- - Monday, October 17, 2011


Police: Missing girl most likely kidnapped

PHOENIX — Police looking for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing six days said Monday they now think she was most likely kidnapped, because otherwise they would have found her.

Jahessye Shockley was last seen by her three older siblings Oct. 12 at her Glendale home while their mother was running an errand. Police think she left their apartment through the front door but don’t know anything about what happened next.

“If it was just her walking away, we would have found her by now,” Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said. “Obviously, she’s not with us. Somebody knows something or somebody has interacted with her and put her in a place, and we just haven’t found her yet.”

Police have no suspects, evidence or promising leads.


School limits bathroom visits for students

EVERGREEN PARK — Students at a suburban Chicago high school will have to hold it or risk staying after school.

A policy at Evergreen Park High School allows students to leave class three times per semester to go to the restroom. After that, they have to make up any missed class time after school.

Principal Bill Sanderson told the SouthtownStar of Tinley Park the policy is designed to make sure students don’t miss valuable class time. He says it deters them from using restroom visits as an excuse to miss class.

Each teacher gets to decide whether to enforce the policy in their classes.

But some students argue that they don’t have time to stop at the restroom otherwise because they only get five minutes between classes.


Five charged with abusing mentally disabled

OMAHA — Five workers at a Nebraska center for developmentally disabled adults have been charged with abusing residents after an investigation found they hit, slapped and choked residents, often until they fell unconscious.

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris announced Monday that he had filed felony charges ranging from abuse of a vulnerable adult to theft and strangulation against five employees of the Beatrice State Developmental Center.

The charges come more than a month after an employee reported the abuse to Nebraska Adult Protective Services. Mr. Harris received the results of a subsequent investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol of the center a little more than a week ago.

He said charges have been filed against Cameron Barnes, Cody Creek, Matthew Johnson, Matthew Pangborn and Carmen Yates, but the charges were sealed to protect victims and witnesses “and prevent prejudicial, pretrial publicity that could cause problems with the jury pool.”


Engineer evacuated from South Pole, prepares for tests

CONCORD — A sick New Hampshire engineer who had been working at the South Pole for a year was successfully evacuated and said Monday she slept for the whole plane ride to New Zealand for medical treatment.

Renee-Nicole Douceur described the flight in an email to the Associated Press shortly after landing in Christchurch.

“My brain is still intact,” she wrote. She said she is scheduled for tests Tuesday.

Ms. Douceur, 58, is a Seabrook, N.H., resident who worked as a manager for research station contractor Raytheon Polar Services Co. She asked for an emergency evacuation after having what doctors believed was a stroke in August, but officials rejected her request because of bad weather, saying that sending a rescue plane was too dangerous and that her condition wasn’t life-threatening.

Doctors she contacted for a second opinion say a tumor may have caused her vision and speech problems.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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