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News in Brief- August 4, 2019

News in Brief- August 4, 2019

Louisiana treasury will try to return lost veterans medals

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's treasury department will try to locate veterans and their families to return lost military medals.

The agency already was the custodian of other unclaimed property, such as dollars from old savings accounts, payroll checks, stocks, insurance proceeds, oil royalty payments and utility deposits.

The treasurer's office tries to locate people and return the money.

Under a new law that took effect this month, military medals will be added to the list.

Medals and documents held in safe deposit boxes or other depositories — and unclaimed for more than five years after the lease period expires — will be turned over to the treasury's unclaimed property division.

The legislation, sponsored by Abbeville Sen. Bob Hensgens, passed unanimously earlier this year. Treasurer John Schroder applauded its enactment.


Woman accused of urinating on potatoes in Walmart

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman suspected of urinating on potatoes at a Walmart in Pennsylvania has turned herself in.

West Mifflin police say 20-year-old Grace Brown is facing multiple charges including criminal mischief, open lewdness and public drunkenness. It wasn't known if she's retained an attorney.

Brown turned herself in Tuesday after learning that authorities were looking for her.

Authorities had posted surveillance photos of the incident on Twitter. But they haven't said when the incident took place or why she allegedly relieved herself on the potatoes.

A Walmart representative has said an employee saw what Brown was doing. The company "immediately disposed of the affected products and sanitized the area."

The incident comes weeks after video posted on social media showed people licking ice cream from Walmart freezers in Texas and Louisiana.