Strange but True – not fake news for July 1, 2017

BALD THIEF-ROGAINE

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Police in suburban Detroit can skip barbershops as they search for a man who stole a hair growth product. This guy is bald. Dearborn police have security video of a bald man who is suspected of stealing Rogaine from a Walgreens store on June 22. Investigators say the man put seven boxes in a bag and dashed. He was wearing a shirt that said, “Air Force Dad.” Police Chief Ron Haddad says it’s “not the most hair-raising crime,” but he wants the public’s help. Police say the bald man could strike again because it takes many months of consistent use to grow hair.

PARKING LOT RUNDOWN

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A woman ran over a man in a Walmart parking lot in North Carolina after she caught him going through her purse and now they both face charges. Video from WLOS-TV shows Christine Braswell accelerate across several parking spots at the Asheville store Wednesday and hit Robert Raines in the back. Braswell told the television station that she wasn’t going to let him get away. She says she is five months pregnant. Police say Raines dropped the purse before running away and suffered minor injuries when he was hit by the car. Braswell faces an assault with a deadly weapon charge, while Raines is charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny. It wasn’t known if either had lawyers.

PLACENTA CAPSULES

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are advising new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant’s infection was tied to the practice. It’s trendy among some mothers to eat the placenta under the belief that it helps with postpartum depression, breast milk production and energy levels. It’s taken off in the U.S. in the last decade and some experts think tens of thousands of moms do it. But a group of doctors and health officials say capsules appear to have caused an infant’s illness in Oregon last fall. They say putting placentas into capsules is not regulated and there’s no guarantee the pills are free of dangerous germs.

MONK SEAL BIRTH

HONOLULU (AP) – An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has given birth on a Waikiki beach – the first such birth in at least several decades. Mother and pup attracted dozens of onlookers as they rolled around on the sand. Volunteers kept people at a safe distance behind a rope barrier. The mother, known as RH58 and nicknamed Rocky, has lived on and around Oahu since 2002. One expert says monk seals normally like to give birth in quiet spots so it’s rare that pups appear in a congested place like Waikiki. Monk seal pups usually nurse for about five to seven weeks. Mothers are protective of their pups during this time. Officials are urging people to keep their distance so they don’t disturb the pair. Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species. There are about 1,400 in the wild.

BURIED IN HIS HARLEY

STEEL CITY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who loved motorcycles and recently died is taking one last ride. Family members say 89-year-old Steel City resident Arthur Werner Sr. made plans way ahead of his death from cancerto be buried in the sidecar of his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. LehighValleyLive.com reports he found a funeral home run by motorcycle enthusiasts who were more than able to comply. Heintzelman Funeral Home has three motorcycle hearses in its fleet. David Heintzelman says the funeral home doesn’t even have to modify the sidecar to make it happen. Werner was in the sidecar for Thursday’s viewing and was buried in it Friday.

EXOTIC BIRD FLOCK

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A group of San Francisco suburban homeowners has heard enough from the gaggle of exotic birds in their neighbor’s backyard. After repeated complaints, authorities recently told a woman she has 30 days to reduce her flock of birds from 500 to 50. The East Bay Times reports the birds were being bred and raised in the backyard, and then being offered for sale online. Neighbors in Castro Valley have been complaining about the noise, smell and flies attracted to the poop. Authorities considered confiscating the birds, but they didn’t know how to take care of them or have a place to put them.

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