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Aug. 17, 2018
STICKY FINGERED WEDDING THIEF FOILED BY PLANNER
MILTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia wedding planner came in handy for one couple who nearly had more than $2,000 stolen from their reception.
News outlets report Kristina Dardo was arrested Saturday after planner Ashley Baber noticed her among the wedding guests, "holding a jacket in an odd manner," and thought it a particularly odd garment for the 90-degree weather.
Baber was on high alert. Event planners in the Atlanta area were circulating a surveillance photo of an uninvited guest suspected in similar thefts.
An off-duty officer confronted the wedding crasher, who acknowledged hiding around $2,300 in cash and gift cards under the jacket.
Dardo was sent to the Fulton County jail on a felony theft charge. Police are still trying to determine if she's behind the other thefts. It's unclear whether she has a lawyer.
SLEEPWALKING DAD CRAWLS INTO BED WITH SON'S GIRLFRIEND
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia man accused of crawling into bed with his son's girlfriend and attempting to have sex with her — said he'd been sleepwalking.
Citing a police report, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 54-year-old Ricardo Arturo Cole Sr. was arrested on a rape charge Wednesday.
The victim was asleep Apr. 8 in a home her boyfriend and Cole shared. The report says she felt someone get into bed and assumed it was her boyfriend. It says the person rolled down the woman's pants and attempted intercourse.
She turned around, saw it was Cole and pushed him away. Police say Cole apologized and said he'd been sleepwalking. She cut off contact with the pair and reported the incident to police in May.
It's unclear if Cole has a lawyer.
DEAF SCHOOL THREATENED
SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials have closed a school for deaf students after the facility received a threatening phone call.
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services says officials believe yesterday's threat to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf is linked to threats against a transgender student who attends another school that was shut down earlier this week over safety concerns.
Spokeswoman Jody Harlan says the call threatened "grave danger" against an employee. Students weren't in session.
School officials believe a family member of the employee made negative Facebook comments about a 12-year-old transgender girl who attends school in Achille, about 60 miles south of the School for the Deaf in Sulphur.
School for the Deaf officials called Sulphur police and the FBI.
Class was set to start Monday at the School for the Deaf, but that has been postponed.
MORMONS BY ANY OTHER NAME?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of the Mormon church wants people to stop using "Mormon" or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Russell M. Nelson says the "Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church." The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God.
Both terms — Mormon and LDS — have been frequently used for decades to refer to the Utah-based faith that has 16 million members.
It has the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons," and its official website is mormonnewsroom.org.
The church says it will update websites and materials to reflect the guidance.
MORE NFL PROTESTS
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby stayed in the tunnel during the national anthem before the Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots. Their declining to appear for the anthem comes a week after the two players raised their fists in protest in the exhibition opener.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett stayed in the locker room last night, NBC Philadelphia reported on Twitter. A picture tweeted by the station showed Jenkins and Bausby bowing their heads as they looked out toward the field.
Jenkins and Bennett have been among the most vocal NFL players protesting racial inequality during the pregame playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." The NFL Network tweeted a video of Jenkins coming out for warmups wearing a shirt that said, "YOU AREN'T LISTENING."
There were no player protests before the other two preseason games last night: Jets-Redskins in Landover, Maryland, and Steelers-Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin.