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BEAVER, Pa: A US woman has admitted she stole a police car and led officers on an 80 mph (128 kph) chase - while her hands were cuffed behind her.
Twenty-eight-year-old Roxanne Rimer of Pennsylvania also pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beaver County Court to an unrelated theft charge. Defense attorney Steven Valsamidis said she was sentenced to four to eight years.
Authorities say Rimer was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car after being accused of shoplifting in January. Officials said she squeezed through an unlatched opening and crawled into the front seat.
She drove off and led officers on a nearly 10-mile (16-km) chase, weaving in and out of traffic, before crashing. (AP)
TRENTON, New Jersey:
Pedals the bipedal bear can clearly stand on its own two feet - but activists in his northern New Jersey terrain wonder for how long.
The bear, which gained fame after first being spotted last year ambling around neighborhoods and caught in videos that were posted on social media and played on television across the US, apparently has some sort of leg or paw injury that won’t allow it to spend much time on all fours, experts say.
The question now is, how much should the state do to help one bear as hibernation and hunting seasons near? Animal activists and state officials are at odds.
Activists worry the bear’s health has declined since last year and fear it might not survive a harsh winter, though forecasters say this winter will likely not be as cold as last. They doubt the bear can run, climb or defend itself, or even eat properly. They hope it can be moved to a sanctuary in New York, but New Jersey officials say more information is needed before a decision can be made. (AP)
A champion junior surfer was in an induced coma Wednesday after being mauled by a shark off Australia’s east coast, prompting calls for the government to do more to protect beachgoers.
The Ballina region where the 20-year-old was bitten by a suspected bull shark, some 750 kms (450 miles) north of Sydney, has been the site of a spate of serious attacks in recent months, including the death of a Japanese surfer in February.
The surfer was heard screaming during the attack by the threemetre-long (10-ft-long) animal at the tourist hub on Tuesday, police said.
“He was the only surfer in the water. A person on the beach heard him scream and saw him stumble out of the water,” police inspector Nicole Bruce told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“He has come out of the water with a large bite wound to his left thigh.” (AFP)