<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Weird News, Strange News, and Odd News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:31:48 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:31:48 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Hello Kitty" Arrested on DUI Charge]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+6.11.06+AM.png

Police say a Maine woman who was pulled over while wearing a Hello Kitty costume was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Gorham police say officers stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, at about 2 a.m. Sunday because she was driving in the wrong lane.

They say she refused to take a breath test and was arrested for operating under the influence. She was taken to the Cumberland County jail.

Her police mugshot shows her wearing a red and white Hello Kitty costume, minus the doll's mammoth head.

There was no immediate response to a phone message left by The Associated Press at a residence believed to be Gipson's.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Jail]]>
<![CDATA[Man Discovers Stranger Sleeping Next to Him: Cops]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:19:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sullivan+Edited.jpg

A Clinton man woke up in the middle of the night to find a stranger sleeping next to him early Saturday.

Police arrested Tyler Sullivan, 22, of the Higganum section of Haddam, on charges including criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

At 1:35 a.m., a man in a home on East Main Street heard the front door open and thought that it was his wife. He rolled over expecting it to be her, but instead saw an intruder he didn't know sleeping next to him. When the stranger wouldn't leave at the resident's request, the man called 911.

Sullivan was still in the man's bedroom when police arrived and was very drunk, according to police. He later told police that he forgot what happened and "thought he was at his mother's apartment in the same complex," police said in a news release.

Police charged Sullivan with first-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and took him in a police cruiser to the station for processing.

He was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on Nov. 4.



Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA["Crook" Arrested for Burglary]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:50:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/josephine+crook+burglary+kohls+alhambra.gif

A woman with the last name of Crook was arrested for burglary at a department store in Alhambra Friday night, police said.

Josephine Crook, 49, was arrested at a Kohl’s department store on the 1200 block of South Fremont Avenue and is suspected of commercial burglary and possession of burglary tools. Crook allegedly was in possession of a pair of wire cutters and a pair of scissors.

Crook allegedly took ladies’ undergarments and failed to pay for the items she concealed in her empty purse, police said.



Photo Credit: Alhambra Police]]>
<![CDATA[First Cat Cafe Opens in Oakland]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*160/catcafe.jpg

America’s first cat café opened its doors Saturday in Oakland.

At the Cat Town Café, people can buy a latte and an hour of playtime with adoptable felines.

The owners hope this new business will help find homes for East Bay cats.

Internationally, cat cafés are popular in urban areas. This new venture in Oakland was the first to master the logistics and health code approvals in the U.S.

A similar idea is in the works in San Francisco.

The Cat Town Café features an area called the Cat Zone — where cats will roam freely and are available for adoption.

Walk-ins are welcome if space permits, but for a $10 donation, you can make a Cat Zone reservation ahead of time.

 

Cat Town and OAS volunteer Katie K. plays with Glynda, the first @cattowncafe cat!

A photo posted by Cat Town Oakland (@cattownoakland) on

]]>
<![CDATA[Man Stole 500 Pairs of Used Panties]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

A Petaluma man's underwear-stealing crime spree is over.

Felony charges are pending against Benjamin Hawkins, 18, after police discovered 500 pairs of stolen panties along with firearms in his bedroom, according to the Argus-Courier.

Police say they were onto Hawkins for weeks, ever since a neighbor reported that she'd had two guns and some underwear stolen out of her home.

Cops contacted him and he told them that they could search his mom's home -- but not his bedroom, the newspaper reported.

So police got a warrant and searched his bedroom where they found 500 pairs of panties, two guns, and stolen jewelry, the newspaper reported.

He was arrested Tuesday, at which time cops found five pairs of underwear "shoved down his pants," the newspaper reported.

Police say that other victims came forward to report Hawkins had been prowling in other homes.

Hawkins is in jail on $40,000 bail.

]]>
<![CDATA[Lady Liberty to Don Halloween Costume: Report]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP13062605022.jpg

This year, even the Statue of Liberty will be getting dressed up for Halloween, according to USA Today.

The newspaper reports that Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham is planning to fly vividly colored 60-foot-wide bow ties hanging from helicopters in front of Lady Liberty beginning 8 a.m. Oct. 31 to mark the launch of an eponymous menswear brand.

The bow ties, one black and one white, will pass about 1,000 feet in front of the statue to create the illusion that the monument is wearing the neck wear.

"It's going to be a big collection, so what better way to launch it than the Statue of Liberty," Graham told USA Today.

Two ties will pass in front of the statue for several hours before heading up the Hudson River.

Graham said the stunt hasn’t been approved yet by the FAA.

The National Park Service said it is aware of the plans, but wouldn’t have any say about the flyby since the helicopters won’t pass directly over Liberty Island.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTO: Snakes on Subway Train]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/erichertzog-crop.jpg

Snakes on a plane? Fuggedaboutit. In New York City, surprised subway riders discovered two snakes on a train.

Eric Hertzog said he got on the C train at Canal Street this week and saw the man with the snakes. One snake was hanging from the railing, while another was between his legs.

The man started playing with the snakes, Hertzog told NBC 4 New York. One passenger nearly sat beside the reptiles, but ran to the other side of the car when he realized the snakes were there, Hertzog said.

The man put the snakes in bags and then into his backpack before exiting at 14th Street, Hertzog said.

Hertzog posted the photos on his Instagram account (below).

Other than service animals and working dogs for law enforcement, the MTA prohibits bringing animals on trains unless "enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers."

 



Photo Credit: Eric Hertzog]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Metal Object Falls From Sky]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mystery+metal+secaucus.jpg

Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from.

The employees at Secaucus Treatment Works said the 5-by-5 inch piece of metal debris hit a railing, ricocheted off a concrete tank, then hit the ground. It landed about 25 feet from where employees were working.

"It came close. It came pretty close," said employee Victor Suppa.

It "could have killed somebody, absolutely" if it hit anyone, added operations foreman Steven Bronowich.

The workers said the object isn't part of the plant and there were no planes in the sky at the time. They were afraid to touch it at first, but they later picked it up and examined it.

They went online in search of answers and came up with all sorts of theories.

"We went on the website and we looked up space shuttle tiles, and you could see that picture there, it basically matches up with that," said Bronowich.

It seems unlikely; the last space shuttle mission was more than three years ago. So far, no one has been able to give employees a theory that seems to fit.

Employees handed the tile over to the county health department. Officials there tell NBC 4 New York it appears to be made of ceramic, metal and rubberlike layers. They were giving the piece to the FAA Friday.  

Follow Michael George on Twitter at @MGeorge4NY


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story on our mobile site.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Squeezes Woman's Toes in Parking Lot: Police]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:05:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/514298485.jpg

Police are searching for a man who allegedly got a bit too “touchy-feely” with a woman’s feet at a grocery store parking lot in South Jersey. 

The woman told police she was loading groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot of the ShopRite on Ark Road in Mount Laurel around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

As she began to close her driver’s side door, a man stopped the door from closing. The man then told the woman he wanted to speak to her and complimented her toes, according to investigators.

The woman said the man then touched and squeezed two of her toes. After the woman told the man to stop touching her he let go and told her he was obsessed with toes, police said. He then walked away.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call Mount Laurel police at 856-234-1414.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Jumps on Car]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:43:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1008-2014-SJ-MtLion.jpg

Surveillance video shows a mountain lion pouncing on top of a car in San Jose.

The homeowner said it happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Almaden Valley Country Club neighborhood.

Residents in the area said the large cat may have come from the Almaden County Quicksilver Park, which has open space and several trails.

]]>
<![CDATA[Heroin in Padded Underwear: Cops]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:44:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/underwear3.jpg

A Massachusetts woman arrested when police found heroin and pills hidden underneath her padded underpants told police she wore the unusual garment because "I don't have a butt," police say.

Jill Roy, 33, and a passenger were both arrested during a traffic stop in Buzzards Bay last month when police say they found bags of pot and pills in Roy's car.

Bourne police said that when they first pulled Roy over Sept. 16, they found a large bag of marijuana under the front passenger seat. Then, as they were escorting her to the cruiser, a makeup bag containing several straws and various pills, some of them crushed, fell from her pants, also.

At the police station, Roy admitted the pot was hers and said she had a medical marijuana card, though she didn't have it with her.

Roy was then searched again, and an officer found her underwear had a hard exterior.

"I don't have a butt, so I wear these and another pair of underwear under it," Roy explained, according to police.

Police told her to take off the hard outer layer of underpants, and they found a bag of heroin and several bags of painkillers inside the underwear she was wearing underneath.

Roy was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail. She was charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor narcotics charges.

Roy has a very lengthy criminal record, according to the police report.

Roy's passenger Jennifer Johnson, 32, was arrested on two active warrants — one for unarmed robbery and intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official, and another for no inspection sticker/registration not in possession/operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licence.

Johnson was ordered held on $5,000 bail.



Photo Credit: Evidence Photo
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story on our mobile site.]]>
<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: $10,000 in Coffee Cans]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:09:32 -0400 NBC]]> NBC]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP041209016025.jpg Check out these weird news photos from around the world.

Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS]]>
<![CDATA[Crabs Delay Flight]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:18:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Crabs-Generic.jpg

A flight from LaGuardia Airport was delayed after crabs got loose in the plane's cargo hold, officials said.

US Airways flight 890 to Charlotte Douglas International Airport was delayed about half an hour Thursday night after live crabs that had been transported to New York City on the plane's previous voyage escaped their cages, a spokesman for the airline said.

Crews scurried to sweep the crustaceans out of the plane, which then continued safely to its destination.

Some passengers found the delay amusing and tweeted about the odd tarmac incident.



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story on our mobile site.]]>
<![CDATA[New Jersey Man Shoots Down Drone]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:18:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/drone-file.jpg A Cape May County man shot down a drone hovering over his neighbor's yard and taking pictures.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bumbling Burglars Botch Beer Theft]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:10:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bumblingbeerbandit.jpg

A pair of beer bandits fumbled their way through the crime as they tried to steal upwards of 72 cans of beer from an Oakland Park, Florida, convenience store.

The two men were seen on surveillance video walking up to the store’s coolers and grabbing six 12-packs of beer. The duo then slowly made their way towards the registers before walking past them and trying to open the door.

That’s when the duo met their stiffest test: the front door.

The door was locked, and the first burglar twice tried running into it with his shoulder, both times to no avail. He slipped on the rug by the door and became frustrated enough to put down his beer and kick the door open, which finally opened for a getaway.

While the first man was picking up his beer, the second burglar walked quickly through the open door only to slip and fall just outside the store. The second burglar lost one of his cases of beer when he slipped and fell outside.

The first burglar ran out as the second man got up and retrieved as much of the beer as he could. Both eventually staggered back to their car, which was described as a green 1996 Honda with a Florida tag U39 4SC.

If you have any information about the bumbling beer bandits, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).



Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Fever: Healthy or Not?]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:12:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pumpkin_facial_111612_ew_380.jpg While many foods that contain "pumpkin" are automatically considered to be healthy, some pumpkin-flavored foods may actually be quite the opposite. Erika Edwards reports.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Spooky, Scary, Funny: Haunted House Reactions]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/July262012pic0084.JPG Celebrate the season! For the past four years, Nightmares Fear Factory has been scaring these poor souls, much to our delight! Hidden cameras capture the visitors wigging out.]]> <![CDATA[Wildest Food Crazes: Kale Day]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:55:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/168635609.jpg Cronuts, cupcakes and frozen s'mores are just some of the recent food trends that have swept the culinary world.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Madness: Craziest Treats]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:41:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice-fatte-Ramsey-Mathew.jpg It seems like everyone is going crazy over pumpkin spice-flavored this and that. Take a look at the wackiest pumpkin-inspired culinary items that might be worth a try this season. ]]> <![CDATA[Deer Swims in SoCal Pool]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:34:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/09_28_14__deer-encino-pool.jpg

With antlers and four legs, a deer was the last visitor an Encino homeowner was expecting to  find swimming in their backyard pool on Saturday.

However, the deer was not actually looking to cool down.

It appeared as though the deer accidentally fell in after getting trapped in the pool cover, the homeowner said.

The deer eventually made its way out of the pool, and was successfully captured by California Fish and Wildlife.

The deer was expected to be released back into the wild.



Photo Credit: RMG News]]>
<![CDATA[School Infested With Fleas]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:30:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/0922-2014-RuusElem.jpg

Students at an elementary school in Hayward, California, got the day off Monday after staff discovered a flea infestation on campus.

Ruus Elementary School officials confirm that at least one student suffered bites.

The flea infestation was not the only problem -- a water main break was also discovered on the campus. The school is being fumigated for fleas for the second time in the last few months.



Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[70-Pound Turtle Found Wandering Near SoCal Country Club]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:38:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/140921-la-canada-turtle.jpg

A turtle weighing a whopping 70 pounds was found wandering streets near a Southern California country club, officials said Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies found the common snapping turtle Thursday on the corner of Angeles Crest Highway and Starlight Crest Drive near the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club (map), where it had apparently stopped to rest several feet from a pond.

It was taken to Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Phelan.

“The turtle appears healthy – maybe too healthy, quite obese, and it’s probably eaten everything that’s been in the pond with it,” said Joel Almquist of Forever Wild.

The turtle’s appetite can be a danger, as common snapping turtles are known to eat anything and everything in sight.

“They’re very detrimental to the native wildlife here,” Almquist said. “They eat everything that they can fit in their mouths, and apparently by the size of this one, it has.”

“If he grabbed onto a finger, you would be one digit less,” he added.

It is unclear where the turtle came from, since it is not native to the area. Almquist said it may be someone’s lost pet.

Forever Wild will likely build a special pond where the hulking turtle will be housed, Almquist said.

]]>
<![CDATA[Cop Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/cop+car+into+dunkin+donuts+berlin.jpg

A South Jersey police vehicle slammed into a doughnut shop Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop along White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11 a.m. Winslow Township Police said the SUV crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified Winslow Township Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment.

No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see the Winslow Township Police SUV right through the front window of the coffee shop with the driver's side door open.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. No word yet on when repairs will be made.

Investigators said that the officer wasn't headed to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday afternoon.



Photo Credit: Kenny LaFountaine]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Jaguar Found 46 Years Later]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:49:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/jaguar+xke+stolen+ivan+schneider.jpg

A classic British roadster regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made will be returned to its 82-year-old owner nearly five decades after the vehicle was stolen.

The 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible was seized by authorities last month at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. Referred to the XKE in the United States, the car has captured hearts of auto enthusiasts, including Ivan Schneider, since it roared onto the scene in the 1960s with its sporting pedigree, graceful long hood, sleek profile and other timeless design elements. The New York Museum of Modern Art even added an XKE to its permanent design collection in the 1990s.

This particular car's story is not all about looks -- although, most of it is.

The car was stolen 46 years ago in New York City and Schneider, now living in Miami Beach, had no reason to believe he would ever see his beloved sports car again. He was so enamored with it that whenever he bought a new car, Schneider recalled regaling dealers with tales of his lost E-type, which the trial lawyer then in his mid-30s bought for $15,000 after winning a big case. Hagerty's classic car price guide now values the convertible 4.2-liter engine model at more than $112,000.

"I've had a lot of great cars since then, but none of them as pretty," Schneider, a car collector, said Wednesday. "I've had every car you can think of. That was, in looks, my favorite car.

"It's gorgeous. It looks like a bullet almost. It's a car they should make now again."

The theft occurred outside his New York City residence. Schneider walked downstairs on his way to work and realized the car wasn't where he parked.

"I walked up and down Madison Avenue, then up and down 5th Avenue, and it wasn't there," he said. "I was heartbroken."

He filed a police report. Holding out hope that the Jag would be found, he did not buy another car for about four weeks. Eventually, he accepted the possibilty he would never see it again.

Forty-six years later, he found what a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told him during an August phone call even more difficult to accept. The car had been located in a shipping container at the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles that was bound for Europe.

"When I got the call, I thought they were kidding me," Schneider said.

The break in the decades-old vehicle theft case came when Customs and Border Protection was notified by the National Insurance Crime Bureau of a vehicle reported stolen. CBP typically cross-references documentation provided by exporters with information, including vehicle identification numbers, in the Crime Bureau's active stolen vehicle reports.

"When we located the vehicle, it was in a container bound for the Netherlands," said Javier Larios, of the CBP.

The agency notified the carrier that the container should be returned to the Southern California port complex. When agents opened the container, they found Schneider's Jag, painted white over its original gray color.

"The outside looks great, the inside looks terrible," Schneider said. "This is just a miracle, a miracle."

Schneider plans to have the car restored in New York before it is shipped to his Florida home. He said he is "very excited" to take it for another ride after only putting 6,000 miles on the car before it disappeared.



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[NY Dog Turns Up in Florida]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:36:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nika+dog+missing+found.jpg More than two years after a New York man's dog disappeared from its home, it mysteriously turned up in Florida. Brynn Gingras reports.]]> <![CDATA[Surge Is Back! Coca-Cola Revives Popular '90s Soft Drink After Fan Campaign]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/surge+soda.jpg

Children of the '90s, rejoice!

Surge, the popular citrus flavored soft drink, has returned, The Coca-Cola Company announced Monday.

But anyone hoping to take an icy swig of nostalgia will have to wait. Within a day of the announcement, 12-packs of the bright green drink sold out -- twice -- on Amazon.com. The drink is being sold exclusively on the online retailer's site. 

Surge made its original debut in 1996 before disappearing from store shelves in 2001. But a dedicated group of fans started an online campaign, asking the company to bring the drink back.

"They’ve inspired us," said Racquel Mason, associate vice president of sparkling flavors, Coca-Cola North America, in a release. "More than 128,000 people a dozen years after a brand left the market saying, 'Please bring it back!' That’s the best compliment any brand could hope for."

And while fans are thanking Coke, our teeth and waistlines may not be as enthused. According to Amazon.com, a 16-ounce can of Surge contains 230 calories and 56 grams of sugar, one gram more than Mountain Dew, its chief competitor in the '90s.

Nevertheless, fans of the drink have been posting their delight online using the hashtag #SURGEisback.

Coca-Cola says Surge is the first of its discontinued brands to return.

]]>
<![CDATA[Golfer Wins Trip to Space After Hole-in-One]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455429326.jpg

An English golfer scored a trip into space by sinking a rare hole-in-one at a tournament on Sunday.

Andy Sullivan made the shot at the 163-yard, 15th hole at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, The Associated Press reported.

XCOR Aerospace, an Amsterdam-based company that sponsored the tournament, offered a 100,000-euro ($129,238) seat aboard a commercial flight into space to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole, according to Golf.com.

The reward was aimed at promoting the company's space trips, which are set to open to the public beginning in late 2015.

"I'm not sure yet,” Sullivan said when asked if he would take the trip, Golf.com reported. "I'll see what the missus says."

Sullivan finished third at the KLM Open, two shots behind winner Paul Casey.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>