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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 9:42 AM
HAYESVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio woman who left her children home alone while she worked went home after her 8-year-old son shot his younger sister multiple times, but left them again to go back to work, prosecutors said.
Alyssa Mae Edwards, 27, of Hayesville, is charged with two counts of endangering children, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, Ashland County Sheriff’s Office officials said. She is being held at the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Deputies responded around 2:30 p.m. Saturday to a call about a 4-year-old girl being shot. The girl was taken to a Cleveland hospital, where she was expected to make a full recovery.
The Ashland Times-Gazette reported that the boy shot his sister four times with a rifle at the family’s home.
Ashland County prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said Monday during a bond hearing for Edwards that the woman’s husband thought she was taking their children to a babysitter. She left the children home alone instead.
While their parents were at work, the boy got a .22-caliber rifle out of his father’s gun locker, which he knew how to unlock, the Times-Gazette reported. Tunnell said the boy was also familiar with how the gun worked.
“The ammunition was stored separate from the gun, and it appears the 8-year-old was able to load the magazine and chamber the first round,” Tunnell said during the hearing.
When Edwards, who was working at a nearby horse farm, learned about the shooting around 10 a.m., she went home.
“She came home, cleaned up a bed cover with blood on it, examined the 4-year-old and was aware the 4-year-old was injured at the time,” Tunnell said, according to the Times-Gazette. “And despite that knowledge, clocked back in at work at 11 a.m., leaving the 8-year-old and the 4-year-old home alone yet again.”
Edwards did not take her daughter to the hospital until hours later, when urine began to leak through one of the girl’s wounds, the prosecutor said. Her husband learned about the shooting only after police got involved.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:12 AM
— Beware: A dangerous pest could be lurking in the shadows of your home this summer.
According to WOOD-TV, brown recluse spiders are becoming more active as the weather warms up.
Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids:
1. What do they look like? The nocturnal spiders can be as large as a half-dollar and usually have violin-shaped markings on their upper body.
They like "dark, secluded places," such as in closets or under garbage cans, Live Science reports. They might be lurking in boxes, shoes or clothes in your garage or basement, Holly Schwarting, who works for Kansas State University's Department of Entomology, told KFVS in 2016.
3. Are brown recluses dangerous? While fatalities are rare, you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.
"The brown recluse spider's bite can be kind of a nasty one," Schwarting told KFVS. "Their venom contains a material that causes our tissue to break down, so it can create a lesion and a slow-healing wound."
The bite may have a red or purple circle around it, according to MedlinePlus. Bite victims may experience discomfort, chills, itching, nausea, fever and sweating, the site says. Rarely, the bites can cause jaundice, kidney failure, blood in urine, seizures and comas.
You should go to the nearest hospital, call 911 or contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think you've been bitten, according to MedlinePlus.
4. How can I protect myself around the house?
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:56 AM
FORT MEADE, Fla. — A 22-year-old Fort Meade, Florida, man was killed and two others were injured Monday evening in a shooting during an argument about a dog, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were called shortly before 6:45 p.m. to a home on Third Street Southwest near South Charleston Avenue and West Broadway Street after a shooting was reported, Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Bruchey said.
Teconsa Tyree McDonald was killed and Calvin Johnson, 30, and Edwin Burgess, 18, were injured in the shooting at the home of 48-year-old Charles Peddycoart, Bruchey said.
"The preliminary information – which could change as the investigation progresses – suggests that McDonald, Johnson and Burgess were looking for their dog and knocked on Peddycoart's front door," he said. "After opening the door, an argument ensued, and Peddycoart shot all three men in the area of the front porch."
Detectives said they're interviewing Peddycoart.
Johnson, McDonald and Burgess were roommates, investigators said.
"McDonald died on scene, and the injured men were transported to an area hospital for surgery, with gunshot wounds to the torso," Bruchey said. "Their conditions are unknown at this time."
The shooting remains under investigation.
No other details were given.
PCSO is conducting a shooting investigation in #FortMeade this evening w/3 victims & the shooter in custody - occ'd @ 6:45 p.m. in the 400 block of 3rd St SW. Briefing @ 9 pm @ media staging area, intersection of 3rd St SW and Palmetto St South. Sheriff Judd & PIO on-scene— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) June 19, 2018
Sheriff Judd is briefing the media & our FB fans on a shooting in Ft. Meade with multiple victims. The shooter is in custody.Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 18, 2018
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
As President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats on Monday, demanding again that Congress act to tighten federal immigration laws, more Republicans in the Congress began to distance themselves from a recent Trump Administration policy change, which has resulted in the separation of some 2,200 illegal immigrant families detained by border authorities.
“As the son of a social worker, I know the human trauma that comes with children being separated from their parents,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), as he asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “take immediate action to end the practice of separating children from families at the border.”
“We as compassionate Americans absolutely detest watching families being pulled apart,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), who in a speech on the Senate floor said on one hand the President is correct to call for action in Congress on immigration – but that the Trump Administration has been wrong to separate so many families in the last six weeks, labeling the situation “a mess.”
At the White House, the President didn’t shy away from the controversy, again blaming Congress for not acting, and making it clear he wants to stop a recent surge in illegal immigration across the southern border.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” the President said. “Not on my watch.”
The President will take that sharp message on Tuesday evening to a meeting of House Republicans at the Capitol, trying to rally them to get behind a piece of immigration legislation, which could solve a series of issues.
GOP leaders though have been trying for months to figure out a deal, but have found the party too splintered over what to do on DACA, younger illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” and ways to tighten what Mr. Trump says are odious loopholes in immigration law.
“A county without borders is not a country at all,’ the President declared, as he said that illegal immigrants are bringing “death and destruction” to America.
“They are thieves and murderers and so much else,” Mr. Trump added.
But Mr. Trump’s criticism of Democrats and Congress has drawn more opposition in recent days from within his own party, who feel the White House is wrongly trying to use the plight of immigrant children to force through immigration law changes.
“President Trump has chosen to implement this policy and he can put an end to it,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), “but he chooses not to do so and instead blames others.”
“The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) via Twitter.
While Mr. Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the separation of families, it was the Trump Administration that decided to take this step in early May, by prosecuting adults for illegally entering the country.
That move to enforce the law triggers a situation in which children are removed from their parents, leading to the uproar of recent days.
“This is the Trump administration’s policy,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). “President Trump could put an end to this immoral policy right now.”
Republicans have floated various ideas in recent days – it wasn’t clear if any could make it through the House, as immigration has vexed GOP lawmakers for years, as this latest battle has turned up the heat even more.
“It’s not good policy to separate children at our border from their parents & release them into the US,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). “It’s also not good policy to just immediately release an entire family together into the US when that family enters our country illegally.”
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville, Florida, family saved a kitten from the side of a freeway Sunday.
Rebecca Marshall rescued the kitten, while her daughter, Allison Bullard, caught the entire event on video.
The rescue happened where I-95 North nears the Zoo Parkway.
Marshall said she was looking out the window when she spotted the kitten.
“We hurried and got off the exit and turned around,” Marshall said. “I was scared to death it’d be hit by a car or something by then.”
Bullard started to record, and nearly two agonizing minutes went by before they were able to get to the kitten.
You can see from these pictures that Magnum is nursing a hurt eye. The family says he also has an injured back leg, but they know it could’ve been so much worse.— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) June 19, 2018
WATCH @ActionNewsJax at 10 & 11! pic.twitter.com/Sdg9UrKdJz
“We were so scared he was going to run into traffic,” Bullard said. “He just ran straight ahead, it was scary.”
The kitten darted, but Marshall was able to catch up to it as it was trying to get into a storm drain.
“I just threw the towel over him and that was it, I caught him,” Marshall said.
The family wasn’t sure how the kitten ended up there.
Thankfully, the kitten from the incident should be fine.
“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun.”— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) June 19, 2018
Tonight, the tabby kitten is nursing a hurt eye & bad leg, but from the story you’ll see on @ActionNewsJax at 10, it’s clear he cashed in on one of his nine lives. 🐱 🐈 pic.twitter.com/jnNeFN6z2Q
“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun,” Bullard said.
They're bringing Magnum to the Jacksonville Humane Society on Tuesday.
“I knew that I was in danger the whole time, scared to death,” Marshall said. “But, I can’t just leave an innocent life.”
“So, it was worth it?” Action News Jax Reporter Russell Colburn asked