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Weird National Briefs - November 13th, 2013

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Better late than never

OKLAHOMA CITY - A man who said he escaped from a Maryland prison 30 years ago turned himself in to authorities in Oklahoma, saying he was tired of being blackmailed.

KOCO reports that 62-year-old Anthony Rackley turned himself in this week and told police that his partner in a fundraising scheme kept blackmailing him.

Rackley told police that the two men started fundraising for the Belle Isle Lions Club a decade ago and would take a cut of the money. Rackley says the partner started blackmailing him for a higher percentage of the money to keep quiet about his escape.

Authorities expect to extradite Rackley back to Maryland. It's unclear what he was serving time for when he escaped. Oklahoma City police are still searching for the partner in the fundraising scheme.

TME In the business, they refer to this as a 'reverse Shawshank.'

Alcalde Ortiz

BOSTON - Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is apparently so popular in the city that some residents think he should be mayor.

Ortiz, fresh off his third World Series championship with the team, received several write-in votes in Tuesday's election.

But contrary to initial reports, Ortiz did not finish third in the balloting.

City elections officials say 560 write-in votes were cast altogether, but they don't count those not cast for declared write-in candidates. Therefore, the exact number of votes the World Series MVP received is unclear.

State Rep. Marty Walsh got nearly 52 percent of the vote to beat City Councilor John Connolly in the contest to replace Thomas Menino, the city's longest-serving mayor, who decided not to seek re-election.

TME Just name him 'Designated Mayor' and have him hit for Walsh.

Shell shocked

ESCALON, Calif. - Authorities in California are trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento.

This time several truckloads of walnuts were taken from the facility. Authorities say rising prices - about $2 per pound - is what appears to be driving the recent walnut thefts.

No arrests have yet been made.

Walnuts are California's fourth-leading agricultural export. China remains the world's leading producer of walnuts.

TME No surprise here; organized squirrel crime activity is at an all-time high.

Costume criminal

REDLANDS, Calif. - Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online.

Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries.

The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30.

An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, he was arrested.

Forty-three-year-old Robert Michael Trytten, of Riverside, is being held for suspicion of possession of stolen property on $275,000 bail.

The costumes were valued by the restaurant at $2,800 apiece.

Police also recovered a pop-up canopy stolen from the restaurant. All the property was returned to Chick-fil-A.

TME This story is udder-ly ridiculous. Moo-ving on.

Wooly bully

LONDON - Wool's wool is missing.

Police in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a field near the village of Wool.

Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday, and that the thieves would have needed a large vehicle to move the woolly haul.

Constable Adam Taylor says all of the sheep were electronically tagged.

He is urging anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity - or been offered sheep 'in unusual circumstances or for very low prices' - to come forward.

TME Be on the lookout for insomniacs who lack imagination.

Ax attack

HEMET, California - Police say a Southern California woman can throw a mean ax - and she used one to chase a burglar from her house.

Hemet police say the woman called the emergency police dispatcher on Saturday morning and said she'd been awakened by a man trying to remove her watch from her wrist.

The woman told police she's a tomahawk-throwing champion, and she quickly grabbed a throwing ax and chased the man out of the apartment.

Police searched the area and found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman.

Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Ulloa was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He remains jailed Monday, and police say they don't know whether he has an attorney.

TME Sounds to us like the guy got off easy.

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