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Jun 4, 2013 - The Associated Press

Man who faked death extradited

CODY -- A Florida man suspected of faking his own death will now face accusations back home.

Fifty-year-old David Leon Lashley was arrested last month in Wyoming near the Montana border, where authorities say he was living under the name Wesley Byrd. The Park County sheriff's office said late Monday that Lashley has been handed over to the U.S. Coast Guard for extradition back to Florida.

Sheriff Scott A. Steward has said that Lashley was wanted by the Coast Guard in connection with the disappearance of a houseboat in which he allegedly attempted to fake his death. He is also wanted for failing to appear in court in March.

The warrant for Lashley's arrest was issued in Gainesville, Fla.

Natrona County sheriff resigns

CASPER -- The Natrona County sheriff is stepping down after working for the office for nearly 40 years.

Sheriff Mark Benton announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the month due to unspecified health concerns. The 62-year-old started working in the sheriff's office as a deputy in 1974.

Benton's term expires in 2014. Because he is a Republican, the GOP will pick three candidates to replace him. County commissioners will pick one of them to serve as the new sheriff.

Undersheriff David Kinghorn will serve as acting sheriff until a decision is made.

Injured eagle sent to Vermont

MARLBORO, Vt. -- An injured eagle is now living in a constructed habitat at the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

Officials say the eagle has a permanent wing injury and is unable to fly. She was shipped from a rehabilitation facility in Wyoming called the Ironside Bird Rescue.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports she was placed in the constructed habitat outside the museum last month. A group of elementary school students who initially began fundraising efforts for the eagle were the bird's first visitors.

Museum directors hope to use the bald eagle primarily for educational programs. She is only one of three captive bald eagles in the state and may end up being the only captive eagle that will travel in Vermont.

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