<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:25:20 -0800 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:25:20 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NJ Officer Saves Trapped Skunk]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:55:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cop-Saves-Skunk.jpg

As an officer in the Ocean Gate Police Department in New Jersey, it’s Jonathan Whitney’s job to serve and protect members of the community, even if that member runs on four legs rather than two. That’s why Ptl. Whitney didn’t hesitate to help when he spotted a skunk with its head stuck inside a Burger King orange juice carton earlier this month in Ocean Gate.

“I wanted to help it,” Whitney told NBC10.

Ptl. Whitney recorded himself as he tried to figure out how to help the animal.

“Come here buddy,” Whitney says in the 2 ½ minute clip. “You got to get this off your head, man.”

The situation was especially tense for the officer given the fact that he had already been sprayed by a skunk prior to the recorded encounter.

“I know how bad it was to get sprayed,” Whitney said. “My heart was racing the entire time.”

Despite his nervousness, Whitney knew he had to act quickly.

“I realized that if I didn’t take it off, there was no way he was going to get that thing off,” Whitney said.

Whitney was finally able to remove the juice carton and the skunk scurried away. Whitney then smiled in front of the camera celebrating the successful rescue.

The video was posted on the Ocean Gate Police Department Facebook page back on Nov. 19 and has already been viewed over 23,600 times. The clip also comes with a disclaimer; if you see a wild animal in need, don’t approach it, and contact a professional instead.

“Please don’t do what I did,” Whitney said.

Check out the full video of the rescue above.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Gobble Gang: Turkeys Invade Denver Suburb]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:22:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/tuekry-112215.PNG

A rafter of fearless turkeys swarmed a suburb of Denver, Colorado, merely days before the birds' presumed worst nightmare: Thanksgiving. 

On Sunday morning, Amy and Ruben Rodriguez counted about 18 of the avian guests on their front yard, NBC affiliate KUSA reported. 

The couple watched the turkeys peck and gobble on their lawn, according to KUSA.

Hopefully the gang gets out of there before Thanksgiving. 

Photo Credit: Amy and Ruben Rodriguez ]]>
<![CDATA[450 Pork Tamales Seized at LAX]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:14:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/151102-tamalez-seized-lax-1.jpg

Hundreds of tamales were seized by customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month, federal officials said Wednesday.

Stuffed inside the 450 leaf-wrapped treats were not drugs, weapons or other contraband — only pork meat, which customs agents say could potentially introduce foreign animal diseases into the U.S.

The bust was made Nov. 2 during an inspection of plastic bags belonging to a passenger who had arrived to LAX from Mexico. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the traveler declared bringing food into the U.S., but did not disclose that it contained pork meat products.

A customs agriculture specialist inspected the traveler's bags and found the tamales filled with pork. The tamales were seized and destroyed, and the traveler was given a $1,000 fine for commercial activity with the intent to distribute, officials said.

"Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever," said Anne Maricich, the CBP acting director of field operations in Los Angeles.

According to the CBP, customs agents in the 2014 fiscal year intercepted more than 1.6 million animal by-product, meat and plant-soil quarantine products nationwide.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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<![CDATA[Annual Tradition of a Scuba Diving Santa]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:09:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_christmasdiving1117_1500x845.jpg A scuba diving Santa and his reindeer helpers decorate a tree 80 feet below the surface of waters off Japan's Sado Island.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Biker Grabs Passenger's Toes]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:43:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/zim-killgore-motorcycle-toe-grabber.gif

As if you didn't need a reason for why sticking your feet out of a moving car would be a bad idea.

How about this?

A motorcyclist surprised an unsuspecting passenger when he grabbed her feet while he was riding next to the car on a freeway.

Zim Killgore, a photographer, filmed himself cruising down a San Diego highway on his motorcycle when he noticed a pair of Halloween-themed feet poking out the window of a Toyota Camry.

As Killgore catches up to the car, the video dramatically slows down — and Killgore's gloved hand reaches out and grabs the lounging person's toes.

The passenger's feet immediately pull back, and Killgore zooms past — and you can see the passenger peer out the window at her toe pincher.

"Don't stick your feet out the car or else I'll grab 'em," he wrote in the video description.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Zim Killgore]]>
<![CDATA[Nude Man Breaks Into Massage Parlor]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:53:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11PT_VO_NAKED_MASSAGE_T_KNSD7O9T_1200x675_568914499780.jpg

A naked man apparently found the cover he was seeking as he stole T-shirts from a massage parlor in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, though his lower half was still left exposed to the elements.

Security cameras caught the bizarre break-in Monday night at Happy Head Massage on University Avenue.

Clad in nothing but his shoes, the suspect climbed in through a back window and began wandering around the business, owner Michael Pritsker told NBC 7 Tuesday.

After a shower in the bathroom, the man is seen on surviellance video walking to the reception area. He grabs shirts from a rack and takes lotion from nearby shelves.

"Just pure silliness... watching this character break in just to steal lotion and some T-shirts," said Pritsker. "I could’ve given him one for free if he really wanted one."

Video shows the nude man then running out the front door.

The owner said he did not recognize the suspect. After San Diego police officers responded Tuesday, Pritsker said he decided not to file a police report because nothing of large value was taken.

However, if the suspect is found, Pritsker can decide whether to file a report and press charges.

<![CDATA[Coyote Captured Inside a Safeway in Danville]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:11:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Video_1200x675_566757443988.jpg

Customers at a Safeway in Danville got quite the scare when a coyote made its way into the grocery store late Friday.

Police say the coyote was found behind the counter of the seafood section. Animal control was able to corral the animal and safely remove it.

No injuries were reported and it is not known how the coyote got inside the store.

<![CDATA[6,000-Pound Boom Box Fish Tank]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:25:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Butler+2.png

Jimmy Butler told Animal Planet’s “Tanked” crew he wanted an aquarium for his new River North, Illinois, pad that fish would be able to ‘bump’ in – and that’s exactly what he got.

The Chicago Bulls guard was featured on the popular show that tricks out tanks, and told the aquarium masters he loves music and wanted his new addition to reflect his off-the-court passion.

In the heart of River North, Butler just purchased the 10,000 square foot mansion for $4.3 million. It includes a 750-bottle wine cellar, 3-car garage, spacious deck, 'man cave' and billiards table – one thing it didn’t have is a super swanky fish tank, but luckily that’s now changed.

What Animal Planet’s Wayde King and Brett Raymer revealed to him was a 6,000-pound epic boom box aquarium that even has speakers inside so his new fish can hear the music too.

The two initially offered up a basketball-themed tank, which Butler immediately put the kibosh on.

“Terrible idea!” Butler said. “Terrible! The basketball idea is not the right idea for this situation.”

He went on to push them in the music direction, saying, “I’m a really big music guy.” What might be unexpected to some is that the Bulls star is big into country music.

Butler’s reaction to his new massive old-school boom box tank, which they surprised him with on his way back from Bulls practice, was nothing short of amazement.

“OH! This is beautiful man!” Butler said. “This is better than I could have ever imagined … This is big time.”

The team even put 50 fish inside the tank in honor of the Chicago Bulls' 50th anniversary.

The full "Tanked" episode airs on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.

Back in July, Butler reportedly signed a $90 million, 5-year-contract to stay with the team.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet
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<![CDATA[Deer Lands in Backseat After Crash]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:29:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/plano+deer.jpg

As a longtime driver of tractor trailers, Christopher Coleman, of Frisco, Texas, has encountered all kinds of obstacles on the road.

But none compare to what he experienced while driving home from work on Wednesday.

Coleman was driving on the Sam Rayburn Tollway near Spring Creek Parkway in Plano at about 4:30 p.m. when he said he noticed a deer on the side of the road.

"I admired it and, by that time, I heard a loud bang," Coleman said.

In video provided by the North Texas Tollway Authority, the deer is seen darting into oncoming traffic before slamming into Coleman's Mercedes Benz. The deer bounced off his hood and shattered his windshield and sunroof. Coleman thought the deer flew over his car, but it ended up in the back seat.

"I seen a deer in my backseat, and my first thought was, 'I have to get out of the car before it starts moving, because if it starts moving I'm dead,'" he said.

In photos taken by Plano firefighters at the scene, the deer is wedged behind the driver's seat. It was taken that way to a tow yard in Plano.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department removed the deer's body Thursday. Game wardens said deer are on the move right now because it's mating season.

Looking back at what happened, Coleman said he's amazed he's at home without a scratch.

"It was just a blessing. I was just happy to be alive," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Conn. Homeowner Gets Pot in Mail]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:47:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/east+windsor+pot_1200.jpg

An East Windsor, Connecticut, homeowner was surprised to receive a package containing six pounds of pot on Thursday.

The person called police to say they had received the package from Florida from an unknown sender. The homeowner opened it and found the packaged marijuana inside.

The pot has a street value of approximately $6,000, according to police.

Authorities are investigating.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police]]>
<![CDATA[Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over by Police]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:56:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Google+Car+Pulled+Over.JPG

When a Northern California police officer pulled over a slow moving car Thursday, he wasn't greeted by a driver.

That's because he pulled over one of Google's Autonomous Vehicles.

The Google car was going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone, which caused traffic to back up, according to the Mountain View Police blog

The officer asked the vehicle's operators how they were choosing speeds and informed them of the congestion. 

"Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often," the Google Self-Driving Car Project group said on a Google+ post. 

Google's self-driving cars are allowed to operate on roadways with speed limits at 35 mph, according to police. California law requires that autonomous vehicles to have a driver in the vehicle with the ability to immediately take control at all times. The company put out a statement on Thursday to explain its cars do not operate over 25 mph for safety reasons.

"We want (our cars) to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets," the Google Self-Driving Car Project group said.

Google is proud to say that they have never been ticketed to date after 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving. Had the officer decided to issue a citation, Mountain View Police Department spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger says the person in the position to be in control of the car would have been ticketed.

Photo Credit: Zandr Milewski
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<![CDATA[600 Bobbleheads Left Near Doorstep]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:59:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Denorfia+bobbleheads.jpg

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego.

Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors.

The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police Department told Philip Jia it was the strangest call she’d ever received.

Jia and a handful of his young 20-something roommates in University City asked if an officer could come out and take a look at the items someone dumped in the middle of their condo complex street.

Hundreds of Padres bobbleheads littered the pavement and they all had the same face.

“I’m now a huge Chris Denorfia fan,” said Philip Jia, who along with his roomates had never heard of the former Padres player now sitting in more boxes than they could carry.

And so began the great bobblehead mystery of 2015.

“We opened them up expecting to find something a little more nefarious,” Jia said, referring to when they first opened the bobblehead boxes.

“We thought it was from a drug cartel or something,” echoed roommate Jalena Lau. “But when we went through them, they were just regular bobbleheads."

The police department sent an officer who took a report, but advised the group to simply help out their HOA and clean the mess up.

They loaded about half the Denorfia bobbleheads into their apartment, decorating the bedroom of a roommate who wasn’t home and went to bed.

They left the rest in the street and by morning they were gone, presumably taken by neighbors.

The roommates gave them away to co-workers, friends, and family members, but the bobbling Denorfias still hold a hefty presence inside their home.

A huge stack lines the front entry and another pile sits under the inside basketball hoop.

“Actually, we had a huge Halloween party and a lot of our friends came over and it was kind of a like a present we gave out to everyone,” said Lau.

The roommates never heard back from police, so if the Denorfias were stolen or some kind of contraband, it wasn’t reported.

The real Chris Denorfia was traded from the Padres back in July of 2014 and now plays for the Cubs.

The roommates, who’ve considered flooding the Ebay market where some of the same figurines are listed for $20, say the Denorfia Bobblehad demand apparently just isn’t what it used to be.

Photo Credit: Steven Luke]]>
<![CDATA[Skateboarding Dog and More Bizarre World Records]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:04:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DogWorldRecord.jpg From dogs on skateboards, to people doing laps on a track on their hands, here are some of the world's most bizarre world records.]]> <![CDATA[Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:58:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Mariyln+Monroe+statue+1200.jpg

It took less than four minutes for someone to run off with Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn's Pub in Bristol, Connecticut, caught someone on camera stealing the restaurant's Marilyn Monroe statue just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The thief first backed a white van up to the patio area and walked up to the life-sized Marilyn statue. The burglar, covering his or her face from the cameras, headed back to the vehicle, opened the doors, then rushed back to sweep the 42-pound statue before dashing away.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's a sad state of affairs that somebody would take something so nice that was put at a location at an establishment for enjoyment for everybody," Marilyn's Pub patron Enrico Chiarillo.

"They steal the plants, the pumpkins, the bows off the building. The statue? That's a little too far," Diane Baral, who owns Marilyn's Pub, said.

Baral couldn't believe it when she saw the surveillance video and said it's a blow to have their well-known and well-loved blonde bombshell stolen. Inside the restaurant, another life-sized statue stands as well as pictures of Marilyn along the walls. The famous actress is an important part of the pub that's been in Bristol for three years.

"Everyone likes the Marilyn experience. They come and take pictures," said Baral.

Now Baral and the people who love sitting with the statue hope the thief caught on camera does the right thing.

"Just bring her back. She belongs here. If you like her that much, come here every night and have a couple beers with her," patron Denise Dionne said.

"Please return her. She belongs here. No questions asked. Bring her back," said Baral.

Baral says they're not going to replace Marilyn, so their only hope is the person who took her brings her back.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the statue is asked to call Bristol police.

Photo Credit: Marilyn's Pub]]>
<![CDATA[Raiders LB Investigated For Barking at K-9]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:35:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+RAIDERS+LINEBACKER+INCIDENT+VO+-+00000000.jpg

An Oakland Raiders player may be facing criminal charges after a confrontation with a police dog.

Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong is accused of taunting a K-9 before Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Armstrong reportedly lifted his shirt, pounded his chest and barked at the dog in the stadium’s tunnel.

In Pennsylvania, taunting a dog is a third-degree felony and comes with up to seven years of jail time.

During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said that he understood why such a charge exists but that the circumstances don’t rise to the level of a criminal act, NBC Sports reported.

“I’ve caught wind of this story. I’m going to put it in the ‘silly’ category,” Del Rio, who had not spoken to Armstrong about the possible charge, said. “I think once the facts come to light I don’t think there’s going to be much of an issue. I wouldn’t make too much of it.”

Armstrong has made no comment, NBC Sports reported.

<![CDATA[Runaway Emu in Delaware]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:22:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Runaway-Emu-Delaware.jpg

Drew Hurst told NBC10 he didn’t know what to think when his grandson told him a giant bird caused a lockdown at Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center in Townsend, Delaware. 

“You weren’t allowed to go play in school because a giant emu was running around in your playground and it was being chased by police?” Hurst asked.

“Uh huh,” his grandson replied.

It turns out his grandson was right. A runaway emu was spotted nearby Spring Meadow as well as Old State Elementary School Monday leading to a “soft lockdown” at both schools. Officials sent a letter alerting parents and informing them that students remained inside the building while normal activity continued. Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident.

The emu, which officials believe is an escaped pet of an owner who has yet to claim it, has been on the loose in Delaware for months, eluding police and animal control officers.

“I am getting frustrated,” said Dan Stonebraker who runs the 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton, Delaware. “Yesterday we were out there for a few hours and we got closer than ever. We had our hands on it, physically, twice.”

Officials say shooting the bird with a tranquilizer is a last resort and have been trying to safely capture it. Stonebraker said emus are relatively safe unless they’re cornered. Officials warn residents not to get too close or threaten the emu due to its sharp talons.

Officials believe the emu can survive the upcoming Delaware winter but they’re trying to capture it soon before it wanders off into traffic and causes an accident.

<![CDATA[Flushed Engagement Ring Found]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:09:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/flushedring-111015.PNG

A woman in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, California, learned the hard way that you have to remember where you put your engagement ring after she accidentally flushed it down the toilet.

But all was not lost. The engagement ring was found.

Carissa Wolter told NBC4 that she placed her engagement ring and earrings in a tissue while she cleaned the bathroom.

She was frantic when she realized that in the midst of cleaning that she tossed it in the toilet and flushed.

"It's like a needle in a haystack. How would you find a ring and two small earrings in a sewer?" Wolter said.

A crew helped lift the manhole cover connected to her home and they found the priceless jewelry.

They said she was lucky to have a low flow sewer main. Otherwise the ring would have been a goner.  

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Huge Gator Caught in Parking Lot]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 04:10:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gator2.PNG

A 12-and-a-half-foot, 800 pound, 50-year-old alligator was caught Saturday morning in Sugar Land.

According to NBC affiliate KPRC, the gator was near Oyster Creek behind a shopping center and was discovered when employees arrived at work.

The gator, which has since been nicknamed “Godzilla” because of its size, was in the back parking lot where employees park their car.

KPRC reports alligator hunter Christy Kroboth and an officer tried to tie up the reptile but he fought a tough fight.

“We tried to do a front catch with him where you hold jaws and get him taped, but he was so big," she said. "His jaws were too big for my hands. ."

“We tried several different attempts on how to catch him," Kroboth continued. "Finally, we thought we had him wore out enough to put two people on the back of him and kinda outweigh him, which clearly did not work."

She told KPRC 2 in Houston, “He still had some fight in him. Obviously no death roll or anything like that. So we were all able to get off safely then he was able to swat me with the tail.”

Godzilla will reportedly live out the rest of his days at an alligator farm in El Campo.

Photo Credit: KPRC]]>
<![CDATA[Bright Lights Prompt Talk of UFOs, Gov. Cover-Up]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:56:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BRIGHT-LIGHT-SD-1107+2015.gif

A UFO, a meteor shower or a government cover-up. Twitter lit up on Saturday night after a what looked like a meteor that exploded into a spotlight before fading into the fog.

The mysterious lights that appeared around sunset prompted lookiloos from as far away as Nevada and Arizona to take out their cellphones, shoot videos and pictures, call 911 and flood news media with questions.

The bright light that streaked across the state turned out to be an unarmed missile fired by the Navy from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.

Photo Credit: Tony Shin
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<![CDATA[Strange Lights Appear in Calif. Sky]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:44:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BRIGHT-LIGHT-SD-1107+2015.gif

Viewers across California and parts of the West Coast reported seeing a strange, large flash of light across the Pacific Ocean Saturday night as the U.S. Navy was conducting a missile test.

Many viewers called NBC San Diego, NBC Southern California and NBC Bay Area reporting a green and blue colored streak of bright light through the sky, reported as far south as Mexico and as far north as the Bay Area. Some viewers even reported seeing it in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. 

"It was really slow and then exploded really gray and there was some blue lights it just looked really weird," Sokhom Thoeun, who was walking on a San Diego beach with his family, told NBC7.

"I'm like it's not a firework, it's not a falling star, it's not the moon... I don't know what it was... but it was the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life," said witness Jessica Blecker.

Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy's Third Fleet said the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, causing the bright light.

Read the Navy's full statement below: 

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch."

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles confirmed through the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu that the light was a missile test. However, the location of where the missile was fired has not been disclosed, Capt. Jonathon S. Spaner, commander of Sector San Diego and San Diego Captain of the Port, told NBC7's Bridget Naso

The Coast Guard sector said it spoke with the Department of Defense and confirmed it was a missile test. The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted the bright lights were the result of a Naval test fire off the coast. 

Los Angeles International Airport officials warned residents earlier that overnight air traffic patterns would be altered Saturday and continuing into next week because of activity from a nearby military base.

LAX officials said it would deviate from its "Over-Ocean Operations" that are typically in effect from midnight to 6:30 a.m. During those hours, incoming flights normally land at LAX from over the
ocean to reduce noise for residents living east of the airport.

"Due to the military airspace activity, however, incoming flights will use the overland westerly route when approaching the airport," according to LAWA.

Outbound flights will continue to take off to the west, over the ocean. The change in overnight operations will continue through Nov. 12, according to LAWA.

The lights prompted a flood of phone calls and police called news outlets to tell them to tell residents not to panic because 911 was inundated with reports. 

NBC 7 continues to investigate the bright light. Did you see the light? If so, tell us where you were below in the comments thread. 

Photo Credit: Tony Shin]]>
<![CDATA[Bunny on Boston Train]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:04:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CTNKV6BXAAAE8tB.jpg

Ever wonder how rabbits get around the city? Much like us, they hop on the train.

Transit police shared a photo of a bunny sitting in a seat on an MBTA train, asking passengers to keep their furry friends in their carriers and out of harm's way.

Photo Credit: MBTA Transit Police
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<![CDATA[Adorable Calf Has Identity Crisis, Thinks He's A Dog]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:59:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/file-cow.jpg

In "utterly" adorable news of the day, a calf that was rescued by a Bay Area family in Danville is convinced that he's a dog.

The baby cow, named Goliath, was recently rescued from a dairy farm where he was going to be slaughtered, according to his new owner, Shaylee Hubbs, 17. She told Country Living that little Goliath was hardly "strong enough to suck on a milk bottle," and that "the journey to health wasn't an easy one."

Now, Goliath is doing better than ever, but he seems to be in the midst of an identity crisis: The bovine pet has been eating Kibble, dozing off on comfy couches and sitting on dog beds.

The family attributes the case of mistaken identity to the family dog, Leonidas, who took Goliath in when the baby calf came home. Apparently, the Great Dane became a bit of a mother figure to the tiny cow.

"Leonidas would lay down with the sick little cow for hours just to keep him company," Hubbs told Country Living. "They've become best friends."

The story of Leonidas and Goliath has been a hit on social media, where Hubbs first posted a picture of her pets. Since then, the story has garnerned national attention. People just can't seem to get enough.

Photo Credit: Getty/file
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<![CDATA[Palo Alto Shack Selling for $2 Million]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 02:39:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1105-2015-PaloAltoShack.jpg

A 180-square foot shack in Palo Alto, California, can be yours for just under $2 million.

The one bedroom, one bathroom shack is 85 years old, according to Estately. The shack is located in the Barron Park neighborhood, near Stanford and top elementary schools.

Neighbors are shocked at the price tag.

"I cannot believe it. That's crazy," Palo Alto-resident Viresh Rustagi said. "We moved here in 2011. House prices have almost doubled since that."

The shack sits on a 6,800-square foot lot, so it is primed for a tear down. The listing states it is a great spot to build a dream home.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Spotted at Netflix HQ: 'Netflix AND CHILL']]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:49:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/netflixmainOCT.PNG

Someone is taking the "Netflix and chill" thing to the next level.

A passerby snapped this photo of the graffiti spray-painted outside Netflix's headquarters in Los Gatos and sent it to NBC Bay Area.

For the uninitiated, "Netflix and chill" is slang for hooking up. As Fusion explains: "It began as a plain, descriptive phrase ('Can’t wait to leave work so I can watch Netflix and chill!'), and stayed that way for several years before acquiring a loose sexual connotation ('Wanna come over for Netflix and chill? ;)') and, eventually becoming a known code phrase ('He said he loves me, but I know he just wants to Netflix and chill')." (Here's a video of Seth Myers explaining what it means).

The photo generated a lot of excitement on Twitter, but the sign itself was shortlived.

According to Elite Daily, the "And Chill" part was taken down pretty fast. The photo however lives on.

Photo Credit: Contributed Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Photo May Have Captured Notorious Ghost]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:48:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lead6.jpg

According to Pleasanton town lore, there's a ghost woman who haunts the Museum on Main and the city streets. Rumor has it an angry customer murdered the unnamed "lady of the night" in 1870, and she's been lurking around ever since, scaring residents and town visitors alike.

Now, some residents believe the infamous ghost-woman has been caught on camera.

During a tour of the Museum on Main's annual haunted house, a visitor snapped what some are saying is photographic evidence of the ghoulish lady. The photo shows one of the museum's actresses standing in front of a mirror, with an odd apparition behind her.

Reporters from the neighborhood website Patch heard about the mysterious photo and tried to recreate the photo the next day, but it couldn't be done.

So, could the odd blur be the murdered lady? Sound off in the comments. 

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<![CDATA[Boy OK After 'Last Supper' Fall]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 09:02:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Praylow+Boy+Out+Window+The+Last+Supper+Jesus.jpg

Divine intervention may have saved a boy who fell two stories and walked away in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Dionna Praylow was getting 3-year-old son Reginald ready for his evening bath Wednesday inside their Dickinson Street row home. She left the boy for a moment to grab his pajamas and when Praylow returned, Reginald was gone.

Praylow said she ran frantically downstairs and as she got to the door, her son, naked, was limping back into the home, crying but unscathed aside from a bruise to his arm.

When the boy's family went outside to see where he had fallen, they discovered Reginald had landed on his grandmother's framed picture of Jesus at "The Last Supper" that was sitting outside their Point Breeze home.

Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit investigators looked into the fall since it involved a young child. They said it appeared the boy stood up while in the bathroom and leaned on the windowsill before accidentally pushing out the plexiglass window, falling into the backyard. The boy fell onto a framed picture, police said.

Medics took the boy to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors checked him out and released him, said police.

Reginald was no worse for wear Thursday.

"He's acting normal, running around," Praylow said Thursday.

The family didn't know why the picture was outside, but Praylow said the family has since moved the picture that apparently saved her son to their family room.

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<![CDATA[Sanders' Face on Underwear Line]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:11:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Bernie%27s+Briefs.jpg

The White House aspirations of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, have inspired a new underwear company that mixes pop culture and politics.

"Bernie's Briefs" launched just last week, and is the brainchild of Alexandra MacLean, Nick Sherman, and Todd Bailey. The three work at KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm based in Montpelier, and said they developed Bernie's Briefs as a fun sideline business.

The underwear, in both men's and ladies' styles, is screen printed with a simple black-and-white line drawing of Sanders' face, and the message "Feel the Bern," which has become a rallying cry on social media for Sanders supporters. Each pair costs $15 plus shipping and handling.

"It's just an opportunity to bring something fun into what is otherwise a very serious matter," MacLean said of the internet-based mail-order business.

The business insisted this should not be seen as some sort of insult to the self-described Democratic Socialist, whose campaign for president has really elevated concerns of income inequality, the struggles of the middle class, environmental matters, and what Sanders has called the corrupting influence of big-money on politics.

The company founders said they admire Sanders for his passion on those serious issues, and MacLean told necn she feels his presence in the presidential race has been very good for the political process and for what Sanders has done to try to represent more Americans’ voices.

MacLean also said she has appreciated seeing more of the "lighter side" of Sanders in recent weeks, through appearances on late night TV and talk shows like "Ellen," where Sanders responded to a question from host Ellen DeGeneres and revealed he prefers briefs over boxers.

MacLean said a now-famous "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which Larry David plays Sanders and decries how billionaires have three or four pairs of underwear but he only has one, was what convinced her and her colleagues to strike while the iron was hot and launch "Bernie's Briefs."

MacLean told necn that sales are picking up, and orders have come in from across the country, but mostly from the northeast, at this point.

"This campaign is exciting, and they want to show support for him and his issues," MacLean said of her customers, whom she described as Sanders supporters. "I think it's just a little bit of fun, and they appreciate that."

Beavin & Son's in Montpelier is handling the screen printing of the underwear.

"I think it could take off," Sheila Beavin told necn, noting this is the first time the company has ever silk screened men's underwear. "It's a great novelty, and now's the time to have it."

But on the other side of the political spectrum, Republicans need underwear too. So what about those customers? Could Bernie's Briefs expand to put faces of other presidential candidates on underwear, maybe by adding a line of “Trump's Trunks?”

"I think at this point, we're going to stick with Bernie," MacLean said, laughing at the notion of having a whole line of presidential underwear. "He's a Vermonter, we're Vermonters, and that's really why we're doing this."

MacLean said 10 percent of the proceeds from her cheeky business will benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund, with donations made in the name of Bernie Sanders. That charity supports injured service members.

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<![CDATA[SF Homeowner Builds Illegal Driveway]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:08:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/joostavenuehome.jpg

A San Francisco resident is engaged in a rogue street-level battle to build a driveway.

SocketSite noted the real estate skirmish happening in a two-bedroom family home in the city's Sunnyside neighborhood. A property purchased for $705,000 last January came without a driveway and so the new owner appears to be building one.

The problem is there haven't been any permits filed to do the work on the sloping property and the owner may have contracted the work after being told that it could be a hard case to approve.

The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection issued a Notice of Violation and placed "no parking" tape across the construction site, but the publication noted that the tape was removed once the inspector left the area.

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<![CDATA[Police 'Pull Over' Slow Tortoise]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:59:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/102915+PBSO+tortoise.jpg

A tortoise was "pulled over" in Palm Beach County for doing what comes naturally: going too slowly.

According to the Facebook page for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the tortoise was plodding along Wednesday on Gateway Boulevard westbound, just west of Lawrence Road Wednesday, and causing traffic problems.

Deputies "pulled over" the tortoise and placed him in the rear of their patrol vehicle.

Deputies decided not to take the tortoise to jail, instead opting to deliver the animal to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter.

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<![CDATA[Driver Uses 'Zombie Baby' in Carpool Lane: Police]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:25:30 -0800 tweeted "At least he's in the [Halloween] spirit. #TrickOrTicket."]]> tweeted "At least he's in the [Halloween] spirit. #TrickOrTicket."]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/weirdNews-Credit-Washington-State-Patrol--Trooper-Guy-Gill.jpg

A Washington state driver buckled in a zombie baby doll in the passenger seat, hoping to trick his way through the carpool lane, police said.

Washington State Patrol said the man used the doll — complete with a blood-smeared grin — in his car before crossing into the high-occupancy vehicle lane during the Tuesday morning commute on Interstate 5 near Tacoma.

Washington state Trooper Guy Gill spotted the ruse and gave the driver a $136 ticket. The man was let off the hook when the agency "gave him a break for not having a car seat," Gill joked.

"At least he's in the (Halloween) spirit," Gill tweeted.

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<![CDATA[Md. Officer Disguised as Homeless Man Catches Drivers Texting]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:30:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/102715+cop+posing+as+homeless.jpg

A man holding a cardboard sign on the side of a road in Montgomery County, Maryland, Tuesday morning looked homeless on first glance -- but he was actually a police officer in disguise working to catch people texting and driving.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover in jeans, sunglasses and a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up as part of enforcement against a growing number of dangerous distracted drivers.

Commuters who paid attention would see the sign he held said not that he was asking for money but, "I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations."

When Robinson spotted a driver using their phone, he ducked his head behind his sign to speak into a police radio and alert officers further east on River Road.

"Pay attention to what we're doing, that way we can reduce accidents and save lives," he said.

Officers issued a total of 56 tickets county-wide, including 31 tickets and 9 warnings to people caught using their phones without hands-free devices.

Local police are seeing a spike in crashes that occur because drivers aren't paying attention.

"We're seeing more and more, as we pull cell phone records, that they're distracted driver-related deaths because they will not put their phones down," Sgt. Phillip Chapin said.

In D.C. and Maryland, police can pull you over for texting or talking on a phone without a hands-free device while driving. In Virginia, only texting is illegal for all drivers. School bus drivers and people under age 18 in Virginia should not have a cell phone behind the wheel at all.

Drivers using cell phones are three times more likely to get into crashes, according to research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The number of people killed in crashes involving distracted drivers rose nearly 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

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<![CDATA[Bagel-Wearing Pigeon]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 05:55:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pigeon-Ordinance.jpg

This pigeon is giving pizza rat a run for its money.

A photo uploaded to Reddit by user connierubirosa on Sunday shows a pigeon perched outside a park wearing a bagel around its chest like a necklace.

It's not clear where exactly the photo was taken, but the image was uploaded to the NYC subreddit forum with the caption, "Most New York photo I've ever taken."

It's also unclear why the pigeon is donning the unusual fashion statement, but Gothamist and other websites have posted other photos of pigeons wearing baked goods around their necks in the past. 

It's the latest in a string of humorous sightings featuring New York City's wildlife with some of the city's iconic foods.

Last month, social media users were fascinated by the now-famous pizza rat, which was caught on camera dragging a slice of pizza down a set of subway stairs. Video of the rat garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube.

And last week a picture of a raccoon chowing down on pizza in Central Park looked to become the Big Apple's latest culinarily inclined rodent star.

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<![CDATA[Man Binges on 'Walking Dead', Kills Friend Over Zombie Fears: Cops]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:50:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/perry+mugshot.jpg

A New Mexico man is alleged to have brutally beaten his friend to death last week because he believed he was turning into a zombie, NBC News reported.

Damon Perry watched “The Walking Dead” on Netflix and drank malt liquor with a friend, a spokesman for Grants Police told NBC News.

Perry told police his friend tried “to bite him,” according to a statement from authorities.

He allegedly reacted by beating his friend with his hands, feet, and also used an electric guitar, kitchen knives and a microwave, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA['Chewbacca' Arrested on Election Day in Ukraine]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:54:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-473041684.jpg

It’s not every day police end up arresting a Wookiee.

Ukrainian officials took someone dressed up as the hairy “Star Wars” character Chewbacca into custody on Sunday, NBC News reported.

The person was picked up at a polling station in Odessa for violating election rules and campaigning on voting day.

"Chewbacca" was supporting candidate "Darth Vader," a Sith lord candidate who was running in local elections, NBC News reported.

Police posted a photo of the arrest on Instagram, calling it “nothing unusual.”

Chewbacca's reaction couldn’t be translated from Shyriiwook.

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<![CDATA[Google Engineer Who Lives in Truck Goes Viral]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:44:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/googlemain.jpg

By now, you might have heard about the Google engineer who is saving 90 percent of his income by living in a truck parked inside the company's headquarters.

If not, here’s a refresher.

Twenty-three-year-old Brandon (he has not disclosed his last name) quickly became the talk of the town when word broke this week that he was living in a 16' box truck to avoid paying rent in the Bay Area.

After photos of Brandon's living situation went viral, people began wondering: Does Google know he lives in the parking lot? Does he have friends? Is he insane? Why are there stuffed animals in his truck?

Brandon unwittingly found himself in the limelight – and the target of criticism. So, like many 21st century tech aficionados, he recently turned to his blog to explain himself. 

As it turns out, Brandon is not living in the truck so much as sleeping in it. The only time he's there, he writes, is when he's sleeping or doing laundry.

"If you're living a large portion of your waking hours inside a small box, you're doing it wrong," he writes rationally. He also confirms that he uses Google office perks -- such as gourmet food, 24 hour gyms with showers and a bathroom, and arcade games -- to supplement his truck's scant amenities.

Still, he received a lot of flack from people asking if he had a social life, and if people were weirded out by the whole truck-living thing.

"People seemed really eager to paint me as some sort of goblin who works 16 hours a day and is afraid of sunlight and women, which I probably should have expected," he writes. But apparently that's not the case. He says he has a great social network (a real, live, offline one!) and that "people are far more accepting" of the truck life than anonymous commenters have been.

As for Google, the company hasn't endorsed the idea of living in a truck parked in the company parking lot, but security hasn't kicked Brandon out either, and it doesn't appear that there are plans to. After all, he may live inside a box, but he still thinks outside of one, and that's a trait Google has cultivated for years.

So, for now, the engineer will continue to live on the premises with his stuffed animals.

"I'll admit, as a grown man living in a truck, stuffed animals are about the only decoration that could possibly make my living situation look any creepier," he writes. "The reality is that they were given to me by a friend, and they're one of the few possessions I've attached sentiment to."

He also says he will be glad when his 15 minutes of fame are over, and that he appreciates the tips people have sent in on how to improve his truck.

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<![CDATA[Burning Man Artist Transforms Lenin to Darth Vader]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:57:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/lenin-vadder-option-three.jpg

The Force is with the first Ukrainian artist to have work commissioned at Burning Man.

After a law was passed to remove both communist and Nazi symbols from Ukranian cities, Alexander Milov recently turned a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa into Darth Vader, SFGate reports.

It's no bronze Yoda statue and it didn't take much to make the transformation happen: A mask, some spiffier boots and a more fancifully flowing coat does the trick.

Milov's Burning Man installation "Love" was a creative expression of two children trapped in adult bodies.

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<![CDATA[ Bill O'Reilly Slams San Francisco Official, Calls Her a Disgrace]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:17:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/maliacohen.PNG

Conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly wants the San Francisco official who criticized Fox News and defended city policy arrested for being a “disgrace,” according to comments he made on his eponymous show.

The O’Reilly Factor host lashed out at San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen Wednesday night while going over his talking points.

“If I were the attorney general of the United States, I would place her immediately under arrest,” O’Reilly said, adding that the arrest might not stick. "That woman is a disgrace." 

Cohen ruffled the commentator’s feathers when she went on record defending San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, which shields undocumented immigrants living in the city from deportation.

The policy has been a controversial issue and the focus of O’Reilly’s ire since the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down by an undocumented immigrant from Mexico on Pier 14.

On Tuesday, the city’s board of supervisors unanimously voted to reaffirm the policy, agreeing that it allows San Francisco to be a refuge.

“We cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years of our city’s policies towards undocumented immigrants in our city,” said Cohen, who also acknowledged that the death was a tragedy. “And more importantly, we cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we respond to incidents in our city.”

She continued: “I’m not afraid of Fox News and they don’t influence how I make my policy decisions here in San Francisco.”

On Wednesday's show, O’Reilly also called for "responsible" leadership and said San Francisco was “hopeless” before switching topics.

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<![CDATA[Raccoon Wolfs Down Pizza in NYC]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:06:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pizza+raccoon+Anya+Schiffrin.jpg

A month after a rat captivated New Yorkers by hauling a slice of pizza down a subway staircase, a raccoon was spotted devouring an entire slice of Sicilian pizza in Central Park.

Anya Schiffrin was taking a stroll with a friend near the Conservatory Garden just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The two were hoping to check out some chrysanthemums but instead ran into a huge and hungry raccoon fishing a slice of plain pizza from a trashcan.

"It was like a rolling barrel," Schiffrin said. "In this extraordinary, fast motion he just got the pizza and immediately perched himself at the bottom of a tree."

Schiffrin, an institute director at Columbia University who was raised in the city, said that she has only seen a couple of raccoons in her entire life and has never seen one in Central Park.

But on Tuesday she was face to face with a huge, "solid" raccoon with only pizza on its mind.

"He immediately started on it," Schiffrin said. "And we immediately thought of the pizza rat."

As the two friends stopped to stare at the raccoon, it made eye contact with them. It may have thought they were interested in stealing his slice, Schiffrin said.

"He wanted more privacy, so he scurried in one fell swoop up the tree and continued eating," she said. "From the trash can, to the base of the tree, to the top of the tree, he never dropped the pizza once." 

While the raccoon sat and ate its pizza, Schiffrin was able to snap several photos of the voracious creature.

Schiffrin said the raccoon was like a cuter version of the pizza rat, whose story led to a #PizzaRat hashtag on social media. A video of the rat garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube.

Now maybe it's #PizzaRaccoon's turn.

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