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October 2, 2018

BOY - SHARK BITE

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffered a large shark bite while lobster fishing in California says it’s a miracle her son survived.

Ellie Hayes says her son is a warrior and that she didn’t know he was such a good swimmer. She says he had the wits to seek help from a kayaker instead of trying to swim ashore after the shark tore into his left side Saturday off the coast of Encinitas.

The mother says Keane Webre-Hayes is talking and alert and that he ate a cup of noodles and a doughnut. He is eager to play baseball and get back into the ocean.

Doctors say Webre-Hayes remains in serious condition but is expected to fully recover.

POLICE HELICOPTER - PENN STATE TAILGATERS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A police helicopter responding to what state troopers say were unruly tailgaters before Penn State’s home game with Ohio State blew over tents and kicked up debris, with stunned reactions by onlookers recorded on social media.

Pennlive.com reported yesterday that a trooper suffered a broken wrist and two horses were assaulted before the helicopter was brought in Saturday.

A state police spokesman says a horse-mounted team was first summoned when a party with more than 500 revelers got out of hand.

He says tailgaters ignored commands, so troopers on the ground were called back and the chopper was summoned.

Police say the helicopter got close to the ground so partygoers could hear commands over a speaker.

They say when tailgate items started flying around, the chopper gained altitude.

SARAH PALIN’S SON ARRESTED

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s oldest son has been arrested again on suspicion of assault.

Alaska State Troopers say Track Palin also resisted arrest as they took him into custody at his Wasilla home on allegations he assaulted a female acquaintance there late Friday.

Troopers say the woman tried to call authorities for help but he grabbed her phone.

Track Palin, who is 29, in jail facing charges including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

He was arrested in an assault on his father in last December. The Army veteran was accepted into a therapeutic program intended to rehabilitate veterans and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

It’s unclear how the new allegations will affect Palin’s standing in veterans’ court.

BOWLING ALLEY OWNER DIES AFTER BEING STUCK IN PIN-SETTING MACHINE

FLORENCE, Colo. (AP) — The owner of a southern Colorado bowling alley has died after getting stuck in a pin setting machine.

Police in Florence, about 100 miles southwest of Denver, say they responded to a call early Sunday afternoon and found 65-year-old Ector Rodriguez of Penrose stuck in the machine at Fremont Lanes. He was unconscious and not breathing.

Emergency responders determined he had died.

Police say no foul play is suspected and the death is believed to be an accident.

FBI AGENT BOOBYTRAPPED WHEELCHAIR

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former southern Oregon property owner has been charged with assault on a federal officer after authorities say an FBI agent sent to the property was shot from a booby-trapped wheelchair.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports authorities responded to the home in Williams on Sept. 7 at the request of a lawyer tasked with selling the property.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Medford says officers found multiple traps — and that the agent was wounded in the leg when he entered the home.

Authorities say the makeshift weapons were created by Gregory Rodvelt, who was forced to forfeit his property as part of an elder abuse case.

The Mail Tribune reports Rodvelt is in Arizona’s Maricopa County Jail, where he’s in the midst of an assault trial in a separate case. Court records show he has refused a court-appointed defense lawyer.

STUDENT GETS PRISON FOR PUSHING MAN OFF CHICAGO SUBWAY PLATFORM

CHICAGO (AP) — A Northwestern University neuroscience graduate was sentenced to three years in prison for pushing another man off a Chicago subway platform and onto train tracks.

Chad Estep pleaded guilty last week to aggravated battery after a more serious charge of attempted murder was dropped.

Estep was accused of approaching 46-year-old Ben Benedict from behind on a downtown subway station platform on Aug. 1, 2017. Prosecutors say Estep pushed Benedict onto the tracks with both hands, knocking him close to the electrified third rail.

Prosecutors allege the 34-year-old data analyst tried to block Benedict from getting back onto the platform and stop other commuters from helping him. Benedict climbed onto the platform seconds before a train arrived.

The motive for the attack is unclear. The men didn’t know each other.

Estep entered the plea last Wednesday and was taken into custody.

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