December 29, 2016
NYC Has ID’d The Man Who Swiped $1.6M In Gold Flakes
NY (AP) - New York City police say they believe the opportunistic thief who swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan is hiding out on the West Coast.
Detectives say the man fled to Orlando, Florida after the Sept. 29 theft before ultimately landing in California. Police believe he's hiding out in the Los Angeles area with the stolen gold.The theft occurred in broad daylight and was caught on street surveillance cameras.
Police say their suspect is 53-year-old Julio Nivelo, who goes by the name Luis Toledo, David Vargas and other aliases. They say he is a career thief from New Jersey who has been arrested and deported back to his native Ecuador several times.
Thief Nabbed By Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP) - A half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich found at the scene led Wyoming police to arrest a burglary suspect.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reposts that Zachary Munoz has pleaded not guilty to three counts of burglary.
Cheyenne police say someone on three separate occasions in September stole power tools and equipment from a business. In the first case, police say they found a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the scene.
They dubbed the suspect the “PB&J burglar.”
Police say subsequent DNA testing done at the Wyoming State Crime Lab linked 26-year-old Munoz to the sandwich.He entered a plea earlier this month, and his trial is scheduled for February.
Teddy The Bear Had An
Exciting Airport Adventure
Romulus, Mich. (AP) - For Detroit airport employee Steven Laudeman, the mission this week was simple: No teddy bear left behind.
The Southwest Airlines ramp agent learned through social media that the 8-year-old daughter of an old friend lost her stuffed bear named Teddy after flying from Dallas to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Eleanor Dewald’s mother, Trish Dewald, put out the digitalcall after having no success with the airport’s lost-and-found operation.
The Detroit Free Press and WDIV-TV report Laudeman retraced Eleanor’s steps before his shift began Thursday and found the bear perched atop a garbage can.
He then took Teddy on an adventure - photographed for posterity - into a plane’s cockpit and service vehicle. Teddy also posed with other stuffed animals in a shop.
The Dewald’s were thrilled about Teddy’s return and Laudeman’s kindness.
Nurse Stops At Mickey D’s
For Coffee And A Baby
Sarasota, Fla. (AP) - A Sarasota, Florida nurse stopped in a McDonald's restaurant hoping to get a quick cup of coffee and ended up helping a woman deliver a baby.
Nurse April Jones heard the screams coming from the restaurant's bathroom and a man came out of the bathroom last weekend yelling, ``She's pregnant!''
Sarasota television station WWSB reports that the pregnant woman, Cathy Jordan, already was in labor by the time Jones got to the bathroom stall.
Jones placed two jackets on the floor and prepared the mother to push.
The baby boy came out just as paramedics arrived.
Once Jones clamped the umbilical cord and a paramedic cut the cord, the baby boy started breathing.
The newborn named Parker, arriving a month earlier than expected, weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces.
Cat Scratchers & Bird Feeders To Be Made From Trump Rally Tree
Mobile, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Mobile, Alabama, say a tree cut down in a city park and used as a prop at President-elect Donald Trump's recent rally will be used to build cat scratching posts and bird houses.
The mayor's chief of staff apologized for his role in having the large cedar tree cut down, saying he was ``overzealous'' in trying to meet expectations of Trump's team. It was then adorned with Christmas ornaments for Trump's Dec. 17 ``thank you'' rally.
City officials said in a Thursday statement the tree branches will be given to Girl Scouts so they can create cat scratching posts for animal shelters.
The city said the tree trunk will go to Boy Scouts, so they can make bluebird houses and bird feeders for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.