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Regional News: Hunting Accident; Flooding; New Leads in Cold Case Child's Murder

By: AP
By: AP

COTTONDALE, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a man shot in the groin at an Alabama hunting camp may have been mistaken for wild game. The Tuscaloosa County sheriff's homicide unit is investigating the shooting early Saturday, which sent a 26-year-old man to a hospital for surgery.

TROY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama judge has overturned a Troy man's two rape convictions and ordered a new trial, saying prosecutors failed to share evidence relevant to the man's defense. Thirty-six-year-old Andre Lamon Ellis was granted a new trial Friday by Pike County Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Kelley.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Forecasters say flash flooding across roads occurred earlier Saturday in eastern Alabama as rain and thunderstorms moved through the central areas of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Talley said Saturday flash floods were reported from Talladega to Oxford about 20 miles away.

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Police say a Talladega woman has been charged with manslaughter after a running over a 3-year-old child who fell out of her SUV. Police say 22-year-old Rymeshia Williams was arrested Friday and charged with manslaughter. A judge set her bond at $30,000.

Ala. Supreme Court reinstates $3.2 million verdict
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court has reinstated a $3.2 million malpractice verdict awarded to the estate of a Montgomery woman who died in 2005 after being treated at the Baptist East Emergency Room in Montgomery.
Lauree Durden Ellison had visited the Baptist Medical Center-East emergency room, operated by the Health Care Authority for Baptist Health. She was initially released from the emergency room, but later died after it was determined she had an infection.
A jury later found against the authority in a malpractice trial and awarded the estate $3.2 million. The verdict was later overturned when courts ruled the authority was a state entity and possessed immunity from being sued. But the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the authority is not immune from its debts in this case.

TRINITY, Fla. (AP) -- Family members say the 90-year-old southwest Florida man who was trapped in his car for two days earlier this year has died.
Justin Ambrozia tells The Tampa Bay Times his father Justyn died of heart failure Thursday from complications from the trauma.
Ambrozia broke his wrist and hip when he fell at a grocery store in April. Employees helped him to his car and he somehow managed to drive home. But when Ambrozia pulled into the garage, he couldn't pull the car door handle because of the pain in his swollen wrist.
His car battery died as soon as he got into the garage, so he couldn't honk the horn. He survived on snacks but didn't have water.
A neighbor eventually noticed a hand waving from the car.

LEALMAN, Fla. (AP) -- Two Good Samaritans are being praised after authorities say they rescued a disabled veteran whose wheelchair rolled into a southwest Florida pond.
Lealman Police say 79-year-old Robert Lunay was sitting in his wheelchair overlooking a pond Friday night when his wheelchair slipped and he fell into the water. Lunay is a double-amputee.
Robert Fields and Norman Steers happened to be nearby and heard Lunay calling for help. They jumped into the water and pulled him to shore.
Lunay was not injured.
Lealman Fire Captain Larry Thompson says "this could have ended tragically" if the two men had not rushed to action.

Fla. toddler dragged underneath car
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A 14-month-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle and dragged for several feet.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said Jaike Young was playing outside with several other children Friday when a vehicle stopped in front of the home to drop someone off. As the car was pulling away, another child threw a rock in front of the car and the toddler ran to get the rock. Jaike was too small for the driver to see and was dragged eight to 10 feet underneath the car before the driver stopped.
He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver, who was not identified, will not be cited.

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say two young children and their father were taken to a hospital for treatment after being attacked by dogs in metro Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/12JRQeT ) a man and his children, ages 2 and 4, suffered multiple bite wounds Saturday as they were out walking in a Douglas County subdivision and at least two dogs rushed into the road and charged them.
Douglas County Fire Department spokesman Wes Tallon says the father was injured as he tried to pull the dogs off his children. The dogs' owner was also hurt as he helped get the animals back into his house, but he declined treatment.
Tallon says no one had injuries that appear life-threatening. He says animal control officers will keep the dogs while their vaccination records are checked.

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) -- Police in southwest Georgia say they're working to generate new leads in the unsolved slaying of a 7-year-old girl nearly four decades ago.
WALB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10bA2uM ) police in Ocilla hope new information will lead them to the killer of young Faleshia LaFrance Battle, who was found suffocated in a neighbor's garden in 1976.
Ocillia police Det. Doug Douglas says promising leads and new information have come in since the department reopened the case two years ago. He's been interviewing potential witnesses and says updates in technology could also lead to a breakthrough in the 37-year-old killing.
The slain girl's mother, Arlenda Roberts, has been helping police revisit the crime. She still visits her daughter's grave every week and says, "It's been like a living nightmare."

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say volunteers and researchers have found loggerhead sea turtle nests on Wassaw, St. Catherines and Ossabaw Islands.
Federal authorities consider the turtles threatened and Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the turtles typically crawl ashore, dig holes on Georgia's barrier island beaches and lay their eggs at night.
Cummings says Georgia had 2,241 loggerhead sea turtle nests in 2012, which was the most in the past 24 years.
Cummings says sea turtle nests are marked, monitored and protected by the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative. The group is comprised of volunteers, researchers and Department of Natural Resources employees who patrol beaches on the state's barrier islands daily during nesting season.


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