POLICE: SHOPLIFTING FLA. MOM THREW BABY AT DEPUTY: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman she threw her baby at a deputy as she tried to escape when he tried to confront her about shoplifting.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says Ashley Taylor Wright tried to smuggle about $260 worth of clothing from a Dillard's dressing room. Deputies approached her car in the parking lot Monday night and asked her to get out.
Authorities said the 23-year-old told the deputy, "You will have to shoot through the baby to get me." Deputies say she then ran from the car and threw the car seat with the baby inside at the deputy. The infant was not injured. Two other young children were also in the car.
Wright faces several charges including child abuse. Jail records do not indicate whether she has an attorney.
SON OF JERRY SANDUSKY SEEKS TO HAVE NAME CHANGED: BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking to have his name changed more than a year after his adoptive father was convicted of child sexual abuse.
Matt Sandusky filed papers Tuesday in Centre County Court seeking to have the names of him and his family changed. Though the documents are sealed, they show he filed for a name change, along with his wife and four children.
Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence and maintains he was wrongfully convicted. He is pursuing appeals.
TEXAS CONTRACTOR RAZES HOUSE, BUT THE WRONG ONE: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A demolition company has mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in North Texas rather than the condemned building next door.
David Underwood and his wife placed their Fort Worth house on the market with the intention of moving into the retreat they purchased near the shores of Lake Worth. The lakeside land has been in the family for decades and Underwood bought it from an aunt earlier this year.
But when they stopped by to mow the lawn Saturday, they found the home was gone. A slab of foundation remains.
Fort Worth hired the demolition company to raze the condemned building, and was billed more than $6,000 for the work.
The condemned structure remains standing.
Underwood is seeking a settlement from the city. A city spokesman says officials are investigating.
NH MOTHER OF BURNED, BEATEN BOY PLEADS GUILTY: BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman accused of failing to get help for her beaten and burned 3-year-old son has pleaded guilty to several charges and has been sentenced to at least 2½ years in prison.
Prosecutors recovered a video last year of 24-year-old Jessica Linscott of Plaistow and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, prepping the child before the arrival of a social worker who was checking on him. Three weeks later, little James was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and burns to his wrist and fingers. The couple were arrested two weeks later at a Florida theme park.
Linscott was scheduled to face trial on July 29. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child.
INDIANA BOY DIES AFTER BASEBALL HITS HEAD, NECK: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy has died after a baseball hit him in the head and neck.
The Marion County Coroner's Office says Dylan Williams died of blunt force trauma Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury in Union City, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Coroner's office manager Marchele Hall tells The Indianapolis Star an autopsy Thursday showed the injury occurred on the right side of the boy's head and neck.
The boy was hit by a ball that had been thrown during practice Tuesday evening. He was taken to a hospital in Winchester, then
COLO. GUN-RIGHTS RALLY CALLED 'SLAP IN THE FACE': DENVER (AP) — Gun-rights advocates are planning a rally at the same park where a group will read the names of gun violence victims on the anniversary of the Colorado theater shootings, prompting a state lawmaker to call the move "a slap in the face."
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners scheduled a rally for Friday to coincide with a remembrance ceremony planned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns at Cherry Creek State Park in the Denver suburb of Aurora.
Both start at noon. State Parks spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the groups were issued permits for locations that are within sight of each other, but she didn't know the distance. She said park rangers and law officers would be present to keep the peace.
"I think it's a slap in the face of the people who are suffering the loss of a loved one," said state Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Democrat from Aurora. Fields' district includes the theater where 12 people were killed and 70 injured one year ago Saturday, and she plans to participate in the remembrance ceremony.
Fields' son was shot and killed in 2005 to keep him from testifying in a murder trial.
RECORDS: TEXAS TEENAGER RAPED AS MEN CHEERED: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released Thursday.
Authorities have charged two men in the alleged June 29 attacks, which began after the girl ran away from an Austin group home for children and got into a car with three unknown men, according to an arrest affidavit.
Juan Lozano Ortega, 25, and Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez, 26, were charged Wednesday with aggravated sexual assault of a child. They were being held Thursday in the Travis County Jail on $30,000 bond each. Court and jail records did not indicate whether the men had attorneys.