Friday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- As chases go -- this wasn't of the high speed variety. But it did have height. The California Highway Patrol reports officers stopped a stolen construction crane. The CHP says an off-duty officer spotted the crane driving without headlights on a rural highway. CHP units were dispatched and tried to get the driver to pull over. Instead of stopping, authorities say the driver raised the boom. As the crane continued its slow journey, officers say it knocked down power lines and tree limbs. The Sacramento Bee reports the stolen crane driver eventually surrendered.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- It's not just the speed that makes this chase unusual. The Florida Highway Patrol reports a trooper pulled over a Miami police officer doing 120. The Miami officer was in a patrol car and was arrested by the trooper. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Officer Fausto Lopez has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will not face jail time. Yesterday, Lopez was ordered to pay $3,300 in prosecution costs and perform 100 hours of community service. He also faces possible police department disciplinary action.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida A&M University has a message for students -- no shoes, no class. FAMU trustees have approved a new student dress code. Bare feet are a no-no, as are P-Js, and cutoff t-shirts. Saggy pants that expose underwear are also banned. School officials say learning how to dress appropriately is a lesson that will benefit students. A student whose duds don't measure up could be barred from class.


NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida fugitive is an escapee -- but not an inmate. Deputies in Pasco County joined the search yesterday for a missing monkey. Authorities say a man flagged down a deputy at a gas station and said his pet monkey had jumped out of his car. The primate owner said the little guy was lost in the woods. So far, no word if that missing monkey has been found.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fore! Now, back to jail. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Captain Jeff Donahue is under investigation for taking a jail inmate on a golf outing. Canadian pro golfer-turned-thief Frank Carrillo says he wore a yellow jail jumpsuit while on the course. Carrillo tells the Los Angeles Times it was his idea to play some golf. Carrillo says he gave the sheriff's department official some tips on reducing his double-digit handicap.


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore isn't ready to hang up his big, floppy shoes, just yet. At 95, the Guinness people say Creeky holds the record as the oldest performing clown. The former Montana rancher now performs only occasionally. But Creeky puts on the clown shoes, makeup and rubber nose when the Shrine Circus stops in Billings, where he lives. Creeky says he'll keep it up as long as he can.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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