Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The manager of the minor league Daytona Cubs in Florida thought he was being tossed out of the game when he heard the home plate umpire bellow, "you're out."

It turns out the ump was talking to the guy who plays the music over the public address system. That's who was being ejected.

Apparently, umpires don't like it when the music guy plays "Three Blind Mice" -- especially at a time when the manager of the home team is on the field arguing that they didn't see a play correctly.

According to the local paper (the Daytona Beach News-Journal), the public address system at the stadium was shut down for the rest of the game. So, fans took it upon themselves to announce the names of players as they approached the plate.


NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) -- What kind of dog was it that sniffed out two girls who were lost for a couple of hours in a Georgia forest?

A bloodhound? Maybe a German Shepherd or a Lab?

No. It was a chihuahua that saved the day.

As police and firefighters began the search for the missing 5-year-old and 8-year-old girls, neighbor Carvin Young grabbed his 3-year-old Chihuahua, Bell, and joined the search.

He tells CBS Atlanta that Bell picked up the girls' scent and began running until she reached them.

Bell must have known who she was looking for. The girls' mother says they play with Bell nearly every day.

They were a little scared when they were found, but otherwise fine.


LONDON (AP) -- Of all of the Olympic sports that NBC is showing on its cable networks, the one that is drawing the best ratings is archery.

NBC says it was the most popular sport on the cable networks during the first few days, averaging 1.5 million viewers. It's doing better than basketball.

A network official says it could be due partly to the popularity of "The Hunger Games" getting young people interested in bows and arrows.

American archer Brady Ellison is also a big draw.

Archery could be this year's equivalent of curling -- a sport that found some new fans in recent years when it was televised from the Winter Olympics.


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont man who'd been arrested for marijuana possession and resisting arrest is now in even bigger trouble.

Police say Roger Pion took out his anger on seven sheriff's department vehicles -- driving over them with a farm tractor in the department's parking lot before driving away on the tractor.

They missed his monster tractor show -- deputies were working inside their building at the time, and didn't know what was happening in the parking lot until a neighbor called 911.

By that time, all of their cars were crushed -- so they weren't able to pursue the tractor.

Pion is now in custody, facing several new charges.


WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Summer vacation has been anything but routine for a New York City social studies teacher who lives in northern New Jersey.

James Geist has spotted pythons twice within days in his West Milford yard.

Geist was reading on his deck when he thought he saw a branch move on July 23. He soon realized it was a snake.

Police arrived with two snake handlers who told Geist the branch was a 15-foot albino python.

Geist tells The Record newspaper the snake was huge, thick and docile.

Four days later, Geist saw another snake. This time it was a 10-foot python.

Animal control believes the tropical snakes were released by someone who had moved from the neighborhood.


SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- A man who authorities say tried to carjack a car at a traffic light in Shreveport, La., picked the wrong car.

The unmarked car was a state police unit, occupied by a Louisiana State trooper and two members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.

Police say Joshua Carter approached the car Wednesday afternoon, began pulling on the handle and demanded that it be opened.

When he realized the vehicle was occupied by officers, they say, he fled.

A state police spokesman says officers chased and caught him a short time later. He's now being held on a charge of attempted carjacking.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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