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Police Blotter of the Day: Woman allegedly drives through church, stabs husband on altar for ‘worshiping NASCAR’

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Stephanie Hamman

(WCYB-TV)

A Church Hill woman is accused of attempted first degree murder after police say she tried to kill her husband with a kitchen knife after accusing him of “worshiping” the NASCAR race at Bristol.

The victim told Church Hill police his wife, Stephanie Hamman, crashed her vehicle through the walls of Providence Church. He told officers when he went to check on his wife, he found her lying in front of the altar. As the man checked on her, he says she stated, “The devil is in me,” and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife.

Full story (WCYB-TV of Kingsport, Tenn.)

Written by Alex

March 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Why I Love Local News: Bull semen forces closure of interstate ramp

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Canisters of bull semen caused quite a scare on the on-ramp to Interstate 65 South Tuesday morning.

The canisters fell off a Greyhound bus just after 5 a.m. as the bus traveled around the curve of the ramp just south of downtown Nashville.

Fire and emergency crews were called to the scene amid reports of a foul odor. …

Officials traced the containers to Greyhound after finding bus tickets on the ground. The bus did not know it lost its load and had continued on. …

Greyhound said the sperm was stored in a separate compartment below the bus and not near the belongings of passengers.

Well, that’s a relief. 

Full story (WKRN-TV of Nashville, Tenn.)

Written by Alex

August 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Reporting: Deadly virus hits horse circuit

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KSL-TV's Nadine Wimmer reportsCross-posted from msnbc.com, where it originally appeared. To read it in context, with all information boxes and art, click here.

Alice Rieckman has spent most of her life as a horsewoman. She runs Rieckman’s Arabians, a horse farm in Kennewick, Wash. Horses are constantly being brought in for training sessions and care or heading out for shows, but right now, none are being allowed into or out of the farm.

Washington is one of nine Western states where equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, has spread since it was first detected in early May at the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship show in Ogden, Utah. So far 75 horses have been infected, 12 of which have been put down, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

None of the horses are at Rieckman’s Arabians, but Rieckman is taking no chances. She has quarantined the farm to make sure no horse that could have been at the show or exposed to one of them can endanger her animals.

“It really would be devastating to lose one or to have them get sick, because they can’t help themselves,” she said. “You know, they depend on us to keep them well.”

With the opening of the summer horse season under way, breeders, owners and exhibitors are deeply concerned. The National Cutting Horse Association has canceled all events nationwide through mid-June, hoping to to keep the virus in check.

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