HEADLINE HOOSHE: STORY OF THE WEEK
MONDAY'S HEADLINE HOOSHE:
A Nebraska man is now in jail for 108 days after being sentenced Tuesday for a DUI and livestock neglect after being pulled over for driving drunk with 100 chickens in his SUV. Luis Motola-Palacio, of Grand Island, was pulled over during a routine traffic check on Jan. 31 of this year—authorities discovered 100 chickens, half of which were dead, crammed in the back of his car. Fifty-eight of the chickens survived, while the remaining 42 perished, crushed under the weight of their brethren. Police arrested Motola-Palacio for assault in 2013 when he shot Michal Garcia-Rivera in the leg at close range, during an argument as they butchered a pig in a garage.
TUESDAY'S HEADLINE HOOSHE: ***WINNER***
A mother caught shoplifting at a Walmart in Florida was arrested after leaving her crying children behind in the store. Rebecca Stoltz, 26, only returned to the store when pressured by police, and has since been charged with both theft, child abuse and child neglect. Stoltz was shopping at the location around 8:30pm when store employees witnessed her stuffing $44 worth of women's clothing into a plastic bag. Loss prevention officers stopped Stoltz, so she handed over the items, fled through the garden department and drove away in her silver Nissan to resist arrest. But she left behind both her 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old step-daughter who store employees found 'clearly distressed' and both crying. Stoltz called a friend to come and pick up her daughters, but that friend met police when she arrived at the store. The woman would not give her name to authorities, but did provide them with a number to contact Stoltz. Officers tried showing up at Stotlz's home, but found that the address on her driver's license was not her current residence.
WEDNESDAY'S HEADLINE HOOSHE:
A woman who crashed her car into a New Hyde Park firehouse Monday had a stolen snake wrapped around her neck, Nassau County police said. Sarah Espinosa, 22, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and petit larceny. The judge set her bail at $5,000 and suspended her driver’s license. Espinosa was driving west on Jericho Turnpike in a Toyota Prius on Monday evening when she crossed the center median and hit a car before crashing through the front garage door of the New Hyde Park firehouse, colliding with two fire trucks, police said. “You heard a bang, and then about three seconds later, you heard a louder bang,” said fire Chief Steve Waldron. “So we come downstairs, and we saw a vehicle halfway into our firehouse.” When fire personnel rushed over to help, they found a small ball python wrapped around Espinosa’s neck, police said. “It was about 2 feet long,” “I thought it was a pet. I guess she’s a snake person.”Police said they later determined that she had stolen the snake from a Petco in Garden City just before the crash. Espinosa, a recent SUNY Albany graduate, was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. The Fire Department was left with thousands of dollars in damage. But firefighters are grateful no one else was hurt. “A lot of times, people just hang out on the bumper with the door open watching the traffic go by,” said volunteer firefighter John Pignetti. “It could have been a lot worse than it turned out.” The snake was removed from Espinosa’s neck by a member of the Fire Department trained in snake handling and was returned to the pet store unharmed, officials said.
THURSDAY'S HEADLINE HOOSHE:
Two Huntingdon County women are facing criminal charges after they attacked each other with the taxidermied head of an antlered deer, state police said. In a press release, troopers said the two women were arguing. The argument eventually turned physical and the women swung a deer mount at each other, police said. Stacy Varner, 47, and Glenda Snyder, 64, are both facing charges of simple assault, police said. Synder was hit with an antler during the fight and suffered a minor injury, police said. Troopers did not say what started the fight between the two women.