10-year-old girl beaten, dragged by car; 4 charged

ALBION (AP) — A 10-year-old girl who was beaten repeatedly, forced to run with heavy packs and dragged behind a car escaped her tormentors as they slept to ask a neighbor for help, police in central New York said Friday.

Four adults were charged after the bruised and malnourished girl escaped on Wednesday from her home in rural Oswego County, north of Syracuse. Her treatment, which included beatings with a tightly rolled newspaper wrapped with electrical tape, had apparently been getting worse since April, Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said.

“She just couldn’t take it anymore,” he said.

The girl was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Sullivan said the girl was forced to work outside clearing brush without access to water or a bathroom. She was served a single meal a day, doused in hot sauce.

In one incident, she was loaded with a backpack on each shoulder, one on her back and an additional weight on her front and made to run on a dirt road. She was followed in a car, which would hit her when she went too slowly.

The girl’s 34-year-old mother was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Three adults at the home were charged with second-degree assault: Shawn Whaley, 23, Brandy Shaver, 18 and Gary Bubis, 37. Bubis had a relationship with the girl’s mother and his charge stems from an allegation that he forced a 3-year-old’s child hand into a hot water.

The three were remanded to jail.

It was not immediately clear if the defendants had lawyers.

Kolb says he’s mulling run for governor

ALBANY (AP) — The top Republican in the New York state Assembly says he’s considering running for governor next year.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb told The Auburn Citizen that he’s giving “serious thought” to a campaign after being approached by Republican leaders and business owners.

The Canandaigua lawmaker acknowledged the challenges of taking on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has already raised more than $25 million for his bid for a third term.

Kolb has criticized Cuomo’s handling of the economy and has pushed for tougher state ethics rules.

Other Republicans listed as possible candidates include state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, former investment manager and 2010 comptroller candidate Harry Wilson and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who went up against Cuomo in 2014.

Runaway cow rams police car in suburban neighborhood

MEDFORD (AP) — A runaway cow has rammed a police car in suburban New York before being tranquilized and returned to its owner.

Newsday reports that the cow was seen trotting through the streets of Medford on Long Island around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said the cow lives in a residential area and the animal’s owner had reported it missing Thursday.

A patrol officer pulled alongside the brown-and-white bovine Friday and the animal rammed the car, leaving a large dent. The officer was not injured.

Additional officers arrived and used their vehicles to corral the cow in an abandoned property.

The cow was then subdued with a tranquilizer dart and returned to its owner.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the owner kept a cow at home or how it escaped.