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IN BRIEF

COUNSELORS ON HAND

Foreclosure prevention fair planned in valley

A local nonprofit organization will host a free "foreclosure prevention fair" on Saturday to help those who are in danger of losing their homes.

Housing counselors and lenders will be on hand to talk to people facing foreclosure about their options including loan modifications and refinancing.

The event, organized by the Association of Community Organizations Now, ACORN, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amistad Cristiana Church, 901 Stewart Ave., at the corner of Ninth Street.

Those who plan to attend should bring along income verification for the past month, their most recent mortgage statement and documentation indicating foreclosure.

Contact ACORN at 699-5530 for more information.

OHIO INCIDENT

Help sought in solving fatal hit-and-run case

A Nevada couple traveled to Ohio to ask for help in finding the unidentified hit-and-run driver who killed their daughter along a Columbus road a year ago.

Veronica Gantt, 16, of Las Vegas was in Columbus to attend a Catholic youth conference when she was struck and killed Nov. 8, 2007, as she walked to her hotel.

Her father, Paul Gantt, said Monday that he and his wife, Karen, are hoping someone "has a conscience" and will come forward to solve the case.

At a news conference with the Gantts, Detective David Cornute said police believe the girl was hit by a dark-colored Honda Civic from the 2001 to 2005 model years.

CALIFORNIA PET

Cat back home after more than 13 years

A Santa Rosa, Calif., couple recently had an unexpected reunion with an old housemate: their pet cat who went missing more than 13 years ago.

George, who was last seen by Melinda Merman and Frank Walburg in 1995, was turned in to an animal hospital after the manager of a mobile home park trapped the sickly feline.

A microchip implanted in George allowed him to be traced back to his owners.

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