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Weird National Briefs - 08/27/14

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Hear her roar

RICHLAND, Wash. -A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.

Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb tells the Tri-City Herald that Becky Powell was driving by Wednesday when she saw the man run from officers. She told her husband to speed ahead of the fleeing man, and got out to confront him.

Powell says the man tried to stiff-arm her, but she felled him, pulling down his shorts in the process.

She says she got help pinning the man down and asked him how it felt to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three.

Cobb says police appreciated Powell's actions but warned people not to get involved in police matters. Cobb says the man ran because he had an outstanding warrant.

TME Nothing rehabilitates you faster than getting tackled and trash-talked - by a grandma.

Low rider

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer.

KOAT-TV reports court papers say 18-year-old Michael Johnson rode the electric shopping cart this week to make his scheduled visit. When the probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, court documents say Johnson admitted taking it from an Albuquerque Walmart.

Johnson was arrested and charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. He also violated his probation when he was arrested and was ordered held on a $500 bond.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the cart is worth more than $1,800.

It was not known if Johnson had an attorney.

TME In his defense, the office was, like, really far.

What's the buzz?

NEW YORK- A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

WABC-TV reports beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors alerted the building manager.

Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.

The beekeepers say the bees and the 17 honeycombs they built are headed to an upstate farm.

Turkmenilli says she already misses them and wishes they had left behind some honey.

TME Not sure if this movie would be horror or buddy comedy, but either way we'd watch it.

Self-fulfilling prophecy

ORANGE, Va.- A Virginia man with the last name Stoner is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants at his home.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Paul Scott Stoner of Unionville is charged with growing marijuana and having a firearm while in possession of more than a pound of marijuana.

Media outlets report that the charges stem from an ongoing investigation related to the alleged sale of marijuana to children in Orange County. Further charges are pending.

Authorities say they acted on a tip that Stoner was selling to children and during the search last Thursday seized marijuana, marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, needles, spoons and guns.

Stoner is free on bond. A hearing is set for Aug. 27.

TME Officers Arrester and Putinjailer shared credit for the arrest.

Tree's company

BELLEFONTE, Pa.- A central Pennsylvania woman has been jailed after police unwittingly caught up to her when she fell from a tree stand where she had been hiding from the law.

Spring Township police have been looking for 37-year-old Betty Moore, of Bellefonte, since March when investigators say she stole a gun from a house she was hired to clean. Police tell WJAC-TV that Moore sold the gun to buy heroin and had avoided arrest until she was finally supposed to surrender earlier this month.

When she didn't surrender, police began looking for her.

Police couldn't find Moore until emergency crews responded to reports of a woman who fell from a tree stand in Burnside Township last week. There they found Moore strung out on bath salts.

Online court records don't a defense attorney.

TME If nothing else, we admire her for taking a stand.

Gnome-napped

VIENNA- A leading Austrian political party has issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.

Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung three meters (more than three yards) from the ground - presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering. But a party statement Monday said that 400 gnomes, valued at around 3,000 euros ($4,000), had gone missing over the weekend.

The party suspects the heists were less outright theft and more dirty electioneering, accusing the rival conservative People's Party of being behind the disappearances. It notes that some of the gnomes have been replaced by People's Party posters.

The People's Party denies involvement in the gnome scandal.

TME Here's to maintaining a gnome-centric election process.

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