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Today in history, Wednesday, Jan. 15

On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both engines; all 155 people aboard survived.

In 1559, England’s Queen Elizabeth I was crowned.

In 1919, in Boston, a tank containing an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, sending the dark syrup coursing through the city’s North End, killing 21 people.

In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

In 2019, musical comedy star Carol Channing — best known to Broadway audiences for her role in “Hello, Dolly!” — died in California at 97.

$1,000 a day prize goes to Winston-Salem lottery winner

A Winston-Salem woman has won the state lottery’s top prize.

Damian Zepponi bought three $2 Quick Pick tickets at the Food Lion grocery on Yadkinville Road last Thursday, the day of the drawing, the N.C. Education Lottery said in a news release.

Zepponi’s second ticket matched all six winning numbers, beating odds of one in 30.8 million, lottery officials said. The contest is part of the lottery’s $1,000 a day for life prize.

Zepponi, 47, said she discovered her good fortune the following day when she checked her tickets.

“I couldn’t do anything,” Zepponi said, “but sit and cry and be amazed.”

Lottery officials give winners of the Lucky for Life top prize two options. They can receive an annual payment of $365,000 a year for the rest of the winner’s life or take a lump sum of $5.7 million.

Zepponi spoke to a financial adviser before she decided to take the lump-sum payment, lottery officials said. After federal and state taxes were withheld, Zepponi collected $4,068,127.

Zepponi said she planned to save and invest the money and live off those investments. She said she would use some of the money to start a ministry to help people.

And Zepponi wants to take a family vacation with her three children and four grandchildren.

Zepponi is the third person in North Carolina to win the game’s top prize, lottery officials said. Twenty-five players have won the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life.

Police: Woman tried to light explosive device in Walmart

TAMPA, Fla. A woman tried to build an explosive device inside a Walmart store in Florida, authorities said.

Emily Stallard was charged with attempted arson of a structure, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said.

A security guard at the store noticed Stallard opening unpaid items including flammable materials, projectiles and matches as she roamed through the store for more than an hour Saturday, according to an arrest report. She had a child with her in the store, police said.

The security guard called the sheriff’s office and also notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who happened to be in the store at the time. The two men stopped Stallard just before she lit a wick, according to the report.

Investigators said Stallard spit at deputies as she was being loaded into a patrol car.

“This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release.

Stallard remained in the Hillsborough County Jail on Tuesday.

Andrew Dye/Journal  

A Winston-Salem State cheerleader cheers prior to the Rams’ game against Virginia Union on Saturday in Winston-Salem. View photos from the game at Journalnow.com/gallery.

Go See Do: Wednesday, Jan. 15

Fellowship and Adult Coloring: 1:30-4 p.m. today at the Shepherd’s Center 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem. Enjoy games, cards, snacks and fun. Free. For more information, go to www.shepherdscenter.org.

South Fork Acoustic Jam: 6-7:30 p.m. today at South Fork Community Center, 4403 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336-659-4305, or go to www.facebook.com/events/298579101093235.

Lovin’ the Belly: Belly Dance Classes: 6:30-7:15 p.m. today at the South Fork Community Center, 4403 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem. The cost is $65 for six weeks of classes. Drop-in classes are available for $15 each. For more information, call 336-659-4305.

Live Music with The MMH Honkey Tonk Band: 7-10 p.m. today at the Midway Music Hall, 11141 Old U.S. 52, Suite, 10, Midway.

Team Trivia: 7:30 p.m. today at Old Nick’s Pub, 191 Lowes Foods Drive, Lewisville. For more information, call 336-747-3059 or go to www.oldnickspubnc.com.

Man asks judge's leave for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer

HARLAN, Iowa A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies.

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3 court filing that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had “destroyed (him) legally.” The Ostroms have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments.

The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.”

He also asked the judge for 12 weeks’ time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.

His motion filed in Shelby County District Court stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife’s attorney, Ostrom told The Des Moines Register.

“I think I’ve met Mr. Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity,” Ostrom said.

Judge Craig Dreismeier said in his own filing that he won’t be issuing a decision anytime soon, citing irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses.

“Until the proper procedural steps to initiate a court proceeding are followed, this court will take no further action concerning any motion, objection or petition filed by either party at this time,” the judge said.

Ask SAM: What are the dates for the fair this year?

Q: Can you please publish the 2020 dates for the fair, regardless of the name this year?


Answer: The dates for 2020 will be Oct. 2 through Oct. 11, according to fair officials. Last year’s fair drew 292,321 people, a slight increase over average attendance for the past five years. As it was the last year the fair would be billed as “Dixie Classic,” the fair sold a record amount of merchandise with the Dixie Classic Fair logo — according to estimates, more than 4,000 items, including ball caps, sweatshirts, mason jars, cookbooks and other memorabilia — were sold, a 1,200 percent increase over 2018 sales.

At last word, the new name of the fair is to be the Carolina Classic Fair, after the Winston-Salem City Council voted 6 to 2 for that name over the Piedmont Classic Fair.

Photos: Dixie Classic Fair Through the Years

Q: The leaves on our streets have been piled up for nearly two months with no sign of them getting picked up. I’ve called the city and can get no response. The leaves are wet, decaying, and causing slippery conditions for cars at intersections. How can we get any action to clean our streets?


Answer: Chris Christmas, the city sanitation director, said that the leaves at the address you gave us are scheduled to be picked up within the next week or so.

“Please note that various factors can affect the timeliness of collection,” he said. “Schedules are subject to change so the website and map are updated daily. The Sanitation Department collects residential leaves that have been placed at the curb lines as part of our normal services.

“Citizens can get information concerning the collection schedule by visiting the Sanitation service finder located on the City’s Sanitation Department website or by calling CityLink at 311.”

According to the department’s website, the previous pickup on your street was Nov. 18. You can look for updates or check other addresses and see a map at www6.cityofws.org/COWS_ServiceFinder/LeafCollection.aspx. Loose leaves are only collected from single family homes. Leaf collection began on Nov. 4 and will continue until the third round of collection is completed.

Q. Driving around in the rain lately, I think a lot of people still don’t realize they need to have their headlights on when it’s raining. Can you remind them?


Answer: Gladly. N.C. General Statute 20-129 requires that drivers use their headlights from sunset to sunrise, when there is not sufficient light to discern a person or vehicle on the roadway at a distance of 400 feet, and when windshield wipers are on in times of fog, rain, sleet, snow or when inclement weather or environmental factors severely reduce the driver’s ability to clearly discern a person or vehicle on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet ahead.

There are times when the law does not require lights, such as when wipers are on intermittently.

Even though newer vehicles have running lights, they are not considered “headlamps” under North Carolina law, according to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.

Photos: Dixie Classic Fair Through the Years