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September 22, 2016

Force Awakened: Darth Vadar Slays Galaxy Garbage

Blacksburg, VA (AP) A Virginia man troubled by litter along the highway has decided it’s time for the empire to strike back.

WSLS-TV reports Henry Wakley of Blackburg on Thursday dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader while cleaning a stretch of highway that he “adopted” through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Wakley says he’s disturbed by the amount of garbage along the roadway, and likes to get out and dress up because it makes people smile as they drive by. As he picked up garbage along a 1.5 mile stretch, many drivers honked, waved or even stopped by to take a picture.

Wakley says it’s a fun way to bring awareness to the environment.

School Purchases Computer Program To Serve As Teacher

Madison, ME (AP) A Maine high school unable to fill a vacant teacher position has turned to a foreign language computer program to educate students.

With money already earmarked for the job, The Morning Sentinel reports Madison Area Memorial High School opted to purchase the Rosetta Stone program to serve as its full-time French and Spanish teacher.

Principal Jessica Ward says the situation isn’t perfect, but Rosetta Stone was the best option moving forward this year.

The school was forced to purchase the program, which is currently used in more than 4,000 schools nationwide, when no one applied.

Rosetta Stone officials say the program is ideally used in conjunction with a live teacher.

An education technician was hired to supervise the school’s students and administer the program.

Robbery Suspect, Handcuffed Behind Back, Steals Police Car

Terre Haute, IN (AP) Authorities say a robbery suspect somehow made off with a Terre Haute police car despite being handcuffed behind his back.

The Tribune Star reports that officers had placed 28-year-old Cody Tryon of Terre Haute in the back of the patrol car. Police say that while unattended, Tyron kicked out the metal screen separating the front and back seats, slid through the opening and drove away.

Police using GPS caught up with him elsewhere in Terre Haute. They say Tyron rammed several squad cars that tried to block the stolen vehicle before he was again taken into custody.

Police say his hands were still restrained behind his back.

Tryon was taken to Vigo County Jail and booked on charges including motor vehicle theft and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Horse Named Mercy Freed From Septic Tank By Rescue Workers

Bunnell, FL (AP) Officials say animal rescue workers have freed a horse that fell into a septic tank hole in central Florida. Local media outlets report that Mercy, a 24-year-old quarter horse, fell through the tank’s fiberglass cover Tuesday morning behind a home in Bunnell. Rescuers workers from Flagler and St. Johns counties spent about three-and-and-half hours working to free her.

Jennifer Lockwood, a lead veterinarian at Shelton Veterinary Clinic, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Mercy sustained minor cuts and scrapes on her left shoulder and knee. Lockwood said she will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to help with the wounds, but expects the horse to fully recover.

Man Who Lost Phone Fleeing Cops Posts Online: Don’t Call Me

Scranton, PA (AP) Authorities say a Pennsylvania drug suspect who dropped his cellphone while running away from police took to Facebook to warn his friends not to call that phone number.

Lackawanna County detectives say 25-year-old Scranton resident James Lee Hankins fled when police tried to arrest him for an undercover drug deal involving heroin and cocaine on Monday afternoon.

Police say a woman who knew Hankins let them search her apartment, and they found him minutes later in her basement on a computer that had a page open to Facebook.

Detectives say Hankins posted a message telling friends he’d be off Facebook for a while and asking them not to call his phone until he said otherwise.

Call From Barnstaple, UK, Stumps Police In Barnstable, MA

Barnstable, MA (AP) Police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, were stumped when a woman from a nearly identically named town in the United Kingdom called to report a car crash.

The Boston Globe reports the call came in to Officer Mark McWilliams on Thursday.

The woman tells McWilliams she was “driving back from Barnstaple to Muddiford” when she saw the crash. A perplexed McWilliams asks the woman where she is, to which she replies: “Ilfracombe.” Ilfracombe is on the northern coast of England, about 13 miles north of Barnstaple.

McWilliams and the woman go back and forth for about two minutes before realizing they’re on different continents.

The two share a laugh and McWilliams deadpans: “Our response time is going to be about six hours.”

The BBC says the woman misdialed after searching online for the police department’s number.

Wireless Signals Can Detect Your Feelings With New Device

Cambridge, MA (AP) What if your computer or smartphone could tell if you’re happy or sad?

A new device developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can detect a person’s emotions using wireless signals reflecting off a person’s body to measure human behavior.

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory say their EQ-Radio device is 87 percent accurate in telling if someone is excited, happy, angry or sad.

It’s as accurate as an electrocardiogram monitor, which uses a sensor on the body, in measuring heartbeats.

They say it could one day be used by film studios and advertising agencies to gauge audience reaction, in homes to adjust temperature based on mood, or in health care.

Man Gives Phony $50 Bill To Girl’s Charity Lemonade Stand

Monroe, MI (AP) Police are calling it the “lowest of the low:” A man gave a fake $50 bill to a southeastern Michigan girl who was running a lemonade stand to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Monroe News says the man on a bike didn’t buy anything last Sunday in Monroe. He presented a note that said he was deaf and wanted to break the $50 bill into smaller bills.

Maya Leachman says she was a “little mad” over the incident. She and her mother didn’t look closely at the phony bill until they counted donations later that day.

Police Cpl. Terese Herrick says, “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him.”

Maya, a fourth-grader, raised slightly more than $1,100 after accounting for the $50 loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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May 26 - Burglary Suspect Turns Out To Be A Raccoon

May 19 - Abandoned Human Ashes And Flag A Mystery

May 12 - New York Lottery Says Man Has Won $1 Million For A 2nd Time

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April 28 - Officer Announces Police Headquarters Squirrel's Death

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April 14 - Bakers Charge Women 79 Cents On A Dollar For Equal Pay Day

April 7 - Rider Crashes Uber Car During Cop Chase As Real Driver Naps

March 31 - Cops Seek Owner Of Jewelry Found In Department Store Purse

March 24 - College Goes On Lockdown, Light Saber Mistaken For Gun

March 17 - Maine Wholesaler Acquires Rare Four-Clawed Lobster

March 10 - Dog Pops Up In Driver’s Seat When Semi Crashes

March 3 - Police Looking For Bald Man Who’s Stealing Rogaine

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December 24 - Star Wars Fan In NY Legally Changes Name To Darth Vader

December 17 - Aspen, Colorado, Homeless Man Wins Big Lottery Prize

December 10 - Hundreds Of Full Coffee Cans Wash Up On Florida Beach

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November 19 - New Jersey Mall Frees Up Santa’s Lap: No More $35-$50 Fees

November 12 - Bubble Yuck! Crews Melt Chewed Gum Off Famed Wall

November 5 - Officer Out-Dances Teen, Shows Us How To Win Without A Fight

October 29 - Diver Removes Famous Fake Skeletons From Colorado River

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October 8 - Advice From Grandma Saves The Day

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September 24 - Captive Snake With No Male Companion Gives Birth Again

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July 2 - New Rainbow Crosswalks Support LGBT Community

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June 18 - Iowa Residents Have The Right To Be Drunk On Their Front Porch

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May 21 - Worker Rescues 10 Duckings From Storm Drain

May 14 - Elderly Man With Prostitute Under Bed Loses Housing Subsidy

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April 30 - Thief Sneaks Ice Cream Cooler Past Sleeping Store Clerk

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April 16 - Farmer Names Calf Born With Heart In Neck ‘Cardio Brisket’

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March 26 - Authorities Seek Remedy For Naked NC Neighbor

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March 12 - Raccoon’s Freedom Costs San Francisco Carpenter His Job

March 5 - Men Built Mystery Tunnel To Use As Man Cave

February 26 - Toronto Police Stumped By Mysterious Tunnel

February 19 - No Charges For Woman Who Threw Bacon Into Police Station

February 12 - California Firefighters Save Horse Stuck In Tub

February 5 - Funds Pour In For Man Who Walks 21 Miles To, From Work

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May 8 - New Jersey Fire Siren Silenced By Osprey Nest

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April 4 - Man Accused Of Using Fake Penis For Drug Test

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February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap


 

 

 

 

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