Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


BOSTON (AP) -- There's burl burglar on the loose in the Boston area. Someone is using a chain saw to slice the giant knots off of tree trunks. Burls are gold to woodworkers because of their intricate grain. They can go for 50-500 bucks apiece depending on size and quality. City arborists tell The Boston Globe the burl-nappings were first noticed during routine inspections. They've been reported in a number of area parks. Dave Eaton is president of the Central New England Woodturners. He urges anyone with information about the wood crimes to contact police.


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Some costumers going into a Dunkin' Donuts had more than a case of the munchies. Police say they were after pot, too. According to authorities in Framingham, Massachusetts, an employee at the coffee shop was selling weed on the side. Officers say they set up a sting after getting a tip. They busted 18-year-old Anthony Buskey. The MetroWest Daily News reports Buskey was charged and released without bail.


PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Holy Batman! Caped crusader busted! Michigan state troopers arrested a man in a Batman costume. Troopers were looking for a driver who fled the scene of an accident. Mark Wayne Williams A-K-A Batman said he wanted to help. But officers say he was just getting in their way. Police charge Williams refused to leave. He was busted on counts of resisting and obstructing police. Williams is also down one Batman suit. His costume and other gear were confiscated. Williams is due in court in a couple of weeks.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Ten-year-old Marissa Mabang wants her puppy back. So, she's putting up the money in her piggy bank as a reward. Someone broke into the family's San Jose, California, home earlier the this week. The Mercury News reports in addition to the dog, the crook or crooks got away with electronics, purses, and bikes. Besides the piggy bank money, San Jose's police and firefighters' unions, as well as the office of a city councilman, have kicked into the reward fund. It's now up to $6,000.


WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Someone's going to restrooms in Washington state -- but it's not to go. Police say pipes have been swiped from the bathrooms at two McDonald's, a Dairy Queen and a Mexican restaurant. The manager of the Dairy Queen in Woodland is Alicia Leyva. She tells KATU the crook must be a good plumber, because the fixtures were disassembled but no water leaked. Investigators figure the stolen pipes are being sold for scrap.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The spirit of free enterprise is alive and well outside many New York City high schools. Cellphones are banned in city schools, so kids "park" their phones with valets. They pay a buck a day to entrepreneurs who keep the cellphones stashed in trucks near the schools. That can cost up to $180 a year. Kelice Charles says it's hassle but worth it. She's a freshman at Gramercy Arts High School in Manhattan.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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