October 6, 2016
Philly Police Investigating Big Wheel Tricycle On Busy Road
Philadelphia (AP) Philadelphia police say they’re looking into cellphone video reports of a man riding a big-wheeled tricycle down one of the city’s busiest boulevards.
Motorists tell WCAU-TV they saw the man pedaling down the middle of Roosevelt Boulevard on Sunday.
Motorists including Akeem Edwards tell the station the tricycle was holding up traffic as cars gingerly drove around the pedaling man.
Edwards says the man riding the tricycle “looked at me and smiled as he was rolling by.”
Police are trying to figure out who the man is, what he was up to and whether he might be cited for the incident.
Pittsburg Man Faces Penalty If He Can’t Catch Noisy Rooster
Pittsburgh (AP) A Pittsburgh man has 30 days to figure out how to catch a noisy rooster or the city will penalize him.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the rooster’s piercing calls have plagued residents for years. Because it appears to live on Henry Gaston’s property, it has put him in violation of the city’s ban against roosters.
But Gaston told a judge Wednesday he’s tried to catch the animal and has failed. He says he called animal control and the zoo, but he still hasn’t come up with the rooster.
Assistant City Solicitor Adam Rosenthal says he would agree to give Gaston 30 days if he puts out food and tries to catch it with a net.
The judge says he’d like the rooster caught and transferred to a farm.
Stowaway Scorpion Stings Man After Vacation
Warminster, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania man is recovering after he was stung by a scorpion that somehow got into his backpack while he was on vacation in the Caribbean.
The 22-year-old had returned home from St. Thomas and reached into the pack to get his computer when he was stung.
Buddy Mullen of A-1 Exterminators tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia the scorpion disappeared in the man’s bedroom. Mullen’s team flipped the sheets and the scorpion fell to the floor.
Woman Late For Work Lies About Clown Attacking Her
Reading, OH (AP) Police say an 18-year-old Ohio woman lied about being attacked by a knife-wielding clown as an excuse for being late for work.
Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading say investigators found inconsistencies in 18-year-old Alexsandra Conley’s story and charged her with making a false alarm, a misdemeanor.
WCPO-TV reports Conley said someone dressed like a clown jumped a fence Saturday, waved a knife at her and cut her thumb.
No phone listing could be found for the Hamilton woman. It couldn’t immediately be determined whether she has an attorney.
There have been several recent reports nationwide of people having frightening encounters involving clowns. A report last week of a clown grabbing a woman by the throat and threatening Reading schools led to classes being canceled for the day.
Google Scraps 100,000 Euro Bill Run Up By 12-Year-Old
Madrid (AP) Google has written off a 100,000-euro ($112,000) bill run up by a 12-year-old Spanish boy who mistakenly believed he was earning money through an advertising account he opened with the internet giant to promote videos of his municipal band.
News reports said the boy from the eastern city of Torrevieja ran up the Google AdWords bill over two months.
His mother, Inma Quesada, told the El Pais newspaper that her son, Jose Javier, said he wanted to become a “rich youtuber” but did not realize what he was doing.
The story came to light when the bank notified his parents that Google was looking to charge the amount to the boy’s account.
Google confirmed Wednesday that it studied the case and had canceled the bill.
Man Charged With Wearing Plastic Wrap Bikini On Beach
Beach Haven, NJ (AP) Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.
They say Stephen Wojciehowski spent two days on a Long Beach Island beach wearing a homemade bikini in which his genitals were clearly exposed and was charged with lewdness.
NJ.com reports the Stafford Township man was arrested Monday and was released pending further court proceedings.
A woman who answered the phone at his house said “nobody’s here” and hung up. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Man Grew Pot Plants At Vermont Cemetery
Rutland, VT (AP) A 23-year-old man has been charged with growing more than 40 marijuana plants in a Vermont cemetery.
The Rutland Herald reports that Adam Mahoney pleaded not guilty Monday in Rutland to a felony marijuana cultivation charge.
Authorities say Rutland County deputies found five grow sites while patrolling the Chippenhook Cemetery in Clarendon in August. Deputy Jessica Ryan-LeBlanc says she found the first site before spotting Mahoney in the woods near the cemetery. He allegedly fled when she told him to stop.
Authorities say Mahoney was later located and a search of his vehicle found items including fish fertilizer, an open box of Miracle-Gro, containers filled with water and animal repellant spray.
An affidavit says Mahoney admitted to caring for and cultivating marijuana plants.