(AP) — A neurosurgeon and an Eagle Scout. A college student and military medics. Commuters and emergency workers alike rushed to help survivors when an Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday south of Seattle and hurtled off an overpass onto a busy interstate below. Oregon Health & Science University neurosurgeon Dr. Nathan Selden was headed to Seattle with his college-aged son when they came upon the deadly wreck near DuPont, Washington. It was the first mass casualty event Selden had seen, and he was amazed to see that one infant involved in the wreck seemed miraculously unharmed.
(NWI Times) A special judge Monday lifted a 15-day probation revocation hold a few days early for Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington, but Washington remains in custody pending a Tuesday hearing on the underlying criminal case.
Porter County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thode ordered Washington released on his own recognizance in the alleged revocation.
The judge also scheduled a Feb. 12 hearing to check on the status of the case rather than hearing evidence in the alleged revocation.
(NWI Times) A Portage woman was arrested early Friday evening for allegedly trying to steal nearly $400 in liquor from a local store.
Police say she is also suspected in similar thefts from other retailers in Portage, Hammond and Lansing.
Melissa R. Dobkins, 24, was charged with felony counts of theft, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of cocaine and misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.
James A. Stewart, 41, Michigan City, was also arrested and charged with theft and assisting a criminal.
According to police, they were called to Walmart just before 6:30 p.m. Friday for a theft. A loss prevention officer told police that a woman had placed 10 bottles of liquor, valued at $385, in her purse and attempted to leave the store. When stopped, she began to fight with store security, was released and fled.
Police learned the woman, later identified as Dobkins, was suspected in other thefts from the Portage Walmart and Meijers, Walmart in Hammond and other stores in Lansing.
About 20 minutes later, the car in which she reportedly fled was spotted across U.S. 6 at Meijers. She was identified by Walmart loss prevention employees as the woman who fled and was taken into custody, said police.