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DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old man duped two Dallas high schools for nine months by posing as a 17-year-old student and Hurricane Harvey evacuee in order to play basketball. Court records show Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley faces a charge of tampering with government records. Dallas school district officials say he first enrolled at Skyline High School and later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team. District spokeswoman Robyn Harris says the man took advantage of schools opening their doors to students displaced by the hurricane. She says district officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball.
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango City Council has approved an ordinance that will make it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks, curbs or other public areas. Councilor Dick White says the ordinance is meant to improve the safety and atmosphere in the city’s downtown. The Durango Herald reports the rule bans sitting or lying down on sidewalks, streets, railways, alleys, parking spaces or other publicly owned property for pedestrian or vehicle travel in the downtown area from 7 a.m. to 2:30 am. Exemptions include people experiencing medical emergencies, people with disabilities, children in strollers or those attending parades, festivals, performances or other special events. Violators can be fined up to $200.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says Ohio can’t force a convicted killer to cut off his dreadlocks, calling it a violation of religious rights. U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan (gon) sided with inmate Deon Glenn, who says his faith of Rastafarianism (rah-stah-FARE-ee-ah-nizm) requires him to wear his hair in dreadlocks. Gaughan’s ruling said Ohio’s blanket policy against dreadlocks in prison violates the law because it doesn’t permit a religious exemption, and the state didn’t prove Glenn’s hair couldn’t be searched for contraband or is a safety risk. The judge limited her decision to Glenn and said other similar complaints should be analyzed individually. A prison’s spokeswoman declined to comment.
ELKHART, Kan. (AP) — Wildlife experts say a male, juvenile bear found dead in southwest Kansas might have been driven into the state by drought conditions in surrounding states. The bear died Monday in an accidental crash on Highway 56 near Elkhart in Morton County, about 1.5 miles from the Oklahoma border. A state biologist says spring wildfires in New Mexico and Colorado combined with a region-wide drought might be pushing bears toward Kansas. He says even in those conditions, it’s rare to find a black bear in Kansas. The last confirmed black bear in Morton County was in 2011. Another one was seen in 2016 just across the Oklahoma line.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man has admitted being part of a group that shot and killed several cows in Leavenworth County.
Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson says Christopher Wright, of Overland Park, pleaded no contest Wednesday to criminal damage to property and animal cruelty. The Kansas City Star reports Wright was one of four people who have been found guilty in the shootings. Twenty-year-old Marcel Timmons, of Manhattan, and two others whose names were not released because they are juveniles, pleaded guilty last year. Investigators say the shootings occurred in August 2016 in rural Leavenworth County. Several cows on two separate properties were found dead of gunshot wounds. Damage was estimated at more than $16,000.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jaheim Wilson was 16 when he was shot and killed in April in Chicago and just a few months older than his cousin Alexis Willis. She’s what they call a Peace Warrior at North Lawndale College Prep on Chicago’s impoverished West Side. She never thought she’d lose a family member that way. But at this school, most students know someone lost to gun violence. Peace Warriors are trying to help. They break up fights, mediate verbal altercations and offer comfort to students who’ve lost loved ones. They’ve also become leaders in the growing national youth movement aimed at ending gun violence, calling for more jobs and funding for schools and mental health clinics in their neighborhood. But that’s the long game. The short-term goal is to stay alive this summer.