Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening in at least one of them. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week.
Any animal shelter will tell you that a holiday is a terrible time to give pets as gifts, particularly come Easter Sunday, when a rabbit or a baby chick seems like the best idea in the world for that person who has everything.
For instance, an Alexandria business owner called animal control on March 18 when a suspicious package was left outside of the office — and it was moving. The contents turned out to be a bunny left by an admirer of one of the office employees. The recipient was not allowed to have animals and didn’t want responsibility of the rabbit.
Next year, the extra effort should probably be applied to a bigger chocolate Easter bunny.
It’s rare that you’ll find a good-humored person content with something scrawled on his face while he slept. It certainly wasn’t the case in Clarendon, where a 31-year-old man attacked his roommate after waking up March 23 to find male genitalia drawn on his face with a permanent marker, according to the Arlington County Police Department. The man who responded to the drawing was charged with malicious wounding in the incident.
The following incident isn’t part of Michael Bay’s next film, Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it should be! The DC Police Department reported calls Monday morning of an exploding manhole cover on 33rd Street. One caller told police that there was fire coming out of the manhole.
In other animal news, two dogs had to be quarantined and treated after wrestling with a rabid skunk in Chantilly. The owner came home March 25 to find scratches on her Dachshund/Beagle and her Weimeraner, as well as a horrible smell in the home. The dead skunk was found in the backyard and tested positive for rabies.
Who doesn’t want to help a hard-working public servant when they can? We'd guess that’s why a man has been seen wearing a hardhat and reflective vest and impersonating a Virginia transportation employee.
But we'd have guessed wrong.
The unknown subject has been begging for money at the Virginia Railway Express train station in Manassas. He doesn’t appear to be threatening passengers, but he is not a VDOT employee, according to VRE staff.
When a homeowner has to catalog items stolen in a break-in, they usually expect the worst: computers, game systems, china and silver. A McLean resident came home March 21 to find the front door forced open. Police searched the house and did not find anyone inside. All that was stolen was a pillow case.
Finally, a man charged with public intoxication made matters worse when he bit a police officer in the hand during his arrest on March 23 in Woodbridge. The 24-year-old man is charged with assault and battery on an officer, resisting arrest and intoxicated in public. The officer was treated and released for his injury. Police officers put up with a lot of drama from suspects — bite marks should not be one of them.
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