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Title: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jaxsue on August 01, 2011, 07:49:01 PM
Another thread reminded me of this (the trash truck thread in Life in General forum).

The most dramatic thing to have happened in my former neighborhood was when a neighbor took his family hostage in their home. A big unmarked truck careened into our street, the police blocked off the road, and SWAT members poured out of the truck. They surrounded the home with the hostages inside and informed all the neighbors to stay inside. The stand-off lasted for a couple of hours.

Happily, no one was injured and the man surrendered and was taken into custody. His wife had been seeking a divorce and he had a mental breakdown. For awhile we were nervous that he might come back but in the end nothing more happened. Still, it was surreal to see that - it was like watching a movie.  :o

FTR, this was a boring, sleepy, middle-class suburban neighborhood. This wasn't something you ever thought you'd see there.

Anyone else?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 01, 2011, 07:52:25 PM
One evening I heard a woman screaming and I stepped out to see what was going on. I saw a woman running away from a car and a man chasing her. He caught up to her and punched her and knocked her down to the pavement. I immediately called the police but the couple was gone before they got there. As far as I know they did not live on this street, they had just driven down here for whatever reason. (It's a dead end street so I have no idea why they'd be here.)

And there was this, less horrifying but still scary: Fire alarm started going off in my neighbor's condo and there was screaming, and noises of running around or banging things. I went to look and the front door was open, and my other neighbor (a nurse) was inside, smoke filling the place. It turned out there had been a grease fire and the girl threw water on it. She was OK in the end though. (After a trip to the ER.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 01, 2011, 07:55:03 PM
Not nearly as exciting...

About 10:30 one Saturday night, someone pounded on my door.  It was hot; I had to put on pants and then I answered the door.  It was a cop.

Someone had broken into the house two doors up and they were asking if neighbours had heard anything (I hadn't).

Then, earlier this summer, the neighbour one more up from that house ran out of the house in his boxers and nothing else because someone was trying to steal his boat.  He scared them off and the cops made extra patrols for the night.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Giggity on August 01, 2011, 07:55:22 PM
When I was growing up, so the early '80s, the kid across the street from us flipped out and took his family hostage. The cops woke us up and had our parents move everyone to the back of the house. Fortunately, it resolved peacefully.

Over here, maybe a year ago, around three on a Sunday morning, the Financier woke me up going for the gun, so of course I had to come down and see what was going on. Some dude out in the parking lot was hollering for Jessica to come out and talk to him. More yelling transpired, and it turns out he was so messed up he had no idea where he was. Cops showed up, loud guy was cuffed and removed. Someone (who may or may not have been Jessica) came out, rummaged around the back of a car parked out front, and removed what was visibly a baggie.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sharnita on August 01, 2011, 08:03:34 PM
In my neighborhood where I live - nothing comes to mind.  In the neighborhood where I teach - several things.  Most recently the bullet hole that was in a window of the school and a corresponding bullet hole across the hall where the slug entered the wall - an inch or two away from the homecoming poster.  It happened after students and staff were gone for the day but it makes a significant visual impact.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kimblee on August 01, 2011, 08:11:56 PM
The meth addict down the road running naked into our yard, sobbing that she was being chased and that "he's" gonna kill her. We tried to talk to her but she was hysterical. her meth addict husband showed up a bit later and took her back to the house, her still screaming that "he" was gonna kill her.

She's still alive a year later so i guess she was wrong, but I gotta admit, I wish the police had done something.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: CLD on August 01, 2011, 08:19:11 PM
On Friday, just a couple of days ago, my husband and I left the house in the early afternoon. As we got to the end of our street, we saw a sheriff's car parked on the cross street to the left--unusual, but okay. As we turned right, we realized there are 5 more sheriff's cars parked in the next half-block. ???  We make the next right right in time to come nose to nose with the big bomb squad truck  :o We went off to our errands hoping the neighborhood would be there when we got back...

Police arrested two our neighbors for guns and drugs.  It was the couple of hand grenades that brought the bomb squad. 

I live in a tough city, but I'd have said before that my neighborhood was pretty quiet...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: nutraxfornerves on August 01, 2011, 08:25:52 PM
Witnessing a drive-by shooting was interesting.

Coming home & seeing a zillion cop cars at the same house & having an officer tell me that they were doing a drug bust and took one look at the contents of a car trunk and called the bomb squad to deal with the illegal fireworks.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on August 01, 2011, 08:29:44 PM
Senior year so 84 - 85 - A lower classman was failing math. So he built a pipe bomb. With the help of a senior he broke into the math wing and planted the bomb planning for it to go off during his class. Fortunatly his math skills were subpar - he didn't realize 1 something happens twice a day. They planted the bomb before midnight. It went off  during the night destroying the room and damaging the one below and to either side.

The Teacher had to take a leave of absence.

That isn't the weird part - the weird part was the Parents were outraged outraged I tell you that the district dare ruin those fine boys' futures by pressing charges. No I don't mean the boys' parents. I mean the parents in general after all boys will be boys (I HATE that phrase). Some parents brought a petition around for my parents to sign to get the district to drop the charges. My parents being sensible people were outraged. Had there been kids in the room - as was intended - people would have been seriously injured and probably killed. (Honestly the kids in my neighborhood built pipe bombs like they were model kits or something)

Current house
The boy 2 houses down to my left stood up to some want to be gang bangers at his HS. They showed up and shot up his house. Charges were filed, a restraining order was put in place. So he had to change schools - because the district couldn't force the gang bangers to switch school under the law at the time. The Texas legislature fixed the law last session (Might be the only sane thing they did). Now the bullies/criminals have to take a transfer and I think they lose UIL eligibility.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: EngineerChick on August 01, 2011, 08:33:01 PM
The neighbors I had for a little while, who would yell various drug dealing and violent comments to each other, while leaning on the front door of my apartment.  A co-worker of mine moved into this same apartment complex when I moved out, as it was safer than the one he was living in, where someone was shot (gang related violence).

Evacuating high school on 2 separate occasions for bomb threats.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MsCopper on August 01, 2011, 08:36:04 PM
This was a while back. But I remember it like it had just happened. I grew up in a very working class neighborhood in a close suburb of Boston. All double and triple decker houses. All close together. No Porches just stoops. I was walking home from getting a manicure and I noticed a few people on the corner talking. As I got a little closer to my house there was an elderly couple sitting on their stoop enjoying the nice weather. I got to my stoop and open the screen door to my house when I hear a loud series of *POP* *POP* *POP*!!

I run down the few steps and notice the people on the corner weren't standing anymore. They were all laying in the gutter. The elderly man had his wife on the sidewalk. He was covering her with his body to shield her.  I call 911. Police show up. Shut off my whole street. I guess the people that were standing on the corner had just left court. They had a land dispute with their brother and were trying to obtain a restraining order. He didn't like that so he shot and killed his family. A stray bullet flew and almost hit the poor elderly couple! It hit the stoop a few inches from where they had been sitting!

 Thankfully they were safe. The police caught the guy. He went home after and just sat in his chair to watch tv like nothing had happened.

It was and still is the scariest thing I have ever seen. I now work for the Police Department in the city that this all happened in. Funny how that worked out.. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Baxter on August 01, 2011, 08:49:51 PM
1 - A naked man climbed onto my neighbours roof and wrestled their chimney.  He then declared himself the winner and did a naked victory dance.

2 - Bikies blew up the cafe around the corner (perhaps they didn't like the coffee?)

3 - A row of a about 20 cars pulled up at the stop sign across from my house one night about 2am.  Everyone got out of the cars and started dancing to some music I couldn't hear, then after about 5 mins got back into their cars and all drove off.

4 - Someone tried to steal my bbq out of my backyard!  Who steals a bbq? I often wonder if he just would have walked off down the street, pushing this great big thing along as innocent as anything at 1am.  Anyway, one of the wheels fell off it so he left it on the pavement.

I'm sure I have many more, I'll have a think.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyL on August 01, 2011, 09:00:32 PM
Not where I lived but at a club where I was a promoter:

Our club was the second building from the corner. I came outside and someone said there was a fight at the club around the corner. I walk over and peek around the corner and indeed there is a group of guys and girls yelling at each other. I turn around and get a few steps and then hear  POP and a kid comes running past me. He fired a shot about 15 feet to the left of where I'd been standing a minute ago :o.

A car peeled away and I wrote the license plate number on my arm in eyeliner to give to the cops. They caught the whole group about 30 minutes later. We found the bullet shell on the ground in the middle of the street. It was unsettling to say the least - your adrenaline just starts pumping and you don't realize the severity of the situation until much later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Jaelle on August 01, 2011, 09:01:03 PM
When DH and I had our first apartment ... we were both home one evening when I heard fire sirens. We were near a major highway, so I merely noted them. Then they came close, very close.

I grabbed a notebook and camera and ran outside, when DH on my heels. The apartment building next door (it was a complex) was on fire ... flames shooting out of an upper story window. The trucks were there very quickly and the fire department actually got it out before it did more than minor damage to the other apartments. I was very worried until I saw one firefighter down on his knees with his arms around the two hysterical boys who lived there with their family. (They were home alone and we found out later that one had been playing with matches.)

Then I saw a firefighter in full smoke equipment carry out the family cat and kitten, who didn't make it.  :'(  I burst into tears. Some hardened reporter I am.

(Aren't memory and the senses funny things? Typing this, I can smell the smoke ...)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on August 01, 2011, 09:02:56 PM
When I was growing up our neighbors were crazy with a capital CRAY.

The mother literally sat at the front window and watched us all come and go, particularly the kids. If she thought we were doing something inappropriate, she would blindside our parents as soon as they pulled into into the driveway. My parents went out of town when I was 16 and let me stay when then BF, now DH and his parents. I forgot something at the house, a contact case or something. So DH ran me back over to the house to grab it. We were inside for maybe ten minutes and then we returned to his house.  My parents hadn't even unloaded their luggage when Mrs. X came barreling into the driveway to announce that, "Your DAUGHTER was ALONE with THAT BOY while you were away!  They were inside for 10 whole minutes!  Who knows what they were up to during all that time!"

Trust me, there was none of that behavior in "10 whole minutes."  We were good, but we weren't that good.  >:D

Mom said she wasn't so worried about my behavior, but she was concerned about why Mrs. X thought it was OK to spy on Mom's children. Mrs. X spluttered, "I don't appreciate you exposing my daughter to that kind of behavior!" and stomped away.

But the craziest thing was the night that Mr. and Mrs. X got into a rip-roaring argument, which wasn't unusual. But the argument spilled out into the yard and the driveway. Mr. X got into his car.  Mrs. X got behind the car and yelled that he wouldn't leave as long as she was standing behind the car, he didn't have the guts to run her over.  It turned out Mr. X DID have the guts, because he started the car and backed over her! By some miracle, she wasn't hurt.  She popped up to her feet, screaming obscenities, and chased him down the street.  Someone called 911.  Mr. X drove back just as the cops showed up. Mr and Mrs X exchanged blows in front of the officers and were hauled away to jail. We were all super-relieved when they moved.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: CoffeeZombieMommy on August 01, 2011, 09:49:46 PM
I live in a small condo complex in the middle of a pretty quiet neighborhood...

One night at 2am I was woken up by a dog barking the I hear a lot of voices.  I look out the window and there is about 6 police cars all with their lights flashing.  The dog was a very large German Shepard.  The police officers were carrying rifles.

There was a car in the neighbors front yard smashed into a tree.  All of a sudden the dog is on the scent and away everyone goes.  About 5 min later they all come back to the cars with a young man in hand cuffs.

Everyone climbed in their cars and left.

A few weeks later I heard the rest of the story.

I was walking with my neighbor and pointed to the spot in the tree where the car crashed and she told me what she saw.  Apparently the young man's grandmother lived above her and was banging on the door to the building and screaming for her to let him in when the cops found him.

So to recap this young man thought it would be a great idea to lead the cops on a high speed chase in a stolen car to his grandmother's house in a neighborhood with only one way in or out.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: guihong on August 01, 2011, 10:12:26 PM
In my current neighborhood, it was last April during a tornado outbreak.  I heard a big noise, and people shouting, so I went outside  ::).  There was a tornado within a couple of miles, and several of us watched it, felt the wind, and watched the green, bubbly clouds before it dawned on me that I should go inside.  Someone was filming it  ::).  It was mesmerizing.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: HappilyInsane on August 01, 2011, 10:37:06 PM
I've lived in my house 21 years so there have been several wild things happen.

Watching the across the street neighbor run around his front yard naked, high on cocaine, hiding behind bushes when cars came by and fighting with the friend trying to get him in the house.

Or maybe coming out of my shower in my favorite raggedy night shirt just in time for my neighbor's grown son to come crashing through my front door yelling for us to call the cops because his step dad just shot his mom.

Or several years later when a car pulls into driveway next door and 3 guys get out. We know neighbor (same one that shot his wife) wasn't home, so DH asked the guys if they needed some help. They mumbled something about checking on neighbor, then walked around to other side of the house and broke out a window. Cops got there as he was still crawling through. Later that same night, as we were finally winding down, we hear a shotgun blast. Get to the door to see a car flying out of same neighbor's drive. Turns out, he was home going to sleep and someone else tried to break in his house AGAIN!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 01, 2011, 11:01:41 PM
With depressing frequency, car accidents.  Usually because someone has pulled out of the parking lot of the convenience store into oncoming traffic.

The house next door has provided a couple.  When a group of college-age kids occupied it, I heard a girl screaming for help, so I called the cops.  According to a dispatcher I know, it was a good thing I called.  She couldn't be any more specific than that, though. 

With different tenants, there was a knife fight over a girl; we didn't witness that one, since we were out of town.  The scariest had to be when their pit bulls dug under the fence into our yard and were behaving very aggressively.  I thought both DH and I were going to get severely injured.  We managed to get into the house and again called 911.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: greencat on August 01, 2011, 11:17:27 PM
My neighborhood is GENERALLY quiet.  I have one slightly less than sane woman who lives down the street, and, terrifyingly, has landed a job with the TSA.  She's not exactly well-connected with reality all the time, so having her in charge of any kind of security is a bit nerve-wracking.

But the most strange, scary, and dramatic thing I've seen in my neighborhood?

It was bulk trash day.  Neighbors across the street have put out their trash and an old tube-style TV is included amongst the trash, as are some other household odds and ends.  A newish looking gray pickup truck rolls around the corner.  A middle-aged man gets out, looking angry, and throws some of the household odds and ends into the back of the pickup, then takes out something long from the back - I wasn't really paying that much attention to the guy at this point.
Suddenly...
BOOM and the sound of shattering glass rang out.  The guy throws the long thing - now obviously a shotgun or rifle of some sort - back in the back of the pickup and jumps in and drives off in a hurry.  Yep, he shot the TV, in broad daylight.  I was too stunned to think to even call the cops at that point. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: missmolly on August 01, 2011, 11:25:47 PM
1 - A naked man climbed onto my neighbours roof and wrestled their chimney.  He then declared himself the winner and did a naked victory dance.

Sorry, I had to read that sentence a couple of times to make sure I understood it correctly.  :P

My former neighbour was abusive towards his girlfriend. We'd call the cops whenever we heard her screaming. I can remember her accosting Mum on the street and telling her to mind her own business. Mum just shook her head and told her "Look after yourself, love". Later they moved. We don't know what became of them after that, but I do hope she left that b******
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: doodlemor on August 01, 2011, 11:26:06 PM
We have lived in our home 26 years through floods, blizzards, and black bear sightings in the neighborhood.  [We do live in a small village, though, not out in the forest.]

The most dramatic thing, however, was when a prisoner walked away from a work detail just outside the state prison about a mile up the road.  The police acted as if Jack the Ripper were on the loose.  Cop cars were all around the area, moving fast, sirens and lights on.  They put up checkpoints all over, checked passengers in cars, and made everyone open their trunks for inspection.  I got stopped several times just collecting my children from daycare.  With all the care that law enforcement was taking I assumed that the missing man was a homicidal maniac.....or much worse!  When we finally got home I checked the house, and kept all the windows and doors locked on a stifling day.  Of course I didn't let my children out to play.  We were all rather frightened.

After a short time I wondered why my husband hadn't come home early to protect us, because he worked in another branch of law enforcement.  I called his office in Nearby City to ask why he wasn't coming home early to... save our lives. He told me not to worry, that the escapee was a *forger* of documents, not dangerous at all.  What a surprise to me - I wasn't sure whether to believe him or not, but he was very reassuring.

Apparently the absconder was a white collar criminal who was frightened of some of the other prisoners.  It was presumed that he skipped out so that he would be transferred to another prison away from the men who were threatening him.  I guess that the local authorities were just bound and determined that he wouldn't get completely away.

Well, I still kept the kids in and the doors locked, but I did open the windows to let the breeze in.  I think that the guy gave himself up to searchers by the time DH got home, and life was back to normal.



Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 01, 2011, 11:44:27 PM
The house I grew up in:

-Next door house caught on fire.  I mean REALLY on fire.  We were walking home from school, and Mom says "Is that smoke?"  Half a block later: "That's really close."  Another half block:  "I think that's on our block."  We get there, and not only is the house next door on fire, but our third floor was burning too!  It got put out, but the third floor always smelle dof smoke thereafter, and I wasn't allowed up there.  (Go on, ask me how I know it still smelled of smoke.   :D)

Where I lived before we moved here:

-A family friend ODd in our bathroom.  (Our house qualifies as the neighborhood, right?)

Where we live now:

-First year we lived here, our house was broken into.  Funny thing is, we never found the point of entry, but our VCR was missing.  And my shoes.  Funnier:  I didn't notice the shoes for a week.   :P
-This one we didn't see, but a house up the street a whole family committed suicide.  (Well, the parents did, we're not sure the kids got a vote...)  They duct taped plastic all over the windows and doors, turned on all the burners on the stove, and asphyxiated.  To this day, no one knows why.
-Another "we don't see it", but we hear gunshots somewhat frequently.  Although they've gotten less frequent recently.  Must be the economy and the cost of ammunition.   ;)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: SCAJAfamily on August 01, 2011, 11:51:15 PM
I live in a quiet neighborhood but this happened last week.

Guy stole a car from hospital that is 3 blocks away, robbed a store around the corner, then drove the car onto our street and set the engine on fire to distract from his getaway on foot.  He had a gun and was not caught.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Cuddlepie on August 02, 2011, 12:07:26 AM
I have 2 scary stories, and until today,  have never connected the disturbing similarities of execution and outcome.   

#1.  This happened approx 25 years ago.  Fire and police sirens extremely loud and close to our home.  Look out from the front door to see flames coming from a row of small shops just around the corner.  One of the shop owners set fire to one of his competitor’s shop.  Sadly the family lived above the burning shop and one of the children perished.  He was too large to escape thru the window.

#2.   Not the same neighbourhood and more recent.  Driving home I noticed police helicopters hovering close to where I live.  Closer to home, at our local petrol station, was police, some with police dogs, fire engines, news vans and lots of onlookers.  As I was driving I didn’t see exactly was causing the ruckus and I consider that a good thing.  A woman had been set alight.  Her partner followed her to the garage and set fire to her and her car as she was filling it with petrol.  The helicopters and dog squad were searching for the man only metres from my home.  The woman died in hospital.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JolieFille on August 02, 2011, 12:48:35 AM
The craziest scariest thing that ever happened was when a house about three doors down across the street was busted for a meth lab. My dad was out of town and my mom and I were up late watching TV and spending time together, when we noticed lights on the walls. I looked outside and the entire county police force was on my street. Hazmat, unmarked, K9, regular, detective. Every thing. So my mom and my neighbors and everyone are all standing out gawking at it. Apparently they were actively cooking that night, and the neighbor thought it was someone breaking in, so they got snuck up on, and arrested. They also shower you in portable showers in the street, to get all the chemicals off. And the odd thing was we kept smelling something chemical and had really bad headaches the past few weeks before the bust. But we thought it was because they were repaving the road right next to wear we live.  I am so thankful that it never blew up.


Then there was the shootout. A neighbor that found his wife in bed with another man, and proceeded to hold them hostage. My mom noticed the cops outside, and woke me up to sleep on the couch, because my room was right in the path if anyone decided to shoot.

Then there was my neighbor. She was mentally ill. I don't remember how, but she just didn't have all her faculties. She drove into my house. Thankfully nothing was broken, but there are skid marks on the pavement to this day. She thought she had the car in drive, but it was really in reverse. So she backed into my house. My family and I were all sitting together and then suddenly the whole house shook and there was a really loud sound. It freaked us all out.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: zyrs on August 02, 2011, 01:19:00 AM
I used to live in a very hilly neighborhood.

Standing at the bus stop at the bottom of a hill watching a large semi with a flatbed trailer trying to make a right hand turn across the street from me after coming down the very steep hill.  Chained to the flatbed was a huge bulldozer that must have weighed a few tons.  This wasn't a safe hill to be traveling in a semi, it had an 11% grade and was barely a lane and a half wide.

So, the semi was traveling too fast and nearly jackknifed.  The chains holding the bulldozer snapped and the bulldozer flies off the trailer, hits the street, does a somersault and keeps doing somersaults across the street right through the bus stop I had been standing at into the building behind it.  Luckily, I had been watching the truck so when I saw the chains let loose I got out of the way.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: robobecky on August 02, 2011, 01:23:04 AM
Nothing to major, but unusual for where I lived.  In 2007, when I was working at McDonalds, I was working front counter for a lunch shift one day.  I looked out the doors/windows, and saw a man running into, and then across the parking lot.  All of a sudden several police cars also turned into the parking lot.  The way the restaurant was set up, you had to enter through 2 sets of doors to get into the restaurant, and there was a short walkway between the doors.  The man ran through the first set of doors, and then the police grabbed him before he could come through the second set of doors.

We thought that the man had probably shoplifted from the mall across the street, and was planning on running through our restaurant to try to evade the police.

It was definitly surreal, given that things like that never happened where I used to live.  I was so surprised at what I saw, my only reaction was to say out loud, "Well, that's interesting" as the whole thing was taking place.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: atirial on August 02, 2011, 03:00:22 AM
There is a fairly major gas main nearby that the gas works were doing emergency repairs on a few years ago - closed the road and dug it up. They said they were replacing it before it became dangerous, so imagine our thoughts when we were woken in the middle of the night by a loud bang, and then a continous hissing sound.

The noise was loud enough that we had to raise voices to talk over it, even in a house some distance away. I looked up the emergency number for the gas while DH threw some clothes on and dashed outside to see what was going on. We're on a hill and you could see all the other house lights going on as everyone else did the same thing.

It turned out that a pneumatic cylinder had ruptured. Luckily there was a gas engineer living nearby who could fix it, but the potential combination of gas and explosion caused a lot of alarm.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: iridaceae on August 02, 2011, 03:47:44 AM
When I lived in Wausau one night I heard a loud sound and the hosue shook. I went outside. Some idiots had run the car they were in right into the side of a house down the street.  The amusing thing? The insurance adjuster walking around in his dressing gown assessing the damage.

Here in Tucson: I walked outside to go to work and there was a teenager in car. Trying to steal it. I shouted him out of the car but the damage had been done. Had to get my rear passenger window replaced as well as a new ignition.

About a mile from where I work- though I wasn't working at the time- is the Safeway where Rep. Giffords was shot.

The strip mall next to my apartment complex has a bank in it. It's been robbed 5 times in the last year.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pwv on August 02, 2011, 04:53:17 AM
The first apt I lived in was a high rise.  My apt was near the top and the roof lights would shine in my windows but with the blinds closed it wasn't so bad and I got used to sleeping with a whiteish light outside.  One early early morning something woke me up, and instead of white lights i saw orangeish lights outside.  I also heard a very faint crackle crackle crackle.  I looked outside and one of the units on the other side of the courtyard on the top floor was on fire.  I tried calling the front desk but no one answered, so i got dressed and left.  About that time the fire alarms in the halls started going off.   Had to walk down about 20 flights of stairs to get outside.

In the second apartment building I lived in, my apt was on the 10th floor.  The building was on a hill, so the back entrance to the parking lot was on the third floor.   My apt looked out onto the parking lot.  Every so often a fire truck would appear in the parking lot and a short while later a burned mattress would be thrown out the back door.  One Sunday afternoon I was baking cookies, and heard the familiar rumble of a fire truck.  I kept looking out the window to see the burned mattress appear but it didn't.  I had my windows open and the truck's radio was at full volume so I could  hear every dispatch like I was standing right next to the truck.   Suddenly I hear a long series of alarm tones and a voice reading out a long list of trucks, engines, squads, etc and my address.  I shut off my stove and grabbed my purse and left my apt and encountered a hallway full of smoke.  About halfway down the stairs I encountered a group of firefighters in full gear walking up.  I exited out the back door and walked around the building to see a whole cluster of fire and police vehicles in the front parking lot.  On the 5th or 6th floor there was a unit with a broken out window where it was obvious the fire  had been. And in the windown directly about this unit was some idiot woman looking out her window at all of us standing in the parking lot.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gmama on August 02, 2011, 05:27:23 AM
Just a few months ago, at around 3 a.m., A speeding car went barrelling down our street and was stopped at the end of the street by 2 police cars that tried to block it's way.  There was gunfire involved ... and lights, and cameras, and a whole movie crew  ;D

A sad one happened a couple of years after we'd moved in: a resident of the building commited suicide by jumping off our rooftop into the parking lot next door.  We could see his blanket covered body when we had to leave for work early the next morning.  :(

Also... Paris Hilton partied on our rooftop once.  Now that's truly scary!!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: oogyda on August 02, 2011, 05:40:45 AM
In the 3 years we've lived at our current location, 2 pig trucks have overturned in the neighbors yard.  There's a curve in the road in front of his place, and the driver's fail to slow down enough. 

While I was still living with my parents, there was a drug raid on the house next door.  They'd been having a party, so there were LOTS of people running all over, jumping fences, etc.  I'd been baby-sitting and was walking home in the middle of all this.  A cop stopped me to question me, then escorted me to our house where (luckily) my dad claimed me as his daughter. :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on August 02, 2011, 06:46:37 AM
-Another "we don't see it", but we hear gunshots somewhat frequently.  Although they've gotten less frequent recently.  Must be the economy and the cost of ammunition.   ;)

We hear gunshots frequently. But we're near the woods, where there's a lot of deer-hunting.  So we're used to it. We had some cousins from Chicago visit during deer season and when they heard the first shots they freaked out. And they were even more freaked out that we didn't even respond.  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Akarui Kibuno on August 02, 2011, 06:50:34 AM
Well, I may have told the story somewhere before but here goes.

Mom had a Coworker (red floor in the drawing below) who, after being sort of brainwashed by people (mostly one coworker, purple floor on the drawing below) who had something against Mom (no idea why as Mom does her fair share of work and then some, and whatever perk she has, she earned it fair and square) , started to be really, really nasty to Mom. He would slam doors when he saw her, and not just give her an icy glare, but a deadly laser volcano beam of uber doom glare. At some point, he started threatening to kill us (yeah, all the family) and that is when we had to make sure we would lock the doors at night, but also make sure the cat was inside as much as possible. My sisters were not allowed out without direct supervision for a while, things like that.

One day, I had to take my cat to the vet. My best friend was with me. For background, I will give you a nicely Paint figure of the building at the time (it has since been destroyed, and the whole thing is still in construction, and the new accomodation was finished last year) .

(http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/2733/formerbuilding.jpg)
(Stick figure added for perspective) .

Mom's office was the first blue part at the bottom. Right behind that was the first appartment she was attributed, the one directly associated with her job. The second blue part was the apartment she had been authorized to use before she was officially installed as the receptionist, and was allowed to use later because our family was a little too big to be comfortable in the small downstairs flat.

Anyway, on Mom's office level, you had administrative offices for the school and other things. Their roof was a sort of "terrace" for the apartment of the first floor, occupied at the time by the Principal's daughter. It was not a real terrace in that you could see it from the window, but you could not access it easily to use it, as it was not its purpose.

You might wonder what I am getting to.

Well, that fateful day, I go home to the blue apartment (second floor) when I hear a loud *thud* . Since all kitchen windows on that side had a "terrace view" , I immediately went to look.

Nasty coworker had jumped from his window!!! I found myself calling the paramedics (and PurpleNeighbor, for some reason, called the cops as it was happening, which is weird because Nasty Coworker was supposedly his friend... wouldn't he want his friend to be rescued ? Duh) .

We had to go bother the Principal's wife to get a key to her daughter's apartment (yellow), so that the paramedics could access the "terrace" from the kitchen.

The "best" part ? Me having to go to the police to testify later, and reading slander about the Principal in the newspapers a few days after the incident. Because it's a very, very big possibility that Nasty coworker never intended to harm himself badly, just enough to get attention on him and claim that his place of employment did this to him.

When he was just one of the nastiest and laziest people I ever met.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: happygrrl on August 02, 2011, 06:51:19 AM
1 - A naked man climbed onto my neighbours roof and wrestled their chimney.  He then declared himself the winner and did a naked victory dance.

For the win!!  ;D

WARNING: Murder and suicide mentioned below:  

Before we bought our house, we lived in what was a nice, qiuet apartment building for several years. Our complex was in front of another complex, and we lived on the second floor. so our living room and balcony overlooked a grassy area that seperated the building, and the neighbors-behind-us front door/patio area.

1)  We came home one Saturday evening to discover the local police, the state police, the swat team, the fire dept, the evidence team, and the coronor's office all parked in the grassy area. It seems that the 21yo grandson of the lady (and her boyfriend) that lived behind us had went crazy and stabbed his GM (& BF) on the previous Tuesday.  From our balcony, wecould see into their living room, and see just gallons of blood everywhere, and the GS had been living there, with 2 dead bodys that he stuffed under a bed in the spare bedroom. Apparently, there was quite a smell. AND... my next door neighbor was home that morning of the murders and heard the victims screaming, and didn't call the police. (She was going out to lunch, and was just too, too busy.  ::))

2)  Same apartment--a couple of years later--a meth lab moved into the apartment directly below us. All the signs/smells were there, we (and other resdients) called the police, and nothing was ever done, even when they caught the apt on fire. (We moved shortly afterwards!)

3) Same apartment--while we were trying to move--there was a 55-ish man that lived alone in the next building. I'd see him out from time to time, and we'd chat--he seemed like a nice, lonely man. I didn't see him for a while, but his car was parked in his spot, so I didn't think anything about it, as our meetings were erratic. So.... the mailman (I'm not sure exactly what transpirred here) told the manager that the guy's mail was piling up, and that there was a smell coming from the apt, but the manager told him that his rent was still being paid (auto withdrawal from bank), so she wasn't concerned (Yes, she was an evil, vile woman) The mailman finally convinced the police to break down the door, and found that the poor guy had committed suicide in March (this was mid-June).  He was in the tub, and had left a note from early March. The stench was horrendous, and how the above and next door neighbors lived through it was unbelievable. The manager hired a crime-scene clean up company to clean the apartment, and that in itself is a  whole 'nother story. (We were told not to go outside and to close our windows  for several hours due to the smell and the chemicals being used to fumigate/kill the flys. The dumpster was a nightmare...)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: iridaceae on August 02, 2011, 07:00:17 AM
Well, I may have told the story somewhere before but here goes.
Nasty coworker had jumped from his window!!! I found myself calling the paramedics (and PurpleNeighbor, for some reason, called the cops as it was happening, which is weird because Nasty Coworker was supposedly his friend... wouldn't he want his friend to be rescued ? Duh) .


I don't understand this part; why was calling the police wrong? 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Oxymoroness on August 02, 2011, 07:19:43 AM
Just before we moved out of our last apartment we had front-window seats to police swat-team operation. Men in black, lots of police cars and mobile units with satellite dishes, the works. The scariest part was listening to the automatic weapons being primed. I have pics. I'll post them later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyClaire on August 02, 2011, 07:35:53 AM
My Mom's road seems to be the Street of Crazy. In the past 13 years, the following has happened:

One day I came home and saw tons of police cars, an ambulance, and two police helicopters hovering around a few houses down. It turned out that a neighbor had shot two other neighbors over a land dispute. He killed one and seriously injured the other. The land didn't belong to any of them, for the record..it belonged to the county.

About a year after that, a dog brought home a severed human hand. Dog's owner freaks out, calls cops. Cops show up, start search of surrounding fields/woods/etc, and find more body parts. It turned out that someone had murdered a man, cut him up, and then driven out to the rural country in hopes that the body parts wouldn't be found. The murderer was sadly mistaken, as he chose to dump the body in an area with a lot of hunting dogs that are allowed to roam free.

Last year I had borrowed my Mom's car while mine was having repairs done. After my car was fixed, I went to drop her car off with DH following behind in my car. We got to her road and saw police cars, fire trucks, and a big black bomb squad van. The cops told us to turn around and leave the area now, as they'd discovered pipe bombs in the house 3 houses down from my Mom's. So we had to turn around and leave. It turns out that the builder of the pipe bombs was a cop who had gone around the bend.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cicero on August 02, 2011, 07:38:22 AM
my sister once had a murder take place in their apartment building. this was a small building, maybe 20-30 apartments in a small dusty town


many years ago, i was living with my then husband in an apartment building in a tiny town. the building was four stories, several entrances, 2 apartments on a floor. we lived on the top floor. one night we heard noise outside the door and above the ceiling. we go outside to find a bunch of guys climbing up to the roof (there was a ladder/railing on the hallway wall to go up to the roof.). we asked them what was going on, they said "shush. we're police and we're doing a stake out". turns out that they were looking for drug dealers who lived across the way...

and in one of the first apartments i rented, there were neighbors who used to fight all.the.time, including at-top-of-their-lungs yelling and throwing/breaking dishes.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 08:00:04 AM
Years ago, my roommate and I were looking out the window of our fourth-floor apartment one night, and saw a man being arrested. He threw himself against the wall and threw himself to the ground. It was bizarre. We figured he was trying to make it look like police brutality. We talked about calling the police to witness that the cops did not hit him, but I can't remember if we called.

The saddest thing about my current neighborhood is that I'm used to seeing ambulances in my parking lot. There was a woman who used to live here who was diabetic and she was not well-controlled. The ambulance came for her all the time. She moved away, but I heard that she died later. Then there was an ambulance at my elderly neighbor's place. Then there was one for my next-door neighbor's son, also a diabetic, because she came home and found him unconscious. (And of course there was the grease fire that I mentioned earlier.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MindsEye on August 02, 2011, 08:27:39 AM
Man, I live in a super boring neighborhood compared to y'all!

The most dramatic thing that ever happened in my neighborhood was last year when the huge pear tree in my next door neighbor's front yard was struck by lightning during a massive thunder storm.  The tree split in half and came thisclose to caving in the front of their house when it came crashing down (they were so so lucky!)

The nice thing was seeing how the neighborhood really rallied to help them cut up and haul away the remains of the tree afterward.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 02, 2011, 08:43:00 AM
According to a police blotter my friend found before we moved in, someone who lived in our house before we moved in was arrested for possession of marijuana.   And from what we were told about the previous residents by people who knew her, she was an elderly lady who lived with some grandchildren (it was a young male who'd been arrested) who were supposed to be looking after her, but weren't doing a very good job. 

Our neighborhood is pretty quiet.  We used to hear more sirens before the hospital closed down and moved about 3 miles away (used to be just a few blocks away)

In the neighborhood I grew up in though, there was a fire that burned the house around the corner and melted the cars in the garage.  I don't remember the cause but I do remember there being a lot of people gathered around, watching in horror. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Verloona Ti on August 02, 2011, 08:47:40 AM
When I lived in Kansas City, I was awakened early one morning (2.30-3.30 AM) by  a loud thud. I thought the dachshund sleeping in the room with me had knocked something over, and I scolded him. I tried to drift back to sleep-and then there was another loud thud. So I turned on the light, and nothing in the room was disturbed. I looked out the window-couldn't see anything wrong. I went back to  bed and presumably back to sleep. (I should mention that I was a night shift worker then, and I wore wax ear plugs to help me sleep on the nights I was off, so noises were very muffled.)

I found out that morning that I had heard an explosion that had taken the life of several fire fighters responding to a  call.


This was major headline news back in the day : A movie (Backdraft) was made and dedicated to the memory of the KC fire fighters who'd lost their lives (but it's not about that incident, just dedicated to their memory) and a large memorial fountain was erected in their honor.


Years later, I watched an Unsolved Mysteries reenactment that strongly suggested the fire was deliberate arson. :-(


Here's the most recent report I found on this tragedy:

http://www.kansascity.com/2009/04/25/1162352/report-surfaces-in-1988-explosion.html

http://my.firefighternation.com/profiles/blogs/remembering-6-firefighters

http://www.garden-fountains.com/articles/firefighters-fountain.html

Incidentally, I saw Backdraft at the theater. It remains one of the few movies I've seen  that brought out audience participation. Emotions were still running high in KC when this movie was  shown here (I think it may actually have premiered in KC) and you should have heard the audience cheer when (A) the fire fighters broke out the window on an expensive  car parked in front of a hydrant AND under a  NO PARKING sign , in order to put out a blaze, and (B) when a fire fighter inside a burning building,  surrounded by flames,  stops to light up a cigarette (MASSIVE applause for that scene).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jaxsue on August 02, 2011, 08:55:48 AM
*Warning: mentions suicide*

How could I forget this one - and it happened so recently!

I just moved from a large high-rise to a house. This past Spring there was a big ruckus on the top floor of the garage. Now, I lived a block from a major hospital so hearing sirens was nothing new; I ignored them. However, this was closer and there were more of them than usual.

Turns out that a guy in my building committed suicide. He sat in his car and set it on fire, right there in the rooftop parking garage. He'd taken meds just before so it may be that the time the fire got him he was unconscious. I hope so.  :o

And one more: about 15 yrs ago my cousin and his wife were guests in my parents' home. One morning dad, mom, and cousin's wife were in the kitchen downstairs when they heard a big "thud!" from the 2nd floor. Cousin had dropped dead of a heart attack in the upstairs bathroom. He was instantly gone. He was in his 50s so it was hardly expected. Getting his body home was complicated, though. They had to get legal papers in order to take him across the border to Canada (we also had to do this with dad - he died in the states but was buried in Ontario). You want to get a  :o from border crossing guards? When they ask if you're declaring anything say, "I have a dead body in the back of the car."
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MommyPenguin on August 02, 2011, 08:59:13 AM
The apartment I lived in before I was married.  One night my boyfriend was over and we were watching a movie when we heard what sounded like the "crash" of the garbage truck lifting the dumpster... except that instead of a single crash-bang, it went on and on and on and on and on...

Turned out that a woman had accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes when she had intended to turn into the gas station next door to the apartment complex.  So she'd hit the corner of a parked car hard enough to cause it to hit the car in front of it, that car to hit the car in front of it, etc., so that seven cars parallel-parked in a row all banged into each other.  But hitting the parked car hadn't been enough to stop her.   She'd barreled across the lawn, gone up a hill, through a chain-link fence, and into the corner of the apartment building.

I suspect she was drunk.  Or something.  Because I don't understand how you could accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, right after you came around a corner (so she shouldn't have been going too fast to begin with), hit a car, and keep going about 100 feet over rough terrain (hopping a curb, going up a hill and through a fence) without managing to brake the car until you hit a building.

When I was a kid, I remember hearing a story that happened in my city but not my neighborhood.  An older woman was taking a shower when a man broke into her house and went into her bathroom.  She stormed out of the bathroom.  "How dare you, break into an old woman's house and scare her half to death!  You ought to be ashamed of yourself, you rapscallion!  Who is your mother, because she needs to know what a scamp she has raised!  You young people have no respect for the elderly, you naughty boy!  How dare you startle an old woman in the shower!  I could have had a heart attack!"   Etc.  The whole time, she is bearing down on him, shaking her fist in his face.  She backs him all the way down the stairs, out of the house, and stands in the front yard screaming at him as he drives off.  I totally want to be that woman when I'm old.  Although I think I'd rip off the shower curtain to cover myself before I chased him all the way outside.  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Daquiri40 on August 02, 2011, 09:08:54 AM
In my old neighborhood:

1.  We were all watching a fire and one of the neighbor kids ran across the street and was struck by a semi.  Thankfully, the semi was not going very fast and pretty much just knocked him down.  An ambulance came and took him away where he stayed overnight for observation. 

2. One of our male neighbors, in a drunken rage, tore down the huge tent he had put up in the back yard.  He ended up passing out on top of it and sleeping it off through the night.

3.  Another male neighbor found out his wife was cheating on him with the next door neighbor.  The husband threw his wife out in her nightgown, over the porch railing, and into the snow.

4.  The next door neighbor she was having an affair with, had a drug problem.  We watched him being taken away, screaming and fighting, strapped down on a stretcher.  Turns out he was on PCP and having a bad, bad reaction.

5.  Another neighbor got drunk every Friday night.  His wife would lock him out of the house and he would scream at her from the back yard for an hour or so.  "Drop dead!  Drop dead and I really mean it!  Drop dead and I really, really mean it!"  Over and over and over.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on August 02, 2011, 09:13:54 AM
The apartment complex I live in now is across the street from a club. It used to be a nice little cafe and is now an infamous gang hang out.

There was a huge ruckus when I was leaving the apartment - there were LOTS of police cars, lots of guys on the ground of the parking lot in cuffs, lots of shouting, lots of police officers with big guns and at least four police dogs that I could see. I just drove on, but further down the street, there were two more police cars and a little further down, a police officer hauling his large german shepherd off a guy while his fellow officer had a gun on the guy.

I think there is a life lesson there somewhere - something about not running from cops with dogs? Seems like a bad idea anyways.

I'd never seen anything like that before, so it was pretty fascinating. Never did find out what was going on - I tend to keep my head down and my nose out of things in my neighborhood.  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Carnation on August 02, 2011, 09:19:39 AM
We had genuine bullet holes in a street sign until the city came and changed it out.

A pizza guy got robbed at the end of our driveway.   The culprits ordered a pizza and used the address of the people across the street.   They robbed him in the street.

And we live on a street where lots of police officers live.  Current and retired.


We were also in the downtown library when shots were fired in the area behind it.    We heard them.  I counted four. :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 09:28:18 AM
We had genuine bullet holes in a street sign until the city came and changed it out.

In the south that would be unremarkable. :P People use them for target practice. (And then there's my grandfather, who ran over the "city limits" sign with his farm equipment because he didn't want to live in the city.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: fey01 on August 02, 2011, 09:33:10 AM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.

In my parents' neighborhood, there is another older gentleman who rides his bike in nothing but a thong. The first couple of times I saw him, I had to do a double take because I thought he was naked.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Perfect Circle on August 02, 2011, 09:43:06 AM
My current area - we currently outraged at plans to limit our parking. That's about how exciting it gets.

My old place... Well, it was actually quite a nice and quiet neighbourhood, but I was blessed with one really funny, slapstick type of moment and very strange neighbours.

The funny moment came when we had two friends visiting from abroad. We'd been in the house maybe six months and were talking about how quiet and nice the neighbourhood was. Our house overlooked a huge green and playing fields so it really was very quiet. About five minutes later we hear screetching tyres and sirens. Someone was trying to outrun the police and drove to the field in front of us with two patrol cars following. They arrested the guy at the end of the green, no damage done. But it did make our comment about a quiet safe neighbourhood just before seem rather odd.

And I had neighbours who initially were very nice. They had four kids and the oldest one was around eighteen when we moved in. Turns out he had a bit of a drug habit and started dealing from the house. I found police officers in my garden one day about to do a raid next door and they would sometimes come and smash into the house around 5am. Fun.

His parents also started to have problems with each other. One night we were holding a party and they came  over and started to argue. She marched off, he followed about half an hour later. Then we started hearing shouting. She was beating him up on my front lawn. We tried to separate them, but it was no good, so we had to call the police on them in the end.

Fun times. I'm pretty glad we moved.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 09:46:01 AM
I am really glad I didn't see this one, in the neighborhood where I grew up. My mother told me about it. Our neighbors would occasionally get into huge arguments, well one day he ran outside to get away from the yelling, and she ran after him, and chased him around and around the house, the argument still going at full volume. The problem being that they forgot to put on any clothes before going outside.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: NestHolder on August 02, 2011, 10:01:33 AM
It was on a Sunday morning at about 0630 when we were awoken very suddenly by a very loud bang, like the loudest thunder I've ever heard.  I thought there had been a lightning strike and our chimney had crashed through the roof.

My husband put on his dressing gown and slippers and went outside to have a look at the situation.  The street was filling with people, similarly dressed, and he suddenly saw orange... huge, huge flames visible between the trees and houses, from about a mile north of us.

Local oil depot had blown up.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buncefield_fire

There was a trail of BLACK smoke across the sky for days.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 10:05:33 AM
I remember that, NestHolder.  Must have been unpleasant to be so close.  Wasn't there a lot of concern about the fumes?


My mum's side of the family deal with quite a lot of dramatics because they're Irish and live in Belfast which seems to attract a larger than average number of riots.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Akarui Kibuno on August 02, 2011, 10:08:58 AM
Well, I may have told the story somewhere before but here goes.
Nasty coworker had jumped from his window!!! I found myself calling the paramedics (and PurpleNeighbor, for some reason, called the cops as it was happening, which is weird because Nasty Coworker was supposedly his friend... wouldn't he want his friend to be rescued ? Duh) .


I don't understand this part; why was calling the police wrong?

Well, picture this: a good friend of yours just hurt himself through an accident. Would you rather call the paramedics to save him, or the police for a statement ? My issue is that the sequence of events was very, very weird. The upstairs neighbor had no way to know I was calling, yet when I opened the door to go downstairs and talk to Mom, I was on the phone with the paramedics, trying to get info out of Mom, and the upstairs neighbor was making his way down and mentioned calling the police. Which is way odd considering the circumstances.

I am sorry if it seems confusing, when the whole thing happened, the only thing I can remember about my feelings was that I had very bad thoughts about that guy. Ugh.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on August 02, 2011, 10:11:36 AM
When you call the emergency number, do they not call the police and the ambulance.  ???
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 10:12:47 AM
Well, I may have told the story somewhere before but here goes.
Nasty coworker had jumped from his window!!! I found myself calling the paramedics (and PurpleNeighbor, for some reason, called the cops as it was happening, which is weird because Nasty Coworker was supposedly his friend... wouldn't he want his friend to be rescued ? Duh) .


I don't understand this part; why was calling the police wrong?

Well, picture this: a good friend of yours just hurt himself through an accident. Would you rather call the paramedics to save him, or the police for a statement ? My issue is that the sequence of events was very, very weird. The upstairs neighbor had no way to know I was calling, yet when I opened the door to go downstairs and talk to Mom, I was on the phone with the paramedics, trying to get info out of Mom, and the upstairs neighbor was making his way down and mentioned calling the police. Which is way odd considering the circumstances.

I am sorry if it seems confusing, when the whole thing happened, the only thing I can remember about my feelings was that I had very bad thoughts about that guy. Ugh.

I would have called 911 and they would have sent whatever emergency services were needed. He called the police non-emergency line?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 02, 2011, 10:22:18 AM
AK is in France, not NA so the procedures might be different...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 10:27:03 AM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 02, 2011, 10:34:33 AM
Not something that happened while I lived in my neighborhood, but the aftermath, etc. was scary to all of us.  Pretty famous case; In the early 1970's, a man killed his entire family, wife, mother and 3 kids, and left them in their house.  Where they were not discovered until a month later.  He had arranged with the kid's schools etc. for them to be away, so no one missed any of them, until the neighbors got suspicious that lights left on had burned out, called police, who found them.   He managed to escape, and stay on the run for almost 18 years, under an assumed name, doing what he had done before, workwise.  Until he was profiled on America's Most Wanted, and the eerie thing was the bust that was made of what they thought he might look like, was quite accurate, right down to his eyeglasses!

Anyway, the scary part was when I was 12/13, and my parents would go out and leave me and a friend home, we would scare ourselves silly, thinking he was coming to get us, since he hadn't been caught...but after he was, we realized that there was no way he would have; he just snapped, and then continued on with his life.   

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 10:36:27 AM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

I might think of the police first, though. In my mind it's just one big "emergency services" entity. If you call the police about someone who's hurt, they are naturally going to send out an ambulance as well.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 10:46:52 AM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

I might think of the police first, though. In my mind it's just one big "emergency services" entity. If you call the police about someone who's hurt, they are naturally going to send out an ambulance as well.

Yeah, if you call the emergency services and both ambulance and police are needed then they will both be sent, but it still doesn't make sense to me that if someone witnesses their friend hurt in an accident their first, immediate thought is to call the police, and not to call an ambulance.  You call out the one that is the biggest priority, which in the situation we are discussing, would have been an ambulance.
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Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 10:48:59 AM
It makes perfect sense to me. Police = help. I might very well say "police" even though I meant "emergency services". It isn't what you would do, but that doesn't mean it's wrong.
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Post by: Phoebelion on August 02, 2011, 10:49:15 AM
Next door house was rental with 3 guys living there.  They kept to themselves,  so really didn't pay too much attention to them.  Woke up to glass breaking, spot lights, etc.   They were raiding the house - they were drug dealers.  The cops left the house wide open.   Don't know if they called the owner to board up - if they did, he didn't show til the next day.  I knew there was a pup in the house, but didn't see any of the cops carry him out.  Got dressed and went to the door calling.  Here comes the pup.  I snatched him up.  And kept him - no one ever came looking for him. 

Had a huge oversize bay window in the front room.  Was home along watching TV - was going thu divorce.    Knock at door - was the cops.  They asked me if I was OK.  Responded I was.  They told me that neighbor had reported a peeping Tom - you could see the foot prints in the snow where he had been standing looking in the front bay window.   Neighbor comes over and tells us that it was the soon to be Ex DH.  He admitted to it when they questioned him so he went to jail for a little while.  Worst part, the judge wouldn't give me a restraining order even tho I had added proof of intend to harm - he had left a message on my answering machine that he was gonna burn the house down with me in it.   
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 10:51:12 AM
It makes perfect sense to me. Police = help. I might very well say "police" even though I meant "emergency services". It isn't what you would do, but that doesn't mean it's wrong.

I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm saying that to me it doesn't make sense, and is what I understood Akarui Kibuno to be thinking.

Had a huge oversize bay window in the front room.  Was home along watching TV - was going thu divorce.    Knock at door - was the cops.  They asked me if I was OK.  Responded I was.  They told me that neighbor had reported a peeping Tom - you could see the foot prints in the snow where he had been standing looking in the front bay window.   Neighbor comes over and tells us that it was the soon to be Ex DH.  He admitted to it when they questioned him so he went to jail for a little while.  Worst part, the judge wouldn't give me a restraining order even tho I had added proof of intend to harm - he had left a message on my answering machine that he was gonna burn the house down with me in it.   

Ooo that made me shudder it was so creepy  :-\
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reuth on August 02, 2011, 10:53:26 AM
And I'm explaining to you that it does make sense to other people.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 10:54:45 AM
And I'm explaining to you that it does make sense to other people.

Yeah, I get that, but people seemed to confused about AK's reasoning and so I offered how I understood the situation.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on August 02, 2011, 10:56:14 AM
I live in a rather exciting neighborhood.  To date, I have witnessed:

a body lying in the street post drive by shooting (DH saw the whole thing).  People were stepping over the body as they encountered it on the sidewalk.  I like to think it was shock.  Later, and before the body was removed, the lookey-lous came out.  Some of them had toddlers with them.  That broke my brain a little bit.  We were doing everything we could to keep our kids away from the window so they wouldn'tsee.

another shooting right in front of our house (as in the SOC folks used our gate as a tape anchor and had markers for the shell casings that were found on our part of the sidewalk.  People were wounded but thankfully, no one was killed.

more drug deals than I care to count. 

more drug busts than I care to count

the beatings of two random people on the street.  I was getting off the train and happened to be walking behind another person.  This woman (who appeared to be high on something other than life) walked up to him and punched him in the face.  Then she hit another man who was walking around us.  I was terrified because I thought I was next.  Then someone tackled her and a whole bunch of people were calling 911.  I didn't stick around to find out how that ended. 

This isn't really scary but really?

Before we put up our gate, we'd have...uh...professional women...uh...working with their clients in our backyard.  I actually got into an argument with one of them about her right to be there.  I know, I know.  I should not have engaged the crazy.  It was a very surreal experience.

I'm sad and angry because this used to be a decent place to live.  It was never going to be a posh neighborhood but it was friendly and you generally felt safe.  We're moving as soon as we can afford it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Jaelle on August 02, 2011, 10:58:13 AM
You know, at first I just thought of police/emergency-related stuff, but I guess this would qualify for this thread, too.

I live in Buffalo, NY. I've seen a lot of snow. But the October snowstorm of 2006 was something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

When it started coming down, I thought, "Wow! That's early even for here!" And it got worse. And worse. Tree branches ... still covered in leaves ... were getting covered with this wet, sodden snow. Then we started hearing the "crack" overhead. The power went out. We huddled in bed with our toddler, listening to the trees crackle overhead (and the occasional "thud" of falling branches ... and trees).

The power didn't come back on for eight days.

The scene when we got up in the morning was ... surreal. Trees and branches were down everywhere. Our road was completely blocked. Everything was coated with this heavy, frosting-like snow. People were just out wandering in amazement. And was so quiet ...

I'll try posting some pix later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Akarui Kibuno on August 02, 2011, 11:01:03 AM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

That's exactly my reasoning :) .

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Thipu1 on August 02, 2011, 11:08:35 AM
Some years ago, I was at home when a rather heavy thunderstorm came over the neighborhood.  There was a lot of thunder and lightning but I didn't pay it much mind because it had been a very rainy season and  there was also a lot of noise from construction in the area.

Around noon the weather cleared and I went out to buy some groceries. 

My jaw dropped!  What I had heard wasn't just thunder and lightning, it was the collapse of a house next to a construction site only about 100 steps away.

The scene was surreal.  One brick wall of a three story building just sheared off.  It was like looking into a doll's house.  In the kitchen there was a skillet on the stove.  The table had a cloth on it and chairs around it. 

You could see a child's bedroom with posters on the walls and a stuffed toy on the bed.

The living room had the TV  and a few chairs in place but the sofa was hanging off the edge.

The building had to be demolished.  We were told that there were no serious injuries but that sight still haunts my mind.         

     
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Reader on August 02, 2011, 11:10:01 AM
Got a few.  When I was twenty one I was sharing an apartment with a now ex.  Was working at Taco Bell at the time and on Sunday I had decided to stay over and help out because we had been short staffed that day.  Got home to the apartment and there was a Sheriff's card stuck in my doorway with instructions to call them when I got home.  Turned out a child about 5-7 in the neighboring apartment had taken shots at his mother, I think he actually hit her with one of the bullets but had missed with his other shots.  The sheriff was sure one bullet had come through the wall and wanted to collect the evidence.  I hung up and went looking making sure not to touch anything and sure enough in the bedroom closet wall was a big hole and the bullet was on the floor.

At my current address I have lived there for about 13 years.  Two house down is a four unit rental house.  Previous owners were not to careful about who they rented to.  Came home twice to see a SWAT van and police in what looked like full riot gear, bullet proof vests, helmets and assault rifles closing in on this house.  It still boggles me to this day the neighbor lady to my right that walked herself and her young children down towards that house each time the cops were there.  While myself on the other hand rushed off to run whatever errands I could think of just to be out of the line of fire should any shots be fired.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: SamiHami on August 02, 2011, 11:13:37 AM
High School

Freshman Year-School is burned to the ground. It was arson. Everyone "knows" the troublemakers who did it, but police couldn't gather enough evidence to convict.

Sophomore Year-Using debris from the previous years' fire, the students have a race riot. That was a fun day.

Junior Year-A teacher muders his girlfriend. It takes police a few days to figure out hedunit, so he continues coming to school to teach until they make the arrest.

Senior Year-One student rapes and attempts to murder one of the other students. Luckily, he left the knife in her throat so she didn't bleed out as fast as she would have otherwise, so she does survive, luckily.

I don't have many fond memories of HS.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 02, 2011, 11:29:34 AM
Most dramatic thing in our neighborhood is the guy we call "The odd-job guy, with emphasis on the odd."

The Sweetie once asked him "Are you on drugs, or are you just weird as [bad word]?"

He said "I'm just weird as [bad word]."
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on August 02, 2011, 11:42:02 AM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.

In my parents' neighborhood, there is another older gentleman who rides his bike in nothing but a thong. The first couple of times I saw him, I had to do a double take because I thought he was naked.

Im not sure "old man in a thong" is a better option than "naked old man."
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on August 02, 2011, 11:42:33 AM
Let's see...a fugitive from the police ran into my neighborhood and holed up inside a house two streets over from me. I don't know why the cops were pursuing him so rabidly, but it happened just as I was coming home. Three cop cars pulled over from the main road, and a cop with a shotgun and a K9 unit immediately started patrolling the woods. More and more cars came in as I got home, and then you could hear a police helicopter overhead. My mom called during the drama, and when I told her about it she said, "Are your doors locked?"

"Yes, of course!" [pinky walks around locking all the doors because I hadn't even thought of it...sigh...]

He ended up in an empty house and a standoff commenced. By the time my kids' bus came, the neighborhood was still barricaded, and the bus had to go back to the school. All of the parents had to go get them (and I don't remember if we had trouble getting the cops to let us go home). Oh my goodness, and you should have seen all the cop cars, SUVs, and a few specialized vehicles I'd never even seen. I really didn't know my county had that many cop cars. It reminded me of Terminator 2: "The cops are here!" "How many?" "Uh...all of them, I think."

This went on until 7 PM. I never really heard how it ended except nobody got shot.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyClaire on August 02, 2011, 11:46:35 AM
We had genuine bullet holes in a street sign until the city came and changed it out.

In the south that would be unremarkable. :P People use them for target practice. (And then there's my grandfather, who ran over the "city limits" sign with his farm equipment because he didn't want to live in the city.)

I was just thinking "Wait, a street sign with bullet holes is unusual??" before I realized that it's probably different in the city. Out in the country, seeing a street sign without bullet holes is odd.  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kymom3 on August 02, 2011, 11:47:58 AM
I live in the country, so don't have a lot of neighbors, but thought of this one.  The people involved could also qualify for a Darwin award. 

The family who lived across the road from us thought it would be a good idea to move the grandparents in.  They had them living in a small camper on the front of the property, and couldn't be bothered to get proper electricity.  No, they just got an extra long extension cord and ran it from the house to the camper--about 50-60 yards or so.

So one afternoon the camper caught on fire, and since we are so far out of town it was almost completely burned up before the firemen could get there.  Luckily no one was hurt.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: hjaye on August 02, 2011, 11:57:05 AM
In the 3 years we've lived at our current location, 2 pig trucks have overturned in the neighbors yard.  There's a curve in the road in front of his place, and the driver's fail to slow down enough. 

While I was still living with my parents, there was a drug raid on the house next door.  They'd been having a party, so there were LOTS of people running all over, jumping fences, etc.  I'd been baby-sitting and was walking home in the middle of all this.  A cop stopped me to question me, then escorted me to our house where (luckily) my dad claimed me as his daughter. :D

It's been quite a few years since this happened, but every now and then a cattle truck would over turn on the highway near downtown.  There is a hairpin turn if you want to take the Interstate south and if you're not familiar with it you could easily tip a car or truck.  What I used to find amusing was that once the truck was overturned, there would be cows all over the road, and they typically would report how "Most of the cattle was recovered"......... I'm sure there were a few people in the surrounding neighborhoods eating lots of steaks and roasts for the rest of the year............  ;)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kimblee on August 02, 2011, 11:59:53 AM
Not where I lived but at a club where I was a promoter:

Our club was the second building from the corner. I came outside and someone said there was a fight at the club around the corner. I walk over and peek around the corner and indeed there is a group of guys and girls yelling at each other. I turn around and get a few steps and then hear  POP and a kid comes running past me. He fired a shot about 15 feet to the left of where I'd been standing a minute ago :o.

A car peeled away and I wrote the license plate number on my arm in eyeliner to give to the cops. They caught the whole group about 30 minutes later. We found the bullet shell on the ground in the middle of the street. It was unsettling to say the least - your adrenaline just starts pumping and you don't realize the severity of the situation until much later.

Nice!

You have quick reflexes!
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Post by: WhiteTigerCub on August 02, 2011, 12:29:08 PM
One time I was sleeping over at a friend's house over night. We had been up till the wee hours of the morning so were nearly dead asleep when we woken by a pounding on the door from the police. The police officer instructed my friend to move a car and garbage can out of the street because they needed to land a helicopter in the middle of it. A few minutes later we feel the the ground shuddering as the helicopter landed and the medical evacuation team loaded up a lady onto a stretcher, secured her to the helicopter and flew away. We found out later that day from another neighbor, she'd died of a drug overdose.

Lady across the street from friend was a cat horder. Who knows how many cats she had indoors as we never saw, but could see about 5-6 cages on her front porch with about 15-20 cats in them. We called animal control who decided that the cats were not being taken care of properly, so we got to watch as the lady had a screaming hissy fit at the top of her lungs about. "You are ripping my heart out!!! Don't take my babies!!!!"   The police had to restrain her to keep her from assulting the animal control people while they loaded up the truck with the cages. They returned 3 more times that day and took away more cages.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: nalapuppy on August 02, 2011, 02:41:58 PM
These are some great stories!  I'm posting for updates for now, but will contribute when I have more time.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 02, 2011, 03:00:43 PM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.

In my parents' neighborhood, there is another older gentleman who rides his bike in nothing but a thong. The first couple of times I saw him, I had to do a double take because I thought he was naked.

Im not sure "old man in a thong" is a better option than "naked old man."

Like!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Daquiri40 on August 02, 2011, 03:00:43 PM
-- I had just moved into a second floor apartment in a quiet neighborhood.  I had my windows opened to catch the night breeze.  At 3am, I woke up startled because I heard a man screaming in the middle of the street all sorts of insults to the neighbors next door.  It turns out, he needed a shot every month and sometimes wouldn't show up for it.  When he didn't, he yelled at all of the neighbors until the police arrived.  The police could calm him down and he would go get his shot the next day.

-- The FBI had a loud talk with my across the street neighbor one day.  They kept telling her if she just admitted her part in a robbery, things would go easier for her.  They somehow knew she was a participant in some store robberies.   The house was foreclosed on (before the big real-estate crisis) and she was forced out.  Thank goodness!

-- I heard pounding in the vacant house next door.  My boyfriend went outside a few hours later to take out the garbage and all he could smell was gas.  Someone had stolen the copper piping in the vacant house and just let the gas flow.  The firemen came and turned off the gas.  The gas company came a little later and told us how dangerous a gas leak is (no kidding).

-- I was stopped at an intersection near my house at a red light.  A pick-up truck turned right next to me at a high speed followed by 7 police cars chasing him.  I thought for sure one would hit me as they made the turn.  None of them did - great driving by all!

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gmama on August 02, 2011, 03:06:33 PM
SamiHami's high school stories reminded me of this one: when I was in my sophomore year a girl in my school was attacked by the Scarborough rapist (as the police named him).  It wasn't until years later when he was caught that the public found out it was Paul Bernardo. 

Also, years after he was caught and sent to jail, an acquaintance of mine had the police knocking on her door one day with an old wallet of hers that she thought she'd lost.  Turns out it was in Paul Bernardo's possession (along with other women's wallets and purses).  This was how he was scoping out his next victims. *shudder*
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: otterwoman on August 02, 2011, 03:10:43 PM
Out my front windows one morning, we saw a fawn running as fast as her legs could move followed quickly by a fox. Three seconds later, the fox is now hauling as fast as she can with a big doe on her heels. The fawn was under the apple trees panting away, nearby was a yearnling.

And now the not-so-pollyanna; a couple of miles away a drug runner was murdered, drugs and thousands of dollars in cash left behind. It seems the drug gang he worked for was unhappy with his services and had "terminated" him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Marisol on August 02, 2011, 03:11:08 PM
I think my section of the road is a mecca of trouble.

There have been four car crashes right in front of my house.  One was a girl who was pushed off the road by a crazy ex.
The powerline breaker box (or something?) was hit by lightning and exploded into flames.
Tree limbs have fallen onto the powerline and caused black outs.
My neighbor's across from us have been broken into twice.
We've had some crazy woman knocking on doors at 2am asking to use the telephone for "an emergency" and when you say you will call 911 for her she says nevermind and asks for money.
Someone drove all over my neighbor's grass in the middle of the night.
There is a crazy lady in a power wheelchair who yells things while she goes up and down the street.

I think that is it.

Adding:
Police helicopters with search lights at night shining them into our yard.  The next day my shed was open. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MrTango on August 02, 2011, 03:16:25 PM
After college I worked for about 6 months as a 911 dispatcher for my county's Sheriff's department.

Craziest thing that I recall ever happening in my neighbordood was a Saturday around noon when my mother called 911 to report a house fire on their street (a few houses down).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Missyanthrope on August 02, 2011, 03:22:18 PM
I'm embarrassed to say that my husband and I are the guilty ones here.  We live in a quiet upper class neighborhood where NOTHING ever happens.  Except for us:

First night in our new house the smoke alarms went off and wouldn't stop at 3AM.  We grab the pets and ran outside to call 911.  Cops show up, engines and rescue show up.  House is searched.  No fire.  Fire Marshal uses canned air to blow out several of our smoke alarms to remove spiderwebs, and....the alarm stops.  Cue massive embarrassment on our part.

Husband is diabetic.  One night he has a seizure due to a severe low blood sugar.  I call, and again at 1AM we have lights and sirens all over our quiet little culdesac.  Husband gets glucagon and is fine, but adamantly refuses to allow the Fire Dept. to remove our wooden railing and balustrades to get him downstairs on a stretcher.  He slides down the stairs on his butt, and then LOUDLY refuses to be transported for observation.  I skipped church that week so I didn't have to answer any questions.

And finally when our latest little one was just 7 weeks old she was battling acid reflux and an overactive reflex reaction.  As I was getting her ready for bed one night she began to gag, and in her panic she stopped breathing.  This repeated itself several times  before I yelled for my husband to call 911.  In the meantime I worked on trying to assure she had a clear airway, and trying to calm her.  I was pretty calm considering, and credit my previous BLS/First Responder training I had had in order to work as a dispatcher at a local college.  Everyone else?  Husband was screaming into the phone, eldest foster daughter was crying hysterically, younger daughter was running around screaming and trying to climb the adults, and the dog was howling.  All while I ran to the front yard to meet the ambulance.  I know the whole neighborhood heard it, because we didn't stop getting questions for WEEKS afterward.  (Side note, little one is perfectly fine now, is 15 months old and going strong, and now all the adults in our house are trained on infant and child resuscitation).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: snowfire on August 02, 2011, 03:29:41 PM
When I was in high school a car came flying down our street, jumped the curb and hit a power pole.  They broke it off and it flipped end for end over the car, pulling down the power lines and knocking out the power for a couple of square miles.  Fortunately, no one was hurt other than scrapes and bruises.  Unfortunately they showed signs of felony stupid-in-public.  They were high school students (16-17 years old, therefore underage for drinking.) They were very drunk and they had been playing musical people after they crashed, trying to lie about who was driving.  It turned out that I knew all of them from high school.
Our power was out for about 8 hours while the power company brought in a new pole and spliced in new wire.

A couple of years ago a guy who was fleeing from the police in a stolen car turned into the neighborhood right behind ours.  He ran into a dead end street and bailed out, jumped the fence into my next door neighbors back yard, then jumped the front fence and vanished.  There were multiple cop cars behind our houses and in the front.  The first thing I knew about it was when my Mom called me and said "Turn on the TV!  There are cops in front of your house!!!!" 

I had been sound asleep and had not heard a thing.  :-[
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wavicle on August 02, 2011, 03:33:55 PM
I thought I had nothing, but I can't believe I forgot what happened to the house my fiance built. It isn't quite our neighborhood, but considering that I have more cow neighbors than human ones and someone leaving a bunch of stools and then milk crates by a field was big news for a couple weeks, this was a pretty big deal.

WARNING suicide attempt
So anyways, Fiance's company builds a house for their weird guy. Finish the house, the guy can't pay for it and starts drowning in the debt of it. So he decides to kill himself by burning down the house while he is sitting in his truck in the garage. After the fire gets going, he chickens out and drives out into the woods behind his house and tries to stab himself in the gut instead. By this point someone has noticed what is going on (rural and things are spread out so a house burning down isn't going to be noticed until things are going along and someone happens to look). The guy survived, not sure what kind of trouble he was in but he was left with the debt and no house and possibly some criminal charges. He had a wife and kid who I think were out of town at the time, and I felt so bad for them that not only did their husband/father try to kill himself, he took their home too.

Fiance was supremely annoyed that the guy burned down the house he poured so much sweat into (yes I know the guy was mentally ill, he just had an emotional attachment to one of the first houses he built) and dragged me out there to see the damage. The trees surrounding the house were blackened, and the foundation was damaged. I wish I had managed to tell my Fiance that considering my own depression, going to see the remnants of someone's suicide attempt felt like getting punched in the gut  :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 02, 2011, 03:36:34 PM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.
I do hope you meant his garden hose.... ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 02, 2011, 03:45:36 PM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

That's exactly my reasoning :) .
Here in Maryland, when you call 911, they answer with "911, do you need police, fire, or ambulance?"  For a suicide like AK's, they'd send both police and ambulance.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 02, 2011, 03:48:11 PM
Wavicle, your story reminds me of something I read in a book about real-life cops and cop stories:

A cop's relative couldn't keep up the payments on his very expensive car, so he torched it for the insurance.

As it turns out, and as the cop informed him, it's NOT illegal to set fire to your own car, but it's EXTREMELY illegal to file an insurance claim afterward.

So the guy had to keep making the payments on a burned-up, nonfunctional, expensive car.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 02, 2011, 03:48:29 PM
My parents' farm is located about 15 minutes (driving) away from a juvenile detention facility, and every few years or more, we see the black helicopters that are out looking for escapees and get inside the house with the guns and the whatnot.  And always, like clockwork, the escapees try to break from our woods and across our pasture, only to get bogged down in the swamps and get caught.  You'd think they'd share this valuable information amongst themselves at some point.  One time, a kid got in the goat pasture, and discovered that goats have no sympathy for anyone, least of all those who are on the wrong side of the law.  He came to the main house and told us he was an escapee and waited patiently in the drive for the police to come.  Very few of the boys who escape are bad; 90% of them are just homesick and panicking over their situation is all. 

Another one is that one time, my mom answers the door to find a young man (about 15) wearing torn, filthy clothes and he's all dirty and scared.  He tells my mom that he's escaped from a basement that one of his step parents was keeping him in, and he was supposed to be living with his grandparents, but he was away for the summer or something, I can't remember too much.  Well, Mom can see a liar a mile away, and this boy was definitely not lying about having had something bad happen to him, but she didn't know what it could be (she didn't really believe the basement story, because that was a big story on the news at that moment).  She tried to call the police to help him, but he begged her not to, and asked if he could have a dollar to help him get to his mother's house in Cleveland, OH.  The kid was crying and panicked and everything, and Mom wound up calling the police, who got him, and Mom found out later that there was an investigation going on.  The kid had some sort of disorder, and while the police found no hard evidence of his mistreatment, he did wind up going back to his grandparents, and that's all they could say. 

We also had the guy a few miles away from us blow himself up in his End of Days bunker, complete with massive, illegal weapons cache because he was goofing around with some ancient gas generator, and it blew.  The blast could be heard for miles around.  Luckily, he lived alone in the middle of a very large property, so no one else was injured. 

In my current neighborhood, we have gun shots occasionally, and one time, the neighbors told me I missed a massive bust two streets down.  The police had organized themselves on our street (a very nice street, actually) and then charged over there.  There were rifles and massive SUVs and even horses, for cryin' out loud.  I asked if anyone got stabbed with a trident, but apparently, the police don't carry those, go figure. 

Last month, I was out on my porch when two men got into an argument while cleaning out a garage one street across from me, and one of the guys found a gun and accidentally discharged it.  The second guy took great offense and accused the first guy of trying to kill him, and so on and so forth.  Because I've lived an odd life, the sound of gunshots don't really bother me all that much, and because I'm an idiot who didn't want to miss out in case someone actually got shot, I remained outside, all while things are getting really heated, and one has the gun in hand and is sounding pretty threatening. But I ducked behind my crazy thick brick porch wall, cigarette dangling off my lip, and posted a short story entitled, "Why I'm Too Dumb to Live" to facebook about the experience as it was happening.  I'm a grade A dumb***, in other words.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 02, 2011, 04:01:18 PM
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 02, 2011, 04:21:03 PM
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg)

YIKES!  That is... wow... it's just...  You guys don't get much rain, do you?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Missyanthrope on August 02, 2011, 04:24:07 PM
Quote
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg

CRUD MONKEYS!, bandshide......WANT!!  (I know, I'm a tad off.  Currently my husband holds schematics for a HUGE 25 foot trebuchet he wants to build.  In our back yard.  I don't see this happening soon.  But we can dream!)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bookworm317 on August 02, 2011, 04:32:23 PM
The apartment I lived in before I was married.  One night my boyfriend was over and we were watching a movie when we heard what sounded like the "crash" of the garbage truck lifting the dumpster... except that instead of a single crash-bang, it went on and on and on and on and on...

Turned out that a woman had accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes when she had intended to turn into the gas station next door to the apartment complex.  So she'd hit the corner of a parked car hard enough to cause it to hit the car in front of it, that car to hit the car in front of it, etc., so that seven cars parallel-parked in a row all banged into each other.  But hitting the parked car hadn't been enough to stop her.   She'd barreled across the lawn, gone up a hill, through a chain-link fence, and into the corner of the apartment building.

I suspect she was drunk.  Or something.  Because I don't understand how you could accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, right after you came around a corner (so she shouldn't have been going too fast to begin with), hit a car, and keep going about 100 feet over rough terrain (hopping a curb, going up a hill and through a fence) without managing to brake the car until you hit a building.

When I was a kid, I remember hearing a story that happened in my city but not my neighborhood.  An older woman was taking a shower when a man broke into her house and went into her bathroom.  She stormed out of the bathroom.  "How dare you, break into an old woman's house and scare her half to death!  You ought to be ashamed of yourself, you rapscallion!  Who is your mother, because she needs to know what a scamp she has raised!  You young people have no respect for the elderly, you naughty boy!  How dare you startle an old woman in the shower!  I could have had a heart attack!"   Etc.  The whole time, she is bearing down on him, shaking her fist in his face.  She backs him all the way down the stairs, out of the house, and stands in the front yard screaming at him as he drives off.  I totally want to be that woman when I'm old.  Although I think I'd rip off the shower curtain to cover myself before I chased him all the way outside.  :)

MommyPenguin, I wanna be her, too!  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Spriggy on August 02, 2011, 04:36:07 PM
My former place of residence.  My door is the one on the left, the boa was loose on in the townhouse on the right.   

http://www.kmbc.com/news/23038651/detail.html

And yes I did check my toliet every time I went to the rest room.  (They found the snake a week later).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: mechtilde on August 02, 2011, 04:40:08 PM
A police cordon, after they had had to evacuate part of the village due to a fire near some gas containers.

Or maybe the time a murder suspect tried to hide in the woods nearby- cars, helicopter, all sorts.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 04:55:30 PM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

That's exactly my reasoning :) .
Here in Maryland, when you call 911, they answer with "911, do you need police, fire, or ambulance?"  For a suicide like AK's, they'd send both police and ambulance.

I'm sure they'd do that in most places, but it wasn't about what was sent but what the guy told AK he had requested.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: soupmom on August 02, 2011, 05:11:31 PM
I believe I've shared this story before, but it's been a while.  It's long, sorry, but it's quite a story.

DH and I bought our house in a quiet neighborhood several years ago.  Soon after we moved in, we started hearing from the neighbors "gossip" about our next-door neighbor that turned out to be true.  She'd had multiple husbands and had a rathered checkered career.  Took us a while to meet her (well, we did move in at Thanksgiving...).  Anyway, by springtime current husband was gone.  She and her grown kids moved out a lot of stuff, including a hot tub out of the back deck (that was interesting, there's about 6 feet between the sides of our houses). 

So she left, and then "friends" of hers moved in -- she allowed them, but she was in foreclosure and was drawing it out as long as possible (this was long before the housing crisis).  The friends were a group of young people, not too difficult to live next to, although we could periodically smell recreational substances coming from the back deck, and the guy started his van at 5:30 am every morning by hammering under it for about 20 minutes while cursing loudly.  They had a dog who frequently got loose and got the cops called on them because of the leash law.  After almost a year,  the bank finally got the house back in foreclosure, then it went up for auction for back taxes and a man down the street bought it to "flip".

The new owner fixed it up very nicely and sold it to Sean and Erica.  Then the fun started.  They brushed me and DH off when we went to introduce ourselves the weekend they moved in, but we chalked it up to busyness.  We did get to a point where we spoke regularly when we saw each other outside.   When they had a maple tree taken down in their front yard, they gave us the firewood for our fireplace.  It was hard to keep up with exactly who was living there at times; Sean was the main owner and occupant, sometimes Erica was there, then she would be gone for a while and another woman would be living there, then Erica would reappear.  Erica had a middle school aged son and an infant when they moved in, and the kids disappeared and reappeared sporadically too.  Sean and Erica did have a dog that they took good care of, and we had no problems with him.

Things went along quietly for a couple of years.  Then one summer I started having trouble sleeping at night, and was often up after midnight.  I started noticing lots of traffic coming to Sean's house.  People would get out of the car, go to the front door and knock, then leave very quickly -- usually about a minute, no more than 90 seconds later.  As I noticed this pattern, I mentioned to DH that I thought Sean and Erica might be dealing drugs -- it fit the pattern.

DH was unhappy that this was going on in our neighborhood.  Unknown to me, he decided to do something about it.  He called our local police to talk to them about it.  They said they'd look into it.  He also identified some of the cars that were regulars and started taking photos of them and their drivers from our son's bedroom window.  However, we didn't own a digital camera, but instead an ancient 35 mm.  It clicked loudly when the photo was taken, and DH wasn't very careful.  Sean and his friends realized what was going on.  While I was away at a conference, DH was intimidated by a couple of Sean's friends.  He didn't want to back down, but I made him promise to cool it.  Our older son was getting married in about a month, and I didn't want any difficulties while we had a house full of out-of-state relatives.  So DH agreed to cool it.

We got through the wedding with no problems.  Then a couple of weeks later, Sean stuck a note in our mailbox saying that he was sorry he hadn't been putting his trash out at the curb, that he was having a dispute with the trash collection company contracted by our town, and that he would get the trash taken care of soon.  We didn't realize there was a problem -- turns out he had been storing trash on the other side of his house, and the other neighbors were complaining. 

Then one Friday evening, Sean stuck a note in our front door saying that he and his family were going out of town, and that all the issues such as trash would be dealt with as soon as they got home on Sunday.  Sean, Erica and some of their friends hopped in their cars and left.  All was quiet until Saturday night.  About 8 pm, a couple of police cars showed up in front of their house, and officers knocked on the door.  DH went out to tell them Sean & crew had left town the night before.  Police thanked DH, then asked him to go back inside.  We watched as three more police cars showed up and officers stood around in the yard, until about 9 pm.  Then things got busy.  An officer with a search warrant showed up (all our windows were open, so we could hear most of their conversation).  The police went in and started searching the house.  The county's mobile crime lab truck showed up a while later. 

As the search went on, we'd hear the police calling to each other, "Hey, I found something in this bedroom"  or "Come check out what's in here" (remember, the houses are just a few feet apart).  Then, around 11 pm, all work stopped because they found a floor safe in the upstairs bedroom closest to our house.  They called in heavy equipment.  It was after midnight when a hydraulic jackhammer showed up on a trailer.  They jackhammered the safe out of the floor.  It took them about 45 minutes of continual work to get it out.  Nice way to spend a late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, listening to a jackhammer about 15 feet away from your bedroom window.  After the safe was out of the floor and opened, the police started calling to each other, "Hey I found some 100s with traces of cocaine on them" and similar statements.  We also heard them say they had torn open a 50-lb bag of dog food and run water in the bathtub for the dog that Sean and Erica had left in the house for the weekend. 

Finally, the search wrapped up about 2 am.  The next day, the police were back, looking for Sean and Erica. 
They were staked out down the street, but they asked us to let them know if we saw anyone.  All was quiet until after dinner.  I had to run to the store.  When I got there, I thought I saw Sean's car in the lot, but I wasn't positive.  In the store, I thought I saw him and Erica, but they were quickly leaving.  I finished my shopping and headed home. About a block from the house, I saw Erica running down the sidewalk with the dog.  She jumped in Sean's car and they took off.  Unfortunately, the police weren't around at the moment.

But the saddest part of the entire mess happened about an hour later.  Erica's middle school aged son came home from spending the weekend with a friend.  The friend's mother dropped him off and made tracks out of there, not even waiting until he got to the door.  Son went to the front door, tried to get in, rang the bell, pounded on the door, went around to the back door and tried to get in there.  He was locked out and no one was home.  DH and I had immediately called the police number when we saw him arrive, and the police showed up.  After talking with him, they called Erica's mother, who lived in the area, to come take him home with her.  The idea that Erica would risk arrest to grab the dog and leave her son to fend for himself still boggles my mind.

That was the last we saw of Sean and Erica.  We still weren't positive that he was wanted for drug dealing, but we strongly suspected it -- until the following weekend, when the local media broadcast that police were looking for Sean, who had been running a counterfeiting ring out of his home.  He and his crew had been passing 5s, 10s and 20s in the area.  That explained the "problems" with the trash collection.

Sean and Erica and their friends had left a few cars in the driveway and at the curb.  Over the next few weeks, they were all repossessed.  A couple of months after the search, the police brought a trash-hauling company in clean out the house.  We finally heard that Sean had been arrested in another state about three months after the search.

Forgot to mention, when Sean first moved in, he was a chef at a local restaurant.  Coincidentally, my older son, the one who got married during all of these events, is in food service and got a job at the restaurant where Sean had worked.  DH & I asked him to find out what they knew about Sean.  When our son asked, his boss immediately said, "You know Sean!  How do you know Sean?"  Once our son convinced him that we were just neighbors, they told him Sean had regularly stolen money from the restaurant, and was fired.  That's when his counterfeiting operation went into high gear.

Periodically we'd get phone calls from various "law offices" asking if we knew where Sean was ; most likely debt collectors.  We heard a rumor that he'd been convicted and went to prison; we believe it was his second offense due to some internet searching we'd done.  Amazingly, we discovered recently that yes, he had gone to prison, and while he was in there, he set up his next counterfeiting operation for when he got out.  Astonishingly, he served less than 4 years, then he and a prison buddy came back to this area, though not to this neighborhood thankfully, and started counterfeiting $100 bills that were supposed to fool counterfeit detecting pens.  The prison buddy turned informant for the police, and Sean was busted again.  I hope he's in for a good long time now.

The house was foreclosed on and flipped again, and an older couple bought it for their daughter and son-in-law.  They've been here a couple of years, and are a true delight with a couple of young children.  We are friendly with them, and extremely thankful we finally have good, normal neighbors.  They did find $100 bills stuffed in the electrical outlets when they were preparing the nursery for their second child...they were counterfeit.

Thanks for reading this novella.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on August 02, 2011, 05:16:52 PM

3 - A row of a about 20 cars pulled up at the stop sign across from my house one night about 2am.  Everyone got out of the cars and started dancing to some music I couldn't hear, then after about 5 mins got back into their cars and all drove off.


This sounds like it could be a flash mob thing.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wulfie on August 02, 2011, 05:21:24 PM
I have a few of them.

1) I came out of the kitchen one day to see a cop car parked in front of my truck. Being curious I walked to the door and saw another car behind my truck and a couple of cops on the street looking back at my house. I went out front and asked if I could help them. They proceeded to ask me if I knew of someone running around the neighborhood with a gun! NOPE! They had gotten reports of my neighbor running around with a gun. They asked if someone was holding my family hostage inside and
that I needed to tell them no or they would be harmed. I assured them that this was not the case and that if someone was holding them hostage I would figure out some way to signal them. I advised them that there is a gate at the end of our yard leading into the neighbors yard in the trees as we used to help the former owners with blackberry control.  They were welcome to use it. 

I went inside, locked the doors and ran downstairs to shut everything down there as well. WulfieMan said he had heard the neighbors teenage kids playing with plastic squirt guns and yelling “I’m gonna shoot you with my gun!” Someone must have heard them and called the cops. WulfieMan went out to let the cops know and saw them climbing the stairs next door and about 6 cops with guns drawn. It was pretty scary.

2) Came home one night after dinner (7 or 8 pm) to see the road in front of the house closed down and cops and ambulances everywhere. We had to park a couple of blocks away and prove that we lived in our house to get past the police lines. It appears that 3 kids stole a car and when they tried to make the left turn onto our street, didn't do to good of a job of it. They took out the car sitting in the left turn lane on our street, bounced off the curb behind my truck, Hit another car in the turn lane, bounced around and hit the bus stop a few yards in front of my truck (Yea! My truck was spared) took out the neighbor's fence and the bus stop, bounced back and hit yet another car. And came to rest in the neighbor's driveway. The kids then took off down the street on foot. The cops were not sure if the couple in the 3rd car were going to make it so they were there all night doing an investigation. When I left for work at 6 am they were just taking down the blockage so I was able to leave.

3) This happened years ago when I was in high school. This was Pre-911  My dad was out of town for work and on Saturday nights, my brother would stay up late
watching war movies in the family room. He suddenly heard a knock at our back door and looked up to see our neighbor standing there. He answered the door to hear neighbor say that he had been shot. Brother didn't know what to do so he went to wake up my mom. Mom is blind without her glasses so she saw my brother shaking her and a large black man behind him. She screamed which woke me up and ran around the bed to get close enough to realize it was Neighbor. He had jumped the 7 foot wood fence between both yards and come over to get help. Mom called for an ambulance and neighbor survived. Turns out later that neighbor (who we had been good friends with) was dealing drugs and it was a drug deal gone bad. The whole family had major issues in the next few years and last I heard almost all of them were in jail for one thing or another including their son (my brother's best friend) murdering a woman who was waving at a friend on the street corner. They thought she was thowing gang signs in their turf so they killed her.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wavicle on August 02, 2011, 05:30:25 PM
The family drug deal reminds me of another one! I am not sure where the actual crimes occurred but it indirectly involved my house.

My mom works at a high school and was friendly with one of her aides. Her aide had two kids around my age, and my parents paid them to cat sit while we were on vacation a few times. They had keys to our house because of this. Around the time I was in high school, the mom was fired for calling out constantly.

Fast forward to 2009, my junior year of college. Reading the local newspaper online I see that mom and son had been arrested for robbing a convenience store, mom was the getaway car driver. I called my mom, and she said "Oh yeah, they've had problems with drugs for years. That's why we changed the lock that time." Turns out the son and I think his sister had already had trouble with the law for breaking into dead people's houses during their funerals to rob them for drug money  :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jpcher on August 02, 2011, 05:48:36 PM
I woke up in bed one night. Because I couldn't breathe. As I was groggily coming out of my sleep I realized I couldn't move, either.

Then, I realized that I couldn't move because there was a heavy weight on top of me and I couldn't breathe because something was holding my lips together.

Fortunately I was able to get a hand loose and rip off the duct tape that was covering my mouth. Fortunately I was able to scream as I tried to ward off the worst of the blows while the intruder was smacking me on my head with a roll of duct tape.

Most fortunately, it was a comfortable night and all the windows were open* so my upstairs neighbors heard my screams for help and started making a racket upstairs. Yelling "Are you okay?" Stomping their feet, etc. (They called the police.)

The intruder ran away. And got away. They never caught him.

Fortunately, I ended up with only a concussion and a few bruises.




Yup. That's the scariest thing that ever happened in my n'hood.




*Unfortunately the windows were open . . . I had the window next to my back door open and the intruder simply snipped the screen, reached in and unlocked my door.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on August 02, 2011, 05:54:10 PM
When I was about 12, we had some lowlifes who lived down the road from us. They had a foster daughter my age, and we were vaguely aware that she was not being treated well. Well, one night the foster mom physically attacked her, hitting her, tearing at her clothes, and scratching her face. "Megan" ran away from the house (in the rain, in winter) and ran to our house because she couldn't think of anything else to do. Imagine me coming home from swim team practice, to the shocking sight of my mom and a girl I knew, sitting in our living room crying and holding a towel to her face.

There weren't really procedures in place for child-abuse emergencies in that time and place, but my mother called a friend who worked for DFACS. She called someone who came and got Megan, and got her to a new foster home that night.

The new foster home was very kind to her. She appeared at school a few days later in nice new clothes and with a smile on her face. They adopted her eventually. She's one of my Facebook friends now and has a family of her own.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: soupmom on August 02, 2011, 06:40:33 PM
Just remembered this one...

This happened each fall down the road from the subdivision DH & I lived in located in a Southern state.

The subdivison had been part of a farm, and one of the farm family members, an older woman, lived in a house next to the last remaining part of the farm, a cornfield.  The road leading to the subdivision made a 90-degree left turn at her house, which was about 25 feet back from the road with a large oak tree in the front yard.

Every November we lived there, about two weeks before Thanksgiving, her family would butcher a hog for her in her front yard.  They'd string up the hog in the oak tree and let things drain into a kettle underneath.  This would usually take a day or so.  Then they'd take the hog down, cut it up and start roasting and cooking appropriate sections.  The entire process took almost a whole week.

People who probably didn't want to see the up-close mechanics of hog butchering got to anyway since we had to slow down substantially to safely make the sharp curve.  If you didn't slow down, you ended up in the cornfield, which DH & I did late one night in a thick fog (I kept tellling him he needed to make the curve and he didn't believe me).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LibChick on August 02, 2011, 07:16:38 PM
When I lived with my parents (but was not home) a rabid raccoon came right up to their front door! They had to call animal control, who shot it on the front lawn. They had to clean up the mess with bleach.

Before I moved to Missouri, I lived my entire life in the town where this happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: R_Suerte on August 02, 2011, 07:37:28 PM
I was driving home late one night.  I saw a man and a woman struggling in the middle of the street.  I drove my car towards them and separated them with my car.  She jumps in the passenger seat and screams "DRIVE."  He punches in the driver's side window and there is glass all over me.  I floor the gas pedal and he grabs onto the side mirror to keep from falling off.  She's still screaming "DRIVE", he's screaming "STOP." My plan was to speed up the car and then slam on the brakes.  After I gained speed, he just let go and rolled on the street.

I drove back to the original scene with the woman.  She was hysterical and there were cop cars all over the place.  They treated her for head wounds and treated him for mutiple bumps and bruises.  I just brushed all the glass off myself.

Turns out she was a prostitute and he was a customer and they got in an argument.  Charges were filed, I went to court and eventually he paid restitution to fix my window.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: otterwoman on August 02, 2011, 07:49:09 PM
When I was about 12, we had some lowlifes who lived down the road from us. They had a foster daughter my age, and we were vaguely aware that she was not being treated well. Well, one night the foster mom physically attacked her, hitting her, tearing at her clothes, and scratching her face. "Megan" ran away from the house (in the rain, in winter) and ran to our house because she couldn't think of anything else to do. Imagine me coming home from swim team practice, to the shocking sight of my mom and a girl I knew, sitting in our living room crying and holding a towel to her face.

There weren't really procedures in place for child-abuse emergencies in that time and place, but my mother called a friend who worked for DFACS. She called someone who came and got Megan, and got her to a new foster home that night.

The new foster home was very kind to her. She appeared at school a few days later in nice new clothes and with a smile on her face. They adopted her eventually. She's one of my Facebook friends now and has a family of her own.

I am so glad there was a happy ending to this.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: fey01 on August 02, 2011, 08:00:58 PM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.

In my parents' neighborhood, there is another older gentleman who rides his bike in nothing but a thong. The first couple of times I saw him, I had to do a double take because I thought he was naked.

Im not sure "old man in a thong" is a better option than "naked old man."

I had to ask my father if I saw what I thought I saw, and he said 'Nah, he's in a thong,' in a casual way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on August 02, 2011, 08:05:04 PM
jpcher, I think that is one of, if not the most, scary thing I have read in this thread  :o  Good grief, it literally made me shudder.  ((((Hugs)))) because that must have been terrifying.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LEMon on August 02, 2011, 08:22:45 PM
We lived in a four-plex in the upstairs unit, so we live over a couple, the manager lives across from us, and there was another unit downstairs front.  Brand-new baby at the time.

I got up to feed him in the middle of the night.  I wore 24 hour contacts plus was sleep deprived so I first thought the 'fog' I saw was from that.  No, something was on fire below the window.  Husband got manager up, and he put out the folding chair that was on fire.  All seemed well so we went back to sleep.  To be awoken by the yelling below us.  Both of us went down since we knew the couple.  Drunk husband who hadn't been there was yelling at wife.  Totally an irrational.  (Don't remember if we had to call the cops to get him to leave her alone or not.)

All seems well, till several weeks later we are woken up by a fireman banging on our door.  There is a fire in our carport.  I realize that it is just below our (very kind) manager's apartment and he is not out here.  Firemen had to break down his door and wake him.  I take my baby and go to a friend's.  Husband spots 'drunk husband' on the street and mentions it to 'wife neighbor'.  She goes off on 'drunk husband'.  He wasn't supposed to be anywhere near her.  Cops check his vehicle.  Yup, he set the fire.

Insurance had a fun time with two melted tires and bubbled paint on our car.  Hers, of course, was the one torched and ours had been parked beside it.

But I was always so glad I realized manager wasn't there.  Scares me to think he could have died.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kkl123 on August 02, 2011, 08:42:38 PM
Sitting in the (west-facing) living room and hearing the tornado sirens go off.  Heading for the basement through the (east-facing) kitchen and realizing that the trees in the backyard were blowing in a direction opposite to the trees in the front yard.  Sitting down in the basement under a heavy workbech for what felt like years while the tornado went overhead -- luckily, without touching down.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MsCopper on August 02, 2011, 09:08:33 PM
When I lived with my parents (but was not home) a rabid raccoon came right up to their front door! They had to call animal control, who shot it on the front lawn. They had to clean up the mess with bleach.

Before I moved to Missouri, I lived my entire life in the town where this happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire)

One of my good friends was supposed to be at that show. He got called into work. I remember how angry he was when I talked to him. The next day He was speechless. Such a horrible fire. Horrible. :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LibChick on August 02, 2011, 09:13:10 PM
When I lived with my parents (but was not home) a rabid raccoon came right up to their front door! They had to call animal control, who shot it on the front lawn. They had to clean up the mess with bleach.

Before I moved to Missouri, I lived my entire life in the town where this happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire)

One of my good friends was supposed to be at that show. He got called into work. I remember how angry he was when I talked to him. The next day He was speechless. Such a horrible fire. Horrible. :(



I knew a few people who were there and thankfully got out. That was a really horrible night.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MsCopper on August 02, 2011, 09:47:46 PM
When I lived with my parents (but was not home) a rabid raccoon came right up to their front door! They had to call animal control, who shot it on the front lawn. They had to clean up the mess with bleach.

Before I moved to Missouri, I lived my entire life in the town where this happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire)

It was a tragedy that could have been avoided. So sad. I'm glad your friends made it out safely! I remember the news comparing it to the coconut grove fire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoanut_Grove_fire 

One of my good friends was supposed to be at that show. He got called into work. I remember how angry he was when I talked to him. The next day He was speechless. Such a horrible fire. Horrible. :(



I knew a few people who were there and thankfully got out. That was a really horrible night.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: alkira6 on August 02, 2011, 09:54:20 PM
Hmm,

While Dh(then BF) and I were still in college, we lived in housing right off campus. The area we lived in was a mishmash of Victorian houses converted into apartments, single family homes, duplexes, and small apartment buildings.  We lived in the bottom floor of a large Victorian.

Over the course of seven months there was:

The Fire: The single family house across the street from us caught on fire. We came to find out that they were not only selling pot that they grew in the basement (we already knew this) but also cooking meth (which we did not know).

The Shootout: I was at home asleep when I was woken up by squealing tires and crashing sounds. I go out on the front porch, and there are 4 cop cars surrounding a gun-weilding guy. I promply hit the floor and went back in, thank you very much. I called BF and informed him that I was moving and that he was welcome to come along if he wanted to, mostly due to...

The Dead Guy: BF was at work and I had gone out for some Taco Bell.  On the way back into our house, you have to go through an alley. Well at the mouth of the alley that I had to turn into, there was an ambulance and a cop car. Oh, yeah, and a dead guy laid out of the sidewalk. A homeless guy had apparently frozen to death beside a dumpster in the alley and some student walking home had found him.

These three things combined to make us move.

Now, years later, we are living in a really rundown neighborhood. We had rented a house and it didn't seem too bad. But, the first day I was in the backyard with the dog and a really rough looking man came up and said he needed to talk to me. I told him that, no, he really didn't, and he needed to leave. He proceeds to open the gate and come into the yard. He is warned that I will release my dog if he doesn't leave. He comes at me and I release my dog.

Did I mention that my dog is an extremely protective lab/Shepard mix?  >:D He had the guy on his back screaming like a wee little girl in seconds. The guy got away when I went inside to call the police. When they arrived they were more concerned about me showing proof that he had had his shots and had had some sort of training than they were about the crackhead who came into my yard.  ::)

We also had the rat lady next door, who was convinced that us feeding our dog was producing the rats under her house. No lady, if our dog can snatch crows out of the air and kill them when they try for his food, I'm sure that rats wouldn't stand a chance.

Ya know, reading this makes me really glad that we built our house on the edge of the city. Too many neighbors make the crazy. (then again, our current neighbor tried to fence off half of our yard and got mad when I protested, so maybe a nice yurt somewhere is the way to go.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: rain on August 02, 2011, 10:18:11 PM
(then again, our current neighbor tried to fence off half of our yard and got mad when I protested, so maybe a nice yurt somewhere is the way to go.)

you've got to post that story somewhere - the "snowflakes" thread perhaps - or its own thread 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MinAvi on August 02, 2011, 10:49:24 PM
The day I moved out of home into a shared unit with friends was pretty scary.

We got to sit on our balcony and watch the police and STAR Force (Aussie SWAT) block off the main road we were living on and as a guy got off the bus he was surrounded by all these police with automatic weapons drawn.

They eventually released him, and it turned out he was our downstairs neighbour! (Who turned out to be a horror, but that is another story!)

We found out later from some other neighbours that Horror Neighour worked in the infectious diseases unit of the hospital and was of the same nationality as those who caused the 9/11 tragedy. Since this was only a couple of months after 9/11 I guess they were on high alert.

It was quite a site to see!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LEMon on August 02, 2011, 10:52:13 PM
Regarding Alkira6's fence, try
http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=80637.msg1914342#msg1914342
#39
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: dawnfire on August 02, 2011, 11:23:29 PM
psychological intervention
This happened regularly when were living in a place 10 years ago. The guy on the corner was a paranoid schizophrenic who regularly when off his meds and *uh hum* self medicated with legal and illegal drugs. It usually culminated with him having a complete psycotic break, where they had to bring in what looked like a swat team to take him in for treatment.  This happened every 9 months or so.

upper combucketer west carpark aka nice parking up this tree
My old street is in the forest and is the valley between some very steep mountains. The houses were built on the sides of the mountains. The driveways wove their way down to the road. It had been a wet autumn. It had rained constantly  for about 4 days. It had reached a point where a critical mass had been obtained and a flash flood stuck. In the house down the road one of their car got picked up by the flood, carried down the driveway, through the fence (the driveway curved here), through the forest ending up  vertically resting on a tree. It was the strangest sight to see.

a town combines to catch a gunman
The basic lowdown a gunman on the run from Melbourne (which is only 20 or so km away). comes to town and is sighted by a few locals. The schools (2 primary and 1 secondry) and the nursing home went into lockdown. The local never comfronted him just kept the police appraised of the sightings and he was eventally caught at the far edge to town
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/armed-police-attend-whittlesea-a-day-after-teen-gunmans-rampage/story-e6frf7jo-1225882756566
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: violinp on August 02, 2011, 11:47:52 PM
Quite a few times in my childhood, a woman attempted to kill herself. It almost was as normal as going to school in the morning - she would try twice a year, and the ambulance always came with lights flashing. It was actually really sad, though...I had to wonder what was so bad in this woman's life that twice a year, she'd try to kill herself, but no one seemed to be getting her any real help.  :'(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 03, 2011, 12:24:09 AM
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg)

YIKES!  That is... wow... it's just...  You guys don't get much rain, do you?

Nope. It stays nice and shiny.  :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 03, 2011, 03:59:23 AM
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg)

YIKES!  That is... wow... it's just...  You guys don't get much rain, do you?
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Was my bad attempt at a "misdirected shock" joke... referencing the really dry grasses *behind* the guillotine.

Nope. It stays nice and shiny.  :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Linley on August 03, 2011, 06:28:54 AM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.
I do hope you meant his garden hose.... ;D

I had to read that story multiple times before I realized what kind of hose fey01 was talking about.  ;)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on August 03, 2011, 09:49:38 AM
jpcher!   :o  I can't even comprehend how terrifying that must have been.

The rabid raccoon story reminded me of something that happened in a n'hood not far from mine.

A few years ago, a cougar wandered into a residential neighborhood and was roaming around people's backyards.  Animal Control came in and removed the animal but I get sick to my stomach just thinking about how easily this could have been worse than it was. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 03, 2011, 09:50:53 AM
We had an older man living on our cul de sac a few years ago. His neighbor had left her grill too close to their shared fence and the fence caught on fire. He ran out of his front door wearing nothing but a short, frilly skirt and used his hose to put out the fire.
I do hope you meant his garden hose.... ;D

I had to read that story multiple times before I realized what kind of hose fey01 was talking about.  ;)

Me too, I was sitting there thinking, "But wouldn't they melt?  And they'd just fly up everywhere... that's not heavy enough to squish a fire... do cross-dressers have different type of hose?  Hrrrmmmmmm...."  ::)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 03, 2011, 12:51:28 PM
jpcher!   :o  I can't even comprehend how terrifying that must have been.

The rabid raccoon story reminded me of something that happened in a n'hood not far from mine.

A few years ago, a cougar wandered into a residential neighborhood and was roaming around people's backyards.  Animal Control came in and removed the animal but I get sick to my stomach just thinking about how easily this could have been worse than it was. 

I once worked for a dog rescue group and took an Anatolian shepherd from the pound to foster for them. He'd been caught in a relatively rural part of the city and had been captured after a helicopter chase - he was so big he'd been called in as a mountain lion.

So of course I named him Puma.

This is an Anatolian shepherd:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/Anatolian-Shepherd.jpg)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jaxsue on August 03, 2011, 01:39:31 PM
jpcher!   :o  I can't even comprehend how terrifying that must have been.

The rabid raccoon story reminded me of something that happened in a n'hood not far from mine.

A few years ago, a cougar wandered into a residential neighborhood and was roaming around people's backyards.  Animal Control came in and removed the animal but I get sick to my stomach just thinking about how easily this could have been worse than it was. 

I once worked for a dog rescue group and took an Anatolian shepherd from the pound to foster for them. He'd been caught in a relatively rural part of the city and had been captured after a helicopter chase - he was so big he'd been called in as a mountain lion.

So of course I named him Puma.

This is an Anatolian shepherd:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/Anatolian-Shepherd.jpg)

He's beautiful! What kind of disposition does this breed have?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Miss Misery on August 03, 2011, 01:45:56 PM
One morning I had just woken up when there was a knock on my apartment door. I look through the peephole to see two U.S. Marshals. I opened the door and they showed me a picture of some young man and asked if I had seen him around. The answer was no, I had never seen him. They thanked me and went on their merry way.

It just wasn't something I expected at 8 in the morning.   ::)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kimblee on August 03, 2011, 01:46:54 PM
jpcher!   :o  I can't even comprehend how terrifying that must have been.

The rabid raccoon story reminded me of something that happened in a n'hood not far from mine.

A few years ago, a cougar wandered into a residential neighborhood and was roaming around people's backyards.  Animal Control came in and removed the animal but I get sick to my stomach just thinking about how easily this could have been worse than it was. 

I once worked for a dog rescue group and took an Anatolian shepherd from the pound to foster for them. He'd been caught in a relatively rural part of the city and had been captured after a helicopter chase - he was so big he'd been called in as a mountain lion.

So of course I named him Puma.

This is an Anatolian shepherd:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/Anatolian-Shepherd.jpg)

He's beautiful! What kind of disposition does this breed have?

Ours is sweeter than pie to the family, but downright dangerous to anyone who even looks at her people/yard/goats funny. (And the nieghbors... the ones that barely know her name? Yeah, those belong to her too.)

Oh, and they seem to need teritory. Ours one day decided the neighbor's kids belonged to her, and when a diffrent neighbor's vicious dog came into the yard and started growling and snapping at the running five year old she...

Well, the other dog didn't make it, and in fact I wouldn;t have even guessed it was a dog by the remains.  :-\

Oddly, this is the same dog that allows the neighbor kids to use her as a bench and helps clean baby goats so gently that she doesn't even make them sway.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kari on August 03, 2011, 02:08:06 PM
Growing up, my best friend lived next door, but we had grown apart by junior high. She fell into a rougher crowd and eventually certain mental problems became apparent. It culminated one day in our late teens when my mom and I heard screaming from next door. We heard loud threats and called the police, but the dispatcher informed us that another neighbor was already ahead of us in that matter. It turned out that my ex-best friend snapped and was chasing her parents around the house with a knife. She had to be dragged out into a paddy wagon. And that didn't go well. She screamed the whole way, said the cops were hurting her, begged to get her cigarettes and managed to escape back into the house. It took at least five cops to get her into the wagon. Meanwhile the neighborhood had gathered to watch, upsetting her mother, who started screaming at everyone for gawking. I remember crying and feeling helpless for my old friend through it all. She was taken to a local hospital for psychological treatment for a while. While she had several minor incidents after that, none were as dramatic.

At the same house, I once heard a helicopter hover just above my bedroom window while I was in there reading. When I peeked out to see what was going on, I heard a voice as if it were coming through a megaphone say "Get back in the car, and don't try anything funny." I couldn't see anything, but it seemed as though a police copter above my house was monitoring someone on the street behind my house.

My current neighborhood is relatively quiet, but we've had a few troubling incidents recently. One, a man was found shot dead in a dumpster at the hopital up the street from me. The investigation determined that he crawled in there to commit suicide.

At the local bar where I play trivia once a week, a waitress was abducted and forced to drive up the road into the next city. When she crossed city lines, she knew he was planning to kill her, so she rolled out of the car and escaped with minor injuries. This happened late on trivia night, on a night I skipped going for a reason I now forget. The time she was abducted was the time I'd usually be leaving, by myself, for the walk home.

And in the neighborhood mall, we recently had a teen jump off the top floor of the parking garage in front of all his friends. Lucikly, for him he survived. Yes, drugs were involved.   
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kingsrings on August 03, 2011, 02:15:59 PM
A few months ago, my normally nice, decent neighbor guy stopped taking his bi-polar medication. That along with having several stressful situations in his life finally sent him over the edge one day. I’m sitting in my bedroom, when I hear this guy constantly screaming out his name over and over again. I look out my window, and it’s this neighbor guy walking around our complex courtyard doing that. I go to call our landlord, but no one is answering, so I go and look out my bedroom again. Now the guy is walking around buck naked! And I just had to look out my window right as he’s walking toward the window, ugh. Then our landlord and maintenance guy are trying to corral him and get him to put his clothes back on. Of course the police are called and take him away on a 5150. Poor guy.

One funny comment made though, and I posted this on this forum already – our macho maintenance guy was talking later about trying to get him to put his clothes back on and said, “There’s nothing ever good about having to see another dude naked”.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Seraphia on August 03, 2011, 02:47:36 PM
This wasn't my neighborhood, but it was certainly one of the weirdest things I've ever seen.

My co-workers and I were on a moving job in one of the more decayed areas of a big city. We were moving a pastor and his family out of the rectory of an older church, obviously built when times had been much better. As my co-worker and I were working in the living room, she happened to look out the window.

"Is that what I think it is?" Pastor moseys to the window.
"Nope, she's a cop. You watch, another cop will be around in a minute or two."

 :o When I peeked out, I was witnessing a pr*stitution sting go down in real time. An unmarked car pulled around the corner and blocked the man who had pulled over to chat with the woman. The man was then removed from his car and popped into the police car. When we asked the pastor how he knew it was a sting, he explained: the woman was too healthy-looking to be in the business for real. He also admitted that was a large part of the reason they were moving. He had young kids, and they could tell the pr*stitutes from the police as well, having watched so many busts.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wavicle on August 03, 2011, 02:58:51 PM
Oddly, this is the same dog that allows the neighbor kids to use her as a bench and helps clean baby goats so gently that she doesn't even make them sway.

Not so odd, they are a guardian breed. I think they are listed in my Storey's Guide on goats as one of breed profiles for herd guardians. While they need to be tough enough to take on any threats they also need to not hurt the goats/sheep/whatever they are guarding..
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on August 03, 2011, 03:08:46 PM
jpcher!   :o  I can't even comprehend how terrifying that must have been.

The rabid raccoon story reminded me of something that happened in a n'hood not far from mine.

A few years ago, a cougar wandered into a residential neighborhood and was roaming around people's backyards.  Animal Control came in and removed the animal but I get sick to my stomach just thinking about how easily this could have been worse than it was. 

I once worked for a dog rescue group and took an Anatolian shepherd from the pound to foster for them. He'd been caught in a relatively rural part of the city and had been captured after a helicopter chase - he was so big he'd been called in as a mountain lion.

So of course I named him Puma.

This is an Anatolian shepherd:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/Anatolian-Shepherd.jpg)

He's beautiful! What kind of disposition does this breed have?

He is beautiful!  I love big dogs. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 03, 2011, 03:40:23 PM
I once worked for a dog rescue group and took an Anatolian shepherd from the pound to foster for them. He'd been caught in a relatively rural part of the city and had been captured after a helicopter chase - he was so big he'd been called in as a mountain lion.

So of course I named him Puma.

This is an Anatolian shepherd:

(http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz144/Packie_Rattie/Anatolian-Shepherd.jpg)

He's beautiful! What kind of disposition does this breed have?

They're livestock guardian dogs, bred to work independently in the field. This makes them very intelligent, very protective, highly enterprising and disinclined to listen to anything you say.

For instance, one day when I was out of the house, Puma decided he wanted out of the house too. I came home to him in the backyard, holes bitten THROUGH the brass back doorknob, the cable wiring torn completely out of the 1/2-inch hole that might have served as an exit, and a crank window broken in the process of him squeezing out through it.

He was glad to see me.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: AreaWoman on August 03, 2011, 05:19:13 PM
I just wanted to add a strange one from my neighborhood.  As BG, housing prices in my city are very high.  About five or six years ago, a young couple bought a house a block down from us in an estate sale.  The house had been constructed in the 1910's and had never received any real maintenance or repair.  It was very attractive, though, as it was apparently the cheapest house in the city.  They decided to do all the repairs themselves, including replacement of the foundation.  That would have been somewhat reasonable, had they known what they were doing, but they did not, as evidenced by the fact that they used automotive jacks to hold the house up while doing foundation repair.  The house collapsed and slid into the neighbors.  It was actually not terribly loud -- we just heard a mild rumbling.

I also happened to see an undercover bust in action while walking the dog.  I saw an unmarked car parked on the street, and what I'm guessing was a cop pull on a wool cap just before walking up the street to a guy just standing there.  About thirty seconds after he starts talking to the guy, a second cop tells him he's under arrest (couldn't quite hear the conversation).  I was glad the cop didn't pull a gun!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jpcher on August 03, 2011, 05:30:52 PM
Then there was the time that a helicopter crashed on a house about two blocks away from where I live. The 3 people on board were killed, and the house was completely destroyed . . . The wife that lived there had just gone down into the basement to change a load of laundry. She was the only home and came out unharmed. Her house was the only one on the block that was damaged.

The talk about town was that this house was directly across the street from a park where there were about 5 little-league games in progress. Could you imagine the devastation that would have happened if the helicopter crashed into the field?



Another story -- a few years ago a father committed suicide. Before he killed himself, he set his wife and 4 year old child on fire (they were sleeping in the mom's bed) then spread gasoline throughout the rest of the house. The 12 year old daughter woke up and found her 8 year old brother in the smoke filled hallway. They were able to climb out of the daughter's window onto an overhang where the daughter jumped to the ground and ran for help.

These kids went to school with my DDs and they lived 1-1/2 block away.





(P.S. Thanks to those that responded to my earlier post. That happened almost 25 years ago, different 'hood than where I live now, but it still shakes me up when I think about it. Time and a bit of counseling helped me realize how fortunate I was.)





edited to change a word.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: furrcats on August 03, 2011, 05:49:53 PM
What a lovely dog  :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 03, 2011, 06:14:16 PM
The Exploding Trailer

Late afternoon on a weekend, my husband and I heard a loud BOOM shortly followed by sirens. Checking things out from our balcony, we saw a good-sized fire a few streets away. In the area where I live, boom + fire usually means that a meth lab has exploded, so that's what we assumed had happened.

The real story turned out to be much more absurd. A few days after the fire, we ran into our neighbor, who volunteers for the area Fire Department. He had responded to the trailer explosion and fire and arrived to find the owners of the place standing outside. He asked them how the fire had started and they replied that a snake had started it.

Additional probing revealed that the two men who owned the trailer used it primarily for storage. Two of the things they were storing were propane and gasoline. One of them had seen a snake crawl under the trailer, so they decided it would be a good idea to stick a lighted torch under there to scare the snake away.  ::)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 03, 2011, 06:30:42 PM
The Manhunt

The peace of an early evening was broken abruptly by the WHAP WHAP WHAP WHAP of a helicopter buzzing around our house. It wasn't the usual Border Patrol copter either, but one of the biiiiig military ones and it was making enough noise that my husband and I could barely hear each other speak.

We went up to the balcony (our usual vantage point) to see, in addition to the large copter, several Border Patrol copters. On the ground were literally dozens of armed men and cars from Border Patrol, Sheriff's Department, DEA, and I'm not sure what else. There were several canine units, also.

Noticing several of the armed men right outside our fence, we went out to the fence line to ask if they needed access to our property for anything. One of the DEA guys responded by saying, "Go back into your house. These guys are armed, they've killed some people, and we see their footprints right here on the road." (The roads out here are dirt, btw.)

As we headed back to our house, our tenant came stumbling out of his place, intoxicated and clad only in tighty whities ( :-\ ) asking what was going on. We repeated what the DEA guy had said, to which our tenant responded by slurring cheerfully, "Hey, I've got a gun too!" As if we needed any more encouragement to go inside and lock the doors...

Everything quieted down about 20 minutes later, so I assume they caught the guys.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 03, 2011, 06:54:58 PM
The Border Crossers

My place is about 30 minutes from the Mexican border so it's no surprise that on numerous occasions, we've run into folks who are trying to walk from Mexico to various points in southern Arizona. (I'm in the Tucson sector: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/Border_deaths.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/Border_deaths.jpg).) One encounter sticks in my memory more than the others.

A border crosser stopped by our place one very hot morning in June. He was not in good shape: weak, dehydrated, and barely able to remain standing. We were horrified and amazed to see that he had his dog with him. The dog appeared to be a Bulldog cross and was panting heavily, but otherwise didn't look too bad. Owner was asking for directions to Mesa, which is a two-hour drive from my place and he would be dead long before he could make it there.

We called for help. While we were waiting for someone to arrive, we rushed inside to get food and water for both the man and the dog. (And what does my husband offer the man? Crackers. Nice dry, salty crackers. Just what you'd want after walking through the hot desert with no water. I teased him about that for months.) The dog sucked down the food and water like he hadn't had any for days.

When help arrived, they loaded the man into an ambulance but no one was paying any attention to the dog. I couldn't come up with enough Spanish to ask the owner about him, but one of the paramedics did. Turns out the man had actually seen the dog for the first time about five minutes before arriving at our place. He belonged to one of our neighbors and had just decided to follow the guy. Then he pulled off the "poor immigrant dog" act well enough to score a large, free meal at our place.

I still see the dog sometimes.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on August 03, 2011, 08:41:41 PM
One morning I had just woken up when there was a knock on my apartment door. I look through the peephole to see two U.S. Marshals. I opened the door and they showed me a picture of some young man and asked if I had seen him around. The answer was no, I had never seen him. They thanked me and went on their merry way.

It just wasn't something I expected at 8 in the morning.   ::)

One morning at about 7:30 or 8 AM, someone knocked on our front door. I almost jumped out of my skin, because who knocks on your door at 8 AM? So I answered the door...guy shows me a badge and says, "Special Agent John Doe, FBI. Is Mr. Pinky here?"

 :o I went upstairs and woke DH up. "OK, honey, this'll wake you up. The FBI's at the door looking for you."

DH comes downstairs, and it turned out quickly that DH wasn't in trouble. A year or so earlier, my MIL had had a handgun stolen from her house. The gun was registered to DH. Someone had used it in a BANK ROBBERY and the FBI was just following the chain of evidence. DH wasn't a suspect, as he was 10 years older, 100 pounds heavier, and the wrong race, but it did make everyone's lives easier when he was able to give them a copy of the police report from when the gun was stolen.

The lousy part is that we never got the gun back, either. It's probably still languishing in an evidence locker.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MsCopper on August 03, 2011, 09:17:06 PM
I had forgotten all about this until my friend and I were talking about 9-11 calls earlier.
 I had just moved into a new town. This was 2004 or so. I was sitting in my living room watching tv in my PJ's when my front door crashes in. I jumped up to see Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMT's all coming towards me yelling "WHERE IS SHE!?"  I just looked at them scared out of my mind and yelled back "WHO"? It took them a second and they had realized they had the wrong address.

I live at 123 Smith place west. They were supposed to be at 123 Smith place. No West. Thankfully they had already sent emergency to the correct address. I guess a young girl was trying to commit suicide at that address. The Police and Fire personnel couldn't have been nicer. They kept apologizing for booting in my door. The city paid for the repairs. I'm still in the same house. And I've had to call 9-11 numerous times for car accidents. I've had the same officers show up and joke with me about my door. Pretty scary moment at the time though!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Malaika on August 03, 2011, 09:32:37 PM
I was driving to a dinner one night when I took the wrong exit off the interstate (though I didn't realize that at the time).  I topped a hill to find what looked like every cop car in my city down at the intersection (my city has 600,000 people within the limits).  Cop cars come rocketing past my car (now stopped in traffic), sirens blazing, every few seconds.  By the time I got away from the area, I estimated there were probably 50 or more cop cars from my city, the county and the state.  The police chopper is buzzing around and I finally figure out what's going on.  Two fugitives had escaped from a jail a couple of states over and for the past few days, moved around the region.  They had killed one person thus far and were considered very bad dudes.  They wrecked one of their getaway cars in a chase with police and tried to escape into some woods (which were actually on the corporate campus of my city's largest employer...they didn't get but a few feet from the road).  By the time I came along, they had been captured for 15-25 minutes so I wasn't in danger and just got to watch the spectacle. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on August 03, 2011, 09:52:19 PM
Interupting the burglary at my office was probably the most dramatic thing I've seen (probably for me AND the burglars).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: TexasRanger on August 03, 2011, 10:36:52 PM
When I lived in Lawton, OK:
The soldiers at FT. Sill missed the target with their 1,000lb artillery shell.
The guy a few blocks away killed his whole family
The transformer that blew next to our yard
Fire at a dairy farm a few miles away
Gunshots every night

Owasso, OK
The ice storm in 2007 that took out all the trees and telephone poles for miles.

Where I live now:
Fire a mile away
Near tornado that blew all the trees down where I work
Cougers screaming in the middle of the night
One of my favorite goats being torn to pieces by my landlords dog
 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Fluffy Cat on August 03, 2011, 11:43:30 PM
And there was this, less horrifying but still scary: Fire alarm started going off in my neighbor's condo and there was screaming, and noises of running around or banging things. I went to look and the front door was open, and my other neighbor (a nurse) was inside, smoke filling the place. It turned out there had been a grease fire and the girl threw water on it. She was OK in the end though. (After a trip to the ER.)

Was she frying pickles?  ;)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JadeAngel on August 04, 2011, 12:21:36 AM
This is the yard of one of my neighbors:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/3Points_neighbor_120605b.jpg)

YIKES!  That is... wow... it's just...  You guys don't get much rain, do you?

Nope. It stays nice and shiny.  :D

Wow... that's just an accident waiting to happen!  ;D

I have quite a few, but will settle for just these four;

#1
A few years ago when my city was hosting the Commonwealth Games security was being ramped up in preparation for the arrival of the athletes. It was quite surreal to be sitting in an outdoor cafe on the beach on a bright sunny Saturday morning and waving as a huge Blackhawk helicopter bristling with men in black body armor clutching automatic weaponry repeatedly flew past overhead...

#2
I was alone in my apartment one morning, and awoke to hear a sort of thumping at my back door, and also knocking at the front door. Fortunately I opened the front door first and was greeted by two police officers who advised me that my upstairs neighbour had called them because she had seen someone trying to break in through my back door. I let them in and they opened the backdoor, whereupon my would be burglar fled. But it was no matter because the upstairs neighbour who called the police recognised him, she worked at the pharmacy where he went to get his methadone, and was able to give a name as well as a full description.

#3
I was in the same apartment one evening when I heard the crash of breaking glass. Having rather more curiosity than sense I ventured out to investigate and discovered that someone had thrown a large rock through the front window of the rollerblade shop on the corner. As I was standing there, a second person has come up to the shop and started pulling the broken glass out of the frame. When I asked him what he was doing he told me that he was planning to steal some rollerblades since the window was already broken. I went back to the apartment and was talking to my upstairs neighbours I heard the shop alarm go off and a short time later the same man walked around the corner with a pair of rollerblades under each arm. He's come up to me (as I'm standing there goggling at him with my flabber officially gasted) and said 'you think what I'm doing is wrong?' to which I could only reply that 'well yes, it's called stealing.'

The funniest part was that the police arrived and as soon as we started describing the man they both went 'Oh for the love of little apples, not him again!' and they went to his home and found the stolen rollerblades under his bed. I had to give a report, which I kept a copy of as it's one of the funniest documents I've ever put my name to.

#4
Last one, same apartment (I think you can guess why I eventually moved) A few of us were having a BBQ in our communal courtyard which was next door to a hotel/rooming house, which had quite a reputation as a rough and ready place. Through an open window we could hear a man and a woman arguing loudly. I'll spare you the details, the general thrust was that he was stupid, she was lazy and they were both sick of each other.

Then we hear him say 'Oh really? You're going to stab me then are you? Well go on then, stab me!' We're all looking at each other goggle eyed when there's a scream followed by 'You *expletive* you stabbed me!' Cue a scramble for our phones, followed by the arrival of police and ambulance on the scene. He left the hotel on a gurney, she left in handcuffs and we were all left sitting there looking at each other going 'Did that actually just happen?'  :o

The lesson here is, do not taunt the woman holding the knife, just locate the nearest exit and use it expeditiously.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Scritzy on August 04, 2011, 02:22:45 AM
WARNING: Murder and death

Two murders. One in the apartment complex at the end of the street (where my sister was living at the time). It was a serial killer from Ohio who followed the victim from Ohio, dispatched her and fled. He still hasn't been apprehended.

Second was at the other end of the street. Gang-related. The gentleman owned a store in a dicey neighborhood and two of the gang members got mad at him for something, then called him at 5:00 AM to say someone was robbing his store. When he walked out of his house, they shot him. His wife shot one of the gangers, who ran away (leaving a trail of blood) and later died in the hospital.

Other incidents: The apartment house caught fire TWICE, once from kids shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July. We also had a very weird neighbor who got himself killed pulling down a tree. He had an unlicensed tree service, and he went to take down a neighbor's tree, which fell on him and killed him. That same neighbor took in boarders and one of the weirdos living there followed me up the street on my nightly walk. When I noticed he was behind me, I whirled around to look at him and he suddenly got very interested in another neighbor's garden. We were glad when that bunch moved out.

One night a young Latino man showed up on our doorstep screaming that he'd been assaulted, someone had tried to steal his paycheck. We called the police and told the man to lie down on the porch as no one would be able to see him there (my porch is behind the azalea garden). He wanted to use our phone, but Chip said no, although he took the cordless out. I listened in on the conversation at the base phone to see if there was I should know. Most of which went over my head, because it was in Spanish, but I did gather that the young man was telling the truth and the person to whom he was speaking (I think it was his father) was genuinely concerned. The police arrived and I asked, "Do you speak Spanish?" The cop said no, and I said, "You need to get someone out here who speaks Spanish. He's so upset he's not making much sense in English." The police complied, and as they left with the young man, the phone rang. I answered and someone asked me something in Spanish. I recognized the voice as the man the assault victim had spoken to. So I said, "Policia arrivo, he is safe. He bueno." The man understood my Spanglish and thanked me.

Mostly it's a quiet, good neighborhood. We've just had some bad apples here and there.

Edited to add: How could I have forgotten? The house across the street caught fire (no one hurt) and I slept through the entire thing, the dogs barking, the fire trucks, the sirens, the water, everything. Chip woke me the next morning and said, "Cathy's house caught fire last night, just in case you go out and see the damage to the house." I said, "What?" He said, "You slept through it." Great. Obviously I slept better in those days than I do now.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 04, 2011, 02:33:01 AM
Oh, hey, I forgot the serial rapist!

There was a rapist operating 1/2 mile from my house, if that counts as my neighborhood.  Here, I've been just talking about my block.  Hmm.  Does anything past your block count for these purposes?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ligeia on August 04, 2011, 03:01:31 AM
Ours is sweeter than pie to the family, but downright dangerous to anyone who even looks at her people/yard/goats funny. (And the nieghbors... the ones that barely know her name? Yeah, those belong to her too.)

Oh, and they seem to need teritory. Ours one day decided the neighbor's kids belonged to her, and when a diffrent neighbor's vicious dog came into the yard and started growling and snapping at the running five year old she...

Well, the other dog didn't make it, and in fact I wouldn;t have even guessed it was a dog by the remains.  :-\

Oddly, this is the same dog that allows the neighbor kids to use her as a bench and helps clean baby goats so gently that she doesn't even make them sway.

Whoa. I love dogs, big dogs especially, but she's kept restrained somehow, right?  That story scares me a bit for some reason.  It's great if she saved the neighbor's kid from a vicious dog, but at the same time, if she's dangerous to people who just look askance at you . . .

I have a big dog (probably much smaller than yours!) who has a bit of an attitude problem.  He's never bitten anyone or even tried, but he barks and growls at strangers. His bark is literally worse than his nonexistent bite, but I keep him away from most others, since I don't want the liability if he does try something with someone (and I don't want to lose him, of course).  And it occurs to me that my growly dog wouldn't stand a chance near yours--she'd probably have a real problem with his bad attitude!

Did you have any fallout from the neighbors who lost their dog?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on August 04, 2011, 07:23:31 AM
We had a 6ft river monitor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_monitor_lizard) loose in our area when I was in high school. He'd been a pet that was kept in an inproper enclosure.

People were warned to stay out of the lakes and inlets because they can be very very aggressive.

He was eventually caught and adopted by a local exotic pet store, which gave him a great room with a pool and everything. The lizard is very fat and happy now. The man who had owned it had admitted he couldn't care for it or contain it anymore.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Saro on August 04, 2011, 08:06:50 AM
Not as exciting, but:

This Place:

The neighbor who likes to shoot. Almost everyday I hear gunshots. He's a pretty nice guy according to my parents, but eep!

The guy across the street. He fights with his girlfriend alot loudly. On any given day I can hear shouting and cursing. He also lets his dog run loose. I hear can hear him whisting and shouting foe his dog who doesn't listen. The poor thing has been hit a few times and has gotten into people's yards.

There was a man a few weeks ago that dropped dead in a ditch near where I live. There was an investigation and everything. Rather surprising where I'm from.

Cows in the road.

Old Place:

Fire at the local bakery.

Someone broke intio our house and smashed our mailbox. Someone at school told me that they were looking for the girl next door and got the wrong house. Not sure how true that was consitering how badly I was abused at school.

The day the gas tanker exploded. I'm not sure how it started, but it was scary.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kimblee on August 04, 2011, 10:07:25 AM
Ours is sweeter than pie to the family, but downright dangerous to anyone who even looks at her people/yard/goats funny. (And the nieghbors... the ones that barely know her name? Yeah, those belong to her too.)

Oh, and they seem to need teritory. Ours one day decided the neighbor's kids belonged to her, and when a diffrent neighbor's vicious dog came into the yard and started growling and snapping at the running five year old she...

Well, the other dog didn't make it, and in fact I wouldn;t have even guessed it was a dog by the remains.  :-\

Oddly, this is the same dog that allows the neighbor kids to use her as a bench and helps clean baby goats so gently that she doesn't even make them sway.

Whoa. I love dogs, big dogs especially, but she's kept restrained somehow, right?  That story scares me a bit for some reason.  It's great if she saved the neighbor's kid from a vicious dog, but at the same time, if she's dangerous to people who just look askance at you . . .

I have a big dog (probably much smaller than yours!) who has a bit of an attitude problem.  He's never bitten anyone or even tried, but he barks and growls at strangers. His bark is literally worse than his nonexistent bite, but I keep him away from most others, since I don't want the liability if he does try something with someone (and I don't want to lose him, of course).  And it occurs to me that my growly dog wouldn't stand a chance near yours--she'd probably have a real problem with his bad attitude!

Did you have any fallout from the neighbors who lost their dog?

The neighbors that lost their dog threw a fit, but when we threatened to turn them in for letting their dog on our property they backed down. None of our other neighbors mind her, although one called us to complain that she had gotten out (back when the fence was shorter) and was licking his sheep, and could we come get her please? But that was a long time ago.

And yeah, she has a very tall fence to keep her in now. Honestly, she has only actually attacked one person, and that person was beating my brother up and threatening me. She HAS "restrained" people who jumped our fence to steal goats though, and once lept the fence to chase someone down who had grabbed my duck. But she didn't hurt him, she just knocked him down and growled until Dad called her back. She's not much of a biter, but she's pretty intimidating.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 04, 2011, 12:10:48 PM
The Border Crossers

My place is about 30 minutes from the Mexican border so it's no surprise that on numerous occasions, we've run into folks who are trying to walk from Mexico to various points in southern Arizona. (I'm in the Tucson sector: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/Border_deaths.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/jenniferjo/Border_deaths.jpg).) One encounter sticks in my memory more than the others.

A border crosser stopped by our place one very hot morning in June. He was not in good shape: weak, dehydrated, and barely able to remain standing. We were horrified and amazed to see that he had his dog with him. The dog appeared to be a Bulldog cross and was panting heavily, but otherwise didn't look too bad. Owner was asking for directions to Mesa, which is a two-hour drive from my place and he would be dead long before he could make it there.

We called for help. While we were waiting for someone to arrive, we rushed inside to get food and water for both the man and the dog. (And what does my husband offer the man? Crackers. Nice dry, salty crackers. Just what you'd want after walking through the hot desert with no water. I teased him about that for months.) The dog sucked down the food and water like he hadn't had any for days.

When help arrived, they loaded the man into an ambulance but no one was paying any attention to the dog. I couldn't come up with enough Spanish to ask the owner about him, but one of the paramedics did. Turns out the man had actually seen the dog for the first time about five minutes before arriving at our place. He belonged to one of our neighbors and had just decided to follow the guy. Then he pulled off the "poor immigrant dog" act well enough to score a large, free meal at our place.

I still see the dog sometimes.

Actually, carbs and salt, as long as you get lots of water with it, sounds pretty good...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: lipli on August 04, 2011, 01:07:29 PM
WARNING: 1ST MENTIONS ANIMAL ABUSE, 2ND MENTIONS MURDER.


1st:  Actually my grandparents house but I spent a lot of time down there when I was growing up that I can claim it. :)  They live in the middle of nowhere. Only recently was the road paved.  So lots of animals (wild, domestic and farm) and farm land.  They have an neighbor their age who has apparently lost it.  He keeps poisoning my grandparents dogs and cats. 

That's not the craziest story yet.  My cousin lived with my grandparents and one afternoon decided to take a walk for exercise.  On her way back, another neighbor's dog started walking with her.  She couldn't get the dog to go home so she decided to let it follow her and she would call the neighbors when she got back.  She walks by the crazy neighbor's house and he starts shooting at her and the dog.  She starts screaming at him.  He realizes that she's there too and stops shooting at them.  My grandmother went over and reamed him out later.  Apparently he didn't see her and started shooting at the dog and only narrowly missed my cousin.  Please note they were nowhere near his land.  He just wanted to kill a dog.  He's absolutely crazy. 


2nd:  My mom doesn't have the best relationship with reality so I hope that this story isn't true.  She also lives in a bitty town so I can't figure out a way to confirm it.  She lives up north where snow can stay on the ground for a while.  The house next to her was obviously some sort of drug house.  Apparently, a drug deal (or something) went wrong because once the snow had melted, they found a body hidden underneath a truck.  Due to the height and coldness of the snow, the body went undetected until spring.  And she wonders why I refuse to visit.  No one lives in the house last time I was there (about a year ago) so it's just open for whatever (the owners have done nothing to secure it). 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on August 04, 2011, 01:49:50 PM
OH! I have a juicy one that I can't believe I forgot.

When I was a kid there was a HUGE to-do on my street.

The father (of several, I forget how many) and husband in one house ran off with the babysitter - who was a young lady living across the street with her parents. It was very sudden, no one expected it.

Worst part was that after being missing for a couple weeks, they came back, expecting to move in with the girl's parents. Girls parents, shocked and appauled at their daughter's behavior, refused to even open the door.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: nalapuppy on August 04, 2011, 03:26:40 PM
My turn to add a story....
Story #1
One dark cold night, we (my then dh & I) received a phone call from our friends who lived directly behind us.  They told us to come to our shared backyard really quick.  I threw a coat on over my night gown, and stepped outside with my DH and our friends.  Down farther in the shared backyard, there were a large group of officers all dressed in black.  They were the local drug taskforce team.  Come to find out, our neighbor had been dealing drugs from his house.  The officers raided the house, and made several arrests.  Made for some interesting neighborhood gossip the next day.

Story #2
After moving to a different neighborhood, unfortunately my marriage imploded.  There were several bad incidences, but the one I'm telling about now is the most memorable to the neighborhood.  I ended up separating from my husband, and moving me & my kids into my sister's house, while he stayed in the house we had together.  After me telling him that there was no hope for us reconciling, he sent me a picture of him holding a gun to his head saying he was going to "give me what I wanted".  I called 911, and reported it.  The cops get to his house, and hear what they think are gunshots.  The cops surround the house, and make contact with my ex.  They end up blocking off the neighborhood and going door to door, telling the neighbors to stay inside---on account of possible gunshots.  Eventually, they talk my ex into coming outside; then took him to a mental facility for observation. 

Come to find out, the gun was only a bb gun--which wasn't obvious from the picture. The gunshots that the responding officers heard were from kids down the road shooting bottle rockets.  It was right around the 4th of July.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on August 04, 2011, 03:55:35 PM
Thought of another story.  Though nothing really happened, it could have been pretty bad.  This is before we had our big gate.  These days a person isn't even going to be able to get into our yard unless we buzz them in.

One night, someone rang the doorbell.  We live in a 2 flat and have an inner door that goes to our apartment, a tiny vestibule and then the outer door.  I just happened to be getting the mail from the vestibule and saw a man on our porch.  We essentially had this conversation (paraphrased, as it was a few years ago.)  At no time did I open the door, we were speaking through the small window in the (thick, heavy, deadbolted) door.

Me: can I help you?
Strange guy: Hi, I need to use your phone.
Me: Is there someone I can call for you?
SG: I need to use your phone.  Let me in.

Then he spun this story about how he lost his keys and can't get into his house.  At one point, he showed me his (empty) wallet (for why?).  The whole time, he's pretty much demanding I let him in so he can use my phone to call his wife.

I asked him to just give me her number and I'd be happy to call her for him.  (And at this point, if he were legitimately locked out of his house, he should have been fine with this.)

He flipped out on me, telling me I was being un-neighborly, he lived two doors down and really needed to get in touch with his wife.  When he gave me his address, I knew he was lying.  I know the people who live in that house and he is not one of them.  So I told him he wasn't going to be let into my house.  If he needed me to call someone, I'd be more than happy to do that.  Otherwise, he needed to leave my property or I was calling the police.  He yelled a couple more things and then left. 

I called the cops anyway to report his weird behavior, I felt like he was trying to sweet talk and then bully his way into my house.  A few days later, I spoke with another neighbor and she told me a man matching his description tried to do the same thing the day before he came to my house. (She called the cops too.)  So he was obviously up to something.  I don't know what ever happened with him.  I hope no one ever let him in.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 04, 2011, 04:15:15 PM
I'd moved into a new house with my Neapolitan mastiff, Hoover.

Details that will be important later:
The house had glass doors to the backyard.
Hoover was a dark blue/gray, making him hard to see in shadows.
He was also incredibly well-socialized and loved everybody in the world.

So I was mowing the front yard and had taken the grasscatcher to the back yard to empty it into the compost heap, leaving the mower out front. After I finished, I turned to see a drunk guy in the back yard with me.

Him: (slurry) Ishee you rmowin yryard. I'llfinish itforyou fr fife dollars.
Me: No, thanks, I've got it.
Him: Naw, izokay. Howbout threedollars?
Me: No, thanks, I've got it.

This kept on. I wasn't scared, but he wasn't leaving, either. So I kept talking and started moving toward the back door. As my hand got near the doorknob, he finally focused *through* the glass, where he saw Hoover's inch-long fangs bared in full snarl.  With his coloring, teeth were probably the ONLY thing the guy could see.

He said: "Nizedog!"  And left.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 04, 2011, 05:23:07 PM
The childhood neighborhood stories reminded me of this one.

The ballet teacher in our very small town lived 4 doors down from us.  She was arrested and convicted of growing pot in her backyard garden.  Gossip fodder for MONTHS for the grownups!

Across the alley lived the ballet teacher's best friend.  Best Friend and her hubby walked past that pot-patch dozens of times without ever realizing what it was, which lead to Hubby getting an official reprimand from his boss -- the Chief of Police!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ligeia on August 04, 2011, 06:05:17 PM
Ours is sweeter than pie to the family, but downright dangerous to anyone who even looks at her people/yard/goats funny. (And the nieghbors... the ones that barely know her name? Yeah, those belong to her too.)

Oh, and they seem to need teritory. Ours one day decided the neighbor's kids belonged to her, and when a diffrent neighbor's vicious dog came into the yard and started growling and snapping at the running five year old she...

Well, the other dog didn't make it, and in fact I wouldn;t have even guessed it was a dog by the remains.  :-\

Oddly, this is the same dog that allows the neighbor kids to use her as a bench and helps clean baby goats so gently that she doesn't even make them sway.

Whoa. I love dogs, big dogs especially, but she's kept restrained somehow, right?  That story scares me a bit for some reason.  It's great if she saved the neighbor's kid from a vicious dog, but at the same time, if she's dangerous to people who just look askance at you . . .

I have a big dog (probably much smaller than yours!) who has a bit of an attitude problem.  He's never bitten anyone or even tried, but he barks and growls at strangers. His bark is literally worse than his nonexistent bite, but I keep him away from most others, since I don't want the liability if he does try something with someone (and I don't want to lose him, of course).  And it occurs to me that my growly dog wouldn't stand a chance near yours--she'd probably have a real problem with his bad attitude!

Did you have any fallout from the neighbors who lost their dog?

The neighbors that lost their dog threw a fit, but when we threatened to turn them in for letting their dog on our property they backed down. None of our other neighbors mind her, although one called us to complain that she had gotten out (back when the fence was shorter) and was licking his sheep, and could we come get her please? But that was a long time ago.

And yeah, she has a very tall fence to keep her in now. Honestly, she has only actually attacked one person, and that person was beating my brother up and threatening me. She HAS "restrained" people who jumped our fence to steal goats though, and once lept the fence to chase someone down who had grabbed my duck. But she didn't hurt him, she just knocked him down and growled until Dad called her back. She's not much of a biter, but she's pretty intimidating.


That sounds like a great dog!  I guess I just jumped on the word "dangerous."  I have no problem with dogs protecting their property or humans.  I'm pretty sure even my growly-but-cowardly dog would attack someone who was attacking me or my husband.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Hillia on August 04, 2011, 06:34:31 PM
This is my uncle's story, but I'm going to tell it because he's not here.

Uncle was a cop in a small town.  He was friends with a family up the street: Big Jim, the dad; his wife; Young Jim the son (aged about 18 when the story takes place); and 2 or 3 younger kids.

Easter Sunday, Uncle is eating dinner with his family when the phone rings.  It's one of the younger kids, screaming, 'Come quick!  He's killing him!'.  Uncle calls for backup, grabs his gun and goes up to the house, where he finds Big Jim lying dead on the front lawn with something like 11 stab wounds in the face, neck, and chest.
After determining that Big Jim is dead, he goes in the house to see what happened, and eventually finds Young Jim hiding upstairs under his bed. 

Apparently, Young Jim was carving the Easter roast, and his father said something like 'You're cutting it too thick'.  So Young Jim stabbed his father 11 times with the carving knife.  But Big Jim got the knife away from him and chased Young Jim outside - that's why Uncle found him on the front lawn, he was trying to get at Young Jim to punish him for having the gall to attack his father.  Young Jim wasn't hiding from the police, he was hiding from his father.  Big Jim was known for having a wicked temper and there were rumors that he was abusive to his wife and/or kids.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Doll Fiend on August 04, 2011, 07:51:36 PM
You know, at first I just thought of police/emergency-related stuff, but I guess this would qualify for this thread, too.

I live in Buffalo, NY. I've seen a lot of snow. But the October snowstorm of 2006 was something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

When it started coming down, I thought, "Wow! That's early even for here!" And it got worse. And worse. Tree branches ... still covered in leaves ... were getting covered with this wet, sodden snow. Then we started hearing the "crack" overhead. The power went out. We huddled in bed with our toddler, listening to the trees crackle overhead (and the occasional "thud" of falling branches ... and trees).

The power didn't come back on for eight days.

The scene when we got up in the morning was ... surreal. Trees and branches were down everywhere. Our road was completely blocked. Everything was coated with this heavy, frosting-like snow. People were just out wandering in amazement. And was so quiet ...

I'll try posting some pix later.

Still reading through the thread but boy, I remember that! And I live in Omaha, NE But it still happened. Due to all the trees being down and such we couldn't get out of our neighbor hood unless we walked or took my neighbors snowmobiles. He did a lot of emergency grocery shopping for our neighborhood. We of course paid for gas and the groceries.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JadeAngel on August 04, 2011, 08:57:12 PM
I remembered another one.

I was working on a Saturday, just finishing up some paperwork and I'm sitting at the reception desk which commands a view of the street and also the outdoor courtyard which leads to the carpark.

So I heard the gate creak and look up in time to see a complete stranger walk past the glass door and head for the carpark. Mindful that we've had a few break ins I grab my phone and am about to investigate when he walks back again carrying a 6 foot aluminum ladder he's taken from the carpark. I hurry outside and confront him as he's about to put the ladder into his van.

Me: excuse me, what are you doing?
Him: Oh um, yeah, I need a ladder.
Me: I'm sorry I can't let you just take the ladder
Him: I only need it for an hour or so, I'll bring it right back
Me: No. Put it back where you found it please

He put it back and I locked both gates and all the doors. It's wasn't until he was driving off that I pinged that the license plates of his car, both front and back had been covered with black plastic and duct tape.

A week or so later the pub on the corner had to be evacuated when someone put pepper spray through the airconditioning system on the roof. I'm still not convinced that the two events were unrelated.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: SDG31000 on August 05, 2011, 02:55:55 AM
Around the time of the London Bombings I got a phone call from my sister to tell me to turn on the TV.  I live in Leicester, which has a huge Indian population, and it seems that some terrorist suspects were being held in the police station just around the corner from our house.  My DS had to keep my DM from watching the news as she would have been convinced we were all going to get blown up.

The houses next door are arranged in a block of three with parking for the cars between my house and them.  Neighbour in the house closest to ours just vanishes one day, all the dishes are left in the sink, nothing seems to be taken.  He just doesn't come home and no one comes to empty the house either.  Then we get woken up one New Year's Day at around 7am by this huge bang that shock the house.  I rush out of bed to check on DS1 and DS2 and then outside to see what has happened.  The car that belongs to the next door but one neighbours has blown up, but it's not a fire based explosion.  All the windows have blown out and the roof of the car has been forced upwards.  The Fire Bridge and Police have no idea what has happened, as there is no sign of any tampering, all the car doors are still locked, there is no fire and nothing out of the ordinary around it or in it.  The best theory is that the next door neighbour that vanished had someone angry with him and that they had done it as a warning/revenge.
Other than that we live in a quiet neighbourhood.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Bijou on August 05, 2011, 06:48:51 AM
I grew up in a small town where there is a fishing community and we were a part of that.  I remember seeing a boat go on the rocks coming into port.  it was a horrible helpless feeling.  I was a kid then, but remember it.   
I remember another incident from my childhood when my Dad's and uncle's boat went on the rocks in the middle of one foggy night.  My uncle, who was skippering at that time (they shared it, alternating seasons) climbed up a sheer vertical cliff and sat clinging to a ledge above the ocean all night, finishing the climb at daybreak.  When they came by the next morning to tell us, his fingernails were all chewed up from the climb. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 05, 2011, 09:44:52 AM
This is big and dramatic and 100% true.

When I was little we lived in the little tiny rental house next door to a massive three story house. It was my mom, my sister (7), my brother (1) and me (8 years). Anyway, one morning mom came in to wake us up, but told us that we wouldn't be going to school. We were going to have an "indoor, at home, fun day!" She moved the television into our bedroom, which was connected to my brothers bedroom via the bathroom, and told us we were going to stay in just those three rooms all day. No school, no chores, just hanging out and having fun. I noticed, when she was telling us all of this, that there was a police officer in the living room. She said he just needed a place to sit, and some privacy, so we were going to leave him alone.

Needless to say, this was very odd, and I was not fooled. Something was up. When I tried to ask questions, though, I got "The Look", which my mother is exceptionally good at, so I stopped asking.

When we said we were hungry, mom stuck her head out of our room and said something to the officer, who brought us ice cream and girl scout cookies out of the kitchen. Now this was a breakfast a kid could get excited about! But it was really out of character for mom to allow something like this, and it was all really strange.

Finally, details started to emerge. Our neighbor had gotten up on top of his three-story house and started shooting at everything that moved. Since there was a clear line of sight from his roof into our living room, mom's bedroom, and the kitchen, we were being kept out of there, and the officer was stationed in there because, well, line of sight works both ways. Somehow my mom managed to convey some of this info in such a way that we didn't panic. She is awesome like that.

Around lunch time, the officers decided that it was too dangerous to make a move against our neighbor while we were in the house. They parked an unmarked car at the corner, which was just across an empty lot from our house. They took us into the bathroom, and handed my baby brother out the window to a SWAT guy in a bullet proof vest. Then my sister and I went out the window, then my mom. The SWAT guy told us to duck close to the ground, follow him, and not look back, no matter what we might hear. My mom came last (a photo taken as we ran to the car made the paper...my mother did not duck. In fact she appears to be running on her toes. She said she figured that if she was the easiest target, her kids would be more likely to make it to the car safely...like I said, she is awesome, and really brave).

We made it to the car safe and sound, the car drove off and took us to the police department, and when we were safely inside the PD, sitting on comfy chairs, my mother (previously the very image of calm) started shaking and sobbing. We thought this was all very strange, and wandered off to watch television with a very nice social worker.

They used large amounts of tear gas to get him out of the house. No one was killed, or even injured. Evidently he was not a very good shot. I know he spent a good long time in prison. We were contacted while I was in Basic Training, and informed that he was being released. By then we were living in another state, so it didn't much seem to matter. While I have very vivid memories of the whole thing, I don't remember ever being frightend. I figure that is because my mom was so calm that we never thought there was a reason to worry. By the time she seemed scared, we were with the police, so we didn't see any reason to be scared.

My mom will always be my "parenting guide". She has told me, many times, that a parent can make a traumatic crisis seem like nothing at all, simply by how the kids see them react. They can also make a minor incident terribly traumatic, again, simply by the way they react. I also discovered that, in combat, a leader can have the same effect on their troops. She is my hero, for so many reasons!

Edited for small grammatical errors, because I hate those!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 05, 2011, 09:49:15 AM
Wow Corbin your mom really is brave and many kinds of awesome! :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Seraphia on August 05, 2011, 09:52:00 AM
Holy cow Corbin! I wanna be your mom when I grow up.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 05, 2011, 09:54:19 AM
Holy cow Corbin! I wanna be your mom when I grow up.
Me too! I try. She says I am better than she was, but I am not sure she realizes the level of awesomeness that she has achieved!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: shadowfox79 on August 05, 2011, 09:55:17 AM
Our next-door neighbours like to have screaming arguments with their extended family in the street, which on one occasion led to someone getting their car and ramming the neighbour's car right in the rear bumper, to much screaming from the onlookers. On another occasion we overheard the male half of the couple drunkenly yelling to the police officer on his doorstep that it was his TV and his kitchen window, and if he wanted to throw one through the other it was his business.  ::) The following morning we were woken by the sound of a broken TV being hurled through the chipboard covering his broken kitchen window.

Other than that, we apparently live in a quiet neighbourhood. We've been broken into ourselves, but I was fortunate enough to come downstairs after they'd long gone.

The only other event I can remember was the tornado that came down the street. I was at work, but DH saw it. Luckily it was a comparatively small one, so all it did was uproot a few trees and rip a roof off one of the neighbouring houses.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Bijou on August 05, 2011, 09:57:37 AM
This is big and dramatic and 100% true.

When I was little we lived in the little tiny rental house next door to a massive three story house. It was my mom, my sister (7), my brother (1) and me (8 years). Anyway, one morning mom came in to wake us up, but told us that we wouldn't be going to school. We were going to have an "indoor, at home, fun day!" She moved the television into our bedroom, which was connected to my brothers bedroom via the bathroom, and told us we were going to stay in just those three rooms all day. No school, no chores, just hanging out and having fun. I noticed, when she was telling us all of this, that there was a police officer in the living room. She said he just needed a place to sit, and some privacy, so we were going to leave him alone.

Needless to say, this was very odd, and I was not fooled. Something was up. When I tried to ask questions, though, I got "The Look", which my mother is exceptionally good at, so I stopped asking.

When we said we were hungry, mom stuck her head out of our room and said something to the officer, who brought us ice cream and girl scout cookies out of the kitchen. Now this was a breakfast a kid could get excited about! But it was really out of character for mom to allow something like this, and it was all really strange.

Finally, details started to emerge. Our neighbor had gotten up on top of his three-story house and started shooting at everything that moved. Since there was a clear line of sight from his roof into our living room, mom's bedroom, and the kitchen, we were being kept out of there, and the officer was stationed in there because, well, line of sight works both ways. Somehow my mom managed to convey some of this info in such a way that we didn't panic. She is awesome like that.

Around lunch time, the officers decided that it was too dangerous to make a move against our neighbor while we were in the house. They parked an unmarked car at the corner, which was just across an empty lot from our house. They took us into the bathroom, and handed my baby brother out the window to a SWAT guy in a bullet proof vest. Then my sister and I went out the window, then my mom. The SWAT guy told us to duck close to the ground, follow him, and not look back, no matter what we might hear. My mom came last (a photo taken as we ran to the car made the paper...my mother did not duck. In fact she appears to be running on her toes. She said she figured that if she was the easiest target, her kids would be more likely to make it to the car safely...like I said, she is awesome, and really brave).

We made it to the car safe and sound, the car drove off and took us to the police department, and when we were safely inside the PD, sitting on comfy chairs, my mother (previously the very image of calm) started shaking and sobbing. We thought this was all very strange, and wandered off to watch television with a very nice social worker.

They used large amounts of tear gas to get him out of the house. No one was killed, or even injured. Evidently he was not a very good shot. I know he spent a good long time in prison. We were contacted while I was in Basic Training, and informed that he was being released. By then we were living in another state, so it didn't much seem to matter. While I have very vivid memories of the whole thing, I don't remember ever being frightend. I figure that is because my mom was so calm that we never thought there was a reason to worry. By the time she seemed scared, we were with the police, so we didn't see any reason to be scared.

My mom will always be my "parenting guide". She has told me, many times, that a parent can make a traumatic crisis seem like nothing at all, simply by how the kids see them react. They can also make a minor incident terribly traumatic, again, simply by the way they react. I also discovered that, in combat, a leader can have the same effect on their troops. She is my hero, for so many reasons!

Edited for small grammatical errors, because I hate those!
Your mom is motherhood personified.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kimblee on August 05, 2011, 10:10:53 AM
Wow Corbin your mom really is brave and many kinds of awesome! :)

Agreed. I see where Corbin gets it from!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 05, 2011, 12:11:26 PM
Corbin wins the thread.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: BarensMom on August 05, 2011, 12:24:35 PM
Corbin's mom deserved a medal for bravery in the line of fire.  Makes my little story seem tame.

I came home one afternoon to all four of the city's police cars lined up in front of my house.  Apparently some "friends" of the renter's teenagers next door got angry and did a drive-by, shooting up their garage door (they were apparently lousy shots).  I got home just in time to see my husband walk over to the kids and ask "Friends of yours?" 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 05, 2011, 12:44:54 PM
Corbin wins the thread.
Nope, my MOM wins the thread!  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kitty_kats mom on August 05, 2011, 01:55:58 PM
Let's see....the apartment complex I lived in when I had DD (kitty cat) - my mom had driven to the laundry room one day and while laundry was going was sitting in the car reading a book.  The back door opens of the car, in tumbles a young female and her male "friend" in a state of serious scrabble-play.  The male looks at my mother an tells her to "shut up and watch if you want".

Another night, shortly after bringing DD home from the hospital - I'm awoken in the middle of the night after what sounded like the building across the parking lot exploded.  No - just a car crashing into a unit during a police chase!

The house I currently live in - when DD was a freshman in high school, I get a text at work "mom, the house across the street is on fire".  Sure enough - ON FIRE!!  I'm stuck at work communicating via phone and text only.  The DBF was stuck at work as well.  DD was here at the house on spring break.  DBF had just returned to work after coming home for lunch.  DD looked out window at front door and saw smoke coming from across the street.  That was the text I received.  Fire dept. shows up.  The boys that lived there (maybe 2nd grade and 6th grade) were home alone.  Older boy went to visit friends and left brother home alone.  He got hungry and turned oven on to heat some pizza rolls.  Only problem was, come to find out, the electrical on the stove had a short.  Destroyed the house!  Both boys were fine (little brother had called the house where older brother had gone and he had come home in time to call fire dept).

When DD was a freshman and sophmore, older students at her high school loved to call in bomb threats and start small fires on campus.  Imagine my surprise while I was at work early one morning working out in the gym...get a text - "we are being evacuated to the football field - there is a bomb in the cafeteria!"  Once again - stuck at work.....drove my boss crazy being on my phone all morning and constantly checking the local news website for updates.

Final one - I'm at work last year and my son (college freshman back home in Texas) sends me a text "Mom, if you hear anything about a gunman on campus - we are on lockdown, but I'm safe" - can we say heart attack!! Come to find out, yes, there was a student on campus with a gun, but the situation resolved itself a couple hours later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 05, 2011, 02:00:07 PM
Corbin wins the thread.
Nope, my MOM wins the thread!  ;D

Nope, your Mom wins everything in the history of ever... but your story wins the thread.   :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on August 05, 2011, 02:04:38 PM
Let's see....the apartment complex I lived in when I had DD (kitty cat) - my mom had driven to the laundry room one day and while laundry was going was sitting in the car reading a book.  The back door opens of the car, in tumbles a young female and her male "friend" in a state of serious scrabble-play.  The male looks at my mother an tells her to "shut up and watch if you want".

 :o What did your mom do??
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 05, 2011, 02:11:03 PM
I remembered a story of DH's.   When he was growing up, he and his folks lived on a short street off MD Rt. 1, and at the corner of Rt. 1 and their street was a gas station, which was separated from their yard by a tall chain link fence.  DH's bedroom was on this side of the house.

Well one night after they'd all gone to bed, someone (likely drunk) ran through the fence and into the side of the IL's house, right under DH's bedroom.   No one was hurt and DH slept right through it, never even realizing what happened till his folks woke him up.

Another story MIL told me.  When DH was a kid, MIL caught him packing a suitcase and when she asked what he was doing, he informed her that he was going to run away.   And it wasn't anything she or FIL had done that made him want to run away, he didn't even want to, but a friend of his had decided he was going to run away because his parents were abusive and DH didn't want his friend to be alone.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Vilandra on August 05, 2011, 05:30:21 PM
Our next-door neighbor told us a story that had happened to the previous owners of the house.  In the middle of the day, a man broke into their house, took a shower, helped himself to the wife's clothing, and fixed himself a snack.  The neighbors returned home to find him sitting on their back patio.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on August 05, 2011, 05:56:35 PM
Our current neighborhood is pretty quiet except for the people across the street. I don't know how they fit so many people into that house, but they do and they make more than enough noise to account for everyone. There are also several small children over there, from a baby on up to about age 12. When we first moved in ODS (who was 5 at the time) was playing with the next door neighbor kids. I guess one of the kids from across the street, who was maybe 4, was upset that ODS was playing with the neighbor kids and threatened to get a gun and shoot him. I went over and spoke to his mother, who was absolutely mortified. She made the boy come over and apologize and he hasn't been over to play since. (I wouldn't mind having him over to play but obviously I won't allow anyone to talk to my kids that way).

At one rental house we lived in, I was getting the kids ready for bed one night when someone knocked on the door. I ignored it since I don't answer when I'm not expecting anyone and went about my business. Put the kids in bed and the knock came again. I realized it's a "cop knock," so I looked out the peep hole and sure enough there are two police officers out there. They asked for some guy, I said I don't know who that is and he doesn't live here. They didn't look like they believed me--probably because I took so long to answer the door--and left. I was convinced they would be coming back but they never did.

At another house I was in the kitchen doing dishes when I heard the neighbors start screaming at each other. My kitchen windows looked out to their yard so I could see them coming out of the house, shoving and hitting each other. I called the police, who came to investigate, and the people apparently thought it was a great idea to sic their dog on the officer. The dog was put down.

Same house as the last story, someone stole a bunch of stuff off my back porch, including two bicycles. One was mine and one was my brother's old bike that DH was using. I was driving home one day and saw my two bicycles in the neighbor's back yard (different neighbor than the previous story). It was a rental house that my parents owned, so I called my dad and he went over and asked the tenant (who also worked for my dad) what he was doing with my property. The guy tried to claim that the bikes had come from his mom's house, but my dad flipped my brother's bike over and pointed out the ID sticker that my brother had put on years before, complete with our old home address in a different city. He didn't have much to say to that. I took the bikes home and the guy didn't keep his job for much longer.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bookworm317 on August 05, 2011, 06:22:51 PM
Holy cow Corbin! I wanna be your mom when I grow up.
Me too! I try. She says I am better than she was, but I am not sure she realizes the level of awesomeness that she has achieved!

Corbin, I love your mom. Can I be her when I grow up?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 05, 2011, 09:53:37 PM
Corbin wins the thread.
Nope, my MOM wins the thread!  ;D
Vivat Corbin-Mom! 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: NutMeg on August 05, 2011, 10:58:14 PM
Corbin wins the thread.
Nope, my MOM wins the thread!  ;D
Vivat Corbin-Mom!

I think someone should design a t-shirt for this occasion.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sirius on August 06, 2011, 12:25:44 AM
I live next to a busy street that's one of the main ways to get from one part of town to another.  There are a lot of accidents on this street.  There have been at least two serious ones in the time we've lived here:

(1) One cold morning when the road was icy a motorcyclist was driving too fast and laid his motorcycle over right in front of where my car was parked.  He crawled out of the road,  and some moms who were out waiting for the school bus with their children called 911.  Within a few minutes the area was full of emergency vehicles, and the motorcyclist was loaded into an ambulance.

(2)  Right before school let out this year someone hit the tree directly in front of where Mr. Sirius' car would have been parked had he not left for work right before it happened.  The vehicle, a pickup, hit the tree so hard that the pickup caught on fire.  The tree lost some bark but was large enough that it's still there and thriving.  The strange thing is, the tree grows next to the northbound lane of the street.  The truck was traveling southbound and hit the tree on the north side, so the truck had to have been on the wrong side of the road.  Since I didn't see what happened I don't know how the driver managed to hit the tree.  The driver had to be freed from the burning truck and was loaded into an ambulance.

On at least three occasions I've seen fender-benders on this street.  We've lived here seven years.

This one actually happened in our apartment complex:  A few years ago a truck missed a sharp corner and plowed into the other end of the building where our apartment is located, knocking out a brick wall and totaling the truck.  Fortunately the apartment was vacant at the time, and the person on the top floor was at work so no one was hurt.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 06, 2011, 12:56:10 AM
I would like to add my own +1 for Corbin's mom.

And now another story.

The Place Across the Street

The place diagonally across the street from us is a manufactured home that has been rented by a number of people over the years we've lived here. Some of the people have been better than others. For example, we didn't care for the family whose idea of disposing of their garbage was to throw it in a stinky, moldering heap outside their front door. On windy days, it would end up all over our property.

The Garbage Family eventually left and was replaced by a couple of 19-year-olds with a kid who was about two. Now, some 19-year-olds are quite mature, decent people. These folks weren't but at first they seemed tolerable, at least, as they kept to themselves and (mostly) didn't throw trash in their yard. Every couple of weeks or so however, the Dude would have a screaming fight with the Chick. He sounded so hysterical and out of control that several times we came very close to calling 911. The only thing that stopped us was the fact that Chick didn't sound the least bit alarmed by his antics. We figured we'd cut them some slack because they were young and stupid.

Then Dude held his 19th birthday party. It was a bit raucous and there was clearly underage drinking going on. Not our business, really. However, Dude and his friends spent part of the evening shouting about how they hate all N-words. (No, I don't mean they hated all words that start with the letter N.) That right there thoroughly irked my husband and me and we vowed to call 911 the next time Dude had another fit.

Turns out we didn't even need the encouragement of his racism. One day when my husband had the day off, Dude started shrieking again and this time he yelled at Chick, "I could kill both you and the kid and no one would know." 911 time. Lo and behold, when the Sheriff's officer arrived Dude was hauled away not only for the threat, but because there was a warrant for his arrest on another matter. Chick and the poor kid moved out shortly afterward.

The good news is that the owner of the place has given up renting it because people kept trashing it. He's moved in himself and made huge improvements to the property. And he's quiet and doesn't throw trash in his yard.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Iris on August 06, 2011, 07:23:18 AM
My mom came last (a photo taken as we ran to the car made the paper...my mother did not duck. In fact she appears to be running on her toes. She said she figured that if she was the easiest target, her kids would be more likely to make it to the car safely...like I said, she is awesome, and really brave).


This literally made me cry.

On to my own, much less exciting stories.

Growing up, I'm afraid we WERE the exciting events. Youngest DB went missing one day when he was 2. The whole neighbourhood was in an uproar trying to find him. Turned out he had wandered over to our neighbour's house and when no-one was home curled up to sleep BEHIND the lounge in their downstairs room.

Much less amusingly a few years later my parents had a major domestic which involved older brother and I running for help across the road in the middle of the night because we were afraid our father was going to kill our mother. Good times [/sarcasm]. (In case anyone's interested, mum took us and left and never came back).

University years I lived in a slightly seedy neighbourhood with friends. Occassionally my flatmate and I would be propositioned by guys who mistook us for one of the local streetwalkers. Which I thought was very rude, since we were MUCH better and healthier looking than any of them  :)

Early married life I'm afraid the most "exciting" thing that happened was when our elderly neighbour died. His wife didn't know what to do and hadn't accepted that he was gone and came tapping on our kitchen window (very close to the fence line) to look for help. DH was at work so I had to go over, call the relevant authorities and try and prepare her for being told he was gone without actually taking it upon myself to actually do so in case I was wrong.

On a less sad note, we were about 2 blocks away from a train line. One night there was a huge rumble that seemed to go on forever. I thought it was thunder, but DH (who warks for the railway) immediately jumped up and said "That's a train derailing". Fortunately it was a coal train - the rumble was tons and tons of coal spilling - and no-one was hurt. There was a massive clean-up job that lasted for weeks though.

Now we live in a nice neighbourhood. Trouble with the nice neighbourhood turned out to be that 'youths' from less nice neighbourhoods figured that no-one around here keeps their doors locked until we go to bed (we don't) and so we'd be ripe for home invasions. They invaded two doors down but the man who lives there is super fit and chased them off. They then went around the corner to where a 14 yo boy was babysitting a couple of smaller children. Luckily he had the presence of mind to grab the children and a phone and get them into a room and barricade the door. They took the car keys and money from downstairs and left. The son of the man in the first house was out in the street looking for them and caught one who ran away as the others drove off in the car but he was under 18 so nothing really happened to him.  :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: missmolly on August 06, 2011, 09:16:26 AM
I just remembered one incident that happened at my uni (in a suburb quite close to where I live, so technically my neighbourhood). One day I went to the library to catch up on a few things when a girl ran screaming down the main stairs, having been stabbed in the back. I felt sorry for the poor librarians trying to organise the chaos that was getting hundreds of students out of the building quickly, not to mention attending to the victim.

The perpetrator was a girl with more than a few mental problems who one day took it into her head to stab someone. She took some steak knives with her and waited in the ladies restroom, and just picked her victim at random. Afterwards she went and sat in one of the study carrels and patiently waited for the police to come and arrest her.

My parents were at this time away on vacation in an area with bad mobile phone reception, so I couldn't call them. When they returned that night to their motel and saw on the news that a girl had been stabbed at my uni, they immediately freaked out and scrambled to call me from the motel landline.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JustCallMePat on August 06, 2011, 10:43:05 AM
It doesn't compare much to other stories, and fits into the Strange category, but a few weeks ago while I was working at home, there was a loud and very insistent knock at the door.  While I'm working I usually ignore such things as it's always either UPS making a delivery or someone selling something.  This time the knock came again, harder and louder.  I looked out the sidelight and saw two policemen standing there, off to the side from the centerline of the door with hands upon their holstered weapons.  I opened the door and said "May I help you?"  Their looked at me, then past me and asked if a 911 call had been placed from our home and if everything was alright.  I said no one had called and asked why did they think so?  "We had a call from a cell phone registered to this address." I asked for the number and it was neither mine nor my DH's, nor was it our land line.  They kept looking past me and asked if they could come in.  They came into the foyer and asked if they could look around.  I insisted that there was no problem, no one had called, and they had no reason to search our home, since they had no warrant and no probable cause.  Noting the NRA decal on the sidelight window (along with a decal that says "This home protected by Colt - we don't call 911" - which DH put there!), one of them asked if there were weapons in the house.  I said, "Yes, and they are all legally owned, out of our child's reach and kept ready for use should they be needed. If you'll leave a card my DH can call and talk with you about them.  Now, being that there are no problems here, that no one here called you, and that the number you're responding to is not at this house, I'm going to bid you good day and ask that you leave.  Or shall I call my DH and lawyer?  I must get back to work. Can I offer you both a bottle of cold water as it's very hot outside today?  In any case, thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day!"  They returned to their cruisers and left after about 10 minutes.  I wondered if the next visitor would be the SWAT Team and returned to my software coding work.

DH knows many of the officers assigned to our area and when they're patrolling they sometimes stop and chat if he's working outside in the yard.  He spoke to one about what had happened and was told that I had acted well within my rights as a homeowner to ask them to leave under those circumstances.  We're strong supporters of the local police and have many friends and acquaintances working both on and for the force.  I'm glad to know they're out there protecting us.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on August 06, 2011, 10:49:44 AM


Final one - I'm at work last year and my son (college freshman back home in Texas) sends me a text "Mom, if you hear anything about a gunman on campus - we are on lockdown, but I'm safe" - can we say heart attack!! Come to find out, yes, there was a student on campus with a gun, but the situation resolved itself a couple hours later.
I had a coworker get a similar voice mail from her child. Thankfully by the time she got it - the news had reported that the "gunman" was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the gun was wood i believe.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 06, 2011, 12:18:13 PM
So hey, new story!

This morning, as I'm helping SO get ready for work, I hear from the bathroom "I sure hope that's somebody's car."  Turns out SO smells something coming in the bathroom window (we have a fan in there, but the room I'm in has AC, so no smells from outside), and is hoping that it's car exhaust.  I promptly think no more of it.

A couple of minutes later, SO calls up to me "I found out what the smell was, come down here!"  So I do.

Turns out a pickup truck at the end of the block is on fire.  B the time I get down there, a police officer is handling the situation.  I turn to SO and say "Good news... it IS somebody's car."  And I go back inside.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: General Jinjur on August 06, 2011, 12:49:17 PM
The very first place I lived aside from my parent's place was a house situated across the street from the largest meth-processing lab in the East Bay. I did not know this. In fact, I was so naive that I thought the residents just had a lot of friends...who liked to visit in the small hours...briefly. They were a constant source of trouble, but the worst was the day when one of the denizens decided to run around shirtless in the street, firing his shotgun. While the school next door was at recess. It was not but a few days later that I was relaxing in the front room watching COPS, when suddenly I heard activity, and looked out to find the street swarming with uniformed DEA officers. It was an odd moment of cognitive dissonance as I looked outside...then to the screen...then outside again, before decided outside was more interesting.

They all went to jail, and the house was torn down. Which was too bad, as it was a Victorian cottage in a town that had very little of its history still standing, but I suppose after years of being a meth lab it wasn't salvageable.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pierrotlunaire0 on August 06, 2011, 01:35:22 PM
(1)  About 15 years ago, it was Halloween.  At about 5 pm, I was exiting from my back door, and walked right onto a police officer with a gun drawn who was trying to peek into the window of the house next door (only a driveway separated the two houses).. I didn't know it at the time, but the guy next door had gone off his meds, and about 15 minutes before had been standing in the front yard naked and waving a rifle.  By the time the police got there, he was back inside, hence the police trying to figure out what was going on.  The officer waved me back into the house.  At this point, I said the most incredibly SS statement of my life (and to my eternal embarrassment): "But I have to go to a party!"  (The police got him out of there in less than 5 minutes with no harm to anyone, and yes, I made it to my party).

(2)  One night about 20 years ago, I was driving home from work, and there were about 6 police cars parkedalongside the road at one point.  As I drove by, wondering what had happened, just then 2 men came out of the woods, carrying an obviously occupied body bag (turned out to be a hunting accident).

(3) Finally, back in the late 1970's, I was attending school in Buffalo, and my roommate and I had the downstairs apartment in a duplex.  The family upstairs had 2 lively dogs that loved to play.  So one night, there was this incredible scrambling and banging.  "What in the world?"  My roomate said, "Oh that's just the dogs upstairs."  Then about 5 minutes later, another scrambling.  "It sounds like my bedroom."  "No, " my roomate insisted, "it's just the dogs."  Then came an enormous bang.  I jumped to my feet.  "That was in my bedroom!"

So we went into the bedroom, and I found my iron (normally kept on a shelf in the closet) lying on the floor.  My roomate said that the vibrations from the dogs had jiggled it to the edge of the shelf and it fell.  Okay.

Next morning, she has already gone to class, and I am getting ready to leave.  I go to shut my bedroom window.  That's weird, it looks like there is no screen.  No, wait, there is no screen.  It had been cut from the frame along 3 sides and was draped hanging down from the window.  So then I started looking around my room and found that someone had been in my purse and stolen the $5 that was in it (and maybe my driver's license -- I had no car at the time, and I could have lost the license months before and never known).

So we had been burglarized.  Fortunately, he only got $5.  Extra special super duper fortunately, I never went into the room until after he was gone.  I would hate to think what might have happened if I had caught him.  And the entire time, we were sitting ten feet away talking.  He had to have heard us.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sara Crewe on August 06, 2011, 02:28:07 PM
I got called out to represent a client in the police station.  I discover he is accused of chasing a man along my road and knifing him under my bedroom window.

With that and the fact I was on the foot route from a bunch of nightclubs to the nearest train and bus stations, I moved shortly afterwards.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kariachi on August 06, 2011, 07:10:37 PM
Colorado Springs
One day, about 13 years ago, a little girl went missing from her babysitter's home. There was a panic until about two.5-3 hours later, when her school called the parents to say that she had just walking into her classroom and apologized for being late.

It turns out her babysitter had fallen asleep when she was supposed to be watching the kids and so hadn't reminded her to go catch the bus. She noticed it leaving and, not wanting to miss school, decided to walk. But she'd been told not to wake people who are sleeping, so she didn't tell anyone she was going. Walked across a 4-lane highway and partway across the city to get to class.

Mom scared that sort of stuff clean out of me when I got home.  ;)

Air Force Academy

We wake up at about three to our puppies panicking under my parents' bed. Come to find out there's a large black bear rifling through the garbage about 20 feet from our front door. Our neighbor decided it'd be a good idea to send his groggy eight-year-old son to get a close-up picture of the bear. Ended up with my father standing in our fenced backyard yelling at them to get inside, them trying to get a better picture, and my sister's tom scratching at the front door in a territorial rage(I swear, he would've taken the hair off a mountain lion had one been stupid enough to come on our property).

Incirlik, Turkey
We moved here in spring 2002, and the school was right next to the Main Gate, so it wasn't uncommon for the school to be evacuated due to a threat at the gate.

South Dakota
There was a supposed gunman on campus my sophomore year high school. It turned out that it was a big lie told by a student, but not until we'd gone on lockdown and had to be evacuated by SWAT teams(with help from the ROTC). I was the only person harmed, and even then was only because I'd been trying to walk and talk on my cell when it was all over(I hadn't been able to find one of my friends in the mess and called to make sure she was okay, tripped and twisted my ankle).

Here
Multiple bomb threats/gas leaks at my high school.

Some teenager driving for the first time ran over a tree in the local state park. Sorry tree.  :-[

A house down the road exploded. No meth or anything, just a gas leak. One man died, the other residents were in the hospital. Turned out they went to church with the woman who sat behind me in Trig.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Swish on August 06, 2011, 07:22:40 PM
Oh my, my last home, so many crazy things.

Nice older neighbor near downtown of a small city, but the area was dying because of job loss etc.

Hookers on the corner. Drugs coming down from Detroit was causing that I think.

House across the street was a rental. One year new people moved in. The people were gone for the weekend (going to Columbus or Detroit?) and then Sunday night, non stop people stopping by for 5 minutes then leaving. Sounds like drugs to me. A police seargent I know put me in touch with the drug task force. Few months later they busted them based on my info. Why wasn't I home to watch!!!!!!

Was driving down a no traffic street on my way home from the grocery store and a guy zoomed out in front of me in a truck. I mean scary speed, I was lucky I could stop. I watched the truck, he was in the middle of the seat. The truck sped across the street, past a few houses and came to a stop over 3 train tracks. (Big train town.) Only 4 pm, but he was DUI.

In the 10 years I lived there I bet I also called 911 half a dozen times for domestic incidents on the street.

Oh yeah, the warehouse fire 2 blocks aways, and the murdered girl a block away...... The car that crashed into my house.

I liked it there, but really glad I am gone!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 06, 2011, 07:24:44 PM
We had several bomb threats at our high school when I was a kid, which most times meant that we were evacuated to the library of the middle school next door.   Which I really didn't mind as I loved to read and the middle school was newer than the high school and had a much nicer library.  Most times we were there for hours so I'd grab a book or two (fast reader) and just park myself down and read until we were allowed to cross the parking lot back to our school.

Then on my birthday of my senior year we had another bomb threat, only this time there was a typed note on the front doors of both the middle and the high school.   I figure the kid was hoping that if he did that then they'd send everyone home.

Nope.  They sent everybody outside on a rainy day and cool day in November.  There never were any bombs, and I remember being really annoyed at the kid who did it.   

Turns out the kid was caught because his parents were looking on his computer at home and apparently when the guy typed up the bomb threat on his computer, he saved the document.  Not just that one, but every other bomb threat we'd had that year.  The parents turned him in and he was expelled.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaymyth on August 06, 2011, 07:55:29 PM
Not my neighborhood, but that of friends that's not all that far from me:

This week, said friends came home to find that their door had been kicked in.  There was evidence that the invader had popped down to their basement, found nothing of value, and moved back upstairs to the living room, where he/she/they had begun rifling through the two large trunks they keep there.

Nothing, as far as they can tell, is missing.  The objects removed from the trunks were arranged neatly on the couch and table.

Weird, no?

There are two prevailing theories here, either or a combination of both being possible:

1)  About the time the person(s) was rifling through the trunk, the two (large) resident dogs realized hijinks were ensuing and started barking their dear giant heads off.  They're outside dogs, but it's possible that Burglar didn't trust the backyard door to hold.  Also, one of the dogs is suspected of having teleportation capabilities, so there's that.  It doesn't really explain the neatness of things, though, and why they didn't seem to even grab anything that was close to hand before leaving.

2)  Burglar began rifling through trunk, but then started....looking around.  And noticing things.  Like the very lifelike stuffed raven on the chandelier, the portrait of the Greek goddess Eris on the wall, the shelves stuffed with books on advanced magickal practice, and the general large amount of very, very pagan stuff and weird weapons all over the living room.  At which point it became obvious that this wasn't a typical suburban house, it was a Witch House, and the Burglar freaked out, laid everything ransacked out to show he hadn't taken anything so please, please don't curse him to death, and RAN.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kitty_kats mom on August 06, 2011, 08:08:26 PM


Final one - I'm at work last year and my son (college freshman back home in Texas) sends me a text "Mom, if you hear anything about a gunman on campus - we are on lockdown, but I'm safe" - can we say heart attack!! Come to find out, yes, there was a student on campus with a gun, but the situation resolved itself a couple hours later.
I had a coworker get a similar voice mail from her child. Thankfully by the time she got it - the news had reported that the "gunman" was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the gun was wood i believe.
oh - this was a student that had decided the best way to deal with THEIR suicidal feelings was to go to campus and think about ending their life!  While I truely felt bad for said student, the stress that they put all the other kids through, and parents, was beyond torture.  And of course the students that were locked down weren't getting much information so I was trying to pass on what I could - without freaking DS out more than he was.

And Peas.....she calmly got the keys out of the ignition and went into the laundry room until the tryst was done.  Then she used about a gallon of bleach on the backseat cleaning!!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Cutenoob on August 06, 2011, 10:09:37 PM
Glass Breaking and Screaming:

Years ago I lived in a basement apartment with my BF at the time. We had neighbors directly above us who were pretty loud on weekends, especially pay day weekends. One night we heard them yelling and hollering as average, but this had a tinge of anger and fear in it. I could not understand any of the words, but called 911. I was pacing back and forth around my apartment, and suddenly heard a CRASH, glass breaking. The cops had shown up by then, and when the knock was at the neighbor's front door, I heard footsteps scattering to their bedroom. (our apartments were laid out exactly the same, my bedroom below theirs, kitchen below, etc). So I flipped my bedroom lights a few times to signal the cops and pointed directly above me. The cops figured it out.
At the same time I'm all super stressed and freaked out, I wanted to help the neighbor getting the crap beat out of her (I'd been in a similar situation; but I was so irrational here), I was pacing, restless, getting wound up. Suddenly after the cops had figured out where the people were hiding, I heard a KA-BAM, breaking the neighbor's front door in. Both neighbors were arrested, due to equal violence, both being intoxicated, and just...dumb. If you're getting beat up, why would you both go hide in the bedroom?
Same night, officer came down and took my statement. Later found out from the landlord that the apartment was TRASHED and needed new everything. The only good part - I had silence above me for over a month.

Same Building, Different Idiot

One day I get home from work. I park my bicycle outside my front window.  (I'm in a basement apartment, so my eyes are literally level with the dirt outside. I could see my bike from me sitting on my couch.) As I go in the front door, there's a guy behind me coming in, and he doesn't look like anyone who lives in this building. I say hi, he ignores me and keeps walking upstairs. Out of nosyness, I stick my head out my front door. I hear steps, knob turn, steps, knob turn, steps...he's finding unlocked doors..or trying to. I call the cops, and report this. They ask me, "Well just cuz he doesn't look like someone doesn't mean he's not related, why are you calling?" I say again: "He's going door to door trying door to break in. I'm hearing this, holding my cordless phone in the hallway HEARING ALL OF IT".
So they say, sure, be there, and Mr.Turner walks down the stairs, and sees my bike, parked in front of my window. Looking around, he decides to get on my bike and start slowly pedaling away. I'm still on the cordless phone with dispatcher, walking behind Mr. Turner (literally) and yelling at him GET OFF MY BIKE and the cops telling me to not hit him..Of course, I'm not..he's bigger...BUT GET OFF MY BIKE.  Also I'm yelling THIEF THIEF HE'S STEALING MY BIKE. (no violence, figured the shame factor might work)
Neighbor in different wing but basement hears "bike" and runs outside to tackle Mr. Turner (as his own bike had been stolen recently) and gets him off the bike. Cop car pulls up and takes Mr. Turner (found to be drunk) to the Graybar Hotel. Cop takes my statement and looks at me funny.
I guess I was dumb. Oh well, I have a story now!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 06, 2011, 10:28:46 PM
2)  Burglar began rifling through trunk, but then started....looking around.  And noticing things.  Like the very lifelike stuffed raven on the chandelier, the portrait of the Greek goddess Eris on the wall, the shelves stuffed with books on advanced magickal practice, and the general large amount of very, very pagan stuff and weird weapons all over the living room.  At which point it became obvious that this wasn't a typical suburban house, it was a Witch House, and the Burglar freaked out, laid everything ransacked out to show he hadn't taken anything so please, please don't curse him to death, and RAN.
I like #2! ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaymyth on August 06, 2011, 10:33:31 PM
2)  Burglar began rifling through trunk, but then started....looking around.  And noticing things.  Like the very lifelike stuffed raven on the chandelier, the portrait of the Greek goddess Eris on the wall, the shelves stuffed with books on advanced magickal practice, and the general large amount of very, very pagan stuff and weird weapons all over the living room.  At which point it became obvious that this wasn't a typical suburban house, it was a Witch House, and the Burglar freaked out, laid everything ransacked out to show he hadn't taken anything so please, please don't curse him to death, and RAN.
I like #2! ;D

Me, too! :D  Amusingly, I think it's actually the more likely of the two scenarios.  It's like Batman says, criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: dietcokeofevil on August 06, 2011, 11:19:52 PM
One of my parents neighbors was charged with child exploitation after he made arrangements on-line to meet-up with who he thought was a 13 year old girl, but who was actually a policeman.  They checked his computer and found lots of inappropriate pictures of young children.  I'd known this guy for years and it really shocked the whole neighborhood.

When I was 19, I was on an internship and had my first apartment.  Some guy broke in during the day, but he wasn't a very smart crook.  He stuck his head out the window just as my neighbor was walking by.  She knew something was up, so she went on downstairs to another neighbors place and called the cops.  He drove off before the cops arrived, but he had conveniently backed into the parking spot, so they were able to get his license plate before he drove off.  What was funny, was that he really didn't take anything.  He took my jacket out of the closet and went through the pockets, but they were empty.  He took a couple of quarters I was saving for laundry and went through my jewelry box and stole my high school class ring and another cheap ring, but ignored the 2 or 3 actual nice pieces I owned.  Then he emptied out my bank to discover it was only pennies.  Both the bank and jewelry box were small, he easily could have picked them both up and carried the out.  Why he would take the time to actually go through them was beyond me. 

Then my friend had this happen to her just the other day.  She lives in a condo.  Her unit is at the back of the property on a cul-de-sac and faces the woods.  She was home cooking dinner when someone knocked on her front door.  She peaked out and saw there was a man in a pick-up truck stopped on the side of the road and another guy knocking at the door.   Not knowing who they were she decided not to answer, but the guy kept wouldn't stop knocking on the door.  She called her husband on the phone and went upstairs to look out the window.  That's when the guy at the door stopped knocking and motioned for the guy in the truck to start backing into the driveway.  Friend ended up yelling  "What do you want?", which was enough to scare the guys off.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on August 06, 2011, 11:41:12 PM
Not sure if this one qualifies, but given all of the break-in stories, I'm throwing it out there. I was sharing an apartment with a friend while worked summer jobs far from home. I'd gone home to visit my parents and on the drive home, I got a voicemail message from my roommate. "When you get this, don't go home. Come straight to my office and meet me.  We need to talk.  It's a long story."

Later, we had a conversation about unhelpfullly cryptic, unsettling voicemail messages and how to avoid them.

It turns out the reason I couldn't go to the apartment because the locks had been changed. Over the weekend, my friend had come home from work around 7, made dinner,  showered, and watched a movie before going to bed.  Her BF called and she talked to him for about an hour, then went to sleep. The cordless phone was in bed with her. Her closet door was shut when she got home and remained so until she went to bed. (She was 100% sure of this because she couldn't sleep when it was open.  A weird childhood thing she hadn't got over.)

She woke up the next morning to find her closet door open, the clothes inside were all askew.  She went out to the living area to find the front door standing open.  The cordless phone was sitting on the kitchen table.  The only thing she could figure out was that there was someone hiding in the closet from the minute she got home.  That he/she was in there while she showered, while she talked on the phone with her boyfriend five feet away from the closet, while she slept.  That he/she actually took the phone out of bed with her was what creeped her out the most. Like he was planning something and didn't want her to be able to call for help. She said she had this picture of a shadowy intruder standing in the living room, pacing, trying to decide whether to go back and hurt her, before leaving the phone on the table and walking out.

She called the police, but since this person didn't hurt her or take anything, all they could do was take a report. 

We literally had no clue who it could be.  We didn't have any problems with neighbors.  We were both in solid relationships with no troubled ex's.  And we were reasonably sure that we didn't have a ghost.  We were hypervigilant for the rest of the summer, and slept in the same room most nights when we got freaked out. And we checked the closet every night!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on August 07, 2011, 03:09:39 AM
The home intruder stories are scary. I think it's a good thing your friend didn't check the closet before she went to bed, weeblewobble. If he was hiding in there planning to hurt her he might not have had a change of heart if she had seen his face.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: yokozbornak on August 07, 2011, 11:49:37 AM
- I grew up in the country and one of the neighbors is whackadoodle.  He will dress up like a Confederate soldier and ride down the road on a horse at night holding a sword. 

- A friend of mine from college had her house blown up by her sister's crazy ex-boyfriend.  She and her family were at church so they were completely unharmed, but they wpuld have all been killed otherwise.

- One of my current neighbors was arrested and spent time in prison for manufacturing machine guns in his basement.  That arrest was on the news for days.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Maggie on August 07, 2011, 02:04:14 PM
A few years ago I had just moved into a new apartment a couple of months before this incident.  I had a small plastic table that I had used outside the front door just to sit things on while I unlocked the door.  It disappeared.  All I could think was really?  Someone would steal a $3 table?  A few weeks after that I walked outside to the police trying to get into the door across the breezeway from my apartment.  Apparently the guy that lived there had committed suicide by shooting himself.  The weird part was his wallet was gone and the roommate was never seen again around there.  Now for the really weird part.  They were cleaning out the place and they put a small plastic table outside to throw away.  I told them hey that was my table and they gave it back to me.  I know it was kind of strange but I used it until someone else stole it.  I never found out who took it the second time though.

The second thing that happened was this spring in the same apartment complex.  I heard glass breaking and car tires squealing so I stupidly went outside to look.  Evidently someone had made someone else mad and they were breaking all the glass in a van that was driving by.  We called the police and by the time they got there, everybody had disappeared.  Except the guy with the bat who went back inside and took the bat back inside and then came back out and helped sweep up the glass.  I didn't realize he was one of them until he thanked a couple of us for calling the police.  They found the van a few miles away.  The people in it were very drunk and very stupid and tried to run from the police.  That didn't work for them very well.  They got caught and spent the night in jail sobering up!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lisbeth on August 07, 2011, 02:08:36 PM
The scariest thing actually happened to me and two of my neighbors:  Our segment of our garden apartment house was burglarized on January 30, 2009.  I don't know about my neighbors, but my apartment was broken into and my computer and some jewelry were stolen (nothing has been recovered, no arrests have been made).  My bedroom had been trashed.  I still feel nervous being away from home for any prolonged period of time.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 07, 2011, 02:24:41 PM
I just thought of one from the news...  How would you like to be the neighbour of the guy in Sweden who was trying to build a mini nuclear reactor in his kitchen!   :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: faithlessone on August 07, 2011, 02:30:06 PM
Gosh, the most dramatic thing that ever happened in our street was a runaway tortoise!

I live in a very small village, almost entirely populated with young families and retired old people. My family is one of the weird exceptions - a middle-aged couple and their 2 young-adult children still living at home. Nothing ever happens here, save for a small fireworks display on New Year's Eve, and a very dull village fete on the August bank holiday.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 07, 2011, 03:33:02 PM
2)  Burglar began rifling through trunk, but then started....looking around.  And noticing things.  Like the very lifelike stuffed raven on the chandelier, the portrait of the Greek goddess Eris on the wall, the shelves stuffed with books on advanced magickal practice, and the general large amount of very, very pagan stuff and weird weapons all over the living room.  At which point it became obvious that this wasn't a typical suburban house, it was a Witch House, and the Burglar freaked out, laid everything ransacked out to show he hadn't taken anything so please, please don't curse him to death, and RAN.
I like #2! ;D

Me, too! :D  Amusingly, I think it's actually the more likely of the two scenarios.  It's like Batman says, criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot.

Oh I LOVE that!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Morticia on August 07, 2011, 03:39:02 PM
Warning: Murder, Suicide and Drunk Driving

When I was a child, long before Columbine, a teenager shot up the local highschool, killing 2 and wounding 13,  before turning the gun on himself.

A neighbour and friend of my mom's hanged herself in the basement of her family home. She wasn't found for 2 days, in spite of the family watching television in the next room.

My parents' house is on a corner that is a popular target for drunk drivers. One night, a supremely drunk father and son duo hit the front door of our house so hard it cracked our house at the back down to the foundation. Prior to this, they had gone across several lawns, taking out a lot of landscaping, including a twelve year old crabapple tree. They reported this incident to their insurance company as "curb damage".
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pierrotlunaire0 on August 07, 2011, 04:58:54 PM
Years ago, I lived in an apartment complex that was set out as a large circle.  The outer apartments faced out to the large circular driveway.  Well, anyway, one night the police chased someone into our complex.  The first I know was hearing my next door neighbors yelling and laughing, "Here they come again!"  I looked out to see a car being chased by 2 police cars.  My neighbors told me that this was the 3rd time around.  Then someone yelled, "One more time!" And here they came again, only now there were 3 police cars.

I saw them pass by a total of 5 times, and accumulate a total of 4 police cars before one of the police units realized that they would do better to get out of the parade and block the driveway which was little more than a driveway.  Barney Fife lives.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: EngineerChick on August 07, 2011, 07:48:58 PM
Holy cow Corbin! I wanna be your mom when I grow up.
Me too! I try. She says I am better than she was, but I am not sure she realizes the level of awesomeness that she has achieved!

I agree, I want to be that brave and that calm/capable in an emergency.  She is awesome.

Corbin, was it your mom or MIL that broke her arm and then drove herself through a snowstorm to a hospital?  (Or am I remembering someone else's mom/MIL?)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 08, 2011, 08:20:12 AM
Holy cow Corbin! I wanna be your mom when I grow up.
Me too! I try. She says I am better than she was, but I am not sure she realizes the level of awesomeness that she has achieved!

I agree, I want to be that brave and that calm/capable in an emergency.  She is awesome.

Corbin, was it your mom or MIL that broke her arm and then drove herself through a snowstorm to a hospital?  (Or am I remembering someone else's mom/MIL?)
In what was possibly the weirdest coincidence in the world, my MIL fell, broke her arm, and drove herself to the hospital, and, three days later, my mother did the same thing. So, yeah, we got awesome coming and going!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: alegria on August 08, 2011, 11:08:24 AM
My husband worked night shift for a couple of years, so he slept during the day.  Our bedroom is in the back corner of the house, as far from the front door as you can get.  One day someone was knocking on the door long enough to wake him up, and he finally got up to go see what they wanted, but there was nobody there.  He then walked into the kitchen to get a glass of water, and watched as some young adult male came walking up the stairs on our deck towards him, clearly casing the windows for entry.  The guy finally noticed my husband standing there watching him, and quickly backpedaled with a "Dude, we lost our ball...sorry...leaving now..." as he walked off the deck and back around the house.

Yeah.  Right.   ::)

Later that summer our neighbors' house was broken into while they were on their annual month-long sailing vacation.  :(
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Last winter we were playing D&D at our house, when the doorbell rang.  I answered the door and it was a couple of policemen, asking for my husband.  I went and got him (to the total dead silence of the gaming group, and to my thankfulness that the dogs were blocked off in the hall), and he went to the door.  They checked his license and asked if the truck in the driveway was ours (it is), and then asked if we had been at the Fred Meyer a few suburbs away about three hours previous.  Apparently there was a hit and run and the license plate and truck description matched ours, so they had come out to see if our truck had damage.  Needless to say it did not (I don't even remember the last time I was out near the mentioned Fred Meyer, and I've never even been in the parking lot!) and they went on their way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Syfygeek on August 08, 2011, 12:01:58 PM
i lived on a quiet street, in a quiet area.  The biggest issues were if your grass got too long and the neighbors talked about you. I had a day off at work, and my DS21 was at home.  About 1 pm he called me into the living room to see the action!

Surrounding the house across the street from me was the DEA, in full tactical assault gear.  We watched, and since the windows were open heard, the agents getting their weapons out of the SUVs, and putting on the Kevlar vests. At one point the entire street was closed as the DEA emptied the house. We never did find out what was inside the house, but it was exciting/scary.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Celany on August 08, 2011, 12:33:57 PM
There is a small park across the street from where I live. The first summer that I lived here, we saw a guy blow part of his hand off with fireworks.  :(

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We also watched two guys beat the living crap out of each other. One guy knocked the other guy out. 911 was called, ambulances come. They get both guys onto the stretchers, and the knocked-out guy wakes up and tries to get up and leave. Cue this little, old, bent-over lady with a cane hobbling up to him. She lectures him & when he tries to get up, she smacks him on the head with her purse. He lays back down, looking scared.

At that point, the guy in the other stretcher starts to laugh, so she turns around & reads HIM the riot act until he's almost in tears. Turns out the guys were related, and the fight wasn't a "real" fight.   ::)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 08, 2011, 02:50:28 PM
There is a small park across the street from where I live. The first summer that I lived here, we saw a guy blow part of his hand off with fireworks.  :(

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We also watched two guys beat the living crap out of each other. One guy knocked the other guy out. 911 was called, ambulances come. They get both guys onto the stretchers, and the knocked-out guy wakes up and tries to get up and leave. Cue this little, old, bent-over lady with a cane hobbling up to him. She lectures him & when he tries to get up, she smacks him on the head with her purse. He lays back down, looking scared.

At that point, the guy in the other stretcher starts to laugh, so she turns around & reads HIM the riot act until he's almost in tears. Turns out the guys were related, and the fight wasn't a "real" fight.   ::)
Ooohhh, I think those two will be off Grandma's Christmas list!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Shopaholic on August 09, 2011, 11:16:05 PM
I once saw a guy driving past on a motorcycle wearing a gas mask.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lovemykids on August 10, 2011, 07:48:34 AM
Not the neighborhood where I live, but a neighborhood where I used to go to do PT sessions w/ a kid on my caseload.  Not a nice area of the city in which I was working.  One afternoon I was late to the child's appointment because I had to stop behind a car whose occupants ran inside a rowhome to do a drug deal (known crack house).  Another time I was late to the *next* child's appointment because while I was at the above kid's house the police started a drug bust on the aforementioned crack house and we all had to stay inside until they were done.  Good times.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on August 10, 2011, 11:01:07 AM
My grandparents live in an old copper mining town. Across the main highway from their house is a train track that has a trailer top loader. A truck drives up a ramp, positions itself above a train trailer and drops sediment into the trailer for haul away. The ramp is built for trucks, not small cars.

Well one night my grandparents and I hear a terrible crash sort of sound. We look out across the street to see a VW bug (very small car) that had driven up the ramp ignoring the posted warning signs and fell down the open space at the top of the ramp. They had to take the car apart into pieces in order to get it and the passengers out of there.  Amazingly the joy riders in the car were not hurt.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Garden Goblin on August 10, 2011, 02:38:54 PM
Me

A year or so back, some idiot who couldn't tell the difference between a goat and a deer, who also couldn't read 'no hunting' signs, and also didn't get the memo that you aren't allowed to hunt on private property without permission from the owner decided to set up in my driveway.

Apparently, I'm pretty scary and dramatic with a pink tweety-bird nightshirt and a shotgun.

No goats were harmed in the making of this story.  A drunk and stupid poacher did wet himself.  A sheriff did give himself a lovely lump on the forehead because he couldn't stop laughing long enough to see where he was going and walked into a tree branch.  But no goats were harmed.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: otterwoman on August 10, 2011, 02:41:42 PM
I'm glad the goats were okay! ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wavicle on August 10, 2011, 02:43:15 PM
Me

A year or so back, some idiot who couldn't tell the difference between a goat and a deer, who also couldn't read 'no hunting' signs, and also didn't get the memo that you aren't allowed to hunt on private property without permission from the owner decided to set up in my driveway.

Apparently, I'm pretty scary and dramatic with a pink tweety-bird nightshirt and a shotgun.

No goats were harmed in the making of this story.  A drunk and stupid poacher did wet himself.  A sheriff did give himself a lovely lump on the forehead because he couldn't stop laughing long enough to see where he was going and walked into a tree branch.  But no goats were harmed.

There is a guy in my area that has a couple of deer statues in his large lawn. Every year during hunting season, he has to put hunting vest on the statues because idiots see them and pull off to the side of the road to shoot them.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 10, 2011, 02:55:49 PM
I'm glad the goats were okay! ;D
Hooray!

You might consider painting GOAT on their sides in international Orange.  ;)  I don't suppose they would wear orange vests like the deer statues?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Carnation on August 10, 2011, 03:33:26 PM
At my old house, we had a nice, friendly mail carrier.   He started da-ting a coworker, who had an adjacent route.   She decided to break up with him and he didn't take it well.

He harassed her to the point he got fired from the post office.  She took out restraining orders.

He stole a key to his son's house, which was on her route, and sent a certified letter to that address.  When she delivered it, he came out and shot her to death.



Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: joraemi on August 10, 2011, 07:31:27 PM
In HS - a girl in my class:  One day her dad went off the deep end.  He shot her mother with a shotgun - mom runs out the backdoor and staggers to the front lawn where he stands over her and shoots her at point blank range, then goes back into the house and kills himself.  Their was a young boy - around 6, I think - home sick from school that day that lived across the street and was looking out his front window and saw him kill her.

Devastating for everyone involved. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on August 10, 2011, 08:17:15 PM
This isn't nearly as bad as most of the things in here, but tonight I saw a group of teenagers* with a death wish. They were running out in front of cars on the main road of my subdivision, one of the few roads where people go fast (not that they're supposed to, but it's the one long, straight road in there). One ran out in front of me and I had to slam on my brakes and lay on the horn. ODS was in the car with me, which makes it worse somehow. I was shaking afterwards and I called the police to report it. They were gone when we got home, I can only hope that an officer came by and put the fear of God into them.

*This same group of teenagers sits in the street, literally, when they talk to each other outside. Usually they'll move when a car comes or sit next to a parked car where they're not in the flow of traffic but not always. That was the worst behavior I had seen from them before tonight, I guess they must have been really bored.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kitty-cat on August 10, 2011, 08:45:58 PM


Final one - I'm at work last year and my son (college freshman back home in Texas) sends me a text "Mom, if you hear anything about a gunman on campus - we are on lockdown, but I'm safe" - can we say heart attack!! Come to find out, yes, there was a student on campus with a gun, but the situation resolved itself a couple hours later.
I had a coworker get a similar voice mail from her child. Thankfully by the time she got it - the news had reported that the "gunman" was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the gun was wood i believe.
oh - this was a student that had decided the best way to deal with THEIR suicidal feelings was to go to campus and think about ending their life!  While I truely felt bad for said student, the stress that they put all the other kids through, and parents, was beyond torture.  And of course the students that were locked down weren't getting much information so I was trying to pass on what I could - without freaking DS out more than he was.

And Peas.....she calmly got the keys out of the ignition and went into the laundry room until the tryst was done.  Then she used about a gallon of bleach on the backseat cleaning!!

Nana had a car? Then why did I spend the majority of my childhood RUNNING after her??

And the first bomb scare we had my sophomore year of HS- one girl refused to hand in her cell phone when caught on it and took off running. Down the steps, jumped a fence(1), across the football field, jumped the fence on the other side(2), climbed a 6 foot fence(3) and took off. She was at the second fence before security even started.

She was brought back kicking about 10 minutes later. She woulda been good for the track team...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Corbin on August 10, 2011, 08:54:42 PM
So, Monday I am walking home from work. There is another guy at my workplace who lives on my block, and walks home about the same time I do; we know each other enough to wave, but have never spoken. Anyway, he was just ahead of me and when we rounded the corner onto our street I could see that the front lawn of his house was covered in stuff. Clothes, furniture, boxes of books. I thought maybe they were having a yard sale, but when he saw it he started running up to the house and tried to open the door. Nope, no dice.

So he starts banging on the door, yelling for a woman named Sara, who comes to to the window and starts yelling back at him. Evidently the stuff on the lawn was his, the door locks were changed, and Sara was not about to let him in the house.

Not gonna lie, I stood at my kitchen window and watched the whole thing. He called the cops, trying to get her to let him in, but the cops pretty much told him "Dude, you got your stuff, cut your losses and leave". Nobody got arrested or got violent or anything, but there was a lot of shouting.  :P
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Garden Goblin on August 10, 2011, 11:05:30 PM
I don't suppose they would wear orange vests like the deer statues?

Actually, they do.  I started using the vests when I was training them to pull a wagon.  They got used to the feel of the vests, and then the harnesses didn't really bother them all that much.  I figured I might as well make the vests in as painfully bright a shade as I could find and have them do double duty.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Baxter on August 11, 2011, 01:16:46 AM


Final one - I'm at work last year and my son (college freshman back home in Texas) sends me a text "Mom, if you hear anything about a gunman on campus - we are on lockdown, but I'm safe" - can we say heart attack!! Come to find out, yes, there was a student on campus with a gun, but the situation resolved itself a couple hours later.
I had a coworker get a similar voice mail from her child. Thankfully by the time she got it - the news had reported that the "gunman" was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the gun was wood i believe.
oh - this was a student that had decided the best way to deal with THEIR suicidal feelings was to go to campus and think about ending their life!  While I truely felt bad for said student, the stress that they put all the other kids through, and parents, was beyond torture.  And of course the students that were locked down weren't getting much information so I was trying to pass on what I could - without freaking DS out more than he was.

And Peas.....she calmly got the keys out of the ignition and went into the laundry room until the tryst was done.  Then she used about a gallon of bleach on the backseat cleaning!!

Nana had a car? Then why did I spend the majority of my childhood RUNNING after her??


Well I should imagine that incident would be enough to make your Nana hand back her car and never leave the house again  ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bigozzy on August 11, 2011, 04:49:43 AM
Wow. In my current neighbourhood the most excitement we had was a missing cat which we eventually found safe and well in our shed.

In the 60's when I was but a lad, I used to walk to the shop with my brother and pass a house filled with many, many happy looking hippies. They were always friendly, always smiling (sometimes at things we could not see) and often asked us to get some 'munchies' from the shop for them.

One day we took a short cut used by all the kids in the area, through a friendly neighbour's unfenced yard, behind us we saw a few police cars pull up. The happy hippies all yelled hi and asked how wewere as usula nad I wonderd aloud why there were several police officers sneaking up on their house through the short cut.

Cue lots of flushing toilets and half naked folk running in all directions pursued by police.

30 years ago I was staying in my parent's spare room for a few nights and I got to hear the couple next door play 'scrabble' really, really loudly. Mid-summer, no air con and I was not shutting the window as much as I really wanted to. One night I was awoken to the woman screaming profanities "You effin bit it off you effin b. And so on. Ambulance came and left.
Next day we see her walking around with no evident injury but we all had a great deal of trouble keeping eye contact.
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Post by: pwv on August 11, 2011, 05:04:46 AM
I don't know if this would qualify as it happened when i was a baby and I only know about it because my mother told me the story.

We were living in military housing that was an old wooden barracks that had been converted into apartments for married officers.  We were on the second floor.  In the kitchen was a large water pipe that extended through both kitchens.  Mom would stick paper grocery bags behind the pipes, and eventually roaches would gather there, so mom would remove the bags and spray the kitchen.  A couple of times when she did this, she woudl hear hysterical screaming from the lady downstairs.  Eventually mom was talking to her and it came out that when mom sprayed her kitchen, the roaches would run through the floor boards and appear in downstairs lady's kitchen all running down her walls.  Thereafter they both sprayed at the same time.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: squashedfrog on August 11, 2011, 05:32:19 AM
My parents road in the has a pub, a children's playground and a footy pitch at the bottom of it.  About three months ago, its swarming with police.  They had discovered a man's dismembered body, strewn in pieces around the playground, field and little brook that ran at the bottom of it.   

Fortunately the alarm was raised by a dog walker in the early morning, and not kids.

Turns out that the guy was a man with alcohol/drugs problems that lived with 2 other people with similar problems, they lived in the poorer end neighbourhood and had been seen arguing together in the pub.  It appears they allegedly killed in an argument the previous night, and disposed of the remains around two streets from their own home. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MorgnsGrl on August 11, 2011, 06:30:20 AM
This was strange and dramatic in an amusing way once it all played out.

I was sitting on the couch mid-day when I heard the loud squeal of car tires on our street, then a huge BANG like a car crash. I went outside to see a car leaving in a cloud of dust, and the front of the (parked, the mail delivery person parks and walks in our small neighborhood) mail truck all smashed in. Further investigation showed that the culprit vehicle had left behind part of itself as a result of the impact with the parked car -- its entire front bumper, including license plate! We were just glad the mail guy wasn't in the mail truck when it was struck, and glad that the police wouldn't have a hard time identifying the guilty party.

(We later found out that the car was being driven by a teenager who didn't yet have his license, and that the car had been nicked from his dad.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Marisol on August 11, 2011, 04:21:58 PM
I forgot about this one...warning murder!


A woman was killed and cut into pieces and stuffed into the fridge   by her boyfriend.  This was a huge story for our small town.  Everyone still talks about it and it has always creeped me out when I walked by the house. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 11, 2011, 05:05:58 PM
Oh yikes, a real life "Women in Refrigerators" moment.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 11, 2011, 05:16:26 PM
When I started my current job, I had to move cities.  But I only had one week in the office before going into training for 7 weeks.  So I wasn't moving until after the training.  I grabbed a motel room for the first week.

I arrived into the office the first day and of course the first question was whether or not I was commuting or moving.  I told them I'd already bought a house and gave them the address.  One of my new coworkers gets this look on his face.  Turns out, there was a murder on my street about a month previously!   :o

I called my real estate agent for details.  It turned out that it was domestic violence, which was absolutely horrible, but, therefore, didn't have wider implications for the safety of the neighbourhood.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 11, 2011, 05:17:25 PM
The fridge incident triggers a story my father told me. He's a military-doctor-turned-psychiatrist, and I was a newspaper reporter, so we were both in fields where you want to get info out of sometimes hostile people.

He told me about a reporter who was interviewing a guy who'd disposed of a body by cutting it up and feeding it down a disposal. The murderer had never talked with anybody about it.

The reporter got him to open up by saying "That must have been really tough!"  As Dad said, "If you think about it, that's a really stressful situation, and a technically difficult thing to do."

I have no idea if the story is true, but it certainly stuck with me. There's always a way to look at the other person's point of view.
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Post by: Marisol on August 12, 2011, 10:09:56 AM
That is assuming the killer is not "into" that kind of thing. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: CLE_Girl on August 12, 2011, 12:13:05 PM
I have three stories:

Story 1 - mine and DH's first apartment

It was new years eve of our first year there.  We stayed in a watched a movie, then flipped to the Time Square count downs.  About 12:05am we are about to head to bed when someone bangs on our door.  DH opens the door just a crack, its two cops and building security.  One cop says, "We got a noice complaint about the party and fireworks.  Time to shut it down!"  DH opens the door the rest of the way so they cops can see its just us and we're in our PJ's.  There were people in the building shooting off bottle rockets, but we didn't know where.

Story 2 - Current house

First you have to understand my neighborhood, all the houses are little 1200 sqft bungalos built in the 1950's.  The space between the house is about 5 ft more then a single car driveway.  The house next to us backdoor of this house opens onto the driveway and we have no fence (yet!)  Its also a rental and vacent when we moved in.  About 6 months after we moved in a young women and her three kids moved in.  We didn't have much interaction with them because the kids were with their dad a lot and she worked really odd hours.  The house would be empty for days on end.  We did evenually meet them and got on a "hi, how are you?, Nice weather" type relationship.  One beautiful weekend afternoon I'm outside reading a book and generally enjoying the weather.  Neighbor women's husband/BF/baby daddy's (don't know which) truck was in the drive way, her minivan was not.  Out of the corner of my eye I see her STORM out of the house and stomp to the garage.  I hear her cursing, yelling and throwing stuff around.  Then I hear the sound of metal scrapping on pavement and look up just in time to see her wind up and hit the truck window with a shovel!  CRUD MONKEYS!!!  I got up slowly and quietly went inside while she continued to beat on the truck!  About 30 minutes later, DH and I hear shouting in our front yard/neighbor's driveway.  Look out the window to see 4 cop cars!! Someone else had heard her beating on the truck and called the cops!  She's argueing that it wasn't her and she wasn't going to talk to them in front of her kids...yadda yadda yadda.  Not sure what happend after that.  She has since moved out. 

Story 3 - still current house

This 4th of july at about 2am DH wakes up to a loud bang.  Gets up to investigate and sees a couple kids messing around with fireworks in our front yard and relizes the bang he heard was them sticking a firework in our mail slot!  By the time we called the cops our dog had scared them away.  There are some holigans in the apartment building at the end of our street that like to come and mess with the houses (standard kid stuff - TP, eggs, ketchup on the cars) but this was beyond!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Maggie on August 12, 2011, 01:11:23 PM
This is long and kind of complicated and even today I admit to being scared to go home tonight. 

About 1am this morning I called my son because he had told me when my paycheck got to the bank to call him and we would go get a beverage (the caffeinated kind nothing illegal).  It wasn't there yet but I called to see if he was still up.  He said he was asleep and I told him that was ok, I would go by myself (being out of pop is an emergency situation at my house lol) and the check wasn't even yet.  I checked and at 1:15am it was there.  I went to the store by myself and when I got home my youngest son was awake and he said he was hungry.  Taco Bell is very close and I knew we could make it so I offered to take him.  He accepted and we went to put gas in my car and to get him something to eat.  We had been home about 20 minutes and he walked outside to go smoke.  I heard him speaking to someone but had no idea who it was.  I then heard a car horn so I decided to go see who it was.  The car horn was my oldest son setting the car alarm on his car.  He had decided I should not go to the store by myself and he figured the check wasn't there til 2 so he came to take me.  When I went outside to see him both my boys were out there and another man was also there.  He told me he was looking to sell a dvd player.  He also mentioned he had a hammer for any 'crackheads' he happened to see.  That was red flag #1.  Then he raised his shirt up and said if that doesn't take care of it this will.  He had two guns tucked in his pants.  At this point I am just trying to figure out how to get my kids and I away from him.  I finally told him I would buy the dvd player (I am talking to the police today) just hoping he would finally leave if he had money.  He continued to stay and stay and I felt very threatened.  Finally he asked my boys to take him somewhere.  I told him no, they had to go to work this morning and they needed to go to bed.  He finally accepted that and said well what mama says goes.  He left and even after we went into the house and made sure all the doors and windows were locked, I was still terrified.  At least we lived to tell the story and hopefully he was high enough or drunk enough to not remember where we live.  Thank whatever diety you believe in we got away from him!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 12, 2011, 02:44:07 PM
I've told this story before, but am always happy to re-tell:

The Sweetie used to live in a dodgy apartment complex, and was once accosted in the parking lot by a mugger with a knife, who said "I'm not going to hurt you, I just want the money."

The Sweetie (5'1" and about 100 pounds), started yelling "What do you mean you're not going to fbomb hurt me? You have an fbomb KNIFE! I don't have any fbomb money! If I had any fbomb money do you think I'd live in this fbomb dump?!"

Lights started going on and the guy fled.

Yes. She can defeat armed men with the power of Her Fierce.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: hobish on August 12, 2011, 02:54:58 PM

Yesterday the neighbor's dog barked and startled some children ... and there's that guy with the loud truck... That's pretty much the drama in my 'hood.  :P

I did see a couple stabbings when i lived with my parents. The renters in the house across the street were crazy (and some argue inbred).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Garden Goblin on August 29, 2011, 11:31:33 AM
It's not technically my 'hood', as I'm at my MiL's getting her house packed up, but it was fairly dramatic.

Right across the street, the lady caught her stove on fire.  She's in a wheelchair and panicked enough that she fell out of the chair.  The neighbor and I realized the situation at about the same time and were able to get in and get the fire out (lots of smoke, but not a lot of actual flames except for in the actual pan) and get her out of the house.  She was still crying about 'saving her baby' and it took us a moment to realize that she was talking about a kitten she'd just got on Saturday.  So I went back in for the kitten and got it out okay, but one of the firemen started to chew me out because 'I couldn't be sure the fire was really out and I should have waited for them'.  I've never seen so many little old ladies with murderous looks on their faces than when he commented 'It's just a **** cat she probably wouldn't even have remembered it in the morning'.  Fortunately, his boss redirected him before the pitchforks were brought out.  I swear, he upset everyone more than the fire did.

The jerk.  Having grown up with my mother, I've probably got more kitchen fire fighting experience under my belt than he does.

And once again, no animals were harmed during the making of this story.  Both kitten and gorilla in a fireman's uniform escaped wholly uninjured.  One elderly woman spent the night in the hospital but is going to be absolutely fine.  One hideously embroidered yellow kitchen towel did give it's life in a heroic fashion, and one fire extinguisher did perform it's duty admirably and will be laid to rest with all appropriate honors.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 29, 2011, 11:57:47 AM
While he's technically right about waiting for the professionals... man, he's about the last person I'd want in a life or death situation.  He's a dollar, buddy, go buy yourself some tact.  If you have change left over, get some class while you're at it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sterling on August 29, 2011, 01:10:26 PM
When I was a child I was sitting out on the front porch and saw a lady race by in her car.  She had to have been going 80 mph on a tiny winding town road with a 25 mph speed limit as it curved around the swamp.  She lost control and flew off the road.  Her car got stuck between two trees just feet from the water and the front end wasn't even touch the ground. 

I watched while the police managed to cut her out of the car and then arrest her while she was bleeding.  My mom went outside with a blanket and made me go in side.  I found out later there was another person in the car but they had died.  My mom had brought out the blanket to cover them since it would be awhile before the paramedics showed up (long way from the hospital).  turns out the lady had been running from the cops because she had been seen shop lifting steaks at the Piggly Wiggly. 

A few days later the cops brought my mom her blanket back but she told them to keep it.  No one wanted to sleep with it after it was used to cover a dead person.
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Post by: kethria on August 29, 2011, 02:43:25 PM
OH! I have a juicy one that I can't believe I forgot.

When I was a kid there was a HUGE to-do on my street.

The father (of several, I forget how many) and husband in one house ran off with the babysitter - who was a young lady living across the street with her parents. It was very sudden, no one expected it.

Worst part was that after being missing for a couple weeks, they came back, expecting to move in with the girl's parents. Girls parents, shocked and appauled at their daughter's behavior, refused to even open the door.


Huh this reminds me of one from my mom's neighborhood. Her across the street neighbors moved, and soon after a guy who lived about a block away who had been friends with the dad from across the street moved to the same neighborhood they did. We'll call them Fred and Barney. Fred moves with his whole family. Barney just has his wife, who is terminally ill. Barney's wife dies. Eventually Barney dies too (heart attack I think). Fred's wife comes home to find that Fred has killed himself. He leaves a note that said that now that Barney is gone he has nothing to live for. Now we wonder if they were just close friends or if they were a secret couple. Fred left a wife, his elderly dad and several kids. I had forgotten about that till I read the above story.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on August 29, 2011, 03:49:10 PM
I'm glad the goats were okay! ;D
Hooray!

You might consider painting GOAT on their sides in international Orange.  ;)  I don't suppose they would wear orange vests like the deer statues?
There's a company that makes a line of GREEN tractors and riding lawn mowers brand named John Deere.

There's a supposedly true story from a few years back in the Readers' Digest about a farmer who painted "horse", "cow", "goat", "dog" & so forth in orange paint on his four legged livestock the day before hunting season opened.  Only find a day later that some idjit of a hunter has the engine blown out of his bright green tractor............right under the bright yellow word "DEERE".
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: zyrs on August 31, 2011, 03:50:37 AM
If you consider the state you live in your 'hood, then this technically happened in my 'hood.

So, many years ago storage unit facilities started to spring up.  And after a few years, this happened:

There was an auction at a storage unit facility on storage units that had gone in arrears.  A man bid on and won the contents of a specific unit, only to find the body of a long-dead woman.  The police were given the name, address and phone number of the previous owner, who was arrested and convicted.

It seems, he killed his then -wife then rented a storage unit to store her body.  He told everyone that she had run off and left him. After a few years he joined the military, got the marriage annulled or something and re-married.  Then he was sent overseas for a tour.  Stateside, his new wife (who was paying the bills) looks at this storage unit rental and thinks; "You know, this is a lot of expense for something he hasn't seen or used in years - he won't miss it." and stops paying on the storage unit.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Marisol on August 31, 2011, 09:29:53 AM
If I were his second wife I would have gone to the storage unit to see what was in it before stopping payments, just in case something valuable was in it.  I would have been the one finding the body.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 31, 2011, 09:52:10 AM
If I were his second wife I would have gone to the storage unit to see what was in it before stopping payments, just in case something valuable was in it.  I would have been the one finding the body.

I was thinking the same thing too, but maybe she asked him if anything valuable was in there and he responded in the negative, and that's when she made the decision on her own to stop making payments.  But wouldn't he have figured out why she was asking? 

I can't say that I'd stop making payments on a storage unit of things that belonged to my husband while he was stationed overseas though.  I mean, to just make that decision on your own is a pretty mean thing to do (in any other circumstance than this one).  What if it had old valuables of his in there, and you just up and let it get sold at auction?  Then again, if he really cared, he'd have gotten his stuff out of there before hand. 

And I like how he stored a dead body in there, and then gave his actual name and address.  Noice.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: faithlessone on August 31, 2011, 10:02:32 AM
And I like how he stored a dead body in there, and then gave his actual name and address.  Noice.

I was thinking that!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: squeakers on August 31, 2011, 01:56:28 PM
If you consider the state you live in your 'hood, then this technically happened in my 'hood.

So, many years ago storage unit facilities started to spring up.  And after a few years, this happened:

There was an auction at a storage unit facility on storage units that had gone in arrears.  A man bid on and won the contents of a specific unit, only to find the body of a long-dead woman.  The police were given the name, address and phone number of the previous owner, who was arrested and convicted.

It seems, he killed his then -wife then rented a storage unit to store her body.  He told everyone that she had run off and left him. After a few years he joined the military, got the marriage annulled or something and re-married.  Then he was sent overseas for a tour.  Stateside, his new wife (who was paying the bills) looks at this storage unit rental and thinks; "You know, this is a lot of expense for something he hasn't seen or used in years - he won't miss it." and stops paying on the storage unit.

Found this on snopes http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=91;t=000926;p=0 midway down.. but it says the daughter of the second marriage did the stopping of payment.  (warning: thread is grisly.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on August 31, 2011, 02:11:57 PM
There was an auction at a storage unit facility on storage units that had gone in arrears.  A man bid on and won the contents of a specific unit, only to find the body of a long-dead woman.  The police were given the name, address and phone number of the previous owner, who was arrested and convicted.

You would not believe how many times storage units crop up in murder cases. They seem to be a favorite place to store inconvenient dead people. In many cases, as in the one you describe, people forget to pay for them or quit paying. In others, bodies are only discovered because someone finally gets suspicious enough to obtain a search warrant.

My husband worked on a storage unit murder case where we live, but I'll spare everyone the details, as it's a truly awful, horrid case. Let's just say that I'm anti-death penalty and it really didn't bother me when the perpetrator in the case got the death penalty.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 31, 2011, 03:00:32 PM
There was an auction at a storage unit facility on storage units that had gone in arrears.  A man bid on and won the contents of a specific unit, only to find the body of a long-dead woman.  The police were given the name, address and phone number of the previous owner, who was arrested and convicted.

You would not believe how many times storage units crop up in murder cases. They seem to be a favorite place to store inconvenient dead people. In many cases, as in the one you describe, people forget to pay for them or quit paying. In others, bodies are only discovered because someone finally gets suspicious enough to obtain a search warrant.

My husband worked on a storage unit murder case where we live, but I'll spare everyone the details, as it's a truly awful, horrid case. Let's just say that I'm anti-death penalty and it really didn't bother me when the perpetrator in the case got the death penalty.

The bolded part is just so very good.  I don't know why, it's just... fantastic.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Morticia on August 31, 2011, 03:07:43 PM
^ It makes me think there ought to be a home for the Inconveniently Dead, somewhere. Oh, yeah, there is, in storage lockers.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on August 31, 2011, 03:13:06 PM
^ It makes me think there ought to be a home for the Inconveniently Dead, somewhere. Oh, yeah, there is, in storage lockers.

I want to surround this quote with hearts.  Just hearts all up in this B.
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Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 31, 2011, 04:22:39 PM
It's not just the quote, either.  It's the quote and the author.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Morticia on August 31, 2011, 07:49:39 PM
Thanks, you're too kind.

Back on topic, many years ago I was living in a really bad part of town. One night we got a call from a neighbor that we should stay inside. There was a police sniper on our porch. Apparently there was a hostage situation across the street.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Angel B. on August 31, 2011, 08:36:54 PM
I live next to an area of town we call "Felony Flats"...one night I was studying in my room when there was this huge BANG, it was seriously louder than a gunshot or a firecracker. We had NO idea what it was. People from all over campus and the surrounding area, like a good 10-20 mile radius were posting on their facebooks asking what that was.

We never found out.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sirius on August 31, 2011, 09:13:41 PM
Back when I lived in the town where I'd gone to high school I moved into a house that was right across the street from the sheriff's department.  The very first night I lived there, I'd been up all night rescuing some relatives whose car had broken down about four hours away, and then I moved all day, so I was exhausted.  My sheltie curled up at the foot of my bed, and we were both out in no time flat. 

A couple of hours later, I'm awaken by my dog barking, then I heard gunfire.  It wasn't a small caliber weapon, either; the two shots I heard were BOOM!  Shortly thereafter my roommate came into my room and told me that the deputies across the street had heard the gunfire, and they had contacted the city police, and the city police wanted us to evacuate our house and take my dog with us.  So, she wrapped up her little boy in a blanket, I snapped a leash on my dog, and we were ushered out the back door and into a police car and told to keep our heads down.  There was an office leaning on the hood with a shotgun.  After about a half hour of this we were sent over to the sheriff's department offices.  There, we found my roommate's boyfriend in handcuffs.  Turned out he'd done something really dumb - they were both still up when the gunfire had started, and he just walked right out the front door and was taken into custody.  Then, a neighbor's son did the same thing, and was also taken into custody.  At about 3 a.m. they were both released, and we were able to go back home. 

Needless to say, the next morning I overslept.  When I woke up I called my office and told the above story to the secretary, and she said, "That has to be the truth.  No one could make up something that strange."    We never did find out what happened resulting in the gunfire in the house next door to us, although we suspected that the tenant might be dealing in illegal substances. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Nikko-chan on August 31, 2011, 10:34:13 PM
Okay let's see I have a couple. Second one is not very scary but here goes:

Situation 1

\When Mom and I first moved in our current residence, a duplex,  there was a woman who lived in front of us with her little boy and her infant. Well it was like the first week we were here that Neighbor Woman knocks on the door.
Neighbor Woman: *very nonchalant* Could you please call 911? My apartments on fire.
Mom: *Rushes for the phone, while telling me to get outside and coming outside herself*
Neighbor Woman grabbed her baby and put him in her car while we waited for the fire truck, and then started yelling for her boyfriend to get out of the house and quit trying to put the fire out.
Neighbor woman then told us that the fire started because she had put on some water to boil and hadn't been paying attention.
Firemen came, everything was taken care of. Later we surmised that she had accidentally turned on the oil on the back burner instead of the water, and had fallen asleep, because when she came to our house, she looked drowsy, as though she had just woken up.
Later we found out that Neighbor Woman was on drugs, and she was later evicted.

Situation 2:

Boyfriend and I were in the living room watching a movie, mom comes out of her room.

Mom: *Sniffing the air* Don't you guys smell something burning?
Me and Boyfriend: No.
Me: *gets up walking around and sniffing deeply* Ooookay now I smell it. Smells like plastic burning. So what do we do?
-Cue a mad scrambling to figure out what the heck is going on-
Mom: Go get Nice Neighbor Guy and bring him over.
Me: *goes up front* Hi Nice Neighbor Guy! Um there is a smell like burning plastic in the house--
Nice Neighbor Guy: Burning plastic?
Me: Yeah, and Boyfriend can't smell it and mom and I think we are going crazy. Do you think you could come check it out?
Neighbor Guy follows me over and tells me he can't smell anything. By now the smell is so strong I am coughing. So we call my Uncle who says it is probably nothing. Nice Neighbor Guy and mom go sit in the back, mom calls Other Neighbor (who still lives at the place where we used to live) to come over and check it out because she still thinks something isn't right. Then Boyfriend and I leave for a bit.
So boyfriend and I come back after being out in the nice fresh air, I go back into the house (mom had the back door ajar so the smell would dissipate)
Me: *after going into the house and coming back out* The smell is still there, and it's stronger.
After about another half hour of this we say forget it and call the fire department.
They come out, tell us nothing is burning in our house but that we have a natural gas leak (a small one) running up the side of the house.


Two hours later everything was resolved. So I guess to me and my mom natural gas smells like burnt plastic. Go figure.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Amatherly on September 01, 2011, 03:48:46 PM
They aren't really neighborhood, but one was at work, and the other at my school.  They also happened about 6 weeks apart.

The first was at work.  I work at a big box retailer and it was a weekday afternoon in the summer, so it was on the busy side.  I was walking out of the customer service room, because I needed to ask a manager a question, when another employee comes running from the vision center and starts yelling "Someone's getting stabbed.  Call a manager.  He's stabbing her!"  One of the front end supervisors calls a manager.  I see two or three assistants walking into in the vision center and then nothing happens. So I asked my question, and am walking back into the customer service desk room like 3 minutes later when I see everyone running out of the vision center and those 3 managers from earlier yelling to evacuate and get everyone out of the store.   So we start evacuating, and as we're walking out of the store, the SWAT team is running in.  It was a bit surreal.  As it happens, a guy had come into the optometrists office and started stabbing his ex, who was the receptionist for the doctor.  After the store was evacuated, he held her hostage for 2.5 hours or so, while all of the employees got to stand in the parking lot while the police negotiated with him.  He eventually surrendered.  The lady he stabbed made a full recovery.

The second happened on my college campus.  We were sitting in class when we got text messages that the campus was on lockdown.  Part of my campus is a shopping center with businesses open to the public.  One of those businesses is a credit union and apparently someone had robbed it at gun point and then ran into campus to escape.  So we sat in the dark, away from doors and windows for like 2 hours.  I don't know if they caught the guy or not.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bookworm317 on September 01, 2011, 05:44:34 PM
They aren't really neighborhood, but one was at work, and the other at my school.  They also happened about 6 weeks apart.

The first was at work.  I work at a big box retailer and it was a weekday afternoon in the summer, so it was on the busy side.  I was walking out of the customer service room, because I needed to ask a manager a question, when another employee comes running from the vision center and starts yelling "Someone's getting stabbed.  Call a manager.  He's stabbing her!"  One of the front end supervisors calls a manager.  I see two or three assistants walking into in the vision center and then nothing happens. So I asked my question, and am walking back into the customer service desk room like 3 minutes later when I see everyone running out of the vision center and those 3 managers from earlier yelling to evacuate and get everyone out of the store.   So we start evacuating, and as we're walking out of the store, the SWAT team is running in.  It was a bit surreal.  As it happens, a guy had come into the optometrists office and started stabbing his ex, who was the receptionist for the doctor.  After the store was evacuated, he held her hostage for 2.5 hours or so, while all of the employees got to stand in the parking lot while the police negotiated with him.  He eventually surrendered.  The lady he stabbed made a full recovery.

The second happened on my college campus.  We were sitting in class when we got text messages that the campus was on lockdown.  Part of my campus is a shopping center with businesses open to the public.  One of those businesses is a credit union and apparently someone had robbed it at gun point and then ran into campus to escape.  So we sat in the dark, away from doors and windows for like 2 hours.  I don't know if they caught the guy or not.

Didn't that happen in VA? Williamsburg, I think. 'Cuz, that made the news in my area. I'm in SE VA.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: hermanne on September 01, 2011, 08:59:55 PM
This happened when I was too little to remember.

In the middle of the night, my mom awakens to a thud and the house shaking. Thinking one of us kids fell out of bed, she checks on us. Everyone's still in bed asleep, so she goes back to bed.

The next day she and dad find out what really happened. The road in front of our house doesn't go straight, it angles off gently. The driver of a car missed this fact (I think he was drunk) and tried to go straight. He ran over our largish juniper bush, went across the driveway (which is in a small shallow, meaning the car went down than up again), side-swiped the very large pine tree next to the driveway (that was the thud mom heard), went across our front yard, and hit the neighbors' big maple tree head-on.

Neighbors called the cops. The rest of us slept through the whole thing.

The trees and the bush survived. Don't know what happed to the driver.

eta: I have another story that I'll post when I can sit down at my desktop. It's long,
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on September 01, 2011, 09:43:46 PM
Mom has a story about the night that the footsteps of a neighbor coming up their front steps woke her from a sound sleep.

The neighbor had come over to check that everything was all right, because Mom and Dad hadn't come out when multiple fire engines screamed up their street and stopped in front of their house to put out the fire across the street. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 02, 2011, 08:27:47 AM
I was camping this past weekend.  One of our fellow campers has Parkinson's and when he came out of his tent at 4:30 am to water a tree, he tripped over a tent peg and guy line and went down, sending him into major muscle spasms.  My brother is a wilderness medic and made the decision to call an ambulance.  While waiting for the ambulance, several vehicles showed up with the local volunteer firefighters to see what they could do while waiting for the EMTs, complete with large spotlight.  By 5:30 am, everyone cleared out and we went back to bed for a couple of hours.

The folks camped across from us?  Didn't hear a thing.  (I apologized for the commotion and got a quizzical, 'What commotion?' in response.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Everlee on September 02, 2011, 09:45:28 AM
We used to live in two-story apartment.  We were on the end and there were three others on our left side.  All the vents were connected. 
My oldest DD was only about three or four weeks old and I had just coincidentally was up at about two in the morning feeding her upstairs in her room.  Thank goodness she woke up because I otherwise wouldn't have heard the knocking on the door since we use a sound machine to block out the noise.
There was a guy outside and I could see him on his phone and he was screaming and yelling and banging on our door.  I woke up husband because I was freaking out thinking he was going to bust in and attack us.  By the time he got downstairs there was a policeman outside and he said one of the apartments attached to us was on fire.  The fire was already all over the front of the building and the fire department was there. 
About ten minutes later our apartment was so thick with smoke you couldn't even go inside.  I had to call my dad to come get us and we spent the next night with him because we couldn't go home until the smoke dissipated. 
Turns out two people died in the apartment from smoke inhalation.   :(

---

When DD1 was 3 and DD2 was 2, I went back to college for a semester and my mom baby-sat once a week for me.  One day when I was there picking them up there was a tornado warning so we went up the street (about half a mile) to my grandmas and stayed in her basement.  When it was over my brother (who lived directly in between my mom and grandma, so within throwing distance) had a tree that crashed through his room and had crushed everything in his bedroom.  Thankfully no one was home.  At my parents house the gas tank had busted and there was gas billowing through the yard.  They had to push all our cars up the huge driveway because they were afraid to start them so close to all the gas.

---

A few years before I was born my dad and his friend found a car in the field behind our house with a dead body inside.  They never did figure out what happened to him, but I remember being all freaked out when he told me because it was only a few feet from my bedroom.   :-X
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: hermanne on September 04, 2011, 08:58:02 PM
Just remembered this one...

We moved here earlier this year. It's a nice, safe area. There's a back road I frequently take to get to DD's school and a local park. It goes partly through several residential areas, partly though a natural wooded/meadow/swampy area with a river.

About three months ago I'm driving down that road, coming up to the natural area, when I see flashing lights. A cop stopped a speeder? No, there's more than one police car. And they're from more than one town. There's a trailer with an ATV. Trucks, and lots of private cars. Uniformed police officers, suits, and lots of people wearing tee-shirts with "FBI Evidence Collection Team" on the back. (It made me think of vorbu, I hope I got that name right! :))

That night I was able to google a news article as to what was going on. A local woman had disappeared about 5 years ago, her husband is a "person of interest." They were hoping to find her body. No word if anything came up.

This was maybe a mile from my house.  :-\

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Amatherly on September 04, 2011, 10:57:23 PM
They aren't really neighborhood, but one was at work, and the other at my school.  They also happened about 6 weeks apart.

The first was at work.  I work at a big box retailer and it was a weekday afternoon in the summer, so it was on the busy side.  I was walking out of the customer service room, because I needed to ask a manager a question, when another employee comes running from the vision center and starts yelling "Someone's getting stabbed.  Call a manager.  He's stabbing her!"  One of the front end supervisors calls a manager.  I see two or three assistants walking into in the vision center and then nothing happens. So I asked my question, and am walking back into the customer service desk room like 3 minutes later when I see everyone running out of the vision center and those 3 managers from earlier yelling to evacuate and get everyone out of the store.   So we start evacuating, and as we're walking out of the store, the SWAT team is running in.  It was a bit surreal.  As it happens, a guy had come into the optometrists office and started stabbing his ex, who was the receptionist for the doctor.  After the store was evacuated, he held her hostage for 2.5 hours or so, while all of the employees got to stand in the parking lot while the police negotiated with him.  He eventually surrendered.  The lady he stabbed made a full recovery.

The second happened on my college campus.  We were sitting in class when we got text messages that the campus was on lockdown.  Part of my campus is a shopping center with businesses open to the public.  One of those businesses is a credit union and apparently someone had robbed it at gun point and then ran into campus to escape.  So we sat in the dark, away from doors and windows for like 2 hours.  I don't know if they caught the guy or not.

Didn't that happen in VA? Williamsburg, I think. 'Cuz, that made the news in my area. I'm in SE VA.
Yeah. It happened in Yorktown.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JoW on September 04, 2011, 11:12:25 PM
There have been a couple.  The tornado, but it was only an EF 0, the weakest.  It came close enough to my house that I heard it.  It sounded like an 18-wheeler (tractor trailer truck) idling in the bedroom with me.  It came though at 2:30am and woke me up.  I never did see any damage from it. 

The guy up the street caught with enough illegal fireworks to flatten the whole neighborhood.  That was discovered while I was at work and resolved before I got home.  My house was just barely out side the 1/2 mile radius evacuation area. 

At my previous house - the intruder.  Stupid (me) forgot to lock the back door and he strolled right in.  I left, grabbing the cordless phone on my way out.  Called the police from the realtive safety of my car.  He was arrested.  It turned out he was 19 years old and intoxicated.  He had rolled his car over about 200 feet from my house.  I had to go to court against him.  He plead guilty to trespassing, got 1 year probation and no contact with me.  They also got him for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.  And, what I consider the harshest part of the punishment, he woke up in jail thinking to himself "oh, ---- what have I done?"  And he had to make the phone call "mom, I'm in jail". 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wheeitsme on September 05, 2011, 12:23:34 AM
Erm...I lived in Yosemite for 8 years.  So during that time the following are some of the things that happened in my n'hood....floods, fires, rockfalls, shooters, escaped crazies, kidnappings, murders, FBI hunt, bears, mountain lions, various drunken incidents, suicides, failed base jumpers, cars off of cliffs, people over waterfalls, etc.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: BarensMom on September 05, 2011, 12:33:07 AM
Back in the 70's, my EXBIL's parents were in their house and they heard a loud noise, then the sound of water spraying.  They go out front to find an airplane tire in their front yard, about 10 feet from their front window.  It had hit one of their sprinklers and there was water over the place.  It also left a good-size dent in their yard.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on September 05, 2011, 12:39:04 AM
Back in the 70's, my EXBIL's parents were in their house and they heard a loud noise, then the sound of water spraying.  They go out front to find an airplane tire in their front yard, about 10 feet from their front window.  It had hit one of their sprinklers and there was water over the place.  It also left a good-size dent in their yard.

O_o. So...how did the plane land minus one tire?  :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Tsaiko on September 05, 2011, 07:02:50 AM
Back in the 70's, my EXBIL's parents were in their house and they heard a loud noise, then the sound of water spraying.  They go out front to find an airplane tire in their front yard, about 10 feet from their front window.  It had hit one of their sprinklers and there was water over the place.  It also left a good-size dent in their yard.

And now, I must ask the most obvious question:

Did anyone come to claim the tire?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on September 05, 2011, 08:10:19 AM
Back in the 70's, my EXBIL's parents were in their house and they heard a loud noise, then the sound of water spraying.  They go out front to find an airplane tire in their front yard, about 10 feet from their front window.  It had hit one of their sprinklers and there was water over the place.  It also left a good-size dent in their yard.

And now, I must ask the most obvious question:

Did anyone come to claim the tire?

Not sure about that, but from what I understand about aviation, they had to retire the aircraft.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Browyn on September 05, 2011, 11:49:26 AM
The scary one

I lived in a poor neighboor when I first got out of college.  One night I wake up to lights coming in the window, I look out and there are cops all over the lawn with flashlights.  I open my door and find out from the cops - my upstairs neighboors had been running a smash and grab ring.  They would steal a vehicle, smash it through the window of an electronics store, and then load the stuff up into their waiting vehicle.

They had been so polite and quiet too, I never had any problems with them.  Funny thing is after they were gone then I started having problems, my car stereo was stolen.  Honor among thieves.

The funny one

The other story, I was visiting my late parents about 15 years ago.  They lived in Maine - but in Wells which is southern coastal and very built up.  They were in a nice middle class neighborhood, the kind with manicured lawns and a HOA.

My Dad starts yelling to Mom and & to come to the front door.  There was a Moose walking down the middle of the street, what made it so very Northern Exposure was all the neighbors just quietly watching it from their doors and the family in the station wagon following it very slowly.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on September 05, 2011, 02:11:45 PM
There was a full SWAT team with guns drawn at the apartment building directly across from mine.  There were at least 6 or 7 police cars outside, and it's a pretty small, quietish street.  I slept in the living room that night, because my bedroom window faces the street they were on.

My friend and I ordered pizza a few months ago, and after 1.5 hours called to find out where it was.  It turns out the pizza guy had been robbed and stabbed.  We found out later that the guy was okay, and that the idiots who did that were quickly caught-they were still at the house they'd ordered the pizza at.  It made me really angry, because 1) Pizza delivery people around here don't carry that much cash and 2) I just kept remembering the year my dad took a 2nd job as a delivery driver and thanking Deity that nothing bad happened to him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lisbeth on September 05, 2011, 02:31:36 PM
Well, I just remembered some things:

1) When I was in college, my suitemate's boyfriend saw some people in a parking lot trying to steal a car.  He chased them and was shot.  I think they were eventually arrested, but I don't remember.  My suitemate, understandably, was a major advocate of increased campus security after that.

2) Some years ago in my own current neighborhood, I was walking home from a park and happened to pass a woman wheeling a baby in a stroller.  She had a dog with her, and slammed the dog up against a fence and began screaming and cursing at it.  There is a police station nearby.  There may not have been much, if anything, the police could have done, but I was scared of the woman and for the baby and the dog.   However, I didn't report the incident, and to this day I am ashamed that I did not.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: violinp on September 05, 2011, 03:10:40 PM
Oh I remembered another one.  Weirdly, when I first saw this thread I was like, "Sheesh, nothing like that happens where I live!"  Then I actually used my brain and remembered that oh, yes it does.

I used to work for local government.  We had a Caution Alert Register (CAR)  which, for those who don't know, is a list of all the people who have been aggressive or violent towards members of staff.  This exists for security purposes.

One day last summer we got an email sent round warning us that a man on the CAR was probably going to be coming in.  He had an ongoing issue about his land that wasn't going to be resolved how he wanted.  In addition to a history of mental illness he had been known to get aggressive, so we were warned.

Rightly so.  He came in and, after seeing someone about his issue, pulled a giant knife from his coat, slit his wrists and stabbed himself multiple times in the abdomen right by the door of our huge main reception area. 

He survived but was sectioned and banned from the area.

Pretty glad I wasn't working that day.

Man, I think I would've been a wreck if I'd seen that!  :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on September 05, 2011, 10:13:26 PM
Sis called Mom one night and told her please don't freak out by I'm going to be called as a witness in a murder for hire case. She was working in adult guardianship. A man with some cognitive problems was used by his mother and some other family members in an attempt to kill another family member. (He was living in a halfway house and walked away.)


I was thankful that she called. The story ended up on the 5, 6, and 10 news, and the footage included Sis walking out of the court room or court house. Our phone rang off the hook for several days after that with friends and family making sure sis was ok.


Then another client got hold of her home phone number and started making threats about coming and get her. Sis had her now DH then boyfriend put a generic you have reached xxx xxx xxxx WE are not home now message on her machine. Then the boss helped her get her number changed (either without fees or had the department pay the fees because someone screwed up giving out her number).


She quit a short time after that.


The last hospital she was at a patient got ticked off about being discharged. He and his wife tried to stalk Sis. (It was her fault not the medical staff for some reason) The first time they followed her sis drove to a police substation and called me to pick up the kids (BIL was working about an hour away a the time).  After that security escorted sis to and from the building a couple for a couple of weeks. A security guy lived in the same direction as the kids schools, so he followed her to the school each night for those weeks. The couple gave up after a few tries, thankfully.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: random numbers on September 05, 2011, 11:52:55 PM
Back in the 70's, my EXBIL's parents were in their house and they heard a loud noise, then the sound of water spraying.  They go out front to find an airplane tire in their front yard, about 10 feet from their front window.  It had hit one of their sprinklers and there was water over the place.  It also left a good-size dent in their yard.

And now, I must ask the most obvious question:

Did anyone come to claim the tire?

Not sure about that, but from what I understand about aviation, they had to retire the aircraft.

*snerk*
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on September 06, 2011, 02:43:54 AM
Well, I read in the paper a couple of weeks ago about a gang-related shooting at the entrance to our outlet mall, the one so close to my house that I describe where I am in the county by  (i.e. "I live in Gwinnett...do you know where Discover Mills is?"). I've been in and out that entrance with my kids a million times, because it;s the one near the Lego store.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: dustyninja on September 06, 2011, 04:06:18 AM
My former hometown (ringgold, ga) was one of the ones wiped out by the April 27th tornado. I no longer live there, but it was shocking (still is) to drive through there and see nothing, where trees lined the streets, and a 100+ year old house gone, and other building that had been there for a long time. One area off the interstate was leveled.

Someone commented on the local news facebook page..."it looks like a hurricane hit the town." I was like..."wha...?"

The town is slowly getting back on its feet.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on September 06, 2011, 06:54:46 AM
I remember working at a major car insurance place when Ringgold had the freak thick fog - a thousand or more cars in one accident (well, investigation showed three "trigger accidents") that blocked I-75 for hours.....................the really freaky part was that there were no fatalities - and as many semi-trailers as were involved, that was unexpected.

Hadn't realized that it had the tornado go through this year.............
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: dustyninja on September 06, 2011, 02:00:46 PM
It's crazy. For a small town, we have had lots of excitement. I had forgotten about the fog. That was a bad one too.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PeasNCues on September 06, 2011, 02:06:00 PM
In my mom's neighborhood in MD, a man murdered his whole family - wife, children, all of them.

He left a note saying it was because they were in debt and couldn't recover and he lost his job, etc.

Only, he was gone.

They found him decades later with a new wife. Evidently HE could recover, only without his family burdening him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on September 06, 2011, 04:13:25 PM
In my mom's neighborhood in MD, a man murdered his whole family - wife, children, all of them.

He left a note saying it was because they were in debt and couldn't recover and he lost his job, etc.

Only, he was gone.

They found him decades later with a new wife. Evidently HE could recover, only without his family burdening him.

I think that story was on Unsolved Mysteries. At least I vaguely remember seeing a very similar story on there.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Melxb on September 06, 2011, 06:40:34 PM
In my mom's neighborhood in MD, a man murdered his whole family - wife, children, all of them.

He left a note saying it was because they were in debt and couldn't recover and he lost his job, etc.

Only, he was gone.

They found him decades later with a new wife. Evidently HE could recover, only without his family burdening him.

That was John List.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_List
I think that story was on Unsolved Mysteries. At least I vaguely remember seeing a very similar story on there.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Violet Tulip on September 07, 2011, 10:55:52 PM
I have a pretty benign, but strange intruder story. I missed it because I was at college at the time.

One morning my father woke up to find an unfamiliar 20-something man sleeping on the couch. Turns out he was friends with the lady next door's children and had let himself in the side door, thinking he was in their house. The two houses have the same design, but different colors (yellow and white, which are indistinguishable at night). Once he woke up the young man was properly mortified and took off.

I was always amused by this story because my parent's huge German Shepherd Dog was in the house at night, and had apparently greeted the man but not alerted my parents. This just confirmed my belief that in the dog's mind, all people and cats = friends, and all dogs and squirrels = enemies.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: zyrs on September 08, 2011, 05:35:49 AM
If you consider the state you live in your 'hood, then this technically happened in my 'hood.

So, many years ago storage unit facilities started to spring up.  And after a few years, this happened:

There was an auction at a storage unit facility on storage units that had gone in arrears.  A man bid on and won the contents of a specific unit, only to find the body of a long-dead woman.  The police were given the name, address and phone number of the previous owner, who was arrested and convicted.

It seems, he killed his then -wife then rented a storage unit to store her body.  He told everyone that she had run off and left him. After a few years he joined the military, got the marriage annulled or something and re-married.  Then he was sent overseas for a tour.  Stateside, his new wife (who was paying the bills) looks at this storage unit rental and thinks; "You know, this is a lot of expense for something he hasn't seen or used in years - he won't miss it." and stops paying on the storage unit.

Found this on snopes http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=91;t=000926;p=0 midway down.. but it says the daughter of the second marriage did the stopping of payment.  (warning: thread is grisly.)

The one I am talking about happened much earlier, sometime in the 1980s/1990s - but using a search engine shows that a lot of people have been doing stuff like this.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lisbeth on September 08, 2011, 07:06:05 AM
In my mom's neighborhood in MD, a man murdered his whole family - wife, children, all of them.

He left a note saying it was because they were in debt and couldn't recover and he lost his job, etc.

Only, he was gone.

They found him decades later with a new wife. Evidently HE could recover, only without his family burdening him.

That was John List.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_List
I think that story was on Unsolved Mysteries. At least I vaguely remember seeing a very similar story on there.

John List murdered his family in NJ, not MD.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Melxb on September 08, 2011, 09:16:51 AM
In my mom's neighborhood in MD, a man murdered his whole family - wife, children, all of them.

He left a note saying it was because they were in debt and couldn't recover and he lost his job, etc.

Only, he was gone.

They found him decades later with a new wife. Evidently HE could recover, only without his family burdening him.

That was John List.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_List
I think that story was on Unsolved Mysteries. At least I vaguely remember seeing a very similar story on there.

John List murdered his family in NJ, not MD.

Well then, I wonder who else it could be?  I thought maybe Bradford Bishop, but he's never been found.

There just aren't that many family anhilators out there and now I'm intensely curious about who it could be.  PeasNCues, do you remember when this was?  Even vaguely?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: IslandMama on September 09, 2011, 12:58:29 AM
My parents managed the local pub when I was growing up and we lived in the house attached.  The pub was on the corner of a major intersection.  One night someone driving a car hit someone on a motorbike.  I woke up to the motorbike rider literally sailing through my bedroom window with glass (and blood, of course) spraying everywhere.  He wasn't too badly injured, considering what happened.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JocelynCS on September 09, 2011, 08:22:51 PM
My parents managed the local pub when I was growing up and we lived in the house attached.  The pub was on the corner of a major intersection.  One night someone driving a car hit someone on a motorbike.  I woke up to the motorbike rider literally sailing through my bedroom window with glass (and blood, of course) spraying everywhere.  He wasn't too badly injured, considering what happened.

Wow.  This may not win the thread, but it's definitely in the top five! 

I am envisioning a "caption contest" on what Mister Motorbike and IslandMama's first remarks to each other were.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: IslandMama on September 09, 2011, 08:38:13 PM
My parents managed the local pub when I was growing up and we lived in the house attached.  The pub was on the corner of a major intersection.  One night someone driving a car hit someone on a motorbike.  I woke up to the motorbike rider literally sailing through my bedroom window with glass (and blood, of course) spraying everywhere.  He wasn't too badly injured, considering what happened.

Wow.  This may not win the thread, but it's definitely in the top five! 

I am envisioning a "caption contest" on what Mister Motorbike and IslandMama's first remarks to each other were.

I was eight at the time.  He asked if he was dead or alive.  Given my room was decorated with Hollie Hobbie wallpaper etc I'm not sure if he was thinking it was heaven or hell.  I said "So far, you're alive.  I'll go see if anyone has called an ambulance for you, shall I?"  I was always a little strange.  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 09, 2011, 08:44:34 PM
A friend of mine was living on the ground floor of an apartment building.  One night, a drunk driver somehow managed to drive through the living room of her apartment, ending up in the bedroom of the apartment next door.  Fortunately, the only one hurt was the driver of the car.

She lost almost everything, didn't have renters insurance AND had to find a new place to live because the building wasn't safe.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Miss Misery on October 20, 2011, 11:59:04 AM
About a month ago I was on my way to catch the bus to go to work and hear someone yelling. That in itself is hardly unusual as I've seen and heard more than a few crazy people shouting nonsense at anyone and everyone. But then I walk up the block and see the source of the yelling--it was a cop standing in the middle of the road with his gun drawn, yelling at two men in a truck to get out.  Another cop opens the passenger side door and drags one of the men out, with a third cop holding a shotgun on him.  Meanwhile, traffic is backing up and dozens of pedestrians on the sidewalk were watching it all with eyes as big as dinner plates.

Thankfully the guys in the truck decided not to go down in an epic blaze of gunfire. By the time I got on the bus the two men were sitting on the sidewalk in handcuffs and the cops were searching the truck.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LeeLee88 on October 20, 2011, 12:40:40 PM
About a month ago I was on my way to catch the bus to go to work and hear someone yelling. That in itself is hardly unusual as I've seen and heard more than a few crazy people shouting nonsense at anyone and everyone. But then I walk up the block and see the source of the yelling--it was a cop standing in the middle of the road with his gun drawn, yelling at two men in a truck to get out.  Another cop opens the passenger side door and drags one of the men out, with a third cop holding a shotgun on him.  Meanwhile, traffic is backing up and dozens of pedestrians on the sidewalk were watching it all with eyes as big as dinner plates.

Thankfully the guys in the truck decided not to go down in an epic blaze of gunfire. By the time I got on the bus the two men were sitting on the sidewalk in handcuffs and the cops were searching the truck.

And then Bon Jovi shows up out of nowhere and says, "Guys... it isn't worth it.  No blaze of glory tonight, just go sit down".  True story.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Miss Misha on October 20, 2011, 05:47:03 PM
Though I live in a major metropolitan area, my actual town is quite small and quiet.  But, we have our dens of iniquity, like all human settlements.   ;D  I just happened to buy my first house next to one.  I had the local pot grower/convicted felon next door.  His customers were much, much worse than he ever was, but if I said something to him about customer X using our driveway as a roundabout or customer Y peeing on the tree, he nipped it in the bud.  After all, he didn't want to draw attention to himself, did he?  So life was relatively quiet until one Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. when the county marshalls and several cops showed up to take him in.  The knocking on his front door work me up.  I peeked out the window to see what the noise was and saw them all out there with really, really big guns.  I remember hitting the floor and wondering what bullets could penetrate as I crept to the far side of the house.  Oh, and my big siberian husky lay on the floor next to me cowering as well.  So much for canine bravery.

Also, we're a island that is pretty flat and when I bought that first house we were told by the bank we had to buy flood insurance since we were in a 100 year flood plain.  We scoffed, but paid up and got the insurance.  So, that first winter was a record setting one - epic storms, flooding in the agricultural area north of us, etc.   We went out one Sunday morning for church and breakfast and couldn't get home due to --- flooding.  Seems that a levee under the bridge connecting our island had given way and the main road was flooded.  First time there was a recordable flood in the city in over 50 years.

In my current house, we live on a street that has a "dog leg" at the one end.  In the 20 or so years I've lived here, at least two cars have missed the turn and run into the poor tree that grows there.  Both times I recall clearly, it was a Saturday night so I suspect intoxication as a cause.

The scariest/funniest thing happened about 20 years ago when we had the Loma Prieta earthquake.  Then-hubby and I had just turned on the TV to watch the World Series so we were at home.  When the earth started shaking, he ran to a doorway for cover.  But not me!  I was gonna watch that game dontchaknow, so I proceeded to hold onto the TV so it wouldn't rattle off the rather rickety stand we had it on.  Though the earthquake was longer than "normal" (we do get small ones every few months), it didn't feel strong enough that they'd have to call the game or that the Bay Bridge had been damaged.  We found that out later.  However, the Misha-held-the-TV-during-the-big-one story has become family legend.   :D 

We also found out about the collapsed freeway from the earthquake when my sister called from Oregon, frantic, when she saw the news footage.  I might've been on that freeway returning from work, but had come home early to watch the Series.  As it was, my co-worker, who took the same bus, had just.come.off the freeway exit.  She said later she thought the driver had hit a pothole! :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sirius on October 20, 2011, 08:09:19 PM
My former boss, who had worked in San Francisco at the time and lived in Oakland, had just come across the bridge when it collapsed.  She said when she got home her husband was hysterical because he thought she'd been on the bridge. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kethria on October 20, 2011, 08:14:45 PM
Huh I just remembered one. During the DC sniper rampage, I was working as the assistant vet here. We got a call about a downer cow, and I noticed that she had a wound on her that looked to me like a bullet hole. My boss said that it was far too big, and that she probably got hung up on a gate or a fence and cut herself. She never recovered so we put her down and autopsied her and found... a lot of damage and eventually a 50 caliber bullet.  They thought it might be related to the sniper case, so the FBI came out. Turns out someone had robbed a gun store close by and decided to test some weapons by shooting at cows. Fortunately they only hit one.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pierrotlunaire0 on October 21, 2011, 08:22:04 AM
I forgot about one from about 6 or 7 years ago.  I was working at a branch in the downtown of the small city I live in.  One block away was the district court.  It was a fairly quiet office, but one afternoon was exceptional: we had no customers.  Odd.

Then I got a phone call from the Union Rep for my clerks.  "Why is your office open?"  I didn't even know how to respond to that.  Why wouldn't it be open?  She told me to turn on the TV.  A very violent criminal escaped from the courthouse, where he was to be indicted, and the police had the downtown area on lockdown.

They caught him within the next 15 minutes: hiding in one of the courthouse bathrooms.  But we had a nice quiet afternoon.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on October 21, 2011, 09:08:21 AM
One of my more dramatic moments was "Day of the Castaways".

When I was a child, my family had a cottage on a seacoast. It wasn't deserted by any means, but quite rural. There was an island a few miles off shore from it, a few acres of mosquitos and little else. One fall day, we were staying overnight when there was a big storm. The next day, the water was still very rough. When we looked out in the morning, we could see an object bobbing far off in the distance near the island.

Over the next hour, the object came closer, tossing in the waves. We noted that it looked like boat wreckage, and hoped there had not been an accident.

The object came closer. As it came near to shore, it became visible that it was a raft, with two people on it. Eventually, it reached shore. We went down to see it, and discovered two young men on board, nearly completely exhausted. Apparently, they'd been out sailing when the storm hit the night before, and it drove them on a reef around the island. They decided as soon as it was light to make a raft of the wreckage, and paddle to shore.

We fed them and gave them warm clothes, and called the authorities who were already looking for them. After they left for town, we children were given the talk about how if something similar ever happened to us, we should stay where we were, and wait for rescue, rather than trusting our lives to a few broken boards lashed together.

They did get rescued a few hours earlier, but they could easily have drowned in the attempt to cross.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bigozzy on October 21, 2011, 09:42:37 AM
I 1991 we lived in Glasgow. Went down to get the car to do some shopping one morning and found it stolen. First and only time this has happened.

Did the usualy reporting/insurance and so on. Police told us it was probably taken for a joy ride- something of a regular occurence the next neighbourhood over.

Heard nothing for a few weeks and were just about to get an insurance payout when we got a call from the police asking if (description) was our car and asking us to go in to the station.

The guy explained that the car was the first car used as a getaway from an armed robbery so it was abandoned quickly in some ruraL area with little damage!

Then we had to answer some wonderful but essential questions:

Officer: Holds up sawn off shot gun "Is this yours"?

Us: Nope

O: Hunting knife "This"?

This goes on with shotgun cartriges, a handgun and even pantyhose.

Brought some excitement to our otherwise quiet neighbourhood anyway. No one was hurt and they were caught by the way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Sluggyfan on October 21, 2011, 10:07:12 AM
I love these stories! Almost as intriguing as the personal mysteries thread! :D

I know there have been a few incidences in various neighborhoods I've lived in, but my veryvery favorite ever would be when the high school near my neighborhood had to be shut down and decontaminated.

Why? Because some of the students stole some mercury from the chem lab and went bezerk with it! They shared it with friends, rolled it over their skin, hid it away in pockets, squirted it at each other with water bottles, smeared it on walls. As anyone familiar with the effects of mercury knows, this is inSANE.

So anyway, the faculty didn't realize what was going on until the afternoon, when a student fainted in class. An EMT found the mercury on her and had her tested. Mercury poisoning was deemed the reason for her collapse. Suddenly, teams are in the school, doing tests. The whole building is shut down, with every student forced to stay inside until they could be stripped, decontaminated, tested and sent home in new clothes donated from the Salvation Army. It took hours, as this school held around 2000 students. A few other students were sent to the hospital with severe levels of contamination (can't remember the number, as this was over 10 years ago), and the school was shut down for almost a week while professional cleaners were brought in to decontaminate the school. I think it cost the city quite a pretty penny at the end of the affair. A nearby bowling alley, where the kids hung out for lunch, also had to be decontaminated at the city's expense.

I believe a few days later, mercury was found on one of the sidewalks in the neighborhood. One of the students who instigated the event admitted to bringing mercury home with her, and her house was found to be contaminated. Her parents had to gut it before it was livable, and I think they attempted to sue the school for expenses. Don't remember if they won, though!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: violinp on October 21, 2011, 11:11:07 AM
I love these stories! Almost as intriguing as the personal mysteries thread! :D

I know there have been a few incidences in various neighborhoods I've lived in, but my veryvery favorite ever would be when the high dchool near my neighborhood had to be shut down and decontaminated.

Why? Because some of the students stole some mercury from the chem lab and went bezerk with it! They shared it with friends, rolled it over their skin, hid it away in pockets, squirted it at each other with water bottles, smeared it on walls. As anyone familiar with the effects of mercury knows, this is inSANE.

So anyway, the faculty didn't realize what was going on until the afternoon, when a student fainted in class. An EMT found the mercury on her and had her tested. Mercury poisoning was deemed the reason for her collapse. Suddenly, teams are in the school, doing tests. The whole building is shut down, with every student forced to stay inside until they could be stripped, decontaminated, tested and sent home in new clothes donated from the Salvation Army. It took hours, as this school held around 2000 students. A few other students were sent to the hospital with severe levels of contamination (can't remember the number, as this was over 10 years ago), and the school was shut down for almost a week while professional cleaners were brought in to decontaminate the school. I think it cost the city quite a pretty penny at the end of the affair. A nearby bowling alley, where the kids hung out for lunch, also had to be decontaminated at the city's expense.

I believe a few days later, mercury was found on one of the sidewalks in the neighborhood. One of the students who instigated the event admitted to bringing mercury home with her, and her house was found to be contaminated. Her parents had to gut it before it was livable, and I think they attempted to sue the school for expenses. Don't remember if they won, though!

Oh my word!  :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lisbeth on October 21, 2011, 11:20:18 AM
Some additional stories about me:

In 1979, when I was 8, the house next door to mine burned down.

In 1992, when I was a college senior finishing up my last semester, my family's house burned down.  I was living there at the time.  I actually smelled the fire starting when I left the house that day, but didn't recognize it for what it was-I'd thought that someone left the gas turned on in the kitchen and checked, but as this was not the case, I left the house for class (I was the last one to leave the house that day).  After class, I went to my mother's office to help out (she was practicing law at the time and I occasionally helped out with receptionist and clerical assistance).  Someone called the office to say that "there was a serious problem at our house."  My mother wasn't there, but another lawyer who was drove me back to our house and I saw a fire engine parked in front of it...and the burned wreck.  A lot of our stuff inside did survive (apparently the fire department was called right after the fire broke out (probably right after I left) and put out the fire) but my family was displaced for several months after that.  At first we stayed at a hotel; then we rented a townhouse and a damage restoration company would bring us back our things every day as they became available.  Although, my brother lost his Walkman that he had just received for his birthday and the company had to buy him a new one.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Iris on October 21, 2011, 04:07:31 PM
I love these stories! Almost as intriguing as the personal mysteries thread! :D

I know there have been a few incidences in various neighborhoods I've lived in, but my veryvery favorite ever would be when the high dchool near my neighborhood had to be shut down and decontaminated.

Why? Because some of the students stole some mercury from the chem lab and went bezerk with it! They shared it with friends, rolled it over their skin, hid it away in pockets, squirted it at each other with water bottles, smeared it on walls. As anyone familiar with the effects of mercury knows, this is inSANE.

So anyway, the faculty didn't realize what was going on until the afternoon, when a student fainted in class. An EMT found the mercury on her and had her tested. Mercury poisoning was deemed the reason for her collapse. Suddenly, teams are in the school, doing tests. The whole building is shut down, with every student forced to stay inside until they could be stripped, decontaminated, tested and sent home in new clothes donated from the Salvation Army. It took hours, as this school held around 2000 students. A few other students were sent to the hospital with severe levels of contamination (can't remember the number, as this was over 10 years ago), and the school was shut down for almost a week while professional cleaners were brought in to decontaminate the school. I think it cost the city quite a pretty penny at the end of the affair. A nearby bowling alley, where the kids hung out for lunch, also had to be decontaminated at the city's expense.

I believe a few days later, mercury was found on one of the sidewalks in the neighborhood. One of the students who instigated the event admitted to bringing mercury home with her, and her house was found to be contaminated. Her parents had to gut it before it was livable, and I think they attempted to sue the school for expenses. Don't remember if they won, though!

Oh my word!  :o

I went off googling "Mercury contamination"...one case, similar to yours listed the cleanup cost as $1.5 million dollars!! Another case listed having to strip a house completely and listed the cost as $150,000 but that was the cost to strip the house - the family in that case were just left with an empty shell and had to start from scratch themselves, I guess.

Note to self: Not only is mercury deadly, it's also really expensive. Leave mercury alone.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: TychaBrahe on October 21, 2011, 04:33:40 PM
I think it's the fact that the creepy guy specifically mentioned the police when it was obvious that the jumper needed medical attention as a priority.   Most people's reaction would probably be, "Someone's hurt, I need to call for medical assistance.", but his was, "This guy jumped, I need to get the police to deal with it.".  To me, that doesn't seem like a normal reaction to such a situation.

Chiming in late here, but it all depends on where you live.  In Los Angeles, if I needed paramedics, I'd call the fire department.  In New York, it's the police who operate the rescue buses.  (If you ever watch Law & Order or L&O SVU the cops will sometimes radio that they need "a bus."  This is the NYPD Emergency Services Unit REP truck, not a public transportation vehicle.)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e9/NYPD_Emergency_Service_truck.jpg/800px-NYPD_Emergency_Service_truck.jpg)

If you've ever watched Emergency!, these units provide the same type of services as the Los Angeles County firefighter/paramedics.

Personally, I would call the emergency/police number for something like a suicide, because if you call an ambulance, you're likely going to get (in the US) an EMT-B or EMT-I, whereas if you call the emergency number you're going to get an EMT-Paramedic.

I don't know anything about the emergency medical system in France, but I do know that people in countries where the emergency code is 9-9-9 have delayed having emergency services come because they dialed 9-1-1, as they had seen on American TV.

http://www.mistyeiz.com/2007/11/26/999-911-000/
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: faithlessone on October 21, 2011, 05:20:14 PM
(If you ever watch Law & Order or L&O SVU the cops will sometimes radio that they need "a bus."  This is the NYPD Emergency Services Unit REP truck, not a public transportation vehicle.)

Huh, I always thought that was just short for "ambulance" somehow. ('ambulance' -> 'amblunce' -> 'bunce' -> 'bus' maybe?) You learn something new everyday!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pwv on October 21, 2011, 06:34:33 PM
This happened many years ago when I lived in Virginia and worked in DC.  My carpool was crossing the bridge from VA into DC and on the shoulder we saw a man with his hands cuffed behind his back running towards the VA side, with several cops chasing him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: m2kbug on October 21, 2011, 06:43:44 PM
A helicopter was hovering about neighborhood for quite some time.  We wondered what was going on.  Later on, the news showed a car had driven through someone's living room...must have been a news-cam helicopter.  No one was injured.  We drove out to see if we could find the house a couple days later.  They spray painted "No parking" on the plywood that was now their living room wall. 

I was out to the store one night when a good half a dozen police cars passed me on the way.  I turned back to see what the fuss was.  There were a LOT of police out there in the cul-de-sac.  I learned later there was a domestic dispute that included weapons.   :o

My cat got smashed in a garage door of a vacant house that was up for sale -- cat half in, half out.  I suspect foul play, as the garage doors bounce open if anything gets in the way.  It took a few phone calls to get someone out to open the garage door to retrieve the cat. 

My neighborhood sounds awful, doesn't it?   :P  These events occured over a considerable time frame.  We're actually very boring.   :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: catgal on October 21, 2011, 11:54:42 PM
Not as dramatic as other posters experience, but we had a little excitement in our very quiet neighbourhood yesterday.  I had been hanging out washing in the back yard and went inside for a drink.  I thought I could smell smoke inside but couldn't work out where it was coming from. I looked outside and there was thick smoke suddenly pouring into the back yard.  I ran to the front yard and the whole street was full of smoke, coming through the small park across the road from the house behind.  DH grabbed his phone when I yelled that a house was on fire and we ran  around to the house. Two police officers were there spraying the garage with a garden hose (not really achieving anything!)   We watched the flames come through the garage door but luckily didn't spread to the house before the fire brigade arrived.  Our neighbours joined us and the guys tried to work out from the burned out shell what sort of car it had once been.

The neighbours to the house involved said that they had all lived in the street for many years, but didn't have contact phone numbers for each other, which meant no-one could call the home owner. I'm glad that we are friends with our neighbours and they would be able to call us and visa versa if anything terrible happened. The smell has lasted all night and I've had to re-wash the clothes that I'd hung out.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on October 22, 2011, 12:05:34 AM
My apartment building was the scene of something that actually ended up in the Darwin Award Pages (although only as an honorary mention, since the individual survived). A woman climbed into the garbage chute on the 18th floor. Her explanation afterwards was that the door to the garbage chute room locked her in, so she thought she would shinny down to the 17th floor, and climb out.

I have no idea how she thought this was workable, or a better solution than banging on the door until someone heard her (the chute rooms are right next to the elevators, so she wouldn't have been trapped very long). I'm also not sure how one could be locked in by a door that has no lock on it. I'm still not sure what went on, but my own dark suspicion is that there may have been copious amounts of alcohol or less legal substances involved, because it doesn't sound like something anyone would do in their right mind.

Fortunately, when she (predictably) plummetted down 17 storeys, there was lots of nice soft garbage to cushion her fall.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: violinp on October 22, 2011, 12:22:23 AM
There was a guy who, in the middle of the night, banged on our door, and left a paper bag full of tree debris on our porch.

This happened 2, 3 years ago, and we still don't know who or why.  ???
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Baxter on October 22, 2011, 01:35:54 AM


My cat got smashed in a garage door of a vacant house that was up for sale -- cat half in, half out.  I suspect foul play, as the garage doors bounce open if anything gets in the way.  It took a few phone calls to get someone out to open the garage door to retrieve the cat. 



OP can you please clarify if you mean cat or car in this story, I just can't work out the logistics of a cat being stuck half in, half out of a garage door  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 22, 2011, 01:56:31 AM


My cat got smashed in a garage door of a vacant house that was up for sale -- cat half in, half out.  I suspect foul play, as the garage doors bounce open if anything gets in the way.  It took a few phone calls to get someone out to open the garage door to retrieve the cat. 



OP can you please clarify if you mean cat or car in this story, I just can't work out the logistics of a cat being stuck half in, half out of a garage door  :)

I've got it!  It was a Mercury Cougar!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on October 22, 2011, 05:16:50 AM
I love these stories! Almost as intriguing as the personal mysteries thread! :D

I know there have been a few incidences in various neighborhoods I've lived in, but my veryvery favorite ever would be when the high school near my neighborhood had to be shut down and decontaminated.

Why? Because some of the students stole some mercury from the chem lab and went bezerk with it! They shared it with friends, rolled it over their skin, hid it away in pockets, squirted it at each other with water bottles, smeared it on walls. As anyone familiar with the effects of mercury knows, this is inSANE.

So anyway, the faculty didn't realize what was going on until the afternoon, when a student fainted in class. An EMT found the mercury on her and had her tested. Mercury poisoning was deemed the reason for her collapse. Suddenly, teams are in the school, doing tests. The whole building is shut down, with every student forced to stay inside until they could be stripped, decontaminated, tested and sent home in new clothes donated from the Salvation Army. It took hours, as this school held around 2000 students. A few other students were sent to the hospital with severe levels of contamination (can't remember the number, as this was over 10 years ago), and the school was shut down for almost a week while professional cleaners were brought in to decontaminate the school. I think it cost the city quite a pretty penny at the end of the affair. A nearby bowling alley, where the kids hung out for lunch, also had to be decontaminated at the city's expense.

I believe a few days later, mercury was found on one of the sidewalks in the neighborhood. One of the students who instigated the event admitted to bringing mercury home with her, and her house was found to be contaminated. Her parents had to gut it before it was livable, and I think they attempted to sue the school for expenses. Don't remember if they won, though!

You got that last part wrong - the city and school sued the parents and students and they had to pay for the clean up of the school, bowling alley, sidewalk and other public areas right. Opps forgot justice doesn't always work right in this world.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaypeep on October 22, 2011, 07:00:08 AM
When I was a in college  there was a man who ran an illegal gambling club in the back of a chinese restaurant across the street from my job. He looked almost exactly like Kenny Rogers that everyone just called him that, instead of his real name. Kenny was also a neighbor of mine, I 'd known my wholel ife. He lived across the street from my mom's house.  One day a HS friend who was now a cop came into our store and was asking if we ever went to the chinese restaurant.  We (my brother and I, we worked together) could tell he knew about the gambling and we told him we did go there,but only for lunch, not for gambling. He then admitted the reason he was asking us was because they were going to raid the place and wanted to make sure we weren't there if they did.   So when our shift ended, we hung out at the store anyway because we wanted to see the raid. It was excting!

Flash forward a few years, I'm visiting mom mom at home and I comment about the large #of utility trucks on her block and ask her if she knows what happened?  Was there a gas leak? Are they going to tear up the street and replace the sewers? She laughs and says "They aren't really!  It's the Feds! They are watching Kenny Rogers!"  Well, she was partly right!  Sure enough about 50 ATF officers show up out of nowhere and raid the house NEXT TO Kenny Rogers!  Turns out our other neighbor (among many, I should confess) was in the mafia and was being picked up for a slew of crimes mostly trading and selling illegal arms, drugs, etc.  Kenny Rogers watched the whole thing from the front of his house and I couldn't help but wonder if he was freaking out that they would come for him again, next.

PS- Why yes, my neighborhood does run like a season of The Sopranos.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LibChick on October 22, 2011, 07:58:33 AM
When I was a in college  there was a man who ran an illegal gambling club in the back of a chinese restaurant across the street from my job. He looked almost exactly like Kenny Rogers that everyone just called him that, instead of his real name. Kenny was also a neighbor of mine, I 'd known my wholel ife. He lived across the street from my mom's house.  One day a HS friend who was now a cop came into our store and was asking if we ever went to the chinese restaurant.  We (my brother and I, we worked together) could tell he knew about the gambling and we told him we did go there,but only for lunch, not for gambling. He then admitted the reason he was asking us was because they were going to raid the place and wanted to make sure we weren't there if they did.   So when our shift ended, we hung out at the store anyway because we wanted to see the raid. It was excting!

Well, wasn't Kenny Rogers "The Gambler?"
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: paige =^..^= on October 22, 2011, 07:59:38 AM
... he nipped it in the bud.

I see what you did there :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: m2kbug on October 22, 2011, 11:47:54 AM


My cat got smashed in a garage door of a vacant house that was up for sale -- cat half in, half out.  I suspect foul play, as the garage doors bounce open if anything gets in the way.  It took a few phone calls to get someone out to open the garage door to retrieve the cat. 


OP can you please clarify if you mean cat or car in this story, I just can't work out the logistics of a cat being stuck half in, half out of a garage door  :)

Imagine the cat on its belly - the garage door closed at the waistline, head outside on the carport, tail inside the garage. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: m2kbug on October 22, 2011, 12:03:57 PM
Lots of scary stories.  I have to say the airplane tire falling on the lawn has to be my funny/bizarre favorite.  Another one that made me laugh, and I paraphrase, "the most interesting thing in our neighborhood was the runaway tortoise."   ;D

I thought of another interesting neighbor story.  Some renters moved in, I think four young adults, and they had this old clunky car that was never parked in the garage.  Some people's garages are filled with stuff, so the car won't fit, but in this case the garage was empty.  I found it odd that they didn't make use of the space, especially since the car never seemed to run.

Then I started to notice that it seemed like they partied in the garage a lot with the door closed.  It's hot here and not the most pleasant place to hang out, if you ask me, especially with the door closed.  Someone explained to me that they probably like to partake of illegal weed-like mood enhancers, so couldn't smoke in the yard due to the odor, nor did they smoke in the house.  Okay, makes sense.   

Now the car.  The majority of the time the only time the car ever seemed to move was when a tow truck was picking it up or dropping it off - at 3 in the morning.  ??? I kid you not, that truck was out here once or twice a month.  I about reached my tolerance on that one when they moved. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Iris on October 22, 2011, 04:02:00 PM


My cat got smashed in a garage door of a vacant house that was up for sale -- cat half in, half out.  I suspect foul play, as the garage doors bounce open if anything gets in the way.  It took a few phone calls to get someone out to open the garage door to retrieve the cat. 


Poor cat!  :(
OP can you please clarify if you mean cat or car in this story, I just can't work out the logistics of a cat being stuck half in, half out of a garage door  :)

Imagine the cat on its belly - the garage door closed at the waistline, head outside on the carport, tail inside the garage.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyClaire on October 24, 2011, 08:40:28 AM

Also, we're a island that is pretty flat and when I bought that first house we were told by the bank we had to buy flood insurance since we were in a 100 year flood plain.  We scoffed, but paid up and got the insurance.  So, that first winter was a record setting one - epic storms, flooding in the agricultural area north of us, etc.   We went out one Sunday morning for church and breakfast and couldn't get home due to --- flooding.  Seems that a levee under the bridge connecting our island had given way and the main road was flooded.  First time there was a recordable flood in the city in over 50 years.

DH and I had to purchase flood insurance because our house was on the 100 year flood plain. We also scoffed, but did it because, well, we couldn't close on the house without purchasing flood insurance. There hadn't been a flood in that area in so long that no one could remember the last time it had happened.

A few months ago a truly awful storm hit. The rain came so hard and fast that it caused flash flooding in several areas. It took me hours to get home because so many roads were closed. When I got to my subdivision, the streets were flooded. I had to park the car in a non-flooded area and walk to my house through water that was up to my thighs. The water made it almost to the house..it stopped just shy of the garage when it stopped raining and all of the storm drains and sewers were able to catch up to the sheer volume of water that was flowing through the streets. By the time DH got home, the water was all gone, but I showed him the water mark on the driveway. We've never complained about flood insurance since.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: TychaBrahe on October 24, 2011, 03:47:32 PM
First house, three incidents:

The houses in our unit faced the parking lot, and in one corner was the dumpsters surrounded by a wooden fence.  There was a trash fire that caught the fence.

A police officer lived across the play area from us.  He spotted some guy trying to climb over the fence into our patio, and arrested him.  The really weird thing was that we didn't really use the patio.  We just let the dog go outside there to potty.  The patio was filled with dog waste.  From the size of the waste, it should have been obvious that we had a large dog.  In fact she was a 75-lb weimaraner. 

My Girl Scout troop was walking through the park beside our housing unit and our leader was held up at knife point and had her purse stolen.


College, in dorms

Late at night a friend and I decided to walk to the 7-11 about half a mile away.  On the way back, we watch as someone comes running out of the diner across the street, jumps into a car and runs away.  Another man comes out of the diner and starts firing after the car.  I take cover behind the cars in the auto dealership we were passing.  My stupid companion the film major is standing right there looking up and down the street for the cameras.  It turns out the diner, being open 24 hours, is frequently robbed, and the owner keeps a gun under the counter.

A helicopter lifting a new A/C unit onto the top of a building in the early morning loses the broadcast antenna for the college radio station in the sun and hits it, shearing off the tips of the propeller.  The pilot manages to safely autorotate into a street that is really only used for staff parking.  Fortunately it was Saturday, and not many people were there.  The copter broke its landing gear.  They had to bring a crane and trailer in to haul it away.  Fortunately it survived, and I saw it about 18 months later at an air show.  However, the nearby buildings were all typical wood frame/chicken wire/stucco California construction, and pieces of the blade and pieces of the tree branches the helicopter hit on the way down scythed through the walls.  I know at least one person found a piece of wood in her desk drawer.  Fortunately in these dorm rooms, the desks stood between the beds and the windows, so no one was injured.


College, off campus apartment

My roommate arrived home and was prevented from entering the complex because someone was being searched for.  When she was finally allowed in, she finds that I had gone to bed and left the door unlocked.


Last house in California

The neighbors next door were a source of continuing problems.  They threw shoes from their window at ours and broke it.  They threw eggs at my niece's car.  We invited them over as guests (before we knew their issues) and they stole my tzedekah (charity) box.  One day the police come over and want to look around our yard.  We let them in.  They are looking for someone from next door.  They don't find him.  They park down the street for a while, then leave.  Almost immediately after they leave, the guy comes streaking through our backyard.  He had been hiding underneath our weeping elm.

I had gone up to the local big box store mall to see my nephew, who worked there.  I was coming out of the lot when I hear this furious BANG!  The transformer near the street had blown up.  Oil from the transformer started a fire in the grass, and the wire that ran over the street fell down.

***

These are just the big ones.  Honestly I think I call 911 about six times a year.  The last was just last weekend.  I had been out of town visiting a friend and when driving home from the airport made the mistake of driving past the football stadium right as a game let out.  As I'm merging from I-55 onto Lake Shore Drive, I spot a couple walking down the median between the merging freeway lanes!  Maybe three weeks before that I saw a man wandering drunkenly through traffic on Michigan Avenue.

Then there was the time I spotted a guy walking down the carpool lane of the San Bernardino freeway; the time I stopped because a guy was pushing a lawn mower across the street and the motorcyclist behind me couldn't stop, skidded into a parked van, and took out its gas tank; the time someone was trying to break into my landlord's apartment; the time my neighbor's pool equipment shed caught fire; the time the car skidded into the power pole and took out power for the area; the time the car in front of me had its axle break going up Kellogg Hill....
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on October 24, 2011, 04:42:55 PM
I live next to an area of town we call "Felony Flats"...one night I was studying in my room when there was this huge BANG, it was seriously louder than a gunshot or a firecracker. We had NO idea what it was. People from all over campus and the surrounding area, like a good 10-20 mile radius were posting on their facebooks asking what that was.

We never found out.

I wonder if this was a sonic boom.  We had one or two over our area growing up and they are very loud.


I didn't live at home at the time but my parents were eating dinner one night.  Suddenly, they heard a loud "BOOM" and the house shook.  A house three homes down blew to smithereens from a gas leak.  Fortunately, no one was home at the time!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: #borecore on October 24, 2011, 07:42:18 PM
I have a few, some doozier than others ...

Probably the scariest one was when I lived in an apartment that shared a driveway with a women's health clinic ... that someone bombed. Well, by bombed I mean put a bomb in the parking lot that the police defused before it went off. I was unable to go home that night because the only entrance to my building was blocked by police; they also said that my unit would have exploded if it had gone off.

The apartment before that, my first day there, I witnessed a knife fight (called the police, who never showed). Those same neighbors were also pot dealers, I realized later. I also got propositioned on multiple occasions by young men with very obvious gang tattoos who were 'packing,' and approached me in various dangerous situations, backing me into corners or against cars. Another neighbor who I briefly befriended was fond of 'experimental home tattooing' -- including such gems as reusing the same needle without sanitizing it first.

Growing up, our street flooded a lot -- we'd get out the boat and paddle down the road for kicks; there were lots of fires in the area (or it may have seemed that way because I knew firefighters), including one that spread blocks and blocks, to dozens of homes that had dry wooden shingles.
And there was a shooting at the home a few doors down where the kid who stole all the neighbors' tire valves had lived. As far as I know, he's not supposed to live there anymore; I don't know who was shot. There were two houses on the U-shaped street with some serious domestic/illegal substance issues, with cops getting called on residents (permanent or transient) by fellow residents probably once a month. At least one resident committed suicide by drug overdose -- he was 15 at the time, and in school with my brother.

My ex's apartment seemed really nice, but his car got broken into FIVE times. Once we heard it happening (about 3 a.m.) and he watched the guys while on the phone with 911. One of the two culprits was apprehended by police. Since the car was wiped clean of stuff on the previous 4 break-ins, there wasn't much to take. For some bizarre reason, though, he had ex's car insurance card in his pocket! Easy to pin the break-in on him at that point! Oh, and someone was shot and killed in a drunken conflict that began in a bar and involved one party chasing the other into the complex.

So far, so good at my current place, if you count 'being lunged at by a woman who strongly resembled a zombie' and witnessing a hit-and-run-car accident outside my home as good.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 24, 2011, 08:02:50 PM
...These are just the big ones.  Honestly I think I call 911 about six times a year...

Wow, Tycha.  Where do you live?  So I can make sure I don't move within a 100 miles of you.   ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 24, 2011, 09:54:27 PM
Probably the scariest one was when I lived in an apartment that shared a driveway with a women's health clinic ... that someone bombed. Well, by bombed I mean put a bomb in the parking lot that the police defused before it went off. I was unable to go home that night because the only entrance to my building was blocked by police; they also said that my unit would have exploded if it had gone off.

While not happening in my neighborhood, I have the distinction of living in possibly the only major metropolitan US city that had an entire city block razed due to the mayor ordering a bomb dropped on it by helicopter.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JadeAngel on October 25, 2011, 01:19:04 AM
Probably the scariest one was when I lived in an apartment that shared a driveway with a women's health clinic ... that someone bombed. Well, by bombed I mean put a bomb in the parking lot that the police defused before it went off. I was unable to go home that night because the only entrance to my building was blocked by police; they also said that my unit would have exploded if it had gone off.

While not happening in my neighborhood, I have the distinction of living in possibly the only major metropolitan US city that had an entire city block razed due to the mayor ordering a bomb dropped on it by helicopter.

They, did get everybody out first... right?  :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 25, 2011, 01:27:43 AM
Probably the scariest one was when I lived in an apartment that shared a driveway with a women's health clinic ... that someone bombed. Well, by bombed I mean put a bomb in the parking lot that the police defused before it went off. I was unable to go home that night because the only entrance to my building was blocked by police; they also said that my unit would have exploded if it had gone off.

While not happening in my neighborhood, I have the distinction of living in possibly the only major metropolitan US city that had an entire city block razed due to the mayor ordering a bomb dropped on it by helicopter.

They, did get everybody out first... right?  :o

They evacuated everyone who would leave (that is, everyone the bomb was supposed to take out).  The house that they bombed had incendiary materials within it.  Add a bomb made of four pounds of C4, drop, mix well, and voila!  Sixty-five houses burned to the ground.  Five adults and five children, plus the leader of the group they were bombing, died as a result.

At the time it happened, this was a little bit like our 9/11.  I mean, it isn't every day the mayor does a bombing run on his own city.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bigozzy on October 25, 2011, 03:33:38 AM
I just remembered one from 1985 when I was living in Taipei, Taiwan.

We had a fantastic apartment to rent which was really cheap because it was surrounded by the hills where locals had their graveyards and they did not like to live near them.

One year we had a big Typhoon and had flooding and no power for a couple of days. Hunger (Lack of beer, and being sick of instant noodles really) drove us out to find something to eat and while we were wading through knee deep water we came across a very impressive Chinese coffin wedged between two trees. I choose to believe it was empty but the sudden thought of what else might be in the water.....

Did not feel good wading through the water so went back and waited and washed and washed and washed in cold water. Instant noodles were not so bad after all.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyClaire on October 25, 2011, 07:38:01 AM
I just remembered one from 1985 when I was living in Taipei, Taiwan.

We had a fantastic apartment to rent which was really cheap because it was surrounded by the hills where locals had their graveyards and they did not like to live near them.

One year we had a big Typhoon and had flooding and no power for a couple of days. Hunger (Lack of beer, and being sick of instant noodles really) drove us out to find something to eat and while we were wading through knee deep water we came across a very impressive Chinese coffin wedged between two trees. I choose to believe it was empty but the sudden thought of what else might be in the water.....

Did not feel good wading through the water so went back and waited and washed and washed and washed in cold water. Instant noodles were not so bad after all.


aaahhhhhhhhh...that is awful.

There's a cemetery close to where I grew up in Kentucky. It's at the top of a hill, but the road cuts through the hill and so the cemetery is actually above the road. The soil here is thick, red clay and it's prone to mud slides when there's a lot of heavy rain. The cemetery doesn't have any sort of retainer wall. It's just sitting on a slab of that clay soil above the road. As a kid I would get paranoid that one day there would be enough of a rain storm that the clay that the cemetery is on would slide and dump all of the coffins into the street below. It has yet to happen, but the soil has eroded a lot over the years.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kisu on October 25, 2011, 03:16:28 PM
Nothing very extreme in my 'hood:

One morning I was going to work and stumbled upon an unconscious man in our bike cellar. I called an ambulance and they managed to revive him. He'd somehow managed to get into the basement, which requires a key, yet he didn't live in our house and nobody knew him. The ambulance men hinted his unconsciousness was drug related.

One night I was alone at home and awoke to the sound of someone trying to open my flat door. They didn't succeed, though they made a lot of noise fiddling with the lock and trying to pull the door open. I looked through the peephole and the stairwell was in darkness. I shouted at the person to leave my door alone and to put the light on in the stairwell. They did, the offender turned out to be my neighbour, who was blind drunk and thought my door was his.

My university also had a school shooter scare, it was bizarre coming to the lecture hall to find it swarming with police and security men. One man from my course was a strange person, and had recently posted videos on youtube or similar, showing him target practicing. He'd also uploaded some weird manifesto. There'd just been a school shooting in the country, and naturally this kind of behaviour was pounced upon. He did later return to our course, after being thoroughly interviewed regarding the videos, manifesto and other things. The guy had been taken into custody the moment he appeared on campus, but we didn't know that - all we knew was that there was a school shooting scare and police all over the place. It was unnerving, we all watched the door to the lecture hall constantly, ready to drop down and hide!

All the home intrusion stories are scaring the living daylights out of me, I'm glad I don't have to be alone at home tonight!

Ooh, remembered a few more:

Our neighbourhood convenience store was robbed at gunpoint earlier this year, no casualties.

Years ago, when I was shopping in said store, there was a full-blown resuscitation attempt going on at the vegetable section -  a man had literally dropped dead, and now paramedics were doing all they could to save him. I heard later he didn't make it, I did offer my help to the paramedics but as I was only a 1st-year med student they told me I could continue on my way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: faithlessone on October 25, 2011, 03:39:30 PM
Oh, I completely forgot about university!!

Last year, during the exam period, we had a bomb scare in the library. I was working on my laptop in one of the study rooms when the fire alarm went off. We all dutifully trooped out, and sat on the grass outside - waiting for what we thought was a false alarm to be cancelled so we could go back inside. I mean, come on, it was a university campus, barely a day passed without a false fire alarm somewhere.

About 5 minutes later, a bunch of police showed up, and we were all pushed back to the other side of the grass. Someone said that they'd had an anonymous tip off about a suspicious package in the locker room in the library basement. At this point, I decided to go and work in one of the campus cafes.

Later that afternoon, I heard that the "anonymous tip" had been some spurned girlfriend trying to get her cheater boyfriend arrested. How, I'm not sure, but it made for an interesting gossip topic for a few weeks!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pwv on October 25, 2011, 04:07:00 PM
Years ago I heard a commotion in the hallway outside my apartment.  When I looked through the peephole, there was a woman pounding on the door across from mine yelling "G--d--- it open up let me in."  She would then take a wad of keys and try several in the doorknob.  then she would stagger back and bump my door, then stagger forward, pound on the other door, try more keys, etc.    She managed to get the door open (I found out later the guy only ever locked his doorknob; he never locked his deadbolt when he went out.)  Security got her out and management changed both of the locks on the guy's doors.   She was apparently drunk and just had the wrong apt.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on October 25, 2011, 04:36:03 PM
Warning: Suicides mentioned.

50 years ago, when I was little, our next door neighbor's son came home to visit his parents.  His marriage was on the rocks.  He shot himself dead.  Made a big impression on 4 y.o. me.

The building in which I currently reside had a lot of excitement before we change property management firms.  There was a stable of hookers working out of the building, bringing their *dates* home.  Foreplay started in the elevator. :-X

There was a meth lab on one of the higher floors.  It was discovered while the firefighters were putting out the fire.  A couple months later we had a flood from a broken water line, complete with waterfall from the lanai.

Things have been quiet under the new management, except for the suicides.  Two of our upstairs neighbors jumped (a couple years apart) from their lanais and landed right under our lanai.  We are on the 8th floor and they landed on the 6th floor parking deck.  For as long as I live, I will never forget the distinctive *thud* that a body makes when hitting solid concrete.  I hope I never hear it again.

I live in the heart of Waikiki.  "Jumpers" are a neighborhood secret.  The police don't report suicides in the police blotter and the news media never covers them, but several people jump to their deaths every year.  I don't think Waikiki is a particularly depressing neighborhood.  I think it's more that the tall buildings offer an opportunity not found elsewhere.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on October 25, 2011, 08:53:33 PM
My neighbor directly across the street, "Don," has a mentally ill relative, "Mike," living with him. It's actually kind of a sad situation...as he tells it, since he's the only single adult, the rest of the family has informed him that he must deal with Mike. He says Mike is bipolar, but the way he acts makes it sound more like he is deeply paranoid.

So anyway, one afternoon I was leaving the house and I saw Don and a friend who hangs out there a lot, on the front porch yelling at Mike while pointing at another neighbor who was standing in the driveway.

Don later told DH what had happened. Their next-door neighbor's wife had come outside, and Mike yelled something rude to her (he does that sort of thing a lot, and has had run-ins with nearly everyone on the cul-de-sac). She went inside and told the husband, who came outside to take it up with Mike. That was the part I saw. The cops got called, they told Mike to keep a lid on it, and then Mike pointed at the neighbor. He slurred loudly "Yeah, well, I wanna do a restrainin' order!"

Cop: "Sir, have you been drinking?"

Mike: "I'm not drinking, I'm medicated!"

Mhm. Fortunately, Mike behaved for awhile after that...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaesha on October 28, 2011, 11:57:34 AM
I have a couple. 

1.  A couple of weeks ago, my stepdad accidentally shot a hole in their bedroom wall, and the (.38) bullet went all the way through that wall, the molding, into the bathroom and then through the ceiling.  I think they should check the roof before the weather gets bad!

2.  15 or so years ago, my mom started her car and then went inside for something, and when she came back, the car was gone.  Highway patrol found it abandoned several days later with grease and battery acid all over the interior. 

3.  A few years ago, I worked closing shift at a restaurant near my apartment, so I walked there and back.  One of the guys I worked with didn't want me walking around alone at night so he always walked me home and then rode his bike to his place (so nice!).  I had been home for about 5 minutes (after 2300) when I heard three rounds fired.  I went outside and called 911 at the same time.  I took 8! rings for someone to actually answer, and I told them what happened.  A cab driver was shot and killed on the street right outside. They never found who did it.  If we had been about 5 minutes earlier walking home, we probably would have seen what happened.   :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ZaftigWife on October 29, 2011, 03:54:37 AM
A few years ago, I was awakened at 2:00 a.m. by shouting and banging.  I got out of bed and found a woman lying on my porch, yelling for help.  She had been shot in the leg!

Our next-door neighbors were drug dealers (we don't think anyone lived there full-time; they dealt out of the house and kept their stash there) and this woman had been alone in the house (she said she was cleaning - I don't think so) when someone kicked down the door and chased her out of the house; they shot her in the side yard and left her there.  She managed to drag herself across the yard and my driveway and onto my porch.

My husband did NOT want her in our house, but it was freezing and I couldn't leave her out there.  I helped her inside and got her a blanket and pillow, and she lay on my living room floor until the paramedics came.  They brought the police with them.  Turns out this woman had 4 warrants out for her arrest, so they either took her to the hospital wing of the jail or the jail wing of the hospital.  One of the paramedics asked me for a bucket of water and some bleach, and he cleaned the blood off the floor, which I thought was awfully nice of him to do.

The gunshot victim survived; she had been hit in the thigh.  She recovered, but with a limp.  And whatever those warrants were for couldn't have been too serious because she was back in the neighborhood a couple of weeks later. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: White Dragon on October 29, 2011, 10:43:11 PM
Most of my childhood neighbourhood drama involved wildlife - usually bears or cougars - wandering into town. Kids would stay to main roads and off our woodland shortcuts for a couple of weeks, but it was no big deal.

The scariest thing happened one summer when I was working at a small military post. This was a training base had a small full time staff and saw a lot of trainees in the spring and summer.
On the day in question, I was supposed to be the Duty Officer (ie - the responsible party) for the day. For whatever reason, I'd swapped out with one of my roomies.

I was hanging out and one of the soldiers came up to me and said "Ma'am, I need to show you something."
Took me into the men's room and I was expecting a maintenance problem or something.
He took the lid off the back of the toilet tank and showed me a bomb.  :o
Now, I don't know much about bombs, but it had batteries, and wires, and a container of an unknown, coloured liquid. Given all that, I went with "bomb."

Went back to my roomie and said "Lee, there's a bomb in the men's bathroom." It took several tries, but eventually she believed me.

We evacuated the buildings.
She called the police.
They called their bomb team.
The bomb team consulted the military bomb squad.

All this took forever because the main military base was an hour away, as was the police bomb squad.

Eventually, all the experts agreed that yep, it sure looked like a bomb.
Now, in the middle of all this, people were saying "Uh...that's a prop left over from some training we did last week. We were supposed to do leadership exercises and one of them was to command a team doing a search for a bomb. We forgot to put the prop away."

Unfortunately, they had to treat it as real.
And since they couldn't move it, the decision was made to "blow it in place", ie set a small charge on it and detonate it.
They put up shields around the stall and...blew up the toilet. The object was destroyed and did not explode.

Since it was now the middle of the night and the building was still full of assorted bomb-people, there was a whole training camp of people who could not get back to our rooms.
So they sent us across the road to the government's underground emergency nuclear bunker and we spent the night deep underground in small concrete cubicles.  :-\

The only sigificant falll out that I can recall was my poor roomie. It seems that in all the confusion she'd forgotten to call the Base Commander at home and tell him that people were blowing up his buildings...he was a little testy about that. ::)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on January 20, 2012, 07:43:27 AM
Holy thread necromancy, Batman!  I have a story!

The police closed off our block.  Where I live, there is a house to one side, and an empty lot to the other.  Well, the house that's on the other side of that lot had their entire household arrested.  So I was about twenty feet from the twenty or so officers that were milling about, some with visible weapons, all with prominently worn cuffs on their belts.  I wish I knew what did it, but whatever it was, it cleared the house.  So drugs are my best guess.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: oz diva on January 20, 2012, 08:02:11 AM
 I didn't see it, but down the road lived a family. The wife converted from Islam to Christianity, then she disappeared. The husband was distraught. Turns out he had just installed a new concrete patio with unusual foundations.  :'( so now their kids have no mother and a father incarcerated.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on January 20, 2012, 08:31:18 AM
I didn't see it, but down the road lived a family. The wife converted from Islam to Christianity, then she disappeared. The husband was distraught. Turns out he had just installed a new concrete patio with unusual foundations.  :'( so now their kids have no mother and a father incarcerated.

He Hoffa'd her?!  Whoa... now that's hardcore.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Miss Misery on January 20, 2012, 09:05:36 AM

While not happening in my neighborhood, I have the distinction of living in possibly the only major metropolitan US city that had an entire city block razed due to the mayor ordering a bomb dropped on it by helicopter.


They evacuated everyone who would leave (that is, everyone the bomb was supposed to take out).  The house that they bombed had incendiary materials within it.  Add a bomb made of four pounds of C4, drop, mix well, and voila!  Sixty-five houses burned to the ground.  Five adults and five children, plus the leader of the group they were bombing, died as a result.

At the time it happened, this was a little bit like our 9/11.  I mean, it isn't every day the mayor does a bombing run on his own city.

That was in May 1985, right? I was living in the same state. That was all over the news FOREVER.

Then about a year and a half later there was the infamous press conference suicide on live TV....*shudder*
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on January 20, 2012, 09:26:01 AM

While not happening in my neighborhood, I have the distinction of living in possibly the only major metropolitan US city that had an entire city block razed due to the mayor ordering a bomb dropped on it by helicopter.


They evacuated everyone who would leave (that is, everyone the bomb was supposed to take out).  The house that they bombed had incendiary materials within it.  Add a bomb made of four pounds of C4, drop, mix well, and voila!  Sixty-five houses burned to the ground.  Five adults and five children, plus the leader of the group they were bombing, died as a result.

At the time it happened, this was a little bit like our 9/11.  I mean, it isn't every day the mayor does a bombing run on his own city.

That was in May 1985, right? I was living in the same state. That was all over the news FOREVER.

Then about a year and a half later there was the infamous press conference suicide on live TV....*shudder*

Yep, '85.  That was the weirdest year ever for me.  It's not every year your city gets bombed from a police helicopter.  Or, at least, I *hope* not!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Cami on January 20, 2012, 11:52:38 AM
1. This was fun. We used to have a hot air balloon company down the road.  In nice weather, it was quite common to look out our back window and see the balloon high up in the sky. One particular day, however, I looked up and saw the balloon right over my house. As in if I'd been standing on the roof, I could have touched the bottom of the basket. The balloon landed in the middle of our street.

2. This was not fun. Our street was a brand new suburban development of middle class homes. (Upper midwest).  Right from the beginning, we were all curious about one neighbor. Appeared to be a husband and wife with one teen son. Normal, nothing extraordinary. Except.... that the son seemed to have some rather... colorful friends. And a lot of them. Tons and tons of teens and young adults coming and going from that house, all the time. Lots of loud parties. Lots of swearing and bonfires. Cops were called on several occasions.  This goes on for a few years. Then... they get a pit bull that they leave outside with no chain -- just one of those invisible fences. The dog would LUNGE at anyone near that house and would go ballistic even if you were on the OTHER side of the street. Numerous calls went in about that too and they finally had to get rid of the dog.  Some more time goes by and one morning we hear all this noise coming from their general direction. It was a SWAT Team!  They were invading the house and taking everyone there into custody. Turns out that this "normal" if annoying family were running a business out of their home -- selling drugs.  That was pretty exciting. (The house was confiscated and sold to a very nice family without a snarling pit bull.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Hollanda on January 20, 2012, 11:58:09 AM
A Police raid on a house on my road. I don't live there any more!!

It was 10pm and I was asleep. I heard a loud noise outside, so I got up to investigate. There was a Police helicopter hovering outside my window. I screamed, as the pilot could see me clearly and I could see him. He waved in apology and moved on. It freaked me out properly. I went downstairs and watched as the house opposite was surrounded by Police, in full riot gear. They knocked down the door and ran in. A few minutes later, a screaming woman was dragged out, followed by three teenaged girls, all screaming and crying. They were all put into a waiting van and driven off. That was just strange and really frightening!!! :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: marcel on January 20, 2012, 12:07:08 PM
I do not find is strange scary or dramatic, but for some people, especially from countries where prostitution is illegal, it may be strange to see the window prostitution in my street.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on January 20, 2012, 12:17:53 PM
I do not find is strange scary or dramatic, but for some people, especially from countries where prostitution is illegal, it may be strange to see the window prostitution in my street.
Well, it is technically illegal, but we have lots of prostitutes working in Waikiki.  It's not unusual to see a couple hookers working one corner of an intersection and a couple police officers standing on another corner.  Personally, I think the US should follow the example of the Netherlands and legalize prostitution for the protection of all parties involved.

Prostitutes don't bother me; at least they have jobs.  It's the homeless mentally ill that sleep on the bench at the bus stop and relieve themselves in the landscaping behind the bus stop that bother me.  I now have to walk 2 blocks to the next bus stop because I can't stand the stench at the stop nearest me. >:(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on January 20, 2012, 02:25:08 PM
We bought a house across the street and off a couple of lots from the last empty lot in the development (belonged to the Home Owners' Association - they finally made a decision NOT to build a club house, pool, or other community recreational facility and sold the lot in late fall 2005).

Since then the NEWEST house (by twenty or so years) has been raided and found to be a "hemp" farm (three years ago)..............and had the renters evicted by the sheriff's department (last year). 

The focus is off of it right now because another house had the garage blow up and burn down (including the fence) at 5:30 one morning around Halloween.............now everyone drives or walks by that house to see if they've started rebuilding yet (yellow warning tape still up - so it might still be under investigation by either the police, the fire department, or their insurance company).

Third house, less public due to location on the edge of the development - turns out that the owner had quietly enclosed a wooden deck to extend his master bedroom (without getting the appropriate permissions) and then did something to his garage (wide door no longer opens to let cars in & out and the "garage" has doubled in size, taking up about half of what remained of the small back yard after the deck was added to the house).  The address of that house shows up as a "church" with a website..........which is NOT allowed in our residential area (no parking except on street - whidh is clogging the cul de sac) and the sewer, power, and water lines aren't set up for the extra..........."load" of an extra twenty or fifty people (or more - depending on how many people are in each of those extra vehicles clogging the street) going to that house in large groups a few times a week.................but that's another issue entirely.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Baxter on January 20, 2012, 04:14:03 PM
^^

So someone is running an illegal church?  (I'm sorry, I know it must be annoying for you) but for some reason I find that pretty funny   :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wheeitsme on January 20, 2012, 04:29:40 PM
I do not find is strange scary or dramatic, but for some people, especially from countries where prostitution is illegal, it may be strange to see the window prostitution in my street.
Well, it is technically illegal, but we have lots of prostitutes working in Waikiki.  It's not unusual to see a couple hookers working one corner of an intersection and a couple police officers standing on another corner.  Personally, I think the US should follow the example of the Netherlands and legalize prostitution for the protection of all parties involved.

Prostitutes don't bother me; at least they have jobs.  It's the homeless mentally ill that sleep on the bench at the bus stop and relieve themselves in the landscaping behind the bus stop that bother me.  I now have to walk 2 blocks to the next bus stop because I can't stand the stench at the stop nearest me. >:(

Just a note, it's not an issue of US law.  I believe prostitution is legal in certain counties in the state of Nevada.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: JonGirl on January 20, 2012, 08:07:24 PM
I didn't see it, but down the road lived a family. The wife converted from Islam to Christianity, then she disappeared. The husband was distraught. Turns out he had just installed a new concrete patio with unusual foundations.  :'( so now their kids have no mother and a father incarcerated.

Yeah, that was all over the TV. How horrible for those poor children.
 :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: oz diva on January 22, 2012, 02:33:00 AM
I know, they may well be students at the same school as the girls, but I don't think they are.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on April 09, 2012, 08:07:02 AM
We just recently had a home invasion in our area in which several men broke into the rural home of a man in his late 70s.  Police believe the men must have known the homeowner has cancer, because as soon as they broke in, they bolted up the stairs, to his room, where he keeps his pain meds. 

The homeowner heard the men thundering up the stairs, grabbed the pistol he kept beside the bed and fired at the bedroom door. He hit one of them in the shoulder.  The other intruders ran away.  The injured intruder went downstairs, but apparently changed his mind, because he turned around and went back upstairs!  The homeowner shot him again, this time in a far more crucial area, and the intruder is in intensive care.

A reporter asked the homeowner if he was worried about the still at-large intruders coming back again, either to complete their goal or get revenge for their injured friend. He shrugged and said he was prepared either way.

It's scary that people are willing to go to these lengths for a handful of pills.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MommyPenguin on April 09, 2012, 08:21:32 AM
I can't remember if I posted this, but I tried to go back a little bit and check and didn't see it.  So forgive me if it's a double post.

A house in my neighborhood exploded.  Apparently somebody was doing some work on the gas main (it's really unclear from the news articles whether it was the grandfather in the family who had either been doing or hired somebody to do this work, or whether it was the gas company), and they hit the house line, or something.  Anyway, the house just blew up one morning.  It damaged the two neighboring houses a little and there were some other injuries there, but most of the injuries were to the occupants of the house.  One of the children was blown out of the house and found on the lawn by neighbors, who, to their credit, came *running* to help, scooped up children (the children were in further danger from fire and continually exploding debris) and directed the ambulance and got the kids sent out as soon as possible.  I believe it was three children, a baby, a toddler, and a preschooler, plus their mother and grandfather.  I think the father was at work, but I don't remember all the details.  As far as I know, there were no immediate deaths, but I don't know if anybody died in the hospital later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: renfield1969 on April 09, 2012, 10:13:14 AM
One windy winter night, the tree on our corner caught fire. It was very old and mostly dead, so old that at one point one of its branches encased one of the power lines the branches were constantly tangled in. The first we knew of it was when our neightbor pounded on our door at one in the morning, and I went outside to watch as smoldering embers were floating out of the top of the trunk and wafting down the street. I watched from across the street as the fire department showed up promptly and started drenching the tree, trunk, ground, and street with water, with very little effect.  It was the chief's assessment that the wind had blown the power lines into the branches and a spark had arced to the hollow trunk where the fire had smoldered. After about an hour of splashing water everywhere, the firemen decided to call it quits. The tree was still burning, but the sparks and embers had calmed down quite a bit. The chief said letting it burn out was the only thing to do, and that we should call Baltimore Gas and Electric to remove the tree. As they packed up to leave, I stepped into the street to walk back across to my house. Remember how I said it was winter? And that these firemen had just spent an hour splashing water everywhere? As my foot hit what was now ice, my legs shot out from under me and I hit the street flat on my back. I was wearing my big poofy winter coat and barely had the wind knocked out of me, but fortunately there was an entire truck of firemen twenty feet away who sprang into action ready to help just in case. BG&E did come out to look at the tree the next day, and about a year later someone did come by to cut it down.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: rashea on April 09, 2012, 11:00:34 AM
The neighbor down the street (busted for drugs on his 18th birthday) once poured gas on the street and lit it (during the night). It made quite a mess and was quite scary. He also threatened me and some friends with a gun (and was high at the time). This was in a nice sleepy town. He was and is a bad apple. I felt bad for his brother though, and we became friends once the brother went to jail.

In my current neighborhood, the biggest scary thing tend to be the bear that wanders around. Or maybe the sound of my dimwit neighbor talking about "fixing" the road (it cost us $800 to put it back last time).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: BarensMom on April 09, 2012, 11:21:40 AM
In our nice, suburban/rural neighborhood, one of the houses on the next block exploded.  It turned out that these nice, quiet tenants were running a meth lab/pot farm, who fled the scene before police and fire arrived.  I don't know if they were ever caught, but the owner had to answer a few questions before being released.

The good thing about it was, after 17 years, we finally got to meet our neighbors.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jedikaiti on April 10, 2012, 04:03:15 PM
Have I told you all about Mr. Happy?  (And a few other, more minor tales)

When I was in college, the last 2 years, a friend & I shared an apartment in a converted old house a few blocks from 3 different campuses for 2 universities (one of which we were students at), at the intersection of Frat Row and Bar Row. There were a few relatively minor incidents, including a group of drunken students who spied the Nebraska plates on my car and started singing the University of Nebraska fight song.

The building had 3 apartments, 2 accessed from the back of the house, and one from the front, and on the back side, a shed had been built up against the side of the house to hold a coin-op washer & dryer. The roof of the shed came up & over part of my big bedroom window, to just above the window A/C unit. The shed door had a lock, but the whole shed was a bit rickety. We eventually discovered (I don't recall how) that the reason our apartment also had a security system was because the parents of the girls who'd lived there previously had paid for it after some idiot got into the shed & pulled out the A/C unit to break into the apartment. Lovely!

There was also a second, small window high in the wall of my bedroom, just above a section of porch roofing or some such. (This comes into play later).

One day, my friend went to get her laundry from the machines and discovered her undies were AWOL. Next day, walking down the street along Bar Row, she found a bunch of them strewn in the bushes. She started collecting them until she thought about it, realized there was no way she'd ever wear them again, and tossed them in the trash.

The biggest incident, however, happened one summer when we were both taking classes and I was working part-time in a gift shop of a pub. We get home about midnight or so on a weeknight, and being hungry, call the late-night pizza delivery joint. Pizza comes, we eat, all is well. My friend decides that, since it's really hot and her room doesn't have an A/C unit, she's going to sleep on the papasan couch in the living room (which does have A/C). Just after she says this, there's a knock on the door. Thinking it must be the pizza guy (maybe he lost something & is retracing his steps?), I get up and go peek out the door.

Roomie suddenly sees me FLY across the room, grab the phone, and start dialing 911. "I'm at 1234 Address Street and there's some guy jacking off on my front porch!!" Yep! When I peeked out the window, I caught a glimpse of a guy with a crudmonkey-eating grin and making a very distinctive motion with his hand. Cops arrive, look around the premises, but of course the guy is long gone. We pulled the cushion from the couch to the hallway outside my room, and slept with the phone on the floor between the cushion and my bed.

Exactly one week later, we'd just gotten home late at night, roomie's in the loo (accessible only via my room), and I'm sitting on my bed, waiting my turn. Roomie hears a knocking noise, and says "What?" I ask what she wants, having not heard the noise. Noise repeats, and this time we both hear it. I look up at the small, high window, and see a big grin and we hear the guy climb down from his perch. Cue me, flying for the phone again. The cops arrived in record time - turns out it was the same ones who'd responded the previous week, and in fact had just driven past our house and had slowed down to look for suspicious activity. Alas, Mr. Happy's perch was not easily seen from the street. Also, by the fact that we heard him climbing down, we're guessing he'd been up there waiting for us to get home! Of course, he was gone by the time the cops arrived, and we never did find out who he was. Thankfully, to our knowledge, he never came back.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ShanghaiJill on April 10, 2012, 08:49:17 PM
I used to live in a peaceful city in a bucolic, midwestern state. 

Our mailman was one heck of a nice guy.   He'd even bend the rules so you didn't have to be home to receive mail for which you would otherwise have to sign.  Just leave the slip in the mailbox and he'd leave your letter.

Nice Mr. Postman became enamored of Ms. Postal Carrier on the next route a few blocks over.  They dated and then she left him.  He became obsessed with her, to the extent of losing his job.  His son lived on her route, so he sent his son a registered letter, then let himself into his son's house with a stolen key.

When she went to deliver the letter, he came out and shot her to death.

In my current neighborhood, someone called for a pizza to be delivered at the house across the street(no, they didn't live there they used a cell phone.)  When the pizza guy came they robbed him, right at the end of my driveway! :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on April 10, 2012, 09:19:06 PM
Yikes, to both the Mr. Happy story and the postman story! Eesh!

Mine aren't nearly as dramatic.  I alluded to this one incident in the "drives you up the wall" thread because it wasn't so much scary to me even though I was glad I decided to walk up to the school that day.   I usually don't since my boys are in 5th and 3rd grade and really old enough to walk to and from school alone but now and then when the weather's nice I do walk up there with the babe just for the exercise or if I'm trying to get Piratebabe to sleep. 

So I'd strapped him to me with the moby and headed off, and the school's only about 3 blocks from our house and there are 3 crossing guards along our route, the last one positioned in front of the school, as most of the walkers have to cross Potomac in order to get home.  I'm walking along Potomac, headed towards the crossing guard when across the street, on the same side of the school, two guys start screaming and cussing at each other. I know one of them as my boys are friends with his son and once the guy found out I'm of Irish heritage he has felt the need to tell my boys that being Irish means not being afraid to fight with your own fists.  ::) Really plays into the "Fightin' Irish" stereotype there.

Anyway so he is bruisin' for a fight with a guy who I can hear but not really see well as he's mostly hidden by his truck that's parked on the school side of the street.  Fighting Irish, as I'll call him from here out, is telling everyone how the other guy had knives and a crowbar and according to other folks who could see better, this much is true.  Apparently he knows Knife Guy as they had a fight earlier in the week and FI pinned KG against a telephone pole and now the guy wanted to retaliate.  So FI is cussing up a storm, yelling across the front yard of the school at KG as the Vice Principal has the school put on lockdown due to the guy having knives on him, and calls the cops.

No fight was even started, it was just a lot of cussing between FI and KG as VP was trying to calm FI down cause he was yelling and telling anyone  who would listen what a big man he was and what a fine example of Irish manhood he was that he wasn't going to use anything but what God gave him in a fight.  ::)

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Julia Mercer on April 10, 2012, 09:43:11 PM
Not far from here there was a HUGE fire at a local Dollarama, someone on Facebook posted about it, then minutes later the news was all over the place, my fiance and I took a drive over last night, and then this afternoon, it was so surreal, a dentist office, nail salon, beauty salon and Chinese Buffet suffered extensive smoke and water damage thanks to it.

Here is a link to the Google search I did on it

https://www.google.ca/webhp?rlz=1C1AVSX_enCA391CA392&sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1C1AVSX_enCA391CA392&sclient=psy-ab&q=windsor%20ontario%20dollarama%20fire&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=db75979cae857fbe&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=653
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on April 10, 2012, 09:44:21 PM
I guess FI thinks that "Using what God gave you" doesn't include brains, does it?  >:D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: HoneyBee42 on April 11, 2012, 07:39:58 AM
Well, my old neighborhoods always seemed to be good for a story of something strange/scary/dramatic.  Now that I think about it, I suspect that the ex may have been a major source of the magnet for that sort of thing.

The most interesting one was when we woke up one Thanksgiving morning to find that his vehicle was missing from the driveway.  Well, we call the police and they showed up a few hours later (this is one of those days when there's really *light* police coverage) and so we have the cop in the house going through the report-making process.  We had just gotten to the point of the license plate number when the officer's portable radio went off w/ a female officer reporting that she was on the scene of an illegally parked vehicle and she gave the plate number.  Officer in our house asks her to repeat, then gets tells her to hold the tow as he was getting the report from the owners.  So officer in our house gave ex (then husband) a ride to the car (about 1.5 miles from the house) and the two officers compared notes to finish their respective reports and link the report numbers, one showed ex how to operate the ignition with a screwdriver.  The only damage to the vehicle was the ignition switch having been punched out.  Next day we took it in to get fixed at a cost of $256.  Since the coverage for that sort of thing was $250 we didn't report to insurance.

There was also the time when I went outside with the dog to let her do her nighttime business (so we were only in our yard) and as I came near the neighbors who were on the second floor porch I heard them comparing bullet scars.  I was somewhat less surprised when they were the victims of a home invasion robbery.  In the reports, we learned that he worked once a week driving as a courier from our city in upstate NY to somewhere in NJ (hmm!) while she worked at Mickie D.  Odd that they had $1300 in cash to be stolen and the female half had gone to work (and had to be talked into calling the cops) only to give the most generic of descriptions (two Hispanic males between 5'6" and 6' both wearing hoodies and jeans--that only described about 90% of the city's Hispanic males).  They also had an inordinate number of 2 minute visitors (as I reported to the police when they came to ask if I had seen anything--I hadn't, but my dog had been totally calm during the time of the incident, which suggested that the perpetrators were frequent visitors as she seemed to need to see people 10x before she didn't bark at them on sight, while she *had* gone bonkers when the police showed up, such that I had to step outside to be heard over her).  Those people weren't neighbors much longer.

Of course, the real scary, dramatic stuff was from my own life.  After I had filed for divorce and had the order of protection against the ex, he decided that stalking was a good idea.  I called the police many, many times only to get "well, we need a pattern of behavior" so that just reports were made time after time.  Some of the most dramatic incidents:

1)  November 1 my cable line (also landline as I had phone through the cable company) was cut.  Ex was in the neighborhood but I didn't realize it was cut as it could also have been that the tree dropped branches.  I just called the cable co and they sent someone out to fix it.  Cue report 1 to police.  Next night, cable line is cut again, and I see ex driving away moments later (but there was "no proof" he was in vehicle).  Cue report 2.  Next morning, cable guy comes out to fix it again, tells me that there's someone watching him from about 100 feet away.  Yep, the ex.  Cue call #3.  Between call and police arrival, ex left only to take up a new location 1000 feet away from house in opposite direction.  Three police cars surrounded his, and a report was filed.  He was warned then to stay away from the neighborhood.

2)  Mid December, he called my mother to threaten suicide.  He did this to his siblings regularly, and they would just try to get him to tell them where he was so they could take him to the hospital but never called police.  My mom, however, is a mandated reporter so she called police in my city to report.  I was at work at the time (I worked 3:30-midnight) and had v/m from her when I got off.  There were two police cars parked in front of my house when I got home, and they stayed there until he was picked up at 2am elsewhere.

3) First Sunday in January 2011, I was driving to church when he appeared parked on the street opposite side of major north-south street.  He followed all the way to church (but I ran a few lights and got far enough ahead that I let the kids out and let them run into the church before trying for a parking spot).  He waited in a closed (that is, not open for business ever) parking lot across the street from the church, and then followed again when we left.  I went to the grocery in suburb thinking that he wouldn't follow me out of the city.  However, he did.  Called the police but he had gone by the time they arrived at the parking lot.  Explained that I believed he was waiting for me by the house.  Officer offers to follow me home.  I hadn't known he could do that, but eagerly took him up on the offer.  Two blocks from the house, ex was parked in an intercept position.  Officer stopped following me to have a discussion with the ex, whereupon ex threatened my life in conversation with the cop.  Weirdly, this wasn't actionable because I wasn't there to be threatened and threats against a third party aren't illegal even if the threat against the third party is made to a law enforcement officer.  Officer then came to give me a copy of report.

Finally he was arrested for stalking and violating the order of protection and the bail was set at $5000 (which was considered high for those charges).  He remained incarcerated until he ultimately pled guilty and now is scheduled to be released in a month.  I've informed police here, as I do have a full stay away order of protection against him (until 2019--that's the longest NYS allows an order of protection), and I'm not convinced he will stay away (I know the patterns of behavior, and for him to show up here totally fits).

Here, however, our drama comes from the weather.  Like the time I was at work when a tornado touched down about a mile south, and we're all standing there at the window like a bunch of idiots watching this cloud start to slowly rotate just west of the building.  One of those "I know I should run downstairs to the interior hallway" moments while being unable to tear my eyes away.  Fortunately, it never formed into a full tornado.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on April 11, 2012, 08:06:08 AM
I guess FI thinks that "Using what God gave you" doesn't include brains, does it?  >:D

LOL! Pretty much! I think he'd have to possess them in order to use them though. ;)  >:D

And yikes, Honeybee,, that's scary!  I didn't know that about the threat not being illegal if the one threatened is a 3rd party.  Scary stuff!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: artk2002 on April 11, 2012, 08:33:03 AM
... cause he was yelling and telling anyone  who would listen what a big man he was and what a fine example of Irish manhood he was that he wasn't going to use anything but what God gave him in a fight.  ::)

Sounds like someone's watched The Quiet Man a few too many times. Was Barry Fitzgerald standing nearby taking bets on the outcome?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on April 11, 2012, 02:50:37 PM
I have a few:

My parents house has been struck by lightening 3 times.  Twice while we were kids, all 3 times at night.  The first time was pretty mild, my Dad put out the fire with the garden hose.  The second time I can remember running outside with my Mom and running to the neighbors house while the roof burned.  The third time was much more serious and I could've lost half my family.  My younger sibling was overcome with smoke and my Dad had to carry them out of the house.  We lost a beloved family pet in that last one.  Anyone who says lightening doesn't strike twice just hasn't had it happen to them.

A well known sniper duo was captured at a rest stop just up the highway from my hometown, literally less than 5 minutes away.  Our family dentist later told my Mom they had security footage of the car the snipers were driving.  I can remember watching news of the capture and just feeling a chill go down my spine because they were this/close to my parents house.

In a town not too far from ours a father wiped out his entire family and himself (small children and I went to school with the Mom).  In 2007 we had several back-to-back tragedies involving entire family murder-suicides



My best friend in high school had her car stolen right out of the garage.  The guy got the keys by breaking into the house and just trying all the cars until he found the one it fit, then driving out through the (closed) garage door.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on April 11, 2012, 03:52:57 PM
I live in a nice sleepy suburb of Boston, next to a less-sleepy suburb.  The Kohl's in other suburb is about a mile from my condo.  That Kohl's was robbed at gunpoint two days after Christmas in 2010.  A veteran police officer, months from retirement, was killed and was one of the bad guys.  Since then, this town has had three other major armed robberies and another police officer shot. 

Anyone want to buy a condo?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jedikaiti on April 11, 2012, 04:34:43 PM
I remember that sniper duo, and it was pretty surreal just living & working in the area at that time. It must have been pretty creepy to know you were that close to them when they were captured.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Grancalla on April 11, 2012, 05:30:46 PM
At my last apartment:
Abour 6:30 or 7, I wake up to sirens. Not unusual, since the complex with near an intersection between a major street and a highway. But they kept getting closer. Then I realized they were right outside. A firetruck pulls up outside my window.
So I stuff my cat into her carrier, throw a jacket over my PJs and go outside. It turns out an apartment on the opposite side of the building had caught fire.
As everyone stood there, waiting for the firemen to do their thing, news crews pulled up. Apparently, I didn't back away in time, because one of the reporters ended up interviewing me and I was on the news. My then-boss just happened to be watching the early news, that day, and saw me.
I never did find out what caused the fire, but that half of the building was vacant for at least six months for repairs.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cattlekid on April 11, 2012, 05:31:39 PM
I've had racial graffiti spray-painted on my sidewalk.  It was directed towards the across-the-street neighbors, with an arrow pointing to their house.  I called the police and they pretty quickly caught the offender (a teenager wandering the neighborhood with a can of spray paint) and the village powerwashed my sidewalk for me.

One night, I was heading to bed when I saw flashing lights outside.  There were  a half-dozen squads in my driveway and the neighbors.  They were planning some sort of rendezvous at another neighbors.  There was a lot of discussion with the target neighbors but nothing ever seemed to come from it.

Another night, we heard distinct gunshots from outside.  Sure enough, we called the police and they did a quick investigation and saw bullet casings in the across-the-street neighbors' yard.  Don't know whatever came from that.

One day, I came home to see someone pulled over in front of my house and getting their car ripped apart looking for whatever. 

Finally, I was involved as a passenger in a car accident.  When the police brought me home, they said "we know this house".  I was dumbfounded until they explained that they used to sit in front of my house and do surveillance on the drug dealer down the street.

If I weren't so far underwater in my mortgage, I'd move.   :P
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: HoneyBee42 on April 11, 2012, 06:05:18 PM
I guess FI thinks that "Using what God gave you" doesn't include brains, does it?  >:D

LOL! Pretty much! I think he'd have to possess them in order to use them though. ;)  >:D

And yikes, Honeybee,, that's scary!  I didn't know that about the threat not being illegal if the one threatened is a 3rd party.  Scary stuff!

Yeah, it seemed like some sort of weird schizophrenic thing where you have on one hand the officer saying "no crime was committed" and on the other hand that *same officer* saying that he thought that despite the fact that I was under a judge's order to not move from that county with the children (until the hearing which was scheduled for two months after this conversation) that I should take the kids and go anyway (even after I said, "But the judge ordered me to stay in the county" and officer replies "I really think you should move now anyway").

There were plenty of other scary incidents that I didn't mention.  I was very close to a nervous breakdown by the time I met with the police detective who arrested my ex.  When it was all over (ex had pled guilty and was sentenced), I wrote him a note to thank him for giving us our lives back and also wrote to the police chief about him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: AuntieA on April 11, 2012, 06:27:35 PM
Not my neighborhood, but the one where BF lives (which is a quiet, upper-middle-class cul-de-sac).

Just this week: neighbor a few houses down (allegedly) punched the political candidate who came to his door to campaign.

Yesterday: a car was driven through the front of a medicenter a few blocks from BF's place.

And I'm the one who lives in a sketchier area!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: quiescent on April 13, 2012, 09:24:20 PM
I didn't see this but a few years ago near where I live a man was found dead in an apartment. The body had been there 6yrs.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: violinp on April 14, 2012, 10:42:10 AM
I didn't see this but a few years ago near where I live a man was found dead in an apartment. The body had been there 6yrs.

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Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 14, 2012, 12:05:51 PM
6 yrs is probably a lot less gross than 6 days or weeks.  That poor guy that no one knew he was missing.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: happygrrl on April 14, 2012, 01:50:00 PM
I didn't see this but a few years ago near where I live a man was found dead in an apartment. The body had been there 6yrs.

 :o  (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sick007.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Warning: We lived in an apartment complex with several buildings, and a man in the next building over committed suicide in his bathtub, and wasn't found for 4 months. (I don't know how the neighbors didn't notice anything?)  

We had a meth lab percolating under us for several months--i don't know how many times I called the police, and nothing was done, so we left just as sson as we could afford it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Martienne on April 15, 2012, 08:55:14 AM
We live on a street that is the in-town route of a state highway, so the road is pretty high-traffic, even at night. Last month on a Saturday night, we had watched a movie late, and at 1:00 am, my husband and my 12yo daughter were still awake. My husband is a little bit hard of hearing and was in an interior room, so he just heard a muffled bang, but my daughter was reading in the front bedroom, and heard a much more distinct crunch sound punctuated with the sound of a hubcab spinning. They run down to the front of the house to find that someone traveling in the eastbound lane had crossed the line onto the westbound side, sideswiped our van, and then hit the neighbor's car dead in the driver's side fender. Despite the early hour there were neighbors in the street gawking and someone had already called the police. They gave my husband a copy of the report number so we could contact our insurance with the information, but they had to leave one for the owner of the other car on the windshield since no one was quite sure where she lived (the building across the street has four apartments and the cops weren't willing to knock on all four door to figure out which one was hers). She didn't find out until she got up to leave for church the next morning, at which point my husband had the happy job of explaining to her what had happened. She tried to get upset about us not making sure she was notified but once he pointed out that we didn't know which apartment she lived in, she dropped it.

ETA: The driver was long gone by the time anyone went out to see what happened. I suspect that they were either drunk or fell asleep. It left a healthy white streak on our maroon vehicle and there were shards of white-painted plastic and metal all over in the street, so I imagine the driver's care sustained plenty of cosmetic damage. Hopefully the police can figure out who it was. Luckily my husband had upgraded our insurance to comprehensive coverage when his car died and we went down to one vehicle, so the damage was covered.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: nowhere on April 15, 2012, 12:34:22 PM
A man jumped off the roof of the building across the street. The doorman said he was a non-resident who ran past him and into the elevators. Two years ago, in a different neighborhood, a man killed his father and tried to kill his mother. My husband and I briefly entertained the idea of buying the house since it's really, really inexpensive now, but the guy will most likely get out of prison in a few years and we don't really want him showing up on our doorstep. On a lighter note, when the circus comes into town, they walk the elephants through a tunnel next door to my apartment in the city. I haven't seen it myself (just missed it this year), but a guy who works in my building told me about it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Pinky830 on April 15, 2012, 08:46:41 PM
I've mentioned elsewhere that my neighbor across the street has a mentally ill family member living with him. Most of the time we don't hear a peep out of him, but every couple of months or so we have an episode. A typical one: they have motion-sensor floodlights, and a neighbor walked past their house and made the lights come on, and "Mike" came out and yelled profanities at her for turning his lights on.

We've had a slight uptick in episodes lately. Two weeks ago, at about 9 PM we gradually realized there were flashing lights in the street. As we watched, a total of 3 cop cars, an ambulance and a fire truck all pulled in. This is a small cul-de-sac with 8 houses, so that pretty much filled up the street. With all of that, I kept expecting to see flames shooting out of the roof, or everyone rushing out with Mike on a gurney, but after 10 or 15 minutes, everyone just left.

A somewhat funny one was a few months ago, when 2 cop cars pulled up in front of the house. Two cops went to the front door. Pause for a few minutes. Cops go around back. Cops come back up front. Normal, sane relative ("Don") comes out on the porch and talks to the cops for a few minutes. Cops go inside. Cops coem back out with Mike in handcuffs. Cops, Mike and Don all stand around on the porch chitchatting, with Mike still in cuffs, nobody's body language looking the least bit tense, Mike's face is the only one visible and he's smiling. Cops take the cuffs off Mike and they leave.

And a creepy, annoying one from the other day: Our cable, internet and phone all went completely out one afternoon. Hugely annoying, plus DH works partly from home and can't link in to his office computer. Cable guy comes out the next morning and looks at the cable hookup at the street next to another neighbor's house...the cable company has had major issues with our street already, and they have some sort of weird jerry-rigged exterior box with the cable power hookup in it. It had been *cut with something sharp.* This neighbor is one that Mike has a special hostility toward, because she's pretty prickly and got loudly in his face once over his antics. Mike was outside working with a Weedeater the previous day. So while cable guy's there, a fourth neighbor comes out to tell him that Mike probably did it, and if he comes out of the house, cable guy should get in his truck. We never see Mike, but I call the cops and file a report.

Someone was telling me the other day that their street was like "Desperate Housewives," I told her that mine is more like "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: weeblewobble on April 15, 2012, 10:14:21 PM
A man jumped off the roof of the building across the street. The doorman said he was a non-resident who ran past him and into the elevators. Two years ago, in a different neighborhood, a man killed his father and tried to kill his mother. My husband and I briefly entertained the idea of buying the house since it's really, really inexpensive now, but the guy will most likely get out of prison in a few years and we don't really want him showing up on our doorstep. On a lighter note, when the circus comes into town, they walk the elephants through a tunnel next door to my apartment in the city. I haven't seen it myself (just missed it this year), but a guy who works in my building told me about it.

A few years ago, a circus truck carrying elephants had a wreck just outside a nearby rural community.   The elephants were unharmed, but in the confusion after the accident, they broke the door of the truck and ran off.  A woman called 911 to report that she saw elephants jogging down Rural Route XYZ.  The dispatcher hung up on her because he thought it was a prank.

(The elephants were rounded up and no one was hurt.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on April 15, 2012, 11:22:19 PM
A man jumped off the roof of the building across the street. The doorman said he was a non-resident who ran past him and into the elevators. Two years ago, in a different neighborhood, a man killed his father and tried to kill his mother. My husband and I briefly entertained the idea of buying the house since it's really, really inexpensive now, but the guy will most likely get out of prison in a few years and we don't really want him showing up on our doorstep. On a lighter note, when the circus comes into town, they walk the elephants through a tunnel next door to my apartment in the city. I haven't seen it myself (just missed it this year), but a guy who works in my building told me about it.

A few years ago, a circus truck carrying elephants had a wreck just outside a nearby rural community.   The elephants were unharmed, but in the confusion after the accident, they broke the door of the truck and ran off.  A woman called 911 to report that she saw elephants jogging down Rural Route XYZ.  The dispatcher hung up on her because he thought it was a prank.

(The elephants were rounded up and no one was hurt.)
Dispatch should not have done that.  DD#2 says that if someone calls and it is not an obvious prank like "Is your refrigerator running?" then they send a cop out.  It DOES NOT MATTER if Dispatch thinks the elephants are all in the caller's head.  Because sometimes there ARE elephants jogging down the road or standing in the garden eating the rosebushes.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaora on April 16, 2012, 03:51:01 AM
Not my neighborhood, but my smallish town.  Over the past couple weeks, we've had six or seven home fires start, and two of them can be linked to either candles or cigarretes, that leaves five unsolved.

They had the community police and emergency, NCIS and Ordies (the Ordinance Extraction) out on a rather nasty one that happened near where my boyfriend lived.  Still unsolved, but it looked like they were hoarders.  Aye...

Otherwise, a case a few years ago where neighbor's kids got ahold of fire starter.  The houses all survived, but fence, and the palm tree near it, were both toast.

Mum came home to check on us on that one-- then went straight reporting.  She was still working for the paper then, on a police and fire beat, and had an excuse to get on the blocked off street.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 16, 2012, 09:16:44 AM
Re:  Elephants in the street.  That happened in a city near me not too long ago.  The circus was in town and the elephants (3) made a run for it.  A woman awoke to an elephant in her yard, nibbling on her shrubs.  She had to be quite insistent with the 911 operator to get a police response.

There were a few people wondering what they'd been drinking the night before as they drove past the elephants.  I'm surprised there weren't a bunch of traffic collisions that morning.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on April 16, 2012, 10:15:23 AM
Re:  Elephants in the street.  That happened in a city near me not too long ago.  The circus was in town and the elephants (3) made a run for it.  A woman awoke to an elephant in her yard, nibbling on her shrubs.  She had to be quite insistent with the 911 operator to get a police response.

There were a few people wondering what they'd been drinking the night before as they drove past the elephants.  I'm surprised there weren't a bunch of traffic collisions that morning.
I remember reading about that, which is what prompted me to ask DD#2 what she would do if someone called into Dispatch and reported elephants in her garden! :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wheeitsme on April 16, 2012, 12:15:00 PM
I had a great uncle who owned a buffalo.  He ended up moving to a ranch in what is now the Padres National Forest (it wasn't when he moved there - that's how long ago it was).  But before he moved, he had this buffalo.  In Los Angeles (Los Angeles was much more rural then).  You'all can probably guess what happened.  One day it got loose.  A lady called the police and told them that there was a buffalo in her yard.  My uncle got there before the police did.  "Really officer - there was a buffalo..."

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7185/6938438188_dc51b38ecf.jpg)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaora on April 16, 2012, 12:44:59 PM
Again, smaller town, so that makes some of this all the odder:

I once reported a bomb threat I found scribbled in a bathroom stall.  In the dead center of a naval military base.  To get out of a math test.  It's like weeding out the dumb ones early. ::) Had the Base PD, FD, Ordies and all the bomb sniffing dogs out there, but nothing came of the threat, unlike some other stories I've heard.

Bonus multiplier: This was shortly after 9/11 and the base was still on high alert.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: 40andbetter on April 16, 2012, 01:03:20 PM
At our old house (that we had just accepted a offer on and were prepping to move from) an Ice cream truck was robbed  crime scene tape went down the middle of the street while it was "investigated" - meanwhile around  the corner a gas station / mini market was being robbed while the cops were "busy" with the ice cream truck robbery I have a feeling the 2 incidents were connected -It got embarrassing for us when the soon to be new owners came down the street during this with their grandmother in the car to show her their new house :-[
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Bijou on April 16, 2012, 02:53:51 PM
Not me, but my husband...last night he was walking out the little pathway next to the house to go to work and came face to face with the grand daddy of all the other skunks in the neighborhood!  It started running toward him and luckily, right past him without spraying him.  PHEW!!!!!!  Last thing I want on a Sunday night is to have some skunked up old man trying to come through the bolted door...you've heard the phrase, "GET A ROOM!"?  Well, he would have had to.  I might pass him some tomato juice through the window.   >:D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on April 16, 2012, 07:23:35 PM
A forum friend says that the ideal thing for deskunking some critter that's tangled with them is Biz and Simple Green.  (Biz is a laundry detergent additive, Simple Green is a concentrated cleaning solution.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Iris on April 16, 2012, 08:03:20 PM
Re:  Elephants in the street.  That happened in a city near me not too long ago.  The circus was in town and the elephants (3) made a run for it.  A woman awoke to an elephant in her yard, nibbling on her shrubs.  She had to be quite insistent with the 911 operator to get a police response.

There were a few people wondering what they'd been drinking the night before as they drove past the elephants.  I'm surprised there weren't a bunch of traffic collisions that morning.

OT, but that would be. So. Cool. Dangerous, but worth it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MommyPenguin on April 16, 2012, 08:10:44 PM
This happened near where I used to live: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/27/national/27buffalo.html?_r=1  Made for a great picture, too.  :)  That must have been a fun 911 call, as well.  "Uh, yeah, there are bison on the tennis court...  No, I don't think they're playing tennis.  Well, it doesn't *say* no bison, but it does say shirt and shoes required and they are *definitely* not wearing those."
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Thipu1 on April 17, 2012, 10:09:00 AM
I can think of three scary things.  One was natural, one was semi-natural and the other was not.

The first was a severe weather situation.  Our apartment has a northern exposure and the buildings are low.  From our dining table you can see the clouds moving in their normal west to east direction. 

It was a grey day with rain.  I alerted Mr. Thipu that the clouds were acting strangely.  One bank was moving in the normal way.  Further north, a second bank of clouds were moving from east to west. 

The sky went green and then black.  The noise became extremely loud.  Yup, we had a tornado in the neighborhood.  We were fine but there were a number of trees down and some damage to homes and cars a few blocks away. No one was seriously injured. 

The second took place just up the block.  Construction was going on for a group of townhouses.  The week had been rainy and the day was rainy again.  The rain let up for a bit and I went out to do some grocery shopping.  I was stopped dead in my tracks.

  The entire side of a three-story brick building beside the construction site had slid off.  It was like
looking into a doll house.  No one was injured because everyone who lived there was either at work or at school.

Our neighborhood is normally very quiet.  However, on the way to work one day, I hit a hostage situation with SWAT teams, right next to a school.     

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 17, 2012, 02:44:58 PM
One of my coworkers came back to the office with some unusual pictures of a local drinking water pumphouse.  It was a very windy day yesterday and a farmer's fence had blown down.  Now, this would have been an unusual picture if the trespassers had been cows or sheep or goats.  Nope, they were bison!

We have a law here that there can be no nutrient spreading within 100 m of a municipal drinking water supply well.  The inspector for that area was ribbing the water superintendent that he was breaking the law.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: NyaChan on April 17, 2012, 02:59:49 PM
A landlady once told me about a house across the street from mine.  The wife and husband had gone on vacation leaving their teenage son at home.  One day, he set himself up in the top window of the house with his dad's gun like a sniper and was taking shots at the street.  As far as I remember, no one was hurt (bad shot I guess?), but the city's police force came out with the big shields and had to take the house.  It turned out that the son had gone off his meds in his parents' absence.  The house was empty for a long time, but finally sold again.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaora on April 20, 2012, 01:38:39 PM
Finally through this thread, with some good and scary reads.  My life is pretty much boring compared to some of the stuff here.  Aside from the occasional sonic boom, I live in a fairly uneventful town. :)

Though seeing escapee elephants.  I'd love to see that.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 20, 2012, 01:44:10 PM
Though seeing escapee elephants.  I'd love to see that.
Not in my neighborhood, but Honolulu had an elephant escape and you would not have wanted to be anywhere close enough to see that.  If I recall correctly, the elephant's name was Tyke.  He attacked his handler, who I believe died of his injuries.  Then Tyke ran amok, he was on a rampage.  He went after anything he saw moving.  One guy was on the other side of a chain link fence, running away.  The chain link fence slowed Tyke down a bit, not much, but enough for the guy to put rows of parked cars between him and the elephant.

Sadly, the incident ended when Tyke was shot several times and killed.  I'm glad I didn't actually see Tyke escaping and I wish I hadn't seen the news showing it either.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Bijou on April 20, 2012, 02:59:52 PM
A forum friend says that the ideal thing for deskunking some critter that's tangled with them is Biz and Simple Green.  (Biz is a laundry detergent additive, Simple Green is a concentrated cleaning solution.)
I hadn't heard of that deskunker..
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: BarensMom on April 20, 2012, 03:54:56 PM
Don't remember posting this one:

One night we were awakened at midnight by the sound of helicopters and lights flashing on and off through our bedroom window.  We looked outside, and there were two helicopters flying around the neighborhood with their lights ablaze.  We then heard pounding on our front door, but we didn't answer it, because we didn't know what the heck was going on.  It lasted for some time, but finally calmed down enough for us to go back to sleep.

It turned out that a guy had stolen a truck from the coke plant on Highway 4, then drove to the condos next to our development.  He then went to the front door of one of the condos and shot through it, injuring a 4-year old girl.  He then ditched the truck, and hid in our neighbor's house until they opened the roadblock the next morning. 

That neighbor happened to be at his daughter's house and couldn't get through the roadblock the previous night.  He waited until the roadblock was down and the first car he saw driving down the road was his SUV.  The police chased the perp to Vallejo, where he crashed and totaled the SUV into a divider on Highway 80.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: strawbabies on April 20, 2012, 04:16:14 PM
DH and I live about 2 1/2 hours away from Walt Disney World.  We had a breakfast reservation one time, and were leaving home around 5:30.  There is only 1 entrance / exit to our subdivision, and when we got to it, there were at least a half a dozen police cars parked with their lights on.  A police officer stopped us and said some guy had been in the neighborhood around 3:00 am knocking on random doors, and had we heard anything?  We told her that, no, we have 4 dogs, so if he had knocked on our door, we definitely would have noticed.  She let us go on our way then.

Turns out, the guy's wife had left him (he'd gotten in trouble for domestic violence before) and gone to her mother's house.  He didn't know exactly where the house was (I'm still not clear if this was even the correct neighborhood), so he was just pounding on random doors looking for his wife.  Oh, and he was on drugs while he was doing this.  We live in the back of the subdivision, so he didn't actually get to our street.  But we have friends living on the main street whose next door neighbor's door was pounded on.  The neighbors were smart and didn't open it. 

The police ended up using a Taser on him when they got there, and he died a half hour later at the hospital.  His mother sued the police and went on the news crying about what a good boy he was, and how he was afraid of the dark.  Good boys don't beat up their wives, do drugs, and terrorize people trying to sleep at 3 am.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Garden Goblin on July 22, 2013, 01:02:02 PM
Not at my house, but at my mother's boyfriend's house -

Two bears having a knockdown dragout fight.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jedikaiti on July 22, 2013, 01:42:02 PM
Ooo! I'd forgotten about this thread! I may have to go back and re-read.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on July 22, 2013, 02:54:08 PM
I can't remember if I told the story of my face-to-face with the burglar on this thread.

I was going to catch up on some paperwork at the office on Sunday.

I get out of my car, and head for the door. As I do, someone comes out *through* the door (as in, through a hole in the glass of the door).

Me:  :8-o

Him:    :8-o

A few seconds pass.

Him (VERY enthusiastically): Hi! How are you today?

He then took off running, as I was still in the :8-o stage.

While he appeared harmless, the police showed me later the 3-foot iron bar with which he and his accomplice had battered in the door. I would not have liked to see it coming towards my head.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Hmmmmm on July 22, 2013, 03:37:09 PM
Well, I just lost a half day of work reading these. 

I think most of my stories come from childhood growing up in a small town of less than 7000 people. We lived on a highway leading into town.

Fireworks stand catching fire about 300 yards from our home. Awesome fireworks show for us kids and we got woken up at 1am and got to stay up to watch. As an adult, I know realize how dangerous it was for the firefighters.

Opening the door to a gentlemen who asked to use our phone. I told him strangers weren't allowed in and then he pointed to his armored truck parked in front of our home that was on fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the truck and the money was a goner.

Escaped convict captured in our neighbor's yard after trying to steel my dad's truck and then break into our house.

The coolest was finding two peacocks in our back yard. They had escaped from shipping company near our home. What my sister and I would have given for something like instagram back in 1975 because none of our friends believed us until we got the film developed a week later.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on July 22, 2013, 04:35:11 PM
Well, there's two. One is the personally most dramatic. I'll give you the short version.

I'm home alone, probably about 13 or 14. Parents left cell phone in the car at dinner, grandma is out of town, sis is at friend's house for the night. Thunderstorm starts up, which is scary enough for me to begin with, but this was BEFORE the worst of my phobia. And probably a good reason for it in my mind. Lightning hits tree. Tree falls into power lines. Lightning goes through power lines into my house. All I know is that I heard a large *POP* from my bedroom and the power was out. I could smell smoke as I walked back to the hallway, but not too strong, but I have no phone service.

I scrawl a hasty note to my parents along the lines of I smelled smoke and couldn't call them, but I went to the neighbor's house, but not THIS neighbor, the other one, and when they came home I hope the house hadn't burned down because I was okay, but if the house did burn down then the whole message was somewhat useless. Ran to the neighbor's house and curled up on their living room floor hysterical.

Fast forward about 24 hours. Power company is replacing all the wires in the back from where the tree knocked them down. All the houses on the street have power! Except ours. We get one of the foremen into our house to take a look. Our fuse box, the solid metal box has two holes burned in it. One where the lightning came in, one where it left. There were droplets of metal around the holes, where it had been sprayed out as MOLTEN METAL! There's still a singed spot on my old bedroom floor, and the power strip it arced up through was toast, but someone was watching out for me that night, because NOTHING caught fire. But to have five power cars all parked around our house looking at this fuse box was kind of dramatic.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on July 22, 2013, 04:44:07 PM
The second was winter scary.

There was a huge ice storm in October one year, I was in 7th grade. Dad took me and sis on a walk around the block. It took half an hour (ridiculous amount of time to walk around a suburban block) because we had to avoid all the overhead trees, in case they fell. We could see what looked like fireworks in the sky nearby, but they were really low. Dad explained that it was transformers blowing across the city from the strain on the power lines, or from power lines falling. That was a horrible winter.

Actually, a third and fourth.

One night mom and I were sitting outside on our front porch. We heard some popping across the street. The power line that went between the houses on the inside of the block caught fire. We had a few trucks out VERY quickly to put it out, and they had to have the power lines re-run. It was just a heatwave and strain on the system, the old wires couldn't handle the load and fritzed out.

Fourth: We had a BIG tree in the backyard. One night it blew over. Fell across our fence, our neighbor's yard and power lines, across the street on the other side of her yard. She came over to our house first thing in the morning saying that if our tree had the audacity to fall across her power and knock it out the least we could do was offer her coffee. We were pretty close as neighbors, so we made her some coffee. Neighbor's daughter (maybe about 22 at the time) and her husband came by trying to help clear the tree. A bunch of neighbors came out with hatches and hand saws, but it wasn't until dad got out his chainsaw and a spare that it got taken care of. The city couldn't do anything for several days, as it wasn't a high priority street and there were other ways to get to the neighborhood, so we had about twenty people swarming over this huge tree in the middle of the road.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on July 22, 2013, 05:06:13 PM
Dad's story. He was in HS. His parents, Sister/BIL, and Aunt/Uncle buy a hobby farm out in Fort Bend County. They go out every weekend and work on it. One one such trip they find two men camping on the property. They claim to have recently left the service and are looking for jobs. The family hire them on. This went on for a while - until the sheriff turned up. The men were AWOL and had robbed a bank.


A few years ago I was at work early - an hour before the kids are allowed in 1.5 hours before I was on duty. The principal comes over the intercom - announcing a lock down. The front office (we come in a side door) had been broken into and the safe literally ripped out of the wall.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on July 22, 2013, 07:43:26 PM
cwm's story about the big tree that fell down reminded me of something I noticed not in my neighborhood, but at the ranch where we board our red mare, Misty. I have trained Misty since I bought her at age 17 months.  I am not a professional horse trainer and there are some holes in Misty's training.  One of those holes is that there are places where she will not walk. One of those places is along a dirt road where it passes a big tree that makes creaking noises in the wind.  Misty gives that tree wide berth when it is creaking.  I mentioned to my trainer that Misty doesn't like that big tree and I see her point, it is making loud creaking noises and I think it is going to fall down.  The trainer said, "That tree has been creaking for years.  Don't let her pull stunts like that."

On Saturday I noticed that 1/3 of the tree was missing and there is a new pile of cut-up branches across the dirt road.

Misty was right.

She doesn't walk under coconut palms either.  She won't walk between a coconut on the ground and the tree.

I think she's pretty smart. >:D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ser Lucien Liliane on July 22, 2013, 07:53:43 PM
An abandoned car in the alley basically exploding.

Yes. Exploding. In the weirdest way possible.

Why was it weird? Well, because the resulting fire never touched either the engine or the gas tank. It was solely in the car's locked cabin. (My theory is that someone dumped it there, locked it up and purposely shorted the horn to set off a fire - the horn was just blowing nonstop for a good ten minutes before the explosion and fire, and didn't stop until the explosion blew out the windows and started the fire.) But the worst part was the smell of battery acid that permeated the air once the battery started heating up - I can't stand that smell, it stems from a road trip accident when I was younger, our minivan hit a deer and the entire front end was demolished.

That was pretty normal for that neighborhood, though...I'm very glad I don't live there anymore.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Malaika on July 22, 2013, 08:09:39 PM
I was away from home one evening a little longer than normal.  When I came home, I couldn't turn onto that end of my street due to the crime tape and the numerous cop cars.  I was trying to avoid the news vans and the pedestrians who were watching the scene.  As I drove past my street, I could see the CSI van in the middle of the street and said to myself "something bad happened here".  I drove around the neighborhood to the other end of my street, which was open.  The crime scene tape was down my property line and tied onto the next-door neighbor's carport.  Marked and unmarked cars are everywhere and there are people sitting on the curb across the street, crying. 

It turns out that a neighbor about a block and a half away threatened his next-door neighbor over dogs barking.  Cops were called and when they showed, guy came charging out of the bushes, shooting.  Cops returned fire and killed him.  All my neighbors heard the shots (especially those who were outside) so while it was tragic, we were glad the cops were there to protect us and prevent any innocent bystanders getting hurt. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Minmom3 on July 22, 2013, 08:53:54 PM
In high school in Los Angeles - I was taking a shower and heard a noise outside the bathroom window, looked out, and saw the zipper of a jacket at window level - which was 6+ feet up the wall on the outside.  Peeping Tom had snapped the chain on a wrought iron bench chained to a tree out in the yard, and pulled it over to our bathroom window.  I shut the louvered windows in a panic, got out of the shower, and sat in front of the toilet, wedging the door closed with my legs.  Sat there in a cold sweat before I heard foot steps leaving...

There were some high rise apartment buildings the next block up from my high school.  Somebody got up on the roof, 23 stories up, and jumped.  He caved in the car he landed on, bounced off, and broke the sidewalk cement slab next to the car.  The slab stayed broken for a while, leaving quite the thing to point at by all the students.

Reading in bed after work on night, I heard sirens approaching.  Closer. Closer.  Sounded like they were coming down the road by my apartment...  Peeked my head out the curtains, and waited.  Saw a car come careening down the steep road on the hill across my road, going FAR too fast.  They turned right (my direction) lost control of the car, bounced off a car parked on my side of the road ricochetted across the street into another car, bounced off that into the house next door TO ME (punched a car sized hole in the wall) bounced back out again and wedged up against a power pole outside my bedroom window.  (At this point I'm Kilroy - nothing but my eyes showing above the windowsill).  And the sirens  (3 cop cars, with more arriving in the next 3 minutes) have caught up with said car, and THEY successfully stop without hitting anything else, and they get out of their cars and they have their rifles and they all aim them at the car in front of my bedroom window and they get on the P.A. and yell at the occupants to get out and put their hands on the car.  (and repeat) Get OUT and put your HANDS on the CAR!  (and repeat) GET OUT AND PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE DAMNED CAR!!!!  As an aside?  You don't ever want to hear rifles being loaded and nervous voices from the cops.  It's really frightening.  None of them were more than 15 ft from my bedroom, and the original (stolen) car was less than 10 ft from my window.  I didn't sleep for HOURS.  I was about 20, and if I'd been more sensible, I'd have bedded down in the kitchen, the opposite side of my unit from the drama.  On the other hand, I'm not sure anything short of a tank could have penetrated those walls - it was an old motel with OLD plaster and lathe walls that were like iron.  I couldn't hang anything up because I couldn't drive a nail into the wall!

Cops getting out of their cars and jam loading their rifles as I walked up to the bank to cash my check.  There was an armed robbery ongoing in the bank, and the police suggested that I come back tomorrow to do my business there...

There was a bar down the street and around the corner from the house Mom and I were renting.  One very late night, while getting out of Mom's car, a muscle car raced up our road, no headlights on, speeding (3x the speed limit?) narrowly missing Mom, who jumped back up on the running board of the Beetle, rather that all the way back inside the car.  It went down the road, pulled a high speed U, coming back by us again and totaling a parked car on the other side of the road.  If the car had been 3" closer to Mom, she'd have been badly hurt by the car as it creamed us.

Helos overhead our condo unit when we lived in O.C. - the railroad was next to our property, and the wall on the RR side was 3 ft high - more like 12 ft on our side, though.  Dozens of those flights...  Apparently the railroad was quite the corridor for people crossing into the U.S. even though we were an hour and a half from the Mexican border.

Same condo - some young kid borrowed a car and drove much too fast in our parking lot - and lost control coming around the corner.  We parked in a small 4-unit carport, and we were home (space #4) and the people in space #1 were home, but nobody in the middle was home.  This was a Very Good Thing, as the drifting car went through space #2, took out the 8x8 wood pole between spaces #2 and #3, and then put my car into the wall on my left, and in front!   ** ** ** We used up all but about $35 of the insurance coverage on the car (which expired a week later!!).  If anybody else had been home and their cars parked in their slots, none of us would have been able to get full coverage for repairs needed - the wood pole, the 2 walls of the car port, my car and the rental I used while my car was in the shop for a month - cost a ton of money...

One day while I was laying down on the IL's front couch, a raccoon calmly walked in the door and made its way to the cat foot bowl by the fridge - I chased it out with a broom, while Being Really Loud.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on July 22, 2013, 08:58:56 PM
Back in middle school the man who lived across the street and two doors down blew his house up.  Apparently he was into pyrotechnics and had an lab in his basement.  He was the only death in the incident.  The goodish news was that his family was out of the house at the time.  The bad news was that every house in a 200 yard radius had their windows facing the house blown out.  That lot is still vacant.  The neighborhood has planted a garden there.

About 2 years ago, there was a shooting across the street from my house in a large field next to the Rec center
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: molly13 on July 22, 2013, 11:29:29 PM
Sunday morning I opened my back door at 6:30am and step out on my deck and happened to glance over at my neighbour's back yard and see (hadn't put my glasses on yet) what looks like a large, bright orange blob in their backyard. Went back inside for my glasses and when I come out there's a man in an orange bottle costume.

Me: what the hell?
bottle man (in matter of fact tone of voice): I'm a beer bottle
Me: must have been a hell of a night
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: nayberry on July 23, 2013, 06:29:58 AM
i'm going to white this out as its rather tragic


mum and i are home and we hear a thud and a scream, look out the front door and  somehow a woman visiting the people across the road from us had hit the wall while reversing onto their drive, fallen out of the car and run herself over!  she was a childminder in the area and had 3 of the children with her, luckily they couldn't see what happened and as we are by the school the teachers came and took them back in and called parents.
the police were stymied for a while as to how she managed it but the best guess is that she had her seatbelt off whilst looking out of her open door and bumped the wall, fell and the car kept going.  sadder still was that she was over the drink drive limit when it happened.  neighbour has a "memorial" brick in the rebuilt wall.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Dr. F. on July 23, 2013, 07:19:37 AM
Sunday morning I opened my back door at 6:30am and step out on my deck and happened to glance over at my neighbour's back yard and see (hadn't put my glasses on yet) what looks like a large, bright orange blob in their backyard. Went back inside for my glasses and when I come out there's a man in an orange bottle costume.

Me: what the hell?
bottle man (in matter of fact tone of voice): I'm a beer bottle
Me: must have been a hell of a night

I just frightened the dogs by laughing too hard. Did you ever get any backstory on what the heck happened?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: CakeBeret on July 23, 2013, 12:23:27 PM
A few weeks ago I was on my way home late at night. My house is the 3rd from the intersection. I approached my street and it was LINED with emergency vehicles. I then realized that they were concentrated in front of my house. I counted nine police cars, a drug van, an ambulance, and a fire truck. The street was barricaded so I couldn't get home. I panicked. My husband and son were home, they weren't answering the phone, and I was convinced that something utterly horrific and tragic had happened to them.

Since I couldn't get down my street and I was in panic mode at that point, I called my best friend, who thankfully lived (at that time) only a mile away. I parked my car on the side of the road and she came and picked me up, and drove around to the other entrance to my street, so we could get close and figure out what was going on.

As it turns out, there was a massive drug raid that turned into a standoff, two houses down. My husband and son were both asleep and had no idea what had been going on. It took me hours to fall asleep that night. It was easily the most terrifying experience of my life.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MyFamily on July 23, 2013, 12:49:45 PM
We had one over the 4th of July weekend.  I had left my house (with DH, two of our kids and a friend of my oldest kid still in the house) to pick up my daughter from a friends house (was gone all of maybe 5 minutes, since they only live only one block to the west).  When I left, all was fine and quiet.  When my daughter and I are coming back, I notice a black haze and people standing at the end of our alley (we live on the east side of the street) and jumping up and down and screaming.  Then I look up and see a shot of fire go straight up, right near my house.  I crossed my daughter, told her to stay there and R.A.N. (I'm 40 years old, over-weight and though I do go on the treadmill 5-6 times a week and hit a good stride, that is nothing like I did that moment).  I didn't stop running until I saw that the garage that was on the other side of the alley from us was on fire (the house was abandoned).  7 fire trucks; more police cars than we could count; we lost power (though to give credit to our electric company it was only for around 30 minutes); the smell was horrible.  The people whose garage is directly across from the garage that burnt down - the siding on their garage melted, but otherwise, that was the only damage outside of the torched garage.  And even now the burnt out garage still stands, which reminds me to call my alderman to get him to push the city to have it torn-down.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MayHug on July 23, 2013, 01:32:43 PM
Several years ago, we lived in a very small town in the mid-west.  One day I was home in my upstairs office, and I heard a banging on the door. I went downstairs and realized it was actually across the street at the neighbors house.  As I was looking out the window, I saw the lady of the house banging on the door. In a flash the door was opened and a fist came out and slammed into her face and as she fell someone dragged her into the house.

I immediately called 911 and the police were there rather quickly. She was taken away in an ambulance. As the guy was being led away in hand cuffs, one officer said " I'm going to go over here and speak to the person who called 911" Well, thanks a lot Mr Officer for letting him know it was me!

My husband worked over nights at the time and I get home from my job around midnight. Was a nervous few weeks when he got out of jail. The officers did do extra patrols by my house and were generally driving by as I was getting home though.

There were many other instances there til the final big drug bust that landed them in federal prison.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mediancat on July 23, 2013, 02:20:15 PM
When I was visiting my alma mater, there were signs of a scuffle in the distance. Later, someone explained what had happened. One of the male students had been caught beating up his (also a student) girlfriend. Apparently the decision of the school authorities was to give the young man time to get dressed and grab his wallet (no cell phone, this was the early '90s) and then have him thrown off campus.

the student resisted such expulsion, so the head of security, an ex-football player named Larry, took great pleasure in heaving the person bodily off college property and telling him that if he came back in without authorization they'd have him arrested immediately.

I only heard about the rest: the student and his parents tried to demand he be readmitted, and the assistant dean cheerfully refunded a half year's tuition and told them to get the hell out of his office. The matter was also brought to the attention of the local police, but I don't know what happened there. I do know the student was never seen on campus again.

Rob
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: snowflake on July 23, 2013, 02:58:53 PM
I thought I had lived in crazy neighborhood when I was younger, but apparently mine are run-of-the mill.

In one apartment (believe it or not, this was the "step up" apartment after I got a real job) I had a meth lab blow up down the street.  I mean BLOW UP.  As in there was a bang and I went out of my house and saw the flames a couple of blocks down.

Two years later there was a national manhunt for a guy who killed his girlfriend in the next block. That sounds dramatic, but he had been a drifter so there were cops in about five states who were looking for him.  The creepy thing was that there was a "For Rent" sign up before he was caught a week later!  I can't bring myself to repeat what happened, but lets just say it was probably messy.   I saw that sign for a month and just hoped it was for another apartment.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: magicdomino on July 23, 2013, 04:41:02 PM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on July 23, 2013, 05:34:04 PM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.

Derecho's are no joke. 2 years ago when a big one hit here, my mother's neighborhood looked like Godzilla and Mothra had been fighting over territory.  They were without power for almost a week...in July...in Central Maryland.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Dazi on July 23, 2013, 06:27:35 PM
Sometime earlier this year while I was in bed, I suddenly woke up.  I couldn't figure out what woke me as I am pretty used to the road noise, airplane noise, ambulances, etc., not to mention, I typically sleep with earplugs in. 

Then I realized I was seeing strobing blue and red lights through my curtains.  Cops were busting up a meth lab just down the street from me.



Once on my way to work, I saw a big naked guy get chased out of a house, off a second story balcony, by a husband returning home earlier than expected.  I later found out the husband stabbed the guy with a paring knife, but only got him in his fleshy rear-end. FTR, a paring knife doesn't actually do a lot of damage when you stab it into a very fat covered butt. It's definitely the oddest site I've ever seen at 7 am.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: KarenK on July 23, 2013, 09:24:15 PM
I've got a one, but nothing too startling compared to some:

When we were kids, we lived in a very quiet suburban neighborhood. Some miscreant was trying to outrun the police and crashed his car into a ditch. He got out, and ran away.

A short time later, my mother hears someone in our garage. Thinking it was one of my older brother's friends, he sends my little brother, who was about 4 or so at the time, out to tell him to get out of the garage. DB goes out and stands in the driveway and yells, "My mom says to get out of our garage!"

The police show up shortly thereafter and drag the guy out, one cop on each arm and one on each leg, bleeding from an injury he got, I assume, in the car accident, and cursing out the cops at the top of his lungs.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mediancat on July 24, 2013, 07:03:17 AM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.

Derecho's are no joke. 2 years ago when a big one hit here, my mother's neighborhood looked like Godzilla and Mothra had been fighting over territory.  They were without power for almost a week...in July...in Central Maryland.

I remember that; we were without power for only two days, and it was darn near intolerable.

Rob
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: misha412 on July 24, 2013, 07:31:57 AM
I used to live in a rougher neighborhood in Tampa, Florida.

One night, about midnight, I awoke to some guy pounding on my back door. My back door was behind a locked fence. No one should have been pounding on my back door.

I look out the window and this guy has blood on his face and is screaming for me to call 911. Which I was already doing. Within 4-5 minutes, I had a few cop cars in my front yard, sirens and light blazing. They take the guy away in an ambulance.

Come to find out, the guy had gotten into a fight with another guy, apparently over a girl. The other guy pulled a knife and cut him in a couple places, including the forehead. The injured guy took off running and ended up climbing over my fence. The original incident took place a couple blocks away.

*for the record, I did not open the door, but I did tell the guy to sit on the back steps and wait for the cops.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: LadyClaire on July 24, 2013, 10:12:54 AM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.

We had one of those several years ago. It was incredible how much destruction it caused. Power lines and trees down everywhere. It tore roofs off of buildings and blew down billboards and signs and basically treated fences like they were made from toothpicks, which meant livestock got out everywhere. It was a mess. I think we were without power for nearly a week, if memory serves me correctly.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: baritone108 on July 24, 2013, 11:08:48 AM
There have been a few but this is the most recent.
Ariel Castro kidnapped three young women over a two year period and held them captive in his home for a decade.  The kidnappings took place in my neighborhood, the house where he hid them was just outside my neighborhood.  When they finally got out one of the women went to live with her sister 8 houses away from mine.  News crews from around the world took over the streets near her home for about 3 weeks.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Punky B. on July 24, 2013, 12:15:41 PM
I used to live in a bad part of town, so I have a few. ;D

In the apartment complex we lived in, our downstairs neighbors were a military family.  Mother, two kids, and- we thought- the Dad.  Never heard much from then unless they were outside smoking and dropping ciggie butts all over the ground.  One night we were woken by a commotion and police sirens.  Peeking outside we could see a trail of blood running from under the stairs down the sidewalk.  Apparently her ACTUAL husband had returned from deployment, found Faux Dad sleeping in his bed, and stabbed the mother after punching up the walls.  She ran for help- leaving the two kids in the apartment. :-\ Kids were fine, Dad was arrested, Mom moved everyone out shortly after.

Another day my husband called me from the parking lot.  "You have GOT to come down here."  I wandered down and came face to very large, bristly face with a pig head sitting in the back of a pickup truck.  Someone in the complex had received a pig as a gift and dismembered it in the parking lot.  They took the good parts to the gazebo where they proceeded to cook it in a large metal drum, stirring it with a two by four.  When it was finished, everyone was invited to partake.  There was much rejoicing.

One morning I was heading out to go to work and found a large quantity of blood splashed on the ground at the beginning of the sidewalk.  It looked like someone had tossed it out of a bucket.  The trail led around the corner.  Being young and foolish I followed it, thinking someone might need help.  It lead into the laundry room.  I peeked in the doorway and the entire room was COVERED in blood.  All over the machines, the floor, the ceiling.  I backed out and went to work, and when I arrived I called the Management office.  "Oh, someone hurt themselves in the laundry room," she said.  "With a chainsaw?" I asked, but all she did was laugh.  I never did find out what the heck happened.

Then there was the day I walked into the parking lot and about 70% percent of the cars had all the windows broken and the tires slashed.  My car was spared, but there was a minefield of glass for the next couple of weeks since Management didn't want to clean it.  The tenants organized a clean-up and got rid of the worst of it.

There were less dramatic instances, but it was weirdness almost weekly.  I was glad when we moved. :P
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 24, 2013, 01:22:07 PM
My neighbourhood is pretty quiet.  There are police cars regularly because of the juvenile delinquent* that lives(d?) across the road but we also have cops from our city plus cops from other nearby cities on our street so it tends to keep things pretty quiet.

Probably most exciting was when my neighbour (mother of the JD) woke for some reason, looked out and saw someone trying to hook the neighbour's boat up to his car.  She knew it wasn't neighbour so she grabbed her phone, dialled 911 while running outside to yell at them.  The driver took off, leaving the other guy standing there.  Who started to run after the car.  Car pulled over, guy jumped in and they took off.  Cops did show up but I don't know if anything came of it.  I slept through the whole thing.

I was going on a canoe trip once, with some friends.  We had 3 vehicles.  I told them we should make sure to take any loose stuff in the car and lock it all in the trunk so nothing was visible.  They kind of thought I was crazy because we were in the middle of nowhere but they did it.  When we got back after our trip, every vehicle that had visible items had their passenger or driver's side window smashed and stuff grabbed.  Anybody with nothing showing?  They left alone.  This was in the days before inside latches to open trunks.

*I'm not making assumptions, here.  I know he has spent some time in juvie.
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Post by: SamiHami on July 24, 2013, 01:58:06 PM
A few years ago my DH took out the trash. I heard him call my name, so I walked out. He pointed out heavy smoke coming from the area near the entrance to our neighborhood. At first I thought the wooded area was on fire, only to learn upon closer inspection that it was a furniture store. It was the fiercest, angriest, most roaring fire I've ever seen. News crews gathered there and more fire trucks than I've ever seen in one place.

Nine firefighters died that night.

The lost where the store was is a small park/monument to those men. They think it started when an employee flicked a cigarette butt off the back loading area, but they are still not positive.
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Post by: cwm on July 24, 2013, 01:58:52 PM
One from college. We had some big name band performing at our college's stadium, as it was the biggest venue in the area. I lived in an apartment two blocks off of campus at the time. I had to remember to take a piece of mail to work with me that afternoon because all of the roads would be blocked to my apartment complex to keep people from getting in and listening to the show for free. It was bizarre, they started setting up roadblocks in the afternoon. All of the campus traffic was seriously messed up, and some professors cancelled their afternoon classes so they didn't have to deal with the hassle of it all.

On my honeymoon I was in a hotel in Toronto with my now ex. We heard the fire alarm go off, and then apparently the hotel had a PA system and started making announcements. Would floors 5-11 please evacuate the building, please avoid the elevators. Everyone above floor 11 or below floor 5, please remain in your rooms. Fire engines and the whole shebang came up and we had five engines parked right outside the hotel. Wife and I were on floor 3 and our window looked down an alley that went out to the main street where the entrance was. We still have no idea what happened.
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Post by: peach2play on July 24, 2013, 03:02:27 PM
I have some doozies, but I grew up in Kingston, Jamaica so keep that in mind.  I lived in, at the time, the only middle class neighborhood in the whole city and it was right across the gully from a shanty town straight out of a feed the children commercial.  My dad worked for a relief organization that helped bring in supplies to areas in the Caribbean that had been hit by natural disasters.  Jamaica had been hit by a really big hurricane and we were picking up supplies from a warehouse and taking them to be distributed elsewhere.  A mob had formed in front of the warehouse trying to get past the guards and ransack the place (these were not hungry people who had been without food for a week, they were looking to loot the supplies and sell them for profit).  The military was doing a good job of keeping them at bay, but they surrounded our van and broke out the back window as we were leaving.  Two guards with M16s came running and cleared the area around our van so we could leave.

One night, my dad was gone overnight.  We had bars on the windows and all the doors and both the back door, the front door and the porch had locking gates.  We heard a noise from the front of the house, then a dog barking and snarling and yelping.  We found the front door and the porch door both had their locks broken the next morning.  The only thing that saved us was we had befriended a stray dog who lived in the neighborhood, feeding and taking care of it.  He attacked whoever was breaking into the house, sustaining a very ugly wound in the process.  Without him, mom and I probably wouldn't be here. 

We also saw a mob wielding machetes chase a man up the hill.  You do not mess with the big mama's on the island and there was a whole lot of them chasing this guy.  Not really sure what happened but he never did come back down that hill.
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Post by: BarensMom on July 24, 2013, 03:59:20 PM
I have some doozies, but I grew up in Kingston, Jamaica so keep that in mind.  I lived in, at the time, the only middle class neighborhood in the whole city and it was right across the gully from a shanty town straight out of a feed the children commercial.  My dad worked for a relief organization that helped bring in supplies to areas in the Caribbean that had been hit by natural disasters.  Jamaica had been hit by a really big hurricane and we were picking up supplies from a warehouse and taking them to be distributed elsewhere.  A mob had formed in front of the warehouse trying to get past the guards and ransack the place (these were not hungry people who had been without food for a week, they were looking to loot the supplies and sell them for profit).  The military was doing a good job of keeping them at bay, but they surrounded our van and broke out the back window as we were leaving.  Two guards with M16s came running and cleared the area around our van so we could leave.

One night, my dad was gone overnight.  We had bars on the windows and all the doors and both the back door, the front door and the porch had locking gates.  We heard a noise from the front of the house, then a dog barking and snarling and yelping.  We found the front door and the porch door both had their locks broken the next morning.  The only thing that saved us was we had befriended a stray dog who lived in the neighborhood, feeding and taking care of it.  He attacked whoever was breaking into the house, sustaining a very ugly wound in the process.  Without him, mom and I probably wouldn't be here. 

We also saw a mob wielding machetes chase a man up the hill.  You do not mess with the big mama's on the island and there was a whole lot of them chasing this guy.  Not really sure what happened but he never did come back down that hill.

What happened to the dog?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Bijou on July 24, 2013, 04:18:26 PM
Way back in the 70's we lived on a little street that ended at the post office parking lot where they parked their vehicles.  One day we came home and were going into the house when we heard an odd whistling noise, then a big bang. We were told that someone  put some kind of explosive into one of the gas tanks and blew the truck up.  That was scary!
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 24, 2013, 07:37:25 PM
A few months ago we were sitting in our living room watching tv when the flashing of red and blue lights caught our attention. We live across the street from an ice cream shop and there were paramedics going in there, as well as cops.  We couldn't really see inside well enough to see what was going on and we didn't want to get in their way by going over there.  Eventually they brought someone out on a gurney and put them into the ambulance.

We figured our neighbors were somehow involved since the guy was talking to the officers and paramedics. 

As it turns out, their friend who had been staying with them for a while had chest pains earlier that day and despite neighbor's wife encouraging him to see a doctor, he kept saying "Naw, I'm fine" but she kept after him so much that he eventually said that if it didn't stop by 8 he'd go to Urgent Care. 

Well he went across the street for a drink and a milkshake for neighbor and while he was over there, he had a massive heart attack, collapsed and hit his head.   :(  He died on the way to the ER, I believe, was brought back and died again, for good. :(  I didn't know the guy very well but felt bad for the neighbor, since it turned out this guy was one of his closest friends.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on July 24, 2013, 09:39:10 PM
A few months ago we were sitting in our living room watching tv when the flashing of red and blue lights caught our attention. We live across the street from an ice cream shop and there were paramedics going in there, as well as cops.  We couldn't really see inside well enough to see what was going on and we didn't want to get in their way by going over there.  Eventually they brought someone out on a gurney and put them into the ambulance.

We figured our neighbors were somehow involved since the guy was talking to the officers and paramedics. 

As it turns out, their friend who had been staying with them for a while had chest pains earlier that day and despite neighbor's wife encouraging him to see a doctor, he kept saying "Naw, I'm fine" but she kept after him so much that he eventually said that if it didn't stop by 8 he'd go to Urgent Care. 

Well he went across the street for a drink and a milkshake for neighbor and while he was over there, he had a massive heart attack, collapsed and hit his head.   :(  He died on the way to the ER, I believe, was brought back and died again, for good. :(  I didn't know the guy very well but felt bad for the neighbor, since it turned out this guy was one of his closest friends.
That's so sad...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 24, 2013, 10:16:24 PM
A few months ago we were sitting in our living room watching tv when the flashing of red and blue lights caught our attention. We live across the street from an ice cream shop and there were paramedics going in there, as well as cops.  We couldn't really see inside well enough to see what was going on and we didn't want to get in their way by going over there.  Eventually they brought someone out on a gurney and put them into the ambulance.

We figured our neighbors were somehow involved since the guy was talking to the officers and paramedics. 

As it turns out, their friend who had been staying with them for a while had chest pains earlier that day and despite neighbor's wife encouraging him to see a doctor, he kept saying "Naw, I'm fine" but she kept after him so much that he eventually said that if it didn't stop by 8 he'd go to Urgent Care. 

Well he went across the street for a drink and a milkshake for neighbor and while he was over there, he had a massive heart attack, collapsed and hit his head.   :(  He died on the way to the ER, I believe, was brought back and died again, for good. :(  I didn't know the guy very well but felt bad for the neighbor, since it turned out this guy was one of his closest friends.
That's so sad...

I know.  This couple live to the right of us and are so very nice.  They're a middle aged couple with some health issues of their own, but they're almost always in such good spirits. :)
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Post by: cwm on July 25, 2013, 12:39:47 PM
I remember the night my neighbor went into the hospital. He'd been battling cancer for a while, but still seemed fairly healthy.

I was visiting my parents house, as I had my own apartment at the time. We were sitting down talking about our days after dinner and we heard sirens and there were lights everywhere. Paramedics, fire trucks, and local police.

He had suffered from a major stroke and his live-in girlfriend had called the paramedics. He passed at the hospital within the week. He'd been my neighbor for years, since I was a little girl, and was sad that my job wouldn't even give me the option to switch shifts to go to the funeral. It was a busy time of year, and the only other person in my position was just out of training and wouldn't be able to handle my schedule for the day. So sad.
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Post by: dawnfire on July 25, 2013, 06:50:39 PM
many years ago (about 14 years ago) we lived in an apartment block. One night we were woken to sirens and the strobeing of fire truck lights. It turns out the guy across the way fell asleep while smoking and set his couch on fire. The strange thing was, when the fire men entered, the found the front door open. The guy swears that the door (a heavy solid thing too) was closed. The open door was the only thing that saved him from dying from smoke inhalation.
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Post by: bansidhe on July 25, 2013, 09:32:28 PM
Some years ago, a wildlife rehab friend of mine told me that a couple of her volunteers, Katie and Dawn, wanted to adopt an aquatic turtle. I had one up for grabs so I gave them a call and was pleased to learn that they lived in the same rural area I do. Arrangements were made and I went over to their place with the turtle and met all of their critters. They had two of the most affectionate cats I've ever run into: they were in my lap giving me kisses for most of the visit.

Katie and Dawn also came over to my place several times to meet my animals and to get some help with some software Katie was using for a project. The two weren't really people that I would become BFFs with, but they were nice enough and were really, really good with animals. They'd also done a lot of work - building cages and such - for my rehab friend and were very reliable volunteers.

My husband and I decided that if we ever went on vacation we'd ask them to house sit for us.

Over the next few years we had contact with Katie and Dawn off and on and also heard about them through the rehab friend.

And then one day the rehab friend called me, crying. She'd been watching America's Most Wanted and was startled to learn who Katie and Dawn really were: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=6300078&page=1 (http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=6300078&page=1)
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Post by: MyFamily on July 25, 2013, 09:40:13 PM
bansidhe - wow!  Do you know if there ever found her son, Kristopher?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on July 25, 2013, 11:04:08 PM
bansidhe - wow!  Do you know if there ever found her son, Kristopher?

Nope. They dug up the property the two used to live on but didn't find a body. He's almost certainly dead, as Katie/Skye's foster sister said that Katie had told her the kid had had an "accident" at that house. No telling where his body is, though.

As an aside, my husband is a civilian employee of a law enforcement agency and he was required to report to his superiors that his wife had been consorting with serial killers.  ::)
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Post by: perpetua on July 26, 2013, 02:51:53 AM
A few years ago my DH took out the trash. I heard him call my name, so I walked out. He pointed out heavy smoke coming from the area near the entrance to our neighborhood. At first I thought the wooded area was on fire, only to learn upon closer inspection that it was a furniture store. It was the fiercest, angriest, most roaring fire I've ever seen. News crews gathered there and more fire trucks than I've ever seen in one place.



During the London riots a couple of years ago, a popular local furniture store - a family business that had been going for something like 150 years - was inexplicably razed to the ground. Those places really burn. I've never seen anything like the ferocity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVGOKaD7eSc

The whole time was very dramatic and scary. I'll never forget following it on the news as neighbourhoods near me got done over wondering if we were going to be next. My neighbourhood was mostly spared, although it was happening all around it. There was a little damage the next day, but nothing even remotely on the scale as the damage in Croydon or Tottenham.

London gets a bad press for violence and crime, but you mostly don't see it and just go about your life. This on the other hand was different. It just suddenly all exploded as people rampaged through neighbourhood after neighbourhood. All we could do was stay locked up at home in the flat and hope nobody saw fit to set fire to it.
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Post by: weeblewobble on July 26, 2013, 05:50:32 AM
bansidhe - wow!  Do you know if there ever found her son, Kristopher?

Nope. They dug up the property the two used to live on but didn't find a body. He's almost certainly dead, as Katie/Skye's foster sister said that Katie had told her the kid had had an "accident" at that house. No telling where his body is, though.

As an aside, my husband is a civilian employee of a law enforcement agency and he was required to report to his superiors that his wife had been consorting with serial killers.  ::)


I'm sorry.  I know that's awful... but I'm imagining the paperwork and it made me laugh.

(I'm a cop's wife, too.)
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Post by: EllenS on July 26, 2013, 01:11:57 PM
Two of our neighbors' houses were struck by lightning and caught fire in the last week.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.

My DH heard the first one hit, the other was a bit further away.
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Post by: cwm on July 26, 2013, 01:16:14 PM
Anybody else remember Debora Green? Back in 1995 she burned her house down, with her kids in it. That was in the same suburb I grew up in. Actually, not too far from my house. Or the school I was going to at the time.

One day Sis had had a REALLY rough night the night before and couldn't sleep. She finally laid down about 4AM. Sometime around 6, there were sirens all over her apartment complex. One of the buildings burned down. Nobody was seriously hurt, but she was so zonked from not sleeping that she didn't think to call anyone in the family who recognized her apartment complex on the news, and her phone was on silent. Turns out someone decided to smoke from their balcony and just tossed the butts off the edge. Caught the bushes on fire, and due to how dry it was, the whole building was gone. They never rebuilt it.

A few years back I was driving to my best friend's house and one of the houses on the block was just a burned shell. There was police tape everywhere and a handpainted sign on plywood in the front yard that said "Family is FINE, please do not contact us right now." The foundation is now gone, it's a nice plot of grass. I still never figured out what happened there.

When I was a young girl, I had a friend down the street, "Charles". He was a few years younger than me, but quite intelligent, and his dad loved entertaining the neighborhood kids. Nothing creepy, he just loved seeing his kid getting along with other kids, even if they were a bit older. I stepped outside one summer day and told dad I was going to Charles's house. He was looking straight at me and nodded, so off I went. Charles and I were playing in the basement when police came to the door. It turns out they were doing a door to door search of the neighborhood search for me. Charles's dad had to go somewhere and he had told the babysitter that Charles was in his room, probably napping, despite him  having been told by both me and Charles that we were going downstairs. She didn't actually check on him, he had been downstairs with me. Neither of our dads had heard us say what we were doing. So yeah, THAT was a good shakeup of the neighborhood.
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Post by: bansidhe on July 26, 2013, 07:16:01 PM
As an aside, my husband is a civilian employee of a law enforcement agency and he was required to report to his superiors that his wife had been consorting with serial killers.  ::)

I'm sorry.  I know that's awful... but I'm imagining the paperwork and it made me laugh.

(I'm a cop's wife, too.)

Actually, that part was pretty hilarious for everyone involved. Took me a while to live down my reputation at the Crime Lab.  ;D
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Post by: DoubleTrouble on July 26, 2013, 09:33:47 PM
There used to be a drug house across the street from my parent's house. And down the street was a half-way house for recovering drug addicts :o But they couldn't have been too bad as I never noticed anything & really didn't know until my Mom told me years later.

I thought my current 'hood was bad but it's not as bad as some of these stories. The worst is my DH saw a kid getting jumped a few blocks down from us. He wasn't sure what was going on at first (wasn't a direct line of sight) but when the cops showed up, I had to tell him to go down there to talk to the cops & let them know what he saw. DH had to go to the station & look through some mug shot books.

We do hear gunshots at least every other week but I'm not sure where they're coming from as sound tends to reverberate around our house.

The woman living across the street from us gives me some amusement every few months when she kicks someone out of her house & comes out in the yard screaming like a banshee in her housecoat. Never can quite figure out what gets her all upset but that family is very loud in how they communicate ;D

On the cool but slightly scary side of things, I happened to run into a doe & fawn in the park near our house one morning when walking our dog. Pup was going nuts trying to get to the deer (he's all of 6 lbs) & I was a little worried he actually would break loose & go after them; that would have been bad as I swear the doe was giving us the stink eye & was ready to charge to protect the fawn.
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Post by: HoneyBee42 on July 26, 2013, 10:09:57 PM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.

Derecho's are no joke. 2 years ago when a big one hit here, my mother's neighborhood looked like Godzilla and Mothra had been fighting over territory.  They were without power for almost a week...in July...in Central Maryland.

I'm still traumatized by the derecho otherwise known as the Labor Day Storm of '98.  National Guard in the streets, and it took 8 days for my neighborhood to get power.  Fortunately, I had friends and family who lived in areas that got power back sooner so I was able to haul laundry there, and I had this antique of a stove that was gas and required being manually lit (burners as well as oven) so I was able to cook.

 picture gallery  (http://photos.syracuse.com/4456/gallery/labor_day_storm_1998_/index.html#/0)
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Post by: PastryGoddess on July 27, 2013, 02:12:03 AM
After reading these stories, I am so grateful to live in a quiet neighborhood (knock on Formica).  The scariest thing that I have seen was last year's derecho.  Now, I'm one of those idiots whose reaction to a tornado warning is to run outside and look for it.  What made the derecho so scary was the silence.  The clouds were so full of lightning that it was like a million strobe lights going off, but there was no thunder.  It wasn't until I looked up and saw lightning overhead, that I realized that the storm was here.

A minute or two after I got my hindquarters safely inside, the 70 mph winds crashed through, bringing with them the bright red and blue flashes of dying transformers and power lines. 

That got my respect.

Derecho's are no joke. 2 years ago when a big one hit here, my mother's neighborhood looked like Godzilla and Mothra had been fighting over territory.  They were without power for almost a week...in July...in Central Maryland.

I'm still traumatized by the derecho otherwise known as the Labor Day Storm of '98.  National Guard in the streets, and it took 8 days for my neighborhood to get power.  Fortunately, I had friends and family who lived in areas that got power back sooner so I was able to haul laundry there, and I had this antique of a stove that was gas and required being manually lit (burners as well as oven) so I was able to cook.

 picture gallery  (http://photos.syracuse.com/4456/gallery/labor_day_storm_1998_/index.html#/0)

Ohhhh I remember that storm because my grandfather and his wife had to come down to stay with us for a couple of weeks.
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Post by: greencat on July 27, 2013, 03:07:36 AM
During the end of 2008 and early 2009, I was staying with some friends of mine while some work was being done on my home.  We saw helicopters circling overhead about a mile off - lots and lots of police and news helicopters.  It was pretty obvious something big was going down.


The news that day was all about the discover of poor little Caylee Anthony's body.
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 27, 2013, 05:41:45 AM
Not all that scary, and more annoying than anything, but earlier this summer, might have been early last month or so, there were some people who were fighting in the streets close to midnight.  Mostly it was two young adult women screaming at each other with their guys trailing after them to watch.  I couldn't understand what they were saying (didn't really want to, either) but I did see them almost get into a physical fight with the guys watching as though they were thinking "Oooh, girl fight!"  ::)

They went in, then came back out screaming again and just as I was thinking of calling the non-emergency line for the police, two cruisers came down the street so I guess either someone else called or they were in the area.  Either way it worked.
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Post by: CrazyDaffodilLady on July 27, 2013, 02:07:50 PM
An infant was stolen from an apartment very close to the one in which I was living.  The mother was napping with the baby and her 2-year-old when a female intruder broke in, clobbered the mother on the head with a board, and left with the baby.

I was at work when this happened and heard about it on the radio on the way home.  Within minutes of my arrival home, the police were pounding on my door.  The scariest thing was that the description of the perpetrator sounded a lot like me.

If I recall correctly, the baby was recovered within 24 hours.  The kidnapper was a mentally unstable woman who had been telling people she was pregnant.  On that particular day, the woman told her husband she was off to the hospital to give birth, and she returned several hours later with a 2-month-old baby.  Husband called the police, as did the woman’s coworkers who knew the woman was unstable and had doubts about her being pregnant.

One thing that surprised me a little was that despite the woman’s obvious mental illness, the public had no sympathy whatsoever toward her.  People were so outraged that the police had to implement strong security measures to protect her. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on July 27, 2013, 04:24:45 PM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.


The cops determined there was no neglect Mom had a bad cold, put the child down for her nap, and took a nap of her own. Kid must have woken up and decided to go play in the "park" (what they call the school playground). The cops did find that the lock on the door didn't work properly. The family was putting a chair under the door knob to "lock" the door. The cops had a little visit with the building manager and the lock was fixed before they left.


We have gone into full lock down 3 times
1. A man a few yards from my portable but other side of the fence was beating a woman.


2. A child was put on the bus to go home - when the parents had told her they would pick her up. The kid was a Kinder and never said anything - and we require a note or verbal instructions from an ADULT or the kids would all be going to the 4 winds instead of home. Parent attacked the teacher. We went into lock down. The then AP now principal hid in his office and did not help the teacher being attacked. He also got mad when she press criminal charges. They withdrew the child. Got kicked out of every private school that would accept them and are now back at our school.


3. Early before the kids came in. A bunch of us had come in the back way and didn't go by the front office. When that staff came in and turned on the lights they found the office in shambles and the safe pulled out of the wall.


4. Man robbed the stop and go to the E of us. He was chased by the cops through our playground during 3rd grade recess. They lost him by the gym doors. So we were in lock down till they searched the school. (The Middle school cati corner to us was also locked down.) After that cops were in the halls, till they caught the guy. This was due to the open nature of our 1967 school making it difficult to completely lock up the school (basically you can climb over the roof and drop into a garden in the center of the school)

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on July 27, 2013, 06:45:49 PM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.
Grandson #1 did that when he was about 2 or maybe a little younger. It was very early one morning, and his parents hadn't even woken up yet. The person who found him fortunately knew where he belonged and brought him home. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kariachi on July 27, 2013, 08:17:36 PM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.
Grandson #1 did that when he was about 2 or maybe a little younger. It was very early one morning, and his parents hadn't even woken up yet. The person who found him fortunately knew where he belonged and brought him home.

*slowly raises hand* Me at 8. Had missed my bus, thought it would be rude to wake the sitter, so I just left and crossed a 4-lane highway and walked several miles into school. My mother nearly died. Then she nearly killed me. Then she nearly killed my babysitter and made sure no one ever left their kids with her again.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: DollyPond on July 27, 2013, 08:26:39 PM
Not me but my mother back in the 1930's....

Mom came home from school one day to find a group of strange men with "Tommy" guns holding the family hostage in the living room.

It turns out that a group of gangsters were robbing my 2 great uncles' stash of bootleg beer that they had made in the basement.  After the robbery was finished the gangsters left and no one was hurt...and no one reported the incident to the police either.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on July 27, 2013, 09:12:11 PM
Not me but my mother back in the 1930's....

Mom came home from school one day to find a group of strange men with "Tommy" guns holding the family hostage in the living room.

It turns out that a group of gangsters were robbing my 2 great uncles' stash of bootleg beer that they had made in the basement.  After the robbery was finished the gangsters left and no one was hurt...and no one reported the incident to the police either.
Then they're smarter than some people are now.  ;D The Police Dispatcher in the family says that it's not uncommon for people to call 911 and report that the drug dealer sold them fake pot, or that the hooker stole their wallet. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on July 27, 2013, 09:49:24 PM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.
Grandson #1 did that when he was about 2 or maybe a little younger. It was very early one morning, and his parents hadn't even woken up yet. The person who found him fortunately knew where he belonged and brought him home.


There was discussion with staff (in part due to different versions of the story, before the Principal told us the whole story in a staff meeting) some of the staff could not understand how the Mom couldn't have heard the child. I volunteered that my family has multiple stories of kids doing this - sometimes awake, sometimes sleep walking. Most households in my Paternal side of the family have house alarms to keep sleepwalkers in more than to keep bad guys out. I woke up outside a couple times as a kid.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on July 27, 2013, 10:35:46 PM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.
Grandson #1 did that when he was about 2 or maybe a little younger. It was very early one morning, and his parents hadn't even woken up yet. The person who found him fortunately knew where he belonged and brought him home.


There was discussion with staff (in part due to different versions of the story, before the Principal told us the whole story in a staff meeting) some of the staff could not understand how the Mom couldn't have heard the child. I volunteered that my family has multiple stories of kids doing this - sometimes awake, sometimes sleep walking. Most households in my Paternal side of the family have house alarms to keep sleepwalkers in more than to keep bad guys out. I woke up outside a couple times as a kid.
Toddlers can be sneaky.  And quiet.  If you're in deep sleep, only a loud, unexpected noise will wake you.  An ordinary  noise that is as quiet as the door opening is heard by the brain, but dismissed as not important.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Psychopoesie on July 27, 2013, 10:59:17 PM
Not so much strange - bushfires are a common summer event in Australia. Definitely scary and dramatic.

Ten years ago, there was a huge fire on the borders of my city's territory (i live in Canberra, the capital city of Australia). We'd had smoke haze hovering of the city for several days. However, Authorities assured us the fire was within containment lines. We live in the suburbs, not out in the country and have good firefighting resources so I wasn't too worried.

My mother phoned on Saturday to say she was worried about the fire. I checked the radio and tv for any news - nothing. Looked outside - still hazy but no different. Mum's an anxious sort of person so I figured she might be overreacting. Went over to her place anyway (she only lived 5 minutes away).

By the time I got there, the smoke seemed much thicker and the sky darker. And it was scorchingly hot.

It quickly became clear that homes in her suburb were under threat. Mum is elderly and asthmatic so staying home to fight the fire wasn't an option.

Packed up photo albums, clothes and a few other essentials in her car. Crated up the cat and put her in my car (which had air conditioning).

As we go to leave, mum became so panicked, she said she can't drive the car. However, she won't leave her car behind, even if I repack the stuff in my car. Fortunately a really kind neighbour offers to drive behind us in mum's car (Hugely kind - she was leaving a 17yo nephew in charge of hosing down her place and making preparations).

By this time embers and smouldering branches were dropping down around us. The sky was storm dark and the light was an eerie red colour. Each breath of air was dry, hot and smoky.

We got to my place ok and settled mum inside. When I drove the neighbour back, I could see houses on the hill above my mum's place burning. A steady stream of traffic was coming from the opposite direction, as people evacuated.

My mum and I were really lucky (as was the kind neighbour): our homes were ok, although it was several hours before we knew. The worst we had to deal with was the power being off for several days and some clean up.

Others weren't so fortunate: several lives were lost, hundreds injured and around 500 homes destroyed. I am so grateful to all the emergency service personnel and volunteers who stopped it from being even worse.

Here is some video taken by a reporter on the day.

 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qPpOXH0ADSg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqPpOXH0ADSg

ETA. Warning some bad language in the video (when the firefighters get rescued).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Iris on July 28, 2013, 01:07:26 AM
^Bushfires may be a common occurrence, but the Canberra fires were particularly bad. Definitely scary!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: dawnfire on July 28, 2013, 05:47:31 AM
^Bushfires may be a common occurrence, but the Canberra fires were particularly bad. Definitely scary!

bushfires take on a surreal quality. I lost my home to the black Saturday fires. I myself never saw the fire as I left for work at the local Safeway at 9am and by the time my shift ended at 6pm, my family had evacuated (with the fire on their tail )and were with me. Where I live now (in Whittlesea) is around the corner from where all the relief efforts were centered in the days after.

In the more recent years due to a few savvy locals, we managed to help catch a fugitive who had been on the run for a few days. He'd stopped at a local cafe to ask if he could use their toilet, they refused and pointed him to nearest public toilet a hundred yards away. They contacted the police and schools (2 primary and 1 secondary), childcare (2) centers and nursing homes (2) were put on lock down.  It only took about 3 hours from first sighting to apprehension and most people were completely unaware what was happening.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Psychopoesie on July 28, 2013, 06:17:19 AM
^Bushfires may be a common occurrence, but the Canberra fires were particularly bad. Definitely scary!

bushfires take on a surreal quality. I lost my home to the black Saturday fires. I myself never saw the fire as I left for work at the local Safeway at 9am and by the time my shift ended at 6pm, my family had evacuated (with the fire on their tail )and were with me. Where I live now (in Whittlesea) is around the corner from where all the relief efforts were centered in the days after.


Sorry to hear you lost your home, dawnfire. Glad you and your family made it through safely. Only saw it on the news but the Black Saturday fires were devastating - my heart went out to everyone who was caught up in them. Terrifying. So much loss.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 28, 2013, 07:16:58 AM
A couple of years ago, the councilor walked into my classroom with a toddler in her arms. She said - "I need everyone's attention -especially if you live in Apartment complex E or complex W. Do you know who this is? Is this anyone's little brother or sister? The Toddler had been found alone on our play ground. The child was clean, in good health - but without shoes and alone. Eventually someone recognized the child. Principal, Councilor, and the cops went over to the apartment. Found the mother had just woken up from a nap and found the door open and child gone.
Grandson #1 did that when he was about 2 or maybe a little younger. It was very early one morning, and his parents hadn't even woken up yet. The person who found him fortunately knew where he belonged and brought him home.


There was discussion with staff (in part due to different versions of the story, before the Principal told us the whole story in a staff meeting) some of the staff could not understand how the Mom couldn't have heard the child. I volunteered that my family has multiple stories of kids doing this - sometimes awake, sometimes sleep walking. Most households in my Paternal side of the family have house alarms to keep sleepwalkers in more than to keep bad guys out. I woke up outside a couple times as a kid.
Toddlers can be sneaky.  And quiet.  If you're in deep sleep, only a loud, unexpected noise will wake you.  An ordinary  noise that is as quiet as the door opening is heard by the brain, but dismissed as not important.

Years ago, when my oldest was 5 and youngest 3, we had left them with my parents while DH and I went white water rafting with a friend.  We got back late and so just took our sleeping children into the car to drive them home.

The next morning we're woken to someone knocking on the door.  It was a cop with our two boys. They'd snuck out of the house because they believed they left their shoes at their grandparents house.   

When they could have woken us up and found that their shoes were brought home with them. Thankfully they didn't cross any streets, but geez...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: iridaceae on July 28, 2013, 07:45:03 AM
A friend of mine has a nephew who was discovered at age two or three to know how to unlock the front door and go wandering. Apparently they had to redo the front door lock and put in a bolt above where he could reach even with the stool he used to climb up with . (Normally he sat on it when shoes were going on or off.)

Apparently the first time they found the door open their first reaction was "ghosts?"
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: White Dragon on July 28, 2013, 11:35:02 AM
We had a bomb in the barracks once.

A soldier came to me saying he'd found something in the tank of a toilet. It hadn't  flushed properly so he opened it up to see what was going on.
When he saw what was in there, he tracked me down because I was on the roster as Duty Officer.

So I took a look. A container of an unfamiliar liquid. Wires. Batteries.
Uh-oh.

I found my roomie who I had swapped Duty Officer shifts with and told her she had A Problem - there was a bomb in the toilet.
Ha-ha, very funny. Pull the other leg.

We eventually convinced her we were Not Joking and she checked it out.
Oh Carp. (At that point, she regretted agreeing to swap shifts. :P)

We evacuated the building - which was interesting, since we had to explain repeatedly that no, this was not a joke or a drill, there really was a bomb threat. (Saturday night in an army barracks during summer training, fun!)

Called the police. Who called the fire department.
They called the Base Commander. And the bomb squad.

No-one could identify the device and it  couldn't be moved. Procedure was to blow it in place.
So, they put shields up around the stall and blew up the toilet. :P

We all had to spend the night in the cold-war-era nuclear fallout shelter while they swept the buildings for more devices. Very surreal!

And in case you are wondering why anyone would plant a bomb in the men's room of a small Canadian army reserve training camp in the 1980s....the answer is no one.

Turned out the "bomb" was a fake that had been used in training. A leadership course had been practicing commanding small groups in various tasks. One of the scenarios was to organize a search.
Somehow, the prop hadn't been found and someone didn't return it to stores after the exercise. ::)

But the debris from the blown up toilet was rather impressive. ;D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gramma dishes on July 28, 2013, 11:51:01 AM

...   Turned out the "bomb" was a fake that had been used in training.   ...


...   But the debris from the blown up toilet was rather impressive. ;D

If it was a 'fake', why did it blow up (when prompted)? 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: snowfire on July 28, 2013, 12:22:35 PM
Probably because the bomb squad used a small explosive charge themselves to detonate the supposed "bomb".  As far as I know, that's how they do that sort of thing.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on July 28, 2013, 01:18:12 PM
I have a couple...

Down the street from the house I once lived in was a house a drug dealer lived in. The house, for some reason had a drive way on either side of it, although, one was dirt covered, and was never used until said drug dealer moved in. However, this drug dealer was the best neighbor that one could ask for. While it wa a revolving door during the day, in one driveway, and out the other, by 10 pm, his lights were off, and traffic was no longer and issue. There were never any fights and the kids that lived there were really well behaved.

The house across the street from us, a few years later lived a lady and her boyfriend, who would smack her around. We called the cops on that couple planty of times. One day, lady of the house comes over, with a baggie and says she found what she thinks is crack in a couch she got from her BF's sister. Unsure of what to do, we call the police nonemergency number. They said they would send and officer out to collect the drugs. The cop that showed up was the "biggest male appendage" he could have been. He cops this stupid attitude with a bunch of giggling women over this baggie of crack, none of wanted around, because we all had kids. He said something along the lines of this being a serious matter, and my BFF says to him, why do you think we called you guys. We don't use it and we don't want it around our kids. You could tell not a one of us used the stuff either.  He finally took the stuff and left.

Same street, many years later. Ex Hubby and I had bought the house across the street, but next to the one in the above story. I wake up one night, and my bedroom looks like a disco. I look out the window, and there are so many flashing vehicles, I thought the old house we lived in was on fire. I went downstairs and asked my daughter if she knew what was going on. She hadn't even heard the firetrucks. After a little bit the firetrucks left, but all the police cars and the rescue squad were still there. That all happened around midnight. Around 1 am there is a knock on the door. We find out the lady across the street was murdered. This actually was not a huge surprise. The detective was asking if we had seen any strange vehicles in the neighborhood. We told him that we figured she was dealing something, and there were always strange vehicles in the neighborhood.

THe next morning, another detective knocks on the door, asking the same question. We talked to him a little more in depth. We told him we knew she was dealing because of the come and go traffic, people running into her house many times a day, staying for just a minute or 2. He asked why we hadn't called a complaint. I told all the neighbors have, but we were all told the same thing, unless we catch them, there is nothing we can do. We told the detective that we thought she was dealing crack, just by the looks of some of her customers.  Found out we were right. I told him, as for strange vehicles, as much traffic as she had, it would have to have been a helicopter landing in the middle of the road.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MissRose on July 28, 2013, 01:56:21 PM
Not in my neighborhood but my now late grandmother's:

Apparently a few convicts got loose in her area many years ago.  The incident makes the news and people are asked to stay inside by police.  My dad calls up the local police by my widowed grandmother's place as she is one of these types if someone who looks nice says I need a bite to eat, she would give without question.  Also, she is a fairly good shot having gotten deer during hunting season and grew up hunting with family to put food on the table, and if those convicts tried anything, they would not be alive to say anything.  It took a few hours but the convicts were found and returned back to prison where they belonged.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on July 28, 2013, 02:00:46 PM
We had probable drug dealers next door, too, a few years ago.  (Same people as the neighborhood mooches and owners of some really nasty pit bulls.)  After about 10pm, they got a dozen or more cars a night, where someone would pull into the drive, and a few minutes later a car would leave.  Semi-circular gravel drive, like wonderfullyanonymous's neighbor, with one terminus being about 50 feet from my bedroom window, so in the summer I could hear it quite well.  Friends agreed that such activity was probably dealing; that,  or the Fastest Hooker in the State.  I finally called the police non-emergency number and reported it. 

There was never any response from the police that I could see, but a few weeks after I started calling 911 and reporting incursions of the pit bulls into my yard, causing cops to show up at their door on a regular basis, they moved out in a hurry.

Evidence exists that they were probably not only dealing, but cooking meth as well: after they left, a full crew was there in hazmat suits, working for several weeks.  They hauled away 4 huge dumpster loads of debris.  And gutting the place down to the bare studding is not a usual prelude to reletting a suburban house.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on July 28, 2013, 02:28:11 PM
Back when Ambrosia Hino was about two years old, we had a family move out (duplex that mirror imaged our own in a rental area) and some "college boys" moved in.

Who entertained a lot with LOUD music.  If I went over to tell them that they woke the baby up AGAIN, the noise did not go down....so about five minutes after the "quiet time" in town began, I started calling the cops.  The cops knocked on the door and the toilets (two bathrooms) would flush before the knocking would stop (I suppose the cops quit knocking when someone came to the door to let them in). 

After about six calls to the cops, they snuck out in the middle of the night with all their remaining "stuff" (we didn't miss their stereo - it seemed to be stuck on "11" even if the volume knob only went up to "10").  They also banged all cabinets, drawers, and room doors open & shut - noisiest people I'd ever lived next to...

I found out later that they moved out because they sold drugs and had parties to raise the money for their rent.  Having the cops show up all the time....meant that they couldn't pull together that month's rent and just quietly left instead....

Seems another resident got invited to a party and didn't want to be doing drugs in college...but didn't quite feel right in "ratting them out" either.  I wasn't ratting them out - I was calling in quite legitimate noise complaints...drunken (high?) hollering and really, really loud music weren't helping anyone on our side of the duplex get any sleep for work the next day and a toddler that can't sleep is a really cranky kid to live with....
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: White Dragon on July 28, 2013, 03:23:41 PM

...   Turned out the "bomb" was a fake that had been used in training.   ...


...   But the debris from the blown up toilet was rather impressive. ;D

If it was a 'fake', why did it blow up (when prompted)?

The device couldn't be identified so there was no way to safely move it.
Protocol in these situations is that they use a small charge to blow up the device in a controlled  fashion.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on July 28, 2013, 03:27:14 PM
We had probable drug dealers next door, too, a few years ago.  (Same people as the neighborhood mooches and owners of some really nasty pit bulls.)  After about 10pm, they got a dozen or more cars a night, where someone would pull into the drive, and a few minutes later a car would leave.  Semi-circular gravel drive, like wonderfullyanonymous's neighbor, with one terminus being about 50 feet from my bedroom window, so in the summer I could hear it quite well.  Friends agreed that such activity was probably dealing; that,  or the Fastest Hooker in the State.  I finally called the police non-emergency number and reported it. 

There was never any response from the police that I could see, but a few weeks after I started calling 911 and reporting incursions of the pit bulls into my yard, causing cops to show up at their door on a regular basis, they moved out in a hurry.

Evidence exists that they were probably not only dealing, but cooking meth as well: after they left, a full crew was there in hazmat suits, working for several weeks.  They hauled away 4 huge dumpster loads of debris.  And gutting the place down to the bare studding is not a usual prelude to reletting a suburban house.

It could have also been a marijuana grow-op.  Apparently because of all the water the plants needs and put out into the air, it causes black mold to grow pretty much everywhere in the house.  There is also usually some janky electric wiring going on as well
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on July 28, 2013, 04:37:40 PM
Oh - more recently - house catty corner across the street had a drug raid (grow house) - but we didn't SEE anything as we weren't at home at the time of the drug raid.  It got gutted & remodeled before being rented out...

To people who ended up being evicted by the sheriff two years ago and their stuff piled in the front yard for two weeks, until some of the homeowners' association members started picking it up and trashing it (rain is not good for clothing, a tv, or wood furniture - especially when it is plywood and particleboard with very little "wood" content).  I was one of the board members...

The new owner lives in it and apparently has a large family, as there are several cars parked around the house most of the time - the street is technically wide enough for three vehicles - but when there are cars parked on both sides of the road (college student living at home who parks in the street so his parents can get to work next door to us) and two vehicles from the drama house, with three more in the driveway....it sometimes gets tight getting in and out of the driveway or pulling down the street in that direction.....
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Shea on July 28, 2013, 08:06:36 PM
One summer when I was home from college working in my hometown, the derelict house up the road from my parents' caught fire. I was coming home from work one afternoon and saw smoke pouring off the roof. I ran into my house and called 911, and within minutes we had, I believe, every fire truck in the county parked along the road, with firefighters in full gear going into the house with hoses and axes. It was August and hadn't rained in at least two months, so if the fire had spread, it could have been very, very bad. Fortunately, they caught it before everything really went up, and the damage was confined to the interior of the house.

The house is owned by some people who neither live in it nor rent it out, so fortunately no one's home was damaged, but my mother had the, er, pleasure of calling the owners and telling them their unused house was on fire. These people have been pretty negligent about keeping the place up, and my mother hates it. She thought that they might be inspired to clean the place up now that it would have to be gutted anyway due to the fire, but apparently not. This happened three or four years ago, and apparently the damage has still not been fixed, and the house looks worse than ever ::).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on July 28, 2013, 08:42:28 PM
That reminded me of something from the neighborhood I grew up in.   A house around the corner from ours went up in flames. I don't remember what the cause was, it was at least 20 years ago, but it was very serious. I don't believe anyone was harmed, but we could see into the garage by the time the flames were out, and their car was melted down to the frame.

Another time, I suspect it was arson, an abandoned house in the woods caught fire.   To give you an idea of where it was, the main road through our neighborhood was "Old Stone Dr." (made up of course).  The street off this road that led to the street I lived on was "Sunshine way", which ended in a T intersection with "Really Sunny Place".  This fire took place in the woods between "Really sunny place" and "Old Stone Dr."

Thankfully no one was hurt there either and like I said, it was probably arson, or just some kids fooling around in an abandoned house and accidentally caught it on fire and bailed.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on July 28, 2013, 09:12:50 PM
Evidence exists that they were probably not only dealing, but cooking meth as well: after they left, a full crew was there in hazmat suits, working for several weeks.  They hauled away 4 huge dumpster loads of debris.  And gutting the place down to the bare studding is not a usual prelude to reletting a suburban house.

It could have also been a marijuana grow-op.  Apparently because of all the water the plants needs and put out into the air, it causes black mold to grow pretty much everywhere in the house.  There is also usually some janky electric wiring going on as well
Did not know that -- thanks! And of course, either one would cause them extreme nerves when the cops started showing up at the door.  No wonder they took off without saying anything to the landlord!  (I see I didn't mention that above.  They left piles of trash all over, and after about a month of not seeing them around, I called and asked when the place was going to be cleaned up.  Property management was puzzled, because their lease still had several months left to run, and they'd paid that month's rent.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: greencat on July 29, 2013, 01:43:59 AM
I, for one, am just glad that both the class of new friends I'm making and my neighbors have improved to the point where the response of new friends to learning where I live is no longer "Oh, the guy that deals pot to my roommate lives across the street from you."   However, they were the least offensive possible drug dealers - they pretty much just sold pot to college students.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: bansidhe on July 29, 2013, 02:02:25 AM
All the stories about neighbors and drugs reminded me of a story of my own.

Back in my college days, I lived with a roommate in an apartment near campus. It was a two-story apartment, which we thought was pretty slick. The entrance to the place was on the second floor, up a set of stairs. Roommate and I were on pretty friendly terms with the two girls next door, who were also college student. There was a group of guys a couple of apartments down, however, who annoyed all of us. People would come and go at their place at all hours and they had frequent loud, drunken parties.

One day, the neighbor girls came over to our place very upset. The loud guys had been having another drunken party (in the middle of the day  ::) ) and had found a little kitten who apparently lived in the neighborhood. One of them thought it would be funny to fling the kitten from the second story of the apartment, across the parking lot, and over some power lines, where he landed in an empty lot. The neighbor girls ran out and grabbed the kitten, who - thank goodness - was fine apart from a sprained leg.

The four of us went from being annoyed with the loud guys to utterly loathing them. We waited for a time when there were all sorts of people coming and going at their place then called the police saying we thought they were dealing drugs - which was perfectly true. We'd suspected that for some time.

When the police arrived, they were caught red-handed with fairly large quantities of hard drugs and at least two of them wound up in jail. Good riddance.

We never found the little kitten's owner, but the neighbor girls wound up keeping him.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RegionMom on July 29, 2013, 09:16:56 AM
poor kitty!!  Glad he is loved now!

My story-
I live 1/2 mile from an elementary school, in a "good" neighborhood, where neighbors tend to watch out for each other, and there is a lot of dog walking and jogging and landscaped yards, just very Americana.

A friend of mine had insomnia and admitted that she would get up and walk at 4:30am.  Another friend heard, and was concerned about coyotes.  Yes, there are some, we live near some greenbelts.

Anyway, I offered to start walking with her, for weight loss and exercise.  We both felt totally fine, and met the newspaper delivery guy, got to know which neighbors work swing shift, where the outside dogs were, it was nice and quiet, and...boring...

Until, one morn, a car went round the cul-de-sac, twice, and then pulled u to us, rolled down the window, and the driver asked us, at 5am, "Hey, ya wanno go smoke some weed"

Pitch black, too dark to see the plates or even the driver, but I quickly repsonded, "no thanks, trying to stay healthy!"

And he drove away.

my friend and I froze until he drove away, and then just laughed for a mile. 

We are in our 40's, not thin, and it was 5am!

we have no idea where he was coming from.  is there a drug house nearby?  have not noticed lots of traffic anywhere!

Oh well.

never tried drugs in college, not going to start in my 40's. 

Oh, we did not tell our friend afraid of coyotes, because she would get hysterical and tell us how we were putting our lives in danger.  drugs and wild animals, oh my!

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mediancat on July 29, 2013, 10:04:02 AM
Heck, it's possible he was simply being polite.

Rob
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: esteban on July 29, 2013, 10:10:42 AM
Heck, it's possible he was simply being polite.

Rob

Not that I am terribly well acquainted with said culture, but I belive the general rule was always "Puff, Puff, Pass"  If there was no one else in thecar he was just trying to keep with the spirit of the rule.  Seems like he took you no politely and headed on his way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Gyburc on July 29, 2013, 10:44:17 AM
This isn't really a scary story, but it was pretty dramatic at the time.

Last summer, DH and I finally got round to employing some builders to build an extension along the back of our house. About the first thing they had to do, of course, was measure up and then start digging the foundations for the new building. They brought in a digger and dug out a trench where the new wall was going to be, all about a metre deep.

As a little background, we live in one of the oldest named settlements in England (although our road dates back only to the 1930s or so). So it's not unheard of to find historical remains when doing any digging around the area, and in fact our next-door neighbour always told us the story of how a skeleton had been found in our back garden 20 years ago when the then owners were putting in a new garden path. Our neighbour, a lovely old lady who adores chatting with people, had told our builders all about it.

So when one of the builders happened to mention to his boss that he had seen what looked like human bones in the bottom of the trench as he dug it out, the boss decided he had probably better follow it up. Boss came round to our house during the evening, explained what had happened, and we all went out into the garden and climbed down into the trench.

What followed was exactly what would happen in a film. Boss took a shovel and said 'That's where he thought he saw the bones', and prodded at the side of the trench. There was a sharp crack, and out of the earth fell a curved piece of bone, with half an eye-socket and a nasal bone on the unbroken edge. We cleared away the earth from the side of the trench very gingerly, and there was the rest of the skull, staring straight out at us.   :o

So DH went and called the police. He said the conversation went along these lines:

DH: Oh, hello, I'd like to report that I've found some human bones in my garden.
Police: Right. Are you sure that the bones are human, not animal?
DH: It's a skull.
Police: And you're sure it's a human skull?
DH: ...yes...

Shortly after, the police started arriving. It started off with one of the lower ranks, who confirmed that yes, these were human remains, and set up tape across our driveway saying 'Crime Scene: Do Not Cross'. He then called someone of higher rank, who in their turn called someone of even higher rank, and so on and so forth.

Very fortunately, it was concluded that the bones were definitely old, and almost certainly from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery on which our road had been built. Also, there were no artefacts, just bones, so the archaeologists weren't interested other than to note that another find had been made. DH and I spent a couple of hours searching through the spoil heap from the trench to find as many fragments as possible (the trench ran straight through the middle of the burial, so had carried away ribs, vertebrae, arm bones etc.). We bagged up everything we could find and put it in behind a barrier before the concrete went in for the foundations, and that was that.

One of the police had coincidentally studied archaeology at university, and she judged that the skeleton was that of a fairly young woman. The burial was probably pagan, since the body had been laid east-west. Interestingly, looking along the trench, we could see numerous other places which were probably other graves, including one right under where the old garden path had been, so our neighbour was absolutely correct.

So, I suppose it's just as well that DH and I aren't particularly squeamish about this kind of thing, since we have a grave right underneath the sink in our new kitchen, and probably several more under the house and garden. Mind you, I imagine that there are quite a lot of places like this in the UK!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RingTailedLemur on July 29, 2013, 11:01:50 AM
Was the woman properly reburied?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Cami on July 29, 2013, 03:16:32 PM
SWAT team taking over a house three doors down. We had suspected that the "nice normal" family were actually running drugs and they were.

A hot air balloon landed on our street. That was pretty cool.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on July 29, 2013, 04:24:11 PM
Was the woman properly reburied?

Depends if being "bagged up" is one's opinion of proper....

It's surprising that pre-Christian bones would be in such good condition. At the cemetery near Sutton Hoo, the bodies had become mere carbon imprints on the soil. The ground must be much less acidic near Gyburc's home.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on July 29, 2013, 04:31:36 PM
I have a very old story of my father's to tell.  It really is quite bizarre.

When my Dad was a teenager, in the late 40's, his family lived on the bottom floor of a house, with a Russian Diplomat and his family living on the upper floor.  Their son was of a similar age to my Dad so they hung out together quite a bit.  The boy went to the embassy to see his parents, with my Dad in tow.  Dad decided to wait for him outside when the big Russian guard with the machine gun stepped in front of him when he went to follow the boy in.

But that wasn't the weird instance.  There was a spy scandal breaking and in the middle of the night, the Russian family moved out lock, stock and barrel.  My Dad and his parents and siblings didn't hear a thing!  They were wakened the next morning by the RCMP, wanting to question the Russian family and then when they found them missing, wanting to know what happened to the Russian family.  I'm not sure they believed my Dad and his family that they hadn't heard anything but they were never charged.

A few years ago, I needed security clearance for an event.  I wondered if this incident would come up in the search but apparently not, since I was cleared to work the event.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Julian on July 29, 2013, 07:27:31 PM
When I first moved to Tasmania, I rented a cute little Edwardian house in Hobart.  It had a very distinctive little Juliet balcony at the front, and was the only house in that street with one.

A few months back there was a big drug bust in Hobart, in the same street.  Somebody had set up a hydro system to grow pot in the house, the cops raided it and so on.  I wondered at the time which house it was - it wasn't a big street.

A few days later there was a pic in the paper of one of the police involved moving bags of evidence out the front of the house.

Yep, right in front of the little Juliet balcony.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on July 29, 2013, 08:34:43 PM
I live in a mobile home park now, and the first year we were here, I'm sitting at my computer, which is located at the front of my home. I hear what sounds suspiciously like a very large diesel engined vehicle.  I ignore the first one, but when another one rumbled down my street shaking my whole home, I looked out the window, and see one the next sreet over, a huge fire.


I have a friends with a scanner, and a son who is a volunteer fireman, calling me to make sure it wasn't me. Needless to say, that was pretty scary. The people got out okay with their dog, but their cat did not make it.

A couple summers ago, I hear a familiar rumble of the deisel engines again, but also the rev of police cars, and they sounded really close. We go to leave for work in the morning, and there was a call for my neighbor across the street, who had called his sister claiming he was going to kill himself.

Last summer, a home owner who had a heart attack or stroke while he was cooking, caused a grease fire. The report said he had died before the fire started.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on July 30, 2013, 01:58:50 AM
We had a hot air balloon land at the end of our dead end street, too. To bad it was a weekday - or Dad would have been out there with his 35mm camera. The balloonists were cool. They let us kids help them pack up the balloon. Our Moms came out made sure we weren't annoying the balloonists and that the lady that owned that land was ok with us being on her property (nice lady but kids made her nervous). Then they went back home and left us to it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Gyburc on July 30, 2013, 05:13:05 AM
Was the woman properly reburied?

Depends if being "bagged up" is one's opinion of proper....

It's surprising that pre-Christian bones would be in such good condition. At the cemetery near Sutton Hoo, the bodies had become mere carbon imprints on the soil. The ground must be much less acidic near Gyburc's home.

Re. reburial - it was more a case of returning as many fragments to the original burial site as possible. The bag was to make sure they didn't get scattered or come into contact with the concrete that was about to be poured in. DH and I made a really thorough search of the spoil-heap to make sure that we found as many of the remains as we could, so that we could replace them with the rest of her, and I said some words over her in private. But really, given that my belief system is probably light years away from what hers would have been, it was hard to know what else to do. We treated her with respect, at least.

Twik, we're on gravel where I live, so there's pretty good drainage, but I have no real idea about the acidity. As you say, though, it can't be too strongly acid.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on July 30, 2013, 08:34:48 AM
I think you did the best in the situation.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kaymyth on July 30, 2013, 09:32:24 PM
Last year, one morning a rumbling noise woke me briefly before I drowsed back off again.

After we both were up properly, I asked my DH if we'd had a thunderstorm this morning.  He said no, and was obviously trying not to look at me like I was nuts.

Driving to work, I found I had to go the long way out of the street because there were police and fire trucks on the corner of Our Street and Big Street.  I learned the rest of the story as the day went on.

That morning, someone driving way too fast for the road lost control of their van, careened across the oncoming lanes of traffic and slammed into a corner house's garage.  It was an impressive feat, as they managed to hit just the right angle to slide in between the tree and fence.  The house caught on fire.  One of the occupants was elderly, and had a stash of oxygen tanks beside the garage.

The booming noise that had woken me that morning was those oxygen tanks exploding.

Amazing, nobody was killed, and the residents were renters, so their losses weren't as great as they could have been.  The house was gutted and had to be completely rebuilt.  It's now for sale way overpriced for the tiny little thing that it is, and we don't expect that they're going to actually sell it anytime soon.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Baby Snakes on July 31, 2013, 11:24:06 AM
Apparrently our old neighborhood was where all the criminals liked to hide out.  It was a townhouse community and the back yards were very dark.  At least once or twice a month there would be a police helicopter hovering with a searchlight.

I was so glad when we moved out of there.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RebeccainGA on July 31, 2013, 12:01:40 PM
We had a home invasion in my old neighborhood. In our house. Where my kid still lives. Yikes!

Before that, the most dramatic thing that happened was a gang showdown (complete with random shooting) that took place between neighbors at the back of our neighborhood - new neighbors moved into a house and it was discovered that the people already living next door were from a rival street gang. Thankfully, that was the only time anything like that had happened, and the neighborhood has been on the upswing until last night's incident.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: mechtilde on July 31, 2013, 12:15:51 PM
I don't know if this counts, but the coal seam between us and the next village is burning again- closer to the road this time!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: rain on July 31, 2013, 07:18:22 PM
I'm not sure if this counts


One night a few years back, while everyone was sleeping, we were hit by an earthquake - the whole house was shaking.  The kids ran into my room panicked, wondering what was happening - I groggily said its just an earthquake, go back to bed.  (can you tell I grew up in an are that had several minor "quakes")
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Amanita on August 01, 2013, 03:22:42 AM
Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pwv on August 01, 2013, 05:26:56 AM
My backyard is on a hill overlooking a 4-lane highway.  There is a row of trees that generally blocks my view of the road and somewhat muffles the traffic sounds.  One winter day I heard the *THUD*SMASH* of an accident, but couldn't see anything.  About 15 minutes later the med-evac helicopter arrived and landed in the road directly behind my house.  Because the trees didn't have any leaves, I had a clear view of the copter.   The accident itself was blocked from my view by the hill and the way the road curves at that point.  The next day I learned a northbound car had crossed the median and had a head-on collision with a southbound car.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Thipu1 on August 01, 2013, 07:18:43 AM
A few years ago I was on my way to work and the street I usually take was blocked by a number of police vehicles. 

It seems that an armed man was holding a family hostage in their apartment.

The scariest part was that the building was directly across a narrow street from a school.     
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 01, 2013, 09:13:30 AM
When my husband was a boy, my IL's lived next to a gas station along rt 1 in Laurel, MD (they've moved since).  There was a fence between the gas station's property and that of my IL's, but one night a guy who was probably drunk or something, rammed through the fence and ran right into the IL's house, striking it right under DH's room. 

From what I recall of the story, the house was okay for the most part, no one was hurt and in fact DH was such a sound sleeper that he slept through the whole thing and had to be told what happened the next day. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wx4caster on August 01, 2013, 10:14:47 AM
Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)

Hi neighbour,

I remember it well.  And you're correct. The flight turned to make an emergency landing at YHZ but were told to dump the extra fuel before making the attempt.

For me personally, watching a Sea King fly over the harbour (19th floor) and seeing a part drop off. :o
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on August 01, 2013, 01:04:41 PM
Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)

Hi neighbour,

I remember it well.  And you're correct. The flight turned to make an emergency landing at YHZ but were told to dump the extra fuel before making the attempt.

For me personally, watching a Sea King fly over the harbour (19th floor) and seeing a part drop off. :o

Somehow oops doesn't quite work in that situation
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on August 01, 2013, 03:44:23 PM
I remember being in a rural hotel in Louisiana, when I heard a noise coming from the ceiling. I was terrified it might be a rat or something.

Instead, it was geckos. Love the little critters, so that was not scary or dramatic, but charming.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 01, 2013, 05:13:25 PM
I remember being in a rural hotel in Louisiana, when I heard a noise coming from the ceiling. I was terrified it might be a rat or something.

Instead, it was geckos. Love the little critters, so that was not scary or dramatic, but charming.
I live in Hawaii.  We gots choke geckos (translated from pidgin - We have a lot of geckos).  I love the little critters, too, but they cannot be housebroken.  If they get in your house, you will have gecko poop all over, especially on the window sills.  I inspected a laboratory at a wastewater treatment plant.  The lab failed the inspection because they could not keep the geckos out and there was gecko poop all over everything, bringing into question their sanitation practices and lab results.

So I love geckos, but I insist on loving them outside.

[end threadjack]
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: mumma to KMC on August 01, 2013, 05:43:18 PM
Many years ago, I was cleaning my apartment while talking with my friend on the phone. I was putting something away in the linen closet and at the same time I closed the door, what sounded like a gun shot happened. Thinking it was something I had done with the door, I tried to recreate the sound, nope. I said to my friend, "Wow, that was interesting, I think someone just got shot." However, since I lived in a pretty quiet apt building I didn't think much of it.

Ten minutes later, there was a knock at my door, I opened it and it was the guy from next door, asking me if I was okay, and if anyone else was in the apartment. Being a wise single woman living in the city, I became very cautious and didn't answer his question, and I had my door slightly cracked, preparing to shut it. He went on to tell me that he was cleaning his gun and it went off, and he wanted to make sure everyone was okay. I told him I was, thanked him, then closed the door (and locked it.)

I went to the room that shared the wall and sure enough, there was a hole in the wall and one in the wall across the room. I taped some paper over it and went to bed. The next morning I called the apartment super and they came to fix it a few weeks later. The guys next door were evicted, but only after my friend (and upstairs neighbor) called the manager's office again to push the issue. (I had asked to have them moved bc I didn't feel comfortable living next door to them.)

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on August 01, 2013, 07:55:39 PM
Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: mumma to KMC on August 01, 2013, 08:33:22 PM
Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.

Yeah, I have since learned to shoot and gun maintenance, but at the time, I had never even held a gun, let alone cleaned one out, but I knew that rule #1 was to make sure the gun was empty.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Morticia on August 02, 2013, 06:29:49 AM
Guns load themselves when you aren't looking.  ;)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RingTailedLemur on August 02, 2013, 06:33:22 AM
I heard "a gun is always loaded, even when it isn't".
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on August 02, 2013, 11:07:10 AM
I heard "a gun is always loaded, even when it isn't".

Words to live by. One of my jobs we had a guy come in and demo some tactical lights to attach to guns. His guns weren't even physically capable of holding ammunition, let alone being fired, but everyone still treated them like they were loaded and without a safety. Pointed at the floor the whole time, finger never on the trigger, etc.

I've never taken an official gun safety course, but I've gone shooting several times. I can't think of a way where I could accidentally shoot off a gun while cleaning it. No way, no how.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wulfie on August 02, 2013, 12:44:43 PM
We have had two that were pretty scary. I was bad, the other was funny.

1)Shortly after my mom bought her house her neighbors were doing the famous “Gun Cleaning” and shot through their wall, across the intervening yard, through the side of my mom’s house and killed her loveseat,  coffee table and the newspaper that my stepdad had just put down to go answer the phone. Had the phone not rung (shudder) . 

The neighbors were ticked that mom had an electrician open the wall to make sure that the electrical wiring had not been damaged as the faceplate from one of the outlets on that wall exploded when the bullet hit it.  We were surprised how much damage was done as the hole was very little on the outside of the wall, you could cover it up with your finger. They cussed mom out because their homeowner’s insurance refused to cover them so mom’s homeowner’s insurance sued them personally. The neighbors moved a year or so later, the guy that bought it said that from the damage inside, he doesn’t think that this was the first or last time that they “cleaned” their guns that way.

2)I woke up to police swarming around the park behind our house. The copter was up in the air with the searchlight going. Radios blaring. Pure panic time.  I called the police non-emergency line to find out if I should have evacuated the house or what. Turns out that the police academy down the road from us was running a training scenario. There were signs at the park entrance advising people and notices had been mailed. Unfortunately, we have a PO Box and do not get mail at the house. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on August 02, 2013, 03:53:13 PM
I heard "a gun is always loaded, even when it isn't".
My children and grandchildren learned that one by the time they were three, so it's not a difficult concept to learn! 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: snowfire on August 02, 2013, 09:59:10 PM
Up at my Mom's cabin:  I walked in to our bedroom and noticed a huge chunk of wood peeled back off the end of the four poster bed.  It was probably about 6 inches long x 1 wide.  I inspected a little more and discovered a chunk of lead embedded in the post. Fairly easy to determine that it was a .22 bullet.  Inspection of the wall revealed a neat little hole in the inside wall and a matching hole in the exterior wall.  It didn't take a scientist to determine where the bullet was fired from.  We walked over to the neighbors house and had a little chat with them.  The Mom and teenage son came over to see the damage.  Junior had been goofing around with his .22 rifle and "didn't know it would go that far...".  We are only a couple of hundred feet away from their house.

I was very glad to see that he turned a sickly shade of green when he saw where the bullet had ended up.  He also got my 15 minute gun safety lecture. I think that actually seeing the bullet in the  bed made the biggest impression and I seriously doubt that he'll do anything that stupid again. 

The funny upside to this:  the bullet pierced the wall right above the desk in the bedroom and it was perfect size, so we popped in a couple of plastic grommets and ran the antenna cable for our ham radio through the hole.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gramma dishes on August 02, 2013, 10:33:43 PM
...   The funny upside to this:  the bullet pierced the wall right above the desk in the bedroom and it was perfect size, so we popped in a couple of plastic grommets and ran the antenna cable for our ham radio through the hole.

The story is scary, but that last sentence ... very much a "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" type solution.  Love it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cattlekid on August 07, 2013, 09:19:05 AM
Well, this morning I backed out of the driveway on my way to work and noticed a police car sitting outside our house.  Not an uncommon occurrence.  I did notice that there was no police person in it, which was a bit odd.

Then I turned the corner and two houses down from the corner, I noticed a large black police van in the driveway of a home that had recently been struck by a fire and is currently uninhabited.  There were two individuals in the driver area of the van, plus at least one hanging off the back that I could see. 

Then I noticed the unmarked squad with four police personnel in it, all wearing flak helmets. 

Hmm....

I am thinking that they were planning on serving a high risk warrant shortly.  Glad I got out of there when I did.  My other thought was that there was some sort of standoff but there didn't appear to be enough commotion for that scenario. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: hobish on August 07, 2013, 12:13:57 PM

I hope I didn’t post this before, with the search option disabled I am not sure. I kind of can’t believe I didn’t; but it’s been a few months now, so maybe I forgot…

Do y’all remember Kai the Axe Wielding Hitchhiker? He had some minor celebrity after being picked up hitchhiking and stopping the guy who was driving the car from killing someone by hitting him in the head with an axe. Kai is a big hippie who calls himself homefree as opposed to homeless and basically just travels the country making music and doing what he does. After the axe incident he was on The Jimmy Kimmel show and was on the news for a while as kind of a folk hero. The video of his description of the account is really something.
A friend posted on Facebook that Kai was staying with her (and her roommates who I am good friends with), which I didn’t really believe. She can exaggerate a little. Come to find out it was true. It was their house he stayed at the night before he was arrested for murder. If you saw any of the interviews with the dude in the sassy hat saying Kai seemed like a normal and friendly guy that is my friend and former neighbor.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/42667/kai-the-hitchhiker-viral-star-arrested-on-murder-charge (http://www.policymic.com/articles/42667/kai-the-hitchhiker-viral-star-arrested-on-murder-charge)

Warning: Language and video may be NSFW
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MrTango on August 07, 2013, 12:51:15 PM
Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.

I remember the first two rules of gun safety from when I was in Boy Scouts:
1) A gun is always loaded.
2) There are no exceptions to rule 1.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Dr. F. on August 07, 2013, 06:48:49 PM
I can't believe I'd actually completely forgotten this story, but some of the recent posts brought it back to mind.

I was working at a smallish museum-type organization, which was located at the dead end of a street in a very safe, high-end neighborhood. One day, I looked up and noticed several police choppers in the air. This was unusual enough, but then the loud-hailing started warning someone to give up without a fight.  ???

The on-site handyman guy came to me and told me that an armed gunman had robbed a local bank, and was holed up right in front of our front gates. Which meant that all of our visitors would have to leave past an armed gunman and a police roadblock. (The police hadn't blocked off our end of the road, as it went nowhere but us.) Um, no.

I asked if he had talked to the CEO. He said that the CEO had blown him off. I told him to close and lock the front gates, open the back gates, and stand there and give people instructions on how to get out the back when they tried to leave. (The back gates are NOT obvious.)

I then told the CEO what orders I had given. He said, "Oh, OK. Whatever." He was too busy having a conversation with a student of mine where said student was pointing out that the vast majority of the CEO had taught in a class was factually incorrect. The student was correct, if less than perfectly tactful.

The gunman was arrested a couple of hours later, without incident. I'm still annoyed that I had to pick up the pieces and give the appropriate instructions, and never even got a Thank You from TPTB. Sheesh.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cattlekid on August 07, 2013, 06:58:28 PM
Now I find out that there was a shooting in our neighborhood about 4 hours later where a civilian shot another and then a responding officer was injured. 

Too much excitement for one day.

Well, this morning I backed out of the driveway on my way to work and noticed a police car sitting outside our house.  Not an uncommon occurrence.  I did notice that there was no police person in it, which was a bit odd.

Then I turned the corner and two houses down from the corner, I noticed a large black police van in the driveway of a home that had recently been struck by a fire and is currently uninhabited.  There were two individuals in the driver area of the van, plus at least one hanging off the back that I could see. 

Then I noticed the unmarked squad with four police personnel in it, all wearing flak helmets. 

Hmm....

I am thinking that they were planning on serving a high risk warrant shortly.  Glad I got out of there when I did.  My other thought was that there was some sort of standoff but there didn't appear to be enough commotion for that scenario.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 08, 2013, 06:27:20 AM
Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.

I remember the first two rules of gun safety from when I was in Boy Scouts:
1) A gun is always loaded.
2) There are no exceptions to rule 1.

Rule 3: Never point a loaded (see rule 1) firearm at something you do not plan on destroying.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mediancat on August 08, 2013, 07:02:34 AM
Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.

Rob
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MrTango on August 08, 2013, 08:38:36 AM
Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.

I remember the first two rules of gun safety from when I was in Boy Scouts:
1) A gun is always loaded.
2) There are no exceptions to rule 1.

Rule 3: Never point a loaded (see rule 1) firearm at something you do not plan on destroying.

Exactly.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wulfie on August 08, 2013, 01:28:03 PM
Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.

Rob

It might solve a few future problems if they do.  :D
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: magicdomino on August 08, 2013, 02:11:17 PM
Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.

Rob

It might solve a few future problems if they do.  :D

Also, you might get a Darwin Award without having to die first. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on August 08, 2013, 03:20:52 PM
Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.

Rob

Back in high school, Lil Sis "starred" as the innocent heroine of a Wild West melodrama - complete with wicked villain in black hat, with black mustache to twirl, and a blacker heart; innocent hero in a white hat, and of course - someone who went through puberty (finally) at 17 - so she looked "really" young in the part - and everyone knew that she was a preacher's kid - so she was probably being type cast.....  The young couple had talked earlier in the play about starting a chicken ranch, if she can just get the deed to her farm back from the villain (hisses & boos from the audience - it's part of the fun of a melodrama).

Hero sticks gun in front of pants (prop gun that fired water, at most).  She makes a rather naďve comment (in the script for the innocent heroine) that she "hopes that THING (gun) doesn't go off".

Someone in the back of the auditorium hollers out "If it does, CHICKENS is all that they'll be raising!"

Cue total pandemonium for about sixty to ninety seconds.....as everyone else in the audience got the joke (West Texas - lots & lots of people had REAL guns of their own at home). 

I understand that the next time they performed - they waited a few seconds to see if anyone else had a comment to make from the peanut gallery - but the audience was a bit less....smart mouthed than the previous one!  And the actors kept their composure a bit better without the total loss of decorum in the audience.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on August 09, 2013, 10:22:03 AM
When I lived at home, there was a house and a couple barns across the cornfield from us, that had been bought buy a bank. The volunteer fire dept was doing a practice burn on them.  The barns went up like kindling. The practice burn for on FD turned into a practice burn for many. They had the extra fire trucks standing by in the surrounding subdivisions to put out any fires started by floatin embers.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Tini on August 10, 2013, 06:09:08 AM
My parents had to leave their house rather abruptly a while ago and come to ours because workers had found a 500kg WW II bomb when they were digging a ditch. The whole neighbourhood had to be evacuated in a 400m radius, including a retirement home. My parents were surprisingly chipper, considering that my mom was around when those bombs were new and dropping from the sky.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: DistantStar on August 10, 2013, 10:02:46 AM
Not human-caused, but a major wildfire a few years ago that was threatening to quite literally come over the mountains and burn down the town.  The sky was...dramatic.  And scary!  The firefighters were amazing!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Ohjustlovely on August 10, 2013, 06:02:01 PM
In a nice neighborhood where my family lived while I was in my teens, there was (1) a murder by a mugger, over $1 (that is all the victim had on him), which happened in the afternoon, on the street just a few houses from ours; (2) two separate fatal hit-and-runs, the pedestrians were in the cross-walk, also happened in afternoon and on same street and in front few houses down from ours; a rape of a sandwhich shop teen girl, around 5 pm, still daylight, a few blocks down. The poor girl had her clothes stolen and she ran home. These all happened with two years.

I move to my own place in my 20's, in the same nice town. One of the neighbors were hippy-types, and when I had to park on the street coming home from work, they were paranoid and would shout at me, asking who I was and why I was parking there. I walked every morning and some evenings so I was no stranger, and lots of people parked on the street. I tried to avoid them, thinking they could be on drugs. A time later, the neighbors on my other side had several police cars, sheriff department cars all outside surrounding that house: a big drug bust! Somebody told me the parents had moved out because their children were involved in the drug traffic.

Scary also, as I did a lot of walking of that neighborhood, when I came back home to watch tv, on the news it was reported a nearby drug (legit) manufacturer had leaked harmful chemicals from a truck, in the street gutters -- right there where I did walking. We were advised not to walk there, let children play or pets there. Okay, but why wasn't there any warning signs or anything at the location? Why did I have to hear it from a tv news broadcast? That was scary.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: greencat on August 10, 2013, 06:06:23 PM
Another natural-causes scary thing:

About 20 years ago, it rained about three or four times as much as normal during the summer.  My parents' back yard flooded - four foot deep where we measured it, plus at least one small sinkhole that opened up in the garden.

We stopped feeling comfortable playing outside around the edge of the water when I saw a 4-foot long alligator splashing around.  Doubly so when we realized that the entire end of the street next to us had flooded, and there were 12+ foot alligators spotted with no more barricade between our yard and the gators than a mostly-submerged chain-link fence.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 14, 2013, 11:05:32 PM
Not as much scary as it was confusing really.  Two years ago (wow was it that long already?) We had a relatively small earthquake in the DC/VA/MD area.  I had been sitting in what has become the babe's room, talking on the phone with a friend.  Now we do live on a through street on which many trucks do pass, and many stop in front of the dairy across the street so at first I thought it was just truck rolling past or something.

So I kept talking but as I kept talking, I could feel the whole house moving and shaking.  Not badly but enough to realize that wasn't a truck!  I told my friend "Um, I think we're having an earthquake!" By the time it dawned on me and I got in a doorway, it was over. 

Go figure, I lived in California 4 years and didn't feel a durned thing, only to move back to Maryland and feel an earthquake.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mediancat on August 15, 2013, 08:11:19 AM
I remember that earthquake, too. I was talking to a co-worker, George, when he and another coworker, Tim, said, "Do you feel that?"

I said, "Feel what?"

George said, "That."

A few seconds later I felt something that felt like a full cart rolling down the aisle -- and then the full force hit, and the room shook for a few seconds.

After it was done, I said, "Should we evacuate?"

George looked up and said to me, "I don't know about you, but I'm getting the (bleep) out of here."  And stood up, and took off.

The funniest part, for me, was that we had LITERALLY just finished my company's disaster preparedness training. In that training, we'd dealt with tornadoes, bomb scares, fires, and even stuck elevators.

The one thing they missed?

Earthquakes.

(To be fair, in central Maryland, you hardly expect earthquakes. It would be like getting a blizzard in Atlanta.)

Rob
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 15, 2013, 08:39:15 AM
It was 10 years ago yesterday that Ontario and most of the Eastern seaboard was plunged into darkness.

That was pretty dramatic.

I was supposed to be heading home to my Dad's; my Mom was dying and we were told she only had a few days.  But I didn't have any gas in my truck.  I called home to let them know I'd have to come in the morning because the power was out and my brother said, 'Uh oh.  The power is out here, too.'  I was wakened by the AC kicking in at about 5:00 in the morning so I got up and took off.  Turns out, some small pockets in my city never lost power and I probably could have headed out but I wasn't sorry I'd slept first.  I was home for three weeks, helping my Dad and talking recipes with my Mom.  She held out until the 24th of September.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Kariachi on August 15, 2013, 09:24:16 AM
Nothing's happened yet, but my road is a disaster waiting to happen.

My road is straight at first, but once you get past my house it follows the edge of the lake. Up, down, tight curves, plenty of foliage, pretty hard to see more than thirty feet or so ahead of you. People generally take this road at about 50 mph. I can understand that, it's a fun road.

The bank collapsed last year. Took out a few miles of roadside on it's way down. The road is one lane now.

People still do 50 on it.

And still can't see what's coming up.

Thank the gods it's a little-used back-road... 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: magicdomino on August 15, 2013, 09:34:33 AM
Regarding the Washington, DC area earthquake, I was in my office on the twelveth floor.  :(  My first thought was an explosion or collapse in the parking garage underneath the building, because, you know, we don't have earthquakes.

I will say that building management handled it very well, knowing that most of the buildings in this neighborhood were built in the 1970s, and are not earthquake proof.  They closed down the building for the rest of the day so that they could inspect it for damage.  We were fine, but a nearby building had visible cracks in its stairwell.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on August 15, 2013, 09:38:02 AM
Ah yes, the year of the Hurriquake.  I was sitting on my porch working from home that day.  My cats alerted me to it right before it hit.  That weekend I went hiking and it happened to be when a hurricane was on it's way up the East Coast.  The hike went fine, but driving back, we ran into the storm.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on August 15, 2013, 11:54:16 AM
Ah yes, hurriquake indeed.  We were planning to go to Assateague over Labor Day weekend and we had Irene the week prior and following but to our luck, Labor Day weekend the weather was great.  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Softly Spoken on August 15, 2013, 07:33:01 PM
I remember this first one because it involved us directly:

My father was mowing the front lawn and had stopped to chat with a man walking down the street. My mother was watching them both out the front window. The next thing I knew, she was screaming my father's name and running out the door. I ran to the window and saw my dad go to the ground with the man. The stranger had had a heart attack while talking to my father and my dad managed to catch him as he went down. My mother called 911 and the man was okay (as far as I recall, I was very young at the time).

Each of the 5 members of my family who live(d) on this block has been responsible for summoning at least one ambulance to our house for one reason or another.

We also live down the street from an intersection that should be a four-way stop, but only has a yield sign for one of the streets - and nobody yields. >:( This pretty much guarantees at least one car accident a month. I've seen way too many T-bones occur while just sitting and looking out my living room window.

The weirdest incident I can recall is when a man tried to steal my brother's lawn chair off his front porch. My brother heard the noise and went outside to see his chair gone. He walked out to the sidewalk and saw a man walking away with it up the street. He yelled and the guy dropped the chair and ran - then he saw my brother wasn't chasing him and finished his escape at walking pace. ::) My brother didn't really care about the cheap chair, but he was astounded by the audacity (early morning, front porch etc.) He said if he ever gets a decent chair, it's either getting a lock and chain or he's taking it inside with him every night...

There are three things that happened that I consider dramatic i.e. exciting/unusual (at least to this quiet neighborhood girl) and they all involve crows.
1) A baby crow that couldn't fly fell down in the alley. I got to have it perch on my arm. Mom and Dad crow were not happy, but Baby made it's way back up eventually.
2) A crow got electrocuted on our transformer (had to look up what the metal cylinder on our alley utility pole is called :P) and everyone's electricity went out. The city had to send someone to fix it, and to remove the crow. Hope it wasn't the one that sat on my arm.  :'(
3) Every evening flocks of crows fly over our neighborhood on their way to...wherever they all sleep at night I can't remember. :-[ They often fly very low during this nightly migration, and if you stand outside you can hear the rustle of their wings as they pass overhead. Just a tiny bit awe inspiring and eerie-beautiful IMHO.  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Julian on August 15, 2013, 07:58:58 PM
3) Every evening flocks of crows fly over our neighborhood on their way to...wherever they all sleep at night I can't remember. :-[ They often fly very low during this nightly migration, and if you stand outside you can hear the rustle of their wings as they pass overhead. Just a tiny bit awe inspiring and eerie-beautiful IMHO.  :)

When I lived in the semi-tropical north, we got the flocking fruit bats (flying foxes) and roost trees of native parrots in the early evening.  The bats were amazing to watch, but don't leave anything on the clothes line if you live in a fruit-growing area.  The parrots - well, they're beautiful to watch but they are noisy!

Once, I was lying in bed one night reading, and the lights kept flickering.  I went out to see what was going on.  One of the overhead power lines was sparking vigorously where the line ran through a tree's branches.  Cue emergency electrical company and fire truck attending.  Turned out the local possums used the power line to cross the street, and their claws had frayed the insulation enough that during the mildly windy evening, the tree and the wire were causing shorts.

Another night, different house, there were some very strange noises for our quiet neighbourhood - lights and sirens, revving engines, brakes squealing, and a thump.  Somebody had stolen a car and been chased by the police into my estate, which had a low speed limit, lots of speed bumps and chicanes etc.  They'd ditched the car coming down my street and left it running and rolling down hill, where it veered off the road two houses down and crashed into a tree.  Fortunately nobody got hurt, and I never did find out if they caught the thief.

When I was a kid we lived on a corner block on a sweeping, badly cambered bend.  We had many incidents of vehicles coming off the bend and ending up on the grassy verge in front of the house.  The worst though, was when I was about 7 or so.  A car came off and ended up driving through our front fence, missing the front of the house by feet.  We kids were all in the front of the house at the time, watching TV.  And we often played in the front garden. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: VorFemme on August 15, 2013, 08:21:42 PM
We lived on a dead end road about three houses long in Kentucky.

I heard a car with a racing engine make a fast (squealing tires) turn onto the street and race down the street - to get to the mound of dirt in front of three trees at the end of it (where it might have looked like it went downhill and to the side to get to another street - but didn't - never had, never would, too steep & too deep of a ditch there).  Somehow they managed to make a turn without crashing and raced up the road to the side street across from our house.

Which went uphill to a cul de sac with a round about at the end of it....the name was Something or Other Court, if I recall. 

They came racing back down again and went through the stop sign at the foot of the court, made a squealing left turn, and went to the stop sign (one yard/one house down the road) and ran the stop sign, making a right turn to get out of the road.....

All the while going at least double the speed limit - based on the noise of the engine, how long the black marks from the squealing tires were, and the speed with which they entered & left the little side street & court - there were maybe ten houses total on both streets.....

I still wonder where they were going in such a hurry....and how we had so many people doing that - without any of them plowing into the large (three stories tall) trees at the end of the short street or anyone's car around the cul de sac.....there were few small children in the area (my preschooler and visiting grandkids was about it - most of the people had been living there twenty-five or thirty years by then).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on August 16, 2013, 12:13:07 PM
There are three things that happened that I consider dramatic i.e. exciting/unusual (at least to this quiet neighborhood girl) and they all involve crows.
1) A baby crow that couldn't fly fell down in the alley. I got to have it perch on my arm. Mom and Dad crow were not happy, but Baby made it's way back up eventually.
2) A crow got electrocuted on our transformer (had to look up what the metal cylinder on our alley utility pole is called :P) and everyone's electricity went out. The city had to send someone to fix it, and to remove the crow. Hope it wasn't the one that sat on my arm.  :'(
3) Every evening flocks of crows fly over our neighborhood on their way to...wherever they all sleep at night I can't remember. :-[ They often fly very low during this nightly migration, and if you stand outside you can hear the rustle of their wings as they pass overhead. Just a tiny bit awe inspiring and eerie-beautiful IMHO.  :)

Your crows remind me of some of the stories from my old house.

We always had birds get in the chimney. Every year. We'd replace the screening up there, and they'd still get in. Okay, not a problem, usually they ended up in the basement where natural selection would take care of them (they'd flail around so much down there they'd run into something hard, headfirst).

One time we went on vacation for two weeks. When we came back, somehow the birds had managed to get up the staircase and through the tiny crack at the bottom of the basement door, then gone for the windows in the kitchen. We came home to two dead birds in our kitchen sink.

In happier news, there was a robin who made it into our fireplace one day. Dad got all of us out of the living room and sat down quietly. Every ten minutes or so he'd inch closer to the fireplace and wait until the bird calmed down. Eventually he got the door open and picked the bird up in a towel before taking it outside to let it go.

We also had a fountain/tiny pond in front of our picture window. Birds loved it, they'd drink and such from it. Squirrels would do the same. One day a bird flew into the window and stunned himself, and fell into the water.

I, being the only person home at the time, ran outside and gently fished him out with the pole and net. He was perfectly calm. I actually carried him inside to get a few microfiber towels and gently spread his wings and patted him dry as well as I could before sitting him on top of our window mount A/C unit. He had a few false starts where he tried to fly and was still a bit wet, but every time, I'd go outside and pick him up and put him back gently on the A/C to keep him away from the neighborhood cat. And every time he was just as calm as could be about the whole situation. Let me pick him up, dry his wings, didn't even seem to care.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gramma dishes on August 16, 2013, 12:16:08 PM
^^^  Sounds like he was hoping you would adopt him!   :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 16, 2013, 12:20:02 PM
A flock of crows is called a 'murder'.  I just think that is so cool.

My ex-supervisor from hell had a squirrel story:  She and her husband had company over and they started a fire in their fireplace and closed the glass doors.  While they were all conversing, a poor squirrel dropped down into the fire.  Her first instinct was to open the doors and let it out but her husband said, 'Are you crazy?  His tail is already on fire.  If we let him out, the whole house is going to be on fire!'  Needless to say, it put a bit of a damper on the evening.

And finally, some advice for stunned birds:  If a bird hits your window and is just stunned, hold them gently in your cupped hands, keeping them nice and warm, until they start to recover.  When they start to move around in your hands, place them in a nice sunny spot to let them finish recovering and they'll fly off.  Top of the barbecue is a great spot - nice and warm with the black.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RegionMom on August 16, 2013, 03:51:59 PM
re: rare as a blizzard in Atlanta.

"Up to the knees in '93" was my college spring break-

power went out, everything shut down.  Fist place to open was Waffle House, to serve the electricians and first responders.  A friend of mine got rescued by a four wheeler, and then got to help at said Waffle House.  When not helping there, she got on the roof of "her" restaurant and kept a look-out for looters. 
(small town north of Atlanta)

Me?  I was out-of-state, visiting a boyfriend, now DH.  Got to stay a few days extra!  8)

No buses, planes or autos for several days- it can happen, but rarely!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Figgie on August 17, 2013, 07:54:00 PM
Our current neighbors appear to believe that the six foot privacy fence around their backyard renders their entire backyard invisible to the neighbors on either side.  Unfortunately, our foundations are high and you can see into the backyard from all of the windows that face it.

The reason this is unfortunate, is because she likes to dance around naked in the backyard.  And he likes to use the backyard as his personal toilet.  Two sights that I would like to be able to scrub from my brain.  :)

But our former neighbors were worse.  She was having an affair with another neighbor down the block.  Their bedroom window was right next to our dining room windows.  Which meant my spouse and I got to see what happened when the husband of the affair having woman showed up unexpectedly.

The bedroom window flew open and the screen was shoved out, followed by the guy she was having the affair with.  He was naked and trying desperately to put on a pair of underwear, but could only get one leg through the opening.  This was because the angry husband followed him out through the window and was beating at him with either a tennis or badminton racquet. 

So the guy with the underwear over one leg was trying to run while holding up the underwear and he was screaming like a little girl while kind of hop running.  This all happened so fast that my spouse and I stood there stunned as the husband and underwear guy moved along from between the houses and out onto the front sidewalk.

If I were a better person, I wouldn't have moved to the living room to see what was happening.  :)  But we both did and watched as the hopping, one leg through his underwear guy continued to try and get away from the guy with the racket who was taking swats at him. 

Underwear guy was fast enough that most of the swats were landing on his shoulders and rear end.  Angry husband was overweight and out of shape and so finally stopped chasing him.  Underwear guy then disappeared into his own home (he only lived down the block).

In retrospect, we should have probably called the police, but it was so incredibly bizarre and happened so fast that it never crossed our minds until it was all over.  There was a divorce and underwear guy and the wife of the guy with the badminton or tennis racquet ended up married to each other and moved out of the neighborhood.

And that was probably the most exciting/bizarre thing that ever happened in our neighborhood!
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Post by: magicdomino on August 17, 2013, 08:00:23 PM
Yep, I'd say that qualifies as pretty bizarre.   :)
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Post by: Amara on August 17, 2013, 08:29:30 PM
Oh, that is hilarious! And I wouldn't have been "a better person" either.  8)
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Post by: VorFemme on August 17, 2013, 09:49:15 PM
Well - if you don't see the entire sequence of events - how could you possibly believe that it was happening?

Sheesh.....
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Post by: dawnfire on August 18, 2013, 03:28:06 AM
it sounds like something out of a bad comedy   ;D
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Post by: PastryGoddess on August 18, 2013, 06:13:40 AM
last night 2 blocks from my house there were a ton of emergency vehicles on the main street.  Apparently there was an explosion in someones basement and gasoline got into the sewer.

They evacuated everyone from the area.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 18, 2013, 09:29:35 AM
The bedroom window flew open and the screen was shoved out, followed by the guy she was having the affair with.  He was naked and trying desperately to put on a pair of underwear, but could only get one leg through the opening.  This was because the angry husband followed him out through the window and was beating at him with either a tennis or badminton racquet. 

So the guy with the underwear over one leg was trying to run while holding up the underwear and he was screaming like a little girl while kind of hop running.  This all happened so fast that my spouse and I stood there stunned as the husband and underwear guy moved along from between the houses and out onto the front sidewalk.

If I were a better person, I wouldn't have moved to the living room to see what was happening.  :)  But we both did and watched as the hopping, one leg through his underwear guy continued to try and get away from the guy with the racket who was taking swats at him.

If the frame and shaft of the racket was quite thin, it was a badminton racquet.  If it was thicker, it was a tennis racquet.   :D

And I do have to say that I don't think I'd have been the better person, either.  In fact, I think I'd have been laughing like a loon.
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Post by: gramma dishes on August 18, 2013, 10:07:19 AM
I don't think it was a matter of not being a "better person".  Of course you had to watch the entire scenario play itself out.  It was your civic duty!  Just in case the injuries had been a little more severe, you would have been great witnesses.  If you hadn't seen it all, then you'd have had little to report.  Right?  Remember.  It was your responsibility as a good neighbor to observe what's going on in your neighborhood.   ;D
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Post by: Figgie on August 18, 2013, 10:17:28 AM
It definitely was the most bizarre thing that has ever happened in our neighborhood!  We didn't laugh while it was happening, mostly because we were stunned into silence.  :)  We did laugh quite a bit about it after.

As far as the type of racquet, we really didn't look that closely at it...mostly because it was difficult to take our eyes off of the guy with one leg through his underwear.  It's the kind of thing you read about.  "Husband walks in on wife and her lover" but not the sort of thing you actually expect to see play out in public.
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Post by: kherbert05 on August 18, 2013, 10:56:32 AM
Be glad it was a racquet not a shotgun.
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Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 18, 2013, 11:08:43 AM
Be glad it was a racquet not a shotgun.

No kidding!  Those have barrels made of metal, and they hurt to get smacked with.

...what?
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Post by: MommyPenguin on August 18, 2013, 08:03:22 PM
My boss once told me that she'd had a car land in her yard and take out a tree the night before.  Second car that had hit that poor tree.  Apparently something about the road design meant that she and her neighbors were often privy to car wrecks that ended up in their front yards.  I assume all the kids stayed in the back yard to play.  What I found amusing about all this was the name of the road: "Good Luck Road."  I guess the road was wishing the drivers good luck, because they'd need it!
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Post by: Dazi on August 19, 2013, 06:31:56 AM
My boss once told me that she'd had a car land in her yard and take out a tree the night before.  Second car that had hit that poor tree.  Apparently something about the road design meant that she and her neighbors were often privy to car wrecks that ended up in their front yards.  I assume all the kids stayed in the back yard to play.  What I found amusing about all this was the name of the road: "Good Luck Road."  I guess the road was wishing the drivers good luck, because they'd need it!

My back yard has a similar problem, though no car that I know of in recent history has made it into my *actual* yard.  The DOT put up some really heavy duty baricade rails along that section of road some years ago and the previous owner put up quite a fence, made entirely of cinder blocks.  I'm kind of waiting for a motorcyclist to hit it and fly into my or one of my neighbors' yards.

I've seen some pretty horrific crashes.  The last one was the worst and was very nearly a death.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on August 19, 2013, 07:32:31 AM
Years ago, I lived in an apartment complex that was set out as a large circle.  The outer apartments faced out to the large circular driveway.  Well, anyway, one night the police chased someone into our complex.  The first I know was hearing my next door neighbors yelling and laughing, "Here they come again!"  I looked out to see a car being chased by 2 police cars.  My neighbors told me that this was the 3rd time around.  Then someone yelled, "One more time!" And here they came again, only now there were 3 police cars.

I saw them pass by a total of 5 times, and accumulate a total of 4 police cars before one of the police units realized that they would do better to get out of the parade and block the driveway which was little more than a driveway.  Barney Fife lives.

Reading my way through the old posts and had to comment on this one - I started humming the Benny Hill theme as I read it! ;D
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Post by: magicdomino on August 19, 2013, 09:43:19 AM
I don't think it was a matter of not being a "better person".  Of course you had to watch the entire scenario play itself out.  It was your civic duty!  Just in case the injuries had been a little more severe, you would have been great witnesses.  If you hadn't seen it all, then you'd have had little to report.  Right?  Remember.  It was your responsibility as a good neighbor to observe what's going on in your neighborhood.   ;D

A really good neighbor would have videotaped it.   8)
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Post by: LadyClaire on August 19, 2013, 01:12:07 PM
I don't think it was a matter of not being a "better person".  Of course you had to watch the entire scenario play itself out.  It was your civic duty!  Just in case the injuries had been a little more severe, you would have been great witnesses.  If you hadn't seen it all, then you'd have had little to report.  Right?  Remember.  It was your responsibility as a good neighbor to observe what's going on in your neighborhood.   ;D

A really good neighbor would have videotaped it.   8)

and set it to Benny Hill music. and then posted it for all of us to see.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 19, 2013, 08:13:08 PM
Not my neighborhood anymore, but the street my father lives on (where I lived age 7 to 17) is very steep and the curve above his next door neighbor is very sharp and sloped wrong.  When the first rain of the season hits, it is very slippery.  At least once a year the neighbors have a car in their front yard.  Occasionally a car makes it to the neighbor's driveway and once a car made it to my father's driveway.  I wonder how fast they were going when they hit that curve.

The stories of birds causing electrical outages reminded me of an incident which wasn't in my neighborhood, but it was my job to investigate the resulting sewer spill (over a million gallons and neighborhoods flooded with raw sewage).  It was a cold, rainy night in Honolulu.  A stray cat was looking for somewhere warm and dry to spend the night.  It squeezed into a sewage pump station which was being rehabilitated, so not locked up tight.  The cat squeezed into the motor control center - the brains of the pump station - where its wet body shorted out the MCC.

The emergency generator kicked in when the power went out.  That's what started the fire.  By the time I got there, the fire was out and the cat was fried and burned.  I had to take pictures for the report.  I don't know what color that cat was originally, but it was black when I saw it.  I had 2 black cats at the time, so it was difficult for me.
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Post by: cwm on August 19, 2013, 08:46:27 PM
I was going out to visit a friend about half an hour's drive away. I really wanted a soda on the way, so this was a few years ago. I found out from the drive through fast food place up the street that the entire county was on a boil notice.

A squirrel or raccoon, I can't remember which, got into a pump station and fried itself. I really wonder if it was worth being crispified for whatever it was after. Because really, the entire county was put out by it. It wasn't fun.

Actually, I remember several boil notices that summer. Working in the grooming salon, we had to keep fresh water for the dogs. Water from the wall was okay to wash them with, but we had to keep sending managers to WalMart to buy more gallons of water for them to drink. I think we ended up with about thirty gallons extra, but they decided to keep it around in case we ever needed it again.
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Post by: singingserpent on August 19, 2013, 08:58:24 PM
My grandmother lives 2 miles down a country road from a parachuting club airstrip. She's had a number of times where parachutists come up to her porch dragging their chute asking to use her phone to call the airstrip to get a ride back. I don't know much about parachuting, but 2 miles seems like a big miss to me!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on August 19, 2013, 09:04:59 PM
My grandmother lives 2 miles down a country road from a parachuting club airstrip. She's had a number of times where parachutists come up to her porch dragging their chute asking to use her phone to call the airstrip to get a ride back. I don't know much about parachuting, but 2 miles seems like a big miss to me!
Our horse is in a pasture adjacent to the parachuting club airstrip.  People frequently miss by that much, landing in the pasture.  The horses are used to it, but they gallop around the pasture excitedly because, well, their lives are rather boring and a human falling from the sky with a huge flapping sheet is a good excuse to gallop around excitedly.  Before my husband's horse died, we had both horses in the tacking up area, but they weren't tied to the hitching rail.  They were just grazin' in the grass with their lead ropes dangling.  A sky diver landed about 50 feet away in the front field.  The sound of the chute flapping startled me, but the horses looked up, saw the chute, and went back to eating.
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Post by: Klein Bottle on August 19, 2013, 09:19:50 PM
Back in the early eighties, (1981?), I was home at my parents house for Spring break.  It was March, and still windy and chilly for that time of year.  Their home sat across a road from a large-ish lake, which was famous in the area for its fishing.  On one particular day, two men went out fishing on the lake in a little boat.  It was super windy that day, and the water was choppy.  The boat capsized, and they both drowned.  One body was found pretty much right away, but the other went missing.  It took a couple days for the police to locate the body, and when they did, news crews appeared in front of the house.  From an upstairs window, I could see them loading the body, (in a body bag), onto a gurney and into the back of an ambulance.  I didn't know the guys or their family, but I cried all day.

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Post by: andi on August 19, 2013, 09:42:33 PM
My first apartment was a ground floor of a fourplex in a large complex built around a green area. One night I hear arguing from the building across from mine - 2 guys are standing on a balcony arguing with a group of girls on the lawn. I ignore and go back to bed.  A few minutes later I hear screaming and a "thunk" and shattering glass. Guy on balcony shoots a filed tip arrow from a compound bow and it hits my sliding glass patio door in my living room and shatters it.  Management was not happy at having to replace my door at 2 am and the cops were not amused at the guys across the lawn. (the girls had taken off)

I'm now married to a bow hunter and knowing the damage I could have suffered puts things in a whole new perspective.
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Post by: Black Delphinium on August 20, 2013, 08:57:30 AM
My grandmother lives 2 miles down a country road from a parachuting club airstrip. She's had a number of times where parachutists come up to her porch dragging their chute asking to use her phone to call the airstrip to get a ride back. I don't know much about parachuting, but 2 miles seems like a big miss to me!
Our horse is in a pasture adjacent to the parachuting club airstrip.  People frequently miss by that much, landing in the pasture.  The horses are used to it, but they gallop around the pasture excitedly because, well, their lives are rather boring and a human falling from the sky with a huge flapping sheet is a good excuse to gallop around excitedly.  Before my husband's horse died, we had both horses in the tacking up area, but they weren't tied to the hitching rail.  They were just grazin' in the grass with their lead ropes dangling.  A sky diver landed about 50 feet away in the front field.  The sound of the chute flapping startled me, but the horses looked up, saw the chute, and went back to eating.
I wonder how many of the parachuters who miss and land in the paddock hit a "surprise" when they land. :o
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on August 21, 2013, 09:12:37 AM
2am, the second night after the Good Ethnic Boy and I moved into this house (a little over three years ago), some bright spark joy-riding in a stolen car came screeching down the road, missed the curve, and ran into a smallish tree in our front yard. The tree was uprooted and snapped in half, and we later found twigs up against our front wall. They left several sections of the car underbody scattered across our yard, narrowly missed our next-door-neighbours' new (!) car, and left deep tyre ruts and a trail of various automotive fluids over the yard across the street as they took a U-turn and screeched off again.

Our neighbours were worried we'd get a terrible impression of the street. We were mostly laughing because the tree had been dead, and we had been anticipating paying a landscaper to replace it. As it was, the joy-riding twerp saved us from having to dig it out, and we just paid for a LARGE attractive boulder to be put in its place. It's now used as a landmark by pretty well everyone on the street ("yeah, we're two houses past the big white rock, you can't miss it") and any future joy-riding twerps who miss the curve will come to an abrupt halt instead of possibly ending up in our lounge room. >:D
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Post by: Ms_Cellany on August 21, 2013, 09:15:12 AM
We just paid for a LARGE attractive boulder to be put in its place. It's now used as a landmark by pretty well everyone on the street ("yeah, we're two houses past the big white rock, you can't miss it") and any future joy-riding twerps who miss the curve will come to an abrupt halt instead of possibly ending up in our lounge room. >:D

My mom has a huge multi-level brick planter in front of her corner house. She calls it the Tank Trap.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Mel the Redcap on August 21, 2013, 09:18:59 AM
We just paid for a LARGE attractive boulder to be put in its place. It's now used as a landmark by pretty well everyone on the street ("yeah, we're two houses past the big white rock, you can't miss it") and any future joy-riding twerps who miss the curve will come to an abrupt halt instead of possibly ending up in our lounge room. >:D

My mom has a huge multi-level brick planter in front of her corner house. She calls it the Tank Trap.

The people on a nearby corner recently put in three huge concrete planter boxes, probably for the same reason - I've often thought that they were in a prime spot to 'collect' stray speeding cars! I'd like the planters better if they'd actually watered the poor shrubs that are now definitely dead, though...
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Post by: jedikaiti on August 21, 2013, 01:16:31 PM
My parents live in an area with those next-to-the-street rural style mailboxes. Many people in that area have their mailboxes encased in concrete or brick. Not because of people jumping the curb, but because every time "Stand By Me" airs on TV, there's a rash of idiots driving around playing Mailbox Baseball.
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Post by: LadyClaire on August 21, 2013, 01:38:29 PM
My parents live in an area with those next-to-the-street rural style mailboxes. Many people in that area have their mailboxes encased in concrete or brick. Not because of people jumping the curb, but because every time "Stand By Me" airs on TV, there's a rash of idiots driving around playing Mailbox Baseball.

When I was a kid, one of my dad's co-workers had issues with his mailbox getting smashed. So he mounted it on a steel post that he painted to look like wood, and buried about 3' of the post underground in concrete. He kept finding broken baseball bats in his yard after that.
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Post by: Wulfie on August 21, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
When I was a kid, one of my dad's co-workers had issues with his mailbox getting smashed. So he mounted it on a steel post that he painted to look like wood, and buried about 3' of the post underground in concrete. He kept finding broken baseball bats in his yard after that.

My brother had a rash of kids smashing and driving over his mailbox so he did something similar only he filled the metal post with concrete and got 2 mailboxes, 1 smaller than the other. He put the small one inside the big one and filled the gap with concrete. He has been threatened a couple of times with lawsuits for car damage from hitting it and one for a dislocated shoulder from trying to hit it with a bat. Good Luck no lawyer in town is going to touch those lawsuits. 
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Post by: hermanne on August 21, 2013, 03:01:17 PM
When I was a kid, one of my dad's co-workers had issues with his mailbox getting smashed. So he mounted it on a steel post that he painted to look like wood, and buried about 3' of the post underground in concrete. He kept finding broken baseball bats in his yard after that.

My brother had a rash of kids smashing and driving over his mailbox so he did something similar only he filled the metal post with concrete and got 2 mailboxes, 1 smaller than the other. He put the small one inside the big one and filled the gap with concrete. He has been threatened a couple of times with lawsuits for car damage from hitting it and one for a dislocated shoulder from trying to hit it with a bat. Good Luck no lawyer in town is going to touch those lawsuits.

That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.
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Post by: Happy2BCF on August 21, 2013, 03:11:44 PM
1) About a year after we moved into our house a man two streets over was killed by his pet python. 
2) I walk my dogs every morning before work (about 4:30AM) so of course it's always dark.  We're strolling along one morning when I see four men with big guns coming down the middle of the street.  The dogs start barking, I stop,  unsure if I should run like heck or start screaming.  In the time it takes me to decide RUN!! the men get close enough for me to see "SWAT" on the front of their kevlar vests.  They very nicely suggest I turn around & head the other way.  There had been a hostage situation (with shooting) & they were looking for the bad guy who had snuck out the back door.  They did find the guy & arrest him.
3) Another early morning walking the dogs I see lots of flashing lights so I wander that way to see what the excitement is.  Fire trucks, police cars, news crew.  Can't see anything happening so I continue on my way.  Only to be stopped by a large, angry officer who points out the Bomb Squad disposal truck & tells me the street is closed.  There had been a small fire & when the firemen went in the basement they found a bunch of bombs neighbor guy had been building.  According to the news reports if the bombs had gone off in the fire it would have leveled half the neighborhood.  Last I knew bomb guy was still in jail.
The foxes & coyotes that roam the neighborhood when I'm out walking aren't nearly as scary as the humans in the houses!!
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Post by: gramma dishes on August 21, 2013, 03:36:55 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!
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Post by: wolfie on August 21, 2013, 03:46:49 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.
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Post by: Firecat on August 21, 2013, 04:11:10 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.

Maybe there's a difference between setting up a dummy mailbox and just having a heavily reinforced one that is still actually a mailbox?
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Post by: kherbert05 on August 21, 2013, 05:43:38 PM
Might be an urban legend. There was this house  at the top of a dead end road near my HS that constantly had people running the stop sign, jumping the ditch and landing in the front yard. That I know is true because I saw the cars and damage.




 After one was fast/powerful enough to hit the house under their kid's window, they built a brick wall. Cars actually made it through the wall. Then they rebuilt the wall with metal posts through the brick work. That stopped the car - and the teen's parents tried sue for his injuries. Was laughed out of court.

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Post by: Wulfie on August 21, 2013, 05:54:12 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.

Maybe there's a difference between setting up a dummy mailbox and just having a heavily reinforced one that is still actually a mailbox?

Small town and there is no way that anyone would touch a lawsuit like that. It would be laughed out of court and the kids parents would be advised to apply leather to rear ends. He looked into it before he constructed it and it is not only legal but some of the police officers stole his idea and did the same to their mailboxes.
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Post by: hermanne on August 21, 2013, 05:56:22 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.

Maybe there's a difference between setting up a dummy mailbox and just having a heavily reinforced one that is still actually a mailbox?

I think the lawyers called it "baiting" and that's what they got the homeowner on.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on August 21, 2013, 07:12:53 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.

Maybe there's a difference between setting up a dummy mailbox and just having a heavily reinforced one that is still actually a mailbox?

I think the lawyers called it "baiting" and that's what they got the homeowner on.

That's ridiculous.  It's not baiting, it's reinforcing.  That's like saying that having a dog in the house is baiting if the burglar doesn't know it's in there.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on August 21, 2013, 08:11:59 PM


That depends where you live. DH knows someone who made a "dummy" mailbox filled with concrete and
 placed it next to his real mailbox. Some teen broke his arm trying to smash the dummy, and successfully sued.

Good grief!  Was the teen the judge's son or something?  I can't believe a lawsuit like that would be successful.  It certainly shouldn't be!

Booby traps are illegal in most (all?) states and that mailbox might just qualify for one.

Maybe there's a difference between setting up a dummy mailbox and just having a heavily reinforced one that is still actually a mailbox?

I think the lawyers called it "baiting" and that's what they got the homeowner on.

That's ridiculous.  It's not baiting, it's reinforcing.  That's like saying that having a dog in the house is baiting if the burglar doesn't know it's in there.

Well if the mailbox is full of concrete, then there is no way to put mail in it.  So I can see how it would be baiting in that instance. 

However, putting a smaller mailbox inside of a larger mailbox still allows for the post office to deliver mail while reinforcing the outside of the mailbox to prevent vandalism
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: taffywduck on August 23, 2013, 02:10:45 PM
I keep wanting to add my weird/strange yet not all that scary story, but the baby was keeping me away from my Internet time... I shall post it now that she has agreed to let my have my arms for a few minutes!

This happened before I was born, but has been retold several times by my parents. When my parents first moved into my childhood home, 30 years ago, my dad used to sit on the balcony at night to smoke. He kept the lights off since he enjoyed looking at the sky and whatnot.

After a few days, he told my mom that the back neighboor would come out naked on his 2nd story balcony, put a sheet of plywood between his and *his* neighboor's balcony and cross to go peep into the woman's bedroom window. My mom kept telling him he was stupid and that his lies were not funny so my dad insisted that she sit with him that night.

Sure enough, with my parents both sitting in the dark the pervert could not see them and out he comes around midnight, naked and my mom couldn't believe it when he went on to put the plywood in between the balcony and hop on.

Once he's halfway across (we're talking like 3 feet distance between the balcony so it wasn't a long way to go... naked in the dark), my dad opens his porch light and starts clapping very loudly and whistling and raising all kinds of noise.

The woman wakes up and opens her light and she comes out just as naked guy is retreating to his apartment... right into the arms of his now fully awake, and aware, wife.

Bars were installed at the windows, but the poor woman moved out the next year. Naked guy suffered quite the nasty divorce.

***

Another story, is that the back apartment (the one where victim woman was living at, but years after she moved) was robbed. The tenant came back from work and found his front door open and his tv missing. While he's on the phone with the police, he hears a flush... he lived alone so imagine his surprise when he realises that his bathroom door is locked and someone just flushed.

The police had to take the door off it's hinges while trying not to die laughing while the robber was stuck (no bathroom windows). See, he had had to go potty and it apparently couldn't wait.

Tenant found his tv and other belongings in the thief's truck parked out front.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: gingerzing on August 23, 2013, 03:41:02 PM
We will call it strange, it was definitely dramatic. 

When DH and I lived in our apartment, it was one of 5 buildings that all shared the same parking lot.  Our 3rd floor apartment looked out over the parking lot and you could see 3 of the other 4 buildings.  (Not too far apart.)  <background - DH worked 2nd shift and was asleep for most of this>
One morning I was up early getting ready for work and look to see what the cat was looking at out the patio window.  There in the grassy patch next to the parking lot was a largish pine tree.  Sitting under said pine tree was a lady- a quite naked lady - looking into her apartment's open patio door.  She appeared to be posing, so I just walked back to finish getting ready for work.  I figured someone was getting up early to take pictures (for whatever reason).   ???
Just before I left the apartment I looked out figuring they were done with pictures since it was getting light out and closer to the time when several people left for work.  She is now "dancing" under the tree and over toward her patio.     ???
I was running late, so I decided I would call the manager when I got to work.  As I went to my car, she came around from the tree and was holding her LARGE fluffy cat.  "Would you like to pet my kitty?  Isn't she pretty?"   :o  Thanks no, I got to go. 
Got to work and called the office that there was a naked lady in our parking area.  And she was probably a bit out of it or on something. They assured me that they were calling the cops and would take care of it.  I thanked them and explained that I was late and didn't have a chance to call before I left for work.

Fast forward - I drive home and past one of the other buildings and there is the naked lady sitting on someone else's patio furniture.  I could hear them yelling at her to get off their bench.  She said it was a free country and she could sit where she wanted.   
So much for the manager taking care of it.  (My bad for not calling the cops in the first place) 

I got up to my apartment and picked up the phone as I went to the patio while dialing, 2 police cars pulled up.  (Most likely the neighbor had called before I got home)  By the end of it, there were 2 police cars (5 guys and one lady police officer) and an ambulance.  She got taken away for observation, but apparently she had not been taking her meds since her husband left 2 months before. 
I went down and chatted with one of the police after the ambulance took her away. She had asked the police officers to spank her because she was bad (er, no) and she claimed that she had fallen out of the bathroom while cleaning.  (Not possible in our floorplan AND why are you cleaning nude?)
 I also gave a statement and was asked to come to the trial as a possible witness. (Never did have to testify) 
We ended up having to have a security guard in our parking lot for about 3 months because the woman's daughter threatened most of the people in the apartment complex when they were moving the gal's stuff out of the apartment. (Apparently had hoarder issues.)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on August 23, 2013, 07:25:21 PM
Yesterday, I woke up to quite a bit of noise and sirens in front of my house.  I went upstairs to find the front door open, my aunt and grandpa sitting on the porch with the cats on the wall.  There were 2 firetrucks, 3 police cars, a backhoe, and a couple of other random cars all sitting along the stretch in front of our house. I looked over to the left and there was a fire coming out of the front lawn of the vacant house 5 doors down.

Apparently, city workers were doing some kind of maintence on the lot and had to dig a hole.  Unfortunately for them, the gas lines had not been labeled and when they went in with the backhoe, the severed the gas line.  In severing the gas line, the metal created a spark and caused the gas to catch on fire. It took them about 6 hours to dig the street up and shut off the gas to extinguish the fire. 

This is the second gas related incident in a week in my neighborhood.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elisabunny on August 24, 2013, 01:45:39 AM
Can a campground count as a neighborhood?

We spent a few days up in the Sawtooths.  Our first night, we were awakened by a drunk-sounding guy yelling his way through the camp, profanity every other word, and wanting to stab someone.  He went to the other end, then started back our way.  This time, he was pounding on camper doors, yelling (with profanities) for people to wake up, because if he was awake, everyone else was going to be too.  When he not back to the other end, Mr. Bunny snuck out of our camper.  He wasn't going to provoke anything, but since we were in an indefensible little popup, he wanted to be between us and the drunk if necessary.  After a while, cars came speeding in to arrest the guy.

The next morning, we learned the rest of the story.  It was the camp host!  Someone had tied his door closed while he was inside his camper.  He was out there with a large hunting knife. :o. Some of our neighbors had guns, which they were prepared to use if necessary.  A couple guys who had experience with this sort of thing talked him down, so that he went quietly.  Except that he needed to duck back into his trailer to put on some pants. ;D

And to add strange to scary and dramatic: the guy two spots down from us got a tire slashed.  The folks next to us had theirs door pounded on.  The folks on the other side of us found a big knife hole in the hood of their truck.  Us, he skipped completely.  There wasn't even a handprint on our (very dusty) truck.  It's like he didn't even see us.  Not that I'm complaining.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Julia Mercer on August 24, 2013, 09:37:16 AM
Heard about this story from friends, so went to check it out, DH took some pics around the scene last night, said the smell of decomp was VERY strong, and he was a few feet away! Apparently some guy gassed himself in his truck, he was found 4 days later.

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/08/23/parking-lot-off-walker-road-cleared-for-suspicious-smelling-vehicle/
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Thipu1 on August 24, 2013, 07:35:55 PM
This isn't physical but psychological.

Some years ago, a couple we know were looking for a new apartment in their neighborhood.  They have a rather large art collection and needed more wall space. 

A real estate agent showed them a place they liked.  The location was good and it was in their price range.   The current owner of the place was there.  he seemed a genial sort and gave them a nice tour.  Our friends were still looking but this apartment was a real possibility...until the newspapers came out about a week later.

It turned out that the owner of the apartment had been arrested for a plot to set off bombs in the NYC subway system. All the explosives he intended to use were stored in the apartment at the time oftheir visit. 

Oookay, that's one to cross off the list. 

That was the end of that apartment     

 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: crella on August 24, 2013, 10:17:52 PM
The only thing we've had happen is a panic when our neighbor's escaped pot bellied pig was running around and was mistaken for a wild boar. Cue much running and screaming from everyone walking their dogs. A closer look revealed that it was in fact, the neighborhood piggy. It was the fastest anyone's run since high school!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Jones on August 29, 2013, 08:28:42 AM
I am happy to say that the man who stalked, beat and raped a young lady approximately a half mile from my house pled guilty yesterday and was given 25 years. Kudos to the neighbor who looked out his window at the right time and called the police; the perp was caught in the act by the very fast response of law enforcement.


Unfortunately, the saga isn't over, as he now has to stand trial for what he did on bail: killed a man, stole his car and fled the state. Oh wait...allegedly, he did all this. Can't say he did it until the trial determines that he did.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MrTango on August 29, 2013, 02:37:22 PM
We spent a few days up in the Sawtooths.  Our first night, we were awakened by a drunk-sounding guy yelling his way through the camp, profanity every other word, and wanting to stab someone.  He went to the other end, then started back our way.  This time, he was pounding on camper doors, yelling (with profanities) for people to wake up, because if he was awake, everyone else was going to be too.  When he not back to the other end, Mr. Bunny snuck out of our camper.  He wasn't going to provoke anything, but since we were in an indefensible little popup, he wanted to be between us and the drunk if necessary.  After a while, cars came speeding in to arrest the guy.

He's lucky he didn't get shot.  Someone who does that gets one verbal warning (unless someone's in imminent danger), but after that, it's his own life he's throwing away.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ica171 on September 20, 2013, 05:44:35 PM
This one popped into my head the other day. I don't think I've shared it here because I don't think I've thought of it in years. About a decade ago, when DH (then just DF) had just moved in with me, someone started pounding on our door at about 3 AM. These days I would immediately call 911, but back then I sent DH down to answer the door.  ::) He came back and said it was two teenagers saying something about the skateboard ramp in front of the house.

A little background: I had moved into a house my parents owned that my grandmother had lived in for decades. She wanted to move after my grandfather died, and since my parents' business office was attached to the house they wanted someone there full time. When my grandma was living there she allowed my two miscreant cousins to stay with her whenever--I once found drugs that the older one had apparently dropped. They were not good people. Anyway, the skateboard ramp had been there when we moved in. I never even knew it was a skateboard ramp; to me it was just "that plywood thing in front of the house."

So I went downstairs and boy was I angry at being woke up in the middle of the night for something stupid like a crappy skateboard ramp. It was a boy and a girl, and the boy started out with an attitude but dropped it after a few very choice words from me. I told him in no uncertain terms that it had been here when we moved in, I didn't know anything about it, but if it was his to take it for Pete's sake, and never ever to wake someone up in the middle of the night for something this stupid again. He looked a little sheepish and they dragged the ramp off into the night. Afterward I realized how stupid it was of us to answer the door at 3 AM.

In that same house, I saw one of the neighbors and his wife screaming at each other. The husband threatened to kill his wife and hit her, so I called the police. I later heard that when the police came the neighbors' dog charged the officer and the neighbor man wouldn't call it back, so it was shot.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Thipu1 on October 05, 2013, 10:01:47 AM
This isn't scary but it's both dramatic and strange.

For some reason, our neighborhood is a magnet for photo shoots.  Fashion spreads, advertisements, TV shows and movies commonly bring in the big trucks and generators.  We're used to this but something interesting is happening now.

The production is 'Brooklyn Taxi'.  We found out today that it's a French sitcom that has already been sold to be shown in Russia, Italy and Japan. 

When did Brooklyn become a world-wide brand name?
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Peppergirl on October 17, 2013, 10:56:14 PM
It didn't happen where I lived, but where I worked.  My dad owned a laundromat from the early '80s to early '90s.  I was in high school in the mid 80's and worked there part time.

I was working one Saturday afternoon and heard a commotion across the street, where there was a row of townhouses.  The screaming got worse, and the guy next door at the pizza place came over to say he'd called the police.

Next thing we know, the male in the house had chased out the female into the yard, and proceeded to stab her to death as their kids screamed from the windows.

Just then, the police roared up.  They managed to get the guy off of her and into the police car, but it was too late for her.  Horrifying.  She was a customer, too..so I knew her a little. 

I called my dad and told him he had to come relieve me.  He asked why and I told him.  I think he thought I was exaggerating or mistaken until he got there.

This happened in like 1986 or 1987 (I was 16-ish) and I can still visualize it as clearly as as it happened yesterday.

I never did find out what happened to the kids. :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on October 18, 2013, 05:44:08 AM
::Hands Peppergirl a trophy::

I'm pretty sure that wins...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Peppergirl on October 18, 2013, 08:31:01 PM
Heck of a thing to win a trophy for, but I'll take it.

Pretty sure nowadays they'd have whisked me off to counseling.  Definitely wasn't a societal norm for this kind of thing back then.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Diane AKA Traska on November 12, 2013, 03:37:58 PM
Well, this just happened.

I'm in my living room, talking via phone with M (we talk on M's breaks, makes the day go faster for us both), and I'm looking through the blinds on my front door.  Why?  Don't know, but I see three guys walking down the street.  Well, turns out one guy isn't with the other two, because I saw one of the two guys push the first guy to the ground, while the second of the two grabs something from him (wallet?  Phone?  Can't tell) and they both take off running.  The first guy gets up and starts shouting about the two guys that just robbed him.

This is the part that sucks: I'm lousy with faces.  There isn't a chance in eHell I could identify two guys I never met who I saw for two seconds, one in profile and one partially from behind.  But yeesh, was that a bizarre thing to witness happening on the sidewalk in front of my house.

And this is the part where I mention, AGAIN, that we need to get the @&$! out of this city.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on November 12, 2013, 05:10:18 PM
Mentioned this in the Small Hugs thread, but I had forgotten about this one.

Yesterday on the news, I saw something about the fire at the apartment at the intersection of X and Y streets. Which is right where my apartment is. I was at mom's house, and stood, rooted to the spot praying that it wasn't my building.

It wasn't, but it was the small independent apartment complex just behind me. One man's in the hospital, 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 30% of his body. Luckily he was the only person hurt in the entire ordeal. He was brought downstairs by a man who was there to meet his brother. The brother was going to start moving his fiancee into his apartment that afternoon, they're getting married this weekend. There's now nearly 20 people newly homeless, most of whom have no local families or money for hotel rooms. One family has three small children with another one on the way.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Lady Snowdon on November 12, 2013, 05:31:31 PM
Not in a neighborhood, per se, but on the highway from the town where I went to college to where I live now.  DH and I are heading back to our apartment the day after we got married and the highway is completely closed down on both sides due to a car accident.  Cars stacking up, police lights everywhere, the whole nine yards.  We were trying to figure out why the highway was completely closed when we hear a helicopter coming our way.  It lands and we realize it's a LifeFlight helicopter coming for one of the people who was in the accident.  After it takes off, part of the highway reopens and we're able to continue.  Talk about dramatic though - we'd gotten married the day before and then we were witnessing this!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: pierrotlunaire0 on November 13, 2013, 11:21:08 AM
This happened 2 weeks ago.  On my way into work, I had to drive through a spot where a recent car accident happened.  One car was up on the front lawn of a school, the front end completely smashed in (and it was a Cadillac, which are pretty solidly built).  The other car was in the middle of a 4 lawn road, but only appeared to have one of their tail lights cracked.

I could not figure out what happened, so later I googled it, and found that about 15 minutes before I drove through there, a woman was involved in a minor fender bender about a mile away.  When the police showed up, she took off.  A police chase ensued, with the woman going over 80 miles an hour (speed limit is 35).  She was crashing into cars, weaving in and out of traffic.  The police finally stopped her when she nearly crashed through a construction zone (she didn't injure anyone, thank the lord).  She leaped out of her car and physically attacked the police officers.  They also found 2 small children in the car (1 year old and a 2 year old), and the 2 year old was unbelted and bruised from being thrown around inside.  The had video of her in the back of the police car, screaming, kicking at the windows, and beating her head against the inside.

A judge placed a huge bond on her, and they are moving for psych evaluations because her behavior was so bizarre.

I am so grateful that it happened before I went through that area because that road is so twisty, you can't see anything until you are on top of it.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Minmom3 on November 13, 2013, 08:05:26 PM
I've been stuck behind a fully stopped freeway that was cleared for a life flight!   Amazing.  Everybody turned off their cars, because we obviously weren't going anywhere fast, and we could see the half dozen large fire engines and ambulances up ahead.  We were on a 6 lane freeway, packed side to side, bumper to bumper, all waiting and talking and wondering and - whap, whap, whap - in flies the helicopter.  It landed on the freeway, nearly a quarter mile in front of us, but the accident vehicles were actually well off the road, having busted through the chain link fence and ended up yards and yards into the ice plant. 

We also, at that same time, lived rurally, and shared a driveway with a Grange Hall that had a huge parking lot, and was another location for ambulances to bring people to be flown in a life flight chopper.  Those choppers have red and white strips on the tops of their big horizontal blades!  They flew in often enough that the goats got over being scared of the noise and wind.  They did training flights out of there too, to add to the number of times we saw them.  One time I had to fast talk my way past the fire engine blocking my driveway, explaining that I lived at the end of the driveway beyond the Grange, and I HAD to PEE, please.....

I think the strangest thing that happened during our time at that house was the  time a commercial truck failed in its attempt to cross the highway down the hill from us, and it fell over on its side in the center median with the most tremendous BANG.  Shook our whole house, and it took hours for them to reroute north and south bound traffic, unload the not small truck, and then winch the truck back to vertical and set it on its wheels.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: raininshadows on November 13, 2013, 10:12:25 PM
This one happened while we were renting a house.

One morning, as she's making breakfast, my mother notices movement in a section of the backyard with a low fence separating it from the rest of the backyard. There's a person there. He looks around a bit and makes a beeline for another side of the backyard, bordering another house. She calls the landlord, whose first question is "have you called the police?"; upon being told that she has not, he does so. As it turns out, they're already in the area, because they're looking for the guy! When they discover that Mom can't confirm he didn't head into the house (the layout blocked her view of part of the area he moved into), they tell us to clear out of the house while they search it. We're waiting outside when we hear shouting and gunshots from down the street. Mom moves us behind a car until everything seems to have calmed down. She ends up getting brought over to help ID the guy, because she actually did get a decent look at him (none of us kids ever saw him, we weren't looking the right way the first time and didn't get brought over the second). I never did find out why he was on the run from the police, though.

After moving to where we currently live, we also had a house across the street catch on fire. The interesting bit was that the street was an expressway (which our house backs onto), so there was a sound wall. I couldn't tell whether the thing-clearly-on-fire-and-producing-much-smoke was a house or one of the two gas stations right there. It also attracted many fire engines. That was actually how I noticed it in the first place: heard sirens, looked up, saw massive amounts of black smoke, screamed. Indeed, we had probably ten fire engines out there trying to keep it from spreading (Mom and I went to go look, to confirm that whatever was on fire wasn't a gas station).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: whiterose on November 14, 2013, 11:39:27 AM
Raccoons mating!

A lemonade stand!

Yup, that is how tame my subdivision is.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Wulfie on November 14, 2013, 05:07:17 PM
The fire/gas station reminded me of one when I was in college.  I was at work when we were told to evacuate the book store I worked at.  A guy went off the deep end, went to the gas station next door to us, told the gas station attendant that he had better leave, doused himself with gas and was trying to light himself on fire. The attendant had the sense to hit the gas cut off when they saw what was going on and called the police.  Everyone was evacuated from the area for safety. Sadly, the man succeeded with his plan but the attendants actions prevented the station from blowing up and injuring others.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 14, 2013, 05:34:34 PM
My family has lived in the same complex for two years. We have noticed a trend of fairly young people that move in to a unit, drive very nice ($50K and up) cars and don't seem to leave home much. They hang around outside a lot, all hours of the day.

About a month or so after moving in, we usually notice police activity at that unit.

Narcotics had a major bust today when I came home from work. Three more drug dealers off the streets.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Julian on November 14, 2013, 09:06:06 PM
I've been stuck behind a fully stopped freeway that was cleared for a life flight! 

I was involved in the life flight once, even if peripherally.

Me, my exGF, another friend and a bunch of acquainted riders did a group motorcycle ride one weekend, some years back.  At one stage, out on a country road, we came across a crash scene - a rider down, not moving, unconscious and barely breathing, a heap of cars stopped, nobody doing anything.

Ex and I were both nurses, and we worked medical rescue at motorcycle race events for about 5 years too, and had done some relevant accredited courses, so we sort of hopped in without even thinking about it and took control.  We had someone call the emergency number, someone cleared the road, a couple of the guys did 'safety duty' warning oncoming travellers, somebody else took off to find the group the crashed rider was from. 

We took control of the rider until the professionals arrived - and longer...  the local ambulance driver turned up alone, his partner was off on a different call.  The police beat him by about 30 minutes - and kept asking this barely conscious (and certainly not lucid) man if he'd been drinking or speeding.  Two hours after the first 000 call, the helicopter turned up.  By this stage the rider was nearly lucid, he had some obvious fractures that I was supporting, but he was fairly stable, although in a world of pain.  He wouldn't let me out of his sight, kept grabbing my hand to hold, wouldn't let anyone else near him but was happy to sit with me without any drama. 

Enter the life flight crew - 2 paramedics, a doctor and the pilot.  And all heck broke loose!  He didn't want a neck brace, he didn't want an IV, he didn't want to go on the stretcher...  the professionals had less control over him than I did with nothing but my bare hands.  He was walking around, fighting them off.  The professionals didn't want our help, so we had to leave him with them.  Then the police started in with the questions.  No we didn't know him.  No we don't know what happened.  Yes there were car drivers around that might have seen what happened, but they'd all left when we arrived.  Another hour of this.

By the time they got the poor bloke sorted and strapped in to the chopper, we'd been sitting on the side of the road for over 3 hours.  Over an hour of that, the road was closed because of the helicopter.  Ironically, if we'd had a car with us we could have gotten him to hospital quicker - it's only 45 minutes by road from where we were.

I never did find out what happened to the rider, but the guys we were with were so impressed by our management of the crash that they vowed to go and do some first-aid courses in case it ever happened again.  They all admitted to being terrified because they didn't know what to do.  Luckily they all used their heads at the scene, and did what was asked without question.  Brizbike dudes ROCK!   8)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 15, 2013, 07:44:38 AM
DH and I are trained wilderness medics. We are the people that help until the first responders arrive.

We also witnessed a very bad motorcycle crash, but two nurses and a doctor were already working when we could stop and go over there.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: unnalee on November 15, 2013, 09:04:46 AM
When my sister and I were a junior and senior in high school, we both worked on the summer maintenance crew at a local university.  We had to be there at an ungodly hour in the morning.  One morning, as we came around a long curve in the road just before town (we lived 25 minutes away), we were met with the sight of an overturned pickup truck and a dark-haired man with blood streaming down his face climbing out one of the windows.  As we pulled over to the shoulder, he staggered a few steps, reached his hands out to us, and then collapsed face-first into the dirt.

This accident had just happened, the wheels on the truck were still spinning.  As we sat there stunned, another car came from the opposite direction, pulled up next to the guy and went over to him.  This was looooong before cell phones were common, and since we knew there wasn't much we could do for the guy ourselves, I grabbed a blanket out of the backseat, ran over to find out his condition and then yelled info to my sister as she ran to the only house nearby to call the police/ambulance. 

She pounded on the door and finally this grumpy old man let her in, after grumbling that she had disturbed his show.  This was before our area had 911 coverage, so she had to wait while he found a phone book since we didn't know the emergency numbers for this town.  Police were notified and on their way.

Since we were first on the scene, we had to wait to talk to the police and ended up being very late for work.  When we finally showed up, we were still so shaken up and running a bit on adrenalin, that our boss knew we weren't just making up an excuse.

We found out later the guy in the accident was a salesman for an auto parts store who had been driving all night and had fallen asleep at the wheel.  When his truck swerved off the road, his front tire had gotten caught in a culvert and flipped the truck over.  The culvert had been ripped halfway out of the ground and was still wrapped around his tire.  I can only imagine how fast he must have been going around that curve.  He was ultimately OK, thankfully.  We started carrying a phone book in our car after that.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 15, 2013, 09:09:40 AM
When at my in-laws house, a fairly rural area with large lots and widely spaced houses on a curved road around a lake, we were outside and heard a terrific crash, with thuds and screaming. We ran down to the road and found an upside down Ford Bronco, with four teenage boys who had been joyriding. Most were just banged up, but one was bleeding from his ears and nose. We called 911. The boys called their parents. The parents of the boy that was hurt most refused treatment for him.  ::)
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 15, 2013, 09:39:43 AM
I've just remembered this one, with the crash stories.

A neighbour and good friend of my mother's was dying of cancer, living at home.  It was New Year's Eve - more like early New Year's Day - and a guy, drunk, came screaming down the road, somehow got airborne and took out the telephone pole on this neighbour's front lawn.

New Year's Day dawns and here this poor lady has no phone.  But her mom lived across the phone and the portable would work in friend's house.  Then we find out her husband has gone fishing!  (NYD is the start of ice fishing season; he always went out NYD.)  We were all ready to start badmouthing husband for going fishing with all this going on.  Friend tells everyone - I told him to go.  He was driving me nuts!

The drunk guy was charged - he did try to flee the scene but was too badly hurt.  He was an old high school friend of my brother's.
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Post by: WolfWay on November 18, 2013, 04:27:10 AM
We just had a magnitude 4 earthquake this moring while I was at work.

My first thought was "Uh oh, the technies next door dropped something heavy on the floor. No, wait, it still going on and getting louder, is the roof caving in?... Uh, still going on and still getting louder...Did something really big just blow up?" Cue entire office rushing outside and checking for smoke stacks or something.


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Post by: Twik on November 18, 2013, 09:19:40 AM
Raccoons mating!

Actually, the most dramatic, scary thing I've ever heard at my apartment is raccoons screaming at each other around the recycling bin.

They sound less like you'd imagine a raccoon would, and more like a demon on a mission to collect souls by ripping them out of human bodies at one swipe. At least, that's the impression when you wakened from a dead sleep by "ARRGHSHISSSSSSSSSHRIEK!!!!!!!!!" directly under your bedroom window.
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Post by: RingTailedLemur on November 18, 2013, 10:53:30 AM
Foxes are the same, they make a frightening racket.
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Post by: Elfmama on November 18, 2013, 02:27:50 PM
And baby rabbits who have been caught by the cat make the most appalling scream. :(  It was lucky for Bunny that Sootso didn't know what to do with it after catching it.  He was just toting it around by the scruff of the neck like a kitten, so I took it away from him and put it down in the mess of honeysuckle where the local cottontails lived.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on November 18, 2013, 02:50:08 PM
Last September, camping in New Mexico.

The elk were in prime mating season and the bugling went on all hours of the night. Not to mention the deer that attempted to run campers over when heading to the facilities in the dark. The bears that liked to hang out in the trees near the camp store. The chipmunks and squirrels that stole anything they could find if it smelled good or was shiny.
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Post by: Twik on November 18, 2013, 10:20:57 PM
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.
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Post by: Minmom3 on November 18, 2013, 11:36:10 PM
The raccoons screaming are horrendous, I agree completely.  But I can tolerate that, although I don't like it.  What scares me, though, is when the raccoon screaming is interspersed with dog barking and screaming.  Then I get upset because somebody let their pet out and that pet is getting the worst of the argument.  We live where we have a lot of wild life - CRIVINS! won't people keep their pets in at night when the wild things are out and about???   >:(   :'(
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Post by: cwm on November 19, 2013, 10:02:50 AM
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.

I can confirm this. Also, whited below because of violent animals.

Sis and I were visiting a friend one spring in an extremely rural area. It was a drive layover on our way to Colorado. We took a walk in the back field, and Sis heard a woman screaming, then a child screaming. Sis was freaking out, saying we should call someone, and the guy who lived there confirmed that it was just a puma killing a calf nearby. Sounded just like a child. Sis practically bolted to the house and wouldn't come out again, so guy and I sat on the porch to look at the stars.
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on November 19, 2013, 12:02:44 PM
The raccoons screaming are horrendous, I agree completely.  But I can tolerate that, although I don't like it.  What scares me, though, is when the raccoon screaming is interspersed with dog barking and screaming.  Then I get upset because somebody let their pet out and that pet is getting the worst of the argument.  We live where we have a lot of wild life - CRIVINS! won't people keep their pets in at night when the wild things are out and about???    >:(   :'(
My brother lives in a subdivision near open space/park.  He had a cat which was indoor/outdoor because Bro refuses to have a litter box.  The cat disappeared one night and never returned.  Bro said a coyote probably got him.  Then he got another cat, a lovely Ragdoll.  Bro still insists that the cat go to the potty outside, even though he can hear coyotes yipping a block away.  I fear it's just a matter of time before they catch this cat.

Just one more reason why I don't speak to my brother anymore. :-X

Anyone else ever heard peacocks call?  They sound just like human screams.  There are peafowl at the ranch where we board our mare, Misty.  I freaked out the first time I heard them calling.
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Post by: 2littlemonkeys on November 19, 2013, 12:19:40 PM
Oh, peacocks are LOUD!  The zoo near my parents have some and holy Hannah they make a good racket.  They're beautiful to look at but I could never have them for all the noise.

Speaking of noise...I live on the north side of Chicago.  On Sunday, we got part of the big storms that moved through the area but we were kind of on the edge of the front, so we got a some wind, rain and thunder but nothing more than any other storm we'd get.  But we heard a noise that sounded a lot like the planes that come over the house on the way to the airport but there was no Doppler effect...it was just a steady, continuous roar.

DH opened the front door and it was either the roar of the wind from the main part of the storm downtown and parts south or the lake.  Either way, it sent the hair on the back of my neck straight up.  It was seriously creepy.

And I've heard a raccoon scream too.  I thought someone was being killed until I went to investigate.   :o
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Post by: Browyn on November 19, 2013, 12:25:53 PM
Growing up my next door neighbors had horses and a barn cat to keep the mice away from the hay.  That cat sounded just like a baby crying when she got going.  She was fine, as far as we can tell just bored.
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Post by: Elfmama on November 19, 2013, 12:48:31 PM
Growing up my next door neighbors had horses and a barn cat to keep the mice away from the hay.  That cat sounded just like a baby crying when she got going.  She was fine, as far as we can tell just bored.
A cat in heat will often sound like a baby crying, especially if it has Siamese blood. My Siamese in full cry once woke the woman across the street, who thought that her baby was crying.  I guess I'm lucky she didn't call the cops and report an abandoned infant.
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Post by: Arila on November 19, 2013, 01:15:25 PM
Fun thread!
When I was really young, I slept through the following event:
Man bangs on back door, and wakes the parents, who eventually let him in. They give him a glass of water, and let him use the phone to call a cab. Somehow the police know that he's there (not sure if the parents called or they knew where he was, but he was on the run from them), but they set up with the cabbie to pause extra long at the stop sign at the end of the street. Guy leaves our house when the cab comes, and is apprehended 3 houses down. The next morning, I was getting underfoot watching the crime scene tech take fingerprints in the kitchen.
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Post by: cwm on November 19, 2013, 02:59:15 PM
Oh, I suppose I missed one in my previous posts. It was my backyard, and yet somehow I forgot.

We had a very large tree in the backyard. Probably diameter of four or five feet. There was a huge storm that blew through one night. Somehow everyone in my family slept through it, including me. (This was very rare, I was and still am terrified of thunderstorms, and they tend to wake me up fairly quickly.) The tree was blown over from our backyard, across the neighbor's backyard and side yard, and into the street across the neighbor's yard. Neighbor is on the corner lot, luckily. Neighbor's house had minimal damage on the roof of the garage, other than that there was no actual damage to the outside of her house. But the tree had fallen across the power lines and the phone lines.

Neighbor had woken up in the middle of the night to her phone being ripped across the wall as the main line was pulled out. She decided to go back to sleep once she knew the house was okay, and showed up at our house in the morning with her coffee mug and sugar asking for a cup of coffee, since our tree had knocked out her power. We were close enough that we all got a laugh out of it, but my dad had to take out his chainsaw to remove the tree from the road, as it turns out that the three other roads leading to our block were also covered with debris, and it had to be cleared before any power trucks could come through. And the city was dealing with hundreds of other upended trees on more major thoroughfares, they couldn't get to it until the next few days.
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Post by: jedikaiti on November 19, 2013, 03:04:21 PM
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.

I don't know what it was that I heard often living in Northern Virginia, but there was some critter making noise many nights that for all the world sounded like it should have been in a horror movie.
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Post by: magicdomino on November 19, 2013, 03:16:41 PM
Apparently pumas can do an excellent imitation of a woman screaming in terror, to the point that law enforcement is sometimes called out.

I don't know what it was that I heard often living in Northern Virginia, but there was some critter making noise many nights that for all the world sounded like it should have been in a horror movie.

I'd bet either raccoons or foxes.  While I'm not quite sure exactly what noises are raccoons, foxes have an amazing range of sounds.

One night, something was making this horrible, gut-wrenching noise like some poor creature was being tortured.  The next day, the neighbor told me that her daughter had woken her up begging, "Mommy, make it stop."  It didn't quite sound like a fox, so I'm guessing it was a raccoon. 
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 19, 2013, 05:04:27 PM
We have lynx here in Ontario.  They are a small wild cat, a little bigger than a bob cat, I think, but distinguished by very fluffy ear tufts.  They can scream.  I grew up in a rural area on 5 acres.  My bedroom faced the bush.  I was wakened more than one night by the scream of a lynx.
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Post by: daen on November 19, 2013, 07:16:37 PM
We have lynx here in Ontario.  They are a small wild cat, a little bigger than a bob cat, I think, but distinguished by very fluffy ear tufts.  They can scream.  I grew up in a rural area on 5 acres.  My bedroom faced the bush.  I was wakened more than one night by the scream of a lynx.

I always thought that lynx and bobcat were the same thing.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 19, 2013, 07:18:43 PM
I don't think so.  I'll pull out my mammal book and have a look.
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 19, 2013, 07:24:46 PM
The lynx latin name is 'lynx canadensis'.  The bobcat's latin name is 'lynx rufus'.  So they are related but not the same species.

The lynx is slightly larger and has a more northern range, right up past the arctic circle.  The bobcat range only goes slightly north of the 49th parallel, according to the book.  The lynx has bigger ear tufts, is lighter in colour and the entire tail tip is black.  The bobcat has spots on its legs and belly and the tip of the tail is only black on the top, according to the pictures.

I learned something today!   ;D
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Post by: Dazi on November 23, 2013, 06:57:28 AM
Growing up my next door neighbors had horses and a barn cat to keep the mice away from the hay.  That cat sounded just like a baby crying when she got going.  She was fine, as far as we can tell just bored.
A cat in heat will often sound like a baby crying, especially if it has Siamese blood. My Siamese in full cry once woke the woman across the street, who thought that her baby was crying.  I guess I'm lucky she didn't call the cops and report an abandoned infant.

My MALE half Siamese cat does this and it is LOUD. He drags around various stuffed animals and tries to get amorous with them.  It is both annoying and hysterical.  FTR, he's been neutered since he was about 4 months old, but he still tries.  He occasionally tries the female cats, but they are wise to his antics.
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Post by: 123sandy on November 23, 2013, 08:10:06 AM
Not scary but kind of strange...we once saw a goat on a trampoline. Oh, how I wish we'd had a camera with us that day!
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Post by: RegionMom on November 23, 2013, 09:30:42 AM
Not scary but kind of strange...we once saw a goat on a trampoline. Oh, how I wish we'd had a camera with us that day!

some one somewhere else had a camera, and set it to music!  (two goats on a trampoline)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVysHawQyL8

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Post by: 123sandy on November 23, 2013, 09:35:52 AM
Not scary but kind of strange...we once saw a goat on a trampoline. Oh, how I wish we'd had a camera with us that day!

some one somewhere else had a camera, and set it to music!  (two goats on a trampoline)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVysHawQyL8

Lol! Thank you!
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 24, 2013, 01:08:04 PM
A family in my town had a donkey.  I think it thought it was a dog.  It was often found in weird positions.

I almost drove off the road the day I drove by and the donkey was in the front yard.  Lying on its back with all 4 legs up in the air.
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Post by: Cherry91 on November 24, 2013, 05:22:56 PM
Not sure if this fits entirely, but here I go.

A few weeks back, my parents and I were about to take a trip. My mother had a doctor's appointment in the morning, so we were waiting for her to return so we could leave.

Suddenly my mother rushes in, calling loudly and frantically to my father and demanding to know where the cat was. My father, as perplexed as I was, replied that he was asleep on the window ledge in the spare bedroom. My mother instantly looked very relieved, although very pale.

Turns out that a cat had been hit by a car right in front of our house, and from what she could see, it looked a lot like our beloved kitty Cocoa. I had to make a run to the shops a while later, and... well, it wasn't pretty at all, and I could see why she'd mistaken it for our boy. We lost our other cat to old age about two years ago, and that was hard enough. My mother was nearly crying when she came into the house, and she was shaking when she hugged me in relief that it wasn't Cocoa.

We still don't know who the poor cat belonged to. If posters get put up, we're going to have to have a very distressing conversation with the owners...
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Post by: wolfie on November 24, 2013, 05:37:11 PM
Not sure if this fits entirely, but here I go.

A few weeks back, my parents and I were about to take a trip. My mother had a doctor's appointment in the morning, so we were waiting for her to return so we could leave.

Suddenly my mother rushes in, calling loudly and frantically to my father and demanding to know where the cat was. My father, as perplexed as I was, replied that he was asleep on the window ledge in the spare bedroom. My mother instantly looked very relieved, although very pale.

Turns out that a cat had been hit by a car right in front of our house, and from what she could see, it looked a lot like our beloved kitty Cocoa. I had to make a run to the shops a while later, and... well, it wasn't pretty at all, and I could see why she'd mistaken it for our boy. We lost our other cat to old age about two years ago, and that was hard enough. My mother was nearly crying when she came into the house, and she was shaking when she hugged me in relief that it wasn't Cocoa.

We still don't know who the poor cat belonged to. If posters get put up, we're going to have to have a very distressing conversation with the owners...

As someone whose cat went missing 6 years ago and I still don't know if he is alive or dead the conversation might be distressing but it is much better then always wondering what happened. Although I did get three calls from people who said they ran over my cat (it was dark and I didn't see him and then he ran into the woods - I don't blame them for it and it took courage to call) and obviously they all couldn't have done it so it didn't help with the closure as much as actually having a body to verify it was him would be.
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Post by: Cherry91 on November 24, 2013, 05:52:40 PM
Not sure if this fits entirely, but here I go.

A few weeks back, my parents and I were about to take a trip. My mother had a doctor's appointment in the morning, so we were waiting for her to return so we could leave.

Suddenly my mother rushes in, calling loudly and frantically to my father and demanding to know where the cat was. My father, as perplexed as I was, replied that he was asleep on the window ledge in the spare bedroom. My mother instantly looked very relieved, although very pale.

Turns out that a cat had been hit by a car right in front of our house, and from what she could see, it looked a lot like our beloved kitty Cocoa. I had to make a run to the shops a while later, and... well, it wasn't pretty at all, and I could see why she'd mistaken it for our boy. We lost our other cat to old age about two years ago, and that was hard enough. My mother was nearly crying when she came into the house, and she was shaking when she hugged me in relief that it wasn't Cocoa.

We still don't know who the poor cat belonged to. If posters get put up, we're going to have to have a very distressing conversation with the owners...

As someone whose cat went missing 6 years ago and I still don't know if he is alive or dead the conversation might be distressing but it is much better then always wondering what happened. Although I did get three calls from people who said they ran over my cat (it was dark and I didn't see him and then he ran into the woods - I don't blame them for it and it took courage to call) and obviously they all couldn't have done it so it didn't help with the closure as much as actually having a body to verify it was him would be.

Noted. We'll keep an eye out for missing cat posters. Unfortunately there's about five houses in the immediate area that have black cats, so we can't really use detective work to figure out whose cat it was.
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Post by: HoneyBee42 on November 24, 2013, 06:10:29 PM
For scariest--this wasn't me, but my parents (and therefore where I grew up).  There were some tornadoes last week.  They attend church in one town (the one most heavily hit) and live in another ... it's one of those areas where the towns are so close that you don't leave built up area, so that's not unusual.

I don't know if it was the same one or not, but they were at church when the tornadoes came through.  One passed a quarter mile from the church. 
After, they went home ... only to find out they couldn't (had to stop at the shelter which was in the grade school I had attended) because the tornado had hit three blocks from their house.  Eventually, the police did let them walk home (impossible to drive), and so they did, not knowing until they got there if they had a house to walk home to.

Thankfully, their house was fine (they were, however, without power for a few days).  Although around 1500 homes were destroyed/damaged too much for someone to live in, that's just property that can be replaced, and only one person lost his life.

And as if to show just how capricious a tornado can be--friends of my parents--their house was destroyed, but their wedding album showed up--undamaged--140 miles away.
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Post by: Elfmama on November 24, 2013, 06:21:29 PM
Tornadoes do weird things.  We had a little bitty F1 come through the back yard about 15 years ago.  No major damage to us at all; it sucked out a window that was already cracked, took the top off the bird feeder and filled just one of the two compartments with dirt, and twisted the tops off the neighbor's trees and threw them in our yard.  Lifted up, went about a quarter mile down the road, dropped down again and inflicted major damage on some houses under construction.
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Post by: kherbert05 on November 24, 2013, 06:56:17 PM
Back when Dad was in HS, just a little after WWII, my Grandparents, Aunt and Uncle, and Great Aunt and Uncle bought a hobby farm out in Fulshur. One weekend they found a couple of guys squatting on the land. The guys claimed to have just been discharged from the army and were looking for jobs. The family hired them on.

Then the sheriff showed up to inform the family that the men were bankrobbers and had been arrested.



Mid 70's My Dad takes my scout troop down to the farm earn parts of a couple of wilderness badges, and learn how to make a campfire. We are up at the House, when we hear shooting down from the "lake". It was duck season, but Dad had cleared us being there with Uncle. The hunters in the family always make sure we all know when they are going to be there. Also they always park up by the house and walk to the duck or deer blinds. Dad gets the parents and girls into the house and takes me with him to the "lake" (Really a pond). We find a car we don't know and a man and son. They claim that Dad's Cousin Arthur gave them permission to go hunting. That is a bald faced lie. Arthur would NEVER let people go down hunting without him, his dad, or his son with them. Also everyone in the family knew the girl scout group was going to use the property. Dad orders them to leave, which they do. This Jerk calls Arthur to complain about Dad. Arthur and Daddy were the only boys on that side of the family and were thick as thieves. According to his wife Arthur told them off - which must have been interesting because in 40 odd years of life I've never had a conversation with the man that had more than 10 words on his part. He later told Dad - they were no longer his friends. Arthur is as strict about gun safety as Daddy and Uncle Jimmy. The idea these guys went down there when there were 20+ girls running around would have ticked him off.

Back in the 80's we were having trouble with kids from Rolling Oaks subdivision tearing up our property with ATV's. We had a cattle lease - the man that held it was named Lewis. One day during hunting season Lewis caught some of the boys running around on our property. They had their ATV's but were on foot in camo. Lewis told them to get off the property because they were tresspassing, besides it was hunting season and they could get shot - especially since Arthur and his son were scheduled to go deer hunting the around that time.


The kids went home - and somehow this turned into Lewis threatening to shoot them. Sheriff got involved. After some back and forth - no charges were filed against Lewis and the families were told to keep their kids off our property or they would be arrested for trespass. One of the Dads did NOT like that. His position was since no-one lived on the property it was public land and they could use it. The deputy had enough and told the Dad - This is Texas. If your kid is tresspassing, gets shot, and survives - the only one facing charges is YOUR KID. That family got served with formal paper work telling them to stay off our property.
 
Apparently My cousins were out there a few weeks ago. It got dark and they got run off the property by the wild hogs.
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Post by: Jovismom on November 24, 2013, 08:30:19 PM
When I lived up in Montreal my sister came up to visit.  We were I the dining room and wham, there was an earthquake.  I turned to my sister to tell her that perhaps we should get out and there she was, under the dining room table.  My apartment was on the 29th floor!

Same apartment.  I'm sitting in the living room watching tv.  Much to my shock, it's showing that the twin tower to the one I live in, one residential and one business, is on fire.  REALLY on fire.  I go to my window and look down but it's hard to see so I open it up and get hit with spray from the water canon.  I packed up my cats and walked down 29 stories.  Told the doorman that he might want to make an announcement.  He assured me that the fire department had things well in hand and there was no need to evacuate the tower.  Right.  I went to a friends house for the night. 
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Post by: andi on November 24, 2013, 09:15:16 PM
kherbert05 that last story belongs in the Ultimate SS thread!  Talk about having a death wish - trespassing during Texas hunting season!  We had some property in the middle of nowhere with a cabin amd our one full time neighbor told us to be sure to paint the front pooch pillars purple - evidently its a signal for people that is private and not a "rescue shelter" tyoe thing
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Post by: KimberlyM on November 25, 2013, 10:42:24 AM
A few weeks ago my eldest left to go hang out with some friends.  About 10 mins after he left he called and told me to look out the windows, there's about 20 cop cars surrounding our neighborhood...I looked out and saw a few cars so I went into the garage to tell husband something was going on.  He had been working out there all afternoon, but he wasn't there and the door was open.  Walked into the back yard and saw some of my neighbors jumping back fences...it was really odd.  Husband showed back up a bit later and explained some woman, obviously high on something, had broken into a neighbors house (on a Saturday afternoon!) while they were home.  They ran her off and called the cops, but by that time she had been trying to get into several other houses and was darting through yards and such.  Half of the neighborhood, my husband included, joined in the chase! After about 20 mins the combination of the police and the neighbors managed to surround her and she was arrested and taken away.  Very strange afternoon!
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Post by: Cherry91 on November 25, 2013, 11:39:59 AM
I've just remembered another one:

I used to do martial arts in the evening twice a week, so one day I'm on my way back. The bus stop was on a high street, and my house was just around the corner. In order to get there, you had to cross a crossroads.

As I'm waiting for the pedestrian light to turn green, I hear yelling behind me, and a man absolutely SPRINTS around the corner, running down the road. He careens across the road, to where there were several businesses, and then VAULTS a fence, using it to get up onto the roof of one of the businesses and then out of sight. This all happened in about 15 seconds, I barely had time to register it.

THEN, a police officer sprints into view as well, clearly having been in pursuit of the first man. I just pointed in the correct direction, and got a nod of thanks. Never saw either man again, or found out what the first had done.
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Post by: mumma to KMC on November 25, 2013, 12:59:06 PM
A few weeks ago my dh was working in the yard when I heard a few gun shots. Knowing that he didn't have a reason to have the gun outside (note: we live in the country.) I looked outside. I figured it was guys down the road doing target practice, no big deal. About 10 minutes later, my husband came inside to tell me the guy next door was reaching for his garden hose when it moved. He had two cotton mouths coiled up next to the garden hose, retrieved his gun and shot them. I'm sure I stood on the chair while he told the story.
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Post by: Amara on November 25, 2013, 01:14:33 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.
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Post by: jedikaiti on November 25, 2013, 01:16:32 PM
My husband is not allowed to see that link. He'd likely take it as inspiration and a challenge.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on November 25, 2013, 04:26:38 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html)

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.
Not going to click on this as I'm coming off a migraine because of flashing lights on the TV, but is this the one where they have Vegas-style lights that flash in time to LOUD Xmas music?  If they were my neighbors, I'd bill them for the hotel that I'd have to move into for the month of December.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MyFamily on November 25, 2013, 04:41:10 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.

I didn't click on the video - just looked at the pics...oh, my, goodness...that is horrific!!  It isn't even pretty or creative, it just looks like reindeer came through and threw up Christmas lights.  Not a good look at all; and yes, if they were my neighbors, I'd definitely be not speaking to them.  I'm all for people being allowed to decorate their homes as they like (yes, I'm speaking to my neighbors across the street who used an oil based paint for the trimming of their house and it is hideous), but that just goes too far.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Amara on November 25, 2013, 05:09:33 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html)

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.
Not going to click on this as I'm coming off a migraine because of flashing lights on the TV, but is this the one where they have Vegas-style lights that flash in time to LOUD Xmas music?  If they were my neighbors, I'd bill them for the hotel that I'd have to move into for the month of December.

It's not that one--I've seen that too and it's ... quite something--but it is even more astonishing. It does have a video but you have to click it to get it to start. You don't need to, though. The still pictures are beyond belief. I'm not sure there's any design in there, just lights. Thirty-one miles' worth. What especially galls me about the story is that the local electricity company decided to "donate" (on the backs of their other customers) the 1,400-pound bill the lights will use in December. Nothing says good will like forcing your neighbors to bear not only the lights and the horrendous noise but part of the bill as well. HoHoHo.  :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: zyrs on November 25, 2013, 10:09:50 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.

And I thought living next to Yappy the Wonder Mutt ™ was annoying...

I like interesting and creative Christmas displays, with lights that flash in time to the music and all that, but this one just seems boring.
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Post by: Iris on November 25, 2013, 11:27:42 PM
It isn't my neighborhood or even my country, but Holy Cow!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513160/Family-claim-Guinness-World-Record-Christmas-light-display-502-165-flickering-bulbs-neighbours-stopped-speaking-them.html

Turn up the sound and discover if you too wouldn't go mad.

Apparently I'm in the minority but it wouldn't worry me at all. I quite liked the effect of the "Every single thing that I can find is covered in lights" and I didn't think the music was that loud - you could still hear the murmur of voices while it was playing so it's probably not any louder than when my neighbours have a party. Provided the sound is turned off at a reasonable hour and measures are taken to deal with Christmas Eve traffic I'd be quite content to live next door for a month. My kids would be DELIGHTED to live next door for a month, I can tell you.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 27, 2013, 07:18:16 AM
We had a young man murdered in his home less than a mile from mine.  >:(
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Post by: WolfWay on November 28, 2013, 11:53:53 PM
Photos of the tennisball sized hail that fell over my city yesterday afternoon.

http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/Massive-hailstorm-hits-Gauteng-20131128
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Hollanda on December 02, 2013, 09:08:53 AM
This is gross.
 
A friend of mine put on Facebook that he got out of his house this morning to find a pile of human excrement outside his door.   >:(  How on Earth can people do that? It's disgusting!!!
 
I have also known of someone who constantly had to negotiate vomit every Saturday and Sunday morning - reason? She lived next door to a pub. Seriously. If people really want to drink themselves stupid, fine, but I don't wish to see the evidence that they cannot handle their alcohol. 
 
And in my hometown today a car crashed into some flats.  The poor driver had a heart attack at the wheel.  That didn't stop certain people on Facebook making insensitive remarks..."Oh traffic in this town is at a standstill..." I'm sure the poor guy didn't choose where to have his heart attack to cause you the most inconvenience possible!  :-\
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Post by: Diane AKA Traska on December 02, 2013, 10:02:02 AM
This morning, while helping M load the minivan to go to work, a guy came *racing* down the street, doing at least 40, honking his horn.  He didn't even slow down for someone in the street, and that sanitation worker almost didn't clear the road quick enough.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Margo on December 02, 2013, 03:42:32 PM
When I first started working I came home from work one day to find police everywhere, and police crime scene tape across my entire street - it turned out that there was (allegedly) a dispute between rival drug dealers. One tried to shoot the other, missed him and shot and killed his 5 year old step-son instead. It had all happened about 40 minutes before I got home.

(and this is in the UK where gun-crime is rare)
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Post by: WishUponAStar on December 02, 2013, 06:23:06 PM
 I lived in a nice part of Hollywood for a brief amount of time. While out of town, a murder took place about three blocks from my apartment. Turns out a couple was having a dispute in a car, one occupant tried to run, and the other one chased him down and stabbed him. It was really sad to walk by the place where it happened.  :(
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 03, 2013, 08:29:15 AM
Another bomb threat near work shut down all the roads, forcing evacuations of people who couldn't go anywhere. It took me 45 minutes to travel 2 miles.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Midnight Kitty on December 03, 2013, 12:54:58 PM
There were 2 murders in my neighborhood (Waikiki) in 1 night a couple months ago.  2 completely separate situations which both ended up in a woman dying.  1 woman's body was thrown in a dumpster.  Residents looking down from their windows saw the body the following morning.  That's a really lousy way to start the day.  She was a drug user and was rumored to have turned tricks to support her drug habit.

The other woman was murdered by her husband.  She was contemplating divorce and he didn't want her to leave.  He made a half-hearted suicide attempt afterwards, but he'll live to be tried.
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Post by: cwm on December 03, 2013, 01:06:03 PM
At the football game on Sunday, a man was killed in the parking lot. Nobody really knows what happened yet, all we know was that there was likely a great deal of alcohol involved on more than one person's part. He was punched, passed out, never woke up.

Monday, an email went out to all the managers of our main partner and our company (since we're technically owned by them). His name was on the list of employees no longer with the company.
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Post by: jayhawk on December 03, 2013, 02:45:26 PM
At the football game on Sunday, a man was killed in the parking lot. Nobody really knows what happened yet, all we know was that there was likely a great deal of alcohol involved on more than one person's part. He was punched, passed out, never woke up.

Monday, an email went out to all the managers of our main partner and our company (since we're technically owned by them). His name was on the list of employees no longer with the company.

I saw that news story (I live within 70 miles of the stadium); it was such a weird situation!  but the way your employer handled it - just very heartless.
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Post by: cwm on December 03, 2013, 03:00:26 PM
At the football game on Sunday, a man was killed in the parking lot. Nobody really knows what happened yet, all we know was that there was likely a great deal of alcohol involved on more than one person's part. He was punched, passed out, never woke up.

Monday, an email went out to all the managers of our main partner and our company (since we're technically owned by them). His name was on the list of employees no longer with the company.

I saw that news story (I live within 70 miles of the stadium); it was such a weird situation!  but the way your employer handled it - just very heartless.

Well, that's the standard for letting management across the board know about it. Most of them (including my mom) hadn't heard about the news story in the first place. I think it's automated when someone is taken off payroll for whatever reason. But yeah, it's rough. On one hand, I love my company. On the other hand, they handle things really weirdly sometimes.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Craftyone on December 04, 2013, 02:27:07 AM
Not particularly scary but strange.  My husband saw a medium sized kangaroo hopping up our street this morning as he was leaving the house.  Yes, we have bush near us but not that close (about half a km) and it would have had to go through quite heavy morning traffic.  Now the myth that Australians have kangaroos hopping down their streets in the suburbs isn't such a myth after all.  No, he didn't get photos.
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Post by: Psychopoesie on December 04, 2013, 05:31:02 AM
Not particularly scary but strange.  My husband saw a medium sized kangaroo hopping up our street this morning as he was leaving the house.  Yes, we have bush near us but not that close (about half a km) and it would have had to go through quite heavy morning traffic.  Now the myth that Australians have kangaroos hopping down their streets in the suburbs isn't such a myth after all.  No, he didn't get photos.

Not had any roo sightings in my suburb so much so I understand the sense of surprise, although I often see kangaroos around other Canberra suburbs. Dropping an interstate friend back at her hotel in Tuggeranong recently, there were roos nibbling on the grass out the front.

Earlier this year, I was startled by knocking on the glass sliding doors that lead out to the back courtyard. Figured it might be one of the neighbours wanting a quick word. I was on the right track. It was a new neighbour wanting to introduce itself- a fairly hefty blue-tongued lizard butting its head against the glass.

So relieved it wasn't a snake.

Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on December 04, 2013, 10:34:55 AM
Another major fire, along the road from mom's to boyfriend's. Started around noon, traffic was still backed up by 5 when I drove by. Another man in the hospital from it. Another 25 people out of their homes. The local Red Cross is doing a brisk business this fall in dealing with apartment fires, it seems.
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Post by: MinAvi on December 04, 2013, 10:02:54 PM
Not particularly scary but strange.  My husband saw a medium sized kangaroo hopping up our street this morning as he was leaving the house.  Yes, we have bush near us but not that close (about half a km) and it would have had to go through quite heavy morning traffic.  Now the myth that Australians have kangaroos hopping down their streets in the suburbs isn't such a myth after all.  No, he didn't get photos.

Not had any roo sightings in my suburb so much so I understand the sense of surprise, although I often see kangaroos around other Canberra suburbs. Dropping an interstate friend back at her hotel in Tuggeranong recently, there were roos nibbling on the grass out the front.

Earlier this year, I was startled by knocking on the glass sliding doors that lead out to the back courtyard. Figured it might be one of the neighbours wanting a quick word. I was on the right track. It was a new neighbour wanting to introduce itself- a fairly hefty blue-tongued lizard butting its head against the glass.

So relieved it wasn't a snake.

When I lived in SA we had roos in our suburb sometimes, and more than once I had to shoo a koala off the road (one of the big males sat and hissed at me!).

Now I live in the Northern Territory and you only need to worry about cane toads on the roads (we aim for them!), green tree frogs in your toilet (yes really!), geckos every where and the biggest dingdangity bugs I have ever seen. Oh, and the crocodiles, sharks, snakes, spiders and stinging jellyfish. We even had a dingo trot down the road in my suburban neighborhood.

I love the NT, such an interesting pace to live!
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Psychopoesie on December 04, 2013, 10:27:08 PM
I grew up in the NT (way before the cane toads made it that far).

Miss the green tree frogs and the geckos. The others, not so much. :)

Such a relief to only worry about sharks when I go swimming.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MinAvi on December 04, 2013, 10:29:06 PM
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 05, 2013, 01:40:08 AM
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Dazi on December 05, 2013, 06:14:17 AM
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it

Sub gators for crocs in that sentence and it applies to Florida.   ;)

I've have gotten into a lot of arguments telling people not to let their kids swim here and there.  All of them had moved here from other states and thought I was lying/exaggerating about the gators.  Gators are only in zoos you know...yeah not so much here and there are some that top 12 or more feet.  One lady didn't believe me until she went to take a morning swim and had a 10' plus gator lounging in her pool.

Actually I run into similar issues telling people not to let their cats and small dogs out alone because of the Red Tail Hawks, Golden eagles, and Osprey.  We've had more than a few neighborhood pets that became bird snacks.  There are absolutely no stray cats anymore around my neighborhood and the squirrel populations is way, way down as well.  There's not a darn thing to do about the birds as two of them are endangered species and I think all are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Psychopoesie on December 05, 2013, 06:43:21 AM
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

Love it.  :)
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: GreenHall on December 05, 2013, 07:35:28 AM
I got told when I moved here that if it doesn't have taps or tiles, don't swim in it. If it does have taps or tiles, check it for crocs...

Seems like safe advice.

It took me a minute to understand that and then I got it

Sub gators for crocs in that sentence and it applies to Florida.   ;)

I've have gotten into a lot of arguments telling people not to let their kids swim here and there.  All of them had moved here from other states and thought I was lying/exaggerating about the gators.  Gators are only in zoos you know...yeah not so much here and there are some that top 12 or more feet.  One lady didn't believe me until she went to take a morning swim and had a 10' plus gator lounging in her pool.

Actually I run into similar issues telling people not to let their cats and small dogs out alone because of the Red Tail Hawks, Golden eagles, and Osprey.  We've had more than a few neighborhood pets that became bird snacks.  There are absolutely no stray cats anymore around my neighborhood and the squirrel populations is way, way down as well.  There's not a darn thing to do about the birds as two of them are endangered species and I think all are covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
My mother would love to borrow them for the local squirrel population - any idea how to make a inviting nesting area (like bluebird boxes, but bigger)?
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 05, 2013, 07:39:21 AM
Seconded!  My neighbourhood could do with a few boatload less squirrels.  And don't get me started on the roaming cats, against city bylaw.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on December 05, 2013, 08:41:09 AM

 My mother would love to borrow them for the local squirrel population - any idea how to make a inviting nesting area (like bluebird boxes, but bigger)?

Here are some starting instructions: http://theraptortrust.org/the-birds/nest-boxes/ .

Ospreys like a platform, about the height of a telephone pole, which might be a little difficult to get a permit for, but they seem to be quite happy to be around people as long as they're well elevated.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Hillia on December 05, 2013, 08:51:53 AM
I used to live in Phoenix, where the retired folks living around the golf courses would sometimes demand that the parks and wildlife rangers come in and kill all the coyotes that were taking their pets.  They refused to believe that removing that population of 'yotes would just leave space for a new group to move in, and their best bet was to keep pets indoors or leashed, and to stop leaving pet food outside.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 05, 2013, 09:22:50 AM
We have major issues with coyotes picking off pets in their own yards. Also, the people who feed alligators which turn into nuisance alligators when they eat the pets in the neighborhood. It is illegal to feed wildlife here without a permit, but that doesn't stop them.

You can build a barn owl box, I have seen instructions online. They will keep your rodent population down and are beautiful birds.
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Post by: wolfie on December 05, 2013, 09:35:17 AM
I am not sure if people are being tongue in cheek about building boxes for raptors but if you are thinking about it please also consider what happens after your "Nuisance" animals are gone but the animals that ate them are still here and hungry. And just because we think they are a pest doesn't mean they don't have a vital role to play in the eco-system. I don't think you need to look far to find examples of places that had worse problems after they imported some animal/plant to 'help' with the local species.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: MummySweet on December 05, 2013, 09:55:41 AM
I've been finding coyote scat on  the driveway for a few weeks.  Coyotes are pretty common in the area and my neighbors have reported seeing them on a regular basis, but I had never actually seen one.  (Our neighborhood is at the foot of a heavily-wooded mountain...a really short mountain!  ::) )

This morning I came out of the house and rounded the van to see a coyote laying in my drive way.  He didn't seem at all bothered. 
I looked at him, he looked at me, and then he rolled on to his back and presented his tummy like he wanted a rub!   Hmmm...I don't think so buddy. 
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Twik on December 05, 2013, 10:08:16 AM
I am not sure if people are being tongue in cheek about building boxes for raptors but if you are thinking about it please also consider what happens after your "Nuisance" animals are gone but the animals that ate them are still here and hungry. And just because we think they are a pest doesn't mean they don't have a vital role to play in the eco-system. I don't think you need to look far to find examples of places that had worse problems after they imported some animal/plant to 'help' with the local species.

Considering that raptors are suffering from habitat loss, creating a nesting box is not going to do anything except fight against the tide a bit. It's not like suggesting that one import predators from other continents, just find a way to encourage the local population to consider your yard as a viable real estate option. It's really beneficial to the ecosystem, because raptors have had a hard time of it, the past 200 years or so. There really should be more of them around than there are in order to keep the rodentia et al. in balance.

One raptor pair is not going to cause squirrel extinction, even in a local area, and due to territoriality, you're not going to get more than one pair (plus young) at a time.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on December 05, 2013, 10:36:59 AM
When building boxes for raptors, make sure to put them a bit out of the way.  They like to kick the bones and any uneaten scraps out of their nests.  It can be rather disconcerting to come home and find a half eaten pigeon carcass in front of your door.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 05, 2013, 10:44:02 AM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 05, 2013, 10:50:57 AM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

You probably already have some owls in your n-hood.  But they are really good at staying hidden. 
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Post by: snowfire on December 05, 2013, 10:52:08 AM
If there is food available, they will.  My Mom's neighborhood had a hawk living in an enormous spruce tree last year.  It picked off all of the quail who were living there.  (Quail are cute, but dumber than rocks...sigh...) Totally suburban area in a city of about 250k.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 05, 2013, 10:55:02 AM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

You probably already have some owls in your n-hood.  But they are really good at staying hidden.

If I do, they aren't doing a very good job.  I have a rabbit problem, too.  A friend put up a rabbit fence for me in the spring.  Worked great in the spring but later in the summer when the young ones were out foraging on their own, they were able to go right through the fence.  It'll have to be redone next spring with smaller gauge holes, maybe even chicken wire.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: GreenHall on December 05, 2013, 11:01:01 AM
Mine was mostly tongue in cheek, because while my mom is in a rural area, the cat does spend her days outside.  The cat is ... not a great hunter.  Probably not helped by the one time we know she caught something (baby bunny), my mom (her person) made her stop.  That had more to do with the noise the baby bunny was making, but we've never since witnessed successful hunting.

There is some hope that once the old cat and the new cat achieve detente, that the new one will be a better hunter.  Apparently has some manx, and will be a LARGE cat too, so even more squirrels, if we can just encourage her that way...
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: wheeitsme on December 05, 2013, 11:17:03 AM
We didn't let our Labrador out alone until he was big enough.  Big enough for what, you say?  Big enough that the red-tailed hawks, barn owls (geez they're big!), and coyotes wouldn't be interested.

...as for dramatic?  We live at the top of a ridge.  This last year I heard a loud plane.  We hear planes (I'm an Air Force brat, I think that half the time they don't even register), but this one sounded loud. I poked my head out into the back yard...and could make out the pilot in the FedEx plane going over/between my and my neighbor's house.  There were really strong winds that day, and DH think he missed his first approach and decided to circle...and didn't get up quick enough.  I've only seen planes that low at air shows.  I stayed out long enough to make sure I didn't hear an explosion, but luckily we were the highest ridge he had to go over.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elfmama on December 05, 2013, 01:14:00 PM
If there is food available, they will.  My Mom's neighborhood had a hawk living in an enormous spruce tree last year.  It picked off all of the quail who were living there.  (Quail are cute, but dumber than rocks...sigh...) Totally suburban area in a city of about 250k.
Our area hosts a pair of redtails.  We've seen them several times; once when one of them dropped into our back yard and hit some underground critter, a mole or gopher.  He flew away with some small animal in his claws, anyway.  And the plague of moles/gophers that used to tunnel all over our property is gone.

I've also had a juvenile redtail take a male cardinal right off my back deck, underneath the feeder.  I'd been doing something in the kitchen, heard a THUMP against the window, and looked out to find the hawk on the deck with the cardinal in his claws.  There were red feathers stuck to the window with blood.  The hawk must have startled the feeder birds and they scattered.  The cardinal made the mistake of thinking that the window was an escape route, and the hawk grabbed him while he was stunned.  I considered for a second whether I should attempt a rescue, but it was obvious that while the cardinal was still alive, it was badly injured and would probably die anyway.  The hawk took the decision out of my hands and flew away with the cardinal.  :-\

I also had a female peregrine attempt to take a kitten that was sunning himself in the window.  That he was inside the glass was the only thing that saved him.  Again, a huge WHUMP against the glass, and a rather stunned and disoriented falcon.  I kept an eye on her until she recovered and flew up into one of the trees.  Had she not come out of it in a few minutes, I'd have called a wildlife rescue organization.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: cwm on December 05, 2013, 02:52:33 PM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

I live in the middle of suburbs for a major metropolitan area. We've got red-tails all over the place, and I've seen various other hawks and raptors, as well as bats and several owls. You have to know where to look, but they're there. They'd absolutely come to your neighborhood, as long as you're looking to attract species that would live there normally.

Further into the suburbs, closer to the rural areas, we've got coyotes. Whited to avoid bothering animal lovers. One of our customers at the grooming salon lost a dog to a coyote when she let him out to go to the bathroom in her back yard. So she kept his brother on a leash all the time, even to go potty. A long leash. Brother dog went around to sniff at the bush, coyote came out from behind it and ate him off the leash. Coyotes are not to be messed with. We've also had rare mountain lion sightings, but when you see them or hear about them in the area, you stay out of the area and don't provide anything that resembles food for them.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Elisabunny on December 05, 2013, 02:53:37 PM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

You probably already have some owls in your n-hood.  But they are really good at staying hidden.

If I do, they aren't doing a very good job.  I have a rabbit problem, too.  A friend put up a rabbit fence for me in the spring.  Worked great in the spring but later in the summer when the young ones were out foraging on their own, they were able to go right through the fence.  It'll have to be redone next spring with smaller gauge holes, maybe even chicken wire.
Supposedly, rabbits don't like marigolds.  My mother used to outline our veg garden with marigolds for that reason.


One day I was taking my kid to preschool, and the road was blocked off just past our house.  No problem, I just went the long way around, and came back the same way.  The road was still blocked off, so I wandered over to see what was going on.  A tractor had somehow gone off the road and landed in the creek that borders our property.  Well, not actually IN the creek: that portion is a little mini-canyon, fairly deep and narrow.  The tractor was actually suspended about halfway down.  Fortunately, the driver managed to escape harm.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: RingTailedLemur on December 05, 2013, 05:26:25 PM
Rabbits love marigolds: http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk/products/rabbit/burgess-excel-herbage---timothy-hay.html

Of course, that food is given to European rabbits.  Maybe American ones don't like them.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Tea Drinker on December 05, 2013, 05:35:38 PM
Would raptors really nest in my suburban neighbourhood?  I was mostly tongue in cheek with my query, as I'd be worried about the songbird population if I encouraged raptors.

Yes. Or at least, they like the city and the countryside: it's no longer news that there are peregrine falcons nesting on New York City suspension bridges, and there's a pair of hawks that likes one particular building across the street from Central Park. (Central Park is a bird-watcher's paradise, but a lot of those birds are just passing through.)

Mostly what raptors need is somewhere tall to build their nests: owls and at least some kinds of hawks like to nest in trees, and peregrines like cliffs (and a skyscraper or suspension bridge fits the bill nicely).
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: jedikaiti on December 05, 2013, 06:33:54 PM
I live in the CO foothills area, and have heard of several different species of wild animal making dinner of various pets and other smallish animals. I never witnessed this until Thanksgiving this year.

While chatting prior to dinner at a friend's decidedly suburban home we witnessed a large bird - we think it might be a juvenile bald eagle - attempt to catch a bunny. He got the bunny, who did not seem to suffer long, but had trouble carrying it away, and waited very patiently in a tree across the street for the right chance to try to move it again. It ended up hopping and dragging it across the street into a neighbor's yard before we lost track of him. I uploaded some video to YouTube - PM me if you want a link.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 05, 2013, 06:51:11 PM
My Dad had a mice and vole problem in his basement.  He was live trapping them and releasing them back outside.  Why, I don't know.  I'm sure he caught the same ones over and over.  Except for one.  One day, he released the little critter at dusk.  And down swooped an owl for his evening meal.  Dad thought it was pretty funny.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: kherbert05 on December 05, 2013, 07:14:51 PM
When I was in San Angelo, I was driving home very late and saw a "great dane" in the shadows. Then I realized it was a doe - there were about 5 and a moment later there was a huge stag in the middle of the road. I sat there in the middle of the road hazzards on for 10 - 15 minutes till they finally walked past me. 

This weekend at our farm/wild life refuge we saw the bald eagle again. Their are a pair that nest just off our property. Also Fred the hawk was there. He sits on power pole while my cousins mow and grabs the vermin that run out of the grass.
Title: Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on December 05, 2013, 07:35:40 PM
One evening at one of our local dog parks, we were just getting ready to leave to come home (so I already had my dog leashed) when a woman on the path motioned for me to stop, then pointed at the edge of one of the park's treed areas.  Standing there watching all the people and their dogs was a coyote.  I never would have thought they'd be so bold as to come to a place so full of people and dogs, but I guess they are.

Before the woman could stop her dog, he was off after the coyote.  Any other dog I'd have been more concerned but he was an Irish