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POSTED March 5, 2013 7:43 p.m.

PAROLEE ARRESTED IN THEFT OF GOLD RUSH JEWELRY BOX: OAKLAND  (AP) — Police have arrested a 45-year-old parolee in connection with the theft of a Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California.

Alameda County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Andre T. Franklin of Oakland with one count of receiving stolen property after he was arrested in Oakland on Sunday. He is currently being held in jail without bail.

The 19th century jewelry box valued at more than $800,000 was stolen from the museum on Jan. 9. It depicts images of early California history and was originally a wedding anniversary gift from a San Francisco pioneer to his wife in the 1800s.

Police say Franklin is also a suspect in the November theft of gold nuggets and Gold Rush-era pistols that were also stolen from the popular Gallery of California History exhibit.

BACKYARD BEAGLE SNIFFS OUT STRAY GATOR IN CALIF: DESERT HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Beagles are bred to find small game like rabbits, but apparently they can sniff out bigger game too.

A beagle named Lincoln Razz was barking in his backyard near Palm Springs on Monday, pointing his 29-year-old owner Daisy Maldonado to an alligator wedged between two fences.

Officials from the Riverside County Department of Animal Control say they captured the 3-foot-long stray gator and planned to find it a tub of water before seeking out a permanent home.

Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says it's not clear how the alligator got to the yard in Desert Hot Springs and they don't plan to look for the owner, who is unlikely to come forward because pet alligators are illegal in California.

OWNER SEEKS TO UNLOAD FOOTBALL TEAM VIA CRAIGSLIST: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A co-owner of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Titans football team is selling his stake through Craigslist.

The Titans announced earlier this week that owner Mike Polaski is trying to sell his 20 percent stake in the two-year-old Indoor Football League team. Polaski writes on Craigslist that a downturn in his business as a restaurant owner is the reason and he's asking for $80,000.

The team's general manager and co-owner, Chris Kokalis, says Polaski was influential in bringing the team to Cedar Rapids. He says Polaski's decision to sell has no impact on the Titans' daily operations.

The Titans (3-0) were in first place in IFL's United Conference and face the Wyoming Cavalry on Friday.

MASS. TEEN MISSING FOR 2 DAYS FOUND ALIVE IN MAINE: CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A 17-year-old skier who tried to take a backcountry shortcut survived two nights in the wild by building a shelter, drinking from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day, officials said Tuesday.

A snowmobiler who was not part of an official search party found Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., at about 9 a.m. Tuesday west of Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maine Warden Service said. Joy was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

"I said, 'A lot of people are looking for you,'" snowmobiler Joseph Paul recalled telling the 17-year-old when they met up. "He said, 'I bet. I've been out here for two nights.'"

Paul, a 44-year-old volunteer fire captain from Warwick, Mass., said Joy told him he knew how to stay alive from watching a survival show on TV.

The 17-year-old told his rescuer he drank from a stream and used hemlock branches in a shelter he built. The teenager also said he tried to light a fire by rubbing sticks together, but wasn't successful.

FAA INVESTIGATING REPORT OF DRONE SPOTTED NEAR NYC: NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday they are investigating a pilot's report that he spotted a small unmanned aircraft near Kennedy Airport.

The Alitalia pilot told controllers that he saw the aircraft as he approached a Kennedy runway at about 1:15 p.m. Monday. The pilot said the aircraft was roughly 3 miles southeast of the airport runway and was flying at an altitude of about 1,750 feet.

The FBI said the unmanned aircraft was described as black with four propellers and no more than 3 feet wide. It came within 200 feet of the Alitalia plane, the FBI said.

"The FBI is asking anyone with information about the unmanned aircraft or the operator to contact us," Special Agent in Charge John Giacalone said. "Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew."

The Alitalia pilot can be heard on radio calls captured by LiveATC.net, a website that posts air traffic communications, saying, "We saw a drone, a drone aircraft." The FAA said the pilot did not take evasive action and the plane landed safely.

KIA CONCEPT CAR 'PROVO' REMINDS SOME OF IRA TERROR: DUBLIN (AP) — Kia's new concept car, the Provo, is designed to provoke comment. But to many across Britain and Ireland, the name sounds like a celebration of terrorism.

British lawmakers appealed Tuesday in the House of Commons for the South Korean car maker to junk the name of its planned mini sports coupe because "Provo" is the street name for the dominant branch of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. The Provisional IRA killed nearly 1,800 people during its failed 1970-1997 campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom.

Kia insisted the Provo — an experimental prototype unveiled this week for the International Geneva Motor Show and years away from production — was named to suggest "provocative," not IRA bombings and shootings. And in a follow-up statement, Kia said it would be certain not to market any future car as a Provo in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.

"I accept that this was a mistake made by the company and I know that their decisive action will be welcomed by many people, in Northern Ireland and beyond, whose lives have been affected by the murderous actions of the Provisional IRA," said Gregory Campbell, a British lawmaker for the main Northern Ireland party, the Democratic Unionists.

 

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