The Odd Side – April 5, 2016

Cops Seek Owner of Jewelry Found in Department Store Purse

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – Police are trying to figure out who owns some jewelry found inside a new purse a woman purchased from a central Pennsylvania department store.

Logan Township police Chief Tim Mercer says much of the jewelry was high quality and obviously “used” so police believe a woman may have purchased the handbag, began to stock it with belongings, then forgot about the jewels when she returned it.

Whatever happened, the jewels were in the purse when another woman purchased it from the Boscov’s store in Logan Town Center on March 12. The mall is near Altoona, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Police say the woman who bought the purse discovered the jewels and turned them into police on Sunday.

The jewelry includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches.

Man With 13 Dead Chickens in Trees Draws Neighbor’s Ire

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island man who has 13 dead chickens hanging from trees outside his home is drawing complaints from a neighbor and a police inquiry.

The Newport Daily News reports that the Tiverton man told police Wednesday that he is simply drying the chickens out before properly disposing of them.

Chief Thomas Blakey says the man hasn’t been charged with a crime, but police are continuing to investigate whether there are any potential health risks or if the homeowner is violating any town ordinances.

The man keeps live chickens. Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik says animal control workers inspected the property and found that those animals are healthy.

Tiverton officials became aware of the hanging dead chickens Monday after a neighbor called to complain.

Flock of Sheep Escape, Wander Along Suburban Atlanta Road

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) – Police in suburban Atlanta found themselves counting sheep after a flock escaped an enclosure and blocked a road.

Brookhaven police said in a news release that about 20 grazing sheep and their security dogs were spotted along a road early Wednesday.

Police say they were able to contact the herder, who used a sheepdog to corral them back into their nearby enclosure.

Investigators say they’re not planning to file charges for blocking the roadway or impeding traffic.

Squirrel Hunters Cause Lockdown at Arkansas Primary School

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.

A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school.

Officers determined the men, who were carrying pellet guns, were employees of a pest control company hired to eradicate squirrels at a neighboring apartment complex. Police say the employees fired a shot at a squirrel, missed and chased the squirrel onto school property.

A school employee said the lockdown was lifted after about an hour.

Oops! Rhode Island Tourism Video Features Reykjavik, Iceland

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Maybe the state should be called Rhode Iceland.

Rhode Island officials yanked a new tourism video, designed to draw visitors to the state, off social media in embarrassment on Tuesday after eagle-eyed viewers complained it showed a scene shot in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.

The state’s economic development agency, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, confirmed the goof and blamed an editing company.

The state released the video at a meeting on Monday night and posted it online Tuesday for a new campaign. The video’s intro features a skateboarder outside a glass building and has a narrator saying, “Imagine a place that feels like home but holds enough uniqueness that you’re never bored.” People on social media said: Hey, that’s not Rhode Island — that’s the Harpa concert hall and conference center in Reykjavik.

Designer Greg Nemes visited Iceland in October and said he recognized the photogenic building, which has a steel framework and an exterior skin of differently colored glass panels.

“It was pretty unmistakable to me, so I did some digging around and posted on [social media] about it,” he said.

Social media users agreed with him, posting side-by-side photos of the building in the Rhode Island ad and Harpa.

Early Tuesday, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation’s art director said he could “assure that all shots” were in Rhode Island. But later Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed that the building in the state’s tourism ad is Harpa and said an editing company used the wrong footage.

“As the Commerce Corporation put this presentation video together, explicit instructions were given to the local firm that helped with editing to use only Rhode Island footage,” spokeswoman Kayla Rosen said in an email. “A mistake was made. Once the mistake was identified, the video was removed.”

She said the video, which cost $22,000 to make, is being updated at no cost to the Commerce Corporation or the state.