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January 7, 2013

The wild and wacky of 2012

COMMERCE — The past year was not without its strange stories. Here are two that had us scratching our heads:

Fake Craigslist AD lists A&M-Commerce lion statue for sale

April 26, 2012– A recent post on the classified advertisement website Craigslist might have had some Texas A&M University-Commerce students and faculty scratching their head. The post, made anonymously, detailed an “old lion statue” for sale. The price? $500.

“Must come and pick it up,” the post read. “This thing ways too much. Bring four men or twelve women and a dodge ram heavy duty-the only truck that works.”

Items that the anonymous poster would accept in trade included four Nintendo Gamecubes, a Macbook Air 2011 or “things that go boom.”

“I have a lion statue probably 1960-1970 that I don’t need anymore because I’m getting a new one,” the post read.

The author then continued to mention that statue was “hand-made” and “perfectly sculpted.” Four photos of the lion statue located outside of the Rayburn Student Center were uploaded to the website.

An individual notified the University Police Department of the potential “sale” a couple days after it was uploaded to the website. While the post’s humorous nature is probably enough to keep anyone from taking it seriously, if it resulted in monetary loss or damage to A&M-Commmerce porperty, the original poster would potentially face chargesn according to University Police Department Lt. Jason Bone.

The brass statue is actually new, dedicated in February of 2011 to A&M-Commerce by the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta in honor of their 50th anniversary.

UPD pulls marijuana plant from university planter

July 27, 2012– Large ceramic planters dot the sidewalks of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, usually filled with an assortment of perennial flowers. But early Thursday afternoon, a University Police Department officer pulled something quite different out of one of the planters.

A&M-Commerce graduate student Joe Whinery shot video of the UPD officer pulling the three foot plant and then walking away. Initially, UPD Chief Communications Officer Lt. Jason Bone said the plant was not marijuana, but after testing and research UPD determined that it was, in fact, pot.

“I stand corrected, it was a marijuana plant in the planter,” Bone said. “I honestly don’t think someone would have just planted a marijuana seed.”

According to Bone, the plant could be the result of a prank, an individual dumping pot to avoid a bust, or simply natural causes.

“I can see someone doing it as a joke, but most likely somebody probably dumped a baggie,” he said. “There are a lot of biological ways a plant seed could spread as well.”

UPD misidentified the plant initially because of its color, the size of its leaves and its lack of odor. The plant was still immature, according to Bone.

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