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Weird National Briefs (02/13/2019)

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Equine invader

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse.

Inver Grove Heights police arrived at the woman’s home late Friday night to find a pale-colored horse walking through various rooms as officers watched through windows from the outside.

Police Sgt. Adam Wiederhoeft says the investigation is ongoing and it isn’t clear how the horse got into the house, but that the animal’s owner came by to remove it.

A message on the police department’s Facebook page read: “No horses or officers were hurt in this incident and the horse was safely returned to the corral!”

TME – Is that a horse in your basement or are you just happy to see me?

Patty meltdown

NEW YORK - A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest.

On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx - smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food.

Police say the woman at the Back Home restaurant in the Morrisania neighborhood came in on Jan. 15 and ordered a patty. She was told they’d run out, and she got upset.

Authorities say she left and came back to the Jamaican restaurant with the bat. The video shows a woman bashing in two windows.

TME – The woman has since been signed by the Mets.

Out of their gourds

DOVER, Del. - The organizers of a dormant pumpkin-launching competition want to revive the annual event in Delaware. The event stopped after a cannon malfunctioned in 2016 and critically injured a woman.

The Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland, reports that organizers for the annual Punkin Chunkin event made the announcement on Facebook on Friday.

World Punkin Chunkin Championship organizers said they’re looking for a new event location.

The nonprofit was embroiled in a lawsuit after a woman suffered critical injuries in 2016. The trap door of an air cannon exploded and struck her head.

She sued the organization and others. A judge later dismissed the case. The event’s organizers said they couldn’t discuss the litigation except to say the case was resolved with no admission or finding of liability on the association’s part.

TME – Hopefully, their plans aren’t squashed.

Pilfered pee

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Somebody stole about three-dozen samples of horse urine and blood from a Louisiana racetrack.

Bossier City spokeswoman Traci Landry says nothing else was stolen during the break-in discovered Jan. 12, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack.

A police news release Wednesday said the samples’ monetary value is minimal, but the information lost “could cause the loss of tens of thousands of dollars to the business.”

The theft was discovered at the start of the track’s second week of quarterhorse racing. The track’s quarterhorse season opened Jan. 5 and has been running Saturday through Tuesday.

The head of the Louisiana State Racing Commission did not immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

TME – The plot of “Ocean’s 14” is WEIRD.

Poultry heist

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a man entered a fast-food restaurant and tried to swipe some cash but couldn’t open the register, so he made off with some fried chicken instead.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the man entered the Popeyes in eastern New Orleans on Monday morning and tried to steal money from the register. But police say the register wouldn’t budge so he grabbed some fried chicken and fled.

Police arrested 27-year-old Phillip Lee a short time later in the area. He faces charges of simple robbery and simple battery.

Magistrate Judge Brigid Collins set his bond at $13,500. It was unknown if he’s represented by an attorney who could comment on his case.

TME – Truly the foulest of fowl misdeeds.

Closet confrontation

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro student heard strange noises coming from her closet in her off-campus apartment on Saturday. The student told WFMY-TV she asked who was in there and was told “My name’s Drew.”

The student, who asked only to be identified as Maddie, opened the door to find the man sitting on the floor in her clothing with a bag full of clothes, shoes and socks. She talked to him for about 10 minutes and texted photos to her boyfriend.

The man left when the boyfriend arrived.

Police arrested the 30-year-old at a nearby gas station. He was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Maddie thinks the man has been in her closet before.

TME – Talk about a wardrobe malfunction.

Lion tamer

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A man is recovering after he fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him during a trail run in northern Colorado.

Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, tells The Coloradoan the man was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins when he was attacked from behind Monday afternoon. The runner, whose name has not been released, fought off the cougar, hiked out of the area and drove himself to a hospital.

He suffered facial cuts, wrist injuries and puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back.

Wildlife officers searching the trail found the juvenile mountain lion’s body near several of the runner’s possessions.

The last mountain lion attack in Colorado was reported in June 2016 in Pitkin County.

TME – One down, 11 to go – we’re rooting for you, Hercules!

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