OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A sinkhole that opened up in a restaurant parking lot during a spring storm in north Florida has swallowed a car and ruptured a gas line.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports the sinkhole opened up Saturday afternoon after a strong rainstorm that caused flash flooding and the closure of many roads.
Seventy-nine-year-old Janet Coyne and her husband returned to their car after picking up food from an Ocala restaurant when the rain began.
The front end of the car suddenly dropped as they were about to leave. Coyne and her 81-year-old husband managed to get out of the vehicle before it fell into the 25-foot-wide, 25-foot-deep sinkhole.
HOLE IN PLANE
SYDNEY (AP) — A plane heading to Shanghai has returned safely to Sydney after an in-flight problem left a gaping hole in the engine casing.
China Eastern said the crew noticed damage to the air inlet on the left engine after takeoff yesterday evening — and the captain decided to return.
The airline said on its microblog that the plane landed safety and the airline was taking care of passengers’ needs.
Passengers told Australian media they heard a massive noise and smelled something burning.
Photos shared on social media showed a jagged, vertical hole in the side of the casing.
MODEL – HIT MAN
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county prosecutor says she’ll file an appeal with the state Supreme Court after appellate judges overturned the conviction and sentence of a former model charged with trying to hire a hit man.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Tara Lambert was sentenced last year to seven years in prison after a jury convicted her of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Prosecutors say Lambert wanted to kill the mother of her two stepdaughters and provided a $125 down payment to a hit man who was actually an undercover police detective.
An appeals court ruled the indictment wasn’t specific enough and the case shouldn’t have gone to trial.
DOG HAS RUN-IN WITH PORCUPINE
DANBURY, N.H. (AP) — Dog vs. porcupine? Give the title to the porcupine. Police in New Hampshire say a dog that had a run-in with a porcupine ended up with a face full of quills.
But the dog is better now — and has even been reunited with its owner in New Hampshire.
Police in Danbury, New Hampshire, said a Good Samaritan found the dog Saturday on Route 104. Its face and mouth were covered with porcupine quills.
They put a photo of the animal on Facebook, and got flooded with calls asking about the dog’s condition.
The dog was taken to a veterinarian, where it took more than four hours to remove the quills.
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County couple has pleaded guilty to hoarding more than 170 Yorkshire terriers and Yorkie mixes in filthy conditions.
Authorities say Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo entered pleas yesterday to animal neglect. They face probation and counseling and can’t own pets for a decade.
Investigators who went to their Poway home in January found dozens of dogs in a dark room. The floor and walls were covered in excrement, and the dogs had a variety of problems, including fleas and matted hair.
About 30 dogs were seized later at another location and another 46 were found in a motor home in Primm, Nevada, where Calvert was arrested after fleeing the state.
The dogs — including puppies born to some of the animals — were put up for adoption.