Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings-on over the past week.
Deals to Fawn Over: An “aggressive” deer caused an unusual stir during the busy holiday shopping last weekend. The deer went on a rampage at the Huntsman Square shopping center on Sunday, according to Fairfax County Animal Control. It entered two stores and knocked over property. The animal was bleeding extensively and had to be euthanized, according to animal control. In other unusual animal news, a rooster was captured and treated after it was discovered this week near an Alexandria apartment building.
Not the Face!: A man lost part of his ear in a fight over the holiday weekend, according to Arlington Police. The man was intoxicated and allegedly involved in a fight with "a large group" of people when his right ear was severed, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told Patch. "It wasn't severed completely off," he said. "The upper part of the right ear was separated from his head."
Regifting of the Nerds: There are a lot of causes online looking for your support this time of year. Occasionally, it’s a fundraiser for a good time. Nerdfighters of the Greater DC Area is looking to raise $400 for the annual Yule Ball, described as “prom for nerds.” Christmas party and prom revenge? We’re in.
Gun On a Plane? First-Class Stupidity: Score one for the Transportation Security Administration. TSA workers confiscated a loaded handgun this week after detecting it in a carry-on bag during screening at Dulles International Airport, according to The Washington Post. The man was ticketed on a state weapons charge, according to the Post.
Off-Season Incident: A 53-year-old Arlington man is accused of hitting his nephew in the head with a baseball bat during an argument this week, according to Arlington Police Department. He is charged with unlawful wounding. The nephew, a young adult, suffered a large cut on his head and was taken to Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Sternbeck said.
Inmate Bites Thigh: A corrections officer working at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center received medical treatment this week after an inmate allegedly bit the officer on the thigh, Prince William County Police reports show. On Tuesday just before midnight, a man who was charged earlier with public intoxication and resisting arrest became combative during processing and bit a corrections officer in the thigh, police said.