Dead teen was on road trip
A US teenager who was found dead on Christmas Eve in Mexico had gone to see his girlfriend the day he died and didn’t tell relatives, perhaps fearing they wouldn’t let him go, according to prosecutors’ documents obtained by reporters in Morelia on Wednesday. The charred remains of 18-year-old Alexis Uriel Marron of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, were found along with the bodies of two friends in the trunk of a burned-out car in Michoacan state. The car belonged to one of the friends. Two uncles identified Marron through crowns on his teeth and clothing that hadn’t burned, the documents said. The prosecutors’ office said the car holding the remains of the three young men was found on Saturday on the side of a rural road in Michoacan, a state that has been plagued in recent years by violence linked to the drug trafficking trade. Prosecutors were looking into robbery as a possible motive because none of the three men’s possessions were found in the car.
Humane Society kills cat
Outraged donors have threatened to pull their support for the Humane Society after it euthanized the cat of a former heroin addict because he couldn’t immediately pay US$400 for its medical care. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported that Daniel Dockery’s nine-month-old cat, Scruffy, was put down because of the money issue, not because of cuts it got from a fence. Dockery said he reluctantly surrendered the cat to the Humane Society on Dec. 8 after staff declined to take a credit card from his mother over the phone or wait 24 hours for her to wire him cash. They told him the cat would be treated only if he signed over ownership, he said. Dockery searched for the cat for three weeks at agency shelters and repeatedly asked staff what had happened. He learned on Tuesday that the cat was euthanized a few hours after he brought her in.
‘NYT’ makes mistake, twice
In today’s digital age, it is easy to send out an e-mail by mistake — even for a company that’s in the business of communication. The New York Times thought it was sending an e-mail to a few hundred people who had recently canceled subscriptions, offering them a 50 percent discount for 16 weeks to lure them back. Instead, Wednesday’s offer went to 8.6 million e-mail addresses of people who had given them to the Times. That was the first mistake. The second came when the Times tweeted this: “If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It’s not from us.” However, the Times did send the original e-mail, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.
Stolen ring ends honeymoon
Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man proposed to his girlfriend with a stolen engagement ring. The girlfriend said yes, but the ring landed him in jail. Police in Vermont say 25-year-old Ryan Jarvis is charged with stealing the US$3,200 ring from a jewelry store. WCAX-TV reports that Jarvis was looking at jewelry when he asked to see the 1-carat white gold solitaire ring on Monday afternoon. Police say they received tips that led to a Facebook posting by Jarvis’ girlfriend in which she showed off the ring. Police say she didn’t know the ring was stolen. Officer Jesse Stewart says Jarvis confessed. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer.