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Megachurch pastor denies choking, punching daughter

COLLEGE PARK — Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar is staunchly denying allegations in a police report that he choked and punched his 15-year-old daughter during an argument.

Mr. Dollar addressed the report head-on as he faced his congregation Sunday morning at the World Changers Church in metro Atlanta. The pastor told his flock: “I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested.”

Mr. Dollar was charged with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children after his daughter called 911 Friday. A police report says she told Fayette County deputies that her father choked and punched her. The pastor said they were arguing because he wouldn’t allow his daughter to go to a party.

Mr. Dollar told his congregation Sunday that “all is well in the Dollar household.”

VERMONT

Narrow bridge to get an extreme makeover

MONTPELIER |A historic but narrow Vermont bridge will be updated with a technique that seems like something only a superhero could accomplish: Engineers will cut the 350-foot bridge into two lengthwise pieces, push apart and widen the sides, then put the structure back together.

The project is expected to cost more than double a new bridge across the Winooski River in Richmond, but officials say it’s worth the cost to preserve the historic look.

The Pennsylvania truss bridge was built in 1929. Such bridges are marked by crisscrossing I-beams that form a latticework that creates a steel canopy above the road surface.

The separating, winching and refastening is supposed to take only a day, but it will be a year before traffic is rolling again on the bridge.

MASSACHUSETTS

Bulger’s girlfriend scheduled for sentencing

BOSTON — The longtime girlfriend of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger faces sentencing in federal court this week for helping Bulger evade authorities for more than 16 years.

Catherine Greig faces a maximum of 15 years when she is sentenced Tuesday. Prosecutors have asked for a 10-year sentence, saying she helped one of the region’s most violent criminals remain a fugitive.

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