Sunday, February 25, 2018
Bizarre News

The skinny: Romanian lawyer vows to appeal fine for sneakers

Must be the shoes

Trial held up over lawyer's fancy sneakers

Don't mess with my blue shoes, a lawyer told a court in Romania. Defense lawyer Catalin Dancu was hit Tuesday with a fine of $1,148 — the maximum allowed — for flouting dress regulations and for being late at the trial of five Romanians accused of art theft. Under his black robe, Dancu wore blue jeans and blue sneakers — triple-stripe models that he said cost $264. "I am scented, shaved and fresh," the lawyer noted. "I am going to contest this fine."

Dead but dangerous

Hunter hurt by elk that he took down

An elk slain in Utah had its last revenge when its antler punctured the neck of the hunter who had brought him down. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the 51-year-old hunter bagged the elk Saturday east of Vernal. Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen says the man was trying to roll the 600- to 700-pound animal over when the antler stabbed him behind his jaw. Deputies say the hunter called for help and told dispatchers he was having trouble breathing. Rescuers airlifted the man to the hospital. Laursen said he is expected to make a full recovery.

playground problems

Chicken manure spill forces closure

A southwestern Pennsylvania borough has indefinitely closed a playground because of contamination from a chicken manure spill last month. The (Somerset) Daily American reports the Meyersdale borough council voted Tuesday night to close the Paul E. Fuller playground. The manure spilled on a hill above the playground Aug. 23, and water flows onto the playground when it rains, apparently carrying bacteria from the manure. Borough workers treated the area with lime, but say bacteria counts including salmonella haven't decreased. Council member Roger Miller says his own unscientific methods have confirmed those findings: "My nose tells me there's a problem out there."

smoking session

Police remain calm at pot giveaway

Denver police are defending their decision to stand down while dozens of people lit up marijuana cigarettes at a free pot giveaway in Civic Center park. Deputy Chief David Quinones tells the Denver Post the department didn't want to incite a riot Monday over a petty offense. Hundreds of people lined up to get free pot during an event organized by opponents of a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting. The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging...
Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Customs agents will step up searches for banned flowers meant for Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be station...
Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
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Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
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UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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