Odds and Ends – June 15, 2018 – June 21, 2018

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(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Girls discover World War I practice bomb in Michigan lake

Argentine Township, Mich. (AP) – Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan. The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual. The girls and Sage’s mother dragged the 3-foot-long mystery find from the murky water. Paige says they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was “so scared” it might explode. The lake is in Genesee County’s Argentine Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police’s bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but “nothing but mud came out.”

Hazardous golf: Utah couple flees lumbering moose

Park City, Utah (AP) – A Utah couple ran into a different sort of hazard during a round of golf on Memorial Day near Salt Lake City. A young moose bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City Golf Club. Emily Clearwater of Phoenix says she watched the scene unfold from a relative’s home nearby and took a video when she realized it was following them. She said the young-looking moose went after the cart twice but eventually lost interest. Golfer Mark Redican told the Deseret News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling. They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a nearby pond. He says the animal wasn’t super aggressive, but it was “gigantic” so they didn’t hang around.

Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged

Preston, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland was charged Friday. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted. The school is in rural Preston, where the 2004 teen cult classic film “Napoleon Dynamite” was set. The Idaho attorney general’s office handled the investigation after Franklin County Prosecutor Vic Pearson cited a conflict of interest. Several parents came forward to say Crosland fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7. Several weeks later, state officials seized the turtle and euthanized it as a non-native species. Attempts to reach Crosland at the school Friday were not successful.

Hotel valet has lucky escape, but Porsche gets crunched

Sydney (AP) – A hotel valet had a lucky escape – but the luxury sports car he was trying to park did not. Australian media say the valet drove the soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. Emergency workers cut the driver out from the Porsche as a crowd watched. Matthew Talbot, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the valet was “embarrassed and a little bit shocked” but was OK. The larger vehicle was propped up and its wheels were anchored while the vehicles were separated. The black Porsche, its hood and front bumper crunched and dented, was then backed onto a tow truck. Witness Jonathan Bayle said he thought a television show or movie was being shot. The hotel said in a statement it was investigating.

(Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)
(Australian Broadcasting Corp. via AP)