InBrief | Odd News 07/23/13


Demolition crew knocks down wrong building

FORT WORTH, Texas — A demolition company has mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in North Texas rather than the condemned building next door.

David Underwood and his wife placed their Fort Worth house on the market with the intention of moving into the retreat they purchased near the shores of Lake Worth. The lakeside land has been in the family for decades and Underwood bought it from an aunt earlier this year.

But when they stopped by to mow the lawn last week, they found the home was gone. A slab of foundation remains.

Fort Worth hired the demolition company to raze the condemned building, and was billed $6,000 for the work.

The condemned structure remains standing.

Underwood is seeking a settlement from the city.

Man following Biden’s advice gets arrested

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, 52 of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty last week in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm.

Outside of court, Barton said, “I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”

In an answer to a home defense question in February, the vice president said Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.