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October 29, 2015

Diver Removes Famous Fake Skeletons From Colorado River

Parker, AZ (AP) A diver who felt he didn’t get his fair share of the credit for discovering two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs at the bottom of the Colorado River has removed them from their watery grave.

Martin Sholl said he spotted the skeletons, adorned in sunglasses, flip-flops, a bikini and a rainbow-colored wig, tethered to lawn chairs while scuba diving in the river near the Arizona-California line in May, Today’s News-Herald in Lake Havasu City reported Monday. “Skeleton tea party,” Sholl said. “It was funny. The next day when my friend called and told me that the chaos I created was on every morning show in the country, I was shocked. ... I found out they didn’t mention me at all.”

Instead, Sholl said the media focused on La Paz County Deputy Curt Bagby, who led the recovery of the skeletons and investigated how they ended up in the river. Since the skeletons were discovered, they have become an attraction to recreational divers.

But Sholl said he pulled them from the river Friday and put them on his balcony in Parker. He said he would return the skeletons after Halloween.

‘I Boo’: Couple Gets Married At Haunted Theme Park

Litchfield, NH (AP) The bridesmaids wore black and the flower girl showed up in a skeleton costume at a wedding held at a haunted theme park in New Hampshire.

Melissa Cote and Tom Cowern, who both work at SpookyWorld/Nightmare New England in Litchfield, tied the knot Monday night in front of the attraction’s haunted house.

Cote wore a traditional white wedding gown with a black sash, but her dad dressed as Beetlejuice, the spirit played by Michael Keaton in the 1988 movie of the same name.

Cowern, dressed in black with a top hat, was the first horror actor hired at the attraction eight years ago.

During the ceremony, the justice of the peace encouraged them to “haunt and howl at the moon together as long as you shall live,” and “to have and to hold from this night on, in madness and in haunting fun.”

The couple told WMUR-TV Cowern first scared Cote when she went through the haunt. A few months later, they met under normal circumstances.

“She’s like, ‘You work there? Some guy scared me,’” Cowern said. “I just started laughing. I said, ‘Yeah, that was this guy.’”

Indiana Jones Arrested After 100 mph Chase In New York

Rushville, NY (AP) Indiana Jones couldn’t outrace his pursuers this time.

Authorities say a 21-year-old man named Indiana Z. Jones led police on a chase that topped 100 mph on a road in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike says the chase started late Sunday when Jones tried to evade a traffic stop in his hometown of Rushville, 35 miles southeast of Rochester.

Spike says spike strips were used to puncture Jones’ tires after several miles, and he was taken into custody.

The charges include unlawfully fleeing police, speeding and having an unregistered, uninsured and uninspected vehicle.
Jones posted $1,000 bail and was released.

Court officials say Tuesday he doesn’t have a lawyer. A call to a phone number associated with Jones rang unanswered.

Look Closely! They’re Not Halloween Decorations

Columbus, OH (AP) The Main Street bridge in Ohio’s capital might appear to be decked out fort Halloween, but officials say the extensive webs spotted by motorists at night are real.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the $60 million bridge connecting downtown Columbus and Franklinton is infested with thousands of web-spinning spiders of different varieties.

Ohio State University professor David Shetlar specializes in urban landscape entomology and estimates the bridge has 5,000 to 10,000 spiders.

Ohio Division of Wildlife naturalist Jim McCormac says that’s evidence of good health for the Scioto (sy-OH’-tuh) River under the span.

A $35.5 million project narrowed the river for the creation of a 33-acre park with 800 trees and 75,000 plants. McCormac says that allows for more insects in the area, and the spiders followed their food.

83-Year Old Owner Hears ‘Kaboom,’ Finds Car On Roof

Woodhull Township, Mich. (AP) When Joyce Kingsley heard “kaboom” while at her Michigan home, she immediately thought about extreme weather.

The 83-year-old needed to look up: A Ford Mustang was parked on the roof of her home after the driver had a medical problem Monday and lost control on Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County. Kingsley’s home about 20 miles northeast of Lansing is built next to a hill, and the roof is nearly level with the ground, The Argus-Press of Owosso reported.

“I was just watching TV inside. I had it up pretty loud - but this was much louder,” Kingsley said.

State police said the Mustang went through several bushes, trees and a fence before stopping on the roof. The driver was treated for low blood sugar but wasn’t hurt.

“The driver is extremely lucky,” Trooper Ben Rowell said.

Kingsley plans to put a tarp over the damaged roof until it can be fixed.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” she said. “I’m glad everyone is all right.

Russian Police Find Half A Ton Of Caviar In Speeding Hearse

Moscow (AP) Police in Russia’s far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway, only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside.

The Interior Ministry’s department in the Khabarovsk region said on Tuesday the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, not far the Chinese border, to a city further north.

When police officers asked the driver to open the car they saw plastic containers with caviar hidden under the wreaths lying next to a casket. More caviar was found inside the casket, which did not contain a body.

The driver and his partner, who both work for a funeral director, told the police they had been hired by a man in a village outside Khabarovsk who asked them to take the casket with the body of a female relative to a city morgue. The men insisted that they had no idea what was inside the casket.

Caviar production in Russia is strictly regulated and contained to about 50 sturgeon farms. Wild caviar production and sturgeon fishing is almost entirely banned, except for indigenous peoples of Russia’s north who have to obtain permits.

 

 

 

 


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