Monthly Archives: April 2013

Washington state dispatcher sends mom on kayak to rescue

A 911 dispatcher in Washington state called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff’s office patrol boat. The sheriff’s office says a 45-year-old kayaker was hanging onto a log piling Sunday after her kayak sank in swift current near a jetty. The Daily News reports Wahkiakum County dispatcher Raedyn Grasseth notified the sheriff’s office and then realized her mother, Cindy Faubion, and other members of Grasseth’s family lived nearby and could get there quicker. They paddled to the piling in a kayak and skiff and rescued the kayaker. The kayaker was cold and shaken but didn’t need medical attention. Continue Reading →

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Pa. inmate denies hiding phone in prosthetic leg

A former Pennsylvania jail inmate says he didn’t sneak a cellphone into the lockup in his prosthetic leg, though he acknowledged having it for a year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Instead, 28-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, tells a judge the phone was in his cargo shorts when he reported in 2011 to serve a sentence for driving on a suspended license. Greer says he kept the phone because inmates at the Fayette County lockup 40 miles south of Pittsburgh must pay $4 per call. Greer pleaded guilty Tuesday, but the warden doesn’t believe Greer smuggled the phone in either his pocket or his leg, as county detectives charged. Brian Miller says both would have been searched too thoroughly for that. Continue Reading →

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Teen sues, says brain was injured in school attack

An Iowa teenager is suing his school district and several administrators because he says they didn’t do enough to protect him from bullying and an assault that left him permanently disabled. The teen and his grandmother filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court in Des Moines contending he was subjected to persistent bullying by other students at his Bedford high school. They say it culminated in last October’s attack, in which two students pelted him in the head with footballs, leaving him with severe brain injuries that required surgery to remove a blood clot and with permanent disabilities. The boy is no longer in the hospital. Bedford Superintendent Joe Drake said in a statement he hasn’t seen the lawsuit, but that bullying isn’t tolerated and all reported incidents are investigated. Continue Reading →

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Diners hurt after vehicle crashes into Las Vegas restaurant

A car plowed through a restaurant’s patio during the lunch hour Monday, injuring 10 people before it came to rest with its engine revving and its hood inside a shattered plate glass window, authorities said. Firefighters had to extricate four people from beneath the vehicle, including a boy, after the 12:30 p.m. crash at the Egg & I restaurant on Sahara Avenue, several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip, witnesses said. The injured were taken to two hospitals, and some were hurt seriously, said Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski. Suziliene McDonald said she was sitting with two sisters in the restaurant when she saw the vehicle speed toward the window. “I screamed, `A car’s coming!’ Continue Reading →

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Error led to early release of Colo slaying suspect

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early. Court administrators acknowledged the error in a statement Monday. They said that in 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard. He was supposed to spend four additional years in prison. A court clerk failed to note that the sentence was supposed to be served after the one Ebel was already serving. Continue Reading →

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Ex-inmate suspected of killing Colorado prisons chief freed 4 years too soon

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early, officials said Monday. In 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty in rural Fremont County to assaulting a prison guard. In a plea deal, Ebel was to be sentenced to up to four additional years in prison, to be served after he completed the eight-year sentence that put him behind bars in 2005, according to a statement from the 11th Judicial District. However, the judge did not say the sentence was meant to be “consecutive,” or in addition to, Ebel’s current one. So the court clerk recorded it as one to be served “concurrently,” or at the same time. Continue Reading →

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Confronting evil history of US prosecutor killings

The killings of two Texas prosecutors have raised fresh questions about the safety of those who confront evil for a living. In fact, the murders of prosecutors have been relatively rare, with motives varying widely. Over the last century, 14 prosecutors have been killed, according to news reports and statistics kept by the National District Attorneys Association. At least eight of them were targeted in the line of duty. At least several were slain in incidents unrelated to their jobs, apparently random acts of violence. Continue Reading →

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