June 10, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Wildfire spreads in northern Colorado

From Wire Reports

Fort Collins, Colo. – Crews battled a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado on Saturday that scorched between 2,000 and 3,000 acres and prompted several dozen evacuation orders.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz said the fire was reported just before 6 a.m. Saturday in the mountainous Paradise Park area about 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins. He said at least 46 structures and likely many more were evacuated. A center was set up at a middle school in Laporte.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Megachurch pastor accused by daughter

Atlanta – The 15-year-old daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and punched her, and hit her with his shoe during an argument over whether she could go to a party, according to a police report.

Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter corroborated most of her sister’s story, but Dollar disputed it, telling a sheriff’s deputy he was trying to restrain her when she became disrespectful. When she began to hit back, he wrestled her to the floor and spanked her, according to the police report.

Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta. His World Changers Church International has 30,000 members in the Atlanta area, and the ministry has satellite churches across the U.S.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.

Toothpick theft an inside job, owner thinks

ATHENS, Ga. – Who says toothpicks are not valuable?

Police in Georgia are trying to figure out who stole about 400,000 toothpicks worth nearly $3,000 from a manufacturer in Athens.

Police told the Athens Banner-Herald someone took six cases from Armond’s Manufacturing Co. about two weeks ago, and another seven cases disappeared last weekend. Each case contains 288 packages of 100 toothpicks.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry.

The owner believes a current or former employee might be responsible. Two employees told the owner they saw a man selling containers of Armond’s toothpicks at a flea market last weekend.

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