<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:57:41 -0400 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:57:41 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Yawning Suspect to Judge: "I Don't Care, Man"]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:36:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/041614+joseph+butler+judge+john+hurley.jpg

A yawning suspect earned a stern rebuke and a trip to jail after he told a South Florida judge, "I don't care, man."

Joseph Butler was facing grand theft and resisting arrest charges when he appeared before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley Tuesday in the incident captured on court video.

Butler, arms crossed, stood as the prosecutor read from his lengthy criminal past then yawned loudly, drawing the ire of Hurley.

"Oh don't worry, sir. Sir, I heard you yawn, but don't worry. You won't yawn in just a minute. Trust me on that one," Hurley said.

"I don't care, man. I really don't care," Butler said.

"I know this is boring to you and you'd rather be out doing something else, but I can guarantee you won't be stealing anymore after this conversation," Hurley replied.

Hurley then set Butler's bond at $104,000, but ordered him held without bond on three previous grand theft arrests.

"So he's gonna be staying in jail for awhile," Hurley said after dismissing Butler. "Good, maybe he can yawn all he wants while he's over there."

<![CDATA[Unbelievable Animal Stories: Newborn Kittens Mailed]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:29:22 -0400 Click here to read more.]]> Click here to read more.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cox+kittens+6.jpg Check out some of the craziest animals and the stories behind them.

Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Gets B-Day Card in Mail 45 Years Late]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1969+mail1.JPG

A birthday card that was intended to reach a young Brooklyn woman on her 19th birthday has finally reached its destination, 45 years after it was first mailed.  

It's not the only piece of mail from 1969 that recently found its way to Susan Heifetz, now living in Floral Park. She says a man living in her childhood apartment building in Marine Park contacted her, saying he had mail addressed to her and postmarked 1969.

Heifetz knew right away the first piece of mail was from her late mother when she saw the lipstick print on the envelope.

"That was mother's thing, to put sealed with a kiss, and the tradition has continued," she said. 

Inside was the birthday card that cost just 6 cents to mail at the time. 

"I've been crying probably since Wednesday when I got this," she said. 

Two days later, another letter with the same Brooklyn address turned up, also written in 1969, from a soldier in Vietnam she had once dated.

"He said in the letter that he tried to call several times before he was shipped overseas, but of course in 1969, we didn't have answering machines," she said.

And then over the weekend, Heifetz got a 1969 birthday card from her brother, postmarked a day before her mother's card.

The Postal Service says it has processed and delivered more than 7 trillion pieces of mail since 1969 and that it's unlikely the three pieces of mail addressed to Heifetz were lost in the system. But it can't explain where they may have been for 45 years. 

Heifetz says the unexpected deliveries bring her a sense of closure as she packs up to retire to Nevada, where her brother and his family live. 


<![CDATA[Smart Cars Flipped Over in San Francisco]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:43:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-smart-10.jpg Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their heads and rear ends in the streets of San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Owner Found Lost Horse in Md.]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:07:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lost+horse.jpg

Citizens of Mechanicsville, Md., got a blast from the past when they found a lost horse wandering around in the early hours of Friday morning.

The riderless horse was found in the area of Reeves Road and Baptist Church Road. Town deputies were notified and found the horse, who appeared to be quite friendly.

After initial efforts to find the horse's owner failed, animal control took the horse into their custody. But they were able to locate the owner, an Amish man from Mechanicsville, around 11 a.m. Friday, animal control said.

The horse was returned safely to its owner.

Mechanicsville has a large Amish population, an animal control official said. The Amish settlement in Mechanicsville is one of only three Maryland Amish communities, according to Amish America.

<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Burglar in the Buff]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/burglar2.jpg Police say a man was arrested after breaking into a home while wearing nothing but a cowboy hat in Johns Creek, Georgia on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: "Quite Alarming" Video Shows Woman Feeding Alligator]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:13:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/feeding-gator.JPG

A woman was caught on camera feeding an alligator at a Port St. Lucie senior living complex.

The video that was recently released is about a year old, neighbors in the Florida community told WPTV.

In the video, the woman is seen sitting on the ground as the gator approaches her from a small body of water. The woman even kicks at the gator when it appears to get too close.

"It was quite alarming to see this woman just sitting by the water with this alligator just feet, in some cases inches from her," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Johnson said.

Neighbors say the gator was so used to getting fed, it would chase people with steaks.

The gator was removed and the FWC is investigating the incident. It is illegal to feed alligators in Florida.

<![CDATA[The Craziest Food Heists]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg Honey, nuts and cheese top the list of the most expensive — and delicious — food heists.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[10 Unfortunate Truck Spills]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:31:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/171571810.jpg The fear of overloaded trucks crashing on the highway and spilling their contents might not be so irrational at all. Click here to see some unfortunate truck spills around the nation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Milk Donor to Break Record]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/denton_mom_breast_milk.jpg

When Alyse Ogletree first started donating breast milk, she just wanted to do something good. The North Texas woman never expected it would lead her to likely become a world record holder.

"At that time I had no idea there was even a record out there,” said the Denton mother of two.

However, she’s now just a few steps away from that title.

Ogletree has donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk and is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to officially be named the record holder.

The current holder, Amelia Boomker of Illinois, made the record book by donating 16,321 ounces to an Indiana donation center.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which receives Ogletree's donations, said she should easily triple that number with her donations to them; a total of more than 414 gallons of breast milk.

"I was over-producing,” Ogletree explained.

She first made the realization about four years ago when her son Kyle was born. Ogletree said while she was in the hospital, her son wasn’t taking breast milk. But she was still producing way too much; filling the hospital’s reserves, she said.

"One of the male nurses asked me if I'd ever considered donating and I was like, 'What is that?'" she said.

That’s when she found the Fort Worth clinic, which was more than happy to take her extra milk.

After the birth of Kyle Ogletree, she donated 1,880 ounces.

When she became pregnant with her second baby, Kage, Ogletree said donating again was a no brainer; though she had no idea how much she’d produce.

"I ended up producing on average about 130 (ounces) per day," she said.

Producing the milk almost became a full time job in itself for the mom, who said it was taxing on her.

Ogletree’s husband Lance said there’d be times she’d be in and out of bed all night having to pump.

"Sometimes we wouldn't be able to send it off quick enough, so we'd have our deep freeze in the garage with probably an entire shelf full,” he said.

Alyse Ogletree said she enjoys being able to produce the milk for a good cause. Between drinking a lot of water and pumping regularly she believes her body just became willing to produce so much.

Simone Summerlin of the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas said Ogletree donated more than 51,000 ounces after giving birth to Kage, up to when she stopped producing in recent weeks.

At this point Ogletree is still in the application process. She said Guinness will have to approve all of her records with the donation clinic in order for the record to be officially named to her.

As a competitive person, Alyse said she’s excited to shatter the record and hopefully be given the title. But she said the real pleasure is the good that comes from the cause.

The Office of Women's Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages breastfeeding for health benefits for mothers and babies, cost saving, and other benefits.

Donated breast milk is often used for mothers that cannot produce enough milk for their children. Additionally, for very young children, breast milk has medically proven benefits over a variety of suppliments.

The Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas, where Ogletree donates, said donated milk is processed and screened for bacteria, then frozen until it is ordered by a physician.

"It takes a lot to raise a family and there are women out there that are not able to produce milk,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree said she encourages more moms to try their hand at the record and help raise more donations and awareness around the cause.

“It's wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.

Before Boomker, the previous record holders were Karen Merheb of Dallas with more than 14,200 ounces, preceded by Alicia Richman, also a North Texan from Granbury, who donated 11,115 ounces.

Ogletree said it will be nice to bring the record back to North Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Inadvertently Asks Deputy for a Ride]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kareem+moore.jpg

A man is behind bars after he inadvertently asked an undercover officer for a ride in Deerfield Beach Wednesday, police said.

Broward Sheriff's deputies said a man named Kareem Moore, who had just stolen an Audi SUV, dumped the car on the side of Interstate 95, crossed the highway and jumped a fence before approaching the officer, who was in an unmarked BSO car at 300 NE 2nd Street.

"He asked for a ride and our officers accommodated him," Deputy Rob Schankenberg said.

He said while the car was unmarked, the man inside was clearly marked as a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.

The deputy was part of a Deerfield Beach ground search to find Moore, who allegedly led deputies on a chase down Dixie Highway.

"It doesn't typically happen that way, but we'll take it any way we can get it," Lighthouse Pointe Police Chief Ross Lacata said.

BSO was assisting Lighthouse Pointe Police after they allegedly spotted Moore speeding from a Northwest 23rd Avenue home in the Audi Quattro. Officials said Moore burglarized that home before he drove away.

"The guy kicked in the door here with a foot," said homeowner Ricardo Fernandez.

Fernandez said it took Moore about six minutes to make off with his valuables, including watches, a Louis Vuitton bag and two handguns with ammo.

<![CDATA["Crazy Cat Lady" Will Face Charges: SPCA]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:42:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Cat+Hoarder+Cat+Lady+Sign.jpg

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers were busy on Wednesday removing hundreds of cats from the home of a self-proclaimed "cat lady" in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

About 240 cats were discovered in two connected "unsanitary" row homes on the 1600 block of Filmore Street. This came after officers found dozens of other felines during an earlier visit to the homes.

A sign on the gate of the home reads "I'm the Crazy Cat Lady. And this is the crazy cat house."

According to records, the woman who lives at the home has been running a licensed animal shelter known as Animals in Crisis since 2002. SPCA officials say they began to investigate her a few weeks ago after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen. Officials say the woman initially cooperated with them and turned over as many as 30 cats during an earlier visit. However, they then asked her to surrender more cats after conditions worsened but she allegedly refused.

"She declined to continue cooperating with us," said Sara Eremus of the SPCA. "It was a situation where we needed to just go in there and take them."

SPCA officials arrived at the home around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Investigators say conditions inside the home were so deplorable and unsanitary that the officers had to wear respirators while removing the animals.

Workers from the SPCA spent the day at the house removing the cats. The felines that were removed were transported to PSPCA headquarters on Erie Avenue for vet exams, treatment and shelter.

"PSPCA's ultimate goal here is to find the cats good homes once it obtains legal custody of them," officials stated in a press release.

In total, animal officers estimate the woman, who was not immediately identified, kept more than 300 cats in her home.

According to the SPCA, the woman was operating a cat rescue but became overwhelmed.

The Animals in Crisis website describes itself as a nonprofit organization working to rescue animals and “doing the work the PSPCA should be doing.”

“The number of cats being thrown out far exceeds the number of homes we can find, so we are forced to keep many of them and make them as happy and healthy as possible,” reads a statement on the website. “Due to this large number of cats, we need to expand our facility. We have two full-size basements that are completely cleaned out and ready for renovation.”

NBC10’s Deanna Durante called a number listed on the website and spoke to a woman who refused to identify herself. The woman claimed the animals were not being seized from the home on Filmore Street. Instead, she said the owner of the cats had gotten older and was too sick to take care of the animals and therefore called the SPCA herself.

SPCA officials told NBC10 that the woman we spoke to was “entitled to her side of the story.”

Alicia Manfredi told NBC10 that she used to work at the shelter and was not surprised by the discovery on Wednesday.

"I watched the cats being abused," Manfredi said.

Manfredi claims that she filed a complaint against the owner back in 2011 before quitting. She also sent NBC10 pictures of what it looked like inside.

"Everything was neglected," Manfredi said. "Feces, urine, everywhere. It was just really awful, even for us to be working in."

While the SPCA confirmed a complaint was filed back in 2011, they claim they searched the shelter at the time and did not find any signs of neglect.

On Thursday the PSPCA announced that the woman will face charges, although what those charges will be depends on the outcome of the investigation.

The cats will be made available for adoption soon, says the rescue.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Pete Kane]]>
<![CDATA[Flirty Burglary Suspect Arrested in San Mateo]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:44:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/03-25-2014-flirty-burglar.jpg

Police on the Peninsula say they set up a suspected burglar on a “first date” he likely regrets.

Keveen Quintanilla, 31, of Burlingame, is accused of burglarizing Curry Up Now, a restaurant in the 100 block of South B Street in San Mateo. San Mateo police say he was caught in the act by employees in the early hours of Saturday morning, but he fled the scene before police could arrive.

One of those employees, 22-year-old bartender Ashleigh Cullen, told police she recognized the suspect as a man who had previously “flirted with her during business hours.”

Cullen says she was getting ready to close the restaurant in the wee hours of Saturday morning when a man came up to her as she was taking out the recycling.

“He said he’d seen me around and wanted to hang out, which was strange since it was already 1 a.m. when he approached me,” Cullen said.

Later, she says, she realized someone had burglarized the restaurant's storage area, stealing televisions, other electronics and something unusual.

“He stole a pair of my slippers I keep in the basement,” Cullen said.

Cullen was able to give police the man's name and phone number.

Then, pretending to be Cullen, San Mateo police started exchanging texts with the suspect. They arranged a fake date at a donut shop in Burlingame.

Ashleigh Cullen

“This genius decided, 'Sure, OK,' and he showed up there on Burlingame Avenue, not to meet the young woman from the restaurant but instead two plainclothes detectives,” San Mateo Count District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. 

Instead of a date with Cullen, Quintanilla ended his night in handcuffs with a chauffeured ride to jail.

He was booked into San Mateo County Jail. He is charged with five felonies, including burglary and possessing methamphetamine.

“This is a simple case, once again proving when you think not with your brain but with your emotions, such as this idiot was doing, you end up in the county jail,” Wagstaffe said.

He already has another date lined up: Quintanilla is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: San Mateo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Arcade Fire's Huge Papier–Mâché Mask Stolen During Show]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:36:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arcade+fire+masks.jpg

If you took a huge papier–mâché bobblehead mask from the Arcade Fire show in Connecticut last week, the band wants it back, no questions asked.  

Arcade Fire was at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday as part of the Reflektor tour and Richard Parry's bobblehead was stolen during their show, according to a statement from the band’s public relations firm.

“This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show," Arcade Fire said in a statement. "We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it."

Someone started an Arcade Fire Bobblehead Twitter parody account about the prop being on the run.

The band also has a good sense of humor about the incident.

”Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head?” the statement continues.

Their next show is on March 28 in Mexico City.

If you took the mask or know who did, help get the head back to the band by contacting info@quest-management.com with any information.


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Family Frees Deer Stuck in Fence ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/deerfence.jpg

A Massachusetts family got a surprise close encounter with wildlife over the weekend, when what looked like two branches sticking out of their fence turned out to be a deer in need of a rescue.

It started Sunday morning when “Dixie” the dog was barking in the back yard of an Attleboro home. Seven-year-old Grant Kelley was the first to see the deer sticking through the fence.

"We looked outside and we thought it was two huge branches but then we looked on the other side and we saw a huge head," Grant told New England Cable News.

Grant's father, Brian Kelley, was just coming home from working the overnight shift and went to help.

"I started to pet the back of the deer to calm him down cause he was kicking," he said.

He then started the careful process of freeing the animal.

"I started to gently free the bottom legs first, release the pickets and then was able to move the deer gently off the top of the fence," he said.

Kate Kelley captured her husband's rescue mission on video. After the animal was freed, it took off into the woods.

"And we are all animal lovers in this family so we were thrilled to see it ended well," Kate Kelly said. "We were very fortunate and so we named it ‘Lucky.’"

Photo Credit: NECN ]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Coyote Rescued From High Water in Florida]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:42:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CoyoteResized.png

A young coyote was rescued from a rising tide by animal rescuers on Singer Island, Fla.

The animal had been seen on a dock earlier in the day but jumped into the water and got stuck along the seawall.

David Hitzig of Busch Wildlife Rescue and officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control arrived for the rescue. Hitzig used a boat to get close to the coyote and gave it two tranquilizer shots before officers hoisted the animal to safety.

"I got a chance to go swimming and I didn't have to do any paperwork for a few hours," Hitzig said.

The coyote was released back into the wild.

<![CDATA[Man Scales SUV, Strips, Taunts Cops]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Naked+Man+Wilmington+blur.jpg

A Delaware man was arrested on suspicion of drug use after he climbed on top of an SUV, stripped naked and taunted police.

Wilmington police told NBC10 Philadelphia they believe Darren Staats, 28, was high on the drug PCP, also known as "wet," when he scaled the occupied truck at 4th and Monroe Streets in Wilmington, Del. at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.

Cpl. Mark Ivey said the driver of the black SUV said she was stopped at a red light when Staats suddenly jumped onto the hood of her vehicle and climbed onto the roof. The woman’s 6-year-old daughter was also in the car.

A video obtained by NBC10.com shows the man beating the vehicle's roof and screaming. The driver tries to speed away but is unable because her car is blocked. At one point, the woman gets out of the car and tries hitting the man with what appears to be an ice scraper. However, he continues to stand his ground.

When police arrived, they ordered Staats to come down from the roof, but he refused, Ivey said. The man eventually began stripping off his clothes -- standing nude on top of the car. In the video, the man can be seen taunting police with hand gestures and his tongue from the roof.

Police were able to eventually pull Staats down and arrest him. Ivey says the man has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

Staats is being held in a Delaware prison.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Saints Square Off in "Lent Madness" Bracket]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Francis_Xavier.jpg There are no hoops, no high tops and no pep bands here, but there is a bracket. Lent Madness has a a field of 32 and even its own media guide called the "Saintly Scorecard."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: News Anchors Dive Under Desk During Quake]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/270*120/Screen+shot+2014-03-17+at+1.15.18+PM.png

Two Los Angeles morning news anchors dove for cover when a magnitude-4.4 temblor rattled the region during their TV broadcast.

KTLA's Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson were reading the news when they felt their studio shake.

"Earthquake. We're having an earthquake," Schauble said.

As the cameras kept rolling, he and Henderson took shelter under their newsdesk. The monitor behind them showing the morning traffic could be seen shaking.

The pair then returned to their desk and Schauble pulled up U.S. Geological Survey information on a computer.

After the quake, Schauble took to social media to laugh along with viewers about his "earthquake face." He made a screenshot of the petrified reaction his profile picture on Twitter.






<![CDATA["Wanted" Fugitive Googles Himself]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:36:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/03-14-2014-Viatafa.jpg

Be careful when you Google yourself, Bay Area authorities are warning.

In the case of Christopher Viatafa, who Googled himself and found his photo on Northern California’s Most Wanted website, he turned himself in to police.

Viatafa – who has a pretty unique last name – was wanted by the San Leandro Police Department for his involvement in a shooting.

On August 8, 2013, Vaitafa attended a private party at the San Leandro Senior Center located at 13909 East 14th Street. Police said he started arguing with some people at the party, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired a few rounds into the ground.

Vaitafa was forced out of the area and he proceeded to fire several more rounds, police said.

Investigators were looking for Viatafa for discharging a firearm toward an inhabited dwelling.

According to the San Leandro Police Department detective that interviewed Viatafa, Viatafa turned himself in after seeing his photo on the “Most Wanted” site, which is managed by the Northern California Intelligence Center.

On Friday, Viatafa was listed as a “captured fugitive” on the “Most Wanted” website.

Photo Credit: San Leandro police]]>
<![CDATA[Wildest Food Crazes]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:26:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/waffle-taco-bell-01.jpg Cronuts, cupcakes and frozen s'mores are just some of the recent food trends that have swept the culinary world.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Foolish Robbers: Cash Eater and Pantsless Pilferer ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:15:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/robber-pants-fall-brooklyn.jpg

A robbery at a Brooklyn bodega involving a man whose pants fell down was the latest of several recent poorly executed criminal raids across the country. 

Police are still looking for the man who entered a store at Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood smoking a cigarette. The manager asked him to leave. That's when he approached the counter and jumped over it.

Surveillance video captured the man's pants falling down as he grabbed for cash. The robbery suspect ran away with the loot while holding his pants up.

In another case, a would-be bank robber in New Jersey was scared off by a teller who asked him for identification.

The man entered a Santander Bank in Jackson Township on March 5 and handed a note to a teller asking for money. The plan fell apart.

"When the teller told the male, who was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, to remove the hood and also asked for identification, the male claimed he did not have any and then left the bank,” Lt. Steven Laskiewicz told the Asbury Park Press.

In a different case on March 5, police said a Florida man stole his girlfriend's wallet containing $750 cash then ate some of it while on his way to jail.

Leosvel Cordova Parrado was intoxicated and angry and demanded he and his girlfriend go home from a party. After arriving at their home, Parrado stole his girlfriend's wallet, police said.

Police later arrested Parrado and said they found cash and a valium pill in his pocket that he did not have a prescription for.

During the ride to jail, a deputy noticed a strange sound in his backseat and saw Parrado chewing on a mouth full of cash, authorities said. The deputy pulled over and tried to save some of the cash but only $277 was recovered from the $750 that his girlfriend said he stole.

Parrado was charged with robbery, battery, grand theft, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

And in February in San Diego, one not-so-brilliant burglar left his cell phone at the scene of the crime, and on the phone, his "selfie," which led police straight to him.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, Adam Howe, 26, broke into a building and an RV at the Hilltop Tabernacle Church. Police said Howe allegedly made off with $10,000 worth of stolen items, including cash and a laptop computer from the building, as well as several purses and watches from the RV.

However, Howe accidentally left his phone behind, and after police examined it and the selfie, one detective recognized the location in the background of the photo and went there to speak to witnesses. Some witnesses recognized the selfie suspect and told the detective of other areas frequented by Howe.

A day later the detective located Howe, who matched the photo, at Harborside Park in Chula Vista – about five minutes away from the church that was burglarized.

<![CDATA[Man, 70, Arrested in Bank Robbery]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:55:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/031214+fort+lauderdale+bank+robbery+george+hernandez.jpg

A 70-year-old man has been arrested for robbing a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., bank, the FBI said Wednesday.

George M. Hernandez was arrested last week in the Feb. 5 robbery of the SunTrust Bank at 3530 N. Ocean Boulevard, the FBI said.

Hernandez was arrested on March 3 in Hollywood by the FBI's South Florida Violent Crime Task Force, but due to health reasons, didn't appear in federal court until Tuesday, the FBI said.

According to the FBI, the suspect entered the bank around 9:30 a.m. and demanded cash. No customers were in the bank at the time and no one was injured.

The suspect fled the area in a taxi, the FBI said. The FBI is still investigating the incident.

Photo Credit: FBI]]>
<![CDATA[Bee Attack in SoCal Leaves 2 Hospitalized]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:36:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bee_swarm_bees_generic_honey.jpg

Two people were treated for bee stings after a car struck a tree and knocked down a beehive in the Los Angeles area on Sunday. The collision caused a swarm of bees to attack several people, including one woman who fled to safety by jumping into a pool.

The incident took place about 3 p.m. in the 2000 block of Los Amigos Street the La Canada Flintridge neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the victims was the 51-year-old woman, who was stung about 1,000 times, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. She stayed in the pool until firefighters came to her aid.

The other victim was a 17-year-old girl, who was stung about 50 times before a sheriff's deputy forced the bees off her by dousing her with a fire extinguisher.

That deputy was also stung, but not seriously hurt.

Firefighters then killed most of the bees with foam and water, and a pest company helped remove the hive.

City News Service contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Seal Spotted Sunbathing in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:38:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sunbathing+seal.jpg

A seal was spotted sunbathing near the water at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Brooklyn Sunday.

Officials believe the seal came in with high tide, and was probably chasing fish.

The animal remained on the third step of a set of stairs leading into the water until swimming away with the return of high tide Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the seal did not appear to be injured.

A harp seal was spotted on Rockaway Beach earlier this week.

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<![CDATA[Fortune Cookie Numbers Win Lotto]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fortune-cookie-lottery.jpg
A fortune cookie from a Chinese restaurant in New York City lived up to its name after a Bronx woman won the lottery by playing the numbers on the message inside.
Emma Duvoll, 75, won $2 million after five of her numbers from the notoriously sweet and crunchy treat matched the drawing Feb. 1, she said at a New York Lottery news conference Thursday.
"I was surprised but pleased," Duvoll said.
New York Lottery said she bought the winning ticket in Pine Bush and realized the day after the drawing that she had won.
She chose the lump sum, which will be paid out as more than $1.2 million.
She said she plans to invest some of it and maybe take a trip to Switzerland.