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State News

October 24, 2012

Evening News Brief | School bus, truck crash - without drivers




Search for missing baby continues in Philly suburb

KING OF PRUSSIA — A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of a 10-month-old baby who was abducted from a suburban Philadelphia apartment where her grandmother was killed.

Saanvi Venna has been missing since her 61-year-old grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, was murdered inside the apartment in King of Prussia. Investigators believe the abduction happened between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.

Police have been searching the apartment complex and surrounding area. Law enforcement and community groups are offering a $30,000 reward.

Upper Merion Township police say the girl's father, Venkata Konda Siva Venna, and mother, Chenchu Latha Punuru, immigrated to the U.S. from India in February 2007 and moved to the apartment in June.

The grandmother arrived in July and was scheduled to return home in January.


Former officer cleared in teen stun gun case

MEDIA — A former suburban Philadelphia police officer has been cleared of criminal charges for using a stun gun on a handcuffed teenager inside a holding cell.

A Delaware County judge says former Colwyn police Cpl. Trevor Parham's conduct during the arrest of a 16-year-old suspect did not rise to the level of criminal conduct.

Parham had been charged with simple assault and official oppression in connection with the arrest of a teen later issued a disorderly conduct citation. The teen said Parham used a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed and shackled.

Prosecutors said Parham then joked about the incident in a text message to a fellow officer.

Parham says he plans to continue his law enforcement career and appeal his dismissal from the department.


Teacher suffers burns in science class

DERRY — Students were evacuated from a western Pennsylvania high school after a science teacher was hurt by a chemical reaction during class.

Officials with the Derry Area School District say the incident happened late Wednesday morning in a chemistry lab at the school, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The teacher was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of burns to his face and neck. The school hasn't released details of his condition but the man's father tells local media that his son is "doing well."

One student also suffered minor burns but was released to his parents, while another was injured when she fell while leaving the scene.

Authorities say they're still investigating what went wrong with the experiment.


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