Odd Side – July 9, 2019

Georgia Sheriff Steps in After 140 People Skipped Jury Duty

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia sheriff says he had to get involved when nearly three-fourths of people summoned for jury duty in his county failed to show up for court.

WMAZ-TV reports courts in Laurens County faced a small crisis last week when only 60 people showed up for jury duty out of 200 who were mailed subpoenas. Sheriff Larry Dean had deputies make calls to the no-shows Tuesday. He also used social media to warn that a judge could have any absent prospective jurors arrested.

Dean says enough people were coaxed into court late to make up four juries. He says many of them explained their absences by saying they were busy.

The sheriff says none of the people who failed to answer a jury summons were arrested.

Deputies: Alligator Bit Off Piece Of Patrol Car in Louisiana

MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars.

WBRZ reports deputies were called to Louisiana Highway 1 in Caddo Parish after someone spotted the gator in the middle of the road.

The sheriff’s office says deputies were waiting for wildlife removal experts to arrive when the alligator chomped off a piece of the front bumper. Deputies estimate the alligator was 8 feet long.

A photo from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office on social media shows the reptile in grass next to what appears to be the black rectangular grill of the car.

Authorities say the gator escaped before the wildlife removal experts arrived.

Police Rescue Man and Puppy Trapped in Garbage Truck

PROVO, Utah (AP) – A puppy and its 43-year-old owner are recovering after getting trapped in a garbage truck.

Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King said Tuesday officers rescued the man and his puppy after they got caught by the truck’s compactor mechanism. The unidentified man and puppy were sleeping in a dumpster when the truck collected and compacted the bin’s contents with them still inside.

The driver stopped the machine after hearing the man call for help. He sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

King said the pit bull-lab mix puppy was not hurt and has been transported to a shelter.

Unicyclist Completes 180-Mile Trek Across Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) – Thousands have ridden their bicycles in the three-day Trek Across Maine. But only one participant has accomplished the feat on a single wheel.

Hugh Sharp from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, rode 180 miles on a unicycle in the annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association. His pace was slower than the other cyclists, so he had to pedal longer.

The nurse anesthetist at Maine Medical Center was pedaling in honor of his father, who died two years ago from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The race ended on Father’s Day.

Riders started and ended in Brunswick, Maine, with overnight stops at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Slippery Suspect: Police Remove Snake From Patrol Car Engine

PARK FOREST, Ill. (AP) – How do you handcuff a snake?

Police in Park Forest, a Chicago suburb, spent 30 minutes removing a snake from the engine of a patrol car.

Chief Chris Mannino and another officer stopped their car when they spotted the 3-foot-long snake in the road. But the slippery serpent didn’t surrender; it escaped under the car and into the engine area.

Mannino says he finally was able to grab the snake behind its head and safely remove it. After police posted photos on Twitter, readers recognized it as a snake that’s native to northern Illinois.

The snake wasn’t in custody for long. Police released it in a nearby forest.