<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:23:33 -0500Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:23:33 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Neighborhood Divided by Nudist]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:28:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_nakedneighbor0920_1920x10801.jpg

A Florida man's penchant for naked yard work has some neighbors upset and sheriff's investigators exploring possible charges

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<![CDATA[Cop Takes Selfie With Raccoon Busted in Woman's Bathroom]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:55:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raccoon+on+thing.jpg

A raccoon busted pawing through a woman's bathroom cabinet was subjected not to a mugshot, but to a selfie.

The rogue raccoon was looking somewhat guilty when it was caught with its arm in the bathroom cabinet of a home in Pinellas County, Florida, this week.

"A masked bandit!" Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned a photo of the perp on Facebook." The raccoon is shown perched atop the bathroom cabinet with its tail hanging down, one paw in the cabinet, the other gripping the mirror for stability. 

The woman "was quite surprised to find this furry intruder in her home when she woke up!" police said.

The officers said they were able to catch and release the vain intruder safely, but not before taking a quick selfie.

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<![CDATA[Mom Charged After Taking Away Daughter's Phone]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:03:09 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_momphone0919_1920x1080.jpg

A Michigan mom said she was punishing her daughter when she took away her cellphone, a punishment she figured would get her point across. Instead, that mom was standing before a district judge, her disciplinary action labeled a crime. She was accused of stealing that phone and facing possible jail time.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals Thousands of Dollars Worth of Underwear]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:15:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Man_Steals_Thousands_of_Dollars_Worth_of_Underwear.jpg

Authorities in Florida are asking for help to identify a panty thief. Video captured on September 7 at a Victoria's Secret store in Pembroke Pines shows a man stuff a bag full of underwear that was worth more than $5,000.

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<![CDATA[More State Fair Foods to Diet for]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:57:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/state-fair-food-lead.jpg The State Fair of Texas is giving us a closer look at some new foods offered up this year in Fair Park.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Bear Busts Out of Vehicle]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:48:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bearvan0917_1920x1080.jpg

A North Carolina family found quite the surprise inside their minivan: a live bear. The bear apparently opened the door to Nicole Minkin Lissenden's unlocked van and climbed in. Her automatic doors failed to open, so her husband unlocked the door for the bear to escape but the bear found its own way out.

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<![CDATA[Driver Arrested After Swerving and Speeding Past School Bus]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:28:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_crazydriver0914_1920x1080.jpg

A man has been arrested after video showing him speeding over a sidewalk and through a yard while ignoring a school bus stop arm went viral.

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<![CDATA[Pig Flies With 100 Dogs From Fort Worth for Good Reason]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:01:12 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pig_flies_felipe_.jpg

They say it’ll happen when pigs fly -- and Felipe the pig won't wait any longer. This little piggy is going to the airstrip Wednesday in Fort Worth, along with his other four-legged friends, all for a good reason.

Felipe and 100 dogs will be flown to shelters in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon where they’ll have a better chance of finding a “furever” home. Their journey started 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Texas Jet Center. The pets, including Felipe, will immediately be adopted into homes or foster care when they land.

An empty kennel is rare at the Humane Society of North Texas, therefore the flight saves the life of the animal on board and makes space available for another pet at the shelter.

Since HNST started working with the Animal Relocation Program at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals this year, more than 730 pets have been transported from North Texas to their new homes in other states.

The flight by Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit, is funded by GreaterGood.org.

"It is a great pleasure for Wings of Rescue and our partner Greatergood.org, to team together with a wonderful organization, the Humane Society of North Texas, to save another 115 dogs, cats, and pot-bellied pigs,” said Ric Browde, president, and CEO of Wings of Rescue. "The state of Texas has the highest euthanasia rate in the country – and we have chosen to work with a shelter that is working around the clock to stem the influx of unwanted pets flooding the shelters, through innovative spay/neuter, education, adoption, and transportation programs."

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma Couple Find Alligator Near Home]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:00:38 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_okgator0910a_1920x1080.jpg

An Oklahoma couple were at a loss after what they thought was a giant lizard turned out to be an alligator just outside their home.

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<![CDATA[Man Discovers Glowing Rocks]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:52:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_glowingrocks0910_1920x1080.jpg

Erik Rintamaki has been a self proclaimed "rock hound" his whole life, and his recent discovery is creating buzz among geologists.

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<![CDATA[Students Report Finding Bugs in Cafeteria Lunch]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 23:26:26 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lunchbugs0905a_1920x1080.jpg

Middle school students in Tennessee discovered bugs in their school lunches after noticing something moving on their plates.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Returns to Water After Found in Woods]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:44:33 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000714.jpg

A sea lion that had been wandering in the Alaskan woods is now back safe in the sea. Video shows the sea lion lost in in an unfamiliar habitat.

<![CDATA[Crane Crashes Into Home, Splits House in Half]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:45:31 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Crane_Crashes_Into_Home_Splitting_It_in_Half.jpg

A crane fell in Florida and split a home in half. The crane toppled over and ripped through the roof of a home in Orlando Tuesday. Officials with the Orlando Fire Department said there were no injuries.

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<![CDATA[Gator Takes Stroll Through Florida Golf Course]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:22:59 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gator_Takes_Stroll_Through_Florida_Golf_Course.jpg

Golfers at a Tampa, Florida golf course got a surprise when they came across a 12-foot alligator. This particular gator has been hanging out at the MacDill Air Force Base golf course for years. The base has a warning online that golfers should steer clear of wildlife.

Photo Credit: Gunnery Sgt. Jake Sherrock]]>
<![CDATA[People Pay Tribute to Broken Traffic Cone in Southlake]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:00:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/southlake-dps-fallen-cone-inset.jpg The Southlake Department of Public Safety is once again going viral after paying tribute to a fallen traffic cone.

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<![CDATA[Mother Finds Out Kids' New Phone Once Belonged to Escort]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:38:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_escortphone0830_1920x1080.jpg

A North Dakota mother discovers her children's new cell phone number used to belong to an escort after a flood of explicit texts soliciting sex.

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<![CDATA[Shoppers Find Snake Curled in Grocery Store Cart]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:44:22 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_shoppingsnake0829_1920x1080.jpg

A Pittsford, New York mother and daughter ended up on a scramble Monday to secure a slithery supermarket stowaway, a snake they spotted in their shopping cart.

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<![CDATA[Myrtle Beach Cracks Down on Profane Language]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:35:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_blackfriday_1920x1080.jpg

Cursing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina could cost you. While it's not a law on its own, using profane language to "provoke violent reactions" falls under the disorderly conduct ordinance.

<![CDATA[Giant Lizard Loves to Visit Florida Family]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:32:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/LIZARD7.jpg

A family in Florida has been desperately trying to trap a giant lizard that's been wandering around their backyard. The Lieberman family has contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for help to catch the reptile. Experts say the lizards go after small prey, but humans can get a nasty bite or scratch if they get too close.

Photo Credit: Maria Lieberman]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Senses Earthquake and Scrams]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:35:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/CAT48.jpg

A security camera captures the moment a cat is rattled by an earthquake. The cat sensed the 4.4 earthquake in Southern California and bolted for a safe area. Fortunately, the fearful feline was not hurt.

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<![CDATA[$1,000 College Textbook Causing Controversy]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:45:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/book9.jpg

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is getting some heat this morning for telling some students to  pay $1,000 for one textbook.

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<![CDATA[Houston Salon Owner Fights Off Robbers with Broom]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 01:32:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000184.jpg

Newly video released shows an armed robbery from early August . A hair salon owner grabbed a broom and fought off three armed robbers when they entered his business in northeast Houston.

Photo Credit: Houston Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Lakes Stocked with Flying Fish]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:41:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000614.jpg

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is stocking high-mountain lakes with fish by dropping them from a plane. The agency says transporting the fish by ground takes a lot longer and is more stressful on the fish. Officials say the survival rate is usually between 95-99%.

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<![CDATA[Fish Kill Clogging Florida Canal]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:31:04 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fishkill0823_1920x1080.jpg

Red tide woes continue in Florida's Collier County as smelly, dead fish have piled up in canals behind homes in North Naples. Over the weekend, people living on the Vanderbilt Lagoon snapped photos of countless fish floating in the water.

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<![CDATA[Wayward Pig Seen Running Around Keller]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:06:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/piglet+pic.gif

Authorities in Keller want to find the owner of a missing pig seen running around neighborhood streets this week.

The pig was captured after sunrise Wednesday morning near Palamino Trail and Bronco Lane.


A city spokeswoman said someone reported seeing the pig on North Tarrant Parkway on Tuesday, but it had gotten away before authorities could catch it.

City officials also reached out to authorities in Watauga to see whether anyone there has lost a pig.

Keller police tweeted that it is "definitely a domestic potbelly, though a bit ornery."

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<![CDATA[Crazy Video: Masked Burglar Tunnels Into Calif. Store]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 04:28:07 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/giphy-burglar-dairy-new.gif

A man was caught on camera after he allegedly tunneled into a store in La Verne, popping out from a hole in the wall while wearing a white mask and crawling around on his knees in a bizarre robbery attempt Monday.

In over 40 years of business, the owners of the Inland Dairy Store at the corner of White Avenue and First Street near the L.A. County Fairground say the store has never been broken into, let alone in such a strange way.

The owner, who didn't wish to be identified, said he couldn't believe what he saw when he reviewed the video with police.

The surveillance video shows the man suddenly pop out from a tiny space in between two refrigerators, knocking a soda display to the ground. The sodas explode on impact.

The man, identified by La Verne police as Rudy Mindiola of Pomona, crawls around on his knees for several minutes trying to open doors.

The only time he gets up on his feet is when the alarm is triggered and he bolts back to the tiny hole police say he made to crawl inside.

La Verne police officers responded minutes later at 4 a.m. Police found a hole in the wall of the store when conducting a perimeter search.

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They said they ultimately found Mindiola hiding in some brush along the nearby train tracks.

Mindiola faces commercial burglary charges after police said they found specific tools when they arrested him.

It's not immediately clear if Mindiola has an attorney who can speak to his arrest.

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<![CDATA[Mexican City of Guadalajara to Allow Sex in Public]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:58:43 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/couplemexGettyImages-77418399.jpg

The authorities of the city of Guadalajara, considered to be one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, approved a law that allows sexual relations in public view, unless there's a public complaint. 

With the legal reforms, the police will no longer have the authority to sanction public sex acts, so long as there isn't a complaint from a third party. 

"Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention," details the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government. 

The changes were issued in the capital of the state of Jalisco under the argument that the police should focus on combatting crime and not bother those who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.

That change has caused indignation among many citizens who label it as a moral issue, and also warn that it makes it easier for rapists and pedophiles to abuse their victims.

Once these changes go into effect, the police will only be able to detain and fine those who have intimate encounters in public view if there is an expressed complaint from other citizens. 

This initiative has a history in the world, now that Vondelpark in Amsterdam, one of the most popular public parks in the capital of the Netherlands, has allowed sex in the open air spanning over a decade.

The only rules in Amsterdam are to keep the space clean, the activities should be conducted in areas away from dedicated child zones, and if there's too much noise, police can ask the lovers to leave. 

Photo Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman a Self-Appointed ‘Bachelorette’ in NYC Tinder Scam]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:11:53 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tinder+Logo+Generic.jpg

Although she wasn’t handing out any roses, one woman in NYC managed to trick dozens of men into competing for a chance to date her in a stunt that became her very own version of “The Bachelorette.”

According to Gothamist, dozens of men arrived at Union Square on Sunday evening expecting to go on a fairly normal date with Instagram model Natasha Aponte, only to discover that they were all being strung along by the same woman.

The stunt went viral when Twitter user @bvdhai posted a thread detailing his own experience with the massive Tinder scam.

According to @bvdhai, everything had started out fairly normal when he first matched with Aponte on Tinder. The two made small talk and soon exchanged numbers.

Aponte ended their conversation by saying that she was busy with a work presentation, assuring @bvdhai that she would reach back out to him when she had more free time.

The concept of being ghosted is common in the land of dating apps, so @bvdhai figured that Aponte had just made up an elaborate excuse to stop talking and that he would never hear from her again.

Much to his surprise, Aponte contacted him two weeks later, inviting him to check out a DJ with her near Union Square.

It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Square and noticed a large crowd of men loitering by the DJ’s stage that he started to think something weird was going on.

When Aponte took to the stage herself with a microphone, his fears were confirmed.

“Then she says I’ve invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her,” @bvdhai tweeted.

Even though @bvdhai praised Aponte’s “fallopian fortitude” at pulling off the scam, he wasn’t quite ready to volunteer as tribute. He chose to leave instead.

Many of Aponte's victims were offended by the scam, walking away from the scene without a second look or yelling out profanities at the woman who had misled them.

Several other men, however, did decide to play along with Aponte’s game.

According to NY Mag, Aponte quickly went to work cutting down her pool of suitors by asking those with certain characteristics to leave, including anyone who supported Trump, was looking for just a hookup, or had a beer belly.

As the crowd thinned, Aponte asked the remaining men to participate in physical tests like push-ups and sprints. She also allowed the men to give 1-minute pitches as to why she should date them.

According to reddit user UncleChen69, the 22-year-old Aponte was joined by two women dressed as referees to help monitor the competition.

Many men left the park with bruised egos and newfound trust issues that night.

Aponte has received a notable amount of backlash online for her actions, both from men who were victims of the scam as well as outside observers.

She has since changed her Instagram account to private.

At this time, it’s unclear whether Aponte picked out a winning man for her date.

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<![CDATA['Baaaaaad Boys': 2 Goats Roam Tracks of NYC Subway]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:55:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/goats+on+subway+tracks.jpg

Goats have to commute, too. 

Two goats were spotted roaming on the above-ground N tracks near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday morning, and after about an hour, the MTA said it had to reroute trains on the line so cops could safely catch them.  

The MTA says it called NYPD and Animal Control about the goats, who were on the tracks between the Fort Hamilton and New Utrecht stations, before 11 a.m. By 12:30 p.m., the goats were still on the tracks. They were surrounded.  

Transit officials tweeted a picture of the black and white goats, captioning it, "Two very baaaaaad boys." N trains were running on the D line in both directions from 36 Street to Coney Island as crews worked to corral them.

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They were tranquilized a short time later and have been taken to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, who has a history of bringing rescued animals to that farm.

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It's not clear how the goats got on the tracks, nor where they came from, but it is the third recent incident in a nationwide goat-on-the-lam trend. 

First, more than 100 goats ran amok in an Idaho neighborhood, eating everything in sight. 

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Less than two weeks ago, 75 goats (and sheep) escaped a New Jersey livestock auction and went wandering around Hackettstown. In that case, it appeared someone may have left a gate unsecured.

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<![CDATA[Bright Red Outdoor Urinals Pop Up in Paris]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:04:02 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/paris-potty.jpg

The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go. 

Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds. 

Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports

Not everyone is saying oui, oui to the attention-grabbing boxes, which include signs illustrating how to use them.

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A local mayor told the Times he would consider a "fine tuning" of the location of the urinal but stressed it was necessary to cut down on public urination. 

Outdoor urinals aren't an only-in-Paris thing. San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to install an open-air urinal in 2016 with the "pissoir" that city authorities placed in Dolores Park in 2016.

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<![CDATA['18 Big Tex Choice Awards Finalists]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:03:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/state-fair-big-tex-choice-finalists.jpg The finalists for the 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards were announced early Wednesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Hitchhiking Cat Finds Way Home]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:15:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lostcat0813_1920x10801.jpg

A Midwestern cat named Gizmo was able to unite strangers and make it home after hitchhiking 1,400 miles. The cat's owner hauled a piece of equipment all the way to Kansas, and Gizmo, went along for the ride. Later that night, the family got a call from the man who bought the equipment, asking if they were missing a kitten.


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<![CDATA[TSA Officer Prevents Smoking Bag Mishap]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:54:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_smokingbag_1920x10801.jpg

A quick-thinking security officer prevented a major mishap at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport when a bag in the security check line started smoking. After taking it to a safe area outside of the terminal, the TSA officer notified local law enforcement who quickly responded and determined the item was a vape battery that malfunctioned.

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<![CDATA[Giant Lobster Named After Bon Jovi]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:36:20 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bon-jovi-lobster.jpg

There's Bon Jovi the rock star and then there's Bon Jovi the rock lobster. 

Jon Bon Jovi stopped at a Long Island supermarket on Saturday to help promote his son's new line of rosé, surprising shoppers at the Farmingdale store. 

But perhaps most surprised was a 19-pound lobster who was named "Bon Jovi" in honor of the "Wanted Dead or Alive" singer. 

Bon Jovi and his son Jesse were also greeted by Stew Leonard, Jr., the CEO of the eponymous grocery store chain. 

They were promoting "Diving Into Hampton Water" rosé, which will be available throughout the East Coast. Stew Leonard's Wine and Spirits is launching the sale of the wine. 

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<![CDATA[Dasher, Dancer and Prancer Vacation on the Beach]]> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:03:54 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000104.jpg

Even Santa's reindeer need some vacation time off after working so hard on Christmas Eve. Record high temperatures in Norway have reindeer looking for some heat relief. A little reindeer shared the coast with other beach-goers as the little guy looked for some cold water.

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<![CDATA[Family Wants Cat Back Hiding in Former Home]]> Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:10:06 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_catfight0802_1920x10801.jpg

An Oregon couple considers legal action to help them recover a cat that refuses to leave the crawl space of the home they recently sold, claiming the new owners aren't giving them enough access.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Spray Gasoline, Set Self on Fire]]> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:54:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_arson0801_1920x10801.jpg

Police in New York are looking for the man who tried to blow up a Staten Island gas station earlier in the week. Video shows the man purposely spraying gas around the pump as he fills a red gas can. He then lights a piece of paper on fire, and places the flaming paper on the spilled gasoline. The fuel quickly ignites with flames engulfing the man in less than a second. The gas station's fire suppression system activated and extinguished the flames as the arsonist fled the scene.

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<![CDATA[Bigfoot Lumbers Into Virginia Congressional Race]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:57:51 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bigfoot-candidate.jpg

Bigfoot is now a campaign issue in a Virginia race for U.S. Congress.

Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse her Republican opponent Denver Riggleman of being a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

Riggleman said the attack stems from satirical Instagram posts depicting a nude Sasquatch.

Riggleman told News4 that he does not believe Bigfoot exists but that he's fascinated by the mythology of the ape-like creature.

He accused Cockburn of taking out of context pieces of a long-running joke he’s had with friends. He said he didn’t know a subset of erotic fiction depicting sexual encounters with Sasquatch existed until Cockburn brought it up.

"This has been one of the most bizarre, surreal and funny things I’ve ever experienced," he said. 

The two are running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. It runs from the North Carolina border to Northern Virginia and includes Charlottesville.

The seat is currently held by Republican Tom Garrett, who announced that he's an alcoholic and will not seek re-election.

Cockburn's first tweet about Bigfoot is accompanied by a screenshot of an Instagram post showing a hand-drawn hairy, bearded figure with a censored bar over the groin area. 

The Instagram caption says “Cover art for #matinghabitsofbigfoot almost complete. I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box….”

Cockburn then tweeted a second screenshot depicting Sasquatch with another censored bar and a crudely pasted square photos of Riggleman on the head.

The caption reads, “My “buddies” thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or 2… “Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him…”

The tweets caught fire, and the story has gotten national coverage. 

The Cockburn campaign declined to say whether they had evidence Riggleman had written Bigfoot erotica.

"Sounds to me like the same old 'locker room talk’ defense. Denver is just more of the same,” Cockburn’s campaign manager, Louise Bruce, said in a statement.

Riggleman said he did write a book titled "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him," but it’s not erotic fiction. The cover image he posted on Instagram was a joke from a friend, he said. 

Riggleman said the unpublished book is a collection of Bigfoot stories shared among friends for more than a decade.

“All of the stuff you see is just 14 years of joking,” he said.

Riggleman told News4 he helped write a short story with outdoors writer Don Barone. It is titled, “Bigfoot Exterminators Inc. The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.”

Riggleman, who is a co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia, accused Cockburn of distracting voters with the erotica allegations posted to her Twitter account.

During the campaign, Cockburn has faced accusations of anti-Semitism, and Riggleman has been accused of supporting white supremacists.

The Republican Party of Virginia accused Cockburn, a former investigative journalist, of anti-Semitism over a 1991 book she co-authored. She has denied the claim.

The book, called "Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship," examines the history of relations between the two nations.

Melvin Leffler, a public policy scholar and history professor at the University of Virginia, told The Roanoke Times "the book contains no evidence that Cockburn is anti-Semitic."

Bruce did not address the Virginia GOP's allegations that Cockburn’s book was anti-Semitic.

Bruce drew a stark contrast between the two candidates, warning Riggleman would continue Garrett’s “far right voting record.”

She tied his candidacy to Senate hopeful and Republican firebrand Corey Stewart. Cockburn took on Washington special interests when she was a journalist and gave voice to people unable to speak for themselves, her spokeswoman said.

The pro-Democrat group Blue Virginia accused Riggleman of campaigning with Isaac Smith, who they called a white supremacist. Smith is one of the founders of Unity and Security for America, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper called the organization "a fledgling group that calls for 'defending Western Civilization.'"

Riggleman wrote an editorial published in the Roanoke Times on July 25 renouncing white supremacy.

He quipped Monday that Cockburn's mudslinging may not play well in the rural areas of the district, warning she could be "alienating Bigfoot voters."

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<![CDATA[Drone Strikes Toddler]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:28:17 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dronetoddler0730_1920x1080.jpg

An Iowa toddler is recovering after being hit in the face by a drone. One-year-old Atticus was playing at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf when a drone hit the swings he was on and smacked him in the face.

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<![CDATA[$2 Million Wedding Dress to Headline Dallas Bridal Show]]> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:34:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5a+v-2m+wedding+dress_KXASI5XC_2018-07-27-04-57-36.jpg

Many people are in awe of the beauty of wedding dresses. But one in Dallas might steal all the attention.

A $2 million wedding dress will be on display at the Dallas Bridal Show starting Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., which is the one-stop shop for all things wedding-related. The trade and fashion show is expected to appeal to every bride-to-be.

Stanley Korshak Bridal will have 30 of their dresses on the runway, including the one-of-a-kind $2 million dress designed by the bridal salon’s owner, Mackenzie Brittingham.

What makes this dress worth $2 million? The answer is the labor and the precious jewels. On the skirt of the dress, there are 1,001 Swarovski crystals hand beaded on 300 imported feathers. The bodice is what tips the scale. The top of the dress is adorned with 220 diamonds and sapphires.

De Boulle Diamond and Jewelry provided all of the diamonds, sapphires, and crystals seen on the dress.

The dress comes with its own security detail. No word if the officer will walk down the aisle with the model during the show.

Other trends include cathedral trains and color. In 2018, brides are stepping away from traditional white, opting for nudes, blush, and even gold.

The average wedding costs about $33,000, according to bridal magazine The Knot. If you want to stick to a budget, experts say try keeping your wedding party small, book your wedding on “off peak days,” buy your own drinks for the reception, and think outside of the box when it comes to the dress.

For more tips to save money on your wedding day, go here.

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