- - Thursday, June 24, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Parent brawl erupts at kindergarten event

VICTORVILLE — Brawling parents interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony.

School officials placed Puesta del Sol Elementary on lockdown Wednesday morning after a fight broke out among a group of parents.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Karen Hunt said witnesses told deputies several mothers were involved in a verbal argument and it got physical in a field near the ceremony. Several men then jumped into the fray and the incident turned into a brawl.

Miss Hunt said arriving deputies didn’t see any physical contact. There were no arrests, and no one reported injuries.

CONNECTICUT

Airline: Feds barred unloading of plane

HARTFORD — The pilot on a Virgin Atlantic flight that spent several hours on the tarmac after being diverted to Connecticut had asked for permission to unload the stranded passengers, but a customs official threatened to have them arrested if they did, the airline said Thursday.

Customs officials denied the airline’s allegation.

The trans-Atlantic flight’s captain was told by a customs official at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks that passengers couldn’t get off the plane until more immigration officials arrived, Greg Dawson, an airline spokesman in London, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. It took more than two hours for the officials to arrive, he said.

The London-to-Newark, N.J. flight was diverted because of storms. Passengers sat on the tarmac in Connecticut for four hours late Tuesday and early Wednesday in rising heat and darkness. Travelers said they were offered water but no food; some fainted.

FLORIDA

Man drifts a mile into Gulf on float

BELLEAIR BEACH — A man who apparently passed out on a pool float at a Tampa area beach ended up drifting about a mile from Florida’s shore in the Gulf of Mexico.

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