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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:35

Weird National Briefs (02-03-2016)

Written by Wire Reports

Tunnel of love

SITKA, Alaska - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an 'elaborate tunnel system' dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska.

The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them to trudge through on their knees and then on their stomachs. Police in the city of Sitka say they eventually spotted Jeremy Beebe's foot sticking out of another hidden entrance, catching him after an officer pulled back the skirting around the trailer.

Police Lt. Lance Ewers said Beebe, 42, had failed to report to the police department on Jan. 12 after he was sentenced to nearly two years in prison, the Sitka Sentinel reported.

Acting on a tip, officers staked out a trailer park Wednesday and saw Beebe heading in to one of the units. A woman who answered the door said Beebe was not there.

Police then used a battering ram to get through a plywood door they found on the outside of the trailer, which led to the tunnel system.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:07

Weird National Briefs (01-27-2016)

Written by (AP)

Not so wily

VALPARAISO, Ind. - A coyote has returned to the wild after getting stuck in a vestibule at a Kohl's department store in Valparaiso.

Authorities were called to the store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the coyote entered the first set of doors and employees locked a second set of doors, trapping the animal in the vestibule area.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:10

Weird National Briefs (01-20-2016)

Written by Associated Press

Dumping a take

DALLAS - Police say a man has been arrested after using a dump truck to steal an ATM outside a Plano bank and leading authorities on a chase to Hutchins.

The Dallas Morning News reports that 63-year-old Larry James Jackson is charged with theft and evading arrest or detention.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:06

Weird National Briefs (01-13-2016)

Written by Associated Press

Airport hiss-teria

BANGKOK - Bangkok's main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall and startled passengers.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, built on land previously known as 'Cobra Swamp,' said it would like to 'apologize for the incident that frightened passengers' on Sunday.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:49

Weird National Briefs 01-06-2016

Written by Wire Reports

Hair today

NAMPA, Idaho - One man's back hair is another man's canvas.

At least that's how Mike Wolfe of Nampa has decided to approach his hairy backside.

Wolfe tells KTVB-TV that after years of feeling ashamed of his body hair, he asked a friend in 2008 to trim an American flag on his back rather than undergo traditional hair removal processes like shaving or waxing. Since then, the two meet up several times throughout the year to design a new creation onto Wolfe's back.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:41

Weird National Briefs - (12/30/15)

Written by Allen Adams

Wallet weed

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - A northern New Jersey man faces drug charges after handing police officers who asked for his identification a wallet containing marijuana.

Santos Vasques-Hernandez, of Hackettstown, faces drug possession and disorderly conduct charges after the Christmas Day incident.

Hackettstown police say it happened about 8 p.m. on Main Street when officers were called to the scene for a report of an unresponsive, unconscious man.

Authorities say police determined Vasques-Hernandez was breathing and seemed to be intoxicated.

Police say he then became 'combative' and began swinging his fists at officers who asked for identification.

Vasques-Hernandez handed his wallet to officers who smelled marijuana, then found a baggy of the drug in the wallet.

It's unclear whether Vasques Hernandez has an attorney. He was released pending a court appearance.

TME That ID is finest kind, brah.

Barenaked burglar

AUBURN, Calif. - Police in California are trying to determine why a man was naked in frigid temperatures when he entered a home and stole a purse.

Auburn police say the homeowner's boyfriend then chased 28-year-old Adam Pettibone on Friday night before Pettibone got into an SUV and drove off. Sgt. Tucker Huey says Pettibone struck the boyfriend with the SUV. The boyfriend declined medical treatment.

Auburn is about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento. The temperature dipped into the 30s Friday.

Police say they found the SUV a short distance away in front of a home where Pettibone was. They booked him at Placer County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. He was being held on $250,000 bail.

Huey said he did not know whether Pettibone had a lawyer.

TME Maybe he needed money to buy pants?

Longest-distance call

LONDON - Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it's not often done from outer space.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number.

He wrote 'I'd like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake saying `Hello, is this planet Earth?' - not a prank call - just a wrong number!'

The 43-year-old former army helicopter pilot did not say who he was calling. Since he's Britain's first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station, millions of Britons have been following his mission closely.

Peake has also used Twitter to send Christmas greetings.

TME The roaming charges must be just ridiculous.

Crying fowl

EUGENE, Ore. - Police say an Oregon man angry with his tax situation left a flock of seven chickens inside the state revenue office.

Police in Eugene said in a news release they responded to a report Wednesday afternoon of chickens left in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Police and an animal welfare officer rounded up the fowl, and they were taken to an animal shelter.

Officers gave 66-year-old Louis Adler, of Creswell, a trespass notice requiring him to stay away from the office or risk a citation.

The Register-Guard reports no people or animals were injured.

Adler couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

State agency spokesman Derrick Gasperini told the Guard the staff had prior dealings with Adler and he was 'frustrated by the outcome.'

TME Paying taxes is for the birds.

It's a date

LAFAYETTE, La. - Police in Louisiana say officers used a dating app to arrest a man accused of stealing a phone at gunpoint.

The Lafayette Police Department announced in a news release that 27-year-old Leroy Hebert was arrested Tuesday. The Advocate reports officers posed as a woman on a dating app and arranged a meeting with Hebert at a Lafayette hotel.

Police say the owner of the stolen phone told authorities he was robbed at gunpoint by two men Monday night. Authorities say the victim was able to access his phone activity online and found a selfie Hebert took on the phone.

Hebert was booked on a count of armed robbery. It isn't clear if he has an attorney.

Authorities haven't identified the second suspect.

TME This gives a whole new meaning to swiping right.

Spoiler alert!

HELENA, Mont. - An 18-year-old Helena man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new 'Star Wars' movie during an online conversation.

Arthur Charles Roy was charged with felony assault with a weapon Monday during an appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. He remains jailed with his bail set at $10,000.

Prosecutors allege Roy became angry Thursday when he learned details about the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' from a Facebook friend.

Court records said he sent the friend a picture of himself with a gun and threatened to come to the victim's school to shoot him.

Helena's alternative high school was locked down Friday morning. Police arrested Roy on Friday afternoon.

Roy's public defender in an earlier rape case wasn't immediately available to comment Tuesday.

TME Apparently, it's not just Han who shoots first.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:39

Unbalanced checkbook

Written by Allen Adams

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A New Jersey man is suing his ex-wife, accusing her of harassing him by writing perceived insults like bum and loser on weekly alimony checks to him.

The Daily Record reports 61-year-old Francis Wagner's attorney filed suit last week against 57-year-old Diane Wagner. He contends he has suffered emotional distress and the memo line notes in the weekly $186 checks have intensified his health problems.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:43

Weird National Briefs - (12/16/15)

Written by Allen Adams

Up in smoke

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

Troopers say Ryan Law of Gansevoort, New York, was scheduled to attend a victim impact panel Tuesday at the town court in Clifton Park, an Albany suburb. The court is housed in the same building as a state police barracks.

Police say Law parked his car in front of the barracks in a parking spot marked 'Police Cars Only.' A uniformed trooper unloading his patrol car nearby spotted Law and approached him to discuss his choice of parking spots.

That's when the trooper smelled marijuana coming from Law's vehicle. Troopers say they found about 30 grams of pot in his car.

Law was ticketed for marijuana possession and ordered to appear at the same court next week.

TME At least he knows where not to park when he comes back.

Candid shots

NEWTON, Kan. - Kansas authorities say an Oregon man was urged to head home after he was spotted taking pictures of a wheat field wearing nothing 'but a hat and a smile.'

The Harvey County sheriff's office in Central Kansas says the man was first spotted Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff T. Walton says authorities found the man four hours later - wearing boxers.

Walton said on the office's Facebook page that an officer told the man and his friend that 'Kansas is not as liberal as Oregon' and 'suggested they continue their travels' back home.

Walton says it's technically not illegal to be publicly naked in the county, as long as one is not trying to arouse oneself or others.

Walton added, 'You know folks, you just can't make this stuff up!'

TME When you ask someone for naked pictures, you need to be specific.

Wastewater wonderland

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service in State College says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College.

The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles near the Nittany Mall.

The weather service calls the process a 'microscale event' - too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting stations.

The dusting was a rare, if brief, winterscape for a region in the midst of an unseasonably warm and snowless fall.

TME Just remember don't eat the yellow snow.

Panty raid

LOS ANGELES - Police say a California man used GPS data from Facebook and Instagram photos to break into homes and steal peoples' underwear.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 44-year-old Menifee man is accused of stealing underwear from women and their male roommates, as well as swiping electronics.

Fullerton Police Sg.t Kathryn Hamel says the man would hang out in public places and look for social media posts tagged to the location. She says he then chose a person, searched her posted photos and mapped GPS data to find out where she lived.

Police say they found the undergarments stored in a garage next to the man's home.

Hamel says she's not sure what the man's motive was. He was caught when seen prowling through a neighborhood Saturday night.

TME 1. Collect underpants. 2. ? 3. Prison.

Stew beef

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say an Albuquerque man wanted his mother's traditional New Mexican stew so much he broke into her home and stole it.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 23-year-old Jonathan Ray was arrested recently after he ignored his mother's orders to stay away from her posole and ran off with the holiday dish.

According to a criminal complaint, Ray sent his mom a text message saying he wanted some of her posole but she told him no.

The complaint says the mother later found her gate and garage broken and a pot of the posole missing.

Ray was arrested on a residential burglary charge. Court records didn't list an attorney for Ray.

TME Anyone else REALLY interested in trying that stew?

Cut it out

TULSA, Okla. - Authorities say a man wanted for failing to signal a lane change ran from Tulsa police and stopped to get a haircut before being arrested.

The Tulsa World reports that the 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday on several complaints, including eluding police after a felony conviction and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

Police say they saw the man's car cross several lanes of traffic and a police officer tried to pull him over. They say after a pursuit, the man got out of his car and ran to an apartment complex. Police later found the man inside an apartment.

Officers noted the man 'sported a freshly clipped head with extremely short hair' despite reportedly having a 'large amount of hair' when running from his car.

TME The shear audacity of it! No wonder he got clipped! Scissors pun!

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:26

Weird National Briefs - (12/09/15)

Written by Allen Adams

This week in criminal masterminds

LATROBE, Pa. - Police say a suspect had his first name stenciled on a sweat shirt he wore while breaking into a western Pennsylvania taxi company where he used to work.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:43

Weird National Briefs - (12/02/15)

Written by Allen Adams

Grand theft ambulance

YORK, Pa. - Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there.

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