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Weird News: ‘Uncontrollable’ Teen Sent to Siberia, Breaking a Commandment, Willie Wonka, Serial Pervert and (Still) Looking for Houdini

Dek: Plus, dying for eBay.

Weird news. (Patch file Fido.)
Weird news. (Patch file Fido.)
By Todd Richissin

Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings-on over the past week.

Um, Kids, I Have Something on Patch I’d Like You to Read: A Virginia teen was sent to Siberia for supposedly acting rebellious. Really.

The 15-year-old Chantilly High School freshman Sofia Petrova was sent to Siberia for what she thought was a vacation. Two years later, she’s still in overseas, WUSA reports. Just a few days after her 15th birthday, her mother sent her to Siberia after what her parents described as "uncontrollable" behavior, her parents told the station.

Bids Open at 6-Feet Under: Are you the kind of person who always likes to be prepared? There's a Falls Church cemetery plot at National Memorial Park with your name on it for sale — on eBay for $1,199. That would be an empty plot, by the way. Body not included.

Apparently Didn’t Read the 10 Commandments While There: Police have charged three people with grand larceny and other charges after six exterior HVAC systems were reportedly stolen from the First Church of the Nazarene in Woodbridge, Prince William County Police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said.

A Little Pig for a Little Dog: The hunt for missing dog Houdini just got a little saucy. Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant in Del Ray is offering free barbecue for a year to the person who provides information leading to the safe return of the missing Australian shepherd. Houdini escaped Sept. 11 in the Del Ray area of Alexandria shortly after arriving from New Jersey.

We’ll Leave the Description at ‘Bulging Eyes’: For the second time in a week, a man with "bulging eyes" was spotted pleasuring himself outside of a Virginia Square apartment building in the early morning hours. A woman working the concierge in the 900 block of North Pollard Street told police she went outside at about 1:35 a.m. Thursday and saw a man exposing himself. Investigators believe it's likely the same man she saw masturbating outside of the building around 3 a.m. on Halloween.

Wasn’t This Michael Scott’s Idea?: "I've got a golden ticket" may be a line right out of the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," but five fortunate people will soon be singing it through the streets of Manassas. Historic Manassas Inc., the nonprofit visitors center for the city, has hidden five golden tickets in chocolate bars sold by Old Town Manassas businesses. Scoring one means an invitation to ride with Santa Claus on his float in the 68th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Dec. 7. We remember this working out pretty well on “The Office.

Freeze! And Drop The Soap!: A Manassas man was arrested Friday after police said he broke into an apartment, apparently to take a shower. Property management staff entered a vacant unit on the 9500 block of Tapok Drive in Manassas Friday afternoon and encountered a man using the clothes dryer. He also appeared to have just stepped out of the unit's shower, staff told Manassas Police. Perhaps he was looking to make a clean getaway?


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