<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 15 Dec 2017 23:30:23 -0800Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:30:23 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Star Wars' Fans Enraged When New Film Starts Without Audio]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:26:05 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/12-15-2017-amc-star-wars-1.JPG

Police responded to a Burbank movie theater after a crowd began chanting and yelling due to a technical glitch at the beginning of a showing of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Christine Kim reports Friday Dec. 15, 2017 on Today in LA.



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<![CDATA[An Ice Castle Wonderland Takes Shape in Colorado]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:39:26 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_icecastle1214_1920x1080.jpg

An ice castle so big that you can walk through it is coming to life in Colorado. Crews took over a baseball field in Dillon, and one-acre of land has turned white and blue. It will eventually be complete with a frozen maze, ice throne and fifty-foot slide.
 



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<![CDATA[Mysterious Asteroid Is Being Checked for Signs of Alien Life]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:34:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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[Beers Start Flying When Man Tries to Rob Liquor Store]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:36:27 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beer+fight+suspect.JPG

An attempted liquor store robbery turned violent when a man who tried to steal beer instead started slinging cans of the cold ones at the clerk.

The incident happened in November at the Craig Liquor store in Santa Ana, but the video was only released Tuesday. A suspect walked into the store and at first asked for soda, but when he got the beer and it was time to pay, he started a tug of war that ended with flying cans of alcohol and an injured clerk.

Salama Sedra, the clerk, said he didn't see the robbery attempt coming since the suspect first asked for Coca Cola, then Corona. He made it very clear he wanted it in cans.

Initially, the suspect couldn't seem to find his way around the store, so Sedra had to help him, walking to the cooler and grabbing the 12-pack of beer for him and carrying it back to the register.

Sedra told the man how much the beer would cost, and that's when the tug of war began.

"When we went back and forth fighting for the 12-pack, the 12-pack got ripped," Sedra said.

Surveillance video captured what happened next.

With beer cans spewed on the floor and counter, the suspect takes aim and begins launching cans at Sedra. The cans can be heard on the surveillance footage as they knock things over, Sedra ducking all the while to protect himself.

Sedra then turns the tables and jumps out from behind the counter, hurling cans at the suspect as he flees out of the store, where Sedra says he got into a green SUV with a few other people inside.

"I never had somebody come to fight with me, never had before," Sedra said.

He said the suspect destroyed bottles of vodka and whiskey, as well as the cash register. Sedra said he couldn't sleep for five days after the fight.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man around 35 years old, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. Police say he has tattoos on both sides oh his neck and on his right outer calf.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Department's Police Investigative Specialist L. Delisle at (714) 245-8647.



Photo Credit: Craig's Liquor]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Identity Thieves Skydiving Over Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:41:06 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA[Birdnapper Stuffs Parrot in Pocket in NYC Pet Store Robbery]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:55:43 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.



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<![CDATA[Armed Man Tells Police Trump Ordered Him to Fight Lizard People]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:51:25 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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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[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:56:51 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Sphinx From 1920s Movie Set Unearthed in California]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:54:24 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sphinx-movie-set-excavation-california-tn.jpg Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for filming of Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 epic "The Ten Commandments."

Photo Credit: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center]]>
<![CDATA[Seattle Family Finds 4-Foot Snake Slithering in Their Toilet]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:27:00 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/seattle-python-toilet.jpg

A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their north Seattle apartment on Friday — a snake was hiding in their toilet.

KOMO-TV reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot snake inside the apartment in the Lake City neighborhood.

Officers helped remove the snake, and personnel with the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society picked it up.

Society officials say the snake appears to be a ball python, a non-venomous constrictor that is a popular pet among reptile fans.

Though rare, reports of snakes being discovered in toilets are not unheard of. A Kansas City, Kansas family found a ball python inside their toilet in 2015, and similar incidents have been reported in Australia, Thailand and elsewhere.



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<![CDATA[What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches?]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:23:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/manowarjelly.jpg

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

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<![CDATA[No, Christmas Tree: Police Warn Against This Kind of Tree Transport]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:15:58 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.



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<![CDATA[Popular YouTube Videos May Have Psychologically Harmed Kids]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:20:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.



Photo Credit: Danny Moloshok/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Steals Gifts From NYC Apt, Leaves Dirty Kitty Litter]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:52:33 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA[58 Indian Soldiers Ride a Single Motorcycle to Break Record]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:36:41 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.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.

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<![CDATA[For Sale: Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Grave Marker]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:28:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/oswald+headstone.JPG

A Dallas bar owner is trying to figure out what to do with Lee Harvey Oswald's original grave marker, 54 years after Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

"It's in excellent condition," said David Card, owner of Poor David's Pub on Lamar Street.

Card, 77, showed off the marker, which was tucked in an electrical room in the back of his bar.

"What do I have here?" he asked. "I have here the headstone, the original headstone of the most famous assassin in the history of Western civilization."

It weighs 130 pounds and includes Oswald's name with the dates of his birth and death and a cross at the bottom surrounded by a flowery design. Oswald was killed on Nov. 24, 1963, by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.

If grave stones could talk, this one would tell quite a story.

It sat for four years on top of Oswald's grave in a Fort Worth cemetery before it was stolen by two Oklahoma teenagers. Police later found it and returned it to Oswald's mother, who replaced the headstone with a much simpler marker.

She hid the original in the crawl space beneath her house on Byers Street in Fort Worth.

After she died in 1981, Card's mother bought the house.

A repairman later did some work under the home.

"And he came out and he says, 'There's a tombstone under here!'" Card remembered.

Years later, a relative sold it to a small Illinois museum.

Card said the relative didn't have permission to sell it, and he sued to get it back.

The lawsuit dragged on more than four years. Card won, but legal fees cost him more than $100,000, he said.

Card wants a museum to buy the marker so the public can see it.

"It should be permanently displayed somewhere forever," he said.

The catch? He wants to be reimbursed for the legal fees.

But for now, Card has no takers, and he says he's not sure what to do with the stone.

He said he prefers not to sell it to a collector.

"I mean, it's too meaningful," he said.

After his interview with NBC 5, Card moved the marker to a secret location so it wouldn't be stolen.



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<![CDATA[Trio of Elephants Get Up-Close Look at Georgia Highway Fire]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:47:50 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tennessee+elephant+truck+fire.jpg

Firefighters battling a truck fire in Georgia early Monday probably couldn't ignore the elephant in the room — three elephants, that is, standing by the side of the highway.

They'd been evacuated from the truck's trailer when the fire broke out on Interstate 24 on the Georgia-Tennessee border at about 2 a.m., according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The trio of huge but well-behaved animals were heading to Sarasota, Florida, and were unharmed, firefighters said on Facebook. The truck's owner gave them some hay to chew while firefighters put out the blaze.

"They were pretty lucky that it was nothing greater than an elephant," Chattanooga Capt. Wadie Suttles told NBC affiliate WRCB. "Can you imagine what things would be like if it was a lion?"




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<![CDATA[6-Foot Croc Spotted Sunbathing on Florida Beach]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:12:34 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/112017+crocodile+captured+hollywood+beach.jpg

A 6-foot crocodile was spotted sun bathing on a Florida beach Monday morning, drawing dozens of onlookers as it sat in the surf.

Police responded to Hollywood Beach near N. Surf Road and Haynes Street after witnesses reported seeing the crocodile walking along the shore around 7:30 a.m.

Officials said marine patrol earlier saw the crocodile near the Dania Beach Pier.

Video footage showed the croc lying on the shore line, its head facing toward the sky as waves rolled over its body. 

At one point it moved further into the water before returning above the surf. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the scene as Beach Safety officials kept beachgoers and onlookers away from the animal.

Officers were eventually able to capture the croc on the beach.



Photo Credit: NBC 6
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<![CDATA[Chase Driver Dances During Arrest]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:36:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dancing+arrest.gif

A Houston man was arrested Tuesday after a chase -- but that's not the most interesting part of the story.

After the chase was over the man was ordered to exit his vehicle and turn his back toward officers, which he did. It was what he did next that left some officers scratching their heads.

The man, in a tank top and pants, began dancing and shimmying along the highway as he initially complied with their demands.

He then suddenly turned toward officers, mouth agape, appearing shocked. When he started backing away from police, a K-9 officer was released to take the man to the ground.

The man can be heard screaming in the video as the police officer makes contact.

KPRC-TV in Houston said the man may have been intoxicated and faced a felony charge of evading arrest.



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<![CDATA['Rage Ground' Allows People To Smash Objects for Pleasure]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:45:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rage+Ground+11.jpg Crowbars, baseball bats and sledgehammers are just some of the tools you'll need for what this company is calling a new form of therapy.

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<![CDATA[Researcher in Va. 'Half Car Seat, Half Man' Video Revealed]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:57:51 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/080717+car+with+hidden+driver.jpg

The identity of the "half car seat, half man" who sped away from NBC Washington transportation reporter Adam Tuss in August has finally been revealed, after Tuss caught up with the man whose car seat disguise went viral.

Josh Radlbeck was driving an unmarked gray 2017 Ford Transit Connect that at first appeared to be driving itself around Arlington, Virginia, thanks to Radlbeck's car seat costume.

He didn't answer questions when he was approached by News4's Tuss, speeding away and leaving Tuss confused.

"Your brain can't get around it for a second," Tuss said at the time. His tweets with video of him confronting the minivan were shared hundreds of times. 

"Brother, who are you? What are you doing? I'm with the news, dude," he said as he tried to get the man in costume to talk with him. 

Tuss later learned the driver wasn't a prankster but part of a research project from Virginia Tech, and met Radlbeck this week.

Radlbeck now says he was a little bit rattled when Tuss knocked on the van's window, letting him know he was a reporter.

"I was pretty stressed out," Radlbeck said with a smile. "Especially after that tweet about running the red light." 

Tuss tweeted as he broke the story that Radlbeck ran a red light. News4 later confirmed Radlbeck broke no laws as he sped away from Tuss.

As soon as Radlbeck saw the reporter, he realized it would be a big story. 

"I'm like, oh man, this is going to blow up and I don't think there's anything I can do to stop it now," the researcher said in his first interview since the incident.

Radlbeck has been studying self-driving vehicles at Virginia Tech for five years. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says it's collected 40 million miles of data from real-world driving tests.

For now, Radlbeck continues being the "car seat" man, all in the name of research.



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<![CDATA[Flight Attendant Puts on a Show for Safety Announcements]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:37:27 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flightattendant.png

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was captured putting on a little show during safety announcements.

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<![CDATA[637-Pound Green Bean Casserole Is a Record-Breaker]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:39:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ho-ho-ho-casserole.jpg

A heaping Guinness World Record-breaking serving of green bean casserole was dished out at Macy's Herald Square Thursday, tipping the scales at 637 pounds a week ahead of Thanksgiving. 

The popular Turkey Day side dish was cooked up by Green Giant and Stella 34 Trattoria using 780 cans of green beans, 53 cans of mushroom soup, 32 quarts of milk and 65 pounds of fried onions. It took more than six hours just to open all the cans. 

After it officially broke the record, the casserole was donated to Citymeals on Wheels to help feed nearly 2,000 New Yorkers confined to their homes for personal health or mobility issues.



Photo Credit: Jason DeCrow/AP for Green Giant]]>
<![CDATA[Tampa Man Faces Eviction Over Emotional Support Squirrel]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:52:40 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FL04M_SUPPORT_SQUIRREL_FIGHT_1200x675_1094912579807.jpg

A Tampa man is fighting to keep what he calls his "support squirrel" in his condo. Jamel Lanee spoke to the man who just got an eviction notice.

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<![CDATA[Police: License Plate Made From Pizza Box Doesn't Fly]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:58:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fake+license+plate1.jpg

Police in Massachusetts are warning drivers not to make their own license plates after one car was recently spotted with a homemade one.

On the Hopkinton Police Department's Facebook page, police posted a picture of a green Buick Century with a "fake" license plate they said was made from a pizza box and had the numbers drawn in with magic markers.

"Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates... don't," read part of the Facebook post.

Charges for the driver include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching fake license plates.

The driver's name wasn't released.



Photo Credit: Hopkinton Police Department via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Two Bears Snack on Cat Food in Monrovia House]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:37:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/11-10-2017-bear-monrovia-1.JPG

Two bears who wandered into a family's Southern California house Thursday likely overstayed their welcome -- at least with the family cat.

The Marks family captured video Thursday of the visitors as they lumbered around inside the house, paying little attention to the homeowner as he rapped on a glass door.

The bears sampled some cat food in pet bowls and relaxed poolside during their stay. 

It's not the first time bears have stopped in at the Marks' Monrovia home in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles. In October, they found bears swimming in the pool.

California's black bear population has been on the rise over the last two decades, growing from an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 in the early 1980s to between 25,000 and 30,000 -- and that's a conservative estimate, according to the state department of fish and wildlife. 

About half of the state's bear population can be found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and areas to the north and west. Only an estimated 10 percent of the black bear population inhabits central western and southwestern California.

Black bears, recognized by their small, narrow heads and small ears, have coats that range in color from tan or brown to black. Females grow up to about 200 pounds and males can be a hefty 350 pounds with some giants weighing in at more than 600 pounds. 

They like to feed on plants, insects, nuts, berries and whatever else they think of as edible -- such as the contents of trash bins. If food is scarce in their natural habitat, bears are likely to forage elsewhere, bringing them into Southern California foothill neighborhoods.

Although its on the state flag, the fearsome grizzly bear no longer can be found in the California wild. The last grizzly bear observed in California was shot in the early 1920s.



Photo Credit: Marks Family]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Hands Out Free Doughnuts During Armed Robbery]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:07:58 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/donut+store+robbery.jpg

Police are searching for three suspects who were caught on video robbing a Texas doughnut shop and giving out free pastries to customers inside the store.

Houston Police Department's Robbery Division released surveillance video Tuesday of the robbery at Shipley's in North Houston.

Video shows three suspects enter the doughnut shop around just before 3 p.m. Monday. One of the supects is holding a handgun and jumps the counter demanding money from the cash register. Another suspect also jumps the counter while the third male approaches two customers inside the shop and takes their cellphones. 

"During the robbery, the male that took the customers cellphones jumped over the counter and offered them doughnuts while the other two suspects were robbing the employees," Houston Police said. 

Surveillance footage shows him handing out doughnuts to the customers as the three suspects are leaving the shop. 

All three men are wanted on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, the police said.



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<![CDATA[No Kidding: These Goats Are for Delivering Flowers]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:37:41 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goat+pic.jpg ]]>