QUIRKY WORLD ... Drugs drop by drone sparks riot in prison

USA: A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard in Ohio while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said.

The package was dropped at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 100km southwest of Cleveland. It contained almost a quarter of an ounce of heroin, over 2 ounces of marijuana and more than 5 ounces of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.

Smith said there have been other instances of drones breaching security and the agency is taking steps to increase awareness and drone detection.

According to the department, video footage showed the drone over recreation yards immediately before a fight began. An investigation determined the drone dropped a package intended for an inmate on the north recreation yard, and it was then thrown over a fence to the south recreation yard.

Two corrections officers called for assistance and ordered the inmates to stop fighting, according to the department. They used pepper spray to control the fight.

About 75 inmates in the north recreation yard and 130 on the south recreation yard were taken to the gyms, where they were strip-searched, run through a cell sensor and checked by a clinic. The nine people involved in the fight were placed in solitary confinement.

Taking cover


Legal eagles in Swansea have had to duck for cover because of angry seagulls, a judge has said.

A pair of the seaside birds have built a nest on top of the city’s crown court and regularly swoop on passersby.

Recorder John Philpotts warned jury members about the gulls — who he said were trying to protect their young. “They have already dive-bombed a couple of judges,” he said. “I hope none of you have had the same problem.”

That’s an odd one


Attempted break-ins at odd-numbered houses were not fully investigated by one police force as part of an experiment to look at ways of saving money.

Leicestershire Police said the three-month pilot programme was launched earlier this year to see whether only responding to half of attempted burglaries had any impact on victim satisfaction rates.

For the purposes of the pilot, attempted burglaries at even-numbered houses would be fully investigated with forensic teams sent and fingerprints taken but this would not happen if the victim lived in an odd-numbered house.

Fishy tale


Fish may be evolving to swim faster and evade capture in trawler nets, according to research.

Scientists at the University of Glasgow found that fitter fish are better at evading nets and believe that, over time, it could lead to physiological changes in future fish populations.

The group used simulated trawling with schools of wild minnows to investigate whether some individual fish were consistently more susceptible to capture by trawling and if that related to swimming performance and metabolism.

Ratting on your rival


A sheriff’s office in the United States has posted a flyer on its Facebook page asking drug dealers to turn in their rivals.

The Sheriff’s Office in Franklin County, Kentucky, posted the flyer featuring an image of a marijuana leaf and says, “Is your drug dealing competition costing you money?

“We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!”

Sheriff Pat Melton says the post is funny, but authorities are not joking around. At the bottom of the letter, people are asked to fill out information about the drug dealer they are reporting, including the dealer’s name and vehicle.

On your bike


A landmark New York City hotel’s bid to get rid of a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from its entrance has been rejected.

The Plaza hotel and condominium in Manhattan wants the bright blue Citi Bike rack removed from Grand Army Plaza, a landmark itself.

It says the 147ft-long bike station is an advertising-laden, traffic-clogging eyesore.

That’s the ticket


A north Georgia man has recovered $10,000 ($9,168) worth of lottery tickets he had thrown away in the rubbish.

Multiple media outlets report that Cedric Jackson thought that he had narrowly missed winning a $5,000 jackpot on two lottery tickets.

Jackson, who lives in Rome, Georgia, says he asked a convenience store employee to throw the tickets away but later realised his tickets had in fact been winners.

Jackson returned to the store. After going through the store’s rubbish bin in vain, Jackson left the store empty-handed.

It wasn’t until later in the day that the employee, Ricky Singh, remembered he had thrown the tickets into a can inside an inner office.

Singh called Jackson to tell him he’d found winning tickets.


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