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The skinny: 'BB Gun' wins cherry pit spitting contest

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'BB Gun' wins cherry pit competition

Matt "BB Gun" Krause won his first-ever International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday, returning the crown to a family that has dominated the annual competition in southwestern Michigan for four decades. Krause, 30, was crowned the most "spit-tacular" competitor at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, beating out a field that included family members who were ex-champions. Krause's father, Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause, and older brother, Brian "Young Gun" Krause, had won 24 of the last 39 championships. But Matt Krause's 41-foot, 6 1/2-inch launch was enough to claim the crown for the Dimondale resident.

Leap for freedom

Wallabies captured after walkabout

Four red-necked wallabies made a break for freedom after a gate was left open on the Australia exhibit at a Des Moines, Iowa, zoo. Officials at Blank Park Zoo say the male wallabies, also known as boomers, didn't get very far during their Sunday night walkabout. Three of the kangaroo-like mammals were captured within hours and the fourth was picked up Monday morning. Several workers were needed to surround and catch the marsupials whose strong hind legs can catapult them great distances at high speeds. They never left the zoo grounds and none were hurt during their adventure.

Septic peeper

She looked in toilet and he looked back

A Tulsa, Okla., man was in jail Monday, which sounds better than where he was found: inside a septic tank beneath a women's bathroom at a Sand Springs water park. Kenneth Enslow, 52, was arrested Sunday after a woman called police. She had taken her 7-year-old daughter to the bathroom and noticed a man looking up at her from inside the toilet, Tulsa County sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark said. "He went in there, climbed down in the septic and was looking up at the people utilizing that facility," Clark said. Enslow, covered in human waste, was removed by the Keystone Fire Department, who sprayed him off with a fire hose, according to a sheriff's report. Facing a peeping Tom complaint, Enslow told police that a woman hit him in the head with a tire iron and dumped him in the toilet, according to the report. But Clark said: "There were no injuries consistent with that."

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: 'BB Gun' wins cherry pit spitting contest 07/08/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 8:16pm]
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