Couple reunite 50 years after divorcing
BUFFALO, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- A New York couple say they will be remarried at the age of 85 after they spent nearly 50 years apart.
Lena Henderson and Roland Davis met in Chattanooga, Tenn., when they were teenagers, married and had four children together, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported.
Then they divorced in 1964.
"The way they would act to each other never indicated there was anything but a friendship between them," said Renita Chadwick, their youngest daughter. "My mother never had a harsh or contrary word to say about my dad, and my dad never had anything but loving remarks to make about my mother."
Davis remarried and moved to Colorado, but when his second wife died several months ago, Henderson and Davis' oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, worried about him being alone in Colorado and urged him to move back east.
Then, while preparing to move to New York, Davis popped the question.
"We were talking on the phone one day and he said, 'Will you marry me again?" Henderson said. "I said 'well, well ... yes.'"
"I think we just kept thinking about each other all the time, even though we were so far apart," Henderson said.
"You don't think people are going to get married at this age," Davis said. "We're just thankful we've lived this long and that we're still here. We have a lot to be thankful for."
The happy couple plan to be remarried Saturday at Elim Christian Fellowship Church in Central Park Plaza in Buffalo.
Country's oldest store out of business
ADAMSVILLE, R.I., July 29 (UPI) -- The oldest general store in the United States is closing its doors Sunday after being in business in Adamsville, R.I., for 224 years, its owner says.
Gray's general store, which has been run by a family in Adamsville for six generations, has not been able to keep up with the competition in recent years and closed its doors for good Sunday, WLNE-TV, Providence, R.I., reported.
Jonah Waite, 21, inherited the store last month after his father died and said since it was announced that the store was closing, about a hundred people visited each day, which is about 10 times more than usual.
Waite said his father would "be pretty ecstatic, because this would be the most business he got all year, but he would be proud of the way that I'm handling things."
The store's closing is "the end of an era," Waite said.
Mother delivers twins on two highways
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- A New York mother gave birth to twin boys on two different highways before making it to the hospital, officials said.
Siobhan and Bryan Anderson were making their way to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset about 7 a.m. Saturday after Siobhan's water broke, Newsday, Melville, N.Y., reported.
Siobhan's contractions intensified on the road and she asked Bryan to pull over on the Southern State Parkway, the report said.
"I'm going to deliver," she told him.
Bryan called 911 and state Trooper Ron Ferraro arrived along with Nassau County police and medical technicians.
As medical technicians put Siobhan on a stretcher and were wheeling her to the ambulance, she gave birth to Gavin John.
The mother "literally delivered the baby on the stretcher on the road, with cars going by," said Nassau officer Ron Gerlin.
Siobhan was then moved into the ambulance, which began making its way to the nearest hospital about 10 miles away.
However, when Siobhan couldn't hold back the second twin, the ambulance pulled off the Wantagh State Parkway to deliver Declan Michael.
"I was crying because it was so painful and I had no painkillers," Siobhan said. "They really wanted to come out."
Minutes later, the ambulance arrived at the Nassau University Medical Center, where the babies were brought into the delivery unit by officers.
"They were moving around, looking at the world. I thought it was beautiful," said Leila Ayers, a nurse in the unit.
Texts help police track robbers
BOCA RATON, Fla., July 29 (UPI) -- Florida police caught a pair of alleged robbers through text messages they sent to each other about their crime, officials said.
Adam Bardisa, 19, and Michael Nicholas Russo, 19, have been arrested and charged with robbing two elderly women in a grocery store parking lot in April, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.
One of the women, who were 84 and 96 years old, suffered broken ribs in the incident.
Bardisa was caught when his parents ID'd him to police after seeing surveillance footage on the TV news of him robbing the two victims, the newspaper said.
"Yo how bout my mom just saw me on the news on a scooter robbing 2 old ladies and there opening an investigation...Bro wtf!" read a text sent from Bardisa's phone about a week after the robbery.
Police arrested Bardisa on April 23, the went to work in an effort to track down his getaway driver, and said they easily found after executing a search warrant on Bardisa's phone.
They found not only texts between Bardisa and Russo about the robbery, but also a picture of Bardisa sitting in Russo's gold Cadillac with 34 $20 bills spread out on his lap shortly after the robbery.
"Hurry [expletive] right wen he leaves," Russo texted Bardisa at 2:41 p.m., about 40 minutes before the robbery, the arrest report said.
"I gotta wait a min some dude she knows stopped and is talking to her," Bardisa texted back, about 7 minutes later.
Russo was arrested and charged with strong arm robbery, aggravated battery on a person over 65 years of age and accessory after the fact.