January 21, 2016
19 Year Old Plays Powerball For The First Time, Wins $2M
Florida - Lottery officials say a 19-year-old central Florida man and first time lottery player used the numbers off someone else’s unpurchased Powerball ticket to win $2 million.
Frederick Walker said there was already a completed play slip at the Sav-A-Ton in Lake Mary where he purchased his ticket and decided to try his hand using those numbers.
“When I heard about the billion dollar Powerball jackpot, I decided to try my luck and buy a ticket,” Walker told the lottery.
He matched five numbers in Wednesday’s drawing to win $1 million, but added an extra feature which doubled his prize to $2 million.
“How lucky that the first time I played, I won,” he said.
Wednesday night’s drawing also produced 11 $1 million winners in Florida. Lottery officials said Florida has produced more Powerball winners than any other state since joining the game in 2009.
Boy Agreed To Be Set On Fire While Friend Films It
Hollidaysburg, PA (AP) Police say two 13-year-old boys in Pennsylvania are facing disorderly conduct charges after one agreed to be set on fire so the other could film it and post it online.
Pennlive.com reports the stunt took place on New Year’s Day in Frankstown Township.
State police say one of the boys put lighter fluid on his clothes and the other used a blowtorch to ignite the clothing while he recorded it.
Police say the boy who was on fire had a difficult time extinguishing the flames but eventually managed to put them out, avoiding injury.
In a news release, state police say the public should know “such incidents, regardless of their intentions and the end result,” can result in charges.
The stunt was never posted online.
Vikings Fan Mistakenly Breaks Into Police Station
St. Paul, MN (AP) Police say a Vikings fan who was tailgating at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds broke in
to a police substation after the team’s loss to Seattle, apparently thinking it was his own home. State Fair police spokeswoman Brooke Blakey says the 30-year-old man appeared to be drunk when he entered the station Sunday.
The station resembles a house. Blakey says people use the fairgrounds to tailgate at Vikings games, which are played at nearby TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.
Blakey says a patrol officer discovered the tailgater inside the substation around 4 p.m. The tailgater was arrested, booked into the Ramsey County jail and released. Trespassing charges are pending. The Vikings lost 10-9 when Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal try in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game.
UK Police Seek Burglar Who Stole $21,500 In 1-Pound Coins
London (AP) British police are seeking a burglar who may have a heavy conscience‚ or pockets‚ after stealing 15,000 pounds ($21,500) in 1-pound ($1.43) coins.
Greater Manchester Police said Friday that three houses in a street in Ashton-Under-Lyne, northwest England were robbed on Jan. 1. The culprits stole designer handbags, jewelry, a Range Rover and the trove of coins.
It wasn’t clear why the coins were kept in the house. Constable Dinesh Mistry said the haul weighed “the same as two average-sized women, or almost 10 cases of wine.”
He said police have asked local businesses to keep an eye out for a large number of pound coins. He said “it is hard to miss 15,000 pounds in pound coins so we believe someone must know something about this crime.”
Man Who Sent Selfie To Replace Mugshot Is Arrested
Lima, OH (AP) A man Ohio police say sent them a selfie because he didn’t like the mugshot they were using has been arrested in Florida.
Lima (LY’-muh), Ohio, police say Donald “Chip” Pugh was arrested Tuesday in Century, Florida, and is being held on another warrant out of Georgia. Police in Ohio say Pugh also is wanted for failing to appear in court and is a person of interest in several other cases.
Lima police say Pugh sent them a picture of himself in a sport coat and sunglasses along with a message stating, “Here is a better photo that one is terrible.”
The police department has posted on its Facebook page a new mugshot of a smiling Pugh after his arrest in Florida.
Pugh can’t be reached for comment while he’s in custody.
SWAT Cat Is Back! Boston Police Team’s Mascot Returns Home
Boston (AP) SWAT Cat is back!
The Boston Police Department’s SWAT team has been reunited with its beloved, unofficial mascot.
The department posted on its website that SWAT Cat returned to the unit’s home base in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood Thursday morning.
The female stray with white, black and light orange fur first started prowling around in 2013, looking for belly rubs and free meals. But she disappeared in late November.
Police feared the worst and even put out an all-points bulletin for the missing feline, posting a shot on Facebook of SWAT Cat lounging on the hood of an armored vehicle.
The department said Thursday that officers are “just happy that she was safe all this time.”
Spanish Town Celebrates Bizarre, Turnip-Throwing Festival
Piornal, Spain (AP) Hundreds of people are running through the streets of a tiny town in southwestern Spain, chasing a fancy-dressed, beast-like figure and pelting it with turnips.
The event is part of the bizarre ‘Jarramplas’ festival which is held in Piornal each Jan 19-20.
Following the yearly tradition, a town volunteer on Wednesday donned a costume of multicolored ribbons and a protective devilish mask with horns.
He then charged through the streets, beating a drum and will continue for as long as he can stand the punishment.
Local farmers supplied some 18 tons of turnips for the festival. Its origins are uncertain but the local tourism office says the ‘Jarramplas’ figure represents a cattle thief. Others say it has religious roots.
The festival finished later Wednesday with musical and gastronomic celebrations.