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Weird National Briefs (09/05/2018)

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Shells in the ghost

TOLLAND, Conn. - A Connecticut man who told police he was a paranormal investigator faces several charges after firing shots in his house at what he told police may have been a ghost.

Twenty-five-year-old Christain Devaux of Tolland is due in court on Sept. 11 on charges including the illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and disorderly conduct.

Police say Devaux put two bullet holes in his wall on July 26, initially reporting the incident as an attempted break in.

He later told police he believes the intruder was actually a spirit.

Devaux, who is free on $5,000 bond, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. State police told the Journal Inquirer of Manchester that Devaux had made a similar report back in 2011.

TME – He took a shot in the dark.

Ghost in a shell

STONINGTON - A Maine fisherman says he caught a rare, nearly see-through “ghost lobster,” then threw the crustacean back into the ocean because it was too small to keep.

Mike Billings hauled in the lobster Tuesday morning off the coast of Stonington. The Portland Press Herald reports the lobster’s unique coloration is likely caused by a genetic condition that results in the partial loss of pigmentation.

Billings says he took pictures of the lobster, and then threw it back into the ocean.

This is not Billings’ first encounter with odd lobsters, as he previously caught a rare calico lobster in 2014, the same year he caught one with one blue claw.

TME – He’s lucky – that dude from Connecticut would have shot it.

The right stuff

ROANOKE, Va. - Try walking a mile in these shoes.

The Roanoke Times reports a Virginia shoe store lost mostly shoes designed for the right foot over the course of two break-ins this summer.

Clean Soles operator Rob Wickham says his two-year-old sneaker store was raided by two people on July 20 and by one person in Aug. 25. Taken together, he lost shirts, hoodies, a jacket, one complete sneaker pair - and 13 right shoes.

Wickham says he typically keeps right shoes on display, while their other halves rest behind the counter. Accordingly, Wickham says the looters were “pretty much risking their freedom for nothing.”

Roanoke County police spokeswoman Amy Whittaker says one 17-year-old has been charged in the July burglary. Police have also released video of the Aug. 25 burglary.

TME – We assume this means the shoe’s on the other foot.

The white stuff

LANCASTER, Pa. - Police say man driving a stolen truck carrying a load of white paint crashed into a number of cars and flipped the vehicle, spilling the buckets all over the road and the suspect, covered head-to-toe in paint, fled but returned as police arrived.

Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, say the man shoved an officer, and as they tried to handcuff him, he was so slippery that he got out of the cuffs and attempted to flee again. He was caught and secured, but officers were also covered in paint as a result of the struggle.

The truck was reported stolen from Delaware. The 29-year-old driver, Roberto Ramirez of Wilmington, Delaware, was charged Tuesday after being treated at a hospital overnight.

No attorney information is available for Ramirez.

TME – No word on when the suspect will need a touch-up.

Time(capsule)less

COLOMA, Mich. - Former classmates reunited in Michigan to uncover a time capsule buried 30 years ago, but they couldn’t find it.

The Herald-Palladium reports that the seven classmates and two teachers spent two hours on Sunday digging outside Coloma Junior High in southwestern Michigan.

Tracy Gilmer says she remembers putting a Michael Jackson cassette in the box, along with assignments in an accelerated writing-and-reasoning program, including a flag for a fictional country. A teacher, Sandi Sanders, says information about the capsule was filed away but lost.

Coloma Superintendent Dave Ehlers says the box may have been unearthed earlier when work was performed to alleviate flooding behind the school.

The group still might use a metal detector and keep hunting.

TME – Time waits for no one.

One sweet bust

WILMINGTON, N.C. - A North Carolina sheriff’s office thought it made a huge drug bust, seizing 13 pounds of fentanyl worth $2 million on the street. The powder was found in a home along with other drugs and paraphernalia. A field test indicated it was the powerful opioid, justifying a host of charges against three suspects.

Most of those charges soon evaporated when a state lab concluded that whatever the powder was, it wasn’t fentanyl.

The sheriff’s office then sent the powder to a private lab, and the results arrived this week. New Hanover Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer tells WECT-TV that the powder seized in July includes no illicit ingredients, and is nothing more than “a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates.” In other words, sugar, worth about $8 at the grocery store.

TME – Well, they do call it nose candy.

Noogie no-no

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Southern California senator has been reprimanded for playfully putting a woman in a headlock and rubbing his knuckles against her head.

An investigative report released Friday says Republican Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa did not have sexual intent and didn’t mean to make the woman uncomfortable. But it says he exercised poor judgment by giving her a noogie.

The investigation says the woman was attending a reception in June for Republican lawmakers put on by a health care advocacy organization. The woman told investigators Moorlach gave her a noogie while they were taking a photo, and she says was bothered by it.

Moorlach says in a statement that he’s “guilty of occasional playfulness” and apologized.

TME – He has no regrets about the Wet Willy, however.

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