Canada's 'Sad' Beer Calamity

Published April 07, 2005

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A beer truck flipped over on a roadway overpass in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Monday, prompting local officials to comment on the tragedy.

"It is sad," Capt. Scott Logan of the Halifax Regional Fire Service (search) told The Daily News of Halifax. "Chances are they won't recover any of the beer."

The truck, hauling 46,368 bottles of Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale (search), skidded to a stop against the overpass's guardrail, luckily avoiding a 50-foot plunge down to another road.

The female driver was pulled out of the cab uninjured — "more frazzled than hurt," according to Logan — letting rescuers focus on the calamitous aspects of the disaster.

"I had a tear in my eye, actually, when I was watching it," said police Constable Mark Hobeck. "It was full of beer. We were hoping a Hostess truck full of pretzels would come by, but no such luck."

Suspected Check-Kiter Aims High

A Boston-area man was arrested this past Tuesday after several humongous deposits he made to a new bank account didn't clear.

Thanh Nhat Le, 51, of suburban Dorchester, was arrested at a local Sovereign Bank (search) after arguing with a teller who wouldn't cash his check for $7,550.

Le had opened an account at Sovereign the previous week with $171 in cash, the Boston Herald reported.

But three checks had been deposited to his account since. One was for $250,000. Another was for $2 million. The third was for the paltry sum of $4 billion.

The bank's fraud team contacted police, who quickly came when Le came to cash his relatively reasonable check.

Cops allegedly found in his pockets stolen credit cards, diamond rings and more checks made out in huge amounts to banks around Boston.

Also in Le's pocket was a check for $31,342 made out to Shreve, Crump & Low (search), Boston's oldest luxury jeweler.

Sticky, Stinky Green Cash Lands Man in Jail

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A man who went to the sheriff's department to bond out his brother-in-law also ended up in jail when police realized the money he handed them reeked of marijuana.

Timothy Richards, 45, of Columbus, went to the Decatur County Sheriff's Department and when he handed dispatcher Julie Meyers $400, she counted it and then noticed something unusual.

"When I walked back toward the jail I noticed the money was damp and smelled funny," Meyers said.

A jailer who sniffed the money told her it smelled like marijuana, she said.

Indiana State Trooper Chip Ayers was nearby and asked for the money, she said. He smelled it and then asked Richards for consent to search him and his car, Meyers said.

Ayers found a pipe and a small amount of marijuana and charged Richards with possession. If convicted, he could face six months to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Richards remained in jail for several hours Tuesday — until his brother-in-law made bail and came back to pay his own $250 bond.

— Thanks to Out There readers Grant R. and Aaron M.

Horse-Tail Thief On Loose in Wis.

TOWN OF LEON, Wis. (AP) — Some horses in central Wisconsin may still be bright-eyed, but no longer bushy tailed.

Waushara and Portage county sheriff's departments are trying to figure out who is cutting off the tails of some horses.

Someone cut off parts of the same horse's tail about four times since January at Town of Leon, Waushara County Sheriff David Peterson said. And Portage County officials are investigating the theft of the tails of four show horses in the town of Eau Pleine.

The horses were not injured and no one has determined a motive.

In both counties, the owners described the horses as friendly, and all were in pastures when the crimes occurred.

The sheriff's office is offering a cash reward through Waushara County Crime Stoppers, Inc., to anyone who helps solve the case.

"We don't know if it's part of some kind of ritual. We have no idea what's going on," Peterson said.

Portage County sheriff's Detective Gina Boettcher said the culprits could be after horsehair that is sometimes used for making jewelry, watchbands, or belts.

"It's very expensive if you go to buy it," Boettcher said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Susan A.

25-Foot Gorilla On Loose in Washington State

STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Police are looking for an oversized but rather limp gorilla.

Owner Mike McDaniel said the 25-foot blue and yellow inflatable animal was cut from its tether at the Viking Village shopping center (search) after the air was let out because of high winds last Friday.

The overgrown ape, which was being used to advertise a hot-tub sale at the mall, was more vulnerable to thieves because they could make an instant getaway, McDaniel said.

"If it's fully inflated, it does take five or 10 minutes for it to fully drain out," he said.

According to a police report, the last All Seasons Spa and Stove employee left the mall at 6 p.m., and the gorilla was gone when a night guard came to work three hours later.

Also taken was a fan used to inflate the unnamed gorilla, said McDaniel, who rents inflatable advertising characters from his business, Air Play Rental of Camano Island.

"I could just see it, some party blows this sucker up," said Judy Chapman, who coordinated the annual sale.

McDaniel, who has offered a $500 reward for return of the monster monkey, said it would cost $5,000 to replace, and he stands to lose $1,500 in rental income by the time a new one arrives.

At the same sale last year, vandals slashed the gorilla's leg, he said.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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