Saturday 19 January 2019

In brief: No bodies at 'mass grave'

A false tip from a psychic prompted Texas authorities to swarm a rural home searching for a nonexistent mass grave and up to 30 bodies, including those of dismembered children. A few hours later it was clear the tip was nothing more than a gruesome wild goose chase.

"There's no crime scene," Liberty County Judge Craig McNair told reporters as deputies, Texas Rangers and FBI agents wrapped up a fruitless search.

McNair said the woman who twice called in the tip would be investigated for making a false report.

Care teen stole from taximan

A YOUTH with learning difficulties stole from a taxi driver after he got involved with a negative peer group, a court has heard.

The boy (17), who resides in care accommodation in the midlands, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to the theft at the New Cabra Road, in north Dublin, on November 9 last.

Garda Ciaran Callaghy told Judge Ann Ryan that the boy and other males had "been involved in a theft of an iPhone and €20 in cash".

Judge Ryan remanded the boy on bail for sentencing.

Arizona locals hit by forest fire

About 2,000 residents of the eastern Arizona town of Eagar were ordered to evacuate as flames from a raging forest fire appeared on ridges surrounding the town and neighbouring Springerville.

More evacuations were likely. Firefighters had spent yesterday working feverishly to prepare a defence for the two towns as residents -- told earlier that an evacuation order was likely -- prepared to leave.

Burglar caught in the act

A youth with 90 previous convictions was caught halfway through a window of a home he was trying to burgle, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Robert McHugh (20) was jailed for 18 months by Judge Martin Nolan. He was caught after the occupant of a flat restrained him as he tried to climb in a small window.

Mc Hugh of Crinan Strand, Store Street, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at Mountjoy Square on July 26, 2010.

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