Man climbs roller coaster to hang flag
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- New Jersey State Police said a man who climbed roller coaster wreckage and hung a U.S. flag is safely back on the ground.
State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said the Lavallette man, whose name was not released, set out from his hometown in a canoe Tuesday and paddled to the roller coaster wreckage in Seaside Heights, The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reported Tuesday.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said the man came down off the wreckage after hanging a U.S. flag from the top. The man is currently in police custody, he said.
Suit alleges pot brownie 'poisoning'
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man's lawsuit against a country club and some of its members alleges he was tricked into eating a marijuana-laced brownie.
Barry Russo, 68, whose lawsuit describes him as a "diabetic with high blood pressure and a previous history of ... stroke," is accusing Copper Hill Country Club members James Kavanagh Jr. and Gregg Chaplin of tricking him into eating the marijuana brownie June 1 by claiming it had been made by Kavanagh after taking several culinary courses, the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier News reported Tuesday.
The lawsuit, which names Kavanagh, Chaplin and club President James MacDonald, alleges club members told Russo about the brownie's contents after he started feeling lightheaded, dizzy and numb -- effects he described as similar to those he experienced when he had his stroke.
The lawsuit alleges MacDonald delayed calling medical help for Russo in an attempt to hide his "poisoning" from others at the club.
Calls to MacDonald and Chaplin for comment went unreturned, the Courier News said. A number listed for Kavanagh was out of service when the newspaper called it.
Facebook post leads to hit-and-run arrest
ASTORIA, Ore., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Oregon said a drunken driving suspect was busted after posting about his escapades on Facebook.
Astoria police said they were contacted by Facebook friends of Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, after he posted on Facebook about driving under the influence of alcohol and hitting a vehicle, The Daily Astorian reported Tuesday.
"Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P" the Facebook post read.
Police said officers responded at 1 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a parked car being sideswiped, causing significant damage. Investigators said some damage was also done to the car parked in front of the vehicle.
Investigators said they checked out Cox-Brown's car and it had sustained damage consistent with the early Wednesday crash.
"Astoria police have an active social media presence," Astoria police said in a news release. "It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving, though. When you post ... on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long."
Cox-Brown was arrested on two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.
Man allegedly used bear spray on cyclists
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Oregon said they arrested a man accused of spraying bear repellent at a group of bicyclists during an argument.
Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said Kenneth Lyle Tester, 68, was driving his Ford F150 truck when he got into an unspecified argument with bicyclists arriving at the Cracker Barrel store in Portland about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Tuesday.
Tester allegedly sprayed the group with bear repellent and bumped one bicyclist with his truck while leaving the parking lot.
The sheriff's office said Tester flagged down a deputy responding to a call about the incident and he was arrested after the deputy spoke to the involved parties.
Tester pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful use of Mace and reckless endangerment.