July 19, 2013 |
As the temperature approached 100 Wednesday, 7-year-old Mackenna Titzell was given the OK. At her command, gates opened and four 14-week-old pigs raced around a small oval track before running back into a trailer. This isn't your run-of-the-mill carnival or festival. There's the backdrop of a Ferris wheel and the slight aroma of funnel cake, but the antique tractors and lawn equipment made it clear Wednesday: the 67-year-old Burlington County Farm Fair was underway. Dave Fiemster's Hot Dog Pig Races, is one of a number of vendors and attractions at the fair, which officials expect will draw more than 100,000 people before it ends Saturday.
September 24, 2011
BRISTOL PALIN got into a tussle with a bar patron at the Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood while filming her reality show. Palin had just fallen off the bar's mechanical bull when a bald man yelled, "Did you ride [baby daddy] Levi [ Johnston ] like that? Your mother is a whore! Your mother is a f - - - - - - devil!" Palin then confronted the man, asking him why he hated her mother. His most cogent response was that Sarah Palin is "evil. " C'mon, dude, if you're going to harass the girl in public, at least have an answer ready in case she fights back.
August 23, 2011 |
New Jersey safety inspectors continued their investigation Monday into an incident at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier in Wildwood that injured five people on a ride Friday night. A mast on the Sea Dragon, a pendulum-like pirate ship ride that swings passengers in a 180-degree arc, snapped off about 9 p.m. while the ride was in operation. A 13-year-old who was hit by falling steel was treated at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, a hospital official said. The hospital would not identify the victim or provide details of the teenager's injuries.
August 21, 2011
A steel mast on a boardwalk amusement-park ride in Wildwood snapped Friday night, striking a 13-year-old girl and injuring several other passengers, police said. The girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized after the 9:15 p.m. accident on the Sea Dragon, a pirate-boat ride at Mariner's Landing, Wildwood police said in a statement. They did not elaborate on her injuries. Four other passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said. Morey's Piers, the park operator, said only that "the appropriate authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident.
August 20, 2011
A steel mast on a boardwalk amusement park ride in Wildwood snapped Friday night, striking a 13-year-old girl and injuring several other passengers, police said. The girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized after the 9:15 p.m. accident on the Sea Dragon, a makeshift pirate boat ride at Mariner's Landing, Wildwood police said in a statement. They did not elaborate on her injuries. Four other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said. Morey's Piers, the park operator, had no comment except to say "the appropriate authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident.
July 9, 2011 |
The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling off a Ferris wheel in Wildwood last month have sued the amusement park. In a suit filed Thursday in Common Pleas Court, attorneys for the family of Abiah Jones argue that Morey's Piers was negligent for placing the fifth grader in the Ferris wheel gondola alone and for failing to provide passenger safety restraints on the 160-foot-high ride. A report released last month by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs speculated that Abiah, a Pleasantville, N.J., resident who was on a school trip, might have fallen after she knelt or stood on her seat or leaned out too far. According to the suit, winds at the park - located next to the Atlantic Ocean - were high on June 3, the day of the accident.
June 24, 2011 |
GEORGETOWN, Del. - A former pediatrician who decorated his office with Disney characters and miniature amusement park rides was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing scores of his young patients. Earl Bradley, 58, recorded the abuse on video, said prosecutors, who presented the judge with more than 13 hours of footage showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims, mostly toddlers. Superior Court Judge William Carpenter Jr. announced the verdict. An indictment against Bradley contained 470 counts, but attorneys agreed before the trial to consolidate them into 24 counts.
June 19, 2011
The Ferris wheel in Wildwood from which an 11-year-old girl fell to her death earlier this month is back in service, albeit with new safety precautions. The attraction at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier reopened early Saturday afternoon. The amusement park has implemented state recommendations that there be a minimum of two passengers per car. It raised the minimum height required to ride the 156-foot-high Ferris wheel from 54 inches to 60 inches. The cause of the fall that killed Abiah Jones, of Pleasantville, hasn't been determined.
June 18, 2011 |
The Ferris wheel at Morey's Piers amusement park in Wildwood is set to reopen Saturday for the first time since the fatal fall June 3 of an 11-year-old girl. This week, investigators from New Jersey's Carnival Ride Safety Unit released a report that found no mechanical defects on the more-than-25-year-old ride. The report theorized that the victim, Abiah Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., might have been kneeling or standing on the seat or leaning out of the gondola when she fell. The state recommended that high-elevation rides in which customers are not restrained require a minimum of two passengers per compartment.
June 18, 2011 |
The rules to ride the Giant Wheel at Morey's Piers in Wildwood will be strengthened when it resumes spinning today, but the changes aren't enough for the family of the 11-year-old girl who died in a fall from the Ferris wheel two weeks ago. Lawyers for the family of Abiah Jones said that the ride should not be used until it can be retrofitted with lap restraints in each car. "Otherwise, what happened to Abiah Jones could happen again," said attorneys...