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Bob's News Archives for 2016-10

Halloween Safety Tips


Trick-or-Treaters will head out into the streets in droves this evening in search for candy and goodies.

 

However, the holiday can pose dangers when precautions aren't taken.  The WFPD suggests parents make a plan with their trick-or-treaters and know where they are going and have a way to keep in touch; if the parents aren't going along, that is.

 

If your child is wearing a dark costume be sure they have a flashlight or something reflective on.

 

Drivers will also need to be aware this evening.  Go slower, eliminate distractions and be extra aware of kids being out and about.

 

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Wichita Falls Trick or Treating


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Halloween falling on Monday there's a little confusion regarding when trick-or-treating takes place in Wichita Falls.

 

The city doesn't set an official date or time but they do suggest that any would-be trick-or-treating save their costumes for Halloween, or October 31st.  Also, the police department recommends trick-or-treating hours of 6pm to 8pm.

 

 

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2016 Business Expo


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join BOB and the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry today from 2 to 7pm and enjoy a "Night At The Movies!" BOB will be there with lots of cool prizes and a registration for BOB's Big Bag to be given away next Monday.  This year will showcase local businesses in a variety of industries as well as a car/RV show. From 5PM - 7PM, there will be light appetizers and adult beverages provided for Business After Hours, while attendees and booth participants network. 

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Voting Booth Selfies


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With early voting in full-swing it goes without saying that Americans and their cellphones will be going to the polls in droves;  and, in this "share everything" society coupled with the desire to share and promote our political views, a good number of voters may be tempted to share their vote publicly.  

 

There are arguments on both sides of the fence regarding whether or not balot- selfies are harmful or promote democracy.

 

Recently, Justin Timberlake posted a balot-selfie from his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where he's still registered to vote, encouraging people to get out and vote by using his travel from LA to Memphis as an example.

 

However, even though it's illegal to take balot-selfies in the state of Tennessee, according to CNN the local authorities have no plans to investigate. 

 

Still, it would probably be wise to check with your local and state laws before going selfie crazy at the polls.  

 

Here's a handy list from VOX regarding state laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Commercial Use of Self-Driving Truck is a Beer Run


The future is now.

 

We've all heard or seen the stories about the rise of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in both the private and commercial sectors.  Whether you're a fan or not this has to be coolest story to-date.

 

Late last week roughly 45 thousand cans of Budweiser made the 125 mile journey from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs with the "driver" monitoring from the comfort of the semi's sleeper; only taking the wheel while on the highway on/off ramps.

 

Otto, a subsidary of Uber, is working to make self-driving technology more wide-spread in the trucking industry to increase safety and cut costs; it would allow the trucks to run 24/7.

 

For all the details on this story check out this Reuters article. 

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Texas VFW Seeks Pearl Harbor Vets for Honor Flight


 

 

 

 

 

 

"Honor Flight Austin" is a non-profit that recognizes veterans and their sacrifices with a free-of-charge flight to Washington, DC so the veterans can visit memorials dedicated to their service.

 

The Texas VFW is offering a this free special flight this December to honor surviving Pearl Harbor veterans.

 

For more information call (512) 834-8535

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End of Times South of Dallas


 

 

 

 

 

 

An hour south of Dallas in Italy, Texas there is a whole community contructed from concrete domes; the Monolithic Dome Institute.  Establish in 1996 as a "research park", the institute has more than 37 buildings.  Founder David South also lives at the institute in a 2,000+ square foot home.  There are multiple one bedroom structures for rent.  

 

The Dallas Observer states that the domes are incredibly efficient and safe. The VP of sales is quouted stating they aren't a cult.

 

The institute hosts an open house every October. 

 

 

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Rabbit Fever in Wichita County


Wichita County Health Department officials confirm that an Iowa Park man, Homer Brown, has indeed been infected with "Rabbit Fever", or Tularemia.

 

Brown, according to KAUZ, accidentally ran over some baby rabbit in tall grass with his lawnmower and his dog proceeded to bring one of the deceased rabbits into Brown's home.  The dog became sick in late August and Brown in turn began developing flu-like symptoms.  

 

Brown is now receiving special treatment at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he is battling an infection in his lungs.  

 

While Tulameria is rare, health officials encourage people to wear protective clothing like masks and gloves when working outside.  The disease is spread through animal contact, through fleas and ticks and also contaminated water. Health department officials also recommend pet-owners be aware of their pets outdoor activities especially if the pets are likely to encounter rabbits and rodents. 

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Rush Hour Surprise


 

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of rush hour traffic a Florida man had a pretty wild experience.  

 

Tim Mokwa of Dunedin, Florida was on his way to work Monday when a snake poked it's head out from under his hood and proceeded to slither all six feet of itself out onto the windshield! Luckily, he was quick to roll his windows up before the snake joined him in the cab.  

 

Mokwa, a Florida native, grew up around snakes and according to WFAA stated, "In situations like that, flipping out is exactly what you don't want to do."  He calmly pulled into a Walmart parking lot to take a video of the snake, which disappeared back below the hood.  

 

Since the event his girlfriend hasn't been back in the car. 

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A Fiery Ghost Story


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this season of ghouls, goblins and all things that go bump in the night you're probably expecting a tale about a sheeted spectre.  

 

This is not a ghost story but it's certainly spine tingling; this is a tale about the ghost pepper, one of the world's hottest peppers. 

 

According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine a 47-year-old American who was involved in an extreme eating contest consumed a burger that was smothered with a "ghost pepper puree." Anyone who has spent some time browsing YouTube probably has a pretty good idea of where this "awesome" idea is heading.  Profuse vomiting insued. In fact, so much that the man managed to cause a tear in his esophagus.  After a 23 day stay in the hospital it's safe to assume the prize in the eating contest probably wasn't worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fans Rejoice


 

 

 

 

 

Southeast of Austin in Bastrop, Texas you can find various locations where the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed. One such location is The Last Chance Gas Station and it's been restored and reopened under the new name We Slaughter Barbecue.  Fans of the cult classic can purchase memorbilia and very soon will be able to order up bbq smoked on location. Also, there are cabins to rent for the truly daring fans.   

 

For the full story check out The Star-Telegram

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Attention Cigar Afficianados


Love him or hate him, if Cuban rum and cigars are your thing you might consider writing the president a letter of gratitude.  The Obama administration has announced new rules that will take affect Monday allowing travelers to Cuba to purchase an unlimited amount of cigars and rum for import, so long as the "souvenirs" are strictly for personal consumption.

 

The added bonus for travelers abroad comes amongst regulations issued by the U.S. departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals, U.S. agricultural companies to sell their products to the island and Cubans to purchase U.S.-made goods online.

 

For the full story check out USATODAY.COM

 

 

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Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded to Bob Dylan


 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning Bob Dylan became the first American since 1993 to be awarded a Nobel Prize in literature.  The Swedish Academy described his work as "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

 

Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy said, "Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear but it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry."  Danius, also a professor in literature at Stockholm University recommended his 1966 album "Blonde on Blonde" for anyone unfamiliar with his works saying it has "many examples of his brilliant way of rhyming and putting together refrains and his pictorial thinking."

 

For the full story check out this article from The Washington Post.

 

 

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'Clowning' Lands Couple in Jail


 

 

The whole 'clowning' craze scares the life out of some folks, a lot of people tend to think it's pretty silly but one Wisconsin couple is going to have awhile behind bars to consider just how "great" of an idea going out 'clowning' was.  

 

Menasha, Wisconsin police responded to a report of clowns chasing cars last Friday night and discovered the two men had been driven around by a woman who also has a 4-year-old child with one of the men.  They had left the child at home to go out 'clowning'... all of the individuals involved were in their early to mid twenties according to WBAY.  The two parents were arrested on suspicion of child neglect. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burns Chapel at MSU to Receive $100k Facelift


Nestled between apartments on Louis J. Rodriguez Drive, on MSU campus, you'll find the old Christ Academy building, formerly known as The Episcopal Day School.  The building was aquired by MSU in 2009 and sat empty until 2014 when regents decided to use part of the property as new offices for the university's football coaches.

 

Now, according to TRN, MSU President Suzanne Shipley has announced that the Burns Chapel will be renovated using $100,000 from the President's Excellence Circle.

 

This renovation will only further the Burns family's history with MSU as Mr. and Mrs. Burns personal Christmas display went on to become the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights. 

 

The venue will be used for ceremonies and small performances.

 

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Police Discover Two Deceased Men in North Wichita Falls


Two deceased men have been discovered by Wichita Falls police in a home at the corner of North 3rd and Broadway.  Wichita Falls police responded to a check welfare call and through a window could see one man lying on the floor; after entering the home they discovered a second body.  Information concerning the men's identities and cause of death have not yet been disclosed.  However, according to TRN, police are now looking for a homicide suspect who was seen driving east from the scene in a red vehicle.

As new details become available this story will be updated.

UPDATE: Wichita Falls police have confirmed the dead were Williams Samuel Rankin, 39, and David Philips, 22.

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Send in The Clowns


No clowing around here.  A "Clown Lives Matter" march is planned in Tucson, Arizona on October 15th.  Nikki Sinn, the event's organizer, wants to show the public that real clowns are not scary murderers. As the event flier states, "This is a peaceful walk to show clowns are not psycho killers. We want the public to feel safe and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!"  Participants are encouraged to wear full clown makeup or masks.

 

Sinn also states that she is no way trying to disrespect the BLM movement.  

 

The march, however, has received a fair share of criticism. According to The Arizona Republic, Rev. Reginald Walton, chariman of the Arizona Black Lives Matter campaign, called the event's name insensitive and said it takes away from a serious national issue. 

 

Sinn calls the event innocent and said it's simply to make people aware that clowns aren't scary.

 

 

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Hurricane Matthew Nearing Florida East Coast


The outer bands of Hurricane Matthew have begun drenching Florida's East Coast as the catergory four storm advances towards the South East Coast of the United States.  FOX News reports that a state of emergency has been declared in Florida.  Florida's Governor has urged residents of the states 580 mile coastline to leave immediately. As of 2pm EDT the storm was 125 miles southeast of West Palm Beach and moving at 14 mph. Forecasters predict the hurricane to make landfall Thursday night or early Friday morning and may ride the eastern US coast as far up as South Carolina.

 

If you have friends or family along the southern east coast, now would be a good time to get in touch with them and say a prayer.  

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Sparse Details Today in Lucy Park Murder


A shooting that occured Tuesday night in Lucy Park left one man dead and police with few new details to release Wednesday. According to Times Record News a concerned citizen flagged down an officer Tuesday night and reported that there was an injured man near Riverside Drive.  The man had been shot in the back of his right thigh and in his chest/shoulder area. After being transported to United Regional the man was later pronounced dead.  

 

Wichita Falls detectives are looking for a "person of interest" described as a white female with long brown hair and driving a light-colored or silver SUV. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 940-322-9888 or 800-322-9888.Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 with board approval for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

 

UPDATE: The man has been identified as 60 year old Roger Dale Aliff. 

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Iconic Grocery Closer to Reopening


In April 2015 King's Grocery on 9th Street closed it's doors and left a Wichita Falls neighborhood with limited shopping options.  Many of the residents in the neighborhood are either elderly or do not have a means of transportation to travel the miles to one of the larger chain grocery stores and were left to rely on the Dollar Saver and Walgreens, according to the Times Record News

 

Luckily, a local family who already owns and operates several gas stations stepped up to the task of bringing the building up to date. The grocery store should be opening very soon to serve the neighborhood once again. 

 

UPDATE: KFDX reports that King's will reopen on Wednesday, October 5th. 

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Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint


Early this morning, October 3rd, Kim Kardashian was robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry while staying at a private mansion in Paris.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, five men dressed as police officers tied up the property's security guard and two of the men proceeded inside for Kardashian.  After holding her at gunpoint, the men tied her up and locked her in a bathroom. The men then stole upwards of an estimated $11 million dollars worth of jewelry.  

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