<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Fri, 29 May 2015 11:33:06 -0700 Fri, 29 May 2015 11:33:06 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bacon Arrested in Sausage Fight]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 10:23:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sausage-generic.jpg

A New Jersey man whose last name is Bacon was arrested after a dispute over sausage, according to police.

Thomas Bacon, 19, allegedly attacked another person at a Madison home on May 12 for eating the last piece of sausage, NJ.com reports.

Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending a court appearance, according to NJ.com.

It was not clear if Bacon had an attorney.


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<![CDATA[Pink Car Turns Heads in Scripps Ranch]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:42:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pink+car+SL+web+3.jpg

A spray painted pink car parked on the side of a Scripps Ranch road has residents turning their heads. 

The car was first spotted by NBC 7's Steven Luke when he was driving to work. He saw a woman spray painting her car and did a quick U-turn. Later that day, he shared the video on his Facebook Page.

The woman painting the car said she bought it at an auction a few years ago. 

On Tuesday, the car died at that exact spot, a few blocks from her home. She is an artist, she told Luke, and had always wanted to spray paint her car. 

So she did. 

The woman said she wants to leave the car there for a few days as an artistic statement before she hauls it off to a junkyard. 

Residents who live nearby chimed off on the page. Some, like Nicole, said, "the world has bigger problems than this." Others, like Adria, said the sight was "so distracting." Read a selection of comments below.

So, do you love the "outside the box" statement or would you be mad to see such a car parked along your street? Let us know in the comments. 



Photo Credit: Steven Luke
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<![CDATA[Man in Fla. Reels in 552-Pound Fish]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 08:24:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/052715+massive+grouper+chew+on+this+tv.jpg

A video showing a southwest Florida man reeling in a massive Goliath Grouper from a small Kayak is making headlines nationwide.

As reported by NBC affiliate WBBH, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral says he's reeled in "the largest bottom fish ever from a Kayak" off Sanibel Island, which is just under a 20 mile drive from Fort Myers.

Black was filming a spot for Chew On This Fishing Charters with Capt. Ben Chancey when the fish was pulled in.

In the video, the cameraman is heard screaming "that's a big boy!" as Black reels in the huge fish.

Since it was published on Tuesday, the video has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

According to the video's description, the fish measured at 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting it at an estimated weight of 552 pounds.



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<![CDATA[Intruder Might Have Lived in Garage]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:08:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Man+breaks+into+garage.jpg

A resident in City Heights encountered the most unusual discovery: a man who may have been living in an apartment building’s garage for as long as five days.

The resident of the apartment building at University Avenue and 38th Street said he heard noises coming from the garage on Tuesday morning and called San Diego police.

When officers arrived, the owner of the garage opened the door, revealing the intruder inside. A police dog was called in to subdue the man, who was then taken by ambulance to the hospital for an unknown medical reason.

Police said they weren’t sure how the man gained entry to the locked garage, but believe he could have crawled through a hole in the wall hidden by a cabinet.

Neighbors were shocked by the discovery.

“This guy living the garage in the neighborhood for five days,” said neighbor Hector Castillo. “We don’t know who he is.”

Police could not say what led the man to hide in the garage.

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<![CDATA["Petite" Inmate Slips Off Handcuffs, Escapes Jail]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 17:45:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/5-13-15+Kelly+Smith+Prisoner.JPG

A prisoner slipped out of her handcuffs Tuesday evening and ran out of sight from authorities at the Ventura Police Department in Southern California.

Kelly Smith, 23, of Ventura, was being booked Tuesday night on charges of a stolen vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon when she managed to escape custody, authorities said.

Her arrest stemmed from an attempt to flee from officers when she nearly struck one of them with a stolen truck loaded with guns and ammo.

While she was seated in the booking area, she slipped her handcuffs off and ran out of the downstairs door. Once officers realized she had fled, they went after her.

She was last seen in the area of Walker Street and Glacier Avenue near some of the commercial businesses.

Smith was last seen wearing a blue shirt and bluejeans. Her hair is dyed red. She is wanted for escaping custody, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and two unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

"Anytime you have someone in custody you want to keep them in custody," said Cmdr. Ryan Weeks, of the Ventura Police Department.

"The car backed up and took off nearly striking one of the officers, they jumped out of the way."

Weeks said Smith and a passenger stole the truck they were in and tried to take off when police spotted them.

Weeks said the stolen truck had guns, ammunition, and gun powder.

Neighbors said Smith nearly escaped twice during the arrest, once after she was pulled from the vehicle and held on the ground and then again from the patrol cruiser.

Neighbors credit a member of the homeowners association for tackling her and holding her for police.

She complained of pain in her back and neck and was taken to the hospital, Weeks said.

After about 11 hours, she was cleared to be booked into the Ventura jail when she escaped.

"She was handcuffed, sitting down on a bench and cuffed to the bench," Weeks said.

She sat alone in a hallway facing what police describe as a glass window.

They think she squatted low enough out of view and then crawled out the door.

"Very skinny. Very petite wrists ... She was able to get both of her hands out from the cuffs and was able to sneak out," Weeks said.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Goats Gone Wild]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 07:38:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/5-6-15-Goats+Agoura+Hills.JPG

Dozens of grazing goats were on the loose in Southern California on Wednesday after roaming down their hillside job site and into the street.

Video footage captured in Agoura Hills by NBC4 viewer Joe Cascio shows the group of at least 50 goats descending the hillside and eating the green grass in the center divider of the city's street.

"There's goats everywhere!" Cascio exclaimed while recording cellphone video of the goats.

Video showed cars stopped in the street as goats — and spectators — filled the roadway.

He described the goat sighting as "bizarre" and as something that would happen "only in Ventura County."

Community members in the Morrison Ranch area of Agoura Hills hired the herd of goats to eat brush for two weeks, according to the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station. Morrison Ranch residents wanted an environmentally friendly way to clear the weeds, brush and other invasive plants.

The weed eaters somehow got loose around 10 a.m. Wednesday on Grey Rock Road and East Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills, officials said.

The two officers on scene were "severely outnumbered" and unable to wrangle the herd of goats, Cascio said.

Passers-by pulled over on the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the goats, which Cascio said were "intent on eating."

The eco-goats ran back up the hillside after a while, Cascio said.



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<![CDATA[Mysterious Lights Came From TV Antennas]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 17:13:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/UFO+lights+revealed.jpg

The mysterious lights spotted last week south of San Diego are a mystery no more.

And the source isn't a flying saucer that's going to whisk you away.

An NBC 7 news photographer believes the strange blinking lights he captured in a video last week were coming from TV news antennas in Mexico, about 15 miles from the U.S. border.

Reports of the mysterious lights generated attention on a number of national and international news sites, such as Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post.

The photographer was in San Ysidro last Tuesday night covering an unrelated story when he noticed the mysterious lights. He returned during daylight hours and noticed the TV antennas on the mountaintop at the same place he spotted the lights.

He believes the foggy conditions made the lights coming from the antennas more striking than other nights – and why so many people who saw them were so baffled.

A number of residents called NBC 7 to report the mysterious lights and a NBC 7 viewer also provided photos. Those who saw the lights all said they appeared to be south of downtown San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Snorkeler Finds Plastic Skeletons Having Underwater Tea Party]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 12:04:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/f_skeleton_partay_150506_6a819ada04e4d948f980d79e51334ebb.nbcnews-ux-640-360.jpg

A pair of sunglass-clad skeletons were caught lounging in lawnchairs beneath the Colorado River on Monday.

Divers discovered the duo 40 feet beneath the river near the Arizona-California border on Monday morning, after a snorkeler spotted the bones and reported them to police, thinking they were real.

"When firefighter Foerstner located the alleged remains, he found it to be an underwater tea party with two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs," the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Divers plan to recover the skeletons later this week, and some officials are considering placing them outside the sheriff's office as a joke, according to the sherriff's office.

Officials say they don't plan to locate the person responsible for the skeletons.

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<![CDATA[Roommate Caught Tampering With Food]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 06:57:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/roommate-food.jpg

A 22-year-old college student could spend two decades in prison after her roommates say they caught her putting chemicals in their food.

Video entered into evidence shows Hayley King in the kitchen of the home she shared with two other women near the University of South Carolina.

King’s roommates claim King allegedly sprayed glass cleaner on their food and spit in the food after a disagreement.

According to a police report, the three women weren't getting along.

King refused to move out so the other two roommates set up a camera in case King retaliated.

The roommates say a series of run-ins with King made them worry about what she was doing when they weren't around, according to an incident report.

Police say King later confessed to tampering with the food.
 


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<![CDATA[Urns End Up on Thrift Store Shelf]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:41:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/urn+bonnie+throp.jpg

Authorities are trying to figure out how urns containing what could be human ashes ended up on the shelf of a thrift store in Connecticut.

Angela Dupree, of Shelton, said she found them by chance while shopping at the Savers store on Route 1 last Thursday.

"I was actually looking for bakery pans for my friend's bakery," she said.

Dupree said she spotted the urns on a shelf in the housewares department. Both containers were sealed and marked with $3.99 price tags.

"I went down the home decor aisle and I noticed two marble – they looked like urns to me," Dupree said. "I tried to even pull the top off, because this can't be what I think it is."

But, she said, it was. One of the urns had a name on it – Bonnie Throp – and the dates 1966-1983.

Dupree brought the urns to store employees and explained what she had found.

"They were totally surprised too," Dupree said. "They had no idea that's what it was."

Store management in turn alerted the Orange Police Department and the local health department.

The urns and their contents are now being held in a secure vault at a nearby cemetery until someone can explain what – or who – might be inside.

"Because we are no longer in possession of the urns, I'm hoping the cemetery can help. I'm sure they will do whatever they can to help find the owner," Savers communications director Sarah Gaugl said, adding that she will "make sure they are handled in a respectful manner."

The urns lack the metal markings that cremation experts say are typically used to identify urns. One expert said families often divide ashes into various containers to be dispersed among family members.

It's not clear how the urns ended up at Savers. A spokesperson for the company said it's possible the urns were mistakenly donated, then listed for sale by someone who didn't realize what they were.

"I'm sure that was not done intentionally," Dupree said. "I'm sure the family wants it back."

So far, NBC Connecticut has not been able to locate death or cremation records for Bonnie Throp from any of the state's 19 certified crematories.

There are no immediate plans to test the contents of the urns, according to the manager of the cemetery where they're being held.

EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated the location of the thrift store as Southern California. It is located in Orange, Conn.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Lights Spotted South of San Diego]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 16:06:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/UFO+0429.jpg

Did you see those mysterious lights southwest of San Diego on Tuesday night?

A viewer sent us several photos he took, capturing a string of multicolored lights in the sky above San Diego. The viewer, Larry Fox, said the lights that appeared to be red, blue and green kept flashing and changing colors from his vantage point in Del Cerro.

"It looked like a strobe light," he said.

Fox said he was out in his backyard when he saw the strange lights southwest of the Coronado Bridge. He didn't think it was a plane or even a drone because it was stationary.

"It was a series of flashing lights," he said. "If it was a plane, it would have moved."

A NBC 7 reporter and photographer also spotted the strange lights from San Ysidro as they were covering an unrelated story on Tuesday night.

A number of folks also called us here at NBC 7, reporting the same thing.

Later, an NBC 7 news photographer returned to the same location during daylight hours and noticed the lights were coming from a mountaintop where there were TV antennas.



Photo Credit: Larry E Fox]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Weird News]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:26:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/150511-marine-helicopter-emergency-landing-la-river-5.jpg Enjoy images of LA's most memorable weird moments.

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<![CDATA[Launching Moonshine Into Space]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:03:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Onyx+Moonshine+Space.jpg

Moonshine is going to the moon. Well, almost.

A Connecticut distillery plans to launch a 750-milliliter bottle of moonshine 22 miles into space next month. It will be the first time a full-sized bottle of liquor leaves the earth’s atmosphere.

“Onyx Moonshine is all about attempting things that haven’t been done before, which is the true essence of the American spirit,” Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s amazing to think that 150 years ago our ancestors were arrested for illegally selling moonshine and here we are, legally sending a bottle into space. This is just one small adventure of many more to come.”

Company officials will fasten the bottle of liquor to an aeronautical weather balloon, along with a rock glass and silver platter, and launch it into space May 2.

The apparatus – two years in the making – is equipped with GoPro cameras, GPS technology, a radar deflector, parachute and foam covering to protect the bottle when it lands on Long Island Sound.

Rain dates are slated for May 3, 9 and 10 in case weather gets in the way. The exact time and location of the launch is still to be determined, but the East Hartford distillery said it will take place somewhere in western Connecticut.

Onyx Moonshine, which got its start in 2011, announced the launch in observance of Earth Day and the company’s “commitment to sustainable business practices.” The distillery produces the country’s first ultra-premium moonshine and New England’s first aged whiskey.



Photo Credit: Onyx Moonshine
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<![CDATA[Officers Confiscate Gator While Executing Search Warrant]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:11:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/41815alligator.jpg

It wasn't exactly what they were looking for, but police in New Jersey made a startling discovery Saturday while executing a search warrant: an alligator.

A Long Branch resident apparently was keeping the reptile as a pet, police said. Officers confiscated the beast, which eventually was turned over to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

A maximum fine of $25,000 is possible for housing such a reptile, Long Branch police said.

It's likely a new home for the gator will be found in a zoo or aquarium, police said.
 



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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Unveils Ice Cream Burrito]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:38:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ben-jerry-ice-cream-burrito.jpg

Cup, cone or burrito?

Ben & Jerry's is unveiling a new ice cream burrito, its new treat that splits the difference between a sundae and a waffle cone.

The Vermont-based ice cream company will now serve you any two flavors of ice cream tucked into a chewy waffle wrap and topped with fudge and cookie crumbs — just in time for April 20.

The company not-so-subtly timed the treats to the unofficial pothead holiday, promising it will cure "the ultimate case of the munchies."

Thursday, Ben & Jerry's unveiled another new concoction: A special release beer called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. It's described as a brown ale laden with chocolatey, salted caramel, vanilla goodness. 

Some of the proceeds from sales of the beer will go to an environmental group fighting the effect of climate change on mountains. More details will be released later this year.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ben & Jerry's
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<![CDATA[Man Tears Tendon From Too Much "Candy Crush"]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:24:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/candy-crush.jpg

Spending too much time playing “Candy Crush Saga” really can have consequences, according to a new case report on a San Diego man who injured his thumb after many weeks of playing the puzzle game on his smartphone.

Dr. Andrew Doan, head of addictions research at Naval Medical Center San Diego, co-authored the case report, “Tendon Rupture Associated with Excessive Smartphone Gaming,” published this week in the JAMA Internal Medicine medical journal.

According to the report, a 29-year-old San Diego man played “Candy Crush Saga” on his smartphone all day for six to eight weeks. As a result, he suffered chronic left thumb pain and loss of active motion.

“He played with his left hand while using his right hand for other tasks, stating that ‘playing was kind of a secondary thing, but it was constantly on,’” the report said.

When doctors examined him and performed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of his thumb, they found he had ruptured the tendon. He had to undergo surgery to repair the damage, Doan said.

According to the report, the patient claimed he felt no pain while playing the video game, and only noticed the injury many weeks later.

Doan told NBC 7 research shows video gaming can cause the release of hormones in the body that help reduce pain perception. That means one could sustain an injury from repeated smartphone use, but not necessarily notice the pain right away.

“Are we experiencing physical injury now because we’re not experiencing pain?” he said. “This case illustrates what we believe video gaming can do.”

Doan said video games are a type of “digital painkiller” with both negative and positive effects on health.

He said clinically, video games can be used to help children undergoing painful medical procedures, including pediatric patients during burn treatments.

The visual distraction and “natural painkiller” effect could help a patient feel less pain, Dr. Doan said. In some cases, Dr. Doan said video games could be used in place of medication.

Though video gaming could aid in a patient’s recovery, the doctor noted it’s important not to overuse video games or smartphones.

Citing a study by Andrew K. Przybylski, PhD, titled “Electronic Gaming and Psychosocial Adjustment,” Doan said one hour or less per day of video gaming could be beneficial for the psychological adjustment of children between 10 and 15 years old.

Three hours or more, however, could have negative effects on children, according to that study.

“The key is moderation here,” Doan told NBC 7.

He said monitoring overuse of video games is important in both adults and children, but because children are still developing, it’s especially crucial to watch their use.

“When a young child spends too much time in Internet faming on Internet activities, there can be significant problems,” said Doan. “The child needs time, boundaries, and intensive face-to-face attention to program the other areas of the brain that have been neglected.”

In the case of this adult patient, Doan said the man was not diagnosed with an addiction to “Candy Crush,” rather he just played the game as a way to pass the time after leaving the military and being between jobs. He  said this was one of the strangest cases he's seen in his research career.

 

 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Burglary Caught on Cat Cam]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:45:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/hells+kitchen+cat+cam.JPG

A thief broke into a Hell's Kitchen apartment through a window Monday afternoon, and the resident's cat cam caught the burglary on tape.

The video shows the thief climbing up scaffolding to get to the window — which was closed but had a broken lock — and stealing an iPad and laptop. Police say he also took jewelry and a digital camera.

In an interview with NBC 4 New York Tuesday, the victim said she'd installed the home camera to watch her cats while she was at work. 

"People thought I was crazy to spend $200 on a camera, plus another $100 a year to record the video so I could watch my cats," she said. "But it really unexpectedly came in handy." 

The video shows the burglar climb in through the window and acknowledge one of the cats, which watches him warily from its perch on a pillow.

He then rummages through the victim's desk, touching her laptop, picking up cords and stuffing items in his pockets as he looks around the room. The robber, in a black hat and jean jacket, pops in and out of the view of the camera as the cat watches him from a rug — first alone, then with the company of another feline.

The robber stuffs his stolen items in a black bag and eventually leaves through the front door after shutting the window he climbed through.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was terrified watching the video at work. Soon after, she received a notification that an app on her iPad had been disabled. 

"I knew someone had to have my iPad, because I keep it in my apartment," she said. "I had to watch it a couple of times and be like, this guy is in my apartment and looking at my stuff."

The woman said the camera system has proved invaluable: "If I didn't have this, there's no way I would know when it happened, how he came in, what was touched, what was compromised."

She has filed a police report and turned over the video to police. Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA["Better Than Your Average Studio": Apartment Features Shower in Kitchen ]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:47:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shower-head-generic-7308089.jpg

If you made a move to New York City with hopes of making a meal in the shower like the eccentric “Seinfeld” character Kramer, now’s your chance.

A real estate agent in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is advertising a studio apartment featuring a shower stall in the kitchen. It’s not clear if the shower’s drain comes with a garbage disposal like the one the 1990s sitcom character had installed so he could make salads, but the agent calls the setup “better than your average studio!”

“Although the shower is in the kitchen, YES it's in the kitchen, it has a separate room for your bed, so the kitchen/living area can easily accommodate a sofa and small table & chairs & more!,” the listing for the small apartment reads.

Rent for the apartment, at Orchard and Delancey streets, is $1,795.

The listing went viral after it was first spotted by Gothamist, but Business Insider reports that the arrangement isn’t as strange as it may seem.

Business Insider says that many old tenement buildings were initially built without running water but were forced to add pipes to comply with state law at the turn of the 20th century. Then, when another law was passed requiring tubs, sinks and basins to have running water, some landlords built tubs into the kitchens of apartments to avoid having to install a second set of water pipes.

The site reports that a city law passed in 1969 more or less ended the practice, but a rare apartment may still feature a tub or shower stall in their kitchens.



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<![CDATA[Chimp Swats Down Drone at Dutch Zoo]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:19:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MonkeyDrone.jpg

The chimpanzees at a zoo in The Netherlands created their own no-fly-zone for drones Friday.

A drone was zipping through their habitat at the Royal Burger's Zoo for an animal TV show when one of the chimps grabbed a tree branch and knocked the drone to the ground.

The drone was likely destroyed, but the camera captured the entire episode, as well as the chimpanzees inspecting the camera.


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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Classic Corvette Crashes into Wall]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:38:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Classic-Car-Crash-Del-Mar.jpg

The driver of a classic Corvette lost control and drove right into a wall in front of a crowd of car enthusiasts Sunday in Del Mar.

NBC 7 obtained video showing the red vintage car driving along a stretch of road near the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sunday around 4 p.m.

The cars are driving on asphalt that appears to have been used for donuts.

The Corvette driver accelerates and there's a loud squeal of the tires when suddenly the Corvette begins to fishtail and heads straight for a concrete wall.

A light pole crashes down on the car.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies said firefighters were called to the scene but didn’t transport anyone to a hospital.

The 2015 Good Guys Auto Show was taking place at the fairgrounds this weekend.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Wanders to Imperial Beach High School]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:13:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sea+lion+in+squad+car.JPG

Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California.

Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough.

A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.”

Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup.

In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to figure out the sea lion’s motive.

“While deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer,” the news release said.

On a serious note, an increasing number of sea lion pups, in search of food, are washing up on California's shores and scientists have said they don't know the remedy.



Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Police Seek Volunteers to Get Drunk]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:00:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_alcohol_470x265.jpg

Police officers in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania want you to help them by getting drunk on their dime. And no, it’s not a trap.

The Department announced Monday that they’re looking for volunteers to participate in a “field sobriety coordination testing school” for officers. The officers involved in the school are working to get a certification which would allow them to use different techniques while enforcing the DUI laws in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth.

“To successfully conduct this training the police department needs 20 volunteers who are willing to consume alcoholic beverages under supervision,” a Newtown Township PD spokesperson wrote. “Upon reaching various levels of intoxication, the volunteers will be asked to perform 3 field sobriety coordination tests which officers will administer.”

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 55, less than 45 pounds or more overweight and not on any medication that has a negative reaction to alcohol.

The classes will take place May 5, May 6 and May 7 at the BPG Conference Center in Newtown Square. The volunteers will be needed May 6 and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All dosing of alcoholic beverages will be monitored and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided," the spokesperson said.

Interested? Email PFC Joseph Vandegrift at vandegriftj@newtowntownship.org or call 610-356-0602 voice mail #135.
 

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<![CDATA[Baby Stroller Used to Shoplift]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dicks+Sporting+Goods+Stroller+Theft+Hatch+Nicolle+Hatch+Edward+Hatch.jpg

Police in South Jersey asked for the public’s help to find a duo accused of using a baby stroller to swipe high-end baseball bats.

A man and a woman pushing a baby stroller walked into the Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Nixon Drive Tuesday night around 8 p.m., said Mount Laurel Police.

The duo then cut the security locks on five Easton Mako Torq BBCOR baseball bats valued at nearly $2,750 and put the bats into the stroller before leaving the store, said investigators.

Police later identified the alleged shoplifters as Edward Hatch, 37, and Nicolle Hatch, 33, both of Philadelphia.

The duo also swiped a $500 iPhone 6 from the Funplex on Route 38 on March 27 after it was left unattended at the prize counter, said police.

Police issued multiple arrest warrants for both suspects on a variety of charges including criminal mischief, theft and conspiracy counts.

Police asked anyone who knows the Hatch's whereabouts to contact Mount Laurel Police at 856-234-8300, confidentially at 856-234-1414 ext. 1599 or on Facebook.



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<![CDATA[New York City Subway Dance Party]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:50:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/2-party-aa.png

Some subway riders didn't know when they entered a train car with velour red rope that they had walked into a dance party. 

Inside was a DJ with a soundboard, strobe lights, glow sticks and music playing. The party, caught on video, is now going viral on YouTube.

Meir Kalmanson, 25, and his friends threw the party on March 26 in order to help commuters connect with each other. They said they hope to start a conversation and break down imaginary walls between New York City commuters.

“One guy told me he was in a depressing state of mind for weeks now, and this act of joy and unity opened his eyes to happiness and the kindness of people,” Kalmanson told NBC New York. 

In the video, some passengers on the 3 train seem perplexed at first and some seem unaffected. First one, then two, then three brave folks get the underground party started.

As more and more passengers began to join each other dancing in the confined space to Tobu’s “Mesmerize,” bystanders laughed and applauded. Those standing on the subway platforms smile, take notice, and some join in.

Kalmanson and his team set up their dance party after rush hour so they would have space for both their equipment and people to move. People were laughing out loud and grabbing their cameras as the team was setting up, he said. When he began to dance and urged others to join, Kalmanson described the atmosphere as “amazing” and “magical.”

“I love making videos that bring positive energy and smiles to the people who watch my work," he said.


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<![CDATA["Stop Pooping" Along Trail]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ss3-31-15-1.jpg

To whoever has been pooping on the public bike path in Hampton, Illinois – please stop, officials have asked.

“Stop pooping on bike path,” read two new signs along the trail. And no, it’s not a message directed towards pets.

Apparently joggers who poop along the path have been an increasing problem for Hampton over the past two years, the city’s Public Works supervisor Scott McKay told NBC station KWQC.

"When the individual does it, it does it right in the lane. It’s not on the center line. It’s not off on the grass," he said. 

McKay said there's certainty the act is done by a human and not an animal because the culprit adorns it with toilet paper and leaves the same footprints.

So now he's taken matters into his own hands. In case the runners were under the guise that it was okay to use Mother Nature’s open roadways as their personal toilet, they now have a friendly reminder educating them otherwise.

McKay said he hopes the signs solve the problem.



Photo Credit: Tiffany Liou/KWQC]]>
<![CDATA[Man Says He Released Pink Chickens to "Make People Smile"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:20:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.39.49-PM1.jpg

Two chickens dyed pink were spotted roaming the Portland, Oregon, waterfront park on Thursday, leaving many wondering why were they pink and who let them loose.

The mystery didn't last long. The day after a Multnomah County Animal Services picked up the chickens, their owner, Bruce Whitman, claimed the birds on Friday.

"I wanted to make people smile," Whitman told NBC Friday. "I thought it would be fun for people when they get up and have a cup of coffee to be able to smile when they wake up."

Whitman said he soaked the chickens in beet juice and food coloring to get the vibrant color. He then left the nameless chickens in a tree, where they would have plenty of bugs to eat and water to drink as they roost, he said.

When Whitman arrived to the animal shelter, he said he was met with laughs and some head scratching. While employees were curious as to what the charade was about, they were happy to find out the chickens had a safe home to go to. 

Whitman was charged with a standard impound fee for the time the chickens were at the shelter. He was also informed about the dangers of releasing birds in public places, an MCAS spokeswoman said, according to NBC affiliate KGW.



Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Pink Chickens Roam Portland]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:03:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.37.41-PM.jpg Pink Chickens Roam Portland

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<![CDATA[Assistant Barricaded Students, Took Off Clothes]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:29:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lemon+grove+academy.JPG

An after-school assistant in California was arrested after some bizarre behavior, including barricading several students into a classroom, taking off her clothes and upending desks, according San Diego County Sheriff's officials.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Linda Lira, 31, started acting strangely at Lemon Grove Academy and shut herself into a room with students.

After several minutes, the children became scared by her behavior, so they used her campus radio to call for help and alert other teachers.

Staff fought Lira to get inside the classroom and get the children out, sheriff's officials say.

They told authorities Lira showed signs of being on narcotics or a hallucinogen. As she struggled with staff, she took off her clothes.

By the time deputies arrived, Lira had barricaded herself in the classroom again. Deputies say she was throwing things, toppling over desks and putting on and removing her clothes over and over again.

“She wasn’t threatening to harm the children, but her behavior was dangerous for those kids to be in the classroom,” explained Lt. Christopher May of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. “At one point she actually threw an object through a class window at the fire department, so that was a dangerous situation for the kids to be in.”

Law enforcement was eventually able to take Lira into custody, and she was first transported to the hospital for evaluation.

On Thursday, investigators returned to the school and interviewed students to count her offenses. Lira was taken to Las Colinas Woman's Detention Facility on 14 felony counts of child endangerment and 14 felony counts of false imprisonment.

The suspect could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The Lemon Grove School District had social workers and therapists at the campus for those affected by the incident. Lemon Grove Academy is a seventh and eighth grade school located at 7885 Golden Avenue.

On Friday, NBC 7 spoke with Lemon Grove School District Superintendent Ernie Anastos about the odd occurrence, which he said happened in a classroom where children attend an after-school homework club. The children in the club are between nine and 11 years old.

“It was unsettling and upsetting for the kids. This happened over a period of 20 to 30 minutes,” Anastos said. “The attendant was acting strangely. She started saying things that were unusual and she started acting in a behavior that scared the kids.”

“She was saying they don’t have to follow the rules anymore. She maybe referenced Satan,” Anastos continued. “She was behaving strangely and was clearly not herself.”

“One of the little boys in the class had the sense to take the walkie-talkie and press the button down so everyone else could hear what was going on. Once that decision was made, everyone arrived on the scene,” he added, praising that student’s quick thinking.

Anastos said Lira had been working for the school district for two months. He said all staffers, including Lira, undergo an extensive background check before employment that includes a physical exam, drug testing and fingerprinting. Lira was completely cleared through that process, Anastos said.

“What happened in the last couple days is beyond explanation that I might have,” he added. “This was unexpected, baffling behavior.”

The superintendent said the principal of Lemon Grove Academy met with parents following the incident and all parents of children in the after-school program were given details on what happened in that classroom.

Anastos said the 14 children involved in the incident were doing well on Thursday when they returned to the after-school program.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Driver Tied Cat to Hood of Car]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:12:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NC_catoncar0324001.jpg Ohio police search for driver spotted with cat tied to the hood of her vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Couple Weds Around the World]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:16:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wedding-world-kiss.jpg

It's going to be tough for this couple's honeymoon to top their weddings.

Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard didn't want the average wedding, so they packed their bridal dress and suit and left on a world tour. They've held ceremonies at locations around the world — in front of waterfalls and aqueducts, in an ancient temple, with a giraffe -- taking eye-catching pictures at each one.

The Los Angeles couple had gotten married 21 times as of Saturday, March 21, and they plan on tying the knot 17 more times before May 2, Platt said.

The icing on their wedding cake: They say that getting married around the world has saved them money, compared to the traditional, one-day affair.

The average American wedding costs more than $31,000, according to a recent survey conducted by wedding publication The Knot. Despite traveling to six continents, the couple said their trip to six continents cost less.

"It has been amazing talking to others who see the world the same way and are so excited to create their own wedding experience," the couple said in an e-mail to NBC4.

To the bride, Rhiann Woodyard, the most memorable ceremony so far was being married in India's centuries-old Ajanta Caves, a Buddhist temple carved into a mountain.

"It is such a surreal experience," Woodyard said in an e-mail.

For Platt, it was "riding camels across the sand, then standing in the ancient Egyptian desert and marrying the love of my life in front of the pyramids of Giza."

Both professional acrobats, Woodyard and Platt met at a gathering for acrobatics enthusiasts, the couple told Buzzfeed.

Their registry, posted on honeyfund.com, doesn't consist of the usual pots, pans, plates and dishware -- instead, they listed elephant rides, a Spanish hot-air balloon ride, snorkeling and flights to every corner of the globe.

Couples from around the world have reached out after hearing about their decision, they told NBC4.

And while they caution that their wedding isn't right for everyone, they believe every couple should think about what would make a wedding perfect for them.

"If you are open to changing tradition and exploring other options, you can absolutely create (and afford) the perfect wedding for YOU," said the couple, who signed their e-mail CheeRhi.

The couple does plan a ceremony for their immediate family in Big Bear, a small mountain-top town near LA.

"Nothing will change with the wedding itself, but we can't wait to share it with our family," they said.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Cheetah Platt]]>