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Officers penalized for taking recruits to play ‘Pokemon Go’

COMMERCE CITY — Two officers in a suburban Denver police department that’s under federal investigation are no longer allowed to train recruits after taking them to play “Pokemon Go” instead of teaching them.

The Denver Post reports that a pair of Commerce City officers were removed from field training duties last week after their superiors found they were playing the popular game that involves searching for virtual creatures in real-world locations.

City spokeswoman Julia Emko says it takes misconduct reports seriously and addressed the problem as soon it was discovered.

It comes a week after the U.S. Justice Department said it would review the police force at the chief’s request following a series of misconduct cases. One officer staged his own shooting, and another was accused of touching three women during traffic stops.

Purdue entomologist returns moth library book 60 years late

LINTON, Ind. — A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of “The Moths of the Limberlost” that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8.

WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana, reports that Larry Murdock checked out the book from the Linton Public Library in western Indiana in 1956. He says he found the book in a box and that returning it “was the right thing to do.” He also paid a $436.44 fine. Murdock says the book is about what he loves, “insects and especially moths.”

The professor says he thought “maybe after all those years there are kids out there who might get some benefit” from the book by late Indiana naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.

Linton library officials say they used the fine money to buy new computers for the children’s section.

Associated Press

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