California Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other’s Arms

wedding-ringsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.

They told their children they wished to die in each other’s arms. And last month at their home in San Diego, just days before their 75th wedding anniversary, that wish was fulfilled.

95-year-old Alexander’s health was failing rapidly after he broke his hip. His children put Jeanette in bed next to him.

According to their daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, after Alexander died, Jeanette said, “Wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”

The family left her alone and just hours later, Jeanette died too.

The couple was buried Monday at Miramar National Cemetery.

13-Year-Old Charged with Raping Girl on School Bus

school-busPORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a 13-year-old boy attacked a 7-year-old girl on a Chimacum school bus and has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

The Chimacum Middle School student is scheduled for his first juvenile court appearance on July 15.

Court records say the boy and girl rode the bus together from September 2014 until the end of February. The alleged assault was reported after the girl told her aunt about it and the aunt took the girl to a doctor.

No attorney had been appointed or hired for the boy as of Thursday.

Court records say the boy was expelled from school and released to his family until the legal case is resolved.

2 Charged in Death of Baby Who Ingested Heroin, Cocaine

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumKINGSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Two people have been charged in the overdose death of a 13-month-old New York girl who ingested heroin and cocaine.

The baby’s mother, 27-year-old Rachel Ball, and 34-year-old Joshua Bennett were charged Thursday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault.

Authorities say Kayleigh Cassell died Feb. 22 in a home in the Warren County town of Kingsbury where Bennett was staying.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica says Kayleigh died of pneumonia and respiratory failure stemming from acute heroin and cocaine intoxication. He says the pneumonia is believed to have resulted from months of drug exposure.

Bennett pleaded not guilty at his morning arraignment. Ball is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Ebay Bans Sales of Confederate Flags on Its Site

EBAYNEW YORK (AP) — EBay is banning the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise on its site because it has become a symbol of “divisiveness and racism.”

The e-commerce company is the latest to prohibit the sale Confederate merchandise following Wal-Mart Inc. and Sears Holding Corp. The shooting deaths of nine black church members last week in South Carolina has reignited debate on what the flag symbolizes. Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds

EBay Inc. says it will begin notifying sellers of its decision and begin removing items that contain the Confederate flag on Tuesday. A search for “Confederate flag” brought up 1,400 listings, including pins, watches, ties, hats and sunglasses with an image of the flag on it.

Teacher Accused of Taping Kids in Bathroom Faces New Charges

schoolASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teacher accused of secretly recording his kindergarten students using the bathroom has been indicted on nearly 150 additional charges after his computer was further investigated.

The indictment against 32-year-old Elliot Gornall was filed late last week. It includes dozens of counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Authorities say Gornall recorded 25 of his students using a tiny spy camera that he installed in a bathroom next to his classroom in Loudonville, about 80 miles south of Cleveland.

Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell says the additional charges follow investigators’ continued analysis of Gornall’s computer and other equipment. They come after the initial complaint was filed against him in March.

A message seeking comment from Gornall’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

Study of Returns to the ER Suggests Lack of Follow-Up Care

Medical-ChartWASHINGTON (AP) — No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint.

But new research suggests it’s more common than previously thought — and people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around.

Already some ERs are taking steps to find out why and to try to prevent unnecessary returns.

The research suggests patients should be more aggressive in getting follow-up care.

It’s also a reminder of how disconnected our health care system is.

Chances are, your primary care doctor won’t know you made an ER visit unless you call about what to do next.

And if your second visit was to a different ER, often doctors can’t see earlier X-rays or other tests and have to repeat them, adding preventable costs.

Officer in viral pool party video resigns

Image: YouTube screen grab

Image: YouTube screen grab

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The chief of police in McKinney, Texas, says the actions of an officer at a pool party in the Dallas suburb were “indefensible.”

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley made the comments during a news conference today after Officer David Eric Casebolt resigned.

A viral video showed Casebolt pushing a bikini-clad girl to the ground on Friday and brandishing his gun at other black teens after he and other officers responded to complaints about the pool party at a community-owned McKinney swimming pool.

Conley had placed the 41-year-old former Texas state trooper on administrative leave after the incident. Conley said Casebolt resigned while under investigation.


San Francisco considers health warning on soda advertising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: sugary soda pop.

The “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance” would require health warnings on advertising within city limits — on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity.

It’s one of three anti-soda proposals on today’s Board of Supervisors agenda.

A spokesman for CalBev, the state beverage association, says the ordinance is a scare tactic that would do little to educate consumers on diabetes and obesity.

Answers sought in NY ‘Shawshank Redemption’-style escape

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two convicted murderers who used power tools to escape from a maximum-security New York prison in a “Shawshank Redemption”-style breakout.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in an “elaborate, sophisticated operation” that involved shimmying through a steam pipe.

The men were reported missing from their beds at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Roadblocks were set up in the area of the prison, about 20 miles from the Canadian border. Bloodhounds and helicopters were being used to track down the men.

A $100,000 reward has been posted for information leading to their capture.

Elderly Man Arrested in His 86-Year-Old Wife’s Death

police-lights-redSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested an 89-year-old California man on a murder charge in connection with the death of his elderly wife.

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department says Masaharu Ono was booked Friday into the Sacramento County Jail on a single count of murder after sheriff’s deputies were called to the couple’s apartment and found his 83-year-old wife’s body.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( Ono reported finding his wife dead inside the Sacramento home. Authorities say that after an investigation it was determined the 83-year-old woman had injuries that contributed to her death and were suspicious in nature.

The department says investigators determined that Ono was responsible for the killing.

The Sacramento coroner’s office identified the victim as Hiroko Ono.