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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Driver hits 142 mph ... right after being cited for speeding

HERSHEY, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa woman who was ticketed for speeding in Nebraska perhaps didn’t take the citation seriously — deputies clocked her driving at 142 mph as she accelerated away from the traffic stop. The Lincoln County sheriff’s office says the 31-year-old woman from Council Bluffs was eventually arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving after deputies caught up with her for a second time early Saturday. Deputies first stopped the 2018 Ford Mustang around 1 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 80 near North Platte after it was recorded driving 92 mph in a 75 mph zone. The driver was cited and told she could leave. But she took off at speed and the deputies gave chase, using radar to clock her driving at 142 mph. Online court records don’t indicate formal charges.

D’oh! ‘Simpsons’ writer says show not based in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — A veteran writer for “The Simpsons” says the show isn’t based in Massachusetts despite several references to the state. The Boston Globe reports Mike Reiss recently sat down for a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the show and his new book, “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.” Reiss says the Springfield where the show is set is “nowhere.” He explains the writers chose Springfield as a location because there are more than 40 cities and towns that share the name across the U.S. Fans have highlighted references to the Bay State in the show, including Mayor Quimby’s New England accent and jokes about Harvard. Reiss is proud of the success of the show, whose 30th season will premiere this fall.

Police: 2 men on motorcycle with stolen fish tank arrested

NILES, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say two men on a motorcycle, with the passenger holding a large, boxed fish tank, have been arrested after an officer passed them while responding to a pet store’s report of a stolen aquarium. The Niles police Facebook page says the passenger jumped off, breaking the aquarium, when the officer turned to follow the motorcycle Monday. Another officer found the bike at another location and a “nervous-looking” man pruning a tree with his bare hands behind a home. He was identified as the bike’s operator. Niles Municipal Court officials say 52-year-old Mitchell Adkins and 46-year-old Christopher Binion have pleaded not guilty to theft charges. Binion also pleaded not guilty to traffic charges. The public defender assigned to represent the men declined to comment.

Hersheypark reopens after flooding causes 1-day shutdown

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Heavy rain and flash flooding made it appear a river of chocolate was running through the middle of Hersheypark. The Pennsylvania amusement park reopened Tuesday after it and ZooAmerica closed due to flooding on Monday. Three days of rain in the central and eastern part of the state caused Spring Creek, which runs through the park, to flood, and nearby Swatara Creek to approach moderate flood stage. ZooAmerica remains closed Tuesday. The park says the animals were moved to safety. Hersheypark spokeswoman Quinn Bryner says the park is still evaluating damage, but added that Spring Creek largely stayed within its banks after flooding briefly Monday. Flooding from a creek also forced officials to close Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg.