Owner Hangs On to Stolen Car
A Flint, Mich., car owner deserves credit for bravery, and maybe for being a bit nuts.
The unnamed man was carjacked at around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, police told WJRT-TV of Flint.
Instead of letting the robber get away, the man grabbed his Ford Mustang's (search) rear spoiler and hung on for dear life.
"I was driving to the gas station. He stole my car. He told me to get out. He took off. So I jumped on the back and I held on for about 30 minutes," said the determined Mustang owner.
Police got several frantic phone calls about a car sledding through the snowy streets with a man hanging on the back.
For the next half hour, police sirens wailed as the carjacker led them on a high-speed chase through city streets and on Interstates 69 and 475.
All the while, the hapless owner was clinging to the rear spoiler as traffic whipped by.
"He did about 90 or 100 down 69 and 475," said the owner about the carjacker's driving.
Finally, the robber ditched the car and took off running through a snowy park. Police simply followed his tracks to a nearby house and arrested him and a presumed accomplice.
Unseparated from his Mustang, unhurt and very cold was the car's owner. Police sat him in a patrol car to warm him up.
"I wasn't letting go," he told police.
— Thanks to Out There reader David W.
Court Doesn't Take Funny Money
Darrell Jenkins of Springfield, Mass., was arrested Monday and charged with destruction of property, assault and resisting arrest, reports WWLP-TV of Springfield.
Bail was set at $500, which police say Jenkins quickly met with a wad of $20 bills.
Then Officer Steven Wood noticed something: The twenties were fake.
On Tuesday, Jenkins was arraigned for possession of counterfeit money. Bail was set at $5,000.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — There's a reason Mom says to always have a fresh pair of underwear. The Rogers city attorney learned this week that it's to attract rescue helicopters.
Ben Lipscomb found himself lost in the flooded backwoods of Bayou Meto this week while duck hunting with his Labrador retriever, Josey Wales.
He only managed to make it out by tying his white briefs to the end of his gun barrel and waving them at an Arkansas State Police helicopter.
Decked out in full camouflage hunting gear, Lipscomb was practically invisible as the helicopter made several passes at dusk.
"They had passed over me a couple of times," he told the Morning-News of Northwest Arkansas after he was safe and sound back at his City Hall desk. "I knew I had to do something to get their attention."
Anticipating a cold night in the wilderness, Lipscomb drank dirty bayou water and ate a raw duck breast before he was spotted.
Lipscomb had been in the flooded timberland near Hollowell Reservoir (search) for about 12 hours when he was rescued.
He went out with two other men and had already shot a couple of ducks when he and his dog spotted a host of ducks a few hundred yards away. After killing and bagging four of them, he realized he didn't know where the boat was.
"I got turned around. I started walking in the general direction of where I though the boat was, but it wasn't," Lipscomb said. "If it hadn't been for [the police], I would have probably frozen to death out there. It was a real humbling experience."
It's not clear whether the Labrador retriever was rescued as well.
— Thanks to Out There readers Melissa B. and Hayes M.
Full ATM Almost Sent to Scrap Heap
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Arild Tofte and Kaare Heggdal know that recycling pays, but they weren't quite prepared for the jackpot that a scrapped cash machine contained.
It was still full of cash — enough to buy a house and take a luxury vacation.
The two Norwegians run a recycling company in the western Norway town of Aaroedalen, and had been hired by the Sparebanken Moere (search) bank to remove an outdated automatic teller machine, or ATM, from a gas station, media reported Wednesday.
Tofte, 30, said the woman on duty at the gas station was more than a little skeptical when two men showed up with a trolley and a truck, wanting to remove her ATM.
"She calmed down when I explained that the machine was empty and that we had a contract to pick it up," Tofte told the local Romsdals Budstikke newspaper.
During their rounds to pick up more scrap, they got a call saying a security guard was seeking the machine.
"The guy was apparently a bit agitated," said Tofte. "He was very eager to empty the cash from the machine."
The cash was removed. The bank — which blamed the incident on a communications mix-up — didn't say how much was in the ATM. But Tofte said the guard who emptied the machine told him it was enough to buy a house, take a luxury vacation and still have money to burn.
City Council Meeting Gets Nasty
EAGLE LAKE, Fla. (AP) — Say it, don't spray it.
That's the message from Vice Mayor Dennis Pate, who accused former city manager Linda Weldon of spewing saliva at him after a city council meeting last month. He wants a new rule to prohibit spitting at meetings.
But Weldon denies that saliva ever passed her lips.
"That is the most asinine and juvenile thing I have heard," she said. "I wouldn't get that close to him. It is just childish stuff, and I don't want to be a part of it any more."
The alleged spitting was preceded by an argument between Pate and Weldon over two minor issues at a city council meeting.
"She came at me and said, 'Oh, phew on you, Dennis Pate,'" he said. "It looked like she was trying to spit — she spit at me. I don't believe city government includes spitting at someone."
No police report was filed in this small citrus belt town, about 45 miles east of Tampa.
Lost Kangaroo May Have Found a Home
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A kangaroo that went on a walkabout of frigid Wisconsin just might settle down in the Midwest after all.
As reported in Out There, the red-haired marsupial, now known as "Roo," was captured in a snowstorm outside of Dodgeville last week. Sheriff's deputies cornered the 150-pound critter in a barn after receiving calls for days from shocked residents who had seen it.
Kangaroos can be purchased for about $1,000 or more in the United States, but no one has reported him missing.
Roo remains under quarantine at the Henry Vilas Zoo (search), and if no one claims it, zoo officials plan to introduce it to their other kangaroos to see if they get along.
But if things don't work out, Margaret Suter said she has room at her home near Madison, where she already keeps six kangaroos and a wallaby.
"I worried for that kangaroo. It lost its caregiver," Suter said. "And if you own one of these animals, you shouldn't turn your back on it."
Suter's kangaroos have a variety of stories — she took in one that was wounded and had one of his arms amputated. Another, named Skippy, is a blind 1-year-old female with her very own special quarters.
She got Captain, her first, about eight years ago and learned the animal's habits and requirements as she went along. Her kangaroos eat oats and special pellets, as well as snacks of fresh fruit.
"They can seem just like big teddy bears," she said. "They're beautiful animals and I just love them."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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