Alibi V.23 No.45 • Nov 6-12, 2014 

Odds & Ends

Odds and Ends

Dateline: Alabama

Police in Prattville are crediting a man’s own dog for helping bust him on a drug charge. Prattville police spokesperson Paula Barlow said two drug officers went to Edwin Henderson’s house on Oct. 29 with a search warrant. Instead of sticking around, Barlow took off running. Left behind at the house was Barlow’s dog, Bo. One of the officers pointed at Henderson and told Bo, “Go get him.” Bo did exactly as the officer said, chasing down his owner. The officers found Bo sitting and wagging his tail next to a tall clump of grass. Hiding in the grass, they found Henderson and arrested him. The regretful pet owner is now charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dateline: Pennsylvania

Police in Bethlehem, Penn., say a man dressed as a Teletubbie broke in to a home and stole some Chinese food. The Lehigh Valley Times-Express reports 20-year-old Terez S. Owens Jr., a Lehigh University student from Jacksonville, Fla., was wearing a yellow Laa-Laa costume when he allegedly kicked in the door of a friend’s house about 2am on Sunday, Oct. 26. According to police reports, Laa-Laa went into the victims’ refrigerator, dumped a quantity of Chinese food into a “man purse” and left. The victims initially declined to press charges, but changed their mind. “I guess the victims thought about it, and the landlord got involved with the damage,” Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio told the Times-Express. The residents of the home met with detectives on Wednesday, and police filed charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. “Not that many Teletubbies get arrested,” admitted DiLuzio. “You can’t make it up.”

Dateline: Colorado

John Denver is missing. Or at least his bronze bust is. A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal-themed Halloween party is pleading with listeners to return the bust of the famous singer, which went missing during the party. KBPI’s Saints and Sinners Ball was held the Tuesday before Halloween at the 1st Bank Center in the Denver suburb of Broomfield. Sometime during the evening a guest ripped the bronze bust of John Denver from its base. The bust belongs to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which made Denver its first inductee back in 2011. The Bank Center’s director said concertgoers would often pose with the bust or pat it on the head as they passed by. Police have no leads in the theft, and KBPI is hoping whoever took John Denver’s head will return it undamaged to the radio station’s studio, no questions asked.

Dateline: Colorado

We all know smoking can be hazardous to our health. But one Colorado motorist learned it firsthand. According to KSVR-31 in Denver, an Aurora man was critically injured on Sunday, Oct. 26, when he lit himself on fire and then ran over his own head. Aurora Police say the man was backing a large van out of a driveway when he accidentally dropped a burning cigarette down the front of his jacket. The man jumped out of the van in an attempt to shake the cigarette from his clothing. The van, however, continued rolling in reverse, knocking the driver down. Once he hit the driveway, the van’s front tire rolled over his head. The driver was listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

Dateline: Florida

A veterinarian searching for the cause of a pet tortoise’s stomach trouble was surprised to spot a turtle-shaped necklace on the animal’s X-ray. Lola the tortoise's owner brought the 15 lb. African spurred tortoise to South Dade Animal Hospital because it was refusing to eat. Dr. Don Harris took an X-ray of the animal and suspected someone was playing a joke on him. “I’ve seen a lot of foreign-body ingestion in my 35 years on the job, but I’ve never seen an animal eat one of its own.” Lola’s owner told Dr. Harris she did not recognize the turtle-shaped pendant when it showed up on the X-rays. The vet said it was not uncommon for tortoises to swallow small items while grazing for vegetation. Lola is staying at the animal hospital until the pendant passes through his system.

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