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New York pastor raffling AR-15 at upcoming Sunday service
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on March 08, 2014 at 9:36 PM, updated March 08, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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A New York pastor is raffling an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at church at a Sunday service soon.
Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, stated on the church's website that the raffle's purpose is "honoring hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years."
A flier distributed regarding the raffle says "win a FREE AR-15" and a verse, John 14:27: "My peace I give unto you."
The winner of the game must be a legal adult and undergo a rigorous FBI background check and meet all state and federal laws before the gun is handed over to its new owner, according to The Times Union.
He isn't mandating that his congregation enter the contest, and the flier was sent to registered gun owners.
"If someone doesn't want to own a gun, that's their right," he said. "At the same time, I don't think we should be critical of legal gun owners who gave us our freedom."
The current mainstream model of the AR-15 is illegal in New York and the model being raffled has been modified to meet restrictions, according to Fox News.
Some don't agree with the message-- a similar weapon was used in the Sandy Hook shootings.
"There's no way we should be in a church saying we're going to be giving away a weapon that could end up in the wrong hands," Charlie Muller of the Victory Christian Church told WRGB-TV
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin disagreed. "This is a safe, legal firearm he's raffling."
Man does c-section on dead porcupine, saves her baby
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on March 30, 2014 at 2:47 AM, updated March 30, 2014 at 2:48 AM
LISBON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.
Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.
He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.
He tells WMTW-TV (bit.ly/1hlWRUl) he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.
Buzzell is caring for the baby at home and plans to give it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
KFC's chicken corsage -- a half-baked idea, or the recipe for a magical prom night?
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on April 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM, updated April 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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KFC and a Kentucky-based florist have partnered to create the unique "chicken corsage." (Photo via KFC.com)
Ladies, what would you prefer for a prom corsage – original recipe, extra crispy or Kentucky grilled chicken? Wait, what?
If an elaborate promposal isn't enough to impress your date, this could be what does it. KFC has partnered with a Kentucky florist to offer a "limited edition drumstick corsage" to 100 clucky – whoops, lucky – prom-goers.
The corsage kits, which cost $20, include a $5 KFC gift check so that you can buy the drumstick, which will then be nestled into sprigs of baby's breath.
The florist told the New York Daily News that they have sold 15 chicken corsages so far, and a bride has also asked that all the bouquets and corsages for her wedding include chicken.
Tennessee woman defends walking down aisle with baby attached to wedding train
Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4:16 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 02, 2014 4:43 PM EDT
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Shona Carter-Brooks, of Jackson, Tenn., secured her 1-month-old daughter on the train of her wedding dress. (Shona Carter-Brooks/Via Facebook0
A Tennessee woman has fired back at critics for the unusual way she included her baby daughter in her recent wedding.
Shona Carter-Brooks, of Jackson, Tenn., secured her 1-month-old daughter on the train of her wedding dress as she walked down the aisle.
Carter Brooks, who married Jonathan Brooks at the Elam Baptist Church in Ripley, Tenn., last weekend, walked down the aisle with her daughter dragging behind wrapped in the enormous amount of material
Carter Brooks fired back at the criticism by letting her friends know she is not letting the negative comments ruin her recent nuptials.
Yunzhi Ziao Earns 'Calm Brother' Moniker as Knife Lodges in Head
BEIJING – A pedestrian's head was impaled with a knife that fell from an eighth-story balcony. Yunzhi Xiao, 57, was walking to a supermarket in Guangyuan, China, when he suddenly felt a "very heavy weight" on his head.
"It hurt a lot,” Xiao told NBC News from his hospital bed. “I cried out, ‘My head! My head hurts!’ but I did not know what had happened.” A street vendor shouted at Xiao, “There is a knife in your head!” He managed to walk another 100 yards before the pain became too much and he was forced to sit down at a phone booth. “Some warm-hearted people passing by saw me bleeding and called the police who took me to a traditional Chinese medicine hospital,” Xiao added. "A few hours later doctors took the knife out of my head." According to local media reports and what Xiao was told by police, a knife that was being used on a balcony garden was knocked over the ledge by the wind on Thursday.
Images showing Xiao’s wound and his unperturbed demeanor have circulated on China’s websphere, where the photo has been posted tens of thousands of times and commentators have honored him with the nickname, “Calm Brother.” The knife's owner was questioned by police and later visited Xiao at hospital to apologize.
- Ed Flanagan
NBC News’ Chaojie Zhou contributed to this report.
West Texas Woman Accused of Strangling Husband With Apron
Investigators say a West Texas woman has been charged with killing her husband of nearly 25 years by allegedly using an apron to strangle him.
El Paso County jail records show 61-year-old Martha Acevedo of San Elizario was being held Saturday on a murder charge.
Friend in Deadly Bear Attack Calls 911: "Scared Out of My Mind"
Online jail records do not list an attorney for Acevedo, whose bond was set at $100,000 in the slaying of Jose Acevedo.
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the couple's home Thursday morning on a report of an unresponsive person. Authorities did not immediately say who summoned officers or what allegedly led to the death.
Accused Subway restaurant robber captured, tells cops 'Jared Diet' failed him
A man suspected of robbing four Jefferson County Subway restaurants was captured after a citizen recognized him from surveillance photos and followed him around Walmart until police arrived.
The chief said the Fairfield teen admitted to the Hueytown holdup, and investigators asked him why he did it. "I don't know if he was kidding or not, but he said he had tried the Jared diet and it hadn't worked for him so he wanted his money back,'' Hagler said.
Intoxicated burglars arrested on trailered pontoon boat
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - All that was missing was a keg of rum. And a body of water.
Authorities say two men fired shots during a break-in Wednesday night at a Jefferson County business. The burglars' getaway car was a pontoon boat which, of course, was on dry land.
No one was injured, and the pair was captured.
Jefferson County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of shots fired at Lynnport Industries on Atwood Ferry Road in Mulga. When they arrived, an employee told them he had found two men inside the warehouse, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
The employee confronted them, and the men ran back out through the business's gates and boarded a pontoon boat they had parked down the road. When the employee approached them, one of the suspects opened fire with a shotgun.
The employee retreated, and called the sheriff's office.
Deputies found the pontoon boat on a trailer attached to a pickup truck near the road. The men yelled obscenities but were taken off the boat and into custody.
Both were intoxicated, Christian said. Their "pirate vessel" was impounded.
Coy Michael Falls, 55, of Quinton, is charged with third-degree burglary, menacing and disorderly conduct. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $22,000.
Austin Blackwell, 19, of Mulga, is charged with third-degree burglary and disorderly conduct. He remains jailed with bond set at $16,000.
"I don't know which one was the captain of the ship but I'm gonna guess it's the Nick Nolte looking one,'' Christian said. "Who commits a burglary while towing a pontoon boat? Definitely a clown alert here."
A Geneva man was arrested after reportedly having sex with his wife's dog.
Jonathan Edward Medley, 39, was taken into custody late Friday night and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, the Dothan Eagle reported. A cash bond was set at $535.
"He was mad at his wife because she paid more attention to the dog than him so he had sex with the dog," Geneva Police Capt. Ricky Morgan told the newspaper. "(His wife) actually thought he was having an affair with another woman and hid a recording device. She learned he was in fact molesting the dog."
WTVY reported the dog, which suffered injuries, is a two-year-old male Shih Tzu named Buster.
Alabama teen goes on chicken massacre when mother didn't fix his relationship, deputies say
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on June 25, 2015 at 8:06 PM, updated June 25, 2015 at 9:54 PM
Limestone County sheriff's deputies say a domestic incident in Elkmont ended with several dead chickens and a young man in jail.
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The charges are against 18-year-old Haden Smith. Deputies say Smith's mother called them after he sent her threatening texts and killing her chickens. Deputies say Smith texted her Thursday morning saying he would kill a chicken every fifteen minutes unless she contacted his girlfriend's parents and mended his relationship with his girlfriend.
He gave her a deadline of noon until the chicken massacre started, deputies say. He also threatened to burn her house down, kill any responding deputies and kill himself, according to the sheriff's office.
Smith killed six chickens before he was arrested. He texted his mother photos of the each dead chicken every fifteen minutes, deputies say.
Smith was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic violence and third-degree criminal mischief.
'When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go': Pooping Cyclist Blamed for Idaho Wildfire
by M. ALEX JOHNSON
That's one expensive pit stop.
Authorities say a cyclist will be fined and could have to pay the full cost of extinguishing a 73-acre fire he inadvertently set in the foothills of Boise, Idaho, when he tried to burn his toilet paper after, well, relieving himself in a ravine Wednesday.
The so-called Hull Fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and was contained by Wednesday night, authorities said.
The cyclist, who wasn't identified, thought he was doing the right thing by disposing of the soiled paper so he wouldn't be littering, the Boise Fire Dispatch Center said Thursday. But an ember flew into some dry grass and quickly spread out of control.
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"I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go," Carrie Bilbao, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management, told NBC station KTVB of Boise.
Wyoming Man Found with 30 Eyeballs in His Anal Cavity
Police made a routine traffic stop early Thursday morning and got more than they bargained for when Roy Tilbott, 51, stepped out of his El Camino for a field sobriety test and Casper police noticed several eyeballs slide from his right pant leg onto the road.
Feeling they could have a potential murderer on their hands, police quickly drew guns and cuffed Tilbott.
Tilbott assured police the eyeballs were not human, but instead cow eyeballs he had pilfered from Johnson Meats (a slaughterhouse) where Tilbott is employed as a butcher.
Company won’t let us take animal scraps home and instead toss them in the landfill,” Tilbott said in the police report. “They’re a very wasteful company. We should be allowed to take scrap meat and other parts home. The company should start a green initiative. They don’t even have recycling at the plant.”
Tilbott explained his actions: “I enjoy eating bovine eyeballs and smuggling them out in my colon was the only way I knew how to get them out without potentially getting caught and fired.”
Tilbott told police he estimates he has smuggled several thousand eyeballs from the plant over the past few months.
“I put them in soups,” Tilbott said in the police report. “They’re beneficial for erectile dysfunction, which I currently battle, but I also just like the texture and taste.”
Tilbott was arrested for driving under the influence, his BAC two times higher than the legal limit, plus he was in possession of several large carving knives possibly stolen from the meat packing plant, but Tilbott has not been charged with theft as police need to further investigate to determine who the knives belong to.
Police are also unsure whether to charge Tilbott with theft for the bovine eyeballs. They are waiting to talk with Tilbott’s employer first.
Hammer thrower wins gold medal, gets drunk, uses it to pay for taxi home
Polish hammer thrower Pawel Fajedek won a gold medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships on Monday in Beijing after his 80.88 meter toss. It was the sixth gold medal of his career, so, naturally, he was pretty excited about it and went out celebrating afterwards.
But that’s where things went a little downhill.
According to Chinese media outlet Tencent, confirmed by media outlets in Fajedek’s home country, the 26-year-old was seen celebrating and drinking heavily in a number of the area’s bars. But when it was time to get home he was apparently so discombobulated that he paid for the taxi with his gold medal.
The Independent relayed the story:
The worried 26-year-old, who was the youngest defending gold medallist at the Championships this year, immediately contacted police to report the loss.
Officers reportedly set about helping him retrace his steps the night before and managed to trace the taxi driver – who told them Fajdek had willingly handed his medal over in payment.
Presumably after persuasion from police, the taxi driver returned the missing medal.