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Nation in brief: ‘Spider-Man’ arrested in L.A.

Los Angeles police officers arrest a man in a Spider-Man costume in Hollywood on Wednesday. Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles police officers arrest a man in a Spider-Man costume in Hollywood on Wednesday. Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles – A Spider-Man impersonator was arrested on outstanding criminal warrants Wednesday after an incident in which he allegedly slugged a man on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles police said.

The altercation became the latest in a string of incidents involving people dressed as movie characters and celebrity look-alikes vying for space – and attention – along the tourist-filled corridor.

Christopher Loomis, 39, was being held on outstanding misdemeanor warrants in lieu of $5,500 bail, police said.

The incident began when Los Angeles Police Department patrol officers received a radio call reporting a battery by a man in a Spider-Man costume. When they arrived on the scene, they encountered four people dressed as the web-slinging crusader.

“They stopped one; it wasn’t him,” said police Lt. Beverly Lewis. “They stopped the second, and it was the suspect.”

Victim of chimp attack not bitter

Chicago – A Connecticut woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee revealed her heavily disfigured face on television Wednesday, saying she is blind and has to eat through a straw, but isn’t angry.

“I don’t even think about it,” Charla Nash said on Wednesday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” “And there’s no time for that anyways because I need to heal, you know, not look backwards.”

The Feb. 16 attack occurred when the animal’s owner, Sandra Herold, asked Nash, her friend and employee, to help lure the animal back into her house in Stamford, Conn. The chimpanzee ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids.

Police shot and killed the animal.

Man guilty of killing TV anchor

Little Rock, Ark. – A man was convicted of capital murder Wednesday for beating an Arkansas TV anchorwoman so brutally that her face was shattered and she never regained consciousness before dying five days later.

Curtis Lavelle Vance could face the death penalty for the assault on Anne Pressly at her Little Rock bungalow. The same jury that convicted him reconvened to hear testimony about whether he should be put to death or imprisoned without the possibility of parole.

After the verdict, Pressly’s mother, Patti Cannady, raised a hand and said, “Praise God. Praise God.” She burst into sobs.


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