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Girl Mistaken for Skunk Shot by Relative
ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania woman shined a flashlight for her son to help him shoot what they thought was a skunk but was really his 8-year-old cousin in a black-and-white Halloween costume.
The girl was hospitalized Monday in critical condition following Saturday night's shooting in Rochester, a rural area just northwest of Pittsburgh where hunting is common.
New Sewickley Township police Chief Ronald Leindecker says the woman told officers she was hosting a Halloween party when she heard there was a skunk nearby and asked her son to shoot it.
The chief says 24-year-old shooter Thomas Grant is "devastated" by what happened. No one answered the door of the Grant house Monday afternoon. No charges have been filed.
A neighbor says neither Grant nor his family had ever caused problems.
Posted: Monday, October 22 2012, 06:52 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Bethany woman saved from attacker by family dog
May 20, 2013 07:38 GMT
BETHANY, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities in Bethany say a woman and her infant who were attacked by a man posing as a delivery driver were saved by the family dog.
Police say the man was holding a package and when the woman opened the door, the man sprayed mother and baby with pepper spray.
Oklahoma City television station KOCO reported (http://is.gd/V8bKGy ) reports the family dog, Louie, bolted toward the man when the woman screamed.
Louis chased the intruder out of the house.
The woman and baby were treated at a hospital for effects of the pepper spray. The family says they've recovered from the chemical.
The attacker hasn't been caught.
Information from: KOCO-TV, http://www.koco.com
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