Weird News


April 20, 2016

NORWALK, Connecticut (AP):

Police say a man charged with stealing a television in Connecticut 27 years ago flew from his Florida home and voluntarily turned himself in last weekend after recently learning there was a warrant out for this arrest.

Police in Norwalk, Connecticut, tell The Hour newspaper that 60-year-old Randy Iannacone of Port St Lucie, Florida, arrived at headquarters on Sunday with the letter notifying him of the warrant. Iannacone was arrested and charged with third-degree larceny. He was released with a promise to appear in court next week. The charge stemmed from the 1989 theft of a television from the Norwalk Jewish Centre, where Iannacone worked as a custodian. Lieutenant Paul Resnick says it was "pretty cool" that Iannacone turned himself in. Iannacone didn't immediately respond to the paper's requests for comment.


A woman from Wales cannot name her baby daughter Cyanide, a British court ruled.

The woman, whose name cannot be published for legal reasons, has infant twins and wants to name her son Preacher and her daughter Cyanide, saying the poison is a "lovely, pretty name" with positive associations because it helped kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Local officials objected, and a family court judge ruled against the mother, saying she was not acting to secure her children's welfare. She challenged the ruling, saying it was her right to choose her children's names. But three Court of Appeal judges upheld the earlier decision in a judgment recently. One of the justices, Eleanor King, said it was "one of those rare cases" in which judges should intervene. "It is hard to see how ... the twin girl could regard being named after this deadly poison as other than a complete rejection of her by her birth mother," she said.


Red-faced Austrian police are acknowledging that they published a photo of US actor and TV producer Peter Marc Jacobson by mistake in their search for a suspected fraudster.

Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said they circulated Jacobson's photo after it was provided by a woman who said she was defrauded of €46,000 (about $52,000). He said the suspect apparently used a photo of Jacobson in a false identification, document he gave the victim and "must look deceptively similar" to him. She wasn't identified, in keeping with Austrian confidentiality rules. Jacobson is best known as the co-creator of the popular US sitcom The Nanny. Hahslinger says he hasn't been in contact over the mix-up, adding Austrian police "cannot know every celebrity in the world".