Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

EASILY IDENTIFIED SUSPECT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- It didn't take the "CSI" team to I-D this suspect. Police in Indianapolis report the guy who robbed a payday loan service left his wallet behind. According to investigators, 20-year-old Lester Smith had a gun and tied up the teller at an Advance America store. WTHR reports detectives later found Smith's wallet at the scene, with his I-D still inside. Police say Smith was also identified by witnesses and is seen on security video. He now faces a number of charges, including robbery and carrying a handgun without a license.

SNAKEHEAD DINNER

EASTPORT, Md. (AP) -- What's for dinner? How about snakehead? Celebrity chefs from the Washington area will be cooking up snakehead fish tonight. The toothy, invasive fish has been causing problems in the region, including the Potomac River which runs through the nation's capital. In addition to the food, the event will feature guest speakers on fishery and environmental issues. The Capital of Annapolis reports tickets to the dinner cost 100 bucks each. The money will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

HALLOWEEN ON SATURDAY

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Halloween would be this Saturday, of one Connecticut lawmaker gets his way. State Rep Tim Larson wants the kids to go trick-or-treating on the last Saturday of October. This year, Halloween falls on a Monday. Larson says having Halloween on a school night creates problems for the kids. He adds that a weekend Halloween would also be good for retailers. Larson doubts fellow lawmakers will act on his proposal this time around. But he hopes his idea to reschedule Halloween will be considered by legislators next year.

BOLOGNA SMUGGLE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- It's a smuggling scheme that's full of bologna. U.S. customs agents report finding 76 pounds of Mexican bologna hidden in a spare tire. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a Ford F-150 pickup didn't look right to inspectors at an El Paso port of entry. The tire was scanned and the processed meat was found inside of it. Officials say the driver was given a $1,000 civil penalty and released.

HISTORIC BELL STOLEN

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Police in San Francisco don't like the ring of this rip-off. A 2-ton bell is missing from the garden outside of St. Mary's Cathedral. The historic bell was cast in 1889 and survived the 1906 earthquake. Police Inspector Brian Danker says they don't know how the crooks managed to get away with the massive copper bell. Investigators figure the copper will be sold for scrap.

MAYOR-GROCERY BAGGING

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's in the bag for Washington Mayor Vincent Gray. He'll be bagging groceries today at a Safeway on the Southwest Waterfront of the nation's capital. No, his honor isn't giving up his day job. Mayor Gray will a "celebrity guest bagger." His hour-long shift will raise money for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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