You Break It, You Bought It

A Washington woman may end up buying a car she looked at, but have nothing to show for it.

That's because, while test-driving the burgundy 1988 Buick Riviera (search), she drove it into a swimming pool.

Residents of the Racquet Club Estates (search) condominium complex in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue said the young unnamed woman, 20, had come Friday morning to look at a friend's car.

She got into it, turned the key, and hit the gas.

The Buick roared through the parking lot, hit a phone box, bounced off a tree, whipped through two chain-link fences, dipped down a slight grade and ended up in the condo's pool.

"I heard a huge crash, and then the car was in the pool," resident Jennifer Myrick, whose unit overlooks the pool, told The Seattle Times.

Kris Aasgaarden, Myrick's boyfriend, reacted quickly. He leapt in, pounding on the sunroof with a baseball bat, but couldn't break through.

Meanwhile, the poor driver was stuck inside, not knowing how to open the windows as the water rose around her.

"I could hear her crying behind the glass," Aasgaarden told the King County Journal.

"Just before the car went under, the fire department arrived and used all their axes to pull her out through the sunroof," Aasgaarden told the Times.

Witnesses told the King County Journal and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer she only had about 8 inches of air left when she was rescued.

The driver was taken to Overlake Medical Center, where she was treated for hypothermia. Police said she would not be cited.

The car was being sold for $650 and was not insured, police told the Post-Intelligencer.

"I'm hoping she won't be driving for a little while," Aasgaarden told the King County Journal.

— Thanks to Out There reader Nate P.

Two Husbands, Two Wives, One Ruined Career

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Sumter County sheriff's deputy was fired for being married to two women at the same time, and his second wife was married to another man at the time of their wedding, according to a department investigation.

Jay Follin, 27, was separated but not divorced from his first wife when he married Melissa McLeod on July 20 last year in Georgia, according to an internal investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff's Department (search).

Sheriff's Maj. Gary Metts said Follin was fired Wednesday.

Metts said Follin knew he was still legally married when he wed Melissa McLeod, 28. Follin spent some time as a Sumter police officer before moving away, but after returning, Metts hired him as a sheriff's deputy.

"He's a great officer. I didn't ever have a problem with him," Metts said, adding that the incident comes as a "total shock."

McLeod's first husband is Kelly McLeod, 32, who lives in Sumter. The couple had separated, but Kelly McLeod filed a complaint with the sheriff's department after his wife told him she and Follin had married.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the case at the request of Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis, SLED spokesman Lt. Mike Brown said.

Neither Follin nor Melissa McLeod has been charged with any crime.

— Thanks to Out There reader Tony L.

Rudolph the Homicidal Reindeer

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — A reindeer injured an elderly couple in the wilds of Finnish Lapland, in a rare attack that caused injuries needing hospital treatment, officials said Monday.

A male reindeer suddenly appeared from a forest and attacked a man who was hiking Sunday with his partner near Kittila, about 620 miles north of Helsinki.

The buck butted the man to the ground and kicked him before turning on the woman who was talking to her son on a mobile phone, Kittila fire chief Jorma Ojala said. The son alerted rescue workers who arrived in helicopters and flew the couple to hospital.

The man and woman were not named, and officials declined to give further details.

A researcher at the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute said the attack came during the peak rutting season when up to 30 female reindeer may be on heat in the territory of one buck.

"Every year in the rutting season, buck reindeer are very possessive about their harems," said Mauri Nieminen, a reindeer expert at the institute. "If a person goes into an area between the reindeer and his females, the buck can easily turn on him or her."

"Normally, reindeer pose no danger at all," Nieminen added.

In Finland, unlike in neighboring Sweden and Norway, there are no wild reindeer. They are domesticated, but are allowed to roam the wilds of Lapland where herders seasonally track them down for branding and slaughter.

Gambling Site Offers to Buy Town's Name

MORGANTOWN, Ky. (AP) — An online poker site wasn't bluffing when it offered $100,000 to have its name stamped on a community.

Officials at are offering that sum if the western Kentucky hamlet of Sharer — which has no city council, no grocery and no post office — changes its name to

The proposition has Butler County Judge-Executive Hugh Evans scratching his head, but he's not keen on the idea.

"I can't speak for everybody, but certainly speaking for myself, this isn't going to happen," Evans said Thursday. "When you talk about poker and gambling, we're not for that in our county. It's very conservative."

First dibs went to Sharer because of the similarity of its name to, said Darren Shuster, a public relations agent working for the poker site.

He found Sharer by doing a MapQuest search on the Yahoo search engine.

Sharer, established on Feb. 15, 1900, was named for Postmaster Moses J. Sharer or his family, according to the book Kentucky Place Names. The post office closed in the early 1980s.

Girls Ride Horses to High School

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Frustrated by rising gas prices, two high school teens got fed up and decided to saddle up.

Mellissa Evans and Chapa Stevenson made their 30-mile roundtrip trek to school last week on their horses, Nighthawk and Wink.

The seniors live in Rush Valley (search), a town of about 500 people 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

"When you have a car that gets 10 miles per gallon, you have to do something," Evans said.

The trusty steeds spent their days in a stall inside the high school's animal laboratory.

On Thursday school officials stepped in, telling the girls that horses on school grounds were against the rules.

"I guess we'll have to go back to carpooling," Evans said.

Evans' mother, Karren, is disappointed her daughter can't ride her horse to school anymore.

"It took hours for her to get to school," she said. "But hay is much cheaper than gas."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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