Global warming exposes more to moons in Maine
Deputies with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department have noticed a very disturbing trend: Whenever temperatures are above 80, and Stephen Thibodeau has been drinking, there are reports of a naked man running around. The latest report details "a man naked on his lawn having his own little party." To be fair, sometimes he isn't technically "naked," as he wears socks. Deputy Jay Hallett says it has happened nearly every summer since he joined the force in 2004, and cops have been called out at least six times since June. "This has got to be the worst year so far," Hallett told the Bangor Daily News.
Two thieves hide from each other
A 30-year-old man broke into an abandoned hospital in Tiverton, England, with the intent of stripping scrap metal, reports the BBC. When he heard someone else in the building, he assumed it was police and that they were on to his plot, so he climbed into an air duct and hid there. In a totally related story, in another part of the building, but really nearby, a 19-year-old man had exactly the same experience while there for exactly the same nefarious purpose and hid on the roof. Both men hid — essentially from each other — until police showed up when someone reported hearing strange noises at the facility. They were both arrested.
In dad's haste to escape, forgot baby
Police in Somersworth, N.H., arrested Matthew Sordiff, 21, on charges that he went into a store on Monday and put about $25 worth of baby supplies in a diaper bag and tried to leave the store, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. But when a store employee confronted him as he was just outside the exit, he fled. That might have been the end of the story, except for one thing: He left without his 3-month-old daughter. He later said that he thought the baby's mother was still in the store, but apparently she took off, too. Sordiff's mother said he is a "great father," and that he just panicked. Dover District Court will be the judge of that on Oct. 18.
Reverend mixes up communion, baptism
The sacramental wine is not traditionally part of the baptism service. But when the Rev. Julian Medina, a part-time parochial vicar at All Hallows Church in Sacramento, Calif., started slurring his words and stumbled during the service where he was presiding over the baptism of 15 children, people started wondering what was going on. Then he fell and he was carried to the rectory. "We apologize to the families who had to experience this incident," the Rev. Santiago Raudes told the Sacramento Bee. "If he does have a drinking problem, then he will get the help and treatment he needs."
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.