According to the Chinese zodiac, 2007 was the Year of the Pig, but for weird news, it was the Year of the Sheep. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the most unusual stories of 2007, as reported by GateHouse newspapers.


According to the Chinese zodiac, 2007 was the Year of the Pig, but for weird news, it was the Year of the Sheep. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the most unusual stories of 2007, as reported by GateHouse newspapers.

1. Teen does something very baaaad

NATICK, Mass. -- A Sherborn, Mass., teen was charged with having sex with sheep at a farm near his home, and police reports suggest the encounters may have gone on for nearly a year.

Roger Henderson II, 18, was arraigned in Natick District Court on charges of bestiality, cruelty to animals and breaking and entering in connection with an incident police say took place at Boggastow Farm on June 27.

According to a police report, the farm's barn had been the target of at least a dozen break-ins between August 2006 and June 2007, prompting the property owner to install surveillance cameras.

Between 3 a.m and 4 a.m. on June 27, according to police, "the camera ... captured and filmed a ... male subject identified as Roger Henderson II.''

The man grabbed a sheep by its hind legs and dragged it to the corner of the stall, according to police. The man removed his clothes and appeared to have sexual relations with the sheep.

After his arraignment, Henderson was released to the custody of his parents, on the condition he stay at least 30 yards away from the farm, and animals in general.

2. Another animal tale (this one not so revolting)

VICTOR, N.Y. -- A Victor woman is a little beaten up but has quite a story to tell after a collision with a full-grown goose on a roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort left her with a concussion.

Amanda Henry, 21, was leading a teens’ field trip to the park on Sept. 21 when a student asked her to ride the Superman Ride of Steel. Henry agreed to go, even though she said the ride is a little “cheesy” and doesn’t go upside down.

“Everything was fine until we came up on the circle,” said Henry.

It was then, as the coaster went around a horizontal loop, that a small flock of geese from the pond underneath the loop started flying toward Henry and the woman in front of her.

“We plowed right through them,” she said. “There was no reaction time.”

Henry was headed face-first into a “brown blob,” which hit the left side of her face. The last seconds of the ride are a blur to Henry, who said she was crying hysterically as the ride came to a stop. She had a fracture from the incident but otherwise was OK.

3. Man shows ‘killer chair’ who’s boss

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- A 29-year-old man who set his living room furniture on fire because “the chair was trying to kill me” now sits behind bars after authorities had to remove him from the scene when he interfered with their efforts to suppress the flames, officials said.

Daniel L. Welch has been charged with first-degree arson and felony resisting arrest after he allegedly caused a fire at his residence in an apartment complex.

Welch was alone when he reportedly torched the chair, but several neighbors had to evacuate until firefighters could bring the flames under control.

While firefighters were providing emergency services, Welch allegedly attempted to re-enter the residence on a number of occasions. After several attempts to control him, he was taken into custody.

According to court documents, he told authorities “the chair was trying to kill me, so I set it on fire.”

The chair was destroyed in the fire.

4. Moms banished from athletic events for wailing on each other
NOBLE, Ill. -- Two Noble women were banned from all athletic events within the school district for a year after two public hearings by the Board of Education on the matter.
The hearings were called after an altercation Nov. 8 after the junior high boys basketball game at West Richland Elementary School. The board unanimously voted to have Rebecca Rule and Pamela Bennett banned from all athletic events for a year.
Superintendent Don Carlyle said he witnessed Rule and Bennett fighting in the hallway just south of the elementary school office. He initially thought the two were students but then realized they were adults “and did not respond to my request to stop,” he said.
Rule was holding Bennett by the hair with her left hand and was hitting her with her right hand, Carlyle said. Bennett was also throwing punches, he added. Carlyle said he held Rule’s left arm with his right hand and her right arm with his left hand.
Carlyle continued to break up the fight until the principal assisted in getting Rule to release Bennett’s hair.

5. How not to settle a squabble: with hammers

CANTON, Ohio -- Two men were arrested after they struck each other in the head with a hammer.

Richard Newsome, 57, struck Eugene Kelly, 38, after an argument, said Lt. James Cole of the Canton Police Department. Newsome had taken the hammer from his neighbor’s truck, reports said.

Police did not know what sparked the fight at 12:49 a.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Logan Avenue NW, “but apparently they didn’t like each other,” Cole said.

Police reports said the men struck each other in the head several times.

Canton Fire Department paramedics took Kelly to Aultman Hospital and Newsome to Mercy Medical Center. Each was treated and released into police custody, Cole said.

6. Traffic backup, power outage caused by … sneezing?

WELLESLEY, Mass. – A sneezing fit led to snarled traffic for miles and a brief power outage after the driver of a van lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole, bringing live power lines down onto the road.

After hitting the pole, the van continued through a fence and down the slope of a neighboring property before hitting a tree and coming to a stop. The driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was later released.

Police closed the road for more than 40 minutes. About 10 minutes after the initial accident, ladders on a truck traveling east got caught in the low-hanging power lines, forcing the closure of the road in that direction. Power was cut in the area for a short time while the repairs were completed.

The driver of the van was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes. There were no other injuries.

7. Warning: Don’t throw soda at people who are driving

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- A Leavenworth woman accidentally ran her car into a house as she tried to dodge a soda thrown at her by a passenger, according to police.

A 34-year-old woman and her 29-year-old female passenger had just purchased large drinks at a convenience store, according to traffic Sgt. Kevin Crim of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The passenger then reportedly threw her drink at the driver during an argument.

The car ended up crashing into a house.

Lt. Dan Nicodemus, Leavenworth Police Department, said the car damaged a fence and caused cracks to an exterior brick wall of the house.

8. Hey, I wanted cash, not a skunk

DERBY, Kan. -- When the call came over the radio, animal control officer Charlie Miller thought it had to be a joke. A skunk in the ATM at a Verus Bank in Derby.

He thought maybe someone had dropped the animal in the ATM as a prank; he recalled that someone had once slipped a snake into a video return box.

But when Miller arrived, he found what appeared to be a whole family of skunks that had crawled into the ATM.

Construction in the area probably provided an opening for the brood.

9. If you see a big purple toilet in someone’s bathroom, call the cops
STUTTGART, Ark. -- They had high hopes, and with good reason. Names were pouring in for the fundraiser — names, which meant money for Relay For Life. That was until the big purple toilet — which was being set in individual’s yards, who, in return, could pay money to have it removed — came up missing.
The toilet had only made a few trips around town before it came up stolen. Stuttgart residents had even gone to the point of already reserving the toilet to have placed in a family members or friends yard, she said.
This was a popular fundraiser a few years ago, Morris said, and they were relying on it to bring in some much-needed funds.
10. Genius tries to hide from police in a police station

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. -- A police station probably isn’t the best place to hide if you’re on the run from the cops. But one Countryside resident apparently wasn’t aware that, as he was fleeing from police, he was heading straight for their headquarters.

Police said that on Oct. 3, after hitting a police car, a police officer’s personal vehicle and a city-owned car in Countryside’s municipal parking lot at City Hall, Marcos Santana Peralta, 28, ran into the police station -- where he was promptly arrested.

“I think alcohol may have had something to do with it,” Countryside Deputy Chief Scott Novak said.

GateHouse News Service