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Dealing Drugs in the Police Station Bathroom

A 24-year-old man in Everett, Washington was overheard making a drug deal on his cell phone in the men's room. Of the Everett Police Department. Two officers heard the phone call and confronted him outside. The unnamed man said he thought he was in a probation officer's office. He surrendered some Oxycodone to the police and was arrested on drug charges.

Goat Arrested for Armed Robbery

A vigilante group in Ilorin, Nigeria apprehended a group of would-be car thieves, including a goat! Local police paraded the animal in public as a robbery suspect. The story is that one of the men seen attempting to carjack a Mazda turned himself into a goat in an attempt to elude capture, according to police spokesman Tunde Mohammed. It is not known whether the goat has retained legal counsel.

14-year-old Patrols Chicago

Police are investigating how a 14-year old boy passed himself off as a Chicago police officer for an entire shift. When he showed up for work in uniform, he was assigned a patrol in a squad car. He never drove or handled a gun, but the deception was not noticed until his shift was over.

Assistant Superintendent James Jackson said the ruse was discovered only after the boy's patrol with an actual officer ended Saturday. Officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform.

Police said they were investigating how the deception went undetected for so long in what they described as a serious security breach.

Police didn't identify the boy because of his age. He has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Get Sued!

150eddiehouse.jpg53-year-old Eddie House of San Carlos, California recycles, composts, and finds homes for his discarded items. He reduced his household waste to the point that he cancelled his garbage pickup service last year. His reward is a lawsuit from the city! The San Carlos municipal code requires all citizens to contract garbage pickup with Allied Waste. Deputy City Attorney Linda Noeske is seeking an injunction compelling House to retain garbage service and pay for the cost of the lawsuit. San Carlos Deputy City Manager Brian Moura said the suit was the result of complaints from neighbors about House burning garbage. House says he only burns wood.

Stove Left On, Fire Station Burns

Firefighters in Nagoya, Japan battled a blaze that started when a cooking stove was left unattended -in a firehouse! A firefighter was alone at the station cooking when he was called out to attend a fire. He left the stove burning. Ten fire trucks from other stations responded to the resulting conflagration. Nagoya City Fire Department official Seiji Hori expressed embarrassment.

"We are an institute that should be in a position to educate people about fire, so we are extremely sorry that such an incident happened," Hori said, adding that they would consider ordering-in for dinner from now on.

Otter Tours Scotland In Mailbag

150_rescueotter.jpgPostman Kenny Wilson was on his way to a car rally when he spotted a lone otter cub freezing on the road near Stow, Scotland on Sunday. He put the orphan in his mailbag and named it Ozzie, although he later changed the name to Orla when the otter turned out to be a female. Wilson bought the pup some kitten milk and continued on his journey. Car enthusiasts at the rally were delighted to see the six-week old otter. After returning to his home in Tweedbank, Wilson took Orla to an animal shelter. He says she seemed to have enjoyed her 220-mile round trip. A spokesman for the animal shelter says Orla is doing fine and is eating about $30 worth of salmon every day.

Traffic Stop Finds Man Who Faked Death

A man was pulled over for a traffic violation in Weaverville, North Carolina Saturday. He first gave police a false name, then admitted he is Bennie Wint, who went missing in 1989 while swimming in Florida. Rescuers had searched for hours, but never found a body. Wint said he went from Florida to Alabama after faking his death because he was paranoid about his drug activities. Wint left a 4-year-old daughter behind, who is now 23 and has been looking for her father. Since the 1989 incident, Wint fathered another child and opened a business selling NASCAR items under an assumed identity.

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Bizarre New Species of Crabs and a Giant Sea Cockroach Discovered in Waters Off Indonesia
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
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A crab with green googly eyes, another with "ears" resembling peanuts, and a species of giant sea cockroach are among the dozen new kinds of crustaceans discovered by scientists in the waters off Indonesia, Channel News Asia reports.

These finds are the result of a two-week expedition by Indonesian and Singaporean scientists with the South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition (SJADES 2018), which involved exploring deep waters in the Sunda Strait (the waterway separating the islands of Sumatra and Java in Southeast Asia) and the Indian Ocean. Using trawls, dredges, and other tools, researchers brought a huge variety of deep-sea life to the surface—some species for the very first time.

"The world down there is an alien world," Peter Ng, chief scientist of the expedition, told Channel News Asia. "You have waters that go down more than 2000 to 3000 meters [9800 feet], and we do not know … the animal life that's at the bottom."

The giant sea cockroach—technically a giant isopod, also nicknamed a Darth Vader isopod—is a new species in the genus Bathynomus, measuring almost a foot long and found more than 4000 feet deep. The isopods are occasionally seen on the ocean floor, where they scuttle around scavenging for dead fish and other animals. This marked the first time the genus has ever been recorded in Indonesia.

Another find is a spider crab nicknamed Big Ears, though it doesn't actually have ears—its peanut-shaped plates are used to protect the crab's eyes.

More than 800 species were collected during the expedition, accounting for 12,000 individual animals. Researchers say it will take up to two years to study all of them. In addition to the 12 species that are completely new to science, 40 were seen for the first time in Indonesia. Creatures that the scientists dubbed a chain-saw lobster, an ice cream cone worm, and a cock-eyed squid were among some of the rarer finds.

A "Chain-Saw Lobster"
Nicknamed the "Chain-Saw Lobster," this creature is a rare blind lobster, found only in the deep seas.

Researchers took to the giant sea cockroach quickly, with some of the crew members reportedly calling it “cute” and cradling it like a baby. Check out Channel News Asia Insider's video below for more insight into their creepy finds.

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The Mysterious Case of the Severed Feet in British Columbia
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While walking on the beach, many people look out for a number of things: Shells, buried treasure, crabs, and dolphins among them. But if you’re on a beach in British Columbia, you might want to keep an eye out for something a little more sinister—about 15 severed feet have washed up on the shores there in the past few years. The latest was found on May 6, wedged in a mass of logs on Gabriola Island, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The feet have been surprising unlucky British Columbians for over a decade. The first appeared back in 2007 on Jedediah Island; it was eventually matched to a deceased man whose family declined to provide additional information. Bizarre, but not particularly alarming—until another one showed up on Gabriola Island less than a month later. More feet followed, and though some were matched to missing persons, most remained anonymous (feet, unfortunately, don’t contain much identifying information). Instead, police focused on the fact that each foot was encased in a running shoe—though sizes, genders, and brands differed.

This seems like a real-life episode of The X-Files, but it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the severed feet: They’re not really “severed,” which would indicate cutting or slicing, at all. According to scientists who tested the theory, the feet likely belong to suicide, drowning, or plane crash victims. It’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joint, making it natural for the foot to come apart from the leg. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t hands be similarly susceptible to washing up on beaches? Nope, that’s where the shoes come in.

While the rest of the body naturally decomposes in water, feet are surprisingly well protected inside the rubber and fabric of a shoe. The soles can be pretty buoyant, and sometimes air pockets get trapped inside the shoe, making it float to the surface. Most of the “severed” feet have been clad in jogging shoes such as Nikes and Pumas, but at least one case involves a hiking boot. In that instance, the boot (and foot) was matched to a man who went missing while fishing more than 25 years ago. The most recent case also involves a hiking boot.

That leaves the question: Why British Columbia? According to Richard Thompson, an oceanographer with the federal Institute of Ocean Sciences, it’s connected to ocean current. “There’s a lot of recirculation in the region; we’re working here with a semi-enclosed basin. Fraser River, False Creek, Burrard Inlet—all those regions around there are somewhat semi-enclosed. The tidal currents and the winds can keep things that are floating recirculating in the system." Several feet have also been found further south, in Washington state, which shares a network of coastal waterways with British Columbia.

Others aren’t so quick to accept this scientific analysis, however. Criminal lawyer and crime author Michael Slade still wonders if a serial killer is afoot. "We also have to consider that this could be a serial killer," he said. "Somebody who right now is underneath the radar. That has to be on the table."

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