Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Convict allowed to watch child porn

A legal loophole is allowing a Washington state man accused of child sex crimes to view child pornography in jail.

Weldon Marc Gilbert is acting as his own lawyer in the case, which means he's entitled to review the evidence. The evidence includes more than 100 videos seized from Gilbert's home after his 2007 arrest. Gilbert pleaded guilty in federal court in 2009 to producing child pornography, and received a 25-year sentence.

'Cheers' star Ted Danson joins 'CSI'

'Cheers' star Ted Danson is joining TV forensic drama 'CSI', replacing departing star Laurence Fishburne, CBS said yesterday.

Danson (63) will join the hit series in September, playing the new CSI supervisor for the graveyard shift when the show returns.

Elephants on run try to get the bus

Two runaway circus elephants in Germany surprised passers-by and police by showing up at a bus stop during a brief bid for freedom, officials in Hanover said.

Dunia, a 40-year-old Indian elephant, and her counterpart Daela, a 25-year-old African elephant, were apprehended by police over the weekend.

Missionary is mauled by lions

A 20-year-old Mormon missionary from the US state of Utah is in a Guatemalan hospital with serious arm and leg injuries after being mauled by two lions at a zoo.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter said Mr Oakey was attacked by two lions when he stood too close to an exhibit trying to take a photo.

Woman sues bank over 'death' notice

A Florida woman is suing her bank after suffering financial problems when it declared her dead last November.

Wrenella Pierre had a mortgage through Chase Bank which notified credit agencies she had died. Mrs Pierre says she told them that she was alive but they failed to correct the mistake.

Cemetery sued for misplaced grave

Two sisters are suing a cemetery in New Jersey, claiming their mother was buried in a different grave from the plot they had been visiting for 20 years.

Evelyn Edwards and her sister Hortense learned that their mother was buried elsewhere in Rosehill Cemetery after complaining last summer that the grave site had fallen into disrepair.

Irish Independent

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