Deer get onto racetrack; announcer plays along
Spectators who came to watch horses at a western Pennsylvania racetrack got a surprise last week when three deer got onto the course first and beat the horses to racing.
According to KDKA-TV, a race was about to begin Wednesday night at the Meadows Racetrack in Washington County when the deer jumped onto the track.
Race announcer Roger Huston didn’t miss a beat. He began calling the race as it unfolded, saying things such as: “As they race down the track, Bambi has the lead. Here comes Rudolph from the outside.”
The deer ran fast but kept changing directions. At one point, they appeared to be headed to the paddock, where the horses were being held.
Several minutes into the show, the deer decided to leave the track to the horses.
Huston says Bambi won the race.
Ram on the lam: Escaped sheep captured in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa
A shaggy, brown sheep successfully dodged police, his handlers and a few cars while trotting through downtown Des Moines after escaping from his trailer.
But the ram’s freedom lasted only about an hour Friday before he was cornered and tackled by about a half-dozen of his pursuers.
The Navajo-Churro ram jumped from a trailer near the Iowa Capitol on Friday morning. He led police, Animal Rescue League officials and some Capitol workers on a chase.
Video from KCCI-TV shows the animal strolling along downtown sidewalks and streets, resembling a wooly ball of hair bouncing on tiny legs and picking up speed when someone gets too close.
Authorities say the ram was being taken from Creston to Cedar Rapids.
A driving lesson gone awry in Pa. leads to charges
It’s a driving lesson that went awry in more ways than one.
The Beaver County Times reports 26-year-old Bobbie Jo Gacesa of Monaca was charged Friday with multiple counts stemming from an Oct. 26 crash.
Pennsylvania State Police said Gacesa was teaching a teenage girl to drive when the teen’s foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal and the minivan jumped a curb and struck a building.
Investigators said Gacesa’s license had been suspended after a drunken-driving conviction, and her vehicle’s registration and inspection sticker were expired. They also said the girl didn’t have a learner’s permit.
Police said the duo also fled the scene, but a trail of leaking fluid led right to the damaged van. It purportedly had license plates that belonged to another vehicle.