NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Drunken Washington state man breaks into bank to sleep
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) – Police in Ellensburg, Wash., say a man looking for a place to sleep broke into the basement of a bank, and – yes – he had been drinking.
Surveillance video shows the man breaking a basement window about 3 a.m. Saturday and leaving before 8 a.m.
Police tracked down the 21-year-old by Tuesday and arrested him at his home for investigation of second-degree burglary and malicious mischief.
Capt. Dan Hansberry says the man was intoxicated and doesn’t know why he went to the bank to snooze.
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona man who bluntly expressed his displeasure about being called to jury duty has landed himself in legal hot water.
Timothy Michael Jones was ordered to appear Tuesday in court to explain why he sent back a jury questionnaire with obscenities written in black marker. He failed to show and Yuma County Superior Court Judge Andrew Gould issued a bench warrant. Jones now faces a charge of indirect criminal contempt, which carries possible penalties of six months in jail and a fine of up to $300.
Court records show Jones was sent a jury summons last month telling him he had been randomly selected as a prospective juror along with the questionnaire.
VERNON, Conn. (AP) – Police say a Hebron man who appeared at Rockville Superior Court to answer a larceny charge used a pause in the proceedings to break into several cars in front of the courthouse.
Police say the arrest of 50-year-old Thomas Peno on Wednesday was his 40th.
He is accused of taking a GPS unit and a cell phone and inadvertently trying to sell the GPS unit to its owner. An argument ensued, attracting the attention of several people, one of whom called police.
Peno was taken into custody by judicial marshals. He is to be arraigned Thursday on burglary, larceny and breach of peace charges and was held on $25,000 bail.
A court clerk says Peno is not yet represented by a lawyer.
ISLAMADORA, Fla. (AP) – Most people would only worry about being crushed by a buffalo out in the wild. It turns out the animals can be dangerous when they’re mounted on walls, too.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies say a man in the Florida Keys had to call 911 when a stuffed water buffalo’s head mounted on a wall fell on him and pinned him as he slept in a reclining chair. The sheriff’s office said the call came in early Friday from the man, who could only yell his address and tell operators he had been trapped.
The man had apparently woken up when the buffalo head fell on his lap. The head was too heavy for him to lift, but the man was able to reach for his cell phone and call for help. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) – British Airways has apologized for a picture in a company magazine that showed a boarding pass in the name of Osama bin Laden.
The company said Thursday that the image of the fake boarding pass appeared in LHR News, a biweekly publication for British Airways employees at London Heathrow airport.
“A mistake was made and we are working to find out how this occurred. Apologies for the error,” British Airways said in Twitter messages replying to Tweeters who raised the issue.
Bin Laden, who is thought to be hiding near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, is accused of being behind the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S., as well other terrorist acts.
BOSTON, (AP) – Boston parks officials are hoping the public can overcome the gross-out factor and get used to the thought of having a bite to eat in a former public restroom. The Boston Herald reported that the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission was scheduled to go before state lawmakers on Tuesday to ask permission to lease two former public bathrooms on city land for possible use as eateries.
The “Pink Palace,” a 660-square-foot mausoleum-like structure on the Common, and the granite, 670-square-foot “Duck House” in the Back Bay Fens have not been used as bathrooms in decades.
They both need extensive renovations, but some city officials think they are prime spots for privately run, limited-service restaurants.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An Elvis impersonator wearing a red jump suit has filed for office as the running mate of a gubernatorial candidate seeking Minnesota’s GOP nomination.
A spokesman for Minnesota’s secretary of state says Todd “Elvis” Anderson hopes to be certified on the primary ballot, running for the position of lieutenant governor alongside Ole Savior, a perennial office seeker.
Minnesota law forbids improper names and requires candidates to sign a statement vouching for their ballot name as the one by which they are “commonly and generally known in the community.”
Secretary of State spokesman John Aiken said Friday that officials didn’t think the nickname would give Anderson an unfair advantage. State Rep. Tom Emmer and running mate Annette Meeks have the Republican endorsement.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Who was more sheepish? The goat hauled to Capitol Hill as a prop or the New York congressman who took a horn in the hand.
The antsy animal was part of a Capitol Hill news conference on Thursday to protest federal mohair subsidies. The goat jabbed its horn into the right hand of Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, drawing blood.
Weiner spokesman Ben Fishel said the congressman “gave a little blood to help end some of the red ink around the mohair program.”
It’s been tough for New York politicians and animals.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bit by a groundhog last year. Fishel added: “This is more evidence that animal-themed press conferences are not for the faint of heart.”
Weiner’s district includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn, where goats are more likely to be found in butcher shops.