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For sale: ‘Scariest’ lodging in America, iconic Clown Motel

The lobby is stuffed with clowns of all sorts. Like a scene from a circus, they are seemingly everywhere, even above the beds in each clown-themed room.

After all, it is “The Clown Motel.”

The iconic, albeit frightening to coulrophobes, lodging is up for sale, after 22 years owning it, Bob Perchetti is ready to sing a sad clown song and retire from the hospitality industry.

"It became a way of life with me," Perchetti told KLAS. "It's funny you get attached to something. I haven't gone so far as to start talking to them."

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The motel gained notoriety from its theme eerily coupled with its proximity to the historic mining town of Tonopah’s cemetery.

“As you know, it’s called the scariest motel in the U.S.,” Perchetti told KLAS.

Perchetti and his late business partner decided on the clown theme. They brought in most of the props from his home.

“He had a house full of clowns, and he decided to bring the clowns up and put them to work,” Perchetti said.

He is hoping to sell the motel, clowns included, for $900,000.

“Oh, I’m going to miss the clowns,” Perchetti said. “I’m going to come back. I’m going to come back and visit my clowns.”

What will Perchetti do once someone else is there to look after the clowns?

"I'm going to go fishing. I want to go enjoy myself," Perchetti told KLAS. "I'm going to do a little camping with the grandkids."

Bielski brother partisan celebrates 90th birthday

In his early years, Aron Bell of Palm Beach helped his brothers save more than 1,200 Jews escaping Nazis during World War II. Now, he gathers with friends and family to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The story of the Bielski brothers has been translated into books, documentaries and a Hollywood film, “Defiance.” For three years, Aron and his older brothers, Tuvia, Zus and Asael, hid Jews in a forest near their Belarus village after their parents and two brothers were killed.

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But this weekend the story was Bell (born Aron Bielski). More than 100 people joined the Bells at the New Synagogue of Palm Beach for a morning Shabbat service followed by a kiddush lunch.

Guests traveled from New York, Boston and other parts of the country to wish Bell a happy birthday. Some of those included his daughter Susan Bell Abrams and nephew Baruch Bielski. They were encouraged to make a donation to the A H Bielski Foundation instead of bringing a gift. The foundation works with pantries in the U.S., Tibet and Israel to help children in need.

Fisherman hooks great white from California pier

A fisherman in California did not need a bigger rod and reel when he hooked a nearly 12-foot great white shark from a pier Sunday.

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Once he identified it as a white shark, which is protected, the fisherman cut it loose, according to KEYT.

Video showed spectators and other fishermen congregate as the shark thrashed nearby, according to KEYT.

Bush’s recalls beans over defective cans

Bush Brothers and Company is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of beans because of defective cans that can leak or allow harmful bacteria to grow.

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Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans in 28-ounce cans were recalled after an internal quality control check uncovered the issue.

“We urge you to dispose of these affected products immediately even if the beans do not look or smell spoiled,” the company said in a news release.

There have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions.

Chained dog dies trying to reach shade

A 23-year-old South Carolina man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after a chained dog wearing a belt as a collar choked to death trying to crawl to shade in his yard.

Keon Torrence Gladden, of Great Falls, has been charged with one count of ill treatment of animals.

A concerned neighbor called police to Gladden’s Walnut Street home on July 10 and added that he’d checked on the blue pit bull before and believed it was being abused, according to The Island Packet.

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In the most recent call, the neighbor said the dog was dead. The animal’s body was “bloating and covered in flies and maggots,” according to the Bluffton newspaper and a police report.

While there was a doghouse for the animal to lay in, the dog’s chain was too short to reach the shelter. The dog’s carcass was near food and water bowls, both described as “dry and dusty” in the state’s July heat.

Accuweather says the town saw highs in the low 90s for most of the month.

If convicted, South Carolina law says that Gladden could see 90 days in prison, a fine between $100 and $1000 or both.

Boy, 7, stumbles onto prehistoric shark tooth find at beach

A 7-year-old boy who was vacationing in North Myrtle Beach with his family stumbled upon a prehistoric find -- a megalodon shark tooth.

The extinct megalodon (“giant tooth”) is the largest shark known to history. Foster Frazier's find was 5 inches long.

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“His father, myself and his younger brother were downstream from him at the time and heard him yelling what he’d found and saw him holding it up. We were speechless,” Tina Frazier told the Sun News in Myrtle Beach. “We didn’t pay much attention, because we were downstream a bit and it looked like (Foster) was just holding a large sand-covered rock. However, as he reached down to wash it off, we realized he’d definitely found a treasure.”

“He was knocking sand off the sides of the stream when he said it was sticking out of the side of the bank. To say he was excited is an understatement, ” she added.

Below is an image for reference on the difference between a megalodon tooth and a Great White tooth.

The tooth is said to be millions of years old.

For Foster, the tooth find seems to be a dream come true. The boy is a shark enthusiast.

“Foster has always loved sharks. Every book he reads is about sharks, every shirt he wears has a shark in it and he has always told us he was going to find a megalodon tooth one day,” his mom said. “We have always told him that he’d have to get older and scuba dive to find a tooth like that, however, he said God would help him know where to look, and he must have been right.”

Although a rare occurrence whenever it happens, another tooth washed up in Myrtle Beach in October because of Hurricane Matthew. That tooth was also 5 inches long.

Plane carrying comedian Sinbad diverts after plane hits birds

A jetliner carrying the comedian Sinbad had to divert its flight Saturday after it struck several birds during takeoff in Jacksonville.

In a tweet from his official account, David Adkins, better known as Sinbad, said the Delta plane hit a dozen birds and had to return to the airport.

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The comedian had performed a show Friday night at the Florida Theater and was traveling to Mississippi before the bird strike caused the forced landing. 

The comedian said the birds that hit the plane were turkey vultures. 

The Jacksonville International Airport said it happened at about 3,000 feet in the air "a little ways out" from the airport. The plane returned to the airport, an airport spokesperson said.

The airport said there may have been some damage to the plane's fan blades but its engine never lost power. The airport could not confirm whether the plane was taken out of service.

Sinbad said a storm in Jacksonville further delayed the flight's takeoff time when he tried to board a new flight. 

No one was hurt during the incident. 

Sinbad is known for his role in the Bill Cosby-spinoff in "A Different World" and starring in "The Sinbad Show."

Couple find class ring missing 46 years on beach

A Georgia couple can't wait to return a ring that had been lost for 46 years before they found it on a beach.

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Jaeson Smithposted a photo on Facebook of a high school class ring that his wife had found this week while walking along the shore of Jekyll Island.

The ring is a 1969 Glynn Academy high school ring with the initials "KWW" in it.

The couple took the ring and after searching through an alumni page, the couple learned the ring belonged to Kenneth Williams, who was marked as deceased. 

The couple then found Williams' online obituary in the Brunswick News' archives to find out that he died in 2009.

The Smiths were able to find and contact Williams' son, Daniel Williams, on Facebook.

Daniel lives in Phenix City, Alabama, and his mother told him that in 1971 his father and her were swimming at a beach near Jekyll Island when his father lost his ring. 

Daniel called Action News Jax after reading the story Saturday and is excited for the return of his father's ring. 

The Smiths said they plan to return the ring to its rightful owners next week.

Famous Florida manatee, Snooty, oldest on record, killed in freak aquarium ‘accident’ 

The world’s oldest-known living manatee, Snooty, died Sunday in a freak accident at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

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The 69-year-old manatee was killed in a “heartbreaking accident,” museum officials said.


Snooty got into an underwater area only used to access plumbing for the exhibit’s life support system. An access panel somehow was knocked loose and the manatee got inside, the museum said on its website

“Our initial investigation indicates that Snooty’s death was a heartbreaking accident and we’re all quite devastated about his passing,” Brynne Anne Besio, the Museum’s CEO, wrote in a release. “We’re reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full investigation into the circumstances.”

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The other manatees that were in the same area as Snooty are all unharmed. 

Snooty was the first recorded birth of a manatee in human care and moved to Bradenton in 1949. In 1979, he became Manatee County’s official mascot. 

A necropsy, or animal autopsy, will be performed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory in St. Petersburg.

Baptist pastor charged in prostitution sting, resigns from Texas church

A Texas pastor was arrested after deputies said he paid $80 to an undercover sheriff’s deputy for sexual activities. 

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Eddie Hilburn, of the Woodland First Baptist Church in Montgomery County, Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with prostitution, according to KTRK

“I can tell you now that Eddie has resigned and his resignation has been accepted. Please pray for Eddie, Lisa and his family. We are committed to helping them all move forward in the best way possible,” the church said on its Facebook page

The church’s website said Hillburn, 52, joined their organization in 2012, but the information has since been removed. 

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