The Weird Week in Review

Gasoline Drive-off Throws Woman

An incident of gasoline theft in Mt. Warren Park, Queensland, Australia, was caught on tape. The woman passenger was pumping gas when an attendant approached, and the driver chose that moment to drive off, jerking the hose from the pump and throwing the woman into the air. She managed to catch the car, and both suspects are on the loose. Station owner Shane Jacobson says thefts are more common these days, but this was the first incident in which he's seen a hose pulled completely from the tank. He says he may have to institute a pre-pay system.

Police Find Unusual Situation

Police in Newtown, Connecticut, investigated a report of suspicious activity at a vacant house in Sandy Hook. What they found was certainly unusual, but not exactly criminal. Someone had left between 200 and 300 gallon jugs filled with an unknown liquid. Police found the jugs when they investigated a possible break in, and found that someone had forced the back door of the house open. Narcotics officers were called to determine whether the liquid was drug related. It was tested and found to be urine. An environmental cleanup company came to dispose of it. The house, which which had not been "officially" occupied for some time, was condemned due to deteriorating conditions.

Peeping Toms Fall Through Ceiling

Two men fell through the ceiling of a women's restroom at the Venture Value Cinema in Duluth, Georgia, landing in one of the stalls. Police arrested  26-year-old Eduard Petrovich Kovynev and 27-year-old Eduard Alexander Kovynev and charged them with criminal damage and peeping. The men were in the ceiling to spy on women in the restroom. Police believe they climbed into the ceiling in the men's room and crawled over to the women's side to spy on women.  

Women's Club Dressed as the Other Kind of Pirates

Members of a women's club in North Devon, England, knew they were going to hear a talk about piracy at their meeting. So they wore pirate costumes, complete with eye patches and even a fake parrot. They were quite embarrassed when they arrived at the meeting and realized the speaker was Captain Colin Darch, who spoke of his experience as a hostage of a band of Somali pirates in 2008.

Captain Darch said he found the whole thing amusing and more like a scene from the Pirates of Penzance than anything like he had experienced while he being held hostage.

He said: “Of course I didn’t take offence or mind. It was more like the Pirates of Penzance.

“I must admit I quite enjoy giving talks to groups such as WIs. I am doing quite a few of them and it is a good way to flog my book.

“They were lovely ladies. They made me judge who was the best dressed which was a difficult choice. In the end I decided to choose the one with who had a fluffy parrot on her shoulder. Of course there weren’t any parrots near the real pirates.”

Dog Dish Sets House Afire

Terry and Shay Weisbrich of Bennett Valley, California, went to see what the dog was barking about Wednesday and found the cedar siding on their home on fire. The Bennett Valley Fire Department responded and was able to put out the fire, which caused charring on the outside of the house. But what caused the fire? The firemen found no faulty wiring, and determined that the sun had reflected off a steel dog dish and heated the siding to the point of fire. Shay Weisbrich was just grateful that the fire didn't spread to the rest of the house -and she's going to bake cookies for the fire department.

He Attacked the Wrong Blind Man

Gordon Besaw is blind due to glaucoma. He was walking to the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday with his guide dog, Derby, when 27-year-old Christopher Andrew approached and asked if he were blind. When Besaw answered, the man punched him in the head -twice! But the 51-year-old Besaw is a retired Special Forces veteran who retained his skills.   

Besaw says he let go of his dog's leash, told Derby to stay and used his military training to subdue Andrew until police arrived.

"I hip tossed him," said Besaw. "... and I began to choke him."

When police arrived, they found Besaw on top of Andrew.

Andrew is facing charges of assault and battery.

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March 5, 2013 - 2:55pm
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