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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rarely displayed lock of American traitor Benedict Arnold’s hair will be exhibited at the New York fort he helped capture with the help of Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys in the Revolutionary War’s opening weeks.
Officials at Fort Ticonderoga announced Wednesday that locks of hair from Arnold and his first wife Margaret will be displayed this weekend when the privately owned upstate historic site and tourist attraction opens for the season.
Curator Matthew Keagle said the hair was recently rediscovered among the museum’s vast collection of 18th century military artifacts, ranging from muskets and artillery to uniforms and documents.
“There so much in the museum collection that’s not on display. It’s still an ongoing cataloguing process,” Keagle told The Associated Press. “Sometimes we rediscover things, and this was one of them.”
Keagle said the hair was preserved by the couple’s youngest son Henry, who was living in Canada when someone sent him the keepsake after his father died destitute and forgotten in London in 1801. Margaret Arnold died in 1775 in Connecticut, Benedict Arnold’s home state. Benedict’s lock of hair was wrapped in paper inscribed: “Two locks of my Father’s Hair sent from London, 1801. Henry Arnold.”
Saving a lock of a deceased loved-one’s hair was a common practice during the era, a method of preserving “a physical reminder of the presence of that person,” Keagle said.
The locks of hair were acquired by Fort Ticonderoga from one of Arnold’s direct descendants in 1952, the curator said.
Arnold was an officer in the Connecticut militia when he and a small force of frontiersmen led by Ethan Allen rowed across the southern end of Lake Champlain on the night of May 10, 1775, and captured the British-held fort, located 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Albany. The war had begun three weeks earlier in Massachusetts at the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Arnold went on to become one of the Continental Army’s best battlefield leaders. Denied promotions and deep in debt, he turned traitor and attempted to hand over the American fortifications at West Point, New York, to the British before being discovered and fleeing to the redcoats’ side.
Arnold fought for the British and moved to England after the war. He died at 60 on June 14, 1801, and was buried at a London church. His name has become synonymous with traitor in American lingo.
Because of the fragile nature of the artifacts, Benedict Arnold’s lock of hair and the paper wrapping are only being displayed Saturday and Sunday, along with the original letter Allen sent to the Connecticut governor informing him that the fort has been captured.

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LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department says a fingerprint left in a hunk of Play-Doh led them to a shoplifting suspect.
Leicester (LESS'-tuhr) police responded to Walmart on Dec. 11 after an employee found several electronic anti-theft devices that had been covered in the malleable clay-like toy in an apparent attempt to neutralize them.
The attempt to disable the spider-wrap devices failed, and the suspect had fled.
He did, however, leave a fingerprint impression in the Play-Doh.
Police announced Monday the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory helped find a match for the print.
Police charged 55-year-old Dennis Jackson with unlawful removal of an anti-theft device. Police say he has a long criminal record and faces arrest warrants in at least two other states.
Jackson is jailed and it's not clear if he had a lawyer.
 
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State police say drivers clamored to pick up cash on an interstate in Indianapolis after the back doors of a Brinks armored truck swung open and hundreds of thousands of dollars flew out.
State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine says investigators don't know exactly how much cash was in the truck when its lost its load about 9 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 on the city's southwest side. Perrine says it was definitely hundreds of thousands.
Officers blocked traffic as they helped collect money from along the highway. Perrine says an undetermined amount remains unaccounted for as some drivers stopped to scoop up cash.
Perrine says anyone who picked up the money could be charged with theft and he urged them to contact state police to return it.

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BARTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is facing charges that he used a shotgun to silence a smoke detector in the kitchen of his apartment.
Police say two shots fired Monday afternoon from the 20-gauge shotgun owned by 68-year-old Leroy Mason, of Barton, hit the adjoining wall of an occupied apartment.
Police say Mason has complained about frequent false alarms from his smoke detector, and he was upset fire crews wouldn't relocate it so he "took it upon himself to relocate the smoke detector, and shot it with the shotgun."
Emergency personnel say they took the shotgun from Mason, who then pointed a handgun at them while demanding his shotgun. Emergency crews disarmed Mason.
There were no injuries.
Mason pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released.
His attorney declined to comment.

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A principal at a Michigan Catholic high school has rescinded a plan to require female students to wear "modesty ponchos" at prom if their dresses are too revealing.
Some students and parents at Divine Child High School in Dearborn had called the policy a form of body shaming.
Principal Eric Haley issued a statement Tuesday through the Archdiocese of Detroit, saying that the ponchos were intended to remind students of the dress code, not to make them feel uncomfortable.
The ponchos will not be passed out at prom, he said.
The pink and patterned ponchos were previously on display inside the school with a note saying they would be handed to girls wearing dresses that violate the school's code. The length of the poncho suggests it's designed to cover cleavage.
The formal dress policy for the May 12 prom outlines that dresses cannot have plunging necklines or "cutouts below the traditional bra line," even if covered with mesh fabric. The school forbids exposed cleavage and visible midriffs, and a teacher will check for compliance at the door.
Theology teacher Mary Pat O'Malley came up with the "modesty poncho" idea.
"We are trying focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn't need attention drawn to it," O'Malley said. "It was really intended as a deterrent and a light hearted one at that."
Haley said the school recognizes that the "modesty poncho" has drawn away from its goal of having students adhere to the dress code policy.
"We encourage our students to tailor their outfits or provide their own wraps or shawls that would meet our requirements," he said. "If necessary, we may also provide wraps and shawls, as we have done at school functions for many years."

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a man sent to state prison for bank robbery has robbed the same Cleveland bank branch the day after his release.
Federal prosecutors in Cleveland say 40-year-old Markiko Sonnie Lewis was indicted Tuesday on a single count of bank robbery for robbing a Cleveland Key Bank branch April 12. Prosecutors say he took just over $1,000.
Lewis, of Maple Heights, was sentenced to 30 months in prison in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court in April 2016, including time already served, after pleading guilty to robbing the same bank branch in November 2015.
He was released April 11.
Court records indicate Lewis hasn't been assigned an attorney.

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FREDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey dairy farm says it hopes customers will like its new ice cream flavor incorporating another regional favorite food — pork roll.
Windy Brow Farms, in Fredon Township, says it has introduced the state's first "Taylor ham ice cream," referring to the specific brand of pork roll famous to New Jersey residents. The specialty dessert mixes in French toast with actual pieces of pork roll.
Windy Brow Managing Partner Jake Hunt noted that a pork-only ice cream would be "gross," so he added the maple and French toast element to give it a sweet and salty balance.
The ice cream is a part of a line of new flavors marketed as "Only in Jersey."

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STOCK ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge.
A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identifies the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in the Key West chain.
The Miami Herald reports that Officer Glen Way used his phone to record the fisherman. It's illegal to poke, prod, pursue or feed manatees in Florida, and that includes giving them fresh water, splashing or making excessive noise.
Mary Stella with the Dolphin Research Center says harassment is defined as "anything that alters the animal's natural behavior."
According to Monday's arrest report, there were 16 manatees in the group. The fisherman was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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May 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man who is training to be a paramedic was recorded using a Jet Ski to splash water on a flaming boat and put out the fire.
Bret Townsend, an EMT who is training to be a paramedic, said he used the Jet Ski to approach the boat after it caught fire near a sandbar in Tequesta on Sunday afternoon and made sure there was no one remaining aboard the vessel.
"My concern was the boat was going to blow off to the side, maybe catch something else on fire or get down into the fuel tank, maybe explode or leak oil into the water," Townsend told WPEC-TV.
Townsend posted a video to Facebook showing him riding the jet ski toward the boat at a high speed and turning at the last moment, splashing water on the flames.
The maneuver took about 10 minutes to completely extinguish the fire, Townsend said.
Townsend said he is hoping to get a job with Palm Beach Fire Rescue when he graduates paramedic school in July.

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BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Long Island say a man who held up a string of businesses while hiding behind a surgical mask has been identified by his mother.
Officials say the 50-year-old Bellport man turned himself in on Monday, two days after Suffolk County police released a picture of the suspect during an April 24 robbery at an East Patchogue gas station. Police say the man told them his mother was able to identify him from the picture.
The suspect is accused of robbing at gunpoint several businesses in East Patchogue, Yaphank and Holbrook. The businesses were robbed between Feb. 17 and Saturday, according to authorities. He was arraigned Monday on five counts of first-degree robbery.


 

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