Claudell Curry, 82, and his wife, Odell Marie, 83, heard a loud crashing noise as they watched TV in their San Bernardino, Calif., home one evening. Imagine their surprise when a block of ice tore through their roof and landed on their bed. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the ice might have dropped off a passenger airliner, having formed after a leak in the galley. Neither of the Currys was hurt, but “We shiver every time we think we could have been in bed,” Claudell told The San Bernardino Sun.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Melissa Allen, 32, was arrested after trying to shoplift more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Framingham, Mass., Target store. On hand to help in the arrest were more than 50 police officers who were at the store to participate in the annual “Shop With a Cop” holiday charity event.
He Got A New Drug
In Lawrence County, Tenn., law enforcement officials are confronting the fallout from a new drug known as “Wasp” (crystallized wasp repellant mixed with methamphetamine). As the Johnson family baked Christmas cookies in their Lawrenceburg kitchen, Danny Hollis, 35, walked into their home and asked for help. Hollis poured himself a glass of water from the sink before grabbing a knife and cutting across his throat. Teenage son Canaan Johnson said Hollis then ran up to the second floor, heaved an oak dresser down the stairs, and jumped out a window onto a gazebo below, seriously injuring his neck. The Johnsons, meanwhile, had retreated to their car, where they called 911. Hollis chased the car down the street, but got hung up on a barbed wire fence. He then stripped naked to free himself and climbed a nearby tree, where officers eventually found him, according to police reports. Hollis was booked into the county jail on numerous charges.
There’s Nothing That Can’t Be A Selfie
The Tea Terrace in London is offering a new way for customers to enjoy themselves. The shop now sells the “Selfieccino” — an image of the customer’s face in the frothy topping of either a cappuccino or a hot chocolate. Patrons send a photo to the shop via an online messaging app, and the “Cino” machine takes it from there, reproducing the picture with flavorless food coloring in four minutes. “Due to social media,” shop owner Ehab Salem Shouly told Reuters, “the dining experience has completely shifted. It’s not enough anymore to just deliver great food and great service.”
‘Never 21 Binkies’
When his owners had a new baby, Dovey the Shar Pei, of Edmond, Okla., got in the habit of stealing its pacifiers. Scott Rogers and his wife noticed that binkies were disappearing. But it wasn’t until Dovey started vomiting and losing weight that they tracked down the lost items. Dr. Chris Rispoli of Gentle Care Animal Hospital took an X-ray of Dovey’s stomach and saw what he thought were seven to nine pacifiers. But when Rispoli opened up Dovey to remove them, he found 21 binkies. Turns out, Dovey was taking the pacifiers off the kitchen counter. “We’ve had corn cobs and socks and panties and things like that, but never 21 binkies,” said Rispoli.
Engaged Citizen In PJs
Pam Bisanti, a 31-year resident of Mount Dora, Fla., approached the city council more than once about the speeding traffic on Clayton Street, where she lives. Recently, Bisanti made good on her threat to take matters into her own hands if the council didn’t by wielding a handmade sign reading “SLOW DOWN” as she stood next to the roadway during rush hour wearing her pajamas and robe. “The mothers up the street who send their kids down to the bus stop should have every expectation that those kids will be able to cross Clayton without being killed,” Bisanti told the Daily Commercial, saying she plans to continue her protest until the city takes action. “I am frustrated, angry and fed up. There needs to be a solution sooner than later. Remember that vision of me in my pajamas.”
When The Dealer Moves In
Stephen Allen of Tukwila, Wash., moved in with his grandmother years ago to help care for her. When she died last year, he invited his brother, a convicted drug dealer, to move in. Along with him came drug activity, squatters, stolen property and debris. Allen eventually asked police to raid the home. When they did, they evicted Allen as well, leaving him homeless. “It’s all legal, but it’s wrong,” Allen told KIRO-7 News. “I can’t do anything about it.”
The Sunshine State
— Workers at Captain Hiram’s Sandbar in Sebastian, Fla., resorted to calling police when customer William Antonio Olivieri, 63, refused to leave the bar after a night of drinking. Olivieri told Sebastian police he had arrived by boat. But when no boat was found, he said he might have driven himself to the bar in a black Hyundai. Throughout the interview with police, Olivieri maintained that he was in downtown Melbourne, Fla., where he lives. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication and taken to the Indian River County Jail.
— Sumter County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to The Villages, where resident Lori Jo Matthews, 60, reportedly barked at her neighbor’s dogs, then entered the yard, yelling at the neighbor and finally slapping the neighbor after being told to leave. Deputies caught up with Matthews as she attempted to enter her own home, where she was handcuffed and arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest. Alcohol, reported Villages-News.com, may have been involved.
— Polk County, Fla., sheriff’s officers responded to an unusual 911 call on New Year’s Eve. Michael Lester, 39, of Winter Haven, started off by telling the dispatcher, “Umm, I’m drunk. I don’t know where I’m at. I’m just drunk driving.” The dispatcher urged Lester to pull over and park, but he explained he was driving on the wrong side of the road near a Publix and wondered where the police were. WTVT reported that officers finally caught up with Lester, who helpfully explained he’d had several beers, hadn’t slept much and had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day. He was jailed on a DUI charge. Officers later posted on their Facebook page that “in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”
— Disgruntled driver Matthew Middleton, 49, of Peterlee, England, spotted a speed camera near Hartlepool Rugby Club and decided to take a stand. He got out of his car and stood in front of the camera, blocking it, until police arrested him. Middleton antagonized an officer by calling him a “pig” and giving his name as Elvis Presley. “They acted like what I did was the crime of the century,” Middleton told Metro News. “I know I shouldn’t have done it. People have just been laughing about it … well, apart from my wife.” Middleton was fined $54 plus court costs.
Hunting Not Just For The Young
Bertha Vickers of Morgantown, Miss., turned 100 on Jan. 9. To celebrate, she bagged a deer. “I was sort of shaking until I got ready to shoot,” Vickers told the Clarion Ledger. “I didn’t think it was all going to go right.” Vickers still lives in her home and mows her own lawn, tends a garden and hunts for squirrels. “I don’t know why everybody is making such a big deal about it,” she said. “It was just a doe. I would love to kill a buck.”
‘Go Away, Pig!’
North Fort Myers, Fla., homeowner Joanie Mathews was terrorized for hours by a large pig that wandered into her yard and spent the day destroying the lawn. She bit Mathews three times before Matthews trapped her in the cab of her truck. “She would circle the truck … and I would jump in the back seat, and I was like, ‘Go away, pig!’” Mathews told NBC-2 TV. Mathews finally called law enforcement. It took three Lee County sheriff’s officers to wrangle down the testy porker. “It was just hilarious because the pig fought them every which way,” Mathews said. No one, at press time, had stepped forward to claim the pig.
Least Competent Criminals
— When Dustin Johnson, 22, of Minot, N.D., tried to steal $4,000 worth of merchandise from a local Hobby Lobby, he filled a cart then fled the store. The cart became stuck in snow in the parking lot and flipped over. Johnson fell down, then got up to run, leaving behind his wallet with a photo ID that matched the shoplifter’s description. Minot police caught up with Johnson at his home.
— Israel Perez Rangel, 38, of Santa Ana, Calif., raised suspicions when he begged for money at a service station to put gas in the 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider he was driving. The $300,000 car was in rough shape, with cracked fins and emblems torn from the body. When Santa Ana police arrived, Rangel ran away, but he was caught nearby hiding in bushes. Car owner Susan Friedman of Laguna Beach had left the Ferrari at a Costa Mesa service center, where it was stolen. Surveillance video confirmed it was Rangel who nicked the hot rod. Fortunately for Friedman, her insurance company cut her a check and she replaced the Ferrari with a 2018 Lamborghini Huracan.