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Weird National Briefs (03/14/2018)

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Quit horsing around!

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -A bit featuring a scantily clad woman riding bareback on a white horse has prompted officials to shut down a Florida nightclub.

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales announced Friday that he was revoking the Mokai Lounge’s business license.

A video went viral Thursday night that showed the woman riding the horse inside the club. As the animal moved through the crowded space, it appeared to panic, and the woman fell off.

Miami Beach police and code-enforcement officers began investigating after receiving multiple complaints, which ultimately led to the club shutting down. No injuries have been reported to humans or the animal.

Mokai Lounge can appeal the license revocation to the city’s special master. No one from the club immediately responded to a telephone message left by The Associated Press.

TME – There’s a “Why the long face?” joke here somewhere…

Hippo hijinks

MEXICO CITY - Authorities say they’re worried about a hippopotamus that is roaming loose in a swampy area of southern Mexico.

Nobody knows where the animal came from, but hippos are not native to the country. The hippo appears to have been living in a pair of ponds near Las Chopas, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Mexico’s office for environmental protection said Thursday that experts are looking for the best way to trap and move the three-year-old, 1,320-pound mammal. It also said hippos can be aggressive, posing a potential danger to the public and native species.

The hippo was first spotted by local media near a garbage dump in January. Residents of the town have come to love the animal so much they have nicknamed it “Tyson.”

TME – What a bunch of hippo-chondriacs.

Driven to drink

CRESTVIEW, Fla. - Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing - onto a Florida interstate highway.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials said on Facebook Wednesday that a tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer spilled its cargo onto Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle.

In a news release, the Florida Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Michael Nolan Powell of Simpsonville, South Carolina, failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running onto the shoulder of the road before overturning. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and is charged with careless driving.

Troopers said about 60,000 pounds of Busch beer was tossed from the trailer.

TME – The highway is now wearing its baseball hat backward and shouting “Woo!”

DWI level: Expert

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself.

Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from Tuesday’s incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck.

Bonsu gets up and continues running. Police say they caught him, unharmed, after a brief foot chase.

Police say they initially pulled Bonsu over Sunday for an apparent equipment violation.

Charges against Bonsu include a third-time DWI, felony hit-and-run and illegal window tint.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Bonsu.

TME – This brings a whole new meaning to “hit and run.”

No room for the nude

STERLING, Va. - A Virginia sheriff’s office says two people in the buff were rebuffed at a hotel.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wrote in its daily incident log that deputies responding to a Sterling hotel on Sunday afternoon encountered 36-year-old Brent A. Martinez and 31-year-old Maria C. Cano-Morales, both of Sterling and both “unclothed.”

Both were arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Cano-Morales bonded out, while Martinez remained held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

It’s unclear whether they have lawyers. No further details have been released.

TME – No shirt, no shoes, no service.

Shocking sneeze

CASCO, Maine - The driver of a truck that rolled over into a power line and cut power to most of a Maine region claims a sneeze caused the crash.

Casco police say the unidentified driver told them he was driving in Casco around noon when he sneezed and lost control of his truck. WGME-TV reports the truck crashed and rolled over onto a utility pole, causing nearly 2,000 homes to lose power throughout Casco, Raymond and Naples.

The driver was not seriously hurt in the crash.

Power has since been restored to the region.

TME – Gesundheit!

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