Pregnant woman shot, uses last words to save unborn child

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 5:50 PM

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As Kimberly Richardson lay dying from a gunshot wound, she dialed 911. "Help, I've been shot," she gasped. The dispatcher asked Richardson for her location, "Party City, behind Triangle Town Center mall," she replied.

Struggling to breathe, Richardson, who was six-months pregnant, told the dispatcher, "I can't, I can't talk, he shot me.”

WNCN reports after more than 30 seconds of silence, sirens are heard approaching the scene. First responders rushed Richardson to the hospital where an emergency cesarean section saved her daughter's life.

They couldn’t do the same for Kimberly, who died shortly after.

Police arrested Richardson's boyfriend Daniel Steele on charges of first-degree murder. Friend Katy Wester told WRAL she was shocked. “He appeared to be a very nice guy,” she said of Steele. “I never would have thought he would have turned into a murderer.”

Richardson’s friend Cara Troms told The News and Observer in Raleigh that Richardson was “so uplifting and a real advocate for Christ throughout everything she did.”

“She was so excited to be a mom,” Troms went on. “And could not wait to meet her daughter.”

Steele is being held without bond.

3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Crystal Cumberland. (Photo:
Crystal Cumberland. (Photo:

Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.

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But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.

The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.

Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.

At the time, investigators thought the baby overdosed on heroin, but according to a criminal complaint, Cumberland "admitted to hospital staff to snorting a white powder to get high, which exposed the infant to fentanyl that was sold as heroin." 

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

Mother Talked To Friends In Mall While Children Left In Freezing Car

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.

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A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN

The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car. 

Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic. 

Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH

Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.

Dog mauls 4-year-old girl, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM

A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo:
A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo:

A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said. 

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The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.

Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.

The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said. 

"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."

It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.

The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries. 

"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.

Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.

Police said they don't anticipate filing any criminal charges against the dog owners and said they were cooperative.

House passes temporary budget bill in effort to avert shutdown

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

            House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)(ERIN SCHAFF)

House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to keep the federal government open for another four weeks after GOP leaders promised to boost defense spending in a separate bill next month.

By a vote of 230-to-197, the House sent the bill to Senate where Democrats have vowed to block it because it does not offer legal guarantees for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

Because the bill needs 60 votes to win Senate approval, the federal government could partially close at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013 if the bill collapses in the Senate. But Thursday’s House vote intensifies pressure on the Senate to keep the government open.

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Senate Democrats such as Sherrod Brown of Ohio are likely to support the temporary spending measure because it extends for six years a program he strongly supports that provides health coverage to 220,000 low-income children in Ohio.

The program, the 1997 Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is popular with both political parties while governors such as Republican John Kasich and Ohio hospitals have beseeched Congress to extend the program. It expired at the end of last September, forcing Congress to extend it with temporary spending measures.

The major obstacle for House Republicans was their insistence that billions of additional federal dollars be provided for national defense. Under a 2013 law aimed at restraining spending, the government could not spend more $549 billion for defense in the 2018 federal spending year.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was able to persuade defense hawks such as Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, to support the bill, even though it does not include additional military spending. But Turner said Ryan pledged to add to military spending when the full budget is approved this year.

Turner said “we’re in the sad position of having to vote for another” temporary bill “which shortchanges our men and women in uniform.” However, he said Ryan has “a strong commitment for a two–year funding package for our military that is in the best interest of our military.”

Area Republicans Turner, Jim Jordan of Urbana and Warren Davidson of Troy all voted for the bill. Democrat Joyce Beatty of Columbus joined other Democrats in opposing the measure.

Until late Thursday, Ryan’s pledge was not enough to win the backing of the House’s most conservative Republicans, such as Jordan.

But President Donald Trump and Ryan finally convinced opposition Republicans to vote for the bill by promising to boost Defense spending by $80 billion and permit a floor vote on a conservative-backed immigration bill.

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If the government shuts down Friday night, the mail would get delivered, the post offices will remain open, the Army, Navy and Air Force operate with critical personnel reporting as usual, and Americans receive their Social Security checks. Medicare and Medicaid departments also continue to function.

Ohio in 2016 had 77,400 federal employees, of which 5,250 were on active duty with the Air Force. Air Force civilian employment was 13,838, almost all at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton

In the past, civilian workers were furloughed, although they were paid when the government re-opened. In the 2013 shutdown, 50 workers at the Defense Supply Center were furloughed.

Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 employees — the vast majority of whom are civilians — and touts a regional economic impact greater than $4 billion.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, would close until a funding deal is reached, a spokesman has said.

The vote highlighted what has become a recurring drama in Washington, confirming once again voters’ fears that the federal government seems to lurch from one budgetary crisis to the next.

Both parties have used the threat of government closures as leverage to win passage of measures that have little or no impact on the budget. Both sides essentially are waiting for the other side to fold, which tends to increase the power of the far right and far left to prevent government from remaining open.

But with the stock market roaring and the economy expanding, there is intense pressure from Wall Street and U.S. companies on Washington to settle their differences without the chaos created by a partial government shutdown.

After a confusing presidential tweet created today doubts about whether the White House backed the bill, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Trump “supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House.”

“Congress needs to do its job and provide full funding of our troops and military with a two year budget caps deal.” Shah said. “However, as the deal is negotiated, the president wants to ensure our military and national security are funded. He will not let it be held hostage by Democrats.”

Staff Writer Barrie Barber contributed to this report