• Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro, who were ticketed in 2016 in Laconia, N.H., after they went topless at Weirs Beach, are taking their challenge of a city ordinance prohibiting public nudity to the state Supreme Court, arguing that there's no state law forbidding female toplessness and that the ordinance is discriminatory since men are allowed to go shirtless.
• Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, a former U.S. Postal Service worker in rural Louisiana, has pleaded guilty to a single count of delaying or destroying the mail for burning at least 20 tubs of mail over five months.
• Chris McCabe, a 70-year-old butcher, said that after he became trapped in a walk-in freezer at his shop in Totnes, England, he used a 3-pound frozen sausage "like a battering ram" to escape the minus-4 degrees cold.
• Greg Yotsuya, a spokesman for police in Ceres, Calif., said Lydia Nicholson, 68, was fatally shot by her 28-year-old son, Matthew, after he became upset over a video game, she went to check on him and the two got into an argument.
• Ishnar Marie Lopez's murder-for-hire plot fell apart after a couple she hired to target a woman who was dating a "man she loved" killed the wrong woman, authorities in Osceola County, Fla., said.
• Lt. Aaron Bahamonde of the Police Department in Newtown, Conn., said officers feared that a robbery or hostage situation was occurring when a bank employee wrote "HELP" as a joke on fogged-up glass on the front door, prompting a customer to call 911 and the responding police to cite the employee.
• David Gowan, security director for the Bibb County, Ga., school district, said a criminal investigation is active after a student carried a loaded 9mm gun into his elementary school classroom.
• Kendall Reid Bishop, 21, had drugs in her system when her 7-week-old son died as a result of co-sleeping, resulting in charges against Bishop that include unlawful conduct toward a child, authorities in Pickens County, S.C., said.
• Stephan Salot, a Bayonne, N.J., police officer, was faulted in an internal review for leaving Kieran Walsh, 59, on the side of the road, forcing him to walk home on a recently partially amputated foot, after Salot stopped Walsh's car and had it towed because it had a handicap placard hanging from the rearview mirror while Walsh was driving and the car's registration was expired.
A Section on 01/14/2018
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