Aug. 24, 2018
JOHN LENNON'S-KILLER DENIED
John Lennon's killer denied parole for 10th time
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a 10th time and will remain behind bars for at least two more years.
Mark David Chapman appeared before New York's parole board on Wednesday. In a denial decision obtained by The Associated Press Thursday, the board said it had determined Chapman's release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."
Chapman, 63, shot and killed the former Beatle outside Lennon's Manhattan apartment on Dec. 8, 1980. He is serving 20-years-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.
HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN
GoFundMe investigating campaign for homeless Samaritan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A homeless man who helped a stranded motorist in Philadelphia says he is panhandling again and using drugs, and he has no access to the money raised on his behalf.
Johnny Bobbitt gained worldwide attention when he used his last $20 to help Kate McClure in November 2017.
McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico started a GoFundMe campaign in return, promising that Bobbitt would have a home.
Bobbitt tells the Philadelphia Inquirer he can't use the $200,000 left out of the $400,000 that donors raised on GoFundMe, and he no longer has a camper or a car.
McClure says the couple did all they could to help Bobbitt.
GoFundMe is investigating whether the money was mismanaged, and says it will work to ensure Bobbitt "receives the help he deserves."
Man sentenced for harassing Yellowstone bison
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —An Oregon man who was sentenced for drunken behavior in two national parks in Wyoming said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour before he entered alcohol treatment.
Raymond Reinke's crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone National Park visitor captured a video of him harassing a bison that had stopped traffic. Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday during a federal court appearance in Mammoth, Wyoming. He was sentenced to 130 days in jail — 60 days for harassing wildlife, 60 days for interfering with law enforcement and 10 days for disorderly conduct. He was given credit for 21 days served.
Reinke, 55, is banned from Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks for a five-year probationary period, during which he is not allowed to drink alcohol. His planned chemical dependency treatment is now court-ordered.
Parents fend off bear that attacked son
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say a bear attacked a 10-year-old boy as he was hiking along a trail with his family.
Park officials said in a statement the unidentified boy from Washington state was transferred to a hospital after the Thursday attack for puncture wounds to his back, wounds around his buttocks and an injured wrist.
Spokeswoman Morgan Warthin says officials don't know how serious his injuries are.
Officials say the bear charged out of vegetation toward a family of four as they hiked a trail southeast of Old Faithful. The bear chased the boy and knocked him to the ground.
The bear left after the boy's parents used bear spray.
It's not clear whether the bear was a grizzly or a black bear.
It's the first reported bear attack in the park since 2015.