Bicyclist versus lift bridge: What could go wrong?


Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation surveillance video shot July Fourth shows the woman ignoring the barrier and red flashing lights at the bridge in Menasha, and apparently not noticing that it was already cranking into action.

The woman and her bike then drop into the gap and she disappears.

In the following minutes, onlookers rush to her aid, and the bridge operator stalls the bridge until the woman and her bicycle are extracted.

Police said the 37-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Neenah where she was treated for facial injuries.

Mich. twins run for county seats as political opponents


Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren’t endorsing one another.

Monica Sparks is running as a Democrat for Kent County’s 12th district seat, while her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, hopes to represent the 13th district.

Tyson’s decision to run inspired her sister to launch her own campaign.

The sisters said they don’t clash on the issues but that they’ll remain loyal to their parties and endorse each other’s opponents.

They told WXMI-TV that their birth mother was addicted to heroin and they were adopted into a family that taught them to be civically engaged.

When they were kids and even now, the twins say their mother never allowed them to argue about politics.

Police post mugshot of lost dog; bail paid in cookies


A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.

Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard July 15. He told The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her.

Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down.

Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Md., thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run.

LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.

Associated Press

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