2 hurt saving mom, boy as train hits stalled van
MILWAUKEE - A freight train smashed into a minivan stuck on the tracks Monday as a police officer struggled to help a man pull his wife and child to safety.
They got the woman out but the 2-year-old boy was still inside when the 94-car train rammed the vehicle, crumpling the front and throwing the van into the two men. The child was unhurt, but both men suffered injuries, said Jim Gage, police chief in suburban Elm Grove.
It was not clear why the van was stopped on the tracks, but it appeared the driver, Monica Ensley-Partenfelder, 40, got caught in traffic, Gage said. The accident happened about 9:40 a.m., less than hour before the nearby start of the town's Memorial Day parade, which was canceled because of the accident.
The husband, Scott Partenfelder, 47, had been traveling behind the van in another vehicle with two other children and went to help his wife and child along with the officer, Gage said.
Detroit man dies after rescuing boy, 7, from pit
DETROIT - A 58-year-old man has died after rescuing a 7-year-old boy who fell into a water-filled hole at a Detroit construction site.
Wayne State University police Sgt. Robert Barron said the boy was playing Sunday at a home under construction on Miracle Street when he fell into the foundation pit that was dug for the basement.
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported the man was Garrett Townsend of Detroit. WDIV-TV says he managed to rescue the child, but wasn't able to get himself out of the water.
Woman accused of hurling baby
in car seat
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Police have charged a woman who they say used a child car seat with a 2-month-old infant inside to hit a Wal-Mart employee.
Detective Monique Martin said in a news release Monday that Camilla Fields of Memphis, Tenn., was charged with felony child abuse and neglect and assault. Police did not know if she had an attorney.
A police report from the Wednesday incident says Fields was carrying the car seat when she was confronted by a security guard about shoplifting.
Police say Fields threw the seat and ran away, causing the baby to land face down on the pavement. A paramedic treated the baby until the child regained consciousness.
Ariz. police: Graduation party killer was jealous
MESA, Ariz.- Police say jealousy was the apparent motive behind the fatal shootings of two people at an Arizona high school graduation party.
Investigators say 37-year-old Brent Matthew Banks became upset when he saw his ex-girlfriend, Sally S. Johnson-Huddleston, kiss her boyfriend at the party Saturday. Banks was arrested on suspicion of killing of Johnson-Huddleston and Auston G. Blanks.
Police say Banks also opened fire on police, and six people were hurt by either gunshots or bullet fragments.
A police officer was shot in the arm, but the other injuries were minor.
NY toddler is a cue-ball wizard
at pool table
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. - A New York toddler still in diapers has a growing reputation as a pool shark with a mean bank shot - even though he has to stand on a chair to reach the table.
Two-year-old Keith O'Dell Jr. from upstate New York has pool shooting videos posted on YouTube, has his own Web site (www.poolprodigy.com) and is the youngest member of the American Pool Association.
The son of pool-playing parents, the toddler recently traveled to Las Vegas to put on a demonstration for the APA, the governing body of amateur pool.
4 teens killed, woman injured in NY crash
CHAMPION, N.Y. - State police say a fourth teenager has died following in a fiery one-car crash in central New York.
Police say a speeding sport-utility vehicle veered off a rural road in Jefferson County on Saturday night and slammed into a utility pole and then a tree before bursting into flames.
The 17-year-old driver, Rebecca Besaw of Watertown, N.Y., was killed. Also dead at the scene were 14-year-old Denise Yeman and 18-year-old Susan Melgar. A fourth teen, 18-year-old David Van Epps, died in the hospital on Sunday. The vehicle's owner, 23-year-old Tara Armer, remained hospitalized in Syracuse.