The Odd Side – March 24, 2015

Police Impersonator Who Pulled Over Real Cop Gets Probation

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio man who pulled over a detective while impersonating a police officer has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation.

Fifty-year-old David Scofield, of Lancaster, was sentenced Thursday in Akron. A judge fined him $1,000 and ordered that all contents seized from his car, including a gun and law enforcement paraphernalia, be destroyed.

Scofield was arrested Oct. 13 after a detective said Scofield shined a spotlight into his car and swerved in front of him on Interstate 76 outside Akron.

Scofield pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor charges of impersonating a police officer, mishandling a firearm and obstructing official business.

His attorney said Friday he’s pleased his client avoided jail.

Me-Roar: Gaza Strip Family Buys Two Lion Cubs as Unusual Pets

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) – These aren’t your typical kittens.

A family in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah has bought two lion cubs from a local zoo, keeping these unusual pets in their home.

The 2-1/2-month-old cubs now play with Saed Eldin al-Jamal’s grandchildren at his home and already eat about half a kilogram (onepound) of meat a day.

Al-Jamal said Saturday that he knew the cubs eventually will become dangerous. He said: “In one month, they will start being kept in a cage for our own safety.”

Most of the zoo animals in Gaza have been hauled into the isolated territory through smuggling tunnels linking the territory to Egypt. In 2013, a pair of newborn lion cubs died shortly after they were proudly unveiled by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Missing South Carolina Cat Found Two Years Later in California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – A cat that vanished in South Carolina two years ago is going home after ending up nearly 2,000 miles away in Southern California.

Kevin the orange tabby is leaving Palm Springs on Wednesday after disappearing from Anderson, South Carolina, in 2013.

John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services says the cat turned up in early March inside a U-Haul trailer a woman had driven across the country.

During a routine inspection, the inspector heard meowing. The driver says she didn’t know Kevin was inside.

The dehydrated cat was taken to a shelter. His microchip helped track down owner Cheryl Walls, who jokes that Kevin has seen more of the country than she has.

She says somebody must have cared for Kevin. But who — and how Kevin got into the trailer — are mysteries.

South African Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday With a Skydive

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood. She plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive.

Her birthday skydive was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. The jump took place Saturday near the Melkbosstrand area north of Cape Town.

Harwood was joined in the air by 15 family members and friends who participated in groups of three. Harwood said it was wonderful seeing all the others around her.

Harwood said this was her third skydive. She did her first when she was 92 years old in 2007.

In a shark cage dive the participant goes underwater in a cage in an area where sharks are fed chum, bits of cut up fish meat, by tour operators.

Indiana Farmer Saves Freezing Baby Cow With Hot Tub Swim

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana farmer jumped into a hot tub with a shivering baby cow to save the calf’s life.

Carroll County farmer Dean Gangwer told a media outlet that he found the barely breathing newborn in a snowbank.

The third-generation farmer says he decided the quickest way to warm up the calf, named Leroy, would be to use his hot tub. Gangwer says he “jumped in fully dressed and held Leroy up so he didn’t drown.” Gangwer then took the calf inside and wrapped him in electric blankets.

Leroy is recovering.

Gangwer said Leroy is “done hot-tubbing” but “sunbathing is definitely in his future out in the grass.”

Judge Who Scolded Jurors Over ‘Wrong’ Verdict Gets Reprimand

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court says a judge shouldn’t have scolded jurors for issuing a verdict she believed to be wrong.

The court concluded in a public reprimand that Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno violated a rule requiring judges to behave in ways to promote the judiciary’s integrity and impartiality. It says she also violated a rule barring judges from commenting on jury verdicts except in court orders or opinions.

Jurors in Salerno’s courtroom issued a not-guilty verdict in 2013 in a misdemeanor assault case. Several jurors complained to the court about how Salerno told them they “got this wrong.”

Salerno says she deserves the reprimand and regrets the comments. She says she’s learned from the mistake.