This week's Odd News column features a 73-year-old surprised when mystery seeds grow into pot plants, a man shoots a marijuana-wrapped arrow into a jail and a clow couple weds. The video of the week is a mom celebrating her two sons going back-to-school with an epic dance as they get on the bus.
Marijuana-wrapped arrow shot at Wash. jail
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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A man is accused of trying to get marijuana into a Washington state jail by attaching it to an arrow he shot onto the roof.
A Whatcom County sheriff's employee saw the man step out of his pickup truck and use a bow to launch the arrow toward the jail's second-floor recreation area, but it missed its target.
Sheriff Bill Elfo says the man, identified as 36-year-old David Wayne Jordan, was arrested on charges of investigation of introducing contraband into the jail, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement.
The Bellingham Herald reports Jordan served 20 days in the jail earlier this month for assault and resisting arrest.
The sheriff says Jordan told deputies he had been aiming at a squirrel, but he couldn't explain why he needed to attach marijuana to the arrow to go squirrel hunting.
Vt. man, 73, plants mystery seeds, gets pot ticket
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -- A 73-year-old man who was given the first civil marijuana ticket in a Vermont town says he had planted some seeds he found in a box and "got spanked" by police after it grew into a pot plant.
William Reynolds was issued a $200 civil ticket by St. Johnsbury police after authorities seized a potted 2 ½-foot-tall marijuana plant from his Main Street apartment.
Police say they saw no indication Reynolds was a pot smoker or had other marijuana plants.
Reynolds tells the Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/14JMowh) he doesn't smoke marijuana and was "playing around" with the seeds he found.
He says he "did wrong" and won't contest the ticket.
Vermont decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana on July 1.
Pennsylvania clown couple ties the knot, no foolin'
LANCASTER, Pa. -- If the key to a long marriage is laughter, these clowns are set.
Billy Tedeski and Patty Kulwicki tied the knot Friday at an annual clown festival in central Pennsylvania.
The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reports Kulwicki literally reeled Tedeski in to start the ceremony -- a bit the Pittsburgh couple had performed at Clownfest two years ago.
Tedeski wore a fake nose, black lipstick and full clown regalia as he exchanged vows with Kulwicki at the festival in Lancaster. The bride wore the same dress she'd used in the skit two years ago, plus a lace headband to go along with her flame-red wig.
Guests got in on the act and so did the officiant, a fellow clown. Tedeski says his fellow clowns are more than friends, they're family.
Military practice bomb lands in Md. parking lot
SUDLERSVILLE, Md. -- An electronic failure may be to blame for a practice bomb that was dropped from a jet onto a tavern's parking lot, a Maryland National Guard official said Friday.
An A-10 Warthog jet from the 104th Fighter Squadron in the 175th Wing was returning from a training mission Thursday night to Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River when the inert device was dropped, guard spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said. The guard has grounded the aircraft while it investigates.
Kohler didn't yet know exactly what device it was, but said it is made to fly like a 500-pund bomb, but weighs much less.
"This is an unfortunate incident and we're very lucky that no one was hurt. Safety is a top priority in all operations," Kohler said.
A customer at Darlene's Tavern in Sudlersville came in from outside saying he thought a car in the parking lot was on fire, said owner Darlene Hurley. The car was covered in dust and stones and a few feet away was a 3-foot deep hole, she said. They called 911.
Police officers dug in the hole and when they spotted the fins of the device, they called in the fire marshal's bomb squad, Hurley said.
Bomb technicians determined that it was a practice aerial bomb and the device was turned over to the National Guard, the fire marshal's office said.
"It could have been a whole lot worse. It landed about 100 feet from the building," Hurley said noting that there are propane tanks nearby. "It could have been really, really bad. Thank God everyone was OK."