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  |   Dec. 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Stolen baby Jesus returns a year later

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A baby Jesus figurine stolen from a Pennsylvania church last year has turned up cradled in the arms of a statue.

Julia Super, 7, was the first to spot the Central Presbyterian Church's returned Jesus Sunday on Memorial Square in Chambersburg, in the arms of a bronze soldier statue, the Chambersburg Public Opinion reported Wednesday.

"We were driving to church and Julia started yelling, 'There's baby Jesus! There's baby Jesus!'" mother Buffy Super said.

Super said her daughter had been "totally distraught" when the figurine was stolen last year.

"It was more than she could handle," Buffy Super said. "It was a beautiful Christmas miracle that it was returned -- everyone looked in disbelief."

Church member Roni Gingrich said the day wasn't all good news: Someone stole the replacement Jesus, which had been donated by Hobby Lobby, after Sunday's service.


Office complex bans poinsettias

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A three-building office complex in Ontario has issued a ban on holiday poinsettias for 6,000 workers due to one employee's allergy.

Property manager Nexacor sent out a memo on behalf of Bell Canada explaining workers at the Creekbank campus in Mississauga will not be allowed to keep the traditional plants on their desks due to a worker suffering from an allergy that could be life-threatening, the Toronto Star reported Thursday.

"Please make sure all personal plants on desks and other office areas are also removed by Dec. 21," the memo read. "Any plants found after Dec. 21 will be removed and disposed of without further notification."

Bell spokesman Mark Langton said the allergic employee has been with the company for 30 years.

Langton said Nexacor was being "overzealous" with the memo, which said a full plant ban would be enforced. He said such a ban has been in place since the office opened, but has not been enforced because it was mostly aimed at easing the transition into the building.


Man left dog in charge of baby

PALM COAST, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida man was arrested and charged with child neglect after leaving a 10-month-old in the care of a dog while he went to a bar.

Flagler County sheriff's deputies said the infant's mother left the child in the care of James Irvine, 41, while she went to work, and she returned to her Palm Coast home to discover Irvine was attempting to enter the home through a garage door and admitted he had been out drinking, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday.

The mother said Irvine told her the infant was not alone because a pit bull was watching him.

Deputies said the dog was sitting outside the closed door of the baby's room as the baby cried.


Goat threatens middle schoolers

HOUSTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Neighbors of a Houston middle school said a goat picked up by police was a "mean old goat" that had threatened students and other pedestrians.

Carl Johnson said he came outside Tuesday morning when he heard a commotion outside his home, located near Lamar Fleming Middle School, and saw the unusual animal, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported Wednesday.

"The landlord right there came out and had his broom and shooed him on up this way," he said. "He's a mean old goat."

The principal of the school said she called animal control and had students gather in the cafeteria while officers came to pick up the goat, which she described as aggressive. The principal said the goat tried to head butt and bite students but did not succeed in injuring anyone.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the goat's owner has 18 days to claim him, then the animal will be sent to auction.

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