A father is blasting his young son's school after a cafeteria worker at Kent, Washington's Mill Creek Middle School threw away the kid's lunch because he was 26 cents short.
"He gets up to the front and they say there's not enough in his account, so they take his food, and in front of him, throw it away," Jimmie Keys, the boy's father, told Komo News.
Keys's son told him this had happened twice in the past week, prompting his irate dad to confront school administrators. Lunches at the school cost 40 cents, and are paid for using a meal account system similar to a debit card. Parents are supposed to be alerted when meal funds are running low, but Keys said he was never notified.
"My first instinct was to get a huge jar of pennies, and get it ready," Keys said. "I was going to take it down to the school and throw it on 'em."
He didn't do that, but school district spokesperson Chris Loftis was quick to describe the incident as a terrible mistake. He also said that cafeteria workers, far from throwing out a child's food, are actually required to give students a free yogurt or cereal when they're short on funds.
"I just have to say sorry to this student, sorry to the parents," he said. "We made a mistake, we need to fix it, we're sorry."
Apparently, this is tied into the school's end-of-year effort to encourage parents to pay outstanding debts on meal accounts; the cafeteria worker, Loftis said, simply took the dictum too far. He added that in the future, parents will be given more time to add funds to their kids' meal accounts.
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Jun 11 2014
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – An Arizona man arrested for unlawfully discharging a firearm told authorities that he was trying to shoot the moon.
Prescott Valley police say 39-year-old Cameron Read also admitted to smoking marijuana before the incident last Friday night.
Police responded to the home after a woman reported that her boyfriend had fired several shots from a handgun and still was armed.
The woman and her teenage son told police that Read was talking about seeing Halley's Comet and fired a round out of the window.
They heard several more shots before fleeing.
Police say Read has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on suspicion of felony counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and endangerment plus misdemeanor criminal damage.
He doesn't have an attorney yet.
Jun 10 2014
A New York man has lost his girlfriend after converting his one-bedroom apartment into a 1980's-style amusement arcade.
Chris Kooluris, 37, says it happened after his apartment failed to sell and he got obsessed with a book on 1980's arcade gaming culture.
He told the New York Daily News: "The book just blew me away. It awakened something in me and I started thinking that I can't believe I'm not surrounded by all these things that I grew up loving."
After initially supporting this new obsession Mr Kooluris' fiancee refused to attend the arcade's opening party and returned her engagement ring soon after.
Jun 10 2014
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 10 (UPI) --A man from Bosnia-Herzegovina has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was forced to live in pain for nine years after doctors left a pair of scissors in his stomach during 2003 ulcer surgery.
Alen Papac claims that doctors at Mostar Hospital accidentally left a 4.7-inch-long pair of scissors in his stomach during the routine operation.
After nine years of living in discomfort, Papac got himself checked out and the scissors showed up on an x-ray of his stomach.
"I would suffer from agonizing pains in my stomach for years after that and I have also had other health problems which I now realize were related to the fact that I had a pair of scissors in my stomach," Papac told the Croatian Times.
Papac had emergency surgery to remove the misplaced shears and contacted the hospital about receiving compensation for his uncomfortable ordeal.
"I told them that they might have been shocked, but they weren't as shocked as I was after seeing the reason for my 'health problems' over all these years," Papac said.
The hospital refused to discuss compensation, so Papac filed his lawsuit.
May 17, 2014: Weluree Ditsayabut, center, poses with two runner-ups Pimbongkod Chankaew, left, and Sunnanipa Krissanasuwan, right, after the Miss Universe Thailand beauty pageant competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Weluree has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticized on social media over her political comments and looks. (AP)
BANGKOK – Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticized on social media over her political comments and looks.
Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, tearfully announced she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant.
The actress and former talk show host said Monday she was initially pleased to have won the title, but that the hail of brutal comments on social media blasting her outspoken political views and calling her fat had hurt her family.
Weluree was criticized for comments she posted on Facebook attacking the "Red Shirt" supporters of the former government, whom she accused of opposing Thailand's monarchy, and calling for the execution of their leaders.
"You Red Shirts, you get out of here," she wrote in mid-November, before winning her title. "Thailand's soil is dirty because of anti-monarchy people like you."
Weluree said that because of the criticism, "the happiness we used to have disappeared totally."
"When I saw my mom not being able to sleep at night, I couldn't either," she told a news conference. She didn't specify which remarks she found most hurtful.
Weluree's comments struck at the heart of Thailand's long-running political crisis, expressing the attitude of the country's educated elite and royalists toward the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Jun 10 2014
STRATFORD, Conn. – The mother of an 11-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to World War II lessons.
Lisa Miguel of Stratford was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.
Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown Friday. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training.
The 44-year-old Miguel didn't immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment. Police say she told them the grenade had been a gift from her father, a war veteran, who had told her it was a dud.
State Police say simulator grenades can combust and cause injuries within a 20-foot radius.
Rescuers in rafts and boats were searching a Himalayan river Monday for dozens of Indian students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found.
The 25 students from the southern city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs Sunday evening on the banks of the Beas River when they were hit by the rush of water from the Larji hydropower station near the mountain resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
They had been part of a larger field trip of some 48 students spending 10 days near Manali. Some students at the river managed to scramble to safety.
"We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves," a student identified only as Sumiran told The Indian Express newspaper.
Kiran Kumar, a professor who was accompanying the students, said he saw the water level rising and told the students to step back from the bank. But "within one or two seconds, the water level increased all of a sudden. Some of the students were washed away right in front of me," he told the AP.
Police in Manali said four bodies were recovered Monday morning after the search resumed at dawn. They said a shortage of boats and divers was hampering the operation.
"Officials there are fearing the chances of finding survivors were slim," said Anurag Sharma, police director general in Telangana state, where Hyderabad is located.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam's engineer be suspended while the incident is investigated.
Telangana's government on Monday sent police officials and parents of the missing to the search site, 330 miles north of New Delhi.
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DETROIT – Authorities say a child was hurt in Detroit after being attacked by a dog and shot by a man who was trying to fire at the animal.
The Detroit Free Press, WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV report the 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday night. He was listed in temporary serious condition.
Police say the boy was shot in the buttocks on the city's west side by a neighbor who apparently was attempting help the child. A police spokesman says investigators want to talk to the man but it's unclear if he'll be charged with any crime.
The Detroit News reports that officers found the dog had died of an apparent gunshot wound.
The pair who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian before taking their own lives Sunday are believed to be a married couple who possessed white supremacist paraphernalia and spoke of targeting police officers.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported late Sunday that officers were searching a small apartment complex about four miles from the Cici's Pizza restaurant where the officers were killed and the Walmart where the two killed one other person before executing an apparent suicide pact.
The identities of the suspects have not been officially released, but a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the Review-Journal that the suspects were married, in their 20s, and new to the area. The paper reported that investigators found swastika symbols during their search of the apartment. Several neighbors the paper spoke to said the man's first name was Jared, while one person gave the women's name as Amanda.
Neighbor Krista Koch described the couple as "militant," saying they talked about planning to kill police officers, as well as "going underground" and not coming out until the time was right.
Another neighbor, Brandon Monroe, said the man who lived in the apartment often talked about conspiracy theories and often dressed in camouflage or as Peter Pan to work as a street performer. Monroe added that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.
Monroe, according to another neighbor, Jessica Anderson, was told by the gunman that he was kicked off Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada while protestors gathered there during the Bureau of Land Management's roundup of Bundy's cattle.
The rancher's wife, Carol Bundy, told FoxNews.com she was trying to determine if the suspect had been part of the standoff in April, but she was adamant that no one was kicked out because ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
BREMERTON, Wash., June 6 (UPI) --A Washington man may have to cancel some of his tee times after he was arrested for allegedly stealing $9,200 worth of clubs and other gear.
The "golf addict" is accused of taking more than 50 clubs from the pro shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course.
According to the Bremerton Police Department, the man tried to sell some of the stolen gear online, leading to his arrest.
The 26-year-old's apartment allegedly contained "golf paraphernalia, photos of himself playing golf and a hat reading "Born to Golf, Forced to Work" in addition to some of the stolen equipment.
He was booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and burglary.
"Burglaries are often the result of addictions -- drugs, alcohol or gambling," Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a press release. "I think this is the first one we have seen that looks like a golf addiction."
The unemployed suspect has played golf at Gold Mountain at least eight times in the past year.