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Man stole, tossed dog off bridge in phone flap

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A man who tossed a stranger's Chihuahua off a bridge in a fit of anger faces up to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to aggravated animal cruelty and theft.

David M. Beers, 35, of Brunswick, will be sentenced June 7 for snatching 4-pound Zoey from Caisha and Timothy Wantz's driveway and throwing her out his car window last June as he crossed Catoctin Creek on a state highway.

Beers told police he was angry that the Wantzes had ordered him off their property near Jefferson, about 35 miles from Washington, after he had stopped to make a cell phone call. He said he thought their driveway, a quarter-mile dirt lane, was a utility road.

Beers left the property but returned a few minutes later and grabbed the dog.


Suspect held in threat to House GOP whip

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia man charged with threatening the No. 2 House Republican was ordered held without bail Monday pending a mental evaluation after authorities said he tried to post an Internet video that also called the congressman the devil.

Norman Leboon, 38, made a video last week that threatened Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, according a sworn statement. In the video, Leboon called Cantor "pure evil" and made threatening statements about Cantor's wife, authorities said.

He also called the congressman "Lucifer" and said, "Remember Eric . . . your judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given," authorities said. Cantor is the only Jewish Republican member of Congress, and Passover began Monday at sundown.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Reed said the threat does not appear to be connected to the health care reform bill.


Boy to be tried as adult in woman, fetus deaths

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania boy who was 11 when he was accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancee with a shotgun blast to the back of her head as she lay in bed will be tried as an adult in the death of both the woman and the fetus, a judge ruled Monday.

Jordan Brown, now 12, is charged with criminal homicide in the Feb. 20, 2009, death of Kenzie Marie Houk, 26, in their farmhouse in New Galilee, in western Pennsylvania. Houk was 8 1/2 months pregnant; the male fetus died from a resulting lack of oxygen.

Prosecutors have said they will seek a conviction on first-degree murder charges, which carry a life prison term.

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