Stolen dump truck eludes police for 50 miles

STOW, Ohio (AP/UTC) — Police in Ohio say a 50-mile pursuit of a stolen dump truck had officers dodging bricks hurled from its window and dodging the truck itself when it suddenly went into reverse.

Police cruiser video shows the truck striking police cars and several civilian vehicles during Saturday’s chase through parts of three northeast Ohio counties.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports authorities have charged a 17-year-old suspect with multiple juvenile court charges including felonious assault with a weapon — namely, the truck.

The pursuit began after the truck was reported stolen in Stow, about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker Jr. says one of his cruisers was totaled and two others were damaged. Two officers were treated for bumps.

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Florida Teen Set on Fire

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP/The Loop) — Authorities say five Florida teenagers have been charged after they doused a 15-year-old with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire because he stopped someone from stealing his father’s bicycle a day earlier.

Michael Brewer was hospitalized with burns on more than three-quarters of his body after the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex Monday.

The Broward County sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday that 15-year-olds Matthew Bent, Denver Jarvis, Steven Shelton and Jesus Mendez and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis were charged with aggravated battery. Mendez is also charged with attempted second-degree murder because authorities say he flicked the lighter. Authorities did not know if the five have attorneys.

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