Around the world: Strange and Bizarre News

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles

Everyday bizarre events occur around the world, so wacky that it almost sounds to strange to be true. Here are some recent events that caught my eye. Come back every week to read more strange news from around the world.

A major interstate in Nashville was shut down for two hours earlier this month when a man climbed onto a road sign and refused to get down. William Walters, 44, caused I-65 to shut down during rush hour, causing major traffic delays and back ups throughout the area. He was taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation. Walters was charged with obstructing a passageway and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.  

A CEO of a mental health agency in Michigan is facing jail time for using public money to hire a personal fortune teller. Over the course of a year, sixty-eight year old Ervin Brinker spent over $500,000 on a palm reader in Florida that he signed off as a “health care consultant” for his company Summit Pointe. Brinker was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud conspiracy and one count of embezzlement by a public officer and is facing at least 32 months in prison. The attorney general's office said he will pay $1.2 million in restitution. 

A Ohio man wanted for drunk driving sent the Lima Police Department a picture of himself, saying he was unsatisfied with his mugshot. Forty-five year old Donald Pugh sent in a selfie of himself wearing sunglasses after he saw the mug shots the police department posted of him on their Facebook page. “The photo was sent to us by Mr. Pugh himself. We thank him for being helpful, but now we could appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges,” said the police via Facebook. An arrest warrant was issued for Pugh after he failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge. He is also a person of interest in other cases involving arson and vandalism. 

Speaking of social media, a 17-year old girl from Patterson was arrested in 2013 after she posted pictures of drugs on her social media page. An investigation was sought after a detective with the narcotics division saw her Instagram page. Detectives went to the teenagers home, where they found the drugs.