Odd Side – May 15, 2018

Hungry Bear Breaks Into California Home, Snacks on Fruit

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) – A hungry bear broke into a California home and snacked on bread and fruit before sheriff’s deputies were able to chase it away.

The Placer County Sheriff’s office posted a video of the bear inside the house on its Twitter account Thursday.

Bears are coming out of hibernation; and deputies say that this particular bear broke into a house at Northstar, North Lake Tahoe for groceries.

The homeowners called for help. In the video, the bear can be seen on a kitchen island.

Man Literally Trips Up Armed Suspect Outside Ohio Library

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Police in Ohio’s capital city say fancy footwork outside a library tripped up an armed suspect’s efforts to flee from police.

WCMH-TV reports that a man, identified by Columbus police only as “Bill”, is seen in a video April 3 sticking out his leg and sending a man with a handgun tucked in his waistband tumbling to the ground. Bill was alerted by police sirens that day while waiting for his granddaughter outside the library.

Columbus police say Bill’s intervention may have saved the suspect’s life, allowing officers to catch up and arrest him without shots being fired. The suspect’s handgun, loaded with 29 rounds in a magazine, fell to the ground and was recovered by police.

The man was arrested. It’s unclear what prompted officers to begin chasing him.

Ohio Transit Bus Driver Accident-Free Over 1 Million Miles

CLEVELAND (AP) – If you need to ride a public transit bus in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, there’s no better person behind the wheel than Godwin McNeal.

Cleveland.com reports the 64-year-old McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years, logging an estimated 1.2 million miles without causing an accident. Officials say it’s the longest preventable accident-free streak in the RTA’s history.

McNeal has been driving a 63-foot-long bus along on Euclid Avenue, one of Cleveland’s main thoroughfares, weekdays for the last five years from 2:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. without breaks.

Asked what his secret might be, McNeal said he doesn’t think about it. He then added that patience is needed.

McNeal hopes to retire in 2020 with his streak intact.

Residents Try to Break World Record for Largest Paper Plane

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) – Residents of a central Massachusetts city are trying to break the world record for largest paper airplane.

The volunteer team of youth, artists, engineers and community leaders from Fitchburg, Mass. are gathering Saturday at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport to help assemble a 64-foot plane made mostly of corrugated cardboard, and about as long as a bowling lane.

The group plans to launch the aircraft June 12. The project is being organized by the Revolving Museum, a local public art organization, and city government. It’s meant in part to spotlight the city’s history as a major paper producer.

Guinness World Records says the largest paper aircraft was constructed by students and employees at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany and launched in 2013.

Bee on the Lookout: Georgia Keeper Stung By $20K Hive Heist

LULA, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia beekeeper says thieves stole dozens of hives, taking off with up to $20,000 worth of equipment.

Don Kuchenmeister tells WSB the hives disappeared Sunday morning.

With more than five decades of experience in beekeeping, including 35 years as a commercial beekeeper, Kuchenmeister operates Dixie Bee Supply in Banks County, where he often teaches disabled vets his craft.

He theorizes that at least half a dozen people were involved in the heist. He says the thieves likely had beekeeping experience and were looking to either resell the hives, or to use them to pollinate their own beekeeping business.