<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 25 May 2018 05:02:21 -0400Fri, 25 May 2018 05:02:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[3 Dragged Stolen Shed Down Road With Pickup Truck: PD]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 06:40:00 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Maine+State+Police+Stolen+Shed+Lebanon.jpg

Three men allegedly decided to steal and drag a full-sized shed down a Maine road, but they didn't get too far.

Maine State Police said they arrested the men — Matthew Thompson of Lebanon, Maine; Timothy James of Pembroke, New Hampshire; and Robert Breton on Milton, New Hampshire — on Sunday after troopers received a call about a shed that had been stolen from a foreclosed property on Pork Street in Lebanon.

When troopers arrived at the scene on nearby Heath Road, they found a 25-foot shed being dragged by a pickup truck blocking half of the street.

An investigation revealed that Thompson, James and Breton were stealing the shed.

Troopers also found that Thompson had crystal meth and prescription pills, for which he did not have a prescription.

All three were charged with theft, reckless conduct and criminal mischief. Thompson was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession in connection with the drugs.

The trio was taken to York County Jail, where they were held on $5,000 bail. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

Photo Credit: Maine State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Restaurant Unleashes $50 Surf & Turf Burger & Beer]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 15:55:54 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DaviosBurger.jpg

May 28 marks not just one, but two holidays for those who love a juicy burger. If you are looking to make your Memorial Day a bit more special, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is debuting its new Surf and Turf Burger and Beer special.

In honor of National Hamburger Day on the 28th, Davio’s has taken their famous steakhouse burger to another level by combining 8 ounces of Kobe beef with Maine lobster, ruffle-champagne fonduta and butter lettuce inside a toasted brioche bun. The burger can be washed down with a Victory DirtWolf Double IPA which is brewed locally in Chester County.

The Surf and Turf Burger and Beer pairing can be purchased through May 28 at Davio's located at 17th near Sansom Street.

Did we mention it'll cost you $50?

Photo Credit: NBC10 Gary Watson]]>
<![CDATA[Unbelievable Animals: Eagle, Fox Kit in Mid-Air Dinner Fight]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 13:07:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fox-v-eagle-thumb.jpg Check out some of the craziest animals and the stories behind them.]]> <![CDATA[Cat Allergy Can't Stop This Couple's Love]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 07:41:41 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Allergic_To_Cats.jpg

Darren Damone's allergy to cats nearly derailed his relationship. An allergy doctor helped to keep the couple together by creating an allergy shot for Damone to help build up his tolerance toward his allergies.

<![CDATA[Monkey Business Class: Rhesus Macaque Briefly Escapes Cage at Texas Airport]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 10:43:06 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SA-airport-baboon.jpg

A monkey escaped from its crate Monday afternoon at San Antonio International Airport but was shot with a tranquilizer and was recovered safely.

Officials said the monkey got out of his crate in an isolated baggage area where animals are checked upon arrival. The monkey, a rhesus macaque named Dawkins, according to NBC affiliate WOAI, was on his way to a local animal sanctuary and refuge.

Dawkins was on an American Airlines flight to the Alamo City from Chicago when he "inadvertently became free of his cage," the carrier said. He was contained in an isolated area away from staff and customers and officials from the San Antonio Zoo were called in to ensure his safety.

The zoo said on Twitter that it conducts regular emergency drills so it was prepared for such incidents and transfered the monkey to its owner. 

The monkey had been confined to the baggage handling area and tranquilized, San Antonio Aviation Director Russ Handy said.

He couldn't say how rare such incidents are at the airport.

"People that have been here at the airport a while can't remember this type of thing happening," Handy said. "We transport a lot of the animals and the rules on kennels and how they're supposed to be secure are very clear, so I would say it's very rare."

Photo Credit: WOAI-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Royal Wedding Swag Hawked on e-Bay]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 10:30:25 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/royalwedding-swag.jpg

Did your invite to the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get lost in the mail, but you still want to be part of history? Well, now you can. But it'll cost you a few thousand pounds.

Items being touted as royal gift bags are now being hawked on dozens of e-Bay auctions for as much as $3,000 pounds, or $4,000 in U.S. dollars. Gift bags were reportedly given to 2,640 members of the public who were invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle for Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, according to CNBC.  But the gift bags were not given to the 600 close family and friends of the royal couple who were invited inside the chapel.

So what's inside the bag?

  • A tote bag bearing the initials "HM" plus the date and venue of the wedding
  • An order of service booklet
  • A commemorative fridge magnet
  • A gold chocolate coin
  • A tub of "handbag shortbread"
  • A postcard
  • A bottle of spring water
  • A 20 percent off voucher for the Windsor Castle gift shop

Sorry... personally autographed pictures of Harry and Meghan not included.

<![CDATA['Very Sober' Man Calls 911 to Report Pig Following Him: Cops]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 09:38:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pig+custody.jpg

Cops in one Ohio town got an usual 911 call over the weekend. It was from a man who said he was walking home from an Amtrak station. 

And, according to the man, there was a pig following him. And he didn't know what to do about it. 

In a hilarious Facebook post early Saturday, cops said "night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy" who must have been "hallucinating" and found instead a "very sober male" walking east on Center Ridge in Elyria. He was, in fact, walking away from the Amtrak station, not from a bar, as they thought. 

"Oh, and he was being followed by a pig," the post said. "Yes, a pig." 

An officer managed to get the pig into his cruiser, where the animal was seen appearing to rest comfortably on the black leather seat. It was then taken to a secure location and returned to its owner hours later. 

The North Ridgeville Police Department also preempted any attempts to poke insensitive fun: "Also, we will mention the irony of the pig in a police car now so that anyone that thinks they’re funny is actually unoriginal and trying too hard. Have a great day."

Photo Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA['Hats Off': Wis. HS Senior Prank Is So Good Even Police Applaud]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 17:33:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/32405600_1737888212967551_2061377868771885056_o.jpg

Even Wisconsin police had to applaud a group of high school seniors for their hilarious prank before graduation.

Senior pranks are often the thing of spring for high school graduates, but the latest one from Cumberland High School seniors is making waves for its creativity.

According to photos posted by local police, the seniors took what appears to be the back half of a vehicle and placed it outside their principal’s office, using a tarp and placing bricks around the vehicle to make it appear as though a car drove into the building.

The back of the vehicle had “CHS Class of 2018, We’re Bustin’ Out” written on it and side windows read “C-ya May 19, 2018.”

“Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank. Congratulation Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen,” Cumberland police wrote on Facebook.

According to a Facebook post from the school district, the vehicle involved in the prank was an “old junker.”

“Using tape and a black tarp, the students created the illusion of damage, making it look like the car crashed into the side of the building,” the district wrote. “The best part? This prank included absolutely no damage at all to school property, which is why police singled it out.”

Photo Credit: Cumberland, Wisc., Police Department/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Man, 25, Posing as Hurricane Victim Enrolls, Plays Basketball at Texas High School]]> Wed, 16 May 2018 19:05:55 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/disney-bouvier-gilstrap-portley.jpg

A 25-year-old man was arrested after allegedly posing as a high school student in a Dallas Independent School District campus so he could compete in high school basketball, according to Texas officials. Now the University Interscholastic League, UIL, is monitoring the situation.

Dallas ISD police said Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey evacuee and enrolled as a freshman student at Skyline High School in August under the name Rashun Richardson. Federal law exempts people who claim to be homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster from requiring documents they might not have.

Richardson ISD officials confirmed the man also enrolled in classes at Richardson High School in October for one day. District officials say he did not give a reason for withdrawing one day after enrolling.

DISD says Gilstrap-Portley ended up at Hillcrest High School and joined the varsity basketball team there.

A UIL spokesperson said the UIL is aware of Gilstrap-Portley playing during the basketball season and the minimum penalty for using ineligble players is forfeiture of the games where the player participated.

A woman who has a 14 year old daughter at Hillcrest High School told NBC 5 Gilstrap-Portley dated the young girl earlier this year. The woman asked NBC 5 not to make her name public. She says her daughter met Gilstrap-Portley at school in January. Her daughter told her they've kissed, but had no other sexual contact.

She says police have been in touch with her family and detectives told her they are investigating the suspect's activities over the nine months he allegedly posed as a high school student. 

Hillcrest High School Principal Bayer said he and staff believed the suspect's story about being a hurricane evacuee, homeless with an absentee mother and younger siblings to care for. He said Gilstrap-Portley appeared to be 17. He was a starter on the basketball team but didn't stick out in ability over the younger students.

"He was a good player, but didn't stick out as being completely head and shoulders above everyone else," said Bayer when asked if there were any red flags.

"Other than him being a very quiet, reserved young man, polite," he said. "Looking back on that now, it makes sense to me that maybe he was trying not to be noticed or bring attention to himself."

He said he's since learned from police that the suspect has a child and girlfriend. Bayer says they came to basketball games, but staff believed the woman and child were a sister and nephew of the suspect.

Bayer said Gilstrap-Portley couldn't show transcripts or school records other than proof of withdrawal from Skyline High School. Bayer said Gilstrap-Portley did provide record of immunization and a physical. Bayer said the records listed the name Rashun Richardson and the same date of birth given when Gilstrap-Portley enrolled.

“For him to take advantage of the Harvey situation and then the homeless laws and get himself in front of our students, it is frustrating,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. 

It was revealed that Gilstrap-Portley, who once played basketball at North Mesquite High School and at Dallas Christian College, was an imposter when one of his former basketball coaches spotted him at a basketball tournament on April 30, district officials said.

North Mesquite Head Basketball Coach Phillip Randall told NBC DFW that he was not the one who spotted Gilstrap-Portley, but he did tip off Hillcrest High School after he was informed.

"He was an average player and a good kid, I'm surprised," Randall said. 

Gilstrap-Portley played for Randall until 2011 when he graduated from North Mesquite. Seven years later, he was still playing high school basketball and, according to Hinojosa, who had watched Gilstrap-Portley play at a playoff game, "he didn’t look any different than the other students."

Hinojosa apologized to the parents of students in the district and vowed to "follow better protocals to try and prevent this from happpening."

"You send your kid to be safe at school and to participate in extracurricular activities and this should not happen,” Hinojosa added.

Gilstrap-Portley was arrested over the weekend on charges of tampering with government records, but has since bonded out of jail. 

Hillcrest High School sent the below letter to parents on Monday.

Photo Credit: Preston Hollow People/Chris McGathey Mesquite PD
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<![CDATA[Is T'Challa Driving Around Philly?]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 15:14:40 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wakanda+Jetta.jpg

Is Black Panther driving a black GTI around Philadelphia? 

The black Volkswagen (fitting) with a Pennsylvania vanity plate of the word WAKANDA was spotted on the City Line Avenue bridge on the border of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties Tuesday.

No sign of the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan or Lupita Nyong'o.

It's obvious #WakandaForever love runs deep with this fan.

Photo Credit: NBC10/John Taylor]]>
<![CDATA[Dancing Burglar Pops During Break-In]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 14:23:13 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/breakdancing_bandit.gif

A daring burglar was caught on surveillance footage popping and locking after a successful break-in of a Fresno office. Police say suspect David Seale used copied keys to enter the building, coming in and out ten to 15 times to steal a laptop and cash.


<![CDATA[Carjacker Pushes Worker From Stolen Ambulance, Police Say]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 23:58:51 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ambulance+Carjacking.JPG

A suspected carjacker pushed a first responder out of his stolen ambulance early Monday in the Logan section of Philadelphia. GPS was credited with helping to track down one of the suspects.

Jose Santiago, a 32-year-old EMT for Healthfleet Ambulance Services, was doing some work in the back of his running ambulance parked at 12th and Loudon streets just before 3 a.m. His partner was nearby eating food. 

Suddenly, the worker felt the ambulance moving, he told Philadelphia Police. An unidentified man jumped inside the ambulance and started driving.

"He was surprised to see me," Santiago said. "We were both very taken aback."

The ambulance then stopped and the suspect behind the wheel let in a second person.

“When (the worker) realized the ambulance was moving he went into the driver compartment and saw two people he didn’t know who were actually stealing the ambulance,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Santiago said the first suspect smelled of alcohol and tried to push him out of the vehicle.

"He's holding me down at the chair attempting to kind of hold me by my collar, choke me out," Santiago said. "At this point, you know my fight or flight kicked in and I was determined to see my kids."

Santiago and the carjacking suspect in the passenger seat fought for several minutes, driving in about a one mile loop, before the suspect pushed him out of his ambulance at 12th and Rockland streets, investigators said.

Santiago knew that despite losing the struggle for the ambulance, he still had something working in his favor – the vehicle’s GPS. He called both police and his headquarters.

“They began to track the ambulance,” Small said.

Police spotted the ambulance around 11th and Rockland streets and pulled over the emergency vehicle. Santiago identified the driver as one of the suspected carjackers, police said. He recorded on his cellphone as police arrested him.

The 42-year-old carjacking suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated, Small said.

At some point, the passenger who struggled with Santiago hopped out of the vehicle and remains at large.

The motivation for the theft wasn’t clear, investigators said. Nothing appeared to be missing from the ambulance.

Santiago suffered a shoulder injury but knows it could've been worse. The incident was a reminder of just how dangerous an EMT's job can be.

"Why do I do it? So no one else has to do it," Santiago said. "I love serving the community. I love serving people, helping people."

Santiago said none of the suspects appeared to be armed during the incident. If you have any information, please call Philadelphia Police.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[The Tortoise and the Shield]]> Fri, 11 May 2018 17:54:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000027280962_1200x675_1231176259632.jpg

Why did the snapping turtle cross the road? I guess we’ll never know.

What we do know is that Sgt. Robell from Hamilton Township Police Department jumped to the rescue to escort the creature across the busy street. Instead of picking it up and risking his own fingers, or shooting it and killing it, Sgt. Robell grabbed another tool to help in his rescue effort.

Usually used to calm crowds, Robell used his shield to angle the snapper as best he could and as quickly as possible out of harms way.

The snapping turtle attempted to take a couple bites at Robell, but his shield protected him from the vicious snaps. This precarious situation was posted on the Township of Hamilton Police Department's Facebook page Tuesday evening, and it has gained popularity with hundreds of reactions and shares.

It’s not every day you see a snapping turtle meet a police shield in the middle of a road, so thankfully Sgt. Robell's dashcam was able to catch this moment.

<![CDATA[Caged Tiger at Miami Jungle-Themed Prom Sparks Outrage]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 08:19:20 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tigerGettyImages-854528474.jpg

A caged tiger that was part of a South Florida high school's jungle-themed prom is causing an uproar among some social media users.

Video posted on Facebook shows the tiger pacing around inside the cage in the center of a dance floor as performers holding torches dance in the surrounding area. Students at Christopher Columbus High School watch the scene unfold, with some recording the show on their phones.

"How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school ...showing its students on prom night who is the 'king of the jungle,'" Mari-Cristine Castellanos wrote in the Facebook post. "This poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present, it is not the student[s] fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, therefore they are responsible for this tiger's misery."

Castellanos' brother goes to Christopher Columbus and her post went on to speak of animal cruelty and abuse allegations.

"1. DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM? 2. Why didn't anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these 'brave and courageous fire performers?' 3. WHY DOES CCHS ALLOW SUCH ANIMAL CRUELTY?" the post said.

The prom, held on May 11 at the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, featured several themed decorations and animals including a lemur, two macaws, an African Fennec Fox and a tiger, according to a statement issued by the school. 

"I didn't find animals to be a source of entertainment or amusement. They're not there for you to laugh, or for you to take pictures and selfies with," Castellanos said.

In the statement, Christopher Columbus High said the animals were displayed in a "very controlled situation" and were provided by facilities licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

"The tiger, which was displayed for a few minutes in a cage, was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers, and for the great majority of the time was lying down in a relaxed state facing away from the audience," the school said.

Video posted on social media by @ExplorerNationCCHS, an account claiming to be the school's student activities committee, shows the tiger in a cage in the center of the dance floor, surrounded by a spectacle of music, lights and fire-eaters. 

"Mistreatment comes from a multiple of things. When you change their habitat, when you change their environment, when they are exposed to 500 screaming teenagers with fire surrounding them. Tigers are terrified of fire," said Maria Del Carmen Castellanos, the mother of the prom attendee.

The school also said two Miami-Dade police officers were present during the duration of the event.

While the mother disagrees about whether to call it abuse, she concedes she doesn't believe organizers were ill-intentioned.

"I don't think this was done out of a sense of malice. Just a lack of sensitivity. Whoever booked this event, with its exotic entertainment, might have not realized the message they were sending to the children attending the prom," said Castellanos.

On Sunday, the school issued another statement saying it apologizes for those offended and understands how some could be concerned.

"Moving forward, we will evaluate our current policies and procedures in the planning and management of school events, including the impact these events have on others," the statement said. "We all have learned a great deal from this experience."

PETA released a statement on the situation: "Wild animals aren't prom decorations. Displaying a tiger in a tiny cage and allowing students to handle lemurs is cruel to the animals and dangerous for the students, and it sends the harmful message that living beings are props to be used for human amusement."

Photo Credit: Getty Images/shaifulzamri.com, File]]>
<![CDATA[Army Grows Ear in Soldier's Arm for Successful Transplant]]> Wed, 09 May 2018 13:23:59 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/050918+army+grew+ear.jpg

After a soldier lost her left ear in a car crash, Army surgeons were able to grow a new ear in her forearm and transplant it onto her head.

The Army announced Monday that the procedure performed on Pvt. Shamika Burrage was successful.

The total ear reconstruction, the first of its kind in the Army, was performed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Doctors took cartilage from the soldier's ribs, carved out a new ear and placed it under the skin of her forearm to allow it to grow.

"The whole goal is, by the time she's done with all this, it looks good, it's sensate and in five years, if somebody doesn't know her, they won't notice," chief plastic surgeon Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III said in a statement.

In 2016, Burrage was driving from Mississippi to Fort Bliss, Texas, with her cousin when a tire blew. The car veered off the road, skidded for 700 feet and then flipped multiple times. Burrage, then 19, was thrown from the car. Her cousin, who was eight months pregnant, suffered only minor injuries. But Burrage suffered head injuries, spinal fractures, road rash and the complete loss of her left ear.

After several months of rehabilitation and counseling, she looked into how to get a new ear. Army surgeons told her they could potentially make her a new one.

"I was going to go with the prosthetic, to avoid more scarring, but I wanted a real ear," she said in the Army's statement. "I was just scared at first but wanted to see what [the surgeon] could do."

Burrage, now 21, has two surgeries remaining. She is a supply clerk with 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. She has hearing in her left ear, and she's feeling optimistic.

"It's been a long process for everything, but I'm back," she said.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army]]>
<![CDATA[Thief Steals Donated Dresses Meant for Eighth Grade Girls]]> Wed, 09 May 2018 09:14:44 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/050918+stolen+dresses.jpg

Kate Bucci, a teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy, a Title I school in South Los Angeles, painstakingly collected prom dresses for her students who she knew could not afford them.

She had the simplest of hopes: to put smiles on the faces of her students. She was then crushed and her students were left heartbroken after a thief swiped the evening attire.

"I went home to Rhode Island, packed up all my old prom dresses, homecoming dresses, semi-formal dresses, got some donations from some neighbors, nail polish, handbags, you name it," Bucci tells NBC4 News. "They had everything we needed."

When Bucci left her hometown of Rhode Island, the box of donated items was shipped to her. She rushed home and found that a thief had gotten to it first. It was stolen from her doorstep before she could get home from school. 

"When I heard that someone stole it - I felt like, 'How could someone have the heart to steal something from someone else?'" Bucci asked out loud.

The teacher added, "For some of (the students) there is no other solution. They don't have a way to afford another dress. A lot of them are first-generation graduates. How upsetting is that."

With the teacher unable to materialize a new batch of clothes, there are about 70 girls that need dresses for their upcoming graduation day. So, Bucci decided to set up a GoFundMe account hoping that anyone who is able will step up and provide a helping hand.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account to replace the stolen dresses, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 2.9 percent of all funds raised, plus 30 cents per donation, in the form of payment processing charges.

Photo Credit: Kate Bucci]]>
<![CDATA[‘Saved By the Bell’-Themed Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 21:05:43 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SAVED+BY+THE+MAX.00_03_12_01+THUMB.jpg

Time out! “Saved By the Max,” a pop-up restaurant dedicated to everything “Saved By the Bell” has just opened in Los Angeles. If you’re a wannabe Bayside Tiger you’re going to want to stop by to fill up on food like “The A.C. Sliders” or “Mac & Screech,” and who knows, you might even see Mr. Belding while you’re there.

<![CDATA[NJ Man Unleashes Nightmare Pollen Storm by Accident]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 17:44:43 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/pollen-horror.gif

Don't try this...anywhere! Eric Henderson of New Jersey unleashed a nightmare pollen storm when he tapped a tree branch with his excavator just to see what would happen. 

<![CDATA[Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.]]> Mon, 07 May 2018 16:01:18 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/MarinCoSheriffDeer.JPG

This wasn't your usual suspect in the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department on Monday shared video of a baby deer exploring the back seat of a patrol car just before she was reunited with her mother after becoming separated.

The fawn had previously been spotted sitting in the middle of a road while its mother looked on nervously from a nearby location, according to the sheriff's department. Concerned citizens were able to hold up traffic in an attempt to save the young deer.

After sheriff's deputies arrived, the fawn decided to hop in their patrol vehicle, conduct a brief investigation and even take a sniff from a cup of coffee in a cup holder.

"Hey sweetheart, can you back out and climb out of the car?" a person could be heard saying while a camera was rolling capturing the encounter. "Oh, you're going to drink my coffee?"

After a brief stint in the back, the fawn managed to squeeze past the center console area of the patrol vehicle, leap onto the front passenger seat and stumble out the door. Deputies were able to scoop up the deer and escort it to her waiting mother. 

The department's Instagram post indicated that mother and child "happily ran off into the woods."

Photo Credit: Marin County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Superintendent Pooped on School Track 'Daily': Police]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 15:54:29 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-150606034.jpg

A New Jersey schools superintendent is facing public defecation charges after police said he was caught pooping near another school's track and football field. 

Kenilworth Public Schools said in a Facebook post Thursday that superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was placed on paid leave after he was arrested for allegedly defecating at Holmdel High School on Monday.

"Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence. (Leaves can only be without pay in the face of indictments or tenure charges, as a matter of state law.)," the district said in the post.

According to police, a school resource officer and staffers at Holmdel High School began surveiling the track after learning that someone was leaving feces on the track and football field "on a daily basis."

It was during one of the stakeouts that authorities allegedly caught the 42-year-old Tragmalini, of Matawan, in the act.

According to NJ.com, which first reported the arrest, school employees were monitoring the track before 6 a.m. when they spotted Tragmalini, who was running at the time. 

In addition to defecating in public, he was charged with lewdness and littering. 

An email request to Tramaglini seeking comment was not immediately returned. 

Photo Credit: oby Sessions/Digital Camera UK Magazine via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Artifacts Illegally Sent to Hobby Lobby Returned to Iraq]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 21:06:33 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Iraq+Artifacts+Thumbnail.jpg Several thousand ancient artifacts ICE officials say were smuggled into the United States are headed back to Iraq.

Photo Credit: ICE]]>
<![CDATA[Hey, New Jersey — There's Now Pork Roll-Flavored Ice Cream]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 11:35:10 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pork+Roll+Taylor+Ham+Ice+Cream+Windy+Brow+Farms+cp.jpg

A New Jersey farm has taken its state's love for pork roll to a whole new level — by turning it into ice cream.

Windy Brow Farms in Sussex County has created a "Taylor ham ice cream" flavor (as it's called in the northern part of the state), part of the farm's new "Only in Jersey" ice cream collection.

Knowing that ice cream made only from pork roll would be pretty unpalatable, managing partner Jake Hunt added a French toast/maple element to the ice cream, creating a "really good balance of super sweet and super salty," according to NJ.com.

For those Jerseyans who can't get out to Sussex, Hunt says you can create your own pork roll ice cream: simply chop up and caramelize pork roll, pop it in the oven and pan-fry it, then toss it with cinnamon and sugar. Then make maple ice cream with local maple syrup, and mix in pieces of challah bread.

The "Only in Jersey" collection was created to celebrate Cow's Brow Creamery being part of the farm for five years. It will feature a Jersey-inspired flavor for each year.

The pork roll ice cream will be available at least until the end of July, Hunt says. Flavors for the collection are scheduled be introduced every three to four weeks, and will include blueberry, sweet corn and tomato pie.

Photo Credit: Windy Brow Farms
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<![CDATA[Nap-Loving Bear in Custody After 30-Hour Jaunt Through NJ]]> Tue, 01 May 2018 19:09:15 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bear+newer.jpg

A wandering bear with a penchant for taking long naps in trees was captured Tuesday afternoon after a nearly 30-hour jaunt through New Jersey backyards, some fence-hopping and a trip near a school. 

The bear, which appears to be a roughly 200-pound male yearling, was spotted in Ridgewood shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, traipsing in and around homes and lumbering dangerously close to a front door before he hopped a fence -- and then headed toward the school. 

As of early afternoon, the bear had climbed a flowering tree near a home; authorities said they were "smoking" the animal in an attempt to keep it in place.

"The bear came to our backyard," said Alexa Topolski, who lives in the home. "It took a drink from our pond, our backyard pond, and then it took a nap in our back lawn, and then animal control came and they scared it up into a tree." 

Animal control was able to tranquilize the bear; it fell down from the tree and animal control officers were working to secure it and bring it to its habitat. 

"It fell asleep, landed nice and gently in the net," said Carol Tyler of animal control.

It's not 100 percent clear it's the same bear that made its initial appearance in Paramus' Sirianni Park early Monday -- some witnesses said that from a distance the animal spotted Tuesday may be smaller.

Chopper 4 was over the scene on Monday as the bear headed to the woods, not far from a church, and climbed a tree. Later, it shimmied down and ran across the street. 

Video showed people yelling, "Get out of that tree!" as the bear tromped through neighborhood backyards. 

Then it went to take a nap in a tree. Animal control decided to stand back and let the bear keep napping; they thought it was up too high and it could fall and injure itself if they tried to tranquilize it. But the bear napped for hours.

Then, late Monday night, he woke up and News 4 cameras captured him slinking down behind the tree, playing a bit of peekaboo. He ran through the yards, away from police, away from homes and neighbors -- and just as quickly as he moved in, he moved out.

Photo Credit: News 4]]>
<![CDATA[Dive-Bombing Pelicans Interrupt Graduation in Malibu]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/4-30-2018-pepperdine-pelican-1.jpg

Two pelicans earned degrees in party crashing when they swooped down on Pepperdine University's graduation ceremony Friday and dived into the crowd, adding an unexpected twist to the pomp and circumstance.

The brown pelicans, which can dive from about 60 feet in the air when they plunge into shallow ocean waters for food, soared over the cheering audience before one appeared to land in someone's lap. The pelican, flapping its wings, emerged from the audience and began walking on the grass in front of the group. 

A man tried to pick up one of the pelicans, catching a face full of beak when he got too close and the pelican sharply turned its head. Both were eventually shooed away from the picturesque campus next to the ocean in Malibu.

The pelicans are likely young birds from the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California who recently fledged, said Anna Weinstein, marine program director for Audubon California.

"To me, they look emaciated," said Weinstein. "When you see these kind of erratic behaviors, especially with young birds, it almost always means they're starving.

"The most likely thing is they fledged, were taught by their parents how to fish, but they're just not succeeding."

Successful foraging for young brown pelicans depends on several factors, but Weinstein noted that the sardine population has collapsed off the coast of California for three consecutive years. Brown pelicans spend most of their time over shallow waters and in sheltered bays along the California coast. Groups often can be seen flying low over the water when they're feeding, diving head-first to catch their prey.

The easy-to-recognize seabird with a throat pouch that can store two gallons of water was classified as federally endangered in 1970, but de-listed in 2009. Channel Islands National Park on West Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands off the coast of California are home to the brown pelicans' only breeding colonies in the western United States.

When the Channel Islands population faces increased food shortages where they breed, some brown pelicans forage in unusual areas and scavenge for handouts.

The positive take-away from the birds' surprise appearance is that it suggests brown pelicans are breeding on the islands. It is a conservation success story that was decades in the making. 

"We're not hearing lots of reports of starving brown pelicans, but this might just be an unlucky pair," Weinsten said, adding that they have recovered well from thin egg shell problems caused by the banned pesticide DDT. "This has been a spectacular success story. They're an iconic species that people really recognize."

As for the human reaction captured in the video, Weinstein said it's flawed, but understandable.

"That's a difficult situation for people because its absolutely unexpected," Weinstein said. "It's not like on a beach. People didn't know how to react. Seeing people trying to grab the bird, they put themselves at risk."

Anyone in the Los Angeles area who encounters a bird that might need help can contact the International Bird Rescue Center at 310-514-2573.

Video Credit: Grant Dillion

Photo Credit: Grant Dillion]]>
<![CDATA[Report of Downed Aircraft Turns Out to Be Abandoned, Homemade Sub]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:57:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sub-split.jpg

What was first thought to be a potential disaster turned out to be a peculiar discovery in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

The initial scare on Sunday afternoon was a report of possibly downed aircraft in the water near Emeryville. But it turned out the aircraft was a homemade submarine that was found to be unoccupied, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.

A rescue boat was eventually able to tow the yellow and blue sub to the Emeryville Marina. The vessel, which also happens to be capped by a Captain America-style hatch, was registered and labeled with up-to-date information, according to the fire department.

Police later figured out that the sub had been stolen out of nearby Berkeley, according to the Emeryville police department.

Emeryville police eventually got their hands on the vessel and transported it to a secure spot because the owner was not available to retrieve it.

Photo Credit: Alameda County Fire Department
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<![CDATA[Early Morning Explosions in Bucks County Shrouded in Mystery]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:11:09 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mystery_Explosion.jpg

It's a middle of the night mystery that's scaring people in Upper Bucks County. For weeks, neighbors have been reporting loud explosions going of,f jarring them out of bed.