Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- There's a new way for couples to roll in Vegas. The Wedding Wagon offers bargain mobile weddings. For 99 bucks, you can get the ceremony and pictures just about anywhere in town. Stefanie Montoya and Kelly Tucker tied the knot in the parking lot of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. The new bride tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal there was no way she was "going to pay $400 for an Elvis wedding." The newlyweds toasted each other with cans of Bud Light, then headed up the Strip for a wedding night Garth Brooks concert.

Police Chief-Black Belt

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Don't mess with Police Chief Steven Pitts. Of course Reno, Nevada's top cop has badge and a gun -- but he also has a new black belt. Pitts was promoted at a ceremony over the weekend. Pitts tells KRNV-TV he's has been studying martial arts since he was young. His new black belt is in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He says it's a way cope with the pressures of the job.


DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Clete Meyer isn't likely to run out -- of golf balls. The 75-year-old Iowa man figures he has about 10,000 of them. Meyer finds the balls duffers lose. In a couple of hours, he'll pick up 250 balls from the woods that line the fairways or the water hazards. He sells some for up to 15 bucks a dozen. But he's got thousands more in just about every available space in his home. Meyer is a widower. He tells a local paper (Telegraph Herald) his late wife would never put up with all those buckets of balls.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Like father -- like daughter. Dia Matteson is now the youngest female Harley dealer in the U.S. She's taking over her father's Harley franchise in Anchorage, Alaska. Even at 25, Dia is no newcomer to the motorcycle business. She's served as the company's general manager since 2008. Her personal rides are an '09 Harley Street Glide and an '09 Buell Lightning. Dad, Barry Matteson, tells the Alaska Journal of Commerce it's a great feeling to keep the dealership in the family. Dia isn't alone in riding motorcycles. Alaska has more female riders per capita than any other state.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- When it comes to dominoes, Jerome Wooten is the dominator. The Kansas City, Missouri man, recently won his fourth world championship in the last five years. Other players tell The Kansas City Star that Wooten is feared throughout the dominoes world. But Wooten is worried young people aren't interested in dominoes. He says the game teaches patience, discipline and staying calm under pressure.


LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) -- Erik Woll can take the heat. He's a chef by profession. For fun, he's a blacksmith. Woll's wife Ashton is the curator of the Rasmussen Museum and Blacksmith Shop in Lewiston, Illinois. Erik is spending one of the hottest summers ever, either in the kitchen or over a blazing forge. He tells the Peoria Journal Star there's something about him and hot careers. He adds he must "have a penchant for self-loathing."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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