The Weird Week in Review

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"Thelma Lou" is Victim of Robbery

Betty Lou Lynn is the actress who played Thelma Lou, deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend on the TV series The Andy Griffith Show. The 82-year-old retired actress moved from Los Angeles to Mt. Airy, North Carolina in 2007 in order to escape the crime of the big city. Mt. Airy is Andy Griffith's hometown, and was the model for Mayberry in the show. Last Sunday, Lynn became a crime victim after all when a man grabbed her wallet containing $130 in a shopping center. Police investigated and arrested Shirley Walter Guynn of Virginia. Guynn was lodged in the Surry County Jail. Only $43 of the money was recovered.

A Rare Fly-and-Run Accident

Ken and Carol Marcoux of Boulder, Colorado were parked on the side of a road to watch planes take off from the local airport. They saw a small plane approach, buffeted by the wind.

To the couple's horror, the plane -- whose pilot was later identified as Joe Curtis, 67, of Commerce City -- was pointed right at their car and approaching at what Marcoux estimated was 100 mph. Carol Marcoux screamed "Ken!" and her husband stepped on the gas, moving the Prius forward just enough to spare them a potentially fatal hit.

Carol Marcoux said she heard "a big sound of glass breaking" as the right wingtip of the plane slammed into the back of the car -- shattering the rear passenger window and denting the rear quarter panel -- just inches behind her head.

The plane stopped in a field. Pilot Joe Curtis jumped out, grabbed a mysterious bag, and ran away toward the airport! Curtis contacted the FAA about the accident hours later.

Roadside Assistance from an Elephant

Lawrence Bates, a zookeeper at West Midlands Safari Park in England, was set to leave an animal enclosure, but his jeep wouldn't start. As he began pushing, an elephant named Five gave the jeep a good shove to get it started again. For an encore, the elephant spray washed the vehicle with its trunk! Director Of Wildlife Bob Lawrence believes that Five may come in handy if a vehicle breakdown ever happens again at the park.

Runaway Boy Lived at Retail Store

A 15-year-old boy from Roseville, Michigan ran away from home and went to live at a Bed, Bath, & Beyond store. He managed to stay in the store four nights as employees locked up each day. The boy left the store in the morning and would return before closing time at night, hiding from employees so that they never knew he was there. When discovered, he was charged with larceny and truancy, and is undergoing a psychiatric examination at a juvenile facility.

Goose Picked the Right Garden

A Canada goose landed in a garden in Toms River, New Jersey with an illegal hunting arrow stuck through its chest. The garden happened to belong to retired veterinarian Bernard Levine. Dr. Levine captured the goose and removed the 26-inch arrow, including the six inches that was embedded in the bird's flesh. Levine also removed several air-rifle pellets from the goose. Then he took the goose to a bird rehabilitation center, where it recovered and was released on the grounds.

How NOT to Mail a Ferret

The package was en route from Appomattox, Virginia to Puerto Rico. At the post office in Lynchburg, Virginia, postal workers noticed the box was moving. They had to get a search warrant, and when they finally opened the package, postal inspectors found a ferret inside. Postal workers promptly named its Stamps.

Photos from the Postal Inspector's office show someone stuffed Stamps into a makeshift cage, doped him up on Benedryl, and tried to mail the ferret to the U.S. Territory.

The Postal Inspector handling the case, David McKinney, believes whoever tried to mail Stamps knew they were up to no good.  The return address on the package is an abandoned house, and the sender doesn't exist.

A local family with 15 other ferrets has adopted Stamps, who is healthy and estimated to be about two years old.

Driver Backs Through 6th Floor Garage Wall

An unnamed driver in Tulsa, Oklahoma was backing out of a parking space when his foot became stuck in the pedals. The car backed across the building and struck a wall, punching a hole through it. The back end of the car was sticking through to the outside of the 6th floor of the parking garage! Several cars on the ground below were damaged by falling bricks. The driver was not injured. With video.

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April 30, 2010 - 4:42am
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