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August 1, 2018

SNEEZING ATTACK-CRASH

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — One moment she was having a sneezing fit and the next, her SUV had rear-ended a minivan. That’s what a 43-year Mississippi woman told officers in Athens, Georgia, after the sneeze-induced crash. Citing an Athens-Clarke County police report, The Athens Banner-Herald reports the minivan had slowed for a yellow light when it was struck by the SUV last week. Police said the SUV driver said she’d been sneezing constantly and that after one of her sneezes, “the next thing she knew the air bag hit her in her face.” No injuries were reported in the crash. Police said the SUV driver was cited for following another vehicle too closely.

INMATE ATOP PATROL CAR

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A West Texas sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him driving down a Texas highway with an inmate sitting on the roof. The deputy had been transporting 31-year-old Martin Gregory Estrada when the man broke a patrol car window and climbed onto the vehicle’s roof. The deputy summoned help and didn’t stop until backup arrived. A Taylor County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the deputy was terminated for violating office policies on inmate safety and security. Video of the July 18 incident was recorded by a motorist following the patrol car.

MARILYN MANSON-MOCK ARREST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — No, Marilyn Manson didn’t get arrested in Bangor, Maine. The Bangor Police Department says Manson and an officer were joking around when the rocker was briefly handcuffed. A video of the handcuffing was posted to Manson’s Instagram account. Lt. Tim Cotton took to Facebook to say it was good, clean fun. He also quips the officer, Curtis Grenier, is no longer allowed to work backstage “except during Lord of the Dance or anything related to Disney.”

NO NICKEL AND DIME STORY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rare nickel is going up for auction in Philadelphia and officials say it could fetch $3 million to $5 million. The Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head Nickel is one of only five ever produced. The Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering the coin for auction Aug. 15 during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. The fair will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Aug. 14-18. The coin is named for financier Louis E. Eliasberg, who bought the coin in 1948. A collection of vintage U.S. paper money also is up for auction, and could fetch up to $900,000.

TWIN LOVE

GRASS LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend. Identical twins Krissie and Kassie Bevier will marry Zack and Nick Lewan in Grass Lake on Aug. 3 and 4, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. Krissie and Zack’s wedding will be held on Friday, while Kassie and Nick will get hitched on Saturday. But the four will share their reception Saturday night. Kassie Bevier and Nick Lewan met first at Grand Valley State University four years ago in a psychology class. The professor had asked if there were any twins in class, and Kassie and Nick both raised their hands. Kassie and Nick invited their twins on their first date to church one Sunday morning, and Krissie and Zack started dating shortly after.

’TIL DEATH...

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —A New York state couple born two years and two days apart and married for 78 years have died within two days of each other. According to their family, 98-year-old Evelyn Bennett Drake died on July 20 and 100-year-old Gilbert Orzell Drake two days later. Both died of natural causes with their family by their side at the couple’s home in Delmar, an Albany suburb. The family said Evelyn would have turned 99 on August 8, while her husband would have been 101 on August 10. Granddaughter Elizabeth Officer said the Drakes were married on October 13 1939.

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