Texan survives being hit by lightning twice
Casey Wagner was at an off-road competition, Rednecks with Paychecks, in North Texas when storms rolled in on Saturday, KTVT-TV reports. The 31-year-old, who has worked as a rodeo clown, took shelter under a tree. "What I remember is just a loud boom and it dropped me to my knees and then it hit me again," he told the TV station. "When I got hit, it was just two big ol' flashes and then sparks went everywhere." A nurse who happened to be nearby cared for Wagner until he was taken to a hospital. A day later he was still shaky. He said Sunday that doctors told him the tingling feeling would last about a week. He said he believes God kept him alive — and he plans to start going to church more.
Run-in goes badly for police officer
A Dollar General store in Johnson County, Tenn., called police about a pesky squirrel running loose in the store, WJHL-TV reported Friday. Intending to kill or scare the animal, a police officer fired his gun in the store. When that didn't work, he used pepper spray. That worked on the customers still inside the store. Owner Carl Duffield left with the others, coughing and hacking. "It was comical," Duffield said, "but I'm sure they didn't feel that way — the customers that came out." Mountain City police supervisors didn't either. The officer, who refused to fill out a report, was fired.
Georgia man races into burning home
Walter Serpit said he went back into his burning home to save his beer after making sure his family was safe. Serpit, who walks with a cane, saw that the six adults and two children who live in the home made it outside safely. He then went back in to get his beer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. "I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out," Serpit said. "I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because this back draft was about to kill me." He saved several cans of beer.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.