<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 21 Oct 2016 21:48:45 -0400Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:48:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Half-Naked Intruder Scares Boy With BB Gun]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:11:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_nakedintruder1021_1920x1080.jpg A half naked drunk woman walked into Michigan home and played with the family dog while young boy hides under his bed with BB gun and calls 911.

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<![CDATA[Deer Runs Wild Through NJ School]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:31:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/deer-in-school-1021.jpg

An unlikely enrollee was caught on camera trying to make its way into a New Jersey school. 

A deer was spotted running around in a lobby at Ramapo Indian Hills High School Friday morning, video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows. 

The footage shows the frightened animal running a lap around the empty lobby before losing its balance and falling on the floor. The animal then sits for a few seconds as its head darts back and forth.

Other videos show the deer stammering and falling in the lobby as workers try to get the animal to come outside. 

Students said that the deer had run into a bus, then rushed into the school after the impact. The animal couldn't keep its balance because the floor had been recently waxed. 

One of the responding officers told NBC 4 New York the animal was bleeding a bit from the mouth, likely from running into walls and glass doors. It didn't appear badly hurt as it ran into the woods, the officer said.

The deer was only in the school for about five minutes, but students found themselves talking about the animal all day. 

"They told us to go to class and carry on, but you couldn't carry on like normal after that," said student Victoria Carione. "I was wondering what was happening all day."

It's not the first time a deer has made its way into a school in the Garden State this year.

In February, a 1-year-old buck crashed through a window at North Arlington Middle School, leaped over furniture and dashed into the student dean's office.

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<![CDATA[Half-Naked Intruder Scares Boy With BB Gun]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:24:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_nakedintruder1021_1920x1080.jpg

An incident in Trenton, Michigan Wednesday is listed as a burglary and home invasion, but it sounded more like a new sequel to 1990s hit "Home Alone."

Warning: Corny "Home Alone" movie references scattered throughout this article.

Police said a woman randomly walked into the home, played with the family's dog and started cooking. She had no idea there was a 10-year-old boy upstairs.

"He said she sounded drunk," homeowner John Sueta said. "So he grabbed a BB gun, hid under the bed and called 911."

The boy didn't throw heavy paint cans down the stairs or unleash a pet tarantula on the woman, but he did the right thing by calling police.

"Some random person is in my house trying to steal my dog," he told the 911 operator.

Read more on this story at ClickOnDetroit.com.

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<![CDATA[Indians Fans Buy Up Pitcher's Wedding Registry Gifts]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ryan-merritt.jpg

Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Ryan Merritt has a lot to celebrate. In addition to a surprisingly solid pitching performance in game five of the ALCS, he is getting married and his wedding registry is almost entirely purchased.

Mainly, by Indians fans.

The rookie left-hander pitched the first 4 and 1/3 innings of the game and only surrendered two hits in game five. This was the 24-year-old’s second-ever start in the MLB and expectations were low.

Indians fans, grateful for Merritt’s start that led the team toward the World Series, caught wind that the pitcher was engaged to Sarah Brushaber and took it upon themselves to purchase nearly everything on his wedding registry. As of Friday morning, the only item that remained to be purchased was bedding.

The Cleveland Indians have not celebrated a trip to the World Series since 1997. They haven’t won the title since 1948.

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<![CDATA[Bob Dylan Retracts Mention of Nobel on His Website]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:02:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bob-dylan-nobel.jpg

It took Bob Dylan about a week to acknowledge the fact that he was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature. But it took him less than 24 hours after that to retract the recognition from his website.

On a page of Dylan’s site promoting his book “The Lyrics: 1961-2012,”  The Guardian reported Thurday it nonchalantly mentioned he was the “winner of the Nobel prize in literature” in a blurb describing the musician's success.

But now, it’s gone.

That sentence was the most anyone had seen or heard from Dylan on the subject of his Nobel prize, which was announced last week. The Nobel academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius has said that multiple attempts have been made to contact the singer/songwriter but to no avail.

Dylan is the first musician to ever win this award. Widely regarded as the poet of the rock world, he is known his allusions and protest songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin.’” He has published poetry and prose, also. Winning the Nobel for literature puts Dylan in the company of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison and T.S. Eliot.

Bob Dylan was given the honor for “having created new poetic expression within the great American song tradition,” according to the official Nobel prize website.

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<![CDATA[Pop Up & Smoke Up at Philly Art Museum Weed Garden]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:25:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98579274.jpg

You may or may not have heard of Hempy — a marijuana mascot who roamed the streets of Philly. Well, the person inside the green costume didn’t sweat bullets and waste energy for the heck of it.

N.A. Poe, a pro-pot activist and the man behind Hempy, created a 90-second montage of his adventure as a promotional piece for Thursday afternoon's "pop-up weed garden."

"I wanted to find a creative way to promote the event, and I’m glad using digital art did the trick." Poe said.

The pop-up began (appropriately) at 4:20 p.m. Thursday below the Philadelphia Art Museum’s famous "Rocky" steps.

Attendees were encouraged to "BYOW" — Bring Your Own Weed — as long as they brought less than the decriminalized amount (30 grams). The event provided provide light refreshments and snacks donated by local food stores.

NBC10 reached out to the Art Museum for a reaction, but did not receive a statement on the event.

"They are not in on it," Poe assured.

Police officers were present during the event, but did not interfere as scores of smokers took photos with Hempy, munched on snacks, and puffed away.

The event served as a two-year anniversary celebration of Philly’s weed decriminalization law, which went into effect on Oct. 20, 2014. The policy turned marijuana use and possession into a civil offense; people who carry 30 grams or less of marijuana are fined $25 and public consumption of the drug gets a $100 fine.

Anyone who joined Poe in the "cannabis happy hour" risked getting the citation for public use of the drug. Poe, however, was not fazed by it. "I [didn’t] know what the f--- [was] going to happen, but I know whoever [showed] up [was] in for a chill time," he said.

Poe is pleased with the progressive direction the marijuana debate is heading towards in Philadelphia.

"I was arrested three years ago at a protest in Philly and now we're having a [pot] garden party outside the art museum. So, it's a great progress," he said.

Chris Goldstein, an official with the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said the concept of having a pop-up BYOW garden is a play on Philadelphia’s craze with beer gardens.

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<![CDATA[California Owner Reunites With Lost Terrier 'Scruffy,' 371 Days Later]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/scruffy-reunion-101816.jpg

Michael Greer had been marking down on his calendar all the days his dog had been missing.

During that 371-day period, Greer, of Palm Springs, frequently checked the area where his 6-year-old terrier disappeared, and visited the Coachella Valley Animal Campus so many times that employees recognized him when he finally reunited with "Scruffy" at the shelter on Tuesday.

"When he saw his dog, he wanted to jump into the kennel," said Marisa Sanabria, a supervising animal care technician. "He couldn't believe his dog was here."

In October 2015, Greer asked a friend to keep an eye on Scruffy when he went out of town for work — but somehow the dog escaped or disappeared near Bermuda Dunes.

Animal control officer Paul Villanueva discovered the pooch more than a year later Monday on Patrick Drive in Indio and took him to the Thousand Palms shelter. Thankfully, Scruffy was microchipped. 


"(Greer) was crying when he found out his dog was with us," Sanabria said. "He had given up, because he had been to our shelter many times."

Sanabria and other employees were very excited to see that Greer finally reunited with his long-lost pup.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services
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<![CDATA[SC Man's Video of 'Angel'-Like Cloud Goes Viral ]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:56:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/angel+cloud+in+sky.jpg

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When Cory Hearon looked to the sky last Tuesday, he was shocked by what he saw. 

The single cloud above Camden, South Carolina, looked remarkably like an angel in the sky. He shared what he saw in a Facebook live stream that has since been viewed more than 6 million times, the Today Show reported. 

"I almost didn't video it," Hearon, 37, told Today. "It was the first time I had seen something that remarkable with my own two eyes." 

The father of three has been amazed by the response he's getting. "It has touched so many people from across the world," Hearon said. "I can't believe it. I'm still in shock."

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<![CDATA[Philly Marijuana Mascot Promotes 2 Years' Decriminalization]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:50:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pot+mascot.JPG

Pot activists are going to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Philadelphia's marijuana decriminalization Thursday by holding a "pop-up pot garden" outside Philadelphia Art Museum.

The pro-pot lobby will also hold a press conference at City Hall in Center City to release statistics about the number of citations issued for small amounts of marijuana.

Decriminalization changed city police policy when officers find less than 30 grams of pot on a person. Officers no longer detain individuals, instead issuing a citation that comes with a fine instead of an arrest and trip to city lockup. Possessing less than 30 grams comes with a $25 citation while smoking pot in public is $100.

The pop-up pot garden is a hat tip to Philadelphia's relatively new-found love of pop-up beer gardens, according to Chris Goldstein, one of the region's longstanding marijuana legalization advocates and official with the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

"We’re joking around on the beer people who drink wherever it seems these days," Goldstein said. "It's a play on that. We’re going to do it just like a beer garden, except this is a BYOW -- bring your own weed."

He added that activists are hopeful it'll be a legal trend soon.

"Two years from now, there’ll be more pop-up pot gardens than beer gardens," he said.

Another well-known legalization activist, N.A. Poe, is touting the pot garden in green garb. He stars as a marijuana leaf mascot in a Youtube video posted Monday.

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<![CDATA[Hole in the Wall Heist]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lolita+Grocery+Store+Wall+Robbery.jpg

A wall couldn’t stop a couple cigarette thieves from grabbing hundreds of dollars of smokes from a Philadelphia grocery store.

The robbers cut a hole into the rear wall of Lolita Grocery along W Rockland Street near N 13th Street in the city’s Logan section around 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 2.

"Once inside the offenders used trash bags from the store to load numerous cartons of various brands of cigarettes valued at $450," said police in a news release.

They also grabbed an unknown amount of cash from the register, said police.

In video released by police you see one of the men using a flashlight to select certain cigarettes off the shelf.

After several minutes, the suspects – a stocky man wearing a dark scarf over his head, baggy pants and dark sneakers and another stocky man using a dark-colored hoodie to cover his face and dark sneakers with a reflective stripe – slithered back through the hole and made a dash for it.

Anyone with information on the heist is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

Photo Credit: Surveillance images released by Philadelphia Police
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<![CDATA[Mother Braves Hurricane Matthew to Deliver Baby]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:01:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/225*120/hurricane-baby.PNG

A South Carolina mother braved through rain, wind and floodwaters to get to the hospital in time for her delivery during Hurricane Matthew, NBC affiliate WCBD reported

Lestlis Matthews got to take home her son Friday after she went into labor during Hurricane Matthew. 

When she called paramedics, they warned her there would be a delay because of the rising floodwaters. 

Not willing to risk the wait, Matthews got up and started walking to the hospital on her own.

"Walking through the water was fine," she said. "Any mother will go through extraordinary measures to make sure that their child is safe, and I had to do what I had to do."

A driver picked her up after she had walked nearly five blocks.

Matthews said she was born two days before Hurricane Hugo. 

"I'm a survivor, going to be all right," Matthews said. 

Read more on WCBD.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After 1st Date]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Katherine+Stonick+Mugshot.jpg

A first date led to an arrest two months later after a woman used the man’s credit card without his knowledge to charge hundreds of dollars for a gift card, according to police. 

The victim and 27-year-old Katherine Stonick, of New Haven, had dinner at Finalmente Trattoria, on Post Road East in Westport, on Aug. 17 and he met with police on Aug. 23 after realizing she stole from him, according to police. 

The victim told police he was on a first date with a woman named “Sophie,” who police later identified as Katherine Stonick.

After the victim paid for the meal, Stonick excused herself from the table to use the restroom and asked the manager to charge $300 to the victim’s credit card for a gift card, according to police, but the victim had no idea. 

Stonick then went back to the restaurant on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 and used the gift card, police said. 

The victim gave police Stonick’s license plate number and they identified her from a photograph lineup, police said. 

Police then obtained a warrant charging Stonick with sixth-degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card. 

She turned herself in to police on Oct. 14 and was released after posting the $10,000 bond. She is due in court on Oct. 26.

It's not clear if she has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Rescuers Form Human Chain to Save Driver in Burning SUV]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:19:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/10-17-2016-HUMAN-CHAIN-florida-rescue.JPG A line of about 12 people formed a human chain on a hillside to rescue a man trapped in a burning sport utility vehicle. The two-vehicle crash happened Sunday Oct. 16, 2016 in Palm Bay, Florida. Smoke billowed from the SUV as rescuers linked arms on a steep embankment and pulled the driver to safety.

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<![CDATA[Man on LSD Saves Dog From Fake Fire]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:26:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/001FrontView%281563%29.jpg

An upstate New York man apparently high on hallucinogens broke into his neighbor's home to save their dog from what he thought was a burning home, police say.

There was no fire, state police told WNYT-TV. The man had consumed LSD and cough medicine and thought his neighbor's home in Saratoga County was being consumed by flames last Thursday, officials say. 

He went around his Halfmoon neighborhood banging on doors and yelling about a fire, WNYT reported. When no one would help, he drove his black BMW sedan through his neighbor's fence, went to the back door and smashed through it to retrieve the dog. 

He emerged triumphantly with the large white dog, and responding officers found him standing outside the home with the dog in his arms, police said.

"He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog," State Police Troop G spokesman Mark Cepiel said. 

The man, 43-year-old Michael Orchard, was arrested on charges of burglary and criminal mischief. He was jailed on $15,000 bail. 

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<![CDATA[Possible Large Cat Sightings in Winslow Township, New Jersey]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:18:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat2.png

UPDATE: Officials determinedthe cat to be a house cat.

Possible "large cat" sightings in South Jersey are under investigation by officials.


The sightings have been reported by residents in Winslow Township near the Hammonton Border.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife is also aware of the reports.

Officials suggest residents use caution with their children, pets, and themselves if they should see one, though here have been no reports of the large cats making any contact with people.

Mountain lions were once indigenous to the New Jersey area, but have not been present for many years.

Grainy video submitted by winery in Hammonton of an animal that looks like a large cat and a grainy photograph from a hunter's game camera have been submitted and reviewed.

Due to the quality of the photo and video, it is not possible to tell with certainty what the animals are, but police could not rule out the presence of a large cat or cats.

Police ask anyone who spots the cat or cats to report the sightings to Winslow Township's Animal Control 609-567-0700 ext 1500.

Photo Credit: Winslow Township Police via Press Release]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Man Arrested After Moonwalking With Heroin]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:39:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mark+Wixler+Sized.jpg

A New Jersey man was arrested after moonwalking through the aisles of a gas station convenience store.

Officers responded to the Speedway gas station on Hooper Avenue in Toms River Wednesday night after the store clerk reported a man acting "erratically," according to police.

Police say Mark Wixler was moonwalking through the station's convenience store aisles while choosing what he wanted to buy. The 39-year-old, who had a warrant for his arrest out of Neptune Township, was in possession of six hypodermic needles and some heroin.

Wexler was then placed under arrest. He is being held in Ocean County Jail. It's not clear whether he has retained an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Bear Cruises Around Car Dealership]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:56:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bear+car+dealership.jpg

Bear sightings aren't unusual in New Jersey, but cruising around car dealerships? That's a new one.

A business manager at Prestige Volvo in East Hanover was sitting in his office Thursday afternoon when he looked up and "the bear just happened to walk next to him" outside the window, general manager Matthew Haiken told NBC 4 New York.

The bear ambled toward a cat running around in the back of the dealership, and the spooked feline dashed away, Haiken said.

East Hanover police responded and shut down the street until the bear went back into the woods. 

The same bear has emerged in town from time to time over the past several months, but does not pose a threat to residents, according to police.  

In the last few months alone, bears have been spotted lounging in backyard pools, wandering near schools and climbing up trees in New Jersey. State Department of Environmental Protection officials say the increased human and bear interaction has prompted the state to extend its annual bear hunt to six days

The hunt kicked off Monday, when over 200 bears were killed the first day. 

Photo Credit: Matthew Haiken/Prestige Volvo]]>
<![CDATA[Neb. Man Orders Pizza to Check on Fla. Grandma After Hurricane]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:44:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-150054593.jpg

In the days after Hurricane Matthew grazed the Florida coast, families of residents living in the deadly storm's track wondered if their loved ones in the Sunshine state were safe.

One Nebraska family, desperate for news of their grandmother who lives alone in Palm Coast, decided to get creative after attempts to reach her failed.

Eric Olsen of Omaha, Nebraska, hadn't heard from Grandma Claire Olsen for several days after the storm, according to NBC affiliate WBBH.

After calls to the local police department and sheriff's office in Flagler County went unanswered, the worried grandson thought of a way to get someone to check in on her, WBBH reported.

Lance Tyler was running deliveries at the only Papa John's pizzeria in Flagler County when Eric Olsen called in an order from Nebraska. The pizza, however, was destined for Grandma Claire's house on Parkway Drive.

Tyler told WBBH when he arrived in the neighborhood and looked at the receipt, there was a phone number and special instructions to call once he arrived at the house. Tyler said he assumed it was because the owner of the home "had some big dogs they needed to put away, or something."

But when Tyler called the number, a concerned Eric Olsen asked "Is she there? Is she OK?."

"The way that he answered the phone," Tyler said. "It sounded like he was worried."

Tyler knocked on Olsen’s door, who was reluctant to answer.

"He said 'Delivery.' I said, 'I didn't order anything.' He says, 'Your grandson did,'" grandma Olsen said, according to WBBH.

Eric Olsen was finally able to speak to this grandmother, quelling his worries. Grandma Claire's pepperoni pizza was "fantastic” and much appreciated.

Tyler said connecting the two topped every tip he's ever received.

"Her expression was just priceless," he said. "The way she was like 'Whoa!'"

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<![CDATA[Mom's Ashes Mistaken as Drugs?]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:54:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brockton+ashes.JPG

A woman from Brockton, Massachusetts, is heartbroken after someone stole her mother's ashes.

Carolyn Parker told necn the ashes were stolen from her glove compartment.

"I think when they saw this they thought they hit the mother-load and took off with it," Parker said.

The theft happened sometime overnight Monday while Parker's Jeep was parked in her driveway on Bassett Road.

"Tuesday morning I went to get into my car to go to work and basically it was ransacked," she said.

Paker says she already buried most of her 71-year-old mom's ashes with her grandfather.

Her mom died in July from breast cancer.

But she says she had plans for the rest of them, possibly making a necklace with her son's ashes. He died a year and a half ago.

"The rest of the ashes were kind for whatever I wanted to do with them... which was spread some and have something made with some of them," Parker said.

Now she's worried the thief may have thought they were drugs, even worse ingested or inhaled the ashes.

"I guess if someone is high on drugs and it's dark and desperate they might think that, but once they examined it a little better probably figured out what it was," she said.

Parker said the ashes were in her glove compartment for about three weeks.

She thinks she may have made a mistake and left her car unlocked.

Nothing else was stolen, and she says no one would target her personally.

"If it's somebody stealing stuff you think that they would steal you're sunglasses, I had Ray Bans and Bulgari sunglasses, they didn't take any of that," she said. "So that's why I think it was somebody thinking it was drugs, why else would they take them?"

She says she just wants them back.

"Put it on my porch, put it on my back deck, I just want them back it's not something I can replace," Parker said.

Parker says she called police and filed a report but says there's not much that can be done, because her car was left unlocked.

<![CDATA[School District Bans Clown Costumes]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:33:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teen+arrest+creepy+clownb.jpg

One of two New York teens arrested amid a wave of creepy clown sightings inciting fear and disruption across the nation now says he "regrets it a lot."

Angelo Rojas and Gabriel Garabito, both 18, were arrested Thursday for trespassing on school property at a high school in Yonkers after allegedly taking photos of themselves in clown suits at various district schools.

They told police they planned to post the photos later Thursday night along with some threats, authorities say.

But a remorseful Rojas told NBC 4 New York Friday, "I never should have done it." 

He said he just wanted "a quick laugh" with his friend as the two drove around town, and figured they'd capitalize on the creepy clown craze taking over social media.

"It was on social media, all these clown scares going around. I was like, I've had a clown costume for a couple years. Perfect timing," said Rojas. 

"It was never to scare anybody, it was just to take a quick picture in front of every school in Yonkers, then it just turned into something big," he added. 

But parents and police don't find it funny. Cops say the pranks are putting a strain on resources, especially because they can't just dismiss the threats off the bat. Every one has to be vetted, according to Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

"We take all threats seriously but especially threats involving the safety of our children," he said.

Other communities were dealing with similar clown-scare headaches, and school districts from Long Island to Westchester and New Jersey to Connecticut have been sending letters home to reassure parents of their children's safety. The Montclair school district in New Jersey even banned "clown-related costumes" ahead of Halloween and urged adults to talk to their children about the dangers of "copycat" behavior. 

"Any threatening email or post on social media will be investigated by the police, and the person responsible risks legal consequences, regardless if the intent was harmless, a hoax, or copycat in nature," Interim Superintendent Ron Bolandi said.

Bolandi said children who dress up as clowns or anything resembling clowns at any school event, including Halloween, will be asked to change or sent home.

Gardner reiterated the point: "This is not a joke. If you engage in this type of activity, you're going to be held accountable for your actions."

Now Rojas said what seemed like a funny idea at first has now turned into a headache, and has this message for other teens thinking about it: "Don't do it. Just don't do it. Now I have to go to court." 

Earlier this week, two New Jersey girls were arrested in separate alleged clown threat hoaxes, and another teenager was arrested in an alleged clown-mask drive that scared motorists on the road, police say. And a creepy clown chased a teenager out of a subway in Manhattan, menacing the boy with a kitchen knife. That clown has not been caught.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY
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<![CDATA[Companies Providing Space Funeral Services]]> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:50:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SPACE_AP_16225354180398.jpg

Space funerals are no longer a thing of science fiction. Companies such as Celestis and Elysium Space offer space funerals, NBC News reported.

Celestis, a subsidiary of Houston-based aerospace company Space Services, offers an array of options for those who want to launch human remains in space. And these voyages range in price, depending on how far in the celestial heavens you want to go.

Its most popular services, which place remains into payloads on third-party commercial rockets, are Earth Rise, where cremated remains are transported suborbitally for a cost of $1,295 and returned to Earth; and Earth Orbit, where remains travel around the Earth and then released into space for a fee of $4,995.

It also plans to offer a DNA service for those who don't choose cremation next year. The company will take a person's DNA sample and bond it with a silica-type agent to create a fillable capsule that can be transported into space.

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<![CDATA[NJ Sheriff Issues 'Creepy Clown' Warning]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:01:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clown-generic1.jpg

A South Jersey sheriff is warning people about "creepy clown" activity and vowing to protect people if necessary.

"Recently, people in clown costumes committing illegal or suspicious acts have been reported throughout the country," said Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield. "Here in Burlington County schools and police departments have also begun to receive both credible as well as false reports of similar behavior."

The threats included one against township schools Monday – the schools remained open.

Stanfield warned people of the frustration first responders are facing over clown hoaxes – the majority reported have been hoaxes – and told people that those making false claims will be held responsible.

"When you spread information that is known to be false and causes public alarm, it is a crime." said Stanfield. "While some may view this as a prank, it is a serious offense that wastes the time and valuable resources of our police departments."

The sheriff wanted to reassure residents that "proper precautions" are being made to "to ensure Burlington County residents are as safe as possible."

"The safety and security of Burlington County residents is our top priority, and we take any threat against them seriously," Stanfield said.

<![CDATA[3 Arrests in Slew of NJ Clown Threat Hoaxes: Police]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:57:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CLOWN+1.JPG

Two New Jersey girls have been arrested in separate alleged clown threat hoaxes, and another New Jersey teenager was arrested in an alleged clown-mask drive that scared motorists on the road, police say. 

In the driving incident, police say some teens wearing clown masks hung out the windows of a black Toyota Tundra while on Route 23 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, yelling at another driver on the road. 

The Toyota followed the victim onto Route 287, then Route 208, accoridng to police. Fair Lawn police finally spotted the vehicle on Route 3 in Paramus, and pulled it over. 

Officers found two clown masks inside, as well as marijuana and a knife on one passenger, 18-year-old Conner Moreno of Lodi, who was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, police say. He has been released.

The 19-year-old driver, a Fair Lawn woman, received a traffic summons for reckless driving. The other three passengers, all 18 and 19, were released at the scene. 

The two passengers who wore the clown masks told police they were only waving their hands as they hung out of the vehicle, and not pointing anything. 

Later Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl in South Toms River was charged with creating false public alarm after allegedly lying to her mother about being chased by a person armed with a knife and dressed as a clown while walking to school in the morning, police said. 

Police investigated the allegations, which alarmed the community on Facebook, and determined it was a hoax. The girl recanted and was arrested, and she's expected to appear in juvenile court at a future date.

Under state law, her parents will be required to make restitution for expending police resources in the matter, Toms River police said. 

Meanwhile, another 12-year-old girl allegedly posted a threat against Toms River Intermediate East Middle School on Instagram Tuesday evening using the handle "killerclownfromnj," police said.

She allegedly wrote: "I will be there at 8:36 sharp on Thursday, October 6th," then added a series of emojis implying violence, according to Toms River police. 

Toms River police and officers from the high-tech crime unit in the Ocean County prosecutor's office deemed there was no credible threat to the school, but the schools superintendent worked with police to provide extra security measures, officials said.

The girl was arrested on a charged of third-degree criminal causing false public alarm. She's also facing disciplinary action at school. 

There have been similar arrests in recent days of New Jersey teens allegedly making creepy clown threats. Schools on Long Island and in New Jersey have also upped security in response to the increase in sightings and threats. 

"We understand this may be a social media prank throughout the country, but we take quite seriously all calls that involve intentional harassment, trespassing, disturbing of the peace, and reported activity that results in the citizens of our county feeling threatened," the Suffolk Police Department said.

The NYPD, meanwhile, have dismissed similar clown hoaxes as harmless. 

"We're tracking it but we don't see any real threat here," Deputy Commissioner John Miller said Monday. "We have tried to avoid falling into the trap of putting extra police protection or presence in places where we've had these."

He added: "Our main message is don't believe the hype and don't be afraid of the clowns."

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<![CDATA[Did Hospital Charge Couple for Holding Their Baby?]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:01:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SKIN-TO-SKIN-4P-VO---00-00-39-15_21059698.jpg

A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the hospital told NBC's "Today" show the charge was to cover the cost of having an additional caregiver in the operating room.

The hospital issued a statement, saying they can't comment on a specific bill without consent from the patient due to privacy laws but added that, "in general, Utah Valley Hospital is an advocate for skin-to-skin contact between a mother and newborn directly after birth."

"In the case of a c-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother," the statement said. "This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing an extra caregiver into the OR. The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the additional caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety."

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<![CDATA[Frightening Clown Sightings, Threats Reported Nationwide]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:06:16 -0400 they'd received reports of creepy clowns in recent days in what appears to be the latest in a nationwide trend of reports of clown sightings.]]> they'd received reports of creepy clowns in recent days in what appears to be the latest in a nationwide trend of reports of clown sightings.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clown1003.jpg Frightening clown encounters and social media threats are flooding police departments and schools nationwide. Here's a look at some of the many reported incidents across the country.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Man Pedals Big Wheel Down Roosevelt Boulevard ]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:17:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BigWheel_21046247.jpg

Motorists traveling down Roosevelt Boulevard experienced an unusual traffic jam Sunday. Cell phone videos captured a man pedaling a big wheel down the Boulevard as cars tried to dodge him.

“I just so happened to maneuver my way to the front of the traffic and I saw the guy on the trike,” said Akeem Edwards. “I’m like, ‘what the heck?’”

Edwards pulled over and began recording the man on his phone.

“He actually looked at me and he smiled as he was rolling by,” Edwards said.

Edwards told NBC10 he didn’t see any police cars as the man continued to pedal down the boulevard. NBC10 also found another video of the man riding the big wheel as cars maneuvered out of the way to avoid an accident.

“Not only is it dangerous, it’s insane,” said Al Walton Jr., a bicyclist. “And without a helmet.”

Edwards told NBC10 all of his friends and coworkers are asking him about the video. He said of all the times he’s driven on the highway, he never expected to see someone riding something similar to his daughter’s tricycle.

Police told NBC10 they’re investigating the video. No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

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<![CDATA[102-Year-Old Woman Fulfills Bucket List Wish to Be Arrested]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/102+year+olds+bucket+list.jpg A 102-year-old woman from Missouri asked to be arrested as part of her bucket list to-dos. Edie Simms made the unusual request and police were happy to help her fulfill her wish by handcuffing her and taking her for a ride in their patrol car. Simms was arrested Friday at her senior living home in St. Louis. ]]> <![CDATA[Wild Pigs Chow Down on Calif. Yards]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sj-pigs.jpg

Front yards are being ripped up in a San Jose neighborhood, and while residents are well aware of who the culprits are, there's very little they can do.

The torn-up lawns are the work of wild pigs on a feeding frenzy, residents said. They strike in the middle of the night, digging up lawns in the Evergreen neighborhood of South San Jose.

"They came in and ... I saw a huge pack of them, and they were effectively ripping up the sod," resident Rod Murchison said.

Murchison and his neighbors said there are about 20 of the wild boars, and they have destroyed more than half a dozen lawns in the neighborhood over the past week.

Kevin McFatridge lives up the street from Murchison. His front lawn looks like a war zone. The pigs even took out his geranium plants.

"We can handle a little patch here or there, but our entire lawn is now gone, and that's very frustrating," McFatridge said.

Murchison believes the pigs came from the ranchland across the street from his home. He said he had a similar problem about 10 years ago but it stopped after neighbors got together to secure a fence. Murchison even put up a device that shines a red light, simulating a pig predator. He hopes it will be enough to keep the hungry grub hunters away.

Murchison's 10-year-old daughter Katie built two fairy houses in the front yard. She's so worried about the pigs, she put up a warning.

"I put up the sign so the fairies would know not to come at night because the pigs might come," Katie said.

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<![CDATA[Creepy Clowns Reportedly Spotted in NY, NJ: Officials]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:02:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clown-generic.jpg

Officials in at least four towns in New York and New Jersey said they've been investigating reports of creepy clowns trying to scare children and others recently.

Authorities in Suffolk County and the Ulster County village of Ellenville in New York and Toms River and Pohatcong in New Jersey said that they'd received reports of creepy clowns in recent days in what appears to be the latest in a nationwide trend of reports of clown sightings.

In Lindenhurst, school officials said in a Facebook post that they were keeping students inside during recess after reports about people dressed as clowns in North Babylon and Brentwood. The district also alluded to a tweet that indicated that the village might be the next target.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we will be keeping elementary school children in during recess today and our security team is on high alert," the district said in the post.

The district said it's referred the matter to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Suffolk County police added that investigators haven't been able to confirm any sightings in the county and that no officers had seen anyone wearing a clown costume.

"We understand this may be a social media prank throughout the country, but we take quite seriously all calls that involve intentional harassment, trespassing, disturbing of the peace, and reported activity that results in the citizens of our county feeling threatened," the department said.

Parents at the school on Friday were split on the reports. At least one said it sounded like a joke, and another said that they're worried that coverage of the clowns could make for meaner pranks.

"I think you're just going to make whoever is doing this say, 'Ha, I got them. What else can we do? Let's take it up a notch," said Jessica Kulish.

In Ellenville, police said they were investigating false reports of acts committed by a clown who calls himself "Bubbo Theclown" on Facebook. The department said in its own Facebook post that any purported crimes committed by "Bubbo Theclown" were hoaxes.

"This is not humorous in anyway, and in fact causes unnecessary stress, and in some cases traumatizes the children who are victims of these heinous acts," the department said. 

In Pohatcong, New Jersey, authorities cited an 18-year-old riding on the hood of a hearse at a Wal-Mart on Tuesday. Police there said the man hadn't made any contact with shoppers and called the episode a "hoax." 

"This odd phenomena is happening all over the country but it will not be tolerated in this township," said Pohatcong Mayor James Kern III. "Hopefully those considering these type of actions will now think otherwise."

Authorities in Toms River are likewise investigating reports of clowns, though police didn't confirm any sightings in the Jersey Shore town. Authorities in the town said that there had been threats to schools that originated from outside the Garden State and they haven't found any credible threat from the clown reports. Still, additional officers will be posted at schools in the town. 

The incidents are among the latest in a series of frightening encounters involving clowns nationwide. Since August, people South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Georgia have reported scary or suspicious incidents with people dressed as clowns.

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