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Rattlesnake Bite Victim Sues WalMart

A Clarkston man who was bitten by a rattlesnake in Walmart last spring has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the retailer in Asotin County Superior Court. According to court documents, Mica Craig is seeking recovery of an unspecified amount of damages. Craig is represented by Seattle attorneys Anne M. Bremner and Jason D. Anderson of the Frey Buck firm. Walmart's counsel is attorney Troy Nelson of Spokane. In the lawsuit, Craig said he was bitten by a rattlesnake May 11, 2012, in the garden supply section of Clarkston's Walmart. Craig said he killed the snake by stepping on it and a bystander took him to the hospital. Craig told the Tribune last year he was buying mulch at the store when he reached down to grab what he thought was a stick, but what he said was a rattlesnake bit him in the right hand. The incident made national news last year and became fodder for late night talk show hosts/Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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Snake Handling Pastor Dies From Bite

A “serpent-handling” West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event. “I am looking for a great time this Sunday,” Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. “It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers.” Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him/ABC News. More here. (AP/Washington Post photo: In this Sept. 2, 2011 photo, Pastor Mack Wolford handles a rattlesnake in Jolo, W. Va.)

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