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Firefighter Adopts Baby He Delivered

Source: WMBF News

A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina firefighter has adopted a baby girl he delivered while responding to a late night call in November.  Marc Hadden arrived at a home to find a woman already in labor, and delivered a girl, who would since be named Grace.

A day after Grace’s birth, the Haddens, who had two boys at home, learned that she was put up for adoption. Less than 48 hours after Hadden brought Grace into the world, he was bringing her home to join their family, WMBF News reported.

“Ever since we had the boys, we knew we wanted more children,” Beth told WMBF News. “But I was pre-term with them so we knew that it wasn’t possible to have any more babies. And we had it in our minds and our hearts for years to adopt and we just left it in God’s hands. We said if it’s meant to be, it will be.”

South Carolina first responder adopts baby he delivered on call [via FoxNews]

Police Officer Helps Motorist Tie his Necktie

A University of Wisconsin-Stout student was pulled over for speeding near the college campus by a Menomonie police officer late last year.  The student explained to the officer he was in  rush to give a presentation, and that he had first stopped by a friend’s place for help because he didn’t know how to tie his necktie, but his friend wasn’t home.  At that point, the officer promptly offered his assistance.  Hit the jump for the officer’s dash cam video.

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New York College Students Find $40,000 in Couch and Return Money to Owner

Should-Have-Kept-the-MoneySo there are honest people still left in the world. Now making the rounds is this story of three SUNY college roommates found $40,800 in cash stuffed in a couch they bought from a Salvation Army thrift shop. (They reportedly starting looking through the cushions after finding the couch weirdly lumpy and uncomfortable). At first they cheered their luck for winning the lottery, but when they also found a deposit slip in the couch, they decided to track down the rightful owner. It turned out to be a 91-year-old woman whose (a little overly eager?) children had donated the couch to the Salvation Army when she had been hospitalized with health problems. To reward their honesty, the woman reportedly gave the trio $1,000.

New York roommates find $40,000 in sofa and return cash to owner [via The Guardian]

Cop Car of the Future, as Imagined in 1958


The above image of a future cop car was drawn by Detroit-based illustrator Arthur Radebaugh for his comic strip, “Closer Than We Think,” which ran in newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada from 1958 to 1963. As quoted in the May 4, 1958 edition of the comic:

Beat-walking policemen gave way years ago to modern, speedy squad cars. But today squad car movement is slowed down by the increasing crush of traffic. The solution could be a radical new kind of transportation designed for mobility on jammed streets. Here, for tomorrow, is the concept of policemen on mechanical pogo platforms — giant, tandem, wheeled vehicles kept upright by gyroscopic action, high enough to see across expressway tieups, narrow enough to wheel through them to any point of trouble.

This Cop Car of the Future From 1958 Was Pretty Intimidating [via Gizmodo]

Man Scammed Out of $110,000 Tracks Down Criminals Himself

The above documentary, produced by an individual but of professional caliber, is nearly an hour long, but from the beginning it hooks you in and is well worth it. It’s the story of Keith Jones, who was scammed out of $110,000 by a fraudulent investment firm. Since law enforcement did not initially do much with the case, Jones decided to take matters into his own hands and tracked down the criminals himself. His adventure led him from his home in Australia to Thailand.

This Thanksgiving, Former FBI Agent May Have Become Longest Held American Hostage in History


This Thanksgiving weekend, on November 26, former FBI and DEA agent Robert Levinson may have become the longest held American hostage in history. He went missing on March 8, 2007, while investigating cigarette smuggling for a client on Iran’s Kish Island. The Levinson family considers him to be the longest-held hostage in American history, noting that his time in captivity surpasses the 2,454 days that journalist Terry Anderson was held in Beirut, although statements released by the White House and FBI simply note him as being “one of the longest-held Americans in history.” His family received anonymous photographs in 2010 and 2011 proving Levinson was alive, showing Levinson shackled, in an orange jumpsuit, and holding signs with messages that read: “Why you can not help me” and “This is the result of 30 years serving for USA” and “I am here in Guantanamo do you know where it is?” The FBI has offered $1 million for information leading to his location and safe return.

Too long missing: New Yorker Robert Levinson was kidnapped more than six years ago in Iran [via NY Daily News]

Ax-Throwing Woman Scares Burglars Away


This is possibly the best news story from last week.

Authorities say a woman and former tomahawk-throwing champion was home alone when a pair of burglars (one of whom was apparently caught) sneaked into her residence in southern California. Robin Irvine was awakened when one of them reportedly attempted to remove a watch from her wrist, but she screamed, spooking him and his buddy into fleeing. Grabbing her axe and wearing only her underwear and a t-shirt, she reportedly chased both men out of her house. According to Irvine, all it would have taken is a quick throw of the axe into the would-be thief’s back to paralyze him for life. Fortunately for him, she practiced self-restraint.

Ax-throwing woman chases burglar from home, police say [via Fox News] and Why Trying To Burglarize The Home Of A Pro Ax Thrower Is A Bad Idea [via Huffington Post]