The Weird Week in Review
Intruder calls 911 Out of Fear
Timothy James Chapek was taking a shower in Portland, Oregon, when someone came into the house. Afraid that the person might have a gun, Chapek locked himself in the bathroom and dialed 911. So did the homeowner, who had been surprised to arrive and find the stranger in the shower. Chapek told emergency services that he had broken into the house, and was afraid the homeowner might shoot him. Police arrested Chapek without incident and charged him with criminal trespass.
A truck full of commercial ink crashed on an I-95 ramp in the Boston area Wednesday, spilling the colored ink all over the highway. No one was injured in the wreck.
Several hundred gallons of ink splattered onto the highway, said Joe Ferson, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Approximately 16,000 pounds of ink cartridges from the Flint Group, an Indianapolis-based company selling printing and packaging products, was bound for a newspaper company in Portland, Maine. Red, blue, and yellow ink cartridges were inside the truck, but Ferson said there is no evidence the yellow ink was released.
Although the spilled ink is not considered hazardous, the ramp was closed for hours for cleanup. The video clearly shows the presence of yellow ink.
Bigfoot Sues New Hampshire
Jonathan Doyle dressed in a Bigfoot costume and wandered about on Mount Monadnock in 2009. He filmed his antics and the reactions of those who spotted him. He tried to recreate the stunt in 2010 for another film, but park rangers told him he couldn't do that without a permit and insurance. Now Doyle has filed suit against the state of New Hampshire, saying the park staff infringed on his right of free speech and expression. The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with Doyle.
Haircut Interrupted by Stabbing
David Davis of New Haven, Connecticut was in the process of getting his hair cut at a salon when a man approached him in an "aggressive manner." Davis grabbed a pair of barber's scissors and stabbed the man. Police did not know how severely the victim was wounded, but said there was a lot of blood on his clothing. He was taken to Stamford Hospital. Police apprehended 21-year-old Davis shortly afterward, who said the stabbing was in defense. Davis' mugshot is evidence that the new hairstyle was only half completed when the incident occurred.
Thieves Break into Prison
A prison break usually involves someone wanting to get out, but someone actually broke into New Plymouth Prison in New Zealand last Friday night. Firefighters responded to a report of fire in the prison administration building and found the curtains ablaze. Police were called because the window was found to have been forced open. A 50" plasma screen TV set was missing. Despite the presence of closed circuit video feeds, electronic security measures, and barbed wires, someone got away with a rather large television.
Woman Keeps Pet Crocodiles
Vicki Lowing lives in Australia with her three pet crocodiles. She adopted Johnie, her first crocodile, fifteen years ago. Johnie is now 6 feet long! Lowing tells how the crocodile would get into bed with her and her then-husband, and even sleep with her young son.
"Johnie would jump on Andrew's bed nearly every night. They were like a brother and sister," Lowing said.
Animal experts tell 20/20 there is no way to domesticate a crocodile. They are too aggressive, powerful and unpredictable. Ultimately a relationship like this may end in real tears – and not crocodile ones.
Lowing is one of several people who keep crocodiles as pets.
Man Suspected of Child-seat Violation
Police in Australia pulled over a car for a random drunk-driving check, and wanted to know why 19-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar was not properly restrained in a child safety seat. Magar holds the current world record as the smallest man. He is only 67 centimeters tall (2' 2") and weighs only 5kg (12lbs). Magar, a resident of Nepal, was in Australia on a charity tour to raise awareness of global sex trafficking. Police let Magar and his entourage continue traveling after seeing his passpor