Odd News Roundup
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Stolen headstones placed as Northwest Pennsylvania road hazards

WATERFORD, Pa. (AP) — State police say someone stole headstones from a northwestern Pennsylvania cemetery — then placed them as road hazards on a nearby street.

Troopers in Erie County say several headstones were removed from Waterford Cemetery early Sunday. Police know that because motorists discovered them in the middle of the street of Waterford Township, a small community just southeast of Erie, about 12:30 a.m. that day.

Troopers from the Lawrence Park barracks are hoping witnesses will help them find who moved the stones.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Milan orders removal of naughty Christmas tree

MILAN (AP) — A provocatively adorned outdoor Christmas tree in central Milan was just too naughty for city officials, who have ordered it denuded of its racy red sex toys.

The city said in an order that the Christmas season, "qualifying as a holiday for children and families, requires sobriety in urban decorations," in particular when using "traditional symbols that distinguish Christmas."

Norma Rossetti, who launched an Italian sex toy e-commerce website this year, said Friday she complied immediately with the order. But she defended the so-called "Tree of Pleasure," saying the objects chosen were elegant and not obviously X-rated. She said her goal is to break down taboos by making sex toys "completely normal everyday objects. "

Rossetti acknowledged some complaints, but said most passers-by during the one-day display were enthusiastic.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Police: New Mexico used baby stroller in vodka heist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is facing charges after police say she and her boyfriend tried to steal vodka in a stroller with their 1-year-old baby.

KOAT-TV reports that Andrea Garcia recently was arrested as she fled authorities who caught the heist on a security camera.

According to police, grocery store employees tried to stop Garcia and her boyfriend but the baby's father pulled a knife and then darted across the street with the stroller. Witnesses say he left his girlfriend and baby behind.

Garcia told police she was going to use the vodka to pay rent to her sister.

Garcia is facing child abuse charges. It's unclear if she had an attorney.

The baby was handed over to the Children, Youth and Families Department.

Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


California man rents movie from Redbox, gets porn

ISLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who rented a children's movie from DVD kiosk operator Redbox got something very different instead.

James Terry, of Rocklin, tells KCRA-TV the "Smurfs 2" DVD turned out to be pornography. He rented the movie from a Redbox machine in Stockton on Tuesday.

Terry says he called Redbox, which offered him 10 movies and a $2 credit and said it was working on a program to prevent people from photocopying bar codes.

In a statement to the station, the company said it was helping local law enforcement try to find the person responsible in Terry's case.

The other movie Terry rented that day, "Man of Steel," did not have any problems.

Information from: KCRA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Zebra escapes from Tennesse farm, roams for weeks

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — The black-and-white-striped animal that's been spotted at different places around a Tennessee town isn't a funny-looking horse.

Nope, there's a zebra loose in East Tennessee.

Bradley County dispatchers say they've had several people call to report sightings of the animal — near homes, businesses and even a highway.

Although some people have tried to catch him, the animal named Zeek has remained elusive.

Zeek's owner, Ronald Price, told WRCB-TV (http://bit.ly/JfEFhE) that the animal escaped from his farm in Cleveland about three weeks ago by jumping a high fence.

Price says he's keeping a watch out and hopes that someone is able to help Zeek return home safely.

Information from: WRCB-TV, http://www.wrcbtv.com/

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