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POSTED March 10, 2014 7:59 p.m.

• VICIOUS PET CAT TRAPS OREGON COUPLE, WHO CALL 911: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police had to be called in to subdue a 22-pound house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby.

The baby was not injured in the Sunday incident.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said officers responded to a 911 call that evening from a couple who had locked themselves in their bedroom with the baby and their dog after the cat attacked the child.

Simpson said the 911 operator could hear the cat screeching in the background as the couple awaited help.

Officers used a dog snare to capture the cat and placed it in a crate.

Simpson said the owners told the dispatcher the cat has a history of violence. He said the cat remained with its owners.

 

• OHIO STUDENTS, TEACHER CHARGED IN BULLYING CASE: PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A substitute teacher and five students at a suburban Cleveland high school face charges after police say a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy was bullied in gym class.

Police say the boy was knocked down by a volleyball thrown at his head last month at Parma Senior High School. One student then allegedly kicked the victim and another dragged him around by his feet.

Police say 49-year-old Gregg Mellinger continued class in another part of the gym as the victim remained on the floor.

Mellinger, of North Ridgeville, was charged last week with child endangering. He didn’t immediately return a phone call Monday.

Three students face juvenile charges of assault and two students are charged with disorderly conduct.

Authorities say the boy wasn’t seriously injured. School officials called the conduct unacceptable.

 

• POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE SELFIE ON STOLEN IPAD: LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Police are investigating whether a man who apparently snapped a selfie with an iPad reported as stolen from a Colorado gymnastics studio played a role in its disappearance.

A picture of the dark-haired, bearded man with a cigarette clamped in his mouth appeared Saturday in Premier Gymnastics’ iCloud account, its collection of data stored on remote servers and available online.

After police in Loveland released the photo and asked the public for help finding him, Lt. Rick Arnold said Monday that investigators have identified him. Police say they aren’t releasing his name because it’s unclear whether he has any connection with the March 1 burglary.

In California, a selfie found on a phone at a church that had been burglarized last month helped lead police to a suspect.

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