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June 21, 2012

Morning Briefing | Cops: Baby fine after car swiped outside home

ALLENTOWN — Police say a 1-year-old Pennsylvania girl is back with her mother after the car she was sitting in was stolen from outside her home.

Investigators say Jennifer Ramirez had left her daughter, Nariya, inside the air-conditioned vehicle while unloading groceries to keep her out of Wednesday's extreme heat. But a thief jumped into the car and drove away from the family's Allentown home around 2:30 p.m.

The car was found about a half-hour later more than two miles away when a passer-by noticed her inside the ditched vehicle and returned the last call received by the cellphone inside. The little girl was unhurt.

Authorities say they don't have a description of the thief but are checking the vehicle for fingerprints.


Portage woman to trial in fire blamed on bath salts

PORTAGE — A western Pennsylvania woman has waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will stand trial on charges she set fire to her house and later told police that was a cry for help because she was abusing the synthetic drug known as bath salts.

Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Lynn Yatsky is charged with burning down her house in Summerhill Township on April 17.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports Thursday that Yatsky told a 911 dispatcher to say, "I lit my house on fire because I need help. Because I need to go somewhere to get help."

Police say the "help" Yatsky sought was drug rehab for using the synthetic drug.

Yatsky's attorney says he's still "looking into" Yatsky's alleged statements and says there are other circumstances involved which he would not divulge.


Lifeguard revives child at Pittsburgh-area park

WEST HOMESTEAD — A lifeguard is being credited for reviving a little girl who was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water at a Pittsburgh-area water park.

Officials aren't releasing the name of the guard or the little girl, who is believed to be about 4 years old.

KDKA-TV reports the girl was blue and unconscious when she was removed from the water at Sandcastle Water Park in West Homestead late Wednesday afternoon.

The lifeguard used cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and was later helped by paramedics as the girl was seen regaining consciousness and crying.

A park spokesperson says the girl may have suffered a seizure before she went underwater.

The girl was being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where her condition was not immediately released.

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