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Weird National Briefs (01/29/2020)

January 29, 2020
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Bad bunny

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man who became a video sensation after fighting a man on the street while dressed as the Easter Bunny was arrested and tried to use the costume to elude capture, authorities said.

Antoine McDonald became an overnight phenomenon when a video captured him fighting a man on the streets of Orlando last year.

Earlier this month, McDonald was driving a motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a carport before fleeing the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The carport collapsed on top of the vehicle.

Deputies went to McDonald’s address and spotted a gray car driving away and found McDonald laying in the backseat of the car.

When a deputy went to arrest him, he denied it.

“I wasn’t in any crash. I’m the Orlando Easter bunny, Google it,” he said, according to an arrest report.

The Orlando Sentinel reports authorities asked him to remove his costume before arresting him. He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and operating a motorcycle without a license.

TME – Literally the best “Don’t you know who I am?” ever.

Skeleton shenanigans

PHOENIX - A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the HOV lane.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a trooper pulled over the man on Thursday after noticing he had placed a fake skeleton in the passenger’s front seat.

The skeleton was sitting upright, wearing a hat and tied to the front seat.

Department spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers cite about 7,000 HOV lane violators every year. Last April, a man was pulled over after driving in the HOV lane with a mannequin wearing a sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses.

TME – It’s a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” arc brought to life.

A plethora of poops

NATICK, Mass. - A woman accused of defecating in a Massachusetts parking lot more than a half-dozen times was arrested.

Natick police arrested Andrea Grocer, 51, of Ashland, on Wednesday in the parking lot of an outdoor store, The MetroWest Daily News reported.

Natick Outdoor Store owner Henry Kanner said he was “so happy’’ that authorities arrested her.

“I have no idea who she is. This has been ongoing,” Kanner said. “She has defecated quite often over here. There’s nothing more disgusting coming into your parking lot in the morning and seeing a pile of human excrement.’’

Authorities began investigating the incidents last month after Kanner reported finding the feces in his parking lot on at least eight different occasions, police spokeswoman Lt. Cara Rossi said.

“At first, they thought it was an animal but then they noticed toilet paper and other wipes _ items animals would not have access to,’’ Rossi said.

The incidents were caught on camera but officials were not able to capture the vehicle’s license plate.

During her arraignment Wednesday, Grocer’s lawyer described her as a “pillar of the community’’ and said she works a full-time job.

Both Rossi and Kanner said they’re not sure why Grocer was defecating in the parking lot.

Grocer was charged with eight counts of wanton destruction of property and was released without bail Wednesday. Her next court date is March 2.

TME – That’s some really crappy behavior.

Navigation schmavigation

JACKSON, N.J. - An ad in the Waze navigation app is misdirecting motorists headed to Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa into the wilderness of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, police said.

Jackson Township police posted on Facebook that officers in recent weeks have had to help motorists who followed the directions into the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, where they became stuck on unpaved roads.

“The wildlife area is comprised of more than 12,000 acres, mainly located in Jackson and Plumsted townships, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from the actual Borgata Casino in Atlantic City,’’ police said.

The Borgata is off the Atlantic City Expressway.

According to police, the problem stems from an orange ad logo in the Waze app.

The address on the ad is correct, police said, but the location pinned with the ad is actually in the Colliers Mills wildlife area, police said.

Waze was working to fix the problem, police said.

TME – What a sad display of in-app-titude.

Sign of the times

KENAI, Alaska - A Soldotna man has been charged in Juneau with damaging the Governor’s Mansion by nailing a sign to the door.

David A. Powell, 54, is charged with misdemeanor damage of property. Online court documents do not list his attorney. He is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 27.

Juneau police estimated damage at $450, Kenai radio station KSRM reported.

Security officers reported a man hammered the sign to the mansion’s front door Monday. The door is an original piece from the construction of the governor’s house.

Police identified Powell with video surveillance cameras. Police did not say what was on the sign.

Powell was not in custody Thursday.

TME – Theses one strange story!

What’s the buzz?

YUBA CITY, Calif. - Authorities are investigating the theft of nearly 100 beehives from an orchard in northern California.

The beehives, which are used to pollinate almond orchards, were discovered missing on Friday, beekeeper Mike Potts said. He estimated that the theft of the 92 hives, about a third of his operation, would cost him about $44,000 in revenue.

“It’s hard enough keeping the bees alive without someone stealing them. It’s frustrating,” Potts told KCRA-TV.

Potts, who is based in Oregon, suspects that another beekeeper who lost bees could be responsible for the theft and may have stolen hives before. Given the weight of the hives in addition to the boxes that hold them, he thinks the thief may have used a flatbed truck to drive them away.

TME – Un-bee-lievable!

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