Jail Lawn Doughnut
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Deputies didn’t have to go far to lock up a Florida man after authorities say he drove in circles on the lawn in front of the county jail and then crashed into a flag pole.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Michael Lee Roberts pulled his SUV up to the jail’s main door and entered the building Monday evening.
Deputies repeatedly told Roberts that he couldn’t park on the sidewalk. Officials say Roberts finally got back into the SUV and drove in reverse down the walkway until he hit a bench. He started driving over the landscaping before hitting the flagpole. A swarm of deputies quickly pulled Roberts from the SUV and handcuffed him.
Roberts was booked and then released the next day on $4,000 bail.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A truck driver who bought a lottery ticket at a truck stop in Pennsylvania has won a $92 million prize.
The Pennsylvania Lottery said Wednesday that Steven Peloquin, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, claimed the sole winning ticket in a Mega Millions drawing last week.
Lottery officials say the 52-year-old Peloquin has spent nearly 30 years as a professional truck driver.
He purchased the ticket at a Milton truck stop that will collect $100,000 for selling it.
Peloquin’s win is the fourth-largest prize in Pennsylvania Lottery history. He opted for the cash value payout rather than the annuity.
He tells lottery officials the windfall will let him retire and spend more time with his family.
Fundraising For Principal
BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — Universal Studios is donating a free vacation to all 42 seniors graduating from a New Hampshire high school after the class donated funds for a class trip to their principal, who was diagnosed with cancer.
The Caledonian Record reports the Class of 2015 at Bethlehem’s Profile School gave $8,000 to Principal Courtney Vashaw in May. The students spent several years raising money for their class trip but decided it would be better off going to Vashaw to help with her medical treatments.
As word spread of the seniors’ selfless act, other people donated funds to help the principal.
In return for the students’ compassionate act Universal Studios is offering to pay for their airfare and hotel accommodations to take a trip to the Orlando, Florida, theme park in August.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series “Breaking Bad” are up for sale in Albuquerque.
A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine on the hit television show.
The house in Albuquerque’s Country Club area is listed for $1.6 million.
Susan C. Feil and Alicia Feil Peterson of Coldwell Banker Legacy also listed another house that appeared in the series finale in Albuquerque’s North Valley.
The sales team created a website to promote the houses, which includes the caveat “Meth lab not included.”
“Breaking Bad” follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. It ended in 2013.
Sam Kass-NBC News
BOSTON (AP) — After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation’s food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it.
NBC News announced Wednesday that Kass, who worked at the White House from 2009 until 2014, would serve as a senior food analyst for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt,” as well as write a monthly online column for Today Food. Kass advised President Barack Obama on nutrition policy and served as executive director of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.
Kass began working for the Obamas in Chicago before the 2008 elections, then became an assistant chef in the White House kitchen. He first garnered media attention after helping Michelle Obama plant a garden on the South Lawn.