Boy Scout dies after being buried in sand at camp event

first_imgSouth Haven Police Department / Facebook (KALAMAZOO, Mich.) — Boy scouts are mourning the death of a 12-year-old member who died after being buried in the sand at a camp in Michigan.“This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family,” executive-CEO Don Shepard of the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement.“We are sad to confirm the death of one of our youth members following an accident at a Scouting event.”Police identified the boy as Gage Wilson of Portage, Michigan.South Haven police and emergency medical personnel responded to a 911 call at 4:14 p.m. Saturday regarding a child buried in the sand near the waters’ edge at a scout camp just north of Van Buren State Park, police said in a statement.Scout leaders were performing CPR on the boy when police arrived at the scene on the shore of Lake Michigan, authorities said, adding that he was taken to a hospital.“The early resuscitation efforts were able to establish a pulse in the victim,” South Haven police said in a statement. “Efforts were then made through difficult terrain including dunes, trails, and water to transport the victim to a waiting ambulance.“The victim was flown to a Kalamazoo area hospital where he later died as a result of injuries sustained.”The boy’s family has been notified and the incident is still under investigation, police said, though, “it appears to be a tragic accident.”They did not say how it happened.“We offer our deepest condolences to the victim and his family, and we will support them in any way that we can,” according to the scout statement. “Please join us in keeping all those affected in your thoughts and prayers.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 6

first_imgWill charter change really improve city?Bob Turner has come up with a new slogan to try once again to sell his city manager charter to skeptical Saratoga Springs residents. In the July 24 Daily Gazette, he finally admitted that “some people” may think Saratoga Springs is doing fine, better in fact than “many” cities under a city manager. But in a wonderful Pollyanna moment, he asserts that his new slogan is, “We can do better” (presumably with a city manager).The thing about Bob is that he’s long on slogans and short on evidence. Where’s the evidence that Saratoga would do better with a city manager? What does he mean by “better?” Better than an AA+ bond rating? Better than the liveliest downtown in upstate New York? Better than no tax increase in seven years? Where is this magical city manager city that we should look to as a model for what we can become if his charter passes this time? Watertown? Batavia?Bob’s hoping Saratoga Springs residents won’t ask those questions and take his word for it. I think we’re smarter than that.Jane WeiheSaratoga SpringsWilliamson deserves to be heard by DemsThe pundits ignored her and the moderators tried to, but surprisingly Marianne Williamson scored big points at the July 30 Democratic debate with those who actually listened to her.I don’t mean her ‘Sermon on the Mount’ moment at the close, though I wonder why that made me uncomfortable. Would I have squirmed listening to the original? I’m referring to her coherent thinking on the underlying causes of problems and not superficial fixes of their impact, and her ability to link the systemic dysfunction throughout society.Along with Pete Buttigieg, she seemed to be one of the few adults on the stage. She may not win, but I certainly hope that, as Bernie Sanders did in the 2016 race, she moves the needle and introduces important concepts into the mainstream. I’ll be listening and watching.Melinda PerrinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik disappoints at Mueller hearingRe: “Stefanik focuses on geniuses of Mueller probe” in the July 25 Daily Gazette: I was disappointed by Rep. Elise Stefanik’s questioning of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 24.Stefanik has previously stated that she agrees with the conclusion of the report of the special counsel regarding Russian interference in our 2016 election and maintains she is not a Washington insider who parrots the party line. However, during the hearing, she followed the Republican Party line by challenging the validity of the report, asking a set of questions related to the Steele dossier, a document she knows the Republicans are disingenuously trying to use to discredit the finding of the special counsel that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election.In addition, most of Rep. Stefanik’s questions were related to travel to foreign countries by the special counsel’s staff, a subject Mr. Mueller had previously stated he could not address, since the topic is related to ongoing investigations. Stefanik admitted she knew Mr. Mueller would not answer those questions, while she continued down this useless line of questioning.In contrast, Stefanik’s Republican colleague, William Hurd, R-Texas, used his time to ask Mr. Mueller how we can protect against future Russian interference in our elections. It was refreshing to see a Republican representative who was willing to admit that the Russians did interfere in the 2016 election and to look for solutions instead of burying his head in the sand as Elise Stefanik has done. Victor RobertsBurnt Hillslast_img read more

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Kemba Walker addresses free agency: ‘Charlotte’s definitely my first priority’

first_imgKemba Walker is expected to receive interest from several teams as he enters free agency this summer, but it doesn’t appear the star guard is ready to leave Charlotte just yet.In a recent interview with The Athletic during his visit to Japan, Walker explained he hopes he will be able to reach a new deal with the Hornets. “Charlotte’s definitely my first priority,” Walker said. “That’s where I’ve been for eight years and that’s all I know. Not many people get a chance to play for one NBA team throughout their career. When I go on my Instagram, I see, ‘Kemba leave! Kemba get out of Charlotte!’ People don’t understand, when they say you need to go ‘here’ and win, that winning is not guaranteed anywhere.”He added: “Charlotte is my home, man. I’ve been there for eight years and it’s been the most amazing eight years of my life. My family, they love it. The fans love me. The organization has been great and gave me my opportunity.” Related News Walker pointed to the amount of security he felt as a rookie as one of the main reasons for staying in Charlotte. He explained from the moment he was drafted, he felt an immediate connection with the Hornets.“I had no idea where I was going on draft night,” he said. “I was hearing so many different rumors about different teams I was going to get drafted to, but Charlotte traded up and took a chance on me. A lot of people didn’t think I was going to become the player I am today, so I have to have that love for Charlotte and that is definitely the team I want to be with, for sure.”Upon his return from a promotional appearance during an NBA Finals viewing party in Japan, Walker could be looking at a complex free agency.Wow! Tokyo, you’ve been amazing.Arigatou gozaimasu to all the @NBAJPN fans for your warm welcome in Japan 🇯🇵 Until next time ✈️#RakutenNBA #KembaInJapan @hornets pic.twitter.com/RcpUHLY0gi— Kemba Walker (@KembaWalker) June 3, 2019Walker’s first choice may be to stay with the Hornets, but the Lakers, Magic, Pacers and Knicks are all expected to consider signing the guard. Walker, however, admitted he isn’t thinking about other options right now. NBA Finals 2019: Draymond Green explains exchange with Drakecenter_img Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star may accept short-term deal from Raptors “I haven’t even really had a chance to just sit down and think about where I want to go,” he said. “But as it’s getting closer, it’s something that I’m going to have to really lock into.”The 29-year-old, originally drafted out of UConn with the ninth pick in 2011, averaged a career-high 25.6 points, along with 5.9 assists for Charlotte last season. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.last_img read more

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