Weird News

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January 14, 2016

ROANOKE, Virginia (AP)

A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq. The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1K8fSVV) reports David Craig got the letter last week from his son Lynn Craig, who returned safely from Iraq in September 2005.

The missing letter, dated March 14, 2005, was written about a month after Lynn Craig had been in Iraq. At that time, he was a lance corporal of the US Marine Corps.

He's still part of the Reserve. The Craigs say they would like to know where the letter has been all this time. US Postal Service spokesman Tad Kelley says there's no way of knowing what happened in transit from Iraq to Roanoke, Virginia, adding it's very rare for letters to go missing for that long.

BANGKOK (AP)

Bangkok's main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall and startled passengers.

Suvarnabhumi (pronounced 'Suwanapoom') International Airport, built on land previously known as 'Cobra Swamp', said it would like to "apologise for the incident that frightened passengers" on Sunday.

Passengers spotted the snake coiled around the base of the trolley after a female traveller had loaded bags on to it and was preparing to leave the arrival hall, Thai media reported.

"After being alerted, security officers captured the snake right away and no passengers were injured," Airports of Thailand said in a statement Sunday that described the reptile as "a small baby snake" but did not identify the species.

CRANSTON, RI (AP)

A 90-year-old Rhode Island barber is putting down his clippers after 68 years. Tony Manzi has cut five generations of hair at Manzi's Barber Shop in Cranston. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1QTeSgg) the man known locally as Tony the Barber is set to retire. Manzi says he's "down in the dumps" about leaving but it's time.

Glaucoma has blurred vision in one of his eyes. He wears reading glasses for close shaves around the ears. He describes the bowl cut as "just about the ugliest thing" he has seen and says he doesn't understand modern "novelty" haircuts such as the Mohawk.

Manzi says he plans to do nothing, but he has two children and five grandchildren to keep him occupied.

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana. (AP)

Police in Louisiana say officers used a dating app to arrest a man accused of stealing a phone at gunpoint.

The Lafayette Police Department announced that 27-year-old Leroy Hebert was arrested Tuesday. The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1RFI61X) reports officers posed as a woman on a dating app and arranged a meeting with Hebert at a Lafayette hotel.

Police say the owner of the stolen phone told authorities he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. Authorities say the victim was able to access his phone activity online and found a selfie Hebert took on the phone. Hebert was booked on a count of armed robbery.