May 15 Only in America

Buried treasure found in NYC; pirates nowhere in sight

NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of urban island-dwellers have found buried treasure in their backyard — but so far the pirates are nowhere in sight. WCBS says a safe containing about $52,000 worth of property — including diamonds, gold, jade and soaking wet cash — has been uncovered on Staten Island. Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel always thought the rusting hulk of metal jutting out beneath some trees was just a cable box. They were having some trees replaced when the mystery unfolded. The safe also held a paper with an address. Matthew Emanuel knocked on their neighbor’s door and asked if they’d ever been burglarized. Bingo. The police report dates to 2011. Maria Colonna Emanuel says there was never a question about returning the loot. She says simply: “It wasn’t ours.”

Ex-lawmaker: Naked man tackled on Alaska Airlines flight

SEATTLE (AP) — A retired Alaska state lawmaker says a naked passenger was tackled and detained on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska. Former state Sen. Johnny Ellis said on Twitter that the incident happened Monday after the man ran from the front of the plane to the back, yelling and waving. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in a statement Monday night that Alaska Airlines flight 107 from Seattle landed without incident in Anchorage. Egan says shortly before the descent into Anchorage a disruptive male passenger was detained. She says he was removed by law enforcement after the plane parked at the gate and was then transported to a local hospital. She didn’t say whether the man was clothed or what led to the incident.

Man pleads guilty in Target, CVS rooftop robbery case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An Albanian man living in New York pleaded guilty in a Rhode Island federal court to cutting his way through a Target department store roof last October, prying open an ATM and stealing more than $14,000. Twenty-seven-year-old Epirot Krasniqi of Brooklyn appeared before a U.S. District Court judge Friday and pleaded guilty to larceny charges and burglary of controlled substances. Krasniqi went on to cut through a wall of the store into a CVS pharmacy, where he stole a prescription package of Oxycodone from a locked cabinet. Thirty-two-year-old Liridon Gashi allegedly helped him with the break-in. The two were equipped with portable twoway radios. Police responded to a tripped burglary alarm, and found the men hiding inside air conditioning units on the roof. After a federal indictment was issued in November, Krasniqi was arrested by FBI agents in New York. Gashi was arrested by FBI agents in San Francisco in March. Krasniqi will be sentenced in August. No plea agreement was filed for this case.

Student takes Danny DeVito cardboard cutout to prom

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student took an unorthodox approach to prom and brought a cardboard cutout of actor Danny DeVito to the dance. WHTM-TV reports Allison Closs and her famous twodimensional date joined other Carlisle High School seniors Friday for prom. Closs purchased the cutout of DeVito online along with a scooter she used to move the figure with. DeVito starred in the classic TV series “Taxi” and films including “Twins” and “Batman Returns.” He also starred in the hit comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Marriage proposal upstaged by 3-year-old’s call of nature

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan boy found a way to make his mark on the occasion of his mother’s marriage proposal. Allyssa Anter said “yes” Saturday to the question popped by her boyfriend, Kevin Przytula. Video shows the bride-to-be and man on bended knee are blissfully unaware that right next to them, 3-year-old Owen Anter had dropped his pants to urinate in front of Bay City’s Ring of Friendship sculpture. They were alerted to the pint-sized proposal crasher by the giggling videographer, Przytula’s 11-year-old daughter, Kayleigh. Allyssa Anter says her son “stole the show,” and acknowledges his potty training is a work in progress. The video was shared Monday by WNEM-TV and The Bay City Times.

Proposed bills seek to end ‘meal shaming’ in public schools

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering bills that would prohibit school districts from denying hot lunches to students who don’t have the money to pay for them. The Legislature’s education committee is scheduled to take up the measures Tuesday. They seek to end what some critics call “meal shaming,” because of the embarrassment it can bring to students. While many low-income students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, others can be denied food or given “alternative” meals — such as a cold cheese sandwich — if their parents fall behind in payments to student meal accounts. The legislation would establish a uniform policy in place of varying approaches now taken by school districts. Laws targeting “meal shaming” have been adopted in several states in recent months, including New York and California.