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Man sought in boy’s death

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police were searching for a 19-year-old man accused of murdering a preschool boy by punching him repeatedly in the chest earlier this year.

Authorities did not explain Thursday how Robert Overton III knew 4-year-old Antwan Bowman or what he might have been doing at the boy’s home.

Antwan was found unresponsive at his home and taken to a hospital, where he died March 8, homicide Detective Anne Pennington said in a court complaint. The county coroner blamed the death on blunt-force trauma.

Mr. Overton is also wanted on a misdemeanor drug-abuse charge, court records show. His trial in that case is scheduled for June 5.

Boy, 7, brings gun to school

NEW YORK — A second-grader brought a gun to school, and his mother and teenage brother were arrested, police said.

The mother, a traffic enforcement agent, faced charges of endangering a child’s welfare. The 14-year-old brother was charged because he owned the gun, said Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney.

The 7-year-old boy brought the unloaded .38-caliber handgun to Public School 63 in Queens on Thursday, police said. A teacher took it away after hearing from other students that he was showing it off.

Mr. Ryan said the boys’ mother had told the 14-year-old to get rid of the gun, but he did not.

Andrea Clarke, 35, was awaiting arraignment yesterday. The 14-year-old was charged in family court as a juvenile with reckless endangerment.

School evacuated after body found

PHOENIX — The body of a man who apparently tried to break into an elementary school was discovered yesterday in an air conditioning duct on the school’s roof, police said.

The body at Sierra Vista Elementary School was found as a plumber investigated a foul odor noticed by cafeteria staff earlier in the day, Roosevelt School District Superintendent Mark Dowling said. The school was evacuated.

Authorities think the man tried to climb through the duct, got stuck and died. It wasn’t known how long the body was there.

“Obviously, because of the smell, there are indications that he had been there for some time,” said Sgt. Andy Hill, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The man’s name wasn’t released.

Baby delivered on airplane

ATLANTA — Two doctors on a Delta Air Lines flight from Germany delivered a baby in the aisle of the plane and resuscitated him when he wasn’t breathing, officials said.

Delta Flight 131 to Atlanta was over the Washington area when a woman about 32 to 36 weeks — or nine months — into her pregnancy went into labor Wednesday afternoon, prompting an emergency stop in Charlotte, N.C., about nine hours into the flight.

Though the boy wasn’t breathing when he was born, he was “like a normal newborn” by yesterday, one of the doctors who helped deliver him said.

The mother, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital with the baby. About an hour after the emergency landing, the flight continued to Atlanta, officials said.

Man attacked by bear a second time

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A man whose face was severely mauled by a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park is a photographer and author of books about grizzlies who had also been attacked in 1993.

The National Park Service said Jim Cole, 57, was hiking alone, off-trail, in prime grizzly habitat Wednesday when he was attacked by a female with a cub. Mr. Cole told rangers he walked two to three miles to seek help.

Mr. Cole, of Bozeman, Mont., was in fair condition yesterday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. He underwent seven hours of surgery Thursday to repair his face.

Mr. Cole’s books — “Lives of Grizzlies: Montana and Wyoming” and “Lives of Grizzlies: Alaska” — contain his photographs and personal narratives based on traveling and observing grizzlies for many years.

In 1993, Mr. Cole was attacked by a grizzly in Glacier National Park in Montana, but was hurt much less seriously, according to his description in one of his books.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.

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