A roundup of some unusual news of the past week as reported by GateHouse newspapers.


  Man assaulted with Moon Pies   GALESBURG, Ill. -- An 84-year-old man told police he was attacked outside a store with Moon Pies.   The man, who didn’t want to be identified, said he was in front of Michael Farquer 53, in line at a Dollar General store, according to police reports. He had paid for his items and was leaving on foot when he was repeatedly struck on the back. The man said he turned and found Farquer hitting him with an item inside a bag, which turned out to be a box of Moon Pies.   He returned to the store and asked a cashier to call the police, and Farquer followed him. Farquer then stood to the side, raising and shaking the bag while chanting, “Hi yuh.”   A clerk inside the store told police Farquer seemed agitated when she waited on him, and that he threw a dollar at her and followed the man out of the store. She said Farquer owed the store 5 cents.   Farquer told police he didn’t remember attacking the victim, but he had spent time in jail for a similar incident a few years ago.   Student tries to commit theft to afford ‘Grand Theft Auto’   FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- A 13-year-old student threatened a teacher with a nearly foot-long knife, apparently in an effort to raise money to buy the hot – and violent – new video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”   Police were called to Fuller Middle School just before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by the school's principal, who said a student had pulled a knife on a teacher.   According to police, the incident occurred about 10 a.m., just after the end of a period. As students filed out of the teacher's classroom, one young boy turned around and walked back in to retrieve a book from under his desk. The student started to leave, but instead ducked behind the classroom door.   After the teacher asked if the student was all right, the teen stepped from behind the door, brandishing an 11-inch knife. The student stepped toward the teacher, said her name, and asked, "Do you have $20? I need the money."   The teacher, now "very scared'' and worried she might become trapped in the classroom, tried to reason with the teen, but he persisted.   "He said, 'I need the money,' " Framingham Police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.   The incident ended when the teacher was able to get close enough to the student to snatch the knife from his hands. Police then learned the motive.   "It appears he wanted to buy a game called 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,' " Shastany said.   After his mother refused to buy the game for him, he added, the teen came up with the idea of demanding the money from his teacher, and spent two to three weeks planning his attack before carrying it out.   Gator found hanging out near restaurant   SHAWNEE, Okla. — Shawnee animal control officers Tuesday snagged a 3-foot American alligator in the parking lot of a restaurant.   Animal control officers responded to the scene after the gator was reported by an unknown caller, and they quickly captured the gator, taping its jaw shut for safety.   Chris Thomas, administrator of the animal control division, said officials believe the gator was someone’s pet and possibly came from a nearby apartment complex.   The alligator was taken to the Shawnee Animal Shelter. Thomas said state law makes it illegal for anyone to keep an alligator as a pet.   Alligators on average grow about a foot in length for each year of their life. Mike France, game warden for Pottawatomie County, estimates this alligator is between 2 and 3 years old.   Man eggs inside of woman's apartment   CANTON, Ohio -- A woman called police to report that a man broke into her apartment and threw eggs at her wall.   The 30-year-old woman told police that about 6 p.m. Tuesday, a 25-year-old man opened the glass patio door, entered her apartment and threw eggs on one of the walls, Canton Police reports said.   GateHouse News Service