Girl, 2, killed in crash, was not in car seat

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

A 2-year-old  girl died early Thursday in a two-car crash in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.

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Saryiah Jefferson was not in a car seat, nor was she wearing a seat belt, police say. 

Troopers said if the toddler had been buckled in a car seat, she would have survived.

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. Thursday at the end of the Perrysville Avenue ramp off of northbound I-279. 

According to a report from the Pennsylvania State Police, Taylor Jefferson, 24, of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, was driving north when he stopped in the left lane and put the car in reverse. His car collided with another northbound car driven by Daniel White, 21, of Pittsburgh. Troopers believe the driver passed the exit and was trying to get back to it.

Taylor Jefferson and another passenger in his car, Tyrek Jefferson, 22, of Pittsburgh, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital along with White. Family friends say Sariyah was Tyrek's daughter.

Strangers stopped at the scene to try to help the victims. One man said he arrived seconds after the crash and tried to get the child out of the car. He described the scene as chaotic. 

A Ross Township police officer drove Saryiah's ambulance so paramedics could treat her on the way to the hospital. 

A cousin of the child told WPXI, "We are all heartbroken. She was only 2 years old, didn't even have a chance at life. She was just too perfect for this earth. We will miss her terribly. We just need prayers to make it through this hard time." 

The outbound Parkway North was closed between the McKnight Road exit and Perrysville for about four hours.

Charges are pending in this case. Police are awaiting toxicology results.

Body found in locked Walmart bathroom now identified as 29-year-old woman

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:36 PM

The body of a woman found found Monday inside a bathroom at a Walmart in Oklahoma has been identified, but police still aren’t sure how long she was there.

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Sand Springs police have identified the woman as 29-year-old Katherine Caraway from Muskogee.

According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out of order sign on the door Friday and it remained there throughout the weekend.

On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman. 

Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death.

They do not know why she was in Sand Springs. 

Walmart issued the following statement about the discovery:

 

"We are saddened by this. We don't know all the facts right now, but we are working closely with local law enforcement to provide what information we have that might be useful. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer you to them for additional information." 

19-year-old shoots, kills man trying to break into apartment

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:27 PM



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Police said a teenager shot and killed a man Monday as he attempted to break into the teen’s apartment in DeKalb County, Georgia. 

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The 19-year-old told police he heard someone banging on the door of his apartment and trying to kick it in. 

He grabbed a gun and shot through the door, authorities said. 

Police found the intruder dead on the stoop. 

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Police said the shooting appeared to be a case of self-defense. Authorities do not plan on charging the teen.

Police: Man allegedly hit wife with prosthetic leg

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

A man in Ohio is accused of striking his wife with one of his prosthetic legs, police said.

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Police responded Friday to a home in Sandusky on a disorderly conduct call, The Associated Press reported. Ronna Wilson told police that her husband, Richard T. Wilson Sr., 63, threw one of his prosthetic legs at her, striking her in the head. She claimed she suffered wrist injuries while trying to defend herself when her husband attempted to hit her with his other prosthetic leg.

Police arrested the man on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He denies assaulting his wife, The Associated Press reported.

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Victim reportedly shoots, kills 2 armed robbers in home invasion caught on video

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:17 AM

A Brentwood, California, man reportedly shot dead two men who tried to rob his home, and the chilling incident was caught on a neighbor's surveillance video.

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A neighbor speaking to KTVU, Reggie Nichols, said the homeowner told him that four men tried to break into the home late Wednesday and steal a safe, but he shot two of them dead. According to the East Bay Times, the robbers, who were armed with a pistol, are said to have been in their 30s.

The homeowner and the deceased have not been named.

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“I’m ticked off, because this kind of stuff doesn’t happen around here,” Nichols said. “It’s a good neighborhood. It’s been a really long time since something like this (happened).”

Police said the man will not be charged, as it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense.

“The preliminary information shows it to be a home-invasion robbery,” Brentwood police Lt. Walter O’Grodnick said. “Two suspects. One with a firearm. They presented a threat, and the shooting was prompted in self-defense.”