News of the weird from around the nation compiled by the Associated Press.
Police lasso bull on NYC’s streets
It looked like an urban rodeo on the streets of New York City.
Police say a young bull made a dash for freedom through the streets of Queens on last Wednesday night but suddenly died before he could be taken to an animal sanctuary.
Police cars tried to steer the bull off the crowded roadways but the several-hundred-pound animal hit and damaged a squad car. An NYPD officer with urban cowboy skills lassoed the bull and it was tranquilized.
New York Center for Animal Care and Control spokesman Richard Gentles says the bull died less than an hour after it was brought in. He says veterinarians found no signs of what had caused the bull’s death.
An NYPD spokesman says it’s not known where the bull had been kept.
Elderly deaf woman fights mugger in NYC
An 83-year-old deaf woman says she fought off a would-be mugger who put her in a choke hold and threw her to the ground as she got off the elevator at her Manhattan apartment building.
Elsie Barretto says her attacker followed her into the East 94th Street building as she returned from grocery shopping. She says he assaulted her as she got off the elevator on her floor — but that she fought back.
The man fled when he heard someone coming. Barretto was left with a black eye and broken dentures.
She says she told police that if they find her assailant to bring him back to her so she can “punch him and ask why he did that.” Police say last Wednesday’s assault remains under investigation.
Calif. officials pave over music-making road
Officials in northern Los Angeles County are putting an end to the car-tunes that are driving residents crazy.
Lancaster city officials said last week that they’re paving over a quarter-mile strip of asphalt grooved to play the William Tell Overture when auto tires speed over its surface.
The road was completed earlier this month as part of an ad campaign for Honda. It’s engineered to play the overture — also known as the theme to the Lone Ranger — at perfect pitch for motorists driving Honda Civics at 55 mph.
But nearby residents aren’t amused. One says the road music sounds like a high-pitch drone. Another says it keeps him and his wife up at night.
Lancaster officials planned to pave the grooves over Tuesday.