Tragedy

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A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said. Preliminary reports put the epicenter 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-southwest of the city of Puebla, according to the USGS. It was felt in the center of Mexico City, which is only about 75 miles (121 km) from the epicenter. The earthquake struck at a depth of about 33 miles (51 km).

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Best Buy says “it’s deeply sorry” after a photo taken at one of its Houston stores, which appeared to show a case of water selling for $42 in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. a Best Buy representative apologized following the accusation of price gouging. Best Buy said the sale was “clearly a mistake on the part of a few employees at a single store.” The company said it doesn’t have pricing for cases of water in its system and employees priced the water “by multiplying the cost of one bottle by the number of bottles in a case.

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The New York Times released a horrifying video showing Google Street View captures to compare against highways and roads in Houston, Texas, today after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Thus far six people have died in the massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas as the rains continue to fall. Current predictions are that there could be as much as 15 inches more of rain in the coming days.

A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million US to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.

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The former UFC fighter Tim Hague has died following a knockout in a boxing fight. He was 34. Hague was taken to hospital on Friday after he was knocked out by Adam Braidwood during their fight in Edmonton but died on Sunday. “It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” Hague’s sister, Jackie Neil, said in a statement on Sunday. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him so greatly.” The Canadian fought in five UFC contests winning his debut before losing the other four. In total, he fought 34 mixed martial arts contests, and had a 21-13 record.

He was knocked out eight times, with four of those coming within the last two years. After the end of his UFC career in 2011 he said he was going to take time off after suffering a concussion. “I’m gonna take a little break away from MMA, let the brain heal from my concussion, and get the passion/fire back,” he wrote on Facebook.

A man in Schenectady, New York has been arrsted after throwing gasoline on his wife and setting her on fire during an argument. It killed her.

69-year-old Antonio Bargallo and his wife, identified as 48-year-old Elizabeth Gonzales, owned the home where a fire had been reported Saturday morning. A neighbor was rattled awake by her screams. That neighbor used a blanket to put out the flames.

The victim was airlifted to a hospital. She died there Sunday morning.

Mr. Bargallo has been charged with attempted murder, which cops say will likely be upgraded to second-degree murder now that the victim has died.

He’s currently residing in the county jail without bail.

 

Police in Russia are investigating a social media rush of teen suicide attempts by groups hell bent on challenging them to do so.

Two schoolgirls fell to their deaths from a building this past weekend creating very real fears that they may have been talked into doing it by so-called “games masters” behind a bizarre new craze called Blue Whale.

Teens are given tasks to complete, such as cutting themselves in the image of a blue whale, among other images and words, then eventually being told to kill themselves on day 50 of the game.

16-year-old Veronika Volkova (above, left) and 15-year-old Yulia Konstantinova (above, right) fell to their demise this past Sunday from the roof of an apartment building in Ust-Ilimsk.

The very next day, a young girl identified only as 15-year-old Ekaterina was critically injured when she fell onto snowy ground from an apartment in Krasnoyarsk.

Just two days before that, a 14-year-old girl threw herself under a train.

This has all prompted detectives to investigate whether the online suicide game played any part in any or all of the girls’ deaths.

Reports claim that two teen boys were arrested at one of the scenes after recording the double suicide.

After the arrest of a suspected ringleader (below), there was suddenly a reduction in the bizarre cases, but the concern is still there.

He’s been identified as 21-year-old Philip Budeikin and he was arrested last year and charged with organizing eight groups between 2013 and 2016 which “promote suicide”.

 

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Six University of Connecticut students have been arrested and charged with alcohol-related offenses after the death of a student who was run over by a fire truck after leaving their party last year.

The male students had hosted an off-campus party at a frat-affiliated house on October 16th, which the victim, identified as 19-year-old Jeffny Pally, had attended.

The female sophomore had been sitting with her back against the garage door of the UConn Public Safety Complex at around 1 a.m. after leaving that party.

When a fire truck responded to a call, she was run over. To add insult to her death, that call turned out to be a false alarm.

Her body wasn’t found until roughly a half-hour later when the firefighters returned to the station.

She’d died from injuries to her head and torso, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Her blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit when she died.

The tragedy was ruled an accident, as far as the driver of the truck was concerned.

But Patrick Callahan, Matthew Moll, Dylan Morose, Austin Custodio, Dominic Godi and Jonathan Polansky were charged on Friday.

Those students range in age from 21 to 22.

Four of them, Callahan, Moll, Morose and Polansky, were charged with permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol.

Custodio was accused of buying the beer and vodka for the party, while Godi is said to have taken it to the location.

Two other students were charged in connection with the false alarm.

All of the men have been released pending their arraignment on March 8th.

The fraternity’s national office has revoked the local group’s charter.

 

An Arkansas teen is accused of brutally raping and killing his roommate before sexually abusing her corpse.

18-year-old Austin Lance Grammer was taken into custody on Wednesday after cops found 20-year-old Leslie Perry’s dead body inside the home where the two lived together.

Cops were called to the home after reports of a death late on February 17th.

Grammer was arrested five days later.

The couple are believed to have been coworkers at a local cafe.

Mr. Grammer has been charged with manslaughter, rape, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

He’s currently residing in the Benton County Jail with bond set at $150,000.

He’s next due in court on April 3rd.

 

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Four people in Indiana have been taken into custody in connection with the death of 9-year-old blind boy with cerebral palsy who’d been starved to the point of weighing just 15 pounds. That’s about the average size of a three-month-old.

Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded at just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday in reference to a 911 call about a child in cardiac arrest.

The young victim, identified as nine-year-old Cameron Hoopingarner, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Both State police and sheriff’s deputies arrested four people who live in the home where he was found. Among them were the boy’s two guardians, 53-year-old Robin Lee Kraemer and 56-year-old Hubert Kraemer. They were charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

The other two residents, identified as 30-year-old Sarah Beth Travioli and 33-year-old and Chad Kraemer, were taken into custody on charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent, and failure to report child neglect.

None of the suspects were related to Cameron biologically, and all four are jobless.

According to a corner’s preliminary findings, the young victim’s cause of death was severe malnutrition, with the manner of death ruled as homicide.

An official compared the boy’s condition to that of concentration camp victims.

Hubert and Robin had been caring for the boy since he was just three days old. He was bedridden and was unable to attend a school.

Chad Kraemer and Sarah Travioli’s two kids, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were taken into protective custody.

Each of the four suspects are being held on $250,000 bond.

 

A 16-year-old Nebraska mother has confessed to killing her newborn daughter by throwing her out of a second-floor window.

Antonia Lopez gave birth without anyone knowing on September 30, 2016. She then threw her out of the window before taking to Facebook to try and get a ride and help to dispose of the body.

About two months premature, the tiny child measured 14 inches long and weighed only two pounds.

She had bleeding around her skull, brain, spine and abdomen and was pronounced dead.

Lopez initially denied knowing she was pregnant, but messages on her Snapchat showed different, and she’d kept it hidden for months.

She was charged as an adult originally, but entered a plea of admission after her case was moved to the juvenile court.

She would have been facing 20 years to life if convicted as an adult. She was ordered to continue school and undergo both medical and psychiatric care while staying in foster care.

She’s likely to be put on probation or sent to a group home or juvenile detention facility until she turns 19.

She started pushing the baby out onto a towel that she’d laid on the ground, before piercing the amniotic sac with a pair of nail clippers.

She then panicked and threw her new child out of the window. Her mother called 911 after she found the baby in the grass. The little girl was pronounced dead by the time she was taken to the hospital.

A pathologist told cops that the baby was alive when she’d been tossed, but Lopez told her boyfriend that she’d had a miscarriage.

She posted to Facebook just over a half-hour before paramedics were dispatched to her home.

When a friend replied, she asked for help disposing of the baby’s body, and asked for trashbags and a car.

 

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A Chick-Fil-A location honored a fallen officer tragically killed on January 19th during a manhunt for a felon suspected of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, as well as another police officer.

11-year veteran Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis was killed in a motorcycle accident while assisting in that manhunt for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd after he’d allegedly shot and killed Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Thomas Clayton when she’d confronted him outside of a Walmart.

 

Deputy Lewis had frequently visited the location on University Avenue.

The staff at the Chick-Fil-A wanted to pay tribute to him, saying he’d eaten there at least twice a week.

They created what they called a “Missing Man Table” that had a framed photo of the fallen officer, as well as a rose, a Bible, a candle, and empty containers of his usual meal; a 12-piece chicken nuggets and a fruit cup.

The staff there say that his “smiling face will be truly missed!”

“Thanks is not enough for what brave men and women like Norm sacrifice for our safety every day,” the post on their Facebook page reads.

 

A couple in Jackson Township, Ohio were arrested after the body of their five-year-old daughter, previously reported missing, was found in their Chinese restaurant.

At roughly 9 p.m. this past Monday, Mingming Chen called to report her daughter, five-year-old Ashley Zhao, missing.

She told them that she’d last seen her a few hours prior in the restaurant that her family owns.

A search for Ashley by locals and law enforcement was called off when young Ashley’s body was found “deceased and concealed” in the eating establishment.

After she was found, the jig was up. It turns our that Ms. Chen had purportedly punched her daughter repeatedly in the head. Ashley’s father, Liang Zhao, then found her on the ground with a green liquid coming from her mouth.

When he went to clean her up, he found that she wasn’t breathing and attempted CPR. His efforts proved fruitless.

MingmingChen was arrested and charged with murder and felonious assault, while Liang Zhao was charged with complicity to commit felonious assault and complicity to murder.

 

A so-called mother in Utah is now behind bars after her 12-year-old son was found by his father locked in a bathroom. The boy only weighed 30 pounds.

It all started on January 8th when the young boy’s father took him to a hospital after finding him locked in an upstairs bathroom at the mother’s home.

He was so malnourished that he couldn’t even stand up.

Law enforcement then got a warrant to search the home of 36-year-old Brandy K. Jaynes, the boy’s mother.

The bathroom door had been double-bolted from the outside. The living conditions in that bathroom were described by detectives as “deplorable.”

They found feces all across the room, one blanket, empty cans of beans, and a camera for monitoring the inside of the bathroom.

The light switches had been duct-taped to ensue they stayed off.

Perhaps the worst part? He’d been locked in that bathroom for at least a year!

Ms. Jaynes told authorities that the boy was locked in the bathroom because he wanted to sleep in there. She claims she locked him in for his “safety” when she would leave the home.

She’s been charged with aggravated felony child abuse.

The woman’s two other children were removed from the home. They were siblings of the abused boy. They required no medical attention and told investigators that the last time they’d spoken to their brother was through the door roughly six months ago.

The victim is expected to be in the hospital for at least three weeks.

 

Following the shooting in Fort Lauderdale that saw five people killed, a new report shows some shocking statistics about where mass shootings tend to take place.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, from the 1950’s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4% of mass shootings occurred in gun-free zones. Only 1.6% occurred where citizens were allowed to carry firearms.

The FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence” or that were part of some other crime. The FBI also defines “public” places as “including commercial areas (divided into malls, businesses open to pedestrian traffic, and businesses closed to pedestrian traffic), “educational environments” (divided into schools [pre-kindergarten through 12th grade] and IHEs), open spaces, government properties (divided into military and other government properties), houses of worship, and health care facilities.”

Using the data from 1950 through February 2016, there were three mass public shootings in places where general citizens are allowed to have guns — just over 1% of the shootings during that period.

To see the list for yourself, follow the link here.

State lawmakers, very recently, have started making moves to eliminate gun-free zones in multiple places, including two bills introduced in the Florida Senate and House that allows for carrying in airports and government buildings. There’s also one in Kentucky to allow guns to be carried in schools.

 

A woman and her boyfriend in Texas have been arrested and charged in what authorities call a brutal case of sexual assault. It involved a one-year-old little girl.

Crystal Herrera called 911 on December 31st claiming the infant had wandered out of the home in the middle of the night and had been attacked by dogs.

When the little girl was examined, however, she was found to have life threatening injuries consistent with sexual assault. These included stab wounds on her upper body and genitals that were described as “non-accidental.”

She, along with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Isaac Andrew Cardenas, were arrested and charged with super aggravated sexual assault and injury to a child.

The baby is said to be in stable condition.

 

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The parents of an infant just 16 days old have been arrested after the child was was injured last week by scalding water and they chose to do nothing.

25-year-old Patric Edward Eddy and 26-year-old Candace Mercedes Matthews claimed they were “too high” on meth to bother getting care for the baby.

The injury occurred Tuesday evening at a 16-year-old babysitter’s residence. The teen was giving the baby a bath and inadvertently turned off the cold water, believing it was the hot water.

The girl then told her mother what happened, and her mother called the child’s parents. They came and picked the child up and took her home.

The mother of the babysitter visited them to check on the baby and saw her in a bed crying.

According to the arrest affidavit, she says the infant’s diaper was “full of urine and feces.” The couple were asleep in a bed next to the little girl. She then reportedly observed a burn on the child’s stomach that she described as “awful”. She then tried to wake the girl’s mother up and ask her if she wanted to take the child to the hospital.

She reportedly agreed, but took it to her mother, a former nurse, instead. She, in turn, told her to get the infant to a hospital.

The wasted woman then reportedly called 911.

The little girl was then taken to the Air Evac Lifeteam headquarters with first and second-degree burns on 40% of her body.

She’s being transferred to a burn center in Texas, where she’ll spend at least a month recovering.

The couple are said to have admitted that they were under the influence of meth.

Bail was set at $250,000 for both of them and they remain in custody at the Pontotoc County Justice Center.

 

The young woman struck by lightning on Sunday (1 st), during a storm in Itanhaém, on the coast of São Paulo, was transferred to the Pimentas do Bonsucesso Municipal Hospital in Guarulhos, São Paulo, on Monday. Taline Campos, 25, had a cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition.

According to the press office of the City Hall of Guarulhos, the victim is in the ICU in serious condition. Taline was struck by the electric discharge while walking in the water, around 4:30 p.m. She lives in Guarulhos and was vacationing on the São Paulo coast with relatives.