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Weird National Briefs - November 6th, 2013

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Gator done!

CHICAGO - A small alligator found under an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has left authorities puzzled.

A maintenance worker discovered the alligator, which is about a foot long, on Friday in Terminal 3, Chicago Police spokesman Jose Estrada said Sunday.

An officer captured the reptile by putting a trash can over it.

'We don't know where it came from or how long it'd been residing in the airport facilities,' Estrada said. 'It's one of those random incidents.'

The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society.

'It was in pretty bad shape,' said Jason Hood, the group's president. 'We're trying to get it healthy and find a place for it.'

He said the gator would likely head to an out-of-state alligator farm once authorities give the organization the all-clear to release the animal.

No one was injured.

TME This is dangerously close to a Rick Charette song.

Urine trouble!

GREENSBURG, Pa. - Police say a western Pennsylvania woman has been caught dirty-handed trying to sneak a 'clean' urine sample into a family court drug test - inside a hand sanitizer bottle.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 37-year-old Lori Lynn Sullenberger brought the urine-filled bottle when a judge ordered her to provide a sample as part of an Aug. 22 drug test relating to a child custody case.

A probation officer saw Sullenberger with the small bottle in her hand during the test, and seized it. Investigators say Sullenberger acknowledged it contained her own urine which she believed was drug-free, which she planned to use to pass the test.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Sullenberger who also doesn't have a listed phone.

She faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 12.

TME We're shocked that such a brilliant plan could fail.

Man of Steel, Jaw of Glass

AMHERST, Mass. - It took a lot less than Kryptonite to fell this Man of Steel.

Police in Massachusetts tell the Daily Hampshire Gazette that a man dressed in a Superman costume was treated for a head injury after being punched in the face late Wednesday night, apparently when he refused to get out of the way of a motorist trying to enter the driveway of a home.

Amherst Detective Richard MacLean says witnesses told investigators that Superman, who was not identified but said to be of college age, had been trying to stir up trouble in the area.

Police say the man was knocked to the sidewalk by the punch. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The encounter remains under investigation.

TME Apparently Lex Luthor has been working out.

Pointing the finger

GLENDALE, Ariz. - A severed finger left at the crime scene helped police in Arizona arrest a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire.

An air conditioning company employee told Glendale police someone tried to steal the wire from his truck on Oct. 7.

The spool of wire - worth more than $300 - had been pulled out about 20 feet from the truck, and what appeared to be a cut off finger was caught in the wiring.

Police retrieved the finger as evidence, and forensic technicians were able to match the fingerprint to 29-year-old Joshua Allen Goverman.

Goverman told detectives he lost part of a finger while working on a car. He was booked on suspicion of theft.

Authorities didn't know whether Goverman had a lawyer who could be reached for comment.

TME It's like the shortest episode of 'CSI' ever.

Fowl play

TOPSHAM, Vt. - Vermont State Police are searching for a 3-foot tall chicken.

Police say the chicken made of fabricated sheet metal was stolen from the door step of a home in Topsham on Oct. 6.

The 77-year-old homeowner, who police say collects antiques and odds and ends, told police that he waited to report the theft while he searched for the white, orange and red bird.

Police say the metal chicken is valued at about $125.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police barracks in Bradford at 802-222-4680.

TME It probably crossed a road at some point, though we're unsure why.

Great cell coverage

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber's bullet.

Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after a robber fired a bullet at his abdomen. Police say his cellphone stopped it.

The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.

A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.

When the clerk couldn't open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.

The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.

Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

TME There's an app for that.

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