A bar of gold you won't want to get your hands on

Par­ents always worry when their child runs away but I can’t even imag­ine what this boy’s par­ents went gold barsthrough after find­ing out about this!  Their 16-year-old boy is mirac­u­lously alive after being stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia to Maui, Hawaii. The FBI believes the boy climbed into the wheel well of the plane with­out know­ing where it was going, and sur­vived the entire five-hour flight there despite frigid tem­per­a­tures and an alti­tude of 38-thousand feet. When the plane landed, he climbed out and was spot­ted by secu­rity wan­der­ing around the tar­mac. Author­i­ties believe he was uncon­scious for most of the flight but is oth­er­wise med­ically and phys­i­cally alright. It is believed that the boy ran away from home after a fight with his fam­ily. He was released to child pro­tec­tive ser­vices and will not be charged with a crime.

Ean Bor­deaux says he awoke early Fri­day morn­ing to find his hot dog cart—which he runs for a living—in flames out­side. He ran out to smother the fire and saw a man run­ning away, so he called the police. Then the stranger returned, appar­ently to re-light the fire. Bor­deaux tack­led the man, who fell face-first on the pave­ment and later died. Bor­deaux iden­ti­fied him right away as Todd Payne, a for­mer police offi­cer who served 20 years before being fired in 2010 for sev­eral vio­la­tions, includ­ing flee­ing the scene of a DUI crash, intim­i­dat­ing wit­nesses, and lying to supe­ri­ors. What’s more, Bor­deaux had writ­ten about Payne (and even called him “Creepy Todd”) on his blog. In fact, police say the two had worked in the same area and dis­agreed about things before. 

The patient exhib­ited symp­toms of “acute intesti­nal obstruc­tion.” And it turns out they were caused by some­thing he ate. Pretty rou­tine stuff, until doc­tors in India dis­cov­ered that what he had eaten was a pound of gold!  The 63-year-old busi­ness­man is believed to have swal­lowed 12 small gold bars while in Sin­ga­pore so he could smug­gle them into India. The bars got lodged in his small intes­tine, and no amount of lax­a­tives would budge them. That’s when he went to see a sur­geon who says, “This is the first time I have recov­ered gold from the stom­ach of a patient.” The gold was worth about $20,000, but cus­toms offi­cials have con­fis­cated it all.

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