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POSTED July 6, 2012 9:46 p.m.

Mass. man pays off mortgage with pennies

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who pledged to make the last mortgage payment on his home with pennies has fulfilled that promise.

After warning his bank, Thomas Daigle dropped off about 62,000 pennies weighing 800 pounds in two boxes for the final payment on the Milford home he and his wife, Sandra, bought in 1977.

He tells The Milford Daily News he just wanted to make his last payment on April 24 "memorable."

He started saving his pennies when he moved in.

The optician says his wife laughed whenever he would pick up a penny he found on the ground and say it was going to the mortgage.

Daigle says he's just glad to have the coins out of his house.

PA. MAN JAILED IN ASSAULT, WOODEN ALLIGATOR THEFT: TYRONE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges that he walked into an unlocked mobile home and beat up the resident before stealing the man's wooden alligator.

State troopers from the Hollidaysburg barracks tell the Altoona Mirror (that 40-year-old Todd Pensyl was arrested shortly after the incident which occurred about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a mobile home park in Tyrone. That's about 95 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Police say the man who lived in the mobile home confronted Pensyl, who then punched the man in the face and head before pushing him out of the home's emergency rear door.

Police say Pensyl then kicked the downed man in the face before stealing the $175 alligator and fleeing.

BOY DIES AFTER HIT BY FALLING TOMBSTONE IN UTAH: A 4-year-old boy is dead and police are investigating after a large tombstone fell and hit the boy while he and his family were visiting a historic cemetery in a Utah ski resort town.

The incident happened Thursday evening at Glenwood Cemetery in Park City, Police Capt. Phil Kirk said.

The boy was identified as Carson Dean Cheney of Lehi.

Kirk said an investigator was at the cemetery Friday morning looking into how and why the 6-foot-tall headstone fell.

He said family members were able to free the boy from under the fallen tombstone before emergency crews arrived, and paramedics tried to save him at the scene. The child was taken to the nearby Park City Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

Bruce Erickson, president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association, said the private, five-acre cemetery around the corner from a ski resort was founded by a society of silver miners in 1885. It is open to the public and still accepts burials of people connected to the mining society; however, Erickson said there was no funeral there Thursday.

Police said the family was visiting from Lehi, about an hour away. It wasn't immediately clear why they were there or if they were related to the people who placed the fallen headstone.


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