Weird News

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September 01, 2016

Weird News

Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket.

No, not that Vladimir Putin. Police in West Palm Beach say a 48-year-old man, who shares the name of the Russian president, was arrested at a Publix supermarket in the city's downtown area on August 21. Police say Putin was screaming at employees and refused to leave the store. Records with the Palm Beach County sheriff's office show he has been charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. Putin appeared in court Monday morning and was released on his own recognizance. Court records do not list an address for him. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Davis says he did not know if Putin had a lawyer.

A suburban Phoenix woman has found a seven-foot-long boa constrictor slithering near her trash can.

The Arizona Republic reports that Scottsdale firefighters were called on Monday night to remove the snake, which they say was docile.

Department spokesman David Folio said that this was the third snake to be found in the area. Two albino Burmese pythons were picked up in the same spot this month. Folio said the department suspects that someone may be dropping off the apparently domesticated snakes. He says none of the three snakes were aggressive. The snakes were taken to the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it was stolen.

Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi said it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June.

Weeks later, Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the gold medal discarded in a pile of garbage. Chloe returned the medal to Jacobi, who had posted about the theft on social media.

The former Olympian then promised to visit Chloe's school and let her classmates know about her good deed. Jacobi spoke on Monday to Chloe's first-grade class at Woodson Park Academy. WSB-TV reports that the Olympian took his recovered gold medal with him.

A lawyer for a Massachusetts man found with 95 packets of heroin in his car says his client should not be punished for unknowingly buying a vehicle from a drug dealer.

The Republican newspaper reports that a lawyer for Sean Deglis said in court on Monday that his client had no idea that heroin was stashed in a hidden compartment of the car that he bought over the weekend.

Attorney Tony LaCasse said it was unfair to expect Deglis to "hire a drug-sniffing dog to inspect a car before purchasing it". Prosecutors say narcotics detectives, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, arrested the 29-year-old Southwick man Saturday night. Deglis pleaded not guilty and was held on $10,000 bail. Prosecutors say Deglis has a long criminal record, including drug-possession convictions.