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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — There were plenty of open containers on a Florida interstate highway Wednesday morning.
A South Carolina truck driver spilled what the Florida Highway Patrol estimated to be 60,000 pounds of Busch beer onto I-10 when he lost control of his tractor-trailer and the vehicle overturned, WEAR reported.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol release, Michael Nolan Powell, 44, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, was driving west on I-10 at 2:40 a.m. in Okaloosa County near the Florida Panhandle town of Holt when he failed to maintain his lane.
The tractor-trailer veered onto the north shoulder of the road on the passenger side, causing cases of Busch beer to be thrown from the vehicle, WEAR reported.
Powell sustained minor injuries and was cited for careless driving, according to the news release.
The potential beer buzz had several people buzzing on social media.
On the Facebook page of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, several people who said they were truck drivers questioned the actual weight of the beer spilled.
“Bogus story,” wrote Jeff Richardson of Wimberley, Texas, “Weight limit is 80 thousand, (and) I doubt he had 60,000 pounds of beer.”
“Either it's bogus on the 60k or he was overweight,” another man posted.
“It’s actually my dad he was carrying around 45k,” posted Dennis Powell of Gray Court, South Carolina.
Either way, the vehicle’s load was lightened considerably. And police did not say if any of the beer was Busch Light.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:19 AM
CALHOUN, Ga. — When most of northwest Georgia was preparing for severe storms, one city had to contend with the idea that snakes are lurking in sewers — or so they thought.
Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer said the “City of Calhoun, Gordon County GA” Facebook page — where a post about snakes originated — is fake.
“My wife saw it and actually called me,” Palmer said.
The post, which has been up since 2:27 p.m. Monday, alleges a Calhoun police officer killed the “copperhead as it came out of the sewer in front of the courthouse” and urges residents to avoid the sewers, which may have more snakes. The post has garnered 19,000 reactions and more than 123,000 shares on Facebook — and it still has some panicked.
“I’ve had comments like ‘Is it safe to walk down the street’ and those things,” Palmer said. “I don’t think the people who put it on there realize the impact.”
The page, which has more than 12,000 followers, has been so believable that other law enforcement agencies have tagged the page or shared its posts, WSB-TV reported. Police say it’s been difficult finding the owner since the page is usually taken down before the person is caught. The page was still open just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The city attorney plans to send a notice to Facebook notifying it of the fake page. The notice reads in part: “The objection is that this Facebook page impersonates and misrepresents to be the City’s official page by displaying a version of the official municipal seal and describes itself clearly as a ‘government organization.’
Fake city pages are hardly new.
In October 2016, comedian Ben Palmer created a fake city of Atlanta Facebook page, poking fun at the city’s crime and public safety efforts. The city, however, responded to the Facebook page’s use of the trademarked Atlanta City Seal, which was used without proper authorization. Creative changes were made to the satirical page’s seal to avoid trademark conflicts.
But while the fake city of Atlanta page is still going strong (it has more than 154,000 followers), some are hoping the fake Calhoun page is removed from Facebook.
Calhoun resident Matt Wiley said he is happy the city is adamant about the page’s removal: “For the sake of the city, that’s not a bad move just to make sure the people are informed. If you start spreading misinformation, panic might ensue, especially if it’s an alligator or a giant snake.”
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM
— Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.
Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.
Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.
Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.
Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.
A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.
No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.
Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house.