Monday, December 18, 2017
Bizarre News

Teen slips past guard, reaches World Trade Center spire

A teenage thrill-chaser slipped through a fence, eluded a security guard and climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center, authorities said Thursday amid concerns about a seemingly audacious breach at what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure sites.

Justin Casquejo, a 16-year-old described by a friend as an adventure-seeker who loves to climb precarious places, spent about two hours early Sunday atop the symbolic and unfinished 1,776-foot tower.

Joe Dunne, security chief of the bistate port agency that has jurisdiction over the lower Manhattan building, said officials "take security and these types of infractions very seriously."

The Weehawken, N.J., teen, who was being held without bail after an arraignment Monday on a criminal trespassing charge, told police he simply walked around the construction site and found a way through the scaffolding around 4 a.m., according to a court complaint. He squeezed through a 1-foot opening in a fence, said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. Casquejo said he climbed to the sixth floor, rode an elevator to the 88th and took the stairs to the 104th. There, he got past an inattentive guard, a private contractor employee who has since been fired, Pentangelo said. Casquejo told police, "I went to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna." He was arrested in the building by a Port authority police officer and his camera and cellphone were seized, Pentangelo said.

The security guard's former employer, the Durst Organization, said it had reviewed its security at 1 World Trade Center and was working "to improve coordination" with the Port Authority, which owns the site.

If Casquejo were looking for bragging rights, he could scarcely have picked a more prominent building. Throughout its rebuilding since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the building once known as the Freedom Tower has been enmeshed in elaborate security plans. Ultimately, plans call for a $40 million system of barriers and checkpoints around the 16-acre trade center, which includes several towers, the Sept. 11 memorial, a transit hub and other features.

Comments
Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of a small Florida town arrested for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits to park at city hall has resigned.The Bradenton Herald reports that Teresa Bradley resigned and was given six-months of probation as pa...
Published: 12/17/17
Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
Published: 12/16/17
Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
Published: 12/16/17
WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Published: 12/10/17
Updated: 12/11/17
This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

ST. PETERSBURG — On the night of Oct. 25, a St. Petersburg woman reportedly propositioned an undercover officer.In return for oral sex, she wanted $5 and a Beanie Baby bear, according to a police report.Is she black? Or is she white? It’s a question ...
Published: 12/10/17
A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

Whatever it was, the boom shook walls and swayed chandeliers."It sounded like a plane had crashed," said Fred Krauer Jr., 43. The noise rattled every room in his home north of State Road 52 and west of Hicks Road. "I felt it in my feet in the shower....
Published: 12/09/17
Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an Art Miami tent opening early Saturday morning, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area for a few hours to investigate the possible threat.But when they opened up the offending cr...
Published: 12/09/17
Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by ...
Updated one month ago
A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

It was a scene reminiscent of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation."You remember the opening scene, when Clark Griswold dragged his family to a Christmas tree farm only to find the largest tree on the lot? And how it overtook his station wagon as i...
Updated one month ago
A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A brave woman logged onto Twitter Thursday afternoon with a simple request. "Please show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house," @jenndangerous tweeted at 12:40 as many of us were gathering around the Thanksgiving table at our relatives’ h...
Updated one month ago