Sunday, October 30, 2011
“We’d better stop,” said Susan.
Ned nodded his head in agreement. He stepped on the brake, and suddenly the car started to slide on the slick pavement. They plunged off the road and slid to a halt at the bottom of an incline.
Pale and shaking, Ned quickly turned to check if Susan was all right. When she nodded, Ned relaxed and looked through the rain soaked windows.
“I’m going to see how bad it is,” he told Susan, and when out into the storm. She saw his blurry figure in the headlight, walking around the front of the car. A moment later, he jumped in beside her, soaking wet.
“The car’s not badly damaged, but we’re wheel-deep in mud,” he said. “I’m going to have to go for help.”
Susan swallowed nervously. There would be no quick rescue here. He told her to turn off the headlights and lock the doors until he returned.
Axe Murder Hollow. Although Ned hadn’t said the name aloud, they both knew what he had been thinking when he told her to lock the car. This was the place where a man had once taken an axe and hacked his wife to death in a jealous rage over an alleged affair. Supposedly, the axe-wielding spirit of the husband continued to haunt this section of the road.
Outside the car, Susan heard a shriek, a loud thump, and a strange gurgling noise. But she couldn’t see anything in the darkness.
Frightened, she shrank down into her seat. She sat in silence for a while, and then she noticed another sound. Bump. Bump. Bump. It was a soft sound, like something being blown by the wind.
Suddenly, the car was illuminated by a bright light. An official sounding voice told her to get out of the car. Ned must have found a police officer. Susan unlocked the door and stepped out of the car. As her eyes adjusted to the bright light, she saw it.
Hanging by his feet from the tree next to the car was the dead body of Ned. His bloody throat had been cut so deeply that he was nearly decapitated. The wind swung his corpse back and forth so that it thumped against the tree. Bump. Bump. Bump.
Susan screamed and ran toward the voice and the light. As she drew close, she realized the light was not coming from a flashlight. Standing there was the glowing figure of a man with a smile on his face and a large, solid, and definitely real axe in his hands. She backed away from the glowing figure until she bumped into the car.
“Playing around when my back was turned,” the ghost whispered, stroking the sharp blade of the axe with his fingers. “You’ve been very naughty.”
The last thing she saw was the glint of the axe blade in the eerie, incandescent light.
Washington DC – Some believe a mountain lion may be lurking in northwest Washington. One neighbor described the creature as larger and wider than a deer, with the long tail of a cat. Another woman said she was walking her dog in McLean Gardens at the edge of Glover Park when she spotted the large cat last week. The cat, which she believes is a mountain lion, ran off into some nearby woods. Someone else reported seeing the cat last February. The latest sighting happened to a woman who says she spotted the animal near the Beltway exit to Connecticut Avenue. more
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Bellingham, Washington – A Washington man loses his arm from a homemade guillotine. The guillotine unexpectedly dropped on his shoulder at a camp where he was living, severing his arm. He left the arm behind after the accident and rushed to Bellingham Urology Specialists. Evelyn Leuther, who works at the clinic, told CBS Seattle a woman passing by said, “I hope that’s a Halloween costume,” referring to the man missing his arm at the shoulder. But the gore was real. Seconds later, another woman ran by screaming for someone to call 9-1-1. more
Evesham, Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania police officer is suing a deli and the cook who admitted to putting body hair into his bagel sandwich. Evesham Police Officer Jeremy Merck, 30, said in his lawsuit against Marlton deli Good Foods to Go the eatery was negligent for failing to keep its premises safe and for failing to properly examine the sandwich. The suit alleges the eatery failed to properly hire, train and supervise its employees. more
Pueblo, Colorado – Colorado officials have disqualified the grand champion goat from this year’s State Fair because they say it tested positive for an unapproved drug. The Pueblo Chieftain reported that a second goat entered by another child from the same family also was disqualified for the same drug. Susan Weinroth of Sedalia says the family got a letter from the attorney general’s office saying her family’s goats tested positive for a feed additive approved for swine but not goats. She suspects the food may have been tampered with and says the family reported their suspicions to officials. more
Friday, October 28, 2011
California – How did Jobs get away with not having a license plate on his car? According to a former employee named Jon Callas who is now the chief technology officer at Entrust, Jobs realized that California law gave the owners of new cars six months to obtain a license plate. Armed with that knowledge, Jobs made a deal with his leasing company to get a new silver Mercedes SL55 AMG every six months, making sure that it was always legal for him to have an unmarked car. “It’s a little game I play,” Jobs said to remain anonymous. Biographer Isaacson pointed out to Jobs before his death, driving an unlicensed car is much more conspicuous than just putting a dang license plate on his car like everyone else. In response, Steve Jobs just shrugged. Think Different. More
Bainbridge, Ohio – Authorities arrested a topless woman after she allegedly led them on a high-speed police chase that saw speeds of more than 120 mph. Authorities aren’t sure where or how Erin Holdsworth, 28, of Hiram, started her night. All they know is that it ended with a car chase down Route 422 that, at its fastest, reached 128 mph. Officers also know that, when they found her, she was wearing nothing but fishnet stockings, g-string panties and a pair of high heels. more
Fairfax, Virginia – A Virginia dog walker facing a charge of failing to scoop poop was cleared by a Fairfax County jury. Kimberly Zakrzewski of Fairfax, who had been accused by next door neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell of failing to clean up after Baxter, a friend’s dog she often walks, was cleared of violating the county’s pooper scooper law. Zakrzewski said her neighbors had previously filed reckless driving charges against her, which were also thrown out by a jury. “This case wasn’t about whether I picked up after Baxter. It was about two women who wanted to harass me,” Zakrzewski said. Full
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
New York – A performance artist who said giving birth is the highest form of art has delivered a baby boy – inside a Brooklyn art gallery. The Microscope Gallery in Bushwick said Marni Kotak gave birth to a healthy infant, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches long. The 36-year-old artist had set up a home-birth center at the gallery, turning the space into a brightly decorated bedroom with ocean-blue walls and photo-imprinted pillows. She created a home birthing room with her grandmother’s bed and her old rocking chair. It didn’t say how many people witnessed the birth or give any other detail, although before the birth the exhibition description had said visitors should be prepared to find themselves suddenly as witnesses to a live birth. more
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania couple is facing an assortment of criminal charges for having sex on a city bus, carnal activity that was captured by the vehicle’s surveillance camera. Amanda Confer, 24, boarded the bus, accompanied by her infant daughter. Also riding the bus were Pre-release inmates Randell Peterson and Joshua Schill. The men were part of a work release program that allows inmates to come and go from the county jail at specified times. Confer and Peterson, 32, sat next to each other in the rear of the bus, with Schill sitting in front of them. Before the illicit action commenced, however, Confer turned over her infant daughter to Schill, who apparently served as babysitte and lookout during the subsequent rendezvous. more
USA – Researchers in the United States said they had found a shocking association — if only a statistical one — between violence by teenagers and the amount of soda they drank. High-school students in inner-city Boston who consumed more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week were between nine and 15-percent likelier to engage in an aggressive act compared with counterparts who drank less. “What we found was that there was a strong relationship between how many soft drinks that these inner-city kids consumed and how violent they were, not only in violence against peers but also violence in dating relationships, against siblings,” said David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. more
England – The Queen is coming perilously close to joining millions of her subjects in fuel poverty as energy bills for four palaces and a castle absorb a rising share of her income. About 4 million households in England have fallen into fuel poverty, a situation in which a homeowner must spend 10 per cent of their annual income to keep their abode acceptably warm. The attention is drawn of all members of staff to the need to switch off unwanted lights. By Order of The Master of The Household. The Queen herself prowls the corridors, switching off superfluous lights, a Buckingham Palace employee said. more
Monday, October 24, 2011
Dallas, Texas – Dallas police are on the lookout for a man who could face assault charges for throwing a frozen armadillo at a 57-year-old woman near Dallas. The woman met the man in a parking lot to purchase the armadillo carcass, which she planned to eat. During a fight over its price, he hit her with the animal in the leg and the chest, leaving bruises on her body. Texas law prohibits the sale of live armadillos, but a few Texans still go after their meat. Those people who eat armadillo meat will find that thorough cooking should make the meat noninfectious of leprosy. However, the greatest hazard of being infected may be encountered during cleaning and dressing of the animals. more
Minden, Nevada – A Nevada man faces misdemeanor charges after authorities say he carried his mother out of a church when she arrived to stop his wedding. Justin Lew Harris of Gardnerville carried his 56-year-old mother out of the church as she loudly objected to the ceremony. Harris’ wedding at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church was called off after the disruption. Harris, 35, faces disorderly conduct and coercion charges. more
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Reuters - Accused New York thieves have been using a Hollywood-born strategy to rob dozens of small stores, telling police they were inspired by the 2010 movie "The Town" to splash bleach on the crime scenes, according to the policeSilver-screen strategy nets New York robbers $217,000 (Reuters)
Thursday, October 20, 2011
New York – A Halloween display at a home in Brooklyn has been taken down by police after some called it a symbol of racism. A scarecrow painted to have dark skin was hanging by a rope from a tree in front of a home in Kensington. Some neighbors say the homeowner gets in the spirit of Halloween every year and believe he meant no harm by the display. But one councilman argued it was reminiscent of a lynching. “It’s unacceptable,” said Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn, Picture). “You ain’t speaking for this whole community because some people on this block came by and said it was offensive. They came and said it was offensive. It’s not a cool decoration.” more
Connecticut – A Connecticut mom faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty to ordering her 4-year-old son to chug a beer and giving booze and cocaine to her 10-month-old daughter. Juliette Dunn, 29, of Success Village, and pal Lisa Jefferson, 33, were arrested after witnesses complained the two gave Dunn’s children beer on a playground. Playground witnesses told police that Dunn and Jefferson were lounging in folding chairs when Jefferson handed the 40-ounce to the boy and ordered him to chug it – and then called him an alcoholic after he finished. The children were taken to a local hospital where they tested positive for alcohol. The 10-month-old also tested positive for cocaine. more
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland – A Northern Irish man’s bizarre plan to get stinking rich by turning his poop into gold has landed him in jail. Paul Moran, 30, thought his bathroom breaks would make him flush with cash if he kept his own waste and heated it to produce the precious metal, at his government-subsidized apartment in Enniskillen, in the province’s southeast. However, his bizarre plan turned out to be a waste of time when he caused $4,735 worth of damage after placing his own feces on an electric heater. more
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
South Carolina – A 50-year-old Loris man was charged with arson after Horry County authorities said he set his house on fire because some family members refused to leave the property, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police. Carl Preston Johnson, 50, was charged with third-degree arson and is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Kegler said. Horry County firefighters were called to a home on Mason Lane near Loris for a residential fire, Kegler said. Fire investigators determined the blaze was started with some type of accelerant and called Horry County police detectives for an investigation. more
Albany, Oregon – Blue the dog had spent his days locked up in the Albany Pet Hotel, waiting while his death sentence is appealed. Now police say someone climbed the fence at the hotel, smashed a window and helped Blue the dog escape death row. Albany police Lt. Casey Dorland said that the only thing reported missing from the kennel is the fugitive canine. Police believe he was taken sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. Blue was sentenced to die last fall after he bit a toddler, but his owner appealed. more
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Scotland – Tragedy struck minutes after a teenage girl in Scotland applied hair coloring on herself. Tabatha McCourt, 17, was at her best friend’s house in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, when the incident happened. According to friend Heather Goodhall, 20 minutes after applying the dye, Tabatha got upset and began pulling the foils out of her hair in agony and vomiting before collapsing. “Tabatha was always dyeing her hair different colours,” Heather told the Daily Mail, hinting that it was the first time her friend had shown such a reaction. more
Hackers briefly hijacked the “Sesame Street” YouTube page and replaced Bert, Ernie and Big Bird with hardcore porn, E! Online reported. For about 20 minutes, users who clicked on links to watch scenes from the long-running PBS kids’ show were instead confronted with x-rated videos, the company said on its video page. The hackers added the text “It’s where porn lives” underneath the page’s “Sesame Street” logo and wrote in a video description, “Who doesn’t love porn kids? Right! Everyone loves it.” more
St. Louis – Ten years after a fourth-grade boy was attacked and nearly eaten alive by wild dogs in north St. Louis, city leaders are scrambling to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Aldermanic President Lewis Reed is sounding the alarm. “I’ve witnessed packs of dogs, 10 and 15 dogs running together, and I’ve seen all these dogs I’m talking about they don’t have collars, they don’t have tags, these are truly wild dogs,” he said. Reed says stray dogs are terrorizing the north side. ”It’s obscene that parents have to walk their kids to school, in some parts of the city, with a golf club to fend off wild dogs.” more
Monday, October 17, 2011
Massachusetts – Firefighters in Boston rescued at least 15 people from a six-alarm blaze in the city’s Roxbury section, including a 6-year-old boy who was dropped from a third-floor window. Herbert and Judith Lamb were forced to drop their 6-year-old grandson, Xavier, from the window of their third-floor apartment into the arms of a waiting firefighter. “Thank God I caught him. I’ve never had to do that before, and I hope I never have to do it again,” Boston Fire Lt. Glenn McGillivray, told The Boston Globe. He said firefighters knew Judith Lamb wouldn’t be able to hold on to the child until more help arrived, so they told her to drop him. Then they used a ladder to rescue her. more
McAllen, Texas – Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson. It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas – a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class. more
UK – The 26-year-old had been playing a game with his drinking mates to find items that could fit over their heads when the idea spectacularly backfired. He had the idea of putting a toilet seat over his head, but decided to see how far it would go over his body. But the fun turned into a nightmare when it became lodged around his torso. For two hours he tried to wriggle free from the plastic seat but couldn’t budge it. And in desperation, he picked up the telephone to ask firefighters at Durham Fire Station for their help. more
Saturday, October 15, 2011
California – The Federal Aviation Administration says it will look into a videotaped skydiving sex stunt to determine if the pilot might have been distracted during the incident over Kern County. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says any activity that could distract the pilot while he’s flying could be a violation of federal regulations. Skydive Taft owner David Chrouch says he fired part-time skydiving instructor and porn star Alex Torres and hasn’t decided whether to fire the company’s receptionist, Torres’ partner in the video. The video shows the two having sex in a plane before jumping out in tandem and continuing the act midair. More
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tallahassee, Florida – Saying it’s time to stop letting convicted killers get off that easy, a Florida state lawmaker wants to use firing squads or the electric chair for those on death row. Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill this week that would end the use of lethal injection in Florida executions. Instead, those with a death sentence would choose between electrocution or a firing squad. Drake, a Republican, said the idea came to him after having a conversation with a constituent at a Waffle House over the legal battles associated with the Sept. 28 execution of Manuel Valle. Valle’s lawyers tried to stop the execution by arguing that a new lethal drug cocktail would cause him pain and therefore constitute cruel and unusual punishment. more
New Jersey – A 15-year-old Hoboken girl was assaulted in a Downtown Jersey City park night by a group of roughly 30 girls who stole her cellphone. Police were called to the park on Wayne Street between Barrow Street and Jersey Avenue at 9:57 p.m. on the report of a large, disorderly group and after dispersing the group of up to 30 people, police noticed the 15-year-old girl standing at the corner of the park with a bloody nose, swollen lip and bloody ear. The victim said she was walking in the park with her cousin when the pack of teenage girls swarmed around her and assaulted her before stealing her cellphone. more
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
St. Marys, Georgia – Officials in southeast Georgia are considering a money-saving program that would put inmates in fire stations. The program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses in Camden County. Officials say the inmates would respond to all emergencies – including residential fires – alongside traditional firefighters. The inmates would have no guard, but would be monitored by a surveillance system and by the traditional firefighters, who would undergo training to guard the inmates. Authorities say one traditional firefighter with correctional training can supervise up to three inmates. more
Wichita, Kansas – A Kansas man was stabbed in the scrotum with a hypodermic needle, which broke off inside the 39-year-old victim’s body. The victim told cops that the stabbing occurred during an argument with the needle wielder. Cops believe that the attacker is a female acquaintance–or girlfriend–of the man with the punctured scrotum. Investigators reported that the victim, who was not cooperative, was admitted to St. Francis Hospital for surgery. A CAT scan showed part of needle broke off inside scrotum. more
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Colorado – A Denver woman was allegedly tortured and held hostage for two months inside her own home. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, told police that her boyfriend, Eric Barney, held her hostage for two months, threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to break free. Police reportedly first met the victim in July when she was treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained during an alleged beating by her boyfriend. The victim told police that Barney had tried to kill her by strangling her and smothering her with a pillow. Police then issued an arrest warrant for Barney but were unable to find him. Four days later, he allegedly broke into the victim’s home while she was sleeping, holding her captive for two months. more
St. Paul, Minnesota – A teenage girl is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home through a doggy door and stealing items to pay for pornography. Amanda Owens, 18, was allegedly caught after Darin Pake, 44, who had previously hired her as a babysitter, set up a surveillance camera. He said he took the unusual measure after noticing several items missing from his home in St Paul, Minnesota. Over the course of two days, his camera was gone. And his brief case. And a jar of money. In an attempt to stop anything else from disappearing, he installed a video camera to see where his things were going.The footage showed his 18-year-old neighbour Amanda Owens crawling into his house from the doggy door. more
Monday, October 10, 2011
Turkey – A Turkish news agency says suspected smugglers set loose a swarm of bees on 15 police officers searching for contraband cigarettes hidden among a truckload of hives. The state-run Anatolia agency says police, acting on a tip, stopped the truck in the southern city of Adana today. The alleged smugglers then set some of the bees free to prevent police from searching the vehicle. The agency said the truck was later searched by officers in beekeeping gear who seized some 32,500 packs of smuggled cigarettes. more
Baltimore, Maryland – A fight turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another. Police responded to a call and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire store. It closed for several hours. Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. Police have arrested Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, after she turned herself in to authorities. The brawl was a result of an ongoing dispute between Jefferson and the victim because the victim’s boyfriend is the father of Jefferson’s child. more
Hawksbill turtles were thought to be wiped out in the eastern Pacific Ocean until a recent series of discoveries. Here, a tagged hawksbill makes it way to the water in Machalilla National Park, ...S.D. scientist finds sea turtles in strange places
St. Joseph, Missouri – Nestle Purina PetCare is releasing what it says is the first television commercial designed to appeal to dogs. The company told the St. Joseph News-Press that animal behavior experts at the Nestle Purina Product Technology Center in St. Joseph, Mo., helped it develop the commercial aimed at selling Beneful dog food. The ad will be shown in Austria. Nestle Purina says its first attempt to develop an ad for dogs had little success. The ad features the squeaky sound of a dog toy and a bell. more
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Washington DC – In a city that hosts its fair share of murders and terror plots, Washington, D.C., police are cracking down on another threat to the nation’s capital — expired vehicle registrations. To the frustration of forgetful drivers, Metropolitan Police Department officers are throwing people in jail for letting their tag renewals lapse. The practice provoked somewhat of a backlash last year after a local mother from Maryland was jailed for what in many places would be a routine traffic offense punishable by fine. But the department continues to reserve and exercise the right to throw drivers in the clink for missing the DMV deadline, no matter where they’re from. more
Edinburgh – Two people have been taken to hospital following the “world’s hottest chilli” competition at an Edinburgh Indian restaurant. Emergency services were called to the Kismot restaurant in St Leonards Street after some competitors became “very unwell”. The competition involves people eating the “Kismot Killer” curry. On the restaurant’s website it insists that participants sign a legal disclaimer before taking part in the competition, which raises money for the Scottish children’s charity Chas. It is understood that members of the British Red Cross were on hand at the event, but the Scottish Ambulance Service still had to be called because two people had such a violent reaction. more
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Virginia – A 19-year-old Norfolk man of several crimes related to robberies in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina has been sentenced to nearly 97 years in prison. Raymond Lewis Perry was sentenced in federal court in Norfolk. He was convicted in June on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by means of robbery, three counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery, and four counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. more
A British grandmother's wish came true when her relatives fulfilled her request to see a male stripper on her 100th birthday...more