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Davis, 38, was convicted of killing Savannah police Officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot twice after he rushed to help a homeless man who had been assaulted.

Man pleads guilty in plane theft

BUFORD, Ga. — The man accused of stealing a plane from a Florida airport and flying it 350 miles to Georgia has pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, court officials said.

Daniel Andrew Wolcott of Buford, Ga., entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Jacksonville, Fla., a court representative said.

A sentencing hearing is pending. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but his plea agreement means Wolcott likely will receive a reduced sentence, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

On Oct. 9, 2005, Wolcott, then 22, stole a Cessna Citation 7 jet worth $7 million from the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Airport in Florida. Wolcott then flew to Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field, taking on board five friends who were unaware the plane was stolen.

Historic mantels stolen from home

RAMAPO, N.Y. — The thieves who kicked in the door of an empty house last month weren’t after any ordinary valuables; they wanted the 19th-century home’s decorative wooden mantelpieces.

The mantel bandits made off with seven of the valuable fireplace frames, each worth at least $1,000, police said Friday.

“This definitely was organized,” Ramapo police Detective Keith Schwartz said.

The mantels, crafted between 1810 and 1820, were taken July 19 or 20 from a property known as the Smith House, which is part of a large estate. Developer Ramapo Land Co. plans to build luxury housing in the area but preserve the Smith House, President Jack O’Keeffe said.

19th-century readers saved from trash bin

PHILADELPHIA — An antiques collector stumbled upon a Civil War-era rarity that was about to suffer the same fate as yesterday’s trash.

Antiques collector Stephen Burns discovered that a pile of periodicals intended for the garbage heap turned out to be dozens of issues of Little Pilgrim, a children’s reader published in Philadelphia in the 1850s and ‘60s. The periodical featured fiction, poetry, riddles and other items for young readers.

Mr. Burns was at an auction when a bidder bought a box of books, then offered him the primers in the bottom of the box. They would have just been thrown away, he said.

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