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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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Firecracker blast blows off driver's hand in Washington PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press   
Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:06

SEATTLE (AP) — A powerful firecracker detonated inside a moving vehicle in a Spokane neighborhood and blew off the driver's hand, with residents rushing to aid the bleeding man, police and neighbors said.

Donald Wilkes, 61, said the blast early Saturday morning rattled his house and woke up everyone inside. When he ran outside, he found the street filled with smoke and a Jeep stopped just against his 6-foot-tall cedar fence.

"I looked around for something that got hit, but there was nothing," Wilkes said. "My son reached in to pull the keys out of the ignition and make sure he didn't go anywhere, and that's when we saw his hand was missing. It blew it right off at his wrist — they found part of it half a block away."

Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street, police said. There was initial concern over the driver's intent.

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Washington blow dart suspect: 'I'm a moron' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 24 January 2014 10:55

COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a woman and man with a blow dart in two separate attacks in Washington state has made his first court appearance on assault charges.

KREM-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ejbCCi) 18-year-old Joseph Gillies of Tacoma appeared in court Thursday in Whitman County. He was released from jail until his next court appearance at the end of the month.

Gillies is accused of shooting a woman with a blow dart Jan. 12 on the Washington State University campus. He's also accused of hitting a man with a dart two days later while walking in Pullman.

Police say they suspect Gillies of several similar blow dart assaults in Ellensburg.

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Wanted man arrested after falling through ceiling PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 24 January 2014 10:51

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man wanted by Colorado authorities is in custody after he fell through a ceiling while being chased by police and took refuge in a bathroom.

Colorado Springs police say 27-year-old Andrew Stiern burst into Comfort Dental on Thursday and attempted to escape through the roof. But the attempt failed when he fell through the ceiling.

Police say he then barricaded himself inside a bathroom and refused to surrender. After negotiating with police, Stiern turned himself in.

Officers say they were trying to take Stiern into custody for three active felony warrants. Police say he's now facing additional charges.


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Baby doesn't wait, is born on sled in Pennsylvania PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:24

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman is going to have quite a story to tell her daughter about the day she was born.

Bella Sophia Bonanni was born on a sled at around 6 a.m. Wednesday in the city's Roxborough neighborhood.

"I woke up with contractions, they were about 10 minutes apart. So we thought we had plenty of time to go to the hospital," mom Shirley Kim Bonanni told WPVI-TV.

By the time she showered and was ready to go, the contractions were too quick and too strong for her to walk.

Her husband couldn't drive up their steep, hilly street, so Fabian Bonnani put his wife in their toddler's plastic sled and began pulling her to the car.

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