The Odd Side – August 30, 2016

GPS Device in Stolen Cigarette Box Leads to Arrest

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A GPS device inside a stolen carton of cigarettes led to the arrest of two robbery suspects in Maryland.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that Shawn Bullard and Warren Strouse entered pleas this week in connection with the December 2015 robbery of a Hagerstown store.

Hagerstown police say they had placed GPS devices on the carton of cigarettes with the store manager’s permission following a series of robberies in November. When the robbery occurred the following month, the store clerk offered one of the suspects the box of cigarettes, which he took. Police later located the suspects after tracking the GPS signal on the carton.

London Flight Delayed for Hour as EasyJet Crew Members Argue

LONDON (AP) — An EasyJet flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Belfast faced an hour-long delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match.

Shocked passengers tweeted about the argument that grew so heated that the two crew members had to be removed from Wednesday’s flight.

Dan Lobb, a tv personality on the flight, described the scene as “unreal.”

He tweeted: “This is quite incredible. We’ve all worked with people we don’t get on with, right? But this tiff means a 1 hr flight is delayed!”

The low-cost carrier confirmed what it called a “verbal disagreement” and apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

The company said Thursday that the safety and welfare of EasyJet passengers and employees required crew members “to be able to work as a team.”

Oldest Floating U.S. Post Office Scrapes Rock, Runs Aground

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Mail Boat Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in the United States. Officials say it ran aground Friday in Lake Winnipesaukee, scraping a rock near Loon Island, but didn’t suffer major damage.

WMUR reports three passengers were safely removed from the boat.

The Bureau of Marine Patrol has warned boaters of potentially low water levels in parts of the state as drought conditions persist.

The Sophie C. has been providing mail service since 1892 and visits five islands daily from June through mid-September. Passengers can fill out Sophie C. postcards and mail them onboard.

Lightning Kills More Than 300 Reindeer in Norway

STOCKHOLM (AP) — More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released images showing a jumble of reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda plateau. The agency says 323 animals were killed in the lightning storm Friday.

Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told The Associated Press it’s not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes, but this was an unusually deadly event.

“We have not heard about such numbers before,” he said Monday.

He said reindeer tend to stay very close to each other in bad weather, which could explain how so many were killed at once.

“I don’t know if there were several lightning strikes,” he said. “But it happened in one moment.”

Knutsen said the agency is now discussing what to do with the dead animals. Normally, they are just left where they fall to let nature take its course, he said.

Thousands of reindeer migrate across the barren Hardangervidda plateau as the seasons change.

Canine Candidate Re-Elected Minnesota Town Mayor

CORMORANT, Minn. (AP) — The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.

Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees, won a third one-year term as honorary mayor of Cormorant Township on Saturday.

The big, shaggy white dog was overwhelmingly re-elected at the sixth annual Cormorant Daze Festival. Anyone could pay a dollar and cast a vote.

Cormorant resident Karen Nelson says Duke “greets everyone” who comes to the village of about 20 people nestled among lakes 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Duke was first elected in a write-in vote in 2014.