Good Samaritan

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Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left... More »

Paramedics Charged in Death of Good Samaritan

They allegedly refused to believe Yosif Al-Hasnawi had been shot

(Newser) - Two paramedics are facing charges for allegedly refusing to believe a Good Samaritan was injured as he lay dying on the street, the BBC reports. Steven Snively, 53, and Christopher Marchant, 29, arrived on the scene in Hamilton—a town about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, Canada—after local resident... More »

50 States, 2 Months, 1 Well-Used Lawn Mower

Rodney Smith Jr. wraps US tour helping those in need

(Newser) - Rodney Smith Jr. has visited all 50 US states twice, but you'll have to forgive him if he doesn't recall any as particularly distinctive. There was little time for sightseeing as Smith spent much of his time mowing lawns voluntarily. The 29-year-old founder of Raising Men Lawn Care... More »

Her Afternoon Shift at the Gas Station Turned Heroic

Savannah Pritchett reacted quickly when woman said she had been kidnapped

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a cashier at a Waterford, Calif., gas station got an unusual request: "Lock the door, they will kill us." Savannah Pritchett tells KCRA that while working at Triple R Gas Mart a woman walked in, told her she had been kidnapped in Fresno, had... More »

Driver Thought 'Dazed' Owl Was Injured. Apparently, It Wasn't

Game and Fish had to get involved to help trapped motorist in Arizona

(Newser) - "Don't risk getting hurt aiding injured wildlife" was the gentle warning posted on Twitter on Tuesday by Arizona's Game and Fish Department, a warning prompted by an incident this week between a kindhearted motorist and a stubborn owl. The Arizona Republic expands on the story, which involved... More »

He Wore This T-Shirt at Disney, and It Saved His Life

Good Samaritan saw Robert Leibowitz's plea, donated a kidney

(Newser) - A New Jersey father of five whose T-shirt saying "In Need of Kidney" went viral has received a lifesaving transplant from a stranger. Robert Leibowitz said he had the surgery last week at a New York hospital and is now "walking on clouds," per the AP . Leibowitz,... More »

Stranger's Kind Gesture in Chicago Goes Viral

He gives up his boots to a homeless man

(Newser) - A stranger's kind gesture on Chicago's rapid-transit system is making headlines. Maurice Anderson gave his $260 boots, along with a pair of socks, to a homeless man sitting near him on a train, reports ABC 7 . The act might have gone unnoticed had not fellow passenger Jessica Bell... More »

'Coin Crusader' Strikes Again at Salvation Army Kettle

For 4th straight year, someone drops price gold pesos into Florida donation drum

(Newser) - It's practically a tradition: Officials found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army kettle in Florida. A Sun Sentinel report says it's the fourth consecutive year that someone has dropped gold 1947 Mexican 50-peso coins into the kettle outside a store in Pompano Beach. The newspaper... More »

He Spent His Last $20 on Her, She's Raised $116K for Him

'I wish that I could do more for this selfless man'

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised $116,000 for the good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate... More »

No Superhero Rescue at Calif. Car Crash—Just Harrison Ford

Star rushed to help woman whose car veered off Santa Paula highway

(Newser) - A woman who crashed her car off the side of a California highway over the weekend probably wasn't expecting Indiana Jones to come to her rescue. But that's who she got, in the form of the real-life Harrison Ford, who happened to be driving behind her late Sunday... More »

Tragedy for Good Samaritan Twins Who Tried to Help Driver

25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw was struck by passing truck; sister Markwonda escaped in time

(Newser) - One sister ran one way, the second sister ran the other—and now one is dead after the women stopped to help a stranded motorist on a Florida highway. The Sun Sentinel reports 25-year-old Marcasia Crenshaw and her twin, Markwonda Crenshaw, were driving back to Boynton Beach on Sunday night... More »

NHL's Alex Ovechkin Praised for Good Deed in Canada

'Every human can do something," says Ovechkin

(Newser) - Washington Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin now has another title: Good Samaritan. The NHL hotshot was out in chilly Edmonton on Friday ahead of a game with the Oilers when he spotted a homeless man wearing no shirt, CBC News reports. Ovechkin bought him a sweater, hat, and puffy blue jacket.... More »

Anonymous Couple Keeps Picking Up Strangers' Tabs

'I grew up poor and now I'm not'

(Newser) - A mystery couple has been picking up the checks for other customers at a southwestern Pennsylvania restaurant, per the AP . In fact, KDKA-TV reports that the couple has been doing it for years at the Applebee's in Washington, Pennsylvania, but only recently have their good deeds come to light.... More »

Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

Fresno police chief says idea of lawsuit is 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who... More »

Cop Buys Shirt and Tie for Shoplifter's Job Interview

Teen was busted trying to steal them from a Walmart in Toronto

(Newser) - A teen with no money and no good clothes to wear to an upcoming job interview made the misguided decision to try to steal a shirt and tie from Walmart. As Toronto's CP24 reports, the 18-year-old quickly got busted by store security. But that's when the kid caught... More »

Man Helps Woman in Need, Gets Big Surprise Years Later

Chris Wright had no idea a kind gesture would come back around

(Newser) - Chris Wright was driving to church in Georgia in 2014 when he spotted TunDe Hector walking in the rain carrying a jerrycan. She'd run out of gas with $5 in her pocket. The Good Samaritan tells ABC News he offered her a lift to a gas station and back,... More »

He Lost His Twin 'to the Sea.' It Wasn't Going to Happen Again

Captain dives into frigid Alaska waters to rescue crew member after boat capsizes

(Newser) - Coast Guard members aboard a helicopter and Good Samaritans on a nearby vessel watched in amazement as the captain of a fishing boat dove into frigid Alaska waters this week to pull off a risky rescue. Per the Alaska Dispatch News , water started flooding the Grayling, a commercial fishing boat... More »

Florida Teen Jumps Into Murky Canal, Pulls Man to Safety

'I told him to have a happy day and not to fall into any more ponds'

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Florida man heard screams from a nearby canal as he changed a battery for a customer at an auto parts store where he works. He stripped to his boxers, jumped in the murky water, and pulled the man to safety. For Nic Berry of New Smyrna Beach, it... More »

Dad 'Wanted to Kill' Man Who Found His Lost Toddler

Father believed stranger was child predator, cops say

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan was branded a child predator and had his photo plastered across social media over the weekend, all because he tried to help a lost child. A man was visiting with friends at a softball game in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday when he noticed a toddler looking lost,... More »

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