Berne, NY – A 50-year-old New York man died the other day after a booby trap he’d placed to protect some pot plants turned his ass into a human Pez dispenser.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Daniel Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran into a heavy gauge wire that had been placed at neck height.
The heavy gauge wire was one of several booby traps Ricketts had set up to protect four marijuana plants he planted on his property. Ricketts was nearly decapitated by the wire and died after being thrown from his ATV. Apple says alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
Police found several other traps Ricketts had placed to protect his sweat leaf, including a barbed wire trap and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes. The marijuana plants were removed from the property on Saturday, but so far there have been no arrests.
Sheriff Apple said it’s common for people to use the rural hills in the area to grow pot.…
The boy had been in the hospital since August 1, the day his father found him inside their home, head-first inside their top-loading washing machine.
The boy’s father told investigators that his wife was shopping and he’d been outside working in the yard when he went inside to check on his son. Inside the laundry room he saw his son’s feet and legs sticking out of the washing machine, his face submerged in water.
When paramedics arrived at the home, they found the boy on the ground next to a washing machine with his father at his side attempting to revive him. The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Police are calling the death a tragic accident, but if any criminal charges are filed, it won’t be until after their investigation is complete. “We have taken the washer as evidence. We’re gonna process it forensically and make sure it was working properly,” Lt.…
New York, NY – A 35-year-old woman on a first date died after she plunged 16-floors to her death when the balcony she was sitting on collapsed.
Jennifer Rosoff was on a date with Stephen Close at a Mexican restaurant before she brought him back to her apartment a little after midnight. Once inside, Rosoff stepped out on to her small balcony, sat on a metal railing and had a smoke.
Her date got nervous and told Rosoff she may not want to sit on the rail. “She said that she had done it before and wasn’t worried. She didn’t think it was a problem,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesman.
Close said shortly afterwards, he heard two cracks or pops before the railing Rosuff was sitting on bent and sent the woman 140 feet down to her death, dying instantly upon landing on top of some construction scaffolding.
Some residents say they heard Close screaming while others saw him in the lobby. “He was hysterical,” a resident said. Police do not suspect foul play and the Department of Buildings are now investigating.…
SAN DIEGO, CA – A man is in the hospital after driving his car off a cliff in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood of San Diego.
According to San Diego police, the driver of a sedan sped through a locked gate and off a 40-foot tall cliff, slamming into the beach below, in the early morning of July 29th.
The vehicle, shown suspended from tow cables in this photo, has extensive damage to both the front and the rear. The driver was able to walk away from the vehicle and ignored onlookers shouting at him from the top of the bluffs. “He was pretty unresponsive,” said a witness. “He didn’t look up at us.”
When rescuers arrived the man resisted rescue efforts, preventing them from placing him inside a rescue helicopter. Maurice Luque, of the San Diego Fire Rescue Department said, “He was combative, he wanted to fight with our crews, he wanted to be left alone.”
The fire rescue captain stated, “We put him in a bag called a Bowman bag which pretty much just wraps him up like a burrito.” The human burrito was then transported to the hospital via helicopter with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries.…
Trumann, AR – A paralyzed man in Arkansas woke up the other day to find that the dog he’d adopted had just eaten one of his testicles.
The unidentified 39-year-old is paralyzed from the waist down and had adopted a “small white fluffy” stray he had taken in about three weeks earlier. The man told police he often sleeps in the nude and woke up Monday morning by a “burning pain” in his mid-section.
He looked down and noticed the dog was between his legs with blood on its face and paws. To his horror, he realized that the little bastard had “eaten one of his testicles.”
The poor guy was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, while the dog was euthanized. The dog’s head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies.
Carmichael, CA – A 13-year-old girl with severe allergies to peanuts died after eating a Rice Krispie treat made with peanut butter.
Natalie Giorgio was with her family during a church gathering at Camp Sacramento Friday night when she picked up the treat from a tray of refreshments that had been placed in a poorly lit area.
After taking a bite she realized something was wrong and spat it out. She ran to her mother who also tasted the treat and realized it had been made with peanut butter.
It only took 20 minutes before Natalie was vomiting and having trouble breathing. Despite her father injecting her with three EpiPens and help from paramedics and firefighters, Natalie suffered anaphylactic shock and then cardiac arrest. She would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to the family’s pastor, Natalie and her twin sister both have peanut allergies and were vigilant about taking precautions.
“She took every care. She knew the situation, that’s (connected to) the allergy she had. And they were really on it all the time,” said Pastor Michael Kiernan.…
ROQUE BLUFFS, ME – Two women got lost in Roque Bluff State Park where rescued by an off-duty firefighter only to drown minutes later when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean.
Melissa Moyer, 38, was in Maine from Pennsylvania to visit long-time friend, 37-year-old Amy Stiner, who was five months pregnant. The two decided to go hiking at Roque Bluff State Park but ended up getting lost during a heavy storm.
It was getting dark, so Moyer called for help. The women were found by nearby landowner and member of Sunrise Search & Rescue, Wayne Hansom, who gave them rides back to his house on his ATV. Once there, a warden picked them up and dropped them off at their vehicle in the state park’s parking lot.
But what could have been one of those stories the women laughed about with friends turned disastrous when Stiner made a wrong turn. Police say heavy fog may have contributed to Stiner accidentally driving down a boat ramp and into the ocean.…
ATLANTA, GA – A cleaning crew got a nasty surprise when they walked into an Atlanta bar this morning and found a dead man hanging from an outside security fence.
The crew arrived at Moondogs at around 7:30 when they found the unidentified man’s body. Atlanta police believe the man was attempting to rob the bar when he climbed over a fence.
There is only a clearance of six or seven inches between the top of the fence and the ceiling of the patio and it seems the man got stuck in a way that asphyxiated him.
“It appears that he got hung up on his neck. That’s why we’re saying possible asphyxiation. Exact cause of death is pending on the autopsy,” said Homicide Commander Paul Guerucci
This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a would-be burglar accidentally killing themselves while attempting to rob someone. In 2012, Robert Edward Powell died after he broke into a vacant home and proceeded to take a fatal header down the basement stairs.…
ARLINGTON, TX – With amusement parks nationwide packed with thrillseekers, Six Flags Over Texas confirmed Friday that Rosy Esparza was killed while riding the park’s most famous rollercoaster, apparently after being thrown from her seat. The investigation into the death is focusing on the possible failure of a restraining harness.
“She was right in front of us, but we weren’t on the ride. The lady basically tumbled over. She goes up like this, then when it drops to come down, that’s when it released and she just tumbled,” Carmen Brown told ABC News affiliate WFAA, adding that the victim’s son was on the ride with his mother at the time.
Brown also said that Rosy had notified a park employee that she was concerned because her harness only clicked once when it was lowered into place, unlike the multiple clicks heard when other riders were strapped into their seats. Uh-oh. Looks like somebody’s getting written up.
Police reports said the accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Texas time, and the death appeared to be an accident, Arlington police told WFAA.…
Sylvan Lake, MI – Two children are dead and another is in critical condition after a boater collided with a tube on the water containing three young siblings.
The accident occurred on Sunday as John Mansour was using a jet ski on Sylvan Lake to pull a large tube being ridden by his three children, Alex Mansour, 11, Gabrielle Mansour, 6, and Adriana Mansour, 10.
At around 12:30 p.m., as Mansour was head south, a 56-year-old boater going east swerved to avoid Mansour’s jet ski but failed to see the tube he was pulling and struck the three children head on.
A witness said that after the collision, Mansour was hysterical.”
“I looked up and the tube was floating and the three children were floating in the water with their vests on,’ said Cindee Rosenthal. “The man on the jet ski had his hands on his head yelling, “Oh, my God, oh, my God, someone help me!” And then I heard someone yell “Call 911!” And other boats were heading toward the scene.”
Mansour, the man who hit his children, and other boaters helped pull the kids out of the water and transported them to shore where off-duty doctors and nurses treated them before paramedics arrived.…
Brooklyn, NY – A drunk man returning home from a bar died after he reportedly pissed on the third rail of G train.
Matthew Zeno and a friend were walking along the tracks for the southbound G train around at around 3:00 a.m. when the 30-year-old “inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted,” according to the NYPD press office.
Headlines are a bit more eye-catching when they conclude the “inadvertent contact” was made with a stream of piss, but Zeno could have just of easily made some other kind of contact with the rail while looking for a place to take a leak. In fact, I didn’t think it was possible to be electrocuted that way because you pis is not a steady stream after a certain amount of distance. I’m not testing the theory, but I’m guessing he was electrocuted while pissing, not by the piss itself.
Regardless of how Zeno made contact with the third rail, 625 volts of electricity coursed through his body when he did.…
EDMOND, OK – An 8-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning after he fell off the parade float he was riding on and was accidentally ran over by his father.
Aiden Hooper was one of 35 other kids and adults riding on the back of a flatbed trailer during the annual Edmond 4th of July parade. As the parade was winding down and the floats were returning to a staging area, Aiden either fell or jumped off the float.
Officer James Hamm said, “We’ve been speaking with witnesses. Some have said he kind of physically got off and some he looked like he may have fell. So we’re just trying to determine which one of those is accurate.”
The trailer loaded with hay bales knocked Aiden to the ground and when his father continued driving, unaware anyone had fallen off the float he was pulling, the trailer ran over his son.
People in the crowd administered first aid until emergency personnel arrived and rushed Aiden to the hospital. An hour later, Aiden was pronounced dead.…
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – Two Indiana teenagers are still in critical condition after getting into a parasailing accident off Panama City Beach.
Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17, were parasailing in tandem on Monday when the line attached to the boat became detached. Austin Ward was on the parasail boat waiting for his turn and explained what happened.
‘The wind got so bad it was pulling the parachute, and it started pulling the boat. So they threw the anchor down,” he said. “Once they threw the anchor down the parachute stopped but then they couldn’t get the string to come back in and they tried to get the string to come back, tried flooring it and the rope snapped.”
The high winds carried the girls on to the beach and screaming into the loving arms of a balcony on the 13th floor of a nearby condominium. They hit it so hard that they buckled the balcony. Afterwards, the asshole wind carried them into a power line before dropping them on top of an SUV, caving in the vehicle’s roof and front windshield.…
CHEVY CHASE, MD – The body of Joshua Davis, a 15-year-old boy reported missing when he did not return home Monday night, was found by his father on Tuesday. Looks like the kid was riding his bike in a wooded trail when a dead tree fell on top of him.
When Davis had not returned home by 10 p.m. Monday night, his father contacted police. A search for the teen proved unsuccessful until the following day when Davis’ father found his son in some woods near his home. The boy had apparently been riding his bike when an old, dead tree fell on him and killed him. Police say that there were several storms active Monday that may have been a factor in Davis’ death. No foul play is suspected.
The Director of Montgomery County Department of Parks said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by last night’s tragic accident in Rock Creek Park Stream Valley #2 claiming the life of a young boy riding his bicycle in the park.…
WESTFORD, MA – Police have charged 18-year-old Kelsey Gallagher with trespassing after Gallagher dived head first into a someone’s empty pool a little after midnight Monday, and ended up with a spinal injury, a fractured skull and a broken wrist.
According to Westford Police Department spokesman Capt. Victor Neal, police were called to a North Main Street home around 12:30 a.m. where they found Gallagher in the pool unconscious and breathing. Her friend, 20-year-old Alexis Mcauliffe, was there as well and told police the pair had been out looking for pools to swim in.
“It appears from the investigation that Gallagher dove head first into the empty pool,” Neal wrote in a press release. “Also alcohol may have been a factor in this incident but no alcohol was found at the scene.”
After Gallagher took her header, Mcauliffe banged on the door of the pool’s owner, begging for help. He immediately called 911 and then went to check on Gallagher. “Seeing someone at the bottom of the pool like that. That time of night.…
Truxton, NY – Four children and three adults were killed Wednesday when their minivan was hit by a trailer carrying crushed cars on Route 13 in Truxton, New York.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. after a trailer carrying around 20 crushed cars broke free from a truck travelling on Route 13. The runaway trailer struck a minivan, ripping it apart, and killing seven members of two families.
The names of the deceased are 26-year-old Teresa Bush and her two daughters, 4-year-old Alexis and 5-year-old Jasmine. Also killed were 21-year-old Lena Beckwith, 24-year-old Carino Vanorden, 7-year-old Alyssa Mead and 4-year-old Tyler Mead. The father of the two Mead children, Shawn Mead, was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was in good condition.
First assistant fire chief Ken Stone said a couple of victims were under the trailer when help arrived. The trailer had to be jacked up to get them out. “It was all instant, no doubt,” Stone said. He added that responders were deeply affected by the crash.…
The incident happened in an off-campus house rented by Andrea Rebello, her twin sister and two other students. Sometime around 2am, Rebello’s boyfriend went outside to move a car, reportedly to avoid a parking ticket. It was during this time that 30-year-old Dalton Smith, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, entered the house. Smith, a parolee with an extensive rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, weapons possession, assault and being an all-around charming fella, was armed.
He ordered Rebello, her twin sister Jessica and a third woman onto a couch. He did the same to Rebello’s boyfriend when he returned and demanded valuables from the four. I’m going to go out on a limb at this point and say Dalton likely never went to college: he was unsatisfied with what the four produced. I don’t know how much you could expect to fleece a few college students for, but I wouldn’t have expected more than a few beers and some dental dams.…
CLINTON, MO – Destiny Spitler died in her sleep Saturday after putting on her grandmother’s pain patch that she found in the trash.
Paramedics were called to Destiny’s home Saturday morning after family member’s found her not breathing. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and the girl was later pronounced dead. An official cause of death has not been released, but investigators found a Fetanyl patch affixed to her thigh.
Destiny’s grandmother uses the pain-killing patches for her back, and it’s believed the girl found one in a trash can, put it on and accidentally overdosed. Destiny’s grandmother issued a warning to others.
“Mothers, fathers … anyone who wears these dang patches, dispose of them, fold them up in tiny little pieces and flush them down the stool so your babies won’t be like mine,” she said.
Toxicologist Dr. Stephen Thornton agrees, stating he has seen many cases in which children have put on discarded pain patches, which still have around 50 percent of the medication they started with, thinking they are stickers.…