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“Squatchy,” as he’s known, had been missing for several days. The statue's owner, Ralph Spence, didn’t panic, but he wanted his family’s favorite concrete friend back.
"My two youngest boys bought it," Spence told Fox19.
"It started out like a joke and, actually, my wife was kind of upset about it at first, but after we had it awhile we'd dress it up for the holidays and stuff," he continued.
It wasn’t just the Spence family who were upset. Ralph said neighbors were equally concerned because they too enjoyed dressing the concrete creature up in seasonal attire.
Spence was relieved when he got a call saying Squatchy “was chilling out in an open field” nearby.
Police and the family found the statue wearing “a nice sweater and Cincinnati Reds ball cap.”
Spence figured it took a bunch of people to carry off the piece, but an attached note seemed to indicate otherwise.
"Squatchy only required two of our members for transit. Sincerely, The Body Building Bandits. P.S. Happy Holidays," it read.
Relieved the “kidnapping” ended well, Delhi Township police released a statement: "Sasquatch has been reunited with his owner, and it feels so good.”
The statement went on to say Squatchy “appears to be in good health.”
A Christmas miracle, or just a good old prank? Uou decide.
In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway.
A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven crew members onboard was due to fly from the town of Ingarka on Tuesday to Krasnoyarsk 800 miles (nearly 1,300 kilometers) to the south when the plane's chassis breaks literally got frozen to the ground. It was -52 C (-61 F) outside and the passengers seemed desperate to get home.
Eager to help, several dozen men were seen in an amateur video pushing the plane by leaning on both wings.
Russian authorities, however, weren't amused by the incident, and prosecutors launched an investigation into a possible breach of safety regulations.
"It would be funny if it didn't pose a horrendous threat. People could have damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps," Oksana Gorbunova, senior adviser to the West Siberian transportation prosecutor, told the Tass news agency.
Gorbunova said the passengers were asked to leave the plane when it got stuck. When a tractor began towing the airliner, some of the passengers left a bus and tried to help move it.
"The plane was towed, of course, because it would be physically impossible for people (to move it)," Gorbunova said.Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:57:09 -0500
The storm system along the east coast is causing problems for people flying this holiday weekend.
Some travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport had to reschedule flights to the northeast Wednesday morning.
READ MORE: US Airways offering flexible travel due to weather
Travelers should expect big crowds if they’re headed to the airport Wednesday to catch a flight or pick someone up. And remember, there are new traffic patterns outside the airport that many people may not be used to.
Channel 9 checked the boards early Wednesday and saw many major airlines were allowing people to change their flight dates and times before they get to the airport.
Many travelers arriving at the airport Wednesday morning found that their flight had been canceled or delayed because of bad weather.
Airport officials told Channel 9 that a plan has been in the works for months to know how to respond to holiday travel headaches. Administrators have been working with the TSA and the airlines to come up with a plan to help passengers who may be stuck because of a delayed or canceled flight.
They've increased staffing at customer service counters and supplies like sleeping mats are on standby and airport restaurants are ready to stay open around the clock if needed.
More than 800,000 people are expected to fly through Charlotte Douglas this holiday weekend.
A TSA security director told Channel 9 that officials looked at those numbers and ramped up operations to match the demand and keep people moving.
“We looked at those days specifically to make sure that we had the right number of people staffed so that we could have the maximum number of lanes open to get people through the security checkpoints,” said TSA Security Director Kevin Frederick.
Some of the major airlines also said they've added more employees to work this Thanksgiving.
They've anticipated about a 4 percent increase in traffic at the airport and with a storm impacting travel to the northeast, they knew passengers were going to run into delays and cancellations. That's why they decided early to waive change fees so people can adjust flight dates and times if they think their flight is at risk of being moved so they can avoid getting stuck.
During the holiday season, you can use the Channel 9 flight tracker to see if your flight is on time.