- - Monday, July 5, 2010


Deck collapse kills partier

HOOVER | A wooden deck crumpled under a group of Fourth of July partiers in Alabama, killing one person and injuring six others.

Seven partygoers plummeted three stories when the deck at an apartment complex in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover collapsed Sunday night. Two uninhabited decks below were crushed by the falling debris.

Hoover Fire Department spokesman Rusty Lowe said one person was pronounced dead at the hospital, another is in critical condition and three are hospitalized with serious injuries. Two were treated for minor injuries and released.

The cause of the collapse is being investigated. Mr. Lowe said it was fortunate the lower decks were empty. He said: “It definitely could have been worse.”


Naked stranger found sleeping in home

SAN DIEGO | A San Diego resident awoke to a shocking discovery: a naked stranger passed out on his downstairs sofa.

San Diego police Lt. Jim Filley says the Pacific Beach homeowner called police after wandering downstairs Sunday morning and finding the snoring man.

Lt. Filley says the naked man was drunk and thought he was in his own home in Mission Valley, some 20 miles away.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, had taken off his clothes outside the house and walked in through the unlocked front door. The homeowner declined to press charges. And since the intruder had sobered up, he was released to find his own way home.


Fishing buddies nab two autos

NEW CASTLE | A couple of fishing buddies from Delaware have been catching more than just bass. They’ve been helping police reel in cars.

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