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Car kills grandmother pushing boy to safety

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Staten Island woman pushed her 8-year-old grandson out of the way before being fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Police said the woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday as they were crossing the street. According to the Staten Island Advance, witnesses said Clara Almazo, 57, was thrown 10-20 feet by the impact.

Her grandson, Brian Herrera-Ramirez, suffered only scratches and bruises.

They were returning home from Holy Thursday services at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta Church.

The suspect, Brian McGurk, was arrested on Friday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.


Bodies of 35 animals dumped near parkway

HARRISON (AP) -- The SPCA said Friday the bodies of nearly three dozen animals found along a suburban New York highway had been euthanized before they were illegally dumped.

Westchester SPCA Chief Ernie Lungaro told the Journal News that investigators are trying to determine where the 35 pets were euthanized. The animals included dogs, cats and one South American lizard.

They were found near an entrance ramp to the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison and were in varying states of decay. Some appeared to have been there for months. Lungaro said others had probably been dumped in the last few days.

A veterinarian in Mount Vernon performed necropsies on five of the animals and found no signs of abuse.

Lungaro said someone might have dumped the dead animals to save disposal costs.


Freed serial rapist gets life sentence for slaying

UTICA (AP) -- A convicted serial rapist has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for raping and strangling a central New York motel owner after hiding out in one of her vacant rooms.

Robert Blainey pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder for the Nov. 2 slaying of 68-year-old Linda Turner. The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported he was sentenced Thursday in Oneida County Court.

Blainey was released from prison in 2009 after serving nearly 20 years for raping two women in neighboring Madison County. Prosecutors said he was homeless when he broke into a room and hid out at Turner's motel in Utica.

Blainey, 45, was captured Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania.