Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus.
The Times-News reports the Black Angus bull rampaged across the town of Burley on Tuesday, trampling over signs and charging at people before arriving at Burley High School.
Sheriff Jay Heward says the officers were not able to capture the bull, so the animal was killed in order to keep the public safe. He says no gunshots were fired on school grounds.
▶MAN AWAITS SENTENCING IN CRUELTY CASE
INVOLVING 70 DEAD COWS: HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with animal cruelty after about 70 cows were found dead on his properties is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea agreement.
The Ann Arbor News reports that 61-year-old Keith E. Huck Jr. of Livingston County’s Cohoctah Township is scheduled to return to court on March 12 to learn his punishment. He faces up to 93 days in jail.
Huck earlier pleaded guilty to reduced charges, including animal abandonment and failure to bury a dead animal. The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that Huck agreed to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution as part of the plea deal.
▶POLICE PURSUIT OF STOLEN OHIO SCHOOL BUS
HITS 100 MPH: DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say speeds reached 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio
The Dayton Daily News reports a chase began shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The bus had been stolen from the Twin Valley schools in West Alexandria, about 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Dayton.
▶HOST OF NPR’S ‘ON POINT’ FIRED OVER WORK
PLACE ABUSE CLAIMS: BOSTON (AP) — The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been fired over allegations of workplace abuse.
Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday that “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook was cleared of sexual misconduct but created an abusive environment for staff. He’s been on leave since December.
Ashbrook says he’s “deeply disappointed” and called his firing “profoundly unfair.” He apologized to colleagues who found him and the show’s pace “just too much.”
The station had received complaints from 11 men and women who previously worked on the show and accused Ashbrook of verbal abuse, bullying and unwanted touching.
Outside firms hired to investigate say Ashbrook didn’t violate sexual misconduct policies but was abusive in other ways.
▶POLICE: TEEN CALLS 911 FROM CAR TO REPORT
DRUNKEN DRIVER: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police say they’ve arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of driving drunk with five children in his vehicle after one of the kids called 911.
Omaha television station KETV reports that a 14-yearold boy — the driver’s nephew — inside the car called 911 around noon Sunday. Police say when officers stopped the vehicle, they found the children — ranging in age from 12 to 15 — crying and the driver showing clear signs of intoxication.
Police say a breath test showed the driver’s blood alcohol content at nearly .30 — nearly four times the legal limit to drive.
The driver has been charged with DUI, five counts of child neglect and not having a driver’s license or registration.
▶MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGE HE SPRAYED
MANURE ON FED’S CAR: ALBURGH, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sprayed liquid cow manure on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn’t doing more to arrest people in the country illegally.
MyChamplainValley.com reports that Mark Johnson, of Alburgh, entered pleas Tuesday to simple assault on a law enforcement officer with bodily fluids and disorderly conduct.
Johnson, who does custom manure spreading, was charged in August after his manure spreader covered a cruiser parked about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the Canadian border.
A plea deal requires Johnson to do 24 hours of community service and write an apology letter.
▶HOMELESS MAN ARRESTED IN RANDOM BEATING
OF ELDERLY LA WOMAN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a homeless man has been arrested in the random beating of an 86-year-old woman in Los Angeles.
Detective Hee Bae Cho said Wednesday that Richard Colomo was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on an elderly person.
Cho, the case’s lead investigator, said the 41-year-old was arrested Tuesday afternoon and did not know the victim. Detectives are trying to determine a motive for the crime. The name of his lawyer was not immediately available.
The attack happened Saturday afternoon, about a block from a police station in the Koreatown neighborhood.
The victim, Mi Reum (mee ruhm) Song, was walking down the street when a man punched her in the face, causing her to fall and slam her head on the pavement.
▶LAWSUIT FILED OVER L.L. BEAN’S 1-YEAR LIMIT
ON RETURNS: CHICAGO (AP) — An unhappy customer is suing L.L. Bean over its new return policy, claiming the company broke a vow to customers.
The lawsuit in federal court in Chicago contends customers bought items because of L.L. Bean’s unlimited “satisfaction” guarantee. The lawsuit accuses L.L. Bean of breach of warranty.