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Friday, July 27, 2018

SD high court upholds sentence of man who flipped off judge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a man who got a harsher prison sentence after he flipped the bird at the judge in his case. The high court on Wednesday upheld the sentence of 39-year-old Shawn Ross, who had agreed to plead guilty to burglary for trying to pry a change machine off a Chamberlain car wash wall in 2017. The circuit judge sentenced Ross to five years in prison with 3½ years suspended. But after the judge saw Ross flip him off as he left the courtroom, he re-imposed the suspended time. When Ross filed for re-sentencing, the judge reduced the suspended portion by two months. The high court upheld that sentence.

Superintendent accused of defecating on HS track resigns

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey school superintendent accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school’s track has resigned. The Kenilworth school board accepted Thomas Tramaglini’s resignation Thursday. In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the board said it became clear his continued service became “too much of a distraction.” Tramaglini is charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering. Authorities say surveillance video caught Tramaglini in April following an early-morning run at Holmdel High School. Police said staff was watching to see who’d been leaving human feces on the property. A court hearing is pending.

Tourist gets locked inside historic NewYork City fortress

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tourist trap! A woman visiting New York City got locked inside a historic fortress and prison and was stuck for an hour because a guard didn’t have a key. Shakira Stover, 35, said she was walking around Castle Williams on Governors Island on Wednesday when the doors were closed and padlocked. Stover screamed and got the attention of a guard, who found a park ranger to punch in the padlock code. The fortress was a military prison until 1965.