GNOMEs part of prank
Police station overrun with lawn ornaments
A number of gnomes and other creatures have taken sanctuary at the police station in Springfield, Ore.
As part of a prank, someone stole 75 lawn ornaments from around town and placed them on the lawn of one house on Oct. 17, police said.
Among the figurines are plastic and porcelain geese, deer, frogs and gnomes.
Police took them back to the station to help find the owners.
“We need to get them out of here. … I can’t seem to get rid of the darn things,” Capt. Richard Harrison said.
The figurines will be put out for public viewing Tuesday.
“If they come here and they can identify it we’re more than happy to let the gnome go home,” Harrison said.
Figurines that aren’t claimed will be sold at auction.
One person shot, killed in shooting at nightclub
One person was killed and seven others were wounded early Sunday in a shooting outside a Denver nightclub, police said.
The shooting occurred after the club, Hush, closed at 2 a.m., Lt. Ron Saunier said. No arrests have been made.
The victims were part of a group of friends that was at the club for about four hours, said Dale Sasse, a friend of the victims.
Sasse, 22, said he was driving toward the club to pick up his friends when someone from another group outside the club opened fire. Sasse said his cousin, Ted Padilla, 25, was killed.
Sasse said a “group of thugs began saying mean things to Ted about his jewelry,” and that the club’s management kicked that group out.
Police did not release the names of the shooting victims.