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June 3, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Snake slithers out of Pa. woman's toilet

YORK, Pa., June 3 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman said she was shocked when she looked into the bowl of her clogged toilet and saw a black snake slithering out of the commode.

Cindy Leturno of York said her toilet overflowed Wednesday morning and she was skeptical when she read on the Internet that it may have been caused by a snake -- until she saw the reptile with her own eyes, the York Daily Record reported Thursday.

"I saw it, but I didn't want to believe it," Leturno said. "It kept coming out."

Leturno called a plumber and local police, but they were unable to locate the snake.

Joyce Hemler, who fields assignments for her husband, Terry, of Hemler Animal Control in Codorus Township, said the animal was likely a non-venomous black snake.

"It'll bite you, but it's not poisonous," she said. "It's a good snake to have -- it keeps the mouse population down -- but some people get the heebie-jeebies when they see a snake."

Firefighters free woman from ATM

ROBINSON, Pa., June 3 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Pittsburgh said they had to use a special piece of equipment to free a woman whose hand became stuck in an ATM while she was withdrawing cash.

Moon Run firefighters said they were called to the First Commonwealth machine in Robinson Monday to free a woman whose hand was stuck in the ATM, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Thursday.

Fire Chief Paul Kashmer said the firefighters used a special tool to free the woman.

First Commonwealth Bank released a statement in response to the incident.

"As a community bank, First Commonwealth's primary concern is to provide a safe, convenient banking experience for our clients. We understand that the recent injury was a minor one and we are grateful that our client is OK," the statement said.

Police shoot concrete alligator

INDEPENDENCE, Mo., June 3 (UPI) -- A police officer in Independence, Mo., who thought he was killing an alligator on the loose, discovered he had shot a life-size concrete lawn ornament.

The police department ended up apologizing to Rick Sheridan, the cement gator's owner, WDAF-TV, Kansas City, reported. Sheridan said he heard gunfire as he worked in his garage last weekend and went out to investigate, discovering several police officers with their guns drawn.

"The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator," Sheridan said.

The police department said a man called to report his children had seen an alligator. The department checked with state conservation officials and were told they should kill the animal if they could find it.

Sheridan said Wednesday he has found the alligator to be more effective than "No Trespassing" signs at keeping strangers from wandering onto his property. He said vandals simply rip the signs down.

Utility: Balloons source of sky fire

EL PASO, Texas, June 3 (UPI) -- A Texas electric company said reports of a fiery object in the sky and a loud popping sound were from Mylar balloons colliding with power lines.

Teresa Souza, spokeswoman for El Paso Electric Co., said the company received multiple calls about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday about a loud popping sound in northeast El Paso and some residents reported seeing a fiery object in the sky, the El Paso Times reported Thursday.

Souza said crews investigating the reports discovered balloons made from Mylar, a plastic that contains metal, had collided with some power lines. She said the lines were not damaged.

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