California dials back water releases from dam OROVILLE, Calif. — California officials are slowing the release of water from a lake behind the nation’s tallest dam so crews can remove debris from the bottom of the structure’s damaged spillway.
State Department of Water Resources officials said Thursday that removing debris protects Oroville Dam’s power plant and will allow for it eventually to be restarted.
Officials had been releasing 100,000 cubic feet of water, or enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, each second from the lake since Sunday, when the sheriff ordered an immediate evacuation. They didn’t say how much water is now being released. Department acting Director Bill Croyle said Wednesday that water managers would start dialing back the flow now that the lake has been reduced and can absorb runoff from storms expected over the next several days.
White supremacist talked of Dylann Roof type attack: FBI COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white supremacist with felony convictions in South Carolina bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an attack in “the spirit of Dylann Roof,” authorities said Thursday. Benjamin McDowell, 28, was arrested in Myrtle Beach shortly after buying the .40-calibre Glock and ammunition for $109 from the, FBI agent Grant Lowe wrote in an affidavit. McDowell didn’t have a specific target in mind, once telling the undercover agent he might just shoot at a party of black people, Lowe wrote.
“I got the heart to do that s---, but I don’t have the good training,” McDowell said, according to the undercover agent. McDowell is charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.
The gun he was sold had its firing pin filed down so it could not be used, Lowe wrote.
Joey the pet squirrel stops a burglary: police MERIDIAN, Idaho — A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said. The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel’s attack “scared him, obviously, because he wasn’t expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him,” said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. “So basically he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”
The squirrel’s owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower pot by a friend’s daughter when he was about one week old. Joey’s reward for his vigilance were Whoppers, the squirrel’s favourite candy. Pearl had planned to release Joey into his backyard in the spring.
“But now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m kind of torn.”