US News Roundup July 8: Accidents, Border Incident, Baby Eagle Survives Fire

By: AP
By: AP

WARSAW, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say five people who were unaccounted for after a dock collapsed at a Missouri lake have been found safe.
Sgt. Collin Stosberg of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says a thunderstorm moved through the Sterett Creek Resort and Marina on Truman Lake in west-central Missouri when the dock gave way around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The marina is near Warsaw, about 90 miles southeast of Kansas City.
Those unaccounted for included four fishermen. Stosberg says all five people have been found safely and that no injuries have been reported.
A number of boats were damaged.
Marina staff didn't return phone or email messages from The Associated Press.

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (AP) -- A "guys' day" turned tragic for an upstate New York family who was on a boat when the pilot got distracted by fireworks and hit a buoy, killing himself, his father and his brother.
Carolyn Aceto (ah-SEE'-toh) says her husband and sons knew Oneida (oh-NY'-duh) Lake "like the back of their hand" and had turned to look at fireworks when the accident happened Thursday night.
Carolyn Aceto's husband, 66-year-old Anthony Aceto, and two of her three children, 41-year-old Stephen Aceto of Tampa, Fla., and 33-year-old Timothy Aceto, were killed. Anthony Aceto, who's 39, cracked his shoulder and ribs and was still hospitalized Saturday.
The men were on the lake partly to celebrate Stephen Aceto's upcoming engagement to his girlfriend.
A salvage crew recovered the 20-foot open-bow powerboat Saturday.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol says agents opened fire along the Rio Grande after being pelted by rocks and having a gun pointed in their direction.
Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola says no agents were injured in the incident Saturday near Brownsville. He did not know if anyone else was hurt. The Mexican government was notified.
The Border Patrol released little details about the morning gunfire, including what the suspects were doing on the river.
Mendiola says one of the agents started shooting after being "unable to take cover" when rocks were thrown. He says another began shooting after seeing a suspect on the Mexican side of the river pointing a gun at him.
Several people are in custody. Mendiola says he did not know details about the suspects or charges.

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) -- A crane collapse in suburban Dallas has killed two construction workers.
It happened in Richardson, on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. The university says the crane was being disassembled at the time.
A witness in a nearby campus library told reporters the accident sounded like a loud crash of metal from the sky. He also heard screams.
The weather may have been a factor. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says a band of thunderstorms moving through the area brought wind gusts in excess of 40 miles an hour.
The crane was being used to construct a large classroom building scheduled to be completed next year.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A baby golden eagle is recovering after officials say it miraculously survived a Utah wildfire last month.
Kent Keller told The Salt Lake Tribune he feared the worst when he returned to the nest site west of Utah Lake to retrieve a leg band he had attached to the male eaglet.
But the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources volunteer found the burned bird on June 28 behind a charred tree, about 25 feet below the nest that was burned to a crisp in the 5,500-acre Dump Fire near Saratoga Springs.
After securing permission from state and federal wildlife agencies, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden assumed care of the eaglet this week.
Officials hope the bird can eventually be released back into the wild.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man accused of shooting at three boys who were setting off fireworks faces criminal charges.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/M4PL3r ) reports that one of the boys, an 11-year-old, was struck near his hip. Police said the boy was in stable condition.
Fifty-six-year-old William Prada was charged Friday with three counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Bail has been set at $75,000 cash only. No attorney is listed for Prada in online court records.
St. Louis police say the boys were shooting off fireworks in an alley Thursday night when the man yelled at them and pulled a firearm. Shots were fired in the direction of the 11-year-old and two 10-year-old boys.
Police say they recovered a firearm when they arrested Prada.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the first segment of what would be the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line, eventually connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The state Senate voted 21-16 on a party-line vote Friday after intense lobbying by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor groups.
The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds to build an initial 130-miles stretch in the Central Valley. That would allow the state to collect about $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday.
Critics call the bullet train a boondoggle, but supporters hailed the vote as the start of a much-needed infrastructure project. The bill also includes about $1.9 billion in funds for local rail projects.
The bill, which passed the state Assembly, now heads to the governor.


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