|Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) |
October 17, 2005
HAY-RIDE TRAILER GOES OFF ROAD, INJURING 14
Author: Collected from wire services and Times-Dispatch resources
Article Text:Fourteen people were injured after the hay-ride trailer they were riding in went off a road and into a creek, police said. The trailer, pulled by a farm tractor, was traveling along a Bedford County road Saturday evening when a pin came loose, state police spokesman Sgt. Bob Carpentieri said. All but four passengers jumped off the trailer before it went off the road and landed in a creek, he said. One person was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and four others were taken by ambulance, Carpentieri said. Nine people were treated at the scene, he said. Two PETA employees face more charges WINTON, N.C. - Two PETA employees charged with dumping dead animals they collected in eastern North Carolina counties face additional charges of obtaining property by false pretenses, authorities said. The charges allege that the two euthanized three cats from an Ahoskie veterinarian after promising to find the animals new homes, according to the new warrants. Andrew B. Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Adria J. Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Va., employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, were served with warrants on 22 felony charges of animal cruelty and the three felony charges of obtaining property by false pretense in court Friday. Thirty-one previous animal-cruelty charges were dismissed against the two and replaced with the new charges, authorities said. Cook and Hinkle are still charged with eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals and one count of trespassing. PETA, which is paying their legal fees, suspended Hinkle for 90 days and did not discipline Cook. "We remain absolutely certain that no cruelty to animals took place, and we are confident that the facts will bear this out," PETA said in a statement. Group votes to honor volunteer caregivers A group convened to address women's issues will honor the state's volunteer caregivers. The Council on the Status of Women voted Friday to spearhead the new Governor's Volunteer Caregiver Recognition Program. It's designed to reward the efforts of Virginians - many of them women - increasingly called to care for elderly parents, in addition to other work and family responsibilities, said council Chairwoman Madge Bush. Each year, the program will induct caregivers from different regions into a hall of fame. The council will take statewide nominations next month, and they are due by Dec. 1. Gov. Mark R. Warner will award this year's winners at a reception Jan. 9. The council likely will partner with officials in the departments of aging and social services to identify potential award winners. Council members haven't decided how many caregivers will be recognized. Man pleads guilty in woman's beating CHARLOTTESVILLE - Howard Gail Edman pleaded guilty last week to malicious wounding in the beating of a 19-year-old woman on railroad tracks. Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Claude Worrell withdrew a charge of attempted rape, saying he wished to spare the victim from testifying about it, particularly since she didn't remember some details of the June 13 attack. The woman suffered a black eye and cuts to her hand and thigh, among other wounds, when Edman and two other men beat and kicked her, Worrell said. The victim spent several days in the hospital. Edman, 28, could receive a prison sentence of five to 20 years when he is sentenced Jan. 11. Two co-defendants are scheduled for trial Dec. 2 in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Memo:
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