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Friday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Man jailed for being simultaneously married to a woman and her daughter.

A Pennsylvania man has been jailed after he was charged with being simultaneously married to a 43-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter, the New York Post reports.

Christopher Hauptmann also faces four firearms charges and one for having a false identity.

Shannon Deitrich-Durovik told authorities she married Christopher in November 2015. He married her 18-year-old daughter in September last year.

Shannon told investigators there has never been a divorce filed or granted to dissolve her marriage to Hauptmann.

“This is a bizarre case,” Judge Gembic said when Northumberland County Detective Degg Stark presented the charges.

The investigation is continuing.

2. New South Wales police officer charged with sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

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A 48-year-old senior constable was arrested at Newcastle police station and has been charged with sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl, the Newcastle Herald reports.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in 2009.

The man was charged with one count of sexual intercourse with a person under 10 and two counts of aggravated indecent assault.

He was released on bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on February 23.

3. Woman drowns off Adelaide beach trying to save nine-year-old girl.

A woman, thought to be in her mid-30s, has drowned at Aldinga Beach in Adelaide, The Advertiser reports.

Emergency services were called to the popular beach around 7pm yesterday, as thousands flocked to the city’s beaches to escape the heatwave affecting the state.

According to 9 News, the woman had joined a group who had rushed into the water to save a nine-year-old girl whose inflatable raft had floated into dangerous waters.

The woman is believed to have become caught in a rip while trying to swim back to shore.

Paramedics tried to revive the woman after she was pulled unconscious from the water. Horrified beachgoers – including the girl the woman was attempting to save – watched as they performed CPR.

Unfortunately, the woman did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene.

4. Family begins desperate search for Queensland woman missing in Colombia.

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A 35-year-old Queensland woman is missing after going backpacking through remote Colombia, the Courier Mail reports.

Brigid Hennessy hasn’t been in contact with her family for nearly a week, despite making plans to speak to them almost every day.

“We now have local police, people and tourists in the area keeping an eye out for her,” her sister wrote on Facebook.

“We are trying to track possible places she may be going if she has moved. This is out of character for her. She is usually in daily contact and lets us know when she is moving to another place or if she will be out of range.”

Hennessy, a human rights advocate, has been travelling alone through South America and is an experienced traveler who has spent a lot of time in developing countries.

5. Man in court for the second time over the murder of two children in Bowraville more than 25 years ago.

A man is back in court over the murder of two children in the quiet NSW mid-north coast town of Bowraville 25 years ago, ABC News reports.

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The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly killed 16-year-old Clinton Duroux and four-year-old Evelyn Greenup between October 1990 to April 1991.

Clinton and Evelyn were two of three Aboriginal youths killed in the area within the same time period.

The man has already been acquitted of murdering the two children in separate trials, but is able to be tried for the same crime after double-jeopardy laws were revised in 2006.

The laws state that a person can be tried for the same crime provided there is fresh and compelling evidence for a retrial.

6. CCTV shows mum handing her toddler to a drive-thru employee while trying to flee abuser.

CCTV has captured the terrifying moment a women tried to pass her two-year-old to a drive-thru McDonald’s employee while under attack from her alleged abuser.

Jessica Wilson rushed from her car and tried to hand her daughter to the employee, who can be seen stretching out of the window to grab the girl, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The child’s father, Levenski Crossty, then takes the child and returns to the car before driving away.

A court was shown the footage during the trial of Crossty who has been charged with felonious assault, theft, abduction and kidnapping.

It is alleged he had earlier broken into Ms Wilson’s home and attacked her repeatedly, over claims she had been unfaithful.

Wilson was left with bruises, black eyes, bite marks and cuts in what Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Broo described as “a night of sheer terror”.

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