July 3 American Oddities

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Moose crashes Alaska couple’s lakeside wedding

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage couple was about to seal their wedding vows with a kiss when the ceremony was interrupted by a moose.

The wedding ceremony for high school sweethearts Shandalyn and Alan Cuellar was wrapping up on the lawn of the Bayshore Clubhouse in south Anchorage when the unexpected visitor emerged from the woods Saturday night, the Anchorage Daily News reported .

“I started hearing some rustles behind us in the woods and the trees,” Shandalyn Cuellar said. The moose then appeared, causing wedding guests to gasp and halting the pastor’s speech. “The moose started coming right at us,” Cuellar said.

Wedding photographer Bria Celest continued snapping photos, capturing the bride surprised by the moose marching toward the lake behind her. The moose eventually passed by. The pastor “just reined everyone back in,” Cuellar said. “He said, ‘Let’s get this done, let’s get them married.’”

The ceremony continued, but the animal stayed in the background. The animal lingered around the lake for the duration of the reception. “That moose is in the background of a lot of our pictures,” Cuellar said.


Person, ‘feeling guilty,’ pays 44-year-old parking ticket

MINERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A person has cleared their conscience by paying a 44-year-old parking ticket.

The Minersville Police Department received a letter last week with $5 and a note inside. The return address was “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, Ca.”

Chief Michael Combs tells WNEP-TV the note said, “Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40 plus years. Always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.”

The fine for the 1974 parking ticket in the eastern Pennsylvania town was $2. But the person added $3 for interest. The same ticket today would be $20. Combs says the ticket was for a car with Ohio license plates, but the department did not have the technology to track out-of-state vehicles.


Indiana police say they seized ‘Trump-shaped ecstasy pills’

PERU, Ind. (AP) — Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump’s image to brand their illegal wares. An Indiana State Police news release about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills.”

They are orange and stamped with a face. On the back are the words “great again,” an apparent reference to Trump’s campaign slogan. Traffickers sometimes produce uniquely shaped or colored drugs as a marketing technique to encourage buyers to return for more.

The news release doesn’t provide details, including how many of the pills were seized.