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 V.21 No.16 | April 19 - 25, 2012 

Odds & Ends

Odds and Ends

Dateline: England

An Easter egg hunt in the town of Holford, Somerset, had to be evacuated when one of the eggs turned out to be a live grenade. London’s Daily Mail reports organizers spotted one of the chocolate-hunting children standing on the device. “We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt, and I saw a boy of 3 standing on an object,” father-of-three Stuart Moffatt, 34, told the paper. “It was brown and about 4 inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade. I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.” Some 25 children, between the ages of 2 and 5, and their parents were evacuated. A bomb disposal team was called in to destroy the grenade using a controlled explosion. It is believed the grenade, found in a field next to a busy road, was a relic from World War II.

Dateline: England

The Who’s famed manager Bill Curbishley told the Sunday Times that he was recently approached by organizers of the 2012 London Olympics to see if drummer Keith Moon would be interested in reuniting with his legendary bandmates. Unfortunately, as most music fans know, Moon died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978. “I emailed them back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who’s anthemic line, ‘I hope I die before I get old,’ ” said Curbishley. Fellow original band member John Entwistle also passed away in 2002. It has been speculated that the band’s two remaining members, Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry, might still perform. London’s Daily Mail reports that The Sex Pistols already rejected an invitation to be part of the Olympics’ “Symphony of Rock,” celebrating the history of British music, during the closing ceremonies on Aug. 12.

Dateline: Connecticut

Police in Bridgeport say a kindergartner brought 50 packets of heroin to school for show and tell. The unnamed boy arrived at school on Monday, April 9, with his stepfather’s jacket. When it came time for show and tell, the 5-year-old pulled out the drugs—worth an estimated $500. According to the Connecticut Post, the teacher took the bags away from the boy, and the school’s principal called police. Meanwhile, the boy’s stepfather, 35-year-old Santos Roman, arrived at the school looking for his missing jacket. He spotted the garment sitting in an empty classroom. He grabbed it and ran out of the school, but police had already seized the drugs. Santos was quickly arrested for risk of injury to a minor and drug possession. The Department of Children and Families has placed the boy in the custody of his grandmother.

Dateline: Tennessee

In what might have been an attempt at a very unusual Guinness World Record, a fugitive spent his bus layover in Nashville committing an astounding 11 felonies in just 9 hours. William Todd, an alleged wanted man in Kentucky, arrived at the Greyhound station in Nashville at about 3 a.m., on the morning of April 9. Minutes later and just a few blocks from the depot, Todd broke into a commercial haunted house—which was closed for the season—stealing a Taser, a revolver and a shotgun. He shot up the business, stole a T-shirt and set fire to the building. At 3:30 a.m., he held four people at gunpoint in a tavern, Tased one, pistol-whipped another and stole all their money. Ten minutes later, he carjacked a taxi cab and went to Walmart to do some shopping. Around 5 a.m., he broke into a law office and defecated on a desk. At 6 a.m., he hit the Hotel Indigo, where he impersonated a female housekeeper and stole $600 from a visiting Canadian couple. Reportedly, he was crying the entire time. Sometime after that, he shaved his head—because, by 9 a.m., he was bald and crashing his stolen taxi into a parking garage. At 11:30 a.m., he hailed a new cab, held the driver at knifepoint, drove to the Opry Mills shopping mall and submerged himself in a water-cooling vat until cops found and arrested him. “He was just on a terror,” said Sgt. Tony Blackburn to WSMV-TV. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Cops charged Todd with crimes like burglary, aggravated assault and fraud. His bond was set at $180,000.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.
 

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