January 26, 2017
Rotting Radishes Stinking Up PA Town
Jersey Shore, PA (AP) A television station has found the reason one central Pennsylvania town stinks: a field of decaying radishes.
WNEP-TV began investigating after residents of in the town of Jersey Shore complained the odor was turning the place into Funkytown.
Some people thought their propane tanks were leaking. Others say the smell was worse than dead deer or rotting pumpkins. The station even visited the sewer plant, which smelled OK.
The culprit, it turns out, is a field of radishes planted by T. A. Seeds, a company in nearby Nippenose Township.
The company plants the radishes to scavenge for natural nutrients left in the soil. The crops normally decay before the spring thaw, but they’ve rotted earlier this year because of unusually warm temperatures this month.
Passengers Scream As Florida Alligator Leaps Into Airboat
Miami (AP) A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing.
Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hindery of Springfield, Missouri, captured the moment in a Facebook live video posted Tuesday.
Hinderey tells the Miami Herald he talked his wife Emerald into an airboat ride.
The guide killed the engine and floated close to the bank so people could photograph the gator.
But Hinderey says the boat got stuck. The guide didn’t want to start the engine and scare the gator so he prepared to push off the bank. Just as he warned passengers not to make any sudden movements, the gator jumped into the boat.
The gator eventually slid in to the water. No one was hurt.
Addictive Post: Police Say Men Advertised Heroin On Facebook
Atlanta (AP) Federal prosecutors say four men who advertised heroin for sale on Facebook have been convicted of conspiracy to deal drugs in Atlanta.
U.S. Attorney John Horn said Atlanta police received a tip that Bernard “Big Pat” Stokley was advertising heroin on the social media site and offering “specials of the day.”
Prosecutors say Stokley and the other defendants accepted orders through Facebook and Snapchat, and arranged delivery of the drug in a neighborhood where police have made many drug busts in recent years.
Stokley, Tobias Ellison, Alvin Hughley and Vance Hoard all pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to distribute heroin. They are to be sentenced on April 20.
Ellison’s lawyer said she had no immediate comment. Attorneys for the other defendants didn’t immediately respond to messages Thursday morning.
Roses? No, Try Roaches For An Unusual Valentine’s Day Gift
New York (AP) Roses are red, violets are blue, how about having a roach named for you?
The Bronx Zoo is offering people the chance to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches in honor of someone for Valentine’s Day.
The zoo in New York City started offering the name-a-roach program in 2011 as a fun way to fundraise. For $10, recipients get an emailed certificate telling them one of the insects from the world’s largest roach species has been named for them. This year, the zoo is also offering to send along chocolates or a Madagascar cockroach plush toy for higher donations.
No worries about there not being enough roaches to go around‚ the museum said it had thousands of them on exhibition.
The money goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
How Low? ‘Limbo Queen’ Slips Under Airport Bench On Layover
Philadelphia (AP) A record-setting limbo dancer gave Philadelphia airport passengers some free entertainment this week when she scooted under a bench at a terminal.
Shemika Charles, who goes by “The Limbo Queen,” had a layover in Philadelphia on her way to a scheduled performance at a basketball game in Wisconsin. She says on Twitter she “had to get loose” and decided to have a little fun.
She posted video of herself successfully dancing through the tiny opening between the bottom of the bench and the floor.
Charles set the current Guinness World Record mark for lowest limbo by a female when she passed under a bar just 8.5 inches off the ground in 2010.
Burglary Suspect Left Keys, Cellphone At The Scene
Stratford, CT (AP) A man suspected of breaking into a Connecticut animal hospital looking for drugs made it easy for police to track him down, he left his keys and cellphone behind.
The Connecticut Post reports that police responded to a burglar alarm at The Pet Hospital in Stratford recently to find a rear window broken and blood on the window frame.
Inside, police say they found a trail of blood on the floor, along with keys and a phone. They say it appears the burglar was looking for drugs.
Police traced the phone to 31-year-old Nicholas Bruner and charged him with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. He is free on $10,000 bond.
Bruner said he had lost the items but couldn’t remember where.
Seekers Of Phone Sex Keep Dialing Irish Town In Error
Dublin (AP) The citizens of Westport have a message for the sexually desperate of Ireland: Please, babe, let us sleep.
Politicians and regulators say homes in the town in western Ireland are being besieged by nighttime callers seeking lines operated by a British porn site, Babe Station.
Numbers for Westport and Babe Station both start with 098. Many Irish callers are failing to dial the British international code first.
Mayo lawmaker Michael Ring says he’s hoping that the British regulator of pay-per-call numbers will persuade Babe Station to find a new number.
Irish regulators say they have no power of their own to compel any change. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s chief executive, Michael O’Keeffe, says he’s lobbying U.K. counterparts on behalf of harassed Westport residents “as a matter of courtesy.”