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Weird National Briefs (07/18/2018)

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Work’s a beach

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island’s governor says she’s holding summer office hours at the beach.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo will hold the first event Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. She’ll be joined by members of her Office of Constituent Services to help connect residents with various services.

While there, she plans to sign an executive order to reduce reliance on single-use plastics that can end up in the state’s waters.

Raimondo says she looks forward to hosting office hours and hearing directly from residents at some of the state’s most popular destinations. She plans to go to East Matunuck State Beach on July 23 and Lincoln Woods State Park on Aug. 3.

TME – Conference calls will be held at the ice cream stand.

Oh what a feeling …

DOVER, N.H. - Police say a man fell through the ceiling of a New Hampshire supermarket, twice.

Authorities say officers were responding to the scene of a bank robbery in Dover Thursday afternoon when they heard a commotion at the nearby Shaw’s supermarket.

Police say they found a 30-year-old man’s legs hanging above the store’s seafood and deli section. Officers cleared the store, and the man partially fell through the ceiling again above the store’s refrigerated meats.

Police eventually convinced the man to come down, and he was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting arrest.

It is unclear how the man got into the ceiling.

Police say they arrested a different man in connection with the bank robbery later that evening.

TME – You said “raise the roof,” he heard “RAZE the roof.”

What’s in a name?

WINDSOR, Vt. - A Vermont state board plans to hear a man’s request to change the name of Mount Ascutney because it’s a made-up name.

Hartland resident Rob Hutchins says he recently discovered the name Ascutney is made up and the original name of the summit was Kaskadenak, which means “wide mountain” in the Abenaki language.

Hutchins tells Vermont Public Radio he always thought the mountain’s name was a Native American name but the current name doesn’t actually have meaning.

Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation Chief Paul Bunnell worked with Hutchins to help track down the proper spelling and pronunciation of Kaskadenak.

The State of Vermont Board of Libraries has statutory authority to rename mountains and has scheduled a special hearing July 17 to consider the name change.

TME – We look forward to scaling Mt. Tootlepoot in the near future.

Snake surprise

PULASKI, N.Y. - A central New York man got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that one of its officers responded to a call on June 29 from a man who says a snake had fallen on him while he was sleeping in his apartment in the Oswego County village of Pulaski, 35 miles north of Syracuse.

DEC officials say the officer determined a 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor had escaped its enclosure in an apartment. The agency says the snake fell from the ceiling of the downstairs apartment, where it landed on a man sleeping in bed.

The man wasn’t injured.

The snake has been returned to its owner.

TME – Here’s to never sleeping again!

Minion melee

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man has been charged with attacking a person dressed as a minion cartoon character along a popular Florida boardwalk.

Police say Jamie Roehm was costumed as a yellow, cylindrical minion and working outside Jungle George’s on Daytona Beach’s boardwalk Sunday evening when a man started messing with him. According to the police report, Roehm says the man slammed him onto the pavement and kicked him when he tried to get back up.

Police said witnesses cheered 25-year-old Ryan Nihart on during the alleged attack. The store owner and others helped detain Nihart until police arrived. He was charged with battery and criminal mischief.

The Palm Beach Post reports Roehm declined medical treatment, saying he was mostly bruised. The store owner told police the $300 minion suit was destroyed.

TME – You know that s—t doesn’t happen to WALL-E.

(Thousand) Dollar Shave Club

BRAINTREE, Mass. - This suspect appears to be clean-shaven, but that didn’t stop him from allegedly stealing $1,000 worth of razors from a Massachusetts store.

The Braintree Police Department says they’re seeking the public’s help in tracking down a man accused of stealing more than $1,000 in razors from a Stop & Shop in the town on Friday night.

The police department’s Facebook page had posted a message Monday night asking for anyone with information on the suspect to contact police, or for the suspect to turn himself in.

The post says the police will give the criminal a “big internet high five” for doing the right thing.

The theft had not been reported until Monday. Video surveillance shows the suspect wearing a gray sweatshirt and pants.

TME – You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by, a smooth criminal.

Blake by the ocean

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A tourist says his nighttime stroll on a Georgia beach turned his holiday into the “worst vacation ever” after a rip tide swept him out to sea.

Nineteen-year-old Blake Spataro of Louisiana tells WJAX-TV he spent nearly 10 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, where no one could hear his screams over the waves and wind. He says he “didn’t want to die out there,” so he floated on his back and “was talking to God the entire night.”

Glynn County Emergency Management Director Jay Wiggins writes on Facebook that officials were about to switch the search from rescue to recovery Wednesday when they learned the teenager was alive. He had floated 3 miles and then realized he could walk ashore on a Sea Island golf course.

TME – Wrong - the worst vacation ever is 1997’s “Vegas Vacation” and it’s not close.

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