The Odd Side – May 29, 2018

Roo-Ting Out Trouble: Rogue S. Carolina Kangaroo Nabbed Again

CLARKS HILL, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s most talented escape artist may be a kangaroo.

News outlets report that the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that a mischievous marsupial was roaming the county for the second time in three days. Maj. Robert Christie says authorities have yet to discern how it escaped; but it’s likely the kangaroo found a weak spot in the fence or a gate left open.

The kangaroo’s Houdini act first was noticed Tuesday, when Sheriff Clark Sterns says calls came streaming in about a kangaroo sighting along Highway 28. Sterns says its owner was notified and was able to corral the animal. Details about the kangaroo’s Thursday morning exploits and capture were not released.

The sheriff’s office says the unidentified owners are properly licensed to keep the kangaroo in South Carolina.

Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Ends Up Burning Down Garage

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage.

The Springfield News-Sun reports Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames.

No one was injured.

Fire officials learned that the man had been trying to eliminate weeds around the garage. They’re calling the blaze an accident.

The destroyed garage held tools and appliances. Fire officials estimate the loss at between $10,000 and $15,000.

Truck Dumps 40,000 Pounds of Chicken Feathers on Highway

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) – A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned. The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles as crews scooped up the feathers.

The truck was hauling the feathers from a poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

Message in a Bottle Washes Ashore in Canada 18 Years Later

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A message in a bottle that a woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts has been found nearly two decades later in Nova Scotia.

Rita Ganim tells the Gloucester Times she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August 2000 with a short message asking the person who found it to contact her.

The bottle was all but forgotten until Ganim received a call from the Buffalo News saying someone found it.

Dallas Goreham had been looking for sea glass in the Canadian province last Wednesday, when he came across the bottle. The 11-year-old’s mother tracked Ganim down through the newspaper and sent a photo of her son holding the message.

While there are no plans set, Ganim says she would love to meet the finders of her bottle.