Navy plans random blood-alcohol tests
NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy will start subjecting its sailors in the United States to random blood-alcohol tests starting next month.
The Navy says any sailor whose blood-alcohol level is .04 or higher when reporting for duty won’t be allowed to work. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, a driver with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol is considered drunk.
The Navy outlined its policy for conducting the tests throughout the fleet on Wednesday. A pilot program was conducted among 13 commands this past summer. By May, nearly 2,000 commands will have handheld alcohol-detection devices.
Evicted couple leave more than 40 cats
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Authorities in Savannah say two people have been given more than 180 city ordinance violations for moving out of a home and leaving more than 40 cats and kittens behind.
Police Tuesday said 40-year-old Evan Bolin and 41-year-old Melissa Pope have been charged with 50 counts of animal neglect and abandonment, sanitation violations and additional offenses.
Officials say the owner of the house checked on the property after evicting the couple and called police after finding the cats roaming through the unoccupied house. Police say three of the cats died before officials found them and some were found living inside the home’s walls.
Great white shark off N.C. coast again
HATTERAS, N.C. — A 16-foot great white shark named Mary Lee is among those who like calling North Carolina home.
The OCEARCH Shark Tracker has kept track of the 3,500-pound Mary Lee since she was tagged in September off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. On Wednesday, she was off the Outer Banks.
So far, she has traveled up and down the East Coast, including Florida, where she came within 200 yards of Jacksonville Beach a couple of weeks ago. In December, she entered the mouth of the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina before traveling south.
Businessman and adventure show producer Chris Fisher says tens of thousands of people are following Mary Lee’s travels online.
Defense: Snitch lied in missing girl case
MIAMI — A defense attorney says a jailhouse snitch concocted a story about a confession by a South Florida woman accused of killing a 4-year-old foster child in order to get out of prison.
Attorney Michael Matters told jurors in a closing argument Wednesday there were inconsistencies in testimony by inmate Robin Lunceford.
Lunceford said Geralyn Graham confessed to her to smothering Rilya Wilson and burying her body more than a decade ago. Lunceford got a life prison sentence reduced to 10 years.
If convicted, the 67-year-old Graham faces life in prison. Rilya went missing in late 2000 but her disappearance was not noticed by the state officials for 15 months. That led to high-level agency resignations and passage of child welfare reforms.
Compiled fromThe Associated Press