Burglary suspect taken down by man, 82
LONGVIEW, Wash., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- It took a Miracle to bring down a burglary suspect in Washington state last week -- an 82-year-old one named Terry, that is, police said.
Longview police Sgt. Mike Hallowell said Terry Miracle threw himself into Morgan Perry Bluehorse, who at the time was running through Miracle's neighborhood with police officers in hot pursuit.
It's been 65 years since Miracle strapped on football pads for Puyallup High School but that didn't stop him Friday afternoon when he said he "launched my cross-body block."
Miracle allowed Saturday that he had some sore muscles, but that was offset by his good feelings about helping capture a bad guy, The (Longview) Daily News reported.
Hallowell said the chase started when he saw a "suspicious subject" -- Bluehorse, 27, of Kelso -- coming from behind a home wearing a backpack. Bluehorse started running when he spotted Hallowell and led the officer and his colleagues through yards and over fences with neighbors helping the police by yelling out directions.
The commotion drew Miracle out of his garden to see what was going on. Eventually Bluehorse wound up back at Miracle's place and that is when he, as Hallowell put it, "sprung into action."
Pasta sauce going for $35 a jar
NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Think gasoline is expensive at under $4 a gallon? Check out Sunday Gravy, a pasta sauce its New York City makers are peddling for $35 a 32-ounce jar.
Chef Steven Smith, who makes the sauce with his business partner Grace Clerihew, says there's a good reason their Sunday Gravy costs way more than celebrity brands like Mario Batali ($7.80), Lidia Bastianich ($6.80) or Rao's ($8): They spend 6 to 8 hours slow-braising pork shoulder and beef chuck before adding it to a plum-tomato sauce with basil, onions and garlic, mini-meatballs and sliced sausage.
"If someone doesn't know the product and isn't seeing it and tasting it, they compare it to an $8 jar like Rao's," Smith told the New York Post. "That's a tomato sauce versus braised meat and tomato."
Still, not everyone appears convinced, the Post reported Saturday.
"You're kidding me, right?!" someone posted on Facebook. "Who in their right mind would pay $35 for sauce?"
Right now, Sunday Gravy can be purchased online at www.sundaygravynyc.com. and in select New York City locations, though the Post said talks are under way to get into grocery chains such as Whole Foods.
Texas teen gets big price for steer
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Texas teen got a big check at the annual junior livestock sale, earning $20,895 for his steer, the 278th animal shown of 283 at the sale, officials said.
Members of the Stock Show Syndicate, a group of Fort Worth-area business professionals that raises millions of dollars for the annual Sale of Champions, bought the steer from 14-year-old Wyatt Blaylock, after they learned his father died of brain cancer last year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday.
"I don't know what to say," said Blaylock, from Adkins, a small town south of San Antonio.
Syndicate members got to know Blaylock last year and found out his father, Anthony Blaylock, who taught him about raising cattle, could not attend the show because of the cancer. The father died in April at the age of 36.
Gary Ray, a syndicate past chairman, told the Star-Telegram he was determined to help Wyatt when he returned to this year's Fort Worth show.
"He deserves this," Ray said.
Blaylock said he plans to use the money to help pay for his expenses at Texas A&M University.
Naughty dog helps group win Idaho lottery
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Utah man said his dog locked him out of his truck, causing him to purchase a group's winning Idaho lottery ticket at the store where he was stuck.
Steve Hughes bought the winning Powerball ticket on behalf of a group of 34 workers from the HVAC Shop at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, which Friday became the largest group to share a $1 million prize from Idaho's lottery, headquartered in Boise, KIVI-TV, Boise, reported.
The Pilot Travel Center in McCammon, Idaho sold the winning ticket from last Saturday evening, KIVI-TV reported.
"I was headed back to I-15 and needed to get some gas. After I was done, my dog, Stella, locked me out. I was there for 45 minutes trying to get into my truck. I decided to buy my tickets there and it turned out to be the $1,000,000 winner," Hughes said.
The group, which has played regularly since February 2001, snagged the winning ticket playing a series of numbers from the tickets they first bought twelve years ago. Each member contributes $10 every few weeks and each got $19,875 out of the winnings.
Pilot Travel Centers receives $20,000 from the Idaho Lottery for selling the winning ticket.