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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A New York man who had to be rescued twice on consecutive days while hiking in a northern Arizona mountain range urges others to pay more attention to the weather wintry than him.
“Warning: Unless you are an experienced mountaineer, do NOT attempt Humphreys Peak in the winter. There is so much snow that the trail is difficult to follow and very easy to fall off. Also, the wind is absolutely brutal,” Phillip Vasto said in an online post.
The 28-year-old man from Brooklyn called 911 for the first time around 7 p.m. last Wednesday to say he got lost while hiking Humphreys Trail in the San Francisco Peaks overlooking Flagstaff, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The statement did not identify Vasto by name, but he spoke to the Arizona Daily Sun, telling the paper in an article published Tuesday that he was an experienced hiker but underestimated the harsh conditions .
“I thought if I went early in the morning I would have all the time in the world to reach the top,” Vasto said of his second attempt.
The trail traverses approximately 8.9 miles of steep, rocky terrain between the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort and Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state with an elevation of 12,633 feet (3,851 meters).
In the first rescue, tracked ski resort vehicles rolling on the snow chased Vasto off the mountain and he refused medical attention.
But at 5 p.m. the next day, Vasto called 911 to say he needed help after he was injured in a fall near a ridge on the Humphreys Trail.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety rescue helicopter was dispatched to pick up Vasto and another hiker who had stopped to help him.
Vasto received “preventive search and rescue training on the conditions on the trail and the approaching winter storm and was encouraged not to attempt the hike again,” the sheriff’s office statement said.
The other hiker who stopped to help Vasto, Phillip Wyatt, said it was “very obvious he was unprepared for the climate he’d put himself in”.
Wyatt decided to stay with Vasto and provided his number to the search and rescue team so they could make contact in the likely scenario where Vasto’s phone ran out of battery because he had been using it. to check his route on a trail finder app.
“I really respect Phil’s persistence,” Wyatt told the Daily Sun. “I hope he will be able to reach the top one day.”
March 8 (UPI) – An Australian surfer has returned to shore unharmed after an encounter with a shark that left a bite mark on his board.
Randwick City Council said the surfer, who has not been identified, was in the water early Tuesday morning at Maroubra Beach when his board was “bumped” by a shark.
The surfer returned to shore and found the shark had left a bite mark on his board.
Lifeguards patrolled the area and confirmed there was a shark swimming nearby. The species of shark has not been identified.
The city council said all local beaches were temporarily closed to protect swimmers and surfers.
March 8 (UPI) — The home made famous by the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands is up for sale in Florida for $699,900, and the residence comes with memorabilia including a life-size mannequin of the titular character.
The Lutz, Florida home, currently owned by Joey Klops, was made famous as the home of the family that hosted Johnny Depp’s character in the Tim Burton film.
Klops had the house remodeled so the interior resembles the sets that served as the house’s interior in the film, and it’s filled with memorabilia, including authentic and replicated props, an original script used by the master of pop from the movie and a life-size Mannequin Edward Scissorhands.
The exterior of the house has also been decorated with unusual landscaping designed to resemble the topiary created by Edward.
March 8 (UPI) — Houston police say residents carrying crackers came to the rescue when a neighborhood faced an unusual situation: a pig on the loose.
The Houston Police Department said officers responded to a southeast neighborhood of the city on Monday when a pig was spotted running through the area.
Police said neighbors threw crackers at the pig to keep him in the area until an animal control officer arrived with a capture pole.
“We know Rodeo Houston has daily pig races, but we had our own version today in East Houston,” police tweeted. “This little piggy sent our Eastside Patrol officers on a jaunt through the neighborhood.”
The pig’s owner said her pet, named Bacon, apparently escaped her home when her sister left a door open.
Police said the owner could be cited for keeping a pig inside the city limits.
March 8 (UPI) — Scientists have named a now-extinct relative of the octopus that has 10 arms after President Joe Biden — the syllipsimopodi bideni — according to a study released Tuesday.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, says the vampyropod fossil was discovered in Bear Gulch limestone in Fergus County, Montana, and donated to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada in 1988.
Only recently, however, have scientists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Yale University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences examined the fossils.
The researchers said the syllipsimopodi bideni lived during the Carboniferous period, around 328 million years ago. It is the oldest vampire ever discovered, pushing back the fossil record of the group by around 82 million years.
March 8 (UPI) — A Maryland couple discovered recycling their Quick Pick lottery numbers was a profitable move when they won a $50,000 prize.
The Frederick couple told Maryland Lottery officials they couldn’t think of any numbers to play the first time they tried the Pick 5 draw, so they used the Quick Pick feature.
“It’s a challenge to pick the numbers,” the husband said.
The couple said they liked the Quick Pick numbers, 1-5-1-3-2, but decided to change the last two digits for future designs.
The couple purchased a ticket for the Feb. 21 draw at the Major Liquors Festival in Frederick.
The ticket won a prize of $50,000 when the numbers 1-5-1-2-3 were drawn.
“We are going to help the family and make investments for retirement,” the husband said.
The man’s wife said she also had big plans for the money.
“I’m going to eat as much seafood as I want next month,” she said.
March 8 (UPI) — An Ohio bodybuilding contest founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger has kicked off an unusual new event: the Slap Fighting Championship.
The Arnold Classic, an annual bodybuilding competition in Columbus, held its first slap fight championship after an announcement from Schwarzenegger and YouTube star Logan Paul.
The contest featured male and female competitors of different weight classes taking turns slapping each other in the face with open hands for slap fighting supremacy.
The women’s category was won by Adrianna Sledz, while Dawid “Zales” Zalewski won the men’s super heavyweight contest via TKO.
March 8 (UPI) – British Columbia animal rescuers say a 13-and-a-half-year-old cat is on the verge of being reunited with its owner five years after the feline went missing.
The Victoria-based group Find Lost and Escaped Cats, or FLEC, said the cat was recently reported missing near the Royal Bay cliff by a Colwood family, and the animal was quickly found by a member from the public and taken to a veterinarian.
The vet discovered the cat had a microchip that the Colwood family was unaware of. The chip identified the feline as a cat reported missing five years earlier by a woman who now lives in St. Catherines, Ontario.
“I think you could have knocked the owner down with a feather when contacted,” FLEC president Jill Oakley told Saanich News of the cat’s original owner.
Oakley said the cat will soon make the trip to Ontario to find its original owner. She said the meeting highlights the importance of having microchipped pets.
“That’s why we always tell people with missing pets to never give up,” FLEC said in a Facebook post.
(Polygon) DUBLIN, GA — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 36 months in prison — three years — after using COVID-19 relief money to buy a rare Pokémon Charizard card. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the sentencing in a press release on Monday.
The man, Vinath Oudomsine, 31, was granted an $85,000 Economic Disaster Disaster Loan (EIDL) after claiming to own a small business which supported 10 employees. These loans were created as part of Congress’ pandemic relief plan and intended to be used by businesses to pay workers and rent.
However, once Oudomsine got the money, the DOJ said he used $57,789 of it to buy a Charizard card. A card matching this description — a first-edition, shadowless, holographic Charizard card with a 9.5 gem rating — was sold on the PWCC marketplace for that price in late December.
U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen also ordered Oudomsin to pay $10,000 in addition to $85,000 restitution and three years in prison. He will have three years of “supervised freedom” after the three years in prison. Oudomsine also agreed to hand over the Charizard card to prosecutors.