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Weird National Briefs (07/04/2018)

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Talking turkey

GARDEN CITY, Mich. - A suburban Detroit man has been fined $100 for a turkey that’s been calling his backyard home.

Mark Johnston tells WXYZ-TV he hasn’t gone out of his way to make the turkey comfortable since it started showing up outside his Garden City home six months ago. He says the turkey will stick around a while then jump the fence and disappear before returning.

Johnston was recently ticketed for keeping the turkey as a pet. Police Chief Tim Gibbons says they’ve been working with Johnston since April on the issue. He says the turkey likes Johnston’s overgrown backyard and likely will leave if it’s cleaned up.

Johnston says he’s tried getting rid of the turkey, but nobody will take it. And he says he’s working on clearing out his yard.

TME – We smell a Disney movie!

Double DUI

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. - Authorities say a woman drove drunk to a police station where she was picking up a man who had been charged with drunken driving.

Mount Olive police say 49-year-old Melissa Vitale, of Rockaway, appeared impaired when she arrived at the station. She was soon charged with drunken driving after she allegedly failed sobriety tests.

Authorities say 45-year-old Robert Woolf, of Washington, had called Vitale and asked her to pick him up after he had been charged with drunken driving. Woolf was arrested after he allegedly made an illegal turn from Route 46.

It wasn’t known Wednesday if either Vitale or Woolf have retained attorneys.

TME – We can only hope that whoever came to pick them up was also drunk.

Marooned balloon

METHUEN, Mass. - A bright, smiley face hot air balloon has made a surprise landing in a Massachusetts homeowner’s yard.

First responders say the hot air balloon carrying six passengers landed in a Methuen yard around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

Balloon pilot Tony Sica says they took off from New Hampshire, and the landing was normal for his company High Five Ballooning.

Sica says they mostly land in residential areas because New Hampshire is a heavily wooded state.

The owner of the home where the balloon landed Sarah Benoit tells WBZ-TV the pilot gave her a bottle of champagne and a thank you card.

Benoit says the passengers were in good spirits, telling her “we’re just here for some morning coffee.”

TME – That ride doesn’t sound so hot.

No shirt, no shoes, no service

ATLANTA - Authorities say they’ve arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sprinting shirtless toward a jet at Atlanta’s airport and jumping on the wing.

News outlets report Atlanta Police have charged Jhryin Jones with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones scaled a fence Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto an active taxiway. She says he then jumped on the wing of a recently landed Delta Air Lines flight from Miami and pounded on windows.

Video obtained by WSB-TV shows a shirtless man sprinting across a grassy area toward an aircraft. Photographs showed the man being detained on the ground by officers.

The airport tweeted there was no impact on operations.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Jones has a lawyer.

TME – *Shatner voice* There’s something on the wing!

Reptile wrongdoing

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - Florida authorities say they’ve charged a teen with dumping a live alligator in a convenience store earlier this month.

The Bradenton Herald reports that the 17-year-old boy was issued a misdemeanor citation Friday charging him with illegally possessing or harvesting an American alligator. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the teen was not arrested but given notice to appear in court July 21.

The sheriff’s office was alerted to the two-foot alligator around 2:30 a.m. June 15. Deputies contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which sent a trapper to the Wawa store in Lakewood Ranch. The alligator was relocated to a suitable environment.

Officials had previously said two people dropped off the reptile, but authorities say no one else is expected to face charges.

TME – We can only hope he said “See you later!” as he fled.

Sweet-toothed squirrel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are on the lookout for a squirrel that made off from their parking lot with a doughnut.

In a video posted on the department’s Facebook page on Sunday, the squirrel is seen with what appears to be a glazed doughnut clenched in its teeth as it runs through the lot.

The department called it “a straight-up felony” and added “it’s rude.”

TME – In the squirrel’s defense, it has “nut” right in the name.

Flight risk

OMAHA, Neb. - A macaw that flew away from Omaha’s zoo after apparently being spooked by the Goodyear blimp has been found in a nearby neighborhood.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the macaw, named Cayenne, was out during the zoo’s Birds of Flight show Sunday morning when it was startled by the blimp drifting past. The bird flew out of an amphitheater and past the zoo’s boundaries.

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium staff sought the public’s help, and on Monday morning a nearby resident tipped them off about the bird’s whereabouts.

Staffers spotted the bird, and after flying to another tree it came down when called.

The red, green and blue bird, which is a member of the parrot family, was returned to the zoo and quickly joined her sister in eating treats.

TME – Polly want a dirigible?

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:45

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