The Weird Week in Review
RESCUER GETS LOST, RESCUED
A man called 911 when he became lost in the woods in Birmingham, Alabama, last Friday. A police officer responded to the call, in which the man said he became lost while running from two armed men. The police officer soon found the lost man, but then the two could not find their way out of the woods. A police K-9 unit was dispatched, and the officer and the original lost man were found after a three-hour search. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said,
"He panickedly ran into the woods,'' Edwards said of the victim. The West Precinct officer, whose name hasn't been publicly released, quickly arrived at the location. "Our officer got here and he made the decision to go into the woods to try to locate him,'' Edwards said. "What happened, I believe, the officer got so focused on looking for the victim and he got really deep into the woods. I believe he got disoriented inside the woods."
The officer had left his cell phone in his patrol cruiser, but was able to communicate via his police radio."The cell phone would have been a great assistance to us if he had it with him,'' Edwards said.
The lost man was taken to a hospital to be checked out, while the officer left without talking to reporters.
LOTTERY WINNERS ACCUSED OF BUYING TICKET WITH STOLEN MONEY
Be aware that if you win the lottery, your methods may be investigated. Four family members who worked at an Agway store in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, were captured on video ringing up returns and pocketing the money. They also bought lottery tickets, and bragged about it when they won $261,000 last September. Meanwhile, the store owner was losing money rapidly, which prompted him to install surveillance cameras. Kerry Titus, Joan Lechleitner, Samantha Schaeffer, and Tyler Schappell of Pottsville were arrested on charges of stealing a total of $175,000.
MAN GETS HEAD STUCK IN WASHING MACHINE
A man in Fuqing, China, tried to repair a small washing machine and got his head stuck inside the drum. He was trying to get a better view of what was wrong. There’s no word on how long he tried to free himself, but he was eventually found by friends. They tried to lubricate him out with soap, but that didn’t work. They then called the Fujian Fire Department, who responded and spent 40 minutes sawing the machine apart in order to free the man. The unnamed man suffered only minor scratches from the incident. The washing machine is assumed to be beyond repair at this point.
HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN SECONDHAND FREEZER
An unnamed woman in Goldsboro, North Carolina, bought a freezer from her neighbor, who then immediately moved away. The neighbor told her not to open the freezer, because a church group was using it as a time capsule, and they would be by to retrieve their stuff. Three weeks later, no one had come, so she opened the freezer and found human body parts.
Police confirmed the human remains were found Friday inside 1723-B Holly Street in Goldsboro.
The woman who discovered it said she believes it was the body of the neighbor’s elderly mother inside the freezer.
“She sold me her frozen mother for $30. How do you do something like that??” the woman said.
The mother had lived with her daughter for years, but hadn’t been seen since September.
Police have identified the remains and say the death was from natural causes. Leaving them in the freezer is still a felony. Police are treating it as a case of concealing a death.
MAN HIDING FROM LOVER’S HUSBAND FALLS FROM BALCONY
A man in Barletta, Puglia, Italy, is recovering in a hospital from injuries sustained when he fell from a second-floor balcony. The unnamed man was clinging to the outside of the balcony railing in his underwear because the husband of the woman he was visiting came home unexpectedly. He was unable to remain hidden when the railing gave way under his weight. He suffered a spinal fracture, but is expected to recover. There is no word on the other two people involved in the incident.
BOY CALLS 911 TO REPORT FATHER GOING THROUGH RED LIGHT
Six-year-old Robbie Richardson dreams of growing up to be a police officer, so adhering to the letter of the law is important to him. He was in the car when his father made a right turn on a red light, which is legal, but Robbie didn’t understand that—or else he didn’t believe his father. When they got home, Robbie called 911 to report his dad. A Quincy, Massachusetts, police officer got on the phone with Robbie’s father Mike Richardson to straighten the whole thing out. The Quincy police posted the 911 call to their Facebook page, and the incident went viral.