A Quad-Cities woman is demanding financial compensation after she said she was bitten by a snake at the America's Best Inn in Moline on May 25.
Carol VanLandegen, no hometown available, said she was sleeping in her second-floor motel room when a snake, hiding in her bed, bit her left heel, according to an arbitration suit filed Thursday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Ms. Vanlandegen, who sought hospital treatment for the bite, claims the motel should have checked the boxsprings of their beds and taken greater care to ensure that "wild animals" would not find their way into guest rooms, the complaint states.
On Friday, motel manager Nirmal Singh called the allegations "monkey business" and said "I don't know what she's talking about. There is no snake on my property."
Ms. VanLandegen's attorney, Michael Warner of Rock Island, said his client believes the snake was a python.
He said an arbitration hearing is expected to be scheduled on Dec. 14.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.