July 31, 2008 in Nation/World

Man dies after crane topples

 

A crane that was removing steel beams to dismantle an old river bridge became overloaded and toppled Wednesday, killing one worker and injuring another.

The crane smashed into a raised basket where the two men were working, knocking one off and killing him, said Smithville police Lt. Lonny Richardson. James Michael Miles, 47, fell about 60 feet from the top of the old bridge and landed on construction equipment, Richardson said.

ATLANTA

Woman found dead on flight

Flight attendants discovered the body of a 61-year-old woman in the restroom of a plane shortly before the flight landed in Atlanta Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

It was unclear how Michaele O’Neil Carnahan died, and how long she was in the restroom.

The crew noticed the restroom was occupied on final approach, just before Flight 950 touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 5:51 a.m., spokeswoman Keyra Johnson said. Atlanta police met the plane at the gate, Johnson said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab spokesman John Bankhead said Carnahan was on her way from her home in Ventura, Calif., to Florida for a wedding.

NESS CITY, Kan.

Probation given in toilet case

A man whose girlfriend sat on a toilet for so long that the seat adhered to her body will spend six months on probation.

Kory McFarren pleaded no contest last month to a misdemeanor count of mistreatment of a dependent adult. A judge sentenced him Tuesday to six months in jail but granted the probation after the victim, Pam Babcock, asked for leniency.

“She didn’t believe that her circumstances were his fault,” Ness County Attorney Craig Crosswhite said.

Babcock’s plight became known in February when McFarren called the Ness County sheriff, expressing concern about his live-in girlfriend. When authorities arrived, they found Babcock physically stuck to the toilet.

Also Tuesday, McFarren was sentenced to six months in jail for an unrelated charge of lewd and lascivious behavior for exposing himself to a teenage neighbor in March.

From wire reports


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