PENNSYLVANIA

Crew member dies on Mr. Rogers movie set

MOUNT LEBANON — A crew member working on a movie about Mister Rogers has died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony, authorities say.

James Emswiller fell Thursday during a break in filming. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital, authorities said.

Emswiller was involved in the sound production of “You Are My Friend,” which was shooting in Mount Lebanon. The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the genial host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

MICHIGAN

11 babies’ bodies found at closed funeral home

DETROIT — Detroit police say the bodies of 11 babies have been found hidden in a ceiling of a funeral home that the state closed six months ago.

Authorities say construction workers found the bodies Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on the city’s east side. Police say nine bodies were found in a cardboard box and two were found in caskets.

Police ordered a search of the building to ensure there are no more bodies inside.

NORTH CAROLINA

Couple on lam for 19 years caught in Mexico

RALEIGH — A North Carolina couple on the run from drug charges for nearly 19 years is in custody after law officers tracked them down to a beach resort in western Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday that agents last week arrested 61-year-old Robert Edward Freer and his wife, 52-year-old Wendy Dehaven Freer. They were indicted in 1999 on federal charges of money laundering and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

The couple owned and operated a quiet, vacation rental resort on San Pedrito Beach on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

GEORGIA

Officials: Mom OD’d,

then smothered baby

ACWORTH — Authorities say a 31-year-old woman who died from a methamphetamine overdose accidentally smothered her 8-month-old son.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said in a statement Friday that the bodies of Holly Whitley and her son were found in a home July 17.

Citing Baker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Whitley died from a lethal amount of methamphetamine. He said her body came to rest on top of her infant, causing the child to smother.

CALIFORNIA

Life-size plastic whale takes aim at pollution

SAN FRANCISCO — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near the Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh 300,000 pounds — about the amount of plastic scientists say enters the ocean every nine minutes.

A 2015 study by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, found 9 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean annually.

The sculpture, created from plastic water bottles, lids and bags by artists Joel Deal Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova, will be publicly unveiled Saturday.

It is located in Crissy Field, the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.



The Associated Press