UPDATE: Anne Pressly – Arkansas TV anchor dies days after attack

SATURDAY, October 25, 2008

(CNN) — CNN affiliate KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, said Saturday evening that its morning anchorwoman, Anne Pressly, died. She was 26 years old.

Pressly was found beaten early Monday at her home. She was hospitalized and sedated.

Pressly’s parents released a statement saying they were “with her in her last moments.” They also asked for “the privacy we need at this very difficult time,” KATV reported.

Police said Pressly was apparently not targeted but was attacked during the course of a burglary. Her purse was missing.

Pressly was beaten around the head, face and neck. She had been unable to communicate with her family or police while sedated in the intensive care unit.

The anchor’s death came only a day after a doctor said he was encouraged by her recovery.

Dr. Clifton R. Johnson said Friday that swelling in Pressly’s brain had gone down since she was hospitalized and that doctors had slowly been reducing her sedative dosages.

Police have yet to identify a suspect, though detectives have combed the area around Pressly’s home in the Heights neighborhood, a mix of bungalows and mansions near the Little Rock Country Club.

News reports have said detectives found evidence that Pressly’s credit card was used Monday at a gas station a few miles from her home.

Pressly had a brief role as a TV commentator in Oliver Stone’s film “W.,” released in theaters this month.

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UPDATE:Re article-3 Dead After Brush Fire, Fog Cause 50-Car Pileup on Florida Interstate

Orlando Sentinel, January 10, 2008

Latest statistics –
70 car pile up
4 dead
38 injured with 4 being critical

Traffic Watch: I-4 still closed this morning in Polk County

Warning signs began nearly 20 hours before Polk crash

Warning signs began nearly 20 hours before Polk crash

 The warnings came long before metal  slammed  into metal on a moonless, socked-in Interstate- 4  early Wednesday.

 Before sunset Tuesday, National Weather Service  meteorologists  issued a fog alert based on a scale  of one through 10.  Experts consider seven or higher  to be risky for drivers. The forecast for north  Polk County was a 10.

A few hours later, the state Division of Forestry told the Florida Highway Patrol to expect dangerous
conditions because of a particularly stubborn and smoky wildfire at I-4 and County Road 557. The
blaze escaped from a controlled burn meant to get rid of dangerously dry brush.

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UPDATE: Article on Time growing short for Duke, a pit bull terrier, as he seeks reprieve after 3 years on death row

Duke is free!!! 

BAY SHORE,N.Y – This past April I posted an article about a pit bull terrier named Duke who had spent 3 years on death row where he was confined to a Long Island animal shelter.  At the time of my post Duke was waiting the decision of what was his last appeal as to whether he would be put down or allowed to to go home as a free dog. 

The whole case started because Duke had bitten a neighbor’s dog and the neighbor filed a complaint.  The neighbor hadn’t asked that Duke be put down only that he be constraint to his house but it was the judge in the case who ordered Duke to be euthanized. 

Anyway, I have been trying to find out what finally happened and after doing a bit of searching I was able to get in touch with Duke’s owner and she responded with

“Duke is home”!!!!att8-20071125_014929.gif    

I had written her and told her that I had posted the article on my blog and that several people had been quite interested to learn of his fate and have since written her and thanked her and told her I would post her response.  From the sounds of it all I’m sure she had quite a few responses to write to but I did write her and thanked her for taking the time to respond and let me know so I could post the wonderful outcome. 

You can read my original article at : https://flagranny2.wordpress.com/?s=duke

UPDATE:Mary Byrne Smith, Missing Minister’s Wife Returns to Alabama From New York

Thursday, August 02, 2007

FAIRHOPE, Ala. —  [4 months ago, Mary “Beth” Smith, the minister’s wife from Alabama pawned her wedding ring and took the bus to New York.  

The police were finally able to trace her to New York and found her working in a fast food restaurant under an assumed named.  Since being found she has now returned home and says she made a serious mistake leaving. 

I wonder if she hadn’t been found if she would have returned and even now, is she home to stay?…flagranny2]