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Weird National Briefs (02-03-2016)

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Tunnel of love

SITKA, Alaska - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an 'elaborate tunnel system' dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska.

The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them to trudge through on their knees and then on their stomachs. Police in the city of Sitka say they eventually spotted Jeremy Beebe's foot sticking out of another hidden entrance, catching him after an officer pulled back the skirting around the trailer.

Police Lt. Lance Ewers said Beebe, 42, had failed to report to the police department on Jan. 12 after he was sentenced to nearly two years in prison, the Sitka Sentinel reported.

Acting on a tip, officers staked out a trailer park Wednesday and saw Beebe heading in to one of the units. A woman who answered the door said Beebe was not there.

Police then used a battering ram to get through a plywood door they found on the outside of the trailer, which led to the tunnel system.

Beebe was arrested and may face additional charges of contempt of court, Ewers said.

Jude Pate, a public defender in Sitka assigned to Beebe's case, declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Thursday.

TME When Alaskans go underground, they don't screw around.

Your pants are ringing

LONDON- British police have arrested a suspected thief with 38 mobile phones stuffed down his trousers.

West Midlands Police say they believe the man stole the phones from concertgoers at a show by band The Libertines in Birmingham, central England.

The 30-year-old and a second man, who was also arrested, were spotted at the venue with their trousers taped closed at the bottom. Police were on the lookout after reports of phone thefts during an earlier Libertines gig in the northwest England city of Manchester.

Police Inspector Gareth Morris said Thursday that anyone whose phone was taken during Wednesday's show should contact officers.

TME We assume they were all set to vibrate.

Fossils > Football

PORTLAND, Ore.- Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.

The Oregonian reports crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium found a femur from one of the ancient elephants and bones from a bison and camel, all dating back 10,000 years.

A spokesman says the OSU archaeologist believes the 10-foot pit where the remains were found could have been a pond or watering hole.

OSU associate professor of anthropology Loren Davis says sick animals often went to a body of water to die.

Davis says the find isn't unusual since thousands of mammoths and other long-gone creatures once roamed the surrounding Willamette Valley.

Construction work has been moved elsewhere while experts examine the bones.

TME The only fossils they expected to find were the NCAA's amateurism policies.

Go Hawkeyes!

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- An instrumental rendition of the University of Iowa fight song has been playing for several hours every day since last summer over speakers mounted on a vacant building in the city of Niagara Falls.

And it's driving the neighbors crazy.

The music starts in the mid-afternoon and repeats in about 50-second loops for the next seven hours before turning off.

The owners of a restaurant directly across the street from the building say they have been told by police that the music's volume and the time it's being played don't violate any city noise ordinances.

Kevin Robertson, the restaurant's chef, lives above the eatery. He says being subjected to hours-long daily doses of the Iowa fight song is torture.

The company that owns the building hasn't responded to media requests for comment.

TME Considering Canada's proximity, they're just lucky it isn't Nickelback.

Just Claus

SPOKANE, Wash.- A man legally named Santa Claus was arrested after police in Idaho said they saw him driving on the wrong side of the street.

KREM-TV in Spokane, Washington, reports that 67-year-old Claus initially was booked on one count of DUI. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving. He paid a $700 fine.

Claus, pictured in a jail photo with a big white beard, was arrested Thursday in Post Falls, near the Washington border. Claus told police he wasn't from around Post Falls and wasn't familiar with the streets, according to police documents.

Police noted he was cooperative throughout the arrest.

TME Even Santa has to let his hair down once in a while.

Lettuce lizard

PRINCETON, N.J.- A central New Jersey elementary school science class has a new pet after a lizard was discovered in a student's salad after being refrigerated for days.

Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn tells the 3-inch green anole lizard was found in a bundle of tatsoi greens last week by a kindergartner.

The lizard had been cold and lifeless after being confined in a refrigerator for days. The lizard has since been warmed and lives in a cage in Eastburn's class.

The lizard, dubbed 'Green Fruit Loop,' came from Florida.

The tatsoi had been bought from Whole Earth Center in Princeton.

A store produce manager says greens are cleaned as they're stocked and that the lizard must've been tucked away in a leaf.

TME Isn't this a Pixar movie?


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