Best weird AP news: Man ticketed for warming up car loses case; Man in bunny suit who blew air horn at police pleads guilty; Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale
TILLER, Ore. (AP) _ A dot on a map in rural southwestern Oregon is generating a big-city buzz.
Almost the entire town of Tiller is up for sale.
A potential buyer has come forward but is remaining anonymous -- and backup offers are still being accepted.
The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped parcels, water rights and infrastructure that includes sidewalks, fire hydrants and a working power station.
Tiller Elementary School is for sale separately for $350,000.
The mystery surrounding the town’s future is generating both excitement and anxiety for residents who still live near Tiller.
The town in the middle of the Umpqua National Forest has been dying since the timber industry crashed nearly 30 years ago.
SEATTLE (AP) _ A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.
Starbucks’ entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson. He posted a video (now-deleted) on Twitter after his shift complaining that it was difficult to keep up with orders for the drink and he’s “never been so stressed out” in his life.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is a sweet and sour pink and blue cream swirl topped with what Starbucks calls “fairy powder.” Burson says in the video that a day of making the treat left him with sticky hands and residue from the drink stuck to his clothes and in his hair.
Burson tells The Associated Press that he didn’t think his rant would get this much publicity and he didn’t intend to “downgrade” the drink.
“It’s a great drink. But it is difficult to make when there are like 20 fraps all at once both front and drive thru,” he wrote in a Facebook message.
Starbucks said in a statement Thursday that the popular reception of the drink has “exceeded everyone’s expectations.” It added that it is reaching out to Burson “to talk about his experience and how to make it better.”
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) _ Warming up your car in the driveway might be a Michigan winter tradition, but a judge says it’s not legal in a Detroit suburb if no one’s behind the wheel.
Nick Taylor challenged a $125 ticket in court Thursday and lost. His lawyer, Nicholas Somberg, says a Roseville ordinance against unattended running vehicles shouldn’t apply to driveways.
But Judge Marco Santia says the law is in the public interest.
Taylor got attention in January when he posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook. The post was shared more than 6,000 times and garnered more than 5,000 comments.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin has defended the ticket. He says a thief could have stolen Taylor’s car.
VIENNA (AP) _ He who burps loudest laughs best _ at least in this case.
Nearly a year after a policeman ticketed Edin Mehic for loudly belching next to him, the Vienna bartender has won his appeal.
Mehic was fined 70 euros ($75) for a sonorous post-kebab burp next to the officer at an amusement park. The ticket said he violated “public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer.”
But a court document Mehic emailed to The Associated Press on Friday shows authorities have ruled in his favor. It says there was “never proof” that he burped to affront the officer.
Mehic’s belch resonated in Austria long after it was emitted. Groups organized to support him, and a kebab chain paid for both his ticket and an all-expenses trip to Istanbul.
YEADON, Pa. (AP) _ Police are trying to determine who shipped 10 pounds of marijuana from California to a pastor in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Yeadon police tell WTXF-TV (http://bit.ly/2pJoU9o ) the drugs arrived Thursday, in bundles stuffed into a plastic bucket inside a cardboard box that was delivered by United Parcel Service.
The package was sent from Sacramento.
But the woman who received it is a church pastor who tells authorities it wasn’t meant for her. Police believe someone else might have been instructed to watch for the package, but failed to pick it up.
Police Chief Donald Molineux says the pastor is “very upset and traumatized” and afraid someone might come to her home looking for the drugs.
Police are hoping surveillance video from a drop-off location will identify who shipped the package.
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) _ A man who wore a bunny costume and repeatedly blew an air horn inside a New Jersey police station has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Kevin Hemmerich entered the plea Thursday and was fined $500. The judge also ordered a police officer charged with striking Hemmerich in Hopatcong last November to stand trial July 6.
Hopatcong police Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. has pleaded not guilty to charges of simple assault and harassment. More than 50 officers went to court to support him.
Kevin Hemmerich and his brother entered the Hopatcong Police Department lobby to turn himself in for an outstanding warrant. He was dressed in a bunny costume and repeatedly blew the air horn.
Maresca is seen striking Hemmerich on video taken by his brother .
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge sometimes wears yoga clothes under her black robe.
At noon on the last Friday of every month, Duval County Judge Eleni Derkie strips off the robe and heads to the front lawn of Jacksonville’s courthouse where she leads a yoga class that’s free to anyone who shows up.
The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/2ppjvXJ ) reports Derke has taught yoga since 2014 but says her counterparts in the legal profession aren’t always the easiest converts.
Courtroom bailiffs sometimes tease her, but Derke says yoga provides a few moments of peace during an otherwise stressful day. Sometimes, she’s even been known to urge jurors to stretch and take deep breaths during lengthy trials.
She’ll continue the classes this year until the weather gets too hot.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ An outdoor professional tennis match in Florida came to a brief halt amid sounds of loud sex.
Frances Tiafoe was about to serve Mitchell Krueger during their Tuesday night match in the Sarasota Open when he paused and flashed a smile of disbelief over the sound of a woman moaning in pleasure. Broadcaster Mike Cation initially described the sounds as coming from someone playing a pornographic video in the stands, but later said they were coming from an apartment nearby.
Both players had fun with the situation while the crowd laughed. Kreuger hit a ball sharply in the direction of the sounds, and Tiafoe screamed, “It can’t be that good!”
Cation later saluted the responsible couple on Twitter, writing “Sounds like you guys had a good time!”
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is looking into complaints about brown spots that are appearing on cars, boats, air conditioning units and other objects in a couple of cities.
Dozens of people complained to Springfield city officials in the last week or so, prompting them to ask the environmental agency to investigate.
Agency spokeswoman Brandy Smith says investigators have visited some of the larger nearby industrial facilities, but didn’t find a potential source for the spots.
Charles Lewis tells The News Herald the spots went through the clear top coat on the hood of his new silver SUV and won’t come off.
Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond says so far no one has reported health issues.
FRUITA, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials say a man who broke into a home left handwritten notes in the kitchen, ate cookies, drank milk and took a nap before waking up children to ask for help.
The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2pRGCGL ) the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 33-year-old man on suspicion of felony second-degree burglary, criminal mischief involving less than $300 and theft less than $50.
Fruita police and a sheriff’s deputy found the man inside the home Monday. A man inside told officials his child had told him a stranger was inside. Officials say the alleged intruder’s notes said that he had no idea where he was. The man told the children and their father that he was harmless and needed help.
The man is set to appear in court April 28.
SPERRY, Okla. (AP) — The police chief of a small northeast Oklahoma community says he issued himself a citation for speeding, but only after being caught on video.
Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch posted an apology on the department’s Facebook page Saturday, saying he was “wrong in traveling at 75 and 80 mph.” Sperry is about 10 miles north of Tulsa.
Burch admits he’s not sure he would have issued the ticket if not for the video, and that he had a “reason for being in a hurry.” Nonetheless, he admits he must “be held accountable.”
Burch says he wrote himself the more than $300 ticket and that he’ll pay it in full.
VIENNA (AP) _ A months-long international search by an Austrian town to find a new hermit has ended _ and Stan’s the man.
Mayor Erich Rohrmoser of Saalfelden, near Salzburg, says officials chose Belgian Stan Vanuytrecht, a former artillery officer, surveyor and a Roman Catholic deacon, because the bearded 58-year-old pipe smoker “emanates calm and comes across as steady.”
Vanuytrecht is pleased _ and surprised. More than 50 people applied, and state broadcaster ORF quotes him as saying “I thought I have no chance.”
Built into a cliff, the more than 350-year-old hermitage near the town has no heat, no running water and is habitable only between April and November.
The hermit’s unpaid job includes greeting pilgrims making the trek to the building, which has been empty since a Benedictine monk left last year.
WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man says he was trying to set a good example for his children when he turned in $14,000 he found on the side of the road.
WBNS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2oGSCeU ) Jake Bowers found the money April 8 as he drove his family to a park in Worthington, a Columbus suburb.
Bowers said when he initially saw the bag on the roadside, he thought it might contain someone’s laptop. Instead, it was filled with $100 bills.
Bowers took the bag to the Worthington police station, and it was returned to its owner.
A police report says the owner had taken the cash to a car dealer but left without buying a vehicle. He told police he must have left it on top of his car and driven off.
LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized over a ton of marijuana found in a motorhome at a southern Arizona border crossing.
The agency says officers at the Lukeville crossing found 2,600 pounds (1179 kilograms) of marijuana when led to it by a drug-sniffing dog during a secondary inspection of the vehicle.
Agents arrested a 55-year-old Glendale man who was driving the vehicle and a 58-year-old Phoenix woman who was his passenger. Their names were not released.