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Blackouts


According to Healthline, "A blackout is a temporary condition that affects your memory. It’s characterized by a sense of lost time." It's mostly attributed to a blood alcohol of 14% or higher. Other causes are seizures, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, certain medications and lack of oxygen. As a reporter, I hear a lot. Actually, for those who listen, you can learn a lot at the coffee shop, the line at the grocery store or even sitting in your favorite restaurant. People say stuff. Most of the time it's just white noise but sometimes you'll hear something that sticks. I've heard a few people saying they have woken up in strange places and can't remember what happened. To be fair, it's not that uncommon. People get drunk and have blackouts all the time. Actually, that happens to me at least once a month; however the blackouts people in town are talking about are different. They are happening to people who aren't drunk or seem to have any other medical problems. That's what happened to me on June 18th. I'd gone out for coffee. I can remember getting dressed. I remember going to Creamy Centers. Then nothing. I woke up a couple hours later with a black eye. And no, I wasn't on drugs. After hearing the rumors I called the SD to see if anyone else had reported having these same experiences. Undersheriff Brentt stated, "I can recall at least one incident in the last week where the person claimed they could not remembered what happened. There maybe more I would have to check the files. I don't know if its particularly significant as you say people say that a lot, but if there is rumors of others too then yes that seems a little odd" I followed up with former mayor, Chiara Villanova to see if she had a similar experience. In her words, "I have no memory of doing what I'm told I did. I remember setting up the new jukebox becau