The Odd Side – June 12, 2018

Girls Discover World War I Practice Bomb in Michigan Lake

ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan.

The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual.

The girls and Sage’s mother dragged the three-foot-long mystery find from the murky water. Paige says they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was “so scared” it might explode.

The lake is in Genesee County’s Argentine Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Township Police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police’s bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but “nothing but mud came out.”

Man Reunited With Missing Class Ring 60 Years Later

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man using a metal detector has found another man’s class ring more than 60 years after he gave it away.

The Worcester Telegram reports Aaron Doray met 80-year-old Robert Michaud in Worcester on Saturday to return his Cushing Academy class ring.

Doray says he found the ring in March while using his metal detector in Leicester. He called Cushing Academy with hopes of finding the ring’s owner; and they linked him to Michaud.

Michaud graduated from the school in 1954, and the ring was engraved with his initials. He says he gave the ring away when he was 19, figuring the recipient later “threw it out the window.”

Michaud says he is delighted to have his ring back, although he’s “terrible with rings.”

Coast Guard Rescues Man in Rowboat Trying to Cross Atlantic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Coast Guard rescued a man who was caught in a storm trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.

Fifty-two-year-old Duncan Hutchinson was attempting to row from New York to Scotland on Sunday night when he faced 21 mph winds and 8 1/2-foot seas about 20 miles east of Barnegat Light, New Jersey. The man called the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard rescue boat navigated the high seas and reached the man on Monday. Officials say the man was well-prepared and radioed for help.

Police: Man Shot While Retrieving Gun From Oven’s Broiler

WARREN, Ohio (AP) – Police say they’ve solved a shooting in Ohio that left a man wounded.

The oven did it.

The Vindicator in Youngstown reports 44-year-old Robin Garlock received wounds to both shoulders while trying to retrieve a handgun he’d hidden inside the broiler unit of his oven.

Warren police say Garlock put the gun in the broiler because children were coming over.

A friend, unaware of the gun’s presence, turned on the oven Sunday to bake. Police say the friend called out when she thought she heard a gunshot fired outside. Police say Garlock was struck by bullets or bullet fragments when they exploded inside the gun.

Warren is 60 miles southeast of Cleveland.

No charges have been filed against the oven.