February 16, 2017
Atlanta Zoo Names Cockroach After Patriots QB Tom Brady
Atlanta (AP) More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Zoo Atlanta says on its Facebook page that it had a bet with Rhode Island’s Roger Williams Park Zoo that called for the loser to name a baby animal after the winning team’s star quarterback. Both zoos figured the loser would be pretty bitter about the game, so they agreed the animal in question would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach.
The zoo introduced a whole family of cockroaches in a video Monday , including a tiny Tom Brady.
Brady and the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime to win the team’s fifth Super Bowl title.
Footloose? Town Cancels Dance Because Of Old City Ordinance
Henryetta, OK (AP) A small Oklahoma town is echoing the story line of ‘80s movie “Footloose” by canceling a Valentine’s Day dance because of an arcane city ordinance enforcing a strict moral code.
KTUL-TV reports that the organizer canceled the dance in Henryetta because it would have taken place 300 feet from a church, in violation of an ordinance that forbids dancing within 500 feet of a place of worship.
Mayor Jennifer Clason, who was born in Henryetta, says she always knew about the old city ordinance but that it has never been enforced. Police Chief Steve Norman says his department has no interest in doing so.
Clason says city councilors will consider abolishing the ordinance during their Feb. 22 meeting.
The town of 6,500 is 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Volunteer Fire Dept. Uses Adult ‘Naughty Bingo’ To Raise Money
Hometown, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania volunteer fire company is turning to titillation to raise money.
The Hometown Volunteer Fire Company in Schuylkill (SKOOL’-kil) County is getting ready to host its second adults-only naughty bingo night.
Winners don’t get money, they get “adult toys.”
The first event last year drew a standing-room crowd with people from several surrounding counties and even New Jersey. Hometown is a tiny village in Rush Township, about 70 miles northeast of Harrisburg.
The next naughty bingo night is March 11. The fire company is selling 160 tickets at $20 each.
Firefighter Jason Messerschmidt says people tire of the same old fundraisers, which typically rely on the same people to spend money. This event is designed to raise money from a larger, more diverse crowd.
Deer Runs Amok Inside Supermarket, Shoppers Take Charge
Manchester, PA (AP) Pandemonium broke out at a southern Pennsylvania supermarket when a rogue deer smashed through its glass entrance and briefly ran amok.
The doe burst into a Giant grocery store in the borough of Manchester on Monday, The York Daily Record reported.
Once surprised shoppers figured out what the noise was, they worked together to wrangle the animal and force it outside.
Robert Beck III, of Conewago Township, was in the store at the time with his wife. He said he heard a loud bang then people screaming “Deer!”
He caught a glimpse of the animal as it scampered toward the bakery section.
“When I seen it, it was game on,” he said.
An avid hunter, Beck grabbed the deer around its neck and forced it outside with help from two other men. The animal was in the store for about 50 seconds.
“That’s like a rodeo record,” Beck said, adding, “I think she was scared from all those people.”
Police generally advise the public not to get involved in animal control when wild animals venture into populated places.
Suspect Returns Stolen Mortuary Van After Finding ‘Passenger’
Riverside, CA (AP) A man was arrested after police say he stole a van from a Southern California mortuary with a dead body inside, returned it and then stole a different van from the same business.
Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback says a mortuary employee was nearly run over as he tried to stop the man as he drove away the second time Sunday.
Railsback says an officer investigating the theft of the first van chased the second van for more than two miles. The suspect was arrested and could face charges including vehicle theft. Police didn’t immediately release his name.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reports Monday that stealing a dead body isn’t included in his list of charges because police believe he didn’t mean to steal it.
Too Much Self-Tanning Lotion? Orange Gator Puzzles Residents
Hanahan, SC (AP) No one seems to know why there’s an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston.
Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it’s a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.
Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they’ve seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times.
Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.
Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.
Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.
80-Year-Old Woman Unaware
Cane Contained A Sword
Myrtle Beach, SC (AP) Authorities in South Carolina believe an 80-year-old woman had no idea until she went through airport security that the walking cane she was attempting to take on an airplane contained a hidden sword.
News outlets report that Transportation Security Administration regional spokesman Mark Howell recounted the incident Thursday at Myrtle Beach International Airport as part of an effort to highlight examples of dangerous items recently carried by passengers departing the airport.
Howell told reporters secret swords are not actually that uncommon a discovery for TSA screeners since people sometimes buy the canes at thrift stores without realizing there’s a sword inside.
Howell emphasized that people can’t take anything onboard that resembles a weapon, including toy guns and squishy stress balls that look like hand grenades.