The Odd Side – December 2, 2014

Man Clocked at 127 Mph on New Hampshire Highway 

NORTHFIELD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire State Police say an airborne patrol unit clocked a man driving 127 miles per hour on Interstate 93 in the town of Northfield.

The State Police Special Enforcement Unit was using an airplane to monitor traffic Saturday morning when the trooper in the aircraft saw a northbound vehicle traveling quickly.

Police say the tactical flight officer twice clocked the vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph, the fastest at 127 mph.

The driver, stopped by troopers on the ground, was identified as 19-year-old Ryan Quinn of Newport, Rhode Island.

Quinn was charged with reckless driving and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He’s due to appear in Franklin District Court in January.

Oregon Police Dog Fired for Poor Performance 

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) – A two-year-old Belgian Malinois was supposed to be the ninth member of the police force in the Oregon coastal town of Cannon Beach, but “Cash” just didn’t have what it takes.

The dog was dismissed from the force before seeing any action or gaining any glory.

Cash was skittish, afraid of heights and had a barking problem. Noises would scare him. When he had to jump onto counters in criminal searches, he showed too much resistance.

He would often bark aggressively rather than go straight to his target.

Barking is “fine as an alert, but you can’t get anything done when you’re trying to get him to [do his job] and he’s just barking in your face,” Officer Josh Gregory, the dog’s former handler, told the Daily Astorian .

“That’s not the temperament we wanted to set for Cannon Beach,” Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said.

Cash was returned to his original owner, Tami Schultz of Clatsop County Search and Rescue, and the Cannon Beach Police Department is searching for a replacement.

They’re looking for a “ball-crazy, happy, wanting-to-work dog,” said Gregory, who will spend two to three weeks training with the dog after taking it into his care.

The department acquired Cash after raising $27,000 for the K-9 officer program earlier this year.

Gregory and the Washington County trainer tried to train Cash for four weeks, between September and October, before giving up on him. “Where other dogs were progressing, he wasn’t progressing,” Gregory said.

Putin’s Tiger Ravages Goat Farm In Northeast China 

BEIJING (AP) – Ustin, a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is behaving badly in his new home in northeastern China.

The tiger, one of two to enter China from Russia’s Amur border region, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province’s Fuyuan county, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

“When I opened the goat house in the morning, dead goats were everywhere,” farm owner Guo Yulin told the agency Wednesday.

He said he was alerted by dog barks Sunday night, but that his check turned up nothing unusual. He said he woke up the next morning to find two goats dead and three others missing.

Guo said the tiger returned Monday night without making any noise, and the following morning he found 13 dead goats.

Local experts found the tiger’s footprints around the goat house and on its roof, Xinhua reported.

Guo said he was stressed by the raids, but he would be compensated by the local forestry department for the loss of the 18 goats. Xinhua said the farmer was also asked to either relocate his goats or reinforce his farm.

Russian experts rescued five tiger cubs two years ago. Ustin was one of three released by Putin in May.

Two of them have entered China. They are fitted with tracking devices and are monitored by Chinese wildlife protection workers.

The other tiger, Kuzya, was believed to have raided a farm and eaten five chickens last month in another Heilongjiang county.

Ohio Family Recovers Missing Sasquatch Statue 

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Spence family in Delhi Township, west of Cincinnati, says their 400-pound concrete statue of a legendary beast, which was reported stolen Saturday, has been found.

Sixty-one-year-old Ralph Spence says his two sons bought the statue for him several years ago. They affectionately call it “Squashy.”

Spence says he received a call from a friend Tuesday who saw the statue in a nearby open field. A note found with the statue poked fun at its weight, and was signed by “the body building bandits.”

Spence says Squashy is “a legend around here in the neighborhood.”

Auction Fetches $28K for First Batch of New Bourbon 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – One of Kentucky’s newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.

The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever sold. Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said he doesn’t know of any other bottle that sold for that amount or higher. All the money will go to a local charity.

Boundary Oak Distillery says the winning bidder is from Hardin County, Kentucky, but asked to remain anonymous. Whoever it is will have to be patient.

Boundary Oak plans to fill its first bourbon barrel in December, and the whiskey will age for two years before bottling.

California Fast Food Employee Finds $100,000 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – An assistant manager at a Northern California fast food restaurant found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it.

Assistant manager Sahista Bakawla told KGO he spotted the blue backpack left in his San Jose eatery early Wednesday.

He said when it was still there by that afternoon he called the restaurant owner who opened it, hoping to find identification or a phone number.

Instead, he found a whopping amount of $100 bills.

Officers came to the restaurant and opened the bag, which also contained some candy, a small amount of other items, and a bank deposit slip.

Police are now working with the bank to find the bag’s owner.