June 23, 2016
Man Accused Of Driving Under Influence On Mower
Bristol, VT (AP) Police say a man operating a lawnmower on a road in Vermont has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs.
The Burlington Free Press reports police say 67-year-old Claude Spaulding, of Bristol, was stopped Monday after they got a report that a man was driving the John Deere lawnmower down the town’s main thoroughfare.
Police say Spaulding showed signs of impairment and screened for driving under the influence of drugs. A court date is pending results from the state forensic lab.
It wasn’t immediately known if Spaulding had a lawyer. A phone number rang unanswered Tuesday.
Bear Attacks Woman Running Marathon In New Mexico
Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM (AP) Wildlife officials say a bear attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.
The woman suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck and upper body that weren’t life-threatening.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says the woman was racing Saturday afternoon when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers say the victim surprised the bear after her cub had run up a nearby tree.
Other joggers helped her until emergency crews arrived. She was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital.
Game and Fish and the National Park Service are warning people to stay away from the area. Officials are trying to find the bear to euthanize it and test it for rabies.
Yearly Rattlesnake Round-Up Event Yields Dozens Of Serpents
Noxen, PA (AP) Dozens of serpents have been collected as a part of an annual Rattlesnake Roundup in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Thirty-nine of the 59 registered hunters brought in a rattlesnake to Noxen during the weekend. Eight poisonous copperheads and 20 nonvenomous snakes were also hauled in.
The largest dark phase and light phase rattlesnakes both came in at nearly 4 feet.
The heaviest rattlesnake weighed 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces, and one hunter brought in a rattlesnake with 13 rattles.
The largest nonvenomous snake was a black rat snake that measured nearly 6 feet.
The four-day event sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was first held in 1973 and raises money for the Noxen Fire Department and other local groups.
The snakes are returned to their natural habitat.
Oh Deer! Fawn Rescued From Colorado Bathtub
Evergreen, CO (AP) A fawn trying to make a clean getaway after it got caught in some fencing instead wound up in the bathtub of a Colorado home.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which posted a photo of the wayward fawn in a tub online Wednesday, says a man freed the animal from some fencing outside his home in Evergreen Tuesday night. Instead of returning to nature, it ran through an open door in his house and into the bathroom. He told deputies that he put it in the tub before calling for help.
The sheriff’s office says deputies put the fawn in a blanket, carried it outside and set it free away from the fences. Its mom couldn’t be seen but deputies hope they were able to reunite.
Woman Skydives To Celebrate Her 87th Birthday
Orange, MA (AP) A Massachusetts woman can check something off her bucket list: She celebrated her 87th birthday by skydiving.
The Recorder reports Janis Lefebre’s children bought her the skydiving package from Jumptown, a skydiving center based in Orange, after learning that jumping out of a plane was something she always wanted to do.
A crowd of family and friends gathered on Sunday to cheer on Lefebre’s descent from 13,500 feet.
Lefebre says her first try was “perfect.” She says skydiving lived up to her expectations and she wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
Lefebre’s family members think Lefebre might go running with the bulls in Spain or ride in a racecar for her next birthday. Her daughter Lori Craig says her mother “wears us out.”
Repentant Fare Evader Delivers Apology Letter, $300 In Cash
Boston (AP) One Massachusetts commuter believes it’s never too late to say you’re sorry or pay your train fare.
The Boston Globe reports Matthew Andrewes hand-delivered an apology letter, along with $300 in cash, to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on June 9. That’s the amount Andrewes believes he owes the MBTA for evading fares. The 31-year-old Andrewes says he avoided paying the train fare whenever he could as a teenager and in his 20s.
He wrote: “I am so sorry. Please accept this money as compensation.”
Andrewes is Christian and says the guilt was weighing on him and he was praying about what to do.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says this isn’t the first time a fare evader has apologized, but it might be the biggest reimbursement it’s received.
Man Arrested For Blasting Mets' Stadium With Music
New York (AP) Police in New York City say they’ve nabbed the culprit who outfitted a van with more than 50 speakers and blasted loud music late at night near the New York Mets’ stadium.
WNBC-TV reports police received multiple noise complaints Saturday night in the Queens neighborhood of Willets Point, near Citi Field.
Police found the van and confiscated it.
Authorities say the van’s owner, Nelson Hidalgo, has been arrested on charges of criminal nuisance, unreasonable noise, unlawful assembly and other offenses. It wasn’t immediately known if Hidalgo has an attorney.
The NYPD tweeted out a picture of the van on Sunday.