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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #285 on: September 05, 2011, 01:39:04 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
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #286 on: September 05, 2011, 08:02:50 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?

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #287 on: September 05, 2011, 09:10:19 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #288 on: September 05, 2011, 12:49:26 PM »
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.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #289 on: September 05, 2011, 03:11:45 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.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #290 on: September 05, 2011, 03:31:36 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #291 on: September 05, 2011, 04:10:40 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
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #292 on: September 05, 2011, 11:13:26 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #293 on: September 06, 2011, 12:52:55 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.

*snerk*

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #294 on: September 06, 2011, 03:43:54 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.

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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #295 on: September 06, 2011, 05:06:18 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #296 on: September 06, 2011, 07:54:46 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.............
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #297 on: September 06, 2011, 03:00:46 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #298 on: September 06, 2011, 03:06:00 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.
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Re: The strangest, scariest, most dramatic thing that you've seen in your n'hood
« Reply #299 on: September 06, 2011, 05:13:25 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.