Capitol Police in Montpelier, Vt., discovered dozens of cannabis plants growing in the flower beds along a walkway at the Statehouse. Police Chief Matthew Romei said it was unclear whether the more than 30 plants were marijuana or hemp, and they don’t know who planted them. But since there is no criminal case, officials don’t plan to have the plants tested. “It’s legal to cultivate, but there are limits on where you can do it, and the Statehouse flower beds certainly aren’t one of those permissible sites,” Romei said. “If there is a typical Vermont story, this is probably it.”
Will Destroy Ice Cream
Jung Soon Wypcha, 66, took retail competition to a new level in Indian Shores, Fla., where, over the course of several days, she sabotaged Lu Lu’s Ice Cream shop, located next door to her Indian Shores Food Mart. The two shops share a bathroom. Starting on June 17, video showed Wypcha used the bathroom with the door open and didn’t wash her hands, then went to the ice cream freezer and put her hands into the containers; picked her nose, then put her hands into the containers; and spit into the containers. Wypcha’s piece de resistance took place on June 22, when she urinated into an ice cream bucket, then dumped the bucket in a sink where ice cream utensils and bowls were being washed. Lu Lu’s owner Paul Chiulli told the Tampa Bay Times that Wypcha ruined $2,000 worth of ice cream and forced his shop to close for five days. She was charged with criminal mischief and tampering with consumer products, both felonies.
Breaking, Entering, Staying
Timothy Smith, 24, and his fiancée returned to their new home in Gresham, Ore. They noted some items that were out of place, others that didn’t belong to them, a mirror ripped out of a bathroom and holes kicked in bedroom walls. Then they found a cat (wearing a green cashmere shirt belonging to Smith’s chihuahua) hiding in a crawl space. They called police. After a few minutes of searching, officers emerged from the house with Ryan Bishop, 38, who was wearing the fiancée’s Christmas onesie. Smith told reporters the man had broken into the home and settled in, eating a cupcake, making coffee, smoking Smith’s weed, playing video games and collecting a clean, warm onesie out of the dryer. Bishop was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree theft. Smith is seeking a home for the cat. His fiancée declined the return of her onesie.
Getting Nurses To Relax
A grandfather who wanted to treat nurses at Warrington Hospital in Cheshire, England, for the good care they gave to a relative unwittingly gave them a red velvet cake laced with cannabis. The man got the cake at his grandson’s 18th birthday party, and then presented it to staff at the hospital. A staff member said three or four of the nurses were “off their faces” afterward, and another noted how “relaxed” they were. Cheshire police destroyed what remained of the cake after the incident.
Beware The Iguana Hunter
Pool maintenance workers in Boca Raton, Fla., were interrupted when one of them was shot in the leg with a pellet gun. “I heard him scream at the top of his lungs,” homeowner E-Lyn Bryan said, “and he had blood coming out of his leg.” Police responding to the shooting said someone hired to kill iguanas in the neighborhood shot the pool boy instead. “If neighbors are gonna be like the Wild West and shoot at everything, someone is gonna get killed,” Bryan said. It was unclear whether the shooter was caught or charged.
I Dropped A House On Myself
Michael Tam of Tower, Minn., was attempting to move a 12-by-16-foot wooden cabin at Daisy Bay Resort when the structure fell off the jacks, trapping him underneath. According to City Pages, a building of this size may weigh about 6,500 pounds. Tam was taken to a Duluth hospital; no details about his condition were released.
This Burrito Is Really Packed
An inmate at Buena Vista Correctional Facility in Buena Vista, Colo., tipped off officials that an employee there was bringing drugs into the prison. Soon, the Department of Corrections nabbed their man: Trevor Martineau — a corrections officer. Officials found a burrito with a plastic bag sticking out of the end in Martineau’s lunch box. The bag contained “91 grams of meth, 26 grams of heroin and 46 strips of suboxone,” along with other items. Martineau reportedly said he was paid $1,000 to pick up the drugs; officials located $960 at his home. Martineau was charged with first-degree introduction of contraband and three charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He also lost his job.
Will The Idea Of Sleeping In The Cockpit Take Off?
When not just any old Motel 6 will do, check into The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, near Tokyo’s airport, and ask for the “Superior Cockpit Room.” Along with two beds, a bathroom and a table, the room features a full Boeing 737-800 flight simulator that offers guests the experience of piloting a full-size jet. According to United Press International, the room rents for $234 per night. But for a 90-minute simulator session with an expert, guests have to cough up another $277. (The simulator can’t be used without supervision.)
Police Save Mankind From Super Snake
Around 11 am, Guthrie, Okla., police officers stopped a car driven by Stephen Jennings, 40, who had a friend, Rachael Rivera, 30, in the front seat, and a timber rattlesnake in a terrarium on the back seat. Jennings told police he had a gun in the car at about the same time they identified the vehicle as stolen. During a search, officers found an open bottle of whiskey (next to the gun) and a container of “yellowish powder” labeled “uranium.” “The uranium is the wild card in that situation,” Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs explained. Jennings told police he was trying to create a “super snake” with the radioactive uranium. Charges for Jennings included possession of a stolen vehicle and transportation of an open bottle of liquor. Because it was rattlesnake season, his valid hunting and fishing license absolved him of any charges related to the snake. Police are still trying to figure out what charges might be brought regarding the uranium.
Blast From The Past
A plumber renovating the former Centralia High School in Centralia, Ill., unearthed a 75-year-old trove of memories in late June. Inside a bathroom wall heat vent, he discovered 15 women’s wallets, all from students who attended the school in the mid-1940s. The cash was missing, but photographs, IDs and other materials were still in the billfolds. “War is ending,” said Seth Baltzell, pastor of the City Hope Church, which is converting the building. “So there are lots of things like pictures of soldiers.” Baltzell posted pictures of the wallets on Facebook, and relatives of 89-year-old Betty June Sissom of Chesterfield, Mo., saw them. “I remember I lost my wallet,” Sissom said. “Oh my goodness, look at the boys’ pictures I have … They took all the money, huh?”
That’s Not What That’s For
In Turkey’s new Istanbul Airport, a first-time flyer had to be rescued after she assumed the conveyor belt carrying luggage to the baggage sorting room was the means for getting to her plane. The woman, who was juggling a carry-on and a shopping bag, stepped carefully up to the moving belt at the airport check-in and tried to climb on, but lost her balance and took a tumble. Airport personnel were quick to stop the conveyor belt and help her off.
What To Do In A Rented Car
Car rental companies in Japan began noticing that some customers were putting very few miles on their vehicles. So they conducted surveys to find out what renters are using the cars for. They discovered that one in eight renters was using cars for something besides transportation: napping (most popular activity), talking on the phone, eating lunch, watching TV and doing stretches. One respondent said she uses rented cars to store bags and other belongings because coin-operated lockers are all in use. Renting a car is cheap in Japan, costing only a few dollars.