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Fredericton school lockdowns triggered by man with umbrella

Someone could’ve gotten dry! A person photographed near a high school who appeared to be holding a gun triggered a lockdown of four Fredericton schools. That is, until police realized that this supposed weapon was nothing more than a harmless umbrella (did we mention it was raining that day?). An image was later released of the umbrella, with police writing “as you can see, it has a significant resemblance to a weapon” (a debatable claim, by the way). The lockdowns were lifted after officers tracked down the umbrella holder. But as much as we’re poking fun at the cops here, it was definitely better for them be safe than sorry.

1,000 bees delay American Airlines flight in Dallas/Fort Worth

American Airlines was stung with a delay after something unBEElievable happened. Right before the plane was to takeoff in Texas, the pilot made an announcement that a queen bee had flown onto the aircraft’s wing. And with her soon came a colony of one thousand other bees, who eventually had to be removed by experts wearing protective suits. We suppose the aircraft could’ve just taken off anyway (bees fly, after all), but what’s a flight without delays, right?

A Guy Asked Toronto Police To Arrest Him So He Could Catch The Jays Game From Jail

You can’t call this guy a “bandwagon” fan. Toronto Police responded to a call this week where a man literally asked if he could be arrested so he could watch game 5 of the Blue Jays vs. the Texas Rangers from jail. The best part is, officers actually responded. But they later noted on Twitter that once police arrived on scene, they were “unable to find a complainant.” That’s actually good news for the caller though, because the holding stations people go to after being arrested don’t have televisions.

Man Charged With Fraud, Theft of 4 Million Pounds of Citrus

Nobody will notice they’re gone, right? Florida state agriculture officials accused a man of stealing half a million dollars worth of citrus from five different individuals and companies. In a news release, they say Bradley Reiter of Winter Haven entered into three contracts to harvest the fruits back in 2014. Except the only problem was, Reiter wasn’t actually a licensed citrus dealer. He allegedly went to the companies to harvest the crops himself, later hauling off 50,000 boxes of fruit that he didn’t pay for. Reiter is now facing fraud and theft charges.

Santa Claus elected to North Pole City Council, no sign of reindeer

Last week, we reported Santa Claus was running for city council in North Pole, Alaska. This week, we’re reporting that he actually won. The jolly, 68-year-old fellow, who is legally named Santa Claus, won a three-year term in the 2,200 resident community. And it’s not just his name that mimics the spirit of Saint Nick. Claus sports a long, white beard and can often be found strutting around in his trademark red velvet outfit. He’s also a fan of helping kids, describing himself as an advocate for at-risk youth.

To my friends in North Pole, Alaska: Tuesday, October 6th, is election day in North Pole; and, the polls are open from…

Posted by Santa Claus on Monday, October 5, 2015