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Woman loads gifts into wrong car

by Alyssa Mann and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

Published: Dec. 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

YPSILANTI, Mich., Dec. 20 – A Michigan woman who mistakenly loaded her Christmas gifts into the trunk of a lookalike car said she is hoping the items will be returned.

Linda Gipson of Ypsilanti said she loaded about $700 worth of gifts into the trunk of a vehicle she believed to be her daughter’s 2003 silver Ford Focus sedan while shopping with her family Thursday at the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and went back inside to continue shopping, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

However, after leaving the mall with her family she discovered she had placed the items into a car that resembled her daughter’s and opened with the same key.

“It’s a sad story,” Gipson said. “I’m just waiting here hoping that person is going to turn everything back.”

Ford officials said they were unaware of any other instances of someone being able to open a vehicle lock with the key to a different car. They said they will investigate the incident.

Man charged in rooster shooting

by Alyssa Mann, for the BBC’s Biodun Iginla

(0) | | |      Published: May 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

LAKE WORTH, Fla., May 3 – A Florida man is facing charges after he allegedly shot his neighbor’s roosters because he was angry about their early morning crowing.

Cedric Leonard Livingston, 31, of Lake Worth, was charged Wednesday with crimes including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public and two counts of animal cruelty, The Palm Beach Post reported Thursday.

Ubencelado Maldonado, the owner of the roosters, told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies he saw Livingston enter the back yard of their duplex April 9 and shoot the two birds with a chrome gun.

Maldonado said Livingston allegedly killed two other roosters two weeks prior to the incident with a hammer.

Livingston was ordered held in lieu of $12,000 bail.

Wedding rings donated to Salvation Army

by Alyssa Mann and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

Published: Dec. 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 21  – Salvation Army officials said two diamond wedding rings were dropped into a donation kettle in North Carolina.

Shelley Henderson of the Salvation Army said the rings were found wrapped in a $10 bill last weekend in Raleigh. Other valuables have been donated in other locations across the country, including a $2,000 diamond and sapphire ring in Miami, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Wednesday.

Henderson said this isn’t the first year that wedding rings have appeared in the donation kettles.

“They don’t get there by accident,” Henderson said. “I was floored when I first heard about it.”