Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a Hall of Fame catch -- but the guy isn't a ballplayer. A New York City bus driver is being hailed as a hero for catching a 7-year-old girl. She fell three stories from an air conditioner outside a Brooklyn building. Stephen St. Bernard says he was praying he could catch her. Witnesses tell the Daily News the girl crawled out of the window and onto the air conditioning unit. The girl was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. St. Bernard, who's a father of four, tore a tendon in his shoulder.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- There's no room at the inn -- or the jail. A county jail in Oregon is giving suspected burglars a pass. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says there just isn't enough room for the suspects. He tells a local paper (Grants Pass Daily Courier) that budget cuts have reduced the jail's capacity by 75 percent. In effect, some suspects are getting a get-out-of-jail-free card. They're being cited and released. Grants Pass police officer Dave Daniel says the "criminal justice system is failing."


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- He's no cupid. Police in Kansas City, Missouri, report busting a naked guy who had a bow and arrows. The Kansas City Star reports officers responded to a neighbor's call that a naked man was knocking on the door. According to authorities, the nude dude ducked into a house and shot an arrow in the direction of officers. Tactical officers surrounded the house for about an hour before the man came outside. He was zapped with a Taser and taken to a hospital for treatment.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- How do you get elephants to fly? Charter a giant Russian cargo jet and spend about a million bucks. Three African elephants are being retired from the Toronto Zoo. They're going to be moved to a Southern California sanctuary run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society. Former game show host and animal activist Bob Barker is picking up the tab, expected to be between $750,000 and $1 million. Unlike some humans who fly, these pachyderm passengers will get in-flight snacks. There will be carrots and other munchies for the elephants on their transcontinental flight early next month.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The guy made himself at home -- at a wildlife sanctuary in Southern California. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say Robert Downs built a shack with bunk beds, a rock patio, barbecue and tables. But that's not why he was busted. Authorities say Downs was also growing pot and taking plants and trees from a county park. Deputies say Downs told them he started setting up housekeeping eight months ago. He's being held on $30,000 bail.


SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- D'oh! One Springfield businessman says it's time for the city to embrace The Simpsons. Jack Koehler owns Sweety's Frozen Yogurt in the Oregon city. He has statues of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in front of his store. He tells KVAL they've helped give his business a boost. Now, Koehler says the city should get involved, by creating a "Simpsonville" downtown. But Springfield officials say there's no demand from the public. Simpsons creator Matt Groening has confirmed to Smithsonian magazine that Springfield, Oregon, is Homer's hometown.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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