Odds and Ends, Friday November 17 – November 23, 2017


Lawsuit: Couple’s $2M condo had urine, food in the walls

Weehawken, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey couple is suing a construction company after they say they found bottles of urine, rodents and rotten food inside the walls of their newly purchased $2 million luxury condominium. NJ.com reports the couple’s holding company, Shiloh Holding, filed the suit last week after they said they discovered the urine and food during renovations at the luxury unit in Weehawken. They are also alleging the property’s windows were fraudulently advertised as hurricane-proof. A company representative says the firm doesn’t comment on pending litigation. The couple’s attorney says they are seeking up to $6 million in damages.

Fishy story: Headless 400-pound tuna found in woods

Gloucester, Mass. (AP) – Spotting a 400-pound tuna in the Massachusetts seaport of Gloucester, known as America’s oldest seaport, is not unusual. But finding a headless tuna in the woods is a bit odd. State Environmental Police and federal fisheries regulators are trying to figure out who dumped the headless fish, which had to be hauled out of the trees by a tow truck. Authorities won’t say exactly when the tuna was found or who tipped them off. But Ally Rogers, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement, tells the Gloucester Daily Times that the fish was illegally harvested. The tuna season runs from early June to November. Maj. Patrick Moran of the Environmental Police says he’s never before had to investigate a tuna in the woods.

Men seeking medical pot bombard gynecologist’s office

Altoona, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana. Dr. Liang Bartkowiak tells the Altoona Mirror she was mentioned in the media as being eligible to certify medical marijuana users, and then her office phone started ringing off the hook. It was primarily men on the line. Bartkowiak tells the newspaper she was shocked, since she’s an OB-GYN who treats women exclusively. A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor’s care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions. The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, but not marijuana in plant form. Doctors must certify the illness and patients must obtain an identification card from the Health Department.

DC bar offers $5 ‘Moscow Mueller’ drinks for indictments

Washington (AP) – A Washington restaurant is offering a special $5 “Moscow Mueller” drink every time special counsel Robert Mueller indicts an associate of President Donald Trump. The Bird DC promoted the offer on Twitter Wednesday and added the hashtag “#muellertime.” The drink’s name is a play on the popular Moscow Mule, a beverage made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. Mueller is investigating potential links between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign. In August, The Bird DC announced all happy hour drinks would be $4 any time Trump fires a White House official.

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Addled in the saddle? Woman charged with DUI on horseback

Lakeland, Fla. (AP) – A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk. Polk County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road. Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 – twice Florida’s legal limit of .08. Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse. Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.