This Week in Weird, June 4

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Inmate survives lightning strike at prison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - A Stark County man was one of six inmates injured in a fatal lighting strike at the Belmont prison.

A Plain Township man serving time for multiple felony drug charges was among the six inmates injured Monday evening in a fatal lightning strike at the Belmont Correctional Institution, the prison confirmed Wednesday.

Vincent Mastaso III, 43, has since been released from the Ohio State University Medical Center and returned to the prison, said Eric Lyle, public information officer at the Belmont prison.

Mastaso was one of the inmates hurt by lightning that struck the prison’s recreation yard just before 6:30 p.m. The men had been in the recreation yard “in close proximity” to Dalin Anderson, 33, of Summit County, Lyle said. Anderson was killed.

Lyle said three inmates were treated at the prison for injuries. Another inmate was taken to a local hospital and Mastaso was taken to the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Lyle said.

Man stops for bite to eat, vehicle doesn’t

CARTHAGE, Mo. - A trip to Whisler’s Burgers ended up with a trip to the body shop for Aaron Kmick after his pickup slipped out of gear and rolled down a hill, slamming into a home.

“I had just hopped out of the truck and gone into Whisler’s,” Kmick said as he surveyed the damage to his small truck. “My fiancée came over … and came in the store and asked me, ‘Where’s your truck.’ I looked outside and it wasn’t there. Then I looked down the street and saw all the flashing lights, and thought, 'Oh, no.'”

The accident happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday. No one was injured, but the truck and a home the truck hit were seriously damaged. No one was home when the truck slammed into the front door, knocking it in and damaging the structure around the door.

Roberto Mendoza, who lives across the street from the home that was damaged, said he thought the driver of the truck may have had a stroke.

“Then I came over and looked inside and there was no one there,” Mendoza said. “It came down the hill; I thought it hit my car, and it barely missed the stop sign. It was probably doing 10 or 15 miles per hour when it hit the home.”

Wayward pigeon makes her way home

JACKSON TWP., Ohio - It took a week, but a wayward pigeon that spent several days recuperating at the Canton Regency hotel has made it home to the suburbs of Buffalo, N.Y.

“It’s good to see her come back,” said Ron Zemrac, an Orchard Park, N.Y., man who races pigeons as a hobby. The bird is a bit skinny, Zemrac said. “But she had the will power to come home.”

Zemrac has about 100 racing pigeons and he enters them in cross-country races on weekends. He had 41 birds released on May 16 in a race that began in the Columbus suburbs. Of those birds, 36 made it home within the day, and two more straggled home within a day. But three of the birds — all yearlings — didn’t return.

One of the yearlings ended up outside the Canton Regency the night of May 20. She wandered inside the building the next morning, where staff and residents offered food and a place to rest. They also contacted Zemrac.

After five days of recuperating, the pigeon was sent on her way. By then the other two young birds had returned and Zemrac was confident the Regency’s guest would get home, too.

A few minutes before 11 on Wednesday morning, Zemrac’s confidence was rewarded.

Turkey prank goes afoul at high school

HINSDALE, Ill. - According to police and Hinsdale High School officials, a turkey recently was carried into the school about 1 p.m. in a cage by two students, then released into a hallway.

A student involved in the prank was waiting inside a door at the northeast corner of the building and opened the door for two other students waiting outside with the turkey, police said.

But the prank fizzled when the turkey tried to go back inside the cage rather than run down the hallway as expected, police said.

“Instead it continued to try and re-enter the cage, and staff members immediately saw what was going on and were able to successfully corral the turkey back into its cage,” said Deputy Police Chief Mark Wodka.

Within moments four students were identified on video as the pranksters, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

No one, including the turkey, was hurt during the incident.

Police: Coca-Cola can with a screw top concealed woman’s cocaine

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. - The Coca-Cola Company would no doubt be unhappy with a West Roxbury woman who allegedly had 11 plastic bags of cocaine concealed in a Coca-Cola can that had a screw top.

Boston Police arrested Rosanna L. Guerrero on May 24 and charged her with possession of a class B drug, cocaine, with the intent to distribute, manufacture or dispense within 1,000 feet of a school zone. Guerrero was arrested on the grounds of the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury after being stopped there in a car.

Three Boston Police drug control units worked together on executing a search warrant for Guerrero, who was seen leaving her home about 8:30 a.m.

Police said they seized one Coca-Cola can with a screw top containing 11 plastic bags of cocaine, one key ring with nine keys, a cell phone, personal papers and a GPS unit.

Parents arrested after marijuana detected in baby's system

CANTON, Ohio - A Canton-area couple were arrested after test results on their toddler showed marijuana in her system, according to Stark County sheriff’s deputies.

The parents, a 26-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, were arrested at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stark County Jail where they surrendered to deputies, jail records said.

Both were wanted on a warrant for a misdemeanor endangering children charge.

Chief Deputy Rick Perez said the child, born in June 2008, was taken to an area hospital in October when she was “not acting right.” Hospital tests revealed evidence of marijuana in her system, he said.

Deputies believe the child has since recovered.

GateHouse News Service