Boy, 2, found floating in pond near apartment

Authorities said it was unclear how long the child had been in the water, but it was at least several minutes.
TNS Regional News
May 12, 2013


Answering the cries of a frantic mother who couldn’t find her 2-year-old son, residents of a Columbus' Far West Side neighborhood went looking and found the boy floating at the edge of an apartment-complex retention pond.

Ahmed Nasim was the first to spot the child in the water at the Country Ridge Apartments along Roberts Road. He pulled the child — whom authorities have not yet identified — out, and Nasim and others attempted CPR.

The boy was taken to Doctors Hospital West and later moved to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Columbus police said he was in “very critical condition” this afternoon.

Authorities said it was unclear how long the child had been in the water, but it was at least several minutes.

The boy had wandered off as his mother, whose name has not been released, was unloading groceries from her car and carrying them into an apartment on Farmhouse Lane that faces the pond.

The family is here from St. Louis to visit relatives, said neighbor Habiba Alio. She was one of several people who looked for the child and who called 911.

Country Ridge has a large Somali population. Language was a barrier for officers as they tried to investigate what had happened. The first 911 call came in at 3:34 p.m.

Alio said the child’s twin brother was asleep in the apartment as the whole thing unfolded.

She said that at one point as the woman carried in the groceries, “she turned around and didn’t see the baby. She thought maybe he was hiding.”

She knocked on neighbors’ doors and asked for help. Alio and others responded and looked in the closets and under furniture. Others canvassed outside.

Then, Alio heard louder, more-frantic cries and everyone ran toward the water.

Nasim said that when he spotted the child, he didn’t know what to do. Then, an instinct kicked in, and he had to try somehow to help.

“I was scared,” he said. “It was a very sad moment for everyone.”


By  Holly Zachariah - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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thanks for columbus' bad news. did anything crappy happen in cincinnati today? oh wait, if i cared i would read their paper


Raccoons source of bacteria at Traverse City beach

By Associated Press
Traverse City — Officials say they have found the cause and a possible solution to bacterial pollution that has caused frequent closings at a beach on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.

They say the feces of raccoons that live in nearby storm drains are the source of high e-coli levels at East Bay Park in Traverse City.

They say a $768,000 grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant will help them build a filtering system they say should reduce the pollution.

Sarah U'Ren of the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay says storm drain cameras spotted hundreds of pounds of raccoon feces at the site.

The Watershed Center and Traverse City are using the grant to build a three-step filtering system. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports it should be complete by mid-June.

From The Detroit News:


One man is critically hurt after a motorcycle accident near Assaria.

Authorities say the driver lost control of his bike on I-135, sliding across on-coming traffic and into the opposite median. He was flown to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident.


Praying this baby boy will be okay.


Aww this poor baby!!!...I have a 2 year old baby girl and I would go insane if something like this happened to her...Praying for this baby boy!!!


MLB suspends, fines umpires after acknowledging 2nd mistake in 2 days

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games on Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning.

Culbreth and the rest of his crew — Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson — were also fined an undisclosed amount after MLB admitted its umps goofed for the second straight day.

"The rule covering pitching changes was not applied correctly by the umpiring crew," MLB said in a statement.

Culbreth and his crew worked the Padres-Rays game in Tampa, Fla., on Friday night.

He told a pool reporter after the game that he takes "all the responsibility" for what happened.


"..language was a barrier"

Learn english!!!!! You are in America!!!!!