Nation briefly, Dec. 11
Gold coin left in SC Salvation Army kettle
TEGA CAY, S.C. (AP) — An anonymous person dropped a single gold coin worth about $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle in South Carolina.
Multiple media outlets report the 1-ounce South African Krugerrand was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle during a fundraising drive at a Walmart store in Tega Cay.
The coin will likely be sold to a jeweler’s store with proceeds going to Salvation Army programs.
Mike McGee of the Salvation Army in Rock Hill said a typical kettle fundraiser will raise about $300 a day.
2 adults killed, infant survives crash
XENIA (AP) — Authorities say a small child has survived a rollover crash of a pickup truck that killed two adults in southwest Ohio.
The state Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 5 p.m. on a snow-slicked road in Greene County’s Spring Valley Township. The truck hit a sign and then a tree before overturning.
The 49-year-old driver, Carl Perry, of Xenia, died at the scene while 73-year-old passenger Linda Davis, of Xenia, died at a hospital. The Highway Patrol said neither victim wore seatbelts.
An unidentified child in a safety seat was taken to a Dayton Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Highway Patrol said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Officials investigating fatal house fire
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati fire officials and police homicide detectives are investigating a fire that killed a man and injured his adult daughter.
WXIX-TV reported firefighters found the man unconscious on the first floor of the home early Sunday in Cincinnati’s Carthage neighborhood and took him to a hospital, where he died.
A district fire official said the daughter was found at a home next door with burn injuries after escaping the fire and was hospitalized. A dog also died in the fire.
District Fire Chief Rob McWilliams said fighting the fire was made difficult by extreme hoarding conditions inside the home, which was stacked floor to ceiling with boxes, clothing and other items.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. The man, described as elderly, and his daughter haven’t been identified.
Settlement reached in breastfeeding suit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging a Rhode Island YMCA would not allow a mother to breastfeed in public has been settled.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Friday announced the settlement on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding, who sued the Ocean Community YMCA in May.
Gooding is a mother of three who was a part-time employee and member at the YMCA. She alleged employees at the Westerly branch told her in February 2015 and again a month later she couldn’t nurse in public areas at the YMCA.
The YMCA said it took “affirmative steps” to address Gooding’s concerns at that time. It said a private area was created for employees who choose to breastfeed.
Further details on the settlement haven’t been disclosed. The Ocean Community YMCA’s president and vice president couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.
Woman dies, 2 men injured in shooting
COLUMBUS (AP) — Police say a woman has been killed and two men critically wounded during a shooting at a Columbus hookah bar.
Columbus police have identified the woman fatally shot around 4 a.m. Sunday inside Exhale Hookah Lounge as 26-year-old Kieara Hobbs. The two wounded men are 27-year-old Latrell Davis and 27-year-old Christopher Bivens.
Police Sunday afternoon said Davis remains in extremely critical condition at a Columbus hospital and Bivens is in critical but stable condition.
Hobbs died at the scene on the city’s south side.
Police haven’t provided any information about what prompted the shooting or whether any suspects have been identified or arrested.
Vietnam vet gets medals 40 years later
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran has received medals in Rhode Island more than 40 years after his service.
Paul Harvey was awarded a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and other awards during a ceremony Friday in Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s office.
Harvey is a 71-year-old Jamestown resident. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam as a member of the Wolfhounds.
He said he earned the Silver Star for retrieving the body of a fallen soldier from an armed North Vietnamese camp. He earned the Purple Heart for being wounded twice while performing similar missions.
Harvey was honorably discharged in 1973 and worked as a commercial fisherman.
He was supposed to receive the medals before leaving Vietnam but didn’t want to wait there for the ceremony.
Buress arrested on intoxication charge
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida newspaper reported comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge after an encounter with a police officer.
The Miami Herald first reported that 34-year-old Buress was booked into Miami-Dade jail at 1:57 a.m. Sunday and posted bail just before 6 a.m.
A video circulated on social media showed Buress handcuffed against a Miami patrol car.
According to the paper, Buress asked officers why he was being arrested. One officer said, “trespassing,” but he wasn’t charged with that.