Odds and Ends – Friday October 12, 2018 – October 18, 2018

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(Niall Carson/PA via AP)
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Man arrested for chasing after plane at Dublin Airport

London (AP) – An Irish man who missed his flight at Dublin Airport was arrested for running after the plane on the tarmac in a bid to flag it down. Witnesses said a man in his 20s broke through an airport door and ran toward the Ryanair plane, which was about to take off for Amsterdam, at around 7 a.m. Declan Harvey, who was at the airport, said he could hear a man shouting “Wait!” at the plane before he was tackled to the ground by airport workers. The airport said that a man became “agitated” after he and a woman arrived at the gate too late for their flight. It said the man “broke through a door and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down.” He was briefly restrained by Ryanair staff until airport police arrived. He was handed over to Irish police and taken to a Dublin police station. Patrick Kehoe, 23, later appeared in a Dublin court charged with criminal damage to a door lock. He was granted bail until a court appearance in November. As he left court, Kehoe shouted abuse and insults at journalists and swung at them with his suitcase, before lowering his trousers and mooning bystanders.

Boo! A Halloween display so scary that neighbor calls 911

West Fargo, N.D. (AP) – A Halloween decoration hanging in the window of a North Dakota home is so scary that it prompted calls from concerned neighbors and at least one plea for police assistance. The sign reading “Help Me,” which appears to be written in blood, is part of Becky Muhs’ display for her favorite holiday at her West Fargo home. WDAY-TV reports that Muhs and her husband began getting messages from neighbors over the weekend asking if they were OK, and one neighbor even dialed 911, leading to a visit from a police officer. Muhs says the incident ended in a laugh and that the officer didn’t ask her to take the sign down.

Mountain lion visits Colorado motel but doesn’t stay long

Boulder, Colo. (AP) – A mountain lion has been caught on surveillance camera dashing to the doorstep of a Colorado motel office, venturing toward the open doorway and then wandering away. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jason Clay says nobody was hurt in the Sept. 9 encounter. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Tuesday the lion approached the Foot of the Mountain Motel on Boulder’s west side. Just after entering the camera’s view, the lion pauses, as if startled. Clay says that was when the lion spotted motel guests with a dog on a leash. Clay says the guests and their dog returned to their room and there was no trouble. In August, a mountain lion entered a Boulder home and killed a house cat, and another was tranquilized and relocated from under a porch.

Suspicious item turns out to be science experiment

Platte City, Mo. (AP) – Police officers spent two hours investigating a suspicious plastic container found behind a Missouri sandwich shop before determining it was a high school science experiment. KMBC-TV reports that police were summoned Tuesday to a Jimmy John’s in Platte City on the northern edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The plastic container they encountered was filled with blue fluid attached to other items. Officers eventually determined it was an experiment meant to demonstrate how hydrogen can be used as power. The student who built the project demonstrated it to friends inside the Jimmy John’s then left it behind the store so other friends could see it. But a worker at a nearby convenience store spotted the gadget and called 911. No charges are expected.