California Man Dressed As Santa Gets Stuck In Power Lines
The unidentified man was flying on a powered parachute on Sunday when he became entangled in power lines.
RIO LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Santa found himself a little more tied up than usual this time of year.
A Northern California man impersonating Santa Claus and flying on a powered parachute was rescued Sunday after he became entangled in power lines, authorities said.
The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda to deliver candy canes to children in his community. He flew into a maze of power lines and wound up suspended in them, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV.
The man, who wasn’t identified, was not injured.Video from the rescue shows the red-white-and-blue aircraft dangling overheadas Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat.
Neighbors watched from the ground as crews worked.
Colleen Bousliman, who lives nearby, said the pilot flies overhead often.
“He flies just around so people can see and flies around people’s houses,” she said. “This was the first time he was in his Santa suit.”
Power was shut off during the rescue to about 200 customers in the Rio Linda area, according to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Chris Vestal.
“It’s unfortunate, but we all need to remember that there’s still a lot of good out in the world, there are people doing good things and to look at the brightness of the holiday season,” Vestal said.He said it didn’t take long to rescue the costumed pilot and lower him to safety.
“W/o a scratch & full of good cheer we made sure Old St. Nick will use his reindeer when he sees you later this year,” the fire department said in a tweet after the incident.
Florida man arrested for tossing golf clubs into traffic
by Associated PressFriday, December 25th 2020AA
Florida man arrested for tossing golf clubs into traffic. (HCSO)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was arrested after authorities said he tossed golf clubs into highway traffic and then slugged a trooper who pulled him over.
The Florida Highway Patrol said they received a call Wednesday that a motorist was tossing golf clubs on Interstate 75 near Tampa out of his van, which had a “cherry picker” boom and basket attached to the top, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
A trooper spotted the van about 25 miles (about 40 kilometers) away. The trooper pulled over the van and its driver, Jonathan Day, confronted the trooper with a golf club, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Day initially complied with the trooper’s order to put the club down but resisted as the trooper tried to take him into custody, striking the trooper with his fist and pulling at his uniform and radio, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Day was subdued with a stun gun.
Day, 41, is facing charges of battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and depriving an officer of means of protection or communication.
Florida man rides airboat on neighborhood streets, deputies say
Suspect accused of threatening to kill deputies
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man who rode his airboat through the streets of his neighborhood on New Year’s Eve threatened to kill deputies as they were taking him into custody, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they were called to Mimosa Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and saw a man, later identified as Joseph Prohaska, 40, riding an airboat on the streets before pulling it into a yard.
A public information officer said Prohaska knocked over trash cans and was shooting off fireworks during the incident.
As deputies were on scene, they said Prohaska turned the airboat on and started to rev the engine “to cause a disturbance and mock law enforcement.”
Prohaska was then placed under arrest but began making threats when deputies also tried to take his father into custody, telling them, “I will kill you if you hurt him,” records show.
Prohaska is facing charges of disorderly conduct and making threats to a law enforcement officer
Parolee pleads guilty to stealing car from dealership
Parolee pleads guilty to stealing car from dealership
‘stupid’ crimes: Vander stole cars and committed thefts
By SCOTT DESMIT
WARSAW — A Perry man on parole for a number of “stupid” crimes pleaded guilty Thursday in Wyoming County Court to grand larceny for stealing a car from a dealership.
Carl M. Vander, 25, waived indictment to charges of grand larceny criminal possession of stolen property, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, no registration or insurance, unlicensed operation, plate not proper, driving on roads laned for traffic, no inspected, two counts of petit larceny and disorderly conduct.
Vander pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing.
Judge Michael Mohun set sentencing for March.
It was Mohun who in 2017 told Vander that he “did a lot stupid things” that year before sentencing him to 30 months to five years in state prison.
Vander was 22 in 2017 when he went on a two-county crime spree.
It began in January, when he burglarized Empire Livestock. He was arrested after police found him walking down the road, wearing an Empire hat he had stolen from the business.
In March, he was arrested for burglarizing a tenant room in Le Roy and assaulting a person.
A plea deal was arranged and Vander was sentenced to six months in jail, but was released a month later after being given credit for time served. He also was sentenced to five years probation.
Just days after his release, he stole five cars and committed numerous larcenies in Perry and Silver Springs.
Vander served about three years of his sentence and was released on June 5.
He was on parole when he stole a car from a dealership in Perry in October.
GOP Candidate Kimberly Klacik Slammed for Insinuations About Americans of Chinese Ancestry
By Peter Montgomery | December 22, 2020 12:31 pmCongressional candidate Kimberly Klacik (Image from campaign video)
Kimberly Klacik, a failed congressional candidate from Baltimore who spoke at this year’s Republican National Convention, had a busy weekend on Twitter, where she posted a string of quotes about the Chinese ethnic backgrounds of some prominent people’s significant others
She also tweeted, “The Coronavirus is from China. I just post facts.”
Klacik took a lot of criticism, even from right-wing activists like Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, for the tweets, which seemed intended to imply that Chinese and Chinese American people are suspect.
Klacik parlayed her resounding defeat in an April 2020 special congressional election—she took just 25 percent of the vote—into right-wing media appearances and an RNC speaking gig with the help of Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson, who produced a video of Klacik striding around a run-down section of Baltimore denouncing the city’s Democratic leaders while text on screen declared “Black lives don’t matter to Democrats.”
As part of her weekend Twitter thread, Klacik served notice that she is running again for Congress in 2022.