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Published: Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 6:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 6:26 PM
A Texas family is breathing a little easier, after a horrifying discovery in a bathroom at their Jones County home.
They found a full-grown, adult rattlesnake in the toilet, but that's not all. It turned out it wasn’t the only snake slithering around the house.
The family called Abilene-based Big Country Snake Removal for help. An inspection turned up a rattlesnake infestation with the discovery of another 23 rattlesnakes at the house.
The company posted a series of pictures and an accompanying post on its Facebook page about the incident.
Big Country Snake Removal said it found 13 adult rattlesnakes in the storm cellar and 10 more, including five baby snakes, under the house.
“Rattlesnakes are secretive… They rely heavily on camouflage,” the company posted.
“This is simply how they survive. Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.”
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.
A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN.
The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car.
Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic.
Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH.
Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. — A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said.
The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.
Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.
The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said.
"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."
It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.
The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries.
"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.
Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:43 PM
WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to keep the federal government open for another four weeks after GOP leaders promised to boost defense spending in a separate bill next month.
By a vote of 230-to-197, the House sent the bill to Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it because it does not offer legal guarantees for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.
Because the bill needs 60 votes to win Senate approval, the federal government could partially close at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013 if the bill collapses in the Senate. But Thursday’s House vote intensifies pressure on the Senate to keep the government open.
Senate Democrats such as Sherrod Brown of Ohio are likely to support the temporary spending measure because it extends for six years a program he strongly supports that provides health coverage to 220,000 low-income children in Ohio.
The program, the 1997 Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is popular with both political parties while governors such as Republican John Kasich and Ohio hospitals have beseeched Congress to extend the program. It expired at the end of last September, forcing Congress to extend it with temporary spending measures.
The major obstacle for House Republicans was their insistence that billions of additional federal dollars be provided for national defense. Under a 2013 law aimed at restraining spending, the government could not spend more $549 billion for defense in the 2018 federal spending year.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was able to persuade defense hawks such as Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, to support the bill, even though it does not include additional military spending. But Turner said Ryan pledged to add to military spending when the full budget is approved this year.
Turner said “we’re in the sad position of having to vote for another” temporary bill “which shortchanges our men and women in uniform.” However, he said Ryan has “a strong commitment for a two–year funding package for our military that is in the best interest of our military.”
Area Republicans Turner, Jim Jordan of Urbana and Warren Davidson of Troy all voted for the bill. Democrat Joyce Beatty of Columbus joined other Democrats in opposing the measure.
Until late Thursday, Ryan’s pledge was not enough to win the backing of the House’s most conservative Republicans, such as Jordan.
But President Donald Trump and Ryan finally convinced opposition Republicans to vote for the bill by promising to boost Defense spending by $80 billion and permit a floor vote on a conservative-backed immigration bill.
If the government shuts down Friday night, the mail would get delivered, the post offices will remain open, the Army, Navy and Air Force operate with critical personnel reporting as usual, and Americans receive their Social Security checks. Medicare and Medicaid departments also continue to function.
Ohio in 2016 had 77,400 federal employees, of which 5,250 were on active duty with the Air Force. Air Force civilian employment was 13,838, almost all at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton
In the past, civilian workers were furloughed, although they were paid when the government re-opened. In the 2013 shutdown, 50 workers at the Defense Supply Center were furloughed.
Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 employees — the vast majority of whom are civilians — and touts a regional economic impact greater than $4 billion.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, would close until a funding deal is reached, a spokesman has said.
The vote highlighted what has become a recurring drama in Washington, confirming once again voters’ fears that the federal government seems to lurch from one budgetary crisis to the next.
Both parties have used the threat of government closures as leverage to win passage of measures that have little or no impact on the budget. Both sides essentially are waiting for the other side to fold, which tends to increase the power of the far right and far left to prevent government from remaining open.
But with the stock market roaring and the economy expanding, there is intense pressure from Wall Street and U.S. companies on Washington to settle their differences without the chaos created by a partial government shutdown.
After a confusing presidential tweet created today doubts about whether the White House backed the bill, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Trump “supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House.”
“Congress needs to do its job and provide full funding of our troops and military with a two year budget caps deal.” Shah said. “However, as the deal is negotiated, the president wants to ensure our military and national security are funded. He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats.”
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:46 PM
BROOKLINE, Mass. — A piece of real estate about the size of a coffin comes with a drop-dead price in Brookline.
It’s nearly $45,000 for a parking spot, but snow removal is extra.
Realtor.com shows the spot, off Addington Road, hit the market in November for $15,000 more than it costs now.
In Brookline, parking is at a premium. But the spot isn’t even premium parking. For one thing, you're at risk of getting sideswiped and there's a tree stump that makes getting out of the passenger seat a little difficult.
To be fair, the listing does not promise voluminous, capacious or anything of the sort.
Though it may be in a "sought after location," the property description also advises it is "suitable for compact car only."
“It seems like a lot of money, but it's not unreasonable for a parking space in Brookline,” The Presti Group’s Gina Dirocco said.
Dirocco says there's a good reason why, in Brookline, this humble pad of asphalt could fetch such a seemingly outrageous price.
“Most towns around here will let you park overnight nine months out of the year. All the months except the winter. Brookline, however, does not offer parking any time of the year. Ever,” she explained.
With a low-enough interest rate, it's even possible slot number 12 could wind up costing less per month than a rented space.
Still, what might make good economic sense in the long run might not feel, to some, like good common sense in the short term.