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Curses, Foiled Again
Police charged Robert Phillip Rivas, 26, with robbing a credit union in Pleasant Grove, Utah, after they discovered receipts showing he had used the stolen money to bail his girlfriend out of jail. They also arrested Rivas's accomplice, Jesse Ambriz, 28, after officers responding to the robbery noticed him leaving the scene and immediately pegged him as a suspect. "He stood out like a sore thumb," Lt. Britt Smith said, "wearing a wig, fake beard and fake eyebrows." (Salt Lake City's KSL-TV)

Otha Montgomery, 18, successfully eluded police chasing him for running a red light in Eastlake, Ohio, by pulling into a driveway and abandoning the car. He later returned to the scene and asked police officers for his lost hat. They found it, recognized it as the fugitive's and arrested him. (Cleveland.com)

War of Attrition
U.S. military intelligence analysts were "combing through social media," Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle said, "and they see some moron standing at his command ... bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh, ISIL." The analysts were able to identify the Islamic State member's location, and, within 24 hours, bombers destroyed that very building. (Military.com)

Suicide bombers Ghulam Rasul and Muhammad Sultan got into an argument while sitting on benches near a traffic circle in Sargodha, Pakistan, according to local police, who reported that during their brawl, one of them accidentally triggered an improvised explosive device in his vest. The explosion killed both men. (Pakistan's The Express Tribune)

Way to Go
A 70-year-old woman delivering the Kitsap Sun newspaper outside Bremerton, Wash., died after a 62-year-old man delivering the Seattle Times newspaper to the same address accidentally ran over her. Sheriff's investigators said the victim had parked her car and got out to carry the paper to a customer's driveway, where the other carrier was backing out. (Associated Press)

Miguel Martinez, 19, put on a bulletproof vest so his friend, Elijah Ray Lambert, 21, could shoot at it to see if it would stop a bullet. It didn't. The Sacramento County, Calif., sheriff's department called the incident an "unintentional killing," but arrested Lambert anyway. (Chicago Tribune)

Old Habits Die Hard
After receiving a call that a woman in Henrico County, Va., had left her children in a car while she shopped, a police officer was unable to arrest the woman because she was in her car when the officer arrived. Instead, the officer swore out a warrant and told her to turn herself in. The woman, identified as Laquanda Newby, 25, arrived at the county courthouse as promised, but she again left her children, ages six and one, in the car with the windows rolled up when she went inside. Surveillance video showed them in the car for more than an hour. (Richmond's WTVR-TV)

Oy Vey
President Obama considers himself the "closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office," according to longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod. Axelrod revealed that the president "bristled" at charges he was anti-Israel. (The Washington Times)

Slightest Provocation
Clarence Sturdivant, 64, shot his 66-year-old neighbor in Harvey, La., because he wanted a Budweiser, but the neighbor handed him a can of Busch instead. Witnesses said the two then argued over the merits of the respective brands, until the victim threatened Sturdivant with a gun and the Bud-lover responded with a shotgun blast that wounded Busch man in the arm. (Reuters)

Winners & Losers
A Seattle couple bought a Powerball ticket that lost in February. They left the ticket in their car until May, when they checked online and discovered it had won $1 million in a second-chance drawing. Meanwhile, someone had broken into their car and stolen a pair of sunglasses, which, the couple told Washington Lottery officials, "were actually sitting atop the winning ticket." The thief left it, however, and the couple claimed their prize. (Seattle's KIRO-TV)

Indiana's Hoosier Lottery unveiled a lottery game featuring bacon-scented tickets. Cash prices in the Bringin' Home the Bacon game go as high as $10,000, and five players will win a 20-year supply of bacon, valued at $5,000 and paid in annual installments. (Associated Press)

When Guns Are Outlawed
When an estranged couple got into an argument over child custody in Decatur, Ill., both the wife and the husband "threw cold baked beans at each other," police Officer Chad Reed said, adding that the wife "then retrieved a bowl of hot water from the microwave and threw the bowl at her husband's feet." (Decatur's Herald-Review)

Fashion Follies
A neighbor who spotted a burglary suspect in Hempstead, N.Y., photographed him when he stopped to try on Air Jordan sneakers that were part of stolen goods. He gave police the photo, which showed the suspect wearing red boxers above his jeans. Officer Russell Harris was looking in his rear-view mirror near the crime scene and saw "a guy bending over" putting out the garbage. "Lo and behold, I see red underwear standing out." He arrested Taykim Ross, 18. (Associated Press)

The Thrill Is Gone
A waterspout made landfall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and uprooted an inflatable bounce house, sending it "across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic," according to police official Keven Dupree. Three children who were in the bounce house when it went airborne immediately fell onto the sand but weren't injured. (Associated Press)

A man was giving four neighborhood children a demonstration ride in a cherry picker in Albuquerque, N.M., when a strong gust of wind caused it to topple over and crash 50 feet to the ground. Police official Simon Drobik said the man, in his 50s, and a 12-year-old boy died. (Associated Press)

Full Circle
Thirty years after Coca-Cola switched from cane sugar to high-fructose corn syrup to sweeten its drinks, it unveiled a plastic beverage bottle that it said is fully recyclable. It's made from sugarcane. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Invisible Bullets
An audit of the Hartford, Conn., police shooting range revealed that 200,000 rounds of ammunition were missing. It said range administrator Officer Louis Crabtree purchased 485,000 rounds per year over the past six years, whereas only 240,000 rounds year were needed and only 180,000 rounds were actually used. What's more, Crabtree circumvented the budget process by buying some ammunition on credit to push payment into the next fiscal year. Even so, at the time of the audit, the ammo vendor was owed more than $186,000. (Hartford Courant)

Compiled by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.