MAINE RESIDENT JESUS CHRIST SENDS LETTER TO OPRAH WINFREY
WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — Jesus Christ, who lives in Maine, says she didn’t know Oprah Winfrey was asking for a sign from God about running for president when she sent a letter to the television magnate. WGME-TV reports 83-year-old Jesus Christ in northern Waterboro says she began a letter writing campaign 50 years ago to spread a message of faith and peace after legally changing her name. Christ says she sent the letter to Oprah because she likes her but had no idea it would get so much attention. Television anchor Gayle King posted about the letter to Oprah on her Instagram last week, asking if it was the sign her best friend was looking for. Christ says if Oprah runs for president, she’ll vote for her.
ARIZONA WOMAN DISPUTES HER ARREST WAS MADE ON WEDDING DAY
PHOENIX (AP) — A woman photographed by police wearing what appeared to be a wedding dress during her arrest on a charge of impaired driving in southern Arizona is disputing police claims that she was taken into custody as she was headed to her wedding. The image of Amber Young being put into a police cruiser late Monday morning while in handcuffs and wearing a white open-back full-length dress made its rounds on social media. Her attorney says she wasn’t heading for her wedding, that she wasn’t engaged and that she was wearing a sun dress, not a wedding dress. Young isn’t engaged and insisted she was wearing a sun dress, not a wedding gown. The woman says she thinks police posted the photo for laughs. Her lawyer says “It was not to warn others about impaired driving but rather,” he said “to ridicule and mock” her. After the arrest police tweeted the photo and “Don’t drive impaired, till death do we part doesn’t need any help.”
DEAD MAN WALKING: COURT REJECTS ROMANIAN’S CLAIM HE’S ALIVE
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he’s alive, after he was officially registered as deceased. A court spokeswoman said Friday that 63-year-old Constantin Reliu lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final. Media reported Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife managed to get a death certificate for him in 2016. Turkish authorities located Reliu this year with expired papers and deported him. When he arrived in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead. He was quoted as saying: “I am officially dead, although I’m alive, I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento animal shelter is seeking supplies and cash donations to care for nearly 300 rabbits taken from a single property. KTXL-TV reports the bunnies are of varying ages and not available for adoption because they are part of an investigation. Folsom Police Department Detective Donald Rowberry says officers were responding to a separate call when they looked over a fence and spotted about 100 rabbits. The officers called for backup and found many more bunnies hopping in unsanitary living conditions. Folsom city code allows only two rabbits per home. The Sacramento SPCA received 286 from the home. The group is calling for rabbit-related help through social media with the hashtag #bunoverload2018.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old Indiana man took a cab to and from a bank robbery and that he paid the driver with some of his stolen cash. Derrick Faria was arrested less than an hour after Thursday’s robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch in Evansville. The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Faria reportedly passed a teller a note demanding money, but that he didn’t show a weapon. Faria is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show that Faria hadn’t been formally charged as of Friday morning. They didn’t list an attorney for him.