July 11, 2013
Winner Of The Cherry-Spitting Contest - BB Gun!
Eau Claire, MI (AP) Matt ``BB Gun’’ Krause won his first-ever International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday, returning the crown to a family that has dominated the annual competition in southwestern Michigan for four decades.
Krause was crowned the most ``spit-tacular’’ competitor at the championship event held at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, just north of the Indiana border.
But to be the champ, the 30-year-old Krause first had to beat out a competitive field that included fellow family members, who also were former champions. Krause’s father, Rick ``Pellet Gun’’ Krause, and older brother, Brian ``Young Gun’’ Krause, had won 24 of the previous 39 championships.
But Matt’s 41 foot-six-and-a-half-inch launch was enough to claim the crown for the Dimondale resident. Matt’s win made it 25 of 40 for the Krauses since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark but also to mark the region’s tart cherry harvest.
After his victory, Matt Krause was presented with the trademark championship belt by last year’s winner, Ron Matt of Chicago.
Mom Settles Suit For Poppy Seed Drug Test
Pittsburgh (AP) A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.
Lawrence County’s child welfare agency and Jameson Hospital have paid $143,500 to settle the suit filed on behalf of Elizabeth Mort by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which announced the settlement Tuesday.
Mort sued in October 2010, alleging that a poppy seed bagel she ate shortly before arriving at the hospital spurred a positive test for opiates in April 2010 that prompted the seizure of her 3-day-old daughter, Isabella Rodriguez. Mort said she was home with her baby when a county child welfare caseworker arrived with an emergency protective custody order and took Isabella. The infant was returned five days later, after local officials agreed there was no evidence the mother had used illegal drugs.
The suit argued that Jameson Hospital used a much lower threshold for drug screening than federal guidelines, resulting in more false positives from common foods and medicines. The federal standard is 2,000 nanograms per milliliter, but Jameson Hospital used a reading of 300 nanograms, according to the lawsuit. “We hope that this case will encourage hospitals that routinely test pregnant women for drug use to reconsider that practice due to the harm that can result from false positives,” said Pennsylvania ACLU staff attorney Sara Rose.
New Twist On To-Go Orders Get Cash Instead Of Food
Grand Rapids, MI (AP) That was no burrito. Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan got something more valuable: $3,600 in cash.
A Taco Bell employee mistakenly passed the cash to the trio instead of their food Saturday. The money was returned a short time later.
Kennidi Rue told WZZM-TV that she and two friends thought about keeping the money but decided they’d feel guilty if they didn’t return it. Grand Rapids police Capt. Jeff Hertel confirms the incident, telling MLive.com that an officer was called to assist.
The money was in a store bag for deposit at a bank. A message seeking comment was left with Taco Bell.
How To Rob A Store: Use A Weed Whacker!
Las Cruces, NM (AP) Police are searching for a man they say used a weed whacker to rob a Las Cruces convenience store.
Investigators say the man posing as a landscaper walked into a Check `N Go store Saturday night and demanded money.
Police say the unidentified man, wearing a blue jump suit, gloves, a mask and a khaki fisherman’s bucket hat, then fled from the scene.
According to police, the suspect was carrying a string trimmer, or weed-whacker, which he threatened to use as a weapon.
No arrests have been made.
Teacher’s Retirement Ends 40 Year Streak
Dallas (AP) A Texas teacher’s streak of wearing the same outfit for his school photograph is coming to an end after 40 years with his retirement.
It started as an accident. Dale Irby told the Dallas Morning News that when he received his photo in his second year he was embarrassed to discover he’d worn the same polyester shirt and brown sweater vest as the first year.
His wife dared him to wear it again the third year.
Then Irby thought five would be funny. He says, ``After five pictures it was like, `Why stop?’’’
Morning News columnist Steve Blow’s account Sunday of Irby’s photo streak garnered attention online.
The 63-year-old Garland resident retired this year as an elementary school physical education teacher in the Richardson district, north of Dallas.
4th Of July Prank Ends With Panic & Arrest
Shelby Township, MI (AP) A man driving an armor-plated military-type vehicle and firing what appeared to be a machine gun mounted on top caused a ripple of panic in suburban Detroit on the Fourth of July.
It turned out the weapon was a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun that had been converted to fire compressed gas.
It produced bright flashes and loud gunfire sounds as the driver, a man in his 40s, drove around Shelby Township.
Recordings of a series of 911 calls capture the fear of residents whose reports of the imposing sight sent officers swarming late Thursday.
In one call, bangs similar to the sound of gunshots can be heard.
Police say they arrested the driver and confiscated his vehicle. He was released Friday. Charges are pending.
Vandalism Suspect Caught In Spider Man Undies
Cincinnati (AP) Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used rocks to break several windows at Moeller High School, crawled in one of the windows and sprayed fire extinguishers around the building.
Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies say 23-year-old Thomas Williams was wearing Spider-Man underwear when he was arrested. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Kenwood man was charged with felony vandalism and breaking and entering.
Police reports gave no explanation for Williams’ attire.
Williams was still in jail Monday morning. Online records didn’t indicate if he had an attorney.
Judge Orders Woman To Write About Being A Lady
Roanoke Rapids, NC (AP) A 21-year-old Halifax County woman who pleaded guilty to resisting a public officer and being drunk in public has been ordered by a judge to write an essay about how a lady should behave in public.
Police told The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids that Toni King stole beer and appeared to be drunk last February in a Roanoke Rapids convenience store.
She also fought the officer who arrested her, shouting profanity and insults.
King pleaded guilty last month to resisting a public officer. Chief District Court Judge Brenda Branch placed her probation and ordered her to write a two-page paper titled ``How a Lady Should Behave in Public.’’
She also cannot drink alcohol during her probation.