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Bidders purchased more than 520 items Saturday belonging to the former president and his wife, Betty, that were auctioned off for charity, the Vail Daily newspaper reported.

Guernsey’s of New York did not immediately have a sales total, but Mr. Ford’s skis went for $16,800, the auction company said.

Mr. Ford died in December at age 93.

Auction proceeds will go to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which works to conserve high-altitude plants; OK Corral Camp, an outdoor camp for sick children; and the Eagle River Scholarship Fund, for postsecondary education.


Teens charged in gang-rape attack

WEST PALM BEACH — Two teenagers have been charged with gang raping a woman and forcing her 12-year-old son to join in the assault, police said.

Avion Lawson, 14, and Nathan Walker, 16, were jailed without bail on suspicion of armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery. Both were arrested last week.

Authorities say the boys were among a group of up to 10 masked suspects who forced their way into the woman’s home the night of June 18.

According to the police report, a man knocked on the woman’s door and told her he had a flat tire. The mother and son, whom police have not identified, went outside and were ambushed by a group of gun-wielding masked suspects.

The victims told police they were forced back into the house and beaten and sexually assaulted. Authorities said the men raped, sodomized and beat the woman, then forced her 12-year-old son to participate in the assault at gunpoint, making him have sex with his mother in front of them.

The boy was then beaten and had numerous household cleaning liquids poured into his eyes, according to the police report.

More arrests are expected, according to police, who said that the younger suspect confessed to participating in the attack. Investigators say a palm print and DNA evidence linked the 16-year-old to the crime. Authorities said the two would be charged as adults.


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