- - Thursday, August 26, 2010

CONNECTICUT

Man ‘shocked’ by video arrest

HARTFORD — A Connecticut man arrested on allegations he coached his 8-year-old neighbor to swear and posted a video of it on YouTube says he is shocked the child’s family turned him in to police.

Bridgeport resident Josh Eastman, 34, said Thursday he didn’t encourage the boy to spew profanity and recorded the clip because the boy developed a reputation in the neighborhood for swearing.

Police said Mr. Eastman was charged with impairing the morals of a child after the boy’s mother alerted authorities of a clip titled “Swearing Kid.” Mr. Eastman posted $2,500 bail and is scheduled in court Sept. 8.

Mr. Eastman said his relatives and the boy’s were friendly and he would have removed the video if they had asked.

A police spokesman said the video has been removed.

IDAHO

Residents face fire evacuation

CASCADE — Idaho officials have ordered immediate evacuations of some subdivisions near a golf and ski resort as strong winds fan the flames of a wildfire.

The Valley County sheriff’s office issued a Level 3 evacuation notice Thursday morning for about 100 homes south of the Tamarack Resort. Level 3 means residents are being told to leave their homes.

Authorities are also telling residents with expensive homes closer to the resort to be ready to clear out on a moment’s notice.

So far, the Hurd Creek fire has burned about 550 acres since it was ignited by lightning Saturday. About 700 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

FLORIDA

Lawsuit: Death traumatized boy

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