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 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.