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Driver with man on windshield says she panicked PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:14

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield says she can't remember hitting him.

Sherry Lynn Wilkins testified Wednesday that he seemed to fly onto her car in the 2012 incident in Torrance, but the events were a surreal blur.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Phillip Moreno was struck so hard that he flipped onto Wilkins' car and punched a hole in the windshield.

"It was a flash, "Wilkins said. "I pretty much felt him landing on my window. To me, it felt like he came from the sky."

Asked by her attorney how she felt in that moment, she said, "Very confused, like it wasn't real. It took me a while to figure out there was a body on the windshield."

"I didn't feel like I had hit him with my car," she said. "I felt like he fell into my windshield from up high."

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'House of horrors' loaded with live, dead pythons PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:03

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The smell wafting from the house was bad, to put it mildly. It was the result of more than 200 dead pythons, 200 still-living snakes, and a rodent infestation.

It was bad enough to send veteran investigators gasping for air. Bad enough to make normally poised TV reporters hold their noses. Bad enough to make much of a neighborhood gag.

"House of Horrors: That's the best way to describe it," said Sondra Berg, supervisor for the Santa Ana Police Department's Animal Services Division after coming out of the five-bedroom Orange County home of elementary school teacher William Buchman.

"I mean there's so many dead snakes ... ranging from dead for months to just dead. There's an infestation of rats and mice all over the house. There are rats and mice in plastic storage tubs that are actually cannibalizing each other," Berg said.

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Rattled by rumor, Pennsylvania casino says it is snake-free PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:42

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania casino is trying to dispel a bizarre online rumor: The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem says patrons aren't being bitten by snakes.

Casino spokeswoman Julia Corwin tells The Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1hJVmh5) that there have been no reported snake encounters at the Sands. She says if there were snakes, the critters would have been captured by the casino's sophisticated surveillance cameras.

The rumor circulating on Facebook claims someone went to their doctor with some kind of bite, and the doctor diagnosed a snake bite and asked immediately whether the patient had recently visited the Bethlehem casino.

State police operate a station at the casino. Trooper William Ortiz reports "absolutely zero snakes" inside.

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com


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Marijuana contests join county fair in Colorado PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 14:40

DENVER (AP) — Pot at the county fair? Why not?

Colorado's Denver County is adding cannabis-themed contests to its 2014 summer fair. It's the first time pot plants will stand alongside tomato plants and homemade jam in competition for a blue ribbon.

There won't actually be any marijuana at the fairgrounds. The judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And a live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, not pot.

But county fair organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist on Denver's already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies.

"We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on," said Tracy Weil, the fair's marketing and creative director.

The nine marijuana categories include live plants and clones, plus contests for marijuana-infused brownies and savory foods. Homemade bongs, homemade roach clips and clothing and fabric made with hemp round out the categories.

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76,000 lbs. of beef ribs burn in California highway truck fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 27 January 2014 07:26

LUDLOW, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California freeway smelled like a cookout when a big rig carrying 76,000 pounds of beef ribs caught fire.

The San Bernardino Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1gi6FAH ) the rear wheels of the truck ignited Saturday night on Interstate 40 in Ludlow.

San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Al Franco says that by the time firefighters arrived, the truck was unhooked from the trailer, which became engulfed in flames.

He says the fire emanated "a wonderful BBQ beef rib odor."

It also shut down traffic for about two hours.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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