(Reuters) - A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana.

Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation.

McFarland posted about her find on Facebook, along with a photo of the bag.

"I order, food comes, I open a bag and this is what I see after 3 double takes ... yes that's what it is," she wrote.

McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired. McFarland also called police.

Sonic spokesman Patrick Lenow said restaurant management contacted police and was cooperating with authorities.

"The employee involved is no longer associated with the company, and the franchisee is conducting an investigation to ensure the issue is fully resolved,” he said in a statement.

The Frederick franchise location opened last month.

Possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Maryland.

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HUTCHINSON , Kan., June 27 (UPI) --A Kansas woman is facing arson charges after she allegedly set a small fire in her home early on Friday morning while trying to kill a spider.

According to the Hutchinson News, Ginny Griffith used a cigarette lighter to set some towels on fire in an attempt to assassinate the arachnid.

Five Hutchinson Fire Department units were able to extinguish the small fire in Griffith's half of a duplex. Firefighters found multiple points of origin for the fire and Griffith was arrested and charged with aggravated arson because the other half of the duplex was occupied.

No one was injured and the structure only suffered light smoke damage.


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PHILADELPHIA –  A metal security gate detached from the facade of an Italian ice shop Saturday afternoon, killing a 3-year-old girl, police said.

The security door fell on the child at a Rita's Water Ice store in north Philadelphia at around 4:30 p.m., according to the Philadelphia Police Department. The girl was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital and died after arrival.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the child's family," said Linda Duke, a spokeswoman for Rita's Italian Ice, the shop's parent company. "Due to the current investigation we really cannot comment about the unfortunate incident."

Photos from the scene show the black metal gate lying on the sidewalk, pink balloons still tied to it in front of the shop's red and white striped awning. Several popped balloons appear trapped underneath the gate.

The child was there with her mother, according to WPVI-TV, and bystanders rushed to her aid while others gave CPR. Witnesses told the TV station a sorority and fraternity fundraiser was happening at the time.

Officials with the Department of Licenses and Inspections were investigating, police said.

No other information was immediately available.

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An off-duty Columbus, Ohio firefighter was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night after being struck by lightning while waiting for the start of a Major League Soccer game.

Columbus Fire Department Lt. Thad Turano told The Associated Press that emergency officials transported the victim in cardiac arrest to Ohio State Medical Center. WTTE reported that the man was in critical condition.

The game between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time, but kick-off was delayed due to storms with heavy rain and lightning that rolled through the area approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start.

Fans were told to evacuate the stands and head toward the concourses of the double-decked stadium. The game was called at 9:12 p.m.

The Crew said the game was called off because of "reasons beyond our control" and that a makeup date hadn't been set. The Crew later said the game was postponed due to an "incident surrounding the inclement weather."

"To all -- we are sincerely sorry about tonight's postponement, but your safety is of the utmost importance," Crew owner Anthony Precourt said on Twitter. "We'll share more info as we can, but a member of our community was severely injured by the weather. Praying for him."

Crew fan Don Lewis told The Columbus Dispatch that he was taking cover during heavy rain in a portable toilet when he said he felt electricity run through the air and then heard someone in the toilet next to him call 911 to report that someone had been hit by lightning.

"All of a sudden it was just a bomb that went off," Lewis told the newspaper. "I knew it was close. The electricity ran through me."

He said he saw a man lying on the ground when he got out of the toilet.

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A Maryland man with a passion for Islamic art wanted to go to the Spanish city of Granada as part of a trip he was taking to Portugal, but a mistake by British Airways sent him and his partner to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead.

Edward Gamson's trip was ruined when the two-hour British Airways flight from London to Spain that he had anticipated turned out to be a a nine-hour trip down to the Caribbean.

Gamson and his partner noticed what was happening when they looked at the electronic map on the in-flight entertainment system, but by then it was too late. The couple never made it to Spain and the airline refused to reimburse their $4,500 first-class tickets, so Gamson brought the matter to court.

"I have a lifelong interest in Islamic art. I'm also of Spanish Jewish heritage so it was something I had always wanted to do to visit Granada and the Alhambra. I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain," Gamson told the Independent. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon? It's just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and ... BA won't do the decent thing."

The airline did offer Gamson and his partner $376 each and 50,000 frequent-flyer miles, but that wasn't enough to offset the $34,000 they had already invested in the truncated trip.

Gamson is representing himself in the lawsuit.

"I have no legal background; I'm a dentist, but I know right from wrong -- I don't know if that does you any good in this world," Gamson told NBC News. "I really thought they would just want to settle with me, because it's so ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window.

Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment.

After calling police, an employee of her apartment building says he went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove off before police arrived. Authorities say they are checking for surveillance video that may help identify the men.

Drones and what role they should play in society have been a hot item in Seattle for quite some time. Last year, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ordered the Seattle Police Department to abandon its plan to use drones after an uproar from citizens and privacy advocates.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. –  Memphis Zoo officials have banned a woman after saying she climbed over a barrier to the enclosure where lions are kept and tried to feed them cookies.

The unidentified woman's actions were reported by other zoo patrons, who saw her jump the barrier and heard her singing to the animals. After the barrier, only wire separates guests from the lions inside the enclosure.

Zoo spokeswoman Abbey Dane told Memphis station WMC-TV the woman's behavior was dangerous for her and the lions. She said the woman won't be allowed back into the facility.

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A 9-year-old Kansas boy says he is fighting back after city officials forced him to take down the outdoor library he had created on his front lawn as a Mother’s Day gift.

Spencer Collins told Fox4KC he had the idea to create a “free little library” after his mother, an elementary school teacher, saw the idea in another state. The idea is to share books and a love of reading among neighbors by placing books in a clear box, and encouraging others to take a book from it or leave a book in it.

“Reading is one of my favorite things to do. We built it on Mother’s Day as a present for my mom because she really wanted one,” Spencer said.

 However, the family soon received a letter from local officials telling them they must take down their library or face a fine. The letter said the library violated an ordinance that forbids structures on the front lawns of single-family homes.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” Spencer’s father Brian Collins said.

City official Richard Coleman told Fox4KC that the law applies to any structure, and the city is not trying to crack down on the “free little libraries.”  

“You couldn’t put a bookcase out there, or a couch out there, or any items like that,” Coleman said.

The family took down the library so they would not face a fee, but Spencer plans on fighting back. He told Fox4KC he plans on speaking at Tuesday’s city council meeting to take a stand against the ordinance.

“I want them to change the law. That’s my main thought. I just don’t like it. I think it’s unfair because it’s really good to the community,” he told Fox4KC.

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An injured explorer trapped in Germany's deepest cave system for 12 days was finally brought to the surface on Thursday after a complex rescue operation, Bavaria's mountain rescue service said.

Johann Westhauser, a 52-year old speleologist, injured his head in a rock fall on June 8 and was unable to climb back to the surface on his own as the ascent involved steep shafts and narrow tunnels.

The rescue took so long to complete because the injured man could not stand and the ascent involves steep and narrow horizontal and vertical shafts.

"He left the cave at 11.44 a.m. (0944 GMT)," said a rescue service spokesman, adding that medics were looking after him.

Some 70 rescue workers were in the cave to help recover the man while further teams, along with doctors, were waiting above ground, the local mountain rescue service said.

The man was one of the researchers who discovered the Riesending or "massive thing" cave system. Located near Bavaria's border with Austria, it is 1,148 meters deep and has tunnels, shafts and caves extending over 19.2 kilometers.

It normally takes 12 hours to climb from the site of the accident to the surface.

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OAKLAND, Calif., June 19 (UPI) --An Oakland television reporter had her purse taken while she was reporting about a woman who was violently mugged for her purse and cellphone on Monday.

KTVU's Heather Holmes was on the scene reporting when her stuff was taken from a television truck that was parked near Oakland police headquarters.

The victim of the mugging was at least partially saved when some Good Samaritans came to her aid and frightened off the thieves.

Despite being upset about her loss, Holmes made it clear that the person who suffered the biggest injustice was the woman who was robbed and beaten.


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