Among other items: Vandals marred the popular West Virginia landmark known as Jefferson Rock; and a Chicago YMCA director has been fired and overnight facility rentals banned after the parents of young children arriving for a morning swim meet clashed with participants of an overnight transgender fashion show and ball.
Baton Rouge, La.
A McDonald’s worker ran to the rescue of an allegedly drunken driver whose car was rolling toward a canal, pulling the man from behind the wheel about 10 feet before the vehicle fell into the water and submerged.
“He saved that man’s life,” fellow McDonald’s employee Priscilla Morgan said of co-worker Tonio Harris.
The pair were working early Thursday when Brian Broussard, 20, pulled up to the drive-through service window. “He was blacked out, leaning over the steering wheel,” Morgan said.
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East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies say that when Broussard’s foot slipped off the brake, the car began to roll toward a canal across the street from the McDonald’s. Harris took off after it, pulling Broussard from the still-moving car before it plunged into the canal.
Broussard was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
Vandals deface Jefferson Rock
Vandals marred a popular landmark that Thomas Jefferson called one of nature’s “most stupendous scenes,” defacing with paint a famous slab of shale known as Jefferson Rock.
The rock, offering a sweeping view of where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, was damaged Tuesday night or early Wednesday.
“It looks like the entire rock was dipped into paint,” park Superintendent Donald Campbell said Thursday. No arrests had been made.
Jefferson hiked to the spot in 1783 and described it as “perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature” in his book “Notes on the State of Virginia,” telling readers its scenic vista was “worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”
Transgender ball, swim meet overlap
A YMCA director has been fired and overnight facility rentals banned after the parents of young children arriving for a morning swim meet clashed with participants of an overnight transgender fashion show and ball.
Greg Weider was fired Wednesday. Michael Horton, who oversaw scheduling at the New City YMCA, resigned two days earlier.
Authorities said a member had reserved the entire facility from 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday for the fashion show and ball, although families were scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. for a swim meet.
Police and private security guards were called after some parents used sexual slurs, and scuffling broke out, authorities said. No arrests were made.
Convalescent-home nurse shot by visitor
An 87-year-old man visiting a family member at a convalescent home allegedly shot a nurse and threatened another one yesterday after he became angry about the care the relative was receiving, authorities said.
The first nurse, shot at close range, was listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital, a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesman said.
“[The gunman] was going to shoot another nurse and made her get on her knees and beg for her life,” visitor Dalis Baca told KABC-TV. “When she pleaded, she said it was Christmas, she had kids, please not to do it, and he let her go.”