WOMAN'S LOUD PRAISE AND CURSES LEAD TO CHARGES: BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman says she was just praising the Lord, although at high volume, when she received a citation accusing her of violating the city's noise ordinance. She later was arrested by police on a disorderly conduct charge.
Fifty-four-year-old Betty Jones tells WCYB-TV that her routine every Sunday includes five hours of praising and dancing, while she listens to music by Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and The Judds.
But neighbors in Bristol complained about loud music, so police showed up on May 27, a Sunday. A police report says officers helped her lower her stereo's base and warned her. But officers say they came back less than two hours later being called again.
This, time they cited her under the city's noise ordinance, and Jones tells the station she gave the officers a message too.
"Randy Travis was singing 'I'm going home to pray to God tonight and hopefully he'll forgive my sins.' I looked at that officer and said 'you better go home tonight and pray for your sins because that's what Randy is telling you," she said. "That's the gospel truth. Randy Travis told that man to go home and pray."
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR VISITING MAN THROUGH SUITCASE: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a 50-year-old Oregon woman is in trouble because of her relationship baggage — but it's not the emotional kind.
Kola J. McGrath was arrested Monday for trespassing after workers at her boyfriend's downtown Portland apartment complex discovered the man was sneaking her into the building by hiding her in a large rolling suitcase. She was banned from the building last year for breaking a fire extinguisher case during an argument.
The Oregonian reports McGrath is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 96 pounds.
Police were notified when a caller reported a man had kidnapped a woman, placed her in a pink suitcase and taken her to the apartment building.
Officers then searched 52-year-old Curtis T. Lowe's apartment and found McGrath hiding in a closet.
SUPERMAN CELEBRATION UNDER WAY IN METROPOLIS: METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — The yearly festival honoring Superman has taken off in the southern Illinois city that enthusiastically claims the Man of Steel as its favorite son.
The Superman Celebration is under way in the 6,500-resident Ohio River community of Metropolis and runs through Sunday.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the celebration that includes movies and music, along with appearances by John Glover and Cassidy Freeman from the Superman television series "Smallville."
Metropolis has no real connection to the fictional crime-fighter beyond the fact that Superman's co-creator, Jerry Siegel, happened to choose the name "Metropolis" when he first wrote the strip in the 1930s.
BLACK BEAR REMOVED FROM NJ OFFICE COMPLEX: PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — It was a bear of a day for employees at a northern New Jersey office complex after a young black bear decided to come to work.
The bear was spotted roaming the area Thursday in Parsippany, about 30 miles northwest of New York City.
Rangers cornered the animal and shot it with a tranquilizer gun. Officials say it weighed more than 150 pounds.
After sleeping it off, the bear was taken to Black River County Park in Chester Township and released.
Alison Glazer-Baurenfind tells The Daily Record of Parsippany she lives in Sussex County where there are a lot of bears, but this was a first.