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■ Ethan Crispo, a Waf­fle House cus­tomer in Birmingham, Ala., asked for an apron and got to work with sev­eral other cus­tomers who pitched in to wash dishes and clear ta­bles when a sched­ul­ing er­ror left a sin­gle worker serv­ing an “in­com­ing crowd of hun­gry, heav­ily im­bibed cus­tomers.”

■ Bruce Ben­nett, a district judge in Ba­ton Rouge, who of­fered to re­duce a con­victed rapist’s 12-year sen­tence if he paid his vic­tim $150,000, saw the pro­posal re­jected by the now-31-year-old vic­tim who said she doesn’t want any money from her at­tacker.

■ Justin Lopez-Car­doze, 30, awarded $7,500 for be­ing named the District of Co­lum­bia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, will use $5,000 of his prize to help send a grad­u­at­ing se­nior in­ter­ested in sci­ence to col­lege and send the rest to his sick mother.

■ Rio Amon-Wilkins, a Hilo, Hawaii, po­lice lieu­tenant, said a 71-year-old man who was do­ing yard­work died when he stepped into a 2-foot-di­am­e­ter hole in the dirt-cov­ered sur­face of an old lava tube and fell more than 20 feet.

■ Ton­dalao Hall, 35, an Ok­la­homa woman con­victed in 2006 of fail­ing to re­port that her boyfriend was abus­ing her chil­dren, was re­leased after serv­ing 13 years be­hind bars, while the boyfriend, who pleaded guilty to abuse, has been free for years after be­ing re­leased on pro­ba­tion.

■ R.C. Oglesby, a county com­mis­sioner in Hart County, Ga., and four mem­bers of his fam­ily were ar­rested on rack­e­teer­ing charges after deputies raided their homes and busi­nesses in what the sher­iff de­scribed as a food stamp fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

■ Noah Stirn, 24, a Florida in­mate, pleaded guilty to mail­ing or at­tempt­ing to mail 21 threat­en­ing let­ters from prison claim­ing that he had planted ex­plo­sives in gov­ern­ment build­ings, in­clud­ing the Florida Capi­tol and the U.S. Court­house in Pen­sacola, pros­e­cu­tors said.

■ Satya­surya Thumma, 23, of Culpeper, Va., con­victed of cy­ber­stalk­ing, was sen­tenced to 6½ years in prison for send­ing nude pho­tos of two ex-girl­friends to their fam­i­lies and friends, which a pros­e­cu­tor de­scribed as a “cam­paign to ruin” them for leav­ing him.

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