August 1, 2013
Owner Could Face Charges For Venomous Snakes
Salt Lake City (AP) Firefighters arrived at a Utah home to put out a blaze started by a kitchen range and discovered more than flames, 28 snakes, six of them deadly.
The man didn’t have a permit for the six venomous snakes, five rattlers and a gaboon viper and he may face misdemeanor charges for keeping them without a permit.
The snakes were inside cages in a separate room and were removed as firefighters quickly put out the blaze on Friday in Clearfield, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.
“I don’t think firefighters were ever in danger from the snakes, except for the creep factor,” said North Davis Fire Chief Mark Becraft.
The poisonous snakes were confiscated by the Utah Division of Wildlife, where Capt. Tony Wood was trying to determine their fate and whether to cite the owner.
Fire and smoke damage left the man’s duplex uninhabitable, Becraft said, but all the snakes survived.
The owner has been described variously by officials as a snake professional or breeder. Dix said the snakes were well fed, in good condition and that there was no threat to anyone in the neighborhood.
Scientists Find Mystery Coffin At Richard III Site
London (AP) A team of archaeologists said Monday it has unearthed an unusual coffin-within-a-coffin in the central England parking lot where it found the skeleton of King Richard III, and that they hope to identify the remains within.
University of Leicester scientists have been digging at the Grey Friars site in Leicester after finding the body of Richard there in September. He died nearby in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
The team said it had discovered a fully intact medieval stone coffin during a dig in September but wasn’t able to investigate it further at the time. When it was opened this week, the team said, it found a lead coffin within it, one likely to contain a “high status” individual.
Scientists think the lead coffin, which has a hole through which the deceased’s feet can be seen - could contain one of the friary’s founders, a medieval monk, or the remains of a 14th-century medieval knight, Sir William Moton.
The archaeologists say that tests must be carried out to determine how to open the lead coffin without damaging the remains. The University of Leicester’s Matthew Morris said no one on the team had ever seen a lead coffin within a stone coffin before.
“It was as exciting as finding Richard III,” he said in a statement. “We still don’t know who is inside - so there is still a question mark over it.”
Fire Brigade To Handcuffs Users: Don’t Get Stuck
London (AP) London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.
The London Fire Brigade speculated that the popularity of erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” may account for a rise in handcuffs-related emergencies.
“I don’t know whether it’s the ‘Fifty Shades’ effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up,” said Third Officer Dave Brown.
Since 2010, London firefighters have treated almost 500 people with rings stuck on their fingers, nine with rings stuck on their penises, and one man with his penis stuck in a toaster.
Rescue crews also helped five people with hands stuck in shredders and 17 children with their hands trapped in toys.
The brigade released the list of incidents Monday to encourage people to be more careful.
It advised people to exercise common sense and always to keep the keys nearby when using handcuffs.
Turkish Officials Clear Birds
Of Spying For Israel
Istanbul (AP) A bird of prey found in a Turkish village has been cleared of local suspicion it was aiding Israeli spies.
The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that villagers in a rural town in central Turkey found the kestrel this week and delivered it to local authorities after discovering a leg band marked “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.” Such bands are often used to track bird migrations.
Authorities confirmed in a statement that they released the bird into the wild Thursday after x-rays performed at a veterinary hospital found that “there was no other device” attached to the bird aside from the leg band.
Dogan, which published a copy of the x-ray record, says medical staff labeled it “Israeli Spy.” It was not immediately clear whether the label was tongue-in-cheek.
Coast Guard Nabs Drinking Man Swimming In Detroit River
Detroit (AP) A man who wanted to prove he could swim across the Detroit River from Canada to the U.S. after a night of drinking ended up prompting an international rescue operation.
John Morillo told The Windsor Star that Monday night’s swim from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, was “really stupid” and said in retrospect he shouldn’t have done it. He was cited for being intoxicated in a public place and released from jail Tuesday.
“I was drinking, but I wasn’t really drunk,” Morillo, 47, of Windsor, said Tuesday. “The thing is, I’ve been telling people I’m going to swim across the river for years and they’re like ‘yah, yah, blah, blah, you can’t make it.’ So, I don’t know, last night I just decided it was the time to go.”
Morillo said he regrets causing problems for authorities, including Windsor police and Coast Guard crews from the U.S. and Canada. Three boats and a helicopter responded, The Detroit News reported, and authorities warn the river’s current makes a dangerous place to swim.
“As soon I saw the helicopters going by and the boats looking for me, I was like ‘oh, this is really stupid,’” Morillo told The Windsor Star.
Police in Windsor initially responded around 11:30 p.m., when a neighbor of Morillo called to say she had lost sight of him about a half-hour earlier.
Morillo made it across to Detroit, getting out of the water near downtown’s Renaissance Center, and was swimming back when he was found about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday by the U.S. Coast Guard. During his stop on the Detroit side of the river he said people wanted to take his picture. Morillo said he was told that he’ll also likely be fined for swimming in a shipping channel, which could be $5,000 to $25,000.
Scratch Immediately! Trashed Lottery Ticket’s A $1M Winner
North Attleborough, MA (AP) A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.
The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.
They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.
The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn’t. They dug through the trash and found it.
The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills and take a vacation.
To get the full amount they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.
Here’s Prank Seldom Pulled:
Drop A Skunk In A Public Place!
Middlesboro, KY (AP) A Kentucky man is under arrest for taking a skunk to the rest room and leaving it there.
Kevin Kibert (KY’-burt) told WYMT-TV in Hazard during a jailhouse interview that he didn’t do it, but acknowledges he went into the restroom at a Middlesboro convenience store earlier this month.
Store manager Pamela Hobbs said Kibert walked into the restroom with a garbage bag and came back out, saying, ``Sorry, man,’’ to an employee as he left. The worker went to see what Kibert was sorry about and saw a baby skunk, which had already sprayed the men’s room.
Hobbs said people would walk up the door, smell the skunk odor and leave.
The criminal mischief case against the 35-year-old Kibert was sent to a grand jury on Tuesday.