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November 8, 2018

KID ACCUSED OF SLIPPING PINS INTO HALLOWEEN CANDY

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have accused an 11-year-old of placing straight pins inside Halloween candy.

The Salisbury Post quotes the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as saying the child faces felony charges and has been referred to juvenile court and recommended for a mental evaluation.

A father reported his 12-year-old son bit into a mini-Snickers bar from his Halloween candy and noticed something was stuck to the roof of his mouth. The father says it was a straight pin.

A second family also reported a mini-Snickers bar with a metal object inside. In that instance, a parent found the candy and the child who had received it wasn’t hurt.

Authorities say the candy in both cases came from the same neighborhood.

SALMON BOAT SKIPPER FINED FOR KILLING SEA LIONS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska salmon boat skipper has been fined $20,000 for killing endangered Steller sea lions with shotguns.

Federal prosecutors say 31-year Jon Nichols was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation, three months of home confinement and 400 hours of community service.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith also ordered him to publicly apologize in a national commercial fishing magazine.

Smith sentenced 21-year-old crewman Theodore “Teddy” Turgeon to four years’ probation, one month of home incarceration and 40 hours of community service. He was fined $5,000.

Federal officials investigated after 15 Steller sea lions in 2015 were found dead at the mouth of the Copper River.

Nichols and Turgeon in June pleaded guilty to illegal take of marine mammals.

MICHIGAN DECAPATION SENTENCE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has again been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing and decapitating a teen in 1996 and mutilating the head in front of a video camera.

WOOD-TV reports that 39-year-old Federico Cruz learned his fate yesterday in a Kent County courtroom.

Cruz was 16 when 17-year-old David Crawford was suffocated. Crawford’s head was cut off and later mutilated.

Cruz was convicted of murder and got the mandatory sentence after a jury rejected an insanity defense. Cruz and many Michigan juvenile lifers who are serving no-parole sentences are eligible for a new hearing because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The TV station reports that a judge told Cruz that progress made in prison toward rehabilitation does not mitigate that he is a sociopath.

CANADA APOLOGIZES FOR TREATMENT OF JEWS

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is formally apologizing on behalf of his nation for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939.

The German liner MS St. Louis was carrying 907 German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and it also had been rejected by Cuba and the United States. The passengers were forced to return to Europe and more than 250 later died in the Holocaust.

Trudeau called the apology long overdue. Trudeau said in Parliament yesterday that officials at the time used Canadian laws to mask anti-Semitism.

In the run-up to World War II and the ensuing Holocaust, the government heeded anti-Semitic sentiment and severely restricted Jewish immigration. From 1933 to 1945, only about 5,000 Jewish refugees were accepted.

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