Oddities News Archive - March 30, 2009
Tearing down a 65-year-old wall in a bar in the village of Fox Lake, Ill., in revealed a hidden back bar from the 1940s, the site's owner says. Pete Jakstas Sr., owner of the Mineola Hotel and Lounge, said he was nervous seeing the demolition of the old wall Saturday, fearing another Al Capone's Vault, a reference to the Geraldo Rivera televised entry into a vault in a South Side Chicago hotel once owned by Capone that yielded nothing of note.
Police in Japan said a 22-year-old alleged burglar confessed after he was apprehended by a homeowner's 84-year-old mother. Investigators said Katsunori Kuruhara, 22, allegedly entered the Fukuoka home at about 10:30 a.m.
Swedish police said they are searching for a 2-ton carousel that was stolen from the side of the road after the owner backed his trailer into a ditch. Andreas Tynong, 32, told police he had to abandon the trailer carrying the old-style funfair ride after it became stuck in the ditch Saturday near Nasviken
Weather authorities said they have no explanation for mysterious flashes of light reported in the sky above eastern Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. A spokesman for the National Weather Service's regional office in Wakefield, Va., said officials haven't seen evidence of any naturally occurring phenomenon that would explain the lights reported Sunday night by residents in the three states, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reported Monday. Nothing meteorological that we can see, the spokesman said. Law enforcement offices across the region said they received numerous reports of bright lights and, in some locations, a noise like an explosion at about 9:45 p.m.
The owner of a stolen Jeep in Hampton, Va., says two men simply loaded his vehicle onto a flatbed in broad daylight and drove away. Hampton resident Chip Quinn said one of his neighbors saw the two unidentified thieves take his 1980 CJ7 Jeep but the nearby resident failed to think anything was strange about the incident, the Daily Press newspaper in Newport News, Va., said Monday. He saw the whole thing, Quinn said of his neighbor.
A wheelchair-bound New York grandmother said she is being sued by a man she shot in the elbow when he allegedly tried to steal from her. Margaret Johnson, 59, said she was sitting in her motorized wheelchair at her Lenox Terrace apartment complex in September 2006 when Deron Johnson, 48, tried to steal her purse and gold chain, the New York Post reported Monday. Johnson said she shot the man in the left elbow with her licensed .357 Magnum and he was arrested soon after by police.
An Illinois man who helped create a car that transforms into an airplane said the vehicle will be available for public purchase within about two years. Sam Schweighart, 31, of Paxon, Ill., said the Terrafugia Transition, which took its first flight March 5, is expected to retail for about $194,000, the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette reported Monday. He said about 50 people have already put down $10,000 deposits on the transformable vehicles. Schweighart, who holds a Ph.D.
Police in Atlanta said they have arrested a man who allegedly used an excavator stolen from a construction site to rip open the roof and front door of a bank. Officers said a witness called 911 and reported seeing the man steal the excavator, which is more powerful than a backhoe, and take it to the bank, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday. The witness said the suspect used the tool to rip open the roof and front door of the SunTrust bank.
Police in Indiana said a burglary victim was arrested alongside the suspected perpetrator after officers confiscated more than 31 pounds of marijuana. Investigators said Juan Trujillo, 21, was jailed on suspicion of burglary and marijuana possession, both felonies, after police found him with 30.24 pounds of marijuana that he allegedly took from the Elkhart home during the burglary, the Elkhart Truth reported Monday. Cpl.
Parents are pushing an Italian primary school to fire a teacher after she discussed genital piercing with 11-year-olds during a sex education lecture. Vincenzo Guarino, headmaster of the school in the northern Italian city of Novara, said the teacher displayed serious naivety when she failed to realize