News of the weird: Roaming cows, diplomats and vomit
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two cows got loose on the Ohio State University campus, leading some students to skip classes to watch a roundup that lasted more than 90 minutes.
Police say the pair of Belted Galloway cows got away Wednesday afternoon as their owner was trying to take them into the university’s veterinary medical center to have their hooves trimmed.
They made their way onto a soccer field, where one of them was lassoed as students cheered “Ole!”
The other ran across traffic on a bridge and settled in under a grove of trees. It was caught after a Columbus Zoo veterinarian hit it with a tranquilizer dart.
The owner took the cows back home. A police officer was treated for a shoulder injury.
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) – Talk about diplomacy.
The Zambian ambassador to the United Nations made a speech Wednesday at New Jersey’s West Orange High School to make amends for dialing the wrong phone number.
In the fall, Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe was trying to reach a diplomat from Sierra Leone. But the number he dialed was one digit off. He ended up calling Logan Svitzer, a student who was sitting in his U.S. history class at the school.
His teacher, Robbin Sweeney, was so annoyed that she called the number and got the ambassador. She thought it was a prank – and spent 10 minutes on the phone with him to verify who he was.
Kapambwe spoke at the school to make up for the inconvenience. He told students about Zambia and urged them to consider diplomatic service as a career.
Bellingham, Wash. (AP) – Police said a Cost Cutter store employee was punched in the mouth after he confronted a customer about his body odor. Police spokesman Mark Young told The Bellingham Herald that police went to the store after a report of a fight and found employees holding down a man.
The newspaper said customers apparently complained while the man was in the store Sunday, and the employee decided to discuss it with him when he returned the next day.
Young said the store employee was not going to ask him to leave the store, but only approached him to share the complaints. Young said the man snapped and threw a bunch of batteries and punched the worker, causing a minor injury.
East Setauket, N.Y. (AP) – The vote is unanimous.
A set of quadruplets from New York have decided to attend the same college. Grace, Erin, Bobby and Danny Mele will attend Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., in the fall.
Grace Mele was the holdout. She was concerned about spending her college years known as “one of the quadruplets.”
But the 17-year-old from Setauket (seh-TAWK’-keht) on Long Island decided it would be “traumatic” to split up the close-knit siblings. Says Grace: “We’re going to savor these next few years together.”
Their dad, Robert Mele, cried with happiness at the news.
Or was it sticker shock?
Actually, scholarships and sibling discounts have greatly reduced the family’s upcoming bill – to about $74,000 a year.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A New Jersey man was jailed after he intentionally vomited on an off-duty police captain and his 11-year-old daughter in the stands during a Phillies game, police said.
Matthew Clemmens, 21, of Cherry Hill, N.J., was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and related offenses for the incident at Wednesday night’s Phillies-Nationals game. He was being held Friday on $36,000 bail.
Clemmens made himself vomit on an off-duty police captain and his daughter after a companion of Clemmens’ was kicked out for unruly behavior, police said.
Clemmens retaliated by vomiting on Michael Vangelo, an off-duty Easton police captain, and his daughter, Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said.
“It was the most vile, disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” Vangelo said Friday. “He has two fingers down his throat, he lunges forward and vomits on myself and my 11-year-old.”
Vangelo said he tried to push his children safely behind him, and Clemmens punched him in the face. Four or five fans in the next section rushed to help, Vangelo said. They held him until police arrived – someone punching Clemmens in the face as he tried to break free – and an officer was also hit with vomit, Vanore said.
Clemmens’ listed phone number is disconnected.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania father went to his son’s elementary school to retrieve nearly four ounces of marijuana from the kindergartner’s Elmo backpack.
State police say Ronald Washington called Menallen Elementary School in Uniontown on Thursday morning to ask if his son had arrived at school. Police say Washington told school officials he needed to fetch something from the boy’s backpack, prompting school officials to search it.
Police say school officials called to say they had found pot in the bag. Troopers were waiting to arrest Washington when he arrived shortly before 9 a.m.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for the 33-year-old Washington. He was unable to post $100,000 and jailed.
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