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Toddler left in car for more than 12 hours



Published: Thu, July 5, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Toddler left in carfor more than 12 hours

TAMPA, Fla. -- A toddler spent more than 12 hours in a stranger's locked car after his teen-age baby sitter, who had gotten a ride with the man, left him behind, police said.

Will Shannon, 49, found the boy in his car Wednesday morning and called police. Javonte Riley, who will turn 2 in August, was treated for mild dehydration, police said.

Police said Shannon had given Javonte's 16-year-old baby sitter, Shalaundra Edwards, and two other teen-age girls a ride to a housing complex on Tuesday. The girls went inside and Shannon drove off, assuming they had taken the child, police said. He told police he found the boy the next morning.

The teens said they hadn't expected Shannon to leave and that they didn't know his name or address.

Javonte's mother, Vatienson Denise Riley, 28, called police early Wednesday to report her son missing.

While police searched for the boy, they arrested Riley on two warrants for violation of probation on drug charges. The two girls with Edwards were arrested on warrants for trespassing and possession of marijuana, police said.

Police said the boy would be turned over to the Department of Children and Families.

Macedonia announcescease-fire with rebels

SKOPJE, Macedonia -- The Macedonian government announced a nationwide cease-fire today with ethnic Albanian rebels whose four-month insurgency has threatened political stability in this Balkan country.

The NATO-brokered, open-ended cease-fire came a day after President Boris Trajkovski announced progress in political dialogue and clears the way for NATO troops to disarm the rebels. The cease-fire takes effect just after midnight today, said Defense Minister Vlado Buckovski.

Preceding the cease-fire, the government reported heavy fighting overnight around Kumanovo, about 15 miles northeast of the capital, one of the conflict's hot spots. The attack from the rebel-held areas around Slupcane continued until around 6 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Some 3,000 NATO troops from 15 nations, including the United States, were expected to be deployed as early as mid-month, and the actual disarmament would begin two weeks later, Buckovski said. British forces will lead the operation, which is expected to be completed in four to six weeks.

Prehistoric engravingsdiscovered in France

PERIGUEUX, France -- Vivid prehistoric engravings that could date back as far as 28,000 B.C. have been found in a cave in western France, regional officials said Wednesday.

An archaeologist characterized the engravings as a major discovery. They are believed to predate the world's oldest cave paintings -- the 18,000-year-old paintings in the famed Lascaux caves, also in western France.

"It is as important for engraving as Lascaux is for painting," Dany Baraud, chief archaeologist at the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Aquitaine, said of the cave discovered in the hamlet of Cussac.

Officials said hundreds of yards of detailed engravings in the Cussac cave depict animals -- including bison, horses and rhinoceroses -- and human figures.

Seven graves containing human skeletons were also found in the cave. Radiocarbon-dating tests on the skeletons were not expected to produce results for several weeks, said Jean Clottes, a Culture Ministry official. It isn't known if the graves date back to the same period as the engravings.

Kohl's wife dies

BERLIN -- Hannelore Kohl, the wife of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, committed suicide at the family's home in the western city of Ludwigshafen, her husband's office said today. She was 68.

Kohl's wife had been suffering for seven years from a painful allergy that virtually kept her a prisoner indoors.

"Due to the hopelessness of her health situation, she decided to end her life of her own free will," the statement from Kohl's office said. "She conveyed this decision in farewell letters to her husband, her sons and friends."

Earlier, the Rhineland-Palatinate state interior ministry said her body was found today.

Hannelore Kohl had suffered for seven years from a painful sunlight allergy that forced her to spend the last 15 months of her life at the family's home "without any daylight," the statement said. She was also taking strong painkillers, it said.

Doctors in Germany and abroad failed to alleviate the extremely rare ailment, the statement said.

Associated Press




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