This week in odd news: Dino mash, big avocado, elf returns

This week in odd news: Dino mash, big avocado, elf returns

By RICHARD A. SOMMA

POLICE: WOMAN DROVE WITH TRANSIT SIGN STICKING OUT OF CAR

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – Police in New Jersey say a girl was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit signal protruding of the roof of her automobile.

The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when police seen one thing odd. Police say the girl had a New Jersey Transit signal protruding by the roof of her automobile.

Police say the girl did not even know the signal was there.

South Hackensack police say the signal obtained caught within the car when the driving force was in Secaucus earlier than she was pulled over.

The girl has been charged with driving whereas intoxicated and careless driving.

COPS: WOMAN PARKS IN POLICE CHIEF’S SPOT WHILE SMOKING POT

NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities say a girl arriving at a Lengthy Island courtroom to reply a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her car within the native police chief’s spot.

Newsday studies that the 26-year-old lady had been ticketed in Might for illegal possession of marijuana. Police say she was arriving for her courtroom look in Northport on Monday evening when she reduce off an unmarked police automobile within the car parking zone whereas speaking on her cellphone.

Police say she then pulled into the parking spot clearly marked as reserved for the village’s police chief, Invoice Ricca. He says when the officers requested the girl to roll down her window, pot smoke billowed out.

Police issued the girl one other look ticket for illegal possession of marijuana. She was additionally ticketed for utilizing her cellphone whereas driving.

POLICE: DUI SUSPECT DANCES ON CAR, FLEES ON KID’S SCOOTER

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Police say a Nevada lady was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after she drove down a freeway the incorrect approach, danced atop her SUV and tried to flee from officers on a child’s scooter.

Police within the metropolis of Sparks answered a name Saturday for a wrong-way driver and located 27-year-old Sabra Bewley’s Jeep Cherokee some 20 yards up a hill off a freeway.

Officers mentioned Bewley was performing erratically and dancing on prime of the Cherokee earlier than trying to get away on a child’s scooter.

Police detained Bewley and took her to a hospital earlier than she was booked into the Washoe County jail.

She was arrested on suspicion of possession of a managed substance, trafficking MDMA, destruction of property and resisting arrest.

ICE CREAM SHOP’S COW DERRIERE LOGO GETS ICY RECEPTION

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey ice cream store is altering its emblem of a cartoon cow with a pronounced derriere after the play on phrases drew complaints that it was sexist.

Montclair studio and gallery proprietor Amy Tingle accused Dairy Air Ice Cream of sexualizing girls to promote ice cream. The emblem exhibits a feminine cow along with her rear uncovered consuming ice cream.

The Report studies the Creativity Caravan proprietor wrote in an open letter to the neighborhood that she was “repulsed and offended.”

The emblem was not seen outdoors the shop. However it was inside on furnishings, partitions and cups.

The shop’s supervisor, Natalie DeRosa, wrote on Fb that Dairy Air Ice Cream takes the complaints critically and is working “to alter the cow to be extra enjoyable and fewer horny.”

DINO MASH: NEW DINOSAUR LOOKS LIKE ODD MIX OF DUCK, CROC, OSTRICH, SWAN

WASHINGTON (AP) – With a invoice like a duck however tooth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a brand new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists seems to be like one thing Dr. Seuss might have dreamed up.

It additionally had flippers like a penguin, and whereas it walked like an ostrich it might additionally swim. That is the primary time swimming capability has been proven for a two-legged, meat-eating dinosaur.

The tiny creature, solely about 18 inches (45 centimeters) tall, roamed 75 million years in the past in what’s now Mongolia. Its full curled-up skeleton was present in a sandstone rock.

“It is such a peculiar animal,” mentioned Dennis Voeten, a paleontology researcher at Palacky College within the Czech Republic. “It combines completely different components we knew from different teams into this one small animal.”

In a research launched Wednesday by the journal Nature , Voeten and coauthors named it Halszkaraptor escuilliei (HAHL-shka-rap-tor ES-key-lay-ee) or “Halszka” after the late Polish paleontologist Halszka Osmolska.

Paleontologist Kristi Curry Rogers of Macalester Faculty in St. Paul, Minnesota, who did not take part within the research, referred to as it “a fairly loopy chimera: a swan neck and dinosaur physique, however with a mouthful of tiny tooth and fingers and ft that appear like they is perhaps good for swimming.”

Its mashup physique let it run and hunt on the bottom and fish in recent water, mentioned research co-author Paul Tafforeau. He is a paleontologist on the ESRF , generally known as the European Synchrotron in Grenoble, France, a strong X-ray generator the place quite a few exams had been made on the fossil.

Lead writer Andrea Cau, a paleontologist on the Geological Museum Capellini in Bologna, Italy, mentioned he was at first extremely suspicious in regards to the fossil’s authenticity, each due to its look and the truth that the rock containing the skeleton had been smuggled out of Mongolia and left in a non-public collector’s fingers.

“I requested myself, ‘Is that this an actual, pure skeleton, or an artifact, a chimera? If this can be a pretend, how might I exhibit it?'” Cau mentioned in an electronic mail. “Assuming it was a pretend as a substitute of beginning assuming that the fossil is real was essentially the most acceptable method to begin the investigation of such a weird fossil.”

So researchers used the Synchrotron to create three-dimensional pictures of the fossil, which confirmed the creature was certainly a single animal and never a concoction constructed up from a number of sources. For instance, an arm hidden within the rock completely matched the seen left arm, and contours indicating progress matched up throughout the bones.

Regardless that the creature wasn’t dreamed up by Dr. Seuss, it obtained a blessing from a Dr. Sues.

Hans Sues, a paleontologist on the Smithsonian Establishment who wasn’t a part of the analysis, praised the work and mentioned it “exhibits once more how amazingly numerous dinosaurs had been.”

‘BIG AS MY HEAD’: HAWAII WOMAN SEEKS RECORD FOR HUGE AVOCADO

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – A Hawaii lady is ready to listen to again from Guinness World Data to search out out if the large avocado she snagged is the world’s largest.

Pamela Wang of the Large Island discovered the 5-pound avocado Sunday on a stroll, the West Hawaii At the moment newspaper reported .

“I see avocados every single day, and I choose up avocados every single day, however this one … it was laborious to overlook,” Wang mentioned. “It was as massive as my head.”

She met up with mates and confirmed them the big avocado. Wang’s mates started making inquiries on-line, uncovering info that indicated that the avocado would possibly simply be the biggest on document.

Wang submitted an utility to Guinness and expects to listen to again inside two months. She had Ken Love, govt director of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, witness the avocado’s weighing. Guinness requires an knowledgeable to be current.

“I’ve seen (avocados) longer and I’ve seen them fatter, however not each,” mentioned Love, who verified the fruit’s weight at 5.23 kilos. “I feel individuals produce other ones that they do not weigh, however I feel this one, it was approach up there.”

Elizabeth Montoya, assistant public relations supervisor of Guinness World Data America Inc., wrote that the corporate does not have a class for the biggest avocado. It does, nonetheless, have one for the heaviest.

Guinness verified in January 2009 an avocado submitted by Gabriel Ramirez Nahim of Caracas, Venezuela, which weighed four kilos, 13.2 ounces, Montoya mentioned.

Wang mentioned she discovered the avocado underneath a tree that hangs over a avenue. Something overhanging or dropped outdoors a non-public property line is free for anybody to say.

HUNTER CAPTURES MONSTER PYTHON IN FLORIDA EVERGLADES

MIAMI (AP) – A monster Burmese python has been captured by a snake hunter within the Florida Everglades.

The feminine snake caught Friday on the Large Cypress Nationwide Protect measured simply over 17 ft (5 meters) lengthy and weighed 132 kilos.

The snake was captured by a hunter collaborating within the South Florida Water Administration District’s python elimination program and beats the hunt’s earlier document size by 2 inches.

Snake hunter Jason Leon tells the Miami Herald he noticed the snake in submerged within the water and rapidly grabbed it and shot it within the head. He mentioned a smaller male python was close by however not captured.

To this point this 12 months, hunters have captured 738 of the invasive snakes, which have grow to be the highest predator within the Everglades.

SUBURBAN NY POLICE TELL RESIDENTS TO AVOID HYBRID COYOTE

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – Police are cautioning residents to steer clear of a big hybrid coyote that is been wandering round a New York Metropolis suburb.

WCBS says the animal in Rockland County is a component coyote and half wolf – generally known as a “coywolf.”

The “coywolf” is bigger than most coyotes – as much as 75 kilos. They’ve completely different coloring, with extra grey of their coats.

Specialists say individuals who encounter a coywolf ought to make numerous noise and wave their arms to make themselves appear greater.

Clarkstown police say they’d summon a licensed trapper and even shoot the animal if it had been performing aggressively.

In any other case, it’s going to probably simply return into the woods.

MISSOURI WOMAN WINS LOTTERY TWICE IN SINGLE DAY

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri lady has gained the lottery twice in a single day.

KSDK-TV studies that Nov. 29 was Veronica Buchanan’s fortunate day. That morning, the Florissant lady gained $1,000 from a $10 Monopoly scratch-off ticket she purchased on the Bellefontaine BP fuel station. She examined her luck once more later within the day and purchased one other $10 scratch-off ticket. That ticket was value $100,000.

This is not the primary time somebody has gained two massive prizes in in the future. Earlier in November, a North Carolina lady gained greater than $1 million between two lottery prizes in a single day.

DELTA FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY BATHROOM STOP IN MONTANA

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Delta flight from New York Metropolis to Seattle needed to make a cease in Billings after the airplane’s bogs stopped working and passengers could not maintain it any longer.

The Billings Gazette studies that the direct flight diverted a whole bunch of miles south on Saturday to make the emergency rest room cease.

Delta says that upon touchdown in Billings, the airplane needed to taxi to a cargo space as a result of a gate was not out there. Delta says floor crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers might “disembark to search out reduction of built-up pressures.”

A flight from New York Metropolis to Seattle can take about six hours.

WOMAN CLAIMS SURGEON TALKED ON CELLPHONE DURING OPERATION

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – A suburban New York Metropolis lady has sued a health care provider, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language check whereas working on her.

The Journal Information studies 70-year-old Mary Edwards, of Port Chester, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court docket towards Dr. Eric Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial damages.

Fishman carried out surgical procedure on Edwards to repair varicose veins twice in 2017. In accordance with the lawsuit, Edwards claims Fishman had a dialog in Spanish on his cellphone throughout the second outpatient process.

Edwards’ lawyer says his shopper was terrified for the remainder of the operation. Edwards claims Fishman later defined he was taking a Spanish proficiency check throughout the surgical procedure.

A Westmed spokeswoman mentioned the corporate does not touch upon pending litigation.

HOMELESS SAMARITAN BUYS HOME WITH MONEY FROM FUNDRAISER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A homeless man who used his final $20 to replenish the fuel tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia has purchased a house with a number of the almost $400,000 raised for him by the girl he saved.

“The sensation is indescribable and (it is) all due to the assist and generosity that every considered one of you has proven,” Johnny Bobbitt Jr. wrote on a GoFundMe web page. “I will proceed to thanks each single day for the remainder of my life.”

Kate McClure, of Florence Township, New Jersey, ran out of fuel on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one evening. Bobbitt walked a couple of blocks to purchase her fuel.

She did not have cash to repay him on the time, however sought him out days later to provide him the cash, and visited him a couple of extra occasions to carry meals and water. She and her boyfriend created the web fundraiser web page as a thanks and to attempt to assist him get again on his ft. As of Tuesday afternoon the fundraiser has raised greater than $397,000.

Bobbitt served within the U.S. Marine Corps and labored as a paramedic in Vance County, North Carolina, earlier than he grew to become homeless.

Particulars on how he wound up on the streets of Philadelphia have been sparse. Bobbitt has mentioned it was a mixture of “dangerous selections and dangerous conditions.”

Along with shopping for his home and ultimately his dream truck (a 1999 Ford Ranger), he mentioned he’s donating a few of his cash to a Philadelphia grade college pupil who helps one other homeless veteran. He hopes his followers proceed to pay it ahead.

In accordance with the GoFundMe web page for that homeless veteran, a pupil at a Philadelphia Catholic college met the person strolling residence from college every day. After he discovered the person’s story, he began the marketing campaign to assist him get off the streets and reunite him together with his household.

No info was revealed about the place Bobbitt’s new home is situated. Bobbitt mentioned he may have photos of it in coming days on his newly minted Instagram account.

There are additionally two belief funds being arrange for Bobbitt, together with a retirement fund and one to provide him an annual wage, in line with the GoFundMe web page.

SKYDIVING SANTA CRASHES ON FLORIDA BEACH WITH ELF ON A SHELF

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) – A skydiving Santa trying to make a grand entrance whereas taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old lady crashed right into a tree and light-weight pole earlier than hitting a Florida seaside and breaking his leg.

Information retailers say George Krokus was dressed as Santa Claus throughout a skydive Saturday to ship toys to the Tampa Bay Seashore Bums Operation Santa Charity Volleyball Match.

Madison Spiers noticed the crash and later discovered a be aware from the “elf” named Kristoff who visits her home throughout the holidays. It mentioned, “As we had been about to land this massive tree jumped proper out in entrance of us!”

She tells Bay Information 9 that Kristoff is not any stranger to journey.

The elf sported a bandaged leg whereas staying with the recovering Krokus.

SECRET SANTA COUPLE PAYS OFF $10Ok IN LAYAWAY ORDERS IN MAINE

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us retailer say a husband and spouse stopped in to repay $10,000 in layaway orders for different households.

WGME-TV studies the couple is native and desired to stay nameless when making the fee on the South Portland retailer. Retailer supervisor Jay Roes says the cash is sufficient to repay the steadiness on about 100 layaway accounts. The present will assist make Christmas extra reasonably priced for dozens of households within the space.

The entire layaway steadiness on the retailer stays round $25,000.

FAT SQUIRREL STEALS PRICEY GOODS LEFT OUT FOR DELIVERY FOLKS

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) – An overweight squirrel has been caught on video stealing connoisseur chocolate and lip balm New Jersey household leaves out yearly as a vacation deal with for supply individuals.

Michele Boudreaux says on her weblog she gives sweet, tissues, lip balm and different goodies on her doorstep. This 12 months, her basket was raided inside hours.

The thief was concentrating on the priciest stuff, together with Ghirardelli chocolate squares.

The Maplewood household arrange a surveillance digital camera and noticed the obese varmint Tuesday. It cleared out all of the chocolate, snack bars and throat lozenges.

She stumbled upon the thieving rodent within the act Wednesday, and recorded it taking extra chocolate and a Carmex lip balm.

She says they now have the chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs.

SQUIRREL BLAMED FOR VANDALIZING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) – It was a squirrel that just about stole Christmas in a New Jersey city.

Sea Girt officers had been puzzled when wires to the city’s Christmas tree and show had been discovered torn final week. Employees repaired the injury so the tree could possibly be lit on Friday.

Police stored watch over the show and on Saturday posted a photograph on Fb of the offender – a squirrel.

Police mentioned the squirrel was “charged with felony mischief and launched on bail.”

FLORIDA POLICE DEPARTMENT RUNNING OUT OF CITATIONS

MIAMI (AP) – It is a good time to be a foul driver in Florida’s most populous county.

The Miami Herald studies that Miami-Dade County cops are rationing the paper tickets they concern because the division awaits a brand new digital system subsequent month. County officers did not wish to order new paper tickets after which have leftovers.

Division officers concede meaning solely the worst of the worst site visitors scofflaws are getting tickets.

Maj. Hector Llevat advised the paper, “officers are utilizing their discretion.”

Officers advised the paper they’re all the way down to their final ticket guide, which comprise 25 citations.

CEILING SQUEALING: MAN FALLS THROUGH CEILING, LANDS AT THE FEET OF POLICE

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania man hiding from police within the crawl area of his girlfriend’s residence fell by the ceiling immediately in entrance of an officer.

Police had been looking out the Scranton residence Sunday for 29-year-old Justin Thompson, who was wished on expenses of assault and harassment.

The (Scranton) Occasions-Tribune studies that officers discovered Thompson within the crawl area and tried to seize him. He was in a position to get away, however then plunged into the kitchen, the place an officer was ready.

Police say there have been youngsters close by when Thompson fell, resulting in a cost of endangering the welfare of youngsters. He additionally picked up expenses of resisting arrest and reckless endangerment.

His girlfriend was charged with hindering apprehension.

The Related Press could not decide if Thompson has a lawyer who might touch upon the accusations.

MAINE POLICE: BOUNCING ROLL OF DUCT TAPE LEADS TO 911 CALL

BANGOR, Maine (AP) – Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.

Officers responded to a name from a girl who heard noises from her basement and reported that her canine was barking aggressively on the noise.

Police mentioned it seems a “thump-thump-thump” sound the girl heard was a roll of duct tape that fell off a shelf and bounced down the steps.

Sgt. Tim Cotton wrote on Fb that the girl had already investigated earlier than the primary officer arrived. The officer felt that the girl might’ve held her personal till police arrived as a result of she was “from Maine, had a canine, and a roll of duct tape.”

AXES AND ALES: WEST VIRGINIA DELI TO ADD AX THROWING, BEER

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A sandwich store in West Virginia’s capital plans to increase subsequent week so as to add craft beer and ax throwing.

Chadrick Harper, proprietor of the Fortunate Dill Deli, tells WSAZ-TV the addition shall be referred to as “Axes and Ales” and can enable prospects to hurl actual axes right into a wood goal.

Beginning Dec. 14, the Charleston enterprise expects to have 5 ax-throwing courts open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

There are guidelines.

You need to be 21 to play and get security coaching. It prices $40 to order one courtroom, separated from others by Plexiglas dividers, for one hour. As much as 4 can play.

A projector shows the goal, tells individuals when to throw and when to drag an ax off the goal to make sure that nobody is within the line of fireside.

ZIPPY’S BACK! TOWN’S ELF ON A SHELF HAS BEEN RETURNED

DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire city is comfortable to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, greater than a day after he vanished.

The Deerfield Rescue Squad posted on Fb on Wednesday morning that Zippy the elf is a little bit moist, however secure. It featured photographs of him carried by a police officer and parked in a automobile.

The rescue says “Our Vacation Magic is again.”

Deerfield Rescue Squad EMS captain Cindy McHugh says a city resident was preparing for work when he noticed that Zippy was on his doorstep. He referred to as police.

McHugh mentioned the city is not interested by pursuing the matter additional, and simply desires Zippy again for the kids.

The model in a pink onesie, cap, mittens and slippers makes appearances round city.

MAN WHO STREAKED AT BUFFALO BILLS GAME PLEADS GUILTY, FINED

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – A Buffalo Payments fan who ran bare throughout the sphere throughout a blowout loss final month and earned reward from different followers for speeding higher than the workforce’s gamers has pleaded responsible to publicity.

Tristan Lambright admitted the violation in Orchard Park City Court docket on Thursday. He’ll need to do 25 hours of neighborhood service and pay $400 in fines and costs.

The 29-year-old ran out onto New Period Discipline on Nov. 12 throughout the Payments’ 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was tackled by safety officers.

After his arrest, followers rallied round him, providing reward for his physique and cash for his protection. However he will not be at one other sport anytime quickly. His sentence features a one-year ban from the stadium.

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