A mom’s decision to let her 7-year-old son sleep saved his life. Hours after Jennifer Crespo decided to leave her son Trent in the basement – rather than carry him to his room – a violent storm with golf ball-sized hail and 80 mph wind gusts ripped through their Yonkers neighborhood.
A runway at John F Kennedy International Airport was shut down briefly yesterday morning after at least 78 turtles emerged from a nearby bay and crawled onto the tarmac. Ground crews eventually rounded up the wayward reptiles and deposited them back in the brackish water farther from airport property, but not before the incident disrupted JFK’s flight schedule and contributed to delays that reached nearly one and a half hours.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has enlisted the help of FBI experts who have worked with mass graves in Serbia in its investigation of more than 100 grave sites that were dug up at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery. Sheriff Tom Dart said this morning that the FBI is helping identify remains that were removed from graves and tossed into a mass unmarked grave — allegedly by four employees of the cemetery.
Authorities seized more than 400 dogs early Wednesday in a multistate raid that animal welfare groups said dismantled the “largest dogfighting operation in U.S. history.” Some of the fights allegedly occurred about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City on a Harrison County, Mo., farm where thousands of dollars changed hands in bets and handlers killed dogs that underperformed.
Two inmates at the Chatham County jail in coastal Georgia got burned by their own smoking habit when they started a fire trying to light a handmade cigarette with a spark from an electrical socket. Both inmates were treated for minor burns after their cellmates quickly doused the fire with water, Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Robinson said Wednesday. He said the jail banned smoking more than a decade ago, but it hasn’t stopped inmates from improvising.
Two Fort Deposit, Alabama, police officers are facing a robbery charge after allegedly robbing a man they stopped on Interstate 65. Butler County Sheriff Kenny Hardin said Thursday that Tyson Bennett and 22-year-old Jesse Fuller were arrested for allegedly robbing the man of an undisclosed amount of money after pulling him over at the county line north of Greenville about 12 a.m. June 30.
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Patton, the township police dog used to sniff out explosives and other weapons, is dead, and one person said it’s because he was left in a hot car too long. The 4-year-old Golden Retriever died Tuesday.
For kids in the summertime, there’s nothing better than jumping full-speed into a pool to cool off. So when 65 kids from a Northeast Philadelphia camp were banned from taking a dip at a private swim club because of fears they would “change the complexion” and “atmosphere” of the club, they couldn’t understand why. Creative Steps Day Camp paid The Valley Swim Club more than $1900 for one day of swimming a week, but after the first day, the money was quickly refunded and the campers were told not to return.
A group of African-American contractors and businesspersons announced today plans to hold a protest on Interstate 70 Monday during evening rush hour in the middle of All-Star Game festivities. Members of the group, the African-American Business and Contractors Association, said at a news conference in St. Louis that they want the region to know that too few minority contractors are being hired as subcontractors on public projects.
William West was asleep in his bed when he got an unusual call from his neighbor at 4:30 in the morning. “I called him back, and he was like, ‘Somebody in your house right now. How asleep is you? They in your house right now,” West’s neighbor said. That’s when West said he got up and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, taking matters into his own hands.
A New Berlin student accused of blackmailing boys for sex in a scam that started on Facebook is due back in court today. A criminal complaint says Anthony Stancl, 18, posed as a girl on Facebook, tricked his classmates into sending him naked photos and then used the photos to blackmail the boys for sex acts.
An Alabama woman has been charged with helping four inmates escape from the St. Tammany Parish jail by sneaking them hacksaw blades inside a Bible, the sheriff said Tuesday. Claudia Buras, 24, surrendered to St. Tammany deputies Monday night in Covington. She’s charged with one count of introducing contraband into a penal institution and one count of assisting escape. Both are felonies.
An Amtrak passenger train carrying about 150 people struck a car at a road crossing near Detroit on Thursday, killing all five people in the sedan, authorities said. The crossing has a gate and flashing lights that were believed to be working when the car approached, said Sgt. Mark Gajeski, a police spokesman.
A DeKalb County police lieutenant was arrested after officials said he hit his teenage daughter with a fishing rod, Channel 2 Action News confirmed. Henry County officials said they responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Stockbridge home late Monday night.
Police said Lt. Willie Durrett, who was wearing his uniform and was on duty at the time, stopped by the house to drop off a birthday present for his son.
A Manhattan skyscraper in one of the most security-conscious parts of the city has become the scene of an unlikely missing persons mystery. Police are trying to figure out what happened to a cleaning woman who vanished midway through her shift Tuesday evening at an office tower a few hundred feet from the World Trade Center reconstruction site.
For the 12th time this meteorological summer (since June 1), daytime highs failed to reach 70 degrees Wednesday. Only one other year in the past half century has hosted so many sub-70-degree days up to this point in a summer season — 1969, when 14 such days occurred.
Lisa Kantorski took the call from the person who claimed to be a front-desk clerk about a gas leak in their hotel room near Orlando International Airport. She frantically relayed the information to her husband, Mark, an Indian River County deputy. He followed the caller’s instructions … and smashed the window of his room with a toilet tank.
Quote of the day.
The arc of history shows us that governments which serve their own people survive and thrive. Governments which serve only their own power do not.
-Barack Obama speaking to an audience in Russia
[Oh please, everything this fraud does is all about more power for himself and to hell with the American people….ed]