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October 11, 2018

FLIGHT DELAYED-SUPPORT SQUIRREL

Flight delayed after woman brings squirrel on plane

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police had to remove a woman who brought an “emotional support squirrel” on a Frontier Airlines flight headed from Orlando, Florida, to Cleveland.

Frontier says the passenger had noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal with her on Flight 1612 Tuesday night. But she did not indicate it was a squirrel.

The airline says rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed. The airline says police were called when the passenger refused to leave the plane.

Police requested the other passengers disembark while officers dealt with the woman, who was eventually escorted into the main terminals.

The flight left for Cleveland about two hours later.

HALLOWEEN HORROR-BECOMING A WITCH

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Halloween Horror Nights is an all-hands-on-deck affair at Universal Orlando Resort.

This year, the Halloween celebration in Orlando, Florida, will have 10 haunted houses, several recalling slasher films or pop culture from the 1980s, including a house modeled after the Netflix hit show, “Stranger Things.”

Halloween Horror Nights lasts for 36 nights, but it’s planned for more than a year.

Each haunted house is a small, temporary attraction, elaborately designed and themed, built with studious attention to details and populated with “scare-actors” who chase but never touch the thousands of patrons passing through each night. This year’s Halloween celebration opened in mid-September.

Similar Halloween celebrations are held at Universal theme parks in California, Japan and Singapore.

This year is the 28th celebration of all things horror at the Orlando theme park resort.

HALLOWEEN ARRIVES EARLY FOR INHABITANTS OF DETROIT ZOO

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Halloween has arrived ahead of schedule at the Detroit Zoo, where inhabitants are enjoying some frightfully good fare.

Animal care staff at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak on Wednesday provided special seasonal munchies to anteaters, great apes, grizzly bears, penguins and vultures, among others.

On the menu: Pumpkins, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies, which are filled with treats that some of the animals get to smash open.

It was all part of the Detroit Zoo’s annual Smashing Pumpkins event.

As always, the highlight for many zoo visitors was the distribution of pumpkins to the polar bears, who toiled both above and below the water to acquire their orange surprises.

Curator of mammals Elizabeth Arbaugh says it’s the zoo staff’s mission to make sure animals’ habitats are enriched, and this is a solid — and fun — way to do that.

GIANT HAMMER ARTWORK STOLEN

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that police in Healdsburg in California’s wine country are looking for an enormous artwork that vanished over the weekend.

The artwork was an 800-pound ball-peen hammer made of metal with a long redwood handle. The hammer measures 21 feet long and the head is 6 feet tall.

The piece, valued at $15,000, was loaned by the artist about a year ago to the Healdsburg Community Center. It vanished from the lawn sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

The artist, Doug Unkrey, says it would have required about eight people or a flatbed trailer with a winch to carry off his work.

Police, of course, want to nail the thieves.

STEAK TIPS FOR TIPS

RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant is offering free steak tips to anyone with tips on a recent burglary at their location.

Police say a man broke into Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and stole more than $25,000.

The man was captured on surveillance video entering the closed restaurant with a crowbar, and a restaurant manager says one of their safes was broken into.

The restaurant says in a Facebook post that it’s offering a $2,000 cash reward and free steak tips for the duration of the burglar’s sentence to anyone who helps police catch the man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Raymond police.

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