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11-YEAR-OLD SHOCKED BY POLICE STUN GUN
STUN INCINNATI (AP) — Charges have been dropped against an 11-year-old Ohio girl who was suspected of shoplifting from a supermarket when a police officer shocked her with a stun gun.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said last night that stunning a girl who “posed no danger to the police” was wrong.
The encounter happened Monday night at a Kroger in the city. Police say the officer suspected the girl was using a backpack to shoplift when he approached her. They say the girl resisted and tried to flee before she was shocked with a stun gun.
The girl was taken to a hospital and released to a guardian.
She initially was charged with theft and obstruction of justice, but the mayor says he asked the prosecutor to drop the charges.
An investigation is under way.
MAN PINNED UNDER TRUCK FOR DAYS
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man is recovering after being pinned underneath his truck for at least two days after it rolled into a ravine.
Joe Rightmire’s sister, Tasha Goforth, found the 21-year-old pinned under the pickup near Idaho Falls on Monday night after he had been missing for several days.
Idaho Falls Fire Department spokeswoman Kerry Harmon says Rightmire had been partially ejected from the truck.
Bonneville County sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Lovell says the driver had no broken bones but was dehydrated.
Rescuers were able to free Rightmire by sticking airbags underneath the vehicle and inflating them to lift the truck. They also used heavy extrication equipment.
LEMONADE STAND ROBBERY
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — Deputies in North Carolina have arrested a suspect who they say robbed a 9-year-old lemonade vendor of $17 at gunpoint, an incident which led to more than $200 in donations and a riding lawn mower.
Tony Underwood of the Union County Sheriff’s Office says detectives obtained security camera footage which showed a person who matched the suspect’s description and was in proximity to the robbery scene.
Underwood said the juvenile suspect’s identity cannot be released under North Carolina law.
Detectives working with the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice obtained petitions charging the juvenile with robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
SEATTLE (AP) — An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.
Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, says researchers yesterday spotted the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
The calf died July 24 and the image of the mother whale clinging to the dead calf has struck an emotional chord worldwide.
Milstein says researchers with Fisheries and Ocean Canada also spotted another member of the same pod — the 3 ½-year old whale J50 that is emaciated. The ailing orca was swimming with her mom Wednesday.
A team of experts led by NOAA Fisheries have been searching for the young whale to assess her health — and potentially give her medication.
MAN FALLS FROM WALL AT U.S. MEXICO BORDER
CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.
Border Patrol surveillance video shows the man lying motionless on the ground after tossing his body over the bollard-style barrier Sunday night in downtown Calexico, east of San Diego.
Paramedics determined that the man broke his legs and may have injured his back. He was taken to a hospital in Palm Springs.
The Border Patrol didn’t identify the man. Spokesman Carlos Pitones says the U.S. government typically pays medical expenses for people injured crossing the border illegally and they are deported after recovery.