Bigfoot investigators head to Michigan
MARQUETTE, Mich., June 29 (UPI) -- The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has made plans to visit Marquette County, Mich., to search for evidence of Sasquatch activity.
BFRO field investigator Matthew Moneymaker said members of the organization will follow up July 12-15 on a recent witness account in the county, The Escanaba (Mich.) Daily Press reported.
Moneymaker said the exact locations to be searched by the group are being kept secret.
"We hope to accomplish several things. First is a direct sighting and to record that sighting. We'll be looking for evidence supporting a presence. We are going to study the environment, which is typically remote. And we hope to meet local people who might have seen a Sasquatch or heard of someone else who had an encounter," Moneymaker said.
He said Marquette County has experienced four reported sightings of the legendary beast, the most of any county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
"Sasquatch is an omnivore and predator," Moneymaker told the Daily Press. "His diet consists of both meat and vegetation. One of the signs we look for is a healthy population of deer and other ungulates."
Man who shot wife over license sentenced
COTTONWOOD, Calif., June 29 (UPI) -- A Cottonwood, Calif., man who was convicted of shooting his wife after she failed to renew his driver's license has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Gary Alan Hemsted, who admitted to using the .22-caliber rifle to shoot his wife on Aug. 2, 2005, pleaded no contest to attempted voluntary manslaughter, The Redding (Calif.) Record-Searchlight reported.
Shasta County, Calif., Deputy District Attorney Curtis Woods said Hemsted will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, but defense attorney Richard Maxion said 796 days of jail custody and good behavior credits are being taken off the sentence, reducing it to a little more than six years.
Prosecutors said Hemsted, a truck driver, shot his wife after blaming her for a citation he received for driving with an expired license. Lisa Hemsted, who was struck in the right thigh by the bullet, did not attend the sentencing.
Inmates' flushed uniforms wreak havoc
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 29 (UPI) -- A California wastewater treatment company said bright orange uniforms and other items flushed by inmates are causing $30,000 a month in damages.
"We have literally hundreds of garments -- probably thousands of garments -- that have 'San Mateo County Jail, Maguire Facility' on them," Dan Child, general manager for the South Bayside Systems Authority, told The San Francisco Chronicle.
The authority has billed San Mateo County $700,000 for repairs and increased maintenance costs caused by uniforms, sheets, toothbrushes and other items flushed down toilets at the Redwood City, Calif., jail. Some county officials question the bill, the Chronicle reported.
"I understand that some of our things have shown up in the waste stream, but I don't have a way of verifying ... the amount of damages they claimed. I'm not sure all of the things are our things," Deputy County Counsel Penny Bennett told the Chronicle.
Burial ceremony to be held for old bones
SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- The Safety Harbor, Fla., Museum of Regional History will hold a burial ceremony for a box of anonymously donated Indian bones, officials said Thursday.
The box of unwanted bones and other artifacts were left on the museum's steps in 2003 and were identified as the remains of a Tocobaga Indian who lived in the area around 1,100 years ago, The St. Petersburg Times reported.
The museum and a local American Indian group have decided to bury the bones -- which include skull fragments, a leg and part of a jaw bone -- in a ceremony Saturday.
"This is an unusual, rare proceeding," said Walter Bowman, the museum's educational director. "It's something the public isn't going to see, if ever, again."
The Spirit People Intertribal Family is handling the burial.
"Our burial grounds have been desecrated," said Pamela Davison, known as Waterbird, the group's spiritual leader. "It is a great and tremendous honor for us to be asked to bring this ancestor back to where they belong."