MAINE TOWNSHIP, Ill. – Reports are that last week an 18-month-old girl in Illinois lost a fingertip to the family’s pet piranha.
The girl’s mother said she heard her daughter crying and found her with a bleeding finger that was missing the tip. At first she thought the family’s pit bull may have been the culprit, because you know, it’s a pit bull.She would learn this was not the case after 911 was called and the girl was rushed to the hospital.
The doctor who examined the girl said her injury could not have come from the 65-pound dog, but the culprit could have been one of the two piranhas swimming in a tank near where the girl had been playing. Authorities called the girl’s father, who was still at home, and informed them of their suspicions.
Without hesitation, the father plunged his hand in the tank, snagged one of the fish and cut it open. There, inside the piranha, was his daughter’s missing fingertip. The upset father delivered the piece to the doctors, who attempted to re-attach it to his daughter.…Continue Reading
Miami, FL – Another story in the news today that includes an x-ray of an object piercing straight through someone’s skull.
In this incident, 16-year-old Yasser Lopez was preparing to go fishing with a friend when a spear gun his friend was packing accidentally discharged. The three-foot spear entered above Lopez’s left eye and lodged in his head–after passing completely through his brain.
“It was about one inch above his right eye straight through,” said trauma surgeon Dr. George Garcia. “You could feel the tip under the skin on the posterior part of the skull.”
The miraculous thing is that Lopez did not die immediately, but somehow the spear missed every major blood vessel in his brain. The teen also got lucky in that the spear went through the right side of the brain, the side that does not control speech.
But surviving a spear to the brain without dying is only part of the issue. the other part is doctor’s being able to remove the damn thing without killing Yasser or causing him more serious injuries.…Continue Reading
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A burglar was found dead inside a home on Thursday, after having fallen down a flight of stairs.
The home was empty and undergoing renovations when a painter arrived to work Thursday morning. Once inside he found broken glass and signs of a break-in.
The painter decided he would check out the vacant house by himself and see if he could find the person(s) responsible. Just kidding, this painter isn’t a moron. He immediately backed the hell out and called the homeowner, who then called 911.
Police arrived at the home shortly after and performed a sweep inside. There, at the foot of the basement stairs, they found the dead body of 52-year-old Robert Edward Powell.
Burglars often target vacant homes like this because often there are appliances, fixtures or copper to be had. This home did not have any appliances or fixtures, but it did have copper. This looks like the item Powell had been after as some of it was found in the dead man’s back pocket.…Continue Reading
Melbourne, Australia - A truck accident on a highway overpass led to hundreds of sheep ‘raining’ on the cars below causing damage and a rollover crash. Nearly 400 sheep died as a result of the incident.
Police say last Thursday night a truck carrying 400 sheep flipped on its side, causing it to hang precariously from an overpass. Sheep in the truck’s damaged trailer then began falling onto vehicles driving at highway speeds on the Princess Highway below.
“All of a sudden these sheep are falling down from the top of an overpass.” said driver Robert Leardi, adding that he was lucky he was not seriously hurt when the falling livestock damaged his car.
“We looked up and we could see the truck flip on its side and then the next minute, we were underneath.” said motorist Kristy Davis. “Raining sheep doesn’t happen everyday.”
According to reports, the sheepstorm led to one rollover crash and additional damaged cars. Paramedic Allan Eade said there were “a large number” of dead and injured sheep.…Continue Reading
BROOKLYN, NY — A young boy in Brooklyn died a horrible death on Sunday after he got rolled up into the security gate of an apartment complex.
The boy, 12-year-old Yakim McDaniels, was with two friends playing a game with the gate when the incident occurred. The object of the game is to jump on the gate as it rises and be the last one to jump off.
McDaniels won when he was unable to free his hand and was pulled up into the upper portion of the gate and crushed to death.
“He was screaming and screaming and he got caught up on the top of the gate. From his head to the back of his shoulders went under,” said a witness. “He was like rolled up at the top and he was shaking, like convulsing. He did that for five or 10 minutes and just stopped,” said another.
For 20 minutes McDaniels hung there like a macabre banner until firefighters were able to turn off the gate and attempt to extract McDaniels from the machine.…Continue Reading
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – A man in California is paying a very hefty price after he caught on fire while attempting to steal copper wire from a live electric substation.
A man who lives across the street said that he heard a large boom coming from the substation around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, followed by a man’s screams. When he ran over to see what happened, he found a man on fire on the other side of the substation’s fence.
He was unable to open the locked gate, so he ran back home to grab a fire extinguisher in hopes of returning to the man and extinguishing the flames.
“He kept standing and screaming, screaming, screaming. And I couldn’t get in. I had a fire extinguisher. But he wouldn’t come over. But he started to roll.”
The unidentified man was rushed to the hospital suffering from injuries only described as “grave.” Police will only say that the man is in his 20s. Witnesses said he was so badly burned that there was no way for him to be identified.…Continue Reading
According to reports, 27-year-old Lenami Godinez-Avila and her boyfriend David were at Mount Woodside in the Fraser Valley waiting for their turn to fly in tandem with an instructor on a hang-glider. The couple was there after David purchased hang-gliding lessons as part of their anniversary celebrations.
Both got suited up and Godinez-Avila was paired with Jon Orders, an instructor with 16 years experience. She went before David, who was filming the event, but witnesses say that immediately after taking off they could tell something was not right.
Normally when flying with an instructor, you are beside them, strapped into a harness that was hooked to the glider. But in this case, Godinez-Avila was hanging vertically with her feet dangling. She used her upper body to hold on at first, before getting Orders into a bear hug as he tried to wrap his legs around her. Unfortunately, she couldn’t hold on.…Continue Reading
PORTSMOUTH, NH – We have reported on people killed by pinto beans, chocolate, meat grinders, industrial dryers, wood chippers and even paper rolling machines. Now we have a new way someone can be accidentally killed on the job.
A man working at the Redhook Ale Brewery was killed yesterday after a beer keg exploded, sending shrapnel into his head and chest. The worker was using compressed air to empty and clean kegs when the incident occurred.
“Something failed where it basically blew apart under the pressure and with such force that parts of the keg pushed into his chest and into his head,” said Asst. Fire Chief Steven Achilles.
Other employees discovered the unidentified man and called 911. Emergency workers arrived within a few minutes and found the man was weak and barely had a pulse before going into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital but would be pronounced dead later that day.
OSHA has started investigating and others are eager to hear the results as this cleaning practice is common, and a keg exploding in this manner is practically unheard of.…Continue Reading
Salem, Conn. – It’s been a few months since we’ve had a wood chipper story here at D’D. Sadly, this new one out of Connecticut may be the first one we have featured that involves a child.
Police say 6-year-old Jeffrey Bourgeois was killed Tuesday morning after he was pulled into his father’s wood chipper.
The boy’s father owns a tree removal service and had brought his three children along with him to a home where he doing some tree work.
While the man’s back was turned, his 6-year-old son tried to help his dad by feeding a branch into the chipper. Unfortunately, his arm got stuck and he was pulled inside the machine.
Officials are investigating, but say it appears to be nothing but a tragic accident. Grief counselors will be available at Jeffrey’s school starting today, although school is out this week.
Students started their Spring Break vacation on Monday.
Benidji, MN - A father’s sailboat ride for his three young children turned deadly when – after the craft capsized – the four tumbled into a frigid northern Minnesota Lake. Two of the children are now dead and the third remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Dan Risland, 31, had reporedly taken his sons, 8-year-old Isaiah, 6-year-old Zech, and 2-year-old Jacob, out on his new sailboat Friday afternoon on Clearwater Lake in far Northern Minnesota. According to reports, ice had only recently melted off the lake.
Clearwater County Sheriff Mike Erickson said that, at about 3 p.m., strong winds tipped the boat and ‘threw them into the water.’ Risland was reported to have tried to reach his sons – all of whom were wearing life jackets – but he struggled in the wind and waves. The sheriff said that the father was becoming hypothermic, so he told Isaiah to watch his brothers while he swam to shore for help.
According to police, by the time authorities arrived, the boys had been in the 40-degree water for about an hour.…Continue Reading
Destrehan, LA — A man died at his own Wrestlemania party Sunday night after his teen cousin placed him in a choke hold.
According to reports, 24-year-old Stephen Arceneaux III had invited friends to his home Sunday night to watch a gay wrestling soap opera called Wrestlemania 28. At some point during the festivities, Arceneaux and his 14-year-old cousin began wrestling on an inflated mattress.
During the bout, the teenager, who weighed 110 pounds, got 220-pound Arceneaux in a rear-naked choke hold.
For those of you unaware, this popular move is when you get behind an opponent and wrap yourself around them like an addiction. You then place a forearm around their neck while pushing on the back of their head with your other arm, subsequently cutting off their air supply.
Witnesses told investigators that Stephen Arceneaux had informed everyone he was no pussy and would not “tap out” or signal the teen to release the hold. He kept his word.
After 30 to 40 seconds of not being able to breathe, witnesses say that Arceneaux turned blue from lack of oxygen.…Continue Reading
BRUSH, CO - An employee at Kelly Bean Co. died last Thursday after he was buried under a pile of pinto beans.
So far there is no word on exactly how the accident happened, but what is being reported is that 56-year-old Raymond Segura, Jr. was buried under a pile of pinto beans 15-20 feet high.
It took almost an hour for rescuers to dig him out, but by then it was too late, the poor guy had suffocated to death.
Police, OSHA investigators, and Kelley’s safety team are investigating how Segura managed to get buried. He had worked at the warehouse for 12 to 15 years.
Now let’s sit back and see how many idiots crack a “beaner” joke because they think it’s clever.…Continue Reading
SEATTLE, WA – No charges are expected to be filed after a 3-year-old boy shot himself in the head with a gun he found in a car while his family stopped for gas.
The incident happened after a couple stopped for gas about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and left their 3-year-old boy and infant daughter in the car.
The father, who has a concealed weapons permit, stashed a pistol under the front seat before getting out to pump gas while the mother went inside the convenience store.
While they were both out of the car, their 3-year-old managed to climb out of his car seat, retrieve the gun, and then shoot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The couple’s infant daughter was not injured.
Detectives questioned the parents and have called the shooting nothing more than a tragic accident and do not expect criminal charges to be filed.
Honestly, I’m ok with that simply because I don’t think you could put this father in a hell any worse than the one he is in currently.…Continue Reading
Nashville, TN - In the early hours of December 10, Erin Brown, 21, and her boyfriend – who had been out drinking – reportedly decided to call it a night. Believing that she was too drunk to drive, Brown handed the keys of her Toyota Scion over to her boyfriend, Trevor Bradshaw, 23.
They didn’t make it very far. Bradshaw, who police say was speeding, hit two pedestrians, crossed a median, and struck a taxi cab head on. According to witnesses, Bradshaw then loudly declared ’10-15 times’ that he was drunk before fleeing – only to be brought back to the scene by two witnesses. According to police, Bradshaw fled again before police arrived on the scene.
After being transported to a local hospital, Michael Brooksher, 22, died on Dec. 12. Booksher’s friend, Tommy Allen, 23, was in a coma for nearly two months after being struck. He died due to his injuries on Feb. 7. The taxi driver and Brown reportedly suffered only minor injuries. Brown remained on the scene.…Continue Reading
Sometime on Monday, 43-year-old Gary Banning thought whatever was in the jar sitting by the sink of his friend’s apartment was consumable.
After taking a gulp, he found out that his friend, a mechanic, keeps gasoline in the jar to clean grease off his hands.
Banning spit out the mouthful of gas, getting some of it on his clothing in the process. Banning had not changed his clothes when he went out on the porch later that evening to smoke.
Police believe he dozed off with a lit cigarette, accidentally setting himself on fire. Banning was eventually transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill with severe burns over 60% of his body. He would die on Tuesday morning.
The apartment where the fire occurred suffered no major damages according to W.K. Preslar, investigator with the Havelock Police Department.
“It was charred as far as the carpet where he was standing,” Preslar said.…Continue Reading
Redfield, IA – An Iowa man was hospitalized after what first looked to be an armed recovery mission by a team of Delta Force raccoons. Authorities would establish, instead, that the gunfire was the unexpected result of an intentional, albeit poorly implemented, plan.
The melee began last Saturday morning when Larry Godwin, 68, reportedly discovered a raccoon in a live trap that he had set. Soon after, Godwin set upon the plan of an execution-style slaying of the caged animal. Brandishing a .22 caliber handgun, Godwin shot at the trapped raccoon.
The first shot Godwin fired ricocheted from the cage, reportedly striking Godwin in the right lower abdominal area. This caused Godwin to drop the pistol and it fired again, striking him again in almost precisely the same location as the first shot. It is believed that, at this point, the original mission was aborted.
An investigation at the scene presumably established that the caged raccoon was not in the possession of a concealed firearm and, in fact, had no field radio equipment that would indicate the summoning of a heavily-armed extraction team.…Continue Reading
BREMERTON, Wash. – Last Thursday we reported on the 8-year old who was shot in the stomach while in class at Armin Jahr Elementary School. One of her classmates, a 9-year-old boy, brought a gun to school in his backpack where it accidentally discharged.
In that article, a comment was made by the husband of the teacher who was in the classroom where the shooting occurred. He stated that the boy had recently transferred to the school and had been a real problem in the classroom. Now that we have some more information on the boy, there’s no wonder why. He has been surrounded by morons.
The boy is currently in his uncle’s custody after his parents relinquished custody of him and his two sisters to his paternal grandmother. When the boy’s grandmother died from pancreatic cancer in 2010, he was placed with his uncle, Patrick Cochran.
His mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, has been convicted of forgery as well as possessing meth and marijuana. Charging documents show the boy got the gun from her during a weekend visit and it may have belonged to her boyfriend.…Continue Reading
Vinhedo, Brazil – I don’t normally post stories out of Brazil, but like animal attacks, I am morbidly fascinated by amusement park accidents. This probably stems from the film ROLLERCOASTER and my own experience with a Myrtle Beach roller coaster called The Black Witch that claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl.
The teen, identified as Gabriela Yokuri Michelari, was on the ride “La Tour Eiffel” with her family when the incident occurred. The ride is a free-fall type ride in which five people are seated side by side, hoisted up a 224-foot tall tower and then dropped 129 feet. After reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, the riders are slowed down by electromagnetic brakes.
Witnesses say the instant these brakes were activated to stop the fall, the security catch of the girl’s seat opened, causing the girl to fall forward out of the ride, landing face down on the pavement at the base of the tower 80-90 feet below.…Continue Reading
PARKVILLE, Md. - A 13-year-old boy died the other day after he fell out of a moving car and was struck by another vehicle. According to reports, he had opened the front passenger door to throw up, sick from having consumed Four Loko.
Michael Truluck’s mother says her son had spent Saturday afternoon with friends at a fast food restaurant and playing basketball. Just before 6 p.m. he texted her and asked for someone to come pick him and two friends up, so she sent her fiancee to get them.
What they didn’t know was that Truluck was sick from drinking Four Loko, which can be 12% alcohol, an unidentified adult had purchased for him. For those unaware, Four Loko is an alcoholic beverage that once contained caffeine and at one time was marketed as energy drinks. The company that produces it got into some legal issues that led to them removing the caffeine and to stop marketing the product as energy drinks.
Truluck’s friends say he had already thrown up twice before his mother’s fiancee arrived to pick him and his two friends up.…Continue Reading
Chicago, IL – Here’s a sad one to start off the day. A 17-year-old boy with Down syndrome died the other night after he climbed into a high-rise trash chute and plunged 46-stories to his death.
Charles Manley’s parents woke up when an alarm system went off alerting them that he had walked out of their apartment on the 46th floor. When they were unable to find him, they called 911 for help.
Investigators would end up finding Manley on the ground floor in the building’s trash compactor. The teen had opened the door to the trash chute on his floor, climbed in and then fell to his death.
On Tuesday, the medical examiner concluded Manley had died from multiple injuries resulting from the plunge. Investigators are now trying to figure out how Manley was able to into the chute. Residents say the chutes are 4-ft off the floor, about 1 1/2-feet square and do have a door covering the opening.
Manley was well-known in the building, often out talking to the other residents.…Continue Reading