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- Eric Hartwell is a convicted sex offender who was at a group home
- He appears to have cut off his ankle monitor and fled
- He was caught in Virginia, police say
(CNN) — Fugitive Colorado sex offender, Eric Hartwell, who apparently cut off his ankle monitor and left a group home, has been apprehended in Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
A fugitive warrant was requested minutes after Hartwell, 51, walked away from “Independence House” in Denver a week ago.
Hartwell was convicted of raping a child in 1991 and of attempted indecent liberties in 1996, according to the Colorado sex offender registry.
He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised parole by a federal judge in Texas in March 2010 after he was found guilty of failing to register as a sex offender, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release.
Hartwell was placed in a halfway house in Washington state in March 2009 for failure to register as a sex offender, but after just a week there he cut off his leg monitor and fled to Texas, according to the Justice Department.
By Maria Papadopoulos, The Enterprise
BROCKTON, Mass. — Authorities are investigating after two bodies were found inside the Elmcourt Hotel late Saturday morning.
Officers responded to the hotel at 33 West Elm St. at 11:32 a.m. Saturday, police told news partner The Enterprise.
Police Chief Robert Hayden declined to discuss the deaths and referred any questions to District Attorney Tim Cruz’s office.
A spokeswoman for Cruz said no foul play was suspected.
Hayden said he was among officers who responded to the Elmcourt on Saturday.
“At that point in time there was no determination made as to what was the cause of death,” Hayden said.
Woods Hole oceanographer’s bottle found off Nova Scotia.
BOSTON — A glass bottle released by a Woods Hole oceanographer in 1956 has been found off Nova Scotia.
The bottle was among thousands dumped in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1972 as part of a program by oceanographer Dean Bumpus to study surface and bottom currents.
About 10 percent of the 300,000 drift bottles have been found over the years. The latest find was made by a biologist who is studying grey seals off Nova Scotia. Warren Joyce found the bottle in January in a pile of debris on Sable Island.
Joyce said it was like “finding treasure.” He returned the bottle to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, including the location data sought by Bumpus.
His reward will come in 1956 standards: a 50-cent piece promised by Bumpus to anyone who returned the bottles.