HESPERIA , Mich., July 8 (UPI) --Rescuers that spent 28 hours looking for a "missing" Michigan woman after she left a suicide note are understandably a bit perturbed that she was actually hiding in her Hesperia home.
The unidentified woman has been found safe, according to the Oceana County Sheriff's Department.
"It sounds like she had been hiding," Undersheriff Tim Priese told MLive. Her name is being kept private "because of the whole suicidal thing" and she is receiving medical treatment.
The 43-year-old woman disappeared on Sunday evening and was discovered around midnight on Monday after apparently emerging from a crawl space in her home.
The home was searched "at least a dozen times" and authorities are skeptical about the woman's claims that she was there the whole time.
"There's a potential for her to have slipped back in the house when we weren't there," Priese said. "We're not totally believing everything."
It's possible that the woman will face criminal charges.
New York City police said early Tuesday they had arrested a 20-year-old woman suspected of leaving a baby girl in her stroller on a Manhattan subway platform.
Witnesses told police that the woman was riding an uptown No.1 subway train shortly before noon Monday when she pushed the stroller onto the platform at Columbus Circle and rode away with the train.
Frankea Dabbs was found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Central Park, around 72nd Street and Broadway, police said. They arrested her Tuesday morning on charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child. It was not immediately known who her attorney would be.
The mother told detectives in a preliminary interview that she is from North Carolina and came to New York on July 2. She said the baby's father died recently in California.
"She felt she couldn't take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space," said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Investigators said one woman who noticed the unattended stroller stayed with the baby for approximately 20 minutes hoping its mother would return. When that didn't happen, the woman notified police.
The baby, who is about 10 months old, was examined at Roosevelt Hospital, and doctors found no apparent signs of trauma, police said. She was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services.
The incident left riders at the Columbus Circle station stunned.
“I just think: Oh, God, there’s no way she was in her right mind,” Liz Burchfield, 34, of Manhattan, told the New York Post. “What mother could do that to her child or to any child? I’ve heard horror stories about bad things happening on trains, but this is a first. It’s shocking. I never would have expected this.”
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Jul 08 2014
CUSTER, S.D. – A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.
Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal.
"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Wheeler said. "He probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they (paramedics) couldn't get it out.
"It all happened within minutes," the sheriff said.
The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the contest, canceled a pie-eating contest scheduled for Friday.
"We are at a loss for words," Chamber Executive Director Dave Ressler said. "We are mourning for Walter and his family right now."
Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Eight-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut managed to eat 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes at an annual contest in Coney Island, New York, on Friday -- eight short of the record 69 he swallowed in the 2013 competition.
George Shea, chairman of Major League Eating, a competitive eating organization based in New York, said organizers do all they can to prevent casualties during contests.
"We always make sure it's in a controlled environment," Shea said. "We organize the entire thing around safety. (Just as) if it's football or hockey or auto racing, we approach it as a top priority."'
Funeral arrangements were pending for Eagle Tail, whom friends described as a fun-loving, kind and caring man.
"Walter was just being Walter, having fun when he entered this contest," said Ardis McRae. "He was just having a good time."
HOUSTON – An 83-year-old Houston woman has foiled a would-be robber by tossing a pot of boiling water on him.
Lillie McClendon says she noticed things out of place and a side window open at her home Sunday when a man confronted her, tried choking her and demanded money.
McClendon, who's lived in her home more than 50 years, tells Houston television station KTRK she wasn't going to surrender. She fought off the intruder by grabbing a stick and tried to hit him.
She says at one point she told the man he should be ashamed of himself and asked: "What kind of momma you got that raised you up like this?"
Then she got hold of a pot of boiling water from the stove and doused him.
Jul 07 2014
Kevin Whitney says he lost his iPhone last October. "I had it in my pocket and I bent over to work on a copper bottom door and it fell out of my pocket into my grain pit and went up the elevator," said Whitney.
It disappeared into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. "I thought I'll never see that phone again," said Whitney.
Little did Kevin know, his iPhone would take a nine month journey halfway around the world before making it back to the palm of his hand.
From Chickasha it was driven by truck to another grain facility in Inola, Oklahoma. Then it traveled along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, Louisiana. Finally, the iPhone made its way to Kashima, Japan by ship.
It was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum. Then, just days ago, Kevin got a call.
"The man on the other end said, 'is this Kevin Whitney?' I said yeah this is Kevin. He said, 'did you lose a cell phone?' I said yeah I lost a cell phone last fall."
A worker at a grain mill in Japan mailed the phone back to Louisiana and from there it was sent to Kevin in Chickasha.
"It's crazy I can't believe it. What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back," said Whitney.
It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain. At least in some rare cases.
German doctors say they have treated a Motorhead fan whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, but that the risk to metal fans in general is so small they don't need to give up the shaking.
Last January, doctors at Hannover Medical School saw a 50-year-old man who complained of constant, worsening headaches. The patient, who was not identified, had no history of head injuries or substance abuse problems but said he had been headbanging regularly for years - most recently at a Motorhead concert he attended with his son.
After a scan, doctors discovered their patient had a brain bleed and needed a hole drilled into his brain to drain the blood. The patient's headaches soon disappeared. In a follow-up scan, the doctors saw he had a benign cyst which might have made the metal aficionado more vulnerable to a brain injury.
"We are not against headbanging," said Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, one of the doctors who treated the man. "The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (our patient) had (gone) to a classical concert, this would not have happened."
Islamian said the violent shaking of the head in headbanging can sometimes be enough to cause damage as the brain bumps up against the skull and noted a handful of previous injuries, also in heavy metal fans. The latest case was described in a report published online Friday in the journal Lancet.
Motorhead is a British metal band known for helping create the "speed metal" genre, which inspires extremely fast headbanging. Islamian described the band as "one of the most hard-core rock `n' roll acts on earth."
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Jul 05 2014
A border terrier has bounced back to health after vets removed a ball from her stomach which went undetected for two years.
Trixie swallowed the ball while playing in the garden at her owner Melanie Pounder's home in Sunderland back in 2011, reports People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
Mrs Pounder, 42, took her dog to a private vet practice but no trace of the ball was found and they assumed it had been passed as she wasn't showing any problematic symptoms.
However, Trixie began being sick despite appearing fit and healthy and was taken to PDSA's pet hospital, where the mystery was solved.
"Trixie was well in herself, but we knew that something wasn't right so we took an X-ray and spotted a small object in her abdomen, which looked suspicious," explained PDSA vet Emma Holt.
"Exploratory surgery was carried out, and we soon discovered it was a bouncy ball.
"I've seen a few strange cases during my time as a vet, but never something like this where a foreign body has just been hiding away for so long before causing a problem."
Mrs Holt added that Trixie was fortunate the ball had not moved to her intestines, where it could have caused a fatal blockage.
Owner Mrs Pounder says she is extremely grateful to PDSA and delighted that Trixie has made a full recovery:
"When it turned out to be the ball, I couldn't believe it - we just assumed Trixie had passed it through her system two years ago.
"To think it's been there the whole time is just incredible.
"I'm so grateful to PDSA for helping Trixie to get well again as I love her to bits and we would be lost without her."
NAPLES, Fla. – A Southwest Florida man accused of killing his wife and five children is rejecting his legal name and refusing to shower.
The Naples Daily News reports that a late June incident report indicates the smell coming from Mesac Damas' cell has gotten so bad it's making other inmates sick.
Damas refused deputies' orders and was sprayed with pepper spray after hiding under his bunk. He also says his name is no longer Damas, but COG, meaning Child of God.
Jail logs show Damas, who turned 38 on Wednesday, has refused to shower since June 4. He returned to the Naples Jail May 29 after 56 days at a state mental hospital.
He's been jailed since the 2009 killings. A judge will hear from doctors about his competency in August.
Jul 03 2014
A Las Vegas plastic surgeon plans to perform facial reconstruction surgery on three-year-old Victoria Wilcher—the child whose family claims they were asked to leave a restaurant because injuries she suffered in a pit bull attack repulsed customers.
Claims that the story was all a hoax that brought in big donations from strangers have not dissuaded Dr. Frank Stile from pledging his services to Victoria, who lost an eye in the attack, which occurred in April while she was visiting her grandparents.
It didn’t matter what people’s motivations may have been,” Stile told Foxnews.com. “I’m not in any place to make judgments-- it doesn’t change her injuries or her future she’d have without help.”
Wilcher’s grandmother claims employees of a Mississippi KFC restaurant asked their family to leave last month because patrons complained. Following the incident, KFC pledged to give the Wilcher family $30,000 towards Victoria’s medical bills and more than $135,000 in donations for the family reportedly poured in on a Facebook page.
When Stile’s officer manager told him about Victoria’s story, he immediately flew to Mississippi to offer up surgeries that would otherwise cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I was there probably 72 hours later," Stile said. “I felt hurt for her.”
However, in the aftermath of the story, Louisville-based KFC said two separate investigations found no evidence substantiating the incident ever happened.
The Wilchers deny their story is a hoax and have hired a lawyer. But a website set up to take in donations for the family has offered refunds.
Stile said despite learning of the potential hoax, he still plans to donate a series of complicated surgeries to Victoria--who was left without a right eye and a partially paralyzed face after she was attacked earlier this year by three pit bulls. He said offering to help doesn't make him a hero.
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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn., June 30 (UPI) --A 52-year-old Minnesota man bent a locked car door in half with his bare hands and pulled a man to safety after his car caught on fire on Sunday evening in New Brighton.
Robert Renning was driving on Interstate 35W around 6:30 p.m. when he passed a car that was on fire.
Renning got the attention of the driver, Michael Johannes, and got him to pull over.
"Flames and smoke were rolling around the car," Renning told the Star Tribune. "So I started to run over."
Johannes couldn't get the car's electronic locks and power windows to open, so Renning "somehow pried his fingers" along the vehicle's door frame and "bent the locked door in half from the top down."
After he created the opening, Renning was able to pull Johannes out before he was seriously injured, or worse.
"He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person," Minnesota State Trooper Zachary Hill told WCCO. "I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive."
Renning has a thank you call coming his way from Johannes very soon. "I have to talk to him," Johannes said. "I really want him to be recognized. Did you see the door? Did you see it? He saved my life."