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Bullet strikes man's head after armadillo ricochet

Bullet strikes man's head after armadillo ricochet - UPI.com: Authorities in Texas said a wounded man told them his bullet bounced off the animal's armored hide and hit him in the head.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office said the man told deputies he was shooting at an armadillo just before 3 a.m. Thursday when his bullet ricocheted off the animal and hit him in the head.

The incident is being investigated as a possible accidental shooting, deputies said. The fate of the armadillo was unclear.

The shooting was reminiscent of an April incident in Lee County, Ga., where Larry McElroy shot his 9 mm pistol at an armadillo and the bullet bounced off the creature and wounded his mother-in-law.

The armadillo in the Georgia incident was killed by the bullet.

Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers

My Way News - Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers: One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said.

Alton Harvey, 42, of Hillside, was arrested Wednesday after police traced a white van that was captured on surveillance video pulling up to the bag of cash that the ATM employees forgot outside a business in Mahwah, in northern New Jersey, on Monday. The video showed a passenger in the van grabbing the bag.

Police said the van was seen in another video pulling into a nearby auto repair business and pilfering used tires.

After finding the van in Irvington, police arrested Harvey.

Harvey said he was driving the van and told detectives that a Chevrolet Tahoe was purchased with cash from the bag soon after it was grabbed, Police Chief James Batelli said in a news release. The SUV, which has a starting sticker price of $46,000, was parked near the van.

Detectives identified the passenger as Jamar Bludson, 35, of Newark. Police issued a warrant for Bludson, who also is wanted for a probation violation, Batelli said.

Harvey was held on $125,000 bail, charged with theft of mislaid property.

Woman sues credit reporting firms for declaring her dead

My Way News - Woman sues credit reporting firms for declaring her dead: A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn't dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she's alive.

Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans or a new home, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/1SnvzRT ) reported.

Her suit, filed last week in federal court, said Goree found a "deceased" notation on her credit files in the summer of 2013. Such a notice can appear when a creditor informs a reporting agency that one of its customers has died.

"Wow. Words can't really explain how I felt," she said. "It was just emotional."

She said she had to deal with numerous rejections from credit card companies and local businesses because the credit reporting firms said that she was dead.

"Anything that would require monthly payments," she said, "I was only able to purchase with cash."

Representatives of TransUnion and Experian told the newspaper that they couldn't comment on pending litigation. A spokesman for Equifax said the company's attorneys were just notified about the lawsuit and needed more time to research it.

Goree said the misinformation hurt her efforts in finding a new place to live after her grandson's 2013 hit-and-run death outside her former home in north St. Louis County home. Her landlord agreed to let her break her lease to move away from the street where 2-year-old Darion Griffin was struck. Her lawsuit contends that a series of rental housing applications were rejected.

She said it took months of phone calls, letters and emails to convince Experian and TransUnion to return her to the land of the living. It's unclear if Equifax also has done so.

Michigan taxidermist recreates football rivalry

My Way News - Michigan taxidermist recreates football rivalry: A Lansing-based taxidermist used the longtime rivalry between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan as inspiration for his latest creation.

Nick Saade, a full-time taxidermist for 18 years, recently made a football display with 22 stuffed chipmunks wearing little Spartan and Wolverine helmets. The chipmunks are mounted to a small-scale football field in passing, throwing, catching and tackling positions.

Saade enlisted the help of his son, who's a football coach at Sexton High School, to help him plan the layout and plays in his display.

Saade, who owns Taxidermy by Nick Saade, told the Lansing State Journal ( http://on.lsj.com/1ItIUBL ) that display shows the Spartans as they're about to score the winning touchdown, with the chipmunk quarterback winding up to throw the football to his teammate in the end zone.

Chicken, beer a bad recipe for home burglar who fell asleep

My Way News - Chicken, beer a bad recipe for home burglar who fell asleep: Chicken and beer make for a bad burglary.

A Florida family tells police they came home to chicken bones and empty beer bottles scattered about their kitchen floor and a would-be robber passed out on their couch.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies found 22-year-old Jacob Miller still asleep when they responded Monday to the Lake Worth home in South Florida. After taking Miller into custody, deputies found numerous items of jewelry on the man that belonged to the family.

The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/M0vixi ) reports that Miller told deputies he went into the home because he needed a place to stay but refused to answer any other questions.

Miller was charged with burglary and theft. Records also showed an open warrant in Texas for burglary.

Texas businessman finds cellphone that fell from plane

My Way News - Texas businessman finds cellphone that fell from plane: A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston.

The Wichita Falls Times Record News ( http://bit.ly/1JTt5AS ) reported Thursday that Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works.

Wilson says he and a pilot were traveling home Monday in a Beechcraft Bonanza when a pressure change caused the passenger door to open slightly. Wilson didn't realize his cellphone fell out until after landing.

Wilson owns Gas Corporation of America in Wichita Falls. He and an employee used an app to narrow the search to near Jacksboro, more than 50 miles away.

The pair set on their search Tuesday, and ended up in a rural pasture. They found the cellphone under a mesquite tree.