State police said that the deceased, Nathan Reese, 30; Jacqueline Stackhouse, 23; Austin Cousins, 3, Stackhouse’s son; Cadee Hawkins, 4; and Nariah Hawkins, 8, all had lethal amounts of carbon monoxide in their systems.
The source of the carbon monoxide came from an improperly ventialted propane heater located inside the 10-foot by 16-foot cabin.
The mother of the two girls left the cabin with another woman at around 5 a.m. that morning. Although alcohol was found inside the cabin, police say there is no evidence to support criminal charges against the mother.
Relatives of the victims watched near the cabin as authorities investigated, including the mother of the two girls. “It was a hysterical scene, especially for the parents of some of the victims,” State Police Capt. David Young.
Fir Chief Brett Ulrich said he wants to let people know how to use propane tanks properly to prevent another tragedy.…Continue Reading
Investigators say that on Sunday, an employee at the Wonton Food Company found a co-worker, 26-year-old Oscar Barrera, inside an industrial dough mixer.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences would later state the cause of Barrera’s death was multiple blunt force injuries. Police do not believe foul play was involved and have ruled the death an accident.
Over the last 10 years, we have reported on the horrendous workplace deaths of many people who, like most of us, were just working for the weekend. But Barrera may have been one of the lucky ones.
Getting beat to death inside an industrial dough mixer seems a lot better than being pulled into an asphalt grinder, or being cooked to death in an industrial tuna steamer, or dying from an exploding beer keg, or falling into a wood chipper, or suffocating in a manure pit, or being crushed in an industrial paper rolling machine, or cooking to death in an industrial dryer, or suffocating in a pile of pinto beans, or dying in a vat of boiling chocolate, or falling into an industrial meat grinder.…Continue Reading
HIGH POINT, NC — Investigators say seconds before 32-year-old Courtney Sanford died in a head-on collision with a truck, she was posting on Facebook.
The collision happened Thursday morning on Business 85 when Sanford crossed the center median and hit a large commercial truck driven by 73-year-old John Wallace Thompson. The impact caused the truck to go off the road and hit a tree, while Sanford’s vehicle went off the road and caught fire. Thompson was not injured.
Later that day, investigators were contacted by Sanford’s friends and family who told them Sanford had been posting on Facebook right around the time of the crash. Turns out Sanford’s last post to Facebook was right before the accident and was about liking Pharrell’s hit song “Happy”.
“The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.,” said Lt. Chris Weisner, with the High Point Police Department. Investigators say the Facebook post read: “The happy song makes me HAPPY.” Her posting activity also revealed Sanford had been posting selfies as she drove down the road.…Continue Reading
Knoxville, TN – A woman having an Easter egg hunt in her backyard with her 4-year-old discovered the decomposing corpse of a homeless man under her deck.
Tara Hanouskova said she’d noticed a foul odor in her backyard for several days but had been unable to locate the source. When a man came to cut her grass, she asked if he could find the source but he was unable to as well.
It wasn’t until Wednesday evening, during an Easter egg hunt with her son that Hanouskova was able topinpoint the source of the bad smell. While hunting for eggs, she saw a pair of tennis shoes under her deck.
The tennis shoes were attached to the decomposing body of 29-year-old Joshua Grubb, a homeless man who apparently crawled up under her deck and died.
Officials believe Grubb died under the deck two weeks ago of natural causes, but they are still waiting on autopsy results. Police believe Grubb’s body went unnoticed for so long because Hanouskova’s deck is large, and the area where Grubb was found is dark and narrow.…Continue Reading
Edinburgh – On Tuesday, 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett was killed when an internal wall inside the gym at Liberton High School collapsed on top of her.
Keane suffered major upper-body injuries when a wall next to the showers in the gym collapsed on top of her as she changed for PE. Witnesses stated she screamed that she could hear something falling, but she was unable to get out of the way.
Staff and emergency services were unable to save her and Keane was pronounced dead at the scene. Police and health and safety officials have began investigating the circumstances surrounding Keane’s death and how the wall, built as a partition, collapsed.
The school had been surveyed by Edinburgh City Council and found to need ‘significant’ work. The local authorities did not have the money needed to fix all the problems found with all of their schools at once, so they adopted a “prioritization” scheme. This led to Liberton High being placed behind other schools needing work.
The wall that collapsed was not identified as a problem when the school was surveyed, but students said the wall had been “wobbly” for months and that they’d warned teachers about it.…Continue Reading
Martinez, CA – I can not imagine what the friends and family of 14-year-old Jenna Betti are going through today after the teen was struck and killed by a train while trying to retrieve a cell phone she’d dropped on the tracks.
According to the girl’s mother, Jenna had been sitting on the tracks with her boyfriend Sunday afternoon when a train approached. Her boyfriend jumped off on one side of the tracks, Jenna on the other.
‘Today my beautiful daughter kissed us goodbye. She was tragically killed today by a train,” Jenna’s mother wrote on Facebook. “She was sitting on the train tracks with her boyfriend… Why they made such a horrible decision we’ll never know.”
Jenna’s second horrible decision was apparently going back to retrieve her cell phone she’d dropped when she jumped off the tracks. “She didn’t judge the approach, and the train creates a vacuum, we were told, and it sucks you in,” her mother posted. Jenna was killed after being struck by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freight train.…Continue Reading
Norris was last seen by his parents on Tuesday, but they thought he was staying with a friend. On Thursday afternoon, his stepmother found him slumped over in the front seat of his pickup truck parked in the driveway. According to reports, it was hard to see him inside the truck from the outside.
Police are waiting on autopsy results to find out exactly how Norris died and how long he may been in the truck. There was no evidence of foul play and no signs of drugs or alcohol being involved. His family said Norris frequently spent long periods of time inside the truck using his cell phone to talk with friends.
Ohio is one of many states experiencing freezing temperatures lately and on the day he was found, temperatures in the area had dropped in the low zero degrees. I guess it’s possible he went to the truck to use his phone and wait for his friend to get him, and succumbed to the cold.…Continue Reading
COWANSVILLE, PA – Every now and then a story comes along with enough wtf that there is little I need to do but report the facts. This story about a teen who “expelled wind from the vulva during coitus” inside a school bus is one of those stories. Enjoy!
An 18-year-old girl was cited for harassment after she allegedly elbowed a 13-year-old boy in the nuts inside a Pennsylvania school bus. She was angry with the boy because he laughed at her for queefing while she had sex with another student at the back of the bus.
According to Trooper Jordan’s original report:
“Both the victim and the accused were riding school bus. The accused expelled wind from the vulva during coitus while at the back of the bus. The victim began to laugh and chuckled at the accused for her actions. The accused approached the victim and elbowed him in the testicles. Accused was cited for harassment.”
Trooper Jordan said that while his original report was accurate, his superiors deemed it a bit too detailed and had him modify it.…Continue Reading
According to Burlew, she and Jason Ash liked to engage in strangulation and cutting during sex, but she took things a little too far last Saturday. Everything was going ok until she wrapped some electrical wire around Ash’s neck and choked him for a tad too long, killing the guy.
At first Burlew though Ash had simply passed out, so she tried to get him to wake up by cutting him with a razor. When that didn’t work, she did the next best thing and used the razor to start cutting herself. Eventually Burlew realized that also wasn’t working, and called her mother to inform her Ash was dead.
When her mother arrived at the apartment, she found Ash dead on the bed with a cord around his neck. He was fully clothed but his pants were unbuttoned. Able to handle stressful situations better than her daughter, she called 911 and tried performing CPR instead of conducting an interpretive dance and punching Ash in the crotch.…Continue Reading
BERTIE COUNTY, NC – A 13-year-old boy was electrocuted after his mother crashed into a utility pole.
Amber Osborne was driving to the Hertford County Recreation Center on Saturday when she ran off the road and struck a utility pole which fell to the ground. There were six other people in her SUV, including her 13-year-old son, Zachary Stoyer. They had been on their way to Stoyer’s basketball game.
Osborne told police that after the crash, she got out of the vehicle and felt a shock in her feet and legs. As she was warning her passengers to stay in the vehicle, her son got out and came into contact with a downed power line.
The poor kid was electrocuted and immediately fell face first onto the ground. Attempts were made to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No one else was injured. Police interviewed Amber at the hospital, but at this time it hasn’t been determined if Amber will face any charges.
We’ve posted a couple stories similar to this one.…Continue Reading
Chicago, IL – Two people are dead and one is injured after one man tried retrieving a dropped cell phone and they all ended up falling through the ice of the Chicago River.
Shortly after midnight, 26-year-old Ken Hoang of dropped his cell phone as he and two friends walked along Water Street near McClurg Court. The phone ended up in the partially frozen Chicago River and Hoang jumped a fence in an attempt to retrieve it.
He ended up falling through the ice and his two friends, 23-year-old Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang and 21-year-old Lauren Li, ended up in the river with him when they both tried to help him. Witnesses called police after they heard one of the two men yelling for help.
“My friend said he heard a yell [for] help, you know. At first I didn’t believe it, so we still kept walking this way to keep sightseeing. As we got closer, he heard it again and I heard it again, too. And as we got closer, we yelled out, ‘Where you at?’” witness Luis said.…Continue Reading
Franklin, MA – A brother and sister, both under 10-years-old, have died after trapping themselves inside a hope chest while playing inside their home.
Investigators believe Lexi, 8, and Sean Munroe, 7, climbed into the chest on their own and didn’t realize that it could only be opened from the outside. Although other family members were inside the home at the time, including three older siblings, the chest was located in a room where a television was on.
“Several family members were home at the time of the incident,” said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office. “The hope chest was in relatively close proximity to a television that was apparently on with a substantial volume at the time.”
By time the boy and girl were found inside the chest, they were unconscious. Both were rushed to the hospital but would later be pronounced dead. Neighbors comforted the victims’ three siblings after the bodies were found. “They were in bad shape,” a neighbor told reporters.
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths, but believe this is just a tragic accident.…Continue Reading
BOSTON, MA – A 43-year-old mother of two was crushed to death on New Year’s Eve as she walked across a Boston drawbridge.
Aura Garcia was on her way to a doctor’s appointment as she walked across the Meridian Street bridge, a drawbridge that crosses over the Chelsea River, when it began to rise to let a boat pass underneath. According to police spokesman David Estrada, Garcia “was probably halfway across the bridge when it started to open. She was in a blind spot where (the operator) could not see her.”
Another pedestrian told investigators that before the bridge began to rise she heard a loud foghorn and saw the bridge’s blinking lights before hearing Garcia screaming over and over again. The bridge operator heard her screams as well, and immediately began lowering the bridge back in place.
What the operator didn’t know was that Garcia’s lower body had slipped through the gap made at the lower hinge of the bridge, and she was holding on to a handrail to keep from falling into the river below.…Continue Reading
TAMPA, FL – A father and his teenage son drowned on Christmas day while doing some cave diving with some new diving gear they had received as presents.
Deputies got a call from 35-year-old Darrin Spivey’s fiancee at around 3 p.m. after he and his 15-year-old son, Dillon Sanchez, did not return home from a cave dive as scheduled.
Spivey and his son had went out to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge earlier that morning to test out some new diving equipment inside an underwater cave known as the Eagle’s Nest Sink – an underwater cave that can reach depths of 300-feet.
She ended up driving out to the location and called police when she found Spivey’s car still in the parking lot but could find no sign of the pair, and Spivey would not answer his cell phone. A hunter told police he’d seen the pair suiting up to dive at around 11 a.m., but did not see them at anytime afterwards.
Divers went into the cave to search for the father and son, and found their bodies in the main cavern area.…Continue Reading
Brooklyn, NY – A teenage couple suffered serious burns after they attempted to make a potent form of marijuana but only ended up blowing themselves up inside a garage.
Anthony Gambale, 19, and Gabriella Katanov, 17, were making their stash 80 percent stronger by creating what is called “ear wax,” “dabs,” “honey oil,” or “butter.” The names are derived from the final product’s yellowish color and gooey consistency.
There are many how-to videos available online showing people how they can turn their herb into ear wax if you want to try it yourself, but one of the main steps includes soaking your marijuana in butane.
This couple had already finished that step, using a 30-gallon tub to cover some cannabis, and were in the process of evaporating the gas when one of the morons decided that was the perfect time to light up a cigarette.
The resulting explosion woke up the neighbors, who reported hearing the couple screaming for help from inside the burning garage. Gambale and Katanov were both transported to Staten Island University Hospital in serious condition, suffering from second- and third-degree burns.…Continue Reading
Rockville, UT – Two people were killed after a 300 ton boulder literally flattened a house during a rockslide.
Emergency crews from multiple agencies were dispatched to a hillside along State Route 9, which runs through Zion National Park, at around 5 p.m. yesterday. They would find the home that once stood at the bottom of the hill had been destroyed by several boulders, including one sumbitch that stood over 15-feet tall.
“It just flattened out,” Rockville’s mayor, Dan McGuire, said of the house.
Sadly, the house wasn’t the only thing flattened out. Two people who were in the home have now been confirmed dead. Springdale Police Chief Kurt Wright said two bodies were found inside the home and were found close to each other.
Their names have not been released, but neighbors said they were beloved, longtime residents.
No official word on what caused the rockslide, but Wright blamed it on the winter weather. He said they’ve experiencing abnormally low temperatures and an abundance of snow. However, temperatures peaked at about 45 degrees on Thursday, possibly thawing the frozen rocks and sending them rolling down the hill.…Continue Reading
NOBLESVILLE, IN – The teen who helped save two children after they fell into an icy reservoir in 2010 was killed after one of her friends carelessly pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger.
Some of you may remember 16-year-old Aubrey Peters. In 2011, the Red Cross honored Peters and her grandparents as a Red Cross Hall of Famers after they helped save two little girls that had fallen through the ice at the Morse Reservoir.
Unfortunately, the teen died after a total idiot pointed a gun at her chest and pulled the trigger. What makes the entire situation more tragic is the person who pulled the trigger was one of her friends who thought the gun was unloaded.
According to court documents, Peters was with friends in a home when 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel grabbed a handgun and asked Peters if she wanted to hold it. When she said she didn’t, witnesses say McDaniel “dropped the magazine from the gun, pointed it at Aubrey, took the safety off, and pulled the trigger.”
Immediately after being shot, witnesses say Peters clutched her chest and asked, “What just happened?” before collapsing.…Continue Reading
MILWAUKEE, WI — A man accidentally electrocuted himself while on the roof of a building, possibly while trying to steal copper.
Police believe 38-year-old Devon Williams was on a roof attempting to cut power lines to a business in an attempt to disable their security system, or to remove the copper from the cables. If he knew it or not, the wires were hot and he was probably protected by the rubber soles of his shoes and the rubber handle of the bolt cutters he was using.
He had successfully cut some segments of cable without killing himself, but ended up leaning over and making contact with the aluminum siding of the building. For those of you unfamiliar with electricity, this is bad. For those unfamiliar with electrocution, and going by the size of those cables, it’s likely all the muscles in Williams’ body instantly contracted and caused his heart and lungs to stop immediately.
So while it was as stupid death, it was a relatively painless one. Investigators believe that someone was holding a ladder for Williams, but took off when the shit in Williams’ bowels began to boil.…Continue Reading