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updated: 7/9/2011 12:29 AM

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• A 39-year-old man was attacked by two strangers around 4:30 p.m. Thursday as he was walking from a grocery store on Lesenden Place, police said. An officer spoke with the man at the hospital after the attack. The man said two men approached him and started yelling, but he couldn't make out what they were saying. They both punched him in the face and proceeded to beat him before running off. When the officer met with the man, his right eye was swollen shut, he had a large bump on the back of his head and his nose and mouth were bleeding.

• A church bus was vandalized while parked in a lot on the 400 block of Hickory Street sometime between June 24 and 27, police said. The vandal sprayed a fire extinguisher all over the inside and outside of the bus and used a sharp object to scratch names into the side of the vehicle.

• A 45-year-old man filed an identity theft report around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, police said. The man said he recently received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service that referenced past employment at All American Quality Food in Georgia and PF Chang's China Bistro in Arizona. The man said he did not work at either business and actually was unemployed in 2010, the period when he was supposed to have worked in Georgia and Arizona. According to the letter from the IRS, the person who obtained employment using the man's name made more than $20,000. The man said he had been a victim of identity theft five years ago but that he thought the issue had been resolved.

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