Bizarre News-High Street

November 5, 2009 11:12:29 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueHIGH STREET
MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Guess what police found growing on High Street? Pot. Officers in Millville, N.J., report the odd looking plants sprouting on High Street were indeed marijuana. They were in basket hanging from a lamp post in Millville's business district. Authorities were tipped off by someone who noticed the strange looking greenery. Officials have no idea how that illegal weed came to be growing on High Street.

GATOR HUNTING GIRL
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sixteen-year-old Cammie Colin has a new nickname -- Killer. She bagged a 10-foot alligator in a South Carolina swamp. And she did it in the middle of the night -- with a crossbow. Cammie won one of 1,000 lottery slots for the state's annual public alligator harvest. The hunters have to get their gator old school style -- with either a crossbow or a harpoon. Cammie was with a guide, her father, an uncle and her brother in an 18-foot boat early Sunday. Thanks to Cammie's keen eye and steady hand, they now have 40 pounds of alligator steak in the freezer.

LOTTERY-SIGNS
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Wild Card 2 lottery is getting too big -- too big for the lottery signs. The estimated jackpot in tomorrow night's drawing now tops one million bucks. But the electronic signs in lotto outlets like convenience and grocery stores only have six digits. So, the those signs read $999,000. State lottery officials say the signs will keep showing that amount until someone wins and the cash jackpot starts over at 100-grand. Wild Card 2 is a multi-state game. But the South Dakota Lottery says the sign problem is just in their state.

OHIO SURPLUS AUCTION
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Imagine a garage sale for an entire state. That's the idea behind Ohio's surplus property auction tomorrow. Bidders will have a chance to buy everything from a meat slicer to a foosball table. There are also widescreen TVs, Blackberry smart phones, washers and dryers, and a treadmill up for auction, among other things. But buyer beware. State officials note some of the surplus items maybe damaged.

RE-ENACTOR SHOT
ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) - War can be dangerous -- even for a re-enactor. Now, a Virginia judge has dismissed a firearms charge against a Confederate re-enactor who accidentally shot someone on the Union side. Joshua Silva paid $1,200 in restitution and took a firearm safety class. The accident occurred in southeastern Virginia last year. Silva shot and wounded a retired New York City police officer during the filming of a Civil War film documentary. The man recovered. Prosecutors say Silva didn't realize his replica gun was loaded with live ammunition. Re-enactment organizers also failed to perform the required weapons check.

AIRPORT GREEN FEE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It will cost jet commuters more green to be green. Travelers using San Francisco International Airport have a chance to pay a little extra if they're feeling guilty about carbon emissions. Airport officials say outbound airline passengers can stop at new "Climate Passport" kiosks and pay a voluntary fee. It's about 23 bucks for a round-trip to New York City, while a flight to L.A. is a buck and a-half. The money will go to reforestation efforts in Northern California and a San Francisco green program.


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