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Possibly drunk pelican hits windshield


The driver was sober. The bird he hit may have been under the influence. A California brown pelican flew through the windshield of a motorist on the Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County Thursday, and wildlife officials said the bird was probably intoxicated by a chemical in the water.

Though toxicology tests take several weeks, the odd bird behavior was likely the result of poisoning from domoic acid, which has been found in the ocean in the area, said Lisa Birkle, assistant wildlife director at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach.

Birds can be poisoned through eating algae tainted by the acid.

The driver was not hurt. The pelican needed surgery for a broken foot, and also had a gash on its pouch.


A group of strange acting birds, possibly poisoned with the same chemical in the 1960's, inspired Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds". 

"A wonderful bird is the pelican.

His beak holds more than his belly can. "

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Officials seek ‘Enormous Ears Bandit’ – Yahoo! News

Bank robbers apparently don't have an advocacy group protesting such insulting law enforcement monickers as the "Overweight Bandit," "Big Nose Bandit" and "Oldtimer Bandit."

The latest is the so-called "Enormous Ears Bandit," who is targeting banks as far away as San Diego and has apparently struck the Central Coast area for a third time.

The bandit got away with about $3,000 from a Bank of America branch in Montecito on Wednesday morning. After looking at surveillance video, investigators said it was the work of the crook the
FBI dubbed "The Enormous Ears Bandit." He's wanted for six other robberies.

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Mini-motorcycle chase


A 42-year-old Lake Crystal, Minnesota, man led sheriff's deputies on a goose chase. His getaway vehicle: a 5-horsepower mini-motorcycle.

A call came in reporting that Douglas Lee Menne had wiped out at a downtown intersection. Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Wersal responded, suspecting it was a case of drunk driving. By the time the deputy arrived at the intersection, Menne had recovered and driven off. After locating him, Wersal tried to get Menne to pull over. The bike had no tail light or license plate.

Wersal pursued Menne to a parking lot where he paused briefly, re-started the bike and zipped out the other side of the lot. The chase continued as Menne put-putted down a nearby street at about 25 mph.

Wersal pulled alongside Menne and yelled at him to stop. The chase slowed to about 10 mph when Wersal pulled in front of the bike.

Wersal then fired his Taser out his squad car window. One dart hit Menne, but fell out. The effort hindered Menne enough for Wersal to get out of his car and push Menne off the bike. It took the help of another deputy to make the arrest, according to the report.

Menne was jailed and released later after posting $12,000 bail. Charges are pending.

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