Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing
a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy
machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier,
and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect
wasn't telling the truth.
Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.
Cockroach Slain, Husband Badly Hurt
TEL AVIV -- (Reuters) An Israeli woman's fight with a stubborn cockroach
put her husband in the hospital with burns, a broken pelvis and broken
ribs, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported yesterday.
The woman, frightened by the insect when she found it in their living
room, stepped on it, threw it in a toilet and sprayed a full can
of insecticide on it when it refused to die.
Her husband came home from work, went to the toilet and
lit a cigarette. When he threw the cigarette butt into
the bowl, the insecticide fumes
ignited, "seriously burning his sensitive parts," the Post
When paramedics were called to the home in Tel Aviv, they laughed
so hard when they learned what had happened that they dropped the
stretcher down the stairs, breaking the unidentified man's pelvis
Artificial Leg Taken By Creditor
CLAY, NY -- (AP) Police say a teenager took revenge
against a man who had refused to settle a $100 debt by stealing
leg. The man was charged with third-degree grand larceny and released
on $100 bail. Despite the arrest, the leg's owner must wait to get
his leg back. The limb is being held "in-limbo" as evidence
sat the Clay police station.
Buffalo Professor Charged In "Game"
BUFFALO, NY -- (AP) A professor of Creative Studies has been charged
with blindfolding, handcuffing and choking a male student during
a bizarre role-playing game in a motel room. Scott Isakesen, 44,
director of the Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State,
faces up to four years in prison if convicted of unlawful imprisonment
and coercion. According to the Assistant Police Chief, Isakesen accused
the student of cutting class, and offered his the choice of writing
a 20-page paper or playing a game which he called an experiment in
Man Said To Ram Neighbor With Car.
NEW YORK -- (AP) A man used his red Volkswagen to kill a neighbor
on the building's condominium board who had tried to stop him from
constantly washing his car, police said. Konstantine Berdenis, 28,
was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and the possession
of a weapon -- his 1991 VW Golf.
Shop's "Nun Bun" Finds A Place In Cyberspace.
NASHVILLE, TN -- (Reuters) The image of Mother Teresa discovered
in the folds of a coffee shop's cinnamon bun has launched a cottage
industry, and now Internet believers can view the bun on its own
The preserved cinnamon bun, whcih bears a likeness to the 86-year-old
Mother Teresa, is on display inside a glass case illuminated by Christmas
lights in front of a purple velvet background.
Net surfers can link up to the site at the address: http://www.qecmedia.com/nunbun/.
Money Falls From Above.
MIAMI, FL -- (AP) A Brinks armored truck flipped on an INterstate
95 overpass, showering thousands of dollars in bills and coins onto
a poor neighborhood.
Dozens of people stuffed bags, boxes, pockets and anything else handy,
making off with a reported $400,000 before the police arrived and
Brinks workers shoveled up what was left.
Hours later, residents were back, sifting dirt with their hands to
recover whatever they could.
"God sent us a truck," said James Toni, a bystander.
A Chocolate Mess In Frigid Belgium.
BRUSSELS -- (Reuters) A Belgian truck driver trapped by some of
the coldest weather to hit Belgium in years tried unfreezing his
fuel tank with a blowtorch and finished up with a chocolate fondue.
Police said yesterday the diesel fuel caught fire, melting the tons
of chocolate the truck was carrying.
Woman Gets 2 1/2 Yrs For Sex With Boy, 13
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (Boston Globe) A 37-year-old Maynard woman was
sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old boy.
Superior Court Judge Paul Chernoff sentenced Kathleen
Kennedy, saing that the woman's gender did not merit
leniency any more than it mandated
a tougher sentence "to enforce the politically correct view
that gender is irrelevent in society."
Kennedy sobbed in court and covered her face at times during the
sentencing, which was delayed two hours until she could regain composure.
Her lawyer said she had been treated at a Cambridge hospital the
past few nights because she was contemplating suicide.
The lawyer said that Kennedy's own past as a spousal abuse victim,
no prior record and three children under age 8 at home cried out
for probation. He noted that there was no allegation that she coericed
the boy to engage in various acts of sexual misconduct.
In June, two neighbors reported to police that when they went to
check with Kennedy about a ride, they peered through a door and saw
her performing oral sex on the boy in the living room.
The boy's mother had entrusted him to the care of Kennedy, whom she
says she had known for 25 years, for two weeks so he could complete
exams before moving with her to Lynn.
Let's Speak English.
(NYT) -- Is clarity of speech too much to ask from TV sports analysts?
No. So let's appeal for some from ABC's Dick Vermeil. He is obviously
passionate and well-prepared. But his jargon-laden commentary is
so prolix that it might have addled the physicist Stephen Hawking.
During the Texas-Nebraska Big 12 conference championship, he described
one play like this:
"See, that's the same movement he used to get that vicious outside-in crack
block. This time they faked the crack block, crossed him underneath the formation,
underneath the secondary, which is throw a play-action pass. Good design. Good
changeup." I think he meant: he caught the ball.
Two Slain in Texas Celebrations
HOUSTON -- (Reuters) A man accidentally shot and killed his 7-year-old
daughter when he fired a gun to celebrate the New Year, police said.
Additionally, a 39-year-old man was killed at a party when a number
of people went outside to shoot their guns off at midnight, said
the County Sheriff's Office. The shootings occurred despite a police
effort to discourage people from greeting the new year with gunfire.
The girl died when her father, Randy Farmer, fired a bullet into
their home as he stood in the front year and tried to unjam his .38-caliber
pistol. In the other shooting, Edward Titus died when he was shot
by a friend, Hugh Watson. Watson's handgun went off accidentally
as he reloaded after firing off several rounds.
Man Is Sentenced For Drugging Wife.
BRISTOL, CT -- (AP) A man has been sentenced to five
years in prison for forcing his wife to take drugs that the authorities
turned her into a "zombie."
The man, Gary Simons, 39, was convicted of illegally dipensing prescription
drugs and of first-degree unlawful restraint.
Prosecutors contended that Mr. Simons systematically forced his wife
to take his prescription tranquilizers and blood pressue medication
last June so she would stay married to him.
"Mr. Simons tried to turn his wife into, for lack of a better word, a zombie," as
assistant State's Attorney, Brian Preleski, said during sentencing on Tuesday. "He
tried to snuff out any will she might have."
The prosecutor said that Mr. Simons had been arrested 10 times on
domestic violence charges and drugged his wife while on probation
for a previous incident of violence against her.
The couple have divorced.
Driver Thought Pedestrian He Hit Was A Dummy.
BRAINTREE, MA -- (AP) An elderly driver, who hit a pedestrian then
kept going even though the injured man was on his car roof, told
police he thought he had struck a dummy.
Earl Hoerner, 74, was cited for driving to endanger and failing to
slow down for a pedestrian after the accident Friday morning. The
man he struck, Wayne Davidson of Weymouth, was hospitalized with
a broken leg.
"I was crossing the street, and that was the last thing I remember," Davidson
Davidson was walking across Grove Street, where Hoerner's car slammed
into him, sending him five feet in the air and onto car's roof, police
Hoerner drove a few feet, got out of the car, looked at Davidson,
got back into his car and drove on, witnesses said. He finally pulled
over after another motorist motioned him to stop.
When police and an ambulance arrived, Hoerner told them he thought
he had hit a dummy, police said.
Chewing Doll Nearly Consumes Girl's Hair.
GRIFFITH, IN -- (AP) A battery-operated Cabbage Patch Doll that
can chew had to be taken apart piece by piece when it munched a 7-year-old
girl's hair up her scalp and would not let go.
The girl, Sarah Stevens, was in a hair salon with her aunt when the
doll began chewing her blond hair. It took her aunt and teh owner
of the hair salon 30 minutes on Thursday to remove 20 screws, open
the battery compartment and pull apart the mouth to free Sarah's
Sarah was shaken but not hurt. "I have a little headache," she
The Cabbage Patch Snack Time Kids Doll is designed to chew automatically
when plastic french fries or other items are placed in its mouth.
It has no on-off switch.
Sarah's aunt, Kelly Nagy, who had brought her neice to the hair salon,
had gone to check on the girl in the waiting room and found her leaning
owver a chiar crying. The hair salon owner was eventualy able to
take the doll apart.
Glenn Bozarth, a spokesman for the doll's maker, Mattel, Inc. said
the toy was safe and the he knew of no other safety complaints about
Mr. Bozarth said it is hard to imagine such a thing happening unless
the child stuck her hair into the doll's mouth.
Burp! Glutton Sets Hot Dog-Eating Record
NEW YORK -- (AP) Japan's top glutton squared off against the world
hot dog-eating champion recently and the results were not pretty
-- for competitors, or spectators.
Hirofumi Nakajima, a 144-pound furniture delivery man,
dethroned 320-pound Ed "The Animal" Krachie by downing a world record
23 1/4 hot dogs in 22 minutes. "This kid is a phenomenal eater," said
George Shea, a promoter for Nathan's Famous, the restaurant that
sponsored the contest. "He astounded the competitive eating
world with his new style -- out slow, home fast."
Alternating bites with sips of water, Nakajima, 22, pulled
each frank from its bun, then crammed bread and beef
separately -- but neatly
-- into his mouth. Clearly determined, he braved chants of "USA!
USA!," downing dog number 23 without even breaking a sweat.
The defeated champion, Krachie, ate 21 hot dogs, one off the record
he set in the summer at Nathan's annual Coney Island eat-off, and
then vomited repeatedly.
Football Fanatic Kills Noisy Child During Cowboys Vs. Patriots Game
DALLAS -- (Reuters) A Texas man beat his 3-year-old son to death
for making too much noise during the broadcast of Sunday's Dallas
Cowboys -- New England Patriots football game, police said. James
Thornton 3rd, was punched in the stomach and suffered a ruptured
liver and kidney. He died in surgery in a Dallas hospital Monday.
Police said that James Thornton 2nd, had been charged with injury
to a child, but that the charge might be upgraded to capital murder.
Nuzzling Dog Offends Woman, Acquitted
WATERBURY, CONN. -- (AP) A federal judge has rulled that a Danbury
woman was "barking up the wrong tree" when she tried
to sue a judge who she claimed did nothing to stop his dog from
nuzzling under her skirt repeatedly in court. The Judge, Howard
Moraghan, habitually brought his dog, a Golden Retriever named
Kodiak, to court with him. Barbara Monsky, a political activist,
in court over a land dispute, stated that the dog had a penchant
for nuzzling its nose under women's skirts, and that the judge
did nothing to stop or discourage the dog. The lawyer for the Judge
stated that the dog's behavior was analogous to wagging its tail.
The presiding judge, in his decision, found Moraghan's failure
to restrain his dog may have caused distress among women in his
court, but that the court "has no jurisdiction over this case."
Ms. Monsky stated at the conclusion of the case that
the decision and the lighthearted tone of the presiding
judge was as "just
as insulting as having a dog sniff under your skirt."
Escape's Easy, Being Green
HUNSTVILLE, TEXAS -- (AP) A 39-year-old inmate walked out of a prison
here on Friday by coloring his prison whites green with a Magic Marker,
the authorities said.
Officials of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said the inmate,
Steven Russell, apparently used a green marker to make his uniform
look like hospital scrubs. Posing as an employee, Mr. Russell walked
away from the Estelle unit of the state prison system. He had been
serving a 45-year term for aggravated theft, theft and escape. Mr.
Russell had also escaped from the Harris County Jail last July, officials
stated, after he called the district clerk's office and posed as
a judge. He simply told the clerk to lower his bond and, again, he
Cleaner Polishes Off Patients
FREE STATE, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Cape Times) For several
months, our nurses have been baffled to find a dead patient in
the same bed every
Friday morning" a spokeswoman for the Pelonomi Hospital (Free
State, South Africa) told reporters. "There was no apparent
cause for any of the deaths, and extensive checks on the air conditioning
system, and a search for possible bacterial infection, failed to
reveal any clues.
However, further inquiries have now revealed the cause of these deaths.
It seems that every Friday morning a cleaner would enter the ward,
remove the plug that powered the patient's life support system, plug
her floor polisher into the vacant socket, then go about her business.
When she had finished her chores, she would plug the life support
machine back in and leave, unaware that the patient was now dead.
She could not, after all, hear the screams and eventual death rattle
over the whirring of her polisher.
"We are sorry, and have sent a strong letter to the cleaner in question," hospital
authorities stated. Further, the Free State Health and Welfare Department is
arranging for an electrician to fit an extra socket, so there' d be no repetition
of this incident. The enquiry is now closed.
Navigate the internet with one hand!
TOKOYO, JAPAN -- (EE Times) Matsushita Electric is
promoting a new Japanese PC targeted at the Internet. Panasonic
has developed a complete
Japanese Web browser, and to make the system "user-friendly",
licensed the cartoon character "Woody Woodpecker" as the "Internet
guide." Panasonic eventually planned on a world version of the
A huge marketing campaign was to have introduced the product in Japan
last week. The day before the ads were to be released, Panasonic
suddenly pulled back and delayed the product launch indefinitely.
The reason: the ads featured the slogan "Touch Woody - The Internet
Pecker." An American staff member at the internal product launch
explained to the stunned and embarrassed Japanese what "touch
woody" and "pecker" meant in American slang.
Player's Father Admits To Sharpening Helmet Buckle
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- (AP) The father of a high school football palyer
admitted he sharpened a buckle on his son's helmet before a game
in which several opponents were cut, one badly enough to need 12
The father said he did it because referees had failed to penalize
players for roughing up his son in an earlier game.
Officials stopped the game between St. Pius and Albuquerque Academy
after five Academy players were cut.
They then found that a buckle on the helmet worm by St. Pius junion
Mike Cito had an edge sharp enough to shred a magazine cover. Some
Academy players said they believed other St. Pius athletes knew about
the buckle before the game was stopped.
The father indicated regret over the incident, but that the previous
week he felt his son was being tackled and getting pushed around
unfairly and the referees said they didn't see anything. This was
his dad's solution.
Mike Cito was expelled Monday, and already had been dismissed from
the team. The elder Cito declined to comment to the newspaper and
did not return calls from AP.
Officials stated that Mike Cito's parents appealed the expulsion,
but the father's confession wasn;t enough to warrant keeping the
teenager in school.
"The son is 17 years old," school officials said, "we're talking
about an age of being able to reason. We still have to look at what the intent
of this was."
Academy senior Joe Paquette, who needed 12 stitches to close a gash
on his forearm, said he believed several St. Pius players made indrect
references to the buckle before the game was stopped.
"It seems like they knew what was going on," Paquette said.
Officials stated that there was no evidence that coaches, athletic
staff, or other players knew about the buckle in advance.
Four Are Hospitalized After Drinking Brew For Bodybuilding.
PLAINVIEW, L.I., NY -- (The New York Times) Usng a recipe from an
underground pamphlet on steroids for bodybuilders, four young Long
Island men cooked up a caustic potion and drank it, hoping for a
chemical high and bigger muscles.
They ended up in the hosital with severe burns.
"They were mixing sodium hydroxide, the base used in Drano, with a mild
organic acid used to make paint thinner," said Joseph Haas, an engineer
with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. "But it
didn't come out the way they expected."
Mr. Haas was among a tream of experts who removed the chemicals,
none of them illegal, from the bedroom of one of the four men who
drank the brew late Tuesday night. The four were taken to the hospital
with two of them in critical condition.
What they hoped to produce was a substance called gamma hydroxybutyrate,
but the pH level was too high, making it too caustic, Mr. Haas said.
Among some bodybuilders, the substance, also known as
GHB, is used as a powerful anesthetic. "It is taken with the notion that
it burns fat and causes the release of growth hormones in the body," said
Dr. Charles Yesalis, a professor at Pennsylvania State University
and a specialist in performance-enhancing drugs.
When the four men were heating and mixing the brew in the bedroom
of James Raman, 20, at his home on Jerusalem Avenue in Massapequa
Park, his parents, who were downstairs, thought his was distilling
water for his fish tank, according to the Nassau County police.
James Raman remained in very critical condition today with burns
on the throat and lungs.
Others of the four suffered severe burns, in addition to internal
injuries from drinking the brew, on their faces and arms when they
were overcome by the fumes.
Are You Part Of This Growing Population?
Washington, D.C, -- (AP) The government considers a body mass index
over 25 to be too fat. Here's how to figure yours:
First, multiply your weight in pounds by .45 to get kilograms. Next,
convert your height to inches. Multiply this number by .0254 to get
meters. Multiply that number by itself. Then divide this into your
weight in kilograms.
Your answer wil probably be a number in the 20s or low 30s. It is
British Tourist Falls To Death
NICOSIA, CYPRUS -- (AP) A British tourist trying to show off his
aim by throwing a melon from a second-floor blacony into a municipal
trash container lost his balance and fell to his death. Police said
Stephen John Pepperell, 39, fell to his death Monday from the balcony
of an apartment.
Bricklayer Injured Moving Bricks
The following letter was mailed to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
I am writing in response to your request for additional information
in Block 3 of the Accident Report Form. I put "poor planning" as
the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain
more fully, and I trust that the following details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working
alone on the roof of my new six-story building; when I completed
my work, I discovered I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over.
Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them
in a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately, was attached to
the side of the building at the sixth floor.
Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the
barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went back to the
ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent
of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the Accident
Report Form, that my weight is 175 pounds.
Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground suddenly, I lost
my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to
say, I proceeded at a rather rapid rate up the side of the building.
In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now
proceeding in a downward direction at an equally impressive rate
of speed. This explains the fractured skull, minor abrasions, and
the broken collarbone, as listed in Section III of the Accident Report
Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until
the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley
which I mentioned in Paragraph 2 of this correspondence.
Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my presence of mind and
was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of the excruciating
pain I was now beginning to experience. At approximately the same
time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom
fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel
now weighed approximately 50 pounds.
I refer again to my weight in Block 11. As you might imagine, I began
a rapid descent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of
the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the
two fractured ankles, broken tooth, and the severe lacerations on
my legs and lower body.
Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel
seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the
pile of bricks and, fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.
I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the pile of
bricks in pain, unable to move and watching the empty barrel six
stories above me, I again lost my composure and presence of mind
and let go of the rope!
Baby Found In College Dorm Waste Basket
POULTNEY, VT -- (AP) A newborn infant boy was hospitalized in stable
condition after he was found in a waste basket at Green Mountain
College in Poultney,
Vermont State Police in Rutland said that the boy was found at about
10 A.M. in a dormitory on campus.
The infant, who weighed 4 1/2 pounds, was in good health, doctors
Thirsty Elephants Hit India Brewery
CALCUTTA -- (Reuters) A herd of elephants in search of a drink destroyed
several illegal breweries southwest of Calcutta, Indian forest officials
said. The 45-strong herd charged out of the hills in search of water
but dropped into the illegal breweries instead creating havoc, but
finding what they were looking for.
South Africa Thieves Take Suicide's Car, Toss Body, Notes Aside
JOHANNESBURG -- (Reuters) Thieves stole the car of a dead woman after
she had apparently gased herself in the vehicle, South African
police said. The body was found in dense bush north of Johannesburg
along with two suicide notes and a length of hose pipe which she
had used to feed exhaust gases into the car. Police suspect thieves
came across the dead woman in the car, took her out, removed the
piping and suicide notes and then drove off.
Man "Marries" Comatose Woman, Says Dog Told Him To Do
TAMPA, FLA -- (Newsweek) Robert Meier was charged with
grand theft, forgery, and fraud after police say he forged a marriage
marry comatose Constance Sewell hours before she died, then ran up
$20,000 on her credit cards. Police said Meier claims her dog told
him to do it. "He said Ms. Sewell's dog told him she would want
him to go on living, have a better life and it would be OK to use her
credit cards," said Detective Ed Hancock. He said Sewel, 49, had
suffered an aneurysm Jan. 8 and "was deeply comatose, not capable
of consenting to marriage."
Man Dies Trying To Reach Lost Keyes
DETROIT (AP) -- A man who squeezed through an 18-inch-wide
sewer grate to try to retrieve his car keyes became pinned
headfirst in a hole and drowned in two feet of water. Ray
Langston, 41, was pronounced dead at Grace Hospital about
an hour after became stuck early Saturday, police said.
Langston used a coat hanger to pry open the 130-pound sewer
grate, his brother said.
Naked Man Arrested In Beverly
BEVERLY, MA -- Going for an early morning jog is a common
sight on the North Shore nowadays but a Beverly patrolman
was caught off guard by what he saw on Broadway this weekend.
A 27-year-old Beverly man running naked down the roadway.
Patrolman Richard Moody was patrolling the downtown street at 5 A.M.
Sunday when in the distance he saw a man running up the roadway,
said police Sgt. William Terry. As the officer approached the runner,
he noticed he was completely nude, Terry said.
Moody arrested Daniel P. Lane on a charge of indecent exposure. Lane
is shceduled to be arraigned.
Terry said Lane, when asked why he was running naked,
reportedly replied, "I was running for the fun of
ATM Spits Out Free $100 Bills
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Remember the
Monopoly game card that read, "Bank error in your favor, collect
$200"? It really happened here in the city that inspired
the board game.
An automated teller machine in a casino began spitting
out $100 bills instead of $20s. But authorities warned
that those who kept the money
might be needing a "Get out of jail free" card if they
don't come forward with the ill-gotten cash. All ATMs record transactions
on video tape.
Virginia Cop Arrests Veiled Muslim Women
PORTSMOUTH, VA -- Two Muslim women were arrested for wearing
veils in public by a police officer who misinterpreted
a law meant to target the KuKluxKlan.
The women also said they were fondled during a search for weapons,
but authorities disputed the claim. Portsmouth police were investigating
the arrests, spokeswoman Amber Whittaker said Tuesday. The women
were detained Sunday by an officer who thought they were violating
a state law against wearing masks in public, she said.
Girl With Headphones Never Heard It Coming
NEW YORK -- A 15-year-old ggirl whose headphones apparently drowned
out traffic was struck and killed by a construction backhoe. Jennfier
Brenes, an honors student, was hit by the large, slow-moving vehicle
while crossing a street on her way to school Tuesday in Queens.
China Suicide Tied To 2nd Girl's Birth
BEJING (Reuters) -- A farmer in eastern
China who attempted suicide after his wife gave birth
to a daughter succeeded
in taking his own life after the couple had another girl,
a newspaper reported. The man, "heavily influenced
by the fuedal concept of regarding men as superior to women
... felt ashamed to face his parents and that life was
not worth living," said the Nanjing Daily newspaper,
seen in Bejing yesterday.
Man Crushed By Safe He Was Trying To Steal
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A man was crushed to death by
a 600-pound safe he apparently was trying to steal.
Solomon Garcia, 22, was trying to move the iron safe down some stairs
at a real estate and insurance company office in suburban Huntington
when it slipped, crushing him to death, Suffolk County police Lt.
John Gierasch said.
A maintenance man found the body before the office opened for business
Thursday morning. It was under the safe at the base of the first-floor
The safe contained only insurance forms, police said.
Guy With Big Beans And No Brain
John Maich, a New Zealand farmer, with a harvest of giant
New Guinea beans that he grew in Helensville, which is
north of Auckland. The largest of the bean pods is nearly
seven feet long, but at that size, which flouts prudence
and the laws of cuisine, the beans are considered inedible.
(The New York Sunday Times)
Parents douse daughter's head with gasoline.
MERRIMAC (AP) -- The state Department of Social Service
is investigating a that poured gasoline in their 11-year
old daughter's hair to kill lice just inches from the pilot
light on a gas stove.
The gasoline ignited, burning Cheryl MacBridey on 30 percent of her
"It's just hard for us to believe," Merrimac Fire Chief Brian Peavey
said. "They obviously gave no thought to the stove."
MacBridey was in fair condition Monday at Shriner's Burn Institute
The fire started in the kitchen of the family's home while Kevin
and Laurie Dudley were washing thier daughter's lice-infested scalp
with gasoline over the sink, officials said. The gasoline ignited
when fumes came in contact with the pilot light, which Peavey said
was 4 inches away.
(The Salem Evening News)