This Week in Weird, March 27
Man aims for dog, shoots friend in head instead
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- A man who was apparently shooting at a stray dog instead shot an acquaintance and then fled before police arrived at the scene.
Rockford Sgt. Milo Scheffels said the incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday.
“It seems like it was an accident,” he said. “The dog was apparently bothering some people and he shot at it but missed and hit his friend.”
The victim, name and age unavailable, was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head.
Police are looking for the shooter, whom, Scheffels said, is likely to face charges.
New York coroner charged with throwing keg party for minors
HORNELL, N.Y. -- Coroner Michael Powers, an elected Steuben County official, has been charged in connection with an underage drinking party on property he owns.
Powers, 51, was charged Tuesday by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit with unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor.
The charge stems from a follow-up investigation into an underage drinking party with a half keg of beer that led to the arrest of 12 minors on March 13 at a cabin Powers owns in the town of Canisteo.
“We were able to back track the keg to him, and that’s what led to the arrest,” said Undersheriff Ray Dell.
Dell said there is a possibility of one or more charges and the case is being reviewed by the district attorney’s office.
Ohio hunters save bald eagle
WILMOT, Ohio -- Hunting comes with the expectation that you might encounter a woodland critter or two.
But you might not expect our nation’s symbol to drop from the sky like a brick and nearly clunk you in the head.
That’s exactly what happened to Marshall Weinberg when he and his in-laws went deer hunting with muzzle rifles this past winter.
“I heard a crash. I thought a tree was coming down,” Weinberg recalled.
It wasn’t a tree. It was a bald eagle with a wingspan approaching 7 feet.
And it landed less than 20 yards from Weinberg, who hid behind a bush and watched the eagle try to get on its feet.
“It seemed dazed and confused,” he said.
The bird’s demeanor didn’t improve. It didn’t fly away. It rarely moved. That bird looked “drunk,” Weinberg said.
Turns out, the eagle had a case of poisoning.
Weinberg and his fellow hunters captured the eagle and brought it in for treatment, and it’s doing well.
Missouri taco-lovers petition to keep item on bar’s menu
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- A group of boaters has started a petition to save a much-loved and celebrated taco that for 15 years has been on the menu at a lakefront bar and grill.
The disappearance of the “Insane Taco” from Dog Days Bar and Grill’s menu has brought together an avid group of admirers who hang out at the restaurant, located at the 19-mile marker on the Grand Glaize Arm of the lake.
Jeff Huebner, who is heading the up the Save the Taco cause, says the boating season just won’t be the same without the Insane Taco.
Huebner said that for 15 years, the bar has been serving hungry boaters the best meal at the lake.
According to savethetaco.com, “Etched in the legend and lore of the Lake of the Ozarks, the Insane Taco can only be described as a huge sourdough shell filled with ground beef then topped with Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, served with salsa and sour cream."
The Save the Taco group is hoping to collect 5,000 signatures to petition Dog Days to return the taco to the menu by the start of the boating season.
GateHouse News Service