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Monday, March 26, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Happy Anniversary - Florida Style
In Zephyrhills, Florida, 35-year-old Carol Stone was furious that her husband forgot their wedding anniversary. And when we say furious we mean she "smacked the victim multiple times in the head and face, leaving red marks, and pushed him to the ground" according to police. The husband recorded the altercation on his cellphone and Stone was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge after he showed police the footage. Police say Stone later admitted that she "flipped" after her husband forgot the date. Happy Anniversary. (FOX 13)

Ultimate Driving Test FAIL!
It's a teenager's worst nightmare. In Buffalo, Minnesota, a 17-year-old's attempt to get her driver's license didn't go so well. She failed about two-seconds in after the examiner asked her to put the car in reverse and slowly back out of the parking lot. Instead she put in the 2014 Chevy Equinox into drive and promptly drove right through the front of the DMV station in a strip mall. Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke said the girl was not hurt but her vehicle suffered significant damage. However, the examiner, a 60-year-old woman from Buffalo, was taken to a local hospital with noncritical injuries. (Star Tribune)

A Fool and His Money...
In the Bronx, New York, Saul Mata Vellegas made the very bad decision to celebrate a $96,000 lawsuit settlement with three prostitutes at a hot-sheets motel. Vellegas - who was carrying the entire sum in a suitcase - checked into the Van Cortlandt Motel on Broadway and called an escort service. Three hookers came over, had sex with the 30-year-old, then suggested that they have a "friend" stop by with beer and cigarettes. The "friend" actually ended up being a pair of masked, gun-toting men who busted into the room, grabbed the overstuffed suitcase, and took off. They peeled out in a black minivan and are still at large. Police sources said the $96,000 cash settlement was the end result of a suit involving a car accident, but didn't have further details. (New York Post)

Now is the Time to Get Into the Clear Backpack Business!
When students return from spring break to the Florida school at the center of the gun control discussion, they will be required to use clear backpacks, and wear identification badges at all times. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is on high alert after the brother of Nikolas Cruz - the teen charged with killing 17 people at the school last month - was arrested for trespassing. Robert Runcie, the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, told parents about the security changes in a two-page letter. It said the backpacks would be provided to students at no cost when they returned to school on April 2. Runcie also said metal detectors may soon be installed at the high school even though just last month he criticized the security measure, calling it ineffective. He said "someone is not going to go through a metal detector with an AR-15", and that metal detectors would be unwelcoming and impractical in a school of more than 3,000 students. (ABC News)

Did You Get Your Mister Rogers Forever Stamp?
Did you get your new Mister Rogers Forever stamps yet? The U.S. Postal Service released the new stamp featuring Fred Rogers and King Friday on Friday. Postal officials held a dedication ceremony at the Pittsburgh studio where Rogers filmed his beloved PBS show, which aired between 1968 and 2001. Rogers died in 2003 at age 74. Among those in attendance for the ceremony were Rogers' widow and David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely, the deliveryman on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." (Newser)

The FBI is Looking for a Dork!
The FBI is asking for help finding a wanted man with Eugene-area connections who has allegedly threatened to kill people during calls to the federal agency. His name is Shawn Frederick Weatherhead and he allegedly contacted the FBI about 1,000 times since December 2015 and has threatened to kill people at least three times. He stands 5-foot-6 and weighs about 140 lbs. He has brown hair and hazel eyes and many tattoos including one big one on his throat that reads: DORK! Anyone with information about Weatherhead's whereabouts should contact the FBI. (Oregon Live)

America at its Most Pathetic: National Park Edition
Can't believe it's come to this but microchip IDs similar to those used in pets have been embedded in hundreds of cacti at Saguaro National Park near Tucson - because people keep stealing them! Officials said the chips can be used to identify stolen saguaros, but they acknowledge the technology can't track them. Instead, officials are counting on the devices to deter thieves. Saguaro park officials said they spent $3,000 to chip 1,000 saguaros along the perimeter areas most accessible to visitors. That's a small fraction of the 1.9 million saguaros in the park. Kevin Dahl, a program manager for the National Park Conservation Association in Arizona said, "It's ironic that we set aside great places like Saguaro National Park and people think that they can just come take the iconic cactus for which the park is named. It's just plain un-American." (KTAR)

What the What?
Studies have shown how similar twins can be, even when living miles apart - which sometimes is a very bad thing. Police in San Jose, California arrested Oak Grove High School track coach, Clinton Pappadakis after he was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for suspicious behavior. Police served a search warrant at his home and found child pornography on multiple devices belonging to the suspect. But what makes the story even more horrific was that just a week ago police arrested his twin brother - Clifford Pappadakis - also on child pornography charges. Clifford worked as a PE teacher and track and field coach at Willow Glen Middle School. Both brothers have lost their respective jobs. (ABC 7/Chicago)

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