The Odd Side – July 25, 2017

New Librarian Finds Live Civil War-Era Shells in Her Office

CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.

Gleason Public Library director Abby Noland tells The Boston Globe she found the shells Thursday morning inside a box with a label explaining they had been examined by a munitions expert and could be live. She called police, who evacuated the library in Carlisle.

The state bomb squad later arrived and determined the shells were live. It took the shells to the town transfer station to safely detonate them.

The shells turned out to be part of a Gettysburg collection that was donated to the town years ago.

Police: Woman Steals Taxi, Picks Up Paying Passengers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia police say a woman stole a taxi and picked up a fare.

They say Betty Thomas caught the cab around midnight Thursday and asked to be taken to a casino. On the way, she asked the driver to make a stop at a gas station.

It was at the station where police say the woman got into a dispute with the driver about a fare before jumping into the driver’s seat and driving off.

Police stopped the taxi 30 minutes later and found a female passenger and her infant daughter in the backseat. The mother told officers she had hailed the cab earlier, not realizing it was stolen.

Thomas has been charged with various types of theft.

U.K. Girl Fined for Selling Lemonade

LONDON (AP) – A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending an entertainment event when she was fined.

The four officers approached the girl and began speaking in technical legal terms, telling her that her lemonade stand infringed on local business rights.

Halfway through the interaction with the officers, Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and said “I’ve done a bad thing, daddy. I’ve done something wrong.”

Spicer wrote an article about the incident for the Daily Telegraph that garnered hundreds of comments and shares online.

Local officials said the fine will be canceled immediately. They have apologized to the family.

Ohio Cell Towers Camouflaged To Blend in With Surroundings

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Ohio into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents.

The Blade reports some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines.”

Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb wasn’t purely an aesthetic decision. It’s a zoning requirement for cell towers erected in Springfield Township residential districts.

Alaska Honorary Cat Mayor Dies at 20

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) – Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20. KTVA reports the animal’s owners announced the cat’s death late Saturday.

According to Stubb’s family, Mayor Stubbs, as the cat was most commonly known, died overnight.

Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998. There is no human mayor in the town.

Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 and a false report of his death last year. But by late 2016, he was largely staying at home instead of being out and about at local Nagley’s General Store.