Monday, June 18, 2018
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The skinny: For thieves, diapers are perfect fit

13,000 disappear

For thieves, Diapers are perfect fit

Authorities in North Carolina are searching for whoever made a massive, unauthorized withdrawal from a diaper bank. The Diaper Bank of North Carolina says 13,000 diapers were stolen last weekend. The Durham-based nonprofit provides diapers to struggling families. Founder and executive director Michelle Old said she went Monday to pick up an order to be distributed to a homeless shelter and found various sizes of diapers missing. Old said losing the sizes 4 and 5 diapers was especially difficult because babies can stay in them for up to a year and they are hard to keep in stock. She said the thieves also stole all the diapers from a reserve room that holds extra diapers — which no one outside the organization knew about. Old said some people told her the diapers have turned up at local yard sales and were being sold on the street.

Too much weight

Entire wedding party takes plunge

It wasn't just the bride and groom taking the plunge at a wedding in Crosslake, Minn. Dan and Jackie Anderson lined up on a dock with all their groomsmen and bridesmaids for a photo shoot about an hour before the wedding was due to begin last weekend. But the weight of the 22 people was too much for the dock and it collapsed beneath them. A couple of bridesmaids dashed off the dock, but the rest ended up in waist- or chest-deep water. KMSP-TV reported that despite the lake plunge, the ceremony started just 10 minutes late.

Just like new

Damaged burro gets a new tail

A new tail has been pinned on the donkey. Artist Taylor Mott attached it Tuesday to the well-known metal statue in Santa Fe, N.M., weeks after the original tail was stolen, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Police have no clues on any possible tail bandits and are offering a $1,000 reward. The metal sculpture by artist Charles Southard is part of the city's collection of about 75 pieces of public art and was commissioned in 1988. It's valued at $12,500. The city paid around $4,000 to replace the tail, repair three hooves and remove graffiti.

How not to impress

Ride on fire truck leads to stop at jail

A Pennsylvania man has been accused of sneaking into a fire department and taking a woman on a 30-minute joyride in a fire truck. The Beaver County Times reported that fire officials saw Randy Allen Davidson — who is not a firefighter — enter the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department, grab the vehicle's keys and drive the truck away with a woman in the passenger seat. Police say Davidson, 47, returned the truck about 30 minutes later. He was charged Sunday with a list of crimes.

Compiled from wire services

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Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

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Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and fled scene

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Man caught in rip current, drowns off Lido Beach

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Child, 1, killed in single-car crash in Ruskin

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Hernando Religion Calendar for June 22

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Hernando Government Meetings for June 22

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Hernando Vendors for June 22

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