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Weird National Briefs - (11/11/15)

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Lacking structure

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Authorities in New Mexico are looking for the person who stole a 10-foot-by-14-foot wooden shed in October.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that San Juan County sheriff's Office Sgt. Candice Montoya said Friday that track marks near the shed suggest someone backed a trailer up and loaded the shed on to it.

It disappeared sometime between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.

Montoya says the shed might not have an attached foundation but would still require a trailer and winch to move.

She says the owner suspects a former tenant might have sold the shed. The structure is valued between $2,500 and $5,000. Sheriff's deputies haven't been able to find the person for questioning.

TME Shed happens.

The hole story

MERIDIAN, Miss.- A Mississippi official says a Saturday night cave-in of a restaurant parking lot that swallowed 12 cars was not the result of a sinkhole.

Meridian Public Safety Director Buck Roberts tells The Meridian Star the collapse was not a sinkhole but didn't provide any further details.

Emergency crews were called to the IHOP restaurant in the city of Meridian and discovered a section of the parking lot, about 35 feet wide and 400 feet long, had collapsed. Cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles dropped into the void that appeared to be about 15 feet deep.

No injuries were reported.

TME Not the sort of sinkhole you'd expect at an IHOP.

Berry messy

SAGAMORE, Mass.- A truck carrying cranberries crashed head-on into another vehicle on a bridge into Cape Cod, spilling berries onto the roadway and snarling morning rush-hour traffic.

Massachusetts State Police said Friday on its official Twitter account that the Sagamore Bridge was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes due to the crash at about 7 a.m.

Police said one person was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with serious injuries. A second victim sustained minor injuries and declined to be taken to the hospital.

There is no immediate word on what caused the crash.

TME One assumes the other vehicle was a tanker transporting vodka.

How emu-sing

TUCSON, Ariz.- Pima County authorities say four emus that got loose in a neighborhood on Tucson's southwest side have been captured.

The four large birds were contained Thursday in the area of West Drexel Boulevard and South Cardinal Avenue.

County sheriff's officials say two of the emus have been returned to their owner and are back in their pen.

They say the other two emus are being taken back to their owner in a horse trailer.

The emu is the largest bird native to Australia and the second-largest bird in the world, behind the ostrich.

In February, two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

TME In Tucson, bird is most definitely the word.

Another one drives the bus

JOHANNESBURG- South African media say a high school student stole a bus in a desperate effort to get to his final year mathematics exams.

Broadcaster eNCA reported Thursday that Le-Aan Adonis got behind the wheel when the driver failed to show up.

Adonis told eNCA he found the keys in the bus. Other students said they asked the 20-year-old to drive because they trusted he could handle a bus.

The broadcaster said a traffic officer stopped the bus a short distance from the school in a village in the Western Cape province, and fined Adonis fined 5,000 rand (about $361).

According to eNCA, Adonis faces a school disciplinary hearing. He has already received offers of free legal representation and donations for his fine.

The students arrived on time for their exam.

TME We can now all look forward to 'Speed 3: Derivative Driven.'

Guess who's coming to dinner?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Police say a burglary suspect's plans went awry when he dropped in on stunned dinner patrons through the ceiling of a Florida restaurant and was then held down by the customers until officers arrived.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports diners told the manager of the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet they heard noises coming from the ceiling on Tuesday evening.

Police say 30-year-old Justin Grimes had gone through ceiling tiles in the bathroom and then fell through into the dining room as he attempted to make his way to the area over the office. Police say he was looking for money.

He is charged with burglary of an occupied structure and is being held in jail.

Records don't indicate whether he's retained an attorney.

TME He just dropped in, but still no word on what condition his condition was in.

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