Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards

OREM, Utah — When John Frey's family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran's 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most.

At a celebration on June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reports.

According to the report, Frey's request spread quickly after The Associated Press picked up the story from the Daily Herald in May and it appeared in news outlets across the country.

The cards came from all 50 states and at least 12 countries. Entire classrooms of children, military veterans and Utah's elected officials wanted to wish the former mechanic/machinist for the U.S. Army a happy birthday.

Frey said he had not expected to ever get so many cards.

Burglary suspect caught, had machete wound inflicted by boy

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina burglary suspect who was fought off by an 11-year-old boy with a machete was caught Sunday, nearly two days after he slipped away from the hospital where he was treated for a head wound. His capture came after a manhunt and finger-pointing about who was to blame for his escape.

Sgt. Shane Brown of the Burlington Police Department said Jataveon Dashawn Hall was arrested in an apartment there Sunday afternoon. Hall, 19, was returned to Orange County, where the sheriff's office said he faces charges including breaking and entering and assault.

Authorities said the boy was alone in the house in Mebane, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of Raleigh, on Friday morning when Hall broke in after another suspect rang the doorbell and a third waited outside. Hall forced the boy into a closet and was stealing electronics when the boy emerged, grabbed a machete and hit the suspect in the head with the blade, drawing blood, according to the sheriff's office. The boy swung a second time but missed. Authorities didn't say where the machete had been stored.

Hall and the other suspects then fled.

"When Hall realized he was bleeding, he dropped the electronics," left the home and departed with another man and a woman, the sheriff's office said.

It wasn't clear if Hall had an attorney; no phone listing for him could be found.

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

HOUSTON — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative to inappropriate touching that escalated to "sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week" from 2013 to 2015, according to Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Court records show Bratton, 43, posted a $50,000 bond Saturday, The Houston Chronicle reported .

Bratton told his wife about the abuse in May, and admitted to his co-pastors at Grace Family Baptist Church that same day that he had "sinned in grievous ways," according to court documents.

It isn't clear whether Bratton has an attorney who can comment on his behalf. The Associated Press couldn't locate a phone number for him Sunday.

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