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Man charged with assaulting wife crashes plane into own home hours later

A Utah man who hours before had been arrested on domestic violence charges crashed a plane into the front of his home Monday, killing himself.

Duane Youd, 47, of Payson, died when the Cesna 525 CitationJet struck the house, exploding and setting the house on fire, according to Payson police officials. Youd was killed in the crash, but two people inside -- identified by the Salt Lake Tribune as Youd’s wife and her son -- escaped uninjured through the back of the home. 

“He is an experienced pilot,” Sgt. Noemi Sandoval, a Payson police spokeswoman, told the news media. “He flew from Spanish Fork Airport directly here, into the home.”

Sandoval said the toll could have been worse. Youd, who was able to fly below power lines, clipped a shed and a car before the plane hit the house. 

“I can’t believe he was able to fly in like that,” Youd’s friend, Alan Herbert, said at the crash scene. “If he hadn’t hit the car, I wonder how much more damage this would have done to the house.”

Payson police officials said that Youd was arrested Sunday night and charged with assault for allegedly abusing his wife. That incident took place in American Fork Canyon, where the couple reportedly went to discuss their marital problems. 

Witnesses who saw the assault called the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. 

“It was not just a slap or a shove,” Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told the Tribune. “It was an ongoing thing described by witnesses.”

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Youd was booked into the Utah County Jail at 9:18 p.m. on an assault charge, jail records show. He was released around 12:30 a.m. Monday after signing an agreement to stay away from his wife and posting $1,940 bond. 

Payson police officials said Youd requested assistance from police officers there to accompany him to his home so he could pick up some belongings and his vehicle. The trip to the house took place without incident.

Less than two hours later, he crashed the plane into the home, authorities said. The Payson Fire Department responded, and firefighters extinguished the blaze. 

Youd’s son from a prior marriage, Parker Youd, spoke to reporters at the scene. The 17-year-old, who was at his mother’s house when the crash took place, said his father told him things were going to be “rough for a little bit,” but gave no indication that he would hurt himself or others. 

Parker Youd was likely the last person to talk to his father, who he described as “the best dad (he) could ask for.”

“I said, ‘I love you. Good luck. I’ll see you tomorrow,’” Parker Youd said. “He said, ‘I love you, too,’ got in his truck, and drove away.”

Joslyn Youd, 21, posted a photo of her father, smiling and holding a caught fish in his hands, on Facebook. The caption read, “I’ll love you forever.”

Neighbors and friends who knew Duane Youd said they, too, were shocked by the events that took place. Zach Linch, who lives next door to the crime scene, said Youd was always a good neighbor.

“I would never have have expected anything like this,” Linch told the Tribune. “He seemed like a normal guy to me.”

Herbert, who had known Youd since they were teenagers, said the crash was not something he would have expected from his friend. 

“He was an exciting guy to be around,” Herbert told the newspaper. “Always positive, never negative. If you were feeling bad, he’d always make sure you were feeling good when you left.”

Steelers fan in full uniform sneaks onto practice field to challenge Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers training camp took a bizarre turn Saturday when a man made his way onto the practice field with the apparent intention of challenging superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown.

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In a video posted to social media, team staff can be seen ushering the man off the field behind Brown, who can be heard saying, “My boy said he ain’t embarrassing himself at all; he wanna check me. Let him check me real quick.”

>> Watch the clip here

The man, wearing a black and yellow uniform that isn’t Steelers issue, wore No. 43 – the number worn by former Steelers defensive icon Troy Polamalu.

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It wasn’t immediately clear who the man was or how he got onto the field.

DUI suspect says she's a 'white, clean girl' who shouldn't be arrested, police say

A South Carolina woman accused of drunken driving told police not to arrest her because she's "a white, clean girl," authorities said.

>> WATCH: 'Permit Patty' appears to call police on girl selling bottled water in viral video

According to the New York Post, Bluffton police pulled over Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, of Bluffton, early Saturday after she allegedly sped through a stop sign. The police report said Cutshaw had bloodshot eyes and slurred her words as she spoke with officers, telling them she'd had two glasses of wine for her birthday.

A breathalyzer test showed that Cutshaw had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, police said.

Authorities said the woman argued with officers, saying she's a "clean, thoroughbred white girl" who shouldn't be arrested, the Island Packet reported. When asked why that mattered, Cutshaw replied, "You're a cop; you should know what that means," the police report said.

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Cutshaw also said she was dating a police officer, had perfect grades, had been a cheerleader and sorority girl, attended a "high accredited university" and was a member of the National Honor Society, the arrest report said.

Cutshaw was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, ignoring a stop sign and speeding 25 mph or more. 

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Remote-controlled gator head spotted in Texas river alarms residents

Residents of a San Antonio suburb can breathe a little easier after police said viral photos that appeared to show an alligator lurking in a Texas river were apparently an "unintentional hoax."

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"After some investigation this morning, it has been determined that recent social media posts purporting to show an alligator in the Comal/Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels are a hoax," the New Braunfels Police Department said in Facebook post Saturday. "A remote-controlled alligator head was used to create photos and videos that you may have seen on Facebook and other social media sites. The hoax was apparently unintentional, but still may have caused some alarm. We hope this eases any fears."

>> See the Facebook post here

The department's post, which has been shared hundreds of times, received dozens of tongue-in-cheek comments.

"Did the giant antenna sticking out of the [head] give it away Congratulations Sherlock!" one commenter wrote.

"Fake News," another declared.

Others were not amused.

"Not funny at all," one person wrote

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WATCH: Woman climbs 285-foot cell tower, allegedly taunts police before arrest

A northeast Ohio woman reportedly climbed to the top of a 285-foot-high cell tower Thursday, and police say she taunted first responders on her way down after about three hours.

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The Wooster Daily Record reported that the woman, who was arrested but hasn’t been identified, climbed to the top of the Wayne Township tower, and a passer-by who saw her called 911.

Hundreds of onlookers watched from below, and she climbed down about 9:15 p.m.

>> Watch the video from The Daily Record

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Wayne County sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter told the news outlet that the woman, wearing jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, appeared to be high on drugs because she showed no fear on the tower.

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He said she jumped from one part of the tower to another without any safety equipment while the first responders were cautiously using safety gear.

It’s not clear how the woman first reached the base of the tower, which sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire, according to the report.

– The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Tortilla chips 'spontaneously combusted' twice in 3 days at Texas factory, officials say

Firefighters in Texas battled blazes outside an Austin factory twice last week after cardboard boxes of tortilla chips reportedly "spontaneously combusted."

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According to the Austin Fire Department, the first fire broke out last Thursday after factory workers tried "a new way to handle the waste from the chips that, suffice it to say, didn't work out so well." As crews fought the blaze, more cases erupted in flames, officials said. Firefighters quickly put out the flames, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

But their work wasn't done. On Sunday, several other boxes ignited, prompting firefighters to "[drown] all of the other crates that had yet to burn, thereby eliminating the risk completely," officials said.

Read more here and here.

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Seagull steals man's wallet, flees to rooftop; here's how volunteers got it back

A man's wallet was stolen by an unlikely thief last week in Massachusetts.

According to The Associated Press, the man was walking down Main Street in Gloucester on Friday when a seagull swiped his wallet, which was sitting on top of a pizza box he was carrying.

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The gull retreated to a nearby rooftop, where volunteers were able to get the man's wallet back from the plumed pickpocket using a bucket truck.

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken shared more details about the incident, complete with photos, on her Facebook page Friday night.

>> See the Facebook post here

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Marijuana found in Wyoming city's flower pots after pranksters sneak seeds into planters

City workers in Powell, Wyoming, are doing some serious "weeding" after jokesters apparently sneaked marijuana seeds into city planters earlier this year.

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According to the Powell Tribune, employees unintentionally tended to the pot plants until they started seeing the familiar leaves in late June. So far, workers have pulled three cannabis plants from the flower pots.

Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said "somebody's sense of humor" likely inspired the secret plantings.

Read more here or here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WATCH: Large snake falls on man's car, slithers on windshield in viral video

A video was posted to social media that shows a large snake slithering on the windshield of a North Carolina man's vehicle.

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Ben Bryant said the snake dropped out of a tree above him in Asheville.

>> Copperhead snake bites Alabama girl swimming in pool

The video has more than 122,000 views and has been shared about 2,000 times.

>> Watch the video here 

>> Severed rattlesnake head bites Texas man

Last year, a snake hitched a ride on a Gastonia woman's car.

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Kecha Robinson took cellphone video of the snake twisting on her car mirror as her husband drove.

Iguana fight! Viral video captures angry lizards dueling outside Florida Starbucks

Maybe they just needed their morning coffee?

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A video posted Saturday of two large, cranky iguanas butting heads – literally – outside a Starbucks in Boca Raton, Florida, has gone viral, racking up thousands of views on Facebook.

>> Watch the video here (Warning: Viewer discretion advised.)

The woman who shot the clip, Shannon Moskoff, posted a second video explaining the incident after "Inside Edition" contacted her.

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"So I was on my way to pick up my coffee from Starbucks and I was driving around back, and all of a sudden on the side there, I see this branch," Moskoff said. "So I said to my friend, 'What is that?' And we stopped because it was moving, and all of a sudden, we see that it's iguanas with the iguana's head inside the other one's mouth."

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That's when she took out her camera and started filming. 

"Obviously, you can hear in the commentary that we were amazed by what was happening," she said

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According to Medium, male iguanas "vying for territory and mating privileges engage in very intense combat, with head butting, pushing, shoving and locking of the crests on top of their heads."

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