FLA. BOY SURVIVES BEING SUCKED INTO DRAINPIPE: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A young boy is recovering in a southwest Florida hospital after he was sucked into a drainpipe while playing with other children and carried several hundred yards.
The Fort Myers News-Press reports the child ended up in the Caloosahatchee River. He was able to climb to safety before the adults who were running toward the river heard him yelling Thursday afternoon.
Fort Myers Battalion Chief Chris Bevan says the boy was swept about 300 yards through the drainpipe. He had been playing with friends, who ran to tell adults what happened.
Bevan says the boy was extremely lucky he wasn't knocked unconscious because he could have drowned.
MAN JAILED AFTER FACEBOOK SHAME OVER DINE-AND-DASH: RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno man who skipped out on a $100 bill at a brewpub and then was publicly pilloried on Facebook was taken into custody on Thursday.
Saul Zelaznog was booked into the Washoe County Detention Center in northern Nevada on a probation violation, although officials at the jail couldn't provide specifics Friday on the circumstances of his arrest.
Zelaznog became an object of social media scorn after workers at the Brewer's Cabinet posted his picture on Facebook Tuesday, warning other restaurants to watch out for him and linking to his profile so others could "let him know he sucks."
"And, while you're at it, you could tell him that visiting restaurants with your friends, running up a huge bill, roughing up servers and then bailing is pretty uncool ... pathetic, really," the post reads. "Get a life, man."
The post had more than 800 shares on Facebook by Friday, with users helping identify him and voicing enthusiastic support for the business.
Chris Kahl, a co-owner of the Brewer's Cabinet in Reno, said he reported the incident to police after it happened on Tuesday.
"All his friends paid and left, and he was the last one," Kahl told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "The server needed to collect his money. He said he forgot his wallet."
Other restaurants and bars in the area — including Imperial, Campo and Chapel Tavern — told KRNV-TV they believe they've also been his victims.
When contacted by the newspaper, Zelaznog — who also goes by the name Saul Gonzalez, according to public records — said he had forgotten a method of payment when he visited Tuesday, but planned to return to pay the tab.
He said he was involved in a similar situation at another Reno-area restaurant, where he said he left a "nice watch" as collateral.
PILOT EJECTS FROM JET OFF VA., RESCUED AT SEA: NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Air National Guard fighter jets clipped each other's wings midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the ocean and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Friday.
The other pilot involved in the collision was able to fly back to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Both jets were from the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard and were on a routine training mission Thursday night when the collision happened about 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Capt. Michael Odle, chief of public affairs for the air wing, said the single seat F-16C Fighting Falcons collided when their wings clipped each other. Odle didn't specify the exact maneuvers the pilots were going through, but he noted that the air wing's pilots are frequently called upon to intercept aircraft that enter restricted airspace or lose communications in the Washington area. Those intercepts typically require aircraft to fly in close proximity.
WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN SUBWAY RESTROOM IN NEVADA: RENO, Nev. (AP) — It was just another day at work for Flora Vargas until a screaming woman burst into her Subway sandwich shop in Nevada on Friday and announced she was in labor.
After the pregnant woman raced for the women's restroom, assistant manager Vargas and her boss sprang into action, placing sandwich wrappers and trash bags on the floor for sanitation.
With Vargas' help, the mother gave birth on the restroom floor in Minden, 40 miles south of Reno, a couple minutes later.
"It was a boy. A beautiful boy," Vargas told The Associated Press. "He didn't cry when he came out. Then he cried, and I breathed easier knowing he was alive."
No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the 9:30 a.m. birth, but the restaurant was open. The only employees inside were Vargas and the manager.
Vargas helped calm down the mother and get her on the restroom floor, she said, and it was "a blessing" that paramedics from the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District arrived in time to assist in the delivery.
"The head of the baby was already out when she went to the floor," Vargas said. "The baby came out really, really fast. Fortunately, the emergency service people got here really fast."
CHINESE IMMIGRANT PLEADS GUILTY IN BABY'S DEATH: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Chinese immigrant charged with killing her baby by eating rat poison while she was pregnant pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor count of criminal recklessness as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Bei Bei Shuai, 36, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness and was sentenced to time served, which was 178 days, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Charges of murder and feticide were dropped.
Curry said he decided to accept the lesser charge because a number of evidentiary rulings by the court had hurt the prosecution's case. He says he decided to accept the lesser charge rather than to appeal those decisions.
The case drew international attention from reproductive rights advocates who contended it could set a precedent by which pregnant women could be prosecuted for smoking or other behavior that authorities deem dangerous to their unborn child. About 80 organizations have filed friend-of-the-court briefs on Shuai's behalf, and more than 10,000 people from Australia to New York have signed an online petition supporting her.