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Answered demanded in car death of Ohio teen; Colorado mom saves daughter from bear; Rhode Island church leader comes out as transgender; more in U.S. news


Answers demanded in teen’s death

A 16-year-old boy who got pinned in the back seat of his minivan and died despite voice-dialing 911 was unable to communicate properly with dispatchers because his phone was in his pocket, according to an initial investigation. Police presented findings into Kyle Plush’s death before the City Council’s law and safety committee Monday, providing details of the 911 call and the police response. Among the information released: The city’s computer-assisted dispatching system experienced difficulties. The first dispatcher didn’t hear Kyle say he was "going to die here" because he spoke during an automated response message. And officers weren’t given information from the initial 911 call that someone was banging and screaming for help. Ron Plush found the body of his son April 10 inside the Honda Odyssey in a parking lot near the school nearly six hours after Kyle’s first 911 call. Plush wants to improve the city’s 911 system and said he would ask difficult questions. Mayor John Cranley told Plush he would receive written responses and called the police report incomplete. "We must do better," Cranley said. Council members questioned why officers didn’t just search all the vans in the parking lot that day. "Kyle did everything he should have done," said Councilwoman Amy Murray. "And he was failed horribly."


Mom saves girl from bear attack

A 5-year-old girl attacked by a black bear outside her home over the weekend was expected to recover well thanks to the quick thinking of her mother, police said Monday. Wildlife officials also said they killed the 125-pound, 2-year-old male bear believed to be the early Sunday attacker in East Orchard Mesa. The girl’s mother told state wildlife officers that she saw a black bear dragging her daughter early on Mother’s Day. After the mom yelled at the bear, it dropped the girl — who didn’t suffer fractures or brain and organ injuries, though she received nearly 100 stitches.


Janitor wills $175K to help kids

A man who worked as a janitor for 32 years at Sixth District Elementary School and never touched a dime of his pension has willed his life savings of $175,000 to child abuse victims. The Kentucky Enquirer reported Alvin L. Randlett’s estate donated the sum to the Kentucky Child Victims’ Trust Fund last week. The lifelong Covington resident had retired in 2001 and died in December 2015 at age 75. The money came from Randlett’s pension and the sale of his house. Estate executor Jeff Siska said it was Randlett’s "last wish to help those who can’t help themselves."


Bee on the lookout

A beekeeper says thieves stole dozens of hives Sunday, about $20,000 worth of equipment. With over five decades of experience in beekeeping, Don Kuchenmeister operates Dixie Bee Supply in Banks County, where he often teaches disabled vets. He said the thieves likely had beekeeping experience. Whatever the reason, Kuchenmeister had one message for the abductors: "I hope you get stung good."


Melania Trump has procedure: The first lady underwent a successful embolization procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized this week, her staff said. President Donald Trump visited her at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and tweeted his wife was in "good spirits." The White House did not offer any additional details on the 48-year-old’s condition. She was last seen in public on Wednesday.

Trump talks with Waffle House hero: Nearly a month later, President Donald Trump has spoken with the unarmed Nashville man who wrestled away an AR-15 from a gunman at a Waffle House. The White House said Trump and James Shaw Jr., 29, spoke Monday but offered no more details. Often quick to tweet about other shootings or heroics, Trump has been silent publicly about April 22’s shooting. Four people were killed. Shaw and three others were injured. Shaw also has raised thousands online for victims.

EPA’s Pruitt demanded 24/7 armed security on Day 1: An internal watchdog at the EPA said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day — a detail at odds with past agency claims that the security came in direct response to alleged death threats. The EPA inspector general said Pruitt initiated the protection that far exceeds the part-time security afforded to his predecessors. The agency has spent about $3 million on his swollen security, at times diverting officers away from environmental crimes.

R.I. church leader comes out as transgender: A reverend will take a sabbatical while transitioning into a woman. The Rhode Island State Council of Churches says its executive minister, Dr. Reverend Donald Anderson, shared with the board she is transitioning. It granted Anderson a three-month sabbatical, noting her name will soon be Donnie. The 70-year-old said Monday she’ll talk upon returning but wanted people to know. Anderson has advocated on behalf of the council on issues such as raising the minimum wage and protecting victims of domestic violence. — tbt* wires

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