The Odd Side – November 14, 2017

City Clerk Searching for Owner Of Dentures Left at Polls

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A city clerk in Maine is looking for the owner of a set of dentures left behind in a polling booth.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the false teeth were discovered during Tuesday’s election. An election clerk found the teeth in an auditorium that serves as a polling place in Portland.

The dentures are now in a plastic bag in the city clerk’s office in Portland City Hall, just a few steps away from the polling place.

Residents voted on City Council races, a school rebuilding project, a state Medicaid expansion drive and other issues on Tuesday.

Cow Found in Family’s Swimming Pool

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) – An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family’s swimming pool.

Catawba County Chief Animal Control Officer Jenna Arsenault told news outlets that the agency received a 911 call Wednesday morning and arrived to find the young female bovine defiantly staring from the pool in Newton.

The pool’s owner, Burt Thornburg, says he looked out the door and thought something fell into the pool. He says he started ripping off the cover and uncovered the cow.

Authorities say a team managed to lasso the horns and pull the cow from the pool. The cow was believed to be in the pool for two hours or more.

Authorities believe the cow was grazing and walked across the pool cover, thinking it was solid.

St. Louis Man Ticketed for Honking at Cop

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is feeling pretty miffed over a recent traffic ticket.

Computer programmer Scott Smith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he repeatedly honked at the officer in an unmarked car Friday because the light had turned green and the officer wasn’t moving.

He was pulled over and used his cellphone to record the heated exchange with the plainclothes officer, who asked, “Is your horn stuck?” Smith replied, “Is your brake stuck?”

Smith was ticketed for excessive noise from a vehicle. He plans to file a formal complaint.

Police: Thief Didn’t Get Far in Motorized Grocery Store Cart

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A man accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from an Alaska grocery store didn’t get very far or go very fast before his low-speed getaway attempt was foiled by police.

The battery-operated cart with a basket mounted behind the handlebars has a top speed of 1.9 mph.

Authorities say Rondell Tony Chinuhuk of Anchorage is charged with felony theft for attempting to take the cart early Tuesday from a Safeway store in Fairbanks.

Police say they stopped Chinuhuk while he was crossing a thoroughfare following a 10-minute joyride that consisted mostly of trying to leave the expansive store parking lot.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Chinuhuk was charged with felony theft of the $2,500 cart. Assistant public defender Jennifer Hite says in an email the office doesn’t comment on cases.