The Odd Side

Utah City Pulls Name of New Mayor From Basket Draw

HELPER, Utah (AP) – The new mayor in the Utah city of Helper got is job in a rather unconventional way.

Ed Chavez Jr. and Councilman Kirk Mascaro each received two votes from the council to fill the vacant position. KSL reports that when it became clear the tie would not be broken, slips of paper bearing council members’ votes were placed in a wicker basket.

City Attorney Gene Strate then drew Chavez’s name from the basket, making him Helper’s mayor.

Chavez is filling the rest of Dean Armstrong’s term, which expires in January 2014. Armstrong resigned Feb. 23, one day after he was arrested for investigation of his third DUI.

Authorities: Burglar Tracked By Pickax Bar Code

METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Authorities in Louisiana say they tracked a man accused of stealing drugs from a pharmacy because he left behind a pickax he used to break in — and forgot to remove the price tag.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Col. John Fortunato says the sticker included a bar code indicating when and where the pickax was bought. The store had a video of the purchase.

Fortunato tells The Times-Picayune that a store near the pharmacy had surveillance video from the night of the burglary, showing the same man and a vehicle license plate.

Fortunato says drugs from the pharmacy were found during a search of 43-year-old Scott Rodrigue’s home.

Rodrigue was booked with pharmacy burglary and drug possession and freed on $70,000 bond. He does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached.

Phoenix-Bound Dog Ends Up On flight to Ireland

PHOENIX (AP) – An English Springer Spaniel named Hendrix ended up taking a serious detour on his way from New Jersey to Phoenix.

He ended up in Ireland after being put on the wrong flight.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the 6-year-old dog was traveling in cargo when the mix-up happened. When the error was realized, she says the airline took immediate steps to get Hendrix back to his owner.

Phoenix media station KNXV reports that the first word owner Meredith Grant got about the mix-up was in a phone call from the airline before Hendrix’s original flight was supposed to land in Phoenix.

Hendrix was returned, and the airline apologized and offered a full refund.

Riders Report New Jersey Bus Filled With Roaches

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Riders on a New York City-bound bus from New Jersey are reporting an invasion of cockroaches.

A passenger on a Manhattan-bound bus from Atlantic City tells WABC that roaches started coming out of the vents inside the bus just 15 minutes into their Friday afternoon journey.

The passenger reports roaches could be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people.

Greyhound said the 48 passengers on board were moved to a new bus, and the bus they had been riding in is being examined to determine where the bugs came from.

Police: Couple Brings Kids Along for Bank Heist

TOOELE, Utah (AP) – Police in Utah say they’ve arrested a husband and wife bank robbery team that took their two children along for the illegal excursion.

An arrest report from Tooele (too-WIHL’-uh) police says the man and woman, both 27, were caught soon after a Wells Fargo branch was robbed. A 5-year-old and a 2-year-old were in the back seat.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the couple told police they robbed the bank because they faced eviction and growing medical bills.

Employees told police the woman entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money.

The woman reportedly ran from the bank to the car, which was driven by the man.

Police say they searched the vehicle and found the demand note, along with hundreds of dollars in cash.

Book Returned to Estonian Library 69 Years Late

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) – An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return.

Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book — which was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany — along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee.

Turkson said that the library waived any penalty for the late return of the tome, which still contained the original emblem and serial number, allowing librarians to identify it.

It was not immediately clear why the man waited so long to return the book.

Police: Man Used Fake Police Lights to Beat Traffic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police in Oregon say a Washington man wove through interstate traffic at 80 mph with phony police lights flashing.

In his passenger seat was his 12-year-old son.

Marion County deputies didn’t recognize the 2009 Nissan Maxima as one of their own unmarked vehicles. And when the driver passed a marked police car, the lights went off.

James Winfrey, a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., told police he was only using the lights to help him catch up to friends.

Deputies say they found no evidence that Winfrey was attempting to pull over cars and falsely represent himself as a police officer.

Winfrey was cited for disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and traffic violations.

FDA Shuts New Jersey Bakery For Sugar in “Sugar Free” Treats

(Reuters) – Federal authorities shut down a New Jersey bakery after finding sugar in its “sugar free” goods and saturated fat in its “fat free” treats, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Butterfly Bakery Inc. in Clifton was shuttered after a federal judge approved a permanent injunction against it.

The bakery was accused of unlawfully misbranding products as “sugar free” and “fat free” when they had as much as three times the amount of declared sugar and two times the amount of declared saturated fat, according to an FDA statement.

“They have had repeated violations,” FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward said. “This is when we take action.”