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Feb. 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

Missing boy found under beanbag chair

PENLAN, Wales, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old Welsh boy whose disappearance sparked a massive police search turned out to be napping under a bean bag chair, his parents said.

Andrew Lorey, 29, and Samantha Thomas, 28, of Penlan, Wales, said their son, Jenson Lorey, vanished from the family's living room Monday night while his father was in the kitchen and his mother was at the gym, walesonline.co.uk reported Thursday.

"I started screaming and running around the street," Thomas told the South Wales Evening Post. "I thought the worst had happened."

"We had 12 police officers out looking for him, police dogs and the helicopter," Andrew Lorey said. "They searched the attic, they searched everywhere. Everyone who knew me was out looking but even people who didn't know me were looking too. It was just incredible -- the support we had was phenomenal."

After more than an hour of searching, the couple's daughter, Sienna, 6, discovered her brother sleeping beneath a beanbag chair in the living room, The Mirror reported.

Thomas said the beanbag had been moved several times during the search, so the boy could not have been under it the entire time.

"All we know is he was sleeping soundly when we found him," she said.


Man accused of spanking attack

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio man once named his city's Citizen of the Year is accused of spanking a 29-year-old tenant during a dispute about overdue rent.

Ron Kronenberger, 53, owner of the Hometown Marketplace in Waynesville and Waynesville's Citizen of the Year in 2006, was charged with assault for allegedly exposing the 29-year-old man's bare buttocks in his office at the store and striking him four times with a belt Jan. 22, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Thursday.

"If you're going to act like a child, I'm going to treat you like one," Kronenberger allegedly said prior to the attack.

The alleged victim told Police Chief Gary Copeland "he was scared and just wanted to get it over with," the police report said.

"At this point, chief left to attempt to make contact with Ron Kronenberger about the incident, in which Ron admits whipping [the victim] due to late rent payment in the amount of $2,800," the report said.

Kronenberger was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.


Dad delivers daughter at roadside

TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Washington State Patrol said a baby girl was born at the side of the road with the help of her father when the couple couldn't make it to the hospital.

Troopers said the couple, identified only as the Sanchez family, pulled over to the side of State Route 512 on their way to Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma Tuesday night and the mother gave birth to a daughter with the help of her husband, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday.

Troopers said the family is doing well at Madigan.

"Thank you to everyone who responded last night. We are also grateful for the kindness and care we have received at Madigan. Our family has been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Anneliese Patricia Sanchez arriving at 10:30 p.m., February 19, weighing seven pounds, four ounces," the family said in a statement.


Ring lost at train station returned

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A New York woman said her 3-carat diamond engagement ring was returned to her two months after she lost it at a subway station.

Hager Elsayed said she thought her princess-cut ring -- given to her by fiance Juan Rivera -- was gone for good after it apparently slipped off her finger at a subway station in November, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Elsayed said she was at the Fort Hamilton Parkway N-train station in January and on a whim decided to ask the station agent if anyone had found her ring.

Anthony Tiralosi, the station agent, said the ring was found near the MetroCard machine by an elderly Asian woman who didn't speak any English.

"I knew it was an engagement ring because I used to sell jewelry," Tiralosi said. "As soon as I saw it, I knew the ring was worth at least $4,000. It was a gorgeous ring. I said, 'Gee, whoever lost this must feel sick.'"

Elsayed was able to claim the ring from the lost and found after providing documentation that it belonged to her.

"The whole moral of the story is there are still good people out there," Elsayed said.

Topics: Juan Rivera
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