Roaches Check In, and They Don't Check Out

A New Jersey woman's attempt to get cockroaches out of her house backfired, literally.

The unnamed Jersey City woman, said to be in her mid-20s, set off three insecticide foggers (search), or "roach bombs," in the house last Monday morning, the Jersey Journal reported.

She walked out her front door to get away from the fumes — and the gases exploded.

"I've never seen the explosive nature of an aerosol to this degree before," Fire Capt. Andrew Johnson told the Jersey Journal. "Had she been inside the building, it would have definitely killed her. She was not hurt at all."

The blast was so loud that firefighters didn't have to be called. They heard it from their firehouse a block away.

Investigators think oxygen rushed in when the woman opened the door, mixing with the insecticide fumes and creating a volatile mixture that was ignited by a stove pilot light.

A large bay window was blown out, walls and furniture were seared and plastic items bubbled from the intense but brief heat.

One type of object came through the explosion unscathed.

"The roaches were still alive on ceilings, all over the place," said Johnson.

The gas was shut off and firefighters sealed the windows, but the woman had to leave the roaches behind and spend the night elsewhere.

Herpes Scare Benches Wrestlers

High school sports don't usually involve a social disease.

The Crater High School (search) wrestling team of Central Point, Ore., has been unwittingly taking down its opponents with cases of herpes, reports KOIN-TV of Portland.

Like many things Oregonians don't want, the herpes simplex 1 virus (search) seems to have come from California, specifically from a regional tournament in Fresno.

From there, the Crater Comets brought the herpes back home, spreading it to another team from nearby Grants Pass before members of both teams came down with the nasty cold sores.

Doctors checked out the rest of the Crater team and cleared them to wrestle in a statewide tournament in Redmond a couple of weekends ago.

Nevertheless, some parents of opposing teams were upset they weren't told about the herpes situation beforehand.

"If our kids end up getting herpes for the rest of their lives because of that, there's no excuse for that at all — none," said one man, who added that he only learned of the outbreak from another angry parent.

So far, no one else has come down with the disease.

Just Enjoying the Breeze, Officer

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' naked jogger has been zapped.

For months, officers have been getting reports about a man making late-night runs in the buff. Last Monday, police said they think they got their mystery jogger.

Fate Patterson, 39, of West Memphis, Ark., was arrested after he ran past a police car and failed to stop when he was ordered to do so by officers. Police chased him and were able to rein him in by using a Taser.

Patterson was charged with indecent exposure, fleeing and resisting arrest.

Mike Allen, assistant chief of the West Memphis police department, said it did not initially appear that the man was mentally ill. Patterson did not disclose his reasons for running without his clothes.

"You know, this one has just got me kind of speechless," said Allen.

— Thanks to Out There reader Nancy B.

Coffee, Doughnuts and Crystal Meth

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — What the owners of the West Main Cafe (search) were apparently cooking up at night has landed them in jail.

Police said they believe the operators of the restaurant were making methamphetamine in the kitchen with the same equipment they were using to cook food for customers.

In a room next to the kitchen, agents found meth, coffee filters with drug residue and other ingredients associated with the manufacturing of the drug, said Larry Johnson, director of the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force.

People eating at the restaurant at the time of a police raid last Wednesday were asked to leave, and their food sat on the tables as agents inventoried items seized from the cafe.

Johnson said the two restaurant operators were apparently cooking the drugs at night when the restaurant was closed. According to a police report, flammable chemicals also were found in the kitchen and could have ignited.

The restaurant was closed indefinitely.

A Little Business on the Side

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An El Paso County deputy coroner is accused of stealing and selling prescription drugs collected from the homes of dead people.

Leon Carl Moynier, 32, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of distributing prescription drugs. If convicted, he could be sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and fined $3,000 to $750,000.

Moynier had worked for the coroner's office for two years. He was fired after his arrest and jailed on $50,000 bail.

Arapahoe County Coroner Dr. Michael Dobersen, president of the Colorado Coroners Association (search), said he has never heard of a similar case.

"It doesn't surprise me, because the potential is there," he said.

Deputy coroners' jobs involve removing bodies from homes, hospitals and other locations and collecting the prescription medications of those who died.

Coroners use the medicine to make sure the victim was taking the prescribed dosage and didn't die because of an overdose.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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