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Prison next for former small town police chief in gun scam

BAY CITY (AP) — A former small-town police chief has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for crimes related to the sale of guns and ammunition.

Robert Reznick was chief in Oakley, a village in Saginaw County. He created a crew of 120 reserve officers from outside Oakley, obtained guns at a reduced rate and then resold them to the reserves for a profit.

Reznick told a judge that he’s “humiliated and completely remorseful.” The 366-day sentence Thursday will make him eligible for early release for good behavior. He had pleaded guilty to fraud and a tax crime.

Judge Thomas Ludington says he read many letters that portrayed Reznick as a “remarkable man.” But the judge says his crimes weren’t a “one-time error of judgment.” Reznick must pay about $130,000.


Six-state trooper project to focus on  Move Over law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol in Ohio and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project are collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over law.

The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement, which began over the weekend, was scheduled to conclude at the end of the day July 27.

It includes Ohio troopers and state police from Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia.

The Move Over law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching vehicles with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside.

Motorists should slow down and proceed cautiously, if they can’t move over due to traffic or weather conditions.


Appeals court sides with Newtown in school shooting lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court has upheld a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by the parents of two Sandy Hook School shooting victims against Newtown and its school district.

The appeals court agreed  ruling with the lower court’s decision that the town is protected by government immunity.

The wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner.

It alleged that school officials failed to follow a mandated security protocol and order a lockdown that may have saved lives immediately after the gunman shot his way into the school. They also faulted the school for having classroom doors that could be locked only from the hallway.


All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.

The young rodent turned up at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, perplexing the staff, who sought help identifying it via social media. The consensus was it’s an albino porcupine.

The Portland Press Herald reports the animal appeared to be a baby because its quills had not yet hardened.

Porcupines are common in Maine, though albino ones certainly aren’t. About one of every 10,000 of the species is an albino porcupine.

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