered Christmas pajamas for her son Ben, but the delivery to her house was stolen. She devised a plan to fight back. She collected a pile of Ben's dirty diapers and then packed them up in a box with a handwritten note which read, "Enjoy this, you thief!" Angie says the diapers happened to be especially pungent because Ben had been sick for a few days. She placed the box on her front porch on Sunday and it was gone on Monday. She reported the theft to police, but only then thought to install a security camera on her front porch.
An internet prankster in England had to be freed by firefighters after he cemented his head inside a microwave oven. The BBC reports that a 22-year-old man in Wolverhampton needed the services of the West Midlands Fire Service to remove a microwave oven from his head. Cement had been poured around the man's head, which was protected by a plastic bag. Watch Commander Shaun Dakin said, "He and a group of friends had mixed seven bags of Polyfilla which they then poured around his head, which was protected by a plastic bag inside the microwave. The oven was being used as a mold and wasn't plugged in. The mixture quickly set hard and, by the time we were called, they'd already been trying to free him for an hour and a half." Friends of the unidentified man managed to feed an air tube into his mouth to help him breathe. Dakin added, "It took us nearly an hour to free him. All of the group involved were very apologetic, but this was clearly a call-out which might have prevented us from helping someone else in genuine, accidental need."
You can add one more item to the list of things that duct tape can do -- after a roll of it prompted a woman in Maine to call 911 when she mistook it for a home intruder. The woman, whose name was not released, called police when her dog started barking at a “thump-thump-thump” coming from her basement. But when cops arrived, they discovered the sound had come from the roll of tape, which had fallen off a high shelf and bounced down the stairs, one thump at a time. In his report of the incident, Lieutenant Tim Cotton wrote that his department handled the call professionally, but "realized the woman was from Maine, had a dog and a roll of duct tape. She probably could have held her own until we arrived."
A man pointed a laser at a police helicopter and was later arrested -- by the pilot.
A police helicopter pilot hovering over a crime scene in Florida says he was temporarily blinded by someone on the ground with a laser pointer, so he landed the aircraft, got out and arrested the culprit. Pilot Stephen Bowman was assisting deputies on the ground when his helicopter was targeted by a laser pointer. He says he was blinded for "a couple of seconds," but instead of flying away, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He found a nearby parking lot where it was safe to land, and then walked to the suspected laser pointer's home to arrest the man. Bowman says 27-year-old Ryan Fluke was stunned when he knocked on the front door. He arrested Fluke for misuse of laser lighting devices. Bowman, who is often targeted by laser pointers, says "it was extremely satisfying" to apprehend a suspect himself.
A Pennsylvania judge will decide whether raccoons are protected animals or vermin meant to be disposed. Allegheny County officials say 68-year-old William Killgallon has been charged with felony animal cruelty after Pittsburgh police say he admitted to drowning trapped raccoons in a barrel. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Killgallon's attorney argued Tuesday that his client should not have been charged in the first place. He argues raccoon are vermin that are not protected under an animal cruelty law. Deputy District Attorney Jennifer DiGiovanni disagreed, saying "a raccoon is very different from a cockroach." DiGiovanni contends animals like raccoons should be killed humanely, not drowned in a barrel. The judge says he will issue a decision if the two sides can't reach an agreement.
A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her. The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards, of Port Chester, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Fishman performed surgery on Edwards to fix varicose veins twice in 2017. According to the lawsuit, Edwards claims Fishman had a conversation in Spanish on his cellphone during the second outpatient procedure. Edwards' attorney says his client was terrified for the rest of the operation. Edwards claims Fishman later explained he was taking a Spanish proficiency test during the surgery. A Westmed spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Slovenia's Public Administration Minister Boris Koprivnikar on Thursday described the move as "surprising and unique." He says Slovenia's spies are required by law to ensure the basic functioning of the agency to protect national security. Local media say the strike started Wednesday with employees of the Slovene Security and Intelligence Agency, or SOVA, complaining they are understaffed and not paid enough. No other details about the strike, including how many employees were affected, were immediately known.
An obese squirrel has been caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a New Jersey family leaves out yearly as a holiday treat for delivery people. Michele Boudreaux says on her blog she provides candy, tissues, lip balm and other goodies on her doorstep. This year, her basket was raided within hours. The thief was targeting the priciest stuff, including Ghirardelli chocolate squares. The Maplewood family set up a surveillance camera and spotted the overweight varmint Tuesday. It cleared out all the chocolate, snack bars and throat lozenges. She stumbled upon the thieving rodent in the act Wednesday, and recorded it taking more chocolate and a Carmex lip balm. She says they now have the chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs.
On December 2, 20-year-old Kelsey Hall from the University of Alabama posted a photo of herself wearing a Christmas tree costume on Twitter and said if she got 1,000 retweets and she'd wear it for the rest of the semester. She wrote, “1,000 retweets and I’ll wear this to all my classes for the rest of the semester.” Over 20,000 retweets later, Hall was regretting her decision. The next day she wrote, “Guys I really don’t want to do this.” On December 4, the official Twitter account chimed in, writing, “Looking forward to people Tweeting about that kid wearing a Christmas tree costume to class every day.” That afternoon, her friend, Lucy Sweetall, shared video of Hall wearing the costume to class, writing, “Thank you to everyone who helped my friend reach her goal!! You have no idea how much this means to me!!!!!!!!!” As of the 5th, Hall was still at it, and showed a picture of herself looking decidedly unhappy, writing, “Day 2: it’s raining and this costume is about to get all wet and gross.” And she was still going strong on December 6. Hall only has a couple of weeks to go: according to the Office of the Registrar, final exams at the University wrap up on December 15 and classes are dismissed December 21.
Christmas arrived early for some families in Maine. WGME reports that a husband and wife stopped into the Toys R Us in South Portland Tuesday and paid off $10,000 in layaway orders. The store manager Jay Roes said, "A nice couple, local, want to be anonymous came in and wanted to pay off $10,000 in people's layaways." Roes said the amount was enough to pay off the balance on about a hundred layaway accounts. Toys R Us says the remaining layaway balance is around $25,000 dollars. So the secret Santa couple said they will match donations other people make toward paying off the remaining layaway accounts.
WITI reports that Curtis Trotter faces federal charges after allegedly using a gun while robbing the TCF Bank in Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 28. Prosecutors say Trotter entered the bank, approached a teller and said, “I am robbing you. Give me the money now.” He is accused of showing his black semi-automatic handgun and resting it on the counter. The teller gave him approximately $3,000 and Trotter told other tellers to give him money as well. Greenfield police say they were notified and given a description of Trotter. A detective in the area responded and saw Trotter approximately two blocks west of the bank. Trotter saw the detective and fled. A foot chase ensued, and the detective eventually captured Trotter, placing him in handcuffs, prosecutors charge. $7,937 was recovered a gray jacket Trotter discarded by during the foot chase, prosecutors say. During an interview, prosecutors say Trotter admitted to robbing the bank. When asked why he ran after the detective identified himself, Trotter asked why the detective needed to chase him. The detective asked him if he thought could just take money from the bank and police would let him get away — and he allegedly replied, “maybe til after Christmas or something.”
A Long Island woman saw her hopes of dodging weed possession charges go up in smoke when she showed up for her court date and lit up a joint -- while parked in a space reserved for the town's chief of police. Arielle Bonnnici, who was scheduled to answer a summons she'd received in May, made quite an entrance, cutting off an unmarked patrol car while talking on her cell phone before pulling into the chief's reserved spot. The officers in the lot got out of their vehicle, approached Bonnici’s Jeep and asked her to roll down the window. According to the police report, "when she did, it was like Cheech and Chong, all the smoke coming out of the car.” She's due back in court next month to answer both pot charges.
A woman ordered stickers for her granddaughter but received a rubber penis instead.
The holiday season can be very stressful for people, so Amazon is probably delivering a lot of stress balls these days. The problem is, they accidentally delivered a very naughty one to a nine-year-old girl who didn't order it. A British grandmother named Debbie Greenhalgh ordered a sheet of gold letter stickers for her nine-year-old granddaughter Millie who wanted to use them on her Christmas cards. When the package arrived, Debbie was excited to let Millie open it. The next thing she heard was Millie asking, "what is this?" Debbie took a look inside the box and was shocked when she saw a rubber, penis-shaped stress ball called a Stress Willy. Debbie says she and her husband quickly grabbed it from her and contacted Amazon, who informed her that it was sent by mistake. They also informed her that the stickers she ordered were unavailable and would therefore be refunded. As for the Stress Willy, Amazon told her she could keep it.
Police in New Jersey pulled over a driver they suspected of being drunk because there was a hard-to-miss sign that suggested she was. Cops say the woman was spotted driving with a road sign, and the pole attached to it, stuck through her sunroof. They eventually followed her into a parking lot at a diner, where she told officers that she had no idea the sign was in her car, even though it was just inches away from her head and there was shattered glass all over the place. She explained that she stopped because she heard an unusual sound she thought was coming from underneath the car. Police say she struck the sign 16 miles away and continued driving. 52-year-old Maria Vazquez was arrested for drunk driving.
In Poland, a coffin manufacturer is stirring things up by selling promotional calendars featuring pictures of their coffins -- surrounded by topless women. The company, Lindner, has been doing the calendars since 2009 and will sell 15,000 calendars this year in order to "change the negative perception of death." And, along their way to changing the negative perception of death, they might just sell a few more of their coffins.
Lamborghini has developed the world’s fastest SUV. The Lamborghini Urus has a top speed of nearly 200 miles per hour and goes from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds -- which is faster than a Corvette. Keep in mind … This is an SUV. You know … with room in the back for groceries and kids and stuff. And, it’ll only set you back $230,000 if you want to put a red bow on one and park it in your driveway Christmas morning.
A homeless man who gave a stranded woman his last $20 to pay for gas now has a place to call home. Marine Corps veteran Johnny Bobbitt, 34, wrote on the GoFundMe campaign created by the woman he helped, Kate McClure, that he had bought a home over the weekend. "The feeling is indescribable and its all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown," Bobbitt wrote of purchasing his new home. "I'll continue to thank you every single day for the rest of my life." McClure started the GoFundMe page on November 10 with a humble $10,000 goal after Bobbitt helped her when she ran out of gas on Interstate 95 on her way to Philadelphia, giving her the last of the money he collected while panhandling, she wrote. After the chance encounter, McClure and her boyfriend visited Bobbitt several times to deliver gift cards, cash, snacks and toiletries, she told ABC News last month. The couple decided to create the GoFundMe page so he wouldn't have to spend the holidays sleeping on the street. As of Tuesday afternoon, Bobbitt's GoFundMe page had raised $397,769. McClure wrote that in addition to the home, Bobbitt will purchase the "dream truck he's always wanted," a 1999 Ford Ranger. Two trusts will be set up in his name as well, one that will provide him will a small "salary" each year and a retirement trust, "which will be wisely invested by a financial planner." A bank account was also set up for Bobbitt with funds for everyday needs until he is able to find employment.
Emily Post says that, when attending a party, it is proper etiquette to always bring the host or hostess a gift. It is not proper etiquette to stab your guest if they do not. Hawaii News Now reports that Honolulu police arrested Don Little, 61, of Pearl City on Sunday afternoon. Police say Little stabbed his 51-year-old roommate in the knee, for not bringing beer to a party on Friday. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The victim suffered a 12-inch laceration and was taken to the hospital. It is unclear what kind of party it was.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged a 77-year-old Fort Walton Beach man with battery after he allegedly intentionally kicked his roommate in the groin. The two unidentified men were arguing over whether the victim would move out or not. The victim apparently told the suspect he was moving out, but changed his mind two days later. According to the police report, when the victim announced his decision, the suspect started kicking him in the groin “against his will.” It is unclear if the man will reconsider his decision to stay.
A Florida man got carted off to jail after he decided to show a cop how he rolls -- by pulling out a joint he'd rolled and asking the deputy to share it with him. Police were called to a Publix supermarket to investigate reports of a man causing a ruckus, yelling at bystanders and urinating on the sidewalk. By the time they arrived, Anthony Rocha had moved a few doors down -- to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe, where the officers found him shouting racial slurs and obscenities. One of the cops tried to reason with the 48-year-old and got him to mellow out -- so much so that Rocha suggested they hang out and share a joint. He declined the offer, but did search the suspect's backpack, where he found a bag of weed and a pipe with residue, in addition to the joint.
A group of guys tried to climb the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom park.
A visit to "the most magical place on earth" will likely be the last for four guys who tried to climb a Disney World landmark. Witnesses watched as security pulled four men off the iconic Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. The climbers had gotten about a third of the way up the enormous fake tree before security arrived and got them down. One witness, who posted a photo of the climbers on Reddit, says they were led out of the park and presumably banned from ever visiting again. It's not known if they are also facing charges.
An Evangelical pastor traveled to Santa's house to try to spoil Christmas for boys and girls.
An Evangelical pastor who tried to ruin Christmas last year for kids waiting to see Santa at a mall in Texas, played the role of Grinch again last week in Alaska. Pastor David Grisham traveled to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska and filmed himself as he taunted parents and told kids waiting in line that Santa is not real and is just a man in a costume used to perpetuate the lies that their parents are telling them about Christmas. Grisham told them that there are no flying reindeer and that Christmas is about Jesus and not about toys. Although most people there did their best to ignore him, a few people approached him and asked him to leave, which he eventually did after he finished delivering his message.
Santa Claus is known for scooting down chimneys, but for one day a year, dozens of Santas try to avoid tumbling down a mountain in Maine. The 18th annual Santa event took place Sunday at Sunday River Resort. The event was highlighted by dozens Santas skiing and snowboarding down the slopes to raise money for the Sunday River Community Fund, which benefits communities in the area. The skiing Santas participate in full Kringle garb, including, of course, a white beard and red hat. Online registration to participate filled up in 10 minutes. The Santas must all donate money, and 160 Santas raised $2,500 this year. The event took place in the tiny western Maine town of Newry, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Portland.
WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, reports that a David Bowie nutcracker, made up to resemble the late rocker during his mid-1970a iconic Aladdin Sane period, was stolen from the Steubenville Nutcracker Village early Saturday morning. The annual holiday display features more than 100 life-sized nutcracker figures, many in the form of celebrities The Bowie nutcracker has now been returned and the Steubenville Police have the suspects in custody. Steubenville Police arrested Mycal Morin, 21, and Alexis Lynch, 20. They are accused of stealing the nutcracker. The two returned the Bowie nutcracker Saturday night and are facing theft charges while being held at the Jefferson County Jail. Patrick McLaughlin, a Nutcracker Village volunteer first noticed that Bowie was missing. McLaughlin thought the nutcracker was out for repair, but after talking with other volunteers, realized it was not and they called the police. President of Historic Fort Steuben Jerry Barilla said, “Things happen, and thank God we have it back, but please, that shouldn't deter anyone from coming here. People really shouldn’t worry about coming here because of one or two people that have done something they shouldn't have done.” Everyone at the Nutcracker Village is happy that the Starman has returned. Volunteers at the Nutcracker Village said this won’t change how they run the village: It will remain open and unlocked for the public to enjoy.
WABC reports that the search has been called off for the Grinches stealing holiday spirit in the seaside town of Sea Girt, New Jersey, just 20 minutes south of Asbury Park. Residents thought vandals had sabotaged the Christmas lights set up for a holiday display in Sea Girt over Thanksgiving weekend. At the time, local police said they did not have any suspects, but hoped the media coverage would put the public on alert. On Saturday, the Sea Girt Police Department posted photos of the notorious criminals on Facebook, writing, “The Sea Girt Police Department is proud to report that the case of our broken holiday lights has been solved. We are happy that no human acted as a Grinch in this incident. The squirrel was charged with criminal mischief and released on bail.” The lights were repaired and the tree lighting went on as scheduled.
A South Carolina man gave new meaning to the old fast-food slogan "have it your way" -- by cooking his own meal at a Waffle House after finding the doors open with the only employee fast asleep. Alex Bowen says he left his house in the wee hours of last Wednesday morning because he was hungry, slightly drunk and unable to sleep. When he got to the Waffle House in West Columbia, he saw there were no other customers, and just one line cook -- who was snoozing in a booth. Instead of trying to wake the guy up, Bowen says, "I got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak with extra pickles. When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled out.” Bowen, who posted a Facebook note saying he returned later to pay for the food, says, "I give all the credit to my old friend vodka."
An elderly woman donated a box of items to Goodwill -- and it included a grenade.
A California shopping center had to be evacuated last week after an employee at a Goodwill thrift store found a grenade inside a box of donated items. Police say the employee was sifting through the box, which was dropped off by an unidentified elderly woman, and found the explosive device. Police called in the bomb squad, who sealed off the area and safely removed the grenade. It's not known if it was a live grenade, but police have launched an investigation and are looking for the woman who dropped it off.
A man arrested at LAX tried to convince cops that Samuel L. Jackson is his uncle.
A man was arrested outside Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday for carrying a slew of weapons including knives, tools and a piece of rebar. But as he was being cuffed, he tried to explain to officers that he has a famous uncle. The unidentified man was seen walking around the airport holding the weapons. After a brief chase, cops were able to apprehend him and take him down. As he was on the ground being handcuffed, he told police that Samuel L. Jackson is his uncle. It's not known if it's true or whether he thought that name-dropping his famous relative would get him out of trouble, but he was arrested and charged with possessing a weapon and resisting arrest. Uncle Sammy has not commented on the arrest.
Sometimes, good guys do finish first. In Scotland, a man won a jackpot just minutes after returning some money he found at an ATM. 50-year-old Colin Banks visited a grocery store with his daughter and found that someone had walked away from the ATM without taking their $35 in cash. Instead of pocketing the money, Colin gave it to the store employee in hopes that it would be returned to its rightful owner. He then made a $2 bet on a on a gambling machine -- and won nearly $60,000. It seems that he was instantly repaid for a good deed -- just in time for Christmas. Colin celebrated the victory by purchasing a reliable car and says that, thanks to the windfall, he will be able to travel to attend the wedding of his nephew in May.
A Louisville, Kentucky family is still shaken after a truck slammed into the front of their house. WDRB reports that the driver of the truck allegedly was an 11-year-old girl who reportedly said she did it on purpose. The crash took place around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Joshua Pate, the homeowner whose house was damaged, said five children were in the living room at the time of the crash. He believes the couch saved their lives. The Pates rent the home but they will be displaced for at least a month until the home is repaired. Thankfully, the Red Cross has stepped in to help the family. The girl, who was not identified, was not injured. Pate heard her talking with police after they arrived on scene. Pate said, “The officer couldn’t believe what she said. He was like ‘excuse me?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.’ And he said ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people,” The girl’s family said she has autism. LMPD is still investigating this case, but a spokesperson does not believe charges will be filed.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office said that an unidentified man was involved in a road rage incident on Sunday that ended badly for him, WESH reports. Authorities said two men stopped near Florida State Road 434 in Orlando. They got out of their vehicles and began to argue. Police say that one of the men, feeling threatened, pulled a gun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. His injuries are not life-threatening. Police say that because the man legally possessed the gun and shot himself, it’s unlikely he’ll be charged.