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Weird National Briefs - October 16th, 2013

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That blows!

NEWARK, Ohio - Police in a central Ohio town are investigating a series of blow dart attacks.

The Advocate in Newark reports that a 13-year-old boy was stuck by a dart while riding his bike Wednesday night, though the dart didn't pierce his skin.

It was the third blow dart incident over the last several weeks in the town. One woman reported that she was shot in the leg by a dart, causing a minor injury. Another woman said a dart hit the umbrella she was carrying.

The boy told police the license plate number of a vehicle that the dart appeared to have come from.

Police Sgt. Paul Davis told the newspaper that authorities were able to stop the vehicle, and they recovered another blow dart. He said the investigation continues.

TME Who'd have guessed that Bond villain henchmen would turn up in Ohio?

Drunk dialing

BILLINGS, Mont. - A woman is charged with felony drunken driving after police in Billings, Mont., say she called 911 and said she was too drunk to get out of her vehicle.

The Billings Gazette reports 55-year-old Carol Frances Omeara made an initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Wednesday. She remained jailed Thursday on $3,000 bond.

Omeara was arrested Tuesday night after a woman called dispatchers and said she couldn't get out of her vehicle.

The dispatcher asked if she was having medical or mechanical issues. Court records say the caller replied that she was too drunk.

Prosecutors say Omeara's blood-alcohol level was 0.311 percent, nearly four times the limit at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated. The Billings woman had the keys to the vehicle in her pocket.

Court records say Omeara has three previous DUI convictions.

TME If nothing else, you have to admire her self-awareness.

Massive marriage

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Kaycie Blaylock may not have set out to break a world record.

But her wedding on Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church in Panama City may have done just that. Kaycie and Jim Blaylock tied the knot at the school where she is principal - with 57 students serving as groomsmen.

The News Herald of Panama City reports Blaylock saw a story about a woman attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most bridesmaids. So, she went for the record number of groomsmen.

The record belongs to a Canadian couple, whose 2003 wedding broke three records - longest bouquet, most bridesmaids and most groomsmen.

The Blaylocks are in the process of providing evidence to the Guinness, which requires a marriage certificate, photo and signatures of all 57 students.

TME They're also eligible for the record for lamest bachelor party.

Meta-accident

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - An accident has taken place at an accident reconstruction convention - but not intentionally.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that a man participating in the annual convention of accident reconstructionists was hurt during a car crash re-enactment when a cable came loose and struck him in the abdomen.

Russell Strickland of Cincinnati was acting as a radio operator for an experiment to crash two cars at medium speeds in a controlled environment when the accident occurred. Strickland was badly bruised but did not break any bones. He is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday.

Accident reconstructionists were meeting from across the United States and Canada at their annual convention, which this year is being held in Atlantic City.

TME We're pretty sure this is the plot for 'Inception 2: The Inceptioning.'

Bad day gets worse

PACKWOOD, Wash. - A Packwood woman was stung by a bee as she was getting into her SUV, and then while trying to get away from the bee she fell to the ground and the car ran over her leg.

Police Sgt. Rob Snaza told The Chronicle her car continued down the street Sunday and hit a parked car.

The 56-year-old woman, Donna L. Rowe-Breidstein, was taken to Morton General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with leg and ankle injuries.

TME It must be hard to be hated by the universe.

Rescue gone wrong

MIAMI - A man was bitten by a rattlesnake while trying to help a stranded turtle across Interstate 75 in South Florida.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue reports that the man was placing the turtle into the grass by the side of the road Tuesday afternoon when the venomous Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake bit his hand.

The Miami Herald reports that a friend immediately drove the 24-year-old man to a nearby hospital, where he was being treated with anti-venom. As of Tuesday night, the venom was only affecting the victim's left arm.

On Saturday, a ranger at Everglades National Park was bitten while trying to remove a snake from a storage closet. He was treated at a Homestead hospital.

TME It just goes to prove our theory good deeds are for suckers.

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