NEWPORT, Del., July 22 (UPI) --A Delaware man who didn't get the cheese when he attempted to rob a pizzeria has filed a federal lawsuit against the Newport restaurant for preventing his attempt to steal their dough.
In addition to Seasons Pizza, Nigel Sykes' lawsuit also names six pizzeria employees and the two Newport police officers who arrested him.
During the robbery attempt, pizza shop employees took a gun away from Sykes and wrestled him to the ground. He alleges that they treated him in a way that was "unnecessary" and is seeking about $260,000.
A bullet was discharged from the 23-year-old's gun during the robbery attempt, narrowly missing a Seasons employee.
"That is when the assault began," according to Sykes' suit. "All of the Season's Pizza employees participated in punching, kicking and pouring hot soup over my body. I was unarmed and defenseless and had to suffer a brutal beating by all of the employees of Seasons Pizza."
Sykes is currently serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to five charges.
"It is a joke lawsuit," Newport Police Chief Michael Capriglione told the News Journal. "It is sad to see this kind of suit being looked at. The court shouldn't waste the taxpayers' money."
After Sykes pleaded guilty to counts of robbery, attempted robbery and three weapons charges, he entered a motion seeking to withdraw his plea because, "I'm not good at making good choices."
Talk about inspiring. Fox News reports that a man paid it forward on July 8th by footing the bill for around a half dozen people at a Concord, California grocery store -- and the total topped a tad more than $600.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the mystery man even donated to the store's food drive, which raised more than $300,000 last year.
Store supervisor Jamie Flores asked the man why he was being so kind.
He replied with, "Why not? Why not?"
Those simple words are leaving many people speechless. It reminded us of a similar act of generosity.
For the last 25 years, an energy supplement company called Gung Ho has paid for family's groceries around the holiday season.
Last year, The Huffington Post reports that the company teamed up with YouTube channel LAHWF in a pseudo prank where customers were told they'd won a store prize.
"Congratulations! You are our free grocery customer of the day."
"You pay nothing –– not a dime, not a penny."
"You made my year."
People everywhere are paying it forward.
The National Philanthropic Trust reports that 95% of American households give to charity, with the average annual contribution being approximately $3,000.
Mountain-climbers have made a grisly discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps - the body of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years.
The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper Dauphine Libere and other media reported.
Hyvert was last seen alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the "Aiguille Verte" mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon.
Another climber was evacuated from the same mountain two days later, but Hyvert was never found.
Local police confirmed to newspapers that the frozen body was that of the missing climber, finding his identity card still in his wallet.
The discovery came as a shock to Hyvert's 82-year-old father, Gerard.
"I'm a mountain man, and I would have preferred him to stay up there," he told RTL radio. "He was better on a mountain than in a coffin. He was in his element."
The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year. The bodies of the missing are often discovered the following year after the ice thaws.
Jul 10 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 9 (UPI) --The weather on Monday night may have been cloudy for a group of Frontier Airlines passengers, but there was a chance of pizza.
After Frontier flight 719 from Washington, D.C. to Denver was forced to divert to Cheyenne, Wyo., for several hours because of thunder and lightning in the Mile High City, the plane's pilot decided to have some pizzas delivered.
Fifty of them.
Captain Gerhard Bradner was hungry as he piloted his plane to the ground, so he decided to call Domino's. Bradner ordered and paid for pizzas for the entire plane.
"If the need arises you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers. They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft," Captain Brandner told KUSA.
When Bradner announced over the loudspeaker that the pies were on their way, the entire cabin burst into applause.
"The captain took his own initiative," passenger Logan Marie Torres told KDVR. "He said 'Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.'"
The pizzas arrived and everyone chowed down while they waited for the storms to leave the area. When the weather was clear, the plane left Cheyenne and arrived in Denver without incident.
HUEYTOWN, Ala., July 9 (UPI) --A worker at an Alabama construction office found something much worse than an unflushed toilet when he used the bathroom during a break and discovered a four-foot venomous snake.
"So when I was going to use the restroom, I see a snake around the commode and I'm thinking it was a joke," Willie Harris told local reporters. He realized the snake was no fake when it began to flail and slither.
"I pulled the door back a little bit and I said 'wow!'"
Harris' boss immediately called police and Officer Alice Thompson responded with fellow officers.
"He said 'I don't think you understand how big this is,'" Thompson said of Harris' warnings.
"I said 'OK.' He said 'I have a picture of it.' I said 'Well, by all means, let us see. It was so much bigger in person."
Rather than kill the dangerous animal, Thompson concocted a plan to safely return it to the wild.
"She had a baton, and she grabbed the other guy's baton. And she grabbed the snake by the head," Harris explained.
"I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth where the mouth was actually open at the time," Thompson clarified. "Which for me that was actually the first time I'd ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake."
Then, as her two male counterparts watched and Harris called her "crazy," Thompson carried the snake like a lone noodle from chopsticks back to the wild.
"I said 'Lord have mercy.'"
HESPERIA , Mich., July 8 (UPI) --Rescuers that spent 28 hours looking for a "missing" Michigan woman after she left a suicide note are understandably a bit perturbed that she was actually hiding in her Hesperia home.
The unidentified woman has been found safe, according to the Oceana County Sheriff's Department.
"It sounds like she had been hiding," Undersheriff Tim Priese told MLive. Her name is being kept private "because of the whole suicidal thing" and she is receiving medical treatment.
The 43-year-old woman disappeared on Sunday evening and was discovered around midnight on Monday after apparently emerging from a crawl space in her home.
The home was searched "at least a dozen times" and authorities are skeptical about the woman's claims that she was there the whole time.
"There's a potential for her to have slipped back in the house when we weren't there," Priese said. "We're not totally believing everything."
It's possible that the woman will face criminal charges.
New York City police said early Tuesday they had arrested a 20-year-old woman suspected of leaving a baby girl in her stroller on a Manhattan subway platform.
Witnesses told police that the woman was riding an uptown No.1 subway train shortly before noon Monday when she pushed the stroller onto the platform at Columbus Circle and rode away with the train.
Frankea Dabbs was found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Central Park, around 72nd Street and Broadway, police said. They arrested her Tuesday morning on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child. It was not immediately known who her attorney would be.
The mother told detectives in a preliminary interview that she is from North Carolina and came to New York on July 2. She said the baby's father died recently in California.
"She felt she couldn't take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space," said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Investigators said one woman who noticed the unattended stroller stayed with the baby for approximately 20 minutes hoping its mother would return. When that didn't happen, the woman notified police.
The baby, who is about 10 months old, was examined at Roosevelt Hospital, and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma, police said. She was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services.
The incident left riders at the Columbus Circle station stunned.
“I just think: Oh, God, there’s no way she was in her right mind,” Liz Burchfield, 34, of Manhattan, told the New York Post. “What mother could do that to her child or to any child? I’ve heard horror stories about bad things happening on trains, but this is a first. It’s shocking. I never would have expected this.”
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Jul 08 2014
CUSTER, S.D. – A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.
Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal.
"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Wheeler said. "He probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they (paramedics) couldn't get it out.
"It all happened within minutes," the sheriff said.
The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the contest, canceled a pie-eating contest scheduled for Friday.
"We are at a loss for words," Chamber Executive Director Dave Ressler said. "We are mourning for Walter and his family right now."
Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Eight-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut managed to eat 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes at an annual contest in Coney Island, New York, on Friday -- eight short of the record 69 he swallowed in the 2013 competition.
George Shea, chairman of Major League Eating, a competitive eating organization based in New York, said organizers do all they can to prevent casualties during contests.
"We always make sure it's in a controlled environment," Shea said. "We organize the entire thing around safety. (Just as) if it's football or hockey or auto racing, we approach it as a top priority."'
Funeral arrangements were pending for Eagle Tail, whom friends described as a fun-loving, kind and caring man.
"Walter was just being Walter, having fun when he entered this contest," said Ardis McRae. "He was just having a good time."
HOUSTON – An 83-year-old Houston woman has foiled a would-be robber by tossing a pot of boiling water on him.
Lillie McClendon says she noticed things out of place and a side window open at her home Sunday when a man confronted her, tried choking her and demanded money.
McClendon, who's lived in her home more than 50 years, tells Houston television station KTRK she wasn't going to surrender. She fought off the intruder by grabbing a stick and tried to hit him.
She says at one point she told the man he should be ashamed of himself and asked: "What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?"
Then she got hold of a pot of boiling water from the stove and doused him.
Jul 07 2014
Kevin Whitney says he lost his iPhone last October. "I had it in my pocket and I bent over to work on a copper bottom door and it fell out of my pocket into my grain pit and went up the elevator," said Whitney.
It disappeared into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. "I thought I'll never see that phone again," said Whitney.
Little did Kevin know, his iPhone would take a nine month journey halfway around the world before making it back to the palm of his hand.
From Chickasha it was driven by truck to another grain facility in Inola, Oklahoma. Then it traveled along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, Louisiana. Finally, the iPhone made its way to Kashima, Japan by ship.
It was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum. Then, just days ago, Kevin got a call.
"The man on the other end said, 'is this Kevin Whitney?' I said yeah this is Kevin. He said, 'did you lose a cell phone?' I said yeah I lost a cell phone last fall."
A worker at a grain mill in Japan mailed the phone back to Louisiana and from there it was sent to Kevin in Chickasha.
"It's crazy I can't believe it. What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back," said Whitney.