Psalm book to be auctioned
A psalm book once owned by a judge in the Salem witch trials is being sold. The previously unknown seventh edition of The Bay Psalm Book that once belonged to Jonathan Corwin could sell for $40,000 when it is auctioned on Thursday by Swann Auction Galleries. Corwin was a judge during the 1692 trials, when 19 accused witches were hanged and another was crushed to death. The edition was printed in 1640. The book has a second connection to the witch trials. It was also once owned by the descendants of John Proctor, hanged as a witch in 1692.
FORT WORTH, Texas
Ruling on ‘affluenza’ teen
The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck won’t be moved to an adult jail as he awaits a hearing to determine whether his case will be transferred to adult court, where he could face time behind bars, a judge ruled Friday. Ethan Couch, 18, was booked into a juvenile detention facility in Fort Worth after he was deported from Mexico on Thursday. Authorities believe he and his mother fled the U.S. last month as Texas prosecutors investigated whether he violated his probation in the 2013 wreck that killed four people.
Sinkhole opens near highway
Transportation officials say a massive sinkhole has opened near a highway along the coast of southern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says a sinkhole off Highway 101 has been plaguing the Curry County town of Harbor since heavy rains last month. A contractor was working on it Thursday when the erosion started to accelerate on a nearby road. Officials say the sinkhole didn’t swallow any vehicles, and there were no injuries.
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J.
Raccoon in attack had rabies
Authorities on Friday confirmed a case of rabies in a raccoon that attacked a boy, 6, while he was walking to school, scratching and biting him in the face until a bystander killed the animal. Aryan Gavali was attacked Wednesday in Elmwood Park. The raccoon ran across the street, jumped on his back and crawled onto his face. The boy’s father said his son is on the mend. Danny Walls, 31, used a 10-foot fiberglass and aluminum pole to beat the raccoon to death as it gnawed on the boy’s face. “I’ve never seen anything like it. [It’s] the most vicious thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Walls said.
Compiled from wire reports