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Sept. 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Man drops computer, gets stuck on rocks

COLCHESTER, Vt., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Vermont said a man became stuck on some rock ledges after dropping his computer about 100 feet and attempting to retrieve it.

Colchester police said Randy Lamore, 42, of Winooski dropped his computer while walking along the railroad tracks near the Gorge Road power dam and the device landed about 100 feet down on the bank of the Winooski River, WCAX-TV, Burlington, reported Tuesday.

Police said Lamore, who had been drinking, attempted to climb down to retrieve his computer, but became stuck on ledges in thick underbrush.

The man called 911 on his cellphone and it took about half an hour for rescuers to find him and an hour to execute the rescue.

Police said Lamore was not injured.

Workers use high-heel shoe to fight robber

LAREDO, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said employees at a liquor store used a 7-inch stiletto heel and other handy objects to fight back against an armed robbery,

Laredo police said the suspect, identified as Fernando Gallegos, 20, pistol-whipped a worker at the Papi Chulos liquor store about 1 a.m. Sunday and demanded money, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

Police spokesman Joe Baeza said the employee fought back when Gallegos attempted to force the register open and the gun went off during the struggle, striking the suspect in his inner right thigh. Other employees then joined the fight.

"One of the female employees was successful in [taking] the handgun from the grip of the suspect," Baeza said. "[Employees] used personal weapons, including a 7-inch stiletto heel, to pummel the suspect until they were able to subdue him and take away the weapon."

Baeza said the man fled in a white pickup truck, which was later pulled over with the suspect and two alleged accomplices inside.

Gallegos, 20, was charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. He was taken to the Webb County Jail.

Humberto Hilario Gomez, 22, and Nadia Lopez, 35, who allegedly waited for Gallegos in the truck during the incident, were also charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

88-year-old man still pitching softball

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old Texas man who has been playing softball in a senior league the past 25 years said he believes the game added 10 years to his lifespan.

Troy Wammack, a retired bookkeeper who serves as pitcher and manager for the Fort Worth Senior Cats Gold softball team in the Metroplex Senior Citizens Softball Association, said he has been playing baseball and softball on and off since he was young and the activity has done wonders for his longevity, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.

"I personally believe it's added about 10 years to my life," said Wammack, who retired in 1999. "My business kept my mind active and softball has kept my body active."

Wammack is the oldest player in the league, which includes 600 players ages 65 and up. Bobby Moore, 84, Wammack's teammate, is the only other player in the league over the age of 80.

"I'm mesmerized by him," said Jim Thomas, the league's president. "Can you imagine still being out there? You got 65-, 66-year-old men who can still hit the ball pretty good. He is a unique individual."

Wammack said he does not have any plans to quit the game.

"I haven't set a goal," Wammack said. "I just want to play until I get ready to quit. If I quit."

Boy quits team over pink glove ban

EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A New Jersey 12-year-old quit the local football team when his coach would not allow him to use the pink gloves he wore to support his cancer-afflicted mother.

Julian Connerton said he acquired a pair of pink football gloves to show support for his mother, Mayra Cruz-Connerton, who recently underwent a double mastectomy as part of her breast cancer treatment, but Egg Harbor City Crusaders Coach Paul Burgan would not allow him to wear the gloves, The Press of Atlantic City reported Tuesday.

"I took them off and I looked at my friend and he said 'that's messed up,'" Connerton said Monday. "So [my friend] said just to put them back on and when I put them back on, [my coach] told me to take them off again. So I said I won't play. So I watched my team while I'm sitting on the sidelines."

Louis Barrios, a member of the Crusaders Youth Athletic League Association's board of directors, said Burgan did not know the reason behind Connerton's choice of gloves.

"It was strictly a uniform situation," he said. "No one knew that there was a personal reason why the kid wanted to wear the gloves ... . The game was ready to begin in minutes, and it was a communication issue. There was a storm. It was chaotic."

However, the boy's mother said Burgan and other officials were aware of her condition.

"[Julian's] coach did know why he was wearing those gloves and why he wanted to wear them," Cruz-Connerton said.

Connerton said he will return to the team if he receives a "sincere apology."

Barrios said the league plans to apologize to the family. Burgan declined to comment on the situation, The Press said.

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