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Monday, December 17, 2018

Trucker saves dogs on highway

WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. State police on Saturday asked for the public’s help in finding the suspect in the incident Wednesday on Interstate 81 near Whitney Point, north of Binghamton. So far, they have no leads. A trucker driving nearby said the dogs were thrown from the rear passenger window of a dirty, rusty Dodge Durango. The trucker stopped and rescued the dogs. One was badly hurt and later had a leg amputated. The other had abrasions but could walk. State police bandaged the injured dog and warmed it with a blanket and the trucker’s sweatshirt. The other dog gobbled half a box of dog biscuits.

Truck crashes through home

TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. Police say the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Templeton. Tracy Samuels, who was sleeping on the couch, says she heard a loud bang, woke up and said, “Why is there a truck in my living room?” The truck destroyed the family’s Christmas tree and their gifts, but no one was injured in the crash. Tracy Samuels’ husband, Jason, says the items they lost are replaceable. But he says he and his wife have been together for 27 years, and he can’t replace her. Police are investigating the cause of the crash, and no charges have been filed. The home is temporarily condemned.

Sex offender was parade marshal

SARDIS, Miss. (AP) — Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade. Michael Saripkin presided over the Sardis Christmas parade Tuesday. He was convicted in Tennessee of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory rape in 1997. In 2013, he was convicted in Mississippi of inappropriately touching a child. Store owner Carolyn Whaley says she knew of Saripkin’s past but didn’t object. She says he has donated money to civic causes and encouraged businesses to move to Sardis. Officials Chamber of Commerce, which holds the parade, couldn’t be reached for comment. The Sardis Chamber of Commerce holds the parade.

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