July 3, 2014
Good Samaritan Rescues
Man From Burning SUV
New Brighton, MN (AP) A Good Samaritan showed “superhuman strength” when he bent the door of a burning sport utility vehicle and rescued another motorist on a Minnesota freeway, a state trooper said.
Bob Renning, 52, of Woodbury was driving with his girlfriend on Interstate 35W in New Brighton Sunday evening when he noticed the vehicle driving behind him was on fire.
Renning told the Star Tribune that he stopped about 200 feet in front of the SUV as it pulled over. Renning said he sprinted to the car as he saw flames and smoke “rolling around” the SUV. His girlfriend called 911.
When Renning reached the SUV, the flames had intensified and the interior was filled with smoke. He couldn’t see anyone inside. He pulled on the door handle, but it wouldn’t open. He then spotted Michael Johannes frantically pounding and kicking against the passenger-side window.
Johannes couldn’t open the door after the locks and power windows failed.
Renning, who said he is not especially fit, gripped the top of the door frame with his fingertips, braced his foot against the door and pulled. The door then bent in half and the glass shattered, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Renning, a member of the Air National Guard, said he doesn’t know how he pried the door open. State Trooper Zachary Hill, who was quickly on the scene, said Renning displayed “superhuman strength” in the rescue.
Johannes said he had no idea someone was trying to rescue him. He said he was holding his breath and believed he was going to die.
Men Who Ditched $1M Ticket Now Suing New Jersey Lottery
Mahwah, NJ (AP) Two New York men are suing the New Jersey Lottery after they threw out a Powerball ticket worth $1 million.
Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, New York, argue in their federal lawsuit that the lottery didn’t quickly update its website with the winning numbers from the March 23 drawing.
Cambria tells The Record newspaper he asked Onyango to check the website soon after the 11 p.m. drawing. Cambria tossed the ticket when the numbers didn’t match.
The men now think the site was showing the previous drawing’s numbers.
They say they realized they had won the next day. But by then, their ticket was on its way to a landfill in Canada.
The men say they have two other tickets showing serial numbers that prove they had a winner.
Football Field Accidentally Built On Man’s Land
Skowhegan, ME (AP) A Maine town will spend $27,500 to correct mistakes it made that led to a youth football field being accidentally built on private property.
Officials in Skowhegan say they skipped the step of ensuring that the field was built on the property of the Skowhegan Community Center sports complex.
The field ended up partially on abutting property owner Kris Laney’s land.
The Morning Sentinel reports that the town will purchase a 50-by-470-foot piece of land from Laney for $15,000.
It will also spend $12,500 for drainage, survey and engineering work.
Town Road Commissioner Greg Dore says buying the land was cheaper than moving the football field at an estimated cost of $45,000.
For Sale: Small South Dakota Town, Bar Included
Rapid City, SD (AP) A businessman looking to invest more time in his traveling concession business is seeking a buyer for his rural, southwestern South Dakota town for the price of $400,000.
Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson who bought the town in 1998, gave it to his ex-wife in their divorce and reclaimed it in 2012, put the town on the market last week, according he told the Rapid City Journal.
In the 1940s, the town had a population of 40 people, along with a post office, some houses and a grocery store.
Over the years, ownership of the town concentrated to a single person until it wound up in Benson’s hands about 16 years ago. Now, what remains is a bar, workshop, three trailers and a house, where Benson and his current wife live.
Although the town is a shell of its former self, its bar still serves a hearty purpose. As the only watering hole in a 10-mile radius, the Swett Tavern is still the de facto gathering place for local cowboys and wheat growers.
“This place is pretty much where the highway ends and the Wild West begins,” local patron Gerry Runnels told the newspaper.
Benson said if it doesn’t sell in a year, he’ll probably hold onto his small empire.
“I hate to get rid of it,” he said.
GM Returns Stolen Corvette To Owner After 33 Years
Detroit (AP) The last time George Talley saw his beloved 1979 Chevrolet Corvette was when he parked it on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit in 1981.
That was 33 years ago, and Talley had believed the sports car was long gone until a surprise June 13 phone call from auto insurer AAA telling him his Vette was at a police station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, about 840 miles southwest of Detroit.
“It was a lucky day to hear that my car had been found,” Talley said Tuesday in a release. “They told me it was running, had 47,000 miles on it and was ready for me to pick up!”
GM Product Development Executive Vice President Mark Reuss heard the story and offered to ship the car back to Detroit where it was delivered Tuesday morning to Talley at the automaker’s world headquarters about three miles from where it was stolen.
“George’s story brought a smile to my face,” Reuss said. “As a longtime Corvette owner myself, I know the passion the car inspires. I also knew that car belonged home in Detroit, with its rightful owner, and we could make that happen.”
Talley, 71, has owned three other Corvettes, but the 1979 model was his favorite, according to GM.
Utah Man To Jail After Fight Over Pew Space
Ogden, UT (AP) A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Wayne Dodge was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor assault charge.
He was also ordered to complete an anger management class and pay a fine.
Weber County deputies say the fight happened last June at a Mormon meetinghouse during a crowded service that included a baby blessing and a missionary farewell.
Authorities say Dodge sat in a section that another family had saved in hopes of getting a good view of the baby blessing.
Dodge is accused of punching the man after the service, and striking him with his vehicle in the parking lot.