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Police: Florida man dressed as dinosaur arrested with airsoft rifle

Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 3:37 PM

            Brevard County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after police said he was found roaming around a park with an airsoft rifle and wearing a dinosaur costume.

Anthony Berden, 19, was found walking around a Cocoa-area park in a “gamer dinosaur-type costume” with a tactical police-type vest and black ski mask while holding an airsoft rifle and multiple magazines for the gun on Sunday, WFLA reported. Police said Berden told them he was “part of a gaming group” and “wanted to participate in a flash mob.”

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He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask while committing an offense at the park.

Read more at WFLA.

1,000-pound pig escapes farm

Published: Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Bruno the pig.

It was a strange call to begin with, but what Georgetown Police Officer Henry Olshefsky found was shocking.

“The dispatch received a call for a loose pig. I didn't know what to expect, but in my mind, I was thinking it was probably a small pot belly pig or a pet. I envisioned it being pink and cute,” Olshefsky said.

What Olshefsky saw was a huge pig, a 1,000-pound pig, to be exact, hanging out in Julia Gagne’s front lawn.

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"We had a frisbee and a bone outside, don't know what it was doing with it. Playing with it, I guess,” Gagne said.

"Because it is a small town, we were able to locate someone who knew someone who knew where the pig lived,” said Olshefsky.

The owner of the pig, whose name is Bruno, was relieved to have him back.

"Everyone knows Bruno,” owner Frank Martino said.

He admitted containing him has been a struggle.

"He's probably escaped, since he was a baby, three or four times,” Martino said. "We didn't know how big he was going to get so now we have to think of a new way to lock him in with a padlock, that type of thing.”

Man turns pothole into hot tub to send city leaders message

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

File photo of a pothole.
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A man in Mississippi fed up with potholes staged a humorous photo that addresses a serious problem in his community.

Daniel Trussel told WJTV that potholes have plagued Jackson for quite some time, and phone calls and written complaints haven't seemed to help. In hopes of catching the attention of city leaders, he staged a photo in one of the potholes.

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Chillin in my new hot tub. #jacksonlife

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While Trussel was driving to a friend's house Tuesday, he came across an eight-foot deep pothole. Trussel jumped into the pothole filled with water and posted the photo on Instagram, with the caption, "Chillin in my new hot tub. #jacksonlife."

Trussel hopes that in addition to providing a good laugh, city leaders will be prompted to take action and fix Jackson's road issues.

Kansas man chooses jail over wife, robbing a bank to get away from her

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

            Man Chooses Jail Over Wife, Robs Bank To Get Away

A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Kansas City bank last fall, in a strange case that has left authorities scratching their heads.

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, told investigators that he robbed the bank, which is just a block away from police headquarters, after an argument with his wife because he “no longer wanted to be in that situation,” The Kansas City Star reported.

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Ripple was caught on surveillance video handing a bank teller a note at the Bank of Labor last September. When the teller handed over $2,900, Ripple remained in the bank lobby waiting to be arrested.

Ripple wrote the note in front of his wife and said he’s rather be in jail then home with her, according to news reports.

A sentencing date is still pending in the case.


Skunk enters home, goes on spraying rampage

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

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A homeowner in Colorado who wanted some fresh air got a stinky surprise instead.

Jody Britton told Denver7  that on the night of May 25, she opened the back door of her home for some fresh air. A skunk entered the home, followed by the family's dogs. The skunk unleashed its trademark defense mechanism and sprayed the dogs.

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The skunk went on to spray the Britton's living room and dining room, including the walls and curtains. An exterminator was called and the skunk was finally captured after about an hour, Denver7 reported.

By then, the damage had been done. The Brittons were told by their insurance company that the damages would not be covered by their policy. The cleaning service they hired was unable to save the furniture, and told the family that the skunk's oily discharge had likely penetrated the home's hardwood floors and drywall.

A family friend has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for the extensive repair work. So far, damages total $9,700, but could climb much higher if the floors need to be replaced.