Suspect in shooting of 2 deputies killed
CRAIGSVILLE - An 84-year-old West Virginia man who shot and injured two deputies was killed by police Saturday after he emerged from his barricaded house with a weapon, police said.
John Evans was killed outside his central West Virginia home after law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call from a neighbor who said Evans threatened him with a firearm over an unspecified dispute, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, a state police spokesman.
When a Nicholas County deputy arrived at Evans' house, Evans shot him with a shotgun, Baylous said. The second deputy was shot when he arrived at the scene.
Both deputies were airlifted to Charleston for treatment of wounds that are not considered life threatening, Baylous said.
Woman sues store over heavy lifting
ATASCADERO - A woman whose newborn died after she went into early labor has filed a lawsuit against her employer, grocery chain Albertsons, for denying her requests - on doctor's orders - to avoid heavy lifting.
Reyna Garcia, 30, worked as a general merchandise manager whose job required heavy lifting and climbing, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported .
Despite three doctor's notes that said Garcia had a high-risk pregnancy and shouldn't lift more than 15 pounds, the lawsuit claims her employer denied requests for lesser duties or a temporary switch to another department. The lawsuit was filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
In a statement, Albertsons officials said the company has "a proactive policy of accommodating pregnancy-related disabilities and consistently works with pregnant associates and their medical professionals."
Fake gators called in to scare away geese
PROVINCETOWN - The Cape Cod National Seashore is trucking in gators to scare away geese.
They're fake alligator heads that seashore officials hope are realistic enough to spook the Canadian geese who like to frequent a remote section of Blackwater Pond in Provincetown.
The Cape Cod Times reported that the geese are devouring a rare aquatic plant called the golden club that grows at the pond.
Hundreds of the plants used to carpet the pond's surface decades ago. But the geese's appetite for the endangered plant is so voracious that there are barely two dozen plants remaining.
Seashore-plant ecologist Stephen Smith said he hasn't found any hard scientific data that the decoys work.
Injured roadrunner euthanized at zoo
GARDEN CITY - A roadrunner at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City has been euthanized after an apparent beating.
A visitor reported that something was wrong with one of the birds in the aviary on June 26, the Garden City Telegram reported.
General curator and deputy director Kristi Newland said the roadrunner was then transported to the zoo's vet clinic.
Newland discussed what happened in a column published Friday in The Telegram. She said staff determined that bird needed to be euthanized because of "malicious trauma suspected to be from a member of the public."
Garden City Police Department Capt. Michael Reagle said it appears the bird, named Elmer, was kicked or stomped on, or something was used to beat it.
The Associated Press