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Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Man picks up wrong child after school

GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A man picking up a friend's daughter after school in New Jersey was arrested after picking up the wrong girl -- but he says he won't make that mistake again.

Art Deaner was supposed to pick up 6-year-old Courtney Fetters Tuesday in Gloucester City, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. When he arrived at the appointed place, he saw 9-year-old Courtney Durr -- who coincidentally was also waiting for a family friend to pick her up.

He told her he was looking for Courtney, she said she was Courtney, and he told her to get in the car, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, reported.

"I got off the bus and he pulled up and he asked if there was a Courtney," Courtney Durr said. "I said, 'Yeah.' My crossing guard let me go and I went with him."

Deaner hadn't seen Courtney Fetters in weeks and mistook Courtney Durr for his friend's child, and Courtney Durr knew a friend of her mom's was picking her up, so she went with Deaner, the report said.

The woman who was supposed to pick up Courtney Durr called the girl's mom when she arrived to pick the girl up and couldn't find her.

Deaner says he got an idea there was a problem when he started talking to Courtney Durr about a trip to Maine he knew Courtney Fetters had taken, and the girl in his car said she had never been in Maine.

"I had to turn around and take her back," he said. "I got the wrong Courtney."

As he was returning to drop her off where he picked her up, Deaner was pulled over by police and arrested. The crossing guard had not recognized Deaner's car when Courtney Durr got in it and took down the license number, giving it to police.

Deaner, who was released without charges, told WCAU he won't pick up the wrong kid after school again.

"I'll take a picture," he said.


Finder of sunken ship says no treasure

MANITOU PASSAGE, Mich., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The man who located the Westmoreland, which sank in Lake Michigan in 1854, says he never found the treasure of gold and whiskey it was reputed to have held.

After more than a century of searches by various treasure hunters, diver and historian Ross Richardson of Grand Rapids, Mich., found the ship in July 2010 at the bottom of Platte Bay, near Traverse City in the state's Lower Peninsula. Legends, circulated by the survivors of the shipwreck, suggested $100,000 in gold coins and 280 barrels of whiskey were aboard when the ship went down in a blizzard, 3 miles from shore, The Grand Rapids Press said Wednesday.

"It's probably one of the most well-preserved shipwrecks from the 1850s on the planet," said Richardson. It's in amazing condition."

It was his second attempt to find the ship after years of exhaustive research, the newspaper said.

Richardson, who will present his findings Thursday at the Grand Rapids Public Library, said he found no gold -- "Not for lack of looking," he noted -- and said the whiskey, if any, was stored in a part of the ship he has not yet been able to access.


162-year-old restaurant closes in Mich.

METAMORA, Mich., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The owner of Michigan's oldest continuously operating restaurant says the business has shut its doors after 162 years.

Tim Wilkins, operator of the White Horse Inn in Metamora, sent out an email Tuesday night announcing the restaurant is closing down due to the state of the building, which was a stagecoach shop before it was a restaurant, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Wilkins said the building "is in need of immediate major repairs to insure the safety of our staff and guests."

"We learned today that a decision has been made that, in spite of the safety issues, the repairs will not be made," he said. "Good sense must prevail. We have decided to close."


$21.5 million diamond sets record

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A Swiss auction house said the "Archduke Joseph Diamond" sold for $21.5 million, setting a world record for a colorless diamond.

Christie's Geneva said the 76.02-carat, cushion-shaped diamond, named for Archduke Joseph of Austria, set a world record when it was sold Tuesday for $282,545 per carat at the Four Seasons hotel on behalf of Alfredo Molina, chief executive of Black, Starr & Frost jewelers.

"I am thrilled but not surprised that the Archduke Joseph Diamond should have fetched such a high price," Molina said. "It is considered the finest and largest perfect Golconda diamond ever to appear at auction, with a noble lineage and royal provenance which literally 'Fit for a Queen.' I was blessed to be the Archduke's guardian and champion for the past 13 years, and indeed it has become part of my very identity. I am honored to have worked with Rahul Kadakia and Christie's on this historic sale. I wish the Archduke Joseph Diamond godspeed ... and I know its new owners will delight in its beauty, charisma and mystery as I have for so many happy years."

The auctioneer did not identify the buyer of the jewel.


Oil delivery to wrong address spells doom

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A home heating oil delivery to the wrong address on Canada's Vancouver Island created a hazard and the house had to be torn down, officials said.

The new owner of the property in Saanich, a northern suburb of Victoria, was renovating the house and had recently switched from oil heat to electric, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Owner Terry Phillips said he had disconnected the underground tank and wasn't there when a tanker truck pulled up and pumped almost 80 gallons of oil into the disconnected tank.

"They got the wrong address," he said. "They filled up the tank. It went into the ground."

When the accident was discovered, it was significant enough to alert British Columbia environmental officials, the report said.

Hazardous materials contractor David Rogers told the CBC it was clear cleanup couldn't happen with the house standing.

"Quite often we can dig under the house and support it with concrete," he said. "Because of the way it is, and the underground oil tank here, we could not support the house and save it."

The oil company's insurance is responsible for costs, the report said.

Topics: David Rogers
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