Originally created 10/20/06

Across the region



Man critically injured from stingray sting

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, FLA. - An 81-year-old man was in critical condition Thursday after a stingray flopped onto his boat and stung him, leaving a foot-long barb in his chest similar to the accident that killed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

"It was a freak accident," Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella said. "It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him."

Fatal stingray attacks such as the one that killed Mr. Irwin last month at the Great Barrier Reef are rare, marine experts say.

Rays reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their tails when frightened, but the venom coating the barb usually causes just a painful sting for humans.

FBI issues warrants in kidnapping case

HENDERSON, KY. - The FBI issued warrants Thursday for a couple suspected of kidnapping the woman's 9-month-old son from state custody after a social worker, later found dead, brought the child for a visit.

The warrants for Renee Terrell, 33, and her boyfriend, Christopher Wayne Luttrell, 23, were for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on state kidnapping charges, said Tracy Reinhold, special agent in charge of the FBI in Kentucky.

"These are desperate people," Agent Reinhold said. He would not say whether investigators knew where they were.

The baby had been removed from Ms. Terrell's custody when he was 13 days old because of neglect, according to police.

On Monday, social worker Boni Frederick, 67, took the boy to his mother's home for a visit.

Ms. Frederick was found beaten to death at the house later that day, and the baby, his mother and Ms. Frederick's station wagon were gone, authorities said.

Police have received hundreds of reported sightings of the couple, "everywhere from Florida to Colorado. But there's no way they can be all over the place," Henderson police Sgt. John Nevels said.

- Edited from wire reports