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Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 6:59 PM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. —
A 7-year-old boy and family were removed from an Allegiant Airlines flight Monday.
His mother claims passengers applauded as the family got off the plane.
Christina Fabian-Roman told KTAR her family was flying home to Phoenix from Bellingham, Washington, on a delayed flight.
She and her family were traveling with her husband, who has terminal cancer, to see family.
Her son started having an allergic reaction to a dog that was on the flight.
She said he has never had an allergic reaction like that to a dog before.
A flight attendant moved the family away from the dog on the plane, but airport medical services suggested it was not safe for the boy to fly.
The family was asked to leave the plane.
"When we stood up and walked to the front of the plane, the (people) in the back of the plane applauded,” Fabian-Roman said.
"What crushed us was that our 7 yr old boy looked at us with tear-filled eyes and said, 'I'm sorry that I put you through this. This is all my fault,'" Fabian-Roman said in a Facebook post Monday. "Then he proceeded to say, 'I can't believe that people clapped. They shouldn't do that because they never know who already has sadness in their hearts.'"
The airline told the family they could take the next flight to Phoenix, which was Wednesday.
"It wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault we got off the plane," Fabian-Roman said. "It was the flight attendant’s attitude that perpetuated people’s agitated behavior around us. It’s just the comments she had made."
Fabian-Roman said in a Facebook post that a flight attendant remarked that there are dogs on every flight.
Allegiant Airline said it “forwarded the family’s feedback on to the appropriate teams within the company to ensure any necessary service improvements will be made," and apologized to the family.
Fabian-Roman said she does not want anything from the airline.
"We’re not looking for anything else. It’s not Allegiant’s fault we got deplaned," she said. "We’re not looking for any type of compensation."
Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:40 PM
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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing.
Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center.
Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment.
Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.
“It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”
Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported.
“We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said.
Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more.
An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal.
Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:49 PM
— A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.
According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk.
The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:
The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.
The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.
The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.
So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.
Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
— Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path.