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Jan. 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Stray bullet hits woman, may be from AK-47

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a stray bullet, possibly from an AK-47 assault rifle, struck a woman on the wrist while she was watching New Year's fireworks.

Laurie Eberhardt, 67, said she was on a second-floor balcony at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club just after midnight New Year's Day when she felt the bullet enter her right arm at the wrist, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Online reported Wednesday.

"It was one of the most horrifying experiences of my life," Eberhardt said.

Police said the bullet appears to have come from an AK-47 assault rifle.

Police said they do not know where the gun was fired from, but it could have been several miles away from the yacht club.

Eberhardt said she has a message for the shooter.

"I would say, 'There's got to be a better use for your weapon,'" she said. "Maybe protecting your home. I can't see any reason to be shooting off an AK-47 like this. Please fire it in another way."


Boy, 6, suspended over finger gun

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Maryland 6-year-old was suspended from school for forming the shape of a gun with his hands and saying "pow," a lawyer for his family said.

Robin Ficker said a boy, a student at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was given a one-day suspension from school with a conference planned for when students returned from winter break for the pretend shooting a week after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., The (Springfield, Va.) Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

"What they're doing is looking at the worst possible interpretation of a young, naive 6-year-old," Ficker said. "This is a little child who can't form the intent to do anything like that."

Assistant Principal Renee Garraway sent a letter to the boy's parents saying the child had been warned.

"Your son ... was involved in a serious incident," Garraway wrote. "(He) threatened to shoot a student. He was spoken to earlier today about a similar incident."

Ficker said the school has not told the parents what the "similar incident" entailed.


Poll: Couples irked by TV choices

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A "60 minutes"/Vanity Fair poll indicates 36 percent of U.S. adults living as a couple find TV disagreements to be the most irksome part of cohabitation.

The telephone poll of 1,100 adults, conducted Nov. 16-19, found 36 percent of respondents living with a significant other found their partner's TV choices to be their biggest annoyance about the living situation, while 16 percent picked doing household chores, 13 percent picked sharing a bathroom and 8 percent picked reading in bed.

The poll also found 71 percent of respondents said they got along well with their partner's family, but the number dropped to 62 percent when only unmarried couples living together were tallied.

Eighty-two percent of respondents said they have not snooped in their significant other's email, but 19 percent of females and 15 percent of males admitted to secretly looking at their partner's accounts.

The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.


Driver busted going wrong way

DUNMORE, Pa., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania State Police said they arrested a woman accused of driving the wrong way on an interstate for nearly 20 miles.

Troopers stationed at Dunmore said they responded at 5:37 a.m. Tuesday to Interstate 81 where Paige Cicardo, 22, allegedly was spotted driving south in the northbound lanes of the road, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times-Leader reported Wednesday.

"It was a miracle the operator and her passenger, or any motorist were not killed or injured severely from this incident," the police report said. "Due to the New Year's Day holiday, traffic was light on the interstate or the outcome could have been worse."

Troopers attempted to get the driver's attention from the southbound lanes using emergency lights and a spot light, but they were unsuccessful. The driver was stopped by a roadblock at mile marker 173.7 in Laflin, several miles from where she entered the highway at mile marker 191.

Cicardo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and reckless driving.

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