<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:53:15 -0700 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:53:15 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Indiana High School Goes Viral With Epic Lip Dub Video]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/avon+viral+lip+dub.jpg

An Indiana school’s “lip dub” video has gone viral.

The toe-tapping film showcases thousands of Avon High School students and staff who lip sync to a “danthology” of 68 pop songs, including hits from Justin Timberlake, Lorde and Taylor Swift. And they did it all in the name of charity.

“Avon High School Lip Dub 2014” was produced to drum up excitement for the school’s dance marathon event this weekend, hoping to raise money for James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

The more than six-minute video posted to YouTube Saturday has already garnered more than 150,000 views.

Produced and filmed by student Suketu Patel, the video showcases thousands of students from cheerleaders to athletes to musicians to art students, and it was all done in one take.

The video starts in the school cafeteria and travels through the halls as students and staff, dressed in spirited school attire, sing and dance in a choreographed routine, culminating in the school gymnasium where thousands of students cheer and celebrate.

The school hopes the video will encourage donations ahead of their Riley Dance Marathon Saturday.

Donations can be made here.

<![CDATA[Egg Sale Causes Ruckus, Fight at Chinatown Walgreens ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:59:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg

"Hundreds" of elderly women descended on a San Francisco Walgreens on Tuesday to do battle over deeply-discounted eggs, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Walgreens dropped jaws by offering up cartons of a dozen eggs for the rock-bottom price of 99 cents per dozen, the newspaper reported. But fisticuffs ensued when the sale proved so popular that the store ran out -- leading the remaining shoppers to scuffle over the last few cartons.

Police told the newspaper that about 20 agitated shoppers were "fighting over" what was left of the egg stock upon their arrival at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

No injuries were reported and no police report was filed.

Chaos and conflict were settled a few hours later when a truck delivered more eggs, the newspaper reported.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Yawning Suspect to Judge: "I Don't Care, Man"]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:36:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/041614+joseph+butler+judge+john+hurley.jpg

A yawning suspect earned a stern rebuke and a trip to jail after he told a South Florida judge, "I don't care, man."

Joseph Butler was facing grand theft and resisting arrest charges when he appeared before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley Tuesday in the incident captured on court video.

Butler, arms crossed, stood as the prosecutor read from his lengthy criminal past then yawned loudly, drawing the ire of Hurley.

"Oh don't worry, sir. Sir, I heard you yawn, but don't worry. You won't yawn in just a minute. Trust me on that one," Hurley said.

"I don't care, man. I really don't care," Butler said.

"I know this is boring to you and you'd rather be out doing something else, but I can guarantee you won't be stealing anymore after this conversation," Hurley replied.

Hurley then set Butler's bond at $104,000, but ordered him held without bond on three previous grand theft arrests.

"So he's gonna be staying in jail for awhile," Hurley said after dismissing Butler. "Good, maybe he can yawn all he wants while he's over there."

<![CDATA[Knife Found in Enchiladas at Sonoma Airport]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:33:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/enchilada-knife-2.jpg

Transportation Security Administration agents found a knife stuffed inside a woman's carry-on tray of enchiladas at a Northern California airport, but she was still allowed to fly.

The TSA says security at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa noticed something suspicious in the woman’s carry-on luggage Monday morning. They opened it up and found a knife in the middle of a tray of enchiladas.

“Looks like homemade enchiladas,” TSA’s public affairs spokesperson tweeted.

The passenger reportedly told agents she has no idea how the 8 ½-inch knife got there.

The agents took the knife and the Alaska Airlines passenger was allowed through security and onto her plane.

TSA’s public affairs office tweeted out pictures of the hidden knife. (Editor’s note: The office’s initial tweets erroneously state the knife was found at Oakland International Airport).  


Photo Credit: TSA]]>
<![CDATA[SFO Super Shuttle Hijacking "Totally Bizarre"]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:07:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-15-2014-super-shuttle.jpg

Police are looking for a man suspected of hijacking a San Francisco International Airport Super Shuttle van full of passengers in what a spokesperson for the bus service is calling a "totally bizarre" incident.

The Super Shuttle van was out picking up passengers in downtown San Francisco around 3:56 a.m. Sunday, when it picked up the suspect from a sidewalk, San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Albie Esparza said.

The suspect provided a different name than what was in the reservation, making the excuse that his girlfriend had made a mistake when she booked the van for him.

The driver allowed the suspect to board the shuttle. When the shuttle operator pulled over on O’Farrell Street near Powell Street to help load a passenger’s luggage, the suspect jumped into the driver’s seat and started the van.

The shuttle driver was able to jump back on the van and hung from the side door as the suspect drove away at a low speed.

The shuttle driver kept hanging for about a block before jumping off and calling 911.

The passengers in the van got into a physical struggle with the suspect on New Montgomery Street, managing to jump out of the van, retrieve their luggage and share a cab to the airport.

The suspect drove off by himself in the van, which  was later located in Alameda County near the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Esparza said.

Super Shuttle spokesperson Margaret Nathan described the incident as “totally bizarre.”

“The company is 30 years old and this is the first time something like this has ever happened,” she said. “We are wondering, why would anybody choose to commit a crime with a very branded van? We are very grateful that the passengers overwhelmed him and were able to get away in a taxi.”

Nathan said that Super Shuttle has not yet heard any concerns from passengers about the incident.

“In fact, people have been tweeting really positive things about us,” she said.

Esparza described the suspect as a 30-year-old mixed-race male, 160 pounds, 5’5” tall, brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing a green t-shirt.

Investigators are talking to the driver and the passenger of the hijacked van to find out more information about the hijacking.

Photo Credit: Supershuttle.com: PRNewsFoto/SuperShuttle International]]>
<![CDATA[Croc Caught at Suburban Shopping Mall]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/abandoned-croc.jpg

It's not every day that a Nile Crocodile is found wandering around a TJ Maxx shopping center in the middle of suburbia.

But that's what happened on Wednesday about 9 a.m. when an abandoned four-foot croc was crawling around a Roseville shopping center near Sacramento.

Police Sgt. Kelby Newton told NBC Bay Area that it looks like the amphibian's guardian was trying to dump his pet at The Serpentarium on Douglas Boulevard, which has a sanctuary for certain type of reptiles.

Owning such an alligator is illegal. Nile Crocs are native to Sub-Saharan Africa, are aggressive predators and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Shoppers at the TJ Maxx Plaza discovered this Nile Croc all by itself, with duct tape wrapped around its mouth. Newton said a Rubbermaid box, the kind you store Christmas ornaments in, was found nearby - and the duct tape on the container was broken.

"The croc must have popped the lid off," he said.

Roseville Animal Control Officer John Bennett ended up lassoeing "the critter," which was not happy about getting into a cage.

"That thing was real quick and agile," Bennett said.

And now, the croc is in the hands of the California State Fish and Wildlife wardens, who will likely donate it the animal to a wildlife or educational organization.

This was the first time a crocodile was seen wandering about Roseville, and the first time one needed to be lassoed off the streets.

"Totally the first time," Kelby said.

But he added that despite the initial scare for TJ Maxx shoppers, the situation was quickly and safely remedied.

"A lot of people were relieved," he said, "when they saw the duct tape on its mouth."

Photo Credit: Roseville Police]]>
<![CDATA[Five Best Friends Accepted to MIT]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:39:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/polytechnic+photo.JPG

They are five friends, five students at Polytechnic High School and, as of last week, five new MIT admits.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Friday that five students from Polytechnic High School’s Math/Science Magnet had been admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"To be honest with you, I cried," student GiMin Choi said. "The fact that all of us got it in, it’s just more happiness to share"

Ari Bennett, principal of Polytechnic High School, said he is "in awe of our MIT 5." 

"Each one represents the caliber and high standards of our Math/Science Magnet at Poly. Congratulations to these wizards of technology who will change the world one atom at a time," Bennett said.

Those so-called wizards of technology are Raymundo Cano, Andrew Koh, Kevin Escobar Rodriguez, GiMin Choi and William Lopez-Cordero.

"Its just surreal," Rodriguez said.

The five students shared their excitement with NBC4 Tuesday.

"I have to admit, even to this day I still open my decision page and read the whole letter, it seems so unreal," Cano said.

It addition to MIT, all five students were accepted to other top universities. Cano was also accepted Harvard - a university just down the street from MIT.

MIT, considered the nation’s premier program for science and technology, will allow the students to explore their passions.

Choi wants to study either environmental engineering or computer science. Koh is also interested in computer science, but added that he is also interested in biology applications as well. Cano may join his friends in the computer science field, but is also considering a mathematics major.

Lopez-Cordero wants to work at NASA. Rodriguez wants to eventually work in robotics.

Regardless of their field of study, the friends are just happy they’re making the transition to college together.

“Normally after high school, that’s where friendships split. But at least our little crew is going to stay together,” Rodriguez said.

<![CDATA[Unbelievable Animal Stories: Bullet-Riddled Orangutan Rescued]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:40:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/485247939.jpg Check out some of the craziest animals and the stories behind them.

Photo Credit: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Gets B-Day Card in Mail 45 Years Late]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:14:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1969+mail1.JPG

A birthday card that was intended to reach a young Brooklyn woman on her 19th birthday has finally reached its destination, 45 years after it was first mailed.  

It's not the only piece of mail from 1969 that recently found its way to Susan Heifetz, now living in Floral Park. She says a man living in her childhood apartment building in Marine Park contacted her, saying he had mail addressed to her and postmarked 1969.

Heifetz knew right away the first piece of mail was from her late mother when she saw the lipstick print on the envelope.

"That was mother's thing, to put sealed with a kiss, and the tradition has continued," she said. 

Inside was the birthday card that cost just 6 cents to mail at the time. 

"I've been crying probably since Wednesday when I got this," she said. 

Two days later, another letter with the same Brooklyn address turned up, also written in 1969, from a soldier in Vietnam she had once dated.

"He said in the letter that he tried to call several times before he was shipped overseas, but of course in 1969, we didn't have answering machines," she said.

And then over the weekend, Heifetz got a 1969 birthday card from her brother, postmarked a day before her mother's card.

The Postal Service says it has processed and delivered more than 7 trillion pieces of mail since 1969 and that it's unlikely the three pieces of mail addressed to Heifetz were lost in the system. But it can't explain where they may have been for 45 years. 

Heifetz says the unexpected deliveries bring her a sense of closure as she packs up to retire to Nevada, where her brother and his family live. 


<![CDATA[Smart Cars Flipped Over in San Francisco]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-smart-10.jpg Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their heads and rear ends in the streets of San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Student's April Fool's Joke on Teacher Goes Viral]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mich+class+prank.jpg

Extra credit belongs to this student who stayed in character throughout a caught-on-camera April Fool's prank that has since gone viral.

The student pranked her macroeconomics teacher, Professor Stephen Barrows, last week at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. At the center of the joke was the teacher's in-class policy: If a student's phone rings, the call must be answered on speakerphone.

Per the policy (and the joke), when the female student's phone rang, she answered. Here's what the class heard:

"Hi, this is Kevin from the Pregnancy Resource Center. Per your request, I am calling to inform you that the test results have come back positive. Congratulations."

A clip of the prank shows the teacher clearly looking concerned at this point. He can be heard telling the student she can turn off the phone.

"There is no need to worry," the caller says. "I know you told us the father is no longer in the picture, but we will be in contact with you throughout this whole process, so don't worry about anything. We provide counseling and other maternity services at no charge."

As the teacher moves to publicly apologize to the student, she plays it cool.

"That's okay," she says. "I've been expecting this, and I already know what I'm going to name the baby. Her first name will be April, and her middle name will be Fools."

The class erupts into laughter, right along with the professor. The prank had since garnered more than 4 million YouTube views by Monday afternoon.

<![CDATA[Toilet Paper Wedding Contest on a Roll]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:13:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TP-Wedding-Dress.jpg

With 10 years running, you could say that a quirky competition known as the “Toilet Paper Wedding Contest” is truly on a roll.

The annual nationwide contest, created by the website Cheap-Chic-Weddings and sponsored by Charmin, is exactly what it sounds like: a battle of the best, most elaborate wedding gowns made entirely out of toilet paper.

That’s a whole lot of white, plushy two-ply.

Besides Charmin Toilet Paper, other materials designers are allowed to use include tape, glue, a needle and thread. That's it. Entries must also include a toilet paper headpiece.

The contest began two weeks ago and participants have until May 13 to submit their masterpieces by sending photos of their design on a model or mannequin to the Cheap-Chic-Weddings website.

From there, contest co-creator Susan Bain said the top 10 wedding dress entries will be chosen and online voting will open to the public. The contest will culminate on Jun. 12 at The Sanctuary Hotel on The Haven Rooftop in New York City where the top 10 designs will be showcased.

There, a winner will be chosen and the victor, quite fittingly, will receive a nice stack of paper – a $10,000 grand prize. Second place will walk away with $5,000 and third place will receive a $2,500 prize for their toilet paper creation.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, which includes “Project Runway” contestant Kate Pankoke.

But to take top honors in this year’s contest, designers will need to bring forth their TP A-game.

Bain told NBC 7 that contestants must step it up every year and with the 10th anniversary of the contest, this is especially true this time around.

Bain said details and extra accessories on the dresses get more intricate each year. Also, much like a wedding, competitors tend to use themes.

“Contestants use themes and name their dresses. Last year we had a dress that converted from long to short, a Japanese wedding kimono and a steam punk-inspired dress. The winner used glitter glue to form realistic calla lilies!” said Bain. “Above all of that, the workmanship has gotten better.”

Bain said the gowns are examined carefully by judges who always take into consideration how much the entry looks like a real wedding gown.

“To win this year it will take great photos [of the dress] at the start of the contest, excellent structure to the dress and details we haven't seen before,” she added.

Last year’s winner was an entry dubbed “Beautiful Swan,” pictured above.

For more information on the Toilet Paper Wedding Contest, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Burglar in the Buff]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:58:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/burglar2.jpg Police say a man was arrested after breaking into a home while wearing nothing but a cowboy hat in Johns Creek, Georgia on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: "Quite Alarming" Video Shows Woman Feeding Alligator]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/feeding-gator.JPG

A woman was caught on camera feeding an alligator at a Port St. Lucie senior living complex.

The video that was recently released is about a year old, neighbors in the Florida community told WPTV.

In the video, the woman is seen sitting on the ground as the gator approaches her from a small body of water. The woman even kicks at the gator when it appears to get too close.

"It was quite alarming to see this woman just sitting by the water with this alligator just feet, in some cases inches from her," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Johnson said.

Neighbors say the gator was so used to getting fed, it would chase people with steaks.

The gator was removed and the FWC is investigating the incident. It is illegal to feed alligators in Florida.

<![CDATA[The Craziest Food Heists]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:55:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg Honey, nuts and cheese top the list of the most expensive — and delicious — food heists.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[10 Unfortunate Truck Spills]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:31:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/171571810.jpg The fear of overloaded trucks crashing on the highway and spilling their contents might not be so irrational at all. Click here to see some unfortunate truck spills around the nation.

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<![CDATA[N.J. Mom Gives Birth in Nail Salon]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:45:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/anna_rubinstein_nail_salon_birth.jpg

A New Jersey mother who decided to get some extra pampering before giving birth to her second child left the salon with a fresh manicure and a newborn.

Anna Rubinstein of Emerson made a pit stop at the Eden Nail salon in Glen Rock while in labor last Wednesday. Delivering her first child took more than a day, so Rubinstein figured she had plenty of time.

But Rubinstein's labor progressed quickly after she got the manicure. Baby Damien didn't wait for mom to finish the massage, manicure and pedicure. Her husband was summoned to the salon, as was an ambulance. Sergei Rubinstein arrived just in time to see his son delivered in the salon's bathroom. 

NewJersey.com reported that the bundle of joy arrived before Rubinstein's nails were dry.

The salon's owner Nancy Wang was en route to the salon during the delivery. When she arrived, she saw the Rubinsteins cradling the baby in the bathroom. An ambulance arrived shortly after the baby was born.

"Everybody was very nervous," said Wang. "I was very happy the baby was born and everyone was doing fine."

Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Viorel Florescu / NorthJersey.com ]]>
<![CDATA[Pig Surrenders Peacefully After Chase]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:30:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-chase-pig-sm+copy.jpg

After a brief foot chase in a residential Santa Monica neighborhood, authorities had Sophie surrounded.

To clarify: Sophie is a pet pig.

In a call that officers don’t see every day, the loose pig was reported roaming around by residents on Wednesday. When park rangers and officers arrived on scene, they found Sophie and a foot pursuit ensued. And if the photo above is any indication, there may have been a brief standoff as well.

Officers said on Facebook that they were able to take Sophie into custody without incident, and she was safely transported to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

Sophie was later reunited with her Los Angeles owner who was visiting a friend in the area when the pig escaped.

Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police Department/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Milk Donor to Break Record]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/denton_mom_breast_milk.jpg

When Alyse Ogletree first started donating breast milk, she just wanted to do something good. The North Texas woman never expected it would lead her to likely become a world record holder.

"At that time I had no idea there was even a record out there,” said the Denton mother of two.

However, she’s now just a few steps away from that title.

Ogletree has donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk and is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to officially be named the record holder.

The current holder, Amelia Boomker of Illinois, made the record book by donating 16,321 ounces to an Indiana donation center.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which receives Ogletree's donations, said she should easily triple that number with her donations to them; a total of more than 414 gallons of breast milk.

"I was over-producing,” Ogletree explained.

She first made the realization about four years ago when her son Kyle was born. Ogletree said while she was in the hospital, her son wasn’t taking breast milk. But she was still producing way too much; filling the hospital’s reserves, she said.

"One of the male nurses asked me if I'd ever considered donating and I was like, 'What is that?'" she said.

That’s when she found the Fort Worth clinic, which was more than happy to take her extra milk.

After the birth of Kyle Ogletree, she donated 1,880 ounces.

When she became pregnant with her second baby, Kage, Ogletree said donating again was a no brainer; though she had no idea how much she’d produce.

"I ended up producing on average about 130 (ounces) per day," she said.

Producing the milk almost became a full time job in itself for the mom, who said it was taxing on her.

Ogletree’s husband Lance said there’d be times she’d be in and out of bed all night having to pump.

"Sometimes we wouldn't be able to send it off quick enough, so we'd have our deep freeze in the garage with probably an entire shelf full,” he said.

Alyse Ogletree said she enjoys being able to produce the milk for a good cause. Between drinking a lot of water and pumping regularly she believes her body just became willing to produce so much.

Simone Summerlin of the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas said Ogletree donated more than 51,000 ounces after giving birth to Kage, up to when she stopped producing in recent weeks.

At this point Ogletree is still in the application process. She said Guinness will have to approve all of her records with the donation clinic in order for the record to be officially named to her.

As a competitive person, Alyse said she’s excited to shatter the record and hopefully be given the title. But she said the real pleasure is the good that comes from the cause.

The Office of Women's Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages breastfeeding for health benefits for mothers and babies, cost saving, and other benefits.

Donated breast milk is often used for mothers that cannot produce enough milk for their children. Additionally, for very young children, breast milk has medically proven benefits over a variety of suppliments.

The Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas, where Ogletree donates, said donated milk is processed and screened for bacteria, then frozen until it is ordered by a physician.

"It takes a lot to raise a family and there are women out there that are not able to produce milk,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree said she encourages more moms to try their hand at the record and help raise more donations and awareness around the cause.

“It's wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.

Before Boomker, the previous record holders were Karen Merheb of Dallas with more than 14,200 ounces, preceded by Alicia Richman, also a North Texan from Granbury, who donated 11,115 ounces.

Ogletree said it will be nice to bring the record back to North Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Inadvertently Asks Deputy for a Ride]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kareem+moore.jpg

A man is behind bars after he inadvertently asked an undercover officer for a ride in Deerfield Beach Wednesday, police said.

Broward Sheriff's deputies said a man named Kareem Moore, who had just stolen an Audi SUV, dumped the car on the side of Interstate 95, crossed the highway and jumped a fence before approaching the officer, who was in an unmarked BSO car at 300 NE 2nd Street.

"He asked for a ride and our officers accommodated him," Deputy Rob Schankenberg said.

He said while the car was unmarked, the man inside was clearly marked as a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.

The deputy was part of a Deerfield Beach ground search to find Moore, who allegedly led deputies on a chase down Dixie Highway.

"It doesn't typically happen that way, but we'll take it any way we can get it," Lighthouse Pointe Police Chief Ross Lacata said.

BSO was assisting Lighthouse Pointe Police after they allegedly spotted Moore speeding from a Northwest 23rd Avenue home in the Audi Quattro. Officials said Moore burglarized that home before he drove away.

"The guy kicked in the door here with a foot," said homeowner Ricardo Fernandez.

Fernandez said it took Moore about six minutes to make off with his valuables, including watches, a Louis Vuitton bag and two handguns with ammo.

<![CDATA["Crazy Cat Lady" Will Face Charges: SPCA]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:42:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Cat+Hoarder+Cat+Lady+Sign.jpg

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers were busy on Wednesday removing hundreds of cats from the home of a self-proclaimed "cat lady" in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

About 240 cats were discovered in two connected "unsanitary" row homes on the 1600 block of Filmore Street. This came after officers found dozens of other felines during an earlier visit to the homes.

A sign on the gate of the home reads "I'm the Crazy Cat Lady. And this is the crazy cat house."

According to records, the woman who lives at the home has been running a licensed animal shelter known as Animals in Crisis since 2002. SPCA officials say they began to investigate her a few weeks ago after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen. Officials say the woman initially cooperated with them and turned over as many as 30 cats during an earlier visit. However, they then asked her to surrender more cats after conditions worsened but she allegedly refused.

"She declined to continue cooperating with us," said Sara Eremus of the SPCA. "It was a situation where we needed to just go in there and take them."

SPCA officials arrived at the home around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Investigators say conditions inside the home were so deplorable and unsanitary that the officers had to wear respirators while removing the animals.

Workers from the SPCA spent the day at the house removing the cats. The felines that were removed were transported to PSPCA headquarters on Erie Avenue for vet exams, treatment and shelter.

"PSPCA's ultimate goal here is to find the cats good homes once it obtains legal custody of them," officials stated in a press release.

In total, animal officers estimate the woman, who was not immediately identified, kept more than 300 cats in her home.

According to the SPCA, the woman was operating a cat rescue but became overwhelmed.

The Animals in Crisis website describes itself as a nonprofit organization working to rescue animals and “doing the work the PSPCA should be doing.”

“The number of cats being thrown out far exceeds the number of homes we can find, so we are forced to keep many of them and make them as happy and healthy as possible,” reads a statement on the website. “Due to this large number of cats, we need to expand our facility. We have two full-size basements that are completely cleaned out and ready for renovation.”

NBC10’s Deanna Durante called a number listed on the website and spoke to a woman who refused to identify herself. The woman claimed the animals were not being seized from the home on Filmore Street. Instead, she said the owner of the cats had gotten older and was too sick to take care of the animals and therefore called the SPCA herself.

SPCA officials told NBC10 that the woman we spoke to was “entitled to her side of the story.”

Alicia Manfredi told NBC10 that she used to work at the shelter and was not surprised by the discovery on Wednesday.

"I watched the cats being abused," Manfredi said.

Manfredi claims that she filed a complaint against the owner back in 2011 before quitting. She also sent NBC10 pictures of what it looked like inside.

"Everything was neglected," Manfredi said. "Feces, urine, everywhere. It was just really awful, even for us to be working in."

While the SPCA confirmed a complaint was filed back in 2011, they claim they searched the shelter at the time and did not find any signs of neglect.

On Thursday the PSPCA announced that the woman will face charges, although what those charges will be depends on the outcome of the investigation.

The cats will be made available for adoption soon, says the rescue.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Pete Kane]]>
<![CDATA[Flirty Burglary Suspect Arrested in San Mateo]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:44:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/03-25-2014-flirty-burglar.jpg

Police on the Peninsula say they set up a suspected burglar on a “first date” he likely regrets.

Keveen Quintanilla, 31, of Burlingame, is accused of burglarizing Curry Up Now, a restaurant in the 100 block of South B Street in San Mateo. San Mateo police say he was caught in the act by employees in the early hours of Saturday morning, but he fled the scene before police could arrive.

One of those employees, 22-year-old bartender Ashleigh Cullen, told police she recognized the suspect as a man who had previously “flirted with her during business hours.”

Cullen says she was getting ready to close the restaurant in the wee hours of Saturday morning when a man came up to her as she was taking out the recycling.

“He said he’d seen me around and wanted to hang out, which was strange since it was already 1 a.m. when he approached me,” Cullen said.

Later, she says, she realized someone had burglarized the restaurant's storage area, stealing televisions, other electronics and something unusual.

“He stole a pair of my slippers I keep in the basement,” Cullen said.

Cullen was able to give police the man's name and phone number.

Then, pretending to be Cullen, San Mateo police started exchanging texts with the suspect. They arranged a fake date at a donut shop in Burlingame.

Ashleigh Cullen

“This genius decided, 'Sure, OK,' and he showed up there on Burlingame Avenue, not to meet the young woman from the restaurant but instead two plainclothes detectives,” San Mateo Count District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. 

Instead of a date with Cullen, Quintanilla ended his night in handcuffs with a chauffeured ride to jail.

He was booked into San Mateo County Jail. He is charged with five felonies, including burglary and possessing methamphetamine.

“This is a simple case, once again proving when you think not with your brain but with your emotions, such as this idiot was doing, you end up in the county jail,” Wagstaffe said.

He already has another date lined up: Quintanilla is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: San Mateo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Arcade Fire's Huge Papier–Mâché Mask Stolen During Show]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:36:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/arcade+fire+masks.jpg

If you took a huge papier–mâché bobblehead mask from the Arcade Fire show in Connecticut last week, the band wants it back, no questions asked.  

Arcade Fire was at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday as part of the Reflektor tour and Richard Parry's bobblehead was stolen during their show, according to a statement from the band’s public relations firm.

“This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show," Arcade Fire said in a statement. "We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it."

Someone started an Arcade Fire Bobblehead Twitter parody account about the prop being on the run.

The band also has a good sense of humor about the incident.

”Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head?” the statement continues.

Their next show is on March 28 in Mexico City.

If you took the mask or know who did, help get the head back to the band by contacting info@quest-management.com with any information.


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Family Frees Deer Stuck in Fence ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:45:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/223*120/deerfence.jpg

A Massachusetts family got a surprise close encounter with wildlife over the weekend, when what looked like two branches sticking out of their fence turned out to be a deer in need of a rescue.

It started Sunday morning when “Dixie” the dog was barking in the back yard of an Attleboro home. Seven-year-old Grant Kelley was the first to see the deer sticking through the fence.

"We looked outside and we thought it was two huge branches but then we looked on the other side and we saw a huge head," Grant told New England Cable News.

Grant's father, Brian Kelley, was just coming home from working the overnight shift and went to help.

"I started to pet the back of the deer to calm him down cause he was kicking," he said.

He then started the careful process of freeing the animal.

"I started to gently free the bottom legs first, release the pickets and then was able to move the deer gently off the top of the fence," he said.

Kate Kelley captured her husband's rescue mission on video. After the animal was freed, it took off into the woods.

"And we are all animal lovers in this family so we were thrilled to see it ended well," Kate Kelly said. "We were very fortunate and so we named it ‘Lucky.’"

Photo Credit: NECN ]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Coyote Rescued From High Water in Florida]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:42:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CoyoteResized.png

A young coyote was rescued from a rising tide by animal rescuers on Singer Island, Fla.

The animal had been seen on a dock earlier in the day but jumped into the water and got stuck along the seawall.

David Hitzig of Busch Wildlife Rescue and officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control arrived for the rescue. Hitzig used a boat to get close to the coyote and gave it two tranquilizer shots before officers hoisted the animal to safety.

"I got a chance to go swimming and I didn't have to do any paperwork for a few hours," Hitzig said.

The coyote was released back into the wild.

<![CDATA[Man Scales SUV, Strips, Taunts Cops]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:05:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Naked+Man+Wilmington+blur.jpg

A Delaware man was arrested on suspicion of drug use after he climbed on top of an SUV, stripped naked and taunted police.

Wilmington police told NBC10 Philadelphia they believe Darren Staats, 28, was high on the drug PCP, also known as "wet," when he scaled the occupied truck at 4th and Monroe Streets in Wilmington, Del. at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.

Cpl. Mark Ivey said the driver of the black SUV said she was stopped at a red light when Staats suddenly jumped onto the hood of her vehicle and climbed onto the roof. The woman’s 6-year-old daughter was also in the car.

A video obtained by NBC10.com shows the man beating the vehicle's roof and screaming. The driver tries to speed away but is unable because her car is blocked. At one point, the woman gets out of the car and tries hitting the man with what appears to be an ice scraper. However, he continues to stand his ground.

When police arrived, they ordered Staats to come down from the roof, but he refused, Ivey said. The man eventually began stripping off his clothes -- standing nude on top of the car. In the video, the man can be seen taunting police with hand gestures and his tongue from the roof.

Police were able to eventually pull Staats down and arrest him. Ivey says the man has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

Staats is being held in a Delaware prison.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Saints Square Off in "Lent Madness" Bracket]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:46:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Francis_Xavier.jpg There are no hoops, no high tops and no pep bands here, but there is a bracket. Lent Madness has a a field of 32 and even its own media guide called the "Saintly Scorecard."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Oil from Inactive Pipeline Seeps Through LA Street]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:16:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/oilspillwilmington.jpg

Crews Tuesday night were capping off an underground pipe leak that sent oil seeping through cracks in the asphalt of a Southern California neighborhood.

The oil began leaking onto the surface of the 1200 block of North Neptune Avenue from a broken underground pipe about 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Crews used sand to cover the areas where oil seeped out of a finger-sized hole on the bottom of a 10-inch pipeline buried 7 feet underground, officials said. The pipeline belongs to Phillips 66, whose crews were working with hazmat teams to fix the leak.

The pipeline, which is owned by Phillips 66 of Wilmington, has been inactive for 15 years, according to Los Angeles city officials. More than 1,200 gallons of crude oil were collected from the leak.

Late Tuesday, crews worked to install a temporary clamp to patch a hole in the pipeline, which may have been damaged by Monday's 4.4-magnitude earthquake, Los Angeles County officials said.

"It is quite possible that was what caused the occurrence," said Don Ellis, a hazardous material specialist who works for the county.

Though the oil did not pose a threat to the public, residents were told about the leak and would be allowed to go to and from their homes.

The Air Quality Management District received one complaint about the stench of the spill and have officials on the scene monitoring the air quality. By late evening, they had not found high levels of hydrogen sulfide in the air.

North Neptune Avenue remained closed to non-residents. The street was expected to re-open  by Tuesday evening.

The Los Angeles Fire Department told the NBC4 I-Team that it has no recent or serious complaints on Phillips 66 that have led to injury or loss of life.

Neither the California Environmental Protection Agency nor the Department of Toxic Control  has records of complaints about the company. However, since the pipeline is a "product" line, it is possible that no complaints have been filed with the agencies, if they were not classified as "hazardous waste," the I-Team found.

<![CDATA[WATCH: News Anchors Dive Under Desk During Quake]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:46:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/270*120/Screen+shot+2014-03-17+at+1.15.18+PM.png

Two Los Angeles morning news anchors dove for cover when a magnitude-4.4 temblor rattled the region during their TV broadcast.

KTLA's Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson were reading the news when they felt their studio shake.

"Earthquake. We're having an earthquake," Schauble said.

As the cameras kept rolling, he and Henderson took shelter under their newsdesk. The monitor behind them showing the morning traffic could be seen shaking.

The pair then returned to their desk and Schauble pulled up U.S. Geological Survey information on a computer.

After the quake, Schauble took to social media to laugh along with viewers about his "earthquake face." He made a screenshot of the petrified reaction his profile picture on Twitter.