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The Weird Week in Review

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Fugitive Busted After Making Cop His Facebook Friend

Max Sopo was a fugitive from Seattle wanted on fraud charges. He was missing for several months when a Secret Service agent found he had a Facebook page! The page was private, but the investigation found that Sopo had a Facebook friend listed who was a former Justice Department official. The official didn't know Sopo's background, but was able to help agents access the account and trace him to Cancun, Mexico. Sopo was arrested and is awaiting extradition.

Escaped Balloon Did Not Carry Boy

Thursday afternoon, an experimental homemade weather balloon slipped from its tethers in Colorado. Authorities and news media chased the the balloon as it drifted for two hours, thinking that 6-year-old Falcon Heene was carried away with it. When the balloon landed 90 miles away, there was no child aboard. Falcon was later found hiding in his home. The family, who once appeared on the TV show Wife Swap, later appeared on Larry King Live. When asked why he didn't respond when he heard people calling his name, Falcon replied, "You guys said we did this for the show."

Man Gets Probation for Stabbing Fish

Donald Earl Fite III of Portland, Oregon was sentenced for an incident of domestic violence. He had approached Sarah Harris about their recent breakup, but she refused to take him back. Fite became violent with Harris, who escaped her apartment and called 911. When she returned with police, she found Fite had impaled her purple betta fish with a knife and left it sticking to the floor.

Fite admitted to police that he killed the betta, saying, "If she can't have me, then she can't have the fish."

Fite was sentenced to two years probation and a psychiatric evaluation.

Rare Goat-Sheep Rustled

The rare Schwarzhalsziegen goat looks like the front half of a goat and the back half of a sheep. There are only a few hundred in existence. An undisclosed number of goats were stolen in Dillenburg, Germany by someone in a Volkswagen hatchback. A police spokesman said,
"They will find them almost impossible to sell on because every single one of them is accounted for around the world."

Toddler Escapes from Toddler Escape

18-month-old Carter Powell walked out of a daycare center in Billings, Montana, and was rescued from traffic by a passing motorist. Police contacted his mother, Julie Powell, who became angry that she was not contacted by the drop-in daycare center. Police checked the facility out and concluded it was safe and that the incident was a fluke. The name of the daycare center is Toddler Escape Drop-In Child Care. Despite the name, the president of the business said this had never happened before.

Champion with a Popeye Forearm

22-year-old Matthias Schlitte has been a competitive arm-wrestler since he was 16. He has won a string of competitions in his native Germany, including the Iron Curtain Armwars in Blackburn and the German Championships in Haltern. A closer look makes it clear that Schlitte only wrestles with his right arm, which is twice the size of his left arm! His Popeye-like right arm measures almost 18 inches around.

No One Wanted to Claim Rocket Launcher

Jarrette Schule found a missilie launcher in his backyard in rural Comal County, Texas on Tuesday. He took it in his house, then began calling authorities to report it. He called the FBI, the sheriff's department, military police, and Homeland Security. Schule said no one wanted to take responsibility for the weapon. Nineteen hours later, a criminal investigator from the Army arrived. Three hours after that, an Army ordinance disposal team retrieved the weapon. There is still no word on how it got to Schule's yard.