Odds and Ends 6-1-2009

MILWAUKEE — A recent fire in a Milwaukee public school that dates back to 1894 resulted in an unusual find — an American flag left in an unused attic area for more than 100 years.

District officials said the flag is from 1897 and has just 45 stars, representing the number of states at that time. They said the flag has signs of wear, including some tears, and is believed to have been in the attic for 112 years.

The flag was found after lightning set fire to the steeple of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School. The school was formerly known as the Victor L. Berger School in honor of a Socialist from Milwaukee who served in Congress in the early 1900s.

Call about orange juice, behavior leads to Ore. man heading to jail

ALOHA, Ore. — An Oregon man spent Memorial Day in jail after dialing 911 to complain that a McDonald’s worker was rude and didn’t give him an orange juice he ordered.

Raibin Osman of Aloha is accused of improper use of the emergency telephone number.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that the 20-year-old bailed out of the Washington County Jail on Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

Sheriff’s Sgt. David Thompson says Osman ignored deputies instructions that the number isn’t to be used for straightening out fast-food orders.

Bus driver killed after leading police on chase

GLENWOOD, Ill. — A school bus driver who had just been criticized by his employer was shot and killed by police Friday after he led officers on a chase, ramming police vehicles and other cars.

No children were on the bus. South Holland Police Chief Warren Millsaps said the driver was ordered to leave the stopped bus but instead tried to ram officers. He was shot and killed.

Officials at First Student Transportation Co. said the chase began at the company’s South Holland facility when they told the man he wouldn’t be allowed to drive Friday because of his “attitude.”

The chase ended in a front yard in Glenwood, another Chicago suburb.

The injuries to the officers were not life-threatening, Millsaps said.

From Associated Press reports