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POSTED April 28, 2014 8:14 p.m.

• TEEN DRIVING STUDENT, TEACHER KILLED IN CRASH: WATERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A teenage student driver and his instructor out for a lesson on an Ohio road have been killed in a two-vehicle crash at an intersection.

An Ohio Highway Patrol preliminary investigation indicates 16-year-old Joseph Franks was driving a car in Waterville Township while Thomas Smith was instructing him Monday. It says they drove past a stop sign and were hit by a minivan.

Lt. Bill Bowers says the car flipped and ended up in a nearby house’s yard.

The student driver and the instructor died at the scene. The student was from Swanton. The instructor worked for Key Driving School Inc. and was from Whitehouse. The minivan driver was hospitalized. All three had been wearing their seat belts.

 

• HOMEOWNER MISTAKES GUEST FOR INTRUDER, SHOOTS HIM: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana homeowner shot and wounded a 19-year-old houseguest in his garage after mistaking him for an intruder.

Billings Police Sgt. Pat Curry said the 19-year-old was a family friend of the homeowner and was staying at the house while attending seminary school in Billings. The young man was in the garage making a phone call at about 11 p.m. Saturday when the homeowner mistook him for an intruder.

Curry says it appears the seminary student was shot in the chest. He says the injury did not appear to be life-threatening.

Officials did not identify the victim or the 50-year-old homeowner.

Curry says the homeowner probably won’t face charges.

 

• COLLEGE: STUDENT FABRICATED RACIST ATTACK REPORT:  MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Officials at a New Jersey college say a student fabricated a story about being assaulted outside a dormitory by assailants who used racial slurs.

The Record reports that 18-year-old Navjoat Aulakh had claimed three white men called him an “Islamic terrorist” while they beat him outside a Montclair State University residence hall on Thursday night.

The report spurred school officials to issue an alert to students and staff. But police later determined the report was unfounded and that Aulakh suffered no serious injuries.

Aulakh, of Carteret, was charged with filing a false report and also will face a count of creating a false public alarm.

 

• BABY SAFE AFTER CRAWLING ACROSS BUSY UTAH STREET: BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Police say a baby found crawling across a busy four-lane street in northern Utah after his 7-year-old sister took him out of his crib is safely back home.

The driver who rescued the 1-year-old boy about 5:45 p.m. Friday returned him to his mother and called police in Brigham City, 60 miles north of Salt Lake City.

The unidentified mother told police she was resting and had put the infant in a crib to sleep.

Police say her 7-year-old daughter took the baby out to play and he somehow got out of the backyard.

They say the baby crawled less than a block when he was found in the lane closest to the sidewalk.

Police say charges are unlikely, but the case has been turned over to the Division of Child and Family Services.

 

• TENNESSEE DEPUTY FIRED OVER PHOTO OF ARREST: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee sheriff says a deputy has been fired after a photo was published that appears to show him choking a college student who was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones said in a statement Sunday that he believes 47-year-old Frank Phillips used “excessive force” during the arrest Saturday night and that the deputy has been terminated.

Local media reports that two other deputies have been placed on administrative leave after photos showed them handcuffing the University of Tennessee student.

The photos were taken by freelance photographer John Messner and first appeared on the website of the U.K. Daily Mail. The caption says the deputy, whose hands appear to be around the suspect’s neck, rendered him unconscious.

 

• 4 DEAD AS PLANE CRASHES AT SOUTH DAKOTA WIND FARM:: SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.

Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper 32 was traveling from Hereford, Texas, to Gettysburg, South Dakota. The single-engine plane was registered to Donald J. “D.J.” Fischer of Gettysburg, according to the FAA.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, but authorities have not released any details on the crash.

 

• COURT CONSIDERS WHISTLEBLOWER FREE SPEECH RIGHTS: WASHINGTON (AP) — When Edward Lane testified about corruption at a community college program he headed in Alabama, he was fired.

The Supreme Court on Monday considered whether the First Amendment protects Lane and millions of other public employees from job retaliation when they offer testimony about government misconduct in court.

The high court has previously ruled that the constitutional right to free speech protects public workers only when they speak out as citizens, not when they act in their official roles.

Most justices appeared to side with Lane’s view that court testimony revealing official misconduct should be constitutionally protected even if it covers facts a government employee learned at work.

But the justices struggled over whether that protection should automatically cover all public workers, even police officials or criminal investigators whose job duties require them to testify in court about specific cases.

 

• PAULA DEEN TO COOK FOR FANS LIVE ON 20-SHOW TOUR: SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Approaching a year since the Food Network pulled the plug on her TV show, Paula Deen plans to hit the road this summer to cook live for fans.

Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for the celebrity cook, announced Monday that she’s booking 20 shows in cities across the U.S. starting in June. It says the 90-minute “Paula Deen Live!” shows will feature a mix of cooking demonstrations, games with audience members and personal stories.

 

• BILLY JOEL TELLS HOWARD STERN ABOUT TRYING HEROIN: NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel, in a wide-ranging interview at an event that included performances of his hits by Tony Bennett and Melissa Etheridge, dished on his past, including trying heroin and almost forming a supergroup with Sting.

The piano man opened up Monday in a two-hour interview with Howard Stern in front of 150 people in New York, where he also discussed his career, family, childhood and current month-to-month run at Madison Square Garden.

Joel, who’s 64, said he tried heroin once but it “scared” him. He said it was the inspiration behind the song “Scandinavian Skies” from his 1982 album “The Nylon Curtain.”

He also said he talked about forming a group with Sting, Don Henley and “another guitarist.”

“I liked being in a band,” he told the audience. “Someday we might put together a silly supergroup.”

 

• BOSTON TEEN ARRAIGNED IN BROTHER’S SHOOTING DEATH: BOSTON (AP) — A 14-year-old pointed a handgun at his 9-year-old brother’s chest from two to three feet away, and thinking the gun was unloaded, pulled the trigger, mortally wounding the younger boy, a prosecutor said Monday in court.

Juanly Pena was being held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty to manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the Feb. 7 death of his brother, Janmarcos. The shooting occurred on a school day in their home in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, while their mother was outside warming up the family van.

The older boy told police he thought the gun was unloaded because he had removed the magazine, but there was still a round in the chamber when he pointed the gun at Janmarcos.


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