September 30th, 2014
MEXICO CITY â€” A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.
His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.
Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807.
BALTIMORE â€” Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.
Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police say officers stopped Phelps just past a toll plaza.
Phelps has been charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed. He was released after his arrest.
POCAHONTAS â€” Pocahontas police have arrested a man who they say was growing nearly 40 marijuana plants in a home he was renting.
Police Chief Cecil Tackett told KAIT-TV on Monday that it's "by far" the largest growing operation officers have discovered. He said the 37 plants ranged from seedlings to 5 feet tall.
Police were called to the residence for a welfare check after the homeowner said the 37-year-old tenant hadn't paid rent in months. Officers say they could see and smell marijuana plants and obtained a search warrant.
Tackett says the man was arrested a few days later.
A giant Trojan horse stood near the lawn of the Saline County Courthouse on Monday morning. Members of the "Vote Against Issue 3" campaign placed a 10-foot-tall symbolic wooden horse on the lawn to protest issue 3 which will appear on the November general election ballot.
Issue 3 is titled the Arkansas Elected Officials Ethics, Transparency and Financial Reform Amendment and if approved, would permit legislators to serve a total of 16 years in the House or Senate and would establish limits on lobbying efforts by former legislators, as well as campaign donations and gifts from lobbyists.