<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:58:18 -0700 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:58:18 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Humboldt Fire Crews Save Marijuana Harvest]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pot_house3.jpg

Firefighters in Humboldt County responding to reports of a blaze earlier this week at what turned out to be a marijuana drying room saved some of the plants from being incinerated.

The cannabis, which appeared to be grown legally, as well as a dog were rescued, according to the Lost Coast Outpost.

Firefighters in oxygen masks and full gear could be seen neatly stacking armloads of drying marijuana after emerging from the home in Redway.

The fire apparently started when a fan in use in the drying room, a necessary component of any cannabis-growing operation, malfunctioned, the website reported.

Firefighters entering the drying room had to remove the marijuana from their path, and in doing so, they neatly spread it out on a tarp outside.

A fire official said, while he is no expert on the drug, he was told that the salvaged marijuana was in fact still usable.

Photo Credit: District Attorney's Office]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTO: Snakes on Subway Train]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:43:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/erichertzog-crop.jpg

Snakes on a plane? Fuggedaboutit. In New York City, surprised subway riders discovered two snakes on a train.

Eric Hertzog said he got on the C train at Canal Street this week and saw the man with the snakes. One snake was hanging from the railing, while another was between his legs.

The man started playing with the snakes, Hertzog told NBC 4 New York. One passenger nearly sat beside the reptiles, but ran to the other side of the car when he realized the snakes were there, Hertzog said.

The man put the snakes in bags and then into his backpack before exiting at 14th Street, Hertzog said.

Hertzog posted the photos on his Instagram account (below).

Other than service animals and working dogs for law enforcement, the MTA prohibits bringing animals on trains unless "enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers."


Photo Credit: Eric Hertzog]]>
<![CDATA["He's a Little Stressed": 37-Lb. Biggie the Cat Gets Medical Help]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:58:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-13-14-BiggieCat.png

A troublingly overweight cat joined his thinner counterparts at the Riverside Cat Hospital as doctors hope to alleviate his constipation and potentially reduce his immense size.

The cat, aptly named Biggie, weighs a whopping 37 pounds.

"He’s a little stressed, but he’s a very gentle, nice kitty," Dr. Nichole Agarwal told NBC4 on Monday.

Biggie joined the hospital over the weekend after his owner took him to the hospital out of concern for his lack of bowel movements. After initial diagnostics, the veterinary practice said the cat would need special care, but the owner could not afford the cost. The hospital then opted to formally adopt Biggie.

"This is the heaviest cat I have seen by far in my 10-year veterinary career," Agarwal said.

Biggie is suffering from severe constipation that could require surgery, according to the hospital. Veterinarians are also planning to place Biggie in a weight reduction program, in part to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and lower urinary tract disease that tend to afflict cats with a high level of obesity.

The weight loss plan would include a canned food-only diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, Agarwal said. The goal is for Biggie to lose 1 to 2 percent of his body weight per week on the diet.

The cat hospital is chronicling Biggie's weight loss journey on their Facebook page.

Agarwal said it could take a year or two to get him back down to a healthy body weight. The average weight of a house cat is about 8 to 10 pounds.

Veterinarians are giving the tubby cat pain medication and enemas, hoping they'll help move his stool through.

The hospital is asking for donations since his costs have gone up due to having to seek specialty care. Any extra funds will be for a special fund for cats in need. To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/biggie.

Biggie's weight loss mission comes after an obese Southern California cat named Little Dude, who once tipped the scale at 36 pounds, drew national attention as he fought for his health. Little Dude died in September.

Photo Credit: Nichole Agarwal]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Metal Object Falls From Sky]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mystery+metal+secaucus.jpg

Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from.

The employees at Secaucus Treatment Works said the 5-by-5 inch piece of metal debris hit a railing, ricocheted off a concrete tank, then hit the ground. It landed about 25 feet from where employees were working.

"It came close. It came pretty close," said employee Victor Suppa.

It "could have killed somebody, absolutely" if it hit anyone, added operations foreman Steven Bronowich.

The workers said the object isn't part of the plant and there were no planes in the sky at the time. They were afraid to touch it at first, but they later picked it up and examined it.

They went online in search of answers and came up with all sorts of theories.

"We went on the website and we looked up space shuttle tiles, and you could see that picture there, it basically matches up with that," said Bronowich.

It seems unlikely; the last space shuttle mission was more than three years ago. So far, no one has been able to give employees a theory that seems to fit.

Employees handed the tile over to the county health department. Officials there tell NBC 4 New York it appears to be made of ceramic, metal and rubberlike layers. They were giving the piece to the FAA Friday.  

Follow Michael George on Twitter at @MGeorge4NY

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<![CDATA[Man Squeezes Woman's Toes in Parking Lot: Police]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:05:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/514298485.jpg

Police are searching for a man who allegedly got a bit too “touchy-feely” with a woman’s feet at a grocery store parking lot in South Jersey. 

The woman told police she was loading groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot of the ShopRite on Ark Road in Mount Laurel around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

As she began to close her driver’s side door, a man stopped the door from closing. The man then told the woman he wanted to speak to her and complimented her toes, according to investigators.

The woman said the man then touched and squeezed two of her toes. After the woman told the man to stop touching her he let go and told her he was obsessed with toes, police said. He then walked away.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call Mount Laurel police at 856-234-1414.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Pounces on Car in San Jose]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:43:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1008-2014-SJ-MtLion.jpg

Surveillance video shows a mountain lion pouncing on top of a car in San Jose.

The homeowner said it happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Almaden Valley Country Club neighborhood.

Residents in the area said the large cat may have come from the Almaden County Quicksilver Park, which has open space and several trails.

<![CDATA[Kangaroos Slug It Out]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:06:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/2014-10-07-kangaroo-fight.jpg A pair of male kangaroos duked it out, pouch to pouch, in Australia.]]> <![CDATA[Philippines Zoo Offers Python Massages to Visitors]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:05:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/2014-10-07-python-massage.jpg A snake massage is the latest attraction at a zoo in the Philippines.]]> <![CDATA[Heroin in Padded Underwear: Cops]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:44:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/underwear3.jpg

A Massachusetts woman arrested when police found heroin and pills hidden underneath her padded underpants told police she wore the unusual garment because "I don't have a butt," police say.

Jill Roy, 33, and a passenger were both arrested during a traffic stop in Buzzards Bay last month when police say they found bags of pot and pills in Roy's car.

Bourne police said that when they first pulled Roy over Sept. 16, they found a large bag of marijuana under the front passenger seat. Then, as they were escorting her to the cruiser, a makeup bag containing several straws and various pills, some of them crushed, fell from her pants, also.

At the police station, Roy admitted the pot was hers and said she had a medical marijuana card, though she didn't have it with her.

Roy was then searched again, and an officer found her underwear had a hard exterior.

"I don't have a butt, so I wear these and another pair of underwear under it," Roy explained, according to police.

Police told her to take off the hard outer layer of underpants, and they found a bag of heroin and several bags of painkillers inside the underwear she was wearing underneath.

Roy was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail. She was charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor narcotics charges.

Roy has a very lengthy criminal record, according to the police report.

Roy's passenger Jennifer Johnson, 32, was arrested on two active warrants — one for unarmed robbery and intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official, and another for no inspection sticker/registration not in possession/operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licence.

Johnson was ordered held on $5,000 bail.

Photo Credit: Evidence Photo
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<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: $10,000 in Coffee Cans]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:09:32 -0700 NBC]]> NBC]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP041209016025.jpg Check out these weird news photos from around the world.

<![CDATA[Crabs Delay Flight]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:18:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crabs-Generic.jpg

A flight from LaGuardia Airport was delayed after crabs got loose in the plane's cargo hold, officials said.

US Airways flight 890 to Charlotte Douglas International Airport was delayed about half an hour Thursday night after live crabs that had been transported to New York City on the plane's previous voyage escaped their cages, a spokesman for the airline said.

Crews scurried to sweep the crustaceans out of the plane, which then continued safely to its destination.

Some passengers found the delay amusing and tweeted about the odd tarmac incident.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[New Jersey Man Shoots Down Drone]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:18:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone-file.jpg A Cape May County man shot down a drone hovering over his neighbor's yard and taking pictures.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Prison in Potted Plant Killing]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:37:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Carmen+Montenegro+in+court+June+2+2011.jpg

A Southern California woman found guilty of stabbing her longtime boyfriend to death, dismembering his body and burying some of the remains in potted plants was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Carmen Montenegro, a 54-year-old mother from Riverside, was convicted of first-degree murder last month in the 2011 killing of 62-year-old Samuel Wiggins. She was sentenced Monday, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said.

In May 2011, detectives who were investigating Wiggins’s disappearance turned their attention to Montenegro, who had been living in his home and using his accounts, prosecutors said.

Montenegro was arrested after detectives caught her pushing a trash can down the street with his remains inside.

Prosecutors said Montenegro had dismembered Wiggins’ body and buried his head and arms in potted plants that were found in Bell Gardens. The legs and torso were discovered buried at a home in Ontario.

Investigators determined that Wiggins was stabbed twice in the chest and 22 times in the back in his Diamond Bar home. Prosecutors said the crime scene had been significantly cleaned, with the carpet and tile removed to hide the evidence.

“We are pleased that the jury saw the case for what it was — a heinous crime — and that justice was served for the victim and his family,” said Deputy District Attorney Erica Gallegos in a news release.

<![CDATA[Bumbling Burglars Botch Beer Theft]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:10:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bumblingbeerbandit.jpg

A pair of beer bandits fumbled their way through the crime as they tried to steal upwards of 72 cans of beer from an Oakland Park, Florida, convenience store.

The two men were seen on surveillance video walking up to the store’s coolers and grabbing six 12-packs of beer. The duo then slowly made their way towards the registers before walking past them and trying to open the door.

That’s when the duo met their stiffest test: the front door.

The door was locked, and the first burglar twice tried running into it with his shoulder, both times to no avail. He slipped on the rug by the door and became frustrated enough to put down his beer and kick the door open, which finally opened for a getaway.

While the first man was picking up his beer, the second burglar walked quickly through the open door only to slip and fall just outside the store. The second burglar lost one of his cases of beer when he slipped and fell outside.

The first burglar ran out as the second man got up and retrieved as much of the beer as he could. Both eventually staggered back to their car, which was described as a green 1996 Honda with a Florida tag U39 4SC.

If you have any information about the bumbling beer bandits, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Fever: Healthy or Not?]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:12:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pumpkin_facial_111612_ew_380.jpg While many foods that contain "pumpkin" are automatically considered to be healthy, some pumpkin-flavored foods may actually be quite the opposite. Erika Edwards reports.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sheriff: Burglar Rips Off Home with Toddler in Tow]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:06:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tot-n-robber.jpg

Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man suspected of driving home a drunk man and then burglarizing the residence, with a young toddler, probably his daughter, in tow.

Sgt. Kelly Kent dubbed the beanie-clad burglar the "'Bad' Samaritan." Much of the suspect's actions were captured on home surveillance video positioned outside the victim's front door. The young, dark-haired girl was caught on video, too.

At one point, the suspect grabs the girl's hand and heaves her up onto his hip to put her out of the way as he is seen carrying out flat-screen TVs, furniture and other items from the home in a calm, methodical manner.

The 66-year-old victim and the suspect first met about 6:40 p.m. on Sept. 21, according to police. That's when the man told deputies he was intoxicated while walking to his home in the 2000 block of East Cliff Drive and needed a ride home so he could "sleep it off," Kent said.

He flagged down passing cars and was picked up near Sunny Cove Drive by the suspect, who was driving a 90's model dark-colored imported vehicle. Next to the driver was a toddler, who Kent said is most likely the suspect's daughter.

When they got to the man's home, the suspect helped the victim back into his house and waited inside until the man fell asleep.

Over a period of four hours, the driver, accompanied by the young girl, took two big-screen televisions, various pieces of furniture, a laptop computer, golf clubs, two men's suits, and a tuxedo, according to Kent. The video shows much of the robbery occurring. At times, he wipes fingerprints off the doors with his white T-shirt.

The suspect is described as approximately 20 years of age, wearing black shoes, white socks, black shorts, a white T-shirt, and a black beanie with multi-colored stripes. The girl has dark hair past her shoulders and was wearing light clothing.

The sheriff's office wants anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect or the toddler call the Sheriff's Office dispatch at (831) 471-1121.

Photo Credit: Screen grab from surveillance video/Santa Cruz County Sheriff
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<![CDATA[Spooky, Scary, Funny: Haunted House Reactions]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/July262012pic0084.JPG Celebrate the season! For the past four years, Nightmares Fear Factory has been scaring these poor souls, much to our delight! Hidden cameras capture the visitors wigging out.]]> <![CDATA[Wildest Food Crazes: Kale Day]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:55:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/168635609.jpg Cronuts, cupcakes and frozen s'mores are just some of the recent food trends that have swept the culinary world.

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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Madness: Craziest Treats]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:41:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice-fatte-Ramsey-Mathew.jpg It seems like everyone is going crazy over pumpkin spice-flavored this and that. Take a look at the wackiest pumpkin-inspired culinary items that might be worth a try this season. ]]> <![CDATA[$45K Ed Sullivan Statue Stolen From NoHo Exhibit]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:40:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/file-ed-sullivan-statue-stolen-atas.jpg

A brazen burglar went to a North Hollywood exhibit and stole a solid bronze statue of iconic TV host Ed Sullivan worth an estimated $45,000, police said Monday.

The 18-inch-long, 20-pound statue was reported missing from its pedestal Sunday morning from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’s Hall of Fame Plaza at 5220 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.

The statue, along with other tributes to classic TV personalities and pioneers, was being displayed in an outdoor exhibit.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance video at the plaza. They were also contacting local metal recycling yards for possible sightings.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the LAPD’s North Hollywood burglary detectives at (818) 623-4081.

<![CDATA[Tired of 3-Piece Suit? Enter the "Suitsy"]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:21:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/202*120/2014-09-29_12-27-28.jpg

San Francisco real estate developer Jesse Herzog has invented the look of a three-piece-suit into a comfy "onsie" for the man who just doesn't want to have to deal with the hassle of actually getting dressed.

Introducing the "Suitsy."

It's an all-in-one outfit that combines the pants, dress shirt and casual sport coat, which you step into it like mechanics overalls and pull it up from there.

Herzog put on the suit  Monday on the steps of the former stock exchange building in San Francisco's financial district. No need to button the shirt. There's a zipper for that. Fix the collar. Plop on the shoes. And he was ready for work in just under 28 seconds.

"The original genesis was I was sitting at work," Herzog said, explaining his "aha moment." "Thought it'd be great to look professional but also feel like I'm in my pajamas and be comfortable."

Herzog elaborated a little more: "Because the whole suit and tie thing? You know, you've got different elements going on. It's not as comfortable as a onesie. So I thought of you could combine those two, somewhere there could be a happy medium."

Clothing website Betabrand, which touts "New Ideas, Nonstop," has taken an interest in Herzog's prototype. The company is coming up with plans to bring the Suitsy to market by Christmas and cost at least $300 -about half the price of regular three-piece-suit. As of Monday, the outfit had 1,923 votes.

Herzog said he's heard from members of an orchestra and parking valets who would definitely be interested in a tuxedo version.

Yes, there's a downside to the Suitsy: Herzog wore it to his rehearsal dinner this past summer. It became an issue when a friend suggested he give his then fiancé his coat so she could stay warm.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Deer Swims in SoCal Pool]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:34:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/09_28_14__deer-encino-pool.jpg

With antlers and four legs, a deer was the last visitor an Encino homeowner was expecting to  find swimming in their backyard pool on Saturday.

However, the deer was not actually looking to cool down.

It appeared as though the deer accidentally fell in after getting trapped in the pool cover, the homeowner said.

The deer eventually made its way out of the pool, and was successfully captured by California Fish and Wildlife.

The deer was expected to be released back into the wild.

Photo Credit: RMG News]]>
<![CDATA[Guests Sneak Into Hotel, Bathe, And Leave]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:38:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Shower-head-generic-7308089.jpg

More slippery than a bar of soap, and the cleanest getaway yet.

A pair of "unknown suspects" managed to make their way undetected into a Half Moon Bay hotel room "just to take a shower" before making an escape, according to reports.

The San Francisco Examiner reported that a housekeeper at a hotel in the 3000 block of North Cabrillo Highway found two hotel rooms she had opened to clean "locked... from the inside."

That's where the suspects were "reportedly" using the showers sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m on Wednesday, the newspaper reported.

San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies were called, but by that time, the suspects had "used the showers and left through the rear windows," the newspaper reported.

No word on whether they hung up the towels before departing.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Named Lazarus Survives Euthanasia Attempt]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:43:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/animal-stories-AP695366171172_0.jpg A mutt in Alabama is known as that dog that wouldn't die after he survived a euthanasia attempt by a local animal shelter. The dog, who's new name is Lazarus, is now finding a new lease on life with his adopted family.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Flea Infestation Shuts Down Hayward School]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:30:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0922-2014-RuusElem.jpg

Students at an elementary school in Hayward, California, got the day off Monday after staff discovered a flea infestation on campus.

Ruus Elementary School officials confirm that at least one student suffered bites.

The flea infestation was not the only problem -- a water main break was also discovered on the campus. The school is being fumigated for fleas for the second time in the last few months.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[70-Pound Turtle Found Wandering Near SoCal Country Club]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:38:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/140921-la-canada-turtle.jpg

A turtle weighing a whopping 70 pounds was found wandering streets near a Southern California country club, officials said Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies found the common snapping turtle Thursday on the corner of Angeles Crest Highway and Starlight Crest Drive near the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club (map), where it had apparently stopped to rest several feet from a pond.

It was taken to Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Phelan.

“The turtle appears healthy – maybe too healthy, quite obese, and it’s probably eaten everything that’s been in the pond with it,” said Joel Almquist of Forever Wild.

The turtle’s appetite can be a danger, as common snapping turtles are known to eat anything and everything in sight.

“They’re very detrimental to the native wildlife here,” Almquist said. “They eat everything that they can fit in their mouths, and apparently by the size of this one, it has.”

“If he grabbed onto a finger, you would be one digit less,” he added.

It is unclear where the turtle came from, since it is not native to the area. Almquist said it may be someone’s lost pet.

Forever Wild will likely build a special pond where the hulking turtle will be housed, Almquist said.

<![CDATA[Woman Sits in Redwood City Oak Tree]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:21:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RWC+TREE+SITTER+RAW+ROJAS+1515+PDT+-+23423605.jpg

Save the tree or… else! That’s what one woman on the Peninsula told crews who arrived to cut down an old oak Friday morning.

For the last century, the tree has been growing on the corner of Goodwin and Alameda de Las Pulgas in Redwood City, which is named for the soaring trees that line neighborhood streets. The city says this particular tree is diseased and needs to come down, but Gwen Minor is determined to save the oak – and others.

“I cried when I heard this tree was coming down,” Minor said.

Neighbors told NBC Bay Area the tree is a landmark that lets them know they’re home.

“It’s beauty, longevity – and an understanding that we’re flashes in the pan and things keep going after us,” Minor said.

But the 100-plus-year-old valley oak is sick, according to city arborists, diseased with a root fungus. “It’s not like we are going to lose a forest,” assistant city manager Bill Ekern said. “We just need this tree taken down for safety.”

Ekern said crews were supposed to cut the oak down Friday morning, but stopped when they found a visitor in the branches.

How’d she get up there? Minor said she climbed a ladder.

Why’d she go up there? “These things need special care and they can’t speak for themselves,” she said.

Minor said she wants the city to discuss ways to protect aging trees before it’s too late. “We didn’t get enough time to really unite as a community to try to save this tree,” Minor said. “This tree to me is a symbol for what we need to be planting for future generations.”

So, before crews eventually return with saws, the neighborhood gets to say goodbye to the old oak tree. Neighbor Brooke Wagner even picked up a handful of acorns so her kids will be able to someday enjoy a big oak on the corner.

“It’s a great feeling,” Wagner said, standing in the shadow of the tree. “I love to see all the people coming around.”

Redwood City leaders said the tree is dangerous and will have to come down, but they promise to plant another tree in its place.

As for Minor, she planned to climb down from the tree sometime before sunset Friday.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Cop Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:48:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/cop+car+into+dunkin+donuts+berlin.jpg

A South Jersey police vehicle slammed into a doughnut shop Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop along White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11 a.m. Winslow Township Police said the SUV crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified Winslow Township Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment.

No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see the Winslow Township Police SUV right through the front window of the coffee shop with the driver's side door open.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. No word yet on when repairs will be made.

Investigators said that the officer wasn't headed to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Kenny LaFountaine]]>
<![CDATA[Professor: Mushroom Material Could Replace Plastics]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:52:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/9634f97b21924142b454ab52b9e54809.JPG.jpg

A fine arts professor has figured out a way to build flame-resistant, extremely-strong furniture out of mushrooms.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that University of San Francisco prof Philip Ross discovered the secret qualities of fungi while trying to set a sculpture he'd made out of mycelium on fire.

And wouldn't you know? The darn thing wouldn't burn.

Another item the artist made out of mushrooms also shattered a wall, while remaining relatively intact, he told the newspaper. 

It was then he realized the "versatile, indestructible qualities" of the mushroom, the newspaper reported, which could someday replace plastics. And some companies are catching on.

One company is already trying this out. MycoWorks uses mycelium, mushroom fibers, as an ingredient in some of its building materials, the newspaper reported.

The material isn't durable enough to be walked upon, but it can be used as a laminate that would be flame-resistant and strong, the newspaper reported.

<![CDATA[Deputies Rescue Two Pigs in Santa Clarita]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:23:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/pigs4.JPG

You wouldn't think that pig wrangler would be in a cop's job description.

But for deputies in the bedroom community of Santa Clarita on Wednesday, it was.

Two pigs got loose from their home near Cherry Street and Peachland Avenue in Newhall, more than 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

It took the muscle of deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita station to save them. Neighbors called deputies reporting pigs running loose in the streets.

"As you consider commenting on this story online or on social media, we ask you to remember that law enforcement officials are here to serve and protect the public and uphold a tradition of service, a job that requires thick skin and a sense of humor," Deputy Josh Dubin quipped.

It took about 90 minutes for deputies to find out where the pigs lived and returned them safely to their pens.

The pigs were unharmed.

Animal care officials were trying to figure out how the animals got loose.