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Weird National Briefs - 12/03/14

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Sausage siesta

AUSTIN, Texas - Police have arrested a 28-year-old man who they say broke into an Austin business, stole a couple of sausages and fell asleep.

KXAN-TV reports that surveillance video from Hudson Meats shows the man trying to break down the front door for about 20 minutes.

The intruder then takes some sausages from the meat-processing business, goes back outside and then returns, grabbing a coat and falling asleep in the back office.

Austin police officers woke up Ricardo Cardona, who told police he'd been out drinking, and charged him with criminal trespassing. It wasn't immediately clear whether Cardona has an attorney.

The store owner says insurance money paid for a replacement door.

TME Because sometimes only a meat pillow will do.

Bumps in the road

VINELAND, N.J.- Police in New Jersey say a man told officers he fled the scene of an auto accident because he 'didn't want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him.'

They say David Scarpa was having an argument with his girlfriend Sunday night when he backed into a utility pole in Cumberland County. The caller who reported the hit-and-run said he heard people 'yelling' and then heard a bang and saw debris on the ground by the pole.

Police say the 21-year-old Scarpa then took off and didn't report the accident immediately.

Scarpa went to police headquarters to turn himself in Monday.

Police tell The Press of Atlantic City that Scarpa has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

TME Seems like a nice and stable relationship.

The Great Escape

NAMPA, Idaho- Folks who live near Idaho's western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers' jobs a lot easier this week.

After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled.

Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot.

But Hunt didn't make an escape. Instead, she drove in circles.

Police laid a spike strip down and Hunt drove over it, deflating two of her tires.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the pair face multiple charges.

TME This is what you'd get if Chevy Chase did a 'Fast and Furious' movie.

Crack is whack

UNIONTOWN, Pa.- Whoops!

Police say a woman being cited for public drunkenness in one Pennsylvania city now faces a drug possession charge for dropping crack cocaine - on the police station floor.

Uniontown police say 23-year-old Savannah Turachak, of Lemont Furnace, was patted down for weapons, but not otherwise searched when she was brought to the station Nov. 19. That's because police were just citing and releasing her.

But Turachak returned moments later to report being harassed by someone and, in the process, fluffed her shirt to straighten it out - and the drugs fell out.

Surveillance video shows she tried to pick up the bag, but instead left it when three other people walked in. Police found it a short time later and charged her.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Turachak.

TME Nice to let them have another shot to find the drugs, but the last hint kinda gave it away.

Meanwhile, in Moscow

MOSCOW- In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.

A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven crew members onboard was due to fly from the town of Igarka on Tuesday to Krasnoyarsk 800 miles to the south when the plane froze to the ground. It was -52 C (-61 F) outside and the passengers seemed desperate to get home.

Eager to help, several dozen men were seen in an amateur video pushing the plane by leaning on both wings.

Russian authorities, however, weren't amused by the incident, and prosecutors launched an investigation into a possible breach of safety regulations.

'It would be funny if it didn't pose a horrendous threat. People could have damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps,' Oksana Gorbunova, senior adviser to the West Siberian transportation prosecutor, told the Tass news agency.

Gorbunova said the passengers were asked to leave the plane when it got stuck. When a tractor began towing the airliner, some of the passengers left a bus and tried to help move it.

'The plane was towed, of course, because it would be physically impossible for people (to move it),' Gorbunova said.

TME The only thing that could make this more Russian is a shirtless Vladimir Putin riding a tiger.

Prodigal Sasquatch

CINCINNATI- A southwest Ohio family is searching for Sasquatch no longer.

The Spence family in Delhi Township, west of Cincinnati, says their 400-pound concrete statue of the mythical beast, which was reported stolen Saturday, has been found.

Sixty-one-year-old Ralph Spence says his two sons bought the statue for him several years ago. They affectionately call it 'Squashy.'

Though it started out as a practical joke, the statue became part of the family. They even dress it up for holidays.

Spence says he received a call from a friend Tuesday who saw the statue in a nearby open field. A note found with the statue poked fun at its weight, and was signed by 'the body building bandits.'

Spence says Squashy is 'a legend around here in the neighborhood.'

TME We'd show a photo, but they're all blurry and taken from a distance.

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