A northeast Ohio woman reportedly climbed to the top of a 285-foot-high cell tower Thursday, and police say she taunted first responders on her way down after about three hours.
Hundreds of onlookers watched from below, and she climbed down about 9:15 p.m.
Wayne County sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter told the news outlet that the woman, wearing jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, appeared to be high on drugs because she showed no fear on the tower.
He said she jumped from one part of the tower to another without any safety equipment while the first responders were cautiously using safety gear.
It’s not clear how the woman first reached the base of the tower, which sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire, according to the report.
– The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Firefighters in Texas battled blazes outside an Austin factory twice last week after cardboard boxes of tortilla chips reportedly "spontaneously combusted."
According to the Austin Fire Department, the first fire broke out last Thursday after factory workers tried "a new way to handle the waste from the chips that, suffice it to say, didn't work out so well." As crews fought the blaze, more cases erupted in flames, officials said. Firefighters quickly put out the flames, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
But their work wasn't done. On Sunday, several other boxes ignited, prompting firefighters to "[drown] all of the other crates that had yet to burn, thereby eliminating the risk completely," officials said.
A man's wallet was stolen by an unlikely thief last week in Massachusetts.
According to The Associated Press, the man was walking down Main Street in Gloucester on Friday when a seagull swiped his wallet, which was sitting on top of a pizza box he was carrying.
The gull retreated to a nearby rooftop, where volunteers were able to get the man's wallet back from the plumed pickpocket using a bucket truck.
Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken shared more details about the incident, complete with photos, on her Facebook page Friday night.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
City workers in Powell, Wyoming, are doing some serious "weeding" after jokesters apparently sneaked marijuana seeds into city planters earlier this year.
According to the Powell Tribune, employees unintentionally tended to the pot plants until they started seeing the familiar leaves in late June. So far, workers have pulled three cannabis plants from the flower pots.
Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said "somebody's sense of humor" likely inspired the secret plantings.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A video was posted to social media that shows a large snake slithering on the windshield of a North Carolina man's vehicle.
Ben Bryant said the snake dropped out of a tree above him in Asheville.
The video has more than 122,000 views and has been shared about 2,000 times.
Last year, a snake hitched a ride on a Gastonia woman's car.
Kecha Robinson took cellphone video of the snake twisting on her car mirror as her husband drove.
Maybe they just needed their morning coffee?
A video posted Saturday of two large, cranky iguanas butting heads – literally – outside a Starbucks in Boca Raton, Florida, has gone viral, racking up thousands of views on Facebook.
>> Watch the video here (Warning: Viewer discretion advised.)
"So I was on my way to pick up my coffee from Starbucks and I was driving around back, and all of a sudden on the side there, I see this branch," Moskoff said. "So I said to my friend, 'What is that?' And we stopped because it was moving, and all of a sudden, we see that it's iguanas with the iguana's head inside the other one's mouth."
That's when she took out her camera and started filming.
"Obviously, you can hear in the commentary that we were amazed by what was happening," she said.
According to Medium, male iguanas "vying for territory and mating privileges engage in very intense combat, with head butting, pushing, shoving and locking of the crests on top of their heads."
A 19-year-old woman who authorities said had a little too much fun at a Minnesota music festival last weekend now has an unintended claim to fame after getting her head stuck in a truck’s oversized exhaust pipe.
Kaitlyn Strom’s strange situation Friday at the Winstock Country Music Festival was captured in a five-second video that has since been viewed millions of times.
Strom told the Hutchinson Leader that she was hanging out with friends on the festival’s first day when she spotted the red truck.
“We were just all having fun and I saw this big exhaust pipe and I was, like, ‘Hey, my head could probably fit in that,’” Strom said.
Fit, it did. Come back out, it did not.
Strom was stuck for about 45 minutes as her friends summoned help. The Winsted Fire Department responded to the scene, where firefighters cut her head out of the pipe.
The short video of the incident, posted to multiple Facebook pages, shows a firefighter preparing to cut the pipe with what appears to be a hydraulic rescue tool also known as the “Jaws of Life.”
Paramedics examined Strom after she was freed, but she was not seriously injured. She did, however, get a citation for underage drinking from the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the Leader reported.
She also got a few moments of internet infamy, which she discovered upon arriving home around 3 a.m. Saturday and seeing the video for the first time.
“I never expected it to happen,” Strom told the newspaper. “I’m just from Litchfield. I’m not widely known, so it’s crazy to have everyone reaching out to me and stuff.”
Commenters on social media had a range of reactions to Strom’s self-inflicted predicament. Billy Little, one of the people who posted the video, wrote that he had to hear Strom’s side of the story.
“How much alcohol does it take to get your head stuck in a diesel pickup’s exhaust tip?” Little wrote.
Someone at an Indiana clothing store called Lamood Big Hats also posted about Strom.
“Please only put oversized hats on your head and not oversized tailpipes,” the store’s Facebook post read.
Other commenters were not nearly as kind to Strom, who embraced her embarrassing moment by posting a photo of herself holding the exhaust tip as she and the truck’s owner, Tom Wold, each give a thumbs-up sign.
“Yeah, I’m the tailpipe girl, whatchu know about it?” Strom wrote on Facebook. “#winstock2k18kickedmy(expletive).”
A cropped version of the photo has been used by news media in Minnesota and across the country.
Strom told the Leader she wasn’t letting the internet vitriol get to her.
“I’m just brushing it off, because that’s expected to happen,” Strom said.
She said she was focusing instead on the positivity of all the people who helped her in her time of need, including Wold, who also took the incident in stride.
“He was wonderful,” Strom told the Leader. “I remember getting my head unstuck, and I just looked at him and apologized, and he said, ‘No, I’m just glad you’re OK. Don’t worry about it.’”
Wold, who lives in Darwin, loaned the exhaust pipe to a bar there to drum up business.
“Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and see the most famous tailpipe in Minnesota, quite possibly the world,” a post on the Darwin Tavern’s Facebook page read Wednesday. “Stop on down for a cold beverage, great food and the Winstock tailpipe! See you down here folks!”
The post included the hashtags #winstock18 and #tailpipegirl.
Though the bar’s post also invited some cruel comments toward Strom, the majority of commenters were a little more light-hearted. One man joked that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had a new safety sticker for guys with big tailpipes on their trucks.
“Danger! Do not place any body parts into exhaust tip,” the mocked-up sticker read. “You think this would go without saying, but Winstock ’18 ….”
An image on the fake sticker shows a stick person with their head stuck in a tailpipe.
Strom told the Leader this was her first year at Winstock, which she plans to attend in the future -- just maybe not next year.
An FBI agent whose gun went off after it flew from his pants while he was dancing at a Denver nightclub earlier this month has turned himself in to face charges, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities identified the agent as Chase Bishop, 29. He faces one count of second-degree assault and could face more charges, pending the results of a blood alcohol content analysis, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Tuesday.
“We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it,” McCann said. “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.”
Bishop was off-duty in the early morning hours of June 2 when he was caught on camera surrounded by people and dancing at the Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, according to the Denver Post and KMGH.
In video obtained by KMGH, Bishop can be seen performing a backflip in the center of the dance circle. As he jumps, a gun can be seen falling from his waistband. Authorities said the gun went off when he grabbed it, striking a person in the leg.
Officials said the victim suffered a serious injury, but that it did not appear to be life-threatening. The bullet hit an artery in the victim’s leg, according to the Post. The man’s attorney, Frank Azar, told the newspaper that his client was expected to recover.
Employees at Mile High Spirits questioned Bishop’s decision to bring a loaded gun to the nightclub in a statement released after the shooting.
“It is shocking that the only shooting to ever occur at our establishment came about as a result of an FBI agent entering our distillery tasting room carrying a loaded firearm without our knowledge, in violation of our rules,” the statement said. “We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred and look forward to speaking with representatives of the FBI, so we can come to understand his presence and his need to be armed in our establishment.”
At least one boater died Saturday after a sinkhole opened on the bed of Spring River in northern Arkansas, creating a whirlpool, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The boating accident happened around noon Saturday in the whirlpool, near Dead Man’s Curve in Fulton County officials said. Authorities did not elaborate on what caused the accident.
Officials from Fulton County, the AGFC and the Army Corps of Engineers have installed buoys and roped off the area where the whirlpool formed, near Sadler Falls, officials said Sunday. Authorities warned people to avoid the area, which is about 150 miles northeast of Little Rock.
“The river is still open, but the barricaded area should not be breached,” AGFC officials said.
The commission said engineers will check the area this week.
New Orleans police investigators are looking for two people accused of stealing a television from an Algiers pawn shop -- and immediately pawning it back to the same shop.
The pair, identified by police as Don Adams, 32, and Dana Francois-Carter, 38, were spotted by the store’s security cameras during the May 31 heist, a New Orleans Police Department news release said.
Police officials said the camera captured Adams and Francois-Carter entering the store around 5:20 p.m. that day, at which point Francois-Carter headed to the electronics section.
Francois-Carter took the TV from the shelf and removed the price tag from it, police officials said. She then took it to the front counter.
Adams, using his own identification, then pawned the TV for $175, the news release said.
Anyone with information on Adams or Francois-Carter is asked to call detectives at 504-685-6040 or 504-658-6045. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or 1-877-903-STOP.
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