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The chubby crook clocks in a 5-foot-9 and 273 pounds. According to Fallgatter, that means that at 72-years-old, a six-plus year sentence could mean Donaldson would spend 61% of his remaining years behind bars. No one has brought up Crithfield's weight.
A judge hasn't ruled on Donaldson's bizarre appeal yet.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
2. New York
3. Los Angeles
4. San Francisco – Oakland
5. Washington, DC
9. Seattle – Tacoma
10. Dallas – Ft. Worth
6:30 a.m. Music Quiz
Consider what you don't like about smoking and why you want to quit. Do you want to feel better? Are you worried about health consequences, such as lung cancer and heart disease? Are you looking to set a good example for your kids? Do you want to rid yourself of that lingering smoke smell on your hair, skin and clothes? Write it all down and carry the list with you. Each time you go to pick up a cigarette or other tobacco product, read your list and remind yourself why you want to quit.
7:15 a.m. Story
Well, Thrillist has come out with a list of the scariest places in each state and while I’ll be staying far away from them this Halloween, we bet there are a lot of people out there who’ll be dying, no pun intended to check them out.
Some of the scary spots include
• The Alaskan Hotel, Juneau, Alaska – Alaska’s oldest-operating hotel is a legendary haunted spot, with a ghost of a miner’s wife roaming the halls. As the story goes, she became a prostitute while he was away and when he got back he was so upset he killed her.
• Heaven’s Gate mass suicide site, Rancho Santa Fe, California – What’s creepier than the site where 39 members of the Heavan’s Gate cult killed themselves by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid. The home that existed there has long been torn down, but people still make pilgrimages to the abandoned site.
• The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado – Anyone who’s watched Stephen King’s “The Shining” will know why this hotel is creepy. The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for the book’s Overlook hotel.
• Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa – Eight people were killed here by an ax-murderer and you can get your creep on by staying the night. The 100-year-old case is still unsolved, but the place is something spook fans will want to check out with daily tours and nightly stays offered.
• Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The 1829 prison is known as being a testing location for a number of torturous prisoner"reform" techniques. The jail, which had prisoners like Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, offers nightly haunted tours.
• The Bell Witch Cave, Adams, Tennessee – This spooky cave is where the 19th century’s “Kate” the Bell Witch ghost resided as she tormented the Bell family, including repeated attempts to choke the family matriarch. Tours of the cave are now offered, with visitors swearing they’ve felt sensations of being pushed, touched, or held down by a heavy weight.
• Castle of Chaos, Midvale, Utah – A completely underground haunted attraction complete with vampires, zombies, and disorienting fog, as well as escape rooms and a live-action theater.
The Fairweather Inn
If you’ve ever been borderline homicidal because the kids in the hotel room next to you just won’t shut the hell up, steer clear of the Fairweather Inn. The lone lodging in this former gold mining town, with a current population of 198 folks, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of children who get into all manner of shenanigans: moving your luggage, turning the lights on and off, and generally annoying the bejeezus out of you. The city’s only other hotel, the Bonanza Inn, closed a few years ago and was said to be haunted by the ghost of an old nun, who presumably is better-behaved. -- MM
The Haunted Fort
When you suffer one of the most famous military defeats in US history, there’s only one thing to do: Go back home and brood about it, even after you’re dead. That’s one possible explanation for the paranormal activity around the Custer House -- of Last Stand fame -- at Ft. Abraham Lincoln. Staffers typically won’t even go in after dark, thanks to reports of strange voices and footsteps. But during weekends in October, it serves as the finest haunted attraction in North Dakota. Visitors start at the house, where monsters and ghosts pop out from every corner, and move through a granary of creepy clowns, barracks filled with zombies, and a pitch-black hallway where only a rope is there to guide you. It runs through the end of October; tickets are $15 on Fridays and $18 on Saturdays. -- M.M.
7:30 a.m. Tim's News You Can't Use
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA.
The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.
Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set. A miniature version of Hamilton's workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured.
The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas program.
The set retails for $24.99 and goes on sale Nov. 1.
ABC claims a loose bull was captured yesterday after wandering through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York. It escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse. The bull ran through several streets before concerned onlookers phoned authorities. One child was injured and taken to the hospital after the bull knocked over his stroller. Animal control eventually arrived and tranquilized the bull before taking it to an animal sanctuary in New Jersey.
The NY Post claims a Napa Valley nurse named Lauren Mesaros is being hailed as a hero for saving her pony from the California wildfires. She placed her pony in the backseat of her Honda and drove off as flames started to converge on her area. Her other two horses were transported to safety in a trailer. Lauren says her pony got into the car just like a dog would.
The NY Post claims Bigfoot has been spotted near a northern California lake. Paranormal expert Jeffrey Gonzalez tells Fox News that several families spotted the Sasquatch. “One of them, which was extremely tall, had a pig over its shoulder. And the five scattered and the one with the pig was running so fast it didn’t see an irrigation pipe and it tripped, with the pig flying over. What are the odds of three people, three different families, who don’t know each other, within a radius of 2 to 3 miles, come and tell me what they witness and it matches up.''
The Times Reporter claims a Cambridge, Ohio family recently called 911 because their mother collapsed on their front porch. When medics arrived, the mother refused treatment and told them that she was possessed by a ghost who lives in her attic named Angelica. The mother then told cops that a ghost named George lives in her basement. The family has blocked the basement and attic doors to keep the spirits from escaping. The family plans to call a priest.
The Denver Post claims a man recently broke into an Aurora, Colorado home by pushing his way through a back door. The homeowner confronted the thief when she arrived home. He said he broke in to let her dog out. The thief then fled.
Mashable claims a wanted man recently issued a challenge to the Redford, Michigan Police Department. Champagne Torino Facebooked a message to officers in which he said he would turn himself in, buy a dozen donuts and clean up public schools if they got 1,000 shares on his message. The police posted his message before 3,800 people immediately shared it. Torino has yet to turn himself in.
** UPDATE **
Inside Edition claims Torino turned himself in with 12 glazed donuts and one bagel. He was sentenced to 39 days in jail for failing to meet the terms of his DUI probation.
NBC claims the FAA is investigating the Yellville Turkey Trot Festival in Yellville, Arkansas because an airplane pilot dropped live turkeys on festival-goers over the weekend. The birds chased festival-goers after being dropped. Local animal rights activists have filed complaints. The scene was reminiscent of a WKRP in Cincinnati episode from earlier years.
The Lille, France police recently arrested a man for robbing bus passengers. The man would hide in a suitcase and allow himself to be loaded into the belly of the bus before crawling out and stealing items from other suitcases. The man would then climb back into his own suitcase before an accomplice would pick him up at the next stop. A bus driver called the police after seeing the thief's suitcase move. Cops found several laptops, money and other valuables
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop. A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville. The newspaper reports the car's driver fell asleep Tuesday before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet and then slamming into the newspaper's office. No one in the office was hurt. The crash shattered two first-floor windows and knocked over several filing cabinets.
The News-Herald claims the Panama City, Florida police were recently called to a home to break up a dispute over toilet paper. A brother and his two sisters were arguing over the proper placement of toilet paper. The disagreement may have stemmed over which way the toilet paper should be hung on its spool. No one got physical so no charges were filed
Why Lawrence W. Knox had more than $4-thousand on him while in court is unknown. Why did he lie and say he was penniless? Well that's just because he's stupid. The 36-year-old told a judge in Franklin County, Ohio he had no money at all and thus couldn't pay his fines. While on his way to jail on cocaine possession charge with a gun specification, authorities discovered the cash stashed in Knox's clothing. The $4-thousand was then split between Knox's lawyer, who claims he's been shorted, and the clerk’s office to be applied to Knox’s fine. Source: The Columbus Dispatch
Edwin Cuadrado never learned that two wrongs don't make a right. The 20-year-old had to pay fines related to a marijuana possession charge but apparently didn't have the cash. So naturally, the Pennsylvania man tried to rob a store. Cuadrado admitted to smashing a window so he could try and get into the store and steal money for his fines. Now Cuadrado's facing burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges. Source: Associated Press
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