The Odd Side – September 16, 2014

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot 

NEW YORK (AP) – A condo development in New York City’s pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.

The New York Times reports the 10 underground spots at 42 Crosby St. will cost more per square foot than the apartments upstairs. The parking spots will run between $5,000 and $6,666 a square foot.

The three-bedroom apartments will cost around $8 million to $10 million, or about $3,100 a square foot.

Brokerage firm CEO Shaun Osher says there are “few to no options” for parking in SoHo, just northeast of the World Trade Center site. He says his firm is “looking at setting the benchmark.”

Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage 

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) – A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose.

Trinity didn’t appear to have traveled far after being spotted Sunday in the garage that holds the snake’s cage.

Jittery neighbors with small pets and children went on alert after the owner reported to Nampa police on Saturday that the snake disappeared Friday afternoon and hadn’t eaten for three weeks.

The owner says he plans to buy a better cage.

The snake’s capture comes after a venomous cobra raised concerns earlier this month when it got loose and roamed a California neighborhood for days before being caught.

New Mexico county struggling with foul-smelling building 

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – A county government building in southern New Mexico stinks.

And the Alamogordo Daily News reports that Otero County officials are deciding whether to relocate staff that can no longer put up with the putrid smell in the Administration Annex Building’s basement.

Commissioner Ronny Rardin said Thursday he’s worried about the staff since the offending scent is permeating the building’s substructure. He says the odor has been around since the county first moved into the building in 2008.

Officials say the exact cause of the recurring smell is unclear.

Otero County Assessor Donald Yee, who works in the building, says efforts to get rid of the stench have been unsuccessful.

Parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school 

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) – Parents say they’re alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

Feldwood Elementary School Principal Principal Raquel Harris says the Fulton County school system has purchased snake repellent for the perimeter of the school. Harris said employees are monitoring for snake movements at night and have contacted a pest control company.

Parent Temeka Strozier tells WSB that a snake crawled over a parent’s foot during a PTA meeting and open house on Tuesday.

Harris emailed parents a letter telling them that the safety of students is the school’s No. 1 priority, and that officials are working diligently to ensure that children are safe.

It wasn’t known what type of snakes are being seen in the school.

Police photograph alleged sleeping Florida burglar 

NOKOMI, Florida (AP) – Talk about a heavy sleeper: Police say an accused burglar continued snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was allegedly planning to swipe even after police began snapping pictures of him.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, a cleaning lady discovered 29-year-old Dion Davis on a bed inside the victim’s home Monday.

Police say they took several photographs of the sleeping Davis, but he didn’t wake up.

The Herald Tribune reports Davis was charged with burglary and booked into jail on $10,000 bail.

Giant San Diego panda gets chipped tooth fixed 

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Bai Yun, the San Diego Zoo’s giant female panda, has been known to chew on bamboo up to 12 hours a day, so when she chipped a lower tooth, veterinarians had to fix it.

The 23-year-old panda went to the dentist Wednesday, got a shot to make her numb and got the chip repaired, a cleaning and X-rays.

The Los Angeles Times reports a dental composite was used to fill the damaged tooth.

Bamboo is chewy but to get enough nutrition out of it, a panda has to break it apart and chew a lot.

Police: Intruder caught cooking corn in home 

ROCKLAND, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts police have arrested a man they say broke into a home and cooked himself a snack.

Rockland police officers responded to a home at about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday after getting a call from the homeowner.

Lt. Nick Zeoli tells The Enterprise of Brockton the homeowner woke up to a loud bang from the kitchen. When the resident went to investigate, he found an intruder cooking corn on the cob on the stove. He told the intruder to leave, and the two men briefly scuffled.

Police arrested 69-year-old John Dalton and charged him with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and assault and battery. Police say Dalton, who was “clearly intoxicated,” forced his way inside through a side door.

It was not clear if Dalton had a lawyer.

100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen 

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) – It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen.

Their plan was to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.

Student Ashley Harwood called the theft “kind of depressing.” Student Hannah Hall says the class was sad.

Teacher Mary Dunn says she plans to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don’t go as planned.