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In Brief: Petrol bomb man (32) jailed

A MAN caught holding a petrol bomb and matches has being jailed for two years.

Alan Lawless (32) of Sallynoggin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having a petrol bomb at Sallynoggin Road on May 15.

Garda Neil O'Leary said Lawless had been thrown out of a Londis shop by the elderly owner, Dennis English.

He was later spotted by garda crouching down outside the shop in front of a bottle of white spirits which had a woollen glove stuffed into it.

Judge bans O'Gara battle

THE High Court has barred businessman Noel O'Gara from bringing any further legal actions in relation to Dartmouth Square, Dublin.

The order was made by Mr Justice Peter Charleton yesterday after he dismissed Mr O'Gara's application for an injunction against Tom Murray, the official liquidator of a company co-owned by Mr O'Gara and his wife, Naramon, aimed at preventing the closure of the sale earlier this month of the two-acre site.

Tribute to air crash singer

Jenni Rivera's 'celestial graduation' was marked by festive music and speeches in Spanish and English at a memorial service for the singer in California.

Rivera's children and singers Olga Tanon and Joan Sebastian performed during the service at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, where thousands of fans gathered to salute the 43-year-old 'Diva de la Banda' who died in a plane crash on December 9.

Dancing cop is festive icon

Nothing says Christmas in Rhode Island's largest city quite like the 'dancing cop'.

Providence police officer Tony Lepore is as much a holiday tradition as anything else in the state that issued the first jail sentence for speeding more than 100 years ago.

Since 1984, he has entertained passers-by with dance moves in downtown Providence while directing traffic. The 65-year-old said it has been hard on his body but worth it.

Residents and tourists alike agree he has become a Providence icon.