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October 31, 2012

Three times a lady

MADISON, Wis. - A Verona woman has been cited for drunken driving after the 21-year-old allegedly caused three crashes in less than three hours.

Authorities say the woman acknowledged being responsible for all three collisions in Dane and Green Counties. She was cited for causing injury by driving while intoxicated. A Wisconsin State Journal report says she wasn't taken to jail.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:35

October 24, 2012

Too far

PHILADELPHIA - Burglars have struck a Philadelphia house two weeks in a row, first stealing all the food in the family's refrigerator, then snatching their puppy.

Rachel Schortye tells WCAU-TV that the latest theft happened late Saturday or early Sunday. She says the burglars took their 52-inch flat-screen TV, winter clothes and party favors for her 8-year-old son's upcoming birthday party.

Schortye says the thieves also took her 3-month-old puppy Miss Piggy from her cage. She says they entered the home through a screen on her porch.

The burglars first struck Oct. 15. Schortye says they entered through the unlocked front door and emptied the family's fridge.

Police say similar burglaries have been reported in the same neighborhood.

Schortye says she doesn't have the money to replace all that was stolen.

TME Stealing a puppy? Are these people being robbed by Disney villains?

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:26

October 17, 2012

Bolivian marching bananas

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A major cocaine seizure in Europe turned out to be good news for the animals at Rotterdam's zoo.

The drugs were hidden among boxes of bananas, and the fruit went to the monkeys and other creatures at the Blijdorp zoo.

Dutch prosecutors said Friday more than eight tons of cocaine was hidden among the bananas on a ship from Ecuador. The drugs were seized Monday in the Belgian port of Antwerp, while the bananas were allowed to continue on to Rotterdam - the shipment's final destination. Dutch police arrested a Belgian truck driver and four Dutch men on Tuesday.

Dutch authorities say the seizure is the biggest ever in the Netherlands or Belgium.

TME Because nothing says family fun like a zoo full of coked-up monkeys.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:57

October 10, 2012

Never nude

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco supervisor, fed up with the almost-daily displays of nudity in one city neighborhood, introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it illegal to walk around naked on San Francisco streets.

The city allows nudity except in parks, on port property and in restaurants, but under the ordinance by Supervisor Scott Wiener, nudity at city plazas, parklets, sidewalks, streets and public transit would be banned. The legislation would, however, allow nudity at parades and street festivals.

The legislation was spurred by an increase in nudity in the Castro neighborhood, where nudists gather almost every day at a plaza, Wiener said.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:16

October 3, 2012

Beer battered

BUTLER, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she bonked two police officers with beer thrown from an upstairs window when they answered a domestic dispute call at her home.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 48-year-old Diane Pusateri, of Butler Township.

Police say Pusateri was arguing with another woman as three police arrived at their home about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh on Sunday night. That's when police say she threw a 30-pack of beer out a second-floor window, hitting two of three responding officers in the head, shoulder, neck and thigh with the cans.

Pusateri remained jailed Wednesday unable to post bail. She faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 4 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

TME Some folks can't hold their liquorso they throw it.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:02

September 26, 2012

Asleep on the job

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Sheriff's deputies responding to a burglary call say they found a 20-year-old man asleep on the kitchen floor of a home in Oregon.

The Washington County sheriff's office says the homeowner discovered the sleeping stranger early Friday. Deputies arrived to find Cristian Villarreal-Castillo, who had in his pockets small electronic devices believed to be stolen from unlocked vehicles.

Deputies say many items in the home in the Rock Creek neighborhood of Hillsboro had been ransacked in an apparent attempt to find valuables. They believe Villarreal-Castillo entered the home through an unlocked door and was in the process of gathering items when he fell asleep.

He is charged with burglary, attempted theft, trespassing and criminal mischief. Investigators also linked him to a burglary that happened a few hours before his arrest.

TME There has been no word on the temperature of the porridge or softness of the beds.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:21

USA Today unveils digital revamp

USA Today, the nation's second-largest newspaper, is unveiling an overhaul of its printed and digital editions for the second time in less than two years.

USA Today's print version will introduce a redesign on Friday. It changes the logo for the first time in its 30-year history and nearly doubles the number of pages that use color. Editors will also use color more often to do things such as highlight text in key portions of stories.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:34

September 19, 2012

Spelling counts

YORK, Pa. - Police are searching for a spelling-challenged vandal who hit a central Pennsylvania woman's car with paint over the weekend.

York police say a woman reported Saturday morning that her sport-utility vehicle had been sprayed with white paint. On the driver's side doors an unknown perpetrator had scrawled 'bicth.'

Investigators say the woman also reported a motorcycle was stolen from her property. It was later recovered in Spring Garden Township.

The York Dispatch reports police are seeking information on the motorcycle and the poorly spelled graffiti.

TME What the heck is a 'bicth'? This woman is a big idoit.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:55

September 12, 2012

Borough councilman beef

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. - Two borough councilmen from northwestern Pennsylvania are sparring over an alleged spoof of country music star Toby Keith's hit song ``Red Solo Cup.''

The Bradford Era reports Monday that Mount Jewett Councilman Jim Troutman wants fellow councilman Brett Morgan to resign. That's because Troutman claims Morgan changed the lyrics to the song during the town's annual Swedish Festival last month to make an allegedly insulting reference to Troutman's trash-hauling business, Troutman Sanitation.

Morgan didn't immediately return a call to respond to Troutman's claim that Morgan substituted the words ``Red Roll-Off Truck'' _ an alleged reference to a kind of garbage truck _ while on stage at the festival Aug. 10.

The song celebrates disposable cups commonly used at drinking parties.

The newspaper says the councilmen have long been rivals in the borough about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

TME Nobody fusses and/or feuds like minor elected officials.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:08

August 29, 2012

Casino cougar (not that kind)

RENO, Nev. - A mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nevada, ahead of the breakfast rush.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was 'almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager.'

Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino Friday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.

State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.

No injuries were reported.

TME He just wanted to put down two bills on Detroit winning the Super Bowl.

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