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Calif. woman sues over mannequin attack

LOS ANGELES – A woman is suing the J.C. Penney Co. after an alleged run-in with a store mannequin that she says left her with a cracked tooth, a bloodied head and recurring shoulder pain.

Diana Newton, 51, of Westminster sued the Texas-based retailer last month in Orange County Superior Court, claiming she was cracked in the head by a legless female dummy at its Westminster Mall store.

Newton said the incident happened nearly a year ago in the women’s department, as she was shopping for a blouse. The only one in her size was on the mannequin. As a salesclerk was removing the garment, the dummy’s arm flew off and struck Newton’s head, according to her lawsuit.

“I felt a burning sensation,” she recalled.

Paramedics treated her bleeding scalp at the scene. The blow also cracked a molar, which led to a root canal, she said.

 

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Man tries to attack cop with tomahawk

DEPOSIT, N.Y. – Police used a Taser gun to subdue a man after he tried to attack an officer with a tomahawk. Jeffrey Moore, 37, of Deposit, was immediately dropped to the ground before he could harm the officer when two jolts of electricity passed through his body.

“Somebody’s life was saved because of the Taser, and it was probably the defendant’s,” said Deposit Police Chief Timothy Roberts.

The incident began at 11:35 p.m. Aug. 10 when Moore was pulled over for a routine traffic violation in Deposit – 93 miles southwest of Albany, police said.

Moore got out of the car holding what looked like a hatchet, refused to drop it, and began swinging it as he approached the officer, officials said.

“The officer asked Moore what he was doing with the hatchet, and he replied that he was having a really bad day and someone else was about to,” Roberts said.

 

 

Nebraska man arrested for 226th time

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kevin Holder’s rap sheet is 43 pages long, dating back to 1980, and he just got another entry – his 226th arrest. Police say they caught him Aug. 13 after a brief chase and found burglar tools in his possession.

“He’s very well-known to Lincoln police officers,” Police Chief Tom Casady said.

Holder’s convictions include criminal mischief, marijuana possession, violation of protection order, assault, resisting arrest, assault on an officer and possession of cocaine. Many were misdemeanors, but he also has been sentenced to at least three prison terms for felonies, including a four-year stretch starting in 1996.

Holder was charged on Aug. 15 with felony possession of burglar tools, and prosecutors will urge a judge to treat Holder as a habitual criminal. Holder’s list of arrests doesn’t come close to setting a record for Lincoln-Lancaster County. He’s No. 40, police spokeswoman Katherine Finnell said Tuesday.

A number of people have more than 500 arrests in the city of 226,000 people. Edward Rooks, who died in 2004, held the record with 652 arrests.

 

 

Workers discover chocolate Virgin Mary

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Workers at Angiano’s gourmet chocolate company, Bodega Chocolates, discovered under a vat a two-inch-tall column of chocolate drippings they believe bears a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary.

Since the discovery Monday, Angiano’s employees have spent much of their time hovering over the tiny figure, praying and placing rose petals and candles around it.

Kitchen worker Cruz Jacinto was the first to spot the lump of melted chocolate when she began her shift Aug. 14, cleaning up drippings that had accumulated under a large vat of dark chocolate.

Chocolate drippings usually harden in thin, flat strips on wax paper, but Jacinto said she froze when she noticed the unusual shape of this cast-off: It looked just like the Virgin Mary on the prayer card she always carries in her right pocket.