<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 10:13:31 -0500Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:13:31 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Balls of Ice' Crash Through Roof of SoCal Home]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:51:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/121317-ie-ice-plane-crashes-through-home-web-3.JPG

A San Bernardino couple had a frighteningly close call when large "balls of ice" fell from the sky and crashed into their bedroom on Sunday.

Eighty-two-year-old Claudell Curry and his wife were watching television over the weekend when they heard a loud crash inside their home.

"We heard this horrendous boom and it sounded like a bomb went off and the house just shook," Curry said.

"It's frightening. I think my wife is still shaking. To think of what could have happened, it really makes your heart beat overtime."

Unsure of where the sound came from, Curry was stunned to discover a giant pile of debris filled with ice, insulation and splintered wood had fallen through his roof and landed inside his bedroom.

He says the ice chunks were roughly the size of basketballs and footballs and suspects the ice fell from an overhead airplane.

Although Curry chalks it up to a freak accident, he believes airliners and the Federal Aviation Administration should be held accountable for such an incident.

"Something is happening that we don't think they're really taking care of," Curry said.

"Especially ice on a plane, since they're supposed to de-ice the planes before they depart. Maybe somebody didn't do their job and it's frightening to think about what might or could have happened. We could have been killed."

As of Tuesday, the FAA was not aware of the alleged incident. It was not immediately clear if an investigation has been opened. 

In November, a couple in Chino, California, reported that ice also crashed through the roof of their home, leaving a hole in an upstairs bathroom ceiling.

<![CDATA[Mysterious Asteroid Is Being Checked for Signs of Alien Life]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:34:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Oumuamua-asteroid.jpg

People are wondering if a newly discovered, weirdly oblong asteroid being called Oumuamua is just a space rock or really an alien spacecraft, NBC News Mach reported.

The interstellar object was spotted about a month ago by a collection of telescopes in Hawai'i after it had already sped by Earth. Now it's halfway to Jupiter.

Oumuamua is different from the average asteroid. Its trajectory is hyperbolic rather than elliptical, its cigar-like shape has never been seen before in an asteroid and we've never seen an object passing from another stellar realm.

It's an extremely long shot that Oumuamua is a spaceship, but the SETI Institute has spent 60 hours scanning it for transmissions, and will soon devote another antenna to the task.

Photo Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser]]>
<![CDATA[Man Strips Naked After Car Crash, Jumps on Passing Vehicle]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:40:12 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Route+28+Naked+Man.jpg

A man stripped naked and jumped onto a moving truck in freezing temperatures Tuesday near Washington Dulles International Airport, officials say and stunning video shows.

Shocked drivers stopped their cars to gawk at the man's rampage and record it on their cellphones, backing up traffic on Route 28 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Jose Gonzalez Flores, 32, was involved in a hit-and-run and then assaulted another driver and ran into traffic, police said. He tried to smash the windows of passing cars and used a knife to stab at the roof of the truck he jumped onto, a witness told News4.

The driver of a tractor-trailer said Flores tried to rip him out of his vehicle and then punched out a window, raining glass onto his dog, a German shepherd-husky mix named Emma. The glass cut the dog's face.


A woman recording the scene after the crash started to scream as she realized the man posed a threat.

"Get away from me! Oh my God! Oh my God!" Mahnaz Safi shrieked. 

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Flores' rampage just ahead of the evening rush hour Tuesday began after a three-car crash on southbound Route 28 near Frying Pan Road, Fairfax County police said.

Truck driver Adam Allen said he saw a man punch another man near the crash scene. Amid strong winds and temperatures in the 20s, the agitated man started to strip, witnesses said.

"He had a tire in his hand and he had something that had blades. He kept cutting himself," Safi said.

Allen saw the man strip down and then lock eyes with him. Allen's dog, Emma, got uneasy. 

"He looked at me, and she started barking. He hopped up on the passenger side, tried to open the door. When he couldn't get in, he punched a window and shattered it with his fist," Allen said. 

He shouted "Hi-ya!" as if he were doing karate as he broke the window, Allen said. 

The glass cut the dog's face, around her right eye. EMTs would later help her. 

“When the EMTs were cleaning out her eye, they said she shut it just in time," Allen said. 


Video shows the nude man hanging on the door of the tractor-trailer. 

"Got up to 30 miles per hour before he finally let go," Allen said. 

"It was like out of a movie almost," he continued. 

Tariq Hussein saw the whole scene unfold after his dump truck was hit from behind by a blue pickup truck. He said the naked man lay down in the road and tried to damage multiple cars.

"The guy was actually stopping the cars. He was laying down. He started swinging, laying down naked and all that stuff, so people stopped. They don't want to run him down," Hussein said.

"They just stopped, and whoever stopped, he goes to them and tried to smash their window," the witness continued. "Then, he jumped onto this guy's pickup truck flatbed and he just tried [to stab it] with a knife."

Flores broke a window of the truck, police said. 

Then, fully nude, he jumped off the truck and ran into a wooded area, Hussein said.

"He took a tire, a used tire, around his neck and ran into the woods," the witness said.

Fairfax County police were called to the scene about 3:30 p.m. Officers responded from Fairfax County and Loudoun County, as well as the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Flores, of Sterling, was found a short time later in a drainage ditch on Dulles airport property. He was arrested and then taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.

Initially, police could not identify him. 

The car crash and the search for the man blocked traffic for nearly an hour.

Police said it was not immediately clear if Flores had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if he had experienced a medical emergency. 

After he is released from the hospital, police said he will be charged with indecent exposure, felony hit-and-run, throwing an object at a moving vehicle, destruction of property, assault and battery, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. 

Emma, the dog, is doing ok. 

Police initially said, based on preliminary information, that a driver swerved around the naked man and caused a crash. 

Photo Credit: Tariq Hussein
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<![CDATA[FAA: Holiday Laser-Light Displays May Be Blinding for Pilots]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:03:30 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-83880005.jpg

With more people opting out of traditional Christmas lights and choosing instead to create over-the-top laser displays, the Federal Aviation Administration warns these powerful beams could shoot past homes and into the sky, distracting pilots. 

“The FAA's concerns about lasers – regardless of the source – is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots,” the federal agency said in a statement. “People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying overhead.”

The FAA said pilots over the past few years have reported being distracted or blinded by residents' Christmas-themed laser light displays.

Homeowners using laser-light displays should ensure the lights are hitting their house and not shining up into the sky, the FAA advised.

“It may not look like the lights go much farther than your house, but the extremely concentrated beams of laser lights actually reach much further than most people think,” the agency said.

The FAA said it Once aware of a laser-light display affecting pilots, the FAA said it asks the owner to adjust or turn them off. If a display continues to be a problem for pilots, a repeat offender could face an FAA civil penalty, the aviation agency said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Identity Thieves Skydiving Over Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:41:06 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SKYDIVING+ID+THEFT+SUSPECTS+LI+5+PICS+-+01002510_WNBC_000000018.jpg

Authorities on Long Island are looking to catch a couple they say were living the high life with a stolen credit card number.

Suffolk County police released dive video of the man and woman Friday. The video shows them plunging from an airplane over Shirley with instructors. 

The duo allegedly used a stolen credit card number to pay for two dives and a photo-video package at Skydive Long Island in Shirley back in June.

The bill totaled about $700. When the charge was denied by the credit card company, the owner of Skydive called the card's owner — a man from Washington State who said his wallet had been stolen. 

Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron called the duo's skydiving spree "brazen."

"Normally if you're using a stolen card, you don't want to have your photos taken," Cameron said. 

Police say they’re offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. They’re asking anyone with information to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Birdnapper Stuffs Parrot in Pocket in NYC Pet Store Robbery]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:55:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BIRD+STOLEN+FROM+PET+STORE+BK+-+01002122_WNBC_000000018964905.jpg

Cops are on the lookout for a man seen on video swiping an exotic parrot from a Brooklyn pet store.

Police say the birdnapper walked into Petland Discounts on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg on Tuesday and made his way to the bird cages. He broke into one of the cages and stole a blue Quaker bird and walked out of the store, according to the NYPD.

Video from inside the store shows the man open the cage, stuff the bird in his pocket and creep away without being spotted.

The parrot is believed to be worth about $500, officials said. They say the suspect is not an ex-employee of the store.

The thief is said to be about 30 years old. Investigators urge witnesses to call Crime Stoppers with tips that could help them find the bird and the suspect.

Photo Credit: NYPD
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<![CDATA[On a Bet, Chesco Principal Camps Out on Roof]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:40:05 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chester_County_Principal_Camps_Out_for_a_Cause.jpg

A Chester County middle school principal braves the elements on a bet to spend the night on the roof of the school and it's all for a good cause.

Jon Ross, principle of Lionville Middle School climbed to the roof at dismissal on Thursday and planned to stay there until students arrived at school Friday around 7:30 a.m.

If students and staff raised $7,500 for Alex's Lemonade as part of their annual Turkey Trot fundraiser in November, Mr. Ross would spend the night on the roof.

"They were very very motivated to see me up on the roof," Mr. Ross told NBC10. "Some of them didn't think I was actually going to do it. I had a lot of kids asking me if it was for real and I told them it was for real."

They surpassed the goal, raising more than $7,600.

Each year, students come up with different ideas to wager for the fundraiser. In the past, an assistant principle was duct taped to the wall and another year, Mr. Ross shaved his head.

Temperatures on Thursday night into Friday dropped into the 20s, by Mr. Ross said he would have a tent and sleeping bag to stay warm, but promised he wouldn't have a portable heater.

"I going to be out in the elements, not cheating, nothing extra out there to stay warm other than just clothes and a sleeping bag," Mr. Ross said. 

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A live stream of his time on the roof was set up on the school's YouTube channel where Ross would answer messages sent to him from supporters.

He made it through the night and says his only regret was missing his wife's birthday Friday morning. 

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<![CDATA[Miracle Cat Survives Fall, Trash Compactor]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:43:50 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0115D68B.jpg

A lucky cat at the Jersey Shore may be down to eight lives after surviving a 10-story fall and trash compactor.

Authorities in Atlantic County are ready to take action after a cat was discovered alive in a high-rise apartment building's garbage compactor after being thrown down the trash chute from 10 stories up, and they have video proof.

“It’s one of the lowest lows that can happen to an animal,” said Karen Reinecke, from the Atlantic County SPCA.

Surveillance video from the Baltic Plaza Apartment High-Rise in Atlantic City from Sunday night shows a woman and a man allegedly throwing away multiple bags of trash, one bag which Reinecke said shows the cat’s hind legs sticking out. Video of another trip to the trash chute seems to show the woman throw a litter box away.

The cat is lucky to be alive. Her life apparently spared thanks to the trash compactor malfunctioning. The cat was found shaken, but alive midday Monday. She is now recovering and being cared for in foster care.

“I am disgusted. I’m still disgusted. My heart hurts. My stomach is sick. Thanking God the cat is okay,” said Christine Boyle, the property manager of the Baltic Plaza.

Authorities say they plan to file animal cruelty charges once they track down the people in the video. If convicted, they could face fines and potentially jail time. 

Photo Credit: Ted Greenburg]]>
<![CDATA[Overturned Big Rig Spills Vodka Onto Ramp to Interstate 95]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:28:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/Titos+Vodka+Truck+Crash+2.JPG

A tractor-trailer spilled its load of boxes of vodka onto a busy Philadelphia-area interchange Thursday morning causing nearly 10 hours of traffic problems.

The crash closed the ramp from Woodhaven Road onto Interstate 95 near the Bucks County-Philadelphia line around 4 a.m.

The crash continued to block the roadway into the afternoon as crews worked to unload boxes of Tito's Vodka and upright the tractor-trailer. The roadway finally reopened a little before 2 p.m.

The truck driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries, firefighters said.

Drivers were told to expect delays in the area. Drivers needed to exit Woodhaven Road at Bristol Pike then take that to Academy to continue on southbound I-95.

Something that isn't suggested: Earlier, drivers were going the wrong way on Woodhaven to exit at Bristol Pike.

Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[Obese Squirrel Steals Ghirardelli, Blistex From NJ Family]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:18:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/squirrel+steals+tray+treats.jpg

A New Jersey family was stunned to find the holiday treat tray they put on their front stoop each year ransacked — until they caught an obese, thieving squirrel in the act.

Michele Boudreaux says her family places the tray outside for the mailman and delivery people. It includes a selection of candy, tissues, lip balm, hand warmers and other goodies.

They’ve never had issues in the past, but this year the basket was raided within hours of it being placed outside. And the thief wasn’t just targeting anything, it was targeting the priciest stuff on the spread, most notably more than two-dozen squares of Ghirardelli chocolate.

“This thief took the good stuff. And I wanted to cry,” Boudreaux wrote on Facebook. “Why would they take the most expensive chocolate on the tray? Why not rob us blind of all the Reese's and Mini Snickers since I can't seem to stop eating them?”

Boudreaux and her husband decided to set up a small camera to see who was lifting the treats.

“Not that we'd do anything about it, should we find the thief. We aren't like that. The chocolates are free, after all,” Boudreaux wrote. “It was more about KNOWING who would do such a thing.”

The couple set up the camera Tuesday and then went out for a walk with their dog. As they were returning, something large and furry caught their eyes.

“We spot the FATTEST squirrel,” Boudreaux wrote. “I mean, this squirrel is so obese — a jolly ol’ chap — he must be prepping for a decade of winters.”

Boudreaux said the plump rodent was standing on a step stool “furiously digging through our wooden tray.”

“He’s digging and digging and digging and then he TAKES OFF toward our backyard carrying whatever he possibly can,” she wrote.

Her husband tried to chase the squirrel through the yard to see where it was hoarding all the treats, but the critter made a successful getaway.

On Wednesday morning, Boudreaux was taking her kids to the bus stop when she spotted unopened Ghirardelli squares littering the driveway and yard. She replenished the tray and stood by with a camera as the squirrel, once again, returned to restock its already sizable plunder. This time she videoed it stealing Reese’s and a tube of Carmex lip balm.

And the family has since found a way to outsmart the cunning critter.

“We now have our chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs,” Boudreaux wrote.

Photo Credit: Michele Howley]]>
<![CDATA[Armed Man Tells Police Trump Ordered Him to Fight Lizard People]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:51:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lizardguyak47.jpg

A Washington state man who “snorted methamphetamine to lose weight” and caused alarm by waving an AK-47 at a busy intersection while shouting that President Donald Trump ordered him to fight “the lizard people,” was shocked with a Taser gun by police and is being mentally evaluated, authorities said.

The 54-year-old man stopped his white Jeep Cherokee in the middle of the intersection on Nov. 25, at 108th Street and South Pacific Avenue in Parkland about 8:03 p.m., the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. A witness called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrived on the scene to find the man “waving around an AK-47” as well as a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. The man put the guns back in the car as troopers approached him—some armed with rifles of their own.

“The man immediately laid on the ground and started to scream about ‘sending in the news’ and about ‘the lizard people,’” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “As our patrol deputy and a trooper attempted to place him in handcuffs, he suddenly pulled away his arms and tried to resist being handcuffed while continuing to scream.”

Both a deputy and a trooper fired Tasers at the man, the sheriff’s department said. The man was then handcuffed.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man told the arresting officers he had snorted methamphetamine to lose weight and was taking prescribed morphine, but added “the meth doesn’t make me crazy man, the lizard people are real!”

“The man went on to described how President Trump had called his house in Eatonville and warned him that the lizard people were coming and that the alpha dragon had already taken his family hostage,” the sheriff’s department said. “He said he had stopped in the intersection because he was surrounded by the lizard people and need to fight them as directed by the President. He said he was screaming and making a scene in the intersection in order to ‘attract the news vans’ and so ‘his story could be documented for history.’”

Medics at the scene determined the man was “heavily under the influence of a stimulant” and he was placed in a 14-day mental health evaluation hold.

Inside the car was found a loaded Century Arms AK-47, the revolver, five loaded magazines for the rifle, a holster for the revolver and a wooden bat, the sheriff’s department said. There were 170 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition loaded in the magazines for the AK-47. The cache of weapons was booked into evidence, the sheriff’s office said.

Police released images of the small cache of weapons inside the car on the passenger's side of the vehicle. A long black rifle can be seen propped against the passenger seat, next to a camouflage backpack, rifle magazines and a silver revolver.

It was unclear if the man would be charged with a crime pending the mental health evaluation.

Photo Credit: Pierce County Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[NJ Police 'Charge' Furry Pest Behind Christmas Vandalism]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:07:11 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sea+Girt+Squirrel+Thumb.jpg

Sea Girt, New Jersey's "Most Wanted" list is down one criminal after a squirrel has been "charged" for vandalizing a local Holiday Display.

The pesky squirrel went nuts when the display was set up in the town's plaza. Some think it was drawing attention to the squirrel's acorn hiding place.

The squirrel, which locals have deemed a Grinch, chewed strands of lights and even removed some of the bulbs.

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The case was a tough nut to crack, but police were eventually able to bust the savvy perpetrator after discovering some proof of his crime.

The department had a little fun with the case by posting it to their official facebook page.

Chewed light strands and a lone bulb was found dismantled near the display.

The squirrel was released on bail, but not before being charged with criminal mischief by the Sea Girt Police Department.

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<![CDATA[Texas Cheerleader Goes Viral With 'Invisible Box Challenge']]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:51:40 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Invisible+Box+Challenge.jpg

A Texas cheerleader's stunt has now become the latest viral social media sensation.

Ariel Olivar recorded the stunt on the sidelines of a playoff game between the Manvel Mavericks and Cedar Park Timberwolves Friday night. She appears to defy gravity by putting one foot on an "invisible box" and then stepping over the box.

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The move has a name -- The Invisible Box Challenge. Olivar's video follows another from August from a football player in Indiana.

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"The video was my third time trying it. It's hard to explain, I just keep the leg in the same exact spot," Olivar told The Houston Chronicle.

Olivar was propelled to viral fame in the days after her tweet, which was retweeted more than 130,000 times by Tuesday morning, when she appeared on the "Today" show.

"People around my school just started retweeting it and I thought it would only go as far as throughout my school, but through the night it just get going, my phone kept blowing up," Olivar said, after explaining the trick to the trick.

It's a challenge people seem determined to nail down, as the Internet shows.

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Photo Credit: "Today"
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<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pet+Peeves+Thumb.jpg

With holiday travel season coming up, members of Team USA, who are constantly on the road themselves, share the small travel annoyances that really grind their gears.

<![CDATA[Shirtless Man Storms NJ Hockey Rink, Berates Players: Police]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:03:50 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452716936.jpg

A man angry over a missing jersey interrupted a hockey game in New Jersey to taunt players over their lack of skills and show them his tattoos, police say.

Members of the Jewish Men’s Hockey Club were playing a game at the Winding River Ice Rink in Toms River on Saturday night when a man with a shaved head and tattoos walked past employees and onto the rink, according to police.

The man began taunting and making gestures towards the players before ripping off his shirt and yelling, police said. A short time later, he got in a white pickup truck and drove off.

Officers caught up with the man and questioned him. He told them he was in the area and decided to stop by the rink to see if his deceased friend’s jersey was still hanging up there.

When he couldn’t find his friend’s jersey, he became angry. He told police the hockey players’ lack of skills also angered him, so he ripped off his shirt and taunted them and showed them his hockey tattoos.

Initially, officers had been told the man was showing off a swastika tattoo and there was concern he may have been targeting the Jewish players. But he showed officers his tattoos and police said he didn’t appear to have any swastikas on him.

Police also said they believe the man was not aware that a Jewish league was playing at the time and that his entrance onto the rink was random.

Detectives are reviewing the case to decide if he should face any charges.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches?]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:23:15 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/manowarjelly.jpg

Jellyfish-like creatures have been washing up on the Texas coast.

<![CDATA[Check Out the 'World's Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree']]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:13:10 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/underwater+tree+scuba+and+shark_26126494.jpg

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Police Video Imagines Chewbacca's First Day on the Force ]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:29:45 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fwpdchewbacca.gif

The Fort Worth Police Department is still full of "Star Wars" geeks.

A rather elaborate video published to the department's official Facebook page Wednesday has Chewbacca being shown the ropes by a senior officer.

His first day on the job didn't go too well, as more than 500,000 people have witnessed in the 17 hours the video was first published.

"We know things have been tough for Chewbacca lately," the post read, referring to the latest "Force Awakens" film. "We hoped that we could find a place for him within our Department. Did it go well? You decide."

The Wookiee's fumbles included a routine traffic stop that, quite simply, escalated way too quickly and an alarming use of a bowcaster at a department gun range. As for the self-defense course? Well, you'll have to watch to see how that ended.

This isn't the first time Fort Worth PD geeked out on Star Wars. Stormtroopers played a central role in the department's recruitment video last year. That video now has more than 20 million views on Facebook.

The department has also shared a video of Darth Vader interviewing for a position.

Check out the full video here.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth PD
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<![CDATA[Search for Wedding Ring Owner]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:07:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Search_for_Wedding_Rings_Owner.jpg

A South Jersey woman is making it her mission to find whoever lost a gold wedding right while shopping over Thanksgiving weekend. NBC10's South Jersey Bureau reporter Cyndey Long has the story.

<![CDATA[No, Christmas Tree: Police Warn Against This Kind of Tree Transport]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:15:58 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Sudbury+Car+Tree.jpg

Police in one Massachusetts town say if you're going to pick up a Christmas tree this year, make sure to transport it responsibly.

Sudbury police posted a photo to their Facebook page Friday afternoon, saying an officer had to pull over a vehicle on Route 20 that had a tree covering almost all windows. 

The photo picked up steam social media, being shared almost 300 times on Facebook.

"Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly," the department wrote on Facebook.

It's not clear if the driver faced any charges, but they probably got at least a stern warning.

Photo Credit: Sudbury Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Charitable Students Duct Tape Principal to the Wall]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:34:54 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/A_Sticky_Situation_Pays_Off.jpg

Peter Alston, the principal of Thomas Fitzwater Elementary in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania fulfilled his promise to let his students duct tape him to the wall, after they raised nearly $29,000 for the school's "Race for Education."

<![CDATA[You Can Be a Child's Secret Santa by Answering Letter Wish]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:53:10 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Santa+Letter.jpg

Since 1912, the United States Postal Service has provided people with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children around the holidays.

Operation Santa connects our area’s children with one of Santa’s helpers who can answer their Christmas wishes. With locations around the country, the Operation Santa program continues to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children nationwide.

The Philadelphia Main Post Office on Chestnut Street is serving as Santa's local workshop, and everyone is encouraged to stop by and 'adopt' a letter. Once someone chooses a letter, they go out and buy what the child wished for and bring it back to the post office wrapped, all ready for shipping. Make sure to bring proper identification and your holiday spirit when you come in.

Ray Daiutolo Sr., a USPS representative, says he enjoys seeing people come into the office and look through the letters.

“That’s what the season is about, the gift of giving,” says Daiutolo.

People can go pick out as many letters as they want from noon to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday until Dec. 8.

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<![CDATA[Popular YouTube Videos May Have Psychologically Harmed Kids]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:20:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/youtube-logo.jpg

“Toy Freaks,” a popular YouTube channel followed by millions, was deactivated by the site last week for violating policies against child endangerment, NBC News reports.

The channel, run by single father Gregory Chism, was known for its videos featuring Chism playing pranks on his two daughters, both under 10 years old. But some of the videos seemed less like pranks and more unsettling, like ones featuring the children pretending to act like infants, spitting baby food on one another and pretending to urinate on themselves.

In one video, preserved by BuzzFeed News, the father drops a live frog into a bathtub where his daughters, dressed in swimsuits, are bathing, leaving one girl visibly distraught. In another, the older daughter feeds her sister baby food, which is then shown in close up being spit out into a bowl.

The channel was removed from the site after complaints the videos were disturbing, according to BuzzFeed News.

In a statement emailed to NBC News, Chism said that YouTube updated its community guidelines on Nov. 16, and later that day the channel was terminated after users flagged the videos on the site’s “YouTube Kids" App. Chism said he was unaware his videos were being shown on the app.

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<![CDATA[Woman Steals Gifts From NYC Apt, Leaves Dirty Kitty Litter]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:52:33 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/grinch+nyc.jpg

A woman was caught on camera stealing presents from a West Harlem apartment building and residents say the only gift she left behind was a bag of dirty kitty litter.

Residents tell NBC 4 New York that the woman seen in surveillance video wearing a black coat followed someone into the building on 119th Street around 9:30 Monday night. When the coast was clear, the woman opened several packages addressed to tenants and stole what she pleased, residents said.

One victim told News 4 that he returned home just minutes later to find a package delivered to him opened and empty.

“It’s a little disheartening that you see people especially during the holidays that you see people doing this,” the victim said. "One of them was a gift that I was bringing up for my mom for Thanksgiving."

Video from the scene shows the woman walking out of the building with a package in her hands as she leaves behind a white bag that residents say was filled with the dirty kitty litter.

<![CDATA[58 Indian Soldiers Ride a Single Motorcycle to Break Record]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:36:41 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thumbIndian.jpg

After six months of dieting and two failed attempts, 58 members of the 'Tornadoes', a motorcycle display team of the Indian Army, climbed onto a motorcycle together to break a world record. The Indian Army broke their own previous world record of 56 people on a moving motorcycle, which they set on December 28, 2013, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.