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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Headless chicken case solved

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have captured a man they say has been leaving decapitated chickens outside a Connecticut home. Westport police say a resident called at about 11:30 p.m. Friday to say someone had just dropped a bag containing two headless chickens and a headless pigeon on his property, then ran toward a nearby railroad station.

Based on surveillance video, police found 48-year-old New York City resident Ajamu Obataiye at the station and charged him with breach of peace, animal cruelty and illegal dumping. Police say decapitated chickens have been left at the home on apparently random occasions over the past year. There's no known connection between Obataiye and the homeowner. He was released on $7,500 bond.

Man wins wage dispute, sort of

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man who sought wages for lunch breaks he didn't take has won his claim, although a judge awarded him just $35.

Joe Lehman was seeking $3,543 he said Thor Industries' Postle Aluminum division owed him for lunch breaks he didn't take while working as a truck driver for about a year and a half. Elkhart County magistrate ruled Lehman's favor, but granted him a judgment of $35, plus $125 in court costs.

The magistrate expressed frustration that both sides didn't present more evidence. Lehman submitted just five daily driving logs to support his claim. Based on those, the court calculated that the Elkhart man was owed $7 for each half-hour break period he'd worked through during those five days.

Firefighters rescue ducklings

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California have rescued 13 ducklings from a storm drain.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports churchgoers called police Sunday afternoon after hearing the ducks chirping from the drain in Chula Vista. Fire officials say the ducklings might have fallen through holes in a grate while walking through a parking lot. They used a net to lift the birds out.

Chula Vista Battalion Chief Rich Brocchini says rescuers found the ducklings' mother, but she flew away when they tried to capture her to relocate the family. He says the ducklings will be taken to the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife where they will be raised until they can survive on their own.