Bizarre News-Hungry Police Ride

November 5, 2009 11:12:24 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueHUNGRY POLICE RIDE
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A bad case of the munchies isn't a 911 emergency. Police in Delray Beach, Fla., report busting Benjamin Dewer after he made two calls to the emergency number. Authorities charge Dewer told officers he was hungry and wanted a ride. When responding officers refused, police say he called a second time. Authorities say he was apparently drunk. He's now charged with making false calls to 911.

HUGE CABBAGE
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It sure would make a slew of slaw. Steve Hubacek is claiming a Guinness World Record for the largest cabbage. His giant head weighed in at just under 126 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. The fair's final weigh-off is today. And Hubacek tells the Anchorage Daily News he has an even bigger cabbage at home in Wasilla.

TEXT A CAMPUS COP
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Fans behaving badly may get fingered at Nebraska football games. University of Nebraska police have set a set up a text-messaging system. Cornhuskers fans can type on their cell phones from the stands and send a message to the campus cops. The school is among the first to adopt a text-based police reporting system. Tomorrow night, the Cornhuskers start their season against Florida Atlantic.

NETHERLANDS-MARIJUANA MISTAKE
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch police thought they had a big pot bust -- but it turns out to be a big embarrassment. Police proudly announced earlier this week that they'd found more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly $6.5 million. After officers had half the field mowed down, they learned the plants were part of an officially sanctioned university research project. Scientists at the school (Wageningen University) say they were growing a new strain of hemp. The researchers say their hemp is related to the marijuana plant, but with only trace amounts of THC, the chemical that gives pot its high. The school says the hemp field was part of a project to develop a sustainable source of fiber.

TV ANCHOR-NAME MIXUP
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - He's no John Stossel -- despite what some people think. Madison, Wisc., news anchor John Stofflet is often confused with longtime ABC news correspondent John Stossel. Stofflet says he was getting calls and e-mail last week about a speech in Middleton, not far from Madison. It turns it Stossel who have gave the talk on health care reform. Stofflet now does the newscasts on the local NBC affiliate. But he says the Stossel-Stofflet mix-ups started in 1980s during his first job at Madison's ABC station. He tells the Wisconsin State Journal he called an ABC network producer in New York once who said, "Stossel? What the hell are you doing in Wisconsin?"

CHEATING HUSBAND-SIGN
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - You might have heard the story of the cheating husband, who had to stand at a busy Washington-area intersection as his punishment. Well, The Washington Post reports it was a hoax. According to the Post, the host of "The Kane Show" on a local radio station (WIHT-FM) admitted on the air that he was behind the stunt. DJ Kane says he was conducting an experiment on the media's fact-checking standards. The man who identified himself as William Taylor is actually a station intern. He carried sign that read, "I cheated. This is my punishment."


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