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March 19, 2015

Nude Backyard Sunbather Takes Plea Deal

Farmington, Utah (AP) A 77-year-old Utah man charged with lewdness after sunbathing nude in his backyard agreed to a plea deal Tuesday that keeps his record clean as long as he wears a swimsuit.

Myron Lee Kipp pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges in Farmington. But under the terms of the deal with prosecutors, the pleas won’t be recorded if Kipp stays covered over the next year.

“He’ll still sunbathe, but he’ll wear his one-piece swimsuit,” said his lawyer, Bill Albright.

Kipp has been taking in the sun in the buff for 30 years, often falling asleep in his backyard, and it wasn’t a problem until new neighbors moved in, Albright said. Last year, police said children could see the nude Kipp from a church parking lot behind his house, which has a chain-link fence without privacy slats and is located about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City. When an officer approached him, Kipp said he could do what he wanted in his own backyard, according to court records.

He was arrested and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of lewdness, four involving a child. The case appeared headed for a trial that would have taken the jury on a trip to see the house. At one point, an arrest warrant was mistakenly issued for Kipp after an incorrect docket entry stated that he had missed a court date.

The trial was canceled last week. Kipp wore a T-shirt with a green argyle pattern with jeans at a St. Patrick’s Day court appearance Tuesday. He nodded and answered affirmatively in response to a judge’s questions, and confirmed his plea wasn’t given under the influence by saying, “I don’t drink, smoke or anything else.” A search of Utah court records shows only a single traffic ticket, more than a decade old, on Kipp’s record before the lewdness charges.

He said Tuesday that he’s glad to have the case behind him, though he politely declined further questions. Judge David Connors also imposed $250 in court fees. He set a new court date to review the case for June, and another for next March.

Crocodile Found In New Jersey Basement During Drug Raid

Trenton, NJ (AP) Five drug raids in New Jersey have led to the seizure of the normal assortment of marijuana, ecstasy and guns and the removal of one not-so normal thing: a crocodile.

The Mercer County prosecutor’s office says authorities found a small crocodile living in the basement of a Trenton house during a raid Thursday and turned it over to animal control.

Along with the crocodile, authorities found marijuana there. Two men were arrested.

The search warrants of the five homes yielded more than 100 grams of ecstasy, two guns and more than $2,000. A car also was seized.

Authorities say a Bordentown man was the target of the investigation and faces several drug charges.

Ikea Nixes Massive Hide And Seek Games

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Ikea has a message for people wanting to converge on its stores for giant games of hide and seek: Go play someplace else.

The phenomenon has taken off in the Netherlands where a whopping 19,000 people signed up to a Facebook group promoting a game at Ikea’s Amsterdam branch next month.

Another 13,000 signed up online for a game in the Ikea store in the city of Utrecht.

But the Swedish retail giant has bad news for folks wanting to hide among its room-like furniture displays: The numbers signing up are getting out of hand and the events have been blocked.

Ikea spokeswoman Martina Smedberg in Sweden said Tuesday, “we have contacted these pages on social media and humbly asked them to have their hide and seek games somewhere else.”

Suspect Spray Paints Face To Avoid Identification

Madera, CA (AP) A man suspected of stealing a car spray-painted his face black in an attempt to evade police in Central California.

The Fresno Bee reports Monday that 23-year-old Jose Espinoza ran from police after being caught with a stolen car.

Officers caught up to Espinoza and arrested him Saturday night with his face painted black.

Police booked Espinoza into the Madera County Department of Corrections, where he remained Monday morning. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Blind Dog Helps Musher Make His Way Along Iditarod Route

Ruby, Alaska (AP) A blind dog is helping musher Kelly Maixner find the Iditarod finish line in western Alaska.

The 5-year-old, 50-pound sled dog named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus, Anchorage television station KTUU reported.

Maixner first noticed the dainty-faced Alaskan Husky’s eyes were becoming cloudy about two years ago. Veterinarians told him she is “fairly blind,” and she often seems confused, Maixner said.

“Sometimes I have to throw snacks on the ground extra hard so she can hear where it falls,” he said.

But Laura is comfortable running in every spot on Maixner’s sled team except lead. When the pediatric dentist puts her in front, she relies on the other dog sharing the lead position to guide the way.

Laura is a favorite of her handlers. Maixner said she’s not only a reliable runner, but a cheerleader for the team as they make the trek from Fairbanks to the old gold-rush town of Nome.

This is Maixner’s fifth Iditarod attempt. He scratched from competition late in the race last year, but he’s aiming to finish in the top 10 this year with Laura’s help.

Bill Sent Out In 1969 Returned To Maine Water District

Brunswick, ME (AP) A bill for $1.40 sent out by a Maine water district almost a half-century ago has finally been returned.

The Brunswick and Topsham Water District mailed the bill to a resident of Topsham in October 1969. The bill was supposed to be returned to the water district by the post office because the customer’s post office box had been closed.

However, it didn’t find its way back to the district until last Tuesday, 46 years later.

Linda Deacetis, the district’s executive secretary, tells The Times Record she was quite surprised to receive the bill. The district believes that the customer has since passed away. The bill had a 6-cent stamp on it.

Wildlife Officers Resuscitate Poached Sturgeon

Sacramento, CA (AP) State wildlife officers resuscitated a 66-inch sturgeon and cited the man who pulled the fish from the Sacramento River.

Janice Mackey of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that officers spotted the suspected poacher along the river near Clarksburg last week.

The man hooked a very large fish and drove off with it in the bed of his pickup truck.

The officers immediately pulled the man over and brought the large, untagged fish back to the riverbed, where they rocked it back and forth, moving water over its gills.

After 20 minutes, the fish gained the strength to swim away. Fishing for white sturgeon, which are native to California, is highly regulated. They can live to 100 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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