<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usThu, 29 Sep 2016 12:29:55 -0700Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:29:55 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Carpool Lane Trip With Trump Cutout Leads to Ticket]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:19:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpCarPassenger.jpg

A Washington state trooper ticketed a driver trying to get through the carpool lane with a giant cutout of Donald Trump's head Tuesday morning.

"You see a lot of things in your career, including mannequins, but this was something else," said Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

He said the trooper stopped the car on State Route 167 near Auburn, told the driver, "This is just awesome" — and handed him a $136 citation for violating the HOV lane.

"He let him keep his Donald Trump cutout," Johnson said.



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<![CDATA[Sword Stolen From Joan of Arc Statue in DC Park]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/092116+joan+of+arc+statue+no+sword.jpg

Who stole the sword?

The sword Joan of Arc wields in a statue in Northwest Washington's Meridian Hill Park has vanished and the National Park Service says it was stolen.

The French heroine clutched only her weapon's handle in her right hand Wednesday afternoon, as Borderstan.com was first to report. The bronze sword appeared to have been broken off.

U.S. Park Police are investigating the theft. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton questioned whether NPS could have prevented it.

"The Park Service should be able to give Joan of Arc her sword back and place it so securely that kids couldn't get it out," she said.

This is at least the second time the French heroine's sword has vanished. It was stolen in 1978 and was not replaced until 2011, the history website Ghosts of DC says.

The sculpture was a gift from Le Lyceum Societie des Femmes de France, a society of French women, to the women of the United States, according to the Smithsonian Institution. It was dedicated in 1922 and was designed as a replica of a statue in front of Rheims Cathedral in France.

One parkgoer was frustrated to see that the sword was missing.

"People don't have any respect for others. That's for everybody, not for an individual," he said. "Such a beautiful landmark too."

"So sad. Stealing part of history," another man said.

News4's Pat Collins asked, "What kind of person would take Joan of Arc's sword?"

"My best guess? Some college students drunk, on a college pledge task," one man responded.



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<![CDATA[Time to Move? Snake Invades Apartment for 4th Time]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:17:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/englewood+snake.png

A woman found a 3-foot python in her apartment Monday night on Chicago’s South Side. 

Police were called to the Englewood neighborhood home in the 6500 block of South Normal just after 10 p.m. after the woman said she found the massive python in her bathroom. 

It is the fourth time a snake has invaded her apartment, police said. Residents say an old neighbor in the building used to breed the animals, and some believe some may have been left behind. 

This time the python was discovered wrapped around the shower curtain, the woman said. 

Chicago Animal Care and Control were dispatched to the apartment and were able to capture the snake, which was reported to be harmless, police said.



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<![CDATA[Pizza Vending Machines May Be Coming Soon]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:57:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_pizzavending0920_1920x1080.jpg Piping hot pizza could soon be headed to a vending machine near you. Pizza Touch is testing three pizza vending machines at Florida gas stations, two in Orlando and one in Lakeland.

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<![CDATA[Cat Burglar Busted]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:21:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cat-burglar-147394268667600001.jpg Neighbors living in one Kennewick, Washington neighborhood have seen a rise in burglaries, but the culprit has been found. ]]> <![CDATA[Bear Shows Up in Sheriff's Office]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:21:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018876451_1200x675_761388099764.jpg This law-man walked into work and found a bear going through the trash but he didn't run; instead he started scolding the intruder like a child. Apparently, at the Placer County Sheriff's office in Lake Tahoe, California, it's a common occurrence.]]> <![CDATA[Man Paints Dog]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:33:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Felix+Reagan.jpg

Police in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, arrested a man they say crashed a stolen car, broke into a home and painted a dog Saturday afternoon. 

Officers arrested Felix Reagan following the incident. 

They say they received a report around 2:30 p.m. of a stolen vehicle that crashed at the end of Firehouse Lane and that the suspect ran from the scene. 

Shortly after, they responded to a home on Pinewood Lane, where the homeowner said someone broke into the home, stole items and painted their dog with purple paint. 

A neighbor told police a male knocked on the door and asked for someone who didn't live there. They provided police a description of the suspect that led officers to believe Reagan was responsible for the incidents. 

Reagan was arrested on June 3 for breaking and entering, vandalism and being a minor in possession of alcohol. 

Officers located him on Webaqua Road and took him into custody. He was found with prescription pills, a driver's license and credit card stolen from the home. He also had purple paint on him. 

Officers said they also received reports of two additional break-ins on Webaqua Road. 

As Reagan was being transported, he allegedly tried to kick out the cruiser windows and kicked an officer twice. 

He was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony, larceny of a motor vehicle, destruction of property, cruelty to animals, possession of a Class A substance, possession of a Class E substance and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer. 

It's not clear if Reagan has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Opera Singer Arrested]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 14:37:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/241*120/2016-09-04_0745.png

An internationally awarded opera singer was arrested in Alexandria Friday night for using a speaker to amplify her voice while she sang on the sidewalk.

Cellphone video posted on YouTube captured officers with the Alexandria Police Department arresting Krista Clouse after she failed to comply with orders. She was charged with violating the city noise ordinance.

Clouse tells News4 she was doing nothing more than expressing her First Amendment rights. She says the tips she earns while singing on the street help support her family.

Clouse was performing near the intersection of King and Lee streets in the city's Old Town neighborhood when officers arrested her. The city of Alexandria’s website states its ordinance “is to prevent any noise that annoys or disturbs the comfort, health, welfare, environment, peace, or safety of any person in the city of Alexandria.”

Clouse was released from jail early Saturday morning.

The Alexandria Police Department said the arrest was unusual, but arresting Clouse was the correct action because of her repeated refusal to comply.



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<![CDATA[Boy Finds Bag of Meth in Video Game Package]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:36:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4543558641.jpg

It was Grand Theft Auto come to life: When an 11-year-old bought a video game Wednesday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he opened the plastic case to find a bag of drugs.

NBC affiliate KPLC-TV reports that the boy's father returned to the store and called police. Det. Rebecca Reed with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed the substance was methamphetamine.

Joey Mooring is director of public relations for GameStop. Mooring told the TV station that the Grapevine, Texas-based company checks used games for quality when customers trade them in. He also says games are checked again before being shipped to another store. The Lake Charles store manager says employees there typically don't examine games received from elsewhere in the company.

Reed says GameStop told police it couldn't track the game's origin.



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<![CDATA[Cops Stumble Upon Gator in Tub ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:57:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gator+in+tub.jpg

Police responding to a call about a burglary at a Staten Island home encountered an unusual suspect — a three-foot-long alligator, and it was in the bathtub. 

The reptile was hanging out in the empty tub when police responding to the anonymous call arrived at the abandoned Mariners Harbor home.

Animal care workers took the gator for evaluation. They're also looking into how the gator got into the tub.

The NYPD tweeted responding officers were "surprised" by the reptile, but no one was injured. The department tweeted photos of cops smiling next to the crate.

No arrests have been made.



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<![CDATA[6-Ton Potato Spotted on NY's Hudson River]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:10:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/potato+hudson.jpg

If you happened to see a giant potato being hauled on a barge on the Hudson River Wednesday, your eyes were not deceiving you. 

The 6-ton spud, resting atop a tractor-trailer on a barge pulled by a tugboat, has been making cross-country trips since 2012, when the Idaho Potato Commission strutted it out nationwide to celebrate its 75th anniversary. 

The tater's national tour was such a hit the commission opted to make it an annual event. The potato is the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized Idaho potatoes and is 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown. 

It travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato, and its mission is to help small charities in town and cities with its Big Helping Program, according to the Idaho Potato Commission's website. 

Other fun facts: the massive tater would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes and more than 1.5 million average-sized french fries. 

Idaho couple Chris Schofield and Sharolyn Spruce, who have toiled on hundreds of big custom projects and designs, built the enormous tater with help from several contractors, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. The duo said the monstrous spud, made of steel, plywood, foams and concrete, was the first "vegetable" they'd ever built. 

The next stop on its grand tour is Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, Aug. 26 before a trip to West Point and then to Plymouth, Indiana, for the 50th annual Blueberry Fest.



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<![CDATA[Koko the Gorilla Jams With Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:49:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/2016-08-23_8-46-00.jpg

Most people know by now that 45-year-old Koko the gorilla, born at the San Francisco Zoo, knows sign language.

But who knew she could play bass guitar?

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea did. The Australian-born rocker, who apparently is one of the gorilla’s favorites, got to hear Koko strum - or rather, try to strum - at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The foundation posted a short video of their jam session, adding: "Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin."

The Aug. 19 post, also on the Chili Peppers Facebook page, has had more than 11 million views so far.

Flea appeared to be starstruck by Koko’s rudimentary bass playing.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened,” Flea said. “I will never forget.”

The Gorilla Foundation's development director Jane Narich told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that it was really great having Flea come to the foundation — the rocker emailed that he wanted to play with Koko about six months ago, and his wish was granted.

Narich added that Koko has had a long line of famous visitors meet with her over the years including Mister Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams.

Koko is probably the world's most famous gorilla, all because she learned American Sign Language in the 1970s with Dr. Penny Patterson.

Narich is quite enjoying all the buzz. She's hoping the jam session will bring awareness to her foundation, which she would like to upgrade for the other gorillas living there.

Donations to support the Gorilla Foundation can be made at Koko.org.



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<![CDATA[The 'Poopening': Roomba Spreads Feces All Over Home]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:56:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jesse+Newton+Roomba+Poop.jpg

Oh the horror. That’s how one man described the events that unfolded when his Roomba ran over dog poop, spreading a 25-foot trail of feces throughout his house.

In a Facebook post, Jesse Newton said his dog, Evie, defecated in the living room at some point between midnight and when his vacuum cleaning robot was set to run at 1:30 a.m. When Newton‘s 4-year-old son awoke at 3 a.m. to crawl into bed with his parents, Newton smelled a strong odor. He got out of bed and walked into a “war zone of poop” in his living room.

Newton documented the dramatic saga that unfolded as a cautionary tail to others. The post, complete with a hand drawn map of the poop trail, has since gone viral with more than 140,000 reactions and more than 200,000 shares.

“Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop,” Newton said. “If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle.”

Newton was not so lucky. He recounts his attempts to clean the copious amounts of dried poop from his living room and a failed effort at using a rug shampooer to remove poop from the rug where it all started.

“Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people,” Newton writes of himself.

Instead, in the early hours of the morning, he attempted to clean the Roomba but forgot to take the batteries out before soaking it. As the waterlogged Roomba sputtered to its death, Newton had some harsh words.

“You're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity,” Newton said of his reaction. “You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison.”

But the tale has a happy ending. After a week of trying to fix the costly device, he called the store where he purchased the Roomba and told them the story. The purchase came with a lifetime warranty.

"They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course," Newton wrote on Facebook.

This is one experience that won't soon be flushed away.

See the full Facebook post below.

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<![CDATA[Police Go on the Road With 'UFO']]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:06:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/belfast.jpg

A '"UFO" got a police escort last week when it roamed the streets of Ireland, but the rolling saucer wasn't from outer space. It was made right here on Earth.

Ali Kemal Ali, 53, told the Belfast Telegraph he initially completed the craft as part of a visual arts course he was taking. The saucer later became the centerpiece of an Irish art exhibition called Third Space Pop Art Show.

Ali said he wanted more people to see his creation.

"I thought, 'How can I attract a bit more interest?'" he recalled. "I thought, 'I'll go and ask the guards,'" Ali said, referring to the Garda, the Irish civilian police force. "I asked, 'Can they give me a police escort with my UFO?' They loved it." [[389208952, C]]

The fiberglass flying saucer reportedly runs on two electric scooters and is complete with a strobe light, laser, smoke machine and a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low bass frequencies that sound out of this world.

Video of the craft's journey taken by onlookers shows the saucer even made its way through a neighborhood park.

"How often do you go into a police station and ask for something like this? It's always doom and gloom," Ali added. "They saw the funny side of it."

Ali posted a video of the saucer’s police escort, which now has almost a million views on Facebook.



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<![CDATA[Puppy Swallows Rubber Duckies]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 06:49:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_duckdog0729_1920x1080.jpg An Oklahoma puppy undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing several rubber duckies. [warning: graphic footage]

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Officer Trying to Pull Over 2 Cows]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:40:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-29-15h43m31s162.jpg

A police officer in Windham, Maine, attempted to "pull over" two cows after they were reportedly menacing cars on Thursday afternoon.

In a video the police department posted on its Facebook page, Officer Ernest MacVane attempts to deal with the cows by asking them to "pull over."

The cows, however, continue walking down the road, leading the officer to call out to the cows and ask them to "stop resisting arrest."



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<![CDATA[Police Find Package of Marijuana ]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:33:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cheltenham+Police+Marijuana.PNG

Police in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, are looking for the owner of a package of marijuana mistakenly left at the wrong resident’s home.

Earlier this week, a resident called the police department when they received a package they were not expecting, police said.

With no name on the box, officers checked the package for any indication of ownership.

"What we found was surprising to say the least. Two-kilos of high (get it?) quality marijuana,” a Facebook post by the department reads.

The department hopes to return the package to its rightful owner ... and maybe chat with them a little about it.

"If you are that person, please feel free to stop by the station to claim it. We'll be waiting."



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<![CDATA['Pokemon Go' Player Stuck in Tree]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:46:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pokemon+go+tree+cemetery+east+greenwich+firefighter.jpg

First responders came to the rescue of a young woman who got stuck up a tree playing "Pokemon Go" inside a Gloucester County, New Jersey, cemetery Tuesday night.

East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue posted a safety message about the woman's plight on their Facebook page as their "Public Safety Message of the Day."

The woman, who police described as a young adult, climbed a tree inside Eglington Cemetery to catch a Pokemon. When she couldn't get down, she called 911 and reluctantly admitted when rescuers talked to her that she'd been playing the game. "She was a bit embarrassed at that point," said Rob Gould III, the township's fire chief.

Rescuers used a ladder to get the woman down and didn't embarrass her any further by releasing her name.

They did ask people to think more about their safety when playing "Pokemon Go."

"We have noticed there has been an increase in foot traffic around town. Some of the sites in town such as the churches and the cemetery are game stops," Gould said.

"We were just trying to get the word out that people need to be cognizant about watching where they are going and what they are doing so no one gets hurt. This game phenomenon is happening everywhere, not just the urban areas and we don't want to see anyone get hurt. Luckily this person escaped injury."



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<![CDATA[Ducks Dumped, Rescued From New Jersey Mall]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:04:05 -0700 New Jersey state wildlife officials said they were looking to find homes for 92 ducks who were dumped at a mall in Secaucus. ]]> <![CDATA[Deputies Free Bear Inexplicably Stuck in Car]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:29:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bear-ezgif-2217839850.gif

A black bear found stuck inside a car near Denver left sheriff's deputies scratching their heads this week — it's not clear how the wild animal managed to get inside.

None of the car's windows were broken and the door handles could not be easily lifted, the Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

"Somehow this medium-sized bear managed to open a door, crawl inside and close the door behind him," the post said. "Deputies could tell by all the moisture on the windows that he'd clearly been inside for a while."

Annie Bruecker told NBC affiliate KUSA that her mom woke her up Tuesday morning after discovering the black bear trapped inside Annie’s 2005 Subaru Outback. Bruecker said the SUV was parked in her driveway overnight with the doors unlocked, something she typically doesn't do.

"[My mom] screamed from downstairs," Bruecker told the station. "She said, 'Annie, there's a bear in your car.' And I thought that she meant that it broke a window, and I was like, 'okay, that's life.' But, no she actually meant that it was in my car."

The two sheriff's deputies at the scene decided to open the hatch of the Subaru to get the bear out, deputies said in the Facebook post. Unable to open it with the key fob, one of the deputies opened the door manually and the bear jumped out, quickly making his way back into the woods.



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<![CDATA[Missing Google Street View, Faroe Islands Get 'Sheep View']]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:32:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/faroe-islands-sheep-view.jpg

If you were to take a tour of Europe's tiny, rocky Faroe Islands in Google Street View, you might see a lot of sheep. 

But you can't take a tour of the Faroe Islands in Google Street View, unlike much of the rest of Europe. A resident of the North Atlantic islands has turned to her sheep to try and fix that. 

Durita Dahl Andreassen, of the tourist organization Visit Faroe Islands, has fastened a 360-degree camera, powered by a solar panel, to the back of her sheep. The camera takes photographs as the animal grazes along the hillsides that she can then upload to Street View. 

She's using this "Sheep View 360" program to get Google's attention, starting a petition to entice the Internet giant to turn its eye on the archipelago located roughly midway between Scotland, Iceland and Norway.

“The Faroe Islands may be rugged and remote but this collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic also provide some of the world’s most magical landscapes and it is time that this hidden Nordic nation is revealed to the world,” Andreassen said in a post on the Visit Faroe Islands website Monday.

The Faroe Islands, a part of Denmark whose name may in fact derive from the Old Norse word "faer," meaning sheep, according to the CIA Fact Book, has a population of just over 50,000 people. That compares to 80,000 sheep, The Guardian reported. 

The sheep rarely notice the camera and continue to graze as it captures a picture a minute, Andreassen said in a video promoting the project. 

Sheep View imitates Google Street View, which captures images in 360 degrees that give users a sense of what streets look like from their computers or phones; it's available on most of America's roads, and throughout much of Europe as well, including even a few spots in the even-more-remote Greenland. Parts of Germany, Austria, Belarus and a few other nations are not included in Google's current European coverage.

Of course, Sheep View doesn't have quite the same reach as Street View, and Andreassen's project aims to have Google bring Street View cameras to the Faroe Islands, where she argues they're much-needed.

“In order to cover the big sweeping Faroese roads and the whole of the breath-taking landscapes, we need Google to come and map them,” Andreassen said. 



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<![CDATA[Solano County Officials Uncover 38,000 Marijuana Plants]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 18:10:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/marijuana-98529895.jpg

Solano County sheriff's officials said Thursday that a drug enforcement team has found and eradicated more than 38,000 marijuana plants on Ryer Island just west of the J-Mack Ferry since last month.

The street value of the plants found at five large grow sites is approximately $114 million, according to the sheriff's office.

More than 10,130 plants were found along a 3-mile stretch of an irrigation canal in June and 28,000 more plants were found over the past few days, sheriff's officials said.

The plants were growing without permission on private property and the landowner suffered multiple acres in lost or damaged crops. The growers have not been identified and there have been no arrests, according to the sheriff's office.

The large, illegal grows are a threat to public safety that can lead to violence, and the chemicals and pesticides used by the growers drain into irrigation ditches and spread to other nearby crops, sheriff's officials said.



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<![CDATA[Mystery Explosion Sounds in Calif.]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:42:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/7-6-16-Alhambra.jpg

Susan Saunders began hearing the explosions at random hours, day and night, in February at her Alhambra home. The first one came at 3 a.m.

"I thought, 'Somebody's blowing things up,'" said Saunders, 60. "It really lifted my windows."

But she heard it again and again. Her neighbors started hearing it. Police were called. They received 114 calls about the noises since mid-February, according to Chris Paulson, the city's administrative services director. He told the Pasadena Star-News local government agencies did not know what the cause of the sound was.

City officials are baffled; one blast interrupted a city council meeting.

"All of a sudden we hear this loud sharp explosion — very quick," Paulson said. "We all flinched and looked around and didn’t see smoke or flames or light."

They called Caltech seismologists. But they don't have an answer.

"There's nothing seismic that I can see," said Jennifer Andrews, a staff seismologist at Caltech in Pasadena, who was asked by Alhambra city officials to check earthquake data for Feb. 22. "What that phenomenon might be, I don't know. I haven't heard the noises."

The seismograph picks up pressure waves from things like thunder and helicopter sounds. But the Alhambra explosions are baffling.

"Whether it's a man-made or natural phenomenon, I don't know," Andrews said.

She hopes to learn more by the end of the week.

Saunders, a school teacher, said the last time she heard it was in early June.

She suggests that schools set up a science project to have students investigate the source of the booms as part of a class project.

Residents, meanwhile, are speculating online about the source of the sounds. Is it a job for Mulder and Scully?

"I believe that anything's possible, but I don't think these are aliens," Saunders said.

Angie Crouch contributed to this report.



Photo Credit: Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News]]>
<![CDATA[Repairs on Giant Sinkhole in East Bay in Final Stretch]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:36:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N7A+PLEASANT+HILL+FLOOD+VO+-+000004091.jpg

Repairs on a ruptured water line in Pleasant Hill were nearing completion Sunday after the break caused a large sinkhole.

On Friday at 9:04 p.m., the Pleasant Hill Police Department responded to reports of flooding in the area of Contra Costa Boulevard between Woodsworth and Gregory lanes.

A water line failed beneath the roadway surface of the southbound lanes and caused water to escape through the cracks in the street, flooding the roadway and nearby business properties, police said.

The continuous water flow also caused a large sinkhole to develop. Repairs on the water line initially were estimated to be completed late in the day Saturday, however because of the damage to the road surface, major repairs to Contra Costa Boulevard would likely not be complete until Sunday, according to Pleasant Hill city officials.

City officials said they did not anticipate the repairs to impact the Fourth of July Parade, scheduled for Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Man Pleads Involuntary Manslaughter for Killing His Friend]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:08:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-611475849.jpg

A 20-year-old man pleaded no contest today to involuntary manslaughter today for accidentally fatally shooting an 18-year-old friend with a shotgun at an East Oakland apartment last year.

By entering his plea, Isaiah Powell admitted that he shot Frank Franz in the back of the head with a shotgun in the 2700 block of E.C. Reems Court at about 12:40 a.m. on July 21, 2015. Powell was 19 at the time.

Powell's father called police and said his son had accidentally shot another man, according to a probable cause statement by Oakland police Officer Kris McClain.

Responding officers found Franz suffering a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He died at the scene, McClain said.

Powell admitted to police investigators that he shot Franz while playing with the shotgun, according to McClain.

Powell, who also pleaded no contest to grand theft in an unrelated case, faces 7 to 10 years in state prison when he's sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy on Aug. 18.

Powell's attorney, Timothy Murphy, who's unrelated to the judge, said the shooting was "a complete accident" and was "a tragedy" for both Franz and Powell.

Murphy, who has been practicing since 1988, said, "This is the saddest case of my career."

A group of Franz's family members and friends were in court today for Powell's plea but didn't comment on the case.

Powell entered his plea just before Judge Murphy was to rule on whether prosecutors had presented enough evidence at his preliminary hearing,which was held several months ago, to have him ordered to stand trial.



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<![CDATA[South Bay Raid Nets 600 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:48:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/010216+fireworks+accident+opa-locka.jpg

Law enforcement officers seized 600 pounds of fireworks Thursday morning from an East Palo Alto man suspected of dealing them ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, police said.

East Palo Alto police served a search warrant at 3 Gardenia Court while investigating the sale of illegal fireworks, police said. The San Mateo County sheriff's bomb squad and narcotics task force helped them with the warrant.

The fireworks and explosive devices seized had a street value of over $12,000, police said. The resident had a small marijuana garden in the home's backyard as well.

Police arrested Michael Burt Fields, 54, for possession of the fireworks. He was booked into jail.

"The use of fireworks in our community causes a variety of public safety issues," police Chief Albert Pardini said in a statement. "If there was a fire in this residence, the explosion and fire would have destroyed the house and likely spread to the adjacent houses causing a significant damage and jeopardizing the lives of many people," Pardini said.



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<![CDATA[Renegade Biker Tackles SF with Traffic Cones ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:37:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Stafford_Springs_Bike_Hit_062116.jpg

Following the preventable deaths of two San Francisco cyclists earlier this month, one man is taking a stand to protect future bike riders from dangerous drivers – and he seemingly doesn’t care if he has to break the law to do it.

The man, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Adam, has been raising money and buying orange traffic cones to act as a barricade along more treacherous stretches of road. He’s been placing them on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin, disregarding the law in the process.

He says the countless times he’s been hit by car doors and run off the road while riding his bike in San Francisco inspired his renegade crusade.

He also says his horn and helmet camera aren’t enough to protect him, making his action a necessary one. The cones that he put up in the Tenderloin come with a note attached that says, simply, “Bikes to the right” and “Cars to the left.”

Adam, who created a Twitter page for his undercover advocacy efforts, has been calling on other riders to share trouble spots, so he can add cones there as well. He said he’s tired of waiting for public policy to make locations a safer place for cyclists.

“This is a top down leadership failure,” he told NBC Bay Area. “We want to put pressure on those individuals to make rapid improvement.”

Perhaps surprisingly, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency didn’t seem too upset about the new street additions.

“It’s not legal but it is something we can appreciate,” said spokesperson Paul Rose of the SFMTA. He added that the city has been trying to improve safety measures, and noted that the city recently painted bike lanes along Golden Gate Avenue. Rose also said some permanent barriers will be installed.

But the cones? They're gonna have to go.

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<![CDATA[Mayflies Swarm Ill. Bridge]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:25:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mayfliest.png

Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city.

The Havana Police Department warned drivers of a massive mayfly swarm on its Facebook page Monday morning, posting two photos that showed the bridge over the Illinois River and a local squad car blanketed by the bugs.

At one point the mound of insects piled 6 inches high, according to the post, making for slick and dangerous roadways for vehicles trying to make their way through the mess.

“There were already motorcycle accidents due to this and cars stuck in the center of the bridge,” police said.

Newly winged mayflies will emerge from the waters where they live until adulthood in droves when triggered by the right temperature, according to The Wall Street Journal. The insects then die within a few days.

The City of Havana Street Department and IDOT are working to get the mayflies under control, authorities said.



Photo Credit: Havana Police Department
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