Teacher arrested for abuse
A Los Angeles elementary-school teacher accused of sexually abusing 19 students and one adult was arrested on Wednesday, police said. Eight counts of continual sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child have been filed against Robert Pimental, 57, for abuse that took place at George De La Torre Jr Elementary in the Wilmington area, police said. His bail has been set at US$12 million. When officials learned of the allegations earlier this year, they immediately removed Pimental from campus and parents and state credentialing authorities were informed, school district spokesman Daryl Strickland said. Parents and guardians will be told of the arrest by letter and phone, he said. Pimental has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1974.
Flaming cheese shuts tunnel
A road tunnel in the north of the country will be shut for several weeks after a 27 tonne truckload of sweet goat’s milk cheese caught fire. Regional traffic department chief Geir Joergensen said flames engulfed a tunnel near the small Arctic municipality of Tysfjord — about 1,350km north of Oslo — last week and gases from the melting, brown load hindered firefighters. It took four days to put it out. The driver was not hurt and no other vehicles were in the 3.6km tunnel. Joergensen on Wednesday said that the tunnel likely will be closed for two more weeks.
Homegrown hero unmasked
He was a self-styled superhero, prowling the gritty outskirts of Buenos Aires wearing a mask and cartoonish outfit and armed only with a flashlight, compass and pepper spray as he took on bad guys. However, the man who called himself Menganno — Spanish for Joe Blow — has had his cover blown thanks to an alleged shootout with muggers. Superhero Oscar Lefosse, 43, is a former police officer who served from 1986 to 1996. In an interview with foreign media in 2010, Menganno described himself as “a real, flesh and blood superhero. My goal is for all of us to be better and show more solidarity. Injustice makes me sick.” Lefosse used to hide his identity behind a mask that was a mix of dark and baby blue and coordinated with his Superman-style suit with a symbol on his chest. On Monday, Lefosse told police that three criminals opened fire on his car as he drove with his wife. He returned fire with his Glock pistol, but one police official said the shots all came from inside the car. “He could have killed somebody, an innocent bystander. He is irresponsible,” the official said.
Nazi-looted art auctioned
A poster collection seized from a Jewish collector by the Nazis and only returned to his descendants in recent years has brought in approximately US$2.5 million at a New York auction. Born in 1881, Hans Sachs started collecting posters as a teen and became Germany’s leading private collector with 12,500 posters. The Nazis seized the collection in 1938 and the posters were held behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin. His grandson, Peter Sachs, went through a legal battle for several years to get back what was left of the collection. Just more than 1,200 posters were sold by Guernsey’s over the weekend in the first of three sales. A poster called Kunstsalon Aktuaryus dating to about 1900 sold for US$57,950.