uYOUNGWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A woman will stand trial on allegations she beat her mother and shaved her head because she thought the older woman was listening to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game too loudly on the radio.
A judge ruled Wednesday that Delores Amorino was competent to stand trial.
But the judge said Amorino’s teenage daughter, who faces similar charges, wasn’t competent and ordered her to continue mental health treatments at a state psychiatric hospital.
Authorities have said the two women beat Amorino’s mother and shaved her head during an August 2017 attack in their Youngwood home.
A psychiatrist testified Amorino and her daughter have been diagnosed with a rare psychological disorder in which both suffered from shared delusions that they’re in romantic relationships with a current and a former member of the Steelers.
uDOGS INVOLVED IN FATAL ATTACK ON TEEN TO BE EUTHANIZED: DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say five dogs that attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized.
The three-member Dighton Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to have the dogs — four Belgian Malinois and a Dutch shepherd —involved in the May 9 death of Ryan Hazel put down. Several other dogs were also on the property.
Local police, animal control and the Bristol district attorney’s office backed the decision.
Board Chairman Kenneth Pacheco said “it was a tough decision, however it was the right decision.”
The dogs’ owner, who trained the animals on his property, didn’t contest the decision.
Ryan, of Rehoboth, was a freshman at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton, Massachusetts.
uMUSEUM APOLOGIZES TO MINORITY STUDENTS TOLD: ‘NO WATERMELON’: BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip.
Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students and staff at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood for “a range of challenging and unacceptable experiences that made them feel unwelcome.”
Principal Arturo Forrest tells The Boston Globe he was told that one museum staff member told the students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.” He heard other reports of museum security following his students while leaving white students alone.
Forrest said about 30 seventh grade students were on last week’s field trip, all students of color.
uDEPUTY IS FIRED A DAY AFTER FILING TO RUN AGAINST SHERIFF: KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy was fired a day after filing to run against his boss in a 2020 sheriff’s race.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson fired Deputy Marco Lopez last week after he refused to resign. In a termination letter, the sheriff cited federal court rulings that say a sheriff can fire a deputy who files to run against him. It’s called lack of loyalty.
Florida law says a law enforcement officer who runs against an incumbent must resign upon qualifying for the ballot. Lopez acknowledged he’d need to resign but says he doesn’t have to until qualification, which is determined in May 2020.
He tells the newspaper his firing was retribution, adding that there would be no conflict of interest if he continued to work.
uFLORIDA DAY CARE OWNER ARRESTED AFTER BABY DIES IN HOT VAN: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the co-owner of a Florida day care after a 5-month-old was left in a hot van and died.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s investigators arrested 56-year-old Darryl Allyn Ewing on child neglect charges Wednesday night, hours after the infant was found inside a van parked outside Ewing’s Love and Hope Daycare Center.
The sheriff’s office posted on Twitter that the baby’s mother had called the center around 1 p.m. and an employee said she didn’t know the child was there. Officials say employees then found the baby in the van.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Sheriff’s officials said Ewing refused to talk with detectives. He remained in jail in Thursday morning.
Temperatures were in the upper 80s to low 90s in Jacksonville on Wednesday.