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Cardboard officer cuts crime at Massachusetts subway stop

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The burly officer watching over the bike racks at a Boston-area transportation hub is a real stiff.

As part of an effort to cut crime at the Alewife MBTA subway and bus station in Cambridge, transit police placed a cardboard cutout of a police officer in the bicycle cage. Hundreds of people use the racks daily.

Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan says the fake cop, along with video cameras and a new lock, has cut bike thefts by 67 percent.

It's also a money saver. Lenehan estimates it would cost $200,000 a year to have an officer watch over the cage full-time.

The cutout is actually a picture of real MBTA Officer David Silen.

Silen says the split second thieves take to glance at the cutout is enough to discourage them.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Police: Man breaks into western Pennsylvania church, sleeps

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been jailed on burglary charges after police say he broke into a western Pennsylvania church after a night of drinking, only to be found fast sleep by police the next morning.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 38-year-old Lee Edward Sager, of Richland Township, who remained in the Cambria County Prison unable to post bond on charges including burglary.

Lower Yoder Township police tell the (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat that Sager apparently kicked open a door at St. Andrew Catholic Church late Saturday night, then spent time in the attached rectory living room before falling asleep in an upstairs bedroom.

The church's pastor says it doesn't appear Sager took anything, and the suspect tells police he was drinking at a bar and doesn't remember how he got inside the church.

Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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South Carolina man describes being hurt, trapped in car 

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A South Carolina man was trapped in a rental car with a broken neck and other injuries for more than a day after the vehicle went off a forest road and rolled down an embankment in western Montana.

Shaun Lee of Moncks Corner, S.C., said he was upside down, pinned by the steering wheel, as he waited for help and prayed in the crashed car. He told his story to the media Monday from a Missoula hospital, where he was recovering.

Lee, 30, said he had traveled from South Carolina to North Dakota to look for work in the oil fields, then decided to continue on to Montana to visit an aunt in Missoula.

He said he was looking for a motel west of Missoula when he took a wrong exit and a few wrong turns and found himself coming down a slope on a wet dirt road at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 1.

"Emergency brake on, got the foot brake on," recalled Lee, "It's going faster and faster. Next thing I know she flipped upside-down and boom."

Lee said he yelled, honked the horn and prayed in hopes of being found.

"I did say my 'Our Fathers' and 'Hail Mary Full of Graces,'" Lee said.

At about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 2, Forest Service employee Benji Hegg spotted Lee's car and called for help.

"He sat right there outside my window and kept me level-headed," Lee said. "He saved my life."

Other rescuers responded and cut Lee out of the vehicle. Taylor Blakely, a member of Frenchtown Rural Fire, said responders place Lee on a backboard and carried him up the embankment. He was then taken to the hospital.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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