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January 14, 2016

Couple Struggles To Sell ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ House

Perryopolis, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell a house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the house last summer, but they’ve dropped the asking price from $300,000 to $250,000.

The three-story Victorian in Layton was the second-most clicked home on Realtor.com last year, but Scott Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the publicity has attracted curiosity seekers, but no serious buyers.

“Even though it’s got notoriety, location still is a big deal,” said Erik Gunther, a senior editor and expert on unique homes for Realtor.com.

Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a crazed, cannibalistic psychiatrist whose macabre clues help rookie Agent Clarice Starling track down and kill Buffalo Bill in his home. Foster also won an Oscar.

“The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn’t necessarily add up to a quick sale,” Gunther said. “Just because I want to gawk at something doesn’t mean I want to buy it.”

Couple Get Engaged At Wal-Mart, Then Accused Of Theft

Bay City, MI (AP) A Michigan couple’s engagement is off to a rocky start.

Police say a 25-year-old man proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman at a Bay City Wal-Mart store in front of employees and other shoppers who congratulated them on Dec. 30.

But that same night, William Cornelius Jr. later was accused of shoplifting at a nearby store and arrested. Court records show the items included an edible thong and sex toy.

The Bay City Times, citing court records, reports his fiancee admitted stolen jewelry was in her possession.

Cornelius was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge. He couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. His fiance posted bond before she could be arraigned on any charges.

The newspaper says investigators confirmed Cornelius bought an engagement ring at Wal-Mart for $29.

Family Fires Veteran’s Ashes Out Of Guns At Shooting Range

Hurricane, UT (AP) A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, the St. George Spectrum newspaper reports.

The son of Walter “Jim” Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 shotgun shells with his father’s ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park in Hurricane with the help of relatives and friends.

His son, Clint Hosey, says: “I think he got a kick out of that.”

The newspaper reports that Walter Hosey, who often visited the sports park, died on Jan. 2.

Spilsbury funeral director Mark Heiner called the firing of the shells “a fitting tribute to the way he lived.”

Heiner told the Spectrum that he has read about funeral ashes being loaded into shells for memorial shooting, but it’s the first instance he knows of in Utah.

Man Climbs Nashville Highway Sign, Gets 20 Day Sentence

Nashville, TN (AP) A man who climbed atop a road sign along a major Nashville highway and stayed there for two hours, bringing traffic to a halt as he dangled his feet, has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Local news outlets report that 44-year-old William P. Walters was sentenced after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of obstructing a passageway. According to court records, a charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.

Metro Nashville Police closed part of Interstate 65 on the afternoon of Jan. 5.

Police said in a statement that negotiator Cedric Connolly eventually persuaded Waters to come down from the sign.

The road closure, which lasted through much of rush hour, caused major traffic delays in the downtown area.

Moscow Police Looking Into No-Pants Subway Ride

Moscow (AP) Moscow police are looking into the weekend’s no-pants subway ride for a possible misdemeanor.

Despite freezing temperatures, several dozen people joined the global annual event on Sunday by riding Moscow’s ornate subway with no trousers or skirts on.

The Moscow police said in a statement on Monday that it is studying reports and posts on social media to see if any laws or regulations have been breached.

It was not immediately clear what the pantless subway riders could be charged with but the stunt could technically fall under the law against disturbing public order.

The Communists of Russia, a marginal political party, earlier on Monday called for charges against young people in Moscow and St. Petersburg who “challenged public morality and traditional values” by wearing no pants.

The Shining: UK Commuters Told Trains Delayed By Sunlight

London (AP) It’s the dark days of one of the rainiest British winters on record. So some London commuters were surprised to hear their trains had been delayed because of the sun.

Rail operator Southeastern tweeted Tuesday that “we had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.”

The company said low winter sun was hitting monitors at an angle that meant the drivers could not see them.

Almost 1 million people travel to London by train every weekday and commuters are used to hearing a wide array of excuses for the frequent delays.

Past culprits have included “leaves on the line” and “the wrong type of snow.”

Parents Get Son’s Letter From Iraq Almost 11 Years Later

Roanoke, VA (AP) A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.

The Roanoke Times reports David Craig got the letter last week from his son Lynn Craig, who returned safely from Iraq in September 2005.

The missing letter, dated March 14, 2005, was written about a month after Lynn Craig had been in Iraq. At that time, he was a lance corporal of the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s still part of the Reserve.

The Craigs say they’d like to know where the letter has been all this time.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Tad Kelley says there’s no way of knowing what happened in transit from Iraq to Roanoke, Virginia, adding it’s very rare for letters to go missing for that long.

Grenade Clears Courthouse, Was Gag Gift For New Sheriff

Beaver, PA (AP) A grenade that led authorities to evacuate a county courthouse was a gag gift intended for the newly elected sheriff, authorities said Thursday.

Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation as a precaution Wednesday after the box addressed to him was X-rayed along with other incoming mail.

The novelty gift included a disarmed World War II grenade mounted on a plaque with a sign reading, “Complaint department. Take a number.” A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade’s pin.

The sheriff said he didn’t recognize the sender’s name.

“When I saw the name on the package, that’s the first time I’d seen the name or heard of the person,” Guy said.

County detectives quickly tracked down the sender, who explained he was simply a fan of Guy’s and wanted to welcome Guy into office with a funny gift.

District Attorney David Lozier said Thursday that the sender won’t be charged with a crime because his intentions were innocent. But Lozier issued a warning to others.

“Just because this is legal does not mean it’s smart,” he said.

The courthouse was evacuated for about 80 minutes Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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