<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 19:44:01 -0500 Fri, 29 May 2015 19:44:01 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bacon Arrested in Sausage Fight]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sausage-generic.jpg

A New Jersey man whose last name is Bacon was arrested after a dispute over sausage, according to police.

Thomas Bacon, 19, allegedly attacked another person at a Madison home on May 12 for eating the last piece of sausage, NJ.com reports.

Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending a court appearance, according to NJ.com.

It was not clear if Bacon had an attorney.


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<![CDATA[Man in Fla. Reels in 552-Pound Fish]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 10:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052715+massive+grouper+chew+on+this+tv.jpg

A video showing a southwest Florida man reeling in a massive Goliath Grouper from a small Kayak is making headlines nationwide.

As reported by NBC affiliate WBBH, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral says he's reeled in "the largest bottom fish ever from a Kayak" off Sanibel Island, which is just under a 20 mile drive from Fort Myers.

Black was filming a spot for Chew On This Fishing Charters with Capt. Ben Chancey when the fish was pulled in.

In the video, the cameraman is heard screaming "that's a big boy!" as Black reels in the huge fish.

Since it was published on Tuesday, the video has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

According to the video's description, the fish measured at 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting it at an estimated weight of 552 pounds.



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<![CDATA[Texas Man Wins Big With Losing Lotto Ticket]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 17:04:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Lotto_Winner.jpg

Have you ever wondered what to do with a losing scratch-off ticket? 

Thousands submitted losing Dream Home Lottery tickets to a second-chance drawing for a new home.

Four finalists were each given keys, but only one worked to unlock a door at an event in McKinney. In the end, Carlos Zavala of Tyler came out with the grand prize.

Zavala was given a $500,000 to build a D.R. Horton Dream Home in any D.R. Horton community in Texas, Lottery officials said.

Scratch-off tickets for the drawing generated $35.2 million in sales and an estimated $7 million in revenue for public education.



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<![CDATA["Petite" Inmate Slips Off Handcuffs, Escapes Jail]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 19:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-13-15+Kelly+Smith+Prisoner.JPG

A prisoner slipped out of her handcuffs Tuesday evening and ran out of sight from authorities at the Ventura Police Department in Southern California.

Kelly Smith, 23, of Ventura, was being booked Tuesday night on charges of a stolen vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon when she managed to escape custody, authorities said.

Her arrest stemmed from an attempt to flee from officers when she nearly struck one of them with a stolen truck loaded with guns and ammo.

While she was seated in the booking area, she slipped her handcuffs off and ran out of the downstairs door. Once officers realized she had fled, they went after her.

She was last seen in the area of Walker Street and Glacier Avenue near some of the commercial businesses.

Smith was last seen wearing a blue shirt and bluejeans. Her hair is dyed red. She is wanted for escaping custody, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and two unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

"Anytime you have someone in custody you want to keep them in custody," said Cmdr. Ryan Weeks, of the Ventura Police Department.

"The car backed up and took off nearly striking one of the officers, they jumped out of the way."

Weeks said Smith and a passenger stole the truck they were in and tried to take off when police spotted them.

Weeks said the stolen truck had guns, ammunition, and gun powder.

Neighbors said Smith nearly escaped twice during the arrest, once after she was pulled from the vehicle and held on the ground and then again from the patrol cruiser.

Neighbors credit a member of the homeowners association for tackling her and holding her for police.

She complained of pain in her back and neck and was taken to the hospital, Weeks said.

After about 11 hours, she was cleared to be booked into the Ventura jail when she escaped.

"She was handcuffed, sitting down on a bench and cuffed to the bench," Weeks said.

She sat alone in a hallway facing what police describe as a glass window.

They think she squatted low enough out of view and then crawled out the door.

"Very skinny. Very petite wrists ... She was able to get both of her hands out from the cuffs and was able to sneak out," Weeks said.

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<![CDATA[PETA Posts Alleged Student Video of Dancing Dead Cats]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 09:39:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/youtube+logo+1.jpg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has posted a YouTube video it says features Oklahoma students playing with dead cats.

PETA claims the video was filmed by students who were scheduled to dissect cats in their anatomy class.

The video shows alleged students in lab coats performing a choreographed routine with the cat corpses.

PETA says the video was originally posted to Facebook by a student.

The school that PETA claims was involved has not responded to requests for comment by Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR-TV.


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<![CDATA[WATCH: Goats Gone Wild]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 09:38:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/5-6-15-Goats+Agoura+Hills.JPG

Dozens of grazing goats were on the loose in Southern California on Wednesday after roaming down their hillside job site and into the street.

Video footage captured in Agoura Hills by NBC4 viewer Joe Cascio shows the group of at least 50 goats descending the hillside and eating the green grass in the center divider of the city's street.

"There's goats everywhere!" Cascio exclaimed while recording cellphone video of the goats.

Video showed cars stopped in the street as goats — and spectators — filled the roadway.

He described the goat sighting as "bizarre" and as something that would happen "only in Ventura County."

Community members in the Morrison Ranch area of Agoura Hills hired the herd of goats to eat brush for two weeks, according to the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station. Morrison Ranch residents wanted an environmentally friendly way to clear the weeds, brush and other invasive plants.

The weed eaters somehow got loose around 10 a.m. Wednesday on Grey Rock Road and East Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills, officials said.

The two officers on scene were "severely outnumbered" and unable to wrangle the herd of goats, Cascio said.

Passers-by pulled over on the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the goats, which Cascio said were "intent on eating."

The eco-goats ran back up the hillside after a while, Cascio said.



Photo Credit: Joe Cascio]]>
<![CDATA[Snorkeler Finds Plastic Skeletons Having Underwater Tea Party]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 14:04:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/f_skeleton_partay_150506_6a819ada04e4d948f980d79e51334ebb.nbcnews-ux-640-360.jpg

A pair of sunglass-clad skeletons were caught lounging in lawnchairs beneath the Colorado River on Monday.

Divers discovered the duo 40 feet beneath the river near the Arizona-California border on Monday morning, after a snorkeler spotted the bones and reported them to police, thinking they were real.

"When firefighter Foerstner located the alleged remains, he found it to be an underwater tea party with two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs," the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Divers plan to recover the skeletons later this week, and some officials are considering placing them outside the sheriff's office as a joke, according to the sherriff's office.

Officials say they don't plan to locate the person responsible for the skeletons.

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<![CDATA[Urns End Up on Thrift Store Shelf]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 06:41:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/urn+bonnie+throp.jpg

Authorities are trying to figure out how urns containing what could be human ashes ended up on the shelf of a thrift store in Connecticut.

Angela Dupree, of Shelton, said she found them by chance while shopping at the Savers store on Route 1 last Thursday.

"I was actually looking for bakery pans for my friend's bakery," she said.

Dupree said she spotted the urns on a shelf in the housewares department. Both containers were sealed and marked with $3.99 price tags.

"I went down the home decor aisle and I noticed two marble – they looked like urns to me," Dupree said. "I tried to even pull the top off, because this can't be what I think it is."

But, she said, it was. One of the urns had a name on it – Bonnie Throp – and the dates 1966-1983.

Dupree brought the urns to store employees and explained what she had found.

"They were totally surprised too," Dupree said. "They had no idea that's what it was."

Store management in turn alerted the Orange Police Department and the local health department.

The urns and their contents are now being held in a secure vault at a nearby cemetery until someone can explain what – or who – might be inside.

"Because we are no longer in possession of the urns, I'm hoping the cemetery can help. I'm sure they will do whatever they can to help find the owner," Savers communications director Sarah Gaugl said, adding that she will "make sure they are handled in a respectful manner."

The urns lack the metal markings that cremation experts say are typically used to identify urns. One expert said families often divide ashes into various containers to be dispersed among family members.

It's not clear how the urns ended up at Savers. A spokesperson for the company said it's possible the urns were mistakenly donated, then listed for sale by someone who didn't realize what they were.

"I'm sure that was not done intentionally," Dupree said. "I'm sure the family wants it back."

So far, NBC Connecticut has not been able to locate death or cremation records for Bonnie Throp from any of the state's 19 certified crematories.

There are no immediate plans to test the contents of the urns, according to the manager of the cemetery where they're being held.

EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated the location of the thrift store as Southern California. It is located in Orange, Conn.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Snaps at Fisherman in Incredible Snapshot]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:17:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+bites+man.jpg

A sea lion, looking for a bite to eat, instead bit a San Diego man’s hand and dragged him off the side of a boat — a terrifying moment perfectly caught on camera. The victim said the attack forced him to think, “This is the place where I am going to die.”

Dan Carlin was touting an exciting catch on April 5: a large yellowtail reeled in from the ocean.

As he and his wife Trish docked into the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina, Trish asked him to pose for a picture, instructing him to pick up the fish and smile.

But a jealous sea lion below thought it should get the catch.

As Trish pushed the button on the camera, the sea lion jumped from the water and bit Dan's hand.

“My legs were flipped up in the air and I went straight down,” Dan told NBC 7 on Tuesday.

With an iron grip, the animal refused to let go, diving down with Dan in tow.

“As I am going into the water, I feel him tugging me down,” he described. “I know that I am going to die. This is the place where I am going to die.”

But after 20 seconds underwater, Dan was able to struggle loose and free himself from the sea lion’s mouth. As he started to swim away, he said the animal bit his foot.

By the time rescuers arrived, he had made it back to the boat. Dan spent the next two days in the hospital for severe wounds to his hand and foot.

After the terrifying incident, Dan is now speaking out about sea lion aggression.

“They come onto the piers and they become aggressive,” he said. “And I just want people to know they’re not anything that you want to get close to.”

In the first few months of the year, more than 1,800 sick sea lion pups were reported along California beaches.

Warmer conditions mean less food for the sea mammals and, according to Jim Milbury at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that could be what prompted this sea lion to try such a brazen theft.

Milbury said it's fairly common that people will feed sea lions and other mammals by throwing fish off the back of boats.

"That gets to be a learned behavior. It doesn’t take them long to figure out where the fish are," Milbury said. "They’re smart, they can be aggressive and they seem to be especially hungry right now."

The California Sea Lion can range in weight from 250 pounds for females to 900 pounds for males.

NOAA’s advice to the public: don’t approach them, don’t try to touch them or ride them and don’t try to swim with them.

Boaters should stay at least 50 yards from seals and sea lions, according to the agency’s guidelines.

NOAA suggests swimmers should stay 50 yards from seals or sea lions that are in the water or on buoys. When they are on the beach, stay 100 feet away when approaching on land.

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<![CDATA[Launching Moonshine Into Space]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Onyx+Moonshine+Space.jpg

Moonshine is going to the moon. Well, almost.

A Connecticut distillery plans to launch a 750-milliliter bottle of moonshine 22 miles into space next month. It will be the first time a full-sized bottle of liquor leaves the earth’s atmosphere.

“Onyx Moonshine is all about attempting things that haven’t been done before, which is the true essence of the American spirit,” Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s amazing to think that 150 years ago our ancestors were arrested for illegally selling moonshine and here we are, legally sending a bottle into space. This is just one small adventure of many more to come.”

Company officials will fasten the bottle of liquor to an aeronautical weather balloon, along with a rock glass and silver platter, and launch it into space May 2.

The apparatus – two years in the making – is equipped with GoPro cameras, GPS technology, a radar deflector, parachute and foam covering to protect the bottle when it lands on Long Island Sound.

Rain dates are slated for May 3, 9 and 10 in case weather gets in the way. The exact time and location of the launch is still to be determined, but the East Hartford distillery said it will take place somewhere in western Connecticut.

Onyx Moonshine, which got its start in 2011, announced the launch in observance of Earth Day and the company’s “commitment to sustainable business practices.” The distillery produces the country’s first ultra-premium moonshine and New England’s first aged whiskey.



Photo Credit: Onyx Moonshine
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<![CDATA[Alligator Spotted in Cedar Hill]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:26:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/reptile-cedar-hill.jpg

A baby alligator caused quite a stir Sunday night in one Cedar Hill neighbor when it was found wandering the streets.

“I see the glowing eyes,” said Breia Marshall. “I say ok, we got a raccoon, skunk or something’s there.

But what Marshall saw was a two foot alligator in her front yard.

“Oh my God,” said Ramona Alexander, who lives in the neighborhood. “That's unbelievable.”

The resident didn't investigate too thoroughly to confirm exactly what type of reptile it was and instead simply called the Cedar Hill Police Department. The police, in turn, called Animal Control who corralled the young reptile into a garbage can near the home.

The alligator is definitely something never before seen on Elliott Drive.

The animal is now being held at the Tri-City Animal Shelter where employees said Monday afternoon that the reptile appears to be a small American alligator, and not a crocodile or caiman.

“I’ve never heard of anything, never in my life,” said Alexander.

“As far as the alligator, I don't know,” said Johnie Ellis, another neighbor.  “I know I’d be stepping back from him and anybody close, I suggest getting back away from him.”

“Where did it come from?” asks Marshall. “And then I looked around. Where’s the mama? Because it's a baby alligator.”

Now people in her neighborhood are on extra guard, but relieved to know there’s an alligator off the streets.

“Yeah, I’m relieved,” said Marshall. “They caught it in our trash can.”

It’s still a mystery where the alligator came from. But it might be taken to a nearby alligator sanctuary and release site.

According to DFWWildlife.org, "alligators are native to the North Texas area and live in various freshwater lakes and rivers, including Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and the Trinity River."

Officials said it's not clear where the reptile came from.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report



Photo Credit: Tri-City Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Lost Tortoise Found in Dallas Returns Home]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:23:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tortoise2.jpg

Authorities said they found a giant tortoise on the road in Dallas Sunday.

The Sulcata tortoise — later identified as 27-year-old Gordo — was returned to his home Monday morning.

Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center officials searched for Gordo's owner after finding the tortoise on the street near the intersection of Ferguson Road and St. Francis Avenue.

Sulcata tortoises can live for more than 70 years and weigh up to 100 pounds.



Photo Credit: Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center
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<![CDATA[Officers Confiscate Gator While Executing Search Warrant]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:11:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/41815alligator.jpg

It wasn't exactly what they were looking for, but police in New Jersey made a startling discovery Saturday while executing a search warrant: an alligator.

A Long Branch resident apparently was keeping the reptile as a pet, police said. Officers confiscated the beast, which eventually was turned over to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

A maximum fine of $25,000 is possible for housing such a reptile, Long Branch police said.

It's likely a new home for the gator will be found in a zoo or aquarium, police said.
 



Photo Credit: Long Branch Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Unveils Ice Cream Burrito]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ben-jerry-ice-cream-burrito.jpg

Cup, cone or burrito?

Ben & Jerry's is unveiling a new ice cream burrito, its new treat that splits the difference between a sundae and a waffle cone.

The Vermont-based ice cream company will now serve you any two flavors of ice cream tucked into a chewy waffle wrap and topped with fudge and cookie crumbs — just in time for April 20.

The company not-so-subtly timed the treats to the unofficial pothead holiday, promising it will cure "the ultimate case of the munchies."

Thursday, Ben & Jerry's unveiled another new concoction: A special release beer called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. It's described as a brown ale laden with chocolatey, salted caramel, vanilla goodness. 

Some of the proceeds from sales of the beer will go to an environmental group fighting the effect of climate change on mountains. More details will be released later this year.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ben & Jerry's
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<![CDATA[WATCH: Burglary Caught on Cat Cam]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/hells+kitchen+cat+cam.JPG

A thief broke into a Hell's Kitchen apartment through a window Monday afternoon, and the resident's cat cam caught the burglary on tape.

The video shows the thief climbing up scaffolding to get to the window — which was closed but had a broken lock — and stealing an iPad and laptop. Police say he also took jewelry and a digital camera.

In an interview with NBC 4 New York Tuesday, the victim said she'd installed the home camera to watch her cats while she was at work. 

"People thought I was crazy to spend $200 on a camera, plus another $100 a year to record the video so I could watch my cats," she said. "But it really unexpectedly came in handy." 

The video shows the burglar climb in through the window and acknowledge one of the cats, which watches him warily from its perch on a pillow.

He then rummages through the victim's desk, touching her laptop, picking up cords and stuffing items in his pockets as he looks around the room. The robber, in a black hat and jean jacket, pops in and out of the view of the camera as the cat watches him from a rug — first alone, then with the company of another feline.

The robber stuffs his stolen items in a black bag and eventually leaves through the front door after shutting the window he climbed through.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was terrified watching the video at work. Soon after, she received a notification that an app on her iPad had been disabled. 

"I knew someone had to have my iPad, because I keep it in my apartment," she said. "I had to watch it a couple of times and be like, this guy is in my apartment and looking at my stuff."

The woman said the camera system has proved invaluable: "If I didn't have this, there's no way I would know when it happened, how he came in, what was touched, what was compromised."

She has filed a police report and turned over the video to police. Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA["Better Than Your Average Studio": Apartment Features Shower in Kitchen ]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:47:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shower-head-generic-7308089.jpg

If you made a move to New York City with hopes of making a meal in the shower like the eccentric “Seinfeld” character Kramer, now’s your chance.

A real estate agent in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is advertising a studio apartment featuring a shower stall in the kitchen. It’s not clear if the shower’s drain comes with a garbage disposal like the one the 1990s sitcom character had installed so he could make salads, but the agent calls the setup “better than your average studio!”

“Although the shower is in the kitchen, YES it's in the kitchen, it has a separate room for your bed, so the kitchen/living area can easily accommodate a sofa and small table & chairs & more!,” the listing for the small apartment reads.

Rent for the apartment, at Orchard and Delancey streets, is $1,795.

The listing went viral after it was first spotted by Gothamist, but Business Insider reports that the arrangement isn’t as strange as it may seem.

Business Insider says that many old tenement buildings were initially built without running water but were forced to add pipes to comply with state law at the turn of the 20th century. Then, when another law was passed requiring tubs, sinks and basins to have running water, some landlords built tubs into the kitchens of apartments to avoid having to install a second set of water pipes.

The site reports that a city law passed in 1969 more or less ended the practice, but a rare apartment may still feature a tub or shower stall in their kitchens.



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<![CDATA[Furious Chimp Knocks Drone Out of Sky]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MonkeyDrone.jpg

The chimpanzees at a zoo in The Netherlands created their own no-fly-zone for drones Friday.

A drone was zipping through their habitat at the Royal Burger's Zoo for an animal TV show when one of the chimps grabbed a tree branch and knocked the drone to the ground.

The drone was likely destroyed, but the camera captured the entire episode, as well as the chimpanzees inspecting the camera.


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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Gets "Detained"]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:13:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sea+lion+in+squad+car.JPG

Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California.

Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough.

A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.”

Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup.

In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to figure out the sea lion’s motive.

“While deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer,” the news release said.

On a serious note, an increasing number of sea lion pups, in search of food, are washing up on California's shores and scientists have said they don't know the remedy.



Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Police Seek Volunteers to Get Drunk]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_alcohol_470x265.jpg

Police officers in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania want you to help them by getting drunk on their dime. And no, it’s not a trap.

The Department announced Monday that they’re looking for volunteers to participate in a “field sobriety coordination testing school” for officers. The officers involved in the school are working to get a certification which would allow them to use different techniques while enforcing the DUI laws in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth.

“To successfully conduct this training the police department needs 20 volunteers who are willing to consume alcoholic beverages under supervision,” a Newtown Township PD spokesperson wrote. “Upon reaching various levels of intoxication, the volunteers will be asked to perform 3 field sobriety coordination tests which officers will administer.”

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 55, less than 45 pounds or more overweight and not on any medication that has a negative reaction to alcohol.

The classes will take place May 5, May 6 and May 7 at the BPG Conference Center in Newtown Square. The volunteers will be needed May 6 and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All dosing of alcoholic beverages will be monitored and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided," the spokesperson said.

Interested? Email PFC Joseph Vandegrift at vandegriftj@newtowntownship.org or call 610-356-0602 voice mail #135.
 

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<![CDATA[Man's Car Collides With Turkey in Texas]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turkey-car-image.jpg

A Fort Worth man suffered minor injuries after his car collided with a wild turkey in Central Texas -- and his dash camera was rolling when the collision happened.

Kevin McKeithan was driving northbound on state Highway 130, between San Antonio and Austin, April 2 when the bird attempted to cross the road.

The turkey crossed right as McKeithan's vehicle was going down the highway at 95 mph.

“Speed limit was 85 and I sped up a little past that to overtake the semi on the right quickly," McKeithan told NBC 5.

The bird slammed into his front windshield, immediately shattering it upon impact.

"I am OK. I shielded my face with my left arm and it had a few tiny shards from the windshield in it," said McKeithan.

His windshield had to be replaced.

There is no word on if the turkey survived, although it is unlikely.



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<![CDATA[Baby Stroller Used to Shoplift]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dicks+Sporting+Goods+Stroller+Theft+Hatch+Nicolle+Hatch+Edward+Hatch.jpg

Police in South Jersey asked for the public’s help to find a duo accused of using a baby stroller to swipe high-end baseball bats.

A man and a woman pushing a baby stroller walked into the Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Nixon Drive Tuesday night around 8 p.m., said Mount Laurel Police.

The duo then cut the security locks on five Easton Mako Torq BBCOR baseball bats valued at nearly $2,750 and put the bats into the stroller before leaving the store, said investigators.

Police later identified the alleged shoplifters as Edward Hatch, 37, and Nicolle Hatch, 33, both of Philadelphia.

The duo also swiped a $500 iPhone 6 from the Funplex on Route 38 on March 27 after it was left unattended at the prize counter, said police.

Police issued multiple arrest warrants for both suspects on a variety of charges including criminal mischief, theft and conspiracy counts.

Police asked anyone who knows the Hatch's whereabouts to contact Mount Laurel Police at 856-234-8300, confidentially at 856-234-1414 ext. 1599 or on Facebook.



Photo Credit: Mount Laurel Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[New York City Subway Dance Party]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2-party-aa.png

Some subway riders didn't know when they entered a train car with velour red rope that they had walked into a dance party. 

Inside was a DJ with a soundboard, strobe lights, glow sticks and music playing. The party, caught on video, is now going viral on YouTube.

Meir Kalmanson, 25, and his friends threw the party on March 26 in order to help commuters connect with each other. They said they hope to start a conversation and break down imaginary walls between New York City commuters.

“One guy told me he was in a depressing state of mind for weeks now, and this act of joy and unity opened his eyes to happiness and the kindness of people,” Kalmanson told NBC New York. 

In the video, some passengers on the 3 train seem perplexed at first and some seem unaffected. First one, then two, then three brave folks get the underground party started.

As more and more passengers began to join each other dancing in the confined space to Tobu’s “Mesmerize,” bystanders laughed and applauded. Those standing on the subway platforms smile, take notice, and some join in.

Kalmanson and his team set up their dance party after rush hour so they would have space for both their equipment and people to move. People were laughing out loud and grabbing their cameras as the team was setting up, he said. When he began to dance and urged others to join, Kalmanson described the atmosphere as “amazing” and “magical.”

“I love making videos that bring positive energy and smiles to the people who watch my work," he said.


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<![CDATA[Buffalo on the Loose in Texas]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:08:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/buffalo1.jpg

We know buffalo like to roam, but run?

Round Rock police, along with animal control had to chase down a runaway buffalo, yes, buffalo, Friday afternoon.

The loose livestock escaped from someone's pasture, but after a short jog, he was caught and returned safely back to his owners.

No one was injured.



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<![CDATA["Stop Pooping" Along Trail]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ss3-31-15-1.jpg

To whoever has been pooping on the public bike path in Hampton, Illinois – please stop, officials have asked.

“Stop pooping on bike path,” read two new signs along the trail. And no, it’s not a message directed towards pets.

Apparently joggers who poop along the path have been an increasing problem for Hampton over the past two years, the city’s Public Works supervisor Scott McKay told NBC station KWQC.

"When the individual does it, it does it right in the lane. It’s not on the center line. It’s not off on the grass," he said. 

McKay said there's certainty the act is done by a human and not an animal because the culprit adorns it with toilet paper and leaves the same footprints.

So now he's taken matters into his own hands. In case the runners were under the guise that it was okay to use Mother Nature’s open roadways as their personal toilet, they now have a friendly reminder educating them otherwise.

McKay said he hopes the signs solve the problem.



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<![CDATA[Play Pac-Man on Google Maps]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:41:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pacman5.JPG

If you're at work Tuesday, some of your co-workers may be a bit distracted thanks to Google.

You can play the old-school video game, Pac-Mac, on a map of your actual city on Google maps. Or any city, for that matter.

Just plug in your location and set your sights on Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, devouring them before they gobble you.

Use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to navigate your Pac-Man through the streets.

But be careful. Don't let your boss catch you.

CLICK HERE to play.
 



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<![CDATA[Purple Cat Up for Adoption]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/purple-cat-05.jpg

The Humane Society of North Texas received an unusual stray last week, a bright purple cat.

“She was a little frustrated when she came into the shelter, but I don’t think anyone blamed her for that,” said Whitney Hanson, with the Humane Society of North Texas.

The cat’s calico fur was dyed bright purple. A good Samaritan found her wandering outside an apartment complex in west Fort Worth and brought her to the shelter.

After several baths, the dye remained, so shelter staff named her Fuchsia.

“We don’t know what was used to dye her, who dyed her fur, but she’s obviously standing out a lot at the shelter,” said Hanson.

Coloring pets has become a growing trend, but Hanson said they were concerned over what kind of dye was used. There are nontoxic dyes made for coloring pet hair, but some dyes contain toxic chemicals that can be especially dangerous for cats who spend hours licking and grooming their fur.

Despite the bad dye job, veterinarians said Fuchsia is healthy and ready to be adopted. The 2-year-old feline is available at the Humane Society of North Texas at 1804 E. Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth.

Shelter staff hope the colored coat will not prevent Fuchsia from finding a good home.

“She’s really come out of her shell,” said Hanson. “She was a little bit shy, but she’s very sweet and she’s quickly become a staff favorite. Any family is going to be lucky to have her.”



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<![CDATA[Man Says He Released Pink Chickens to "Make People Smile"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.39.49-PM1.jpg

Two chickens dyed pink were spotted roaming the Portland, Oregon, waterfront park on Thursday, leaving many wondering why were they pink and who let them loose.

The mystery didn't last long. The day after a Multnomah County Animal Services picked up the chickens, their owner, Bruce Whitman, claimed the birds on Friday.

"I wanted to make people smile," Whitman told NBC Friday. "I thought it would be fun for people when they get up and have a cup of coffee to be able to smile when they wake up."

Whitman said he soaked the chickens in beet juice and food coloring to get the vibrant color. He then left the nameless chickens in a tree, where they would have plenty of bugs to eat and water to drink as they roost, he said.

When Whitman arrived to the animal shelter, he said he was met with laughs and some head scratching. While employees were curious as to what the charade was about, they were happy to find out the chickens had a safe home to go to. 

Whitman was charged with a standard impound fee for the time the chickens were at the shelter. He was also informed about the dangers of releasing birds in public places, an MCAS spokeswoman said, according to NBC affiliate KGW.



Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Pink Chickens Roam Portland]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:03:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.37.41-PM.jpg Pink Chickens Roam Portland

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<![CDATA[School Assistant Barricaded Student]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:29:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lemon+grove+academy.JPG

An after-school assistant in California was arrested after some bizarre behavior, including barricading several students into a classroom, taking off her clothes and upending desks, according San Diego County Sheriff's officials.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Linda Lira, 31, started acting strangely at Lemon Grove Academy and shut herself into a room with students.

After several minutes, the children became scared by her behavior, so they used her campus radio to call for help and alert other teachers.

Staff fought Lira to get inside the classroom and get the children out, sheriff's officials say.

They told authorities Lira showed signs of being on narcotics or a hallucinogen. As she struggled with staff, she took off her clothes.

By the time deputies arrived, Lira had barricaded herself in the classroom again. Deputies say she was throwing things, toppling over desks and putting on and removing her clothes over and over again.

“She wasn’t threatening to harm the children, but her behavior was dangerous for those kids to be in the classroom,” explained Lt. Christopher May of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. “At one point she actually threw an object through a class window at the fire department, so that was a dangerous situation for the kids to be in.”

Law enforcement was eventually able to take Lira into custody, and she was first transported to the hospital for evaluation.

On Thursday, investigators returned to the school and interviewed students to count her offenses. Lira was taken to Las Colinas Woman's Detention Facility on 14 felony counts of child endangerment and 14 felony counts of false imprisonment.

The suspect could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The Lemon Grove School District had social workers and therapists at the campus for those affected by the incident. Lemon Grove Academy is a seventh and eighth grade school located at 7885 Golden Avenue.

On Friday, NBC 7 spoke with Lemon Grove School District Superintendent Ernie Anastos about the odd occurrence, which he said happened in a classroom where children attend an after-school homework club. The children in the club are between nine and 11 years old.

“It was unsettling and upsetting for the kids. This happened over a period of 20 to 30 minutes,” Anastos said. “The attendant was acting strangely. She started saying things that were unusual and she started acting in a behavior that scared the kids.”

“She was saying they don’t have to follow the rules anymore. She maybe referenced Satan,” Anastos continued. “She was behaving strangely and was clearly not herself.”

“One of the little boys in the class had the sense to take the walkie-talkie and press the button down so everyone else could hear what was going on. Once that decision was made, everyone arrived on the scene,” he added, praising that student’s quick thinking.

Anastos said Lira had been working for the school district for two months. He said all staffers, including Lira, undergo an extensive background check before employment that includes a physical exam, drug testing and fingerprinting. Lira was completely cleared through that process, Anastos said.

“What happened in the last couple days is beyond explanation that I might have,” he added. “This was unexpected, baffling behavior.”

The superintendent said the principal of Lemon Grove Academy met with parents following the incident and all parents of children in the after-school program were given details on what happened in that classroom.

Anastos said the 14 children involved in the incident were doing well on Thursday when they returned to the after-school program.



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