Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: Fugitive caught after posing for newspaper

A familiar face

Fugitive caught after posing for newspaper

An alleged New York bail-jumper was arrested on his college campus in Bloomsburg, Pa., after he posed for a news photographer and police spotted his picture in the paper. Authorities caught up to Jacob Close, 25, after he took part in the Press Enterprise's weekly "Your Opinion" feature, answering a question about the controversy over the Washington Redskins' name. Police say Close jumped bail in a drug and drunken-driving case in Ithaca, N.Y., several years ago. The Press Enterprise reported that he was arrested Sunday at Bloomsburg University's student recreation center. University police knew that Close was wanted but weren't aware that he was on campus for the summer until his photo was published.

Fun contests I

Family maintains pit-spitting crown

When it comes to pit-spitting in southwestern Michigan, it's tough to beat the Krause family, who maintained their dominance in the 41st International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship. Brian Krause took top honors on Saturday with a distance of 80 feet, 8 inches, said Monica Teichman, who runs the market at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana state line. Coming in second this year was Brian's father, Rick, with a spitting distance of 77 feet, 7½ inches. Last year's big winner was Matt Krause with a distance of 41 feet, 6½ inches. The Krause family has won 26 of the 41 contests. This year's winner received a tee time at a nearby golf course, a plaque, a medal, work gloves, a drill bit set and various gift certificates.

Fun contests II

Finnish couple faster than Brits

A Finnish couple narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships — a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate. Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman cleared the grueling 278-yard obstacle course in 63.75 seconds on Saturday, less than a second ahead of Britain's Rich Blake Smith and Anna Marguerite Smith. Thirty-six couples from a dozen countries including Australia, Japan, and the United States took part in the race, which was held in the central Finnish municipality of Sonkajarvi, north of Helsinki. The rules say the woman must be over 17 years of age and weigh at least 108 pounds. Despite the event's name, couples don't have to be married. Men can "borrow a neighbor's wife" if they didn't have a female companion. Finland also has competitions in air guitar, swamp soccer and mobile phone throwing.

A surprise invader

Big, but not Loch Ness monster

Greece has its own lake monster — and it's no Nessie. The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a 6-foot crocodile was spotted last week in a man-made lake near the seaside town of Rethymno. Crocodiles are not native to Greece. Regional official Vangelis Mamangakis said Monday that it was unclear how long it has been there. He told private Antenna TV that efforts will be made Thursday to remove it. He said the crocodile was probably a pet that grew too big for its owner, who "thought it would be a good idea to dump it in the lake."

Compiled from wire services

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