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Video: Hungry sloth infiltrates café in slowest burglary ever

The owners of a café in Costa Rica got a surprise Christmas visit from a burglar, albeit a pretty lethargic one.

Surveillance footage from Café Milagro in Manuel Antonio shows a sloth sneaking into the restaurant after hours in search of a snack. The café’s owners, Travis Day and Adrienne Pellizzari, posted the video to Facebook on Dec. 20.

“The greatest #sloth video you will see this holiday season,” the post read. “When was the last time you had to kick a sloth out of your bar?”

Day told the Daily Mail that the café is often visited by monkeys or toucans during the day, but that the sloth was the first of his kind to make such a brazen move. 

“The sloth must’ve slipped through the gates after we’d already closed,” Day said. “They’re very common in the area.”

The video posted on the café’s Facebook page begins with a version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” sloth-style.

“Twas the week before Christmas, when all thru the café, not a creature was stirring, but for a sloth who came to play,” text at the start of the video reads.

The surveillance footage begins with the sloth emerging from beneath the counter, eyes glowing in the light from the camera. He climbs onto the counter and begins spinning a display rack playfully as he searches for food.

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The creature’s downfall literally comes when he starts snooping under a piece of cloth covering what appears to be a chair and -- eventually -- loses his footing. He takes a header onto the floor.

The commotion caught the attention of a security guard, who thwarted the leaden larcenist, the Daily Mail reported. Day and Pellizzari were called to the café in their pajamas to rescue the hapless creature and return him to the outdoors.

They watched the footage of his caper the following morning.

“We didn’t realize just how hilarious it was until we shared it with family and friends,” Day said.

The video was spread widely across social media. Day and Pellizzari are enjoying the sloth’s moment in the spotlight, which, like the sloth himself, is proving slow to fade away.

“So, how about that time even National Geographic was sharing our #sloth burglary video!?” they posted on Facebook Tuesday, a day after the video was shared on National Geographic’s website and social media pages

“While we have sloths that can regularly be seen in nearby trees, this was the first invasion of our actual restaurant,” Day told the Daily Mail. “We have a resident sloth named Terrance who can regularly be found behind our restaurant, but this one was a new visitor.” 

Elk downs helicopter as crew tries to capture it near Utah reservoir

A helicopter crashed Monday afternoon in Utah’s Wasatch County, taken down by an elk that its crew was trying to capture. 

Officials with Wasatch County Search & Rescue said on Facebook that the two-member crew walked away from the crash with minor injuries. The crash took place near Currant Creek Reservoir, which is about 85 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. 

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“The Australian flight crew was in the process of netting a cow elk, which jumped and hit the tail rotor of the helicopter,” according to a statement from Wasatch County Search & Rescue. “This almost severed the tail rotor and ended the flight of this chopper.” 

The crew members, who received cuts and bruises, were treated by paramedics from nearby Fruitland and were expected to be fine. 

“As for the chopper, not so good,” the statement read. “Not something you see every day when an elk brings down a chopper.”

The helicopter was contracted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, according to KUTV in Salt Lake City. A spokeswoman for the DWR told the news station that the elk was killed in the crash. 

The crew planned to sedate the elk and fly it to have a tracking collar placed on it for later study by biologists, the news station said. 

Naked passenger prompts Seattle-bound plane to return to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines plane bound for Seattle returned to Anchorage early Wednesday after authorities said a man locked himself in the plane’s bathroom, stripped naked and refused to follow instructions from flight attendants.

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Alaska Airlines Flight 146 returned to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport around 3 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour and a half after takeoff, airport police told KTVA.

“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom,” Sgt. Darcey Perry told the news station. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”

He did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson told The Associated Press in an email that the flight turned back to Alaska “due to a passenger not following flight attendant’s instructions.”

“While no emergency was declared, the decision was made to return to Anchorage,” Thompson told the AP.

A passenger on the flight told the AP that she didn’t see the man, but she knew that something was going on Wednesday because flight attendants were going up and down the plane’s aisles and put on rubber gloves.

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She said she heard that a man “had taken off his clothes and he just wasn’t in his right mind,” according to the AP.

Thompson told KTVA that the man was escorted off the plane by law enforcement officers, although it was not immediately clear whether the man was facing charges.

The plane had 178 passengers onboard when it turned around. The incident delayed the flight by about five hours, according to KTVA.

Dead goose falls from sky, knocks out hunter

A Maryland waterfowl hunter got a goose, but not in the way he expected.

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Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo was hunting with a group near Miles River in Easton late Thursday afternoon, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. The hunting group took shots at a flock of geese flying overhead, and one goose was struck dead, falling approximately 90 feet and striking Meilhammer.

Meilhammer was knocked unconscious and suffered head and facial injuries. The Maryland DNR says the hunter was taken to a trauma center and is in stable condition.

Family writes obituary for beloved chicken named ‘Big Mama’

The Sword family readily admits that not every chicken deserves an obituary, but Big Mama was special.

Big Mama, a Rhode Island Red chicken, once lived in a Houston apartment until her original owners decided to have her euthanized, The Eagle reported. A veterinarian intervened, and the chicken was put up for adoption. The Swords adopted Big Mama in 2013, after falling in love with a photo of the year-old chicken checking out its reflection in a mirror.

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The family slowly acclimated Big Mama to a more natural outdoor life with a flock of free-range chickens on their College Station property. Stephanie Sword told The Eagle that Big Mama maintained a few quirks from her indoor living years, such as refusing to go into the coop at times and trying to come inside the house. In bad weather, Big Mama could be seen taking refuge on patio furniture, Sword said.

The chicken quickly became a beloved member of the family, and even appeared in the family Christmas card last year. The Sword family was devastated when they found her dead in her coop last week, The Eagle reported. The family wanted to honor her and those who saved her from euthanasia by telling her story in an obituary, which was published in The Eagle on Tuesday.

Big Mama is survived by the Sword family and her flock: Bubbles, Runt, Ms. S, Funky, Lucky and Blondie.

Big Mama also received a musical tribute.

Waffle House customer says, 'I'll go to jail over barbecue sauce' -- and does

Things got hot at a Waffle House in Middle Georgia this week over a customer’s request for barbecue sauce.

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Early Tuesday, a man sat down for some food at the restaurant on Riverside Drive near Interstate 75 in Macon, according to the Macon Telegraph.

Willie Edward Drake, 43, of Columbus, asked for some barbecue sauce, according to a Bibb County sheriff’s report. Drake was told the restaurant had none, and then things got spicy, according to the sheriff’s report.

The man “then began screaming obscenities and insulting” the workers, then he reportedly added, “I’ll go to (expletive) jail over some barbecue sauce!”

And soon, he did.

When deputies arrived, Drake was allegedly “uncooperative and disorderly.”

He was jailed on a disorderly conduct charge, the newspaper reported.

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Deputies: Escaped inmate caught with home-cooked food, alcohol outside jail

Authorities arrested an escaped inmate Wednesday after officials said he was caught picking up contraband, including a large amount of home-cooked food and four bottles of alcohol, to bring back to the prison.

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Joshua Hansen, 25, was originally booked into the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, Texas, on narcotics charges, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

He was spotted Wednesday on the back side of the prison after a rancher told authorities that inmates were escaping the facility and crossing onto his land, deputies said. Around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, narcotics investigators and officers with the U.S. Marshals Service set up surveillance outside the prison. They said they spotted a vehicle dropping a large duffel bag on the rancher’s private property and watched as Hansen ran from the prison’s grounds to pick up the bag around 7:30 p.m.

Deputies apprehended Hansen as he was running back toward the prison, authorities said. He was charged with escape and possession of marijuana.

Inside the duffel bag, deputies said they found three bottles of brandy, a bottle of whiskey, multiple bags of tobacco, packaged snacks, fruit and home-cooked food.

Hansen remained jailed Friday.

Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports.

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Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday.

The manager of the Bank of America branch on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, Martin Claussen, called authorities Wednesday afternoon after he said he found a blue Hyundai in the bank’s drive-up bank lane with a man who appeared to be passed out inside, WTSP reported.

Claussen said he had to bang on the car window several times before Francisco awoke, according to the Tampa Bay Times. When Francisco saw the bank manager, deputies said he tried to order a burrito.

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Claussen told Francisco that he was not at a Taco Bell and Francisco drove the Hyundai to the bank’s front parking lot, according to the Times. Deputies said he was in the front parking lot, the car still idling, when authorities arrived.

In an arrest report, a deputy wrote that Francisco “made several statements that were differing from reality” and denied asking Claussen for a burrito. Deputies said his responses during a field sobriety test “were slow in a way that was consistent with someone on prescription narcotics,” WTSP reported. He was given a drug test, the results of which were pending.

During a search of the Hyundai, deputies said they found prescription medication that had been made out in Francisco’s name, according to the Times.

Jail records show Francisco was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and released Thursday afternoon on a $500 bond.

Woman says neighborhood church bells too loud

The bells from a church in New Mexico are anything but heavenly-sounding to one disgruntled neighbor.

Bernadette Hall-Cuaron told KOB that she's lived near Our Lady of Guadalupe church for years with no issues, but a couple of months ago, the church switched to an electronic bell system. 

The switch means that the bells sound several times per day, and each occasion can include 20-25 bell rings, according to Hall-Cuaron. The electronic bell system also plays songs like "Amazing Grace."

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Hall-Cuaron told KOB that the bells are so loud they wake her up, and make it difficult to work from home. She wishes church leadership would have consulted with residents in the area before installing the new bell system. She also said that she's complained directly to church officials, but she is not satisfied with their response.

The church's pastor told KOB that he's lowered the volume and is starting the bells at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. in response to Hall-Cuaron's complaints. 

While Hall-Cuaraon said the bells are annoying enough to deter people from going to church, the pastor told KOB that he's heard from neighbors who appreciate the bells.

Florida man accused of hiding full rack of stolen ribs in his pants

A Florida man’s alleged attempt at stealing food was short-ribbed.

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According to TCPalm, authorities said Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez, 26, of Indiantown tried to get away with placing a few items into his pants waistband and walking out of Rines Market IGA in December. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office claimed that he might have gotten away with it, had a sergeant not spotted him revealing some of the evidence of his crime in full view.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilar-Alvarez “removed a full rack of ribs from his waistband.”

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And that’s not all he's accused of stealing. The grocery list of stolen items reportedly included the following:

  • Nine pieces of fried chicken
  • Some mashed potatoes
  • Two packs of hamburger buns
  • And, of course, the one “full rack of ribs” — whether they were beef or pork has not been clarified

The price tag for this alleged theft, which sounds like a carnivorous take on the “12 Days of Christmas,” amounted to $32.49.

Authorities said Aguilar-Alvarez smelled a little like alcohol and was intoxicated at the time.

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