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08-31-13, 06:53 PM #1
4 police kill large venomous spider threatening wheelchair-bound girlMakenna has muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair-bound. On Aug. 16, Shawnda Sewell said her daughter was home alone when she saw what is believed to be a brown recluse spider, which has a venomous bite. The creature was about three inches across, she said.Makenna “is very independent and very articulate,” Sewell said. “Her disability doesn’t stand in her way at all, except physically.”Just a few days prior, Shawnda Sewell herself had been bitten by a spider on the back of her leg during the night, which resulted in a nasty wound and a trip to the emergency room. Since Makenna has a compromised immune system, Sewell said, a bite from a brown recluse could have been deadly.Makenna “knew if she hit the spider at all, it would fall to the ground,” she said. “She knew if it got loose in the house there would be no way she would be able to sleep.”After calling, but being unable to reach, her mother, her father, the friends her parents were with, her own friends and two neighbors, Makenna decided to call the non-emergency police hotline as a last resort.“I just have a kind of ridiculous question,” the high school senior is heard telling the police dispatcher in an audio recording of the call. “I’m home alone and there is a giant spider on the back of my couch — I am talking giant. I have never seen a spider this big. And I have no idea what to do.”“I can’t get a hold of my parents so I don’t know if you guys have anything I can do, or if I should just sit and stare at it and wait for someone to come home and kill it,” Makenna continues. “It’s probably as big as my hand.”The dispatcher is heard telling her that since she doesn’t feel safe, he will send someone over to her house. In the end, a total of four police officers showed up at their house, Shawnda Sewell said.“It’s comical,” she said. “I’m sure they just cracked up when they heard it over their radios.”But even the police officers were surprised by the creature’s size, Sewell said.“The officer shines a light on the spider and he actually jumps back,” she said. “So then they decided how they were going to do it, whether they were going to hit it with a baton. ”“They wanted to make sure that once it falls they could get it,” she continued. “So they surrounded it and knocked it down.”Throughout the situation, Sewell said the officers remained professional, despite the seemingly absurd circumstances.“They were great about it. They were like, ‘No problem,’” she said. “They never made [Makenna] feel foolish, and I appreciated that.”
08-31-13, 07:15 PM #2
Only 4?? Shoot that thing!!*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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08-31-13, 07:34 PM #3
They should kill it again. I hate spiders. Snakes I'm cool with but spiders.....
08-31-13, 09:20 PM #4
I'll see your flame thrower and raise you...
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09-01-13, 12:47 AM #5
If a critter has more or fewer legs than me, I gotta figger out why it's alive.
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Lol I've always been the one to rescue others from the evil spider invasion. But on a serious note, it's good to see there was more to this story than just someone calling to kill a spider. The article I read on this failed to mention who all she tried to contact and that there was a disability in play. We get a lot of calls for different creatures at night and some ie snakes most of us don't really mess with either.
09-03-13, 11:23 AM #7
09-03-13, 10:49 PM #8
Take Makenna out of the house...then burn the house down. I don't do spiders anymore than Lew handles snakes.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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