Weird and Wacky

The Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face “to make politics fun” says it’s time for it to come off.

Eric Hartsburg of Michigan City, Ind., says he plans to have the red-and-blue “R” removed from next to his right eye.

He says a Republican supporter paid him $15,000 to get the tattoo and keep it until at least the election was over.

Hartsburg says he reached out to the Romney campaign about the tattoo, but feels snubbed that no campaign staffer ever contacted him.

Shark just drops out of the Sky

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, October 29, 2012

Young Leopard Sharks

Somebody forgot to yell “Fore!” last Thursday at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

The 2-pound leopard shark apparently was plucked from the ocean by a bird then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club.

A course employee found the shark and returned it to the ocean, where it swam off.

When 50 Marie Veloso , of Medford, Mass. called the junk collectors to have her late mother’s old hope chest hauled away, she was certain it contained nothing of value.

She said she didn’t have the key anyway and she just wanted the men from Junk Depot to just haul it away. Insisting that she at least take a look inside, the guys a sledge hammer to break the lock and open the chest. But Veloso still wasn’t interested and told the men just to haul the chest away.

Veloso was in for a huge surprise when the men returned on Saturday and told her that that the crew had found more than $22,000 worth of bonds from 1972 and 1973. Today, those bonds are worth $113,954.

Police in Maryland say a man has been charged with assault for using a slingshot to fire glass marbles at a speed camera van.

Authorities say Bruce Lawrence May of Ellicott City was arrested Tuesday. The 50-year-old Lawrence was also charged with destruction of property and reckless endangerment. He was released on $3,000 bond.

Howard County police say that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the van was near Manor Woods Elementary School when the operator heard something hit the side of the vehicle. The operator saw a minivan pass and saw the driver with a slingshot fire another projectile at the speed camera van.

Police say that May had received two speed camera violations recently.

(AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book “Twilight” and two-DVD set “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” back to the library on time.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed at her Portales home in front of her five small children earlier this month for the $36 worth of library materials not returned since 2010.

Her attorney says arrest warrants were mailed last year to an address at which Teel hadn’t lived since childhood, but Teal was arrested by officers investigating a disturbance.

Her charges were dismissed.

An Arizona man collapsed in court and died after hearing a jury convict him of burning down his $3.5 million mansion.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Thursday found Michael Marin guilty of arson of an occupied structure.

The Arizona Republic reports the 53-year-old collapsed shortly after the verdict was read. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

When Marin’s trial began in May, prosecutors said he could face nearly 16 years in prison if he was convicted.

Marin’s Phoenix mansion burned down in July 2009 after it failed to sell at a charity auction.

Fire Department investigators determined the fire was deliberate. Prosecutors claimed Marin set fire to his house because he could no longer pay the mortgage.

A western Pennsylvania man who blamed his dog for causing an apartment fire has been jailed on charges that he set the blaze himself.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports that Cresson Township police have charged 58-year-old John Saparo with setting the June 12 fire, though police have yet to specify how.

What police did say is that they’ve determined the fire didn’t start the way Saparo claimed. He allegedly told officers he was cleaning and had several fans running when his dog knocked over one of the fans, which, somehow, started the fire.

Saparo remains in the Cambria County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing June 20 on arson and related charges.

A parakeet that escaped Sunday from its home in Yokohama, Japan, has been reunited with its owner after belatedly telling police where it lived, the Kyodo News agency reports.

Fumie Takahashi’s bird flew its coop in the Sagamihara district on Sunday. It made its way into the city center, flying into a hotel and perching on the shoulder of a guest.

Police took the the baby-blue budgie back to jail, where for three days it demonstrated it was no stool pigeon. Then Tuesday night, it suddenly piped up, reciting its address in the concrete jungle, right down to the block and house number, Kyodo says, by way of the London Telegraph.

“We had not expected his owner to be identified in this manner,” said one officer.

Smart bird. Smarter owner.

New York State Police have arrested an Albany-area man after Troopers clocked him traveling 166 miles per hour on his motorcycle on the Thruway.

Police say 25-year-old Nikkolaus McCarthy was first spotted by a Trooper as he was headed south on the Thruway in the village of Ravena just before 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The Trooper clocked the motorcycle at 166 miles per hour and attempted to stop it as it slowed for traffic. The Trooper was able to get a description of the driver, along with the license plate number of the Suzuki motorcycle before it took off again at a high rate of speed. The Trooper stopped the pursuit because of the speed.

Police gave out the description of the motorcycle over the air and other Troopers clocked its speed at other locations at 150 and 170 miles per hour. Maintenance workers also gave updates of McCarthy’s location. Troopers were able to locate and stop the motorcycle when it slowed in traffic in the Town of New Paltz, about 50 miles and 20 minutes later.

After being pulled over, McCarthy told Troopers he was low on gasoline and after being advised of his speed he told Troopers… “his motorcycle could easily go over 190 miles per hour.”

McCarthy was arrested and charged with fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding and operating out of class, because he did not have a motorcycle license. He was arraigned and taken to the Albany County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $20,000 bail.

State police say a road rage incident on the Thruway in central New York has resulted in charges against a suburban Albany woman.

Troopers say 32-year-old Danielle Barker of Guilderland was a passenger in a car that was being followed closely by another vehicle in the left lane of Interstate 90 on Saturday in the Seneca County town of Tyre.

Police say Barker tossed a cup of coffee at the other vehicle and it went through the partially opened window.

Troopers on the Thruway detail charged Barker with criminal mischief and harassment. The driver of the other vehicle was charged with following too closely.

Barker was released and ordered to appear in Tyre Town Court on Wednesday.