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Woman finds snake in dryer after machine stops working

An Arizona woman thought her dryer might be broken when she heard a repeated thump from it, only to investigate and find a snake curled up in the appliance.

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On a community Facebook page a woman, identified by KPHO-TV as Sandi, wrote on Tuesday that she was shocked to find the reptile.

“(I) wanted to just throw the dryer away,” she said in response to a comment on the post.

Sandi told KPHO-TV that a repairman found the snake, dead and wrapped inside the dryer fan, after her dryer stopped working. 

“I pushed the button (heard a) thump, thump (and) thought the belt came off,” Sandi said on Facebook.

She told KPHO-TV that she suspected the snake got in through the machine’s dryer vent.

She has since put a screen over the vent to keep other critters from finding ways into the appliance, the news station reported.

Australian flyer checks in single can of beer as luggage

A beer-loving Australia man decided to pack light on a recent flight across the country, checking in only a single can of beer as his luggage and rejoicing when it arrived, wrapped in a baggage tag, at his destination four hours later.

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The man, identified in multiple reports as Dean Stinson, checked in a can of Emu Export Lager while catching a Qantas Airways flight out of Melbourne after scheming with a friend who works at an airport, according to AFP.

He found the can unopened, circling around the baggage carousel, four hours later when he landed at Perth Airport.

Stinson told Unilad that he knew the can must have made it when he got off his flight and saw multiple people with their phones out around the baggage carousel.

“Sure enough, there she was, alone on the carousel, proudly making her way around,” he told the viral news site. “It was perfection. I half expected to find it empty.”

Stinson shared a photo of the beer on Facebook, writing that "not all emus are flightless."

Although Stinson’s prank was successful, airline officials told BBC News that they hope other passengers don’t follow his lead.

"This guy's done it and he's won the internet for the day, so we're happy to move on," a Qantas spokesman told BBC.

'Please help': Worker freed after getting stuck in ATM

Police were called to make an unusual withdrawal in Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday after a contractor working at a Bank of America found himself trapped in an ATM, according to multiple reports.

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Officer Gena Pena told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that the contractor, who was not identified, was working on the ATM around 2 p.m., on the 400 block of North Mesquite Street, when he accidentally locked himself inside.

He had left his cellphone in his truck, according to The Associated Press, and passed notes through to customers in the ATM’s receipt slot in hopes of being freed.

“Please help,” he wrote in one note, according to the AP. “I’m stuck in here.”

A customer called police, who were able to kick down the door to rescue the man, the Caller-Times reported. 

Senior officer Richard Olden called the incident “a once-in-a-lifetime situation that you will probably never see or hear again” in an interview with KRIS.

"We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine. So we are thinking this is a joke. It's got to be a joke," Olden told the news station. "Everyone is okay, but you will never see this in your life, that somebody was stuck in the ATM, it was just crazy."

Man who tried to sell grass clippings as marijuana arrested, police say

Police arrested a 29-year-old North Dakota man early Wednesday after officers said he attempted to sell grass clippings that he was passing off as marijuana.

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Police told The Bismarck Tribune that the man, who was not identified, was offering grass clippings for sale, which could have been mistaken for marijuana, in a parking lot in Bismarck. Police were called by a woman who said he tried to sell to her just before 1 a.m., according to the Tribune.

According to an affidavit obtained by MyNDNews.com, two additional witnesses told police that the man was trying to sell the grass to them as well.

“At first, the suspect claimed it was marijuana, then said it was synthetic,” the news site reported. “After the witnesses refused to buy, he said, ‘Just kidding, it’s grass.’”

 KFYR reported that the man agreed to let police search him. Officers said they found a bag in his pocket containing the grass clippings.

Police arrested the man on a charge of intent to deliver an imitation controlled substance, according to the Tribune.

Maine driver calls police to get coiled snake from car

A Maine driver got the scare of his life when he found a snake in his car.

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The unidentified driver called Auburn police Tuesday and told a dispatcher that he was afraid of snakes. He said he would rather burn his car than touch the garter snake that was coiled in his car door, authorities said.

Police, who noted the unusual nature of the call in a Facebook post, sent Officer Travis Barnies to assist the driver. Barnies removed the snake, then got a selfie with it before releasing the foot-long reptile into the wild, unharmed.

Cobras, geckos seized at JFK airport mail facility

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encountered a slithery surprise when investigating a suspicious package at Kennedy International Airport's mail facility.

Officials seized five live king cobras and three geckos that were stuffed in a round container on June 29, The Associated Press reported.

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Agents said the package from Hong Kong was labeled, "plastic tray.”

The reptiles were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for further investigation, the agency said in a news release.

King cobras are the world’s largest venomous snakes and can grow to nearly 19 feet, The Associated Press reported.

Man puts up fake police cruiser to slow down cars

A Massachusetts man has a life-size Crown Victoria in his driveway, all made of plywood and aluminum siding.

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The Lakeville man who owns the look-alike police cruiser says it's been getting people to slow down for years.

"It’s reflective, so even at night it catches everybody's eye,” said Kelly Tufts.

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Tufts has lived on Bedford Street for several years and has seen the speed limit go from 25 mph to 35 mph on the road in front of his house. He said that people often go much faster.

"They go 50, average 50 plus. We try to keep them slowing down for kids and dogs,” he said.

He got the sign from a friend who had a salvage yard in Wareham years ago, and now puts it out on weekends, especially holiday weekends in the summertime. It got a number of people to slow down when WFXT was there.

Tufts says he's gotten lots of good feedback about his sign, including from law enforcement.

"Town cops are OK with it. They like it. I’ve had the ambulance pull in, ask to take pictures with it,” he said.

He also said there are lot of people who aren’t too crazy about his sign, but he's not too worried about them.

"We've had some people give us the one finger. But whatever. If it was their neighborhood, they'd enjoy it," he said.

Bear enters home, raids refrigerator

A bear entered a Colorado home Monday night, causing damage and raiding the refrigerator — all while the homeowner slept upstairs. 

Wildlife officials believe the 375-pound bear is the same one that has raided garage freezers for ice cream in the same neighborhood recently.

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Homeowner Chris O’Dubhraic told The Gazette the bear got in through a window that was slightly open, and roamed around the house before trashing the pantry and kitchen. The bear also ripped out a trash compactor and urinated around the house to mark its territory. O’Dubhraic said the bear likely did thousands of dollars of damage to the home. He told The Gazette that he had just returned from an overseas trip and was still adjusting to the time change, which may explain how he slept through the commotion downstairs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials made the decision to euthanize the bear after deeming it an "imminent threat to the public." While the preference is to relocate such wildlife whenever possible, officials said this bear had lost its fear of humans, citing the numerous incidents of the bear raiding people's homes in the neighborhood. They feared that it was only a matter of time before a person surprised the bear during one of its raids, which could have deadly consequences.

RV crashes into pool under construction

An RV took a dip in a swimming pool under construction in Arizona on Wednesday, police said.

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The driver of the RV was attempting to remove the vehicle from his backyard, but ended up crashing into his neighbor's yard and driving into the pool, which was under construction, KSAZ reported.

No one was injured, KSAZ reported. It was unclear how much damage was done to the RV or the pool.

Man survives after being crushed by garbage truck while sleeping in dumpster

A man is expected to survive after he was dumped in a garbage truck and partially compacted Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities were called around 7:45 a.m. to the Willows Apartments on East Pawnee Street in Wichita, Kansas, after a man was found in the back of a garbage truck, KAKE reported.

The man, who was not identified, was sleeping in a dumpster when the truck picked it up, according to KSN. The man suffered injuries to his chest after the truck’s operator started to compact the garbage, the news station reported.

Wichita fire Battalion Chief Sid Newby told KAKE that the operator heard the man screaming when he got out of the truck to check on something. The operator called 911 and first responders were able to rescue the man using a ladder truck, according to KAKE.

The news station reported that the man suffered some broken bones, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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