The Odd Side – October 23, 2017

Police Video Shows Large Bear Peering Into Shop Windows

KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) – A very large bear-about-town was spotted peering into shop windows in a California tourist community on Lake Tahoe.

The Placer (PLAH’-ser) County Sheriff’s Office posted video on its social media page of the four-pawed prowler early Wednesday.

In it, Deputy Don Nevins shines his car’s spotlight on the animal and shouts, “Hey, big boy!” before warning the bear against breaking into any of the shops it’s sniffing around.

Shortly after, the bear darts in front of his patrol car and off into a park.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin says deputies respond to bear calls every day because they break into cars, homes and businesses.

She said right now they are preparing for hibernation, so they’re upping their calorie intake.

Alaska Rescue Group Takes In Alligator That Outgrew Bathtub

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub.

KTUU-TV reports that a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realizing that the more than 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) alligator named Allie couldn’t live in a tub anymore.

Rescue group Valley Aquatics took Allie in. Valley Aquatics owner Sheridan Perkins says Allie is a 3-year-old American alligator.

Perkins says she has thought about re-homing Allie in Florida.

The alligator is Wasilla’s second run in this year with a large reptile. In May, a 17-foot python named Sam went missing for several days before reappearing in his home’s living room. He returned through the door his owner left open for him.

Police: Man Accused of Fake ID Use Found Hiding in Trash Can

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Authorities say a man accused of trying to rent a car in Delaware using fake identification was caught hiding in a trash can.

Delaware State Police said 23-year-old Davontae Williams tried to rent a car from Enterprise Car Rental in Wilmington on Wednesday.

Police say employees realized Williams matched the description of someone suspected of attempting to use a fake ID earlier that day at another Enterprise location. Police say Williams fled when a trooper told him to stop, then was found in the trash can after a foot chase.

Williams, of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, was charged with theft by false pretense of over $1,500, resisting arrest and other charges. He was held in lieu of $6,000 cash bond.

Baltimore Workers Remove “Fatberg” of Grease From Sewer

BALTIMORE (AP) – A “fatberg” that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed.

News outlets report the city’s Public Works department used a camera, pressure washer and truck-mounted industrial vacuum to clear the mass of curdled grease, wet wipes and other waste. Workers resorted to the strategy Monday after they’d begun scraping pieces off last month.

The notorious glob was found clogging up to 85 percent of a 24-inch pipe near Penn Station. It’s blamed for causing more than 1 million gallons (3 million liters) of sewage to overflow into the Jones Fall stream. It’s the culmination of objects caked along a pipe’s walls that shouldn’t go down drains.