MODESTO, Calif. - A loud crash startled a California family at home Wednesday morning when a chunk of ice the size of a basketball hurdled from the sky and smashed through the roof, likely the result of frozen moisture breaking loose from an airplane flying high overhead.

Monica Savath said she and her family were in the living room of their Modesto home when they were shaken by the commotion. She said it sounded like a bomb exploding. Running to the attached garage, they found a gaping hole in the roof and shattered ice. Nobody was injured.

Pieces of the ice in the Savath home were white or clear. Its color ruled out the possibility that it was waste that leaked from an airplane, which is blue from chemicals used to flush airplane toilets.


ROYALTON, Vt. - A driver clocked at 112 mph on an interstate in Vermont told police he was heading to traffic court to take care of a speeding ticket.

Trooper Rich Slusser says the 33-year-old man from West Hartford, Connecticut, was also weaving in and out of traffic in Royalton on Interstate 89 before he was pulled over Wednesday afternoon. The speed limit on the interstate is 65 mph.

The driver has been charged with excessive speeding and negligent operation.

Slusser says the man was given a citation ordering him to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Oct. 27.


LINCOLN, Neb. - It’s better late than never for Kent Broyhill, who sent 100 bucks to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pay off his old parking tickets after graduating more than 40 years ago.

Broyhill had tried to pay the fines before his 1974 graduation at the campus police station, but an officer told him that the school accepted only cash. Broyhill’s pockets were empty, so the officer gave him a pass as long as he paid the fines as soon as he could.

Broyhill said he forgot about the tickets until a conversation with a college friend and realized that he hadn’t made good on his promise. He sent the money with a note explaining what had happened to the college’s Parking and Transit Services, where it landed on Director Dan Carpenter’s desk.

Parking staff checked through files but couldn’t find Broyhill’s name. Carpenter said the school doesn’t have records of paper tickets written back that far but that Broyhill’s tickets likely were deemed “uncollectable” sometime in the 1970s or 1980s.

The college sent the money back to Broyhill, because what he sent was probably more than what his tickets were worth, and thanked him for his gesture.

— From wire service reports