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Saturday
Mar172012

Woman, 92, Tells Bank: "I’m Not Dead!"

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (PORT ANGELES, Wash.) -- At 92 years old, Betty Longshore is very much alive and kicking, so she was surprised to find out her bank thought she was dead.

“The first thing that happened was the bank called me and said they received a notice I had died and would I come down to the bank, so I did,” the Port Angeles, Wash., woman told ABCNews.com.  ”It was sort of comical. I went into the bank and said, ‘Here I am, I’m alive!’”

But presenting herself at her local First Federal branch wasn’t enough to get back the nearly $17,000 the government had taken from her account for direct deposit payments she had received after her supposed death.

“The bank’s customer service representative called civil service and Social Security with me sitting there and assured them I was alive,” she said.

After answering a stream of questions that verified her identity, Longshore was told by a perplexed employee that she would receive her money back. The 92-year-old said the money was placed back in its rightful spot–her bank account -- on Saturday.

“You wouldn’t think that this could happen,” she said. Longshore pressed for answers on how she was reported dead and found out it happened “all because someone pressed the wrong button.”

The nonagenarian, who was a World War II clerk with top secret security clearance, is active in a politics roundtable group, where she has shared her experience.

“I’m hoping something will change in civil service,” she said. “They need some verification of death.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Oct172010

Mountain Goat Suspected in Death of Washington Hiker

Photo Courtesy - Peninsula Daily News of Port Angeles, Wash.(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) -- A 63-year-old man has died after an attack from what state rangers believe was an angry mountain goat in Olympic National Park.

Park services officials said that Robert H. Boardman, of Port Angeles, Washington, was gored while hiking close to the park's Klahhane Ridge. He was transported by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to the hospital, where he later died.

It is unclear what sort of injuries Boardman suffered from the attack, but early investigations indicate that it was his encounter with a mountain goat that led to his injuries. Rangers have now tracked down and killed the animal, which will be analyzed by a veterinary pathologist.

Officials said this is the only known fatal attack by a mountain goat in the park's history, and that there are roughly 3000 mountain goats in the park.

Family and friends told ABC News that Boardman was an experienced hiker, a diabetes nurse and a musician who loved the Olympic Mountains.

Barb Maynes, a spokeswoman for the park, said the ram involved in the attack was known for its aggressive behavior, and the park had been monitoring the ram for "the last several years," she said.

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