From drunk raccoons to a Florida man (surprise!) who dove half-naked into a crocodile pond, these are the weirdest news stories from November 2018.
Crabapple-Drunk Raccoons Locked in the Clink
A West Virginia neighborhood was apparently being terrorized by rabid raccoons in November – but it turned out that the “trash panda” suspects were just drunk.
“We have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the last two days,” the Milton Police Department wrote on Facebook. “Turns out they appear to be drunk on crabapples.” Police say that catching the raccoons was a community effort, but that it had to be done. Officials held the raccoons until they sobered up and released them without charges.
Mississippi Man Tells Police His Drug Paraphernalia Was Stolen
In Gulfport, Mississippi, a man whose drug paraphernalia was stolen decided to notify the authorities by driving his vehicle into the Harrison County Courthouse. He said that was the best way to let them know, but officials disagreed – he’s been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief.
Cold Case in Nebraska
Some people are really serious about the thermostat, especially when temperatures start to dip. One of them, a 46-year-old Nebraska man, was so unhappy about the setting that he threatened his two roommates by wielding an ax. One of his roommates wrestled him to the ground and held him there until officers arrived.
“He said it was too cold upstairs and wanted the heat on,” Officer Angela Sands said. “The male and female couple were sleeping in bed at the time.”
Florida Man Dives Into Crocodile Pond Half-Naked
A Florida man broke into an alligator farm in St. Augustine wearing only his undies and – oddly enough, a pair of crocs – and dove into the pond. The alligators, who live in an exhibit called “Oasis on the Nile,” bit the man’s left foot after he jumped from a 5- to 6-foot structure into 2 feet of gator-infested water.
“In our 125-year history, this is the first time anyone has tried to go swimming with the crocodiles,” said John Brueggen, the farm’s director. The man was taken to the hospital after his arrest (he’s been charged with vandalism), where he tried to escape but was caught in a retention pond lined with barbed wire.
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