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POSTED July 22, 2014 7:31 p.m.

DRIVER STOPS TO HELP DUCKLINGS, GETS TICKET: NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

Hallie Bibeau of Newfields says she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car. The mother died.

The 33-year-old Bibeau called 911, got out of her car and captured the two surviving ducklings.

A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median. Police say median stops are for emergencies, and they didn’t consider this to be one.

Officials say the ducklings were taken to a wildlife rescue in Maine, where one of them died.

 

TEEN MOTHER OF NEWBORN BURIED IN NC YARD ARRESTED: LOUISBURG, N.C (AP) — A North Carolina teenager whose newborn baby died and was buried in her family’s suburban yard faces a felony charge of concealing the birth.

Franklin County District Attorney Sam Currin said Tuesday the 16-year-old mother was charged with the lowest class of felony and released on $50,000 bond. Currin said the teenager has no prior criminal record. That means a conviction could carry between 3 months and 8 months of community service under the state’s sentencing grid.

Currin said Franklin County sheriff deputies handled the arrest and he didn’t know the teen’s name. Jones did not return a call seeking comment.

Authorities last month found a full-term baby girl weighing 8½ pounds buried in the backyard of a home in a subdivision near Louisburg.

 

POLICE: MAN LEAVES MOM, 98, IN TRUCK AT CASINO: HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say a North Carolina man left a vulnerable person sitting in his truck in a casino parking garage for nearly five hours: his 98-year-old mother.

Anne Arundel County Police say 67-year-old Dwight McGinnis Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina, was charged with vulnerable adult neglect.

Officers received a 911 call about 6:35 p.m. Monday about the woman in the truck. Police say the woman, who uses a wheelchair, was alone with no food or water. The truck had arrived at the Maryland Live! Casino garage about 1:45 p.m. Officers say the air temperature was 81 degrees.

Authorities say paramedics gave the woman water and found that she was not in medical distress.

Police contacted the woman’s son by cellphone about 7:15 p.m. and he went to the car.

 

SEARCHERS: LAST BODY FOUND AFTER DEADLY LANDSLIDE: SEATTLE (AP) — Searchers on Tuesday pulled what they believe was the last missing body from debris left by a landslide in Washington state that researchers said heavy rainfall likely played a key role in triggering.

The intensive search for the 43 people killed in the March 22 disaster in Oso ended in April, but workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge.

Researchers said precipitation in the area in March that might have exceeded 30 inches was one of multiple factors that contributed to making the slope unstable. Others included groundwater seeping into the slide mass as well as changes in slope stress and soil that was weakened by previous landslides.

 

JUDGE SPINS RHYMES IN PUPPY-NAPPING CASE: OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.

Clackamas County Judge Susie Norby did not buy JaJuane Etheridge’s claim that he was the victim of a setup.

She summarized the case by telling him Monday: “You lied and lied; I can’t put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done.”

Police said Etheridge stole the $2,000 puppy from breeders James and Patricia Steele after they agreed to meet him in October 2012. Etheridge gave the dog to his girlfriend as a birthday gift for her daughter.

 

MAN DIES IN CALIFORNIA AFTER BEACH HOLE COLLAPSES: HALF MOON BAY  (AP) — Authorities say a young man has died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes.

CalFire Coastside Capt. Jonathan Cox said Tuesday that the man was unconscious by the time firefighters arrived at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay.

Cox says the man dug a roughly 10-foot-deep hole and was standing in it around 5:30 p.m. Monday when the sand collapsed around him. About 30 people, including the man’s friends and bystanders, frantically dug to expose his head. They were able to free his head in five minutes.

Cox says rescuers pulled the unconscious man from the sand in about 35 minutes. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

COUPLE MARRIES IN OMAHA’S LARGEST CEMETERY: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha.

Janyl Jumadinova and Oliver Bonham-Carter exchanged vows Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. They were surrounded by family, friends and more than 100,000 souls buried in the 349-acre cemetery.

The bride, who is from Kyrgyzstan, said her culture holds a firm belief in spirits. Some of the groom’s ancestors are buried in the cemetery.

The couple married earlier this year in a small ceremony in Pennsylvania, but they wanted to hold another wedding so friends and family could bear witness. Relatives of the couple traveled more than 6,000 miles from three different continents to attend.

The ceremony took place in an ornate 101-year-old chapel decorated with granite, marble, brass, stained glass and mosaic tiles. It was designed by John McDonald, an Omaha architect who helped construct Joslyn Castle and the Joslyn Art Museum with his son Alan.

McDonald, his wife and son are interred in the walls of his Forest Lawn Cemetery chapel.

 

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