April 18, 2007

Some U of M classrooms closed after bomb threat

Eight buildings on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus were closed Wednesday after a professor found a bomb threat in Smith Hall.

The buildings closed were those around the Northrop Mall area. They included Kohltoff, Smith, Frasier, Johnston and Morrill halls as well as the Walter Library and the Science Classroom Building.

All classes and meetings in these buildings have been cancelled for the rest of the day, said University officials.

Beer samples in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would allow grocery stores to provide 6 ounce beer samples to customers of legal age.

The current Wisconsin law allows only wineries to pass out samples.

The new bill will help beer manufacturers to compete with wine makers, Sen. Pat Kreitlow said.

April 11, 2007

Man Looses Leg in an Attempt to Steal ATM

A man accused of trying to steal an ATM from a California market Tuesday was caught because his prosthetic leg fell of while he was trying to get away.

Gregory Daniels, 48, drove to the Pomona Ranch Market with another man around 3 a.m. The two allegedly smashed a window, wrapped a chain around the ATM, and tore it from the ground using a pickup truck. The two men then loaded the ATM into their car and sped away, police said.

Officers chased the truck and the men eventually tried to flee from the vehicle. The alleged accomplice got away but Daniels was unable to because his prosthetic leg became detached, police said.

"Daniels was on the ground near the vehicle in an attempt to flee from officers," Sgt. E. Vazquez said. "However, he was unsuccessful, as his prosthetic leg fell off."

April 9, 2007

Pilot gets obscene

A Northwest Airlines flight was cancelled Friday after the pilot allegedly was cursing on his cell phone and at passengers.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, entered the plane and was using obscene language while yelling into his phone, passengers said. He was confronted by some passengers and the pilot then became obscene with them.

Northwest Airlines cancelled the flight, which had 180 passengers aboard. The airline company apologized and offered hotel accomodations, meals, and penalty-free re-booking.

The pilot was flown home to Detroit, and the FAA's flight investigation unit is looking into this incident.

April 3, 2007

2 "U" students die in seperate accidents

A 19-year-old man died Sunday after falling from the third floor of a University of Minnesota parking ramp.

Kyle Sharbonno, 19, a mechanical engineering major was sitting on a third floor ledge of the Oak Street Ramp at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Sharbonno accidentally fell of the ledge and hit his head on the sidewalk eyewitnesses told police.

Sharbonno was still concsious after falling and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died Sunday afternoon.

Investigators are still determining if Sharbonno was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his fall.

The death of Sharbonno comes three days after the drowning of 20-year-old Freshman Elomo Lenya.

Lenya was swimming in a pool in a New Brighton apartment complex. Lenya was not a very good swimmer and she went under water for at least five minutes, police said.

March 24, 2007

dog beheaded

Charges were filed Friday against a St. Paul man who beaheaded a dog, police said.

Anthony Albert Gomez, 24, allegedly used a chain saw to behead his ex-girlfriends dog. The dog's head came to the house of his ex-girlfriend, Crystal Brown, in a package that was also full of Valentine's Day candy, police said.

Gomez is being held on bail for $20,000 and faces a maximum of 4 years in jail.

March 16, 2007

murder in a Co. prision

A Co. inmate was convicted of murder Thursday for murdering his cellmate using a prison-issued disposable razor.

William Sablan and his cousin Rudy Sablan allegedly killed their cellmate Joey Jesus Estrella in 1999. Rudy Sablan strangled Estrella with a headphone cord and William Sablan slashed Estrella's neck with a disposable razor.

In a video taken by prison gaurds after the murder William Sablan was seen holding Estrella's internal organs and making obscene gestures.

William Sablan has a 20-year record of violent crime. A federal jury continues to deliberate whether William Sablan should face the death penalty for this murder.

February 28, 2007

Principal charged with drug dealing

A Pennsylvania middle school principal was charged Tuesday with dealing crystal methamphetamine from his school office.

John Acerra, 50, has been the principal of Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, Pa. since the year 2000. Police began investigating Acerra in early February after authorities received tips about the principal using and selling the drug.

There was no sign that the principal was dealing drugs to students, although he allegedly sold drugs from his school office after hours and on weekends, police said.

Acerra is being held at Lehigh County Prison, with bail set at $200,000.,2933,255462,00.html

February 23, 2007


A giant sinkhole measuring up to 330-feet-deep has swallowed a number of homes in Guatemala City early Friday morning.

Up to 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, officials said. No one was hurt in the incident. Three people that were reportedly missing earlier were found, officials announced.

February 17, 2007

Airplane Windshields

Bad weather may be to blame for cracking airplane windshields in Colorado Friday.

The windshields on eight SkyWest Aircrafts were cracked while taking off or landing, SkyWest Airlines reported, one plane was airborne when the crack occurred.

It remains unclear if the cold temperatures and blustery winds were the cause.

No one was injured and all of the planes landed safely.

February 10, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday after being rushed to a Southern Florida hospital.

The 39-year-old Playboy Playmate was found collapsed in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, police said. She was allegedly unresponsive amid various attempts at CPR performed by her bodyguard. She was pronounced dead at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

Her death comes only five months after the death of her 20-year-old son. An autopsy will be performed on Smith Friday.

February 2, 2007

HPV vaccination required in texas

Texas governor, Rick Perry, is now requiring schoolgirls entering the sixth grade to get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted infection, human papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer.

The Republican Governor bypassed the legislature on Friday and made this order. He faces some opposition from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who are worried this requirement condones premarital sex.

Texas will be the first state to require girls to get this vaccination. It received federal government approval this past June.