Couple gets $2 million cellphone bill from Verizon

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 6:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 6:31 PM

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Imagine going to check the statement for a phone bill and seeing a balance of $2 million.

That’s what happened to one Oregon couple that had a phone plan with Verizon Wireless for just one month.

“It’s been very stressful to say the least,” Ken Slusher told KUTV.

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Slusher and his girlfriend opened an account with Verizon late last year and cancelled the account shortly after when they started noticing serious discrepancies on their bills.

According to KUTV, Slusher said their first bill was $698, $578 more than it should have been. The next bill stated a balance of only $9.

“The number of errors [was] astounding to me,” he said.

By January, Slusher and his girlfriend had their account with the cellular company cancelled and had also returned both phones they had purchased with the business.

Even still, soon collection agencies starting calling the two demanding thousands of dollars. Slusher and his girlfriend say they’ve gone back and forth with customer service representatives, who agree the charges are a mistake. And yet, there’s been no resolution.

When Slusher checked his Verizon account on Monday, he found out about the now $2,156,593.64 balance.

On Tuesday, Slusher and his girlfriend wired a down payment on a new house for them and their children. They are scheduled to close on the house early next week but might not be able to. Slusher’s mortgage company won’t sign off on a loan.

“If I don’t get this straightened out in the next 24 hours, I can almost guarantee I’ll lose this house,” he said.  

Iowa police charge 2 juveniles with destroying half =million bees

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:14 AM

Nearly half a million bees were killed when vandals destroyed an Iowa honey business.
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Nearly half a million bees were killed when vandals destroyed an Iowa honey business.(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Iowa police arrested two juveniles Wednesday, charging them with alleged vandalism that destroyed more than a half-million bees at a Sioux City honey business last month, The Sioux City Journal reported.

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The minors, 12 and 13, were not identified by police. They were charged on three felony counts -- criminal mischief in the first degree, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary in the third degree, as well as an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of burglar's tools, the Sioux City Police Department said in a statement.

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The juveniles are accused of destroying the 50 hives at Wild Hill Honey in Sioux City on Dec. 27. Owner Justin Engelhardt said nearly half a million bees were killed, and there was an estimated $60,000 worth of damage not covered by insurance.

Plane that crashed down slope in Turkey removed with large crane

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:13 AM

A plane that skidded off a runway in Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope has been removed with a large craine.

The plane overshot the runway while landing at the Trabzon Airport Jan. 13. The plane’s nose came with a feet of the Black Sea.

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The 168 passengers and crew on board were evacuated. No one was injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sunshine today, warmer this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM

More sunshine is expected in the Dayton area today, and milder temperatures and rain returns this weekend.


  • Warmer temperatures expected this weekend
  • Chance for rain returns Sunday into Monday
  • Snow possible Tuesday

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Today: More sunshine is expected today as temperatures climb above freezing, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. It will be a nice day, although still cool, with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 30s this afternoon.

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Tonight: Clouds will increase overnight tonight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s.

Saturday: More clouds will return Saturday. It will be a mild day with highs in the lower to mid 40s. There could be a few light showers or some drizzle later Saturday, but the better chance for rain will come Sunday and Monday.

Sunday: Temperatures will climb into the upper 40s with a few showers expected.

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Monday: Rain is expected Monday, and some of the rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Colder air will return Tuesday with highs only in the mid-30s. There is the chance that we could see some snow showers as well.

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Driver runs onto freeway to avoid car crashing into tow truck

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:47 AM

WATCH: Tow truck driver narrowly misses being hit by car

A Michigan tow truck driver working to load a crashed vehicle was nearly hit by another car that lost control in slick conditions.

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On Wednesday morning at 10:30, the tow truck driver was working to load a vehicle that had been involved in a crash onto a truck. 

A Michigan State Police officer was behind the tow truck, and on cruiser cam, the officer can be heard asking for another cruiser to block the I-96 on-ramp. A moment later, the cruiser cam captures footage of a car losing control on the ramp, crashing into the tow truck.

The tow truck driver was able to run onto the freeway at the last moment, avoiding being crushed by the car.

“A trooper was writing a crash that occurred on I-96 in the express lane and this individual came down the ramp from southbound Southfield too fast, lost control of the vehicle and hit the tow truck,’’ Lt. Mike Shaw told The Detroit Free Press.

The car that lost control ended up on top of the car that was being loaded. The at-fault driver was cited “for violation of basic speed law, driving too fast for road conditions and violation of Michigan’s emergency vehicle move-over law,’’ Shaw said.

Nobody was injured, the Free Press reported.