<![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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:22:03 -0600 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:22:03 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thieves Strip, Hide in Pool: PD]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:33:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAN+LEANDRO+VERIZON+ROBBERY+VSV+%28WED%29+-+00000418.jpg

San Leandro police arrested two men on suspicious of stealing iPads and then jumping into a popular Oakland, California, recreational pool - in only their boxers - to try to avoid capture.

But residents nearby and swimmers all thought the scene was pretty odd, and helped lead police to their arrest.

“It’s very, very rare,” Lt. Robert McManus said. “It’s the first of its kind with somebody stripping down into their boxing shorts trying to blend in the crowd in a swimming pool. They were the only two adult males in the crowd. The rest were teenagers.”

Detectives now believe that the men are responsible for similar thefts throughout the East Bay, including one at a San Leandro Radio Shack store on Monday afternoon, McManus said. He did not identify them or release their photos to allow other Bay Area agencies to investigate their cases.

On Wednesday about 1:30 p.m., a plain clothes detective was in the parking lot at the Westgate Shopping Center on Davis Street when he saw a white Cadillac El Dorado driving through the parking lot with three men inside, who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

McManus said the detective watched as the Cadillac, registered to an address on the Peninsula, backed into a parking stall and stopped. The driver and front passenger got out of the car and walked towards the Verizon store, out of the detective’s view, leaving the third passenger in the car.

Minutes later, the detective saw the driver and passenger sprinting back to the Cadillac as they were being chased by a Verizon employee, police said. They got into the car and fled through the parking lot, smashing into an Enterprise box truck, before driving over cement medians.

The detective radioed to other officers and began to follow the Cadillac as it sped out of the parking lot, running through two red lights heading north on Interstate 880 at Davis Street, McManus said. More police arrived. Eventually they found the empty Cadillac on Clara Street, near Edes Avenue in Oakland, a few blocks north of 98th Avenue.

Neighbors told police they saw the suspects running toward the Brookfield Recreation Center in the 9100 block of Edes Ave. Others directed the officers into the building, which had teens and seniors inside. There, they found the men had tried to pose as swimmers: They took off their clothes and slipped into the pool wearing only boxer shorts.

The detectives recognized the two men from surveillance footage from a similar burglary that occurred at the Radio Shack store located at 1359 Washington Ave. on Monday afternoon, where more high-end electronic items were stolen, police said.

Police searched the area and found the stolen iPads, iPhones believed to have been stolen in other thefts, the keys to the Cadillac and some of the clothing worn by the men, underneath a parked car, near the recreation center.

Police have arrested both men on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, and other related crimes. The third man, who remained in the car during the theft, fled and has not been found, McManus said.

The pair are expected to appear be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Best Friends? Goat Becomes Pals With a Tiger ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:12:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/IMG-20151127-WA0011.jpg

Something strange happened when a goat entered a Siberian tiger's enclosure at a safari park in Moscow.

The intended four-legged meal surprised everyone. Instead of becoming an edible delight, the goat named Timur has become friends with Amur the tiger. 

The courageous goat was sent into the tiger's enclosure earlier this week as one of the predator's twice-weekly meals, the Russian Primorsky Safari Park said Thursday.

However, no one had taught the animal to be afraid of tigers. Timur chased the big cat from its resting area. Timur has been using his spot for four nights now and Amur has been sleeping on the shelter's roof. 

Siberian tigers are the world's largest cats, endangered, and live in eastern Russia's birch forests, according to National Geographic. There are an estimated 400 to 500 Siberian tigers living in the wild and beyond Russia, some exist in China and North Korea. 

Photo Credit: Anton Fedoseyev]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Officer Saves Trapped Skunk]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:55:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cop-Saves-Skunk.jpg

As an officer in the Ocean Gate Police Department in New Jersey, it’s Jonathan Whitney’s job to serve and protect members of the community, even if that member runs on four legs rather than two. That’s why Ptl. Whitney didn’t hesitate to help when he spotted a skunk with its head stuck inside a Burger King orange juice carton earlier this month in Ocean Gate.

“I wanted to help it,” Whitney told NBC10.

Ptl. Whitney recorded himself as he tried to figure out how to help the animal.

“Come here buddy,” Whitney says in the 2 ½ minute clip. “You got to get this off your head, man.”

The situation was especially tense for the officer given the fact that he had already been sprayed by a skunk prior to the recorded encounter.

“I know how bad it was to get sprayed,” Whitney said. “My heart was racing the entire time.”

Despite his nervousness, Whitney knew he had to act quickly.

“I realized that if I didn’t take it off, there was no way he was going to get that thing off,” Whitney said.

Whitney was finally able to remove the juice carton and the skunk scurried away. Whitney then smiled in front of the camera celebrating the successful rescue.

The video was posted on the Ocean Gate Police Department Facebook page back on Nov. 19 and has already been viewed over 23,600 times. The clip also comes with a disclaimer; if you see a wild animal in need, don’t approach it, and contact a professional instead.

“Please don’t do what I did,” Whitney said.

Check out the full video of the rescue above.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Gobble Gang: Turkeys Invade Denver Suburb]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:22:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/169*120/tuekry-112215.PNG

A rafter of fearless turkeys swarmed a suburb of Denver, Colorado, merely days before the birds' presumed worst nightmare: Thanksgiving. 

On Sunday morning, Amy and Ruben Rodriguez counted about 18 of the avian guests on their front yard, NBC affiliate KUSA reported. 

The couple watched the turkeys peck and gobble on their lawn, according to KUSA.

Hopefully the gang gets out of there before Thanksgiving. 

Photo Credit: Amy and Ruben Rodriguez ]]>
<![CDATA[450 Pork Tamales Seized at LAX]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:14:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/151102-tamalez-seized-lax-1.jpg

Hundreds of tamales were seized by customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month, federal officials said Wednesday.

Stuffed inside the 450 leaf-wrapped treats were not drugs, weapons or other contraband — only pork meat, which customs agents say could potentially introduce foreign animal diseases into the U.S.

The bust was made Nov. 2 during an inspection of plastic bags belonging to a passenger who had arrived to LAX from Mexico. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the traveler declared bringing food into the U.S., but did not disclose that it contained pork meat products.

A customs agriculture specialist inspected the traveler's bags and found the tamales filled with pork. The tamales were seized and destroyed, and the traveler was given a $1,000 fine for commercial activity with the intent to distribute, officials said.

"Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever," said Anne Maricich, the CBP acting director of field operations in Los Angeles.

According to the CBP, customs agents in the 2014 fiscal year intercepted more than 1.6 million animal by-product, meat and plant-soil quarantine products nationwide.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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<![CDATA[Annual Tradition of a Scuba Diving Santa]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:09:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_christmasdiving1117_1500x845.jpg A scuba diving Santa and his reindeer helpers decorate a tree 80 feet below the surface of waters off Japan's Sado Island.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Biker Grabs Passenger's Toes]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:43:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/zim-killgore-motorcycle-toe-grabber.gif

As if you didn't need a reason for why sticking your feet out of a moving car would be a bad idea.

How about this?

A motorcyclist surprised an unsuspecting passenger when he grabbed her feet while he was riding next to the car on a freeway.

Zim Killgore, a photographer, filmed himself cruising down a San Diego highway on his motorcycle when he noticed a pair of Halloween-themed feet poking out the window of a Toyota Camry.

As Killgore catches up to the car, the video dramatically slows down — and Killgore's gloved hand reaches out and grabs the lounging person's toes.

The passenger's feet immediately pull back, and Killgore zooms past — and you can see the passenger peer out the window at her toe pincher.

"Don't stick your feet out the car or else I'll grab 'em," he wrote in the video description.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Zim Killgore]]>
<![CDATA[Nude Man Breaks Into Massage Parlor]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:53:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/11PT_VO_NAKED_MASSAGE_T_KNSD7O9T_1200x675_568914499780.jpg

A naked man apparently found the cover he was seeking as he stole T-shirts from a massage parlor in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, though his lower half was still left exposed to the elements.

Security cameras caught the bizarre break-in Monday night at Happy Head Massage on University Avenue.

Clad in nothing but his shoes, the suspect climbed in through a back window and began wandering around the business, owner Michael Pritsker told NBC 7 Tuesday.

After a shower in the bathroom, the man is seen on surviellance video walking to the reception area. He grabs shirts from a rack and takes lotion from nearby shelves.

"Just pure silliness... watching this character break in just to steal lotion and some T-shirts," said Pritsker. "I could’ve given him one for free if he really wanted one."

Video shows the nude man then running out the front door.

The owner said he did not recognize the suspect. After San Diego police officers responded Tuesday, Pritsker said he decided not to file a police report because nothing of large value was taken.

However, if the suspect is found, Pritsker can decide whether to file a report and press charges.

<![CDATA[Butler's Unreal 6,000-Pound Fish Tank in River North Mansion]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:25:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Butler+2.png

Jimmy Butler told Animal Planet’s “Tanked” crew he wanted an aquarium for his new River North, Illinois, pad that fish would be able to ‘bump’ in – and that’s exactly what he got.

The Chicago Bulls guard was featured on the popular show that tricks out tanks, and told the aquarium masters he loves music and wanted his new addition to reflect his off-the-court passion.

In the heart of River North, Butler just purchased the 10,000 square foot mansion for $4.3 million. It includes a 750-bottle wine cellar, 3-car garage, spacious deck, 'man cave' and billiards table – one thing it didn’t have is a super swanky fish tank, but luckily that’s now changed.

What Animal Planet’s Wayde King and Brett Raymer revealed to him was a 6,000-pound epic boom box aquarium that even has speakers inside so his new fish can hear the music too.

The two initially offered up a basketball-themed tank, which Butler immediately put the kibosh on.

“Terrible idea!” Butler said. “Terrible! The basketball idea is not the right idea for this situation.”

He went on to push them in the music direction, saying, “I’m a really big music guy.” What might be unexpected to some is that the Bulls star is big into country music.

Butler’s reaction to his new massive old-school boom box tank, which they surprised him with on his way back from Bulls practice, was nothing short of amazement.

“OH! This is beautiful man!” Butler said. “This is better than I could have ever imagined … This is big time.”

The team even put 50 fish inside the tank in honor of the Chicago Bulls' 50th anniversary.

The full "Tanked" episode airs on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.

Back in July, Butler reportedly signed a $90 million, 5-year-contract to stay with the team.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet
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<![CDATA[Deer Lands in Backseat After Crash]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:29:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/plano+deer.jpg

As a longtime driver of tractor trailers, Christopher Coleman, of Frisco, Texas, has encountered all kinds of obstacles on the road.

But none compare to what he experienced while driving home from work on Wednesday.

Coleman was driving on the Sam Rayburn Tollway near Spring Creek Parkway in Plano at about 4:30 p.m. when he said he noticed a deer on the side of the road.

"I admired it and, by that time, I heard a loud bang," Coleman said.

In video provided by the North Texas Tollway Authority, the deer is seen darting into oncoming traffic before slamming into Coleman's Mercedes Benz. The deer bounced off his hood and shattered his windshield and sunroof. Coleman thought the deer flew over his car, but it ended up in the back seat.

"I seen a deer in my backseat, and my first thought was, 'I have to get out of the car before it starts moving, because if it starts moving I'm dead,'" he said.

In photos taken by Plano firefighters at the scene, the deer is wedged behind the driver's seat. It was taken that way to a tow yard in Plano.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department removed the deer's body Thursday. Game wardens said deer are on the move right now because it's mating season.

Looking back at what happened, Coleman said he's amazed he's at home without a scratch.

"It was just a blessing. I was just happy to be alive," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Conn. Homeowner Gets Pot in Mail]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:47:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/east+windsor+pot_1200.jpg

An East Windsor, Connecticut, homeowner was surprised to receive a package containing six pounds of pot on Thursday.

The person called police to say they had received the package from Florida from an unknown sender. The homeowner opened it and found the packaged marijuana inside.

The pot has a street value of approximately $6,000, according to police.

Authorities are investigating.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police]]>
<![CDATA[600 Bobbleheads Left Near Doorstep]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:59:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Denorfia+bobbleheads.jpg

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego.

Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors.

The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police Department told Philip Jia it was the strangest call she’d ever received.

Jia and a handful of his young 20-something roommates in University City asked if an officer could come out and take a look at the items someone dumped in the middle of their condo complex street.

Hundreds of Padres bobbleheads littered the pavement and they all had the same face.

“I’m now a huge Chris Denorfia fan,” said Philip Jia, who along with his roomates had never heard of the former Padres player now sitting in more boxes than they could carry.

And so began the great bobblehead mystery of 2015.

“We opened them up expecting to find something a little more nefarious,” Jia said, referring to when they first opened the bobblehead boxes.

“We thought it was from a drug cartel or something,” echoed roommate Jalena Lau. “But when we went through them, they were just regular bobbleheads."

The police department sent an officer who took a report, but advised the group to simply help out their HOA and clean the mess up.

They loaded about half the Denorfia bobbleheads into their apartment, decorating the bedroom of a roommate who wasn’t home and went to bed.

They left the rest in the street and by morning they were gone, presumably taken by neighbors.

The roommates gave them away to co-workers, friends, and family members, but the bobbling Denorfias still hold a hefty presence inside their home.

A huge stack lines the front entry and another pile sits under the inside basketball hoop.

“Actually, we had a huge Halloween party and a lot of our friends came over and it was kind of a like a present we gave out to everyone,” said Lau.

The roommates never heard back from police, so if the Denorfias were stolen or some kind of contraband, it wasn’t reported.

The real Chris Denorfia was traded from the Padres back in July of 2014 and now plays for the Cubs.

The roommates, who’ve considered flooding the Ebay market where some of the same figurines are listed for $20, say the Denorfia Bobblehad demand apparently just isn’t what it used to be.

Photo Credit: Steven Luke]]>
<![CDATA[Skateboarding Dog and More Bizarre World Records]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:04:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DogWorldRecord.jpg From dogs on skateboards, to people doing laps on a track on their hands, here are some of the world's most bizarre world records.]]> <![CDATA[Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:58:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Mariyln+Monroe+statue+1200.jpg

It took less than four minutes for someone to run off with Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn's Pub in Bristol, Connecticut, caught someone on camera stealing the restaurant's Marilyn Monroe statue just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The thief first backed a white van up to the patio area and walked up to the life-sized Marilyn statue. The burglar, covering his or her face from the cameras, headed back to the vehicle, opened the doors, then rushed back to sweep the 42-pound statue before dashing away.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's a sad state of affairs that somebody would take something so nice that was put at a location at an establishment for enjoyment for everybody," Marilyn's Pub patron Enrico Chiarillo.

"They steal the plants, the pumpkins, the bows off the building. The statue? That's a little too far," Diane Baral, who owns Marilyn's Pub, said.

Baral couldn't believe it when she saw the surveillance video and said it's a blow to have their well-known and well-loved blonde bombshell stolen. Inside the restaurant, another life-sized statue stands as well as pictures of Marilyn along the walls. The famous actress is an important part of the pub that's been in Bristol for three years.

"Everyone likes the Marilyn experience. They come and take pictures," said Baral.

Now Baral and the people who love sitting with the statue hope the thief caught on camera does the right thing.

"Just bring her back. She belongs here. If you like her that much, come here every night and have a couple beers with her," patron Denise Dionne said.

"Please return her. She belongs here. No questions asked. Bring her back," said Baral.

Baral says they're not going to replace Marilyn, so their only hope is the person who took her brings her back.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the statue is asked to call Bristol police.

Photo Credit: Marilyn's Pub]]>
<![CDATA[Runaway Emu in Delaware]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:22:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Runaway-Emu-Delaware.jpg

Drew Hurst told NBC10 he didn’t know what to think when his grandson told him a giant bird caused a lockdown at Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center in Townsend, Delaware. 

“You weren’t allowed to go play in school because a giant emu was running around in your playground and it was being chased by police?” Hurst asked.

“Uh huh,” his grandson replied.

It turns out his grandson was right. A runaway emu was spotted nearby Spring Meadow as well as Old State Elementary School Monday leading to a “soft lockdown” at both schools. Officials sent a letter alerting parents and informing them that students remained inside the building while normal activity continued. Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident.

The emu, which officials believe is an escaped pet of an owner who has yet to claim it, has been on the loose in Delaware for months, eluding police and animal control officers.

“I am getting frustrated,” said Dan Stonebraker who runs the 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton, Delaware. “Yesterday we were out there for a few hours and we got closer than ever. We had our hands on it, physically, twice.”

Officials say shooting the bird with a tranquilizer is a last resort and have been trying to safely capture it. Stonebraker said emus are relatively safe unless they’re cornered. Officials warn residents not to get too close or threaten the emu due to its sharp talons.

Officials believe the emu can survive the upcoming Delaware winter but they’re trying to capture it soon before it wanders off into traffic and causes an accident.

<![CDATA[Flushed Engagement Ring Found]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 05:09:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/flushedring-111015.PNG

A woman in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, California, learned the hard way that you have to remember where you put your engagement ring after she accidentally flushed it down the toilet.

But all was not lost. The engagement ring was found.

Carissa Wolter told NBC4 that she placed her engagement ring and earrings in a tissue while she cleaned the bathroom.

She was frantic when she realized that in the midst of cleaning that she tossed it in the toilet and flushed.

"It's like a needle in a haystack. How would you find a ring and two small earrings in a sewer?" Wolter said.

A crew helped lift the manhole cover connected to her home and they found the priceless jewelry.

They said she was lucky to have a low flow sewer main. Otherwise the ring would have been a goner.  

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Huge Gator Caught in Parking Lot]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:10:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gator2.PNG

A 12-and-a-half-foot, 800 pound, 50-year-old alligator was caught Saturday morning in Sugar Land.

According to NBC affiliate KPRC, the gator was near Oyster Creek behind a shopping center and was discovered when employees arrived at work.

The gator, which has since been nicknamed “Godzilla” because of its size, was in the back parking lot where employees park their car.

KPRC reports alligator hunter Christy Kroboth and an officer tried to tie up the reptile but he fought a tough fight.

“We tried to do a front catch with him where you hold jaws and get him taped, but he was so big," she said. "His jaws were too big for my hands. ."

“We tried several different attempts on how to catch him," Kroboth continued. "Finally, we thought we had him wore out enough to put two people on the back of him and kinda outweigh him, which clearly did not work."

She told KPRC 2 in Houston, “He still had some fight in him. Obviously no death roll or anything like that. So we were all able to get off safely then he was able to swat me with the tail.”

Godzilla will reportedly live out the rest of his days at an alligator farm in El Campo.

Photo Credit: KPRC]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Lights Appear in Calif. Sky]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:44:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BRIGHT-LIGHT-SD-1107+2015.gif

Viewers across California and parts of the West Coast reported seeing a strange, large flash of light across the Pacific Ocean Saturday night as the U.S. Navy was conducting a missile test.

Many viewers called NBC San Diego, NBC Southern California and NBC Bay Area reporting a green and blue colored streak of bright light through the sky, reported as far south as Mexico and as far north as the Bay Area. Some viewers even reported seeing it in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. 

"It was really slow and then exploded really gray and there was some blue lights it just looked really weird," Sokhom Thoeun, who was walking on a San Diego beach with his family, told NBC7.

"I'm like it's not a firework, it's not a falling star, it's not the moon... I don't know what it was... but it was the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life," said witness Jessica Blecker.

Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy's Third Fleet said the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, causing the bright light.

Read the Navy's full statement below: 

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch."

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles confirmed through the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu that the light was a missile test. However, the location of where the missile was fired has not been disclosed, Capt. Jonathon S. Spaner, commander of Sector San Diego and San Diego Captain of the Port, told NBC7's Bridget Naso

The Coast Guard sector said it spoke with the Department of Defense and confirmed it was a missile test. The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted the bright lights were the result of a Naval test fire off the coast. 

Los Angeles International Airport officials warned residents earlier that overnight air traffic patterns would be altered Saturday and continuing into next week because of activity from a nearby military base.

LAX officials said it would deviate from its "Over-Ocean Operations" that are typically in effect from midnight to 6:30 a.m. During those hours, incoming flights normally land at LAX from over the
ocean to reduce noise for residents living east of the airport.

"Due to the military airspace activity, however, incoming flights will use the overland westerly route when approaching the airport," according to LAWA.

Outbound flights will continue to take off to the west, over the ocean. The change in overnight operations will continue through Nov. 12, according to LAWA.

The lights prompted a flood of phone calls and police called news outlets to tell them to tell residents not to panic because 911 was inundated with reports. 

NBC 7 continues to investigate the bright light. Did you see the light? If so, tell us where you were below in the comments thread. 

Photo Credit: Tony Shin]]>
<![CDATA[Bunny on Boston Train]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 20:04:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTNKV6BXAAAE8tB.jpg

Ever wonder how rabbits get around the city? Much like us, they hop on the train.

Transit police shared a photo of a bunny sitting in a seat on an MBTA train, asking passengers to keep their furry friends in their carriers and out of harm's way.

Photo Credit: MBTA Transit Police
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<![CDATA[California Shack Selling for $2M]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 04:39:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/1105-2015-PaloAltoShack.jpg

A 180-square foot shack in Palo Alto, California, can be yours for just under $2 million.

The one bedroom, one bathroom shack is 85 years old, according to Estately. The shack is located in the Barron Park neighborhood, near Stanford and top elementary schools.

Neighbors are shocked at the price tag.

"I cannot believe it. That's crazy," Palo Alto-resident Viresh Rustagi said. "We moved here in 2011. House prices have almost doubled since that."

The shack sits on a 6,800-square foot lot, so it is primed for a tear down. The listing states it is a great spot to build a dream home.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Boy OK After 'Last Supper' Fall]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 11:02:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Praylow+Boy+Out+Window+The+Last+Supper+Jesus.jpg

Divine intervention may have saved a boy who fell two stories and walked away in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Dionna Praylow was getting 3-year-old son Reginald ready for his evening bath Wednesday inside their Dickinson Street row home. She left the boy for a moment to grab his pajamas and when Praylow returned, Reginald was gone.

Praylow said she ran frantically downstairs and as she got to the door, her son, naked, was limping back into the home, crying but unscathed aside from a bruise to his arm.

When the boy's family went outside to see where he had fallen, they discovered Reginald had landed on his grandmother's framed picture of Jesus at "The Last Supper" that was sitting outside their Point Breeze home.

Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit investigators looked into the fall since it involved a young child. They said it appeared the boy stood up while in the bathroom and leaned on the windowsill before accidentally pushing out the plexiglass window, falling into the backyard. The boy fell onto a framed picture, police said.

Medics took the boy to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors checked him out and released him, said police.

Reginald was no worse for wear Thursday.

"He's acting normal, running around," Praylow said Thursday.

The family didn't know why the picture was outside, but Praylow said the family has since moved the picture that apparently saved her son to their family room.

Photo Credit: Dionna Praylow]]>
<![CDATA[Sanders' Face on Underwear Line]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:11:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Bernie%27s+Briefs.jpg

The White House aspirations of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, have inspired a new underwear company that mixes pop culture and politics.

"Bernie's Briefs" launched just last week, and is the brainchild of Alexandra MacLean, Nick Sherman, and Todd Bailey. The three work at KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm based in Montpelier, and said they developed Bernie's Briefs as a fun sideline business.

The underwear, in both men's and ladies' styles, is screen printed with a simple black-and-white line drawing of Sanders' face, and the message "Feel the Bern," which has become a rallying cry on social media for Sanders supporters. Each pair costs $15 plus shipping and handling.

"It's just an opportunity to bring something fun into what is otherwise a very serious matter," MacLean said of the internet-based mail-order business.

The business insisted this should not be seen as some sort of insult to the self-described Democratic Socialist, whose campaign for president has really elevated concerns of income inequality, the struggles of the middle class, environmental matters, and what Sanders has called the corrupting influence of big-money on politics.

The company founders said they admire Sanders for his passion on those serious issues, and MacLean told necn she feels his presence in the presidential race has been very good for the political process and for what Sanders has done to try to represent more Americans’ voices.

MacLean also said she has appreciated seeing more of the "lighter side" of Sanders in recent weeks, through appearances on late night TV and talk shows like "Ellen," where Sanders responded to a question from host Ellen DeGeneres and revealed he prefers briefs over boxers.

MacLean said a now-famous "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which Larry David plays Sanders and decries how billionaires have three or four pairs of underwear but he only has one, was what convinced her and her colleagues to strike while the iron was hot and launch "Bernie's Briefs."

MacLean told necn that sales are picking up, and orders have come in from across the country, but mostly from the northeast, at this point.

"This campaign is exciting, and they want to show support for him and his issues," MacLean said of her customers, whom she described as Sanders supporters. "I think it's just a little bit of fun, and they appreciate that."

Beavin & Son's in Montpelier is handling the screen printing of the underwear.

"I think it could take off," Sheila Beavin told necn, noting this is the first time the company has ever silk screened men's underwear. "It's a great novelty, and now's the time to have it."

But on the other side of the political spectrum, Republicans need underwear too. So what about those customers? Could Bernie's Briefs expand to put faces of other presidential candidates on underwear, maybe by adding a line of “Trump's Trunks?”

"I think at this point, we're going to stick with Bernie," MacLean said, laughing at the notion of having a whole line of presidential underwear. "He's a Vermonter, we're Vermonters, and that's really why we're doing this."

MacLean said 10 percent of the proceeds from her cheeky business will benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund, with donations made in the name of Bernie Sanders. That charity supports injured service members.

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<![CDATA[Police 'Pull Over' Slow Tortoise]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:59:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/102915+PBSO+tortoise.jpg

A tortoise was "pulled over" in Palm Beach County for doing what comes naturally: going too slowly.

According to the Facebook page for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the tortoise was plodding along Wednesday on Gateway Boulevard westbound, just west of Lawrence Road Wednesday, and causing traffic problems.

Deputies "pulled over" the tortoise and placed him in the rear of their patrol vehicle.

Deputies decided not to take the tortoise to jail, instead opting to deliver the animal to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter.

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<![CDATA[Driver Uses 'Zombie Baby' in Carpool Lane: Police]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:25:30 -0600 tweeted "At least he's in the [Halloween] spirit. #TrickOrTicket."]]> tweeted "At least he's in the [Halloween] spirit. #TrickOrTicket."]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/weirdNews-Credit-Washington-State-Patrol--Trooper-Guy-Gill.jpg

A Washington state driver buckled in a zombie baby doll in the passenger seat, hoping to trick his way through the carpool lane, police said.

Washington State Patrol said the man used the doll — complete with a blood-smeared grin — in his car before crossing into the high-occupancy vehicle lane during the Tuesday morning commute on Interstate 5 near Tacoma.

Washington state Trooper Guy Gill spotted the ruse and gave the driver a $136 ticket. The man was let off the hook when the agency "gave him a break for not having a car seat," Gill joked.

"At least he's in the (Halloween) spirit," Gill tweeted.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill
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<![CDATA[Md. Officer Disguised as Homeless Man Catches Drivers Texting]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/102715+cop+posing+as+homeless.jpg

A man holding a cardboard sign on the side of a road in Montgomery County, Maryland, Tuesday morning looked homeless on first glance -- but he was actually a police officer in disguise working to catch people texting and driving.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover in jeans, sunglasses and a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up as part of enforcement against a growing number of dangerous distracted drivers.

Commuters who paid attention would see the sign he held said not that he was asking for money but, "I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations."

When Robinson spotted a driver using their phone, he ducked his head behind his sign to speak into a police radio and alert officers further east on River Road.

"Pay attention to what we're doing, that way we can reduce accidents and save lives," he said.

Officers issued a total of 56 tickets county-wide, including 31 tickets and 9 warnings to people caught using their phones without hands-free devices.

Local police are seeing a spike in crashes that occur because drivers aren't paying attention.

"We're seeing more and more, as we pull cell phone records, that they're distracted driver-related deaths because they will not put their phones down," Sgt. Phillip Chapin said.

In D.C. and Maryland, police can pull you over for texting or talking on a phone without a hands-free device while driving. In Virginia, only texting is illegal for all drivers. School bus drivers and people under age 18 in Virginia should not have a cell phone behind the wheel at all.

Drivers using cell phones are three times more likely to get into crashes, according to research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The number of people killed in crashes involving distracted drivers rose nearly 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

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<![CDATA[Bagel-Wearing Pigeon]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:55:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Pigeon-Ordinance.jpg

This pigeon is giving pizza rat a run for its money.

A photo uploaded to Reddit by user connierubirosa on Sunday shows a pigeon perched outside a park wearing a bagel around its chest like a necklace.

It's not clear where exactly the photo was taken, but the image was uploaded to the NYC subreddit forum with the caption, "Most New York photo I've ever taken."

It's also unclear why the pigeon is donning the unusual fashion statement, but Gothamist and other websites have posted other photos of pigeons wearing baked goods around their necks in the past. 

It's the latest in a string of humorous sightings featuring New York City's wildlife with some of the city's iconic foods.

Last month, social media users were fascinated by the now-famous pizza rat, which was caught on camera dragging a slice of pizza down a set of subway stairs. Video of the rat garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube.

And last week a picture of a raccoon chowing down on pizza in Central Park looked to become the Big Apple's latest culinarily inclined rodent star.

Photo Credit: NBCDFW.com
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<![CDATA[Man Binges on 'Walking Dead', Kills Friend Over Zombie Fears: Cops]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:50:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/perry+mugshot.jpg

A New Mexico man is alleged to have brutally beaten his friend to death last week because he believed he was turning into a zombie, NBC News reported.

Damon Perry watched “The Walking Dead” on Netflix and drank malt liquor with a friend, a spokesman for Grants Police told NBC News.

Perry told police his friend tried “to bite him,” according to a statement from authorities.

He allegedly reacted by beating his friend with his hands, feet, and also used an electric guitar, kitchen knives and a microwave, NBC News reported.

Photo Credit: Grants Police
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<![CDATA['Chewbacca' Arrested on Election Day in Ukraine]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:54:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-473041684.jpg

It’s not every day police end up arresting a Wookiee.

Ukrainian officials took someone dressed up as the hairy “Star Wars” character Chewbacca into custody on Sunday, NBC News reported.

The person was picked up at a polling station in Odessa for violating election rules and campaigning on voting day.

"Chewbacca" was supporting candidate "Darth Vader," a Sith lord candidate who was running in local elections, NBC News reported.

Police posted a photo of the arrest on Instagram, calling it “nothing unusual.”

Chewbacca's reaction couldn’t be translated from Shyriiwook.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Raccoon Wolfs Down Pizza in NYC]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:06:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pizza+raccoon+Anya+Schiffrin.jpg

A month after a rat captivated New Yorkers by hauling a slice of pizza down a subway staircase, a raccoon was spotted devouring an entire slice of Sicilian pizza in Central Park.

Anya Schiffrin was taking a stroll with a friend near the Conservatory Garden just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The two were hoping to check out some chrysanthemums but instead ran into a huge and hungry raccoon fishing a slice of plain pizza from a trashcan.

"It was like a rolling barrel," Schiffrin said. "In this extraordinary, fast motion he just got the pizza and immediately perched himself at the bottom of a tree."

Schiffrin, an institute director at Columbia University who was raised in the city, said that she has only seen a couple of raccoons in her entire life and has never seen one in Central Park.

But on Tuesday she was face to face with a huge, "solid" raccoon with only pizza on its mind.

"He immediately started on it," Schiffrin said. "And we immediately thought of the pizza rat."

As the two friends stopped to stare at the raccoon, it made eye contact with them. It may have thought they were interested in stealing his slice, Schiffrin said.

"He wanted more privacy, so he scurried in one fell swoop up the tree and continued eating," she said. "From the trash can, to the base of the tree, to the top of the tree, he never dropped the pizza once." 

While the raccoon sat and ate its pizza, Schiffrin was able to snap several photos of the voracious creature.

Schiffrin said the raccoon was like a cuter version of the pizza rat, whose story led to a #PizzaRat hashtag on social media. A video of the rat garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube.

Now maybe it's #PizzaRaccoon's turn.

Photo Credit: Anya Schiffrin
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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Removed From Deer's Head]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:34:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/deer-pumpkin2.jpg

Deputies in Texas helped a deer in distress on Thursday.

Hays County Sheriff's Deputies Mark Andrews and Anthony Schafer were dispatched to a welfare concern of a deer in the town of Wimberley, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

The animal was walking around with a pumpkin stuck on its head.

Deputies were able to coax the deer to them and remove the pumpkin.

The deer was not injured.

Photo Credit: Hays County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[New Renters Find 8-Foot Boa]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:05:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/15+10+10+Boa+constrictor+snake+in+La+Mesa+Heartland+Fire.jpg

A family in San Diego’s East County were terrified when they encountered the last pest you’d expect to find in a new rental house: an 8-foot boa constrictor.

The landlord at the La Mesa home said when the previous tenants moved out, they mentioned something about a lost snake but “didn’t seem concerned,” according to the Heartland Fire Rescue Department.

So as the new renters moved in to the 7000 block of Colony Drive, the landlord did not know to warn them about the serpent that lay in wait.

But on the afternoon of Oct. 10, the reptile decided to make its grand appearance. The new renter came out of her bedroom to find the huge snake slithering in her kitchen.

Taking up her children, she barricaded them and herself into a bedroom and called 911.

Heartland firefighters were the first to arrive, and before long, they had the situation well in hand.

Picking up the snake with gloved hands, the crew posed for a picture as they waited for El Cajon Animal Control officers to take it.

Animal Control, in turn, handed the snake over to Pet Kingdom in San Diego because of its great size.

According to Pet Kingdom’s reptile manager, the snake is a female Colombian red tail boa, about 8 years old.

The business currently has the animal quarantined to make sure it is healthy, and once it is checked out, it will be put up for sale, Heartland Fire officials say.

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<![CDATA[BMW Explosion Goes Unexplained]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:25:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/101615+charred+bmw.jpg

Charred plastic and metal are what's left of a woman's luxury car. It wasn't set on fire, but actually exploded while she was sleeping inside her South Florida home.

"I never expected this to happen. I'm still in shock to be honest," Beverly Fisher said.

Fisher's dream car, a 2009 BMW 5 Series, is now a chunk of melted metal. She parked it in her driveway in West Park Wednesday night, and it was her son who woke her up at 3 a.m. Thursday.

"I look out and all I see is the hood, just blew up in flames," Fisher said.

Fire investigators said it sparked somewhere in the left engine compartment of the car.

Fisher and her son tried to extinguish the fire with a hose, but their biggest concern was the flames hitting the house and whether the car was going to blow up.

As of right now, fire officials said there are no signs of foul play, but they're still investigating.

Fisher said there were no warning lights in her car, and it underwent regular scheduled maintenance.

"I hope BMW looks into how they design their engine and make sure this doesn't happen because this could've been worse," she said.

We only found one recall for her car, for a faulty tail light. NBC 6 spoke to BMW officials on the phone and they said what happened is very rare, but they're now looking into it.

"They have not sent someone out yet, I'm waiting," Fisher said.

But she's not waiting anymore. After our phone calls, the company called to say they're now paying to have it towed, to get her a rental car and to personally investigate the vehicle.

Fisher bought the car used from a dealership, and they're now looking into what happened along the way.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com
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<![CDATA[PD Chase Ends With Muddy Arrest]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:37:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SWITZER.jpg

A police chase ended with a man driving into a swamp Thursday in Saco, Maine, officials said.

State police say a trooper pulled 28-year-old Kevin Switzer over on the Saco Spur, a connection off I-95. When the trooper got out of his car, police say, Switzer took off.

Switzer allegedly led the trooper on a chase down U.S. Route 1, driving behind a Hannaford supermarket and into a swamp.

Trooper Christopher Rogers said he and Switzer were both up to their waists in mud and water when the arrest was made.

Switzer is charged with eluding an officer and aggravated operation without a license.

Officials say Switzer's license was revoked after he accumulated points on it and failed to pay fines.

It was not immediately clear if Switzer had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Maine State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Goats Found Wandering Pa. Streets]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:18:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Southampton+Township+Goats.jpg

Does it goat any weirder than this?

It sure seemed strange when a couple goats turned up in a Pennsylvania neigborhood.

According to a post on the Lower Southampton Township Facebook page, two goats were found wandering around a residential neighborhood in the early afternoon on Tuesday. With no tags or any indication of who the goats belonged to, officials turned to social media to solve the mystery. 

Locals were encouraged to share the post featuring two images of the goats, and after several hours with no phone calls or tips -- despite 62 shares -- the neighbor of the owners reached out to the woman who spotted them. "Goat mystery solved," the Lower Southampton Township Facebook page posted before later editing the post. "They were dumped by a family in Philadelphia." 

The post goes on to say that the neighbor had repeatedly called the Philadelphia SPCA on the family who owned the goats, to no avail. 

The owners of the goats were cited for cruelty following the incident, said the township.

Photo Credit: Lower Southampton Township
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