WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Victims of this week's Missouri floods are being warned of possible scammers.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long issued a statement Thursday cautioning residents to be alert for identity thieves posing as government officials or charity workers offering help. Long says the scammers may request personal information, such as a Social Security number. The sheriff says the scammers might also go through trash and flood debris set out for disposal.
Other threats come from people representing fake charities who pressure potential donors for cash contributions for flood relief.
The sheriff also says natural disasters tend to attract shoddy contractors known as "storm chasers" who go door-to-door claiming to specialize in flood repair. Long says it's a good idea for homeowners to contact their insurance carriers for names of approved contractors.
It took standing in line for hours, but hundreds of drivers were able to resolve traffic tickets in Pine Lawn yesterday.
The city had sent out letters warning ticket holders that they had outstanding $50 fines. All of the letters warned that failure to appear at court on August 8th at 3:30 PM would result in a warrant being issued. That meant a line of ticket payers that wrapped all the way around the block.
It took several hours for everyone to get into court, but by late Thursday evening, everyone had seen the judge.
Several people in line said they had received no prior warning about the tickets, but city officials say previous warnings had been distributed and that the long waits could have been avoided if violators had paid their fines on line.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A project engineer from a northwest Minneapolis suburb has come forward to claim one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot.
Paul White, of Ham Lake, was introduced Thursday afternoon at a news conference at the Minnesota State Lottery's headquarters.
The other two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey.
White says he learned he was holding a winning ticket Thursday morning after his "significant other" called him to say one of three winners had been sold in Minnesota. He says he purchased 10 tickets for Wednesday's drawing, and found one matched all six numbers.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A witness to the 2009 Fort Hood shootings says she had to quickly decide who she could save, so she used a black marker to write a "D" on the foreheads of the victims she couldn't.
Sgt. 1st Class Maria Guerra recalled those moments while testifying Thursday at the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others that day at the Texas military base.
Hasan is acting as his own attorney. He raised a rare objection when Guerras said she heard the gunman silence a woman who was yelling, "My baby!" Hasan asked the judge to remind Guerra she was under oath.
Guerra said she didn't want to change her testimony.
Hasan challenged no other witnesses and said little during the trial.