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Icy body removed after 2 days of calls

DETROIT | It took three calls to Detroit authorities over two days before they recovered the body of a man frozen in ice in the elevator shaft of a vacant warehouse, a newspaper reported Thursday.

A reporter for the Detroit News said it received a tip and found the body Tuesday in a former Detroit Public Schools warehouse.

The reporter called 911 Tuesday and told a female operator about the body, the newspaper said. It said a man returned the call to the newsroom about 20 minutes later and said the body would be retrieved.

But the next day, the News said the body was still trapped in the ice. The reporter made two more calls to 911, one of which was disconnected, and a fire department employee arranged to meet the reporter and to get the body, the paper said.

Authorities used saws to extricate the body Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Free Press and WDIV-TV said. Investigators said they think the body had been in the elevator shaft for several months.

The body was taken to the Wayne County medical examiner’s office. The man’s name and the cause of his death weren’t known.


State to sell jet on eBay

JACKSON | Mississippi is the latest state trying to unload pricey property because of the economic meltdown.

The state House voted Thursday to sell an eight-seat jet valued at $3.7 million that has been used to transport Gov. Haley Barbour and other officials. The plan needs Senate approval.

The jet can be sold by competitive bid or on eBay. It costs about $1,600 an hour to operate.


Ex-carrier accused of stealing papers

PHILLIPSBURG | Police said a man stole stacks of newspapers and delivered them to unsuspecting customers for years.

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