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POSTED April 5, 2013 9:07 p.m.

PHOENIX POLICE: MAN LEFT AMMUNITION ON SCHOOL BUS: PHOENIX (AP) — Court records show a Phoenix man who reportedly got on a bus, rode it to a school and left a gun magazine with 15 rounds of ammunition on the bus was hearing voices and feared for his life.

The details were spelled out in a probable cause statement released Friday in the case of 29-year-old Jeremy West. He's charged with endangerment, criminal trespass and having a weapon on a school property.

Authorities say the man told an adult bus assistant he was with a boy who had also just boarded the Alhambra Elementary School District bus on Thursday.

The man got off the bus but police were called when a child found the magazine.

TARGET APOLOGIZES FOR LABEL ON PLUS-SIZE DRESS: NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at a Target store in Brooklyn say a label that listed the color of a plus-size dress as "manatee gray" was insulting.

The label for the same dress in smaller sizes described it as "dark heather gray."

Target apologized for the label.

Michelle Ho, shopping at the store at Atlantic Terminal Mall, told the New York Post that Target was "putting down one set of people over another" with the different labels.

Spokeswoman Jessica Deede called the labeling of the Mossimo-brand "Women's Plus-Size Kimono Maxi Dress" ''an unintentional oversight."

She said although manatee gray was a seasonal color, Target was "fixing the discrepancy." She said the item was removed from the company website.

2 SHOT DEAD AT CANADA DAY CARE; 53 CHILDREN SAFE: GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A man shot dead another man at a day care center in Quebec then killed himself, and the 53 children present were evacuated unharmed. Police said some may have watched the killings.

For a moment, Canada feared its own version of last year's deadly school shooting in the U.S., where 20 young children were killed.

Police on Friday received a call about an armed man with a shotgun threatening people, Gatineau Police Chief Mario Harel said. They arrived to find one man dead with a shotgun beside him and a second man, an unidentified employee of the day care, also dead.

Harel said the shooting seemed to be related to a recent separation between a couple but didn't elaborate.

INVESTIGATORS: SUSPECT SHOT OFFICER, THEN HIMSELF: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State police in Mississippi say a murder suspect shot a Jackson police detective and then shot himself at police headquarters.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Friday that Jeremy Powell shot Detective Eric Smith before killing himself, in the first official description of how the men died.

The state agency took over the investigation from the Jackson Police Department.

The men died in a third-floor room Thursday where Smith was interrogating Powell. Powell had been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Jackson man.

LOCKUP RECOMMENDED FOR MAN WHO SNEAKED INTO JAILS: NEW YORK (AP) — A man who repeatedly used phony credentials to gain entry into New York City's jails may get his wish to do more time.

Prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that they want Matthew Matagrano to be locked up for 10 years. Matagrano, a former inmate, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The judge doubled his bail to $100,000 and ordered him to get medical attention.

The New York reports that according to police statements released in court, Matagrano said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were "nice" and made him "feel important."

Authorities say Matagrano tried to get inside multiple city lockups, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, where he mingled with inmates for hours.

DEHYDRATED TWINS FOUND IN NJ HOME WITH DEAD MOTHER: PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in northern New Jersey say a woman whose body was found with her 3-month-old twins, who were dehydrated but responsive, died of natural causes.

Plainfield Police Capt. Edward Santiago told The Star-Ledger on Friday that an autopsy confirmed Alice Jackson died of natural causes, but they are still waiting for toxicology results.

Officers on Wednesday responded to a call from a relative concerned that he hadn't heard from the 39-year-old Jackson in days. Jackson was found dead on her bed in her Plainfield apartment. They believe she had been dead for days when she was found.

Her twin girls remained hospitalized Friday, in stable condition.

The discovery comes 10 days after police in nearby Union discovered a malnourished toddler chain-locked inside an apartment with his dead mother.

FOOD WORKERS FIRED AS MASS. STUDENTS DENIED LUNCH: ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A food service company spokesman said Friday it has fired four employees after about two dozen students at a Massachusetts middle school were denied lunches this week because their prepaid meal accounts ran low.

The lunch decision outraged parents, who said some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried Tuesday after being told they couldn't eat. Parents and school officials said some students were told to throw their lunches away when they reached the checkout.

Whitsons Culinary Group officials apologized Friday and said it was a violation of its policy that only occurred at Coelho, which has students in fifth through eighth grades.

Marketing vice president Holly Van Seggern said Friday the company would give free lunch to all Coelho students for three days next week and also host a barbeque for students and families at a later time.

SNOWMOBILER RESCUED FROM DEEP CREVASSE IN ALASKA: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who fell about 80 feet after his snowmobile plunged into a crevasse on a glacier said he had just decided to turn around because of concern about avalanche danger.

Tom Douglas, 41, of Fairbanks, landed unhurt on his feet on a ledge Thursday, with his snowmobile wedged in a narrow space about 30 feet above him.

Douglas and his machine fell through a snow bridge as he led a group of snowmobilers who were conducting ice and snow tests around Jarvis Glacier in Alaska's interior. The other members of the group determined Douglas was unhurt and left to seek help.

 

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