Concerned citizen posts photo of dog locked in hot car on Facebook

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 1:55 PM

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An observant citizen with social media savvy helped save a dog’s life at a Texas water park.

According to this KPRC report, Xochitl Dalton spotted a yellow Labrador retriever inside a car in the Splash Town water amusement park located in Spring, in the Houston metropolitan area. The dog appeared to be hot and the window was barely rolled down for air.

The temperature at the time was over 90 degrees, but investigators say that inside the car the temperature could have been as high as 140 degrees.

Dalton sprang into action, calling police and posting photos of the trapped dog to the Facebook pages of several animal rescue organizations in the area.

The community response was immediate, with people bringing bricks and hammers to break the windows, if necessary, to free the overheated dog.

Fortunately, a park worker spotted the commotion and managed to get his hand inside the window opening. He unlocked the door and rescued the panting dog. 

The owner was not located until after the amusement park closed. He was not identified, but he was charged with animal cruelty and booked in the Harris County Jail.

The dog received a health evaluation and is being taken care of by local authorities.

101-year-old Alabama man gets high school diploma

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 1:20 AM

Goshen High School is located in Pike County , Alabama.
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Thursday night’s graduation ceremony at an Alabama high school included a man who finally earned his diploma after 84 years. At 101 years old, John Presley Motes graduated with Goshen High School’s Class of 2017, but he is older than his classmates — and also older than the school officials who handed him his diploma.

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Motes was born in Pike County, Alabama, on Sept. 10, 1915, according to his World War II draft card information. He grew up in the Goshen area and should have graduated in 1933, but he had to drop out of school because of a health condition, WFSA reported.

When he turned 18, he joined the Air Force as an engineer.

“He was smart as a whip,” Motes’ wife, Bettye Motes, told WFSA. “He just never got a chance to graduate.”

About seven months ago, Motes’ children asked school officials at Goshen High School to see if their father could participate in Thursday’s ceremony.

“We asked the seniors if they would be willing to do it, and they were beside themselves excited,” Assistant Principal Anthony May told WFSA. “It was sprung on us, but we’re so glad it was.”

Motes did not want to go first in the procession. He wanted to go in the traditional alphabetical order. He received a standing ovation as he accepted his diploma, WFSA reported.

Motes wants to continue his education. His next move is to return to Mobile, where he now lives with his wife, and apply to the University of South Alabama in the fall, WFSA reported.

“I’m going to major in music,” Motes said.

Motes’ children said his goal is to live to be 107.

$8 wine at Aldi wins prestigious award

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 11:28 PM

A judge tastes a white wine at the 'International Wine Challenge' event. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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The wine features ripe summer stone fruits, a generous acid palate and a crisp finish, sommeliers note.

It’s called “The Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé” and it recently ranked as one of the best wines in the world when it earned a silver award at the International Wine Challenge.

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And it sells for about $8 at Aldi.

"We have been working closely with renowned winemaker Jean Claude Mas to change perceptions around French wine, which is often perceived as expensive and intimidating, so it is fantastic to see some of these products acknowledged as some of the best in the world," Tony Baines, manager of corporate buying for the grocery chain, told the Sun.

Pressure cooker at terminal prompts evacuation at Newark Airport

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

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Newark Airport evacuated Terminal A after a pressure cooker was found in the terminal, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

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The bomb squad was called in to investigate.

Newark Airport says the package has been cleared, but passengers should expect delays.



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Woman shopped at Wal-Mart while children 2, 5, locked in trunk, police say

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested and charged with child abuse. (Photo: Weber County Sheriff's Office)

A woman locked her children in a car trunk Thursday while she shopped at Wal-Mart, police said.

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested and charged with child abuse after police found her children aged 2 and 5 locked in her car trunk, according to the Deseret News.

A witness called police after seeing Castillo put the children in the trunk. The children made noise and caused the vehicle to shake.

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"Several good Samaritans observed this and came to the aid of the children,” Lt. Casey Warren, of the Riverdale police, told the Deseret News.

Police instructed the children to pull the safety latch to open the trunk. Child and Family Services were contacted and placed the children with a responsible party.