Gigantic Rattlesnakes Caught in Oklahoma

Apparently the rattlesnakes in Oklahoma’s southern foothills are taking steroids during hibernation.

Oklahoma radio station 92.9 NIN recently shared a video that shows some massive rattlesnakes hunters have recently caught.  Now that it’s springtime, the snakes are leaving their dens feeling hungry and frisky.

According to the station, these snakes were found in the Slick Hills south of Carnegie, Okla. The hunters captured the rattlers for the Apache Rattlesnake Festival, an annual Oklahoma event that draws thousands of visitors.

Average rattlesnakes are usually between 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 feet long, but they can grow more than seven feet. Some of these snakes appear to be more than seven feet long, but it’s tough to say because the hunters admitted they couldn’t get the wily reptiles to hold still against a measuring tape. Also, if you’ve ever taken a fishing photo, you know that the farther you extend your arm while holding the fish, the bigger it looks on camera.

That being said, it’s safe to say these rattlesnakes are well above average size.

 

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Police arrest suspect in ‘suspicious’ fires that burned 3 black churches in southern Louisiana

Authorities in southern Louisiana on Wednesday arrested a suspect in a spate of fires that have burned three black churches in St. Landry Parish since last month, according to federal prosecutors.

Holden Matthews, 21, has been identified and arrested in connection to the burning of three historically black churches in Louisiana. He was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on three counts of simple arson of a religious building. Courtesy of St. Landry Parish Jail

 

“A suspect has been identified in connection with the three church burnings in Opelousas, Louisiana, and is in state custody,” said U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph in a statement. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, ATF, and FBI are working with state and local law enforcement and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the victims and those St. Landry Parish residents affected by these despicable acts.”

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, which has led the investigation into the blazes, declined to comment on the arrest. Multiple local media outlets in Louisiana have identified the suspect as a 21-year-old man who is the son of a St. Landry Parish deputy. Authorities plan to release more information on Thursday morning.

Local leaders praised the arrest for bringing an end to several frightening weeks for residents as hundreds of investigators worked with federal authorities to determine who had ignited the fires.

“I’m very proud of the investigative effort that has lead to this arrest. I’m prayerful that we can close this horrific chapter and begin to heal,” Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., said in a statement sent to KATC.

When Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, Louisiana, caught fire on April 4, consuming the church’s interior, it was the third predominantly black church to burn down in St. Landry Parish in the span of 10 days, setting local residents on edge. On March 26, flames reduced St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre to just a few walls and piles of rubble. And on April 2, a blaze struck the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas.

Authorities still have not determined a motive and have declined to tell residents whether they believe race was a factor in the crimes, according to The Advocate. On Sunday, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning told worshipers at Mount Pleasant that about 200 state investigators were working the case alongside officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI.

“There is clearly something happening in this community,” Browning said in a statement last week. “That’s why it’s imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is.”

A fourth fire on March 31 was reported more than 200 miles away at the predominantly white Vivian United Pentecostal Church in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, but authorities have not established a link to the St. Landry incidents.

For some, the recent fires recall a dark history of attacks and threats against black churches in the South. During Reconstruction and the civil rights movement, black churches were targeted with fires, bombings and threats.

In 2015, a white-supremacist gunman opened fire on a prayer group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black people. Nearly 200 years before, Emanuel AME’s predecessor had been burned down in 1822 by Charleston’s white leaders, who feared an insurrection by the city’s enslaved residents.

An African-American man in Mississippi pleaded guilty to arson last month for setting fire to a black church in 2016. He had attempted to disguise the arson as a hate crime.

As authorities investigated the St. Landry fires, churches’ leaders were resilient, though baffled by the attacks.

“My church has a lot of history,” the Rev. Gerald Toussaint of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church told The Daily Advertiser, noting that it was more than 140 years old. “I don’t understand it. What could make a person do that to a church?”

Greater Union had served worshipers for more than 100 years, according to Pastor Harry Richard, whose grandfather helped found the church.

“He left a legacy for me and I was trying to fulfill that to the best of my ability,” he told CBS News.

Toussaint told ABC News that “the church is not that building. The church is the people.”

“If we stay together as a congregation, the church is alive and well,” he said. “We can rebuild the building as long as we stay together.”

 

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Kamala Harris says she owns a gun ‘for personal safety’ and wants to ban assault weapons

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) participates in a interview and question-and-answer session with leaders from historically black colleges and universities during a Thurgood Marshall College Fund event at the JW Marriott February 07, 2019 in Washington, DC

 

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said on Thursday that she owns a gun “for personal safety,” and that “smart gun safety laws” need not infringe on the Second Amendment. 

“I am a gun owner, and I own a gun for probably the reason a lot of people do — for personal safety,” she told reporters after attending a house party with supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. “I was a career prosecutor.” 

Harris, who’s made an assault weapons ban central to her policy platform, argued that Americans don’t need to choose between protecting Second Amendment freedoms and reducing gun violence.

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“We are being offered a false choice,” she said. “You’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away. It’s a false choice that is born out of a lack of courage from leaders who must recognize and agree that there are some practical solutions to what is a clear problem in our country.” 

Members of a grassroots gun control advocacy group, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, were at the Iowa gathering, according to CNN.

Harris has talked emotionally about gun violence on the campaign trail. During a January CNN town hall, Harris said her Republican colleagues in Congress should have been forced to confront graphic evidence of the deaths of the 20 elementary school students gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 before the lawmakers voted on gun regulations. 

“I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies,” Harris said. “And then you vote your conscience.” 

While Harris has focused her gun control efforts on banning assault weapons, handguns are the weapons used in the vast majority of gun deaths in the US. Even in mass shootings, handguns are more likely to be used than rifles or assault weapons.

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Woman does karate, son gets nude, dog steals cornbread mix from Walmart, police say

The Eau Claire Police Department identified 46-year-old Lisa Smith and her 25-year-old son Benny Vann as the suspects. (Source: Eau Claire Police Department)

 

EAU CLAIRE, WI (Gray News) – A mother and her son are in custody after causing a ruckus at a Walmart Wednesday night, police said. Their dog chipped in, too.

The Eau Claire Police Department identified 46-year-old Lisa Smith and her 25-year-old son Benny Vann as the suspects. Investigators said the dog is named Bo.

Responding officers said they found Smith yelling in the doorway trying to summon Bo.

Smith allegedly brought Bo into the store without a leash, so he easily ditched his owner and started running up to unsuspecting customers.

While Bo was doing that, Smith began tearing apart store displays and placing them in her shopping cart, police said.

Walmart staff asked her to leave, and she complied. Police said she left the store to perform karate moves in the parking lot.

Bo, on the other hand, had not been brought to heel. By the time anyone found him, he was on his way out of the store with a box of Jiffy cornbread muffin mix in his mouth.

Police arrested Smith, but it wasn’t without a fight. She allegedly kicked out a patrol car window when they finally got her in custody.

Meanwhile. police said Vann was running amok inside the store. He allegedly took off all of his clothes in the rear of the Walmart and exposed himself to everyone around him.

Fortunately for them, he tried to cover himself by putting on the clothes Walmart had on the racks. Even so, police said he didn’t try to purchase them, so that is also a crime.

Officers approached and commanded him to end the madness, but he refused. Authorities said Vann even used a scooter in an attempt to run over an officer.

But law enforcement physically stopped the scooter and took him into custody.

Vann faces charges for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft. Smith is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Bo, however, was not charged. Police issued him a warning for the theft.

 

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