As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.
Jaguars, Mangy Foxes on the Loose?
A sighting of set off a regional media frenzy this week, leading reports in most nightly newscasts mostly for the Hamptons jaguar or cougar punchlines that came with this very weird news story.
Those who claimed to have seen the beast said the animal was "jaguar-like" but as the Department of Environmental Conservation investigated, and locals became ever more vigilant in town, the creature took on a few different forms.
First the DEC said , a condition that causes its hair to fall off. Mange can definitely make a fox look cat-like.
But then a town employee said they spotted the creature and that it was no more than as a scavenger in the Hamptons.
The latest sighting, however, has taken an even more humorous tack. Someone in town in East Hampton (though it looks a bit more like a weasel to us). We'll see what this week brings, but our money says a chupacabra sighting isn't far away.
A Port Jefferson man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated recently after cops noticed him swerving outside of his lane. However, it was when police saw the car's passenger barf out of the car's open window that they pulled the car over and made the arrest.
High wind forced organizers to postpone the 3rd annual Village Cup Regatta in POrt Jefferson this week, a quandary that left village Mayor Margot Garant and Mather Hospital director Terry Quinn having to get creative for bragging rights.
The answer? They arm wrestled.
For the past three years, the Port Jefferson village team has challenged the team from Mather Hospital in the Village Cup Regatta,
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