April 30, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Seven die when SUV plunges into ravine

 

NEW YORK – Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.

Police identified the dead adults as 85-year-old Jacob Nunez and 81-year-old Ana Julia Martinez, both from the Dominican Republic, and their daughters, 45-year-old Maria Gonzalez and 39-year-old Maria Nunez, both from the Bronx. Police say Gonzalez was driving.

The children were identified as 10-year-old Jocelyn Gonzalez, the daughter of the driver, and 7-year-old Niely Rosario and 3-year-old Marly Rosario, both daughters of Nunez.

Police say the Honda Pilot bounced off the median, crossed three lanes, flew off the Bronx River Parkway, fell more than 50 feet and landed upside-down.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Tent collapse raises safety questions

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis officials are expected to more closely scrutinize the large tents commonly set up near downtown stadiums after one of the temporary structures collapsed in high winds Saturday, resulting in the death of an Illinois man and dozens of injuries after a baseball game.

Sam Dotson, a spokesman for Mayor Francis Slay, said it’s unclear if adequate regulations were in place and being followed Saturday or if the disaster was simply the result of people not paying attention to severe weather warnings.

“This tent was inspected, but we need to make sure there weren’t modifications to it,” he said.

The fast-moving storm ripped a large beer tent at Kilroy’s Sports Bar from its moorings and sent it and debris hurtling through the air about 80 minutes after the end of a St. Louis Cardinals game. Seventeen people in the tent were taken to hospitals, and up to 100 of the 200 gathered were treated at the scene, which was near Busch Stadium.

St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson on Sunday identified the victim as 58-year-old Alfred Goodman, of Waterloo, Ill., but she didn’t provide a cause of death. Dotson said a medical examiner will do an autopsy today and a preliminary cause of death likely would be released sometime during the day.

Officials initially said five injured people had been transported to hospitals in critical condition, but later announced all had been upgraded to serious.

South Alabama campus lockdown lifted

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama on Sunday night lifted a campus lockdown that it had imposed following an armed robbery at a college dorm hours earlier.

University officials announced on their website that campus police had arrested one male suspect and were searching for another in the robbery at gunpoint of a student.

The victim had invited the men to his room when they robbed him of $1,000 and a cellphone and fled, the statement said. A shot was fired, but no one was apparently injured.

Officials believe the second robber left campus. It is believed that the suspects don’t attend the school.

Dolphin spends third day in wetlands

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – A wayward dolphin is spending a third straight day in a narrow wetlands channel along the Southern California coast, under the watchful eyes of wildlife experts.

Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue said Sunday that the 6-foot-long, black-and-white common dolphin looks healthy but appears slightly disoriented.

The dolphin was spotted in a channel of the Bolsa Chica wetlands Friday, circling in shallow waters as crowds grew along the banks and TV helicopters flew overhead.

Wildlife experts on paddleboards managed to coax the animal toward the open sea Saturday, but it was spooked by a pair of fellow dolphins and swam back to the wetlands.

Postcard mailed in 1958 finally arrives

CHICAGO – A postcard mailed from Chicago in 1958 has finally reached its intended recipient, but not without a little help from Facebook.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a postcard depicting Shedd Aquarium recently arrived at Scott McMurry’s Virginia home, more than five decades after his mom mailed it.

The 71-year-old said he immediately recognized his mother’s handwriting.

The postcard was addressed to Clairmont Lane in Decatur, Ga., where McMurry grew up. But it recently arrived in Elizabeth Fulcher’s mailbox on Clairmont Lane in South Daytona, Fla.

Fulcher posted a picture of the postcard on Facebook, and her friends helped track down McMurry.

The half-century mail delay remains a mystery.


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