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Weird National Briefs (10/11/2017)

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One man, one vote

MANHATTAN, Mont. - There’s one person running for mayor of Manhattan, Montana, and he only needs to vote for himself to win.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Glen Clements was the only person to apply to be a write-in candidate for the position on the November ballot. Under Montana law, any other write-in votes won’t be counted because he’s the only registered write-in candidate. If he had applied to be a formal candidate, all write-in votes would be counted.

The Navy veteran and geological engineer has lived in the town of about 1,500 people for six years. Clements said his neighbors - the city’s secretary and a police officer - told him no one was running and encouraged him to.

He says he’s excited to fill the position that no one else wanted.

TME – It’s true – every vote counts.

See you later

WESTERLY, R.I. - Authorities have seized a 6-foot-long alligator from a home in Rhode Island.

Animal control officer Art Smith tells The Westerly Sun the owner of the Westerly residence saw the alligator and alerted police. The reptile seized Friday was owned by a tenant of the home and kept in a “makeshift shelter” in the backyard.

Smith says it was a public safety threat. The shelter was not “sufficient” for the reptile.

The alligator was procured in Florida and brought to Rhode Island. Smith says he’s relieved that no one had been injured by it.

State law requires that people seeking to keep exotic animals go through a permitting process. Smith says the alligator owner didn’t have a permit.

The owner will be charged with violating a Westerly ordinance that prohibits owning dangerous animals.

TME – We assume it’ll be awhile before he gets that crocodile.

Baby on board

TULSA, Okla. - An Oklahoma mother delivered her baby while in the passenger seat of a car driving down a turnpike.

KTUL-TV reports that Cheyenne and John Dunbar were driving down Turner Turnpike toward St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa Wednesday morning. John Dunbar says construction on the road left him unable to pull over.

But baby DelilahMae couldn’t wait. Cheyenne Dunbar delivered DelilahMae in the moving car on the turnpike. The delivery lasted about 13 minutes.

Cheyenne Dunbar says the baby instantly began crying so she knew she was breathing. The couple turned on the car’s heater so the baby wouldn’t get cold.

Creek County medics Hillary Krishner and Ginger Brown met the family and made sure everyone was OK.

DelilahMae is healthy and weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

TME – Talk about a speedy delivery.

Unsafe gun safe

DENTON, Texas - Fire officials in Texas say a child has been rescued after being trapped in a gun safe at a sporting goods store.

Denton firefighters used hand tools to pry open the gun safe at an Academy Sports and Outdoors store Tuesday. The girl had been in the safe for more than 30 minutes.

Fire department spokesman Kenneth Hedges says the girl’s mother talked to her to keep her calm. Fire officials estimate the girl is about 4 or 5 years old.

Hedges says the safe has a locking mechanism with a keypad. He says store employees were entering the code when firefighters arrived, but the safe went into lockdown mode after the code was entered incorrectly multiple times.

It’s unclear how the girl became trapped in the safe.

TME – She’s a real pistol, that one.

Felonious food

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. - A burglar made a clean getaway from a Long Island restaurant after emptying the cash register, cooking a meal and washing the dishes.

Will Colon tells Newsday he found bent burglar bars when he arrived Tuesday at Nelly’s Taqueria in Hicksville, New York.

Security video showed the intruder put on food-service gloves and started heating up a pot before hammering the register open. He pocketed the money and put a dollar in the tip jar.

Then, Colon says, the man started “cooking up a storm” in the dark - beans, chicken, shrimp.

Colon says “the dude had some skills.”

After eating, he covered and refrigerated the food and wiped down surfaces.

Security video showed the same man was there the night before but didn’t cook.

TME – Hope the stir-fry is worth the stint in stir.

Drunk history

CASPER, Wyo. - Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion.

Casper police say the man they encountered at 10:30 p.m. Monday claimed he was from the year 2048.

KTWO-AM in Casper reports that the man told police that he wanted to warn the people of Casper that aliens will arrive next year, and that they should leave as soon as possible. He asked to speak to the president of the town, about 170 miles northwest of Cheyenne.

The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. He noted that he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year.

TME – We assume he’s being hunted by the Slur-minator.

Bye bye love

CONCORD, Mass. - A Massachusetts bakery’s granola may be made with love, but federal officials say it shouldn’t be listed as an ingredient on the package.

Nashoba Brook Bakery, in Concord, has been told by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the label on its Nashoba Granola lists “love,” and that needs to change.

In a letter posted this week, it says federal regulations require that ingredients must be listed by their common or usual name, and that “love” is not a common or usual name of an ingredient.

The bakery’s CEO, John Gates, says they’ve gotten a positive reaction from people since news of the letter began to circulate. He says it’s tapped into a feeling a lot of Americans have that the government can overreach, adding that it seems silly.

TME – My grandmother’s got some serious explaining to do.

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