QUIRKY WORLD ... Discovery of brains a real head-scratcher for police

US: Nine brains were found along a street in a New York village, but authorities say there’s nothing to fear.

The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected. Residents found the brains on a street near rail tracks in Governeur and notified police. A local vet determined one of the brains had been professionally removed and preserved in formaldehyde. The organs are believed to be either from dogs or sheep.

Football legacy

US:

A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and American football’s ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

Boston.com reports that Patricia M Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died last Monday surrounded by family. Her obituary says the 72-year-old enjoyed scrapbooking, weekly card night and spending time with her family. “She would also like us to set the record straight for her,” it reads. “Brady is innocent!!”

Brady was suspended for four games and the New England Patriots were fined $1m and docked a pair of draft picks after league investigator Ted Wells found the Super Bowl champions had used illegally inflated footballs in the AFC title game. Brady is appealing his suspension.

Lamb sauce

GERMANY:

Police detained a 25-year-old prostitute for keeping a three-week-old lamb named Birke as a pet in a Munich brothel, police said. The woman was also briefly detained for drug possession. She and her lamb were discovered during a narcotics raid. Prostitution itself is legal in Germany. Keeping a lamb in a brothel evidently is not.

Police said the woman showed them a letter from veterinary authorities laying out the conditions in which a lamb should be raised. Those conditions did not include inside a brothel, so she was forbidden to keep the lamb, police said. “The lamb was turned over to an animal protection group,” the statement said.

Drinks problem

US:

A man aged 36 has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for a 2013 assault that prosecutors say stemmed from his anger over a botched drink.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Jovan Felix was sentenced last Friday for the near-fatal stabbing of a doorman outside Sacramento night club Level Up.

Prosecutors say Felix was angry about a bad drink and poor service when he returned to the club at about 2am with a friend and assaulted three people.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Robert Twiss called Felix’s criminal career “extensive”.

Prosecutors say Felix recruited his friend Cornelius Jones to help him carry out the attack. They say the two teamed up as youths for an armed robbery.

High drama

US:

Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale on Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top, about 30m up.

The man said he had been swimming in the New River, which flows under the bridge. Officials from the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department said in a news release that the height was too much for their ladders, so two rescue workers climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness. The bridge was then slowly lowered back down.

In October 2013, a woman taking part in a 5km walk also got caught on the bridge as it rose.

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