The Brazilian free-tailed bat

The Brazilian free-tailed bat

Bats invade Utah courthouse

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Order is being restored to the courthouse in St. George with the removal of dozens of bats from the building.

The Brazilian free-tailed bats were discovered when employees arrived for work Thursday at the 5th Judicial District Courthouse.

More than 50 bats were removed Thursday and Friday from the attic and other areas of the building, said Eric Palmer of Southwest Exterminators.

Zac Weiland, a Washington County deputy prosecutor, said he heard scratching noises when he walked into court Friday morning. Bats were in the ceiling, hallways, stairwells and even inside courtrooms.

Suspected entry points opened up during a recent renovation project were sealed to keep bats out of the building, said Nancy Volmer, Utah state courts spokeswoman.

Because Brazilian free-tailed bats are a species of special concern in Utah, the state Division of Wildlife Resources took the lead in removing them with the help of Southwest Exterminators. The bats were being released back into the wild.

Bikers cancel party after police recover stolen bar

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — No bar, no party.

Danish police say members of a biker gang called off a planned party after officers raided a new club house in western Denmark and took away the bar that had been stolen from a nearby workshop.

Anders Uhrskov of the police in Aarhus said officers found the piece of furniture when raiding a house in Lystrup, northeast of Denmark’s second largest city, as part of “our preventive strategy” against organized crime groups so “they never doubt that we keep an eye on them.”

Police also seized a “minor amount” of drugs and a gold chain.

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Gang members declined to comment, and it was unclear whether the party would be rescheduled.

Mustache hall of fame? Why not?

ST. LOUIS — There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock ’n’ roll, so why shouldn’t those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards?

The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 — the birthday of Burt Reynolds.

The Mustache Hall of Fame will be a virtual-only effort initially, but AMI says it is searching for a physical location.

Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted through Nov. 30 at MustacheHall.com.

Mad scramble for flying cash

URBANA, Md. — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck’s door burst open.

Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seemed to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana and the bills flew in the air.

Police say a number of drivers stopped on the interstate and grabbed what cash they could before a fire department vehicle arrived and turned on its emergency lights.

Responding troopers were able to help the truck’s driver recover about $200. It’s not known how much cash was lost.

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