<![CDATA[NBC New York - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 07:50:24 -0500Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:50:24 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Half-Marathoner Lost for 12 Hours]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:33:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/120516+marathon+runner+gets+lost.jpg

Melissa Kitcher had full intentions of completing her first half-marathon Sunday, but it's safe to say she pictured it ending a little bit differently.

Kitcher went missing for nearly 12 hours after running off the trail during the Trail Hog Half-Marathon at the Carlton Reserve near Venice in Sarasota County, Florida.

"I kept thinking to myself, 'Wow, how do people run these trails? I can't even walk them,'" she said. "When I hit the power lines I said, 'Yes I'm definitely way off course. I'm lost.'"

But how did she manage to get lost?

Kitcher said there was no marking to indicate or properly direct her. “The website says you're supposed to be on Jeep trails. So when I came out there was a Jeep trail and I figured that was the path I needed to be on," Kitcher explained.

The runner ended up six to seven miles off course with no phone — it inconveniently froze up two minutes before the start of the race, she said.

Race director Thierry Rouillard had this to say about the situation: "It's the worst nightmare for a race director. I love what I do and want everyone to be happy. That was her first half-marathon. That was her first trail run. She learned the hard way.”

Kitcher ended running over 16 miles before the park’s department located her in the reserve about 7:30 p.m.

She was uninjured. Thirsty, of course, but just happy she could go home.

“She was happy when we found her. I'm going to send her a gift package with racing stuff. A finisher's medal and award for the longest Trail Hog half-marathon in the history of the event," Rouillard joked.

Despite going a little off course, Kitcher already has sights set on redemption.

"There's the Sarasota Half Marathon on March 19th. I already have that in my head," she said. "Everybody keeps telling me no more races, I said I'm lucky this one's on the street."



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<![CDATA[Subway Rat Takes on Gigantic Dinner Roll]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:10:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dinner+roll+rat.jpg

This so-called Roll Mole is giving Pizza Rat a run for its money.

A rat was recorded dragging a comically large dinner roll on the subway tracks on the Upper East Side last Thursday, another sign of the determination the city's rats apparently possess when it comes to acquiring food bigger than them. 

Christian Waugh told NBC 4 New York he was waiting for a train home from a Christmas concert rehearsal when he noticed the rat trying to drag the large dinner roll along the subway tracks at the 51st Street subway station.

Waugh said as he reached for his phone, the rat seemed to give up and dash away. However, the rat came back moments later to fight for his dinner. Waugh was able to take a quick video on his phone.

“I started recording his actions but noticed that no one else on the platform was paying attention whatsoever,” Waugh told NBC 4 New York. “Most were just on their phone with no clue regarding the epic activity that was taking place.”

Waugh said the event reminded him of Pizza Rat, but found the furtive antics of the dinner roll rat to be hilarious.

Waugh’s friend dubbed the rodent the “Roll Mole.”



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<![CDATA[Santa Claws: Beaver Picks Through Christmas Decor at Dollar Store]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:53:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20161130+Beaver+Thumb.jpg

Haven't we all been there at the holidays -- rifling through the boxes of pre-lit trees, prowling the shelves for just the right holiday bauble?

When it's time to decorate your dam, you have to hit the store! And that's just what this shopper did in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on Monday.

Except this shopper was a beaver.

And its claws are better for digging through mud and sticks than through a dollar store. Police were called after the little critter damaged some of the merchandise.

"As an law enforcement officer, you just never know what your next call might be," read a Facebook post from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

The beaver was safely captured by animal control and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, the sheriff's office said.

(To wait for the after-Christmas sales, of course.) 



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<![CDATA[Werewolf, Gorilla And Santa All Caught on Trail Camera]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:42:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_trailcam1130_1920x1080.jpg A Kansas police trail camera was set up after reports of mountain lion sightings and yielded some hilarious surprises.

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<![CDATA[Wolf in High Heels Among Creatures Captured on Trail Cam]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:41:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/15235741_1165814150183318_2150914151747126861_o2.jpg

Police who placed cameras along a park trail in Kansas to check for a mountain lion ended up spotting some peculiar creatures of the night.

The fake animals - people dressed up in costumes - included a wolf in high heels, two gorillas and what appeared to be a Rottweiler in a trench coat. Santa Claus, a swamp-like creature and someone in a bathrobe using a walker were spotted too. 

The cameras in Celebration Park also captured some actual wildlife, including a wolf, a skunk and a raccoon. 

On its Facebook page, the Gardner Police Department thanked residents for noticing the cameras and for their sense of humor.

"It made our day when we pulled up what we expected to be hundreds of pictures of coyotes, foxes and raccoons," the department wrote.

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<![CDATA[French 'Spiderman' Scales Skyscrapers Harness-Free]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/20161124_Spain_1.jpg Alain Robert, 54, has a lifelong passion for scaling skyscrapers and other structures with only his hands and a good pair of climbing shoes despite his frequent arrests by police for unauthorized stunts. The French daredevil added the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain, to his repertoire of over 100 conquered buildings and structures on Nov. 25, 2016. See some of his wildest climbs from around the world.

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<![CDATA[Runaway Bull Takes 5-Mile Trek Through Philly]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:32:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bull+on+Interstate+95+Sixerschix.jpg

A young bull escaped from a Philadelphia slaughterhouse Tuesday afternoon, leading police on a chase past a city high school and down Interstate 95.

The 550-pound bovine broke free from a truck outside the Saba Live Poultry meat processing facility along the 2100 block of North Hancock Street in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"Well when I opened the door the animal took off," Pablo Rosario, the owner of Saba Live Poultry, told NBC10 late Tuesday. 

A worker at the plant, who refused to give his name, also told NBC10 that staff were preparing to unload the bull from the truck when it charged them and scampered off.

The man placed blame on the truck driver, saying he failed to properly pull the truck into a loading dock.

The animal then began a more than 4-mile trek through several city neighborhoods and onto two highways.

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One of his first stops was at Kensington High School along East Cumberland Street. Witness Pete Colon said the bull darted in front of his car before walking up to the school.

"He stopped at the doors and looked at his reflection in the glass, then ran toward Thompson Street," Colon said.

"I did not believe my eyes," said Karen Harr, who spotted the animal as it ran loose in Fishtown. "I did not believe what I was seeing. I pulled over at this fire hydrant and that's when it ran right by me straight up Commerce Street to Delaware Ave. I was afraid of it charging my car."

The bull then made its way onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, heading against traffic.

Stunned drivers stopped their cars as the scared steer meandered through the jam.

A woman, who did not want to give her name, said at first she thought a horse was running at her car.

"[I] thought it was going to trample over and smash me and my car," she said after tweeting a photo of the bull staring at her through the windshield.

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From there, the bovine made its way back onto city streets in Chinatown. It ducked into some brush and trees next to the Interstate 676-95 interchange at 7th and Vine streets. Police and state conservation officers cornered him there.

Concerned about the public's safety, a Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer fired on the animal three times using a 12 gauge shotgun, killing it.

"In an extreme situation, in an emergency situation, for public safety, we chose to put it down," Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer Jerry Czech said.

No humans were injured in the incident, police said.

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<![CDATA[Thrill Seeker Bungee Dunks Cookie 240 Feet, Breaks Record]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-11-17-at-5.00.42-PM.jpg Simon Berry just wanted a cookie, his tea and a little thrill. The 24-year-old combines the three in a record-breaking bungee dunk for 240 feet with a perfect aim for Guinness World Records Day.

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<![CDATA[NYC Museum-Goers Wait 2 Hours to Squat on Gold Toilet]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:26:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GOLD_AP_16259825556036.jpg

Patrons at the Guggenheim are standing in line for up to two hours to use the bathroom at the Fifth Avenue museum, but they don't seem to mind the wait. 

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold as part of his "America" exhibit, which opened in September. 

According to Vulture, which first reported the long wait, the golden throne has become quiet the attraction. 

The exhibit is currently on open-ended display. The toilet is the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. 

The museum says on its website that the exhibit "offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all."



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Air Horn Incidents]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:11:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/air-horn-el-segundo-mug.jpg

An air horn that sounds like a train has been terrorizing the residents of El Segundo for weeks, but police in the Southern California city have just arrested a man in connection with the noise — with air horn equipment inside his car, they say.

The bust came early Sunday at 4 a.m. — around the time many of the alarmingly loud incidents would occur.

"The sound is like a train coming through the neighborhood," said El Segundo Police Lt. Ray Garcia.

The noise has been plaguing residents on the west side of the city for weeks. Police have received numerous reports of an extremely loud air horn going off before residents spot a getaway car, a blue four-door sedan driven by a man.

Oftentimes, officers couldn't catch the air horn blower because the person would blare the horn and then "beat feet," police said. At times, officers on the east side of town could hear the noise and would hurry over, only to find that the perpetrator had taken off.

Sunday morning, officers once again heard the noise, then made a traffic stop at Grand Avenue and Main Street directly after. In a blue 2006 Chevrolet Aveo, they spotted air horn equipment inside the car, police said.

The commotion drew several residents from their homes, claiming they were victims of the air horn aggravator. They initiated a citizen's arrest, according to El Segundo police.

John W. Nuggent was then taken into custody by police, police said. He was booked at El Segundo jail on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of disturbing the peace and his car, with horn inside, was impounded. 

Garcia said the air horn aggravator has been sounding his horn almost every single night.

"He's been doing this for weeks, and we've been chasing him for weeks — but we got him," Garcia said.

Garcia said they aren't exactly sure why the man allegedly has an "ax to grind," but believe that he thinks someone in the area has wronged him in some way, and this is his way of getting back at them.



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<![CDATA[NYC Woman Feels String on Leg, Finds Rat Sewn in Dress: Suit]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4542614291.jpg

A Manhattan woman is suing Spanish fashion retailer Zara after she says she found a rat sewn into a dress she bought at one of their stores.

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, 24-year-old Cailey Fiesel says that she not only suffered emotional distress but was diagnosed with a rodent-born disease after wearing the dress.

Court documents say that Fiesel bought two dresses “off-the-rack” at Zara’s Greenwich, Connecticut, store back in July and hung them in her closet. In mid-August, she wore the black dress in question for the first time.

While at work, Fiesel says she started to notice a “disturbingly pungent odor” but couldn’t figure out where the offending smell was coming from. “She was unable to escape this odor,” according to court papers.

Throughout the day, Fiesel says she noticed something that felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing against her leg. She didn’t give much thought to it and reached down to try to find the string. That’s when she says she made the grisly discovery.

“To her utter shock and disbelief, as she ran her hand over the hem of the dress she felt an unusual bulge and suddenly realized that it was not a string that was rubbing against her leg but was instead a leg rubbing against her leg. The leg of a dead rodent that is,” court documents say.

“Paralyzed with fear,” Fiesel jumped out of her chair as coworkers gathered around her desk. Court documents claim that when she took off the dress she found a dead rodent sewn into its hem, the bulge of its body hidden beneath the fabric.

Photos of the dress included with the court papers “conspicuously [depict] the dead rodent with at least one of its appendages protruding.”

The lawsuit claims that Fiesel “has sustained significant personal injuries and emotional distress” and “a large rash that was diagnosed as a rodent born disease” as a result of Zara’s negligence.

It was Zara’s duty “to prevent its products from being manufactured and sold with disease causing rodents sewn into them,” the suit says.

Fiesel is seeking unspecified damages.

A spokesperson for Zara USA told NBC 4 New York the company is aware of the allegation and is investigating the matter.

"The brand has stringent quality controls and health and safety standards worldwide that are followed and met in manufacturing, including stitching and pressing," the spokesperson said. "We are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements."



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<![CDATA[Fungus Furniture]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2016-11-14+at+9.49.04+AM.png Ecovative Design on Green Island, New York, is taking an unusual approach to making their furniture by growing their building boards from mycelium instead of using wood, metal or other conventional materials.]]> <![CDATA[Panda Wrestles Zoo Intruder]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:48:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/panda+man.jpg A man sneaked into a giant panda enclosure at a zoo in southeast China and ended up wrestling with a panda. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed surveillance video of the incident. According to CCTV, the man was allegedly showing off to his female friends by jumping into the panda enclosure to tease a sleeping panda. The panda then woke up and gripped the man's leg. Zoo authorities later said the move was usually used by pandas when they were playing with the breeders. The man struggled to free himself from the panda's strong grip and eventually managed to escape.

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<![CDATA['So So Sorry' for Stealing Car]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:55:20 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_subaru1028_1920x1080.jpg

One woman was lucky enough to have her car stolen — not by a thief, but by someone who was just a bit confused.

Erin Hatzi of Portland, Oregon, had her red Subaru stolen right out of her driveway Tuesday night, NBC affiliate KGW reported. Surveillance video showed a woman calmly taking the vehicle and driving off a few minutes later.

Police were notified and actually came across the stolen car right outside Hatzi's home, according to the report. The driver brought a note — which Hatzi posted to Facebook — that read:

"Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, 'that is not my car.' There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am ******* and my number is ..........So so sorry for this mistake."

Police said that older model Subaru keys can sometimes work on different cars, according to KGW. Hatzi and the unwitting car thief didn't meet.

"It's like a bad sitcom that nobody would ever buy the story because it's stupid and it makes no sense. But it happened," she told the station.



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<![CDATA['Flintstone House' Listed on Airbnb]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:57:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flintstonehouse.jpg

Hillsborough's most recognizable piece of real estate is now up for rent on Airbnb.

The Airbnb listing on Friday shows the so-called "Flintstone House," a 2,730-square-foot home at 45 Berryessa Way, can be rented for $750 a night.

The property was listed on the market for just over a year.

In September 2015, the home was up for sale for $4.2 million. This past summer, the price dropped to $3.2 million.

Visible from Interstate 280, the 40-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is striking for its amorphous dome shapes made of wire and shotcrete.

According to Redfin, the last sold price was $800,000 in 1996.

Listing agent Judy Meuschke gave NBC Bay Area an exclusive tour of the home in September 2015 — through the brightly-hued conversation pit and into the quirky kitchen.

"We felt that's a pretty good price for a landmark," Meuschke said of the $4.2 million asking price at the time.

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<![CDATA[Fan Creates Incredible Cubs-Themed Halloween Light Show]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:19:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/go+cubs+go.png

Plenty of Chicago Cubs fans have gone to extraordinary lengths to celebrate their team’s postseason success this year, but for a pair of Cubs fans in Nebraska, they took their passion to a remarkable new level.

That couple, Paul and Sabrina got wrapped up in the spirit of the Cubs’ playoff run and in the spirit of Halloween, and they turned their home into a “Go, Cubs, Go” light show, delighting neighbors and showing off their skills for the world to see.

Take a look for yourself:

“When we bought our own house, we wanted to have a cool Halloween display,” Sabrina said of the light show. “As for the Cubs song, Paul started it last year but didn’t finish it. I asked him if he could do “Go, Cubs, Go” if they went to the World Series, so he was able to use what we had to finish it.

The couple has had quite a bit of experience in terms of creating Halloween light shows, which they proudly display on YouTube, but surprisingly the most time-consuming part of the process isn’t putting up lights or syncing up music, but rather making the videos themselves.

“At first it took him a few weeks to put together a song. Now with practice and new software, it takes a few hours,” Sabrina said. “The video can take a while. Sometimes he’s been shooting and a neighbor will come by to see and stand in front of the camera.”

Nosy neighbors and onlookers aside, the Glozeris family is now fully focused on whether the Cubs can break a 108-year long streak and win a World Series title, and they are “cautiously optimistic” about the team’s chances of doing just that.

“We think they have a legitimate chance of winning. It finally feels like they belong there,” Sabrina said.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Win Yearbook Prediction]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 01:27:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/michael+lee.png

There have been a lot of signs pointing to 2016 being the Cubs’ year, but this may be the wildest yet.

Back in 1993, one Chicago Cubs fan predicted in his high school yearbook that the team would win the World Series 23 years later.

"Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first," the quote under Michael Lee's name reads. 

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Fast forward to 2016, and the Cubs are headed to their first World Series in 71 years.

“In high school we graduated and I saw that quote and I thought it was a funny quote,” said Mission Viejo High School alum Marcos Meza, who said he has known Lee since seventh grade.

Lee was from Chicago but raised in California, Meza said, and always maintained his allegiance to the Windy City. The two friends had lost contact after high school, but connected on social media in 2009, when they first reminisced about the yearbook prediction that was just seven years away.

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“I told Mike, ‘Dude you had the coolest yearbook quote,’” Meza said.

Michael Lee could not immediately be reached for comment on the story.

Meza, a Dodgers fan, said he didn’t think the prediction would come true — until the Cubs beat the Dodgers in the NLCS.

“I kept quiet on it because I’m a Dodgers guy,” he said. “But once the Dodgers lost I was like, ‘Man I’ve got to get this out there.'”

After he shared the image, other photos of the yearbook began popping up on Twitter and Reddit.

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Meza said as the photo gained traction on social media, many people questioned if it was photoshopped, so he took videos of his yearbook to verify them.

He said he knows Cubs fans are superstitious but he believes the 23-year-old prediction isn’t a jinx, but fate.

“It’s not like Bartman interfering with the ball but I think the Cubs are there,” he said. “Those words went from [Lee’s] lips to God’s ear. And if I was a Cubs fan I'd be mad he didn’t predict it in 1999.”

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<![CDATA[Half-Naked Intruder Scares Boy With BB Gun]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:11:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_nakedintruder1021_1920x1080.jpg A half naked drunk woman walked into Michigan home and played with the family dog while young boy hides under his bed with BB gun and calls 911.

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<![CDATA['Waffle House Index' Goes Red as 25 Stores Shutter]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_050728017778.jpg

For most restaurants, closing during a major storm would only seem sensible. But when a Waffle House shuts its doors, even disaster specialists take notice.

In light of Hurricane Matthew, 25 Waffle House locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have shuttered. Thursday evening, Waffle House announced on Twitter that all restaurants between Titusville and Fort Pierce, Florida, would not be up and running during the hurricane, after previously promising to continue operations. It updated the list Friday to include even more storefronts.

Waffle House has such a notorious record of staying open during natural disasters that the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially analyzes the chain's activity to know how severe a storm is. The closure of even one location is significant.

FEMA's "Waffle House Index" monitors House closures, focusing on the aftermath of storms and other disasters. Following Hurricane Irene in 2011, for example, only one Waffle House in Virginia was closed the day after 22 locations lost power. That signaled to FEMA where to concentrate its resources.

People seem more affected by Waffle House's announcement than any made by local officials. Fox News host Todd Starnes tweeted, "Folks, when they shut down the Waffle House -- it's time to leave town." Another Twitter user wrote, "You know it’s serious when Waffle House shuts down." After Waffle House reported more closures this morning, Scott Klein, deputy managing editor at ProPublica, said that FEMA's "Waffle House index" for Hurricane Matthew had moved to red.



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<![CDATA[Wild Pigs Chow Down on Calif. Yards]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sj-pigs.jpg

Front yards are being ripped up in a San Jose neighborhood, and while residents are well aware of who the culprits are, there's very little they can do.

The torn-up lawns are the work of wild pigs on a feeding frenzy, residents said. They strike in the middle of the night, digging up lawns in the Evergreen neighborhood of South San Jose.

"They came in and ... I saw a huge pack of them, and they were effectively ripping up the sod," resident Rod Murchison said.

Murchison and his neighbors said there are about 20 of the wild boars, and they have destroyed more than half a dozen lawns in the neighborhood over the past week.

Kevin McFatridge lives up the street from Murchison. His front lawn looks like a war zone. The pigs even took out his geranium plants.

"We can handle a little patch here or there, but our entire lawn is now gone, and that's very frustrating," McFatridge said.

Murchison believes the pigs came from the ranchland across the street from his home. He said he had a similar problem about 10 years ago but it stopped after neighbors got together to secure a fence. Murchison even put up a device that shines a red light, simulating a pig predator. He hopes it will be enough to keep the hungry grub hunters away.

Murchison's 10-year-old daughter Katie built two fairy houses in the front yard. She's so worried about the pigs, she put up a warning.

"I put up the sign so the fairies would know not to come at night because the pigs might come," Katie said.



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<![CDATA[Carpool Lane Trip With Trump Cutout Leads to Ticket]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:19:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TrumpCarPassenger.jpg

A Washington state trooper ticketed a driver trying to get through the carpool lane with a giant cutout of Donald Trump's head Tuesday morning.

"You see a lot of things in your career, including mannequins, but this was something else," said Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

He said the trooper stopped the car on State Route 167 near Auburn, told the driver, "This is just awesome" — and handed him a $136 citation for violating the HOV lane.

"He let him keep his Donald Trump cutout," Johnson said.



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<![CDATA[Sword Stolen From Joan of Arc Statue in DC Park]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/092116+joan+of+arc+statue+no+sword.jpg

Who stole the sword?

The sword Joan of Arc wields in a statue in Northwest Washington's Meridian Hill Park has vanished and the National Park Service says it was stolen.

The French heroine clutched only her weapon's handle in her right hand Wednesday afternoon, as Borderstan.com was first to report. The bronze sword appeared to have been broken off.

U.S. Park Police are investigating the theft. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton questioned whether NPS could have prevented it.

"The Park Service should be able to give Joan of Arc her sword back and place it so securely that kids couldn't get it out," she said.

This is at least the second time the French heroine's sword has vanished. It was stolen in 1978 and was not replaced until 2011, the history website Ghosts of DC says.

The sculpture was a gift from Le Lyceum Societie des Femmes de France, a society of French women, to the women of the United States, according to the Smithsonian Institution. It was dedicated in 1922 and was designed as a replica of a statue in front of Rheims Cathedral in France.

One parkgoer was frustrated to see that the sword was missing.

"People don't have any respect for others. That's for everybody, not for an individual," he said. "Such a beautiful landmark too."

"So sad. Stealing part of history," another man said.

News4's Pat Collins asked, "What kind of person would take Joan of Arc's sword?"

"My best guess? Some college students drunk, on a college pledge task," one man responded.



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<![CDATA[Time to Move? Snake Invades Apartment for 4th Time]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:17:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/englewood+snake.png

A woman found a 3-foot python in her apartment Monday night on Chicago’s South Side. 

Police were called to the Englewood neighborhood home in the 6500 block of South Normal just after 10 p.m. after the woman said she found the massive python in her bathroom. 

It is the fourth time a snake has invaded her apartment, police said. Residents say an old neighbor in the building used to breed the animals, and some believe some may have been left behind. 

This time the python was discovered wrapped around the shower curtain, the woman said. 

Chicago Animal Care and Control were dispatched to the apartment and were able to capture the snake, which was reported to be harmless, police said.



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<![CDATA[Pizza Vending Machines May Be Coming Soon]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_pizzavending0920_1920x1080.jpg Piping hot pizza could soon be headed to a vending machine near you. Pizza Touch is testing three pizza vending machines at Florida gas stations, two in Orlando and one in Lakeland.

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<![CDATA[Cat Burglar Busted]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:21:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cat-burglar-147394268667600001.jpg Neighbors living in one Kennewick, Washington neighborhood have seen a rise in burglaries, but the culprit has been found. ]]>