Ultrarunner places 3rd after lightning strike
Adam Campbell, above, heard a huge cracking sound, saw a flash of light and said he was knocked to the ground as he ran across one of Colorado's tallest peaks during a 100-mile endurance race. The Canadian ultrarunner said he was indirectly hit by lightning on Handies Peak but still went on to finish third on Saturday in the Hardrock 100, a race that crosses 13 mountain passes in the San Juan Mountains and where the No. 1 rule is no whining. Campbell, a lawyer in Vancouver, said he wasn't injured, though his head lamp exploded. He said his pacer, Aaron Heidt, was also knocked down and had some tingling in his arm afterward. "I suffered more from running 100 miles than from the actual lightning strike," Campbell said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Hideout found out
Cheese vans easy to spot again
Three bright orange Tillamook cheese vans that were stolen over the weekend in Central California were located undamaged, police said on Tuesday. Manteca police said that after getting a phone tip, authorities found the restored Volkswagen minibuses, worth $100,000 each, in a recently rented storage locker in Copperopolis. The vehicles were stolen in the middle of the night from a hotel about 50 miles away in Manteca, where they had stopped on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association's dairy products. Authorities say the theft wasn't random, and they have arrested two men.
Call him lucky
Vacation is worth a million dollars
A vacation off the coast of Rhode Island has turned a New Jersey man into a millionaire. The Rhode Island Lottery said Tuesday that Thomas Mistele of Flemington, N.J., bought a $20 ticket for the $1,000,000 Scratch game at a Block Island pharmacy and won the same amount back. So he decided to buy another ticket. Lottery officials say he started shaking with disbelief when he realized he had won $1 million. Mistele immediately told a friend with whom he's staying on Block Island, noted for its historic inns and outdoor activities. Then he called his mother and brother, who said he's the lucky one in the family. Mistele said he's not sure how he'll use the winnings. But for now, he said, he is planning to have some fun, buy a new car and save for retirement.
Compiled from wire services