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April 19, 2021 GMT

NY STATE COUPLE LEARNS WHO LITTERED YARD WITH USED COFFEE CUPS

LAKE VIEW, N.Y. (AP) — It’s a mystery that took nearly three years to solve: who was tossing used coffee cups on the front yard of a couple in Lake View, New York. Edward and Cheryl Patton told The Buffalo News they tried to identify the phantom litterbug by mounting a camera in a tree near their home. But it wasn’t until keen-eyed neighbors got into the picture that the culprit was found. They spotted the litterbug in the act, followed the offender’s minivan and jotted down its license plate. Police later pulled over the driver, Larry Pope. Cheryl Patton says they once worked together and had a beef over union issues. Pope is charged with harassment and was ticketed for throwing refuse onto a roadway. And, yes, the littering has stopped since Pope was pulled over.

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LOUD LEAF BLOWERS BANNED IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — It’s a relief to the ears of residents of Vermont’s largest city. Officials in Burlington have banned loud, gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Council has ordered a transition to electric-powered blowers. City agencies must make the switch in August — and all residents and businesses have until next May to comply. The change will be good news to the ears and nerves of Burlington residents. Gas-powered blowers operate at 90 decibels, which can cause hearing damage after two hours of exposure.