Some Texas dope smugglers trying to unload a huge amount of marijuana preferred to work in the dark — so they pulled out guns and shot out the streetlight shining down on them.
Unfortunately for them, local residents, worried about the shots, called the cops, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies showed up at the house just outside the town of Rosenberg at about 11 p.m. Sunday night, only to see several men running away.
What the nocturnal naughties left behind was indeed a mighty stash — a tractor-trailer full of pot.
Deputy Craig Brady estimated the loco weed to weigh about 2,700 pounds and be worth about $1.6 million.
A man who lived at the house was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Brady said the men who ran away were being sought.
"We're still trying to determined who transported it and who it belonged to," he told the Chronicle.
Rosenberg is about 40 miles southwest of downtown Houston.
— Thanks to Out There reader Joe J.
Man Gets Towed Wheelchair Out of Pound
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Pedro Cruz has his wheelchair back.
A towing company had been holding Cruz's portable wheelchair, along with the van it was in, until he and his wife, Karin Richardsen, paid a towing bill after an accident last Wednesday.
Richardsen said the couple could not afford the $120 plus an extra $15 for each day the van was held.
She said she was not allowed to take the wheelchair from the vehicle when she went back to get it from the wrecked van.
Beres Towing returned the chair Monday.
"We never had your wheelchair hostage in the first place," company owner Dick Beres told Richardsen. "We don't let anyone in the vehicles. It's company policy."
Jean Beres, Dick Beres' wife, said the towing business received insulting phone calls after media coverage of the incident.
She denied suggestions they were insensitive to Cruz or Richardsen, and noted that her husband used a wheelchair himself.
"We're not like that. Anybody who knows us, knows that," she said.
As of Monday, Cruz and Richardsen owed $221.12.
High School Dropout Gets Perfect GED Score
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A 20-year-old California man who dropped out of high school to care for his ailing father has earned the first perfect GED (search) score the state has seen in the past decade.
State officials say Zachary Olkewicz earned the only perfect score among the 569,000 people who took the GED in California in that period.
He is one of only six people nationwide last year to answer every question on the test correctly.
Olkewicz is now attending college and hopes to someday open a computer software design business.
Transvestite College Students Get Own Bathroom
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Snubbed by both men and women, transvestite students at the Chiang Mai Technology School (search) just wanted a restroom to call their own — and were granted their wish.
Dubbed the Pink Lotus Bathroom, the facility is exclusively for the school's 15 transvestite students and features four stalls, but no urinals. On the door hangs a sign with intertwined male and female symbols.
"They would come in the morning and use the women's bathrooms, but the women were annoyed, didn't like it or played pranks on them," said Posaporn Promprakai, registrar of the school in Chiang Mai province, about 360 miles north of Bangkok.
The transvestites — who must wear male attire at school but are allowed to sport girlie hairdos — switched to the men's bathrooms, only to run into more trouble.
"The men teased them, chased them, and they came screaming and in tears again," Posaporn told The Associated Press.
So Posaporn designated a lavatory just for them, telling the vocational school's 1,500 students to just use their own restrooms.
The transvestite bathroom opened last fall, but this week attracted the notice of local media. Gays, cross-dressers and transsexuals are generally accepted in easygoing Thai society.
"We don't support their decision to be transvestites. We are just trying to solve the problems of one group that is unhappy at school," said Posaporn. "They don't get teased in the bathroom anymore. They're much happier."
Group of Six Spends Three Days on Ferris Wheel
ST. LOUIS (AP) — And you thought you were wasting precious time going around in circles.
Six people say they have a claim on the world record for consecutive hours on a Ferris wheel after three days spent on a ride at Six Flags St. Louis (search).
The roughly 36-hour record will be submitted to Guinness World Records this week. The riders got off the wheel twice during the contest that began Wednesday, due to lightning. They ate and slept on the wheel, and had privacy curtains and portable toilets.
The contest was in honor of the 1904 World's Fair (search), which was held in St. Louis and featured a Ferris wheel.
At the end of the contest, all six riders were entered into a drawing for $1,000, which was won by Rhonda Crocker, 42, of Bonne Terre.
The five other riders were each given $500 from Six Flags, three-year season passes to the park and concert tickets.
Townsfolk Object to Anti-Nudity Ordinance
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Want to streak through downtown or drop your pants in the park? You could be slapped with a $250 fine.
City councilors in the southern Oregon town have passed an anti-nudity ordinance, prohibiting genital exposure downtown and in public parks.
Some residents opposed the ordinance, saying it infringes on personal freedom.
"I prefer that we not be legislating morality," said resident Paul Copeland. "I have a problem with the proposed language of the ordinance. If your neighbor is mowing his lawn naked or doing objectionable things, I don't believe the police are the right way to resolve your dispute."
He suggested making nudity legal if it were a political or artistic expression.
But Mayor Alan DeBoer said he was wholeheartedly in favor of the fully-clad plan.
"I have had many citizens say they cannot believe that someone can run through town with no clothes on," DeBoer said.
The new ordinance will make it easier for police to ask a nude person to cover up. Failure to do so could result in a $250 fine.
Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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