The Weird Week in Review

Puppy Survives 12-mile Trip in Car Engine

A Jack Russell terrier named Betty Boop went missing from her fenced-in garden in Manchester, England, and climbed into the engine compartment of a neighbor’s car. Gavin Juliette went to pick up his mother-in-law, a 12-mile round trip, with the puppy stuck in the engine. He only noticed her when he returned home and heard barking from under the car’s hood. Gavin and the dog’s owner Gary James had to partially dismantle the engine to get Betty Boop out, and were astonished to find her uninjured.

Dad-of-three Gary, a cleaning manager, said the pup is now as happy as ever just two days after her bizarre journey.

He said: “We just couldn’t believe what had happened and it was even harder to believe how she’d survived.

“It’s a good job Gavin wasn’t going to Blackpool or he’d have probably ended up with a hot dog."

Police Forgot Password for Eight Years

An online account by the Central Vigilance Commission passes police complaints in Delhi, India, directly to the Delhi Police. Every municipal department in Delhi has a review once a year to review complaints and how they were addressed, but the police reported no complaints or resolutions for eight years. Finally, an investigation was launched into this anomaly, and it was found that the police department had never checked the online account—because they had forgotten the password! Two officers were brought in for “training,” and the account was finally accessed. There were 667 complaints waiting, many of them for years. The police department is now sorting through the messages one by one.

Drunken Joyride in an Airplane

A company that provides aerial tours of the Grand Canyon notified police in Boulder City, Nevada, that one of their airplanes was missing from the Boulder City Airport. Officers responded to find a man was taking off and landing the plane over and over. Since they could not chase him, they had to wait for a landing. On the fifth landing, they managed to arrest 47-year-old Paul Michael Weddle.

Officers watched Weddle flying “in a reckless manner,” even coming close to another plane after an abrupt turn, the report said.

Weddle wouldn’t show his hands to the arresting officer and was eventually tackled by police, the report said.

He later told officers he wanted to complete the take-off and landing portion to obtain his pilot’s license, the report said.

Weddle’s blood-alcohol content was 0.132 percent. He was taken to the hospital before being booked on charges of DUI and vehicle theft. The question arising from the incident is, how, in this era of tight security, did Weddle get into the airport?

Flying Fish Causes Aborted Flight

NOAA pilot Lt. Cmdr. Nick Toth and crew took off in a Gulfstream GIV from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. They were forced to abort the takeoff when they heard a “thunk” against the plane. They assumed they had hit a bird, as they had seen an osprey fly in front of the craft. No bird was found, but a fish was! There was a 9-inch sheepshead on the runway. Wildlife Management came to investigate. They took the fish, and a DNA sample from the plane where what seemed to be a bird strike was seen, and it turned out that the bird strike was indeed a “fish strike.” The flying fish is assumed to have been dropped by the fleeing osprey during the takeoff. At least that’s what they want us to believe.

No Pizza? Burn the Place Down!

A couple was denied service Monday night at Whirled Pies pizza shop in Eugene, Oregon. The staff decided they were too intoxicated. The angry couple left, but returned shortly after the pizza shop closed. They broke the glass on the locked door, and the employees inside called 911 and hid in the basement. The drunk couple took a curtain and stuffed it into a jar of moonshine, and then ignited the alcohol. They threw the Molotov cocktail into the restaurant. Police arrived and arrested Matthew Bossard and Leticia Kagele on charges of arson, burglary, and criminal mischief. There is no mention of what, if any, damage the burning moonshine did to the shop.

Thief on Motorized Scooter Makes Clean Getaway

Police are looking for a man who robbed a jewelry store in Henderson, Nevada. The incident was captured on security cameras.

The man was described as black, mustached and about 300 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jacket, blue jeans, dark blue baseball cap and black-framed glasses. They said the man was seen leaving the store on a motorized scooter.

For some reason, police did not respond to the jewelry heist in time to catch a 300-pound man on a mobility scooter.

Gun Giveaway Hopes to Draw Newcomers to Church

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is endorsing gun giveaways to draw more men to church. The Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah had a free steak dinner Thursday, with 25 guns of various kinds given away as door prizes. Over 1,000 people were expected. The Convention’s team leader for evangelism, Chuck McAlister, said he presided over 50 such events in the past year and saw 1,678 men make a profession of faith. Advocates see it as an opportunity to attract men who have no professed faith, and say the church should use whatever works. Others are opposed to the giveaways, particularly in Paducah, where a school shooting in 1997 left three students dead and five others injured.

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