Cash in the trash: Northern California recycler finds Oregon man’s life savings among recyclables

Friday was a lucky day for one Ashland, Oregon, man who accidentally chucked his life savings.

Staff at Recology Humboldt County were able to recover the roughly $23,000 the man kept in a shoebox he accidentally recycled at the Samoa Resource Recovery Center around 7:15 in the morning.

“It’s not the first time I’ve heard about someone losing something valuable in the trash or recycling that we’ve been able to recover,” said Linda Wise, general manager of Recology Humboldt County. “But it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”

Recology Humboldt had been contacted by Recology Ashland, which is among the many places that sends its recycling to the Samoa recycling facility, after someone “had mistakenly thrown out a shoebox full of their life savings up there and were frantically looking for it,” Wise said.

By the time he contacted Recology Ashland, the recyclables had already left for Samoa. So the man called the Samoa facility and told them he lost the money and it could be in the load from Ashland, which Wise said usually arrives on Thursday.

Wise said the staff was informed to keep an eye out for the money when sorting through the 22 tons of mixed recycling.

“Then this morning, it showed up,” Wise said.

The Ashland man will be coming to Eureka to get the money from the facility Saturday morning. Until that time, Wise said they’re keeping the money in a very secure location.

The money could have easily ended up going into the baler if staff weren’t keeping an eye out for it, Wise said. The shoebox was in a load full of paper, which usually “just goes into the baler,” she said.

“If we weren’t keeping an eye out for it, it could’ve easily gotten lost,” Wise said. “In this case, we were able to recover it …read more

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Freedom sought for Bay Area teen jailed in Italian police slaying

ROME — A lawyer for one of two American teens jailed in the investigation of an Italian police officer’s slaying has petitioned for his client’s release.

Francesco Petrelli said Friday he didn’t know when a tribunal would hear the appeal, filed a day earlier, on behalf of Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18.

Natale-Hjorth and fellow Californian Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, are being held in a Rome jail while prosecutors probe the slaying of an unarmed officer, Mario Cerciello Rega, who was knifed 11 times on July 26.

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Prosecutors contend Elder stabbed the officer during a scuffle while Natale-Hjorth allegedly punched and kicked the officer’s partner. The plainclothes officers were investigating an alleged extortion attempt by the teens involving a stolen knapsack.

Prosecutors say Elder claims self-defense and that both teens say they didn’t realize the two men were police officers.

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Cop accidentally kills woman while shooting at barking dog, police say

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By Faith Karimi | CNN

A Texas police officer trying to shoot at a barking dog killed the woman he was there to help during a welfare check, authorities say.

A caller reported a woman passed out in a grassy area in Arlington on Thursday evening. Arlington police officers, the fire department and EMS were dispatched to the scene to conduct a welfare check, officials said.

When the officer approached the woman, he noticed an unrestrained dog nearby, the Arlington Police Department said in a statement.

“As the officer called out to the woman repeatedly concerning her welfare, the dog began to run towards the officer while barking. The officer retreated backwards from the running dog while drawing his duty firearm,” police said. “The officer discharged his firearm multiple times towards the dog. After the shots were fired, the woman yelled out and it was apparent she was injured.”

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She was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Preliminary information shows she was struck by gunfire from the officer, according to the police. Her identity will be released after the next of kin …read more

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