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    Beavers Weave Stolen Cash Into Dam

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - It was probably the world's richest beaver dam. Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a video poker casino last week, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek north of Louisiana Highway 48. Major Michael Martin of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office says bills used to build the dam were still whole.

    The money was part of 70- to 75-thousand dollars taken from the Lucky Dollar Casino in Greensburg. About 40-thousand dollars was recovered. Authorities expect to find the rest in a safety deposit box at a bank in Mississippi.

    Saint Helena Parish Sheriff's deputies have accused a security guard at the truck stop casino of disabling its security cameras. Jacqueline Wall faces a charge of felony theft. She told investigators a ski-masked gunman made her help him empty all the casino's safes, then kidnapped her, knocked her out and left her in an uninhabited area of East Feliciana Parish.

    Deputies had searched for the money for days before an attorney called with a tip: the money had been thrown into the creek. The attorney's client hopes to make a deal with prosecutors.

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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