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Weird National Briefs (01/25/2017)

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Marble madness

INDIANAPOLIS - A trucker has lost his marbles in the Indianapolis area.

State police tell TV station WXIN that a truck carrying 38,000 pounds of marbles lost its trailer Saturday on southbound Interstate 465, near Pendleton Pike. The marbles were on the shoulder and in the median.

There were no injuries, but a lane of traffic in that area was affected by the cleanup during much of the day.

TME – Just imagine all of the zany sound effects!

Vile vegetation

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. - A television station has found the reason one central Pennsylvania town stinks: a field of decaying radishes.

WNEP-TV began investigating after residents of in the town of Jersey Shore complained the odor was turning the place into Funkytown.

Some people thought their propane tanks were leaking. Others say the smell was worse than dead deer or rotting pumpkins. The station even visited the sewer plant, which smelled OK.

The culprit, it turns out, is a field of radishes planted by T. A. Seeds, a company in nearby Nippenose Township.

The company plants the radishes to scavenge for natural nutrients left in the soil. The crops normally decay before the spring thaw, but they’ve rotted earlier this year because of unusually warm temperatures this month.

TME – The town is called Jersey Shore – they’re lucky it doesn’t smell like Axe Body Spray.

Un-bee-lievable

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A Montana beekeeper says thieves got away with 488 beehives he had taken to California to pollinate almond trees.

Lloyd Cunniff tells the Great Falls Tribune it appeared the thieves used semitrailers to steal about 190,000 bees between Monday night and Tuesday morning in Yuba City, California. He said he was storing the bees on a fellow beekeeper’s property before moving them to Fresno, where he had a contract to pollinate almond trees.

Cunniff says the theft will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. The hives were insured.

Cunniff said he reported the theft to the Sutter County sheriff’s department and learned other beekeepers have reported thefts, as well. He says beekeepers also are searching for the missing hives.

TME – That stings.

Take cover!

BROCKTON, Mass. - An electricity distribution company is investigating a series of manhole explosions in Brockton.

Officials say firefighters found six manhole covers had blown off their bases early Monday. Fire shot up from the ground. At least two businesses had to evacuate.

National Grid says it responded to several manholes in the Boston suburb. No injuries were reported.

The utility told The Enterprise that electrical service for its customers wasn’t affected. The company is looking into what caused the explosions and was repairing a manhole. The company says its underground equipment is now functioning properly.

Flames also erupted from underground in July, hurtling manhole covers into the air.

National Grid says those explosions were caused by a faulty underground electrical cable, which can lead to the accumulation of combustible gas.

TME – Sounds to us like they’ve got an infestation of Ninja Turtles.

That’s snow excuse!

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire State Police say a driver clocked at 91 mph during a snowstorm said she was late for an appointment to have a new car stereo installed.

Police say they stopped 21-year-old Anastacia Hocking, of Laconia, on Interstate 93 in Concord on Wednesday morning. The highway was covered with snow and slush.

Speed limits in Concord range from 55 to 65 mph on I-93. But state police had reduced speeds to 45 mph because of the storm.

Hocking was arrested on a reckless driving charge and is scheduled to be arraigned March 3.

It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer, and a phone number couldn’t be found for her.

TME – And really, who hasn’t endangered lives for satellite radio at some point?

Tolkien for a trip

ITHACA, N.Y. - A hardbound edition of “The Hobbit” is back on the shelves at a New York library nearly 40 years after it was checked out by a reader who traveled the world as a Marine.

Bob James tells WSTM-TV in Syracuse that he checked out the J.R.R. Tolkien book from the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca before enlisting in the Marines in 1979.

The book became so popular with his fellow Marines that there was a waiting list. James believes the book was passed along to Marines and sailors serving aboard at least eight different ships in the western Pacific.

He brought the book the home after getting out of the Marines and held onto it until Monday, when he returned it to the library.

The library didn’t charge him any late fees.

TME – An unexpected journey indeed.

Twenties from heaven

RALEIGH, N.C. - Police say a number of people grabbed some quick cash when the back of an armored car opened on Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

By the time officers arrived Thursday morning, those who had grabbed the cash were gone.

A statement from police spokesman Jim Sughrue said a Loomis armored car was on the road when the back door unexpectedly opened as an employee in the truck was trying to better secure the door.

The police statement said a brick of money fell out and scattered $20 bills when it hit the road. Police did not say how much money was in the brick.

Police reported no wrecks or injuries in the cash grab or cleanup.

Police say some people have returned some of the $20 bills.

TME – Wasn’t this scene in the last “Ocean’s” movie?

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