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Boy, 4, hailed for aid in finding woman

TUPPER LAKE (AP) -- A 4-year-old boy has been hailed as a hero for helping police find a 79-year-old woman who had wandered away from her Adirondack home last month.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported that Cedar Rivers spotted a woman outside the Tupper Lake home of his day care provider on Dec. 2. They didn't think it was unusual, but later when Cedar saw a missing-woman poster, he told his mother he had seen the same woman earlier that day.

Cedar's information helped police locate the woman on the day care provider's property, where she was found on the ground. Authorities said the woman suffers from dementia.

The woman, along with her family, was at the village board meeting Tuesday night when board members presented Cedar with a plaque.

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Woman pleads guilty to hitting motorcyclists

FONDA (AP) -- A Fort Plain woman faces up to 18 years in prison for plowing head-on into two motorcyclists last summer, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Albany-area newspapers reported that Sybil Monk, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated vehicular homicide for the July 25 accident that killed Bruce Gilmore, 66, of Wellesley Island.

Montgomery County prosecutors said Monk was under the influence of prescribed narcotics when she hit the motorcycles being driven by Gilmore and Douglas Estelle, 48, of Clayton on Route 5 in Palatine, 45 miles northwest of Albany.

Estelle suffered serious injuries.

Monk, who had two of her three children in her car at the time, is set to be sentenced in March to six to 18 years in prison.

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Social worker stabbed while visiting client

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Police said Thursday a New York social worker is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times while visiting a client at his Westchester County home.

Frances Mortenson underwent surgery at Westchester Medical Center Wednesday night.

Police said the attack occurred while she was visiting Jamile Wilson at his White Plains apartment.

White Plains public safety police commissioner, David Chong, said Wilson called 911 around 11 a.m. Wednesday to report he had gotten into an argument with his social worker and was armed with a knife.

Police charged Wilson with second-degree attempted murder.

Mortenson, 47, works as a social worker at St. Vincent's Hospital Center in Harrison.

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Trespass charge ends elevator ride with Ono

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities said Thursday a Korean tourist faces a misdemeanor trespassing charge after he got into the Dakota apartment building and rode the elevator with Yoko Ono.

Police said the man was heading down to the lobby Jan. 12 when the elevator coincidentally stopped on Ono's floor. She got in. The tourist didn't recognize John Lennon's widow.

The man was detained when he got out at the lobby because security had spotted him on the roof. Authorities said he went to the building to take photos and got in through a service entrance.

His case is on track for dismissal if he completes a day of community service within six months.

Lennon was gunned down outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980.

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