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March 28, 2012

Wrong kind of hawk

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 49-year-old Grand Junction man who said he shot a woman in the head when he mistook her large red Mohawk for a fowl that had been harassing his cats has been sentenced to five years probation.

Derrill Rockwell told police he fired one shot at what he thought was a bird sitting on a hill near his home Oct. 5, and soon after, he heard a woman moaning in pain.

Prosecutors say the 'bird' turned out to be a 23-year-old woman who may have been sleeping on the hill. Her injury was not life threatening.

The Daily Sentinel reports Rockwell was sentenced Friday for felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender. Prosecutors say the woman, who is believed to be a transient, has left Colorado and could not be reached to testify.

TME Noted Mohawk enthusiast Mr. T pities this fool.

 

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:56

March 21, 2012

They're hidden under there

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Police are looking for suspects who stole hundreds of pairs of panties from a lingerie store in Boca Raton's Town Center mall.

Boca Raton police say about 600 pairs of panties worth an estimated $6,300 were stolen from Victoria's Secret last week.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the thefts came nine days after police arrested two Miami-Dade County women linked to an elaborate fraud that has targeted Victoria's Secret stores across South Florida since October.

Police say surveillance video shows two women stealing the panties around 2:30 a.m. on March 9. Investigators haven't said whether the women are linked to the lingerie ring.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 15 March 2012 07:34

March 14, 2012

Days of our Wives

TACOMA, Wash. - A Washington state corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to be 'friends.'

Pierce County prosecutors say Alan L. O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing wife No. 1.

Wife No. 1 recently found out about Wife No. 2 when Facebook detected their connection to O'Neill and suggested the friendship connection.

Wife No. 1 then called the defendant's mother, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told The News Tribune.

'An hour later the defendant arrived at (Wife No. 1's) apartment, and she asked him several times if they were divorced,' court records show. 'The defendant said, `No, we are still married.'

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:05

Missouri tourist mecca of Branson turns 100

BRANSON, Mo. - As the southwest Missouri tourist mecca of Branson prepares to celebrate its centennial, organizers can't help but notice that disaster binds the city of today with the city of 100 years ago.

The EF-2 tornado that struck Feb. 29 brought winds of up to 130 mph as it hopped along the Branson Strip. The storm damaged about four dozen commercial structures, including six of the town's 50 theaters and 22 of its 200 hotels and motels.

It turns out that just months after the city was incorporated on April 1, 1912, a fire destroyed much of its downtown. According to the centennial website, the city did not have a fire department.

Published in Adventure
Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:40

March 7, 2012

The fickle finger of fate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque police say a robbery suspect may have left a piece of his finger behind at a robbery crime scene.

KRQE-TV reports that police arrived to an Albuquerque smoke shop after a report of shots fired at a robbery.

According to authorities, the suspect fled but they believed he left behind his severed fingertip.

Police think the fleeing suspect may have shot off his own finger.

Authorities say a finger print will be taken from the severed finger.

No arrests have been made.

TME That robber must be a sharp guy he didn't miss the point.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:49

February 22, 2012

Follow that bird!

SOUTH HERO, Vermont - An elusive emu on the lam in Vermont has been amusing residents in communities on Lake Champlain.

The 150-pound flightless bird looks like a small ostrich. It has been spotted wandering here and there in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ago.

It was spotted again Friday outside the South Hero elementary school, where it walked by a window of the principal's office. School worker Steve Berard tried to lasso it with an extension cord, but it broke free.

The emu's owner tells WCAX-TV he bought three emus for his grandchildren but they don't make great pets.

He's taken out an ad in a local newspaper saying, 'Free emu if you can capture it.'

TME Who would have thought an emu would be a flight risk?

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:21

Study finds MDs not always honest with patients

WASHINGTON - Trust your doctor? A survey finds that some doctors aren't always completely honest with their patients.

More than half admitted describing someone's prognosis in a way they knew was too rosy. Nearly 20 percent said they hadn't fully disclosed a medical mistake for fear of being sued. And 1 in 10 of those surveyed said they'd told a patient something that wasn't true in the past year.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:29

LivingSocial launching food events

SAN FRANCISCO Online deals site LivingSocial is launching an invitation-only service aimed at food fans, offering experiences such as a visit to an environmentally sustainable farm or a meal served in a restaurant's kitchen.

LivingSocial Gourmet's events will be more expensive and less common than the food-related deals currently available on LivingSocial, where you might pay $20 to get a voucher good for $40 worth of food at a local pizzeria.

Instead, the deals will be with fine-dining restaurants and other businesses in the food industry and will range from around $100 to $200 per person, LivingSocial Gourmet's general manager Alli Phillips said. The service will also offer group packages, she said.

Published in Tekk
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