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News Quirks (02/18/15) 

Published February 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Curses, Foiled Again

Jeffrey Wood, 19, announced a robbery at a convenience store in Washington, D.C., where two police detectives were shopping. They were in plain clothes, but one had her badge hanging from her neck. She told the suspect, "Stop playing, I got 17," referring to the number of bullets in her gun. Wood reportedly replied, "I got 17, too." He was bluffing, however, and was easily arrested. (Washington Post)

Someone reported two men acting suspiciously in a parked car in Rexburg, Idaho, but before police could respond, the men, aware that they had been observed, assumed they had been discovered by undercover officers. They called 911 and admitted to possessing 20 pounds of marijuana. Rexburg police, who said they had no idea the men were driving through town with drugs, arrived to find Leland Ryan Kaimipono Ayala-Doliente, 21, and Craig Seward, 22, standing outside their car with the pot. (Pocatello's Idaho State Journal)

Victim of the Week

Adam Wisneski, 31, rode his bicycle to a Chicago police station to report a stolen iPhone. He didn't have his lock, so he asked if he could leave his bike inside the station. After filling out a police report, he turned around to find someone had stolen his bike. (Chicago's WBBM Radio)

Forgive and Forget

After Charlene and Charles Earle drove to a hospital in Orange City, Fla., for treatment of injuries from a fight at home, sheriff's deputies described the couple as "mutual combatants." Charlene Earle is 83, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 88 pounds. Charles Earle is 87. They've been married 64 years. They told authorities they didn't remember the incident or why they were arguing. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

When Guns Are Outlawed

Police said Andrew Rak, 28, threatened Will Flanagan, the former mayor of Fall River, Mass., with oversized scissors used at ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Rak reportedly stole the prop scissors from Flanagan's SUV, along with other items, including a small souvenir baseball bat, which he smashed against the ground outside Flanagan's apartment while stating he was going to "kill the mayor." Flanagan, who was ousted from office by a recall election in December, confronted Rak, who said, "I'm going to kill you. You lost the election." (Fall River's Herald News)

Authorities charged Tewana Sullivan, 50, with murdering her 66-year-old friend by beating her over the head with a slow cooker and tying the cord around her neck. The incident occurred while the two residents of a senior housing complex in Livonia, Mich., argued over "presidential politics," Sullivan's lawyer said, and "whatever the controversy is between Democrats and Republicans." (Detroit News)

Mr. Unlucky

Motorist Michael S. Baumann, 20, hit bicyclist Darryl Isaacs, 50, from behind in Indian Hills, Ky. Witnesses confirmed that Isaacs was signaling a left turn when he was struck and thrown back into the car's windshield and on to the pavement. Police Chief Kelly Spratt said Isaacs is lucky to be alive. Isaacs is a well-known personal injury attorney who markets himself as the "Heavy Hitter" and the "Kentucky Hammer" for his firm's success in recovering $500 million in benefits for his clients. (Louisville's Courtier-Journal)

Buzz Kills

Spanish authorities on the resort island of Ibiza said Dimitrina Dimitrova, 29, was so excited when her boyfriend proposed to her at a scenic spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that she began jumping up and down, lost her balance and fell 65 feet to her death. (Britain's Daily Mail)

Insensitivity Lessons

The Irish school Colaiste Eoin in Stillorgan canceled a workshop on homophobic bullying after its board of management decided "both sides of the argument should be represented." (Britain's Metro)

Philadelphia's Bryn Mawr College drew criticism after sending overweight students an email advertising a fitness program. Targeted students with "elevated" body mass indexes were identified by information from the school's health center. Center Director Dr. Kay Kerr apologized "to anyone who has been upset or offended by our communication." (NBC News)

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Roland Sweet

Roland Sweet was the author of a syndicated column called "News Quirks," which appeared weekly in Seven Days.


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