Nothing Stops His Golf Game

He caused a four-car, nearly fatal car wreck — and still made his tee time at the golf course.

Police in Anchorage, Alaska, say Juan M. Puliddo-Castaneda, 24, flipped his Mitsubishi two Saturdays ago, sending four people, including one of his own passengers, to the hospital.

Puliddo-Castaneda, however, slipped away and was later arrested at Anchorage Golf Course (search).

"I do not even have words to describe how crazy that is," said Traffic Unit Lt. Nancy Reeder to the Anchorage Daily News. "I have no idea why we didn't have a fatality out there this morning."

Police and witnesses said Puliddo-Castaneda was speeding though the city just before noon on June 11 when he lost control of his vehicle, which hit another car, swerved into a curb and went flying.

Two Mexican tourists, who had only met Puliddo-Castaneda in a bar hours before and had spent all night drinking with him, were also in the car, "begging him to slow down," Reeder said.

The Mitsubishi sailed over the roadway and landed on a car going the other direction. Three visitors from Washington state in that car went to Alaska Regional Hospital (search), one with multiple leg fractures.

"It takes some significant speed to go airborne across four lanes of traffic and land upside down on another vehicle," Reeder told the newspaper. "Just to be able to get your vehicle airborne — that's some speed."

The Mexican man sitting next to Puliddo-Castaneda, seat-belted and air-bagged, wasn't seriously hurt, but his friend in the back seat was ejected from the car and ended up in the hospital.

"He pretty much rattled his spinal cord," said Patrol Sgt. Dave Koch of the second man.

The Mexicans told police Puliddo-Castaneda had been rushing to drop them off at their youth hostel before his tee time. Officers promptly called the golf course.

"And guess who they find," Reeder said. "Isn't that incredible?"

Puliddo-Castaneda didn't have much to say to his arresting officers, except "I think I need a lawyer."

He was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Bail was set at $50,000.

Police said none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening. A fourth car was also somehow damaged.

— Thanks to Out There reader Jason A.

Snoring Husband Allegedly Attacked by Wife

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman upset about her husband's snoring is accused of stabbing him with a pen and hitting him with a dumbbell to wake him up.

DeAnn Miller-Boschert, 45, was charged Thursday with simple assault, a misdemeanor.

Police Sgt. Jeff Skuza said the woman first poured water on her husband, Kevin Boschert, early Thursday morning, but that did not wake him up.

"She then stabbed him with a pen in the arm twice," Skuza said. "After he went back to sleep after the pen thing, she woke him up again with a workout weight."

Skuza said Kevin Boschert called police from a convenience store at around 4 a.m. Thursday. He was not seriously hurt and did not seek medical attention, Skuza said.

Skuza said the man had "two fresh puncture marks" from the pen but showed no signs of being hit with the 3-pound dumbbell.

"He did have some scratches on his shoulders and arms that he said were from previous attacks," Skuza said.

Officers said Miller-Boschert told them she wanted her husband to sleep on his side, to prevent him from snoring. She was taken to the Cass County Jail (search).

On Friday, Miller-Boschert said in court that her husband was drunk during the incident and that the two were getting a divorce.

She pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor simple assault, and her bail was set at $3,000, with 10 percent cash.

Skuza said after the assault, Kevin Boschert returned to his home.

"I assume he went back to sleep," Skuza said.

— Thanks to Out There readers Jill B. and Bill P.

Chimp Outsells Renoir, Warhol

LONDON (AP) — Monkey business proved to be a lucrative pastime Monday when paintings by Congo the chimpanzee, recently featured in Out There, sold at auction for more than $25,000.

The collection of three tempera paintings — all abstract — were auctioned at Bonhams in London alongside works by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir and pop-art provocateur Andy Warhol.

But while Warhol and Renoir's work didn't sell, bidders lavished attention on Congo's paintings.

An American bidder named Howard Hong, who described himself as an "enthusiast of modern and contemporary painting," purchased the lot of paintings for 14,400 pounds ($26,352) including buyer's premium.

The sale price surpassed predictions that priced the paintings between $1,000 and $1,500.

"We had no idea what these things were worth," said Howard Rutkowski, director of modern and contemporary art at Bonhams. "We just put them in for our own amusement."

Congo, born in 1954, produced about 400 drawings and paintings between the ages of 2 and 4. He died in 1964 of tuberculosis.

His artwork provoked reactions ranging from scorn to skepticism among critics of the time, but painter Pablo Picasso is reported to have hung a Congo painting on his studio wall after receiving it as a gift.

"There's no precedent for things like this having been sold before," Rutkowski said.

Click in the photo box above to see some chimp art.

Man, Teen Charged in 'Jackass' Kidnapping

LYKENS, Pa. (AP) — A man and a teenager face criminal charges for allegedly staging a fake kidnapping that recreated a scene from a movie that celebrated stunts and gross-out gags.

A store clerk reported the apparent kidnapping Wednesday, saying that while a customer was paying for gasoline, a teenager jumped from the trunk of the man's car with his hands bound and his eyes blindfolded, according to Dauphin County authorities.

The man chased the teen, caught him, threw him back into the trunk and drove off, police said.

However, when officers found Daniel Reedinger and the teen, the pair told authorities they were re-enacting a prank from the 2002 film "Jackass: The Movie," police said.

Reedinger, 31, was charged with creating a false alarm, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct.

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with creating a false alarm and disorderly conduct. His case will be handled by juvenile authorities.

At Grandmother's House We Grow

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Cumberland County authorities arrested a man who they say found a fertile spot to grow some illicit herbs — his grandmother's garden.

Cornelius Shaw, 30, is charged with manufacturing marijuana that he allegedly grew in his grandmother's back yard, the sheriff's department said Sunday. He was arrested at her house Friday and was freed on $3,000 bond.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy discovered the weed patch when he was at a yard sale.

Tom Zilg glanced into the yard next door and spotted what investigators later established was 25 marijuana plants with a street value of $25,000, according to a department news release.

Investigators said Shaw told his grandmother he was growing tomatoes, and that she had no idea what he was really up to.

Gold Taken Off Menu

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — All that glitters is not ... edible ?

A restaurant in Vietnam's capital has been ordered to stop putting gold into its meals until authorities test the metal's purity and consult with experts about potential health risks, the official newspaper Vietnam News reported Monday.

Gold isn't on the Health Ministry's list of necessary nutrients, nor is it listed as an approved spice or food additive, the report said.

The Kim Ngan Ngu Thien, or "golden feast," restaurant opened in January, offering dishes mixed with small amounts of gold, which it claimed enhanced the food's nutritional value.

In Asian nations such as India, Japan and China, gold has long been regarded as a restorative or as a treatment for diseases such as smallpox, skin ulcers and measles. In Japan, gold foil is added to tea, sake or food.

However, evidence of the metal's effectiveness is largely anecdotal and official health bodies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration do not support such claims.

Despite the lack of medical proof, owner Nguyen Phuong Anh's restaurant has attracted about 100 diners a day since its opening, the paper said. The sparkly metal isn't gratis, however. Gold comes with a 15 percent surcharge.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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