Hank and Striker hit the road: Four-legged fugitives on the loose

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway — followed by a mule.

Commuters east of San Francisco on Monday were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across Interstate 680.

Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away.

The pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to enter the highway.

Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives.

Burdo says the horse, a gelding named Striker, appears to have led the breakout. He says Hank the mule is more of a follower.

101-year-old resident attends borough's centennial party

DUPONT, Pa. — A 101-year-old woman was on hand to celebrate the centennial of the Pennsylvania borough where she has always lived.

Margaret Milewski lived in what's now Dupont — about 10 miles southwest of Scranton — since before it was officially incorporated. She received a key to the borough at Saturday's celebration at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Milewski says, "I guess they had to honor somebody, and they figured they couldn't find anybody older."


Bob Price, of the Dupont Progress Committee, says it was amazing to find someone who has lived in the borough for its entire history. Its population is about 2,700.

Milewski says, "When you're in the town and you're here all your life, there's a change. ... You don't know your neighbors anymore."

Associated Press