Runaway, 9, takes flight to Las Vegas

A 9-year-old runaway went through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, boarded a plane without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

Security officials screened the Minneapolis boy at the airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday after he arrived via light rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded a Delta flight that left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m.

The flight crew became suspicious mid-flight because the boy was not on the list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who met them upon landing and transferred the boy to child protective services, Hogan said.

Minneapolis Police Sgt. Bill Palmer said officers talked to the family after Las Vegas police contacted them. A family member said the boy ran away and had last been seen early Thursday.

— Associated Press

‘Running gun battle’ outside bikers’ club

Authorities on Sunday were investigating what touched off a wild “running gun battle” inside and outside a Fresno motorcycle club’s annual dance, leaving one man dead and at least a dozen others wounded.

Shots were still being fired at 2 a.m. Saturday when the first of more than 100 law enforcement officers arrived at the Soul Brothers clubhouse near Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

The gunfire erupted during the Soul Brothers’ annual dance, which draws bikers and other motorcycle clubs from all over the state. About 500 people were inside the warehouse-like clubhouse when the shooting started.

The shooting quickly tuned into “a running gun battle” in the street outside the club, sheriff’s spokesman Chris Curtice said.

No arrests had been made.

The Fresno County coroner identified the dead man Sunday as Dejuan Gladney, 18.

— Associated Press

New York
Motorcyclist charged
in road-rage incident

A motorcyclist accused of smashing a window and catalyzing a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and the driver of a sport-utility vehicle was ­arraigned Sunday on gang assault and other major charges, while his lawyer said the motorcyclist’s role in the headline-grabbing case was unfairly overplayed.

Reginald Chance, the fourth person arrested in a case held up as a highway nightmare, was being held on $75,000 cash bail. Prosecutors said he played a key role in the SUV driver’s beating, which came after the driver ran over a biker in what the motorist’s family said was fear for his life.

While Chance didn’t participate in the beating, by shattering the SUV’s driver’s-side window, he “set into motion a chain of events that resulted in the driver being dragged out of his vehicle and beaten” by others, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino said.

Chance’s lawyer, Gregory Watts, acknowledged his client broke the window in a burst of anger after the SUV’s door knocked him earlier in the encounter that went from a Manhattan highway to a neighborhood street.

— Associated Press

South Dakota
Melting snowfall
leaves sloppy mess

Residents in the Black Hills were navigating through a sloppy mess Sunday after higher temperatures began melting record-setting snowfall, leaving standing water on plowed roads rather than making its way through drainage systems.

Law enforcement officials shifted their focus to recovery after having caught up with a backlog of emergency calls from the weekend storm that dumped four feet of snow near Deadwood and 3.5 feet near Lead. No fatalities were reported as a result of the bad weather.

An estimated 5,000 people in Rapid City-Pennington County were still without power Sunday, officials said, down from more than 25,000 in the area on Saturday.

— Associated Press

One of two missing hikers found: A 23-year-old woman reported missing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has been found safe, but a search for an Oregon man has been suspended. Alejandra Wilson was located Saturday afternoon, authorities said. A search team spotted the Oregon woman walking in the Crest Trail area as she started hiking out. She was reported missing after becoming overdue for a trail check Sept. 30. Sgt. George Town of the Yakima County sheriff’s office said Wilson reported that she got stranded by a snow storm about a week ago and waited until conditions improved before walking out. Meanwhile, the search was suspended for Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, of Portland, who was last seen Sept. 28 in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Chess players defy police: At least for an afternoon, the chess players were back at the usual spot they’ve occupied for years along downtown San Francisco’s busy Market Street. But the mostly homeless players and their supporters were playing Sunday in defiance of a recent police crackdown and ban on the public games. Police said the games began to attract illegal gambling and drug sales to the area adjacent to a cable car terminal, which is a popular tourist destination.

— Associated Press