In the news
■ Tad Cummins, 50, who is accused of running away with a 15-year-old student and leading police on a 38day nationwide manhunt, saw his Tennessee teaching license revoked by the state Education Board.
■ Robert Piver, 52, accused of illegally storing nearly 10,000 tires at his southeast Texas home, was arrested after, Liberty County authorities said, he didn’t comply with a notice that he was breaching fire codes.
■ Michael Padgett, 25, who was deemed a “persistent felony offender” and therefore faced up to a decade in prison after he spit in the face of a deputy jailer, will go free after a Kentucky appeals court declared one of his trials improper, according to the Owensboro, Ky., Messenger-Enquirer.
■ Jordan Smith, a charter boat captain, told the Panama City, Fla., News Herald that he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a creature falling from a bridge near Destin, and when he moved his boat closer to the site of the splash, he discovered it was a cat, which he pulled from the water, took to the veterinarian, and plans to adopt and possibly name “Miracle.”
■ Carl Magee III, 34, of California faces first-degree murder charges in the death of a homeless woman whom Magee drenched in gasoline and set on fire while she slept on a porch in West Virginia, authorities said.
■ William Francis Hendrickson, 25, of Largo, Fla., was arrested after his 8-month-old son died while being kept in a non-air-conditioned bedroom where the temperature was 109 degrees when police arrived, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
■ Luke Swofford, 4, of Rockwall, Texas, was reunited with his beloved teddy bear, aptly named Teddy Bear, nearly a week after the toy was forgotten at Dallas Love Field airport and sparked a search that ended when a security guard found it in a break room.
■ Robert Boyce, the New York City Police Department’s chief of detectives, said a 73-year-old man suffered second- and third-degree burns after a package left on the doorstep of a Queens building he owns detonated when he opened it.
■ Millie Tjeltweed of New Mexico said “her knees went weak” when she was reunited with her pet of 35 years, a 115-year-old tortoise named Diablo, after a family that bought the animal from some kids at a park for $5 called Tjeltweed when they saw a news report about the pet’s disappearance, the Albuquerque Journal reported.