Missing Virgin Mary statue found 2 years later


A missing statue of the Virgin Mary stolen from a Vermont Nativity scene more than two years ago has been found unharmed and returned to its owner.

The statue was stolen from Lyndonville in January 2016, and it was recently discovered in an apartment house storage area by Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris acting on a tip. It was returned to the Lyndon Ecumenical Council.

The Caledonian Record reported that Municipal Administrator Justin Smith recognized the missing statue in photos of the building’s interior taken by the town health officer during an inspection.

Police said mostly college students live in the building and it will be impossible to determine how it got there.

A statue of the baby Jesus that was stolen at the same time remains missing.

Baboon escapes crate at airport; officers corner him


A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport.

Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose shortly after arriving on an American Airlines flight from Chicago. The flight had originated in Boston.

Airport spokesman Rich Stinson said officers managed to corner Dawkins in a baggage handling area outside the terminal. Stinson said the baboon never came close to travelers and was confined the whole time to a secure baggage area.

Dawkins was being transported from Brown University in Providence, R.I., to the Born Free USA sanctuary near Cotulla, Texas.

Video captures bus driver counting cash while driving


Transit officials will investigate a New Jersey bus driver who was seen on video allegedly counting cash while driving.

A passenger captured the incident and posted it recently on Twitter, saying the New York-bound bus was traveling through Secaucus that evening when the driver started sorting money.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the agency is investigating. She said NJ Transit has explicit rules that prohibit drivers from counting money or tickets while driving.

The name of the driver has not been released.

Associated Press

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