July 9 Only in America

Monday, July 9, 2018

Toddler reunites with family after getting out alone in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a toddler who somehow made his way out of a New York City home and wandered the streets in the middle of the night has been reunited safely with his family. Police had been alerted around 2 a.m. Sunday that an unattended child was spotted in the Bronx. Officers then found the nearly 2-year-old boy wearing a T-shirt and a diaper. The toddler was injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. A relative had been caring for the boy. Once a parent learned he was missing and called authorities, the family was reunited. No criminal charges are expected.

75 pounds of floating cocaine recovered off Florida coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A floating bale of cocaine has been recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. Citing a U.S. Coast Guard release, news outlets report more than 75 pounds of cocaine was found in the package on Sunday. The release says a “good Samaritan” notified authorities of the oddity bobbing south of Pensacola on Saturday evening, and multiple agencies searched the area that night. In addition to the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Orange Beach police, Homeland Security Investigations and the interagency Regional Coordinating Mechanism assisted with the recovery. It’s unclear to whom the cocaine belongs.

Rescue crew drops man at hospital, does his yard work

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — When a Florida man suffered a heart attack while laying sod in his front yard, the first responders did something extraordinary. Melissa and Gene Work were rushing to finish the yard work in time to avoid a fine from their homeowner’s association. Melissa Work said her husband was so worried about meeting the deadline that while he was drifting in and out of consciousness on the way to the hospital, he begged her to keep the grass from dying. The rescue team took notice. After leaving the couple at the hospital, seven firefighters returned to their home and finished the job. Melissa Work is sharing her thanks. Pasco County Fire & Rescue officials said Sunday on Facebook that they “believe in helping the community whenever we are needed.”

Officers find 10-year-old boy behind wheel of crashed car

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officers who followed a car zig-zagging down a Des Moines street before it crashed were surprised to find a 10-year-old boy at the wheel with his 7-year-old brother riding shotgun. A 911 caller alerted police to a reckless driver a little before 8:30 a.m. Monday. Officers who spotted the car turned on their flashing lights while following it, but the curb-to-curb excursion didn’t end until the minor crash. Police say neither of the boys was hurt. Sgt. Paul Parizek says the boys apparently were just out on a joy ride, and were heading nowhere in particular. Parizek says they won’t be referred to juvenile authorities, telling The Des Moines Register that “the punishment to fit the crime is probably going to be in the home.”

‘What’s up, guys?’ Suspect takes meth to K-9 car

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Police say a man who brought drugs with him when he opened a car door and found himself facing a drug enforcement squad simply uttered an expletive and added, “What’s up, guys?” Then he got arrested. Citing a statement from the Berkeley County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office, WCSC-TV reports the team was investigating a drug complaint Thursday night and pulled up in an unmarked K-9-equipped car to encourage the suspected drug dealer to leave the area. The sheriff’s office says the suspect wasn’t discouraged by the dog’s excited yelps. The statement says 40-year-old Eric Hall dropped baggies containing suspected meth and kicked them under the police vehicle when he realized who was inside. But he was arrested, along with his passenger, 40-year-old Paul Howard.

Florida man joins elite aviation club of octogenarian pilots

SAND HILLS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is the newest member of an elite aviation club: the United Flying Octogenarians. According to a Panama City News Herald report , only about 1,500 pilots nationwide have registered as flying after the age of 80. On Saturday, Dick McFadden joined the club with a birthday flight over Sand Hills in his 1950 Novian Super B model airplane. McFadden said he was in denial about his eligibility status, adding that he doesn’t feel 80 years old. McFadden started flying 40 years ago. He said he plans to continue flying as long as he can pass the physical requirements. Membership in the United Flying Octogenarians is open to anyone who piloted a fixed or rotary wing, glider, sport or balloon aircraft on or after their 80th birthday.

Lawsuit: Cruise ship’s no-slip floor caused cornhole injury

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The owners of a popular dinner cruise ship in Virginia are being sued for $375,000 by a customer who says the ship’s no-skid flooring worked too well. The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole. The plaintiff, 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch of New York, says he took a cruise on the ship in June 2016 and fell while playing cornhole. He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag. The cruise ship owners have filed a reply denying that their flooring presents a risk.