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May 15, 2019

FARMER CUTS OFF OWN LEG AFTER GETTING IT CAUGHT IN FARM EQUIPMENT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A northeastern Nebraska farmer is recovering after cutting off his own leg with a pocket knife to save himself from a piece of farm equipment he had become caught in.

Omaha television station KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he got out of his truck and accidentally stepped on the grain hopper opening. An auger in the hopper caught Kaser’s leg, pulling it in and mangling it. An auger is a tube that uses a rotating shaft to suck the grain and push it through the tube to deposit in a bin.

Kaser said he couldn’t pull his leg out and didn’t have his cellphone. There was no one around to help.

So, he took his pocket knife out and sawed off his leg below the knee.

After he was freed, he crawled 150 feet to the nearest phone and was flown to a hospital. Kaser says he never lost consciousness.

On Friday, Kaser was released from a rehabilitation center. He will have to wait for the amputated leg to fully heal before getting a prosthetic leg.

WHO GETS THE DOG?

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A custody battle in Maine between a woman and her former boyfriend focuses not on a child but on a dog.

An attorney for the woman argued yesterday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that she should be the sole owner of the boxer-lab mix named Honey and that there should be an updated standard for such cases in the future.

Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Sardina, who says Honey “means the absolute world” to her, contends pets should not be treated simply as property when a relationship terminates.

She is appealing a lower court judge’s decision to grant sole custody to 25-year-old Kelvin Liriano. A judge ruled that Liriano is Honey’s exclusive owner because his signature appeared on adoption papers.

Liriano says there’s no legal precedent to Sardina’s request.

NYPD CHOKEHOLD TRIAL

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department official in charge of training recruits says the restraint technique an officer used on Eric Garner five years ago, leading to his death, “meets the definition” of a chokehold, a practice banned since the 1990s because of its potential for lethality.

Cell phone video of the July 2014 confrontation shows Garner coughing after Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped an arm around his neck — an indication that pressure on Garner’s windpipe obstructed his breathing, Inspector Richard Dee said in testimony yesterday at a disciplinary trial that could lead to Pantaleo’s firing.

Dee is the latest high-ranking official to say what Garner’s family has long believed: that Pantaleo’s conduct in grabbing Garner and wrestling him to a Staten Island sidewalk violated department rules and ran counter to his training and the repeated warnings officers receive to avoid tactics that could hinder breathing.

The final decision on any punishment lies with the police commissioner. Penalties range from the loss of vacation days to firing.

Pantaleo, 33, denies wrongdoing. He has been on desk duty since Garner’s death.

“BROADWAY BANDIT” BUSTED OVER BRONX BANK BANDITRY

NEW YORK (AP) — A dying New Yorker dubbed the “Broadway Bandit” has been arrested in a bank robbery that occurred only nine days after his release from prison where he served time for robbing five banks.

Jamie Frierson was back in federal custody Tuesday, charged with robbing a Bronx bank last week.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of New York’s FBI office, says Frierson “clearly did not learn his lesson.”

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman called it a “repeat performance.”

Last August, the 49-year-old Manhattan resident was convicted by a jury of collecting over $10,000 by robbing five banks in less than two weeks in August 2017.

Frierson was freed after his lawyer said at sentencing that he had liver cancer and likely has only two years to live.

His lawyer didn’t comment.

BOXER DISCIPLINED AFTER KISSING REPORTER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A boxer who kissed a reporter without her consent during a post-fight interview must complete a sexual harassment course and pay a $2,500 fine before officials will consider lifting his suspension.

The California Athletic Commission decided unanimously yesterday that Kubrat Pulev can reapply to have his boxing license reinstated if he meets the conditions by July 22. Until then he can’t fight anywhere in North America.

Pulev was suspended in March after he grabbed reporter Jenny Ravalo’s head in his hands and planted a kiss on her lips following his seventh-round knockout of Bogdan Dinu.

The Bulgarian heavyweight apologized to Ravalo during yesterday’s commission hearing.

NCAA MULLS OVER COMPENSATING ATHLETES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is forming a working group to consider how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced yesterday that Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman will head the new federal and state legislation working group.

NCAA rules forbid athletes in most circumstances from receiving benefits or compensation for their names, images and likenesses from a school or outside source. For example, college athletes can’t take part in commercial advertising or sign autographs for money.

The NCAA’s rules have been challenged in federal antitrust lawsuits. Recently, legislation was introduced in Congress aimed at lifting restrictions that keep athletes from profiting from their fame while they are in school.