uMIAMI (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Florida police officer accidentally discharged his gun at a grocery store and grazed a nearby woman.
Miami-Dade police spokesman Chris Thomas says the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at a Kendall Publix.
Police say the city of Miami officer was standing in the checkout line and reaching in his pocket when the gun went off. The bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit a woman who was also standing in line.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and treated the woman at the scene.
City of Miami police spokesman Orlando Rodriguez says the department is conducting an internal investigation.
uCHICAGO ALDERMAN ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT CAR BEING STOLEN: CHICAGO (AP) — Police have arrested a Chicago alderman on charges alleging that he lied when he reported his car had been stolen in January.
Police say a news release that Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno was arrested Tuesday night on felony charges of insurance fraud and obstruction of justice. A judge on Wednesday released him from custody on his written promise to appear in court at a later date.
Moreno reported on Jan. 4 that his car was missing.
Weeks later, police located the car and charged the driver with misdemeanor trespass to a motor vehicle. But after the woman told investigators she had dated Moreno and that he had let her use the car, prosecutors dropped the charges against her.
Moreno lost his bid for re-election and his term is set to end May 20.
uTODDLER MISSING FOR 3 DAYS IN RURAL KENTUCKY IS FOUND SAFE: SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a 22-month-old boy has been found safe, almost three days after disappearing from his rural Kentucky home.
State police said in a tweet the boy was found just before 2 p.m. Wednesday in Floyd County in the area of a stripe mine. He was taken by emergency medical services to be examined.
News outlets reported earlier that Magoffin County Emergency Management Director Robert Prater said the original search area was a half-mile radius from the home but widened to about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) and included an old, overgrown mining operation.
Magoffin County Search and Rescue Chief Carter Conley said crews were using dogs, ATVs, helicopters and drones with thermal cameras to search the rugged terrain.
Kentucky State Police spokesman William Petry said earlier there was no evidence of foul play. The boy’s father offered a $5,000 reward for the child’s safe return.
uPHILADELPHIA CASINO FINED FOR SERVING 17 DRINKS TO GAMBLER: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A casino in Philadelphia that served a gambler 17 free drinks over an eight-hour period has been fined $17,500.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports state regulators imposed the fine Wednesday on the SugarHouse Casino over the September incident.
Officials say the patron was playing Pai Gow, a table game with Chinese tiles similar to blackjack, and he was visibly intoxicated while gambling.
According to the casino’s consent agreement with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it wasn’t until the gambler couldn’t hold up his head anymore that a supervisor stopped him from getting more drinks and summoned security.
An altercation occurred as the patron was evicted from the casino, and he was arrested for public drunkenness.
SugarHouse agreed to retrain and discipline the beverage servers in addition to the fine.
u2 RESCUED FROM SCAFFOLD NEAR TOP OF 50-STORY OKLAHOMA TOWER: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two window washers have been rescued from a dangling scaffold above the roof of a nearly 850-foot (259 meters) skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Fire Capt. David Macy says the two were stranded shortly before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday outside the 50-floor Devon Tower and were pulled to safety about 8:30 a.m.
Macy said firefighters secured the scaffold with ropes as it hung from a crane 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) above the roof. Video from the scene showed the scaffold banging against the building, breaking windows and dropping shattered glass on sidewalks and streets below.
Police closed the area to traffic.
Macy said paramedics evaluated both men, who refused treatment. He said the cause of the accident is under investigation.
The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.
uMICK JAGGER HAS HIS MOVES BACK AFTER HEALTH PROBLEMS: NEW YORK (AP) — It’s as if Mick Jagger is saying “Start Me Up.”
The 75-year-old rocker tweeted a video Wednesday of him dancing around a studio in front of a mirror weeks after he underwent medical treatment , reportedly for a heart valve issue. The treatment forced the Rolling Stones to postpone its No Filter tour.
Jagger was told by doctors in late March he could not go on tour “at this time.” Jagger tweeted he was “devastated” the band couldn’t tour, but said he hoped to be “back on stage as soon I can.”
The Stones’ No Filter Tour was expected to start April 20 in Miami.
uMOM RUNS INSIDE BURNING HOME TO RESCUE KIDS; ALL 3 DIE: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman ran back into her burning apartment after realizing her two children hadn’t made it out. All three died in the fire.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said during a Wednesday morning news conference that the woman and another adult living in the apartment made it safely outside when she noticed the children, ages 5 and 10, didn’t make it out.
The sheriff said running back to save the children was a great “action of love” displayed by the mother.
When firefighters arrived, flames were already penetrating the roof, which later collapsed.
The names of the victims weren’t immediately released.
Officials say at least 12 residents were displaced by the fire, which damaged eight apartments.