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SCHOOL AIDE BARRICADED SELF IN CLASSROOM; TOOK OFF CLOTHES: LEMON GROVE . (AP) — Authorities say an afterschool program assistant kept 14 children inside a California classroom while appearing to be hallucinating on drugs.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris May said deputies arrested 31-year-old Linda Lira on Wednesday after staff at Lemon Grove Academy forced their way into the classroom to free the children. Lira did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment sent through the jail system.

May says the students called for help using Lira’s unattended campus radio.

Officials say once the staff removed the children, Lira barricaded herself in the classroom alone, using desks to block the door, and then dress and undressed herself.

Lira was arrested on 14 counts of child endangerment and 14 counts of false imprisonment. She is due to be arraigned on Monday.

 

GIRL, 4, SNEAKS OUT, HOPS BUS IN SEARCH OF 3 A.M. SLUSHIE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, “All I want is a slushie.”

Authorities say the girl’s family didn’t know she had awoken and unlocked the backdoor to start her trek during a downpour early Friday. They found nothing amiss at the house and have no plans to file charges.

The bus driver is a father of three. He says he was scared for the girl but found her adventure funny. He says he knew she was in good hands.

He stopped the bus and called police. They took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her mother

 

‘TEEN MOM 3’ STAR’S EX CHARGED WITH POSTING EXPLICIT IMAGES: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a star of MTV’s “Teen Mom 3” has been charged with posting sexually explicit images on social media sites.

Shakiel Brown was charged Tuesday with felony video voyeurism and released on bond Thursday in Orlando. Authorities say he posted the images of 20-year-old Briana DeJesus after she refused to speak to him following their breakup.

DeJesus told authorities she had no idea Brown had posted the videos on Instagram and Twitter. Orange County deputies say the videos were recorded during consensual sex.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the videos have since been removed from his social media accounts.

 

BUY AMERICAN: FLORIDA BILL REQUIRES US-MADE FLAGS:  

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Is it American to require someone to buy American?

That was in essence the debate that consumed the Florida House for a few moments Friday when it considered a bill named the “All American Flag Act.”

The measure ultimately passed by a wide margin and is likely to go to Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran. The bill would require that whenever cities, counties and state government buy state and American flags, those flags must be made in the United States.

Some legislators said that forcing local and state government to buy flags made in the United States was anti-capitalist and a restraint of trade.

But other lawmakers said that taxpayer money should not be spent on flags made in other countries like China.

 

PENNSYLVANIA TODDLER SHOOTS SELF IN LEG WHILE ADULTS SHOWER: MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy found a handgun on a bed and shot himself in the leg while his mother and her boyfriend were showering.

Investigators say the toddler took the .45-caliber gun from an upstairs bedroom at the boyfriend’s Montoursville home Thursday and played with it on a downstairs couch as he watched cartoons.

Police say the bullet lodged in the boy’s back. They say he was conscious and talking before surgery to repair damage to organs. Police say he’ll undergo surgery Friday to remove the bullet.

No charges have been filed. Montoursville police are investigating.