News in Brief

An Israel Police car.
An Israel Police patrol car.

Siblings seriously hurt in fall from third floor

A 5-year-old girl and her 3-year-old brother fell out of a third-floor apartment in Be’er Sheva and are listed in serious condition at Soroka Medical Center, where they are on respirators. Nino Zakri, a Magen David Adom paramedic called to the scene, said, “We found a girl around five and another boy, three-and-a-half, being held by his father. They were fully conscious and suffered from head injuries and sharp blows all over their bodies.” Police are investigating the circumstances of their fall. (Shirly Seidler)

Baby found abandoned by drunk mother

A three-month-old baby who was found unsupervised in a public park in Rishon Letzion was allegedly left there by her inebriated mother. Police received reports from people in the park of a baby in a stroller with no adult in evidence. Police officers found the baby and several bottles of vodka and glasses in the stroller. The father, who arrived at the scene half an hour later, took police to their apartment, where the mother was found drunk. The woman was arrested, and welfare authorities called. (Leah Dovrat)

Police: Charge former Elad mayor with bribery

Police have recommended to prosecutors that former Elad Mayor Yitzhak Idan be charged with accepting bribes, breach of trust and money laundering in connection with benefits he allegedly received from a local contractor in exchange for permits and adjustments for a housing project the contractor was building. The investigation, which was launched in early 2013, involved raids on municipal offices and on Idan’s home. (Yaniv Kubovich)

Kiryat Gat sex suspect fit to stand trial

The Kiryat Gat woman suspected of having sex with numerous teenage boys was declared fit to stand trial on Thursday by the Ashkelon Magistrate’s Court, which received the results of her psychiatric examination. The Be’er Sheva District Court also rejected an appeal by the Public Defender’s Office for the woman’s release and she will remain in custody. (Shirly Seidler)