News from across the USA
ALABAMA Huntsville: Though much of the nation stopped spanking children, principals in the state continue to boast one of the highest batting percentages, paddling one child every four minutes, AL.com reported. In public schools, nearly 19,000 students were paddled in the 2013-14 school year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. ALASKA Juneau: Police arrested a 23-year-old man accused of breaking a store window to gain entry while nighttime stockers were still inside, the Juneau Em
pire reported. ARIZONA Glendale: The Glendale Elementary School District temporarily closed Challenger Middle School and Landmark School after finding that both campuses needed structural repairs to be safe to occupy. Classes at the schools were canceled through Wednesday as the district worked to accommodate the 1,450 displaced students. ARKANSAS Little Rock: After allegedly stealing groceries from a Kroger store, a man punched a store employee when asked for a receipt, according to a police report cited by ArkansasOnline. CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Nearly 3,000 flags planted around Occidental College to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were trashed and crushed, the Los Angeles Times reported. COLORADO Longmont: The body of a man that was found near the top of McClure Pass in Pitkin County was identified as that of a teacher at Longs Peak Middle School. The Daily Times
Call reported that the body of Matthew Barz, 49, was found near the top of the pass. CONNECTICUT Bridgeport: Jimmy Ortega, 46, claimed he was caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting, the Connecticut
Post reported. But police said he made up the story to cover up that he had accidentally shot himself. DELAWARE Wilmington: Nearly a year after Gov. Markell declared his support for President Obama’s decision to provide asylum for Syrian refugees, Delaware has yet to settle any of the tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in the country. Delaware and Wyoming are the only states that have not settled any refugees since Oct. 1. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Joseph Caputo, who draped himself in the American flag and jumped over the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day last year, pleaded guilty to knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds. FLORIDA Lakeland: Three students were injured when the school bus they were riding on collided with a pickup truck, police said. GEORGIA Gwinnett: Judge Tom Davis sentenced James Allen Propes, 24, an HIV-positive man who used Craigslist to arrange sexual encounters with at least two women without revealing his diagnosis. Propes will spend the next decade in prison, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. HAWAII Lihue: After nearly two decades of construction, a replica Polynesian voyaging canoe has set sail from Kauai. The Namahoe launched Sunday, marking what is believed to be the first Hawaiian voyaging canoe to set sail from the island in about five centuries, The Honolulu Star
Advertiser reported. IDAHO Sun Valley: A hiker walked away with only broken bones after falling 60 feet. KTVBTV reported that Avery Shawler was hiking Devil’s Bedstead East on Labor Day when she became trapped due to the shifting sun and icy conditions. ILLINOIS Chicago: Collector John Rogers was charged in an alleged $10 million scheme to defraud and mislead investors involving sports memorabilia, including using a phony Heisman Trophy as collateral on a loan, the
Chicago Tribune reported. INDIANA South Bend: Authorities said a 54-year-old woman has died after she was electrocuted in her flooded St. Joseph County home. IOWA Dubuque: Jim Krueger, owner of the crumbling Dubuque Malting and Brewing building, said a developer offered to buy the 120-year-old landmark and transform it into apartments. Keith Wiggins, a representative of the developer, said a litany of contingencies must be met before the deal is done, the Telegraph
Herald reported. KANSAS Olathe: A 38-year-old man was charged in the death of a Johnson County Sheriff ’s deputy who died when a pickup truck plowed into his stopped patrol car, The Kansas City Star reported. KENTUCKY Frankfort: A judge ordered a halt to the planned demolition of a building that once housed the YMCA, the State
Journal reported. LOUISIANA New Orleans: Lawrence Brooks was born in 1909, a few years after the airplane was invented. During World War II, he flew in a two-engine C-47 transport plane. A C-47 hung above Brooks as he celebrated his 107th birthday at the National World War II Museum, The
Times-Picayune reported. MAINE Portland: The total number of students enrolled this fall in schools belonging to the University of Maine system decreased from last year, the Port
land Press Herald reported. Just two of the system’s campuses — Orono and Fort Kent — reported enrollment increases over the past year. MARYLAND Baltimore: The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle tall ship is scheduled to arrive at the Inner Harbor for two days this weekend. It will be open for public tours beginning Sunday. MASSACHUSETTS Springfield: Flames ripped through a duplex for the second time in two days this past weekend, causing about $20,000 in damage to the structure, The Republican reported. MICHIGAN Flint: Police are investigating a suspected breakin at the mayor’s office in City Hall. The city said in a statement that the break-in was discovered Monday afternoon while Mayor Karen Weaver and her staff were at the office. MINNESOTA St. Paul: For the first time, state residents can start casting absentee ballots in this year’s general election on Sept. 23 without providing an excuse for why they can’t get to a polling place, MPR News reported. MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Eli and Abby Manning made a personal pledge of $1 million to the Children’s of Mississippi $100 million capital campaign, The Clarion
Ledger reported. MISSOURI Kansas City: A 29year-old man was charged in a shooting that injured seven people in the Westport entertainment district. MONTANA Butte: Authorities rescued a hiker who complained of being cold while stranded in the Madison Range near Bozeman. The Montana Standard reported that Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the hiker was rescued from the range’s Chilled Lakes area. NEBRASKA Ralston: Chief Ronald Murtaugh found a card and check for $10,000 at the Ralston Police Department on Sept. 11, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The anonymous note said “I have known that I am well protected all these years living in Ralston. Thanks for all you do for our community.” NEVADA Carson City: The home where the state’s eighth governor once lived is up for sale after the completion of a twoyear restoration project. The home’s owner, Jim Warren, said the house is 151 years old and was purchased by Gov. John Jones in 1888, The Nevada Appeal reported. NEW HAMPSHIRE Concord: No injuries were reported after a driver plowed through the front of a home off Ridge Road, WMUR-TV reported. NEW JERSEY Trenton: Erik Vanderbeck, 49, was convicted of posing as a teenager online to NEW MEXICO Hobbs: The University of the Southwest looks at record-setting enrollment this fall, the Hobbs News-Sun reported. Enrollment at the private, Christian liberal arts school was 429 last week. Last year, the school had 343 students. NEW YORK Albany: New York is reopening the window for workers and volunteers seeking lost wages and medical benefits from their involvement in the rescue, recovery and cleanup at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The new law extends the claims filing deadline until Sept. 11, 2018. It lapsed two years ago.
NORTH CAROLINA Greens
boro: Rhiannon Giddens won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass — the first woman and African American to do so, The News & Observer reported. NORTH DAKOTA Bis
marck: The Public Library is creating an area just for teenagers. The Bismarck
Tribune reported the space is likely to be completed by the end of the year. OHIO Cleveland: The City Council elected to let voters decide whether to increase the city’s minimum wage. The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour beginning in January 2018. OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced a magnitude-5.8 quake at Pawnee on Sept. 3, the state’s strongest earthquake on record. OREGON McMinnville: Organic Valley, the USA’s largest organic dairy cooperative, announced it is buying Farmers Creamery Cooperative. Organic Valley represents more than 1,800 farmers in 36 states and has 72 co-op members in Oregon and Wash- ington, the Capital Press reported. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia: Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University agreed to merge. The deal is likely to be finalized by the end of the academic year. RHODE ISLAND Pawtucket: The city was awarded $5.6 million in federal grants for bus facility upgrades and service improvements. SOUTH CAROLINA Sumter: A joy ride ended safely for a 2-yearold boy who was found driving down the street in the middle of the night in a battery-powered toy car. Deputies followed the tracks of the toy car back to the toddler’s house and informed his surprised parents. SOUTH DAKOTA Aberdeen: The state Supreme Court will begin its October court term at Northern State University. The high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Oct. 3-5 at the school’s Johnson Fine Arts Center. TENNESSEE Nashville: A new state law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense an overdose antidote. Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said that administering the drug known as naloxone can reverse opioid effects and prevent death in many cases. TEXAS Austin: An 18-year-old man was arrested after a security guard was injured in a shooting at a University of Texas fraternity house. Daniel Hamilton Magee, who isn’t a UT student, was charged with aggravated assault. UTAH Paradise: A 10-year-old girl died in a utility vehicle accident. According to the Cache County Sheriff ’s Office, the girl was riding in the UTV with her 13-year-old brother when he drove off the roadway and hit a large trash can. VERMONT Colchester: The McClure Miller VNA Respite House, a 21-room, $8.6 million end-of-life residence opened Monday, nearly doubling the capacity of the facility it replaces in Williston, Burlington Free
Press reported. VIRGINIA Richmond: Jordan Bowman, 18, a Virginia Commonwealth University student, died after falling from a window on the 13th floor of an apartment building, the Richmond TimesDispatch reported.
WASHINGTON Port Town
send: Port Townsend Paper said it is converting its main fossil fuel source from oil to compressed natural gas to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost efficiency.
The Peninsula Daily News reported that the company completed the first of three stages in July when it converted the plant’s package boiler to natural gas. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: The Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint that alleged a state official stole four cases of bottled water and circumvented the office’s chain of command — the latest incident in a year-long spat among employees at two state agencies that share the same building, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
WISCONSIN Milwaukee: Mak
ing a Murderer, the Netflix series examining the Steven Avery case and the murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, collected four Emmys at the second round of the 68th Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sunday night, Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel reported. WYOMING Casper: Mountain View Regional Hospital laid off 15 employees, the Casper Star-Tri
bune reported. A spokesman said it represented a loss of almost 5% of the workforce. Compiled from staff and wire reports by Tim Wendel, with Jonathan Briggs, Carolyn Cerbin, Linda Dono, Mike Gottschamer, Ben Sheffler, Michael B. Smith, Nichelle Smith and Matt Young. Design by Jeff Harkness. Graphics by Alejandro Gonzalez.