Starting soon, law enforcement will have a new high-speed toy to catch the bad guys all across the country. What's going to surprise people the most is that it's a hybrid! Ford's new Police Interceptor Utility is based on the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator except that the police version will be all-wheel drive with 10-speed automatic transmission that was originally co-developed with General Motors. In testing by the Michigan State Police-who test all new police vehicles-the new Police Interceptor Utility had the fastest 0-100 miles per hour acceleration time, the fastest lap around the test track, and the highest top speed and beat out competitors' V-8 offerings. Of course being a hybrid, it's also fuel efficient and is projected to save $5,700 annually in fuel costs. Ford says that's up to $193 million in total savings, or 43 million gallons of fuel. Specific horsepower numbers were not provided, likely because the 2020 Ford Explorer hasn't been revealed yet. Regardless, this is a vehicle that you won't likely want to run from. (TheDrive.com)
Your Nursing Home Cost Me My House!
In Springfield, Vermont, it's doubtful Russell Grochowik has too many kind words for the Springfield Health and Rehab Center. He lives on Chester Road, right across from the facility, and it appears the nursing home has been flushing adult diapers and cleaning rags for over 30 years in violation of a town ordinance. That caused a major sewage backup that sent sewage pouring into the home where Grochowik has lived for 59 years. He's been living in a motel for the last three weeks and says, "I wouldn't want to wish this on my worst enemy." The sewage pipeline for the nursing home across the street is connected to Grochowik's home by a manhole. In the manhole is a mesh basket intended to catch diapers and rags before they get into the town's pipeline. Grochowik said, "They're supposed to come down daily and check it. The town tells them to. They don't do it." But after the most recent overflow, the town ordered the nursing home to come up with a new system to catch flushed materials. The town's insurance company offered Grochowik $10,000 to fix his home but he refused the money "because that doesn't even pay for my hardship," he said. He plans to sue for pain and suffering and damages to his home. (WCAX)
Are You Freakin' Kidding Me?
In Arkansas, Deputy Sheriff Keenan Wallace has been "relieved of his duties" after a disturbing video showed him shooting a small Chihuahua in the face while responding to a call of an aggressive dog. Wallace, who was also a K-9 handler, arrived at the home in Conway to find two small dogs on the front lawn. Video recorded by the dog's owner Doug Canady, shows Wallace approaching the home while the dogs barked. Wallace can be heard threatening to shoot one of the dogs if it became too aggressive. Video shows that he did just that 20 seconds later. After Wallace fired his gun, Reeses can be heard squealing. The dog's owner, Doug Canady then shouts, "Are you f*****g kidding me?" Wallace responds, "I told you," as he approached Canady with a taser in hand. Canady and Wallace can then be heard getting into an argument, while the dog is noticeably shaken in the background. Fortunately, Reeses survived the shooting with a gun shot in his face and a broken jaw. Wallace was fired after serving with the department for less than a year. A GoFundMe has been set up for the dog which has raised $11,000 of its $12,000 goal in just one day. (The Daily Mail)
Greatest Tweet of All Time?
Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire who, along with being ridiculously rich, also can claim the honor of having created the most retweeted tweet ever. That probably has something to do with the fact that in his Jan.5 tweet, he offered to split 100 million yen (about $925,000) among 100 people! He wrote: "To participate, all you have to do is follow me and RT this tweet." As of this writing, it's been retweeted more than 4.9 million times, handily taking the crown from the previous record-holder: Carter Wilkerson, whose plea to the Internet to retweet his post so he could win free Wendy's chicken nuggets for life racked up 3.55 million retweets. As for Maezawa's motivation, the giveaway is apparently a "celebration" of sorts: He owns the online clothing store Zozotown, which reeled in 10 billion yen in holiday shopping this year. So, why not give a little back to the folks. (Quartz)
The Giving Tree!
In Pringfield, Virginia, right before she threw her Christmas tree out, it gave Molly Kreuze one last gift. More than 100 praying mantises popped out of a brown egg-case, which was under the tree's branches and now she's got a house full of them. While many of us might have just sucked up the little suckers with a vacuum, it seems Molly is a veterinarian, so she's feeding them fruit flies and hoping to give them to someone who wants them. She said, "In my googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises. They are useful, they eat other bugs, people use them for organic gardening." To capture the little critters, Kreuze is using a "high-tech" system of a box and an envelope. She did say what she wants most for next year is a fake Christmas tree. (WSBT)
Seriously Jonesing for a Bloomin' Onion?
In Palm Beach County, Florida, police arrested 8-year-old Deana Seltzer after allegedly assaulting her parents when they refused to take her to an Outback restaurant. Seltzer was charged with domestic battery, battery on a person 65 years of age or older and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The victim's mother told police that Seltzer asked to go to Outback. When the mother said no, Seltzer became enraged and began punching her chest and arms. Police said when Seltzer's father tried to break up the fight, she began assaulting him. He received scratches to his face and upper body. Allegedly, Seltzer then began running around the home and flipped over a large glass table, recliners and other pieces of furniture. She then ripped a 12-inch decorative knife off a wall and ran toward her father while screaming, "I'm going to [EXPLETIVE] kill you!" He was able to grab her arm and wrestle the knife from her. Police arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the home. Seltzer eventually ran out of the home and was taken into custody. Officials said the first thing Seltzer said to responding officers was: "They should have taken me to Outback and this wouldn't have happened." Sounds like somebody needs a check-up from the neck up! (NBC 6)
So, How Was Your Holiday Vacation?
A family in Marietta, Georgia, returned from travelling over the holidays and were shocked to find a strange man living in their home who had changed the locks and claimed the house was his. Janice Henson's key wouldn't work when she tried the lock. Then a strange man in a wheelchair came to the door and told her to leave. Henson said the stranger also claimed to have a gun. Police were called, leading to a five-hour standoff between officers, a SWAT team and the suspect. At one point the SWAT team broke down the door and sent in a robot to locate the suspect. The man, identified as 26-year-old Nathaniel Jacob Nuckols, eventually surrendered to law enforcement. He was charged with felony first-degree burglary and making terroristic threats as well as misdemeanor obstruction. Henson later said she did not know how long Nuckols had been in their house, but she noticed that some of the family's belongings had been moved and all their food was gone. She added, "He also left us notes thanking us for the key and thanking us for letting him live here, and it was his house now." Sounds like somebody else needs a check-up from the neck up! (FOX News)
What the What?
In Pasco Country, Florida, 33-year-old Robert Houston got himself arrested for the most bizarre of reasons. Apparently he became so enraged when he learned that his father helped deliver him at birth, he shoved pizza in his face. Police say he also held his dad down in a chair and yelled at him. Houston actually went outside and waited for law enforcement. When officers arrived, he walked up to a deputy, turned around with his hands behind him and told him he knew he was going to jail. Investigators found a slice of pizza on a chair. Cheese and sauce covered the area. The father told deputies he went to walk his dogs and Houston was on the front porch waiting for a pizza delivery. When the dad got back, that's when the chaos began. (WFLA)