CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing — onto a Florida interstate highway. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials said on Facebook Wednesday that a tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer spilled its cargo onto Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle. The Florida Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Michael Nolan Powell of Simpsonville, South Carolina, failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running onto the shoulder of the road before overturning. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and is charged with careless driving. Troopers said about 60,000 pounds of Busch beer was tossed from the trailer.
SPELLING BEE BANDIT
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man will have a lot of time to work on his spelling skills. He’s the guy authorities call the “spelling bee bandit” because the robbery notes he’s been passing to bank tellers in the Boston area have the same spelling mistake. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Jason Englen was sentenced to seven years of prison and three years of supervised release for four counts of bank robbery. Authorities say he entered a Arlington bank on Oct. 31, 2016, approached a teller and handed over a note written on a deposit slip indicating a robbery was in progress, except robbery was spelled with just one “B.” Over the next few weeks, he robbed banks in Reading, Burlington and Peabody using notes with the same misspelling. He was arrested in December 2016.
LIZARD ON THE LOOSE
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 ½-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage. Mike Estevez tells KGTV that a 35-pound reptile named Bubbles was last seen on Sunday at his store, Mike’s Pets in Spring Valley. Estevez says the carnivorous critter probably managed to escape through a tiny crevice at the bottom of a cage. Security camera footage shows Bubbles sauntering toward the rear of the store. Estevez says Bubbles is good around people and often roams the store while customers are around. But he does advise against trying to grab him.
CHESHIRE, England (AP) — Police in Cheshire, England were expecting a gory scene when they were sent to investigate a report of a swan being beheaded. Turns out it was just a plastic model which was broken at the neck. A woman had contacted the animal welfare charity after spotting the swan laid out on the gravel. Inspector Claire Fisher said: “We can only guess that a driver had seen the swan from the road, which was some distance, where it could have easily been mistaken for a real bird!”