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Batman thwarts would-be thief

A police officer dressed as Batman stopped a would-be thief in Texas on Saturday after the man attempted to nab four DVDs from a Walmart store, including the Lego Batman movie.

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“You cannot steal my movie,” Forth Worth police Officer Damon Cole joked to KDFW. “Come on.”

Cole was off-duty and dressed as Batman for a kids’ safety fair Saturday when he was alerted to a man who was attempting to shoplift four DVDs, KDFW reported.

“I stopped him as Batman,” Cole wrote in a tweet after the arrest. “He asked me for a selfie as Batman.”

Cole told KDFW that he travels the country in his off time, dressing up in superhero costumes and visiting sick children.

“I do that to give them inspiration and hope to keep fighting,” he told the news station.

In a tweet Monday, Cole wrote that Saturday marked the first time in his 17-year career that he’s arrested someone while dressed as Batman.

“I swear I can't make this stuff up,” he wrote.

Authorities gave the shoplifting suspect, who was not identified, a citation because the DVDs he attempted to nab were valued at less than $100, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Woman grabs rattlesnake thinking it's her dog's toy

A California woman got an unwelcome surprise when she went to grab what she thought was her dog's toy and instead found herself holding a baby rattlesnake.

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Carla and Ariel Rosso had just gotten out of their backyard Jacuzzi when she went to grab what she believed to be her dog Duchess’ rope toy, KABC reported.

In home surveillance video posted to YouTube Friday by Ariel Rosso, Carla Rosso can be seen walking toward the snake and calmly picking it up before realizing what's in her hand. 

"I grabbed it and as I was going up, I realized it was gushy and it had a feeling to it, like a hot dog sort of," Carla Rosso told KABC. "So I let it go. And for some reason I thought it was still on me.”

The moment it registers that she’s holding a snake, she flings it away and frantically tries to escape the area.

“If you are going to pick (up) your dog’s toy in the dark, make sure it’s not a live rattlesnake!” Ariel Rosso wrote in the video post. “Thankfully, my wife Carla was not but, but she needs to work on running away skills!”

The couple said they were terrified by the accidental encounter – officials say baby rattlesnakes can be particularly dangerous because they can’t control their venom – but told KABC they still couldn’t help laughing once they saw their home surveillance video.

"I was cracking up," Carla Rosso told the news station. "It was hilarious. I can't believe I did that. I can't believe I picked up a snake. Check it off my bucket list of things to do!"

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called and destroyed the snake, KABC reported.

WPXI contributed to this report.

1,000-pound pig escapes farm

It was a strange call to begin with, but what Georgetown Police Officer Henry Olshefsky found was shocking.

“The dispatch received a call for a loose pig. I didn't know what to expect, but in my mind, I was thinking it was probably a small pot belly pig or a pet. I envisioned it being pink and cute,” Olshefsky said.

What Olshefsky saw was a huge pig, a 1,000-pound pig, to be exact, hanging out in Julia Gagne’s front lawn.

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"We had a frisbee and a bone outside, don't know what it was doing with it. Playing with it, I guess,” Gagne said.

"Because it is a small town, we were able to locate someone who knew someone who knew where the pig lived,” said Olshefsky.

The owner of the pig, whose name is Bruno, was relieved to have him back.

"Everyone knows Bruno,” owner Frank Martino said.

He admitted containing him has been a struggle.

"He's probably escaped, since he was a baby, three or four times,” Martino said. "We didn't know how big he was going to get so now we have to think of a new way to lock him in with a padlock, that type of thing.”

Man turns pothole into hot tub to send city leaders message

A man in Mississippi fed up with potholes staged a humorous photo that addresses a serious problem in his community.

Daniel Trussel told WJTV that potholes have plagued Jackson for quite some time, and phone calls and written complaints haven't seemed to help. In hopes of catching the attention of city leaders, he staged a photo in one of the potholes.

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While Trussel was driving to a friend's house Tuesday, he came across an eight-foot deep pothole. Trussel jumped into the pothole filled with water and posted the photo on Instagram, with the caption, "Chillin in my new hot tub. #jacksonlife."

Trussel hopes that in addition to providing a good laugh, city leaders will be prompted to take action and fix Jackson's road issues.

Navy sailor presumed overboard found hiding on ship: report

A sailor, whose disappearance from a naval ship off the coast of Japan last week sparked a days-long search and presumptions that the man had fallen overboard, has been found alive aboard the ship.

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The U.S. 7th Fleet said Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims, 23, was found Thursday, one week after he vanished from the USS Shiloh as the ship was 180 miles east of Okinawa, Japan.

The circumstances surrounding Mims’ disappearance remained under investigation Thursday. Citing unidentified sources familiar with the situation, the Navy Times reported that Mims apparently hid in one of the ship’s engine rooms.

He will be transferred to the USS Ronald Reagan for a medical evaluation.

Mims’ disappearance triggered a multinational search.

The U.S. Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japanese Coast Guard spent more than 50 hours combing 5,500 square miles of the Philippine Sea in search of Mims. The search was suspended on June 11, although crewmembers on the Shiloh continued to look for the missing sailor.

“We are thankful to have found our missing shipmate and appreciate all the hard work of our sailors and Japanese partners in searching for him,” said Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70. “I am relieved that this Sailor’s family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Mims, who has ties to Putnam County, Florida, according to WOKV, enlisted in the Navy in February 2014. He reported to the Shiloh in August 2014.

Officials said he had earned a number of awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and the Sea Service Ribbon. He was last promoted in August 2015.

Skunk enters home, goes on spraying rampage

A homeowner in Colorado who wanted some fresh air got a stinky surprise instead.

Jody Britton told Denver7  that on the night of May 25, she opened the back door of her home for some fresh air. A skunk entered the home, followed by the family's dogs. The skunk unleashed its trademark defense mechanism and sprayed the dogs.

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The skunk went on to spray the Britton's living room and dining room, including the walls and curtains. An exterminator was called and the skunk was finally captured after about an hour, Denver7 reported.

By then, the damage had been done. The Brittons were told by their insurance company that the damages would not be covered by their policy. The cleaning service they hired was unable to save the furniture, and told the family that the skunk's oily discharge had likely penetrated the home's hardwood floors and drywall.

A family friend has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for the extensive repair work. So far, damages total $9,700, but could climb much higher if the floors need to be replaced.

Pilot hits alligator while landing plane at Florida airport

 

Only in Florida: A pilot fatally struck an alligator last week while landing a plane at Orlando Executive Airport.

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The pilot said his plane hit the gator, but he wouldn't provide further details because he said the Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the incident.

Another pilot, Brad Pierce, posted a photo on Facebook, calling the incident "one of the craziest things I've ever seen in all my years in aviation."

Pierce said in the post, which had been shared almost 2,000 times by Wednesday morning, that a pilot was crossing a runway when an 11-foot gator jumped up and struck the wing of his Navajo as he was landing.

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"The gator was killed instantly and the aircraft sustained damage to the wing," Pierce said.

The airport is bordered by Lake Underhill and Lake Barton.

Texas boy reels in catfish with snake attached

A boy in Texas got a big surprise when he reeled in a catch on a recent fishing trip.

The catfish he caught had a diamondback water snake attached to it.

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Heather Burman sent video of the bizarre incident to KHOU on Monday. She told KHOU that her 10-year-old son, Chipper, is familiar with snakes and wasn't frightened, because he knew the snake wasn't venomous.

Chipper decided to let the snake have its prize, and threw both the fish and snake back into the water.

Officials: Man unleashes bedbugs at city office after not qualifying for benefits

A man in Maine who became upset after being told he did not qualify for government benefits unleashed a cup of live bedbugs at a city office, officials said.

The incident took place Friday afternoon and forced the evacuation of the Augusta City Center, according to CentralMaine.com. City Manager William Bridgeo said about 100 bedbugs were released. The building will be sprayed and a bedbug-detecting dog service will inspect the building before reopening Monday, Bridgeo said.

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The man, whose identity was not immediately available, released the bedbugs after he was told by a city employee that he did not qualify for assistance. The bedbugs were in a cup, which the man slammed on the counter of the office, sending the bugs flying onto the desk and floor.

Police caught up with the man and he signed a criminal complaint and a trespass order. More charges are expected, Bridgeo said.

Unfinished paint job leaves water tower logo spelling out 'sex' instead of town name

Residents in one Wisconsin town were greeted with a surprise message on the municipal water tower Wednesday.

Contractors painting the Sussex water tower with a new logo told WTMJ they ran into a venting issue that forced them to stop working.

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The unfinished work left the water tower emblazoned with the word "sex" instead of the town's name.

Once the paint is dry, workers plan to cover up the letters until they can finish the job, WTMJ reported. 

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