Sunday, May 21, 2006

Faces of Rescue 2006: Miracle

KANSAS -- On Saturday, May 20, a local rescue group in Wichita, Kansas contacted Colonel Potter about a Cairn in the Wichita Animal Shelter in desperate need of medical attention. We only had sketchy details and weren't able to get back in touch with the local rescue group. After some investigation and several phone calls, we found him. We’ve named him Miracle, for his story truly is a “miracle.”

Miracle got away from his home on Friday, May 19, and was attacked by two pit bulls. The attack left Miracle with a hole 3 inches in diameter on the front of his left front leg which intersects with a hole 1-inch in diameter on the back of his left front leg. The report we received was that his owners opted not to seek medical attention and surrendered him to the shelter.

Like most animal shelters, the Wichita shelter does not have the financial means and staffing to provide medical care. Miracle sat in the shelter’s holding pen Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and part of Monday with these open, agonizing wounds, with the shelter staff doing the best they could. On Monday morning, May 22, the shelter vet, on a routine visit, saw Miracle. The "on staff" vet simply examines the newcomers every couple of days to determine who is healthy enough to stay for a few days and who should be put down.

The vet said that if a rescue group didn't pull Miracle immediately and get him medical attention Miracle would have to be put down. Miracle had been in the shelter four days with visible large, open, intersecting wounds that were dirty and now maggot infested. No one knew if invisible internal injuries existed, or what lay under his matted coat.

Read about Miracle's recovery at their site.

(Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network - May 20, 2006)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Pennsylvania: James Parthemer, 21, charged in hit-and-run that killed woman and her horse

PENNSYLVANIA -- Blossburg police have charged a borough man in his involvement with a hit-and-run, in which a woman and her horse were killed on April 1.

On Friday, police charged James R. Parthemer, 21, of 230 Davis Street, Blossburg, with a third-degree felony count of accidents involving death or personal injury, and summary counts of careless driving, duty to give information and render aid, and immediate notice of accident.

He was released on $20,000 bail following a hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Carlson in Mansfield Friday, May 12.

When a photographer from this paper attempted to get his photo after the hearing, Parthemer eluded those attempts and was spotted laughing as he was driven away from the court by an unidentified woman, who also was at the hearing.

Is this the same James R. Parthemer that killed a woman
and her horse, drove away and never called police?

A preliminary hearing for Parthemer has been set for Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at Carlson's office.

Barbara J. Vroman, 59, Roaring Branch, was walking her horse on the southern end of Main Street between Liberty and Nevin streets when she and then the horse were struck from behind by a pickup at about 7:15 p.m., according to Blossburg police. The driver of the truck did not stop, police report.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 7:22 p.m.

Vroman was taking the horse to her and her husband's home in Roaring Branch, about 10 miles from Blossburg, according to Blossburg Police Cpl. Joshua McCurdy.

Vroman was pronounced dead an hour later at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. The horse also sustained injuries and was pronounced dead the following morning after being taken to a veterinary clinic in Troy.

The day after the crash, Blossburg police discovered a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck with damage consistent with an accident. They also report finding several hairs matching those from the horse.

At the time, Regina Burton was identified as the owner of the truck. However, Burton told police that she did not have possession of the vehicle when the incident occurred.

Parthemer, Burton's boyfriend, was later identified as the driver of the vehicle.

According to police records, Parthemer believed that he had hit the curb and that at the time of the accident he was checking the gauges on the car and adjusting the heat.

He also claims he did not see Vroman or the horse.

If it were truly an accident? why didn't he stop? I can take a guess - he was drinking, or he didn't have a license or the vehicle didn't have insurance or he was on probation for something.

Asked why stiffer charges, such as homicide by vehicle or vehicular manslaughter were not filed, Tioga County Assistant District Attorney George Wheeler said: "We filed the charges that we believe are supported by the evidence.”

This gets them a "bad DA/judge" tag for the article. 

The statutory maximum for the felony count of accidents involving death or personal injury is up to seven years and the minimum mandatory is one year.

Update to story: 
James Parthemer, who pleaded no contest in October to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, was sentenced in the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas this week to one to three years in the state correctional system.

(Tioga Publishing - May 19, 2006)