Woman finds 50 pearls in restaurant oyster

Published: Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 6:17 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 6:17 AM

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What appeared to be the start of a toothache for one woman at a seafood restaurant ended up being the sweet opposite.

Toni Elliot alerted her server when she felt something hard after biting into an oyster at Puckett's Boat House restaurant. When restaurant manager Greg Hargest arrived at the table, Elliot realized she had actually bitten into a pearl. 

Elliot extracted not one but multiple oysters from her mouth to a laughter from her table, Hargest said. There were more baby pearls in the oyster.

"We've had cases where someone might find one pearl, but this is the first time someone's found 50," Hargest told ABC News.

The restaurant cleaned the pearls and gave Elliot a cup to take them home in.

"It was her oyster, so they're her pearls," Hergest said.

An attempt to reach Elliot has been unsuccessful so far.

It is unclear how much the pearls are worth.

The restaurant gets its oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, the manager said.

Paralyzed woman: Life ‘a living hell’ without stolen van

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:16 PM


            Shirley English, 77, of Middletown, is paralyzed from the waist down and she says her van was stolen earlier this month. She has been unable to make an doctor appointments since the van was stolen on Jan. 4. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
Shirley English, 77, of Middletown, is paralyzed from the waist down and she says her van was stolen earlier this month. She has been unable to make an doctor appointments since the van was stolen on Jan. 4. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

For the last two weeks, a paralyzed Middletown woman has been without the van that used to drive her to doctor appointments.

Shirley English, 77, paralyzed from the waist down after an auto accident in 2007, said her 2003 tan Dodge Caravan was stolen from her residence on Crawford Street earlier this month.

English said she allowed a former homeless man who lived with her to use the van to drive to and from his fast-food restaurant job on Breiel Boulevard in Middletown. She said the man used the van on Jan. 4, and she hasn’t seen him or the van since. She said the man picked up his check from the restaurant on Jan. 4, and he since has been fired.

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She filed a Middletown police report on Jan. 9, and the missing van was entered into the National Crime Information Center. Lt. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Police Department said officers are looking for the stolen van.

Until it’s found, English said she’s stuck at home, unable to make her doctor appointments for her heart and lung medical issues.

“My life has been a living hell,” English said Friday morning while sitting in her wheelchair holding her chihuahua. “I have nightmares like you wouldn’t believe. I can’t sleep at a night. I’m about ready to flip out. I feel like somebody has (taken) my life.”

She wiped away some tears, then added: “Nobody has the right to take what belongs to me, especially when it can save my life.”

English said she has a signed piece of paper that said the man was allowed to use the van between 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on nights he was working. At noon on Jan. 4, she noticed her car and house keys missing from an end table.

Up until the incident, English said the man was “a pretty good guy.” He had lived with her since October, she said.

Her family has sent the man text messages, but he hasn’t responded, she said.

“I need help,” she said. “I need help getting my automobile back.”

On her front door, she has posted two signs: “NOTICE: CAMERA. If you can read this your image has already been taken and unloaded to the internet.”

And, “No nuts or screwballs or thieves by order of police and prosecutor. Thank you.”

Ohio college president related to suspect in California captive children case 

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Jan. 19):

An Ohio Christian college President related to the father accused of shackling his own children in their California home has taken a leave of absence from his position, according to the New York Post.

Dr. Randy Turpin, president of Valor Christian College in Canal Winchester, near Columbus,  is the brother of David Turpin, the father accused in the case.

This news organization received a statement from the college this afternoon.

“The Valor Christian College community joins with millions of Americans who are shocked and saddened by these terrible stories from California and we are praying for the full recovery of all involved,” the college said in a prepared statement

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (Jan. 16): Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering.

The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday.

“They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event,” said Mark Uffer, CEO of the Corona Regional Medical Center.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported.

According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported.

The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.

Badin High School plans $1.8M expansion as enrollment grows

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM


            Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment. This week officials at Badin High School released more details about its first campus expansion since 2006 including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”(Provided illustration)
Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment. This week officials at Badin High School released more details about its first campus expansion since 2006 including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”(Provided illustration)

Butler County’s only Catholic high school is expanding this year to better handle its growing enrollment.

This week, officials at Badin High School released more details about the school’s first campus expansion since 2006, including a $1.8 million construction project that will add a new “Student Development Center.”

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“The new Student Development Center is another example of Badin making effective strides to enhance our facilities,” said Dirk Allen, spokesman for Badin High School.

“We’re very excited about it. Classes, facilities, opportunities for students, all of that comes together to create an outstanding educational experience for the Badin student body,” said Allen.

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Construction on the new, one-story, 8,000-square-foot center will begin this summer and is projected to be done by Christmas.

“Our enrollment continues to grow. We were at 449 students in 2009-2010, (and) our enrollment has grown every year since then. We are at 575 this year and expect to be over 600 next year,” he said.

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“The building project will be very helpful (and) students will no longer have to walk outside between the main building and the Pfirman Center in inclement weather.”

The new center will allow two former classrooms - converted into office space - to return to instructional spaces.

The CUTEST birthday party of the year features Fiona the Hippo

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Fiona the hippo explores the outdoor habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo has unveiled how it will celebrate a big birthday for its famous hippo, Fiona, who turns 1 on Jan. 24.

The zoo isn’t waiting until then to start the celebration, as the public can attend a huge event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 20).

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From authors who have penned books on Fiona to caretakers who have watched over the hippo that captivated the nation with her struggle to survive being born premature, Saturday’s calendar of events has a wide range of activities scheduled for the public.

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No birthday party would be complete without cake and ice cream, so Graeter’s and Busken will be on hand to supply the treats for those in attendance.

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Fiona’s first year has been well documented on social media and has resulted in the hippo having a flavor of ice cream named after her and greeting cards, along with other items that feature the hippo’s name and or likeness on them.

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The zoo says Fiona is now healthy and weighs more than 600 pounds. She has spent most of the winter inside since hippos do not do well in cold weather.

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What: Birthday Activities scheduled for Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: The event is free with zoo admission.

Events and specials planned:

First 2,000 families will get a hippo bath mat (while supplies last)

Birthday enrichment throughout the Zoo

Get a commemorative Fiona postcard stamped with her footprint (while supplies last)

Sign Fiona’s birthday card from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove

Busken cake and cookies from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Graeter’s ice cream from from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Hippo care team members will be available for chats and Q&A from 1 p.m – 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m– 2:30 p.m.

Hippo-themed activities in Education Center from noon – 3 p.m.

Cincy Shirts will be passing out Fiona temporary tattoos from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Specialists from Children’s Hospital who helped save Fiona will be here from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Scientists from CREW will have an interactive station to show how they performed an ultrasound on Bibi from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Authors of Fiona books will be available to sign books from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Zoo’s Gift Shop (bring your book or buy them at the Zoo)

Source: Cincinnati Zoo.