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Minnesota family asks for public's help in finding missing emu named Dork

Published: Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

WOOMERA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12:  An Emu crosses the highway June 12, 2005 near Woomera, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
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WOOMERA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: An Emu crosses the highway June 12, 2005 near Woomera, Australia. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)(Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

A missing emu named Dork is gaining a Facebook following while an entire community in Minnesota searches for the wayward bird. 

Dork escaped from his backyard pen in Becker in April after a tree branch broke his pen, according to KARE11

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Since then, community members have been filling Dork’s Facebook page with pictures of him when he’s been spotted, the Palm Beach Post reported. A local hardware store even sells shirts that say, “Dork is the name, hiding is the game,” according to WCCO

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“It’s really taken on a life of its own,” Becker Police Chief Brent Baloun told WCCO. “It’s kind of a rallying point for the community.”

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Dork’s owner, Tom Berry, is starting to get worried since it’s getting cold, but he believes his bird is still on the loose because he’s searching for a companion, WCCO reported. 

“Geek and Dork were male and female, and Geek died three years or so ago, so he is on his own now,” Berry said. “He’s a bachelor; he’s looking for a female emu.”

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Dork is wildly loved by social media users, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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Man accused of spreading nails on road to punish speeding drivers

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

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File image of nails.(Pixabay)

A Minnesota man is facing a felony charge, accused of tampering with the road outside of his home as a way to punish speeding drivers, authorities said.

Joseph Kurimay, 75, has been charged with one felony count of damage to property, WCCO reported. 

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Kurimay has been under investigation since October, according to the criminal complaint. He is accused of scattering mason nails on the road outside of his home. The criminal complaint says more than 100 vehicles have been damaged due to Kurimay's actions.

Police gathered evidence from employees at a car repair shop and from surveillance video at a hardware store, the criminal complaint said. Police said they linked a credit card used to purchase mason nails to Kurimay, and found a nearly empty box of mason nails during a search of Kurimay's garage.

Kurimay initially denied involvement, but then expressed frustration that authorities had not responded to his complaints about speeding in the neighborhood, so he took matters into his own hands, according the criminal complaint.

Police told WCCO that 115 victims have been identified, and over $22,000 has been reported in damages.

Kurimay could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted, WCCO reported.

A review of Kurimay's criminal record found several speeding tickets, WCCO reported.

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Wasp causes man to drive Jeep off cliff

Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

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File image of a wasp.(Pixabay)

An Arizona man battling a wasp ended up driving his vehicle off a cliff Friday, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

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The man told police that he was distracted while trying to swat a wasp that flew into his Jeep and lost sight of the cliff momentarily, azcentral.com reported. The driver was able to jump out of the vehicle before it plunged off the cliff and became submerged in the lake below.

The man was not injured in the incident, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

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11-foot alligator takes dip in Florida pool

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

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A deputy from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office thought his Friday night shift was getting off to a slow start until he received a call about an alligator in a swimming pool.

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The deputy documented the call with photos and video, which was posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The first photo shows an alligator that almost appears to be floating in the pool. But as the video clip shows, the alligator proved to be feisty as the trapper removed it from the pool. The last set of photos shows the alligator on the front lawn of the residence.

The alligator was 11 feet long, according to the deputy. 

It was unclear how the alligator made its way into the pool.

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Turkey crashes through car's windshield, injuring driver

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Turkey Smashes Through Car Windshield, Injures Drive

A driver in Illinois received an unexpected passenger on their Saturday morning commute.

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Officials with the Harristown Fire Protection District posted photos on its Facebook page showing a turkey that slammed into the windshield of a car. The turkey crashed through the driver's side windshield, leaving a large hole, officials said. When rescue workers arrived, they found the driver outside of the vehicle, covered in glass. The driver was treated for multiple facial cuts, officials said.

Fire officials said that the turkey, a 25-pound male, was found on the passenger floorboard. The bird did not survive the accident.

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