News of the weird compiled by the Associated Press
Trucker switches to rickshaw
A former truck driver is using pedal power to make a living in Keene, N.H..
Forty-year-old Richard Rice is using rickshaws — three-wheeled bicycles with a seat in the back for passengers — to provide a taxi service in the city’s downtown.
Rice just cleared a hurdle with the city to provide the service. Rice had to buy insurance. He also put slow-moving vehicle placards on the back, lights, bright safety vests for drivers and helmets for passengers under 16 years old.
Keene State College students are his biggest customers.
He says the best part is being able to ride past gas stations.
Police missing ‘beer goggles’
Police in the Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove are asking for the public’s help in returning a $150 pair of special goggles that are used to simulate the effects of intoxication.
Officers say the goggles disappeared last week from a table at a National Night Out event at a local park.
Officer Hector De La Paz says police believe the goggles were taken by accident.
Sometimes called “beer goggles,” the special glasses are used by police to demonstrate to high school students and parents how alcohol impairs a driver’s vision and judgment. They look like safety glasses.
Trail of Cheetos leads to thieves
An orange trail of Cheetos led St. Paul, Minn., police to three teenagers suspected of burglarizing a vending machine.
Officers were called to the Arlington Recreation Center on July 29, where they found a vending machine’s glass had been broken with a chair. Most of the candy and chips were missing, according to a criminal complaint.
The officers followed a trail of snack debris from the rec center, around the side of the building and to a nearby home. Inside, they found numerous vending-sized bags of Cheetos and other snacks.
Police arrested three males aged 17, 18 and 19 who soon arrived at the home by car. The two adults are charged with third-degree burglary; the 17-year-old is charged with criminal damage to property.
All three denied being involved, the complaint says.
Banana truck hits buffalo
Authorities say they’re buffaloed by the crash of a banana truck in eastern Iowa.
The semitrailer loaded with bananas hit a buffalo on Interstate 380 near Brandon about 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday. Crates of bananas ended up on the road.
Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth says there were two buffaloes on the road. He says one was sideswiped by a car while the other was hit by the semi.
The accidents happened about the same time.
Forsyth says the buffalo hit by the car apparently survived and ran off. The one hit by the truck was killed. No people were injured.
Forsyth says officials don’t know where the buffaloes came from, or what happened to the one that took off.