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Dad Shares Scary Video of Son and Friend Being Flown From Trampoline During Freak Gust of Wind

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It was just like any other normal sunny day in Arizona when friends, 11-year-old Gavin Reynolds and 11-year-old Rhode Hill, were playing on Reynolds’ trampoline in his backyard.

However, as surveillance footage revealed, Reynolds and Hill had no idea that a freak gust of wind was about to throw them and the trampoline over a brick wall and onto the concrete on the other side.

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The 11-year-olds both suffered injuries as a result of the accident. Thankfully, Reynolds was able to get to his feet despite the pain he was in and find his dad for help, as Hill laid on the ground with a broken pelvis and elbow.

Reynolds told Inside Edition that it felt as though the events that transpired that day happened “in the blink of an eye”:

“It was actually pretty crazy because it started lifting up and then it lifted over the wall. It really just happened in the blink of an eye, you know. […] My injuries were equivalent to getting hit by a car.”

Both of the boys have been recovering ever since. Hill is due to get his cast off soon.

Reynolds’ dad Ryan said he’s grateful for the boys’ recovery:

“You can imagine a little kid if he would have landed on his head, or something like that he could have been dead. So very grateful he’s okay now. […] Gavin’s a brave kid, he saidYeah, I’m definitely getting back on the trampoline. This isn’t going to stop me at all.’”

Now both Ryan and Gavin are sharing their story to warn others of the non-obvious dangers of trampolines. They want other people to learn from their mistake and “tie the trampoline down.”

According to Nationwide, here are a few other things trampoline owners should have for maximum safety:

  • Purchase a round trampoline (rectangular trampolines provide a dangerously high bounce)
  • Enclose trampolines with high trampoline safety nets around the perimeter
  • Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing trampoline safety pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame
  • Place the trampoline away from other play areas, buildings, and trees
  • Use soft materials like sand or wood chips to provide a softer surface around and underneath the trampoline
  • Carefully review the safety materials included with your trampoline purchase

Nationwide also reports that “about 246,875 medically-treated trampoline injuries occur annually in the United States” and the majority of those injuries occur in kids 14 years old or younger.

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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