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Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Family receives ring lost in Vietnam War

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The class ring of Wisconsin man who died in the Vietnam War was finally returned to his family after being sent to the wrong address in 1970.

Mike Drea, born Terrance Lee Drea, died in January 1970 in an explosion in Vietnam, the Wisconsin State Journal reported in Madison reported Sunday.

Drea was a member of the 199th Infantry Company and was 20 years old when he died. The explosion also killed 12 other soldiers.

The Army sent his personal belongings to his family in Richland County, except his class ring. His sister Mary Krekeler said her family assumed it was buried in the debris of the explosion, the State Journal said.

However, the ring was actually sent to the family of Jerry Sain in Pennsylvania, who also killed in the explosion.

Sain's brother Joe said his family tried to find the proper owner of the ring several times since they received it in the mail in 1970.

In 2010, Sain and some of his family members visited the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He said the experience moved him and he thought again of the class ring.

He then turned to the Internet to find the owner of the ring, which had very little clues as to where is came from; an eagle insignia, the initials M.D. and Weston High School, the newspaper reported.

Sain found that there were three Weston High Schools in the United States, and one -- in Wisconsin -- had an eagle insignia.

In November 2012, Sain flew to Wisconsin for a basketball tournament in Ripon. While there he contacted someone at the high school who told him Terrance Drea, who died in Vietnam in 1970, was known to everyone as Mike: M.D.

Sain was given the name of Drea's brother, Bill, who lived on the family farm outside Cazenovia. Sain then drove over and delivered the ring. During the same trip, he also visited Krekeler in Madison.

"It's been wonderful for both families," Sain said.

"It's remarkable," Mary said. "After so many years. My parents would have been thrilled."


Wallaby rescued from parking garage ledge

DONCASTER, Australia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials in Australia are tending to a wallaby that found himself in a precarious spot on a ledge atop a four-story parking garage.

Amy Amato, a spokeswoman for Wildlife Victoria, the organization that was called in to try to rescue the scared creature, said the wallaby found his way out onto a ledge but hopped back onto the surface of the parking garage where he was safely hit with a tranquilizer dart and taken into captivity.

Amato said the wallaby was slightly underweight and had injured paws from hopping on concrete, but was otherwise in good condition. She said the wildlife shelter will monitor the wallaby for a few days before releasing it back into the wild.

Onlookers said they had no idea how the animal got into the Doncaster, Victoria, garage or to the top floor, the Manningham (Australia) Leader said Saturday.


Photo of creature stirs controversy online

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A photo of a creature caught in a New Jersey river has been stirring controversy on the entertainment website Reddit over whether or not it is Photoshopped.

The picture was posted on Reddit about a week ago by a user called "jlitch" with the headline "Friend also caught this fishing in NJ," The (Newark, N.J.,) Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

Since it has been posted, it has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and has received more than 2,000 comments, some of which questioned the authenticity of the photo.

Jlitch posted additional photos three days that shows a wider shot of the fisherman who snatched the animal using a bow and arrow to quell the Photoshop rumors.

The website Outdoor investigated the photo and said the creature pictured is likely a sea lamprey, an eel-like parasites with a mouth full of jagged teeth.

Sea lampreys start their lives in The Great Lakes and move to the sea and have been more recently moved into streams in New Jersey.


Cops find 100 bags of drugs in man's anus

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A Bloods gang member was arrested after New Jersey police allegedly found 100 bags of heroin hidden in his anus, police said.

Rasoul Speight, 32, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop Thursday when police allegedly smelled marijuana in his car, The Smoking Gun website reported.

Police asked for and received permission to search Speight's car. They found "nothing of evidentiary value," but arrested Speight and passenger Gary Sylak, 25, due to outstanding traffic warrants, police said.

While Speight was being processed at police headquarters, he "was found to be in possession of 100 bags of heroin which were concealed in his anus and undetectable at the scene."

Police said the heroin's estimated street value was about $1,000 in New York City, and $2,000 in upstate New York, "where both subjects were traveling to."

Speight, who police said is "also listed as a Bloods gang member," was jailed in lieu of $38,500 bail on two felony drug counts.

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