To a story out of New York City, where a Bronx man has been charged with manslaughter after he beat his wife’s would-be rapist to death. According to reports, a 51-year-old woman was hit over the head with a chair inside her apartment at about 10:15 p.m. Monday after her attacker illegally entered the building and forcibly removed her clothes. The woman fought him off and was able to dial her husband, who was outside and rushed in. Surveillance cameras caught the aftermath, where the suspect is seen exiting the apartment shirtless only to encounter his victim’s husband armed with a tire iron. The husband beat him with the weapon until he was unconscious, and the suspect later died from his injuries. The suspect had a long history of arrests, but legal experts say police were forced to charge the husband because the danger was already over by the time he intervened. Despite what our legal system may say, we stand behind the Biblical justice that this husband handed down to his wife’s attacker. The good news out of it all may be that the husband is expected to be released prior to trial, and his case will be reviewed by the grand jury, where we hope they toss it.
To the heart-wrenching tale that came from the Cincinnati Zoo late last week that even captured the attention of our presidential hopefuls. A toddler escaped the attention of his mother and wriggled through protective measures at the zoo’s gorilla enclosure, falling 15 feet into about 18 inches of water. There bystanders recorded the harrowing ordeal on cellphone video as Harambe, a 17-year-old, 450-pound silverback gorilla, pulled the boy through the enclosure and gripped him tightly. While the animal was not intentionally violent, zoo officials feared that an upset Harambe may hurt or kill the child and made the decision to shoot the gorilla. The incident has struck national outrage from animal rights activists as Ohio prosecutors investigate the incident for possible criminal charges. While many lashed out at the boy’s mother online for being inattentive, we understand that mistakes happen. Unfortunately for all involved in this situation, that mistake led to tragic outcomes that surely will stick with all.
To the news that Pearce Creek residents have been recommended to switch to bottled water following concerns about manganese levels in local well water. A branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control informed the county and residents of its recommendation late last week after reviewing findings from 2013 data that showed elevated levels of the element that is thought to increase developmental issues in children at high dosages. While we applaud the state and federal government for stepping up to fund the bottled water dissemination, we question why it took 22 months for the CDC to come to its recommendation. Explanations for the delay were not very satisfying at a community meeting last weekend, and we hope that such recommendations are expedited for future cases.