It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate, but instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen.

Their plan was to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.

Student Ashley Harwood called the theft “kind of depressing.” Student Hannah Hall says the class was sad.

Teacher Mary Dunn says she plans to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don’t go as planned.


No Batch in the Pumpkin Patch

Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been tended to by New Mexico preschoolers.

Eastern New Mexico University’s Child Development Center said the Portales school’s pumpkin patch was raided sometime over a weekend after students had worked for months growing the pumpkins.

School officials found the pumpkins missing and vines destroyed the following morning.

Lara Vaughan, the school’s master teacher, says the four full pumpkins were just about to turn orange. She says students had studied them, weeded the area and watered them since they were spouts.

No arrests have been made.


Get Out of Bed, Sleepy Head

Talk about a heavy sleeper.

Police say an accused burglar continued snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was allegedly planning to swipe even after deputies began snapping pictures of him.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a cleaning lady discovered 29-year-old Dion Davis on a bed inside the victim’s home.

Deputies say they took several photographs of the sleeping Davis, but he didn’t wake up.

The Herald Tribune reports Davis was charged with burglary and booked into jail on $10,000 bail.

Source: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune,



State police have charged a man with criminal trespass and public drunkenness for allegedly breaking into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table.

The Bradford Era reports 35-year-old William Duffy, of Bradford, faces a preliminary hearing.

He was arraigned that morning, about four hours after he was found inside the Mountain Inn Bar in Mount Jewett, shortly after 4 a.m. that day. That’s about 110 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police say the bar owner called to report someone loitering near the business. By the time police arrived, they found that Duffy had broken into the bar through a window and was napping on a table in the kitchen.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Duffy, who doesn’t have a listed phone.


Ever Dreamed of Falling?

Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking.

Powell County Emergency Management told WKYT-TV that the group had set up camp near Grey’s Arch Trail and the man’s friends called for help after realizing that he was missing in the middle of the night.

Wolfe County rope technician John May told the station the Cincinnati man, whose name wasn’t released, fell about 60 feet and landed in an area with several large boulders.

He called it a “miracle” that the man survived. May said the camper suffered a head injury, a dislocated shoulder and a fractured leg, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Source: WKYT-TV,