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Jan. 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Pilot charged with drunken flying

KAUFMAN, Texas, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in Texas said a man who landed his small plane on a roadway was arrested on suspicion of flying while intoxicated.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department said John Roy Petre, 38, landed his kit-built 1960 Baby Ace plane on FM429 and taxied the vehicle to a nearby home, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The pilot told investigators he landed the plane because the engine was "fluttering."

The plane was described as an open cockpit, single-wing plane with only one seat.

Homeless man's video seeks announcing job

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An online video of a homeless Ohio man detailing his search for voice-over work has yielded dozens of media inquiries and potential job offers.

The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said it received scores of calls about Ted Williams -- whose video was posted to the newspaper's Web site Monday and appeared Tuesday on YouTube -- after the clip received thousands of views in only a couple of days.

Williams said he went to school to develop his voice for radio announcing.

"And then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I've got two years clean, and I'm trying hard to get it back. And hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, 'Hey, I need a voice-over,'" he said in the video.

The Dispatch said the video has resulted in dozens of media inquiries, including calls from CNN, ABC and CBS, as well as many calls from potential employers who may be interested in giving Williams a job.

Shane Cormier, a Los Angeles talent agency owner, sent the newspaper an e-mail offering to represent Williams and claiming the agency "could make him a millionaire," the Dispatch said.

Hurley's 'Lost' numbers hit Mega Millions

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- More than 26,000 people won $150 each in Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery with the numbers "Hurley" used to win the $114 million jackpot on ABC's "Lost."

Four of Tuesday's six winning numbers were Hurley's picks: The winning Mega Millions numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42; Hurley's winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Whereas Hugo "Hurley" Reyes's win brought him bad luck on the TV show, thousands of "Lost" fans are grateful for the numbers.

Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley on "Lost," is finding himself back in demand.

"A tabloid news show just showed up at our FRONT DOOR hoping to get an intvw with Jorge about last night's lotto #s," his girlfriend said on Twitter. "Is this really our life?"

Accidental call leads SWAT team to school

WINNETKA, Ill., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Suburban Chicago police said a SWAT team descended on a middle school following an accidental phone call that led a woman to fear for her husband's safety.

Winnetka police said a man who works at Carleton Washburne School sat on his phone while driving home Monday evening and accidentally called the last number dialed, his wife's phone, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Winnetka police Chief Joseph De Lopez said the woman heard only garbled voices -- which Mark Friedman, interim co-superintendent of District 36, said were "gangster-like" song lyrics playing from the radio -- and feared her husband was being held hostage.

The woman called 911 and a SWAT team with more than 30 members arrived at the school at about 5 p.m. to search for a potential gunman.

De Lopez said the all-clear was sounded about three hours later, after the man was found to have arrived safely at home.

Officials at the middle school said all of the students had gone home for the day prior to the incident.

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