May 19, 2016
Abandoned Human Ashes
And Flag A Mystery
Atlanta (AP) A south Alabama police chief says he has a few leads but still no answers to explain how a box of human ashes was abandoned, along with a neatly folded, framed American flag, beside a highway near the Florida line.
A power line crew found the small pine box with a rusted lock in grass along the road about four weeks ago. News of the find was published last week.
At least four people have inquired about the box, including a Tennessee man who said his father’s remains and a flag were stolen from his truck a few months ago, Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Bedsole said he emailed photos of the box and flag‚ folded military-style‚ to those who inquired and is waiting to hear back.
One theory is that the remains belong to a military veteran, since the flag was found nearby and it was folded in the customary way for servicemen and women.
Grandma Of Rutgers' Student Body President Snags Obama
Piscataway, NJ (AP) A Rutgers University student’s grandmother who helped the university nab President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker said she hasn’t stopped smiling about that special day.
Dianne Totten told NJ.com she sent three messages to the White House, urging Obama to speak at Rutgers’ graduation last Sunday.
“It was really very short, very direct,” Totten said of her notes. “I felt that it really can’t hurt to try.”
Totten, a 70-year-old Highlands resident, is the grandmother of outgoing Rutgers student government president Matthew Panconi, who also spoke at the event. She noted her grandson’s role at Rutgers and wrote that it’s one of the oldest universities in the country and its graduates should hear the president tell them what America’s about.
Obama, a Democrat, said during the ceremony it was smart for Totten to send the messages because he has a “soft spot for grandmas.”
“I even got three notes from the grandmother of your student body president,” Obama said during his commencement speech. “I have to say that really sealed the deal.
Police Say Four Firefighters Called In False Alarms For Thrills
Altoona, PA (AP) Police say four central Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters called in five false alarms earlier this year because they enjoyed the thrill of riding in fire trucks.
The Logan Township Volunteer Fire Department has suspended the men and police have charged them with making the false alarms.
Online court records don’t list attorneys for the men.
Police believe the men are responsible only for the five alarms, but they say even one is too many.
The suspects were all probationary members with fewer than 90 days of service with the fire department.
They face a preliminary hearing May 26.
The Associated Press is not listing their names because online court records were incomplete Tuesday.
Man Attempts To Rob Car Wash With Potato Chip Bag
Rohnert Park, CA (AP) Authorities say a man tried to rob a car wash in Northern California with an empty potato chip bag and an alleged handgun.
Rohnert Park’s Department of Public Safety says in a statement that the man entered KaCees World of Water car wash Friday night and dropped an empty potato chip bag on the counter.
He told the cashier to fill it with money, warning that he had a gun. The man gestured that the weapon was in the empty bag, but the cashier saw it held only a piece of cardboard and called a co-worker for help.
Police say when the other employee approached, the suspect fled on foot.
Trooper Has Lunch With Panhandler Seeking Help
Fall River, MA (AP) A Massachusetts trooper is getting kudos on social media for sharing a meal with a panhandler who was holding a sign asking for help.
State police posted the photo of Trooper Luke Bonin on its Facebook page Tuesday.
Police say a passer-by snapped the photo after noticing Bonin dressed in a suit and perched on the tailgate of his cruiser, digging into a fast-food meal with the panhandler.
Swansea resident Jake Morse told The Herald News he took the photo May 11 and shared it on Facebook.
The 35-year-old Bonin later told his colleagues he saw the woman asking for help, so he drove to a nearby restaurant, ordered two meals and returned to have lunch with her.
State police say they’re proud of Bonin for “doing the right thing.”
Bad Driver Denied Gun Permit In New Jersey
Trenton, NJ (AP) A New Jersey man who works for a private security company cannot get a permit to carry a handgun because of his driving record.
An appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court that found allowing Rahman Idlett to carry a weapon was “against the interest of the public health, safety and welfare” even though Perth Amboy police said he could. The judge found Idlett’s license was suspended 15 times in the 15 years that he’s been driving. He received 16 speeding tickets, two careless driving citations and other charges.
The judge found Idlett had “one of the worst driving records” the judge had ever seen.
Idlett represented himself and did not dispute his driving record or explain how the court had erred.