uLAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat.
News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from her house on Saturday and brought her back to his Spring Hill home, where he assaulted her.
Hernando County deputies investigating a missing child report tracked the girl to Altman’s home, where they say she was found in his bedroom. An arrest report says the girl told authorities that Altman forced her to have sex. It says Altman admitted to sex with her.
uJIM BEAM AIRBNB RENTAL TO COST THE PRICE OF A BOURBON BOTTLE: CLERMONT, Ky. (AP) — For about $23 bucks, you can either get a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon or spend a night at the company’s distillery in Kentucky.
The Courier Journal reports the company has posted the Clermont property on Airbnb, with reservations running from Oct. 21 through the end of the year. The online posting says Jim Beam American Stillhouse renters will “join the Beam family for a weekend and live like one of Jim Beam’s seven generations of Master Distillers.”
It says stays at the property built in 1919 includes a distillery tour and tasting. The posting also promises that the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath rental comes with a bar fully stocked with premium Jim Beam bourbons. The posting is signed by Fred Noe, the seventh generation master distiller and Beam’s great-grandson.
uPEDESTRIAN FINDS BABY ALIVE IN BAG ALONG INDIANA ROADWAY: SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana police say an infant found abandoned inside a bag left near a roadway is alive and healthy.
Seymour police say a person walking their dog found the child Tuesday afternoon along a fence row about 20 yards (18 meters) from a road on Seymour’s southeast side.
Officers called to the scene found that the baby was alive and doctors at Seymour’s Schneck Medical Center determined that the infant was healthy.
uFAMILY OF TODDLER SWEPT AWAY AT TENNESSEE PARK FILES LAWSUIT: COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of a 2-year-old who was washed away by floodwaters at a Tennessee state park has filed a lawsuit against the state.
Steven Pierce of Kentucky died after he and his father were swept away in a flash flood as they tried to evacuate from Cummins Falls State Park in June.
The lawsuit says greater safety measures should have been in place, or shouldn’t have been open at all with rain in the forecast. And it accuses rangers of misdirecting Curtis Pierce by telling him to continue along a trail instead of finding higher ground. Curtis Pierce was able to be saved.
uFORMER GOVERNOR STANDS BY TWEET COMPARING TRUMP TO HITLER: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman says she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
The Republican tweeted Hitler “has nothing on” Trump.
Whitman’s tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort.
Whitman tells WNBC-TV in New York the comparison was “inflammatory” but she hoped the shock value would make people realize the severity of the situation.
Whitman, who also served as administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, says she is “really frightened for the country.”
After the White House condemned the video, Whitman tweeted again saying the video was “the stuff of dictators.”
uIOWA MAN FINDS 5 INCHES OF ANIMAL BLOOD FLOODING BASEMENT: BAGLEY, Iowa (AP) — Blood may be thicker than water, but it’ll still flood your basement.
Nick Lestina found this out the hard way two weeks ago when he discovered 5 inches (13 centimeters) of blood, fat and other animal tissue flooding his family’s basement in Bagley, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northwest of Des Moines. He told the Des Moines Register that he hasn’t been able to clean it up because it’s still seeping in.
The waste is coming from a neighboring meat locker, where blood and tissue from slaughtered animals was washed down a drain. Officials say a clog or break in the pipe sent the waste into Lestina’s basement through a floor drain.
A state environmental specialist traced the waste to Dahl’s Custom Meat Locker and says the company is now pumping its into a large tank.
uTODDLER DIES AFTER BEING LEFT IN HOT CAR, AUNT IS ARRESTED: DESTREHAN, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old niece died in a hot car where she had been left for about six hours.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Avril Sanabria died Oct. 4.
Lezly Sanabria, 48, was arrested Tuesday on negligent homicide charges, The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reported.
The sheriff’s office said the toddler went shopping with her aunt and grandmother. When they got home around 1:30 p.m., the grandmother went to her house on the property and Sanabria and another person unloaded the car before going inside her home.
Lezly Sanabria told deputies she thought Avril had gone with her grandmother.
About six hours later, Sanabria went back to her vehicle and found the girl still buckled in her car seat. The child was unconscious and not breathing.
The temperature that day reached as high as 97 degrees outside the car, the Sheriff’s Office said. Inside the car, the temperature could have reached 125 degrees to 140 degrees within 10 to 15 minutes, authorities said.