North Carolina’s longest-running paperboy retired on Sunday. Billy Joe Smith, 71, got up for work at 2:30 a.m. seven days a week for 41 years, reported WXII-TV in Winston-Salem. Smith, who lives in East Bend, N.C., got up Sunday morning and delivered his final Winston-Salem Journal.
Tulsa Police arrested a suspect accused of attempting to steal several vehicles and using one of the stolen vehicles to kill the vehicle’s owner, according to reports. Officer Leland Ashley said officers initially received reports of a vehicle burglary at about 6 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South 59th West Avenue. The victim, Stephen Stewart, 62, attempted to stop the suspect, William Gary Parris, 36, from taking his company truck, Ashley said. Then Parris reportedly used Stewart’s company truck to pin Stewart between him and another vehicle, Ashley said.
Children become obese because of the influence of their same-sex parent, not as a result of genetics, a new study by British scientists claims. Scientists from Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth say if a young girl has an overweight mother she is more likely to become obese, with the same applying to boys and their fathers. The findings suggest that it is behavioural rather than genetic factors that have a greater influence in determining whether children become obese.
A former Murray police detective was sentenced to two years in jail Monday for sexually abusing a teenage girl during a five-year period. Michael D. Spilman, 35, was charged with one count each of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child, second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse and class A misdemeanor sexual battery.
McDonald’s is shifting its European headquarters to Geneva, in a snub to the European Union, to benefit from Switzerland’s advantageous intellectual property tax laws. The US fast-food chain is joining other foreign companies that have moved their European headquarters to a more favourable tax regime. US corporations that have based themselves in Switzerland include Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Yahoo! and Google.
A hero dad died last night saving his 6-year-old son from a speeding hit-and-run driver who left a trail of destruction on a Bronx street after a fight with his wife at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant, police said. The heartless driver plowed into Miguel Colon, 36, a split second after Colon pushed his son Sebastian out of harm’s way, relatives said. “The boy kept crying, ‘Daddy! Daddy, what happened?'” said witness Sam Alhadis, 16, who works at a nearby deli.
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A man’s body was found below the rim of the Grand Canyon on Monday after he apparently drove a car over the edge, park officials said. Around 6 a.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received several reports that a car had driven over the edge near the El Tovar Hotel, said Sharon Marcak, a park spokeswoman.
A judge has sentenced a Columbia woman to 18 months in jail in the death of her husband during a sex game. Rebecca Bargy, who is 26, was sentenced Monday in the death of her 29-year-old husband James Bargy in April 2008, according to The Daily Herald of Columbia.
This is the moment a a US Navy pilot gave a shocked resident a very close look at his F18. The fighter/bomber streaked past an apartment block on the banks of the Detroit River at the weekend. It was part of a tactical demonstration fly-past to open a speedboat race in the North American city. Officials waived rules to allow the Navy flyers to swoop under 100ft along the waterway.
A man accused of sucker-punching an Abington Marine over a dispute about a barking dog could face more serious criminal charges now that the victim has succumbed to brain injuries. “At this point it’s under investigation and we’re going to await the autopsy results to make any decision on changes to any of the charges,” said Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.
A California girl who vanished seven years ago has turned up in Omaha and her mother has been arrested. Omaha police say they got a tip from someone who had seen a photo of the then 7-year-old girl in a flier about missing children.
Slidell police still lack any promising leads in solving Friday morning’s armed robbery of Central Progressive Bank at 551 Gause Blvd. Bank employees say an armed man dressed in a disposable, blue hazardous materials suit entered the bank at 9:48 a.m. and demanded money from the tellers, police said.
They call their home Silicone City – and for good reason. Chantal Marshall and four of her daughters have had NINE boob jobs between them. That makes them the British family to have had the most breast surgery – bra, er, bar none. While most mums and their daughters enjoy shopping trips together, Chantal, 50, and her daughters have spent nearly £40,000 on visits to cosmetic surgeons to have their breasts enlarged.
A little boy was shot in the face and now his uncle is behind bars. On Sunday, the 8-year-old victim was with three other children in the living room of a home. Somehow, one of the children got hold of a handgun and a round was fired, striking the victim in the face.
A Connecticut man blamed his “european style” bathing suit for exposing himself to a 14-year-old girl at a Walt Disney World water park Saturday, deputies said. Bradford Pellet Biggers, 51, of Connecticut, faces charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition to a minor among other charges. He is being held on a $2,500 bond.
Officials have surrounded the home of a former police officer they say is accused of fatally shooting a Chambers County deputy. The shooting happened at the suspect’s trailer in the 2500 block of S. FM 565 Road after a meter reader arrived Monday morning to shut off the water, Baytown Police Department Spokeswoman Patti Jett said.
It’s not every day police get a clue like the one left at a burglary scene last month — the burglar’s cell phone, complete with a self-portrait snapshot. Police say the photo left on the phone will help close the case.
A man tried to rob a Bay Minette-area store this weekend with a toy gun but was chased off by a worker wielding a cricket bat, Baldwin County investigators said. A man entered Bee Gee’s gas station and store on U.S. 31 in the Pine Grove community Saturday afternoon and tried to steal money using a toy gun, Baldwin County authorities said.
Quote of the day.
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.
-Thomas Jefferson 1798