Odds and Ends – Friday February 8, 2019 – February 14, 2019

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(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ice disk freezes out an attempt to hack peace sign into it

Westbrook, Maine (AP) – A giant disk of river ice has proved too much for a New Jersey attention-seeker who tried to carve a peace sign on it. Christopher Angelo, of Lavallette, New Jersey, went onto the ice Thursday with a hatchet, saying he wanted to transform the natural phenomenon into a spinning work of art. But he was unable to get the disk spinning – and his peace sign came up short, too. The massive disk appeared last month in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, mesmerizing onlookers as its spun slowly before coming to a stop Tuesday. Stories, photos and videos have been shared widely. Police declined to intervene Thursday, saying it wasn’t a crime to hack at river ice. The Portland Press Herald reports Angelo has a history of staging public stunts.

Officials: Vandals hit New Mexico
school with vegetable oil

Eunice, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico high school was forced to delay classes after authorities say vandals slipped onto campus and poured vegetable oil throughout the hallways. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the slick attack at Eunice High School in Eunice, New Mexico, reportedly occurred late Sunday and forced custodial staff to race Monday morning to clean up the mess. Principal Tracy Davis says surveillance cameras captured six people wearing black clothing with hoodies and gloves pouring the vegetable oil on floors. Davis says the greasy attackers gained entrance through an unlocked classroom window. Officials alerted parents and students via social media that classes were delayed until staff removed the oil. No arrests have been made. Eunice is about 327 miles (526 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque.

German man survives ride
between 2 train cars at 125 mph

Berlin (AP) – Police say an intoxicated German man who ducked out of a train for a cigarette during a short stop got into trouble when he tried to jump back on board between two cars after the train departed without him. Police said Thursday the 33-year-old clung on to the coupling during frigid temperatures, screaming as the train headed toward Hamburg late Wednesday at speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph). Passengers heard the man’s cries and were able to trigger an emergency stop, allowing him to be brought inside. Authorities say he was handed over to them at the main station in Essen and was “unmistakably informed by the federal police about the mortal danger he had been in.” He’s under investigation for dangerous interference with rail traffic.

Idaho looks into loud cannon
fire at governor’s inauguration

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Idaho National Guard’s commanding officer says he will look into 19 startlingly loud ceremonial canon blasts that were part of Gov. Brad Little’s inauguration. The canon fire on Jan. 4 set off car alarms in downtown Boise and scattered Canada geese into the air as smoke billowed around soldiers. Some of the several thousand people attending flinched in surprise. Republican Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise asked Friday during a committee meeting of state lawmakers why the cannon blasts seemed louder than normal. Idaho Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael J. Garshak says he’ll look into why the blasts were so loud. Garshak is responsible for maintaining the Idaho National Guard’s combat readiness as combat reserve for the Army and Airforce.

Police: Reporter who helped
foil robbery finds missing woman

Shelby Township, Mich. (AP) – A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures. WWJ reporter Mike Campbell was covering Barbara Kasler’s disappearance when he spotted her Wednesday morning in her pajamas and slippers along a street in Shelby Township. Campbell took Kasler into his vehicle and cranked up the heat until police arrived. She was taken to a hospital for observation. Campbell says he was just “in the right place at the right time,” but police tweeted that “We owe you lunch!” Last week, Campbell helped police apprehend a man suspected of looting a fire-damaged shopping center in the Detroit suburb of Warren.