The Weird Week in Review
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John Mogan and Ashley Duboe were arrested last week in connection with a bank robbery in Ashville, Ohio. The bank was robbed on August 24 when a man wearing a hoodie demanded cash from a teller. Just a few days later, Mogan and Duboe began posting a series of photographs on Facebook featuring Mogan posing with wads of cash.
Mogan is a convicted felon who was just released from prison after serving about five years for robbing a bank in Lancaster, a city 20 miles east of Ashville. A female accomplice was also arrested in connection with Mogan's July 2010 robbery of a Fairfield National Bank branch.
Mogan began serving a three-year parole term immediately following his July 19 release from an Ohio state lockup. The heavily tattooed Mogan has the phrases “Loyalty’s Thin” and “Betrayal’s Thick” on opposite cheeks.
Investigators allege that prior to driving Mogan to the Ashville bank, Duboe applied makeup to his face and neck to cover numerous tattoos.
Mogan and Duboe are being held in the Pickaway County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. You can see a slideshow of the incriminating images at The Smoking Gun.
The Wrong Way to Kill a Spider
An unnamed motorist in Center Line, Michigan, was gassing up his car when he saw a spider. He wanted to kill it. The first weapon he thought of was his lighter. The resulting flames were captured on a security camera. The gas station clerk immediately hit the pump cutoff button and called the fire department. The guy who started it all (whose name has not been released) grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames. It could have been so much worse. Strangely, the only thing destroyed in the fire was the gas pump. The car was barely touched, and no one was injured.
$10,000 of Marijuana Fell From The Sky and Crashed Outside A Family’s Home
Bill and Maya Donnelly of Nogales, Arizona, were awakened by a boom that shook their house on September 8. They went back to sleep, and only after daylight did they find that a package had crashed through the roof of their carport and destroyed their doghouse! Their dog, named Hulk, was not in the doghouse at the time. The package contained 23.8 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $10,000! Nogales police say the most likely explanation is that an ultralight plane smuggling marijuana out of Mexico dropped the package too soon, when such bundles are usually dropped in the wilderness farther north of town.
Police Skeptical About Stolen Piglet Report
Bristol, UK, farm worker Nicky Bacon called police to report a piglet stolen from its pen at Windmill Hill Farm. The cops thought about the report for a minute, and then called back, suspecting a hoax. It was her name that drew suspicion. Bacon was confused at first, and took a minute to figure out what they found so strange. “Nick” is a British slang term for stealing something, and Bacon—well, she never thought about it because she’s had that name all her life. Once the police got the report sorted out, the stolen piglet was found and returned to the farm. Bradley McCarthy of Bishport Close was arrested in connection with the theft, and was sentenced to four weeks in jail for handling stolen goods.
Home Intruder Fed Cats, Wrote in Homeowner’s Diary
Christopher Hiscock of Nova Scotia pled guilty to various charges in connection with a short stay at a ranch near Kamloops. British Columbia. He left Nova Scotia looking for work, stole a truck, and when he ran out of money, decided to stop at a ranch house that was unoccupied. He made himself at home by starting a fire in the fireplace, doing his laundry, feeding the cats and horses, and even wrote in the homeowner’s diary! According to the National Post,
“Today was my first full day at the ranch,” he wrote in the diary. “I fed the cats and horses. So much I can do here I have to remind myself to just relax and take my time.
“I don’t feel alone here, I guess with 2 cats and 3 horses it’s kinda hard to be alone. Last night I had a fire in the house. It was so (peaceful). I slept like a little baby.
"I saw a picture in the basement on the wall of a man holding and weighing fish on a boat. Looking at him I realized we look a lot alike, but I think I’m more handsome.“
The residents of the ranch called police, who took Hiscock into custody. He was sentenced to probation.
Spider-Man Rescues Stranded Family
Stephen Grant and Lucy Day of East Sussex, UK, were having a bad day. Grant cut his finger off in a lawnmower accident. They couldn’t get an ambulance. The couple put their 3-year-old daughter in the back seat of their car and took off toward a hospital. On the way, their car burst into flames. They pulled off to the roadside and exited the car. That’s when Spider-Man showed up to save the day.
Tom Roche, a 24-year-old entertainer, was traveling to a child’s birthday party fully dressed in latex as Spider-Man. He and his girlfriend noticed smoke coming from the car before it pulled over in flames. Roche pulled over as well and hurried the family away from the burning car. Seeing Grant’s wound, Roche drove them straight to a hospital. Doctors were able to successfully reattach Grant’s finger. Fire officials still don’t know exactly why the vehicle caught fire.