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Mission Zinpossible: Wine Thief Takes a Tumble From Ceiling to Floor

Everything seemed to be going according to plan as two burglars moved swiftly through a Ventura County restaurant, carrying out an early morning heist on Halloween.

Then, calamity struck.

A security camera captured one of the masked burglars attempting to enter through the ceiling, then free falling and striking a metal food preparation counter. She crashed to the floor as pots and pans clattered down around her at about 4 a.m. inside Bowls and Brews in the 1100 block of North Ventura Avenue.

Apparently dazed, the burglar took a seat and a moment to regain her senses after the painful mishap as her accomplice continued gathering items.

The woman eventually climbed back onto the food prep table, apparently trying to re-enter the ceiling space. Unable to do so on her own, her partner in crime attempted to give her a lift by having her stand on his back.

That didn’t work either, so the two took off through the business’ rear door with several hundred dollars and bottles of wine.

Ojai police asked anyone with information to give them a call at 1-800-78-CRIME.



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Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

Woman Seen on Video Taunting Lion at Bronx Zoo Turns Herself In: Police

The woman captured on viral video going into the lion’s enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in September has gone out like a lamb.

Myah Autry turned herself in to the NYPD in the Bronx Wednesday night, police said. She now faces two counts of criminal trespass.

According to the Daily News, the outspoken Autry has suddenly turned quiet, not telling police why she performed the strange stunt or why she finally turned herself in.

The woman spoke to reporters for the first time on October 31 after a court appearance for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.

Autry’s wild Halloween interaction with the media — almost as strange as her interaction with the animals at the zoo — began with her bowing to the reporters as she warmly greeted them with “shalom.”

In an often-rambling, 15-minute session outside the courthouse, Autry said her reasoning for jumping into the lion’s den was “a lot more spiritual” and that she was never afraid while she was in there.

“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you,” Autry said.

She said she would never have been injured by the lion, who eyed her as she seemed to dance while across a moat from the ferocious feline, because she and the animal are one.

“I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!” she said before complimenting the reporter’s eyes and smile. “Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now.”

Autry refused to address the shoplifting charge, but made it clear she has no ill-will toward the NYPD.

“I love the NYPD. Hi NYPD,” she said into the camera, adding that she participated in a Police Athletic League and the DARE program for years. At the time, she did say she would turn herself in but, “I do know the law.”

“I don’t have no problem with the law. When we get together law, we will have a good time,” she said.

Autry also said she did not mean to disrespect the lion, who appeared more curious than annoyed for most of the video, before witnesses said it roared.

“I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you. I didn’t mean to mistreat you or nothing,” she said. “I seen how you came to me. We connected. To the kids, respect your parents please. Your teachers. Authority.”

No word on if she has the same respect for the giraffe she was seen posing for a photo with inside its den. She did not say when she will turn herself in to the NYPD.

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A woman who has known Autry for years previously told NBC New York she is worried about her.

“Myah please get help. I dont know. I don’t know what is wrong with you,” said Eunice Walton. “I feel sad because she is like like my child. She is with my daughter since high school.”



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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Because It Was Stolen From the Screaming Chicken Saloon, Owner Says

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Because It Was Stolen From the Screaming Chicken Saloon, Owner Says

The owner of a San Bernardino saloon is asking for the community’s help recovering a staple of her business – a giant chicken statue.

Stacy Jaen, 43, of Westchester discovered the roughly 500-pound fiberglass fixture missing from the roof of her business, the Screaming Chicken Saloon, on the morning of Oct. 23. The chicken had nested there for over a decade, since Jaen purchased it shortly after taking ownership of the Devore establishment 14 years ago.

Jaen says the chicken – which she purchased for $1,500 – was the first big purchase she made for the saloon. She intended for the 10-foot statue to serve as a local landmark, and once it had been lifted by a forklift onto the roof of the business, it was easily visible from the nearby Interstates 15 and 215.

Now that it’s missing, Jaen says, she’s “heartbroken.”

“It has the most sentimental value,” she said. “Even if I did replace the chicken, [I’d miss this one].”

But replacing the statue isn’t an option. Purchasing a new one would cost her $2,500, which Jaen says she can’t afford.

She took to social media, posting a plea on Facebook. The post took off, with users lamenting the loss of the icon, with one user confirming that she used it as a landmark while driving on the freeway.

Some users and customers have theorized that the wind blew the statue off the roof, she but she says it was tied down with cables and has remained stable against harsher winds in the past. The cables, she added, were discovered to have been cut after the chicken disappeared.

Jaen reported the incident to the police as a grand theft on Monday, but says she won’t press charges if the person or people who stole the statue returns it.

Until then, she hopes someone from the community finds the chicken so it can be returned to its home.

“Most likely it’s going to be in someone’s backyard,” she said.



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Take Paws: Black Cat Halts Cowboys-Giants Game After Rushing Field

Take Paws: Black Cat Halts Cowboys-Giants Game After Rushing Field

A black cat interrupted the Cowboys’ Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants with under six minutes to go in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Cameras first captured the cat when it paused inside the 5-yard line with 5:32 to go in the first half, forcing referee Clay Martin to halt the game.

The cat ultimately crossed the goal line for the score, after which its touchdown celebration was cut short by stadium staff and New Jersey State Troopers.

There were no flags on the play.

Following the Cowboys’ win, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence tweeted an edited image of the cat with “Hot Boyz” chain around its neck. Hot Boyz is the nickname Dallas’ defensive line goes by.

NBC 5’s Pat Doney reports the cat has been at MetLife Stadium for at least three weeks, adding he saw it on the field following the Cowboys’ game against the New York Jets on Oct. 13.

The Cowboys trailed the Giants 9-3 when the cat took the field. After the cat left, Dallas outscored New York 34-9 on the way to a 37-18 win.



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‘Are You Going to Eat That?’ Road Kill Now Legal to Eat in California

'Are You Going to Eat That?' Road Kill Now Legal to Eat in California

Hungry? Road kill maybe for dinner.

In a flurry of bill signings last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 395 into law, making it legal to salvage and eat animals accidentally hit by drivers. 

The bill’s stated intent was to “make available to Californians tens of thousands of pounds of a healthy, wild, big game food source that currently is wasted each year following wildlife-vehicle collisions.” 

The so-called “Roadkill Bill” authorizes the creation of a program that designates three regions that have “high wildlife vehicle collisions” as locations where drivers can salvage specific types of roadkill. 

Some of the eligible roadkill include deer and wild pig. 

Drivers would need a permit to salvage the roadkill, and the program won’t go into effect until 2022. The state hopes to collect data on where the roadkill accidents often occur in order to add additional roadway defense and wildlife highway over-crossings. 

Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, sponsored the bill.

California would be at least the 28th state to pass legislation allowing dirvers to harvest roadkill, according to NBC News.



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‘Super Mellow’ 9-Foot Gator Removed From Florida Pool

'Super Mellow' 9-Foot Gator Removed From Florida Pool

It seems Florida residents aren’t the only ones making use of their pools to cool off from the heat.

On Instagram, gator rescuer Paul Bedard shared a picture with an almost 9-foot alligator he caught in a Parkland resident’s pool Tuesday.

The gator had made its way through the pool screen enclosure and into the water.

Bedard wrote in the post’s caption that with pool rescues, he usually tries to “play around” with the gator in the water until they’re tired, to prevent them from biting or slamming into the concrete and hurting themselves on the way out.

In this case, Bedard wrote, the gator was “super mellow,” and allowed himself to be caught and taped up from the front. After some water play to drain the animal’s energy, he was safely carried out.

“He didn’t really give me a hassle at all, it was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated,” wrote Bedard. The gator turned out to be 8 feet, 8 inches long.

Bedard and his coworker Gabby Scampone are known as the “Gator Boys,” rescuing alligators from Florida backyards, swimming pools, garages and even bedrooms. According to their website, the captured animals are taken to Everglades Holiday Park.



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Suburban Wheaton Man Grows Illinois’ Largest Pumpkin For the Fourth Year in a Row

Suburban Wheaton Man Grows Illinois' Largest Pumpkin For the Fourth Year in a Row

For the fourth year in a row, a suburban Wheaton man has taken home the prize for Illinois’ largest pumpkin.

Joe Adkins’ gigantic gourd, which stands at more than 5 feet tall and weighs an impressive 1,258 pounds, received its coveted title from the Illinois Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Association.

Year after year, Adkins has grown the pumpkins right in his own yard. The secret to success, he said, is in the soil.

“It’s more of balancing your soil than it is fertilizing it heavily, you know all the time,” he said.

If there was one downside of growing a huge pumpkin, it would be that they’re not really made for flavor and taste.

Adkins’ said he has a difficult goal for next year; the ambitious grower hopes his next pumpkin will top the scales at more than 2,000 pounds.

But in the coming weeks, the suburban Wheaton grower mentioned he has other important plans, passing out full-size candy bars and pumpkin seeds on Halloween.



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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s (Likely) a Loon, Google’s Flying WiFi Balloon.

It's a Bird. It's a Plane. No, It's (Likely) a Loon, Google's Flying WiFi Balloon.

Some eagle-eyed humans looking skyward this weekend saw something against the brilliant-blue backdrop that had them questioning what the heck was flying above.

If this were last century, they probably would’ve thought first of alien spaceships.

But UFOs are so 20th-century.

These days, flying objects can be so much more odd, even when they have terrestrial origins.

In the case of what flew over the Philadelphia region this weekend, the answer likely involves a company so often at the center of our collective cultural discussion: Google.

The objects seen by at least a handful of observers are, essentially, flying WiFi routers created by a company called Loon, which is a division of Google’s parent corporation, Alphabet.

An official with Loon confirmed to NBC10 Philadelphia that “a number of balloons” were flying over southeastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding area during the last couple days.

Skyler Connery sent in this video to NBC10 of a balloon flying over Media, Delaware County, on Saturday. The Loon balloon in his video is magnified 150 times using a telescope and camera, Connery noted, adding that it “looked like a daylight star to the naked eye.”

Loon spokesman Scott Coriell said in an email that the balloons can fly 60,000 feet above the Earth, well above commercial airplanes and wildlife.

“On any given day, Loon has dozens of balloons flying around the world as part of ongoing testing of our balloon-powered internet system. We routinely conduct this testing in the U.S.,” Coriell said. “The balloons are designed to last for hundreds of days in the stratosphere. When a balloon is ready to land, we navigate it to a sparsely populated area. The helium keeping the balloon aloft is released, and a parachute deploys to guide the balloon slowly to the ground. We then dispatch recovery teams to collect the balloon for analysis and recycling.”

Coriell said the Loon balloons have already showed their value in providing internet to those in catastrophe-struck regions of the world.

“In the past few years, the Loon system has been used to connect hundreds of thousands of people, most recently in response to the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Peru in May,” Coriell said. “To date, Loon’s balloons have flown over 40 million kilometers — enough to circle the earth 1,000 times.”

Here’s what the balloons looked like to the naked eye Saturday, as captured in video submitted by Wayne Masters in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County.

Loon’s mission, according to Coriell, “making it possible to extend internet access to the billions who currently lack it. Using a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, Loon works with mobile network providers to expand coverage to unserved and underserved populations, upgrade existing networks and provide expedient coverage after natural disasters.”



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Maryland Couple Receives Postcard 60 Years After It Was Sent

Maryland Couple Receives Postcard 60 Years After It Was Sent

A Maryland couple recently got a postcard in the mail that was sent almost 60 years ago, and they’re trying to figure out why it’s so late and if anybody might be looking for it.

The postcard was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Knobla but was received by Cindy Loeper and Steve Miksell of Bethesda.

“It’s such a mystery,” Loeper said. “Like, where did it live for the last almost 60 years? The bottom of some mail carrier’s bag?”

Whoever wrote it only signed their initials. The postmark is from the year 1960, when postage cost 5 cents.

“Well, it’s amazing to see what 5 cents used to be able to do,” Miksell said.

Land records for the house show it belonged to a Bernard Knobla and his wife, Marguerite.

They appear to have passed away and been buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but Loeper and Miksell say if possible they’d like to return the note to a relative and learn more about the people behind the postcard.

“It was interesting to get a sense of somebody’s personality that we had never met,” Loeper said.

“We’ve been making up stories about this since we got it,” she added.

The U.S. Postal Service hasn’t respond to inquiries about why it took so long to deliver the postcard.

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