K-9 Officer Killed In Pursuit

Police have identified the two men arrested after a Camden County police dog was thrown into traffic and killed Tuesday night. 20 -year-old Skyler Robinson and 19-year-old Evan Scotese, both from Sewell NJ, are being held on $150,000 full cash bail. Robinson was a standout high school football running back from Washington Township High School. A 2009 profile on ESPN.com said he was considering the Pittsburgh Panthers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Temple Owls, Delaware Fighting Blue Hens and the Villanova Wildcats. Both are charged with robbery and resisting arrest. Robinson charged with assaulting a law enforcement animal. The dog killed, named Schultz, was a member of the Gloucester Township, New Jersey police force. Around 7:00 Tuesday night, police say Robinson and Scotese held up the Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant in 400 block of East Church Street in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Police say they assaulted an employee, grabbed money from the register, and fled on foot. The canine picked up the scent of one of the suspects behind the restaurant. A half mile away, the German shepherd caught up with Robinson on the shoulder of Route 42. Somehow, police say Robinson got ahold of Schultz and threw him into oncoming traffic. Schultz was killed instantly. Robinson also was injured by the car that struck Schultz. A person convicted of killing a police animal in New Jersey could be sentenced to five years in prison. Overnight, Gloucester Township police officers lined up outside the Chews Landing Veterinary Hospital.

They saluted a fallen hero, a K-9 who had served as part of their police force for nearly all of its three and a half year life. The German shepherd lived with a family and they too came to the animal hospital to say a final goodbye. “It’s a very difficult time for us tonight,” said Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle. “There was no respect for injuring someone. And obviously no respect for injuring an animal as well.” Schultz was given his name as the result of an essay contest in a school in the Philadelphia suburb. The winning entry, from a fifth-grader, said the dog should be named after Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, a tough hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s. Counseling was being offered to the boy who won the contest to name Schultz two years ago.

Man Stomped Into Coma

Police in suburban Philadelphia say two teenagers who didn’t like a man’s attitude stomped him so severely that a sneaker imprint was left on his face. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says the 34-year-old victim has been hospitalized in a coma. Chitwood says the victim got into a verbal altercation with the teens, who claimed the man disrespected them. Chitwood says the suspects robbed and stomped him, leaving a sneaker imprint on his face. Nineteen-year-old Jeremiah Alexander of Upper Darby and a 16-year-old female were charged with assault and robbery in the attack on Friday. Chitwood told The Associated Press on Saturday that both suspects remain in custody. It’s not clear if either has a lawyer.

Mount Clemens Doctor Sexually Assaults Child

A Detroit-area doctor sexually assaulted and critically injured a 13-month-old girl while babysitting for her, a prosecutor says. David Montaldi, 31, of Mount Clemens was arraigned Monday in Clinton Township District Court on first-degree criminal sexual conduct and child abuse charges. Judge Linda Davis ordered him held without bond in the Macomb County jail. It was unknown if he has a lawyer. The charges carry a possible sentence of up to life in prison. The girl had three or four skull fractures and other injuries, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said at a news conference Monday. “The child is in very critical condition,” Hackel said. The girl was being treated at Children’s Hospital in Detroit. Montaldi was watching the girl while her mother worked Sunday and called the woman to say a dog may have hurt the toddler, Hackel said. The sheriff said that story appears to be untrue. Montaldi was a medical resident at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center under an ear, nose and throat specialist for about two months ending Oct. 28, hospital Vice President Sharyl Smith told the Detroit Free Press. “We have no reason to believe that any patient care was compromised,” Smith said. She said the hospital informed its staff of the charges and was offering help to any of them who need it.

Veiled Bandit

Delaware State Police are looking for a woman in a blue veil who they say tried to rob a Kohl’s Department Store in North Wilmington.¬†Authorities say the incident happened at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when the woman approached the jewelry counter, picking out a watch to purchase. When a clerk rang up the sale, police say the woman said she didn’t have any money. Police say she opened her purse, displaying what appeared to be a silver handgun, and tried to open the register. The clerk tried to call for help, but the suspect allegedly knocked the phone out of her hand. The veiled woman ran out of the store empty-handed. Authorities say a woman matching the description in the Kohl’s robbery attempt held up a JCPenney clerk on Sunday at Christiana Mall, fleeing with cash and merchandise.