<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:15:10 -0500 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:15:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Unveils Ice Cream Burrito]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ben-jerry-ice-cream-burrito.jpg

Cup, cone or burrito?

Ben & Jerry's is unveiling a new ice cream burrito, its new treat that splits the difference between a sundae and a waffle cone.

The Vermont-based ice cream company will now serve you any two flavors of ice cream tucked into a chewy waffle wrap and topped with fudge and cookie crumbs — just in time for April 20.

The company not-so-subtly timed the treats to the unofficial pothead holiday, promising it will cure "the ultimate case of the munchies."

Thursday, Ben & Jerry's unveiled another new concoction: A special release beer called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. It's described as a brown ale laden with chocolatey, salted caramel, vanilla goodness. 

Some of the proceeds from sales of the beer will go to an environmental group fighting the effect of climate change on mountains. More details will be released later this year.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ben & Jerry's
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<![CDATA[WATCH: Burglary Caught on Cat Cam]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/hells+kitchen+cat+cam.JPG

A thief broke into a Hell's Kitchen apartment through a window Monday afternoon, and the resident's cat cam caught the burglary on tape.

The video shows the thief climbing up scaffolding to get to the window — which was closed but had a broken lock — and stealing an iPad and laptop. Police say he also took jewelry and a digital camera.

In an interview with NBC 4 New York Tuesday, the victim said she'd installed the home camera to watch her cats while she was at work. 

"People thought I was crazy to spend $200 on a camera, plus another $100 a year to record the video so I could watch my cats," she said. "But it really unexpectedly came in handy." 

The video shows the burglar climb in through the window and acknowledge one of the cats, which watches him warily from its perch on a pillow.

He then rummages through the victim's desk, touching her laptop, picking up cords and stuffing items in his pockets as he looks around the room. The robber, in a black hat and jean jacket, pops in and out of the view of the camera as the cat watches him from a rug — first alone, then with the company of another feline.

The robber stuffs his stolen items in a black bag and eventually leaves through the front door after shutting the window he climbed through.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was terrified watching the video at work. Soon after, she received a notification that an app on her iPad had been disabled. 

"I knew someone had to have my iPad, because I keep it in my apartment," she said. "I had to watch it a couple of times and be like, this guy is in my apartment and looking at my stuff."

The woman said the camera system has proved invaluable: "If I didn't have this, there's no way I would know when it happened, how he came in, what was touched, what was compromised."

She has filed a police report and turned over the video to police. Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA["Better Than Your Average Studio": Apartment Features Shower in Kitchen ]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:47:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Shower-head-generic-7308089.jpg

If you made a move to New York City with hopes of making a meal in the shower like the eccentric “Seinfeld” character Kramer, now’s your chance.

A real estate agent in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is advertising a studio apartment featuring a shower stall in the kitchen. It’s not clear if the shower’s drain comes with a garbage disposal like the one the 1990s sitcom character had installed so he could make salads, but the agent calls the setup “better than your average studio!”

“Although the shower is in the kitchen, YES it's in the kitchen, it has a separate room for your bed, so the kitchen/living area can easily accommodate a sofa and small table & chairs & more!,” the listing for the small apartment reads.

Rent for the apartment, at Orchard and Delancey streets, is $1,795.

The listing went viral after it was first spotted by Gothamist, but Business Insider reports that the arrangement isn’t as strange as it may seem.

Business Insider says that many old tenement buildings were initially built without running water but were forced to add pipes to comply with state law at the turn of the 20th century. Then, when another law was passed requiring tubs, sinks and basins to have running water, some landlords built tubs into the kitchens of apartments to avoid having to install a second set of water pipes.

The site reports that a city law passed in 1969 more or less ended the practice, but a rare apartment may still feature a tub or shower stall in their kitchens.



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<![CDATA[Chimp Swats Down Drone at Dutch Zoo]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MonkeyDrone.jpg

The chimpanzees at a zoo in The Netherlands created their own no-fly-zone for drones Friday.

A drone was zipping through their habitat at the Royal Burger's Zoo for an animal TV show when one of the chimps grabbed a tree branch and knocked the drone to the ground.

The drone was likely destroyed, but the camera captured the entire episode, as well as the chimpanzees inspecting the camera.


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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Gets "Detained"]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:13:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sea+lion+in+squad+car.JPG

Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California.

Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough.

A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.”

Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup.

In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to figure out the sea lion’s motive.

“While deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer,” the news release said.

On a serious note, an increasing number of sea lion pups, in search of food, are washing up on California's shores and scientists have said they don't know the remedy.



Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Police Seek Volunteers to Get Drunk]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_alcohol_470x265.jpg

Police officers in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania want you to help them by getting drunk on their dime. And no, it’s not a trap.

The Department announced Monday that they’re looking for volunteers to participate in a “field sobriety coordination testing school” for officers. The officers involved in the school are working to get a certification which would allow them to use different techniques while enforcing the DUI laws in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth.

“To successfully conduct this training the police department needs 20 volunteers who are willing to consume alcoholic beverages under supervision,” a Newtown Township PD spokesperson wrote. “Upon reaching various levels of intoxication, the volunteers will be asked to perform 3 field sobriety coordination tests which officers will administer.”

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 55, less than 45 pounds or more overweight and not on any medication that has a negative reaction to alcohol.

The classes will take place May 5, May 6 and May 7 at the BPG Conference Center in Newtown Square. The volunteers will be needed May 6 and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All dosing of alcoholic beverages will be monitored and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided," the spokesperson said.

Interested? Email PFC Joseph Vandegrift at vandegriftj@newtowntownship.org or call 610-356-0602 voice mail #135.
 

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<![CDATA[Baby Stroller Used to Shoplift]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:20:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dicks+Sporting+Goods+Stroller+Theft+Hatch+Nicolle+Hatch+Edward+Hatch.jpg

Police in South Jersey asked for the public’s help to find a duo accused of using a baby stroller to swipe high-end baseball bats.

A man and a woman pushing a baby stroller walked into the Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Nixon Drive Tuesday night around 8 p.m., said Mount Laurel Police.

The duo then cut the security locks on five Easton Mako Torq BBCOR baseball bats valued at nearly $2,750 and put the bats into the stroller before leaving the store, said investigators.

Police later identified the alleged shoplifters as Edward Hatch, 37, and Nicolle Hatch, 33, both of Philadelphia.

The duo also swiped a $500 iPhone 6 from the Funplex on Route 38 on March 27 after it was left unattended at the prize counter, said police.

Police issued multiple arrest warrants for both suspects on a variety of charges including criminal mischief, theft and conspiracy counts.

Police asked anyone who knows the Hatch's whereabouts to contact Mount Laurel Police at 856-234-8300, confidentially at 856-234-1414 ext. 1599 or on Facebook.



Photo Credit: Mount Laurel Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[New York City Subway Dance Party]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2-party-aa.png

Some subway riders didn't know when they entered a train car with velour red rope that they had walked into a dance party. 

Inside was a DJ with a soundboard, strobe lights, glow sticks and music playing. The party, caught on video, is now going viral on YouTube.

Meir Kalmanson, 25, and his friends threw the party on March 26 in order to help commuters connect with each other. They said they hope to start a conversation and break down imaginary walls between New York City commuters.

“One guy told me he was in a depressing state of mind for weeks now, and this act of joy and unity opened his eyes to happiness and the kindness of people,” Kalmanson told NBC New York. 

In the video, some passengers on the 3 train seem perplexed at first and some seem unaffected. First one, then two, then three brave folks get the underground party started.

As more and more passengers began to join each other dancing in the confined space to Tobu’s “Mesmerize,” bystanders laughed and applauded. Those standing on the subway platforms smile, take notice, and some join in.

Kalmanson and his team set up their dance party after rush hour so they would have space for both their equipment and people to move. People were laughing out loud and grabbing their cameras as the team was setting up, he said. When he began to dance and urged others to join, Kalmanson described the atmosphere as “amazing” and “magical.”

“I love making videos that bring positive energy and smiles to the people who watch my work," he said.


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<![CDATA[Sign Asks Joggers to "Stop Pooping" Along Trail]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ss3-31-15-1.jpg

To whoever has been pooping on the public bike path in Hampton, Illinois – please stop, officials have asked.

“Stop pooping on bike path,” read two new signs along the trail. And no, it’s not a message directed towards pets.

Apparently joggers who poop along the path have been an increasing problem for Hampton over the past two years, the city’s Public Works supervisor Scott McKay told NBC station KWQC.

"When the individual does it, it does it right in the lane. It’s not on the center line. It’s not off on the grass," he said. 

McKay said there's certainty the act is done by a human and not an animal because the culprit adorns it with toilet paper and leaves the same footprints.

So now he's taken matters into his own hands. In case the runners were under the guise that it was okay to use Mother Nature’s open roadways as their personal toilet, they now have a friendly reminder educating them otherwise.

McKay said he hopes the signs solve the problem.



Photo Credit: Tiffany Liou/KWQC]]>
<![CDATA[Man Says He Released Pink Chickens to "Make People Smile"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.39.49-PM1.jpg

Two chickens dyed pink were spotted roaming the Portland, Oregon, waterfront park on Thursday, leaving many wondering why were they pink and who let them loose.

The mystery didn't last long. The day after a Multnomah County Animal Services picked up the chickens, their owner, Bruce Whitman, claimed the birds on Friday.

"I wanted to make people smile," Whitman told NBC Friday. "I thought it would be fun for people when they get up and have a cup of coffee to be able to smile when they wake up."

Whitman said he soaked the chickens in beet juice and food coloring to get the vibrant color. He then left the nameless chickens in a tree, where they would have plenty of bugs to eat and water to drink as they roost, he said.

When Whitman arrived to the animal shelter, he said he was met with laughs and some head scratching. While employees were curious as to what the charade was about, they were happy to find out the chickens had a safe home to go to. 

Whitman was charged with a standard impound fee for the time the chickens were at the shelter. He was also informed about the dangers of releasing birds in public places, an MCAS spokeswoman said, according to NBC affiliate KGW.



Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Pink Chickens Roam Portland]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:03:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-03-27-at-8.37.41-PM.jpg Pink Chickens Roam Portland

Photo Credit: Multnomah County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[School Assistant Barricaded Student]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:29:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lemon+grove+academy.JPG

An after-school assistant in California was arrested after some bizarre behavior, including barricading several students into a classroom, taking off her clothes and upending desks, according San Diego County Sheriff's officials.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Linda Lira, 31, started acting strangely at Lemon Grove Academy and shut herself into a room with students.

After several minutes, the children became scared by her behavior, so they used her campus radio to call for help and alert other teachers.

Staff fought Lira to get inside the classroom and get the children out, sheriff's officials say.

They told authorities Lira showed signs of being on narcotics or a hallucinogen. As she struggled with staff, she took off her clothes.

By the time deputies arrived, Lira had barricaded herself in the classroom again. Deputies say she was throwing things, toppling over desks and putting on and removing her clothes over and over again.

“She wasn’t threatening to harm the children, but her behavior was dangerous for those kids to be in the classroom,” explained Lt. Christopher May of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. “At one point she actually threw an object through a class window at the fire department, so that was a dangerous situation for the kids to be in.”

Law enforcement was eventually able to take Lira into custody, and she was first transported to the hospital for evaluation.

On Thursday, investigators returned to the school and interviewed students to count her offenses. Lira was taken to Las Colinas Woman's Detention Facility on 14 felony counts of child endangerment and 14 felony counts of false imprisonment.

The suspect could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

The Lemon Grove School District had social workers and therapists at the campus for those affected by the incident. Lemon Grove Academy is a seventh and eighth grade school located at 7885 Golden Avenue.

On Friday, NBC 7 spoke with Lemon Grove School District Superintendent Ernie Anastos about the odd occurrence, which he said happened in a classroom where children attend an after-school homework club. The children in the club are between nine and 11 years old.

“It was unsettling and upsetting for the kids. This happened over a period of 20 to 30 minutes,” Anastos said. “The attendant was acting strangely. She started saying things that were unusual and she started acting in a behavior that scared the kids.”

“She was saying they don’t have to follow the rules anymore. She maybe referenced Satan,” Anastos continued. “She was behaving strangely and was clearly not herself.”

“One of the little boys in the class had the sense to take the walkie-talkie and press the button down so everyone else could hear what was going on. Once that decision was made, everyone arrived on the scene,” he added, praising that student’s quick thinking.

Anastos said Lira had been working for the school district for two months. He said all staffers, including Lira, undergo an extensive background check before employment that includes a physical exam, drug testing and fingerprinting. Lira was completely cleared through that process, Anastos said.

“What happened in the last couple days is beyond explanation that I might have,” he added. “This was unexpected, baffling behavior.”

The superintendent said the principal of Lemon Grove Academy met with parents following the incident and all parents of children in the after-school program were given details on what happened in that classroom.

Anastos said the 14 children involved in the incident were doing well on Thursday when they returned to the after-school program.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Driver Tied Cat to Hood of Car]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:12:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/NC_catoncar0324001.jpg Ohio police search for driver spotted with cat tied to the hood of her vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Couple Weds Around the World]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:16:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wedding-world-kiss.jpg

It's going to be tough for this couple's honeymoon to top their weddings.

Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard didn't want the average wedding, so they packed their bridal dress and suit and left on a world tour. They've held ceremonies at locations around the world — in front of waterfalls and aqueducts, in an ancient temple, with a giraffe -- taking eye-catching pictures at each one.

The Los Angeles couple had gotten married 21 times as of Saturday, March 21, and they plan on tying the knot 17 more times before May 2, Platt said.

The icing on their wedding cake: They say that getting married around the world has saved them money, compared to the traditional, one-day affair.

The average American wedding costs more than $31,000, according to a recent survey conducted by wedding publication The Knot. Despite traveling to six continents, the couple said their trip to six continents cost less.

"It has been amazing talking to others who see the world the same way and are so excited to create their own wedding experience," the couple said in an e-mail to NBC4.

To the bride, Rhiann Woodyard, the most memorable ceremony so far was being married in India's centuries-old Ajanta Caves, a Buddhist temple carved into a mountain.

"It is such a surreal experience," Woodyard said in an e-mail.

For Platt, it was "riding camels across the sand, then standing in the ancient Egyptian desert and marrying the love of my life in front of the pyramids of Giza."

Both professional acrobats, Woodyard and Platt met at a gathering for acrobatics enthusiasts, the couple told Buzzfeed.

Their registry, posted on honeyfund.com, doesn't consist of the usual pots, pans, plates and dishware -- instead, they listed elephant rides, a Spanish hot-air balloon ride, snorkeling and flights to every corner of the globe.

Couples from around the world have reached out after hearing about their decision, they told NBC4.

And while they caution that their wedding isn't right for everyone, they believe every couple should think about what would make a wedding perfect for them.

"If you are open to changing tradition and exploring other options, you can absolutely create (and afford) the perfect wedding for YOU," said the couple, who signed their e-mail CheeRhi.

The couple does plan a ceremony for their immediate family in Big Bear, a small mountain-top town near LA.

"Nothing will change with the wedding itself, but we can't wait to share it with our family," they said.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Cheetah Platt]]>
<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Climbs on Surfboard]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:42:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+surfer+1.jpg

Dan Murphy was surfing Cardiff By-the-Sea when a wiggly little creature jumped on his board and crawled up his back.

At first, the Cardiff resident thought he was being attacked. But as he turned around, he saw a sea lion pup hugging him, as if the animal were scared.

Murphy, a longtime surfer, was amazed. On that Sunday morning off the shore of San Elijo Campground, a friendship was formed, he said.

“You see a lot of wildlife. You see those pups around this time of year,” he said. “I’ve never seen them interact with people like that.”

Murphy said the pup did not appear malnourished and suspects he was one of the sea lions rehabilitated by SeaWorld trainers and then returned to the wild, as the little guy appeared so comfortable around humans.

The pup held on to Murphy for about 20 minutes before crawling into his lap “like a puppy,” he said.

“He spent well over an hour on my board,” Murphy said.

Murphy spent the next hour floating on his surf board with the sea lion pup, as his friend, Eileen Quintela, grabbed her camera from the shore and began snapping pictures.

When their human-sea lion bonding experience was over, Murphy said he had to nudge the pup off his board and say goodbye.

“I was literally in tears,” he said. “I waved to him.”

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<![CDATA[Accidental Invite Elicits Real-Life Wedding Crasher]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:24:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/223*120/Capture5.PNG

A Washington man is set to travel to Philly after he was accidentally invited to a stranger's bachelor party.

Joey DiJulio of Seattle says it all started with an unexpected email back on February 11.

Joey received an invite to Jeff Minetti's bachelor party in Philadelphia. There was only one problem. Joey had no idea who Jeff was.

“I was trying to make sense of it," Joey said. "I was so confused. I was looking through different addresses and didn’t know who anyone was. I looked and saw my name on the CC and realized it was a typo. I was getting entertainment while being a fly on the wall.”

Jeff explained the mixup to NBC10.

“About fifty people had been in the email, so no one really noticed that anything was wrong,” Jeff said. “I sent a list over to my brother Michael, someone had made the mistake, I’d be happy to throw him under the bus for this one."

For a while Joey kept quiet and was amused by the numerous emails he received about some of the events for the weekend. This included gambling, shuffle board competitions and some other festivities as well. Then it all came to a quick hold.

Jeff's brother Michael Minetti, who sent the initial email, wrote a new message, saying he needed a headcount to give the bartender for the venue. As he was calling out people he hadn’t heard from, Joey finally replied with the following message:

Hi All,

So, I have no idea who any of you guys are, but I have been enjoying being a fly on the wall hearing about the plans for this bachelor party over the last few months.

I'm assuming my E-Mail address was added to the list by mistake (perhaps a typo of someone else?).

I live out in Seattle, WA and although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy nobody knows but everyone wonders "who is that guy?", buying a plane ticket for a cross-country flight just to crash a bachelor's party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!).

Nonetheless, I do hope you guys have a great time and I'd like to take a moment to wish the best of luck in life to the groom!

Cheers!
Joey DiJulio
Seattle, WA

To his surprise, responses in the email started storming his inbox. Despite him being a complete stranger, everyone wanted Joey to go the bachelor party, including the groom.

"I'm overnighting you a wedding invite," Jeff said. "You show up at the bachelor party and I'll make you my best man. You can give the toast even."

A friend of the groom replied, "I say everyone forks up an extra $20 and we get Joey a plane ticket to Philly!"

As everyone was throwing out ideas for how to get him to the party and wedding, Joey took matters into his own hands and created a GoFundMe page.

He posted the description and the entirety of the story and started receiving donations.

"I was putting things on my Facebook about the random bachelor party I wasn't going too," Joey said. "This is totally something so crazy. People thought it was awesome. I promoted it a little and created it myself, and figured let's see how it goes."

Joey eventually reached his goal Wednesday, raising $1,655, well above the $1,264 he estimated it would cost for the entire trip.

"The momentum just kept going, as I realized the first part of this could definitely happen and as we built a following, maybe we can use this small platform for Jeff and his bride to be, and could use some of this money for a really nice wedding gift," Joey said.

Jeff and his friends said they would welcome him with open arms.

"I'd welcome Joe to come and we are the city of brotherly love so we would love to show him a good time," Jeff said.

"If he came, it's gonna be funny, I'd have a million questions to ask him," said Jeff's brother Christopher.

Amy Lee, the bride to be, told NBC10 she's also excited about Joey's visit.

"I'm all onboard and everything happens for a reason," she said.

Lee also said her plans for the bachelor party have changed.

"The first part of festivities I am welcome too," she said. "While I was going to let the boys have fun, after this story, I would have to meet Joey. The brides are crashing the bachelor party!"

The bachelor party is set to take place on March 28. We'll let you know if Jeff follows through on letting Joey become his best man.

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<![CDATA[Meth Lab Discovered in Ind. Walmart Restroom]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:32:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walmart-Generic1.jpg

A restroom at a Walmart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.

State police say a Walmart employee alerted police after seeing a man he described as suspicious enter the restroom about 11:30 p.m. Thursday with a backpack and leave without it. The Star Press reports that members of a state police meth suppression team removed the dangerous chemicals.

Delaware County Health Department inspectors closed the restroom and a nearby women's restroom until they could be "decontaminated" by a professional cleaning company.

State police say people who make methamphetamine are leaving "the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product," rather than risk explosions and contamination at their own homes. 

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<![CDATA[Handgun Handbag Pulled From Stores]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:08:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/handgun+handbag.jpg

A provocative purse is being removed from the racks of a New York-area clothing chain following an NBC 4 New York investigation into one shopper's complaints.

The controversial clutch, sold by fashion chain Easy Pickins, has a realistic-looking 3-D imprint of a handgun that could make it look like the wearer is holding a real firearm.

"If I saw a woman walking down the street with this purse I might look at her and say, 'Oh my god, that girl has a gun in her bag,'" said Natalia Perez, a former news reporter who told NBC 4 New York about the pocketbook.

Fernando Cacoillo, head of operations for Easy Pickins, said he was unaware his chain carried the pistol-themed bag and quickly ordered more than 20 stores to stop selling it.

"We’ll take it off the shelves right away,” Cacoillo said. “I would go out to the manufacturer of this handbag and have them take it off the market completely.”

Easy Pickins uses an outside company to choose and purchase merchandise and store managers were not immediately able to determine who manufactures the $18 handbag.

Perez says she is concerned a police officer responding to a crime in New York City might see a purse imprinted with a pistol and mistake it for a real gun.

“All of these things we’re seeing in the media about Ferguson, shootings, and police brutality — this is just not the message you want to send to young women to just go out and look cute with a gun in their purse," she said. "That looks crazy.” 



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<![CDATA[Employee Worked in Pee-Soaked Pants]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:29:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SodaBan.jpg

A Wendy’s restaurant employee in Southern California has filed a claim as a precursor to a lawsuit against the restaurant franchise, claiming her managers implemented a “no bathroom breaks” policy during the lunch rush, aggravating a medical condition.

In her claim, the woman, Maria Rivas, says she was denied access to the bathroom at a Wendy's in Santee between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in October 2014. Rivas — who is on medication that makes bladder control difficult — she repeatedly asked her supervisor to leave her work station to use the restroom, but was told she could not. 

Rivas said she accidentally urinated on herself and the supervisor forced her to work in soiled clothes for the remainder of her shift, despite potential health code concerns.

In Spanish, Rivas told NBC 7: “He didn’t care and none of the other managers cared to tell me, ‘Mari, go to your house and change.’”

Rivas said her medical problems — diabetes, high cholesterol and thyroid disorder — make frequent bathroom breaks necessary.

Reached for comment, the Wendy’s manager told NBC 7 he was unable to speak on camera, but confirmed a written version of events that he drafted for the restaurant’s attorneys.

In it, he stated that Wendy’s policy is that no one can move from their positions unless an operation leader approves it during the three-hour lunch rush.

In the email, the manager wrote he was unaware of Rivas’ accident until she told him about it at the end of her shift.

NBC 7 also reached out to Wendy’s corporate offices and the HR director sent a statement, and said because it was a personnel matter, the company couldn’t comment on the specifics.

“This is an isolated situation involving one employee at one restaurant,” said Donna Townsend “Our franchise strives to provide a positive working environment for all employees. We promptly investigated complaints arising out of this situation and believe that is was handled appropriately. When an employee request to go to the bathroom, permission is granted, as it is here.”

Rivas’ attorney has filed a claim to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, alleging that the restaurant denied Rivas a reasonable accommodation for her medical condition.

The attorney told NBC 7 that Wendy’s has offered several settlement offers, but Rivas has refused the offers because they were not satisfactory amounts. She remains employed at the restaurant.

Asked why she couldn’t just go to the bathroom anyway or quit, Rivas said she simply cannot afford to be fired or unemployed.

“I depend on this job,” she said. “I don’t have another one.”



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Serial Pooper]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web-vod-serial-pooper.jpg Officials are seeking to identify a man believed to have defecated on multiple cars and children's front yard toys in an Akron, Ohio neighborhood over the last three years.]]> <![CDATA[Worker Hurt by Falling Ham]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:41:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ham-Generic.jpg

A worker was flown to the hospital after officials say he was struck by falling ham.

The unidentified man was working at Hatfield Quality Meats, a pork meat packing company, on the 2700 block of Clemens Road in Hatfield, Pennsylvania Wednesday night. As he was working, a “pallet of ham” fell on top of him, according to officials.

The worker was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his condition.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.

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<![CDATA[Jelly Belly Puts Wisconsin Warehouse Up for Sale]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:09:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jelly_bellys.jpg

With Easter just weeks away, Jelly Belly Candy Co. said it plans to sell their Wisconsin warehouse and move their operations to Tennessee.

The warehouse property located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin has been listed for sale, a company spokesperson confirmed with NBC Chicago. The company plans to move their distribution operations to Tennessee, but said a timeline has not yet been set.

“Tours continue per usual and we have a full schedule of summer activities planned,” spokesperson Jana Sanders Perry said in a statement.

The 25 employees of the warehouse and several part-time workers were reportedly informed of the news Monday.

The company, formerly known as Goelitz Confectionary Company, was originally founded in 1869 in Belleville, Illinois. The facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin opened for tours in 2001.

The candy company most recently made headlines last August when it eliminated 70 jobs from its North Chicago factory and moved production to Fairfield, California. The facility continues to make candy, however, and is responsible for "contract manufacturing."

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<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: Pope Benedict Celebrates 88th Birthday With a Beer]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:07:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP679115605661_0_PopeBday.jpg Check out these weird news photos from around the world.

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<![CDATA[Widow Finds Husband's Grenade]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/030415+pembroke+pines+grenade.jpg

A widow who was cleaning out her husband's storage found a World War II-era grenade in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Wednesday.

The discovery was made at the Colony Point condos, Pembroke Pines Police officials said.

A bomb squad responded and the grenade was secured and safely removed.

No other information was immediately known.



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<![CDATA[Naked Woman on Drugs Crashes Car]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:58:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/225*120/3-3-2015-NakedCrash.JPG

A naked woman allegedly high on drugs crashed her car and ended up on the front lawn of an apartment building in South Los Angeles.

The woman hit several parked cars before driving across the sidewalk and onto the grass at Lockland Drive and Marlton Avenue at around 5:30 p.m, Los Angeles Police Department said.

No one was injured. Paramedics covered the woman in a blanket when they arrived on the scene and took her away for treatment.

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<![CDATA[Wooden Passenger Fools Carpool Lane]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:17:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fake+passenger.JPG

A Long Island man allegedly used a wooden figure in a hooded sweatshirt to drive solo in the Long Island Expressway's HOV lane because, he told officers, he was late to his new job, police said.

A Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer noticed the fake passenger when he pulled the man over for speeding at 77 mph at 6:30 a.m. on Friday in Dix Hills.

A photo of the crudely made dummy shows a wooden board with a block-shaped, wooden head wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

"I was trying not to laugh at the guy because I thought it was quite silly," said officer Jonathan Abrams. 

Abrams said for a moment, he actually thought it was a real person.

"The silhouette was realistic enough," he said. "You see people with hoods up, sleeping in the front seat all the time." 

The driver, James Campbell, told NBC 4 New York the officer seemed to have a sense of humor about it.

"He said, 'Passenger, can I see some ID?' And I said, 'Officer, I don't think so,'" said Campbell, chuckling. 

Campbell told the officer that he was driving to a new job and didn't want to be late.

"He said he started a new job and he couldn't afford to be late to his new job, so traveling through the HOV lane allowed him to get there a little bit faster," said Abrams. 

He was issued summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.

Campbell didn't seem deterred. He pulled up to his home Friday evening after work with the dummy still in the front seat, saying he'd been using it for months. 

He said, "He's got a sister down in the basement and on special occasions, I bring her out and she wears a tutu." 



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<![CDATA[What Color Is This Dress? No One Can Agree]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/the-dress-B-1l26HXAAEJ48-.jpg

Is this dress blue and black… or gold and white? The debate is raging, and no one seems to agree.

BuzzFeed posted the controversial photo Tuesday evening, and already it's gone viral.

The image was originally uploaded by Tumblr user "swiked," who wrote:

"I see it as white and gold. My friend right here sees it as blue and black. I CANT HANDLE THIS"

Another user fired back:

"if that’s not gold my entire life has been a lie"

Others chimed in, all with different perceptions. Admittedly, no one in the newsroom could agree either.

So what color is it really?

The mystery may never be solved.



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<![CDATA[Woman Had Cheating Ex Robbed]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:59:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/022515+sarah+matherly.jpg

A South Florida woman was arrested after authorities say she arranged to have her cheating ex-boyfriend robbed at gunpoint.

Sarah Nicole Matherly, 22, is facing robbery with a firearm and extortion charges following her arrest in Hollywood. She was ordered held on $7,500 bond at a hearing before Broward Judge John Hurley Wednesday.

According to the arrest report, Matherly lured her ex-boyfriend to a home in Hollywood. Once inside, he was met by a group of men.

Matherly went into a bathroom while the men robbed ex, and told them "don't forget his f-ing" chain," said Hurley. One of the men reportedly put a gun to his head during the robbery. 

The home was a "smoke house" where people go to take drugs, Hurley said.

Matherly later contacted her ex and told him, "that's what you get for cheating on me," Hurley said. She also threatened him with robbery if he didn't give her cash, Hurley said.

At the bond court hearing, Matherly's attorney argued that she was in another room and didn't know about the robbery.

Matherly, who has no criminal record, will have to undergo drug testing every week after her release from jail, the judge ordered. She'll also be required to get a job or go back to school.



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<![CDATA[Woman Found in Box Near Landfill]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:44:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Irving+landfill+021815.jpg

A woman was found alive and barely clothed inside a cardboard box near a landfill in North Texas, and now police are working to figure out what happened.

Officers were called Saturday morning after employees and some community service workers in Irving discovered the woman. Police said the woman was wearing only a shirt and only spoke Spanish, telling investigators she was out with friends the night before in Dallas and had no memory of how she ended up in the box or at the dump.

In fact, a missing persons report was filed with Dallas police just hours before she was discovered.

According to police reports obtained by NBC 5, the victim was out drinking with a girlfriend Friday night at a club near Walnut Hill Lane and Brockbank Drive.

The victim's friend went to get their car, leaving the woman with a man they had just met. When the friend came back, the victim was gone.

The missing person report was filed Saturday at about 7 a.m. and by about 9 a.m. workers found the woman, who is in her 30s, inside a large box at the municipal landfill in the 200 block of West Hunter Ferrell Road.

Police took the victim to a local hospital to have her tested on whether she had been raped.

Irving police continue to investigate, and further details have not yet been released.



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<![CDATA[What Do You Call A Sport That Combines Skiing and Horses?]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:53:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_skijorning0217001_1500x845.jpg Skijoring, a sport that combines skiing and horses, is a huge hit in Silverton, Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Fire Breather Catches Fire]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:49:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tattoo-Fire1.jpg

A Philadelphia couple captured a scary moment on camera when a performing artist suddenly caught fire.

Jeff Hurd and his wife Alice Gibson attended the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sunday and watched a fire-breathing performance from the Ink Illusionists.

As the performer blew fire, flames suddenly engulfed his entire body and spread to the floor. The fire breather was able to put the flames out while event organizers quickly extinguished the fire on the floor by flipping a table on it.

Gibson told NBC10 the whole incident happened so fast that many members of the audience thought it was part of the show. The Philadelphia Fire Department did not respond since the flames were put out so quickly and with minimal damage, according to Hurd.

Hurd said the performer told him he was okay when he went to check on him. Gibson told NBC10 she noticed minor burns on his body.

NBC10 reached out to the Ink Illusionists. A spokesperson for the group declined to comment.

The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is an annual three-day event featuring appearances and performances from some of the most popular and skilled tattoo artists in the country.
 



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