115-lb woman wins Illinois hot dog-eating contest
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. — Michelle Lesco is petite, but the 115-pound competitive eater still managed to gobble down more than 28 hot dogs — and buns — to win an eating contest in suburban Chicago.
The Arizona native won Saturday's qualifiers for the July 4 hot dog-eating contest at New York's Coney Island.
The competition in Bloomingdale, about 20 miles from Chicago, was one of more than a dozen preliminary rounds before the main event. Eight people faced off to see who could eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Lesco set a new Illinois record and beat Eric "Badlands" Booker, who gobbled more than 27 hot dogs. He weighs about four times that of Lesco.
After winning, Lesco said: "I can't wait to burp."
Robbery suspect friends victim on Facebook
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.
The Kitsap Sun reported Saturday that Riley Allen Mullins was charged Friday in Kitsap District Court with second-degree robbery.
Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn't recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.
The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her. Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins that showed the triangle neck tattoo.
Puppy drives car into Massachusetts pond
CANTON, Mass. — After going for a walk, a German shepherd puppy owned by a Massachusetts man decided to go for a drive — straight into a pond.
John Costello said that his 12-week-old puppy, Rosie, was so excited Sunday after going for a walk at Bolivar Pond in Canton that she jumped in his running car, hit the gear stick and shifted into drive, before falling onto the gas pedal and sending the car careening into the water.
A couple of passers-by saw the commotion and helped Costello rescue Rosie. Nobody was injured, but Costello says the Dodge Neon is a total loss.
The 911 call surprised even police. Officer Robert Quirk says he has never heard of a dog driving into a pond.