July 11, 2012
On June 28, Eva Cameron drove to Tennessee with her daughter. She stopped at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, Tennessee to let her daughter Lynn use the restroom. Cameron then abandoned mentally disabled Lynn, 19, by the side of the road and returned to her home in Illinois as if nothing was wrong.
“Lynn didn’t know her age, she didn’t know her address, she didn’t know her phone number and she didn’t even know her name,” Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said.
A picture and request for information on Lynn’s identity was released to the public. The Caryville police later received an anonymous tip on her identity. Investigators ultimately learned the young woman was from Illinois and they tracked her mother down. At their request, Eva Cameron had a brief meeting with Caryville police the following day. She signed a statement that said Lynn Cameron was now a ward of Tennessee, officials said.
“She basically said, ‘I don’t want her and I don’t want to take her.’ Then she got in her car and she left,” Smith said.
Eva Cameron later stated, “We understand she lost her ID card and that’s how the situation has turned into what happened. She’s already an adult. I just have to leave it at that.”
“As terrible as it is, unfortunately there is nothing we can do,” Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said. “There is no doubt we need a law for mental health rights, but pending this investigation, we just don’t know what else to do.”
Authorities took Lynn to a hospital and discovered she only had a basic vocabulary of 30-40 words, according to Smith. A Campbell County Chancery Court order in the case described Lynn Cameron as a “severely disabled adult, suffering from profound mental deficits, and is unable to care for herself or her personal needs.” According to the court, the mother stated “she could not and would not care for Lynn Cameron.” Eva Cameron said that she has another child she cares for who is also disabled and caring for both was too much to handle.
Police in Caryville said Lynn has no assigned legal guardian. Lynn is being cared for at a facility in Roane County. When asked how the Lynn was doing, Smith replied, “Lynn is doing fantastic.”
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July 10, 2012
In Indiana a Wisconsin girl’s basketball coach punched one of his teenage players in the face and threw her to the ground after a loss at the Indiana Fieldhouse Sports Complex, police said Tuesday. Fred Freeman of Hartford, Wis., has been charged with battery after the incident.
“The victim told officers her basketball coach was verbally abusing her after the team lost their game. She reported that during a verbal altercation he punched her in the face, threw her to the ground and got on top of her with his hands around her throat,” said police spokesman Officer Tom Weger.
Freeman was arrested afterward at a restaurant and he admitted to restraining the girl but claimed to have been the victim. Yet Jean Washington, the parent of another player, told officers she saw Freeman striking the victim. She said Freeman “grabbed the victim tightly around her torso” and Washington heard the victim “tell the suspect to get off of her. The two fell to the ground, and the victim continued to resist the suspect. The suspect and victim made it back to their feet, and the suspect grabbed the victim again and slammed her back into the ground.”
A police report says Freeman’s daughter also was nearby and implored for him to stop the attack. “Ms. Washington observed the suspect’s daughter yelling, ‘No, Daddy.’ The suspect then got up and threw the victim’s badge into a tree,” the report said. Washington then guided the victim back inside the building while Freeman left with the other members of the team.
Freeman was due to be released on Tuesday from the Hamilton County Jail. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
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July 6, 2012
Karlisha L. Randolph, 24-year-old pregnant woman, died overnight after an impaired driver ran a red light at a Phoenix intersection and caused a rollover.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said, Randolph’s baby was delivered successfully, but was in critical condition.
A 21-year-old man was driving south on 35th Avenue when he turned in front of a city bus and then drove west on Dunlap Avenue. The man turned back onto 39th Avenue and was driving south when he ran a red light on Northern Avenue and struck Randolph’s car. The accident caused the vehicle to roll over, Thompson said. The 21-year-old man was taken to a hospital where he was seen for non-life-threatening injuries.
Randolph’s 43-year-old mother was driving Randolph, who was nine months pregnant, and Randolph’s two minor sons. All four were taken to a hospital. Randolph’s mother and the two children do not have life-threatening injuries, police said.
Another collision took place at the same intersection while police were investigating the first collision. A 45-year-old man drove past traffic barricades into the scene. The man then crashed his vehicle into two of the investigators’ vehicles, Thompson said. The 45-year-old man was also thought to be impaired and was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening, Thompson said.
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July 3, 2012
In Medford, OR a 2-year-old fell off a three-story downtown building. Twenty-year-old Kristen Beach caught the boy as he fell and may have saved the toddler’s life. The boy was unharmed as Beach held fast to his torso during the fall, her knees giving way under his weight.
“I said: It’s OK, baby; if you fall, I will catch you,” Kristen Beach recounted.
Beach was outside her apartment building on Main Street talking to her mother when she heard screams from across the street.
The boy was hanging onto a small lip around the edge of the roof of the former Fluhrer’s Bread building. Beach knew the boy did not have the strength to pull himself back up onto the roof after she spent about two minutes talking to him while he just hung there. She told the boy she would catch him and he ended up letting go.
“He was crying when he was up there. I could see the tears and the snot running down his face,’ she said. “I was completely ready. But I was terrified.”
Cathy Blake, Beach’s mom, said she was next to the Medford Hotel when she saw the boy dangling from the roof.
“My daughter ran over very quickly,” she said. “I got on the phone and called 911. She was so brave to run over there and stand there and wait for the little boy to drop. She was just at the right place at the right time.”
Soon after the emergency service providers arrived, the father drove up and went to the hospital with the boy, Blake said.
“If my baby was in the same predicament, I would hope somebody else would do the same thing,” Beach said.
Medford police Sgt. D.J. Graham said the baby was examined by medical personnel and didn’t appear injured. He said Medford police and fire officials at the scene couldn’t believe that Beach had the mind to actually catch the baby. “It’s amazing,” said Graham.
A single-family residential unit is located inside the building where the boy’s family lives, Graham said. The mother, 22-year-old Amelia Marion Elizabeth Smith, was arrested and charged with child neglect and endangering a minor. She posted bail Sunday night.
After police arrived the boy’s mother came out of the building and was very grateful, Beach said.
“She just hugged me and said ‘thank you, thank you.”
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June 27, 2012
An explosive wildfire has sent 32,000 residents away from their homes. By Wednesday morning the fire doubled in size. Approximately 15,324 acres were burning with only 5% contained, said Rich Harvey, incident commander of the Waldo Canyon Fire. Predicted thunderstorms could make things difficult for our fellow fire fighters. Thunderstorms sound like a good thing but they bring strong winds that can squall in any direction. “That will make work for firefighters more difficult,” said Harvey.
On Tuesday, strong winds were up to 65 mph through the mountain canyons and they blew the wildfire through containment lines into the northwest. Colorado Springs also set a record high of 101 as firefighters persist with the cruel conditions including ash falling on neighborhoods and highways.
Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the Waldo Canyon Fire and told reporters it was a difficult sight to see. “There were people’s homes burned to the ground. It was surreal. There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.”
The flames are hazardously close to the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. An order to evacuate has been issued for about 2,100 residents in its Pine and Douglas Valley Housing, said public affairs officer John Van Winkle.
Six other wildfires were active in the state, according to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.
The High Park Fire was the largest of the fires and it began June 9. It has now consumed 87,284 acres, said the U.S. Forest Service. By Tuesday, it was 65% contained. The total number of homes lost increased to 257. An estimated $33.1 million has been spent trying to contain the fire.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized the use of federal funds to help fight the Waldo Canyon Fire after Colorado Springs. Wood Hollow Fire has grown to 46,190 acres since Saturday afternoon. Containment was 15% with the help of FEMA who is providing funds to help fight the blaze. The Dump Fire which is west of Provo, stood at 5,007 acres and was 100% contained, officials said.
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