<![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 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:52:15 -0600 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:52:15 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wooden Passenger Fools Carpool Lane]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:34:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fake+passenger.JPG

A Long Island man allegedly used a wooden figure in a hooded sweatshirt to drive solo in the Long Island Expressway's HOV lane because, he told officers, he was late to his new job, police said.

A Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer noticed the fake passenger when he pulled the man over for speeding at 77 mph at 6:30 a.m. on Friday in Dix Hills.

A photo of the crudely made dummy shows a wooden board with a block-shaped, wooden head wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

"I was trying not to laugh at the guy because I thought it was quite silly," said officer Jonathan Abrams. 

Abrams said for a moment, he actually thought it was a real person.

"The silhouette was realistic enough," he said. "You see people with hoods up, sleeping in the front seat all the time." 

The driver, James Campbell, told NBC 4 New York the officer seemed to have a sense of humor about it.

"He said, 'Passenger, can I see some ID?' And I said, 'Officer, I don't think so,'" said Campbell, chuckling. 

Campbell told the officer that he was driving to a new job and didn't want to be late.

"He said he started a new job and he couldn't afford to be late to his new job, so traveling through the HOV lane allowed him to get there a little bit faster," said Abrams. 

He was issued summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.

Campbell didn't seem deterred. He pulled up to his home Friday evening after work with the dummy still in the front seat, saying he'd been using it for months. 

He said, "He's got a sister down in the basement and on special occasions, I bring her out and she wears a tutu." 

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept. ]]>
<![CDATA[What Color Is This Dress? No One Can Agree]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:44:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/the-dress-B-1l26HXAAEJ48-.jpg

Is this dress blue and black… or gold and white? The debate is raging, and no one seems to agree.

BuzzFeed posted the controversial photo Tuesday evening, and already it's gone viral.

The image was originally uploaded by Tumblr user "swiked," who wrote:

"I see it as white and gold. My friend right here sees it as blue and black. I CANT HANDLE THIS"

Another user fired back:

"if that’s not gold my entire life has been a lie"

Others chimed in, all with different perceptions. Admittedly, no one in the newsroom could agree either.

So what color is it really?

The mystery may never be solved.

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<![CDATA[Woman Had Cheating Ex Robbed]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:59:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022515+sarah+matherly.jpg

A South Florida woman was arrested after authorities say she arranged to have her cheating ex-boyfriend robbed at gunpoint.

Sarah Nicole Matherly, 22, is facing robbery with a firearm and extortion charges following her arrest in Hollywood. She was ordered held on $7,500 bond at a hearing before Broward Judge John Hurley Wednesday.

According to the arrest report, Matherly lured her ex-boyfriend to a home in Hollywood. Once inside, he was met by a group of men.

Matherly went into a bathroom while the men robbed ex, and told them "don't forget his f-ing" chain," said Hurley. One of the men reportedly put a gun to his head during the robbery. 

The home was a "smoke house" where people go to take drugs, Hurley said.

Matherly later contacted her ex and told him, "that's what you get for cheating on me," Hurley said. She also threatened him with robbery if he didn't give her cash, Hurley said.

At the bond court hearing, Matherly's attorney argued that she was in another room and didn't know about the robbery.

Matherly, who has no criminal record, will have to undergo drug testing every week after her release from jail, the judge ordered. She'll also be required to get a job or go back to school.

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Nightmare Fuel: Stolen Clown Statue Found]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:00:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_clownfound0219001_1500x845.jpg

"Louie The Clown," the long-missing mascot of Wichita's Joyland Amusement Park, has been recovered.

Louie, a life-sized ceramic clown, disappeared from the Joyland property in 2005 or 2006 but wasn't reported stolen until 2010.

Wichita police say officers found the clown Tuesday at a home of 39-year-old Damian Mayes, who is serving a prison sentence for a 2010 conviction for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy.

Mayes, who once built and repaired organs at the park, is in prison on child sex crimes.

Read more at KSN.com.

Photo Credit: KSN]]>
<![CDATA[Severed Heads Found Littered in California Park]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:18:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_decapitatedanimals0220001_1500x845.jpg

Animal Control officers in Sacramento, California are investigating six cases of mutilated animals, including a cow, that were found at three city parks.

On Tuesday, a woman was walking some children to school near Reichmuth Park when they found a brown paper bag.

Inside was a dead lamb with the head still in the bag, Animal Control officers said.

Since that incident, Animal Control officers became aware of three other cases of dead animals, some decapitated.

Read more at KCRA.com.

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<![CDATA[Camera Stolen, Infant's Only Photos Returned]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:55:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_massey_1500x845.jpg

A North Carolina family will soon be reunited with the photographs of their infant son's first and last moments.

Through a group called "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep," Faith Massey takes pictures of babies who will live only minute or hours.

Two weeks ago her equipment was stolen shortly after a session.  Inside the camera was a memory card containing the images she'd just snapped, photos of infant Amari Reid, who only lived a few minutes.

Massey shared on her Facebook page Wednesday morning that the memory card was mailed to a local news station.

The equipment, however, was not returned.

Read more at WCNC.com.

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<![CDATA[Military-Grade, Tactical Diaper Bags for Dad]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:46:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_babybags0219001_1500x845.jpg

Inside Tactical Tailor's 90,000-square foot facility in Lakewood, Washington workers design and build top-grade gear to protect the protectors.

They make bulletproof vests, belt clips and body armor for the military and law enforcement.

New to the assembly line is something designed for a different kind of hero by former firefighter and current police officer, Jeff Shepard.

"It's Down Range Baby. It's baby bags for the man," said Shepard.

The bags are tactical grade, tough enough for the daily diaper duty and inspired by Shepard's own daddy dilemma.

"The colors when my son was born? There was nothing masculine, nothing good for guys," said Shepard.

Read more at King5.com.

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<![CDATA[Ax-Toting Robber Cries for Mommy: Police]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:42:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_axrobber0219001_1500x845.jpg

An ax-wielding Oklahoma City teen is behind bars following an unusual attempted robbery.

The young suspect was left begging for his mommy when a determined store clerk fought him off with a can of mace.

"When I saw the ax, I said, 'You need to leave before I shoot you,'" said the store clerk Ali Ait Mahdi.

Swinging the ax around, the teen hit the store's counter, leaving behind a large gash.

Holding pepper spray, Ali fought back, spraying the teen in the face.

According to the police report, the suspect, Giovanni Davenport, came out, "crying... throwing up...and calling for his momma."

As luck would have it, when the teen stumbled outside, he ran into the waiting arms of two FBI agents who saw the crime go down.

Read more at KFOR.com.

Photo Credit: KFOR]]>
<![CDATA[MN Girl Scouts Targeting Ice Fishermen in Cookie Sales]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:38:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_icecookiesa0219001_1500x845.jpg

Some might see a quiet lake on a cold winter's night when they gaze upon Minnesota's Chisago Lake.

But someone else, someone with relatively inexperienced eyes, took a look at the same frozen landscape and saw a sales floor.

"We are selling Girl Scout cookies to ice fishers," Inga Heinecke explained while chattering thru her 10-year-old teeth.

The rosy cheeked, red blooded Norwegian is hustling sugar on the ice.

On Monday, her first trip out, she sold 30 boxes.

Fisherman, startled at the sight of two 10-year-olds pushing cookies in a sleigh had no choice.

Photo Credit: KARE]]>
<![CDATA[KC Man Awakes, Finds Hawk in Bedroom]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:26:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hawk4.jpg

A hawk caught breaking and entering a Kansas City bedroom now has a new home.

"I heard an extremely large crash coming from my bedroom," Drew Arnold said.

Arnold found the red-tailed hawk flapping around his home.

"It knocked everything off my dresser," he said. "Ripped up the curtains a little bit, knocked all the pictures off the wall and pooped on everything."

Now, the bird's on her new perch at the Lakeside Nature Center.

Read more at KSHB.com.

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<![CDATA[Woman Found in Box at Irving Landfill: Police]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:44:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Irving+landfill+021815.jpg

A woman was found alive and barely clothed inside a cardboard box near a landfill in North Texas, and now police are working to figure out what happened.

Officers were called Saturday morning after employees and some community service workers in Irving discovered the woman. Police said the woman was wearing only a shirt and only spoke Spanish, telling investigators she was out with friends the night before in Dallas and had no memory of how she ended up in the box or at the dump.

In fact, a missing persons report was filed with Dallas police just hours before she was discovered.

According to police reports obtained by NBC 5, the victim was out drinking with a girlfriend Friday night at a club near Walnut Hill Lane and Brockbank Drive.

The victim's friend went to get their car, leaving the woman with a man they had just met. When the friend came back, the victim was gone.

The missing person report was filed Saturday at about 7 a.m. and by about 9 a.m. workers found the woman, who is in her 30s, inside a large box at the municipal landfill in the 200 block of West Hunter Ferrell Road.

Police took the victim to a local hospital to have her tested on whether she had been raped.

Irving police continue to investigate, and further details have not yet been released.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[What Do You Call A Sport That Combines Skiing and Horses?]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:53:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_skijorning0217001_1500x845.jpg Skijoring, a sport that combines skiing and horses, is a huge hit in Silverton, Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Fire Breather Catches Fire]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:49:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tattoo-Fire1.jpg

A Philadelphia couple captured a scary moment on camera when a performing artist suddenly caught fire.

Jeff Hurd and his wife Alice Gibson attended the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sunday and watched a fire-breathing performance from the Ink Illusionists.

As the performer blew fire, flames suddenly engulfed his entire body and spread to the floor. The fire breather was able to put the flames out while event organizers quickly extinguished the fire on the floor by flipping a table on it.

Gibson told NBC10 the whole incident happened so fast that many members of the audience thought it was part of the show. The Philadelphia Fire Department did not respond since the flames were put out so quickly and with minimal damage, according to Hurd.

Hurd said the performer told him he was okay when he went to check on him. Gibson told NBC10 she noticed minor burns on his body.

NBC10 reached out to the Ink Illusionists. A spokesperson for the group declined to comment.

The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is an annual three-day event featuring appearances and performances from some of the most popular and skilled tattoo artists in the country.

Photo Credit: Alice Gibson]]>
<![CDATA[Scorpion on a Plane at LAX]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:38:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scorpion2.jpg

An Alaska Airlines flight out of Los Angeles International Airport was delayed Saturday night after a passenger said they were stung by a scorpion on the plane, airline officials said.

Flight 567, which was carrying two college basketball teams, was preparing to depart at 7:50 p.m. for Portland, Ore., when the sting was reported, Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove said.

The female passenger was checked out by medics at the gate and released, but didn’t continue on the flight, Cosgrove said.

The scorpion was found and killed by the crew, who checked overhead compartments for any additional unwanted arachnids, Cosgrove said.

It was unclear how the scorpion got on the plane. The flight originated from Los Cabos, Mexico, Cosgrove said.

Both Oregon State University Men's and The University of Portland's Women's Basketball teams were aboard the flight to go home after weekend games in Los Angeles, according to Oregon State University radio play-by-play announcer Mike Parker. 

The flight was delayed by 40 minutes.

Olivia Woo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Boston Globe via Getty Images (File photo)
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<![CDATA[Driver Blames GPS for Ending Up on RR Tracks]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:50:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/img_551.jpg

One look at the aftermath, and you can guess right away that something went terribly wrong early Monday in Carrollton, Texas.

Police officers were called out to the 1000 block of North Broadway Street after 1 a.m., and when they arrived a female driver told them that her GPS told her to turn right instead of left, which put her vehicle on a set of railroad tracks.

Police said she traveled about 50 to 60 yards before the railroad tracks damaged her car and kept her from going any farther, and she was forced to call the police for help.

Carrollton Police Department Spokesperson Jolene DeVito told NBC 5 that the officers had to call the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and make sure no freight trains were coming through the area while a tow truck removed the car from the tracks.

The driver was arrested and taken to jail on suspicion of drunken driving, and Carrollton police later posted the photo to social media as a reminder of how dangerous it is to drink and drive.

Photo Credit: Carrollton Police via Twitter
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<![CDATA[Man Caught on Camera Stealing Surveillance Cameras: Police]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:11:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/surveillance+thief.jpg

Police say a thief was caught on camera – on the very cameras he was stealing.

The man is accused of stealing video surveillance cameras attached to the outside of a Long Island motel in October.

After taking the cameras, the man fled from the Heritage Motel in Port Jefferson in a white Chevrolet four-door pickup truck with a male passenger, police said.

Anyone who may have seen the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.  

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Dresses Up as "Slave" for #TBT]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:13:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0210-heritagehigh-costume.jpg

"Throwback Thursdays" are a popular Spirit Week event at many high schools, designed to let students dress up in vintage outfits, and help break the winter doldrums.

But when a student went costumed as a slave last week at Loudoun County's Heritage High School, some classmates were surprised.

News4 learned about the costume from the outraged mom of another Heritage High student. She didn't want her identify revealed for fear of repercussions for her daughter.

She said that when her daughter got home last Thursday and told her about the costume, she immediately asked to see a picture.

"He had this white shirt on with red stains on it as if he'd been whipped," said the mother. "That was blood and on the back it said 'Property of Heritage High School' and he had a 200-count bag of cotton balls that he was scattering as he walked the halls. I was livid. I couldn't believe what I was hearing in 2015. Are you kidding me?"

She was even more surprised to learn the student was African American. The mother wondered why the student was allowed to wear the slave costume the entire day.

A school spokesman said Heritage High administrators greeted the student at the door last Thursday morning.

"They said, 'Look, you are really pushing the boundaries here. This is a tasteless costume. It's not disrupting the boundaries per se. Now if anybody [came] to us during the day with strong objections and says [it's] disruptive, then the costume comes off,'" said Wayde Byard, Loudoun County Schools spokesman.

Byard said the student was barred from competing in the costume content. The school's administration determined the costume didn't not violate the dress code, so it was a matter of the student exercising his free speech rights.

"There is a very fine line here between free speech and good taste. As we know, free speech is not always tasteful speech," said Byard. "The student was making a statement. There was no disruption. Students rolled their eyes as you might expect, but nobody said, 'That's horribly offensive and this is disrupting my day.'"

Byard said the decision might have been different if the student had been white.

"Had it been a white student instead of an African-American student, obviously that might have incited some racial tension. That might have been a different story."

Heritage High School senior Bianca Jackson says the costume surprised her.

"I thought it was really inappropriate for Throwback Thursday," said Jackson "I think people are kind of like, 'What are you doing?' It's something you don't joke about."

The mother who told News4 about the costume said she plans to write a letter of complaint to school administrators and the superintendent. She fears allowing this costume will open the door to more troublesome displays.

"What if someone comes dressed as the Holocaust [sic] or the Klan? Is that then considered inappropriate? Where is the line? You are dealing with teenagers. You have to establish some boundaries," she said.

Byard said a Klan costume or student dressed in swastikas would be in violation of dress code policy because that would constitute hate speech.

"I think the principal's job day to day is to sort out what is disruptive and what is not and I'm sure if the line is crossed the principal will reprimand students," said Byard.

The mom said that, at minimum, administrators missed a teachable moment, suggesting they could have kicked off a discussion among students.

"They could have turned this around to a learning opportunity," she said. "They could have done a number of things and they did nothing. That's unacceptable."

<![CDATA[Man Steals Pork Loin ]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:42:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pork-loin.gif

Police are looking for a man who stole a pork loin from a New Jersey Sam’s Club by sticking it down his pants and running out of the store, reports NJ.com

The man allegedly approached a store greeter at about 3 p.m. Monday and threw a pork loin at the employee’s feet before running out with another pork loin in his pants, according to NJ.com.

The pork was reportedly worth $105.

Photo Credit: Stock Image]]>
<![CDATA[Man Steals Cruiser, Taunts Officers]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:58:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10953946_858430890884339_5937183689389048835_n.jpg

A Springfield man was arrested early Thursday after calling police "pigs," taking a cruiser on a joyride, and throwing punches at officers, according to police.

Police in Springfield were called to a home on Laurelton Street around 4 a.m. Thursday and were greeted by a woman who asked them to get her boyfriend to leave.

Officers escorted Michael Kopeski, 27, from the home and had him wait outside. Police said Kopeski became outraged because he wanted to go back inside to "get his stuff." He started to yell at the officers, calling them "pigs," and spit at a police cruiser.

Kopeski then jumped into the police car and began to drive away. The officers ran after the cruiser and were able to open the passenger door, discharging pepper spray into the vehicle, according to police.

Kopeski kept driving, so officers called for backup. Police said Kopeski used the police radio to taunt the officers and disrupt radio transmissions.

Authorities eventually were able to box in the stolen cruiser at Berkshire Avenue and Page Boulevard. Police said Kopeski would still not cooperate and threw punches at the officers.

Kopeski was arrested and charged with several offenses, including larceny of a motor vehicle.

Photo Credit: Springfield Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Gardener in Florida Spots 75-Pound Panther]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:56:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6617975_G-1.jpg

A gardener working at a Florida home Tuesday was shocked by a 75-pound panther lurking on the side of the house.

The couple who owns the residence, Al Dijindil and Andrea Cameron, told NBC affiliate WBBH the gardener spotted the 2-year-old panther in bushes along their Naples home.

"The gardener said, 'I think you have a tiger in your yard,'" Cameron said.

Cameron was able to see the panther safely inside her house by looking out of a window. "I was hoping he would stay there until help arrived,” Cameron said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized and removed the cat, which will be released in a less populated region, according WBBH. They said that the panther most likely swam over from Keewaydin Island, off the coast of Naples.

"The panther will be released in Picayune Strand State Forest. It's a little farther from major roads, so we think that will be a safer option than Rookery Bay... No time frame yet, he's still groggy," panther biologist for FWC Mark Lotz said to WBBH.

Cameron's family was surprised to hear about her ordeal with the big cat.

“My brother said, ‘Wow, that’s a big panther. It’s a good thing he didn’t eat you,'” Cameron said.

Photo Credit: Andrea Cameron]]>
<![CDATA[Coast Guard Plucks Pooch From Icy Water]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:57:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogicerescue0204001_1500x845.jpg

We all know the saying "every dog has its day".  Now, thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard, one dog will live to see another one.

What started out as a routine day for members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Frankfort, Michigan quickly turned into a rescue mission.

"They just looked outside the window and saw this dog jumped into the channel," said Petty Officer Tim Putnam of the U.S. Coast Guard. "We just stopped everything we were doing and went out there to try and get him out."

From there, the rescue mission was on.

"They put a line on me and from there I just asked if I jump in here are you going to be able to bring me back," said Putnam. "They said yes, so I'm like roger that, I'm jumping in."

Putnam could see the dog shivering from across the channel.

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<![CDATA[Brothers Turn Snow Into Elaborate Art]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:55:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snowsculptures0204001_1500x845.jpg

Jon Sturdevant and his brother Mike have been creating snow sculptures for years at their Taberg, New York home.

This year their sculptures have gotten bigger and better.

A few weeks ago they created the bears.  Those took a couple of days to complete. Then they decided on something bigger: a log cabin.

"We snow-blowed the whole yard into this pile, and then we took it and we just started chipping away at it and eventually it just started to form a house," Jon explains.

The frigid temperatures help to solidify the structure.

Photo Credit: WKTV]]>
<![CDATA[World's Largest Chair on the Move]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:37:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bigchair0204001_1500x845.jpg

The world's largest chair has a new home.

The Big Chair, originally built in the 1950s, has an interesting history in Bennington, New York.

It was rebuilt to be even bigger in the 60s, for a time, being the largest chair in the world. After being demolished in 2000 because it was rotting, it was rebuilt again in 2012, claiming the title of the World's Largest Ladder-back Chair.

The chair was destroyed by a wind storm shortly after, and rebuilt for a third time. Last year, the furniture store it stood next to burned to the ground.

Now, the 3,000 lb., 19 foot tall chair has moved to its new home.

"It's like being given a second chance," said Christopher LaFlamme, owner and president of the LaFlamme's Furniture. "We kept saying, "we're back, we're bigger, we're better, we're stronger." This is the definition of big. It's such a wonderful time for us, it's a celebration."

Photo Credit: WNYT]]>
<![CDATA[Front Yard Gun Range Sparks Outrage]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:43:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_frontyardgunrange0203001_1500x845.jpg

He's received death threats. His neighbors are furious with him. His boss is even asking him questions.

Joseph Carannante had no idea things would get this chaotic when he built a gun range in the front yard of his St. Petersburg, Florida home.

The neighborhood where he lives is filled with families and children, and news of Carannante's homemade, residential gun range is stirring up so much controversy it's received national attention.

"It's no way to live. We have rights too. I don't know if this idiot is going to start popping off rounds," said neighbor and dad Patrick Leary. "I'm furious."

<![CDATA[Scouts' Nude Beach Hike]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:49:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black+beach+5454.jpg

A Cub Scout pack’s hike along the San Diego coastline led the children to a nude beach, scout officials confirmed Monday.

The scouts, ages 9 and 10, were out for a planned hike on January 24 in the area of Torrey Pines State Beach just north of La Jolla.

A few hiking trails in this section of the coastline led down to the beach below the cliffs. One beach in particular, Black's Beach, is known for its nude sunbathers.

So on this Saturday hike, the young scouts saw a little more than parents were expecting.

Scout officials say the pack “encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed.”

A Facebook user told NBC 7 that parents were “panicked” and protested the hike route to the cub master.

According to the official statement from the San Diego-Imperial Council, parents and adult volunteers “quickly rerouted” the group “to protect the youth.”

NBC 7 tracked down the pack leader who told us he was not punished for the field trip.

Council officials say they met with parents and discussed whether there needed to be any other action taken.

“Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter," the official statement said.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has a number of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.

One ranger told NBC 7 that it’s very common to see youth groups hiking in the area, especially scouts who are working toward earning an outdoor badge.

<![CDATA[Man Clogs Toilet With Potatoes]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:56:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Potatoes.jpg

Looking to unclog his potato-stuffed toilet, a Delaware County, Pennsylvania man decided to try and get help by pulling his apartment building's fire alarm.

It was a poor decision.

The man, who has not yet been identified, pulled the alarm at 7:48 a.m. Sunday at the Oakwood Apartments along the 8700 block of West Chester Pike in Upper Darby, police tell NBC10.

According to authorities, for an unknown reason, the man shoved potatoes down the toilet causing it to clog. He called the apartment building's maintenance department several times for help, but they didn't immediately respond. So he tried to get their attention by pulling the fire alarm, police said.

The three-story building was evacuated and police and fire officials came to the scene to investigate.

Realizing there was not a real emergency, they questioned the man who explained what happened. Police placed him under arrest for ringing the false alarm.

He will be charged in the case, police said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Nine-Foot Tall Dinosaur Statue Stolen, Later Found Headless]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:53:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dinosaur-statue_1200x675_391495235529.jpg A nine-foot tall dinosaur statue stolen from an Oklahoma pet store has been found, without its head. Jamil Donith reports.]]> <![CDATA[Hot Air Ballon Lands in the Street]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:07:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hot+air+balloon+landing+0129.jpg

A pilot who landed a hot air balloon carrying a wedding party in the middle of a residential San Diego street Thursday says the emergency maneuver was the safest option for getting him and his eight passengers on the ground. 

Magical Adventures Pilot Phil Brandt said he knew about 20 minutes into the flight that he would not make the trip's Rancho Penisquitos destination because of changing wind conditions. After earlier attempts in open field and a number of rooftop near misses, Brandt chose Sorrento Valley's Lusk Boulevard to set down the balloon

“I chose the safest option I had with the conditions I had,” Brandt said.

Despite the risks caused by buildings and power lines near by, Brandt says there was no traffic below. He steered the basket into tree tops to slow it down and limit skidding on the street.

It's just that kind of unpredictability that frightens and frustrates nearby Sorrento Valley resident Sandra Williams. Williams says in the last 10 years she has had one hot air balloon collision with her home and several near misses.

“They can't control them they float out of an area that makes any sense,” Williams said.

Brandt says in 25 years and 7,000 flights, he's made emergency landings on roadways several hundred times. He considers this a a safe alternative with no injuries nor property damage.

“It was a controlled landing but at an unusual location,” Brandt said.

The pilot says he is required to contact the Federal Aviation Administration Friday to report details of the landing. He could be sanctioned or cited, but said he doesn't expect to be based on the circumstances.

<![CDATA[Pharmacy Robbed of Pills]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-police-tape.jpg

A Southern California pharmacy was robbed Thursday when a thief hopped the counter and stole prescription drugs, San Diego Police confirm.

Officers responded to the CVS on Westview Parkway in Mira Mesa just after 7 p.m. following a robbery of the pharmacy counter involving one or more suspects.

Police were investigating the incident as grand theft but have not said whether it is connected to a recent string of robberies targeting pharmacies.

San Diego Crime Stoppers has offered $1,000 reward to information leading to an arrest in a recent robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Navajo Road.

In that incident, someone walked into the Walgreens just before noon on Jan. 21 and handed a demand note to the pharmacist. 

The note said the man had a gun and wanted oxycodone. The employee handed the man the pills and the male left the store in an unknown direction.

Officials believe the man also robbed a San Diego CVS Pharmacy on Eads Avenue in La Jolla on January 13 with a demand note asking for Roxicodone, a generic name for oxycodone.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Body Parts Found in Suitcase: SFPD]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:58:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

San Francisco police say a suitcase found in the South of Market neighborhood Wednesday afternoon contained dismembered body parts.

The suitcase was found after a caller reported a suspicious package near 11th and Mission streets at 4:14 p.m., according to police.

A medical examiner confirmed the remains are human, but police said it was unclear late Wednesday if all the remains belong to one victim.

Police said the incident brings San Francisco's homicide rate to 10 for the year.

Bay City New contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Man Orders Pizza During Standoff: Irving Police]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:21:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pizza-assault-arrest-gurney.jpg

Police in Irving, Texas, said a man ordered a second pizza during a four-hour standoff that resulted from his first attempt to order a pizza.

Daniel Gurney called a nearby pizzeria Tuesday night. The manager recognized Gurney as a former customer who once used a bad credit card, so he called police to report him for fraud.

When police ran a check on the address given by the pizzeria manager, they learned that Gurney had four probation violation warrants for aggravated assault. Officers responded to his location in the 2400 block of McClure Street at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said that an officer arrived to arrest Gurney, who did not cooperate. He tried to escape through the back door, but he was met by police. He then retreated into the house, refusing to come out.

Given Gurney's violent history, police called in a SWAT unit. Authorities said they used beanbag rounds, tear gas and flash-bang grenades before Gurney surrendered peacefully.

During the standoff, a different pizza delivery man arrived at the house with a pizza. Police told the man to leave.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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