In brief: Thief captured in family photo
Madison, Wis. – A man captured in a vacationing family’s photograph as he stole their bag in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol received a five-day jail sentence and a nearly $500 fine.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday that Glenn Lambright was given credit for time already served after pleading no contest to misdemeanor theft earlier this month.
Vacationer John Myers, of Bloomfield, N.J., had set the self-timer on his camera and hustled into the frame with his wife and two children in August. Meanwhile, a man grabbed a bag containing Myers’ wallet and other items.
After discovering the bag missing, Myers checked his camera and found a photo with a man picking up the bag in the background. Myers showed the photo to police, who recognized the man and tracked him down.
Candidate regrets ‘shove it’ language
Providence, R.I. – The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor who said President Barack Obama could “shove it” said Saturday he wishes he had “chosen different language.”
Frank Caprio made the remark Monday after learning Obama would not make an endorsement in the governor’s race. Caprio said the president could “take his endorsement and really shove it.”
In an e-mail statement Saturday, Caprio didn’t flatly apologize for the comment but said, “I wish I had chosen different language.” He said he respected the president’s decision.
The White House had said Obama did not make an endorsement in the race out of respect for Lincoln Chafee, the independent candidate who endorsed Obama in the 2008 presidential primary. Caprio endorsed Hillary Clinton in that race.
In the e-mail, Caprio said Obama’s decision surprised him, but he accepted it.
Since Caprio made the comment, an opinion poll showed support dropping for him. He also was criticized by his rivals.
Former President Bill Clinton plans to campaign for Caprio today.
Crews tame fire; residents return
Boulder, Colo. – More than 1,700 people evacuated because of a wildfire west of Boulder were allowed to return to their homes Saturday after firefighters worked through the night to stop the fire from spreading.
Calm winds and higher humidity helped keep the 144-acre fire from spreading overnight. It was 70 percent contained Saturday.
Concerns about high winds spreading the flames prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in the west part of Boulder and in the mountains west of the city when two fires started Friday. The fires then merged into one.
No buildings were burned. The blaze was near an area where a wildfire burned almost 10 square miles and 169 homes last month.