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The 5 weirdest things that happened in Tampa Bay this week

Welcome to another edition of off-the-wall news compiled by the editors of tampabay.com. Just when it seemed like much too normal a week, along came these gems.



1. A Dade City teacher was arrested for throwing stones at a neighbor's house. Apparently, though, there weren't any sticks handy.

2. A Pasco middle-schooler made the honor roll and his mom was upset. Seems the kid had a D on his report card and she thought it sent the wrong message. Pasco school officials agreed and enacted a new policy.

3. A Trinity man has been accused of impersonating a police officer at the Dunkin' Donuts. Because any police officer would risk their job for a doughnut discount by waving a gun around, right?

4. How low can you go? Police are seeking a man who burglarized a Tampa day care center. Hope the take of $30 and a computer was worth the shame you will endure when caught.

5. Technically this happened in an Ohio courtroom, but did you get a look at Bobby Thompson's appearance during the closing days of his trial for fraud? That HAIR! And weirder, his attorneys presented no defense. Nada. Zip. Zero. No wonder the jury had a slam dunk for conviction.

The 5 weirdest things that happened in Tampa Bay this week 11/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 3:02pm]
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  1. Two Boca Ciega students arrested on charges they brought gun to high school football game

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK — Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for having a loaded semi-automatic handgun with them at a Friday night football game at Pinellas Park High School.

    Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for bringing a weapon on school property on Friday night at a high school football game at Pinellas Park High School.
  2. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005

    Bucs

    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  3. Crash at U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park kills one, shuts down traffic

    Accidents

    PINELLAS PARK — A man is dead after a crash between two cars at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and 70th Avenue N just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Pinellas Park police are investigating the death of a man during a crash on U.S. 19 early Saturday. (Pinellas Park police)
  4. Tropics watch: The latest on Harvey and what systems could hit Florida

    Weather

    While Eastern and Central America monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Harvey, two tropical disturbances are moving through the Atlantic.

  5. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge

    Bucs

    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]