From a Florida highway doused in beer to a violent brawl at Chuck E. Cheese, here's a look at some of this week's strangest headlines.
It's spring break and beer is flowing - on a Florida highway
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing — onto a Florida interstate highway.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials said on Facebook Wednesday that a tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer spilled its cargo onto Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle.
In a news release, the Florida Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Michael Nolan Powell of Simpsonville, South Carolina, failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running onto the shoulder of the road before overturning. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and is charged with careless driving.
Troopers said about 60,000 pounds (27,000 kilograms) of Busch beer was tossed from the trailer.
Four-legged fugitive: Big lizard escapes California pet shop
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 ½-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage.
Mike Estevez tells KGTV that a 35-pound reptile named Bubbles was last seen on Sunday at his store, Mike's Pets in Spring Valley.
Estevez says the carnivorous critter probably managed to escape through a tiny crevice at the bottom of a cage.
Security camera footage shows Bubbles sauntering toward the rear of the store.
Estevez says Bubbles is good around people and often roams the store while customers are around.
But he's advising anyone who sees the reptile not to try grabbing him.
San Diego County's Animal Services department is assisting in the search.
Nay: Teen on horse rejected service at Starbucks drive-thru
ANTHEM, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona teen says she was denied service at a Starbucks drive-thru after she tried to order a Frappuccino while on a horse.
KNXV-TV in Phoenix reports a Starbucks in Anthem, Arizona, recently told Aspen Cline it wouldn't serve her when she and her horse, Scout, galloped to the drive-thru.
Cline says the barista didn't give a reason and only said the store couldn't take her order. The teen says she also had planned to give her horse some cream.
Starbucks told the station that drive-thru windows were only for cars out of safety reasons.
However, there are a number of videos online of horse riders ordering lattes at Starbucks drive-thru windows.
Cline says she wanted the horse drive-thru experience for her birthday.
Maryland church offers chance to win salvation — and a car
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Please God, give me salvation — and a car.
That prayer may have been uttered by more than a few people at a Maryland church on Sunday. That's because Destiny Church in Columbia handed out five used cars to demonstrate God's goodness and to attract new members.
The Washington Post reported that the church gave away the cars to increase attendance at its new location. It was the first Sunday at a building in a strip mall for the 7-year-old nondenominational church.
Pastor Stephen Chandler said the predominantly African-American church normally draws up to 1,100 people. This week, the church gave away 2,250 tickets in advance of three services.
The church added a fourth service, which meant it had to buy another car to give away. The fifth car was given to a family in need.
Chuck E. Cheese restaurant brawl ends with 2 hurt, 2 arrests
DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a large brawl that spilled out of a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in New Jersey left two people injured, including an employee who tried to break up the fight.
Deptford police arrived at Sunday night to find a fight involving as many as 20 people. It's unclear what sparked the massive brawl at the family restaurant chain that provides entertainment largely targeted to children.
A woman had a minor stab wound to the hip but declined medical treatment. The employee had a cut on his left hand.
Two women from Philadelphia were taken into custody. Authorities say 47-year-old Tracy Jones faces aggravated assault charges, while 24-year-old Stephanie Levengood is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
It wasn't known Monday if either woman has retained an attorney
Stink strait: New Mexico town battling growing skunk crisis
HAGERMAN, N.M. (AP) — Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman, New Mexico, thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early.
Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says the annoying animals are hanging in town and generally are not healthy. She says their stink appears to be a growing problem.
Hagerman Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are settling up traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter.
Chavez says healthy skunks caught in traps will be relocated on the east side of town near a river.
Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com
Alabama woman unearths Tennessee man's long-lost class ring
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Five decades after it went missing, a south Alabama woman has found a Tennessee surgeon's ring while exploring a neighborhood with her metal detector.
Al.com reports that Barbara Burgess found Dr. Stephen R. Sheppard's University of Tennessee Class of 1970 ring in front of a home in a subdivision behind the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
The ring was about four inches deep in the dirt.
She contacted the University of Tennessee's Office of Alumni Affairs. Officials learned Sheppard had previously contacted the office about his missing ring.
Sheppard lost the ring about 50 years ago, when he was attending medical school and living at the house where the ring was found.
Burgess and Sheppard met shortly after the ring was found and it was returned to him.