Fast food chicken retailer KFC is selling an "Internet Escape Pod" on its e-store for $10,000. According to the KFC website, the dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. The site goes on to explain, "We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it's up to you), let Colonel Sanders' protective embrace take you back to a simpler time." The pod features what looks like a stuffed Col. Sanders on top appearing to give it a hug. It also has a chicken drumstick doorknob. The website says the dome is made in the USA out of steel and has a stainless steel mesh cage. It is also constructed of 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint. KFC's e-store says the product won't be replenished when sold out.
Manoj Kumar Maharana of India just broke a Guinness World Record that stood for eight years, reports Mashable. The 23-year-old smashed the official world record for the "Most Straws Stuffed in the Mouth" by packing a whopping 459 drinking straws into his mouth at one time. Guinness World Record recently uploaded a video of Maharana filling his mouth with the straws. In order to break the record, Maharana had to keep the straws in his mouth for 10 seconds without any of them falling out. He was not allowed to use his hands to support the straws during the 10 seconds, but he could use rubber bands to hold the straws in place. Maharana smashed the record previously held by Simon Elmore who crammed 400 straws in his mouth.
Police in Florida and the FBI are on the lookout for a well-dressed bank robber they have dubbed the Business Bandit. According to the FBI, the sharp-dressed man allegedly committed three bank robberies near Boca Raton and in Palm Beach Gardens over a ten day span this month. He hit a Sun Trust bank on November 7, a PNC bank on November 10, and he added a dark sport jacket to his attire when he knocked off a Wells Fargo Bank on November 17. He usually wears a white button down shirt, a dark tie and slacks. He also wears a newsboy cap and either eyeglasses or sunglasses and clear plastic gloves presumably to keep the gun he carries free of fingerprints. The man also has a mustache and a goatee. The FBI considers this suspect armed and dangerous, and they urge anyone with information about the Business Bandit's identity to contact the FBI.
A Bel Air, Maryland man who was searching for a bathroom had a very lucky day on Monday. First, he found a conveniently located restroom at a Lottery retailer, and then he had a $50,000 win on a $2 million Fortune scratch-off. According to Maryland Lottery officials, the 49-year-old father of three was halfway to his job as a salesman when nature called. He said, "One too many cups of coffee, I guess." The man stopped at the Perry Hall BP gas station in Baltimore and then bought two tickets at the instant ticket vending machine as he was walking back to his car. The unidentified man said, "I play scratch-offs every once in a while, and all of my recent tickets have been the $2 million Fortune game." After buying the $30 tickets, he was shocked when he won the $50,000 prize. "When the cashier confirmed the prize for me he gave me a high-five. It was a great moment." Amazingly, the $50,000 win was just the start of his luck. In all of the excitement, he almost forgot to play his second instant ticket. He explained, "The $50,000 blew me away, but when the other ticket gave me $100 more, it was just astounding." The man is planning to use the money to make an already-planned family vacation next year even better for his kids.
A dog in Wisconsin wasn't happy with the accommodations at an animal hospital, so he decided to check himself out and head home on his own. A boxer name Bear was dropped off at the Brentwood Animal Hospital for boarding while his owner went away on vacation. At some point, he was able to break out of his kennel and escape through the front door of the hospital. From there, he walked home and took a seat on the front porch. When his owner arrived home, she was shocked to find Bear waiting for her. She contacted the animal hospital, who told her that Bear had managed to open his kennel door, which was reinforced with plastic zip ties, and walked through the front door, which had been left open. Workers at the hospital say Bear is a bit of an escape artist and has gotten out before, which is why his kennel door was tied shut.
A child discovered a 65-pound snake in his toilet.
You've heard terrifying stories of people finding a snake in their toilet, but never one quite as large as this. A five-year-old boy in Thailand, who probably wishes now he could go back to wearing diapers, went to the bathroom and discovered something strange in the toilet. He called for his mother who came in and saw that it was a snake. Actually, it was a very large snake. She got on the phone and called police who sent over a snake-catcher who pulled out what ended up being a 20-foot-long python weighing 65 pounds -- which is heavier than the child. The snake was placed into a canvas bag and dragged outside. It's believed that the cold weather outside forced the snake to look for a warmer environment and ultimately found it inside the family's toilet.
A Florida man was upset about bad driving in front of his home -- so he got behind the wheel and intentionally sped his vehicle directly into one of the offenders.
A Florida man wanted to make sure someone paid attention to his complaints about bad driving in front of his home -- so he got behind the wheel and intentionally sped his vehicle directly into one of the offenders. Bruce John Homer, who'd previously complained about motorists blowing through the stop sign next to his house, decided to take matters into his own hands on Sunday. He hopped into his car, looked into the rearview mirror and hit the gas, driving right into the path of an SUV coming down the street. When question by a deputy, Homer said the driver of the SUV should have swerved to avoid him. The unrepentant 61-year-old was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.
A Florida teenager ended up taking his own mugshot -- by using a stolen cell phone to take and post a photo of himself posing with a gun he'd ripped off on the same evening.
A Florida teenager ended up taking his own mugshot -- by using a stolen cell phone to shoot and post a photo of himself posing with a gun he'd ripped off the same evening. Anthony Stokes proved his fingers were a lot more nimble than his brain by stealing the pistol from an undisclosed location and finding a way to grab both the phone and a purse from the second victim -- a pizza delivery driver who was dropping off a pie at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Fort Myers. Because her work and personal phones are synced up, the driver was able to show cops a running account of Stokes' movements, and he was arrested a short time later. He turned over the stolen phone, and officers were able to find the handgun, which the teen had tossed in the course of the evening.
On Octber 10, Richard Lussi, of Plains Township, Pennsylvania died of heart complications. He was 76. Lussi liked to joke that when he died, he wanted to take something with him to eat in the afterlife. A Philly sports fanatic, Lussi fell in love with Pat’s Cheesesteaks decades ago on the way to a Phillies game. From then on out, Richard always stopped at Pat’s whenever he was anywhere near Philadelphia. He often drover the two and half hours distance from his home, just to get Pat’s cheesesteaks. When Richard died last month, he was buried with cheesesteaks from Pat’s. Two of them. On October 13, the day before Richard’s funeral, his sons Dominic and John and two of John’s friends drove to Philadelphia. They ate cheesesteaks at Pat’s and picked up two extra to put in Richard’s coffin the next day. Dominic said, “We were just going to get one but my pop always said, ‘If you’re going to Pat’s you always get two, you never order just one. It’s a waste of time.”
Edward and Audrey Cramer, from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania were handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser for hours while police searched their property for marijuana. According the Cramers attorney, the whole thing started in September because a tree from a neighbor’s property fell and damaged their home. Their Nationwide agent, Jonathan Yeamans, came by to assess the damage. He saw a number of flowering plants in their backyard -- hibiscus plants -- and according to the attorney, mistook them for marijuana plants, taking pictures of the plants and sending them to Buffalo Township police. The police obtained a search warrant and showed up on October 7. When 66-year-old Audrey answered the door, she was only wearing a bra and top, and underpants. Audrey says she was cuffed and placed under arrest and put in the back of a police cruiser and was not allowed to put on pants and shoes, in spite of her pleas. When Edward returned, he says police pointed their guns at him, arrested him, handcuffed and put in the back of the squad car with his wife. After four hours, Sergeant Scott Hess released them when it became apparent the Cramers did not have marijuana. According to their attorney, the Cramers had to repair damage to their home caused while police were conducting their search. The attorney also claims that Nationwide sent them a policy notification letter almost three weeks later claiming that marijuana had been found on their property and their insurance policy would be canceled if the plants were not removed.
A Florida man was pee’d off at a cop for dragging him out of a bar for trespassing, so he decided to return the favor -- by peeing on himself and on the officer as he was being hauled off to jail. Eric Eugene Cotter was ejected from Filthy's bar for causing a ruckus an hour or so before closing time on Wednesday, but as soon as the deputy who booted him drove away, he sneaked back into the joint for another round. On the second visit, the cop slapped a pair of cuffs on Cotter, who was unsteady on his feet and unable to control his bladder -- causing him to soil his own jeans. As the officer tried to guide the 38-year-old to the cruiser, Cotter spat in his face. And, as he was being loaded into the back seat, he found another reservoir of number one, which he let loose in the officer's direction. He faces charges of disorderly intoxication, trespassing and battery.
A frog went for a swim in a glass of water.
A Florida couple is hopping mad about a Waffle House experience they'll never froget. Claire Sheats says her husband took a sip from a glass of water and noticed a dead frog floating inside. They were both so disgusted and angry about the disturbing discovery that they immediately grabbed a cell phone and took a video. They then called over a waitress who was shocked. The couple left the restaurant without finishing their meals and later filed complaints with the health department and with Waffle House. The restaurant says it is investigating the claim.
A garbage truck hit a guardrail and spilled a thousand books all over the road.
A garbage truck traveling along a Massachusetts highway Thursday afternoon struck a guardrail and spilled 1000 books all over the road. Unfortunately, none of the books were about how to avoid causing a traffic jam and the road was forced to shut down. Police say the books were strewn over all northbound lanes of I-91 as well as some on-ramps. Officers were able to push them to the side of the road to allow traffic to resume, but it was closed again while crews collected all of them. No word if the driver of the truck has been cited. Police say the accident caused another vehicle to veer off the road and onto a grass median. That driver suffered unknown injuries.
Cincinnati police have a suspect in custody for theft of a motor vehicle, failure to comply with the lawful order or signal of a police officer and kidnapping. WCPO reports that police are still investigating the Friday incident, but they say Dennis Smith stole a Village of Elmwood Place utility truck and drove it around while a Public Works employee was still in the bucket Cincinnati Police say they successfully stopped Smith with a spike strip tire-deflation device and Smith crashed the truck in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Smith remains in custody.
A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a 250,000-kroner ($30,400) fine for drunken driving — but can still count herself lucky. Katharina G. Andresen is reportedly Norway's richest woman, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $1.23 billion. Fines for drunken driving in Norway are based on the defendant's income. Newspaper Finansavisen reported that Oslo City Court said the penalty could have been up to 40 million kroner ($4.9 million) if based on Andresen's assets, but they "have not yielded any dividend yet" and she has no fixed income. The court did increase the fine because of her estimated wealth, however. Andresen was also banned from driving for 13 months. Andresen's father gave her a 42-percent share in the family-owned investment company in 2007, leading Forbes to declare her the world's second-youngest billionaire.
A Tennessee man accidentally shot himself and his wife while they were at a church on Thursday afternoon participating in a discussion about the recent church shooting in Texas. WATE reports that the Tellico Plains Police Department says elder members of First United Methodist Church began discussing the Texas shooting when someone asked if anyone brought a gun to their church. A man, who was not identified, and said he carries his gun everywhere he goes. Naturally, he took the gun out, emptied the magazine and chamber, and started passing the gun around for people to look at. When the gun was returned to him, the man put the magazine back in and recharged the chamber, but accidentally squeezed the trigger, firing the weapon. He hit himself in the hand and his wife in the abdomen. Both were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
A Massachusetts woman is accused of stealing four cars in a day. Masslive.com reports that Chandra Bourelle, 33, of Adams, is charged with boosting four cars over the course of the day Friday, according to police. Police arrested Bourelle as she began her day allegedly trying to steal a car from a Cumberland Farms parking lot. She was booked but posted bail and was released. Around 10 a.m., and hour after she posted bail, she allegedly stole a Toyota Highlander that was idling in the parking lot of a Racing Mart. Later, police in Lenox reported a red Lexus stolen from the parking lot of the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort. Police found the boosted Toyota Highlander. A short time later, a brand new BMW was stolen from the posh Seven Hills Inn. Police found the red Lexus in the Inn’s parking lot. Bourelle didn't turned up until around 10 p.m. that night, when a Cheshire police officer reported spotting her driving the BMW and gave chase. Cheshire Police Chief Timothy Garner said, "She took off at speeds over 100 miles per hour and ended up losing control of the car near Duke's Sand & Gravel. She didn't crash, but, and here's the other thing, she almost hit a flatbed wrecker that was just coming back from returning the Highlander she stole earlier in the day back to Adams. The tow truck driver just hung around there and picked up the BMW after Bourelle was once again arrested." Garner commented on Bourelle’s adventure, "That's got to be a record, I would think.“ Bourelle will be arraigned on four counts of larceny of a motor vehicle.
Australia's Hornsby Advocate reports that a 30-year-old man from New South Wales, Australia, was arrested after spitefully ordering 200 hash browns at McDonald’s. The unnamed man ordered them after being told the chain, in Sydney, had ran out of Chicken McNuggets. After he made the order, circled the drive-thru four times, berating the restaurant staff about his hash browns, which had not arrived. Police say that a breathalyzer showed that the man's blood/alcohol level was three times the legal driving limit. The man had his license suspended and will appear in court on November 30. He did not receive his order.
Police in New Zealand pulled over a driver this week because he was operating a vehicle while playing the bagpipes. Cops say the spotted the man driving the car with no hands on the wheel because he was using them to play notes on the instrument. Officers were actually keeping a lookout for drivers using their cell phones, but they were stunned when they found the saw him. Police say it was clear he was playing the bagpipes. He was eventually let off with a warning.
A Florida woman is thanking cops for saving her bacon after she was trapped in her truck for hours by an angry pig. Joanie Matthews pulled into her driveway on Tuesday and was immediately confronted by the 200 pound sow, who began snorting and charging at her vehicle. The animal even bit her when she tried to offer it some food. Matthews tried to wait it out, but the pig was a stick-in-the-mud and wouldn't leave. She says "She was very bossy. I was sitting right here in my truck and she would come up and I would jump in the back seat and I was like, 'Go away pig!' After the standoff went past sunset, she called 911. It took three deputies to wrangle the pig and remove it to the police department’s agricultural impound yard.
A Florida man didn't want to wait for a court appearance before trying to get a pardon -- so he paused during a high-speed police chase to call 911 in an attempt to reach President Trump.
A Florida man didn't want to wait for a court appearance before trying to get a pardon -- so he paused during a high-speed police chase to call 911 in an attempt to reach President Trump. Aric Frydberg was pulled over for a moving violation, and when the trooper approached the vehicle, he reported a strong smell of marijuana, which he asked about. Frydberg panicked, reached over to the center console and grabbed a baggie of weed, which he shoved into his mouth before speeding away. As he was fleeing, the suspect dialed the emergency number requesting that the dispatcher put him through to Trump, saying "he's a close personal friend...we made a deal." When that failed, he tried to convince the operator that his mother's life was in danger after a car crash -- an attempt that also went up in smoke. Frydberg was eventually convinced to pull off the road, where cops took him into custody.
Cops caught a driver playing the bagpipes while driving.
Concerned residents believe the new high school's mascot could sound a bit inappropriate.
A new high school is being built in Farmington, Utah and some residents are not loving the name of the school's mascot. The mascot will be a phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes. The problem that some people have with it, is that when students cheer for the team, they might not shout "go Phoenix" and will instead use the plural form of the name and chant "go Phoenices." The sound of that wasn't sitting well with Kyle Fraughton, a concerned resident who started a petition urging the school to change the name. The petition reads, "There will be a never-ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our children. I have kids that will go to this school and that's a big part of it. I don't want it to be a joke. I don't want it to be a laughing stock." So far, the petition has received more than 2,600 signatures, but no decision has been made on the name.
Pope Francis is going to stick with the “Popemobile” instead of a custom Lamborghini. Billionaires, get out your checkbooks. A one-of-a-kind Lamborghini, which has been blessed and signed by Pope Francis, will soon be up for auction. The Italian sportscar maker designed and built a special Huracan for the Pope, who officially received it at the Vatican Wednesday with Lamborghini executives in tow. The donated car was painted to replicate the Vatican flag's colors, complete with papal-gold accents on the hood, roof and doors. Pope Francis smiled as he signed "Francesco" with a black marker on the car. The Huracan RWD Coupe starts at $200,000. Sotheby’s will auction off the sportscar, the Vatican said in a statement. The money raised will go toward several charities the pope has selected, including one that helps Christians who are living as refugees in Kurdistan to return to their communities in Iraq. The pope, who prefers to be driven around in the modest “Popemobile” will not take the pricey Lamborghini for a joy ride before the May 12, 2018, auction
WFLA reports that Bond Ferrer, 51, is under arrest after police responded to a call about gunfire in Islamorada, Florida around 4:15 p.m Tuesday afternoon. At the scene, a witness told police he saw a man firing into the canal with a gun, apparently from inside his truck. Police recovered twelve bullet casings from a 9-mm weapon where the shooting was reported. They later found the truck the witness described and encountered Ferrer. Deputies say they mentioned someone shooting at a crocodile, at which point, they say, Ferrer became agitated and listed neighbors whose animals had been killed by crocodiles. According to police, at one point, Ferrer went into his house and returned with a loaded .45-caliber handgun. After deputies got him to set the gun down, he suddenly charged at an officer, police say. Deputies were able to subdue Ferrer and take him into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
A Pennsylvania man ended up in handcuffs after getting a little too "shellfish" -- by shoving nearly a dozen bags of shrimp into his pants and trying to flee a supermarket without paying for them. Employees of the Weis Market location knew something was fishy when they saw Anibal Batista Junior hovering around the seafood counter last Thursday evening, and when one of them got a glimpse of the 49-year-old hiding the pricey treats in his trousers, he stepped in. Batista gave no reason for trying to pull the scampi scam, and was taken into custody without incident.
A Florida woman stuffed her pockets and bags with stolen merchandise at a local department store -- while dressed in a turkey costume.
A Florida woman ruffled a lot of feathers by stuffing her pockets and bags with stolen merchandise at a local department store -- while she was dressed in a turkey costume. Irene Leonhard drew plenty of attention by just walking into the Belk store decked out in the fine, feathered frock, so by the time she started gobbling up the goods, security guards were ready to grill her about her behavior. The 67-year-old had tucked away nearly $1500 worth of items, including a designer purse and several pieces of clothing. Leonhard wasn't able to wing it away from police, and ended up being held on $5000 bail.
A Canadian man has been stamped as a perv by government officials in his native province, because he tried to renew a vanity license plate that uses his last name -- which has suddenly been deemed obscene.
A Canadian man has been stamped as a perv by government officials in his native province, because he tried to renew a vanity license plate that uses his last name -- which has suddenly been deemed obscene. Lorne Grabher of Nova Scotia has had his last name on his plates since 1991 without any problems or issues. So he was surprised in December when he received a letter informing him that the plate would be cancelled because people could "misinterpret it as a socially unacceptable slogan." Grabher accuses the Department of Transportation of discriminating against his German name. But the government insists it has received complaints from people who saw the plate as "misogynistic and promoting violence against women."
A family woke up to the annoying sound of a junkie on the roof.
A Florida family woke up last weekend to an unusual thud coming from the roof and never expected what they found. A man was on top of their house stomping on the roof and apparently waiting for an important meeting. They called police at around 8 a.m. to report the rooftop pest. When cops arrived, they climbed up on the roof and met Jacob Futch. He told them that he was waiting to meet with a DEA agent. Officers then took a shot in the dark and asked if he happened to be on drugs. Not surprisingly, Futch admitted to injecting meth several hours earlier. He was removed from the roof and placed under arrest for trespassing.
While medics worked on her overdosing husband, she snorted his stash to hide it from cops.
A New York woman who called 911 after her husband overdosed on heroin was afraid that cops would find his stash, so she snorted it and ended up overdosing herself. Scott Bevard and Lori Gallo-Bevard are both lucky to be alive after medics administered the anti-overdose medicine Narcan to revive them. Afterward, Lori explained that she walked into the living room and found Scott unconscious on the couch. She tried to give him Narcan herself but accidentally broke three bottles, so she called 911 and performed CPR on him until an ambulance arrived. While responding officers were at the house, Lori found the rest of Scott's stash and was afraid cops would discover it. She was able to flush some of it down the toilet, but snorted the rest and lost consciousness. Lori says she and her husband had used heroin in the past and had recently relapsed.
The Mirror reports that Aldi markets in England has recalled its “Clancy’s Barbecue Flavour Coated Peanuts" because they contain cashew nuts and there’s no warning about it on the label. This would make the nuts a possible health risk for those allergic to nuts. Peanut allergies are among the best-known food allergies. And while peanuts are legumes, cashews are part of the tree nut family like almonds and walnuts, but they can also cause an allergic reaction. The German budget supermarket chain sold the product in the cities of Neston, Cheshire, Darlington, Durham, and Goldthorpe, Yorkshire; but they encouraged anyone who purchased a pack to return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.
With a statement that could easily send New York City into a state of anarchy, the mayor’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, has out-ed himself as a traitor to the Big Apple. The New York Post reports that Phillips called a Chicago pizza joint has the “best pizza in the United States.” Apparently he was referring to Pequod's Pizza. Asked why Phillips felt it necessary to publicly reveal his treasonous belief, he responded, “because I like Chicago pizza. “NYC has a lot of great pizza,” he continued. “But I prefer Chicago-style. I don’t think anyone cares what type of pizza the mayor’s press secretary likes. I think they care more about someone not being a phony. Especially about pizza!” “Pequod’s char is the key,” he added in a follow-up tweet. Mayor Rahm Emanuel chimed in, supporting Phillips with a tweet of his own, writing, “Confirming what everyone already knew. Sorry, @NYCMayor.” “I’ve lived in NYC for 12+ years. The flat, foldable, salt-less pizza is fine,” Phillips replied. “I eat a lot of it. But it’s not as good as Chicago pizza. It’s like Salisbury steak vs. actual steak. Sorry.” The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio has yet to remove this heretic from office and has offered no comment.
A couple called police after a man in a T-shirt, high heels and nothing else walked into their house and announced, "I'm here!"
Police in New Jersey have arrested a man who walked into a random house naked from the waist down and proclaimed, "I'm here!" The couple living inside the home called police after the man, who was wearing high heels, a tight T-shirt and nothing else, walked through an unlocked door and vociferously announced his unexpected and uninvited presence. he ran out of the house, climbed into an SUV and drove off, but not before the homeowners took a picture of the license plate. Police later located the vehicle in another's home's driveway and discovered the half-naked man fast asleep in the driver's seat. He was still wearing just a T-shirt and heels. They woke him up and placed him under arrest. They also found drugs inside the car. The man has been identified as 39-year-old Justin Christodoro and he's facing charges of criminal trespass and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
An Indiana highway was shut down after K-Cups were spilled all over the road.
Coffee is a necessity for many morning commuters, but too much of it really slowed down the daily grind for motorists in Indiana on Monday. A stretch of highway near South Bend was shut down after a box truck collided with a tractor trailer and spilled K-Cup coffee pods all over the road. Hundreds of the pods, which are designed for Keurig coffee machines, littered the road and required more than an hour-and-a-half for cleanup crews to remove. One of the drivers was trapped inside the truck and was taken to the hospital with an undisclosed injury.
A Brazilian horse was locked behind bars over the weekend for sowing his wild oats -- by kicking in the side of a car and causing hundreds of dollars in damage. Owner William dos Santos says that a friend of his took Faciero out for a run on Sunday when the animal was startled by something along the route and revved up his horsepower, kicking in the side of the compact vehicle. The owner didn't want to be saddled with a repair bill, so she demanded that the horse be taken into custody until she got payment from dos Santos -- who says that impounding the animal was "over the top." Dos Santos is now pondering a suit against cops in Nossa Senhora Aparecida, who wouldn't allow him to feed the poor pony for a full 24 hours.
A 35-year-old guy in England has decided to live every day like it's 1946. Ben Sansum has given up all his gadgets. No smartphone. No Facebook. No high-def TV. Instead of living with us here in the 21st century, Ben's house is decorated as it would be in the '40s – and he dresses in that style also. While he might be eccentric, he does have a job with British Airways. When he goes to work, he's "normal." But, after hours and on weekends, he reverts back to his old-fashioned ways.
A floor at a three-story apartment complex near the University of North Texas totally collapsed during a wild party last weekend, sending college students into the apartment below. The adventure happened around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday and was blamed on "too much jumping." When firefighters arrived on the scene, some partygoers were dangling between apartments and sprinklers had burst, flooding everything.
A game warden cornered a female mountain lion that was loping through a San Francisco residential neighborhood and shot it with a tranquilizer. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the cougar was spotted Friday amid trees, brush and ivy behind a housing complex in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood. California Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist Justin Dellinger said they're stumped as to how the adult cat got there. Dellinger said officials plan to relocate the cat, possibly to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County or the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's unclear if the cat was the same animal recorded Wednesday slinking past the home of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who lives in the Sea Cliff neighborhood.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the Hopkinton Police Department in Massachusetts shared a photo of a green Buick Century sporting a handmade license plate. The post states, “Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates...
- But if you do, make sure not to use cardboard from a pizza box and magic markers.
Charges for this creative operator include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching ‘fake home made’ plates.” The crudely-drawn plate reads MASS, then beneath that, a number, 2JY728. It is unclear why the owner did not opt for a vanity plate.
While many owners of sports cars don’t drive them every day – and instead just roll them out for special occasions and cruises on weekends – Mark Blackwell is unusual because he used his 1999 Corvette for a long commute each day to work. After driving back and forth from his home in Florida to his job in Georgia for years, he managed to put 733,000 miles on his reliable red car. That’s the equivalent of 277 road trips from New York to Los Angeles. Well, Mark is now retiring his amazing car – and donating it to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. While it's not in mint condition, the car is in remarkably good shape and still runs, which says a lot about just how well Mark took care of it through the years.
This gives a whole new meaning to beefcake … It seems birthday cakes made out of actual meat are really popular in Japan. According to website Kotaku, these meat cakes started appearing a couple years ago and these days are popping up at yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants all over Japan.
A crew of Kansas City cops probably regretted sniffing out a gun possession suspect -- after the guy managed to end their interrogation by letting out some of the worst gas any of them had ever smelled. Sean Sykes Junior was in a car in which police found a backpack containing various drugs and two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen. When he was hauled in, he unleashed a not-so-silent-but deadly weapon -- by hitting the gas every time he was asked a question. A deputy got tired of Sykes turning the other cheek and ended the session, but was arrested again a few days later on similar charges -- for which he's still awaiting arraignment.
A Colorado man capped off a really bad day by having a bindle of cocaine fall out of his cap -- while he was in court to answer charges of drug possession in another case.
A Florida woman got her panties in a bunch after an intruder broke into her home while stark naked -- before running into her bedroom and slipping into a pair of her panties...in addition to some other items from her closet.
A Florida woman got her panties in a bunch after a naked intruder broke into her home -- before running into her bedroom and slipping into a pair of her panties...in addition to some other items from her closet. Joseph Vaglica backed into the victim's driveway at high speed, stopping shy of her attached garage, then entered the house through a door inside that structure. The woman's stepson, who lives next door, called 911 to report his mom's plight, and told the dispatcher Vaglica was "drugged out -- that's for sure." When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 40-year-old suspect had shed the victim's clothes and was rolling around on her front lawn "acting irrational." Vaglica’s criminal record includes numerous misdemeanor arrests, including one in 2016 for disorderly intoxication.
A Florida man who was looking for a serious buzz decided to get off the grass and go in search of some booze -- while drunkenly driving his lawn mower down a busy street.
A Florida man who was looking for a serious buzz decided to get off the grass and go in search of some booze -- while drunkenly driving his lawn mower down a busy street. Deputies on routine patrol spotted Kenneth Burton Alleshouse driving his riding mower erratically during rush hour just before Election Day, and when they got closer, they noticed he was hauling a case of beer -- and smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath once they started asking questions. The 56-year-old, who has a history of traffic issues, submitted to a Breathalyzer test and was found to be three times over the legal limit, so he was booked on DUI charges.
WPTV reports that the Cheetah Clubs, a group of South Florida strip clubs in West Palm Beach, Hallandale and Pompano Beach, will be giving away 3,000 turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving. On Monday, November 20 at 11 a.m. at their three locations, turkeys for families in need will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Turkeys are limited to one per household. The free Thanksgiving turkey giveaway started in 2014 with just 100 turkeys at one of the Cheetah locations and has grown each year. The turkey giveaway is sponsored by Rodriguez Charities, which has donated more than $1.5 million to charities and needy individuals throughout South Florida.
An Oklahoma liquor store clerk confirmed her status as a real-life spice girl -- after she broke up an attempted robbery by smashing a bottle of pumpkin spice booze over the head of the crook. Dillon Jackson rolled into Butch’s Cork and Bottle, and headed for the cash register, which he tried to open while employee Sarah Levine screamed at him to get out or else. That didn't deter Jackson, who continued his quest. But he didn't notice a second clerk, Jessica Moss, approaching him from behind with the seasonal flavored Bailey's, which she slammed over his noggin. The bottle didn't break, but it did open up a gash and cause him enough pain to drive him out the door -- and into the arms of cops, who'd responded to the scene of the ruckus. That's probably the worst hangover that booze has ever caused without being consumed.
A New York crook he walked into a Chipotle restaurant to place an order -- and ran into a cashier he'd robbed in a home invasion a few days earlier.
A New York crook ended up with a serious case of heartburn -- after he walked into a Chipotle restaurant to place an order, and ran into a cashier he'd robbed in a home invasion a few days earlier. The thug was part of a three-man crew who broke into a Brooklyn apartment and tied up the residents before making off with about $1500 in cash. Though the intruders got away easily, they clearly didn't go far, so when the suspect showed up at the shopping mall eatery with his toddler son in tow, the victim recognized him and started peppering him with questions -- leading him to bolt without his meal. He's still on the run, but surveillance cameras captured such a good picture of his face -- and his license plate -- that cops should be able to say "that's a wrap" before long.
A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole. that the robbery happened at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 at a Shipley's Do-Nuts. Police released surveillance video this week that shows three men wearing hoodies and bandannas robbing the store. While two of the men were behind the counter demanding the cash from the registers, the third took the cellphones of the two customers in the store. He then jumped over the counter, exchanged words with the customers and picked out two crullers, which he handed to them in wax paper. The suspects then left the store. Police are searching for them.
An Oregon man got his feathers ruffled when he heard screams for help while delivering packages along his UPS route -- but when he called 911 to report the trouble, the cops he summoned found a feisty parrot, not a human in danger. The driver, whose name was not released, told a dispatcher that he'd heard the unmistakable sound of a woman being harmed in some way, so she sent a cruiser over to check out the situation, which turned out to be far less scary than it seemed. When Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Hayden Sanders showed up, all he found was Diego the Parrot, sitting on his perch and squawking “help!” at the top of his little birdy lungs. The deputy posted a selfie of himself with the critter, who seemed none the worse for wear, along with a report that the coast was clear in the home where Diego resides.
A Florida man got a burger that he thought was under-cooked --and busted open the drive-thru window to threaten workers.
A Florida man had a rare reaction to getting a burger that he thought was under-cooked -- he busted open the drive-thru window to threaten workers for a job not well done. Ronald Burns pulled up to a Steak 'n' Shake in Seminole County and placed his order, then got steamed when he received a hamburger that was served rare, the exact opposite of what he had ordered. The 62-year-old started screaming at the clerk on duty, and when the manager came over to lock the window, Burns pried it open and forced his head and shoulders through, yelling obscenities the entire time. The manager ordered the joint evacuated and called 911 to summon cops, who busted Burns on charges of burglary for illegally entering the establishment.
When given a choice of being arrested or not being arrested, this guy chose poorly.
A former soap opera star was busted last weekend after he got really drunk and told cops to arrest him. Shane McDermott, an actor who briefly played Scott Chandler on All My Children in the mid-'90s, got into an argument at a bar in Galveston, Texas early Sunday morning. He eventually left the bar and drunkenly ran down the street, which is when he was approached by police. He told officers he was heading home, but cops informed him that he was going in the wrong direction. They gave him two choices: either get a ride from somebody or be arrested. He chose poorly. McDermott reportedly told cops, "Arrest me now!" So that's exactly what they did. He was charged with public intoxication and fined $241.
A woman found out during a flight that her husband is having an affair and she caused the plane to be diverted.
A woman caused a Qatar Airways flight to be diverted after she found out mid-flight that her husband has been cheating on her. While on the flight from Qatar to Bali, a passenger decided to scroll through her husband's cell phone while he slept and found evidence that he had been cheating on her. The woman, who had been drinking, immediately woke her husband and went crazy -- screaming at him and flight attendants who tried to calm her down. When the situation got out of control, the pilot was forced to divert the plane to India so that the couple and their young son could be taken off the flight. They were later placed on another flight back to Qatar.
A Los Angeles woman trying to sell her car on eBay got some help from her fiancee, who made an impressive and stylish commercial for the 21-year-old car. The eBay ad reads, “141,095 miles. Clean title. Well-maintained -- maintenance records available on request. Registered through 8/8/2018. Passed smog check in August 2017. Brand new battery. Bug shield, rubber duckies, and tape converter included. It has only two owners ever: me for the last 14 years and our neighbor who sold it to us.” The commercial was made by the woman’s fiancé, Max. When she first put the car up for auction on November 5, the asking price was $499. Since then, Max’s video has gone viral with more than 4 million views and the current top bid on November 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST, is $4300. Among the car’s features are driver-side airbag, automatic leather seats, air conditioning and a cassette player. The disclaimer in the ad notes, in part, "Cat and coffee pot not included. Featured girlfriend is not actual girlfriend, but an actor. Stunts not performed by a professional driver, but just my actual girlfriend. Do not attempt. Girlfriend is now fiancee." Bidding closes Sunday, November 12.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are trying to get to the bottom of a bizarre collision. CTV reports Mounties in Leduc, Alberta, arrived at an accident scene in in Nisku on Monday morning and found two vehicles had collided landing one in a ditch. What baffles them is that one of the vehicles was carrying five people and none of them were wearing any clothes. All five were arrested, although four of them were taken to the hospital. The investigation is in its early stages, according to the Mounties, but they believe the crash was not an accident and that drugs and alcohol may have been a factor. Average temperatures in Nisku this week are about -10 Celsius or 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finally, the appropriate vessel to hold your $1,500 18-karat gold Tiffany paper clips -- a $1,000 tin can! The soup can is actually made of silver and silver gilt, not tin, if you were wondering at the ludicrously high price of the odd luxury item from the famed jewelry designer. The can is part of Tiffany's Everyday Objects Collection, which is apparently just what it sounds like -- a collection of everyday objects made of expensive materials and priced accordingly. Like that paper clip, which is actually intended to be a bookmark. Or perhaps you'd prefer a pair of faux paper coffee cups in Tiffany blue, that are actually made out of bone china. Only $95, and dishwasher safe, to boot. Good news about the tin can, by the way -- engraving is available.
A Florida woman has some serious trouble on tap after giving new meaning to the phrase "pound a beer" -- by pounding a bar bouncer over the head with a 12-pack of PBR during a late-night dispute. Casey Ann Willey was drunk and disorderly at the Eight Seconds club shortly after closing time on Sunday when the bouncer tried to escort her out the door - something she objected to by grabbing the box of brews that she used to deliver the smackdown. Willey was handcuffed while police investigated the incident, but she still tried to bolt from the scene and was tossed in the back of a cruiser, where she refused to give her name, and began shouting obscenities. The bouncer opted not to press charges against Willey, a regular customer, and she was released once she sobered up.
A British man blew his chance at redemption when he did community service in a cemetery stark naked.
A British man blew his chance at redemption when he served a community service sentence by operating a leaf blower in a cemetery stark naked. Anthony Hutchinson was sentenced to community service for a variety of driving offenses earlier in the year, but never took his obligations seriously. He rented a priest's outfit for work at a church and stripped down for the graveyard duty. To make matters worse, he documented all of his snarky activity in videos on Facebook. Now the court he faced wants Hutchinson to be taken into custody. A spokesman said, "You couldn't really make that story up if you wanted to. It actually speaks volumes for the level of supervision, or non-supervision in this case."
The Joker delivered a baby girl on Halloween.
Usually parents remember their first child's birth better than their second or third, but Brittany and Justin Selph will never forget the birth of their third baby last week. Brittany went into labor on Halloween. Her obstetrician was at home handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but he rushed over to the hospital as soon as he got the call. That meant he didn't have time to change out of his costume, so when he walked into the room, Brittany and Justin were shocked to see him dressed like Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Dr. Joker, in full makeup and costume, washed up and delivered the couple's baby girl. The happy parents said they couldn't help but laugh throughout the entire delivery. Brittany recalled that when the doctor paid her a visit without makeup the following day, he joked, "Sorry I couldn't make it in last night, glad to see the delivery went well."
The East Lansing, Michigan PD threatened to spoil Stranger Things if football fans got arrested.
Police in East Lansing, Michigan came up with a strange method for keeping excited Michigan State football fans in line after the team's thrilling win over Penn State on Saturday. Hoping to keep rowdy fans from getting too crazy, the police department sent out a tweet urging fans to celebrate, but to do it lawfully. The tweet read, "GO GREEN! We have extra police officers in East Lansing on overtime tonight. Celebrate this win the right way, don't do something you will regret." Then a short while later, the department tweeted out another message, this time threatening a some serious punishment. It read, "We've taped Stranger Things spoilers all over the walls of our jail this week. Some extra motivation for you to not end up there."
Dr. Paul Locus, an obstetrician at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, helped Oaklyn Selph into the world while dressed as The Joker from the film The Dark Knight, complete with green wig along with white face paint. Mother, Brittany Selph said "My actual due date was not until today, but Tuesday morning I woke up and I felt like my water was leaking,". Selph, 32, and her husband of six years, Justin Selph, of Waverly, Tennessee, didn't arrive at the hospital until about 12:30 p.m. Halloween. "That's when we found out he was dressed for Halloween that day as the infamous Joker," Mr. Selph, 33,says "We couldn't help but laugh when he walked in the room." The doctor told the parents it'd be a while before Selph actually gave birth, adding that he planned to give out candy at his home then return to the hospital without his costume. "But I told him, if he came back in it, it's OK. That'd be a pretty cool story to tell," the new mother added. Around 8:20 p.m., she gave birth to her third child. Locus -- still in his costume -- later handed Justin Selph the scissors to cut Oaklyn's umbilical cord. Mr. Selph added, "The next morning, he came in to check on Brittany, and he said, 'Sorry I couldn't make it in last night, glad to see the delivery went well.' [He was] joking of course. He also gave her a card of congratulations, and he signed it 'Dr. Joker.'"
According to the Metro UK, the fine people who run the Stoke House care home in Gedling, Nottingham, in England, have introduced a new way to care for their residents: They built a pub on site. Residents who may not be able to get to their local tavern now have a pub that has come to them. Seniors can relax with a pint or a glass of wine at The Carer’s Arms, a 1960s style pub to remind people of their youth and add some excitement to their lives. The change was implemented after some residents said they missed going to the pub and having pint or a game of darts. So they installed the retro pub on the ground floor of the facility. The pub is very convincing: it has a stained-glass sign on the door, a traditional wooden bar with a ‘Public bar’ sign, a dart board and pints on tap. The pub is stocked with a selection of beers and alcoholic drinks, as well as tea, coffee and crisps – potato chips – all free of charge. It also plays sports on a television screen and gives residents an alternative place to eat. Louise Nichol, 39, who came up with the idea, said, “Life doesn’t stop just because you’re in a care home.” So far, the pub appears to be a hit. Nichol added, “It has gone down really well so far and it is an alternative place for them to sit with visitors too, everyone seems to be enjoying it.”
Hampton Station, a craft beer and pizza joint, posted a note on their front door: NO CHILDREN. The owner, Troy Taylor opened his restaurant in 2015, a casual dining destination for both craft brew aficionados and families alike. The Station has a family-friendly atmosphere, a patio courtyard and action figures holding order numbers on tables. The children ban came about because, he said, "a lot of people who couldn’t keep their kids under control." Without going into specifics, he said a recent incident gave him pause. "A kid was in danger and could have seriously been hurt," Taylor said. "It’s a liability and safety issue. After the incident, I thought, this can’t happen again." The restaurant patio has easy access to the traffic on Nebraska Avenue. Taylor said he’s also concerned about unsavory elements in nearby hotels. Add alcohol, dogs and kids, and Taylor thinks thing could turn bad, fast. He said, "It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. It’s been gut-wrenching. I’m not a big social media person, but I’ve stayed away from Facebook." Under federal law, businesses are allowed to set rules about children. Everyone agrees that the safety of children is paramount. But some people are outraged. A Facebook page for Tampa Bay Moms has had more than 200 comments on a pinned post about the restaurant. Commenters are unsurprisingly divided about the issue.
A Florida man was busted for trying to get the wrong kind of package to a postal driver -- by exposing his genitals to her while driving down a quiet street in a mobile home park. Thomas Patrick Spencer allegedly spotted the woman at a strip mall where she'd gone to drop off a cell phone for repair, then started following her along her route while pleasuring himself. The 19-year-old pulled up alongside the truck and whipped out his junk mail, but got no response, so he sped up, then made a U-turn so he could give the victim a better look by standing and exposing himself out the window. That move did not get a stamp of approval from the driver, who called cops and had Spencer sent to a nearby precinct, with priority delivery.
Georgia cops caught a break in trying to "reel" in a car thief after they were able to track him from the scene of his heist to a movie theater where he stopped to catch a flick immediately afterward.
Georgia cops caught a break in trying to "reel" in a car thief after they were able to track him from the scene of his heist to a movie theater where he stopped to catch a flick immediately afterward. Keithrick Williams swiped a 2014 Maserati from a parking lot in Fulton County near Atlanta and drove about half an hour south to a multiplex in order to take in a showing of Blade Runner 2049. An eagle-eyed cop spotted the distinctive looking ride and confirmed that the license plate matched -- then approached it and found the engine was still warm. The officer called for backup from the town where the vehicle was stolen, and the two deputies waited for Williams to emerge from the theater and walk over to get in -- then arrested him for grand theft auto, and possession of a handgun he'd tucked under the passenger side seat.
A Florida woman nearly knocked her boyfriend out by smashing him over the head with a birthday dessert during a heated argument.
A Florida woman cooked up a brand new recipe for "blackout cake" -- by nearly getting her boyfriend to black out by smashing him over the head with a birthday dessert during a heated argument. Katrina Mora, an actress in her native Mexico, was burned up about beau Robert Brown strolling home well after midnight on his birthday, with a few drinks under his belt -- because she'd spent a chunk of the day baking the cake for a celebration. Brown, who was stunned but not injured by the sugary smackdown, called 911 and summoned cops, who got Mora to admit her role in the assault. She was booked on charges of domestic battery , and we can only assume he used his birthday wish on a plea for a new girlfriend.
Sweden's postal service was puzzled when packages of electronics disappeared from its trucks on a road northeast of Goteborg, the country's second-largest city. PostNord head of security Alexis Larsson says they mounted concealed cameras inside the back of a postal truck in September to crack the thefts, which were estimated to be worth 2.5 million kronor (about $300,000). Larsson said Friday he was astounded as he watched two men leap onto the moving truck from the hood of a car traveling behind it, enter the cargo area and rummage through the load. He says the truck was going 80 kph (50 mph) when the thieves boarded it. He says police were contacted and four men — all non-Swedes — were arrested on Sept. 16.
Yes, apparently you can be charged with DUI for drunken horseback riding, at least in Polk County, Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 53-year-old Donna Byrne was arrested and charged with drunk driving Thursday, while riding a horse on a public road. A spokesman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office told the paper that Byrne smelled of alcohol and staggered when she was stopped riding a horse named Boduke on a road in Lakeland, Florida Thursday afternoon. According to the paper a passer-by called police after seeing a woman who appeared confused riding a horse. The spokesman, Brian Bruchey, said Byrne's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and animal neglect. Boduke was taken to the County Sheriff's Animal Control livestock facility and will most likely be returned to Byrne, according to the paper “Ms. Byrne was obviously not in any condition to be on the road. She not only put herself and the horse in danger, but also anyone who was driving on the road, which is typically very busy,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Strudel the dog once weighed a whopping 80 pounds, but now she’s working on her summer body. The 7-year-old rescue pup was surrendered after her owner died, and now lives with a loving foster family, Kristen and Wynn Horton in Chesapeake, Virginia. The golden retriever mix is down to 54 pounds after working out at Zoom Room, a dog training facility in Virginia Beach, since June. “When she came in we did everything nice and slow in 30-minute sessions,” John Cotthaus, owner of Zoom Room, told ABC News. “Halfway through she was completely puttered out, which we expected." But Cotthaus could tell Strudel was different than most of his canine clients. “Normally it’s like leading a horse to a carrot,” he said of coaxing other dogs to do their workout routines. “She didn’t need any of that. You pointed her in the direction, and you saw the twinkle and sparkle in her eye that she really enjoys it. It’s really cool to watch her transformation.” They’re slowly but surely getting Strudel back in shape and getting “her beach body going,” Cotthaus said with a laugh. Strudel has been enjoying her exercise and diet plan and seems to be thrilled to have the nearly 30 pounds off her. “She definitely has gained a lot more energy,” said Strudel’s foster dad, Wynn Horton. “There’s a lot more pep in her step. It was a complete behavioral shift. She went from being very sluggish and slow to respond to all of a sudden coming alive. She loves walking and running around. It’s like a whole new dog.”
Chicago residents may have been having a St. Patrick's Day flashback this weekend. The city dyes the Chicago River bright green for the holiday every year, but that didn't explain the bizarre phenomenon this weekend when the river turned two-toned all on its own: half the normal muddy gray, half a vivid green reminiscent of the St. Patrick's Day color. The Chicago Tribune reports that odd coloration began to appear Friday and lingered through the weekend. A spokesperson for the city's Department of Water Management said the department had pinpointed no single cause for the bizarre color scheme, but said it wasn't sewage. "The discoloration is not do to outfill," the spokesperson said -- referring to sewage that sometimes flows into the river after heavy rain, which Chicago experienced Saturday. Spokeswoman Megan Vidis told the paper that the cause was "a combination of the storm, seasonal vegetation changes and other naturally occurring circumstances." But the department is continuing to run tests.
A Chicago man who held up a hot dog stand at gunpoint on Halloween got instant karma when he accidentally shot himself in the wiener. 19-year-old Terrion Pouncy is accused of pointing a gun at two employees of Original Maxwell Street Polish and demanding cash. Workers handed over their wallets and a stack of bills. But as Pouncy ran away, he adjusted the gun in his waistband and it accidentally discharged. One of the employees wrestled with him briefly before Pouncy stumbled into the street and slumped down on a bench bleeding. He eventually made it to the steps of a nearby house and collapsed. Cops arrived and found the gun as well as the wallets he had stolen from the workers. He's charged with two counts of armed robbery and will be going to jail as soon as he's released from the hospital.
A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray. The 4-foot-long crocodile monitor was spotted sunning itself on top of a hedge Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a Riverside home. The crocodile monitor is a relative of the famous Komodo dragon. It's native to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia — not California — but it is legal to own them in the state. It's green and yellow with big claws, a long tail and a forked tongue. The big lizard is now being held by Riverside County's animal services division. If the owner doesn't claim it, the monitor will be sent to a sanctuary for exotic animals.
New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete (SKEET) monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the Vermont border, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Albany. The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery's unstaffed gift shop. Police say surveillance cameras caught two women taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box. Troopers say surveillance photos released earlier this week and social media postings of the images led to the arrest of a woman from North Arlington, Vermont. The other woman was identified as her 21-year-old daughter, who wasn't charged. The cheesecakes sell for $49 and up.
A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana. Dr. Liang Bartkowiak tells the Altoona Mirror she was mentioned in the media as being eligible to certify medical marijuana users, and then her office phone started ringing off the hook. It was primarily men on the line. Bartkowiak tells the newspaper she was shocked, since she's an OB-GYN who treats women exclusively. A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor's care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions. The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, but not marijuana in plant form. Doctors must certify the illness and patients must obtain an identification card from the Health Department.
An Altamonte Springs, Florida, couple got a special treat for Halloween, even though it was a little late. Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein had planned on welcoming their baby boy into the world Saturday, but baby Oskar Gray Frankenstein was born at Winter Park Memorial Hospital at 2:57 p.m. Tuesday. Oskar Frankenstein finally arrived after 14 hours of labor and a false alarm Monday. Jennifer Frankenstein, Oskar’s grandmother, had a feeling his birth would coincide with the holiday. "He was due four days ago and he decided to wait until Halloween,” she said. Jennifer says this is her first grandchild and the first Frankenstein born on Halloween, although she does have a daughter who shares a birthday with Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. “Everybody’s safe and sound and we’re super excited,” she said. It is not clear why they didn’t name the boy Victor.
WDJT reports that Amber Schmunk, 29, of Fredonia, Wisconsin, has been charged with recklessly endangering safety in the second degree. The incident happened on September 9 around 3 p.m. Police responded to a call in Saukville about a child riding on top of a minivan, holding down a plastic pool. The caller who reported the incident followed until the driver pulled over. The caller said the driver then took the child off the roof and put him in the minivan, along with the pool. The driver was identified as Schmunk. Schmunk told police she picked up the pool but did not have enough room inside the minivan. She decided to put the pool on top of the minivan and had her son climb up to the roof to hold it down while she drove. Schmunk told police her father let her do things like that when she was that age, so she thought it was "OK." Shmunk said it was safe because she used a strap to tie her son down while he was on the pool.
An Ohio man has been going to Chipotle every day for over a year. WNWO reports that Bruce Wayne marked his 365th consecutive day of eating at Chipotle on Monday. To celebrate his achievement, employees at the location in Tiffin that he frequents dressed like Batman to surprise him. When it opened in Tiffin in 2016, Wayne felt that the chain’s menu matched his diet, so he decided to beat the current record of 425 consecutive days of eating from Chipotle. Wayne said, "After posting online for as long as I have, no one has stepped forward yet saying there's a record in excess of that. But I have no intention of stopping at 425.” Wayne says the local Chipotle staff treats him like family. Turns out, endurance Chipotle eating isn't so unusual. Mark Rantal, who has written about extensively for eating at a Colorado Springs Chipotle for over 100 consecutive days in 2015, said at the time, “It’s fun. Right now it’s convenient and it’s a habit, so I don’t see a reason to stop,”.
One minute, a Michigan woman was giving a speech to a full auditorium about the difficulties of paying off a large student loan debt. The next minute, she suddenly found herself completely unqualified to give such a speech. Amanda Dietz told the audience during her speech how wonderful it would be to win the lottery and pay off all of her debt at once. That same day, she decided to buy a lottery ticket and, sure enough, it was a winner. Amanda's winning Multi-Prize Bingo ticket was worth $300,000 – more than enough to pay off her student debt, which is what she intends to do. She also plans to take a cruise.
A one-time University of Hartford student has been charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace after bragging on social media that she put her roommate's toothbrush "places where the sun doesn't shine." Eighteen-year-old Brianna Brochu also rubbed used tampons on her roommates backpack. When she appeared in court Wednesday, a judge banned the toothbrush abuser from the campus and from having contact with her former dorm roomie, Cheneel Rowe, who is black. Brochu, who is white, is also facing a hate-crime charge. In her Instagram post in which she bragged about her dirty deeds, Brochu referred to Rowe as a "Jamaican Barbie." If justice is served, perhaps Rowe will get the sweet revenge of referring to Brochu as "prison Barbie."
A Florida man stole, then spent, dozens of dollar bills that had been signed, sealed and put on the walls of a restaurant in the hurricane-ravaged Keys.
A Florida man stole, then spent, dozens of dollar bills that had been signed, sealed and put on the walls of a restaurant in the hurricane-ravaged Keys. Employees of the Siesta Key Oyster Bar called cops on Wednesday morning to report that someone had broken in overnight and pried a showcase off the wall, scooping up bills that had been signed by regular customers and put on display. Shortly after deputies saw surveillance video, they identified the suspect as 51-year-old Danny Limongelli, a petty criminal known to frequent the area. Cops spread the word that someone would soon be spending a wad of marked bills, and within hours, they got a call from a nearby supermarket that led them to Limongelli, who still had a pocketful of the loot.
A Florida woman was arrested for putting the smackdown on her cousin -- in a brawl that started when she wouldn't share a platter of chicken.
The chickens really came home to roost for a Florida woman who was arrested for putting the smackdown on her cousin -- in a brawl that started when she wouldn't share a platter of chicken. Monique Hogan had her wings clipped by cops who were called to a Sunoco station in the wee hours of the morning late last month on a report that a woman was being assaulted. When deputies arrived, the victim told them that she'd been arguing with Hogan for hours over not sharing her chicken dinner, but said the feathers didn't really start to fly until they arrived at the gas station. The responding officers say they saw Hogan reach into her bra and toss out a bag containing one very special seasoning -- high quality marijuana. She was booked on charges of battery and drug possession.
It looks like the creepy clown thing is over. A Forrest Gump impersonator has been running around the streets of Riverside, California, spreading cheer. KABC reports that a mysterious man, who preferred not to reveal his name, says he’s doing it to make people laugh. The Gump said, "It doesn't really matter who I am. I'm not doing it for me. It's just something that took off and made the community happy, made people smile. There's a lot of bad things going on in the world and it's nice to take a break from it." Forrest Gump was the character played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 Oscar-winning film of the same name. In the movie, Gump runs across the country, sporting a shaggy beard and wearing his Bubba Gump Shrimp Company baseball cap. The mysterious man in Riverside wears a similar outfit. People often stop him to pose for photos. Local Jessica Lopez said, "There's so much going on right now that something like this is a nice change. I really like it."
When a vessel capsized off the coast of Florida, tossing a boater into the rough waters, a quick-thinking surfer came to his rescue and paddled the man to safety as a drone captured the scene on video. Sam Ruskin, 13, was surfing at Jupiter Beach Park on Friday when he first heard the boater's calls for help from a distance. "At first, we just saw all the boxes from the boat in the middle of the sea and we were kind of like, 'What's going on?'" the teenager told ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS. Kevin Cadby, a videographer and boating enthusiast, told ABC News he regularly brings his camera-mounted drone to capture boat traffic and surf when the waves are large. The boater, seen in the video wearing a red jacket, had no life preserver and struggled to stay afloat in the strong currents as Sam paddled out to him near a rocky jetty. "There was this guy, and he was coming around the Inlet. I paddled to the end of the Inlet where the current is and I gave him my surfboard," Sam said. "I was swimming next to him, and I was really struggling to get out of that area. You can get sucked into the jetty.” Sam’s father, Ryan Ruskin, said his son did not hesitate to do the right thing. "It just speaks about his character,” Ruskin told WFTS. “He didn't even blink an eye and just went right over there, jumped off his board, handed it to a grown man, saved his life, came back and said, 'Hey, what's for dinner Dad?'" The unidentified boater thanked him and got off the board, Sam said. He went back to surfing.
A Florida man brought a rake to a lawn mower fight because lawn care is serious business. The Sebasitan Daily reports that police in Vero Beach responded to a call about two men fighting over a lawn mower. Deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the alleged victim who had a “visible bloody lip” after allegedly being punched by his neighbor, 54-year-old Jeffrey Michael Meurer. Police say the two neighbors got into it Sunday when the unidentified victim was mowing his lawn. According to police, Meurer started yelling, “don’t you get your grass in my yard.” The two men argued but the victim decided to ignore Meurer and kept mowing. The victim told police, “Seconds later, I feel a hard impact to my face which started me. I jumped off my mower and saw Meurer holding a wooden rake as if it were a bat,” The victim said he punched Meurer in self-defense and then Meurer “took off running into his home.” Meurer told police that he mows his lawn with a push mower and bag that collects the grass. He said his neighbor doesn’t use a bag for his riding mower and the grass blows into his yard. Meurer said he’s “tired of that.” Meurer confronted the neighbor, which led to an argument. He claims his neighbor tried to run him over with his riding mower. “So I defended myself by hitting him with the back of my rake,” Meurer said. Deputies spoke to a witness who said the victim was mowing his yard when Meurer hit him with the rake. Meurer was charged with battery and booked at the Indian River County Jail.
According to police, a Pennsylvania man stole a wallet at the district judge's office and used the money inside to pay his court fines. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, on Thursday, Steven Rago, 31, of Vandergrift, allegedly took a wallet belonging to another person left near the payment window at the office of district judge. Police say that security cameras show the wallet was left at the counter by its owner and then taken by Rago. According to Allegheny Township Patrolman Kerry Myers, the video clearly shows Rago taking the wallet. He then went to the restroom and returned to pay a fine in cash. When Myers called Rago, police say, he admitted to having the wallet and promised to return it, but when he did, $100 was missing. Rago returned to his apartment to get the rest of the cash. Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said, “He paid it all back, and they were able to recover the ID cards.” Rago had his bail rescinded as a result of the theft charge. He was transported to Westmoreland County Prison ahead of a preliminary hearing for two previous charges of simple assault. A preliminary hearing for the misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly stealing the wallet is scheduled for next week.
A Louisiana woman got a little too salty during an argument at a Chuck E Cheese location -- and ended up getting arrested for squirting pepper spray at random strangers. Katarian Marshall bit off more than she could chew when fighting with another woman at the family-friendly joint, and decided to spice things up by bringing out the spray, which she fired off in all directions, hitting her adversary and several other people in the process. By the time cops arrived at the scene, five adults and two children needed medical treatment -- and the saucy assailant had run out of ammo. There's still no word as to what caused the saucy outburst on the part of Marshall, who remains in custody.
A Vermont man dressed as a clown acted like one, too with a drug binge and a break-in to sleep it off.
A Vermont man who was dressed as a clown ended up acting like one, too. He went on a drug binge and then broke into a stranger's home to sleep it off. Sean Barber was taken into custody after a teenager called 911 to report that he had woken up to find a stranger in his house. Cops managed to rouse the 43-year-old, who was in full clown makeup, and dressed in an ill-fitting suit and extra large shoes. Barber, who was incoherent when awakened, had white powder residue around his nostrils and a small bag of cocaine in his pocket.
The Romanian outpost of the internationally renowned Kentucky chicken chain is giving customers in other countries a chance to pick up its Romanian garlic sauce to help ward off vampires. Food & Wine reports that KFC Romania says it's is the only KFC region where garlic sauce is used year-round. And they’ve got a fun video on YouTube that tells you all about it. Of course, everyone knows that Romania is where Transylvania is, home to everyone’s favorite vampire, Dracula. The promotion asserts that Romania has “some experience with vampires” and wants to bring “garlic sauce straight from Transylvania” that is “100 percent vampire repellent” to other countries to protect against any unfortunate Halloween vampire incidents. The narrator in the video also says, “It might save your life.” There are only 11 countries where garlic lovers, or anyone seeking vampire repellent, can get their hands on it while supplies last. The sauce is available at select locations in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the United States, however, you can only get the vampire-fighting sauce at one place, and that’s in Texas, where, at least in Austin, bats are famously known to exist. But you’ll have to go to YUM Brands, in Plano to get some. You can find them at 7100 Corporate Drive, Plano, Texas, 75024. But you'll have to hurry: Halloween is already here.
He might want to Google “how to make a cheeseburger” first. Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Sunday that he would “drop everything else” and the tackle the debate over a hamburger emojis that sizzled on Twitter over the weekend. Should a cheeseburger have its cheese on top of the burger patty or below? The Google emoji features a cheeseburger with cheese below. Apple, and others, place the cheese on top of the patty. The emojis became a trending topic after a tweet by media analyst Thomas Baekdal went viral. Baekdal tweeted, "I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top." Google is the odd emoji out.
The city Prince Albert and parts of northern Saskatchewan lost power because a beaver chewed through a power pole on Sunday. SaskPower spokesperson Jonathan Tremblay said, "This was one of our larger wooden power poles and there was ample evidence of beaver damage at the base of it, so beavers had been chewing away at it. It was a bit of a domino effect." Beavers damaged the pole, but strong winds felled it. Animals account for about a third of power outages experienced in Saskatchewan, but it’s not usually beavers. Tremblay said, "Usually, it's birds flying into substations, or squirrels chewing at things they shouldn't. Beavers are fairly rare." It happened back in May, when SaskPower had to repair a line after beavers gnawed through a pole. Beavers are very active this time of year. Most people were only affected for an hour, but people near the village of Weldon were without power for nearly five hours.
A man in Hawaii learned the hard way that if you can't say something nice, you might just go to jail. Daren Young was charged with violating an order of protection by illegally contacting his ex-girlfriend despite a restraining order saying he was not permitted to see or speak to her. Judge Rhonda Loo ordered Young to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend, in response to the 144 "nasty" text messages and calls that he's accused of sending her. The judge said, "For every nasty thing you said about her, you're going to say a nice thing -- no repeating words." Young agreed to the deal, which also includes 24 months of probation, and promised to "move on with [his] life."
A Florida woman has threatened to sue a guy for having a yard-full of construction supplies that she hurt her back trying to steal.
A Florida woman may want to back off threatening a lawsuit -- which she said she'd file against a guy for having a yard-full of construction supplies that she hurt her back trying to steal. The ironically named Julie Ann Upright was busted while loading dozens of brand-new cement paving stones into her pickup truck on Sunday night -- then telling cops she thought they were trash, even though they were wrapped up for an ongoing construction project. Upright launched a series of expletives at deputies, then said she planned to sue the homeowner because she'd hurt her back trying to rip him off. She faces additional charges because she committed the crime within a county that was subject to a state of emergency declared by the governor after Hurricane Irma.
Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, city officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street. Honolulu this week became the largest city in the U.S. to make it illegal for people to look at cellphones, tablets or video games while crossing a road or highway. It remains to be seen how the law can be enforced in a city that draws international visitors. The tourism industry is trying to educate visitors, but a smattering of tourists said they had no clue. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says officers have discretion to issue a warning or a ticket. A first offense carries a fine of between $15 and $35.
A small-town Oklahoma newspaper publisher found a startling front-page story practically in his newsroom: There was a hissing bobcat in the bathroom. Sapulpa Herald publisher Darren Sumner says the wild animal jumped at him one recent morning as he was heading into the restroom at his office in Sapulpa, a Tulsa suburb. Sumner shut the door and trapped the adult male cat inside until police and a game warden arrived. Wildlife control workers captured the bobcat in a cage and released it in nearby Pawnee County. Neither Sumner nor the wild cat was injured in the confrontation. Sumner said the animal likely got into his building through an open door.
An amputee isn't letting anything hold him back from having a hilarious Halloween costume. Josh Sundquist, who had his left leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the age of nine, is a pro at creating novel costumes designed not only to give his social media followers a laugh, but also to encourage others toward body positivity. After transforming into Lumière from Beauty and the Beast last year, Sundquist has dressed up as another Disney character this year -- Tigger from the iconic Winnie the Pooh series. A video of his costume has already gone viral on Instagram with more than 78,000 views. Sundquist, 33, told ABC News that he got the inspiration to become Tigger thanks to a post on Reddit. "I saw it and said, 'That is such a good idea. How have I never thought of being Tigger?'" he recalled. "He hops and he bounces, which is what I do when I’m not using my crutches. And he’s such a fantastic character from all of our childhoods." The motivational speaker said it cost approximately $1,000 to transform into Tigger. After getting a made-to-order mask, he worked with seamstress Ivy Vining to piece several two-legged Tigger costumes together. "It is the most durable out of any of the costumes that I’ve ever made, which is great because it has to be able to hold up," Sundquist said. In the past, Sundquist also has gone viral for dressing up as an iHop sign, a flamingo and a gingerbread man.
According to the Press Democrat, a Carl’s Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, that survived the October 9 Tubbs fire while other buildings around it were destroyed, was damaged on Thursday while staff was making double cheeseburgers for first responders in the Fountaingrove area. No one was injured. The co-owner of the franchise, Greg Funkhouser, said, “We made it through the big one only to get taken out by this. It’s going to be a while before we reopen.” While the kitchen staff was filling the order, a grease fire ignited in the charbroiler and spread to the exhaust system. Funkhouser said the restaurant interior was “completely torn up. They chainsawed big holes into the roof.” The Santa Rosa Fire Department put out the fire in 15 minutes. Damage was estimated at $75,000. The customer who arrived to pick up the order saw the Santa Rosa firetrucks in the parking lot and left, Funkhouser said. “I ended up handing out free burgers to anyone around.”
Police say it was the second time he took a car for a joyride in two weeks. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that a 10-year-old Cleveland boy is being accused of leading police on a nearly 50-mile chase at speeds of up to 100 mph on Thursday. The boy allegedly decided to go for a joyride around 8:30 a.m. while he was waiting for his sister to take him to school. According to Cleveland police, mother's boyfriend called police and said the kid took his car. Police say the mother then jumped in her car and followed the boy. She called 911 from the car and told dispatchers where they were. The kid got on highway 1-80 and state patrol picked up the chase. At one point, police say, a trooper pulled up next to the car and motioned for the boy to stop. The kid shook his head and sped up. The kid allegedly drove about 96 miles per hour, on I-90 through Cuyahoga, Lake and Erie counties. A number of cruisers were in pursuit and forced him onto the shoulder, where he continued to drive until blocked by police cars. The chase ended about an hour after he took off. No one was injured in the incident. The kid told police he took his mother's car because he was bored. He will face the juvenile equivalent of third-degree felony charges in Erie County Juvenile Court.
A Scottish woman paid $60 for a flight to the Greek island of Crete and thought the super low airfare would be the greatest part of the flight. She was wrong. The best part of her trip was when she stepped onto the plane and discovered she was the only passenger. Karon Grieve arrived at the airport in Glasgow and asked the gate agent how many passengers were booked. He laughed and told her it was only her and two others -- but they never showed up. So when flight attendants closed the plane door, it was Karon, them and 188 empty seats. Karon says she spent much of the fight chatting with the flight crew and feeling like a V.I.P. All of the pilot's announcements were personally directed to her. At one point, she was told to get out of her seat and go to the other side of the plane so that she could watch a lightning storm in the distance. When she arrived in Crete she called the solo flight experience "surreal."
A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport. Jacobo Orellana-Estrada on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Prosecutors say the Guatemalan citizen arrived in Newark on a flight in June and Customs officers discovered what appeared to be six small layer cakes in his luggage. The cakes turned out to be packages of heroin coated in chocolate. The 21-year-old faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in January.
A Pennsylvania man who stole $1 and a houseplant he thought was marijuana during a series of break-ins in March has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. The Morning Call reports 21-year-old Maico Rosado Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 7½ to 15 years after pleading guilty in August to robbery and three counts of burglary. Police say Rosado broke into Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille in Allentown. Police say the manager confronted Rosado but backed off when Rosado pointed a gun at him. Rosado then made off with a keepsake dollar. From there, police say Rosado broke into a house and left with a plant. Officers say he then threatened a woman with his gun before taking her purse. He was arrested shortly afterward.
A Pennsylvania man who stole $1 and a houseplant he thought was marijuana during a series of break-ins in March has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. The Morning Call reports 21-year-old Maico Rosado Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 7½ to 15 years after pleading guilty in August to robbery and three counts of burglary. Police say Rosado broke into Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille in Allentown. Police say the manager confronted Rosado but backed off when Rosado pointed a gun at him. Rosado then made off with a keepsake dollar. From there, police say Rosado broke into a house and left with a plant. Officers say he then threatened a woman with his gun before taking her purse. He was arrested shortly afterward.
A Wisconsin man turned a Kwik Trip into an all-nighter. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, an unidentified Marshfield, Wisconsin, man got locked inside a cooler at a local convenience store Tuesday night and rather than call for help, decided to stay and drink. The manager of a Kwik Trip in Marshfield, reported the incident after the intrepid man was discovered at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday. The 38-year-old man was locked in a beer cooler all night. The man told police he went to Kwik Trip to buy beer and got stuck inside when the beer cooler was locked at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he decided he might as well just stay inside the cooler and drink the beer. If the man had only knocked on the glass door employees would have heard him and let him out. At about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, a customer told Kwik Trip employees there was a man inside the cooler. When employees opened the door, the man left without paying for the beer. The Kwik Trip manager told police the man drank an 18-ounce bottle of beer and three cans of a malt beverage. Apparently, he also fell over a stack of 30-can beer packs, breaking three of them open. The man was issued a citation for retail theft.
Melbourne, Australia burger group Huxtaburger has cooked up a limited-edition burger that's worthy of your nightmares in time for Halloween. . It’s called “The Bugstaburger” and is full of bugs. This burger is packed with edible mealworms and served with ant mayonnaise along with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes on a bright blue bun. Mealworms are considered a sustainable, solid source of protein. The burger retails for about $8 dollars U.S.
A man well-known to law enforcement was arrested after allegedly breaking into the home of a Cape Cod couple. WHDH reports that Patricia Mulkeen, 91, of Yarmouth, said she knew something was wrong when her 12-year-old Wheaton Terrier, Pepper, woke her up by barking early Tuesday morning. Mulkeen grabbed a flashlight to look around and found a man standing there. Police say the man in her dining room was Joseph Parent, age 28. “I wasn’t frightened, I was just surprised,” Mulkeen said. Her husband, Jack Mulkeen, said Parent was probably surprised to see his wife. Mr. Mulkeen said, “My wife at 91 years old gets out of bed and she’s stark naked. And here’s this young guy in his 20’s looking at a naked 91-year-old woman. That’d be enough to make him faint; it’s a shock.” Mr. Mulkeen said after Parent saw her, he left immediately through the basement. He then called police and officers caught up with Parent and arrested him. Police said Parent Parent will be charged with breaking and entering and drug possession.
A Florida boozehound had his truck stolen, but he was booked on multiple misdemeanors -- because he demanded a cop be his chauffeur.
A Florida boozehound tried to book a ride 70 miles away from where he was partying, but ended up booked on multiple misdemeanors instead -- because he demanded a cop be his chauffeur for the trip. Manuel Gonzalez was at the tail end of a bender with a pal when they pulled into a gas station to grab some snacks, and came out to find their truck was gone. The 35-year-old called 911 to file a stolen vehicle report, but when officers arrived, he also insisted that they drive him from Indiantown to Fort Lauderdale because "it's your job to take me wherever I want to go." The cop disagreed, so Gonzalez walked a few feet away and began urinating on the street -- at which point he was arrested for disorderly conduct.
A stoner with the munchies tried to buy pizza with weed.
A Minnesota man can expect a hot slice of jail time after he tried to purchase pizza by trading pot for it. 25-year-old Nathan Selmer Simon Smith (whose name sounds like a children's song) is accused of walking into a pizza restaurant with two others and offering some of his weed in exchange for pizza. When the offer was rejected, he angrily stormed out and broke a glass door. The three of them then got into a car and sped off and nearly hit a pedestrian before slamming into a street sign. Police later found Smith and arrested him on a load of charges, including damage to property, DWI, reckless driving and fleeing a police officer. One of his buddies was also arrested for fleeing police.
This is why you need to inspect hotel beds before climbing in.
When checking into a hotel room, one of the first things many people do is inspect the bed. If you don't normally, you will definitely start after hearing what was found in one North Carolina hotel room. Police in Asheville were called to the Rodeway Inn and Suites after a housekeeper was cleaning a room and found a five-foot boa constrictor in the bed. Animal control officers were called, and the snake was taken to an animal shelter. Several hours later, the snake's owner arrived to retrieve it and told police he had brought the pet to the hotel to visit a friend and somehow misplaced it.
Some people move because their kids are grown, and some move because they've gotten a new job. But an Arizona man has a unique reason for putting his home on the market -- concern that aliens are planning to abduct his wife if he doesn't get outta town. John Edmonds, owner of the Stardust Ranch in Rainbow Valley, says he needs to sell the property because he fears that the inter-galactic travelers will return for a second round after he fought them off back in the spring. In his online ad for the ranch, Edmonds shows a number of selling points, including barns, rolling hills and a large pool of blood from one of the dozen or so aliens he claims to have killed there this year. He says he had no choice but to go all out against the E.T.s because “they actually levitated [his wife] out of the bed in the master chamber and carried her into the parking lot and tried to draw her up into the craft." If you're still interested in the joint after all that, the asking price is $5 million.
Taco Bell is testing Kit Kat quesadillas at select locations in Wisconsin. The new item is dubbed the Kit Kat Chocoladilla. Instead of filling a quesadilla with the standard cheese and chicken, the chain is filling the flour tortilla with broken bits of melted Kit Kats. A representative for Taco Bell confirmed the item to Mashable. It's being sold for $1. Some other locations in the state have a Twix-infused version as well, according to the blog Brand Eating. The item testing reportedly will continue through mid-November. A rep for Taco Bell told Mashable that "customer response" to the testing will determine if Chocoladillas will eventually roll out nationwide.
A Montreal man who was loudly singing along to C+C Music Factory's 1990 hit "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," was ticketed and fined $149 by police for singing in his car, reports CTV News. Taoufik Moalla says he was on his way to buy a bottle of water on September 27 when he heard a police siren behind him. Moalla told CTV, "I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, 'No, I was just singing.'" Moalla said police ran his license and registration and then issued him the $149 dollar ticket for screaming in public. He noted, "I said, 'Okay, thank you,' because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job." According to a Montreal bylaw, "to cause disorder by screaming" violates "peace and tranquility" and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for the first offense and $100 to $2,000 for any additional infractions. Moalla said he is now waiting for his court date to contest the ticket, which could take up to one year. Moalla's wife said she wasn't shocked that her husband's singing earned him a fine. He explained, "She told me, if it was for singing, I'd have given you a ticket for $300."
Twenty-five-year-old Italian runner Eyob Faniel won the Huawei Venice Marathon after a motorcycle leading the six runners ahead of him made a wrong turn, according to The Guardian. At about 16 miles into the 26.2-mile race, the leaders ran behind the motorcycle several hundred meters in the wrong direction before realizing their mistake. The error allowed for Faniel to cross the finish line roughly three minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 16 seconds. Some observers have expressed outrage on social media over he win, but the Venice Marathon tweeted that despite the controversy, Faniel's win still stands -- making him the first Italian to win the race in 22 years.
A Florida Keys man accused of burglarizing a bulldozer in Big Pine Key was arrested Thursday morning after he left a key piece of evidence behind for police to find – his wallet, which deputies used to identify and charge him. The owner of a bulldozer company called the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to report that someone had damaged one of his vehicles. He said the windshield and both mirrors had been broken, but he found a few things the perpetrator allegedly left in the cabin of the heavy truck including a pair of shoes, a few spilled beers, some cigarette butts and the wallet. Inside the wallet, Deputy Ken Fricke found identification for 65-year-old Mark Moses, including a driver's license, VA card and Social Security card. Officers paid a visit to the man, who they say admitted to entering the bulldozer overnight. Police said Moses told them that the shoes and wallet were his, but he said he had "no memory" of what he did. Moses was arrested on felony counts of burglary and property damage.
A London man who walked naked into a women's gym locker room and touched a woman's butt will avoid jail time by using the old "the protein shake made me do it" excuse. 35-year-old Sean Bigby stripped off all of his clothes and walked into the women's changing room. Some women saw him and assumed he must have just made an honest mistake, but then he crept up behind a woman washing her hands in the bathroom and touched her butt. Police were called and he was arrested. Bigby pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault, but his lawyer argued that the testosterone and protein shakes he had consumed left him with a "fuzzy head" and feeling "confused and disoriented." He claimed he thought he was in the men's locker room. The judge ultimately accepted the far-fetched story and sentenced him to community service.
A couple of drug smugglers tried to hide meth inside a fake pooch.
Border police in California arrested a couple of drug smugglers who tried to hide two pounds of meth inside a fake dog. According to Customs and Border Protection, two U.S. citizens in a Dodge Charger were selected for a secondary inspection. A drug-sniffing dog took notice of the stuffed dog that was inside the car, and started sniffing it. Authorities followed his nose and found five packages of meth sewn inside the toy. One of the smugglers also had three packages of meth in her purse.
Cops are looking for Freddy Krueger and the killer from Scream in a series of robberies.
Police in Florida are looking for Freddy Krueger and the Ghostface killer from Scream in a string of armed robberies around Ocala. Two suspects wearing those masks are wanted in at least two robberies and one attempted robbery that took place last week. They hit stole an unknown amount of cash from a Pizza Hut and a Krystal fast food restaurant. They tried to rob a Super 8 Motel, but a worker was able to lock them out. Police have released surveillance footage of the robbers and are asking for help in identifying them.
A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Hulse was arraigned Friday on charges including heroin delivery and endangering the welfare of children. The Tribune-Review reports he declined to comment afterward. Authorities say Hulse got busted after Greensburg police stopped a vehicle Thursday and found heroin and paraphernalia. The occupants told police they had just bought the drugs from Hulse at Excela Health Westmoreland hospital. Police say they went to the maternity room and confronted Hulse, who acknowledged selling the drugs and who had heroin in his pocket. Police say Hulse's girlfriend, the baby's mother, told them she didn't know about the drug deals.
The Miami nun with a chainsaw filmed cleaning up debris after Hurricane Irma has been immortalized with her own beer. Southflorida.com reports that a new beer has been created by Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach as a tribute to Sister Margaret Ann, the chainsaw-wielding nun who went viral after she was filmed cutting branches of a fallen tree in the days after Hurricane Irma. The hoppy, IPA-style beer debuted on Friday at the brewery. It is available on draft and in 16-ounce cans. The cans do not feature an image of Sister Margaret, however; the inspiration for the name -- Nun with a Chainsaw -- is clear. Doug Fairall, Due South Brewing marketing manager, said, “That story really resonated with us.” Fairall says the respect being paid with Nun with a Chainsaw is sincere, as a tribute not just to the determination of Sister Margaret, but an entire community. “We’re having fun with it, for sure. But it was a serious event that took place here. She symbolized us all being brought out of our element to do what had to be done,” he said. “It’s a very South Florida thing with hurricanes and storms. We all have to act like her.” Nun with a Chainsaw will be available in limited quantities at the brewery. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will cost $8.99.
WABC reports that The Westin Hotel in New York City’s Times Square is bringing back a luxury nosh to its menu. Beginning November 1, customers with expensive taste can order a $1,000 bagel. Of course this isn’t just any bagel and a schmear, this posh provender is topped with Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and finished with golden leaf flakes. All proceeds will go to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, New York City’s largest emergency food program. The Westin has been offering the pricey delight off and on since 2007. If you’re curious to try it and you’ve got the gelt to spare, the $1,000 bagel is only available through December 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance.