Odd Side – April 30, 2019

Bad Idea: Pouring Gas on Wet Ballfield, Setting It On Fire

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say it could cost over $50,000 to repair a Connecticut baseball diamond where somebody dumped gasoline and set it on fire to dry out the infield.

Police are investigating the fire in Ridgefield in which 25 gallons of gasoline were poured on the field.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi told Hearst Connecticut Media that 75 to 100 people watched as it happened, with some recording video on their cellphones. The town’s high school baseball team had been planning to host Amity on the field.

Workers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded. A hazardous waste removal crew began digging up the contaminated soil Sunday, and Marconi says the spill team will move it off site this week.

No one has been charged.

Thieves Return Statue, Leave Flowers and a Card

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) – Two thieves who snatched a statue of a lion from outside a home in a Philadelphia suburb had a change of heart after police posted surveillance video of the heist.

The statue was taken from the West Chester residence. Two days later, police posted a video of the thieves returning it. They also left behind a bouquet of flowers and a card.

Police say it was a “smart move to return the property” and the owner is grateful.

No Kidding: Woman Pulled Over Had Baby Goat in Lap

MARLBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) – Police in New Hampshire say they cited a driver who had a kid in her lap — the baby goat kind.

Marlborough police say they pulled the woman over on April 1 when they saw her using her cellphone. They soon realized that she was driving without a valid license and with the goat.

Police said the driver was a 60-year-old woman from Sullivan, New Hampshire. She was released on a citation for operating without a valid license. She also was counseled about distracted driving.

Creepy Cargo: Philippines Seizes 757 Tarantulas From Poland

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas.

Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila’s international airport and later arrested a Filipino man who tried to claim the long-legged and venomous spiders, which were declared as “collection items.”

Many of the baby tarantulas were concealed in small plastic vials punctured with holes for air while bigger spiders were shipped in see-through plastic containers. Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at 310,000 pesos ($5,900).

Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular pets among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits.

Despite threats of hefty fines and imprisonment, a startling array of wildlife have been seized by the hundreds by airport customs inspectors in Manila since last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragons.

Nobody Hurt When Plane Lands On Southern California Street

SIGNAL HILL, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say nobody was hurt when a small plane landed on a street shortly after takeoff from Southern California’s Long Beach Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says that the pilot was the only person on board the Piper PA-28.

Gregor says the plane departed from the airport and landed for unknown reasons on a street about one and a half miles away.

News helicopters showed the plane upright in lanes surrounded by police and firefighters.

The plane is registered to the Long Beach Flying Club and Flight Academy. A representative didn’t immediately have information about the street landing.

The FAA will investigate.