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Weird National Briefs - June 4th, 2014

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.

The Kitsap Sun reports Saturday that Riley Allen Mullins was charged Friday in Kitsap District Court with second-degree robbery.

Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn't recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.

The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.

Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.

TME Facebook giving criminals new ways to be stupid since 2004.

Ruff flight

PHILADELPHIA- A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the May 28 US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled stop in Kansas City,

Christie called the episode a 'rare and unfortunate situation.' The flight continued after the mess was cleaned up on the ground. The passenger and service dog were rebooked on another flight.

Jim Kutsch, president at The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Morristown, New Jersey, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that such incidents are rare, but that dogs occasionally get sick on planes, too.

TME It's the latest installment in the 'Air Bud' series 'Makes on a Plane.'

Sandwich artist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An Albuquerque cook is facing battery charges after authorities say she secretly licked sandwiches then served them to probation and parole officers.

KOAT-TV reports that Yolanda Arguello was charged this week following witness interviews into the bizarre allegations.

According to a criminal complaint, witness told investigators that the 59-year-old would take a piece of cheese, lick it and put it on sandwiches at the South Valley New Mexico Women's Recovery Academy.

Another witness told authorities Arguello was seen sucking on an ice cube and putting it back into a cup before handing it to a staff member.

She is charged with three counts of battery on a peace officer.

It was not known if she had an attorney.

TME Nothing like a sandwich made with a little bit of love.

Nevermore!

RICHMOND, Maine- Wanted: A raven that's attacking cars in Maine.

Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster tells the Kennebec Journal that the bird has attacked three vehicles, causing $500 in damage in one case.

One owner said he watched the bird land and see its reflection in a window before attacking. The bird damaged gaskets around windshield and windows and the windshield wipers on at least three cars.

One of the victims wants to make to make sure raven attacks are 'nevermore.' He wants to shoot the bird.

MacMaster advised them to contact the Maine Warden Service.

The raven is not the only animal to attack a car in town in recent weeks. Last month, police had to deal with two goats that climbed atop a car.

TME Gently rapping, rapping at my Camry door.

Zoo poo revue

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.- A zoo in southern Michigan is selling a composted mixture of manure produced by exotic animals.

Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting a 'Zoo Doo' event Thursday and June 5.

Horticulturist Frank Cummins told the Battle Creek Enquirer that the zoo has compost available from herbivores that will sell at $25 a load to zoo members and $30 for nonmembers. Cummins says that the price is a deal, since cow manure can sell for around $2 or $3 a bag.

The Kalamazoo Gazette says zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals are contributing to the gardening aid.

Binder Park Zoo says it's a 'fun and creative way' to raise money and dispose of waste. It also uses the compost as fertilizer at its facilities.

TME Sounds like a load of crap to us.

Take his breath away

MANNING, Oregon- Police say a 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel in Oregon.

According to a news release, Daniel J. Calhon told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community of Manning. His car, a 1990 Toyota Camry, drifted across the centerline and crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer.

Both vehicles struck the tunnel walls before a pickup hit the Camry.

Four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Calhon has been cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault.

Some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.

TME Not sure if this proves Darwin right or wrong.

Exotic travels

PORTLAND, Ore.- A Portland business that transports people to and from wineries or other private events plans to add a tour of the city's strip clubs.

Portland Short Bus owner Nicole Pittman tells KPTV the $40 Stripper Delight tour will take riders to five clubs.

For an extra fee they'll also shuttle home anyone too drunk to drive.

TME Thus giving new meaning to the term 'party bus.'

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