The Odd Side – July 11, 2017

Michigan Trooper Gives Ride, Warning to I-75 Scooter Rider

WEST BRANCH, Mich. (AP) – A woman riding a mobility scooter down the shoulder of Interstate 75 in northern Michigan received a warning and a ride home from a Michigan State Police trooper.

State police say the woman had finished shopping in West Branch on Wednesday afternoon and instead of taking a safer, legal route home decided to take the expressway.

The Bay City Times reports that after several people called state police to report the slow-moving scooter traveler, Trooper Jeff Devine flagged the woman down, loaded the scooter into his patrol car and gave her a ride to her home about 3 miles away. She had already traveled about 1 mile on the highway.

Devine issued the woman a warning.

Company Removes Beeping Alarm Clock in Wall Vent Since 2004

ROSS, Pa. (AP) – A heating contractor has removed a beeping alarm clock that’s been inside a Pennsylvania family’s wall vent for nearly 14 years.

Keith Andreen and Dawn Michelucci of Low-Cost Heating and Air Conditioning saw the story on KDKA last month, so they went to the Ross Township home and removed the clock this week.

Homeowner Jerry Lynn tells KDKA he tied the battery-operated clock to a string in September 2004 and lowered it inside the wall so the beeping alarm would pinpoint the spot he needed to drill for a cable. But the clock fell off the string and has been beeping at 6:50 p.m. or 7:50 p.m. each day, depending on whether it’s Daylight Savings Time.

The contractors removed the clock through a garage vent.

A corroded battery was still powering the travel clock.

Snake in a Substation: Critter Causes Power Outage for 4,000

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Utility officials say a snake caused a power outage that left more than 4,000 customers without electricity in northwestern South Carolina.

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier told media outlets that a snake that crawled into a substation disrupted service and left Greenville County residents in the dark at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

It took about 90 minutes to completely restore service.

Mosier says the utility constantly works to improve its barriers to prevent snakes, squirrels and birds from crawling into the electrical equipment at substations and causing outages.

But he says it’s not uncommon, especially this time of year. Mosier said small animals remain a big reason for power outages.

Bus Hops Curb, Dislodges War Memorial Cannon in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a bus hopped a curb and dislodged a war memorial cannon at a parklet in Pittsburgh.

Spokesman Jim Ritchie of the Port Authority of Allegheny County says no bus passengers were injured in the Saturday afternoon accident in the Brookline neighborhood. He says someone in a car struck by the bus had a minor injury.

The cannon was lodged in a side window at the front of the bus, which went through a low fence around the memorial, struck the cannon, went over another fence and came to rest against a wall and part of a railing in front of a dance studio.

Ritchie says there was damage to the bus and other vehicles and to the parklet. The cause of the accident is under investigation.