Boy, 5, leads younger siblings to police station

Three children under the age of 6 who walked to their local police station in Farmington, N.H., looking for a ride to school are in foster care and their mother was arrested on child endangerment charges.

Police said 26-year-old Katarina Short was charged after leaving her children unattended for about two hours.

The children showed up at the station at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Lt. Jay Drury said the oldest, a 5-year-old boy, dressed his 4-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister in boots and jackets appropriate for the cold weather before heading out.

Short arrived at the station an hour later after receiving several voicemails from police. She said she left the children with a baby sitter so she could run an errand. Police determined no baby sitter had been called.



Rescuers release stranded common male dolphins

Marine wildlife rescuers say they have released four common male dolphins beached at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.

Brian Sharp, stranding coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says his team successfully released the surviving dolphins at Herring Cove, three miles from where they were discovered.

The dolphins were found on the flats off the intersection of Snail Road and Route 6A near the Harbor Hotel.

He says because of the unique landscape and tidal changes the area is a hotspot for marine strandings, and his team responds to several every year.



Students warned to avoid paid wrestling match offers

The governing body for high school sports in Massachusetts is warning students to stay away from offers to participate in paid wrestling matches.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association says a man has been reaching out to male student-athletes on Facebook, offering cash to compete in unsanctioned wrestling matches at hotels.

An MIAA spokesman said the man has even reached out to athletes at one school via Facebook in an attempt to solicit interest. The school was not specified. The MIAA has 373 member schools. The MIAA has also alerted police.

A state police spokesman says although there is no evidence a crime has yet been committed, there is “enough suspicion that warrants us to investigate.”



Man to serve 33 months for baby-food coupon scheme

A Vermont man has been sentenced to 33 months in jail for a fraudulent coupon scheme targeting baby-food companies.

Forty-four-year-old Jon Bilodeau of Rutland pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of fraud.

The Rutland Herald reports prosecutors said bank statements show baby-food companies were tricked into honoring over $571,000 worth of coupons Bilodeau bought at discounted values at online auctions.

Bilodeau, owner of the Sweet Revival thrift store, would pay 50 cents to 80 cents for a $1 baby formula coupon, then started a business and website purporting to sell the formula to “members.”


Authorities say the name and website were a cover and the baby formula was never sold to anyone. He cashed in the coupons for about $114,000 over several years.


‘Fugitive of the week’ quickly taken into custody

A New Hampshire fugitive is in custody – arrested just hours after he was featured on the U.S. Marshals featured him in their “fugitive of the week” Internet post.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill Jr. says 26-year-old James Brown of Rochester was wanted for probation violations and was believed to be armed and dangerous. No weapons were found during his arrest.

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