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Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:13 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Amazon customers in Florida got a surprise when they opened the package that arrived on their doorstep.
They ordered four plastic storage bins, but the containers came with 65 pounds of marijuana.
“We love Amazon and do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” the customer told WFTV, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons.
When she and her fiancé needed to put some things in storage, they placed an order for 27-gallon storage totes.
But when they arrived to their Orlando home, the couple knew something didn't feel right.
"They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” she said.
The marijuana was in boxes inside the totes and as soon as they opened the boxes, they were hit with a strong odor.
"When the first officer got here, she was in disbelief,” the customer said.
Police seized the drugs and launched an investigation.
It had been shipped by Amazon’s Warehouse Deals via UPS from a facility in Massachusetts.
"We were still pretty fearful our home would be broken into, and we didn't sleep there for a few days,” the customer said.
The couple said that after going back and forth with Amazon mostly by email for more than a month, they never spoke to a supervisor.
They eventually received an email giving them a $150 gift card with the message, "I am unable to do anything else at this time."
The customers said what they wanted was an apology and an explanation about how this could happen.
"There was no concern for a customer's safety. I mean, this could have turned into a worst-case scenario," one of the customers told WFTV.
Orlando police said there have been no arrests, but they are still actively investigating the case.
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 3:18 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — 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.
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.
Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 1:34 PM
MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — An Arizona man battling a wasp ended up driving his vehicle off a cliff Friday, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.
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.
Published: Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — 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.
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.
Published: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 3:03 PM
DECATUR, Ill. — A driver in Illinois received an unexpected passenger on their Saturday morning commute.
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.