People Reel: The Last Month in Local Newsmakers

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RNC STAFFER WHO TIPPED OFF DRUG DEALERS SENTENCED TO 9 MONTHS

A former RNC staffer, Angela Marie McCarthy, was recently sentenced for telling two drug dealers that the RNC and RCMP were investigating them. Those people were her cousins. She wasn’t in on it, she just wanted to protect them and scare them straight. It’s a scenario any fan of Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman” might relate to.

MULTIPLE LOCAL LOTTO WINNERS

Jay and Heather Griffin from Paradise recently won a million, but that’s 5 times less than what the owner of Hotel Corner Brook collected in March. Since
winning the 5 million, Martin House put his hotel up for sale, and is hitting the road to travel, with first stops in Hawaii and Australia. He’d bought $20 worth of
lotto tickets that day, but it was a freeplay ticket he’d won that landed him the 5 million. (A third local couple recently won $25,000 as well.)

SCORPIONS ON A PLANE! 

Poor Adam Young was just trying to get from Columbia to Mexico while on vacation, when a highly poisonous species of scorpion attacked him on an airplane. He was taking a nap, and felt “an insect” crawl under his shirt. Imagine. The insect was a friggen scorpion. And it stung him three times, leading to nausea, chest pains, and hallucinations. Flight attendants found and killed the scorpion, and the flight had to dash back to Columbia for an antidote; Adam was greeted on the tarmac by a man with an anti-venom.

NEW ROLE for MARK O’BRIEN

Mark O’Brien, best known as Des on The Republic of Doyle, has landed a role on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. AMC are known for huge shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Man. Halt and Catch Fire is a pre-existing show; O’Brien will join the cast in season 2. The show is about the computer tech boom in the 80s. He’ll be playing an IT guy.

WHY BEAT 1 WORLD RECORD WHEN YOU COULD BEAT 4?

MUN’s Josh Hancott powerlifted his way to 4 world records this week, and one of the records he beat was his own world record, set at this summer’s International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Africa. Hancott was recently in Ohio for the Arnold Sports Festival, representing not only this province, but Canada. He did a bang-up job, taking Best Overall Junior Lifter, and breaking two world records with one squat lift of 573 pounds (this broke both open and junior world records). His 374 pound bench press was another world record. This fourth was for the sum total of 1520 pounds lifted in all three required lifts (squat, bench press and deadlift). In addition to the 4 world records, there was some sweet revenge thrown in. At the ripe young age of 19, Hancott lost a similar competition to a 4-time Russian champ … whom he destroyed this time around.

THE WHALE THAT WASHED ASHORE WILL LIVE ON FOREVER!

MUN is building a new Science Building. It will house the skeleton of the whale that famously washed ashore in Gros Morne this year, attracting many selfie-taking tourists and much news coverage.

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