<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usFri, 27 May 2016 17:22:37 -0500Fri, 27 May 2016 17:22:37 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Strip Club Wants to Hire New High School Grads]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:34:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Micelis+Strip+Club.jpg

It's the end of another school year, and many will be looking for work, but perhaps not at this place.

Miceli's Strip Club in Clare County, Michigan has this on the marquee "Now hiring, Class of 2016."

Residents in the town have reportedly asked the club to remove the sign.

It's unclear if the owner intends to do that.

The club operates Wednesday through Saturday and apparently is looking to hire new staff.

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<![CDATA[Flintstones Car Parked Illegally]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052616+key+west+flintstones+car.jpg

Authorities in Key West spent Thursday trying to meet the Flintstones, or at least the owner of an illegally parked car that looks like the modern Stone Age family's.

City officials said they found the vintage car in the right of way in the 800 block of Emma Street Thursday.

The city posted a photo of the car on its Facebook page, and the owner was found a short time later.

"Thanks to everyone who helped on this! And thanks for all the funny remarks. This island is awesome!" the city's post read.

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<![CDATA[Robot Smartphone Getting Smarter]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robot_Smartphone_Getting_Smarter_1200x675_693751875758.jpg Electronics maker Sharp released the world's first robot smartphone Thursday. It will promote it at a cafe in Tokyo for two weeks. Robohon is a smartphone. It can send and receive e-mails and be used to make calls. It also happens to walk, talk and dance. The device comes with a slightly steep price tag, costing approximately $1800. The company has received more than 1,000 orders. Foxconn, which will be acquiring Sharp, is eager to market the smartphone overseas. It plans to release the Robohon smartphone in China in fiscal year 2016.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Hundreds Of Texas Stingrays Migrating]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Video_Shows_Hundreds_Of_Texas_Stingrays_Migrating_1200x675_693743171939.jpg Most of us have seen video of various types of migrating animals, but one migration is catching the eye of beach goers along the Texas coast. Stingrays! Hundreds of them at the surface and thousands more below! This is the scene anglers at Corpus Christi's Bob Hall Pier have been treated to this week. There are so many rays that the water almost seemed to turn to gold. Officials say these are cownose rays going through their annual migration.

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<![CDATA[Expert Explains How Gator Got Close to Dallas School]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gator+released+into+Trinity+River.jpg

How did a big, healthy six-foot-long gator end up near the front doorsteps of a Dallas middle school?

Thousands of Dallas kids are counting down the hours, desperate to get ‘out’ of school for summer break.

But this one wild gator, it seems, was desperate to get ‘in’.

Alligator experts say it’s very rare for a big gator like that to be wandering the fields of Dallas County.

Gators tend to stick to southeast Texas because of the climate.

But some alligators do live in North Texas, calling the Trinity River home.

Dallas ISD says the creature is clearly not a student at Hulcy Middle School.

But beyond that, little is known about how it ended up in far southern Dallas.

“Every once in a while, they’ll make it into the Trinity River and up into some of the lakes around here. It is pretty rare,” said Bradley Lawrence, the Reptile Supervisor at the Dallas Zoo.

Lawrence doesn’t think the gator was someone’s pet.

“It would be rare for someone to keep it as a pet for that long, usually a gator would be abandoned as a pet much earlier,” he said. “I think it’s likely it’s just one of the local resident alligators wandering around, looking for a new place to hang out.”

The alligator was not hurt when the Texas Game Warden and Dallas Animal Control officer wrangled him into their truck.

The gator trappers drove miles away, safely releasing the creature into the Trinity River.

Lawrence says the alligator would have likely avoided contact with humans as much as possible, and wouldn’t seek out a person to attack and bite.

“Wild alligators are very shy animals. Even the big ones. They’ll tend to take off, they don’t want to be anywhere around humans. The problem alligators though are the ones that people feed. If you feed a wild animal and it starts to get used to humans, and begin to associate humans with getting food, that’s when it becomes a problem,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Tortoises Turn On The Turbos]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turtle16.jpg It's a tortoise race to predict the Indy 500. Think Jimmy Fallon's 'Puppy Bowl' before the Super Bowl but a lot slower. If the Zoopolis 500 is any predictor, it looks like the pole sitter for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 could win it all. The green flag dropped Wednesday morning for the 37th annual Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo. Five radiated tortoises competed -- James, Marco, Pippa, Helio and Ed. James was the runaway winner, taking the checkered flag. Indy fan favorite Tony Kanaan served as the race steward. The prize was a tray of fruit that all five tortoises got to enjoy.

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<![CDATA[Ospreys Drop Fish, Kitten From Nest]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/osprey+nest+stratford.jpg

The Stratford Fire Department is plagued with an unusual problem: Two ospreys that built a nest above the station are dropping sticks, fish and even a kitten in the path of unsuspecting firefighters below.

The ospreys, which can grow up to 2 feet long with wingspans over 5 feet, have nested on a communication antenna at the fire station along the Connecticut shoreline.

They often drop large sticks, and in some cases entire fish — their main source of food — in front of the main entrance below.

"We have ospreys that have built a nest up there and basically it's causing a little bit of problems with dropping stuff down on the main entrance of the fire station," said Stratford Fire Chief Robert McGrath.

An air conditioning unit was damaged last week after a dropped bass landed inside. Firefighters said the birds dropped a kitten on Sunday.

The other concern is that the nest could prevent the communication antenna from operating properly, according to the chief.

"It could compromise the signal going back and forth from the two towers," said McGrath.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, osprey are no longer endangered. The nest can be moved if there are no eggs inside, which firefighters say is the case with this one.

DEEP officials said April and May are egg-laying months for the birds, so firefighters are working on a plan to get the feathered visitors to leave.

"It's entertaining, I can tell you that, at best. But really, it's a nuisance," McGrath said.

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<![CDATA[Man Goes on Gas Station Diet]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Man_Goes_on_Gas_Station_Diet_1200x675_691280451726.jpg Could this be the next diet craze? Or is it just crazy? One man in Des Moines, Iowa is trying a 30-day diet only eating gas station food. Frank Beard is experimenting with healthy options at gas stations to prove you can be healthy on the road. While traveling for work the health-conscious dieter is sharing his path to weight loss on social media. He's chronicling his food choices on his blog and Instagram. So far Beard has been successful. Now about half way through his diet, beard has lost three pounds.

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<![CDATA[Alligator Rescued From YMCA Pool]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:08:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alligator_Rescued_From_Pool_1200x675_691273795573.jpg An unusual swimmer was found taking an early dip in a South Carolina community pool. Firefighters say they responded to the YMCA of Beaufort to remove a three-foot alligator from the pool. They say they found it lounging underwater in the deep end. Crews used a lifeguard rescue hook to bring the gator to the surface then secured it with a rope until wildlife officials arrived. Fortunately, no one was swimming or in the pool area since it hasn't opened for the season. The alligator was released in a nearby estuary without harm.

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<![CDATA['School' Misspelled on Diploma ]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 16:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Diploma+Cover+5.20.16.jpg

Graduates at a Southern California high school are getting one last laugh before saying goodbye after the school distributed diploma covers with a typo.

A graduating senior at Ontario High School posted a photo to Twitter that shows a diploma cover handed out Thursday with the letters "h" and "c" transposed in the word "school."

School officials said the misspelling was a printing error made by the graduation products company.

"The principal has informed all Ontario graduates that the company has been contacted and will mail a corrected diploma cover to each graduate along with an apology letter," Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mathew Holton said in a statement.

The diploma covers were distributed to about 550 seniors at a Thursday evening commencement ceremony, school officials said.

Holton added that the Ontario Class of 2016 was the first to graduate in a new stadium on campus with over 5,000 family members and friends in attendance.

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<![CDATA[Hangover-Fighting Ice Cream]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 13:05:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hangover+ice+cream.jpg

South Koreans, Asia's biggest per capita alcohol consumers, can now soothe themselves after a big night out with hangover-fighting ice cream.

A convenience store chain launched the Gyeondyo-Bar, which translates to "hang in there" and, according to the company, is the first ice cream bar marketed specifically to combat the after-effects of alcohol consumption. It hit the shelves Friday.

According to the makers, the ice cream bar's name "expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking, as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking."

The grapefruit-flavored dessert contains 0.7 percent oriental raisin tree fruit juice, a traditional hangover remedy cited in a Korean medicine book from the 17th century that is included in popular hangover potions.

A 2012 article in the Journal of Neuroscience found oriental raisin tree extract reduced symptoms of intoxication in rats.

<![CDATA[Surf and Turf Arrest]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-482996433+%281%29.jpg

A Vermont man accused of stealing beer, lobster and Angus steak from a supermarket faces retail theft charges, authorities say.

State police said they were notified of a retail theft/trespassing incident at Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland on Wednesday.

An investigation found that Anthony Sargent, 53, of Rutland City, had gone into the store in violation of a notice against trespass and stole $105.63 worth of items, police said.

Police say Sargent concealed the products under his shirt.

The beer, lobster and steak were recovered by the store when Sargent was stopped in the parking lot. He fled the scene before authorities arrived, but was later located by probation and parole officers, officials said.

Sargent has a court date set for June 13. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Escaped, Naked Man Captured Near Elementary Schools]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/naked-man3.jpg

A naked, handcuffed man is in custody Tuesday morning after he escaped deputies in Katy, Texas, according to a report by KPRC-TV.

KPRC said according to officials, the Harris County Sheriff's Office was serving the man a warrant at a home on Sun Glen Boulevard when the man ran from deputies after they handcuffed him.

KPRC added that nearby schools, Stephens and Franz elementaries, were both placed on "secure mode status" as a result of the search.

According to the Katy Independent School District, no one is allowed in or out of the building during "secure mode status," but classes are proceeding as scheduled.

At this time, the identity of the man is not known. There have been no updates regarding the status of the two elementary schools.

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<![CDATA[Baby Opossum Found in Toilet]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/opossum+in+toilet.jpg

A woman made a startling discovery earlier this month when she found a baby opossum in her toilet in San Diego.

The Pacific Beach resident had no idea how the little critter got there but alerted San Diego County Animal Services, and an animal control officer responded to “rescue” the animal, authorities said.

Animal control officers said in a Facebook post that they don’t believe the opossum came into the toilet through the plumbing before being found May 1.

After the homeowner found a second opossum in her home, she discovered a broken window, which is likely how the furry creature got inside.

The opossum is doing well after his toilet swim and recovering at Project Wildlife, officers said. The baby opossum will be released back into the wild once he’s old enough to survive on his own.

Finding rodents in the toilet isn't quite as rare in Southern California as you might think — a boa constrictor was found slithering in a toilet last year at a downtown San Diego PR firm.

And just last week, a python was found in a shower in South Park.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Turtle OK After Windshield Crash]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:15:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/051316+turtle+into+windshield+i-4.jpg

Turtle power!

Nicole Marie Bjanes was driving on I-4 in Deltona on Monday when a turtle came crashing through her windshield.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said another car hit the turtle while it was crossing the highway and propelled it into the air. Bjanes posted photos on Facebook showing her shattered windshield with the turtle upside-down on her dashboard.

"I really can't even believe it!!! Thanks for all your concern. I am a lucky girl," Bjanes wrote on her post. "All the people who stopped and the EMT and trooper were taking pics....unbelievable, and the guy at the hospital was laughing at how he should word the incident!!! Life is good and sometimes a little crazy....someone is keeping my on my toes and entertained."

Bjanes said she was shaken up but otherwise alright. The turtle was checked out and also found to be in good shape and returned to some nearby water.

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<![CDATA[Robot Dino Roasted at Exhibit Fire]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CiSGLNbVEAA1zoH.jpg

A spark from a welding iron ignited a fire Thursday that caused the extinction of a 90-foot-long robotic dinosaur that was set to be part of an exhibit at a New Jersey theme park.

The animatronic Argentinosaurus was reduced to a charred skeleton at Overpeck County Park in Leonia, police said.

The exhibit, called "Field Station: Dinosaurs," is moving to the park this month after operating in Secaucus since 2012.

Exhibit creator Guy Gsell told The Record newspaper that a welder was putting finishing touches on the Argentinosaurus when a spark started the blaze.

The dinosaur was roasted to its skeleton. None of the exhibit's 33 other dinosaurs was damaged. Leonia police tweeted a picture of two of the surviving dinosaurs, saying "they refused to give a witness statement."

The exhibit is still on track to open Memorial Day weekend, Gsell told The Record, and he plans to rebuild the Argentinosaurus robot.

Argentinosaurus fossils were discovered in Argentina in the 1980s.

Photo Credit: Leonia Police Department
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<![CDATA[Helmet Cam Shows Moped Road Rage]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:17:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moped+road+rage.jpg North Carolina moped driver's helmet camera captures confrontation with furious driver.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 3, Finds Rat in Bottle of Dr Pepper: Grandfather]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 10:10:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rat-dr-pepper.jpg

A Houston-area man says he found a rat in his young grandson's half-drunk bottle of Dr Pepper.

John Graves, of Katy, described the rodent as being a "pretty good size" to KPRC TV. Graves said his 3-year-old grandson Kayden started drinking the soda on Sunday and didn't notice the rat until he reopened the bottle later on.

"[It was] about 3 inches long with a big tail," Graves recalled.

Graves said Kayden's pediatrician has run tests on the boy to make sure he is OK. The family is awaiting the results.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group has asked for the bottle, but Kayden's family is not ready to hand it over. They say there's no way the rat got inside after they bought the drink.

"I want to get the rat tested to see where it came from, how it got there and if there's really any medical concerns that we need to be worried about," Graves said.

The company released a statement saying it was "virtually impossible" given their safeguards at production facilities for "any foreign object to enter any container during the bottling process."

"Until we have the opportunity to review the contents, we don't have a way to do a full investigation," the Dr Pepper Snapple Group said. 

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<![CDATA[Officers Finds Gator Foot in Truck]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 03:25:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/050916+alligator+foot+dashboard+fwc.jpg

A Florida man was slapped with a citation after Florida Fish and Wildlife officers made an unusual find in his dashboard: an alligator foot.

FWC officers stopped the truck to check for a day-use pass in a wildlife management area near Lake Okeechobee when they found alligator parts scattered inside the cab, the agency wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

Among the parts was a gator foot hanging out of the truck's dashboard.

The driver claimed the parts were from an alligator he had hunted a few years ago, but the smell told officers otherwise, the FWC said.

The man then confessed to killing the gator a few days before without a permit and was cited for the violation, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Maine Bus Joyride]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:20:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bus34.jpg

Talk about a joyride - a 12-year-old boy stole a school bus and took it for a drive, according to police in Bangor, Maine.

John St. Germain was in the passenger seat when he and his friend, Amanda, saw a bus driving dangerously in front of them. In cell phone video, it can be seen swerving, hitting the sidewalk and signs.

"At first it was comical, because we both thought it was a new driver - like someone being taught how to drive a bus," said St. Germain.

And it was a new driver - a very young one.

"I kind of saw his body structure [when the bus turned] and I was like, 'Oh my gosh - I think that's a kid," said St. Germain. "That's when it got scary."

Police say the child got access to the keys of a bus at the Bangor Cyr bus lines terminal and took it for spin.

As his friend called police, St. Germain decided he had to intervene.

"I was like, 'Alright, I'm going to take over,'" he said.

St. Germain stopped recording the video, jumped out of his car, and run up to the bus. The doors were slightly ajar, so he managed to get inside the slowly-moving vehicle. Then, he came face-to-face with the child driver.

"He didn't realize I was there for about 10 seconds or so, and then he looked at me and said 'I know what I'm doing,'" said St. Germain.

And then the kid kept driving.

"Then I kind of took the wheel, and put my foot on the brake, and then stopped the bus," St. Germain said. "I looked at him and said 'Alright, you need to get in the back now.'"

But the boy hopped off the bus and walked away. Police eventually caught him and charged him with operating without a license and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Authorities called St. Germain to the police station.

"I thought 'I'm going to get in trouble for this. I'm going to go to jail or something, because I just high-jacked a bus,'" he said.

St. Germain was relieved, and honored, to learn the Bangor Police Department wanted to give him a challenge coin as an award.

"The term 'hero' is thrown around a lot, but this guy is a hero," said Bangor Police Sgt. Tim Cotton. "He stopped something from happening, he stopped injuries to the 12-year-old boy, he may have stopped other damage."

On the Bangor Police Department's Facebook page, Cotton writes that St. Germain very likely saved lives by taking action. The post has gone viral, and St. Germain isn't sure what to make of all the attention.

"I just did what anyone would have done," St. Germain said.

The boy was taken into custody.

Photo Credit: Bangor Police
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<![CDATA[Tough Turtle On The Mend]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 01:17:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_turtle0505a_1920x1080.jpg A tough turtle is on the mend thanks to an Iowa veterinarian and some picture-hanging hardware. A good Samaritan found the turtle on the side of the road after it was hit by a car, leaving it with a cracked shell and exposed organs.Vets at Den Herder Veterinary Hospital in Waterloo used the picture-hanging hardware to piece the shell back together after searching the internet for the best solution. It was a tough surgery that lasted five hours, but the little guy is expected to make a full recovery.]]> <![CDATA[Boar Attacks Family]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:08:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Boar1.JPG A husband and wife were attached and injured by their boar at their farm in Townsend, Massachusetts Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Stray Cats Using Zoo Facilities as Litter Box]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:36:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stray-cats.jpg Stray cats are sneaking into the Miami Zoo at night and relieving themselves, using sand in exhibits as litter boxes. But their feces can contain a deadly parasite, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. It's blamed for the deaths of three squirrel monkeys and a red kangaroo at the zoo. The crafty cats are sneaking in from an adjacent park. Now the zoo is trapping them, putting the healthy ones up for adoption. That doesn't sit well with the people of Cat Network, who say the best solution is for the zoo to keep all other land species "out."]]> <![CDATA[Lost Alligator Tries to Ring Doorbell at SC Home]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alligator-Doorbell.jpg A large alligator crawled to the front door of a home in South Carolina and appeared to ring the doorbell on May 2. "I was out walking the dog and we kind of went around the corner from my daughter's house [when we saw the alligator]," said Gary Rogers, who began to record video of the startling scene.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma Neighbors Welcome Wolf 'Dog']]> Tue, 03 May 2016 15:02:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_choctawwolf0503_1920x1080.jpg A so-called wild "wolf" is claiming a Choctaw, Oklahoma neighborhood as her home. Wild in nature, it is nearly impossible to get close to her. Animal Control Officer Kenneth Grant said, after more than five years, he has given up his fight to catch the K-9. "Every time I go out, she sees my truck ,and she's gone," Grant said. "She knows who I am."Still, the neighborhood has embraced her. "One night, stopped out here, and next thing I know there's like three or four different families all out here having some beers and stuff, and everybody's sitting there watching the wolf," said Tim Jenne. "This wolf has kind of brought this neighborhood together." She is a smart creature that is slowly warming up to Jenne and his dogs. ]]> <![CDATA[Body Found in a Barrel Behind Home: Police]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:57:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_wozniak_1920x1080.jpg Court documents are revealing information about possible human remains found inside a barrel in Bedford County, Virginia. The remains were located by a woman who said she heard strange noises coming from a barrel behind her home, according to court documents. When she opened the barrel, she found what appeared to be decaying human remains. Evidence led investigators to arrest 47-year-old Robert Wozniak. They believe the body is Wozniak's family member.]]> <![CDATA[Man Arrested 32 Different Times]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 13:24:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-03-13h17m12s137.jpg

Thirty-two times. That's how many times a Wisconsin man has been cited for operating a vehicle after suspension.

Authorities in Dane County, Wisconsin say Melvin Gates, 25, was last pulled over driving 96 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.

That arrest was number 32 for Gates.

In addition, he was charged with speeding and driving without insurance.

And get this, authorities say according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, gates has never been issued a driver's license.

<![CDATA[Black Cat Slips Onto NHL Rink]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IMG_9617.jpg

The San Jose Sharks got an unexpected visit Friday.

Before the NHL team beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, a black cat crept out of the player bench area and scurried onto the ice.

As the Sharks warmed up for the first game of their best-of-seven playoff series, fans watched the small feline making a beeline for an oversized, fiberglass shark head, only to escape under the seats at "the Shark Tank," as the arena is known.

The venue’s staff was able to safely rescue the cat and dubbed it Joe Paw-velski, after Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, the team announced Sunday.

"The amount of interest generated by Joe's appearance and those wishing to adopt him has been overwhelming," said Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora in a statement.

Joe has been taken to a local animal shelter to undergo a health examination, the team said. Staff will also investigate whether the cat has a microchip, in the hopes of reuniting it with its owner.

"If he is indeed a stray, our goal is to find the best home for him with the support of our local animal shelters," Tortora said. "If families are interested in adopting Joe but unsuccessful, we strongly encourage you to consider adopting another animal in need of a good home from one of our terrific local animal shelters."

Photo Credit: San Jose Sharks
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<![CDATA[Woman Lured by Singles Ad Dies After Weeks in Captivity]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:05:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/German_Ambulance-550668973.jpg

A 41-year-old woman who responded to a singles ad was held captive for several weeks by a man and his ex-wife — and later died at a hospital of injuries she suffered while in captivity, NBC News reported.

The woman, from Lower Saxony, Germany, contacted a man "who was looking for a steady partnership" and later moved in to her assailant's house.

Once there, she was physically abused by the man and his live-in ex-wife, authorities said. The suspects allegedly tried to take their "severely battered" victim back to her apartment, but when their car broke down, they called an ambulance. The woman died about two hours later of "blunt force trauma to the head," German officials said.

German paper Bild reported that the victim had been kept in a cellar and labeled the incident "The Horror House of Hoexter."

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<![CDATA[Dust Devil in China Throws Student Through the Air]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:42:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/China-Dust-Storm-042216.jpg

A boy was caught up and thrown through the air by a dust devil in China, and it was caught on video.

It happened Wednesday during a sports event in Guazhou County in northwest China.

The dust devil formed three times in the middle of a group of students.

A teacher said they tried to evacuate students after the first dust devil hit.

But they didn't get away fast enough.

The second whirlwind was faster and bigger than the first, throwing clothes, books and schoolbag through the air.

Then as students were told to lie on the ground, the dust devil sent the boy flying.

His ordeal was brief - just a couple of seconds.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he is being treated for minor head injuries.

<![CDATA[Divine Surprise in Indiana Woman's Ultrasound]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:20:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Holy-Ultrasound.jpg

An Indiana woman was in for a divine surprise during a recent prenatal checkup.

The ultrasound picture appears to show more than just Aley Meyer's baby boy, she says it shows the image of Jesus on the cross.

Meyer says she didn't even notice until someone pointed it out to her about a week later.

"She was like, 'do you see this?' And I was like, 'see what?' And she pointed to it and she's like 'it looks like Jesus hanging on the cross.' And so we took a picture of it and blew it up on my phone to get a closer look and it is so much detail. You can see the hair and his legs crossed at the bottom and everything," she said.

In just a few hours the picture spread like wildfire on social media and went viral on Facebook.

"Everybody's just shocked," Meyer said. "Everybody's like 'I have to see that, I have to see that,' so I was having to drive this thing all over town, to show like my grandparents who don't have Facebook and things like that."

While Meyer is getting a kick out of the interest in the ultrasound picture, she also likes to think the image is a subtle message from above.

Meyers' grandmother bought her a crucifix which she plans to hang in the nursery for Baby Easton due in June.

<![CDATA[Great Dane Gets Stuck in Tree]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:40:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DaneinTree.jpg Kora, a 120-pound Great Dane who was stuck 20 feet up a tree in Louisville, Nebraska, was rescued Saturday night by the local fire department.

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<![CDATA[Chimp Leads Police on Chase Through Japanese Town]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chimp-escaped-zoo.jpg

A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole.

Not for long.

Chacha, the male chimp, was on the loose nearly two hours Thursday after disappearing from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, the city that's hosting finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in May.

TV footage showed Chacha perched atop the pole, agitated and screaming at zoo workers below. Even after being hit by a sedative arrow in the back, Chacha desperately tried to escape, dangling from a power line.

He finally gave up and fell head down into a blanket held by a dozen workers on the ground. It's not immediately clear if he survived.

Zoo officials are investigating how he escaped.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Burger Shop Break-In]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/five+guys+burglary+cooking+burglar.jpg

Police in Washington, D.C., are searching for a man seen in surveillance video who apparently grilled himself a hamburger as the restaurant was closed before allegedly swiping some water.

Police said the burglary happened between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. March 18 at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries location in Columbia Heights, in the 1400 block of Irving Street NW.

Investigators said the man followed a delivery man into the restaurant and waited until he left. The man then rummaged through the restaurant, cooked food and stole bottled water before leaving.

Surveillance video shows a man appearing to put food on a grill in the restaurant while talking on a cell phone.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted by sending a text message to 50411.

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