Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ga. man buys car, finds $200K in counterfeit cash

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) -- One north Georgia man got more than he bargained for when he bought a car from a towing company late last year. Officials with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Tye Kuykendall found $200,000 in counterfeit money inside a hidden compartment behind the back seat of the car---...More

Argentine president: Eat pork, spice your sex life

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's president thinks eating pig meat is really sexy. Many people in this beef-loving nation reacted with surprise Thursday after Cristina Fernandez promoted pork in a speech during which she not only said pork is better than Viagra, but suggested she's personally proven it

Australia: Man vs. marauding crocodile over shark

SYDNEY (AP) -- A group of Australian mates on an annual fishing holiday was not going to let anything come between them and their prize catch - not even a marauding crocodile.---...More

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Woman Celebrates Lottery Win, Killed by Car

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Authorities say a woman who had been out celebrating her lottery winnings at a north-central Ohio bar was killed when she was struck by a car. The Ohio Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Deborah McDonald of Crystal Rock had just left the bar near Sandusky on Tuesday night and was hit as she was walking along a road

Michael Douglas? Son Faces 10 Years in Prison

New York - Michael Douglas? son, Cameron, has pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine. He was originally put under house arrest. But he was thrown in jail after his girlfriend allegedly tried to smuggle heroin to him in an electric toothbrush. ---...More

Police: Crabby customer slugs Ohio grocery clerk

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a man in Ohio got so upset over a mistake on the price of crab cakes that he punched a grocery store manager several times and spit in his face. Authorities in Sandusky arrested 61-year-old Ralph Barr on charges of assault and criminal damaging---...More

Boulder crashes through house, barely misses woman

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Emergency officials say a boulder about the size of a compact car crashed into an apartment in eastern Tennessee, barely missing a woman sleeping in her bedroom

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Radiation machines are killing people

Scott Jerome-Parks was dying. His last wish was that others would learn from the accidental radiation overdose that was killing him, so they wouldn?t have to live his nightmare. The overdose left him deaf, struggling to see, unable to swallow, burned. Ulcers in his mouth and throat. Teeth falling out. He was nauseated, in severe pain and, finally, unable to breathe. More

Priest accused of shoplifting butter, sofa cover

WEST CITY, Ill. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest was accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in southern Illinois. Police arrested 41-year-old the Rev. Steven Poole on Friday. He's charged with two felony theft counts. Investigators said Poole failed to scan a $3.22 container of butter and a $60 sofa cover at a self-checkout. Poole then allegedly went to the store's bedding section, picked up a memory foam mattress and switched the pricing bar code. That caused the More

Cops: Woman claims white powder came from doughnut

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- East Tennessee police said a Knoxville woman who was later arrested for cocaine possession initially told an officer that she had been eating a powdered doughnut. The Maryville Daily Times reported that a 21-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of a Schedule II substance with intent to sell or deliver. She was also cited for driving on a suspended driver's license, driving without proof of insurance, failure to maintain her lane of...More

Man stopped while trying to break into Oregon jail

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Police said a man climbed over a fence and tried to break into the Jackson County Jail. Medford Police Lt. Bob Hansen said that at about 4:10 a.m. Monday, jail officials spotted a man scaling the fence around an area where officers unload potential prisoners and take them inside. The officials called police..More

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fla. woman in PJs charged with DUI twice in 3 days

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- An Ocala woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence twice in three days. The Marion County Sheriff's Office reported that the 43-year-old woman was first arrested Saturday. She was booked into jail on a DUI charged and released later that day---...More

Man gets day in jail for throwing taco at manager

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska man who hit a Taco Bell manager in the face with a double-decker taco has been sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation. Warren Strickland of Fairbanks must also pay a $100 fine after pleading guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct---...More

Senior class photo prank spells trouble

HOUSTON (AP) -- A spelling prank in a class photo for more than 600 seniors in the Houston area led to suspension of three students. Some students wore T-shirts spelling out "CLASS" as part of "Class of 2010" in a formal shot. But KHOU-TV reported in a later informal shot, students representing "C" and "L" moved from the front row, leaving behind an offensive three-letter word---...More

Odd News:Man who took $3,000 cab ride sentenced to 35 days

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis man who last month got a $3,000 taxi ride from Miami and then refused to pay the bill was sentenced to 35 days in jail. The Commercial Appeal reported 53-year-old Lucilo Perez told the cab driver his wife would pay for the 1,600-mile ride when they arrived. The trip took 20 hours, including rest and meal stops. When his wife didn't have the money, Perez was taken to jail---...More

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wis. man cited for 'rocking out' to John Denver

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Police responding to a complaint of loud noise have cited a Fond du Lac man for "rocking out" to the music of John Denver. A police who responded to the man's apartment last week could hear Denver's music through the door. The officer pounded on the door but the man didn't answer. Finally the officer found out the man's name from a neighbor and called to him, bringing the man to the door---...More

Dog comes home with poisonous reptile hanging from his face

Australia - No, it?s not the latest fashion in dog muzzles - although Bronson the labrador?s forlorn look leaves no doubt he?s not happy about not being able to bark with a deadly snake wrapped around his mouth. The extraordinary photo was taken by Bronson?s owner, Deborah Allen, after the black lab trundled home from the nearby fields with the poisonous reptile hanging from his face. Bronson is often bringing objects he finds in the fields back to his owners? farmhouse at Yarragon, near Melbourne, Australia, but the day he brought home the deadly copperhead snake topped them all for Deborah and her husband Peter.---...More

Pizza delivery man punched by customer

Oswego - ?Customers complain all the time, and I?m used to stuff like that,? said Kroning, of Oswego. ?But never would I expect to get punched in the face.? According to Kroning, he delivered a Meat Lover?s pizza to Shaver McNeil and his wife in Montgomery Monday night. Any tip is fine with Kroning. But Kroning says McNeil and his wife offered nothing. He took the $20.37 - exact change - and walked back to his car without a word, he says. That?s when Kroning says the woman leaned out the door and told Kroning he could have been more polite. ?He sucker punches me in the face,? Kroning said. ?By that point, I can?t see out of my left eye and blood?s gushing down my face.?

Students learn about farming, get to feed rabid animal

Maryland - Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a 6-week-old Jersey calf at an educational center in Prince George?s County where elementary and middle school students learned about farming and natural resources in the Potomac River watershed. Officials with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have made it a priority to assess about 70 children who recently visited the Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek. In particular, they are investigating whether any children participated in bottle feeding the calf whose mother died in an accident, said Katherine Feldman, a state public health veterinarian.---...More

'Baby' the cat saves Ill. couple from house fire

WONDER LAKE, Ill. (AP) -- A couple in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Wonder Lake are searching for a 13-year-old house cat who probably saved their lives during a house fire. Josh Ornberg and Letitia Kovalovsky said their cat, "Baby," woke them early Monday morning as they slept on a couch in the living room. Ornberg said the house was starting to fill with smoke from a fire in the bedroom---...More

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unhappy meal: Woman charged in McDonald's rampage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A woman has been charged with trashing a McDonald's restaurant in Missouri because she was unhappy with her cheeseburger. Police said they received many tips after releasing video of the Dec. 27 incident---...More

Driver growing locks for charity told to cut hair

MARION, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts delivery driver growing his hair out for charity said he has been told by his employer to cut it. Brad Siscoe, a contractor employee who makes deliveries for FedEx Ground, said Monday his employer wants him to cut his "hockey" hair, put it in a ponytail or tuck it under a hat---...More

Student apologizes for urinating on nativity scene

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A student at a northeastern Pennsylvania Roman Catholic college has apologized for urinating on a public nativity scene. The student, 22, said Monday he "was being a drunken idiot" a day earlier when he urinated on the nativity scene in Wilkes-Barre's public square---...More

Fla. couple marry in supermarket where they met

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- One Broward County couple decided to tie the knot where they first met: Whole Foods Market. Jack Frankel, 75, and 67-year-old Fina Nikolos met in May at the supermarket store in Coral Springs. It had been raining when Frankel noticed a beautiful woman pass him. Nikolos offered to walk him to his car with an umbrella. He later thanked her by taking her out to lunch---...More

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tenn. neighbors balk at home fertility-music biz

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Residents in a Knoxville's wealthy Sequoyah Hills neighborhood are alarmed that a man wants to convert his home into a duplex and run a music studio and fertility service out of it. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported David Perkins is asking the Metropolitan Planning Commission to allow the change, saying he wants to operate businesses that would involve music lessons and the coordinating of two fertility services---...More

Wife allegedly changes wires on saw to shock hubby

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Court papers allege that an Olympia woman, angry that her husband left her, tampered with his power tools so that he received a powerful electric shock. Carolyn Paulsen-Riat was booked Friday into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of third-degree assault, domestic violence, and second-degree malicious mischief. A judge released the 33-year-old woman on her own recognizance.---...More

Police: Man seeking 'trouble' smashes TV with bat

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- A St. Cloud man who allegedly told Target store employees he "wanted to get into trouble" was in jail after police said he smashed a big-screen TV with a baseball bat. Police said the man picked up the bat off a shelf at a St. Cloud Target, went into the electronics department and smashed a 50-inch plasma television---...More

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Man allegedly threatens neighbor for snow stomping

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A man was released from jail on charges he threatened a neighbor who had disturbed him by stomping snow from his feet outside their apartment building. Police said 46-year-old John C. Shepardson was released on bond Monday following his arrest Saturday---...More

Oregon underwear thief gets probation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A Salem man caught while wearing his female neighbor's underwear this summer has pleaded guilty to burglary. Marion County Judge Albin Norblad on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Randall J. Giesbers to three years probation---...More

Wash. bloodmobile offers beer to blood donors

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state blood center is offering donors a deal: Give a pint of blood, get a pint of beer. Cascade Regional Blood Services in Tacoma says its "Give blood, get beer" promotion has worked so well that it's being expanded.---...More

Hundreds strip in NYC for no-pants subway ride

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of New Yorkers have been riding the city's subway trains in their underwear---...More

Man ties record for biggest largemouth bass

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A man was being credited with tying the 77-year-old world record for catching the biggest largemouth bass. The International Game Fish Association announced Friday that it had confirmed the 22-pound, 4-ounce fish caught by Manabu Kurita. The Florida-based group said Kurita caught the fish July 2 on Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake--...More

Friday, January 8, 2010

Trainer injured by falling dolphin

Australia - A Trainer has been injured on Queensland?s Gold Coast by a falling dolphin. Ambulance officers were called to the Sea World theme park about 3.15pm (AEST) to find a trainer had sustained neck and back injuries after a dolphin fell on him, a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said. In a statement Sea World said a marine mammal trainer incurred a minor soft tissue injury when he was ?bumped? by a dolphin doing an aerial manoeuvre in a training session. There was no injury to the dolphin.

Swiss court fines speeding millionaire $290,000

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (AP) -- A Swiss court has slapped a wealthy speeder with a chalet-sized fine - a full $290,000---...More

Sunbeam, magnifying glass set fire in Wyoming home

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) -- Officials say a magnifying glass set on a stand in a sunny room started a small blaze in a Wyoming home---...More

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Man jumps from bridge to avoid traffic after accident

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - Police have identified the man who died after he fell from the Kansas River Bridge after a multi-car accident Tuesday around 6 a.m. Police said Verner David Estrada-Duran, 35, of Merriam Kan., died after he exited his truck following the accident and tried to avoid swerving traffic by jumping over the rail, falling 50 to 60 feet. Police said icy conditions may have caused the accident and because it was still dark, Estrada-Duran may not have known there was a drop where he jumped.---...More

Father's alleged assault plan foiled by own kids

EVANS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado man accused in a weekend break-in was nabbed when police say he ran into some unexpected guests - his own kids. Police say 33-year-old Raul Gaucin-Valenzuela accompanied a friend Saturday to break into the home of a friend's ex-wife and beat up her new boyfriend---...More

Man allegedly threatens neighbors with slingshot

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A Volusia County man has been charged with threatening his neighbors with a slingshot. Orange City police said a 65-year-old man got into an argument with another man in the laundry room of their apartment complex on Sunday. The resident told police that the suspect left the room, saying "You made a big mistake with me."---...More

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

German officer accused of having sex in church

BERLIN (AP) -- Police in southern Germany said an officer has been suspended from duty after allegedly having sex in a Catholic church during a service. Regional police spokesman Hans-Peter Kammerer told the German news agency DAPD on Monday that the 26-year-old faces possible disciplinary measures and a criminal complaint for allegedly disturbing religious activities----...More

Fla. man calls detectives after pot plants seized

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators in the Florida Keys say they lured a suspected marijuana grower into turning himself in by leaving a ransom note in place of six seized pot plants. The sheriff's office in Monroe County says detectives discovered the plants in a wooded lot and confiscated them

Ore. man accused of snipping bus passenger's hair

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Portland man accused of sneakily snipping a fellow bus passenger's hair as he sat behind her New Year's Eve is a suspect in a number of similar incidents. Jared Weston Walter pleaded not guilty Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court to third-degree robbery, interfering with public transit, second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment---...More

NH artist protests halt to Bigfoot project

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire artist and videographer who dressed as Bigfoot in a state park says his rights were trampled by big government---...More

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Man robs shoe store with a rock

Washington - A man used a large rock to rob a Bellingham shoe store over the weekend, according to Bellingham police. The man walked into the Red Wing Shoes store, 117 Telegraph Road, at about 4 p.m. Saturday just as an employee was closing for the day. The man told the employee ?this is a robbery? and held a rock over the victim?s head. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and walked out. Police were alerted to the robbery by a witness who was in the store?s parking lot. Within five minutes of receiving the 911 call several Bellingham police officers found and arrested a suspect.--...More

Heiress Casey Johnson Found Dead Days After Reported Fight With Lover Tila Tequila

Casey Johnson, socialite and heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, may have been dead inside her Los Angeles home for days before her body was found Monday.

TMZ quoted law enforcement sources as saying it appeared the 30-year-old had been dead for "several days" and that police had opened a death investigation.

Johnson had recently announced her engagement to reality-TV star Tila Tequila. Tequila told TMZ Monday evening that the two had fought last week and that she was unable to reach Johnson Dec. 29 after she left her dogs at Tequila's house. The reality star told TMZ that Johnson's phone had been turned off ever since.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Man Skirts Airport Security, Disappears

NEWARK, New Jersey - A man walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a terminal at one of the nation?s busiest airports on Sunday night, and flights were grounded for hours and passengers had to be re-screened while air safety officials searched for him. Airline passengers were allowed to begin boarding their planes at Newark Liberty International Airport about six hours after the man was seen bypassing security. The man walked down an exit lane at Terminal C about 5:30 p.m., Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis said, and screening was halted while authorities looked at surveillance tapes to try to identify him.----...More

Man killed when SUV plows into restaurant

EL CAJON, California - Authorities say a 66-year-old man eating breakfast at a California fast-food restaurant was killed when a vehicle plowed through the corner of the building. El Cajon Police Lt. Jeff Davis says the man was sitting in a front corner booth at a Carl?s Jr. in San Diego County on Sunday morning when a Honda CRV slammed into the restaurant. The 74-year-old driver, a resident of El Cajon, was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Police: Driver passes out, meth lab in back seat

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat----More

Crews contend with 19 pythons at Utah trailer fire

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Crews responding to a trailer fire in southern Utah had another factor to contend with: snakes----More

Fla. man wanting ride to bar calls 911, arrested

OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida man who called 911 claiming he'd been beaten and shot at was hoping the tale would get him a ride to a bar. Instead, 37-year-old Gregory J. Oras is facing charges of misusing the 911 system and battery of a law enforcement officer----More

Man fights intruder after using 'beer can' alarm

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Fargo police said an apartment tenant who set empty beer cans in front of his door to alert him to intruders ended up fighting with an alleged burglar. Sgt. Bill Ahlfeldt said police were called early Tuesday after a report of two elderly men attacking each other----More