American Scene: Teen guilty in flame attack on middle-school classmate

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FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida teenager was convicted Tuesday of aggravated battery in a horrific 2009 attack on a middle-school classmate who was drenched in rubbing alcohol and set on fire.

Matthew “Zeke” Bent was accused of orchestrating the attack on Michael Brewer and charged with attempted second-degree murder. The six jurors, who deliberated for just more than a day, had the option of finding him guilty of a lesser offense.

Prosecutors say the Bent youth offered others money to hurt Michael Brewer, who was then 15. He suffered severe burns over 65 percent of his body but survived after leaping into an apartment complex swimming pool.

Teen recovering after spear is removed from head

MIAMI — Doctors in Miami successfully removed a spear accidentally shot through a teenager’s skull during a spearfishing trip.

Yasser Lopez, 16, was in serious condition Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

The spear gun accidentally fired as it was being loaded. The teenager was hospitalized June 7 with 3 feet of the spear protruding from his forehead.

Doctors say the spear entered his head 2 inches above his right eye and came out the back of his skull. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tools were used to cut the spear so the teen could be X-rayed.

WASHINGTON

Kayakers find possible Japanese house pieces

SEATTLE — Kayakers surveying Washington state’s most remote beaches for debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami say they believe they have found part of a house, along with parts of a washing machine, laundry hamper and child’s toilet bowl.

Three kayakers with the Ikkatsu Project wrote in a report this week that they found the remnants June 12 as they worked their way up a beach near the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, about 120 miles west of Seattle.

TEXAS

Man arrested in tot’s killing; 2nd body may be mom’s

McALLEN — Police think they’ve found the body of a Texas woman some 200 miles away from the hotel room where they say her boyfriend fatally shot one of her sons and critically wounded another.

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