The Odd Side – February 13, 2018

Police Corral Urban Herd After Midnight Los Angeles Stroll

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) – It was less an arrest than a roundup.

Police say a donkey led more than a dozen sheep and goats on a stroll through a suburban West Covina neighborhood east of Los Angeles.

Police were called around 12:30 a.m. Thursday by reports of a herd of animals walking the streets.

The animals were finally corralled with the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities say the animals escaped their owners’ property in neighboring Valinda through an unsecured gate.

The owner was contacted and took the herd back home.

No injuries were reported, but police say it raised a few eyebrows among officers who thought they’d seen it all.

Italian Postman Never Rings Once, Hoards Mail Instead

ROME (Reuters) – Italian police have arrested a postman from the northern town of Vicenza after finding more than 1,100 pounds of undelivered mail stashed away in his garage.

Police were called in when workers from a recycling plant were sent to empty the garage and found 43 yellow plastic postal containers stuffed full of letters, bills, bank statements and even electoral pamphlets dating back to 2010.

The postman, who was not named, was 56 and came from the southern city of Naples, police said. They added that it was the largest ever haul of undelivered mail in Italy.

The Vicenza postal service has promised to deliver the huge pile of post, albeit several years late.

Man With Sledgehammer Pounds Dozen Parked Dallas Police Cars

DALLAS (AP) – Authorities say a man took a sledgehammer to about a dozen squad cars in a Dallas police station parking lot.

Police say the man walked into the Dallas Central Patrol parking lot at the city marshal’s office detention center before dawn Sunday and started hitting the cars. The center holds people arrested for public intoxication and other low-level misdemeanors.

His name hasn’t been released and other details of the incident haven’t been disclosed.

Authorities say the man has been taken to jail.

Mexico: Someone Tried to Mail a Tiger Cub

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican inspectors have found tigers in all sorts of situations. But the office for environmental protection announced a new twist Wednesday: Someone tried to express-mail a tiger cub. The cub was sedated and packed in a plastic container. Nobody realized it was there until a sniffer dog detected it.

The cub was mailed in the western state of Jalisco to an address in the central state of Queretaro. It was dehydrated but otherwise well, and was handed over to an animal management center. The tiger’s papers were apparently in order, but it was seized because the mailing constituted mistreatment. The agency says the case is under investigation.