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FLORIDA MAN CONVICTED IN WIFE MISSING AT SEA CASE
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man whose newlywed wife went missing at sea as the couple sailed off the Bahamas has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in federal court.
Lewis Bennett entered the plea at a hearing yesterday Monday in Miami. Lewis Bennett, 41, faces a maximum eight-year prison sentence in the May, 2017 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, his wife of three months.
Bennett is a mining engineer with dual British and Australian citizenship. He says he left Hellmann on deck when he went to their cabin to go to sleep. Bennett said he awoke when the boat hit something and Hellmann was gone.
The FBI says an inspection of the catamaran showed portholes below the waterline had been opened and damage to the twin hulls appeared to have been caused from the inside.
SON OF N.C. JUDGE ACCUSED OF CROSS BURNING, THREATENING SYNAGOGUE
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have accused the son of an appeals court judge of burning a cross in a park and threatening to damage a synagogue.
Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said a man went to the synagogue Saturday and rang the doorbell, which was answered by a woman who was monitoring it. Police said the man made disparaging statements against Jews and their religion.
Investigators say the same man burned a cross in a city park Oct. 26.
Authorities filed charges against 20-year-old William Josephus Warden of Cary. He is the son of state Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman. She said in a statement that the incident stems from her son’s mental illness.
Warden is jailed on a $20,000 bond.
MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED IN MURDER OF NEIGHBOR WHO WAS CLEARING SNOW
CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison in the fatal shooting of a neighbor as she cleared snow near her home.
WOOD-TV reports that 64-year-old Wendell Popejoy was sentenced Monday. He was found guilty last month of first-degree murder.
Sheila Bonge (BON’-gee) was slain in December, 2017 outside her Crockery Township home, northwest of Grand Rapids. Police say she was shot while using a snowblower on an easement she and neighbors used to get to their driveways.
Members of her family found Bonge’s body under snowfall down a hill behind Popejoy’s house.
After his arrest, Popejoy told police that the 59-year-old Bonge was a “nuisance to the neighborhood” and the killing was a “snap decision.”
FORMER BOXER DIES IN TELEVISED CROISSANT-EATING CONTEST IN ARGENTINA
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A former boxer has choked to death during a televised croissant eating contest in Argentina.
The death of 56-year-old Mario Melo was announced by his sister.
Aida Melo told a television channel she watched as her brother collapsed behind the contest announcer as he was choking on a medialuna, a traditional Argentine croissant.
She said people thought it was a prank. But he kept desperately gesturing for help.
She said a doctor finally was summoned from the audience and Melo was rushed to a local hospital in the town of Pinamar, where he was later declared dead Sunday.
Melo was a light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of South America in the 1980s and 1990s.
BOSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Red Sox completed their tour of the three other major Boston-area professional sports teams Monday night, bringing their recently captured trophy to a Bruins game.
Owner John Henry, president Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly were on hand for a ceremonial faceoff between the Bruins and Dallas Stars. Kelly dropped the puck between Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara and Stars’ captain Jamie Benn.
Kennedy carried the trophy onto the ice, and Kelly brought it off.
Each of the Red Sox members got a Bruins’ jersey with red numbers and their last name stitched on the back. Henry’s was “18” for the year they won the title.
They brought the trophy to a Celtics game last Thursday and Sunday’s Patriots-Green Bay Packers game in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Red Sox closed out the World Series on Oct. 28, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.
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