US News: In the End, Police Recover Evidence After Man Swallows Ring

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police say they've got the $3,200 engagement ring a New Hampshire man allegedly swallowed during an attempted jewelry store theft.
Authorities charged 52-year-old Ronald Perley with theft and falsifying physical evidence after they say X-rays showed the 14-karat white-gold ring with princess-cut diamonds inside him.
WMUR-TV reports Manchester police had recovered the ring as of Saturday.
Perley allegedly went into Bellman's Jewelers on Thursday asking about engagement rings. Workers said he grabbed a ring then swallowed it after being confronted.
Police say surveillance footage shows Perley taking the ring and putting his hand to his mouth.
Perley was being held on $50,000 bail.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police say a homeless man set a 63-year-old California man on fire outside a 7-Eleven store by throwing a flammable substance inside the man's parked SUV.
Long Beach Sgt. Aaron Eaton says the man suffered severe burns in the Friday evening attack.
Bystanders helped douse the flames and 38-year-old Raymond Sean Clark was arrested a block away. Eaton says the attacker and victim apparently didn't know each other and the motive was murky.
Clark was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and on some misdemeanor warrants.
The victim was hospitalized in critical condition.

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say two people are missing after a pair of avalanches in the mountains near Snoqualmie Pass.
Initial report said as many as three people were missing, but officials now say two are unaccounted for after the avalanches hit two separate groups.
At one spot, three people were snowshoeing. KING-TV is reporting ( ) that one of them is missing, another has shoulder and hamstring injuries, and the other was not hurt.
At the other site, 13 people were in the area near where the avalanche struck. One person is missing and another is reportedly suffering from hypothermia and unable to walk. The group has been told to stay put as rescue workers attempt to reach them.
The avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Former classmates of a man who kept hidden in the woods of Maine for 27 years and who's known as the North Pond Hermit remember him as quiet, smart and nerdy.
Christopher Knight's former classmates at Lawrence High School in Fairfield tell Waterville's Morning Sentinel newspaper ( the 1984 graduate kept pretty much to himself and didn't stand out.
Albion resident Sue Greeley remembers Knight as being thin and having thick hair and big glasses.
Curt Reid says he was shocked to hear Knight had been accused of committing more than 1,000 burglaries to support his life in the woods.
Knight is charged with stealing food from a camp along North Pond in Rome, a town of about 1,000 residents. He's jailed in Augusta and has refused requests for interviews.

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Trials are set to begin for two North Carolina social service workers accused of trying to cover up their agency's role after a toddler's death.
Thirty-year-old Candice Lassiter is charged with three counts each of obstruction of justice and forgery related to the police investigation of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn's 2011 death.
Twenty-eight-year-old Craig Smith is charged with three counts of obstruction of justice in the death of the girl. Lassiter and Smith worked for the Department of Social Services in Swain County.
Prosecutors say that after Aubrey's death, Lassiter ordered Smith, a subordinate, to falsify records to make it appear that the department had done a thorough job investigating allegations that the girl had been abused.
The trials are scheduled to begin Monday.

DECKER, Mont. (AP) -- From the time coal is blasted from strip mines in Montana and Wyoming to the point where it reaches customers in Asia, its price can get marked up by five times or more.
It's a lucrative emerging market for an industry facing domestic declines.
But as the federal government investigates whether companies are bilking the treasury by paying royalties based on a far lower coal price, one of the industry's main players, Cloud Peak Energy, is defending the practice.
Company executives acknowledge they sell coal for more money in Asia. But they spend much more, too, in shipping and handling costs.
Members of Congress warn the government could lose many millions of dollars annually if royalties are unfairly calculated. U.S. coal exports hit a record 125 million tons last year.