<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:13:24 -0700 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:13:24 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SoCal Weird News]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:25:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hammock+bear+2.jpg Enjoy images of LA's most memorable weird moments.

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<![CDATA[Boozy Bud Light Mess on 91 Freeway]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:15:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150629-91-freeway-bud-light-spill.jpg Hundreds of 24 ounce Bud Light can spilled out of a semi-truck when it overturned on the 91 Freeway in Riverside Monday, June 29, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds of Bud Light Cans Spill Onto Freeway]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:20:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*213/6-29-15+Bud+Light+91+Freeway+Crash+2.jpg

It was a boozy mess Monday morning when a semi-truck hauling Bud Light cans overturned on the 91 Freeway in Riverside.

The driver of the semi seemed to have lost control when he tried to avoid a collision with another car while driving eastbound on the 91 Freeway near the 60 Freeway transition at about 8 a.m., Tyler Reynolds said, spokesman for the Riverside Fire Department.

Traffic was backed up for hours as officials cleaned up hundreds of 24 ounce Bud Light cans that spilled out of the truck.

Rescue crews had to cut the windshield off the semi to free the driver who was able to walk out of it before being transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, Reynolds said.

Another car was hit during the crash, the driver of that vehicle left the scene without injury.

A SigAlert was issued with crews closing down all lanes on the Artesia Freeway before reopening two of them just before 10 a.m.



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<![CDATA["Ghost Wheel" Bounces Through Restaurant Window]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:06:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Raw_Video_Tire_Bounces_Into_Restaurant_1200x675_473515587685.jpg

Surprised customers scrambled for cover and an employee climbed onto a table Sunday to avoid a fast-moving tire that bounced across at least two streets before slamming through the window of an Orange County restaurant.

A security camera inside Santa Ana's Tacos Sinaloa captured video of the tire, which can be seen through the front window on a collision course with the crowded restaurant. Employee Sayar Zarco was getting sodas for customers when she heard the sound of shattering glass.

"We all just heard a big crash," said Zarco. "There was just a wheel sitting there. No car, nothing. Just a ghost wheel."

Security camera video from outside the restaurant does not provide any answers regarding the source of the mystery tire, but police later determined it came from a vehicle involved in a nearby crash. At least two cameras outside the restaurant captured the tire as it bounded across a street, struck a hydrant and crossed another street before slamming into Tacos Sinaloa.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Move Over Vanilla, Burger Chain Adds Bug-Flavored Shake]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:12:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shakes1.jpg

What began as a burger chain's April Fools Day trick might soon be a mainstay on the menu. Cricket milkshake, anyone?

Beginning July 1, Wayback Burgers will unveil an Oreo Mud Pie milkshake with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder.

Oddly enough, the bug-flavored shake had some customers chirping when Wayback Burgers tested it out at a Long Island, New York, chain for a limited time in April.

"We had it for two hours. There were people lined up to try it," Wayback Burgers President John Eucalitto told CNBC News about the shake's test run.

Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is know to be a high-protein and highly sustainable alternative to traditional animal protein sources. A 2013 report by the UN noted that 2 billion humans worldwide consume insects. Still, bugs on the menu might be a tough sell to consumers.

"People think maybe we're grinding up crickets in the back room," said Eucalitto. In fact, he said, the insects are farm raised domestically.

Along with the cricket shake, the fast casual chain is also unveiling a jerky-flavored milkshake complete with Slim Jim garnish. The Cheshire, Connecticut-based company has over 95 Wayback Burger locations worldwide.

The Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake will be available until to the end of September, but could become a permanent menu item, the company said. 

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<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:30:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg

A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 after he unintentionally recorded his doctors mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia.

The plaintiff, who chose to remain anonymous, sued anesthesiologist Dr. Tiffany Ingham and three other medical professionals, who were released from the case. Ingham, 42, and her practice were ordered by a Reston, Virginia, jury to pay the plaintiff, The Washington Post reported.

The plaintiff used his phone to record post-procedure advice and aftercare instructions from his doctors during the April 2013 colonoscopy procedure.

While checking his phone on his way home, the plaintiff found he had recorded the entire examination and heard his doctors insulting him when he was under anesthesia.

Ingham was recorded mocking the amount of medicine needed to anesthetize the plaintiff.

"After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit," Ingham is heard saying.

Ingham and others mocked the plaintiff for taking many medications. One of the plaintiff’s medications, Gabapentin, was prescribed to treat an irritation in his genital area. A medical assistant touched the man's genitals and commented she might have contracted a sexually transmitted infection.

Ingham is recorded saying the medical assistant might get "some syphilis on your arm or something," then added, "It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right."

The genital area is typically not involved in a colonoscopy.

Ingham signed a post-operative note indicating the plaintiff had hemorrhoids. According to the lawsuit, Ingham stated she planned to note hemorrhoids even though she found none.

The plaintiff claimed he experienced mental anguish, lack of focus and anxiety after the incident. He said has had to see other healthcare professionals and be placed on anti-anxiety medications.

The plaintiff sued for defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, violation of Virginia health codes and medical malpractice. The Washington Post reported the jury awarded the man $100,000 for defamation and $200,000 for medical malpractice, as well as the $200,000 in punitive damages.

Ingham had worked out of the Aisthesis anesthesia practice. An Aisthesis employee told The Associated Press Ingham no longer works there.



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<![CDATA[Man Sues, Says His Beer Had a Dead Rat Inside]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:32:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/steel-reserve-beer.jpg

A North Texas man filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors and 7-Eleven Monday, saying he drank a beer that had "a dead rat marinating in it" two years ago.

According to the lawsuit, in August 2013 Marco Antonio Navarro bought a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer from a 7-Eleven store along Highway 356 in Irving.

When he got home, Navarro said he cracked open one of the cans and began drinking the beer. He reported he soon felt a "tingle on his lips and noticed the liquid was not flowing out properly," according to the lawsuit.

Navarro's sister said she used her camera phone to take a picture inside the can and realized there was a "dead rat marinating in it."

The lawsuit filed on Navarro's behalf said he "immediately vomited, then continued to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and back pain, amongst other pain and injuries."

Navarro received medical treatment totaling more than $49,000, according to the lawsuit, and sought the counsel of a therapist after reporting having trouble eating, drinking and maintaining personal relationships.

Now, nearly two years later, he is suing to recover the cost of his medical treatment and for damages due to past and future pain, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity up to but not more than $300,000.

In a statement to NBC 5 Wednesday, MillerCoors addressed the lawsuit and said the following:

"Our brands are produced under incredibly strict standards, and there is nothing more important than the quality of our products and safety of our legal drinking-age consumers.  While we take all customer claims seriously, we do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit."

NBC 5 as also reached out to 7-Eleven for comment, but as of this writing there has been no response.

Navarro is represented by Garcia, Dubove & Trujillo.

CLICK HERE to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



Photo Credit: Steel Brewing Co.
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<![CDATA[DUI Suspect Offers Cop Lotto Number]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:19:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+cruiser.jpg

A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said.

Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel.

When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the officers, police said. According to the araingment report, Eldrige's eye's were bloodshoot and gloosy and his speech was slurred, prompting the officer to ask how much he'd had to drink. 

He responded that he’d had “a couple drinks,” beers,” and a couple shots of “fireball.”

At the scene, he kept telling officers he was going to lose his job at the lottery, according to police.

After a failed field sobriety test, Eldridge was handcuffed and transported to the police station for testing.

While at the police station, Eldridge kept asking if there was any way to work things out and whether he could just call someone for a ride, police said. Then he offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to resolve the charges, according to the arraignment report.

Breath tests revealed Eldridge’s blood alcohol level was .1638, then .1642, according to police.
He was charged with operating under the influence and possession of narcotics. Police released him on $5,000 bond. He is due in court on June 29. 

Officials from Connecticut Lottery said Eldridge is not a lottery employee and has never been.

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<![CDATA["Get Out of My House!" Woman Shrieks at Lone Raccoon]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:26:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/6-23-15-Simi+Valley+Raccoon.JPG

A lone raccoon won't soon be forgotten by a woman whose screams of panic can be heard in a caught-on-camera ordeal that unfolded at her Southern California home.

The woman's encounter with the animal began after midnight on Tuesday when she told officers she was trapped in her Lexus by a pack of raccoons surrounding her car at her home on Green Pine Place, Simi Valley police said.

One of the raccoons got under the hood of the woman's car, and a firefighter and an officer tried to scare the animal out of the Lexus.

It is not immediately clear if the other animals she reported fled before officers arrived, or if she was mistaken in the number of raccoons. The only one that remained at the home at the time of their arrival was the young "watermelon" sized raccoon.

After biting the end of a clamping tool, the raccoon gets pushed off the side as the woman screamed, "Get out of here!"

The raccoon then jetted into the corner of the woman's garage and hid behind boxes. In the video, the woman can be heard screaming, "Get out of my house! Get out of my house!"

The video then shows a firefighter pick up the raccoon with two long grasping tools. The raccoon then dashed down the driveway as the woman shrieked.

The animal's journey continued along a grass lawn as it scurried toward the street before camping out underneath a police patrol SUV, the video showed.

The officer is seen on the ground shining his flashlight under the SUV to find the raccoon, which eventually got away.



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<![CDATA["Adorable" New Octopus Discovered]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:13:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*129/20150618_111418_SJM-OCTOPUS-0619-01_300.jpg

A researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is deciding what to name a tiny octopus she has found and been unable to identify.

"I thought that since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis," Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I'm supposed to be this really serious stoic scientist, but I'm still human. It's just so cute."

Bush also discovered that one such octopus laid eggs last year that have yet to hatch.

The octopus is very similar to — and in the same genus as — the flapjack octopus that's been on display at the aquarium for months.



Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute]]>
<![CDATA[Over 60 Surfers Ride Massive Board Into Record Books]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:41:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Huntington-Beach-Biggest-Surfboard-Record-.jpg

Surf City USA laid claim to another bit of surfing legend Saturday as a group of surfers banded together to break a world record.

With hundreds looking on, 66 surfers, including surf champions, celebrities and local heroes, rode a custom 42-foot-long surfboard off the shore in Huntington Beach Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once."

"It was crowded, it was scary, but we had to focus," said Tim Stamps, a participant. "We were all happy, everyone was screaming and yelling. It was a good time."

The record hadn't been broken in over a decade, since 47 people clambered onto a board on March 5, 2005, according to the city of Huntington Beach. To break the record, the surfers had to successfully surf unassisted for 10 seconds.

The surfers in Huntington Beach were also hoping to claim the title of riding the "World's Largest Surfboard," but that record attempt remained unconfirmed Saturday morning.

The official record-holding surfboard is 39-feet and 4-inches, Huntington Beach said.

The record-breaking event was part of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach's celebration of International Surfing Day festivities.

"Nobody fell off and it was the most thrilling ride," said another participant, Debbie Beacham.
"Just the whole camaraderie of it, it was an exciting moment."



Photo Credit: Larry Tenney (Instagram: @ltenney1)]]>
<![CDATA[Murder Medley: Canned Food Allegedly Used in Killing]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:32:43 -0700 Hub 51. Bring in a canned food item and receive a domestic can of beer for a measly buck.]]> Hub 51. Bring in a canned food item and receive a domestic can of beer for a measly buck.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*240/canned-food1.jpg

A woman allegedly used canned food to bludgeon her boyfriend to death in Southern California on Tuesday and was charged with his murder two days later.

Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami said Linda Clarene Jackson, 59, of Lake Los Angeles, allegedly attacked her 59-year-old boyfriend, David Ruiz, while he was in her house.

Her motive was unclear, authorities said.

Jackson allegedly used a can of peas, a can of carrots and a can of chicken broth to kill Ruiz, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the LA County DA.

Ruiz died as a result of the attack.

Jackson's scheduled arraignment on Thursday was postponed to Friday when she experienced a medical emergency, Santiago said.

Hatami was expected to recommend a bail set at more than $1 million.

If convicted, Jackson faces life in prison.



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<![CDATA[Raccoon Rides Alligator in Florida]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:38:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/raccoon+gator+061415.jpg

A Florida man says he snapped a picture that's truly "only in Florida" — of a raccoon riding on top of an alligator.

Richard Jones told WFTV took the photo while he and his family walked along the Oklawaha River in the Ocala National Forest.

Jones said the raccoon must have been startled by the family, and hopped on top of the alligator near the river's bank.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email to WFTV. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."



Photo Credit: Richard Jones via WFTV]]>
<![CDATA[Cicadas Swarm Reporter Standing on Top of Tank]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:40:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CIcada_KSNT.jpg A Kansas reporter tries to report on top of a tank when swarming cicadas interrupt her.]]> <![CDATA[Peeping Tom Dressed as Woman]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:55:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060915_walmart.jpg

Police say a man dressed in women's clothing is accused of using a mirror to try to see into a women's restroom stall inside a Wal-Mart store in Woodbridge, Va.

The 53-year-old victim told police the man entered the restroom in the 14000 Worth Ave. store about 10:30 p.m. May 15, stood in front of the stall and tried to use a mirror to see into the stall she was using.

When the victim confronted the man, he immediately fled the store. 

The Prince William County Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700. You can call anonymously and receive a reward up to $1,000 if your tip leads to a conviction.

The victim described the suspect as a white male between 44 and 55 years old who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink top and carrying a large red-and-black handbag.



Photo Credit: Prince William County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Cop Impersonator Arrested in Ventura]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 06:52:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150607-police-impersonator-ventura.jpg

A cop impersonator armed with a gun was arrested after police officers spotted him dressed in a full Los Angeles Police Department uniform next to a fake squad car in a Ventura parking lot Sunday, police said.

Officers responding to a report of four suspicious males at Capri Avenue east of Johnson Drive found the suspect wearing a full LAPD uniform, including a badge, name plate, duty belt and gun, according to Ventura Police Department news release.

Oliver James, a 44-year-old Glendale resident, allegedly identified himself an off-duty LAPD officer, police said. He was standing next to a black and white patrol car that had "Police" written on the side and a siren on the roof.

Investigators learned that James was neither an LAPD employee nor a sworn police officer, the release said. The car was sold by the LAPD in 2012 and had been unregistered since then.

James was arrested and booked on suspicion of impersonation of a police officer and carrying a firearm.

The car was impounded and the three other males were released at the scene.



Photo Credit: Ventura Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Del Taco Customer Pepper Sprays Employees]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150608-del-taco-pepper-spray-attack.jpg

A woman pepper sprayed a Del Taco restaurant manager and other customers over a dispute about a burrito, witnesses and employees at the Ontario restaurant said.

The incident took place Monday afternoon at Mountain Avenue and G Street.

Witnesses say the woman was cursing and acting aggressively when she complained to staff about her order. She then allegedly picked up a bowl filled with business cards and threw it at workers before heading to the parking lot.

The manager said she followed the woman outside to jot down her license plate. That's when witnesses say the woman began pepper spraying the manager.

The woman then chased the manager inside the restaurant and sprayed others, including customers.

"I just happened to look at her and she sprayed me and the employee in the face," said customer Rose Keith, who was holding napkins to her eyes following the attack. "I didn't know what to think, I've never had pepper spray in my face. It was terrible, it's awful."

About eight patrons and six employees were inside at the time.

"I couldn't believe it, it was surreal. All because of a burrito," said an employee, who did not want to be identified.

None of the victims had to be taken to the hospital. Some were treated by firefighters in the parking lot.

Witnesses say the attack happened so fast that they only have a vague description of the woman: she was wearing medical scrubs. Ontario police said she was last seen driving a silver-colored Acura MDX, a compact SUV.

In a statement to NBC4, Del Taco said in part, "Immediately following today’s incident, the authorities were contacted and all parties involved received onsite medical attention and were released. A police report was filed and Del Taco is in full cooperation with the authorities to help identify the perpetrator."



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<![CDATA[Bison Escape Take Over NY Freeway]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 19:44:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ULSTER+COUNTY+BISON_6.jpg

Four bison escaped from a farm Upstate and took to the New York State Thruway to evade their owner and police on Saturday.

The bison could be seen running on and along the sides of the heavily-traveled toll road. The animals were eventually captured and taken back to their farm in Saugerties.

Police said the bison's joy ride didn't result in any accidents or injuries.


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<![CDATA[Dog Swallows Pacifiers & Lives]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:55:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dog+swallows+pacifier.jpg

After swallowing not one, but three pacifiers, a 6-year-old British bulldog named Elvis was able to make a full recovery.

Owner Lisa Marie Cainas rushed Elvis to the Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania, after she witnessed her dog swallow a pacifier on May 23, the veterinary office said.

Doctors performed an initial examination, took X-rays and completed an endoscopy and found Elvis had actually swallowed three of the suckers. The dates of the second two ingestions are unknown, but Cainas noticed that multiple pacifiers had gone missing from her home.

Getting the pacifiers out of Elvis was not an easy task. Due to their large size, the veterinarian had to use an endoscope to thread tape through the pacifiers to make it easy for him to pull them out, doctors said.

Thankfully, since the pacifiers had not yet traveled to the small intestine, Elvis did not need a more extensive surgical procedure.

Even though doctors say he tried to get away with swallowing a puzzle piece since his operation, Elvis is back on his feet under the watchful eyes of his owners.



Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC) of Levittown, Pa.
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<![CDATA[Man Dances on Patrol Car: Officials]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/060415+man+dances+on+patrol+car.jpg

A southwest Florida man, who claimed to fear vampires, was arrested earlier this year after a bizarre incident in which he danced on top of a patrol car before summoning the fictional Sheriff of Nottingham, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has released a YouTube video of the strange incident. In it, the man pulls up behind a patrol SUV parked outside a Cape Coral home. With the music blasting from his own car, the man climbs on top of the car and engages in a few minutes of dancing before ripping the windshield wipers off of the vehicle.

According to information obtained by NBC affiliate WBBH, a witness says the man then stole a flag from a neighbor's yard and began waving it around and yelling.

When deputies arrived, the man was still in the neighbor's yard with the stolen flag. As they questioned the man, he reportedly told officers that a woman with fangs was threatening him, and that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires.

Apparently, the man then said he made the "conscious decision" to notify the "Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children."

The Sheriff of Nottingham is, of course, a fictional character from the Robin Hood stories.

The man has been identified as 45-year-old Christian Radecki. He claimed to not have taken any alcohol or drugs, and that he was not diagnosed with any medical health conditions.

Radecki was transported to the hospital for medical clearance, and was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.

It is not known if Radecki has hired an attorney.



Photo Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Miniature Horse Stolen From Rural SoCal Town]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:13:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-mini-horse-runner-phelan.jpg

Rural crime investigators say thieves stole a miniature horse from a San Bernardino County town and were asking for the public's help Monday in identifying someone seen speeding away in a pickup truck at the time of the crime.

Runner, a 21-year-old registered mini horse, was stolen from the 7600 block of Luna Road in Phelan (map) last Monday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

There were two sightings of a male holding the horse down in the bed of a small or mid-sized pickup truck fleeing toward Adelanto, the release said.

Runner was described as 2-feet-10-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds and all-black in color.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Victor Valley Sheriff's Station Rural Crime Task Force at (760) 248-7655.
 



Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Artist Covers Fla. Home in Aluminum Foil]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:41:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_foilhouse0601001_700x394.jpg

An artist in Florida decided to take his art-making out of the garage and onto light of day. 

Piotr Janowski covered his home — including lamps, the mail box and electric meters — in aluminum foil, and he said because he wanted to push the boundaries of art. 

"I just want to do something which will interest people, which will create a different perspective on how to look to the world or contemporary art," said Janowski. He also said he wanted to “make a contrast to this powerful nature around me,” reported NBC affiliate WFLA.

Not all of his neighbors appreciated the new perspective. 

“To me, he is defacing the property,” said one neighbor. “He’s got a piece of art in the garage…that he’s been painting and that should be the canvas.” 

The foil will remain on his home for only a few weeks before the home reverts back to a regular house on the block.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Woman Rescued From LA School Chimney]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 15:32:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chimneyrescue.jpg

Firefighters rescued a woman stuck in the chimney of a Los Angeles school Saturday, fire officials said.

The rescue took place just after 6 p.m. at the three-story Virgil Middle School at 152 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

Aerial footage taken by NewsChopper4 showed members of an urban search and rescue team placing a "capture strap" around the soot-covered woman and lifting her to safety.

She was then placed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

It was unclear how the woman, in her 30s, got stuck 25 feet down the chimney shaft. The incident may be connected to a report of a woman threatening to jump from a roof earlier in the day, fire officials said.



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<![CDATA[Bacon Arrested in Sausage Fight]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:34:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sausage-generic.jpg

A New Jersey man whose last name is Bacon was arrested after a dispute over sausage, according to police.

Thomas Bacon, 19, allegedly attacked another person at a Madison home on May 12 for eating the last piece of sausage, NJ.com reports.

Bacon was charged with simple assault and released pending a court appearance, according to NJ.com.

It was not clear if Bacon had an attorney.


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<![CDATA[Man in Fla. Reels in 552-Pound Fish]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 08:24:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/052715+massive+grouper+chew+on+this+tv.jpg

A video showing a southwest Florida man reeling in a massive Goliath Grouper from a small Kayak is making headlines nationwide.

As reported by NBC affiliate WBBH, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral says he's reeled in "the largest bottom fish ever from a Kayak" off Sanibel Island, which is just under a 20 mile drive from Fort Myers.

Black was filming a spot for Chew On This Fishing Charters with Capt. Ben Chancey when the fish was pulled in.

In the video, the cameraman is heard screaming "that's a big boy!" as Black reels in the huge fish.

Since it was published on Tuesday, the video has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

According to the video's description, the fish measured at 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting it at an estimated weight of 552 pounds.



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<![CDATA[No Bull: Bovine Corralled Off SoCal Freeway]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 23:43:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150516-bull-15-freeway-saturday-may-16.jpg

An escaped bull charged onto a Southern California freeway Saturday, stalling afternoon traffic and evading capture for more than an hour before being lassoed by its owner, police say.

The California Highway Patrol began receiving calls about 2 p.m. of a bull running loose on the 15 Freeway near Victorville, a desert city about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Responding officers tracked the bull to Dale Evans Parkway. The animal wandered another four miles before being corralled by its owner on horseback at Wild Wash Road just after 3 p.m.

"In that area, seeing this kind of thing is pretty rare," said CHP Sgt. Rudy Rodriguez. "Officers were concerned about traffic, because it [the bull] could do damage to cars and injure people, but also for the bull and its safety."

It was unclear how the bull escaped its enclosure.



Photo Credit: Shanna Sloan/KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Escaped Bull Charges Onto 15 Fwy]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 22:01:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150516-bull-15-freeway-3.jpg An escaped bull wandered onto the 15 Freeway, bringing traffic to a halt near Victorville until its owner corralled it on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Photo Credit: Shanna Sloan/KNBC]]>