Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: Woman sees her bike for sale on Craigslist, steals it back

as the spoke turns

Woman sees her bike for sale, steals it back

Many people say you can get some real steals on Craigslist. A British Columbia woman has given that idea some new meaning, saying she was able to steal back her stolen bike when she spotted it for sale on the popular website, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday. Kayla Smith of Vancouver arranged to meet the seller at a McDonald's restaurant and quickly identified her bike from stickers and special brakes but played dumb. She asked the seller if she could take the bicycle for a test ride "and then I just got on it . . . and rode away."

delivering joy

Big tipper makes a mark in Utah

A Utah bar patron left a $1,000 tip on a $49 bill just one day after someone left a $5,000 tip on a $214.75 tab at a nearby establishment. The first giant tip took place Friday at Brewskis in Ogden and the second came the next night at a new bar named Alleged, the (Ogden) Standard-Examiner reported. Alleged owner Jared Allen said he believes the same man is behind both tips. He said other businesses have reported recent generosity that may have come from the same source.

whale of a party

Pair found drunk, naked on boat

Juneau, Alaska, police say a 35-foot whale-watching boat was taken out for an illegal spin, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Witnesses called police at 2:22 a.m. Saturday after seeing two people board the K'eet. Witnesses said the vessel was doing "doughnuts" in Auke Bay. The Coast Guard took control of the boat, describing the man and woman as drunk and naked. Joshua Carrieri, a K'eet crew member, was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony theft. His companion was not arrested.

pizza meets burger

For the glutton who can't decide

Don't you hate it when you can't decide between pizza or a burger? Fear not: Japan's Pizza Little Party chain is to the rescue with the Megaburgerpizza. The 2.65-pound creation is made with thick beef patties sandwiched between two 11-inch pizzas. In addition to the pizza sauce and cheese you'd expect, the Megaburgerpizza is also dressed with ketchup, onions, pickles and mustard. RocketNews24 writes that it costs $26.

mistaken identity

His late-night foxy lady was a real fox

When Leon Smith felt a warm body nuzzling his neck in the middle of the night, he assumed it was his girlfriend looking for some late-night love. He was half right: The amorous body lying beside him wanted to cuddle, but it turned out to be an honest-to-goodness fox. "I just couldn't believe it. It was so calm, just staring at me," the London native told The Sun. After 10 "tense" minutes, the frisky fox decided to scurry off. Smith, 30, said the fox likely came in through the cat flap.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

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