SEYMOUR, Ind.

Injuries mostly minor as bus rolls on its side

Authorities say two dozen people were injured when a double-decker bus traveling from Chicago to Atlanta slid off an interstate in southern Indiana and rolled on its side early Saturday.

State police Trooper Clifton Elston says the bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, left the road about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 65 in Seymour.

Trooper Tommy Walker says the most serious injury was a broken collarbone and that most received only minor cuts. He says 26 passengers were brought to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, but two refused treatment.

He said the bus’ speed and wintry conditions may have contributed to the crash.

SAN JACINTO, Calif.

Dog thief’s dye job uncovered by microchip

Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners – but she was a different color.

Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for an implanted microchip and found she was listed as an 8-month-old reddish-brown pit bull adopted in October from a San Jacinto shelter, the Press-Enterprise reported.

Officials believe Coco was stolen and dyed in an act of deception to make it harder for owners Christopher Ingrassi and Heather Lowry to find her, said Riverside County Field and Shelter Deputy Director Frank Corvino. Officials believe the dog escaped from the thief’s property.

“The dye job is not very good,” Corvino said in a statement. “But it would work if someone’s looking for their missing, reddish-brown dog.”

Lowry said she was shocked when she learned what had happened to Coco.

— From news service reports