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Ind. town seeks missing time capsule

ELKHART, Ind., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- City officials in Elkhart, Ind., said they are having difficulty locating a time capsule buried in 1958 -- possibly because it may never have existed.


Officials said a city employee received an e-mail from a man who said he was at the city's centennial celebration in 1958 and claimed a time capsule buried during the ceremony was meant to be opened in 2008, the Elkhart Truth reported.

However, the city's Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee said it could not determine where the capsule had been buried. Some members suggested Lundquist-Bicentennial Park as the location, but the only time capsule on record in the park was buried in 1977.

Mary Jo Weyrick, the City Council's administrative assistant, said she has combed through all records of the centennial celebration and cannot find any record of the time capsule other than a brief newspaper mention requesting photo clippings for the item.


Paul Thomas, curator of the Time Was Museum and a member of the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, said the 1958 capsule may have never been buried.

"Everyone assumed it existed," he said. The centennial "was covered like a blanket, and there was nothing" mentioning the item.

Weyrick said one resident who remembers the centennial celebration said the time capsule was buried on the southwest corner of Main and High streets -- an area the city is unlikely to want to dig up after new sidewalks were recently installed.

Montana man crashed bike into wild bear

MISSOULA, Mont., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A 57-year-old man in Missoula, Mont., says he is lucky to be alive after accidentally crashing his bicycle into the side of a wild bear.

Middle school teacher Jim Litz said he often sees bears during his daily commute along a dirt road but he didn't' have time to avoid one of the animals that wandered into his way Monday, The (Missoula, Mont.) Missoulian said.

"I didn't have time to respond. I never even hit my brakes," Litz said.

The teacher said after the impact flipped him off his bike, the bear began clawing at him, apparently in confusion and anger. The attack left Litz with scratches and bruises over most of his body.


Litz said he was sore and a bit clawed up, but lucky to have survived - and he holds no ill will toward the animal.

"I was truly lucky, because I accosted the bear and he let me live," he told the Missoulian. "I truly respect them. They're beautiful creatures."

Police: Teens tried to rob undercover cop

BALTIMORE, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Three teenagers in Baltimore made a poor choice in victims when they allegedly attempted to rob a plainclothes officer, police say.

Police said the unidentified boys lured the undercover officer into an alley with talk of a drug transaction and then tried to rob him, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The officer, whose name wasn't released, showed his gun and grabbed one suspect but the other two got away. The 15-year-old suspect was charged with attempted armed robbery.

The arresting officer had been working undercover as part of a drug investigation, the newspaper said.

11-month-old tips off grandma to trouble

BRAINTREE, England, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The grandmother of a Braintree, England, 11-month-old said the baby answered the phone and alerted her to the fact that the child's mother was in trouble.

Grandmother Linda Wight said she knew something was amiss when she phoned Elizabeth Boyle, 20, and the cell phone was answered by Wright's granddaughter, Amelia, The Times of London reported.


Wright said Amelia tipped her off that something was wrong in the home by asking, "Who's this?" and repeatedly saying: "Mama."

The grandmother phoned emergency services and Boyle awoke to find police at her doorway. She said she had blacked out in the hallway of her home.

Boyle, who had a history of passing out, was examined by paramedics, did not require hospital treatment.

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