QUIRKY WORLD ... Gone to pot... marijuana package falls from the sky

USA: Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early hours of the morning, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Gone to pot... marijuana package falls from the sky

Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the US-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic.

Inside was roughly 12kg of marijuana — a package that authorities say was worth $10,000 (€8,900) and likely was dropped there accidentally by a drug smuggler’s aircraft.

“It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport.”

Living near the border, Donnelly said she assumed the object was drugs. She called her husband, Bill, who told her to call 911.

The couple said officers told them an ultralight aircraft smuggling marijuana from Mexico had probably let part of its load go early by accident before dropping the rest farther north.

£21k student ‘digs’


Student accommodation in London is being rented out for £21,000 (€25,400) a month, the Evening Standard has reported.

Property developer Criterion Capital has revamped Fountain House on Park Lane in Mayfair, into super prime flats for students expected to come from parts of the globe such as the Middle East, Asia, Africa and North America.

Snake scare


A southwest Missouri police officer is being called a hero for calmly peeling a 1.6m python off a woman’s arm after the snake sank its teeth into her and began to squeeze tightly.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Mount Vernon Police Corporal Shaun Cobb went to the home of Leadeana Oetker after she told a 911 operator the python had latched onto her arm.

Oetker says the snake grabbed her when she reached into the 20-year-old reptile’s cage. Her stepson called 911 when her hand and arm started turning purple. Cobb used the dull edge of a butter knife to force the snake’s jaw apart so he could detach it from her arm.

Oetker says she’ll let her boyfriend feed the snake from now on.

In a pickle


A McDonald’s customer in New Mexico was not loving it when employees mistakenly put pickles on his order.

Police in Carlsbad had to squash a public disturbance at the restaurant after the customer began harassing employees over the mistake.

Workers told police the man raised his voice and started throwing things off the restaurant’s counter. Police say officers issued the man with a verbal warning.

Just hot air


An upside-down hot air balloon flying in Las Vegas sparked a flurry of 911 calls though the flight was planned.

KSNV-TV reports the strange balloon appeared to be standing on its head. But the station reports there was a concealed cabin on the underside. The balloon also had a dummy cabin.

The balloon comes from the company Cameron Balloons. The engineers who constructed the balloon said they worked with great enthusiasm to produce the special shape balloon.

Still, police say a number of residents called and reported that the balloon may be in trouble.

Authorities say the company had alerted authorities beforehand about the stunt.

Bagel burglar


State Police in Delaware arrested a serial bagel store burglar, and he now faces charges.

The Delaware State Police said Jermaine C Maker was arrested for stealing from the Surf Bagel Restaurant on three different occasions.

Police say they were called after the restaurant reported an exterior storage refrigerator had been broken into and several boxes of frozen food valued at over $600 (€534) had been stolen.

Police say food was taken at two different times on Thursday and early Friday.

Maker was arrested and faces charges including burglary and theft. He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,000 secured bail.

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