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Weird National Briefs (10/09/2019)

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Van itty bears

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Two bear cubs were rescued after they locked themselves in a van and then honked the horn for help.

News reports say security technician Jeff Stokely had parked his van outside a customer’s home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and went to work. Soon he heard a horn honking and realized it was his van. He went back to the van and was surprised when he saw two small bear cubs locked inside and repeatedly hitting the horn.

Stokely says the cubs must have climbed in through the driver side door and then locked themselves by hitting the lock button.

Stokely took video and photos of the cubs before opening a door to let them out.

He says he didn’t see Mama Bear nearby.

TME – We loved this one – “The Berenstain Bears Learn to Drive.”

Spot’s fired

ENID, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman was shot in the thigh when a dog inside the vehicle with her jumped onto a back seat console, causing a gun under the console to fire.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that Tina Springer was in the passenger seat of the vehicle that had stopped Thursday to wait for a train in Enid in northern Oklahoma. The yellow Labrador retriever, which belongs to the 79-year-old driver Brent Parks, was in the back seat and jumped onto the folding console. That’s when the .22-caliber handgun under the console went off.

Police say cloth from the seat covers could have gotten into the trigger well of the gun, making it discharge.

The 44-year-old Springer, who lives in Nash, Oklahoma, and is Parks’ caretaker, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police say Parks told them the gun isn’t usually loaded.

TME – Dog-gun it!

Meth is hard

ATHENS, Ala. - Authorities say an Alabama woman who asked deputies to test her methamphetamine for purity has been arrested on drug charges.

The News Courier reports 48-year-old Jennifer Colyne Hall was taken into custody Wednesday after calling law enforcement dispatch.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office deputy and spokesman Stephen Young told the newspaper the woman pulled a bag containing methamphetamine from a baby wipes container when deputies arrived and said, “I want this dope tested.”

According to authorities, she said she believed it had been tainted with another drug.

Young says the woman acknowledged taking the drug, but couldn’t remember when. The newspaper reports Hall was charged with possession of a controlled substance and remained jailed early Thursday with bail set at $2,500.

It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer.

TME – One question answered: she was DEFINITELY on drugs.

Pool as a moose

BEDFORD, N.H. - A young moose that got stuck in a New Hampshire swimming pool has been successfully coaxed out.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department biologists and conservation officers were called to a Bedford home Tuesday to help remove the young bull. He was in the water for several hours.

Officers say he was unable to get himself out of the pool, so they put in a set of wooden steps.

The department posted a video of the moose looking back and forth as the team held a rope and coaxed him out. He scampered away.

Col. Kevin Jordan suggests it had to do with it being moose breeding season.

He tells television station WMUR that “the younger moose will wander long distances struggling to find a female.”

TME – The things a dude will do to impress a girl.

Flamingo fracas

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A Girl Scout leader in Ohio says someone took 50 plastic flamingos her troop was using to raise money.

Leader Jessica Husted provided the Springfield News-Sun surveillance footage of a man jumping out of a truck this weekend in Springfield, yanking the pink birds worth about $200 from a lawn and riding away with them. Husted said the worst part was that the man marred the girls’ efforts.

The 10- to 12-year-olds in Troop 30037 have been “flocking” homeowners’ lawns with the birds to solicit donations for a trip to Savannah, Georgia, Girls Scouts’ birthplace. Homeowners can donate money, and the girls pick up the birds and place them in another person’s yard of their choosing.

TME – Talk about fowl play.

An incredible journey

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - A dog that disappeared after the chaos of the natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts a year ago is back in the arms of its owner.

Altagracia Baldera tells The Eagle-Tribune that when the explosions shook the Merrimack Valley in September 2018, she evacuated her North Andover apartment and went to her sister’s house in Lawrence.

On her second day there, her 14-year-old Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix named Virgo bolted out the door. She informed animal control and put posters up.

Then a few days ago, some boys found a small, shaggy dog on the street and reported it to police.

Baldera and Virgo, who was microchipped, were reunited Tuesday.

She thinks someone took Virgo in because she doesn’t believe he could have survived the winter outside.

TME – We can’t wait for the Disney movie.

Man bites dog

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he bit a police dog following an alleged ax attack.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Chris Gavaldon was arrested last week after Rio Rancho police were called to a mobile home over reports of a fight between a man and a woman.

Rio Rancho Police Capt. Andrew Rodriguez says Gavaldon used an ax to batter the woman, causing “significant injury” to her hand.

Rodriguez says police sent in their canine Diesel after Gavaldon barricaded himself inside his home. That’s when police say Gavaldon bit the dog.

Rodriguez says the bite didn’t break Diesel’s skin but the canine was placed on antibiotics.

Gavaldon is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Free(way) porn

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard.

Auburn Hills police say the video played on the billboard along Interstate 75 in Oakland County for about 30 minutes Saturday night before the images were removed.

Many people called 911. Chuck McMahon says he saw the video and wondered if the billboard was advertising for a strip club.

Investigators tell WDIV-TV that two people apparently broke into a small building at the site and loaded porn on a laptop that’s connected to the billboard. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts were spotted on security video. Police are asking the public to help identify them.

Dr. Justin Kammo also saw the video. He says he immediately assumed that “someone had hacked it.”

TME – We’re not going to make the commute joke – this is a family publication.

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