January 18th, 2015
SHARON, Pa. (AP) â€” A 62-year-old woman says she discovered a python on her bathroom floor when she went to take an overnight potty break.
Debbie LaMotte tells The (Sharon) Herald that she first thought the snake was a scarf lying on the floor "because it had such a beautiful pattern." But when she prodded it with her cane, the snake's head moved.
The incident happened about 4 a.m. Tuesday at her apartment in Riverview Manor in Sharon. That's about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
LARGO, Fla. (AP) â€” Is "In Dog We Trust" your motto?
If so, a sheriff's office in Florida has a rug for you. The Pinellas County sheriff's office said Thursday it will auction off a rug that had "In Dog We Trust" on it instead of "In God We Trust."
The forest green rug with the sheriff's gold badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.
Proceeds from the auction will go to Canine Estates, a local animal rescue organization.
POCATELLO â€” Oh so close.
That has to be the feeling for the Blackfoot Lady Broncos and head coach Dallan Parker after the Blackfoot's 46-40 loss to Pocatello at the Palace of Pocatello High School Friday night.
During the season the Broncos have improved markedly from the opening games of the season, Friday night Parker said before the game he would really like to win a game in the gym he used to coach in and against his little sister Carly who is a senior for the Indians.
But as close as the Broncos got in the game with the Indians Friday, mistakes took them away from a victory.
BLACKFOOT â€” Emergency units responded to a gas leak in the alleyway between Broadway/Ash and Bridge/Judicial streets around 7:45 a.m. on Friday.
According to Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus, it appears that a garbage truck going through the alley around 7:15 a.m. inadvertently dropped or bumped a large metal garbage can which hit a gas meter, causing the leak.
Businesswoman Gracie Sanchez, owner of Flower Budz Daycare on Ash Street, and her manager could smell gas and hear the gas leaking shortly after the garage truck made its way through the alley.
(AP) â€” Kaitlyn Farrington, the American snowboarder who pulled off one of the biggest surprises at the Sochi Olympics, is retiring because of a degenerative spine condition.
The 25-year-old raised in Bellevue, Idaho, won the gold medal on the halfpipe last year, defeating previous champions Torah Bright and Kelly Clark.
Farrington, whose family sold livestock from their ranch to bankroll her career, fell while riding last October and went numb.
VALLEY, Ala. (AP) â€” An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense.
In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents to have each student bring an 8-ounce canned item.
"We realize at first this may seem odd; however, it is a practice that would catch an intruder off guard," she wrote in the letter, published by TV station WHNT in Huntsville.
Members of the Blackfoot police and fire departments responded to a report of a gas leak about Judicial and Ash streets early Friday morning. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
THOMAS â€”Â Early in the fourth quarter the Snake River Panthers held a 21-point lead over the top ranked team in 2A in the visiting Soda Springs Cardinals.
But the top ranked Cardinals did not just roll over, in fact they went on a 13-1 run to pull within 10 points.
The Panther lead shrunk to as small as six in the final two minutes before the Panthers closed out the game at the free throw line to earn a 63-55 win over Soda Springs handing the Cardinals just their second loss of the season.
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Snake River 63, Soda Springs 55
The Blackfoot School District will be asking patrons to support a $2.6 million levy in March based on a recommendation by the district's "finance advisory committee." The request was unanimously approved by all board members at the school board meeting on Thursday night.
Blackfoot patrons have supported a supplemental levy since 1981. The levy needs to be approved every two years. The last levy, for $1.975 million, was approved by voters in March of 2013. This will be the first request for an increase in the levy since 2007.
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