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Weird National Briefs (08/29/2018)

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Lemon larceny

THERMAL, Calif. - Talk about driving a lemon!

Authorities say a man has been arrested in Southern California after deputies found about 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of stolen lemons inside his car.

Riverside County sheriff’s officials say 69-year-old Dionicio Fierros was arrested Friday and booked on a charge of theft of agricultural products.

Deputies were investigating recent farm thefts when they stopped Fierros’ car in Thermal on Friday morning.

Inside his car, deputies say they found several large bags of freshly picked lemons they say were stolen from a nearby farm.

A telephone number for Fierros could not be located in public records and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

TME – If life won’t give you lemonade, steal some lemons.

Twin-carceration

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A man claiming to have been mistaken for his twin fugitive brother could either be extradited back to Georgia or released from a Miami jail next week.

The 63-year-old told authorities he is Jean Vernet Prado, not his twin Raul Eduardo Prado, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Raul Prado was serving a 25-year sentence for trafficking marijuana in 2007 until his escape May 7 from a work detail in Augusta, Georgia.

The man currently in custody was arrested the next day in Miami by a U.S. Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force, but says he is not Raul Prado.

The man’s attorney, Jonathan Meltz, recently filed an opposition to extradition and request for release.

The motion states Jean Prado is “being held illegally without probable cause and in violation of his rights under both the Florida and U.S. Constitution.”

Meltz said that Jean Prado was using his brother’s identity because he doesn’t have his own papers here in the U.S. According to the motion, Jean and Raul Prado were both born in Havana, Cuba on April 18, 1955.

“If they prove his identity, then he will be extradited back to Georgia. If they fail to prove that he is the fugitive, he should be released,” Meltz said.

TME – Pretty sure this was a Hitchcock movie.

The Ursining

ESTES PARK, Colo. - A black bear wandered the lobby of the Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining.”

Stanley Hotel Vice President Reed Rowley tells KDVR-TV that 300 guests were sound asleep as the bruin figured out how to open the door and climbed over furniture. A front desk supervisor captured video of the romp.

There was no damage, but the furniture got rearranged before the bear walked out of the lower level door.

The hotel in Estes Park opened in 1909. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

King wrote “The Shining” after he and his wife stayed at The Stanley in 1974. The 1980 horror film was not shot there.

TME – Are we sure it wasn’t a topiary animal?

Ham-azing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - That’s no ordinary slab of meat on a platter: the grand champion ham of the 2018 Kentucky State Fair has fetched a record $2.8 million at auction.

Two equal bids of $1.4 million combined for a record total for the 18.8-pound (8.5-kilogram) champion ham, produced by Broadbent B & B Foods of Kuttawa, Kentucky. Proceeds go to charity.

The winning bids at Thursday’s annual ham breakfast of the Kentucky Farm Bureau came from Luther Deaton Jr. of Central Bank and Mark and Cindy Lynn. Deaton plans to donate to the University of Kentucky and the Keeneland horse track. The Lynns say they are still determining which charities to support.

Since the first ham breakfast in 1964, the farm bureau has raised nearly $13 million for Kentucky charities.

TME – Imagine going into hock for a ham.

Shuffle off

BOZEMAN, Mont. - A 55-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to 130 days in jail after pleading guilty to misconduct in two national parks, including harassing a bison in that stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park.

Raymond Reinke’s crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone visitor caught his interaction with a bison on video.

Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday during a federal court appearance in Mammoth, Wyoming.

ABC Fox Montana reports Magistrate Judge Mark Carman sentenced him to 60 days in jail for harassing wildlife, 60 days for interfering with law enforcement and 10 days for disorderly conduct. He was given credit for 21 days served.

Reinke was arrested Aug. 3 in Glacier National Park after being cited for misconduct in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

TME – You know what he said to his kid post-sentencing, right? “Bison.”

Restaurant wreck

BROCKTON, Mass. - It seems like an invisible target is painted on one Massachusetts restaurant.

The co-owner of Heidi’s Place in Brockton tells The Boston Globe a car struck the restaurant Aug. 12, making it the third time that has happened in less than three years.

Heidi’s Place is on the corner of a busy intersection. Co-owner Alex Kosmidis asked if the city could install guardrails or another type of barricade after the second crash last year, but Mayor Bill Carpenter says the guardrails won’t work due to accessibility issues.

Instead, Carpenter has requested additional stop signs in the area, increased traffic enforcement and repainting of lines at the intersection. Kosmidis says he’s hoping “third time’s a charm.”

No injuries were reported in the recent crash.

TME – Maybe invest in a drive-through window?

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