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Weird National Briefs (03/08/2017)

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Sticky fingers


GREENWICH, Conn. – A young boy eager for a gumball during a visit to the barbershop got more than he bargained for when he got his finger stuck in the machine.

The Greenwich Time reports that firefighters and police officers responded in force to Palms Barbershop in Greenwich after getting a 911 call on Saturday.

Co-owner Tony Socci says staff first tried to free the boy's finger by spraying oil on it.

Fire Lt. Tom Lenart says the boy, who was around 4, “managed to wedge his finger between the mechanism that spins and allows the gumball to drop.”'

Firefighters freed him by breaking the plastic casing around the gumballs with pliers and dismantling the feeder with a screwdriver.

The boy was not hurt – and still got his haircut.

TME – It could have been worse if it was his hand and a cookie jar.

Sleeping at the job


CRANSTON, R.I. – An employee of a Rhode Island city wasn't sleeping on the job – it appears he was sleeping at his job.

WPRI-TV reports that a Cranston Highway Department worker who had just sold his house set up a makeshift bedroom on the second-floor of the department's building.

A photo making its way around social media shows a room with a bed, a nightstand, coffee maker, even slippers and what appear to be pajamas.

City Administration Director Robert Coupe confirms that an employee has been disciplined. He says the bedroom was in use for a short period of time and the setup has ended.

The worker's name has not been made public. Tax records indicate that the employee closed on a home he was selling on Feb. 24.

TME – Apparently the bathrobe didn’t tip them off.

A cat-astrophe


READING, Pa. – Police say a tractor-trailer spilled its load of more than 30,000 pounds of cat litter on a Pennsylvania roadway when it failed to manage a curve and overturned.

The northbound lanes of Route 222 were closed for five hours early Tuesday in Spring Township, near Reading, while crews tried to clean up the ruptured bags of rain-moistened litter.

Spring Township Police Sgt. Bill P. Van Etten tells the Reading Eagle the driver of the rig sustained minor injuries in the crash that happened around 2 a.m. The litter was on its way to a retail store.

A front-end loader was brought in to scoop up the litter and put it in large trash containers. The road reopened at 7 a.m.

Van Etten says the spill "was just really messy."

TME – It could have been worse if it was used.

Unintended passenger


ST. PAUL, Minn. – A long-haul semitrailer driver from Minnesota thought he had lost his feline traveling companion for good when the cat jumped out of his truck at a rest stop in Ohio.

But it was a joyful reunion for Paul Robertson and his beloved Percy when he discovered the cat had been clinging to the undercarriage of his 18-wheeler for 400 miles through snow and rain.

Percy jumped out of a semitrailer window while Robertson was sleeping at the rest stop. After a long search, Robertson says he knew he had to leave Percy behind to meet a delivery deadline.

Robertson says when he finally reached Shoals, Indiana, he spotted what he thought was a stray cat near his truck. As he got a closer look he was astonished to discover it was Percy.

Robertson says "it was a lovefest" after that.

TME – And it was a hell of a ride.

Holy cow!


BEAUMONT, Calif. – It was one of the more unusual calls the California Highway Patrol has received: Someone reported seeing a cow trying to climb out of a small car parked alongside an interstate.

Officers responding Saturday along a mountain pass in Southern California's Riverside County discovered a calf trying to escape from a Honda Civic's open trunk.

Another calf was crammed into the floor of the backseat. Both calves' hooves were tied.

Investigators say the driver was nowhere to be found. The car is registered to an address in Tulare County, more than 250 miles away.

Authorities said Monday that the vehicle had not been reported stolen. It's been impounded as evidence.

The calves will be cared for at a ranch while officials try to determine who owns them.

TME – Modern day cattle rustling at its finest.

Stymied by stick shift


CLEVELAND – Cleveland police say an 18-year-old serial carjacker was arrested after his accomplice couldn't drive a stick shift – even with some coaching from the victim. reports Damari Wayne was charged with robbery. Police say he committed three armed carjackings between Feb. 11 and Feb. 21.

Police say Wayne and a 17-year-old boy attempted to steal a 23-year-old man's car on Feb. 21. The younger teen got in the driver's seat but was unable to operate the vehicle. That's when police say the duo turned the gun on their victim while he tried to explain how to use the gears.

The duo eventually got frustrated and ran off with the man's cellphone, which police used to pinpoint their location.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for his attorney.

TME – Who still drives with standard nowadays?

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:25


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