Afternoon briefing

Ohio boy, 16, struck by train

EAST PALESTINE — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been struck by a train and killed in eastern Ohio.

The East Liverpool Review reports East Palestine police say the department was notified around 6:15 p.m. about someone having been struck.

Police say it appears the teen was trying to walk across the tracks when he was struck by a Norfolk and Southern train hauling semitrailers.

Police haven’t released the boy’s identity.

Infant found dead on closet shelf

NEWARK — Authorities say an Ohio man whose 3-month old daughter was found dead on a closet shelf in his apartment has been charged with murder.

A judge in Newark set bond for 25-year-old Ryan Mosholder at $1 million Tuesday. Court records don’t indicate whether the Heath man has an attorney.

Heath police say Mosholder was arrested in Newark on Monday a few hours after Bri’Anna Mosholder’s body was found in his apartment in Heath. Police were called to the apartment on a report of a person not breathing. Police say Mosholder left before they arrived.

Court documents say the baby’s body was covered in bruises. Licking County’s coroner determined she died from blunt force injuries to the head, chest and abdomen.

Gas pump stolen from Route 66

MIAMI, Okla. — Authorities are searching for a nearly century-old gas pump that was stolen from a Route 66 landmark in Oklahoma.

Police say the red, 8-foot-tall pump was one of three bolted into concrete outside the Marathon Gas Station in Miami, about 90 miles northeast of Tulsa.

The restored station was built in 1929 along the iconic Chicago-to-Los Angeles roadway. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Investigators believe the pump was taken late Feb. 25 or early the next morning. Bolts securing the other two pumps were also removed. Those pumps, one red and one yellow, are now in storage.

The stolen pump isn’t original to the station. But it’s worth about $5,000.

Oscar robber fights charges

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Academy Award says his client will fight the allegation.

Attorney Daniel Brookman acknowledged Wednesday that suspect Terry Bryant can be seen on an Associated Press video holding McDormand’s best actress statuette.

But Brookman says there’s a big difference between holding an Oscar and being convicted of a felony grand theft charge.

Authorities say Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night and quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer.

Bryant, who is still in jail, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Brookman says Bryant will plead not guilty and ask for a reduction of his $20,000 bail.

‘Spelling bee bandit’ sentenced

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the “spelling bee bandit” because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has been sentenced.

Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Jason Englen was sentenced to seven years of prison and three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in November to four counts of bank robbery.

Authorities say the Chelsea man entered an Arlington bank on Oct. 31 approached a teller and handed over a note written on a deposit slip indicating a robbery was in progress, except robbery was spelled with just one “B.”

Over the next few weeks, he robbed banks in Reading, Burlington and Peabody using notes with the same misspelling. He was arrested in December 2016.

By The Associated Press

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