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Published: Fri, September 13, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

oddly enough

Mass. school district closed because of slick floors

AMHERST, Mass.

A Massachusetts school district canceled classes for the day because floors were too slippery.

The Amherst Regional School District announced on its website that all six of its schools would be closed Thursday because of “weather-related building issues.”

Amherst Regional High School Principal Mark Jackson said there had been 22 falls reported throughout the district Wednesday because of slick floors. He had not heard of any serious injuries.

He says the schools’ floors were waxed during the summer, and Wednesday’s high temperatures melted the wax and made the floors slick.

The superintendent made the decision to close the schools.

Middle- and high-school students in the Mount Greylock Regional district in Williamstown were dismissed early Wednesday for similar reasons.

Van carrying clowns crashes in Pa., 1 clown hurt

YORK, Pa.

Good thing they weren’t crammed in a clown car.

Police said a minivan with two clowns inside crashed outside the York Fair about 6 p.m. Wednesday when the driver missed the entrance and collided with an SUV while making a U-turn.

The minivan also was pulling a trailer with a clown car.

Police said the driver, 83-year-old James Billingsley of York, also known as “Dimples the Clown,” suffered a minor bump on the head. His passenger clown, 77-year-old Norman Clouser of York, was unhurt.

Police said “Dimples” was wearing clown shoes, but the oversized footwear apparently didn’t play a role in the crash.

West York Borough police Sgt. Brad Thomas said both vehicles had to be towed. He didn’t know if the clowns ever made it to the fair.

Ohio man cited for drunken train caper in NW Pa.

ERIE, Pa.

An Ohio man has been cited for public drunkenness and criminal trespass for a not-so-great effort to commandeer a freight train in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Police say 28-year-old Robert Nerone Jr. of Jefferson, Ohio, somehow hopped aboard the eastbound CSX train in Ashtabula early Wednesday and moved car to car as the train slowed to a stop in Millcreek Township, just outside of Erie.

Millcreek police Capt. Randy Faipler tells the Erie Times-News that Nerone reached the train’s main engine and banged on the windows, telling the engineer and conductor he was commandeering the train about 3:30 a.m.

Nobody was hurt, and nothing was taken from the train.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Nerone, who doesn’t have a listed phone.

Associated Press


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