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Dad posed as garda for theft

a father of two who stole a van by letting the owner believe he was a garda has been sentenced to five and a half years.

Micheal O'Driscoll (29) drove the van away after the owner handed over the keys when O'Driscoll and his accomplice accused him of drink driving.

He was also sentenced for twice targeting the same apartment block underground car park in a spate of thefts from vehicles and for dangerous driving while being pursued by gardai who later found 55 stolen dresses valued at over €9,000 in the back seat of the car.

O'Driscoll, of Richmond Avenue, Fairview, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of stolen property and dangerous driving in Blackrock on November 25, 2010 and unlawful taking of a van at Baggot Street on October 4, 2012.

He has 175 previous convictions and has previously been banned for life from driving.

Jail dope drone is grounded

A drone carrying mobile phones, marijuana and other contraband into a US maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities in Carolina are looking for one of two people accused of trying to sneak it in. One person has been arrested.

Girl (5) shoots friend dead

A five-year-old girl is dead after police say another five-year-old accidentally shot her.

Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers went to a home in Chubbuck, Idaho, at about 3pm on Wednesday and took the victim to a hospital, which confirmed later in the evening the girl had died.

Ronaldo in trade mark row

A US man has sued Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo over the phrase "CR7," which is used by fans as shorthand for the Real Madrid forward.

Christopher Renzi was granted the trademark in 2009. He says he uses CR7 - a combination of his initials and the day he was born, October 7 - on clothing and for a seven-minute exercise program.


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