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Charlie the black lab drove his owner’s car into the Pend Oreille River.

As Mark Ewing walked home Wednesday evening after returning from picking up a pizza, Charlie jumped into the car through an open window, and apparently knocked the vehicle into gear.

“He somehow got the car into neutral,” Mr. Ewing said. “My car just went boom, down an incline and into the drink.”

Mr. Ewing could only watch as his Chevy Impala sank into the river. No dummy, Charlie jumped out of the window as the car went downhill.

“There’s nothing weirder than looking at your car cruising down your driveway when you’re not in it and seeing your dog jump out and then watching your car go splash,” Mr. Ewing said.


Films arrive by mail after 34 years

HOLLAND — Musty brown boxes containing educational films about the Netherlands have made their way back to western Michigan, 34 years late.

Holland, Mich., Postmaster John Masuga thinks someone had the two boxes stored somewhere, found them and tossed them into a mail-collection box. They had metered postage and arrived in Holland from a bulk-mail facility in Allen Park.

The boxes were from the University of Wisconsin in Barron County and the University of Texas in Austin. The films were loaned by the Netherlands Information Service, a public relations office run here by the Dutch government from 1936 to 1974 that is a precursor to the Holland Museum.

One of the boxes arrived June 15 containing the educational films “Jan — Boy of the Netherlands,” “Rotterdam Europort: Gateway to Europe” and “The Netherlands — Blueprint of an Urban Society.” The other arrived Tuesday, with the Dutch-language films “Zeilen” (“Sailing”) and “Holland Terra Fertilis” (“Fertile Land”).

Located a few miles east of Lake Michigan, Holland was settled by Dutch immigrants and is known for its Dutch heritage and annual tulip festival.


Wallet left on car sheds cash into wind

MILTON — A business owner is missing hundreds of dollars after driving off in his car with his wallet containing more than $1,000 still on the roof.

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