Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Latest victim of scammers: NFL's big bowl game

Super fraud

Latest victim of scammers: NFL's big bowl game

The piracy, counterfeit and copyright battle has moved to the Super Bowl. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says special agents have seized a total of 307 websites and snatched up 42,692 items of phony Super Bowl-related memorabilia along with other counterfeit items for a total take of more than $4.8 million, up from $3.72 million last year. Sixteen of the sites the agency shut down during the operation known as Fake Sweep, were illegally streaming live sporting telecasts, including NFL games. Two hundred ninety-one website domain names were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise, ICE stated.

Stinky love

Skunks look for romance in Calif.

Just two weeks before Valentine's Day, hundreds of skunks have flooded Sacramento, Calif., in search of the perfect mate — bringing with them a pungent smell and creating a nuisance for many homeowners. Animal trapper Stephen Andert, the owner of Creature Catchers, said a few hundred more skunks than normal have invaded the city looking to mate. The annual migration will culminate in May when the skunks' offspring are born.

Cold drunk

Driver jailed for erratic Zamboni

Joel Keith Bruss, a 34-year-old Zamboni driver, was arrested this week after he allegedly drove one of the machines while drunk at a hockey game. Police were called to Hayes Arena in Apple Valley, Minn., about 8 p.m. Monday. People in the arena were reporting that the Zamboni driver appeared to be drunk. When authorities arrived, they saw Bruss struggling to maneuver the Zamboni around the ice. Bruss was arrested for a DWI after field sobriety tests. Bruss has been suspended from his position.

On thin ice

Man accused of stealing glacial ice

Climate change sceptics have acquired a new explanation for why glaciers are retreating: it's not global warming, it's theft. Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tons of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants. Local media report that police intercepted a refrigerated truck with an estimated $6,000 worth of illicit ice allegedly bound for whiskies, rums and cocktails in the capital of Santiago. Scientists say Jorge Montt, part of the Bernardo O'Higgins national park, is retreating by half a mile a year, making it one of the world's fastest shrinking glaciers.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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