Originally created 12/03/01

Odds and ends



VANCOUVER, Wash. -- James Craig Wilson planned to spend the afternoon decorating for the holidays.

Instead, upset by mishaps with his outdoor Christmas lights, he grabbed his .45-caliber pistol and began firing into the ground behind his suburban home.

He ended up in the Clark County Jail on Sunday for investigation of reckless endangerment.

Wilson, 47, told sheriff's deputies he started getting angry when he found the lights were tangled. His wife had balled them up and tossed them in the garage after last Christmas, he said.

As he tried to unroll the string of lights in his driveway, his daughter returned home and drove over the lights.

Wilson told his wife not to be alarmed while he shot off some rounds in the back yard to let off steam. He sent his daughter across the street to tell a reserve deputy who lives there that no one had been hurt.

Soon after, five deputies arrived and arrested him.

"I thought discharging my gun would help me discharge my anger," Wilson said. "I guess I'm going to lose my concealed weapons permit."

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BEND, Ore. -- Pastor Terry Webb never had a problem with his name until another Terri Webb - this one a woman - decided to wear nothing but a pair of red boots to a court hearing earlier this month.

Terri Sue Webb, 26, was arrested last summer for riding her bicycle nude through downtown Bend. At an early November court hearing, she removed her clothes in front of the judge and was arrested for contempt of court.

Within a few days, 36-year-old Terry Layne Webb, a pastor at the Calvary of Cascades Church, was getting phone calls from amused fans as far away as Virginia and Canada.

Some wanted to know where Terri Webb lived. Some left messages supportive of Webb's freedom to be naked in public. All were disappointed when they realized they called the wrong person, Pastor Webb said.

"We don't have any idea who she is or any interest in getting these people in contact with her," he said.

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It looks like Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, could use some geography lessons before he gets too far along in his own run for governor.

In a Thanksgiving card to supporters, the former federal housing secretary had a list of almost six dozen things his three young daughters were thankful for. The list included "the Anthony Road winery on the shore of Lake Geneva" and "honoring Grandpa Bobby (Kennedy) with the Colonie County Dems."

The winery, as lovers of Finger Lakes wines might know, overlooks Seneca Lake. There is no Lake Geneva in the Finger Lakes, although the city of Geneva is located at the north end of Seneca Lake.

Also, none of New York's 62 counties is named Colonie. There is a town of Colonie near Albany where Democrats recently honored the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the father of Andrew Cuomo's wife, Kerry.

Cuomo spokesman Peter Ragone blamed production errors for the mistakes.

State GOP Chairman Alexander Treadwell offered another explanation: "Andrew Cuomo obviously spent too much time in Washington." He said he was sending Cuomo a map of New York state for Christmas.

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KENNETT, Mo. -- A lot of calls to the state office building in this southeast Missouri town have gone unanswered.

Someone stole all the phones.

Phones were also stolen over the weekend from state office buildings in the southern Missouri towns of Sikeston and West Plains.

Kennett police said 85 phones were stolen from the Division of Family Services, 30 from the Division of Workforce Development, and 20 from the Division of Aging. The stolen phones are valued at more than $37,000.

Replacement phones were expected to arrive this week.

Police said a witness at a nearby restaurant reported seeing two men loading boxes into a white truck parked at the state building.

In West Plains, 113 phones were stolen, in the third phone theft from that state office building. In Sikeston, 19 phones were stolen.