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October 24, 2013

Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some

Mustang, OK (AP) One man lies on his stomach on the driveway. Blood is splattered along the garage door that smashed his head and presumably killed him. Another man lies a few feet away, run over by a truck.

The scene in a middle-class Oklahoma neighborhood made of single-story homes and well-manicured lawns seems out of a horror story because, well, it is. The two accident victims are in fact dummies, created as part of a family’s vivid Halloween display to shock and frighten.

And it certainly has. At least one woman has called 911 to report that a man’s head had been shut into the garage door. Jennifer Mullins, of Mustang, said she got the idea for the macabre scene from the social media site Pinterest and showed her husband, Johnnie, who was happy to scare up a display while he was on worker’s compensation and unable to work. Using Johnnie’s work clothes and blankets for stuffing, the couple first placed one life-sized dummy at the garage in early October and the next day, placed one next to the truck. The front yard is filled with spider webs, skeletons, crosses and RIP signs.
Mullins knew the ghastly display would raise some eyebrows, but she’s surprised by just how much attention it’s received, mainly online.

“People think we went too far, and you know, we’re devil worshippers and we must not be Christian folk,” the 32-year-old mother of two girls said. “They’ve said all kinds of stuff. But we’re normal. We love Jesus. We celebrate Halloween.”

As for the woman who called 911, Mullins called it “ridiculous” and said if it was her, she would have gotten out of her car to check on the person and then seen it was a dummy.

‘Joker’ Charged With Driving Drunk In Maine

Pittsfield, ME (AP) Police didn’t need Batman to help them arrest the Joker in central Maine over the weekend.

A man returning from a Halloween party and wearing makeup like the Joker was charged with drunken driving after crashing his car in Pittsfield early Sunday.

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Police say 64-year-old Dennis Lalime lost control of his car at about 2 a.m., then struck multiple trees and rocks before coming to a rest. Lalime wasn’t injured.

The Morning Sentinel reports that a nearby homeowner heard the crash and called police, who arrested Lalime on an operating under the influence charge.

In his booking photo, Lalime’s face is painted white, with dark circles around his eyes, and his hair is dyed bright green, just like the villain in the Batman series.

A working telephone number couldn’t be located for Lalime.

Cat Caught Carrying Marijuana Into Moldovan Prison

Chisinau, Moldova (AP) A cat has been busted for smuggling pot into a prison in Moldova.

Guards became suspicious about the feline, which routinely entered and left the prison through a hole in a fence, when they noticed its odd collar. On closer inspection, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it.

The Department of Penitentiary Institutions said Friday that someone in the village of Pruncul was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope at the local prison.

Whoever the human was, this wasn’t a first regarding cat couriers at lockups.

In June, guards caught a cat carrying cellphones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia.

$1,000 Reward In ‘Duck Dynasty’ Scarecrow Heist

Ball Ground, GA (AP) Police in Georgia are offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest of whoever stole a scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from the TV show ``Duck Dynasty.’’

The scarecrow, which features the popular character from the reality show wearing camouflage and sitting on a hay bale with his legs crossed, went missing between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the town of Ball Ground about 50 miles north of Atlanta.

Si Robertson

City Clerk Karen Jordan tells the Cherokee Tribune that the scarecrow was a favorite in the city’s inaugural scarecrow contest.

Four moms of fourth-graders at Ball Ground Elementary School spent more than 40 hours to make the scarecrow. One of them, Allison Martin, said she couldn’t believe someone would swipe their children’s favorite character.

Divers Compete To Carve Pumpkins Underwater

Key Largo, FL (AP) A group of scuba divers has submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to sculpt jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Working against the pumpkins’ natural buoyancy, artistic divers dove 30 feet to the sea bottom Saturday with knives to pare classic, fun-loving facial features. The contest was staged about five miles off Key Largo.

Jana Vandelaar was the overall winner with a pumpkin showcasing a retainer-wearing smile. The Key Largo resident said her creation was inspired by her daughter’s braces.

The offbeat contest organized by the Amoray Dive Resort attracted more than 30 divers from as far away as Tucson, Ariz.

Groom Who Halted Own Wedding With Bomb Hoax Jailed

London (AP) A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he’d neglected to book the venue for his wedding was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.

Neil McArdle called Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall from a phone booth on his scheduled wedding day in April, claiming a bomb was due to go off in 45 minutes.

His fiancee, Amy Williams, was left standing in the street in her wedding gown while the building was evacuated.

McArdle, 36, was arrested the same day and admitted that he made the call because he had forgotten to fill out the paperwork for the wedding.

“He did say several times how embarrassed and ashamed he was and how sorry he was,” said prosecutor Derek Jones.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England sentenced McArdle to 12 months in jail.

Judge Norman Wright said that McArdle had frightened staff at the venue with his hoax‚ which came days after the Boston marathon bombings and let down his fiancee.

Please Don’t Vote For Me

Port Matilda, PA (AP) A small-town mayor in central Pennsylvania has an unusual campaign message: Don’t vote for me.

Bob Wiser is running unopposed for a second term as mayor of Port Matilda, a community near Penn State University.

But the 70-year-old resident recently decided he’d rather leave the post. Yet he missed the August deadline for taking his name off the ballot.

Wiser tells the Centre Daily Times that he’s asking voters to write in a qualified alternative candidate.

Wiser says he’s enjoyed his time in office. But he says he’s lost interest and is tired of butting heads with the borough council.

If Wiser is re-elected Nov. 5, he could retire before his new term starts.

Should that happen, election officials say the council will appoint an interim mayor.

 


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October 3 - Naked And Scared Has Turned Into Semi-Clothed & Spooky

September 26 - Extra Weight Costs Bank Robber Swift Exit

September 19 - Russian Shot In Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

September 12 - Art Heist Trial Help Up Over Lawyer’s Sneakers

September 5 - Marijuana Wrapped Arrow Shot At Squirrel?

August 29 - Hole Makes Huge Pumpkin Ineligible For Alaska Fair

August 22 - Prowling Ninja Says He Was Trying To Help Cops

August 15 - British Cats’ DNA Helps Convict A Killer

August 8 - China’s Heat Wave Brings‘Dead’ Man Back To Life

August 1 - Owner Could Face Charges For Venomous Snakes

July 25 - Swimmer To Go Alone Hauling 2,000 Pounds Of Brick

July 18 - Thai University Apologizes For Hitler Banner

July 11 - Winner Of The Cherry-Spitting Contest - BB Gun!

July 4 - Family Dogs Survive Close Call With Mama & Baby Bears

June 27 - ‘Here’s Looking At You...Officer!’ Man Quotes Bogart Upon Arrest

June 20 - "Happy Birthday To You" Copyright Suit Filed In NY

June 13 - Nude Revelers Greet Popular Tourist Train

June 6 - ‘Bucket List’ Item Leads To Women’s Arrest

May 30 - Swing Dance Your Way To Class Credit

May 23 - NH City Sues Parking Meter “Robin Hoods”

May 16 - Critter Cams Provide Peek Into The Lives Of Bears

May 9 - OMG - The Sun Is Shining! School Closes For Nice Weather

May 2 - Cartel-Linked Man Arrested On The Dance Floor

April 25 - Oregon Juror Jailed For Texting During Trial

April 18 - What’s That Sound? Court Screeners Find Pet Duck In Bag

April 11 - Goat That Walked Into Bar Was Taken From Zoo

April 4 - Man Accused Of Using Fake Penis For Drug Test

March 28 - Caretaker Charged With Taking Care Of Old Whiskey, Too

March 21 - Crime Doesn’t Pay #1: Thief Returns Money From 1980s

March 14 - People, Pooches Team Up To Fight Flab At Gym

March 7 - 37-Pound Tubby Tabby, Biscuit, In Need Of Home

February 28 - Shoeshine Man Donates $200,000 In Tips

February 21 - 911 Call Asking For Cigarettes Leads To Arrest

February 14 - Mistrial Declared When Prosthetic Eye Pops Out

February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap


 

 

 

 

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