High jinx: Man charged after police officer helps him find lost marijuana in back garden

USA: An Ohio man who got a police officer’s help to find a bit of marijuana lost in his yard has been charged with misdemeanour drug abuse.
High jinx: Man charged after police officer helps him find lost marijuana in back garden

The patrolman’s body camera video shows an intoxicated man admitting he lost the drug. The Alliance officer says he doesn’t want children to find it and then locates it in the grass. The man asks if he’d throw it back on the ground. The officer refuses.

Police say the officer had found the man stumbling along the road and tried to get him home safely.

Some commenters suggested the man has an alcohol problem and criticised Alliance police for sharing the video on Facebook.

Captain James Hilles told the Akron Beacon Journal it’s just a light-hearted example of silly things people say to officers.

Fallout sanitation kits

USA: A county in Montana is trying to get rid of more than three dozen Cold War-era sanitation kits meant to provide makeshift bathroom facilities for fallout shelters.

Forty-two fiberboard drums labelled SK IV Sanitation Kit were shipped to Gallatin County in January 1964. The kits contain a toilet seat, commode liner, 10 rolls of toilet paper that people were cautioned to “use sparingly”, and a commode chemical. The kits are a reminder of “the subtle but real fear of a nuclear World War Three”, said Shane Hope, an archaeologist at the county’s Historic Preservation Board.

After county officials determined they did not need the kits any more, they found out the US department of defence did not want them back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had no use for them either.

The county has now offered some of the kits to museums, while the rest may be sold at auction.

Monkey break

USA: Nineteen monkeys made a break from a compound on the South Carolina coast, but freedom was fleeting.

Local media outlets report the monkeys escaped from the Alpha Genesis centre and six hours later all had been recaptured.

Yemassee Police Chief Gregory Alexander says a broken or a loose cage door led to the escape. Alexander says it’s not the first time it’s happened, but generally the monkeys return to the compound because they know that’s where there’s food.

US department of agriculture records show that two years ago 26 monkeys escaped. All were recaptured but two facility employees were fired.

Mowers on their marks

ENGLAND: Behind a start line in a field in southern England, a group of drivers rev their engines, raring to open the throttle on noisy machines more used to cutting grass than racing across it.

For a few dedicated motor sport lovers, it marked the start of the British lawnmower racing season, in which participants drive laps around a track in slightly souped-up sit-down mowers with the blades removed.

The championship, dreamt up in a countryside pub in 1973, runs from May to October and features three categories: roller-driven mowers; wheel-driven mowers and wheel-driven lawn tractors.

“It’s a little unusual, it’s not like jumping in a car and turning the wheel and peddles and gears,” said Dean Fuller, British champion on the wheel-driven variety, at the season’s first meeting in Surrey.

“You have got to learn how you lean, how you brake, the different types of surfaces... So it really does take three or four years before you get the hang of [it].”

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