CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man almost died after he was bitten by the head of a rattlesnake he’d just decapitated.
The incident happened May 27 as Milo and Jennifer Sutcliffe were doing yard work at their home near Lake Corpus Christi. Jennifer Sutcliffe told KIII-TV in Corpus Christi that her husband found a four-foot rattlesnake, took his shovel and hacked off its head. She said he bent down to pick up the remains to discard and was bitten by the severed head, injecting a super dose of venom with its dying twitch.
Sutcliffe said she called 911 and began driving her husband the 45 miles to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, but she said he began having seizures, losing his vision and bleeding internally. So he was airlifted the rest of the way.
Sutcliffe said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, where a normal patient gets two to four doses. He’s now in stable condition at Spohn.
Aw, shucks: Virginia man downs 480 oysters to claim crown
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Virginia man has slurped down 40 dozen oysters to claim victory at this year’s World Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Darron Breeden ate 480 of the bivalves in eight minutes in Sunday’s Oyster Festival event.
About 4,000 south Louisiana oysters were prepared and shuttled tray by tray to a table laden with hot sauce, beer and other drinks. The seven contestants hunched over the checked tabletop as judges in striped shirts kept careful count, turning over a new number with each dozen consumed.
As time ran out, Breeden stretched his stomach, which would soon be encircled by the oyster-festooned championship belt. Defending champion Michelle Lesco of Arizona won second place with 27 dozen oysters, while New Orleans native Adrian Morgan came in third with 26 dozen.
Teacher accused of taking bribes in exchange for good grades
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia teacher has been removed from school as authorities investigate allegations she took bribes from students in exchange for good grades.
WCAU-TV reported Tuesday the woman is a teacher at the Learning in New Contexts High School.
A spokesman for Philadelphia Schools says the teacher was promptly removed from the school when the allegations surfaced and both the Inspector General and Philadelphia Police have been notified. He says the school district is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
The school district did not elaborate on what the alleged bribes involved. The teacher declined comment to the TV station.
Wandering caterpillars make for slippery road in Maine
BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Drivers: Better watch out for caterpillars in one Maine town.
The Maine Department of Transportation posted an alert for two days that the insects were making things slippery along Route 15, or Mines Road, in Blue Hill. As of Thursday, the department said the incident “has been cleared.”
WMTW-TV reports the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the caterpillars are wandering as they eat oak tree leaves. Officials said the main culprit is the forest tent caterpillar. They should finish feeding toward the end of June.
Until then, people should expect to see them wandering.
The department says other caterpillar culprits are the Browntail moth and gypsy moth.
Serpent shocker: Snake slithers out while woman drives
WARRENTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman was rattled when a snake slithered out of her car vent and disappeared into the depths of her SUV.
It was actually just a harmless garter snake, but Lora Goff was startled when the 2 1/2-foot long serpent entangled itself in her phone cord. She pulled over and called animal control Monday. A Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says a responding officer with his own snake phobia tried to catch it, but it slipped out of sight.
Goff returned to work and put sticky rodent traps under her seat, but they remained empty during her 10-minute commute home. The next morning, her husband discovered the snake alive and stuck to a trap.
Goff says he disposed of it in some fashion, she prefers not to know.
Police: Man shot while retrieving gun from oven’s broiler
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Police say they’ve solved a shooting in Ohio that left a man wounded.
The oven did it.
The Vindicator in Youngstown reports 44-year-old Robin Garlock received wounds to both shoulders while trying to retrieve a handgun he’d hidden inside the broiler unit of his oven.
Warren police say Garlock put the gun in the broiler because children were coming over.
His girlfriend, unaware of the gun’s presence, turned on the oven Sunday to bake. Police say she called out to Garlock when she thought she heard a gunshot fired outside. Police say Garlock was struck by bullets or bullet fragments when they exploded inside the gun.
Warren is 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.
No charges have been filed against the oven.
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