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Statue Of Mary Catches Teenager

Tue., May 16, 1995

Divine intervention stopped a 16-year-old who was trying to climb onto the roof of a parochial school.

A 400-pound statue of the Virgin Mary fell on top of Stephen J. Miller outside Sacred Heart School, pinning him to the ground for nearly two hours before help arrived.

Miller, who suffered only bruises, was charged with trespassing.

The teenager, who doesn’t attend the school, was trying to climb onto its low roof at about 2 a.m. Saturday when he fell, police said. He hit the 5-foot plaster statue on his way down, and it toppled onto his legs.

A neighbor heard Miller’s screams and called police.

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