The Odd Side – September 20, 2016

Binary Bandit? Someone Stealing Ones, Zeros From Homes&

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia police are “addressing” an unusual crime spree: Someone is stealing the ones and zeroes from addresses mounted on people’s homes.

WTXF says it’s happening in the city’s East Kensington section.

Meghan Haley says she noticed the zero missing from her home on Wednesday and saw a woman stealing it when she checked her& surveillance video& .

Another woman, Krista Ricca, was awakened by the sound of a power drill about 4:00 a.m. and saw a man stealing a number from her neighbor’s home across the street.

Scott Fisher had a zero stolen. He says he doesn’t know if “someone is trying to send a message or someone just has an obsession with zeroes and ones.”

Slow Train Crosses Marathon Course, Hurts Finish Times&

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A slow-moving train in Pennsylvania might have brought some runners’ dreams of the Boston Marathon to a halt.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Via Marathon was in full swing last Sunday when a slow train crossed the race course near Allentown, stopping runners in their tracks.

Runner Charlie Young tells Lehigh Valley Live the race was his last chance to qualify for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

The 22-year-old Young says he and over 100 others were held up for about 10 minutes as the train crossed. He says he missed his qualifying time by 8 minutes.

Video and photos show some runners scrambling between the slow-moving cars.

Registration for the Boston Marathon started Monday, opening first to those who beat their qualifying time by 20 minutes.

Via says runner times will be addressed on a case-by-case basis due to the disruption.

Bad Parking Job Leaves Car Dangling From Austin Garage

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A man who failed to stop when pulling into a rooftop spot of a nine-story parking garage in Austin, rammed through protection wires and avoided a deadly fall when one wire wrapped around an axle, leaving the car dangling on the building’s side on Friday.

The 24-year-old man, who was not identified by police, was pulled to safety back into the garage. He said he was unable to stop the vehicle that went off the top of the building and flipped over until it was caught by a wire, police said.

“The driver was able to climb out of the sunroof and make his way safely back into the garage,” the Austin Fire Department wrote online.

The man was not injured.

“I have a strong feeling the driver is going to have a great appreciation of what it means to be alive from this point forward,” said James Davis, 29, a cellphone software developer who was one of about 100 people watching the car dangling.

The car was eventually lowered to street level by firefighters who used a wiring system to slowly move it.

“From what we understand, the driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake,” the department said.