The Odd Side – March 1, 2016

Goat in Driver’s Seat Causes Commotion, Flashes Lights

OXFORD, Mass. (AP) – A goat caused a commotion over the weekend when it was spotted in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in a Massachusetts parking lot, flashing its owner’s lights.

The Boston Globe reports passer-by John Miller noticed the barnyard animal and filmed it with his phone.

Miller posted the video on social media where it was discovered by the goat’s owner, Ashley Robertson.

Robertson says she was on her way home with her new goat Sunday when she stopped at Home Depot. She didn’t think the goat would climb into the front seat because of its size.

Robertson says the goat turned on her hazard lights and drank an old cup of soda.

She says she’s amused and “a little embarrassed” about the goat’s fame.

Woman’s Original Approach Helps Her Get Kidney Donor

POWNAL, Maine (AP) – A Maine woman’s unorthodox approach to finding a kidney donor has paid off.

Station WABI reports that Linda Deming was so desperate for a kidney transplant that she had signs posted along the side of the road. She also posted an advertisement on her car.

At least 50 people reached out as potential donors, and she eventually found two matches. The Pownal woman got the green light from her doctors the week before last, and her surgery was scheduled for this past week.

Her donor is 37-year-old Amber McIntyre, a married mother of four from Kenduskeag. The Bangor waitress says she saw Deming’s story on social media. She said she would meet Deming the night before the surgery.

Deming says she hopes her story will help raise awareness and prompt more people to become donors.

Lawsuit: Banana Truck Caused Massachusetts Restaurant Fire

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) – The owners of a Massachusetts restaurant are suing the Chiquita banana company, alleging a truck carrying bananas caused a fire that destroyed their business.

David Salvatore, who represents the owners of the Old Grist Mill Tavern in Seekonk, tells The Sun Chronicle that a truck carrying bananas rolled over in June 2012, and ruptured a natural gas line that sparked the blaze.

He says there’s a pattern of improperly loaded banana trucks being involved in accidents.

The suit names as defendants Chiquita Fresh North America, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the owner and driver of the truck, and a freight company.

Chiquita denies negligence in its response to the suit. Columbia Gas said it could not comment on pending litigation.

The suit filed in Bristol Superior Court seeks unspecified damages.

Police Scratching Heads Over Man Who’s Stealing Rogaine

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio (AP) – Police in suburban Cincinnati are on the lookout for a bald man they say has been stealing hair growth and memory aid products from stores.

Mount Healthy police have issued an alert for “a serial thief” they say recently took $847 worth of Rogaine and Prevagen products from a Walgreens store in the city just north of Cincinnati. Police say he is linked to similar thefts from retailers in nearby suburbs.

Police say the man is believed to drive a white Jeep.

They’re not sure if he’s using any of the products himself but suspect he tries to sell them online or at flea markets.

Mount Healthy Detective Chris Jones tells station WCPO that police are “scratching our heads at this, no pun intended,” over the Rogaine thefts.

Mysterious High-Pitched Tone Keeps Oregon Residents Awake

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – An unexplained high-pitched tone has kept residents of a Portland suburb awake at night for at least a week, confounding the best efforts of police and firefighters to pinpoint its source, officials in the community said.

Adding to the mystery is the fact that the noise, a steady, whistle-like note resembling a flute, has only been reported after dark in Forest Grove, a rustic community of 22,500 located about 25 miles west of Oregon’s largest city.

Former residents say they remember a similar sound echoing through the night air several decades ago, according to reports filed with Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, an agency spokeswoman said.

The tone is unusual for its combination of high pitch and ambiguous point of origin, said audio engineer Tobin Cooley, president of the company Listen Acoustics, who agreed to informally assess the phenomenon for Reuters.

“Higher frequencies like this tone are very directional sounds, versus low-frequency sounds which can seem to come from anywhere or everywhere at once,” Cooley said, cautioning that he had listened to poor-quality recordings but not made a thorough investigation.

“What surprises me is that neighbors have not been able to locate where this is coming from,” he said.

Although the Forest Grove fire department is collecting information about the sound, firefighters do not know what to do about it, a spokeswoman for the agency said. “We aren’t waiting for it to make a noise. We are going about our duties,” she said.

Woman Bites Rare Pearl While Dining at Italian Restaurant

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) – A woman bit down on a rare pearl while eating a meal at an Italian restaurant in Washington state.

Station KOMO reports Lindsay Hasz and her husband Chris were eating at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah recently when she bit into something hard in her entree.

Hasz says she wasn’t sure what it was but put it in her pocket and went home to do research.

She took it to a gemologist, who determined it was a Quahog purple pearl worth about $600.