Suspect charged after woman found tied to bed in Philadelphia home

August 18, 2013
Pennsylvania
Woman found tied to bed; suspect charged

The discovery of a woman tied to a bed inside a Philadelphia home, suffering from sores and living in “unsuitable conditions,” prompted kidnapping and other charges Sunday against another woman, police said.

The 36-year-old woman found Saturday “appeared to be special needs and has a limited vocabulary,” a police spokeswoman said.

Officers had responded to an unrelated disturbance call and arrested a woman before being informed that a child lived in the home. Although police found no signs of a child living there, they discovered the woman bound to a bed. They described her as “extremely thin.”

The woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police said they haven’t determined her relationship to the suspect, Regina Bennett, 46, who faces charges of kidnapping for ransom, simple and aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and neglect of a care-dependent person.

— Associated Press

Michigan
Bear suspected in mauling is killed

Conservation officers shot and killed a black bear Sunday and plan tests to see if it is the same animal that mauled a 12-year-old girl as she jogged on her grandfather’s wooded land in northern Michigan, authorities said.

A bear clawed Abby Wetherell in the thigh Thursday at a site 35 miles south-southeast of Traverse City in Wexford County’s Haring Township.

Abby underwent surgery at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. She was released Sunday and is recovering at home, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.

After the attack, the DNR said it would track down and kill the bear and test the body for rabies and other diseases.

— Associated Press

Utah
Girl dies after wind picks up trampoline

A 9-year-old southern Utah girl is dead after a strong wind gust picked up the trampoline she was sitting on and sent it flying more than 150 feet.

Garfield County sheriff’s officials say Oaklee Sidwell was playing with friends on the trampoline in her back yard last week in the small town of Panguitch. She was the last one sitting on the large trampoline, putting on her shoes, when the sudden gust lifted it and sent it airborne.

She fell off at some point before it came to rest half a football field away. She was taken to a local hospital and later flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where she died of multiple injuries.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cheryl Church said the trampoline was properly assembled, was anchored to the ground and had a safety net.

— Associated Press

Sept. 11 firetruck returns to Staten Island: A firetruck that carried a crew of firefighters to the World Trade Center for what would be their last assignment is returning to Staten Island, N.Y., for the first time in more than a year. The Rescue Co. 5 truck is to be the centerpiece of an Aug. 25 fundraiser at the Staten Island Mall. Firefighters from Rescue 5 took the truck to ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001. Eleven died.

Trayvon Martin’s mother denounces N.Y. frisk policy: The mother of Trayvon Martin spoke out Sunday against the stop-and-frisk police practice in New York City, saying neither police nor civilians have the right to stop someone because of their race. Critics say the stops target blacks and Hispanics. Last week, a judge told New York City that its policy was racial discrimination. The city plans to appeal. “You can’t give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers, the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Endangered rhino born at Atlanta zoo: An eastern black rhinoceros has been born at Atlanta’s zoo for the first time in the facility’s history, spurring hopes of renewed interest in the fate of the critically endangered animal. The calf, born Saturday night, appears to be healthy and bonding with its mother, Zoo Atlanta officials said Sunday. It has not been named and its sex has not been determined.

— From news services

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