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    Illinois man finds mysterious ancient tunnel beneath his home

    We’re going underground in Alton, Illinois, into a tunnel that was just found. “A lot of brick,” said Gary Machens, who discovered the tunnel. “Whatever they built this for, it took a lot of men and a lot of hours. You know, one guy didn’t do this.”

    Machens first uncovered this tunnel when he discovered his sidewalk starting to slope. “Had a problem here at the sidewalk and as we were doing some excavating and repacking of the rock here, we discovered this tunnel here,” he said. “According to historians here in the Alton area. This tunnel was put in here around 1840.”



    When the West Alton farmer and his wife first moved into this home, he already knew of its history – dating back to the 1890s.

    Machens believes the change in elevation from 1895 when this brick-lined street was put down covered the opening to this underground mystery.

    “Why is it stair stepped like this?” Machens said. “Why is that in there? Do you see the offset in the brick? And if you look along this wall it turns that way a little bit. Look down along this wall.”

    Whether for ice storage, a carriage, or part of the Underground Railroad, is anyone’s best guess.

    “It’s unique, there are a few tunnels around the Alton area since we checked with the Landmark Historic Society,” Machen said. “It’s been used as an icehouse or root cellar or a lot of other options.

    “It could have been used for the Underground Railroad. There’s no proof of that but there was a ferry here in the Alton area to the Missouri side and it’s possible it could have been used for that.”

    Machens is open to the idea of opening the tunnel for tours if he can get the city or someone to help with logistics and cost.

    For now, he has to fix his sidewalk and seal up the tunnel.

    “Yes, three former mayors of Alton have lived in this house through the years,” Machens said. “I don’t know if any of them knew about this. The house was built in 1890, the tunnel is believed from 1840, so it was here for 50 years. What it was used for, I don’t know. We’ve got maps that go back to 1863 and this house was not there and there was not another house on this property here.”

    Machens, a history lover, says he wants to preserve this past and current-day mystery in his life.

    “So, it was at least 9 feet tall,” he said. “We’re standing on about a foot of dirt and it’s 9 feet wide and how far back it goes, we don’t know. We know it goes back 60 feet.” [Fox2Now]

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    Police: Driver rams through traffic arms, jumps over rising drawbridge in Daytona

    Daytona Beach police are looking for the vehicle that rammed through the lowered safety arms of the Main Street bridge on Monday and jumped over the drawbridge as it was rising, officials said Thursday.

    The driver of the sport utility vehicle seen on surveillance video was heading eastbound when it smashed through the lowered arm of Main Street bridge and then went over the bridge as it was rising, police said. The compact SUV also broke through the lowered traffic arms on of the eastern segment of the bridge, said Daytona Beach police spokesman Messod Bendayan.

    “It happened around 7:45 a.m. on Monday,” Bendayan said. Both traffic arms had to be replaced, Bendayan said. “Our investigators think they’ve made an ID in this case. No arrest at this point,” Bendayan said in an email.

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    WATCH: N.C. man throws rabid bobcat after it attacks wife in wild video

    Friday, April 9, was quite the morning for one couple in Pender County. Home security video shows Kristi and Happy Wade walking to their SUV at their home in the Creekside subdivision in Burgaw.

    It was early in the morning and the two were taking their senior cat, Caroline Faith, to the veterinarian. Happy offers a quick “good morning” to a neighbor jogging by and comments that he “really needs to wash his car.”

    Seconds later, a wild bobcat can be seen running across the street, growling and then attacking Kristi from behind. She screams, “Oh my god” and tells Happy to run away.

    “As I came out of our garage, I heard a growl behind or beside one of our cars and I knew it was a cat because I know what a cat sounds like,” Kristi said. “But it sounded like a very angry cat, so in the video I back up to see if I can see what it is and when I do the face of this bobcat came around the corner of the car.”

    The bobcat is seen crawling up Kristi’s back. She received a number of puncture wounds and scratches and was bitten several times. Happy grabs the bobcat and carries it away onto his front lawn. “I just remember seeing this face and it was trying to bite her right there in the side of the neck,” Happy said. “And so I shoved my arm in and that’s how I ended up with it like this [above his head].”

    He can be heard saying, “Oh my god, it’s a bobcat! Oh my god” before throwing the wild animal several feet. According to Happy, the animal bit Happy three times before he was able to throw it.

    “I thought: ‘I’ll throw it this way,’” Happy said. “Two options: one, it’ll see an escape route and it’ll take off or it’ll stop just a moment where I can get a good shot at it.” He warns the jogging neighbor, who came back to check on them, to get out as she tries to help.

    The bobcat then takes off toward the front of the SUV, as Happy appears to pull out a small handgun and yell, “I’ll shoot that f***er” and chases it. He implores the neighbor to protect his wife while he deals with the animal.

    Happy finally shot the animal because he knew something was wrong with it. “I’m not happy that this happened, we don’t take any pleasure that I shot the cat” Happy said. “I knew when I realized it was a bobcat, having been born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and hunting all my life, you know, that’s just not normal.”

    It was later confirmed the Bobcat did have rabies.


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    1. The woman in pink must have been confused.
    2. Good thing he was carrying.
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    'Liar' celebrity psychic 'faked losing his mystical powers,' court says, orders him to pay $130K in fees

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    Maurice Amdur claimed he could not work as a mystic for years after getting hit by a car.
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    A celebrity television psychic has been branded a liar and left with a hefty court bill after a judge argued he faked losing his mystical powers after getting hit by a car.

    According to news.com.au, celebrity television psychic Maurice Amdur had filed a lawsuit after claiming getting hit by a car caused him to lose his powers. According to Amdur, the accident also left him unable to hold down a girlfriend because it supposedly rendered him impotent.


    Judge Elizabeth Backhouse threw out his claim he could not work as a mystic for two years after his accident, saying it had been undermined by “fundamental dishonesty.” Maurice Amdur, 56, had sued the insurance company of the driver who hit his Jaguar XKS convertible, for £250,000 ($A450,000) compensation.

    Backhouse appeared entirely unpersuaded that the celebrity television psychic had in fact lost his powers, pointing out he did do mystic readings in the two years after the accident. “I am prepared to accept he may not have felt well enough to do as many as usual or to work to normal capacity but I am satisfied that he did some readings,” she said, according to The Daily Star.

    “Clearly, he must have known that he did that work and I find that in this respect he has been dishonest.”

    “I am satisfied that this is fundamental dishonesty in that the dishonesty went to a substantial part of the claim.”

    The celebrity television psychic had claimed the accident resulted in the temporary loss of his powers and his arms, resulting in the disintegration of personal relationships. “I had performance anxiety because I couldn’t use my arms,” Amdur told the court previously. He also claimed he “felt he did not have the mental sharpness and ability to concentrate sufficiently to do a good job” following the collision.

    According to The Times, the judge found his claims unconvincing. The judge accepted that the celebrity television psychic was injured in the crash but did not seem convinced about his years-long loss of his powers.

    ‘I am prepared to accept that Mr Amdur does believe that he has a ‘gift’ and that he considers that he behaves with integrity when working as a clairvoyant, unlike others in the field who are ‘charlatans’ as he called them,” she said.

    “For the reasons I have already given I have found that this was an untrue statement and that Mr Amdur was able to, and did do some psychic readings following the accident,” Backhouse said, ruling that the mystic would have to pick up his legal fees — expected to run over £100,000 or $130,000 USD.

    The judge noted that he would have been awarded approximately £10,000 had his claim not been full of “fundamental dishonesty.”


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    betcha he didn't need his coffee after that !
     
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    'It's bizarre': Almost two dozen seals found decapitated along Nova Scotia beaches

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    Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed it is aware of the headless seals, though it said Nova Scotia’s Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) is taking the lead on the situation. It’s a familiar incident to the group, as several hundred dead seals were also found washed up near Cape Breton and Sambro shores in April last year. In that case, the society’s response co-ordinator told CBC News it didn’t appear like the seals were killed as part of the seal hunt, as their skulls were intact and had not been crushed. This time around, Hayman said she saw no skulls nearby.

    Similar issues have also persisted on the west coast of Canada, with headless sea lions found along British Columbia shores instead of seals. Last June, marine mammal zoologist Dr. Anna Hall said she believed decapitated sea lions along eastern Vancouver Island shores were deliberately beheaded by humans, with one incident being filmed on camera. As for what’s happening on Nova Scotia beaches, Hall said she believes a similar crime may be happening. There appears to be consistencies among the carcasses, she said, reminding her of what she saw last summer on Vancouver Island.


    “The carcasses have a distinct similarity to them,” she said. “While we can’t say definitely that the seals on the east coast have been decapitated by human efforts, it does seem that is a distinct possibility looking at the photographs.”

    However, MARS’s executive director and marine mammal biologist Tonya Wimmer said it appears to be a natural occurrence that happens every year to varying degrees, especially when sea ice has not been particularly thick or prevalent. Though she hasn’t received images of all the seals yet, Wimmer said the holes don’t appear to be man-made, despite people assuming they have been caused by gunshots or other human-related trauma.

    “From the images and information we’ve received, many of the holes are where the umbilicus would have been and is likely scavenging by other animals,” she said, explaining how it’s quite common for scavengers to target the area around the belly button, genitals or eyes. Though there have been different theories about why seals are losing their heads, including long-standing hypotheses from the DFO suggesting seals heads are getting crushed by moving ice, Wimmer said MARS is not certain that’s what’s happening.


    “The cause remains unknown,” she said. “(But) for the majority of animals we’ve examined during the incidents we’ve documented, it doesn’t appear to be due to human interactions.”

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    Florida Cops on the Hunt for Mysterious 'Witch' Accused of $100,000 Fraud

    Authorities in Florida are searching for a mysterious woman who allegedly bilked $100,000 out of unsuspecting individuals in exchange for "witchcraft services." According to a local media report, the strange case began in late December when Spanish-language radio stations and newspapers in the city of Naples suddenly began featuring advertisements for 'spiritual cleansing.' The promotional blitz also included several fliers which were posted in laundromats and stores throughout the community. It would appear the campaign captured the imagination of residents as, police say, several people took the woman up on her offer.

    According to police, from mid-January until mid-March, the self-proclaimed sorcerer met with numerous individuals and initially provided tarot card readings and similar soothsaying services. However, at some point during the session, she told her clients that they needed to bring her a sizeable amount of money. Upon receiving the funds, the woman claimed that the cash was cursed and that she would need to bring it to a special 'temple' in the city of Fort Myers for a thorough 'cleansing.' As one may have surmised by now, the 'witch' proceeded to vanish from the area at some point in the middle of last month with all of the ill-gotten money in tow.

    All told, cops allege that the 'witch' defrauded at least 10 people out of approximately $100,000 in total, including one unfortunate individual who handed over a staggering $29,000 in cash that was never seen again. After receiving multiple complaints from understandably distraught residents, the Naples Police Department issued a bulletin about the case this week which included some of sketches of the woman in the hopes that someone might be able to identify her. Law enforcement experts say that the woman will more than likely pop up again somewhere in the future in an attempt to run the same scheme on another batch of unsuspecting individuals unless she is brought to justice.


     
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    She must be some smooth talker. lol
     
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    Some people want to be helpless and will do all kinds of things to get someone else to tell them what to do, including paying a lot of money. It is a mental illness in my opinion. Either a con artist can convince someone they can get money for doing nothing, (greed) or they can convince someone that they can solve a problem that the person should solve on their own (victim/fearful/ or lazy).
     
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    Treasure hunter finds $46,000 hidden in cashbox beneath floorboards of Massachusetts family’s home after decades of rumor

    Keith Wille, a self-described treasure hunter and metal “detectorist,” has a motto: “You lost something. I find it.” And that’s exactly what he did for one woman in Western Massachusetts who called him about trying to locate a cashbox potentially missing beneath the floorboards of the attic in her family home. The treasure hunt wound up being the best of 2021 so far, according to Wille, whose operations are based in Connecticut.

    “One question I get all the time is how many treasures do you think are out there?,” Wille said at the opening of the episode of his show, “Rediscover Lost,” posted to YouTube on Wednesday. “I think there are countless treasures still out there, and if it’s there, I’ll find it.”

    The treasure hunt in Western Massachusetts was the product of decades of rumor about hidden loot in the 1950s home, which was owned by the woman’s aunt and uncle. The woman’s mother moved in after her aunt died roughly five years ago, and the house is set to go up for sale soon. However, the family didn’t want to sell it without first finding the rumored treasure. She believes the loot was hidden in the attic “a long, long time ago.” Floorboards in the space have white x- and star-shaped symbols drawn on them, piquing the family’s interest and leaving them with questions about where the cash was.

    After decades of failed attempts to find the treasure, Wille said, the family grew tired of trying to figure out if a metal detector would work indoors and even hired a construction contractor to find the treasure underneath the floorboards. Their efforts weren’t fruitful.

    The family eventually discovered Wille online and hired him to figure out where the money was hidden. The search started in early April with the treasure hunter getting a tour of the attic space. There, he spotted the damaged parts of the floor where people in years past had unsuccessfully searched for the money and figured out a game plan for how he would find the cash.

    “Turning on my metal detector, I walked over to where light from the two windows intersected,” Wille said on his website. “The rumor was that a person could see the box through the floorboards when the light shined into the room. Naturally, I started in the middle of the floor, looking for cracks where light could shine through.”

    Using the metal detector, an endoscopic camera and his iPhone, Wille kicked off his quest to find the stashed money in the attic space. It took only around 50 minutes before he struck gold. With his endoscopic camera, Wille found the cashbox in one corner of the attic. He noticed jagged saw marks in the rafters of that section of the space, searched the floor and saw the keyhole of the cashbox. The treasure hunter then removed two suspiciously cut floorboards to take the loot out of its 63-year old hiding place.

    Cash was packed to the lid of a metal box in the bundles, with individual bills dating all the way back to 1934, 1935 and 1950. The date Dec. 19, 1958, along with a teller number, was stamped on each currency strap, and highly collectible silver certificates were visible in three of the bundles, Wille noted. “These were shortly after the Great Depression, so people were still holding onto cash, hiding it, clearly. There were still some trust issues with the banks,” Wille said in the video.

    The cache of vintage banknotes totaled $46,000. Wille pointed out that in 1958, the purchasing power of that amount of money would be equivalent to $421,603 today. “We found the cashbox. So, we retrieved it. The family now has closure on the cash,” Wille said. “They can sell the house.” It’s unclear who hid the cashbox in the floorboards to begin with, but it’s likely that a family member of the woman did so. “There were a number of possibilities of who could have hidden the treasure, but it’s not 100%,” Wille told MassLive.

    In an interview with MassLive, Wille said he didn’t want to specify where in Western Massachusetts the home is to protect the family’s privacy.

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    Peoria Bowler Includes Father in 300 Game By Placing His Ashes in His Ball

    John Hinkle helped Western Illinois University win an Intercollegiate Bowling championship in 2002. He’s rolled so many 300 games, he’s lost count. But none like the one last week. “I had tears in my eyes in the 11th and 12th frames. I couldn’t tell you where that last ball went, I had so many tears just throwing it,” Hinkle said. He bowled his 300 on his regular league night at Landmark Lanes on April 12. But it was the first time he used a unique ball.

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    This reminds me of when my wife’s uncle had passed away. A group of us went over to my wife’s aunts house to help her clean up after years of collecting stuff. As we were cleaning up the area above the steps down to the basement someone saw an old cigar box. Thankfully that person opened it up. Inside was $11,000 in cash.

    My wife’s uncle was an old miser who didn’t bother to tell a soul he had stashed that money away. Luckily it didn’t just get pitched out.
     
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    I know the world is off kilter when I read that Caitlyn Jenner wants to run for governor of California. Another headline I read is that Van Morrison is condemning the wearing of masks during the Covid outbreak. I love Morrison’s music but he is way out of line telling people that their freedoms are being lost because of protecting yourself and others from Covid. Is this old age setting in with these people? They just can’t think straight and then have to give us their thoughts.
     
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    Oklahoma woman finds out she was charged with a FELONY 20 years ago for not returning rented VHS tape of Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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    A former Oklahoma resident has found that she spent the last two decades with a felony charge to her name after failing to return a rented VHS tape. Caron McBride's legal troubles stem from a VHS copy of 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' which was rented back in 1999 from Movie Place in Norman. McBride says she assumes it was rented by a roommate. But when the tape was never returned it was her that was charged with felony embezzlement of rented property in March of 2000.

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    I can understand people wanting to express their opinions and we all have the freedom to do that however I think people like Van Morrison who have the ability to influence thousands of people should show more responsibility when indulging in that freedom of expressing one's opinion...A belief isn't always the truth and the truth isn't always factual...There's a lot of that going around these days on all levels of our society, lack of responsibility...

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    Considering the low value of a VHS tape, the felony charge was egregious.
     
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