Bizarre News-Party Patrol

November 5, 2009 11:12:46 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're truePARTY PATROL
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The party patrol in one Oregon college town is cruising for kegs. But these aren't students looking for fun. The Eugene Police Department's "party patrol" issued 170 citations last weekend. The tickets were almost all for alcohol-related offenses. Police shut down party after party Friday and Saturday nights. Officers are patrolling a student-heavy neighborhood near the University of Oregon campus. Police officials say the party patrols will continue as long as they're needed.

BURNING FAVRE GEAR
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Burn Brett burn. Packers fans are being invited to torch their Brett Favre gear during halftime of next Monday's Green Bay-Minnesota Vikings game. The Milwaukee Burger Co. is hosting the burn party. Manager Julie Kolk says the bar and grill will have a flaming barrel where fans can toss their Favre jerseys, pictures, posters, and other stuff. Kolk says they plan to donate 10 bucks to charity for each item to go up in flames. Favre, of course, was the legendry Packer's QB. He came out of retirement to quarterback the Packers' rival, Minnesota.

MARIJUANA COURTHOUSE
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - You probably don't want to take a razor, a knife and scissors through a courthouse security scanner. Oh, and add pot to the list of things to leave at home. Authorities in St. Lucie County, Fla., report a young woman was stopped at a courthouse security check. The sheriff's office says a private security officer found a number of suspicious items during the scan. When the security officer emptied the purse, authorities say he found a baggie of suspected pot. A field test confirmed it. Chantel Marissa Johnson was busted and charged with possession. The 21-year-old was later freed on $500 bail.

POT EXCESS
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Too much pot is a problem in Arizona -- for the law. Authorities in Santa Cruz County are running out of room to store the illegal weed. The Metro Task Force in southern Arizona seized two tons of marijuana in just one week alone. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada calls it overwhelming.

HAPPY THE HIPPO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy the Hippo may soon be a lot happier. He's going to be living with two female hippos. Happy has been moved from Washington's National Zoo to the Milwaukee County Zoo. Happy arrived early yesterday morning after a 17-hour roadtrip on a flatbed truck. Happy's home in Washington is being taken over by an expanded elephant exhibit. Happy's new roommates are two female hippos, Patti and Puddles. Milwaukee zoo officials hope Happy and his lady-friends will be making some hippo whoopie.

TREASURE HUNT
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - Postal worker Patty Henken is on the hunt for buried treasure. She was refinishing an antique chair and found a key in an envelope with a note. The envelope read "Finders Keepers." The note inside promises $250 in U.S. gold coins buried in a chest in Springfield, Ill. Henken has gotten permission from the property owner to dig on the lot identified in the note. The first search with a backhoe didn't reveal any gold. But Henken says she's not giving up. She and the property owner have agreed to split any treasure found.

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