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Blind mechanic

Cliff Alderson of Alamagordo, N.M., loosens a bolt to let oil pour out during an oil change on a car. Alderson, who is blind, completed the two-year auto mechanic program at Dona Ana Community College. He earned his degree by listening and learning to feel his way around the vehicle.

Blind man hears, feels his way to mechanic degree

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A blind New Mexico man who recently earned an auto mechanics degree is looking for a job.

Clifford Alderson, 48, a graduate from a joint New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community College program, earned his degree by listening and learning to feel his way around the vehicle, KOAT-TV reports.

Born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that led to his blindness, Alderson got his on-the-job training at a small auto shop in Alamogordo and plans on making a career out of his talents.

His mother has the disease, as does his 15-year-old daughter, Lydia.

Damian Orchard, of All Makes Automotive, says, for the most part, he could just tell Alderson what needed to be done on a car and Alderson takes care of the rest.

Orchard said among the repairs Alderson can tackle are brake jobs, shocks, water and power steering pumps, alternators, and changing hoses.

Would-be cat rescuer ends up needing rescue

ERIE, Pa. — Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say a woman who tried to rescue a cat from a tree ended up needing a rescue herself.

Firefighters in Erie say they brought a 28-foot ladder to help Tara Dennis get down from the branches last week.

Residents told the Times-New they had heard the feline crying for the past couple of days. It wasn’t clear who owned the cat.

Dennis says she couldn’t stand by and do nothing. So, she scaled a fence, got on a roof and climbed onto a branch. She reached the animal, which she put in her shirt.

But the 21-year-old got stuck as she tried to come down. A neighbor called 911.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Carroll says firefighters first carried down the cat, then helped Dennis.

Man tried to toss drug-filled football into Mich. prison

JACKSON, Mich. — Michigan authorities say a man tried to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison.

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State Trooper Toby Baker said the throw in Jackson fell short, with the football landing between two fences and not in the yard where prisoners exercise.

An officer at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility saw the football thrown, and officers arrested the suspect.

The Detroit Free Press and the Jackson Citizen-Patriot say the ball contained heroin, marijuana, tobacco, three cellphones and chargers.

Twenty-two-year-old Christen D. Moore was arraigned in Jackson District Court on contraband charges and ordered jailed on a $50,000 bond. His probable-cause hearing is June 30.

Baltimore police shoot cow running loose in city

BALTIMORE — Baltimore police shot and killed a steer that escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street, a spokeswoman said.

The animal was shot in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, and police confirmed it escaped from the George G. Ruppersberger and Sons Inc. slaughterhouse in west Baltimore.

Sgt. Sarah Connolly said police received calls from business owners concerned about the animal running loose. The neighborhood is home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops.

The animal was “increasingly aggressive,” and officers made several attempts to trap it before killing it, police said on the department’s Facebook page.

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