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Woman says neighborhood church bells too loud

The bells from a church in New Mexico are anything but heavenly-sounding to one disgruntled neighbor.

Bernadette Hall-Cuaron told KOB that she's lived near Our Lady of Guadalupe church for years with no issues, but a couple of months ago, the church switched to an electronic bell system. 

The switch means that the bells sound several times per day, and each occasion can include 20-25 bell rings, according to Hall-Cuaron. The electronic bell system also plays songs like "Amazing Grace."

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Hall-Cuaron told KOB that the bells are so loud they wake her up, and make it difficult to work from home. She wishes church leadership would have consulted with residents in the area before installing the new bell system. She also said that she's complained directly to church officials, but she is not satisfied with their response.

The church's pastor told KOB that he's lowered the volume and is starting the bells at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. in response to Hall-Cuaron's complaints. 

While Hall-Cuaraon said the bells are annoying enough to deter people from going to church, the pastor told KOB that he's heard from neighbors who appreciate the bells.

Florida man accused of hiding full rack of stolen ribs in his pants

A Florida man’s alleged attempt at stealing food was short-ribbed.

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According to TCPalm, authorities said Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez, 26, of Indiantown tried to get away with placing a few items into his pants waistband and walking out of Rines Market IGA in December. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office claimed that he might have gotten away with it, had a sergeant not spotted him revealing some of the evidence of his crime in full view.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilar-Alvarez “removed a full rack of ribs from his waistband.”

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And that’s not all he's accused of stealing. The grocery list of stolen items reportedly included the following:

  • Nine pieces of fried chicken
  • Some mashed potatoes
  • Two packs of hamburger buns
  • And, of course, the one “full rack of ribs” — whether they were beef or pork has not been clarified

The price tag for this alleged theft, which sounds like a carnivorous take on the “12 Days of Christmas,” amounted to $32.49.

Authorities said Aguilar-Alvarez smelled a little like alcohol and was intoxicated at the time.

CDC prepares for nuclear attack

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing for the possibility of a nuclear event amid rising tensions between North Korea and the United States.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter last week to mock North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his recent message in which the dictator said he had a “button for nuclear weapons on my table” and bragged that the “entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range.”

According to the New York Times, security experts have noted, “There is no reasonable military option for restraining North Korea that would not involve unacceptable loss of life.”

>> Related: KFC mocks Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet in threat to McDonald's

In response to the growing fear around the possibility of a nuclear event this week, the agency scheduled a “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” briefing for 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 with government officials to inform the public about what preparations have been made.

From the scheduled announcement:

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.

“Join us for this session of Grand Rounds to learn what public health programs have done on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation. Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts.”

The expert presentation includes:

- Dan Sosin: deputy director, chief medical officer at the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

- Capt. Michael Noska: radiation safety officer and senior advisor at U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Team for Environment, Food and Health

- Robert Whitcomb: radiation studies chief at CDC’s division of environmental hazards and health effects and the National Center for Environmental Health

- Betsy Kagey: academic and special projects liaison at Georgia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, division of health protection. 

You must have prior security clearance. U.S. citizens can submit a request to the Grand Rounds Team by emailing grandrounds@cdc.gov. Note that a U.S.-issued photo ID is required. Non-U.S. citizens must submit their requests 20 days prior to the session.

Read more information at CDC.gov

Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing.

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Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound hammerhead shark. The Badgers’ Twitter account posted a photo of the impressive catch Wednesday.

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The Badgers’ Orange Bowl gift bag included a PlayStation 4, wireless headphones, a 39-inch television and more, but none of the gadgets compare to a huge hammerhead. 

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Wisconsin went on to defeat Miami 34-24 on Saturday night.

Florida man said he pummeled ATM for giving him too much money, police say

Authorities in Florida arrested a 23-year-old man after he was accused of punching an ATM outside a Wells Fargo bank in Cocoa.

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Police identified the suspect as Michael Joseph Oleksik. He was charged with a felony charge of criminal mischief.

A bank manager was notified around 1 p.m. Nov. 29 about a man who was outside the Wells Fargo at 834 North Cocoa Blvd., punching the screen. Wells Fargo security guards confirmed that the incident took place after viewing surveillance video.

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A short while later, bank officials reached Oleksik by phone, according to authorities. He said he punched the ATM’s screen because the machine was giving him too much money and he didn’t know what to do, police said. He said he was in a hurry because he had to go to work, so he left the bank after causing the damage, according to authorities.

He was accused of causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to the ATM.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Police: Boy found crawling outside with car seat strapped to him

Police arrested a man after witnesses saw his 3-year-old son crawling with a child car seat still strapped to him in a Texas grocery store parking lot, an arrest affidavit said.

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Troy Anthony Smith, 57, of Round Rock, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.

Police were notified at 12:18 p.m. Monday about a small child who had been left alone in a car and had fallen out of the Kia sport utility vehicle with the child seat still attached to him, the affidavit said. The incident happened in the parking lot at the H-E-B grocery store at 250 University Blvd. in Round Rock, the affidavit said.

One of the two witnesses was holding the boy when police arrived, according to the affidavit. Authorities said the witnesses heard a car alarm going off, and when they looked in the direction of the vehicle, they saw the boy outside the SUV crawling with a child seat strapped to him.

The witnesses were not able to unbuckle the boy from the car seat and called 911, the affidavit said. A man — later identified as Smith — walked up to the Kia SUV pushing a grocery cart and told police the child was his son, according to the affidavit.

Authorities said more than 10 minutes had passed between the time police received the call about the child and when Smith arrived at the vehicle.

Smith said he had made a mistake by leaving his son in the vehicle by himself, the affidavit said. He said before he went inside the grocery store the boy had been buckled in the SUV, the document said.

Smith’s car was parked 300 feet from University Boulevard, which is a connector road to Interstate 35. The affidavit also said it was 55 degrees when the boy was found, and there was slight rain with fog.

Police found marijuana inside Smith’s vehicle, the affidavit said.

Smith was released from the Williamson County Jail Tuesday after posting bail set at $10,000.

Deer crashes into Kohl's store

Police were called to a Kohl’s in Ohio on Saturday night after a deer ran into the department store.

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The deer was spotted just after 8 p.m. at the store located at 1869 W. Main St.

Videos circulating on Facebook showed the deer running into the store after first running into the front glass doors.

Troy police Sgt. Richard Gumerlock said no injuries were reported in the incident. He said a couple of officers and citizens were able to capture the deer.

They immediately released the deer, Gumerlock said, adding that there are woods behind the shopping area.

"Every couple years, we seem to (have) a deer break through a glass window somewhere, into a store. They’re rare,” Gummerlock said. “They get spooked and do a lot of things."

Raccoon triggers transformer explosion, major power outage

A town in New Mexico was left in the dark Wednesday night after a raccoon met a fiery fate with a power station transformer.Those who live near the facility in Rio Rancho told KOB they saw, heard and felt the transformer explosion. Residents reported seeing flames, sparks and a blinding light, along with feeling their houses shaking.>> Read more trending news 

Approximately 9,600 customers lost power, the Public Service Company of New Mexico told KOB.A PNM spokesperson told KOB the utility will evaluate whether it needs to add extra protection to the fenced area around the power station to prevent a recurrence of wildlife interference with equipment.

Owl turns routine oil change into real hoot

A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department. >> Read more trending news 

Police said the owl was friendly and easy to handle, but did appear to be a bit lethargic. While the car owner told police they had no idea how the bird got in the car, it's believed the owl sought the car's engine for warmth, or perhaps while chasing a mouse.The owl, which police named Shazam, was taken to On the Wing, a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Toddler finds snake inside family's toilet

The owner of a 4-foot-long carpet snake might be in trouble after a family found it inside their toilet Friday.

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Buted Dashdemberel said her toddler discovered the snake inside their apartment on 143rd Street in Seattle's Lake City area. Dashdemberel had never before seen a snake in person. 

"I scream, called my husband and I said, ‘There's a real snake in there.’ He didn't believe me," she said. "I'm still thinking, ‘Is this real? Is it a dream or something?’"

The family had trouble getting in touch with rescue workers that could take the reptile because of the holiday weekend. They called apartment managers, who sent two employees to fish the snake out of the toilet after consulting with reptile experts. Carpet snakes are not known to be venomous. 

Dashdemberel showed KIRO7.com video of the rescue, which shows two employees struggling to pull the snake out of the toilet due to the snake's size.

"It's stuck down in the pipes," one of the employees says in the video. "I'm pulling it out the toilet and this thing is huge."

Another employee responds, "I can feel how much force you're using to try to get it out of the toilet."

In the video, the employees successfully get the snake out and place it in a large tub. 

Seattle police said the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society would take the female carpet snake. 

Officials with the nonprofit rescue told KIRO7.com that they believe the snake might have been intentionally flushed down the toilet. The owner of the snake, who also lives at the apartment complex, has been located and might face consequences. The complex does not allow snakes as pets. Apartment employees said they believe the snake escaped. The incident remains under investigation.

Carpet snakes are fairly rare in Washington, according to the Herpetological Society -- almost as rare as finding a snake in your toilet during the holiday weekend. 

"I still cannot go back in the bathroom, and I'm really scared," Dashdemberel said. "But we saved his life! That's why I feel OK."

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