In the news
■ Dennis Matheny, a 69-year-old grandfather in Hamilton, Ohio, who posted a sign that says “No Drugs Today” to deter drug sales in his neighborhood, is getting help to buy more such signs through a community rally and donations from businesses.
■ Theodore Gunderson Jr., 58, unhappy there weren’t enough cucumbers on his salad, cursed and threw a salad at a fast-food worker in New Holland, Pa., resulting in his arrest on charges of aggravated assault and other counts, police said.
■ Anand Kumar said police in Lucknow, India, are telling villagers to quash rumors of ghosts or witches cutting off women’s braids as police investigate several attacks in which women wake up to find their hair chopped off and piled neatly on their pillows.
■ Jamie Adkins, 25, and Brian Dekam, 55, were arrested on child-endangerment charges in Elyria, Ohio, on accusations that they loaded five children, ages 2 to 15, who were infested with fleas, bedbugs and lice, into the back of a rental truck to go to a flea market.
■ Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas, faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to ordering from U.S. suppliers radiation-hardened integrated circuits that he then smuggled abroad for use by space programs in China and Russia, federal prosecutors said.
■ David Phung, who jumped off a boat and ripped open a sinking convertible’s roof to save a woman and her dog during last year’s flooding in Baton Rouge received a Silver Lifesaving Medal from the Coast Guard, while three other rescuers got meritorious public-service medals.
■ Steven Torres, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said a young bald eagle rescued by biologists from a garbage collection center in Lake City likely would have died from eating a toxin at the trash dump.
■ Matt Hutchinson, a lieutenant with the Eddy County, N.M., sheriff’s office, said the county has seen an uptick in cattle shootings this year after deputies found six more animals on two properties shot and killed, sparking speculation about a serial cattle killer.
■ Francesca McAndrews was driving to work when she stopped to rescue a piglet that was darting in and out of traffic in Lancaster, Pa., and now is working with area businesses to raise enough money to pay for hernia surgery that the tiny swine needs to survive.