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ELKTON — Two police officers witnessed the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by a North East High School student, but did not intervene because they misinterpreted what they saw, according to information released by prosecutors on Monday during a pre-trial hearing.

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Tuesday morning took a tragic turn for Donnie Hendricks, 74, and Megan Klindt, 16, who could not escape a fire that engulfed their school bus in rural Pottawattamie County. News of the deadly fire reverberated across the small-town communities of Oakland, Carson and Macedonia, where many residents knew both victims.

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President Donald Trump’s choice to head a federal coal mine regulator, like more than one of his nominees, is a vocal critic of the very agency he’s being asked to lead. Steven Gardner is a longtime coal industry consultant, and he has called the agency’s marquee Obama-era regulation the product of “one of the most disingenuous and dishonest efforts put forward by a government agency.”

  • By Brian Miller and Thomas Sherrill brian.miller@mountaintimes.com thomas.sherrill@mountaintimes.com
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BOONE — Although it’s only early December, several area choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms have already closed for the season due to selling out of inventory.

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Bailey Boswell is remembered as a popular and friendly kid from a good family. She was a standout athlete who once scored 25 points in a basketball game and is listed as a member of the fastest 200-meter relay team in Central Decatur Community Schools history.

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After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jan’s older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadn’t made that call, they might have died, too.