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January 11, 2019

WOMAN IMPREGNATED IN VEGETATIVE STATE HAD MEDICAL EXAM 9 MONTHS EARLIER

PHOENIX (AP) — Court documents show an Arizona woman in a vegetative state who was sexually assaulted and had a baby received a medical exam nearly nine months before giving birth.

The 29-year-old woman’s mother and legal guardian submitted an annual report as required by state law that included results of a physical done April 16.

The report says the doctor who examined her at the long-term care facility where she lives found “no change” in her health. The doctor wrote the exam was external only.

The woman delivered the baby Dec. 29.

Doctors in fetal medicine say it is possible there might not be extreme outward signs of pregnancy if the mother is in a vegetative state.

Phoenix police are gathering DNA samples from the facility’s male staffers as part of the investigation.

LIVE PIGEONS FOUND IN DUMPSTER

WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say dozens of live pigeons found in cardboard boxes in a dumpster may have been used in races in which bets are placed on when the birds will arrive at their roosts after being released elsewhere.

State police say Trooper David Vido found 57 pigeons in cardboard boxes Dec. 10 at a rest stop in White County along Interstate 65, about 85 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Five were dead and two others died later. The survivors will be put up for adoption.

Police initially said they believed the birds were used in an illegal gambling race where their wings are clipped and they race around a track. Later, they said the pigeons were unable to fly when they were recovered due to their poor condition.

BUS DRIVER RESCUES BAREFOOT CHILD ON FRIGID FREEWAY MILWAUKEE OVERPASS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say an alert Milwaukee bus driver rescued a young child found wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures.

The Milwaukee County Transit System says the boy was less than a year old and wearing only a diaper and a onesie when bus driver Irena Ivic spotted him on Dec. 22. Security video shows the boy toddling down the overpass.

The video later shows Ivic stopping her bus, running across the street, picking up the crying child and carrying him to the bus.

As Ivic called for help, a passenger gave up her coat to keep the boy warm before police and firefighters arrived. Authorities say the child was cold and frightened, but otherwise OK.

Police say the child had been left outside by his mother who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.

IRATE McDONALD’S PATRON THROWS COFFEE IN FACE OF DRIVE-THRU WORKER

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina say a McDonald’s patron hurled hot coffee in the face of a teen drive-thru worker because he was angry about the wait for his food.

News outlets say it happened last month and that Camden police released surveillance video of the man on Wednesday.

A police report says the man felt he had waited too long for his order and so asked the worker to throw in a large order of fries and to speak to a manager.

The report says the worker said “OK,” closed the window, and told colleagues she didn’t want to go back because the man was acting “obnoxious.”

The man waved her back and when she opened the window again, he splashed the coffee in her face. She declined medical treatment.

MAN CHARGED IN FIGHT THAT KILLED FELLOW DOG WALKER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have charged a 24-year-old man with throwing a punch to the head that led to the death of another dog walker.

Matthew Oropeza surrendered to police yesterday. He’s charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person.

Police say 38-year-old Drew Justice and his fiancee were walking their Shih Tzu at Gold Star Park around 9 p.m. Saturday when Justice asked Oropeza not to let his unleashed dog run free.

Police say Oropeza became angry and punched Justice in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the ground.

Justice was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

FEDERAL WORKERS MAY BE RECALLED TO HANDLE LIMOUSINE CRASH PROBE

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators say they may recall employees furloughed under the government shutdown to start examining a limousine that crashed in upstate New York three months ago, killing 20 people.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s coordinating investigative efforts with the Schoharie (skoh-HAY’-ree) County District Attorney’s Office. They complained last month that prosecutors prevented access while the criminal case proceeded. But with the help of the county court, the federal investigation can now move forward.

On Dec. 14, the NTSB sent a letter to District Attorney Susan Mallery saying “safety-critical evidence” has been lost because of its inability to inspect the vehicle.

The NTSB said it’s having a structure built to house the vehicle at State Police headquarters near Albany. The limo operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

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