Discussion in 'Present & Current Events' started by nivek, Apr 6, 2019.
An East Dallas Home's Halloween Decorations Prompt Multiple Police Visits
To much of a good thing!
Police officer killed by cockfighting rooster's blade while breaking up match
Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' for $41,600
Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an "Aladdin's lamp" that they promised would bring him wealth and health.
As part of the con, they even pretended to conjure up spirits from the lamp, in line with the tale from The Arabian Nights, Indian media report.
The men had reportedly wanted more than $200,000 for the lamp but settled for a down payment of $41,600.
A third, female, suspect is at large.
The doctor reportedly filed a complaint with local police in Meerut, western Uttar Pradesh, earlier this week.
In the complaint, quoted by NDTV, he said he met the two men when he began treating a woman he understood to be their mother over the course of a month.
"Gradually they started telling me about a baba (godman) whom they claimed also visited their home. They started brainwashing me and asked me to meet this baba," he says, according to NDTV. He then did meet the baba "who seemed to perform such rituals".
He also reportedly said that "during one visit 'Aladdin' actually made an appearance in front of me" and it was only later that he realised one of the accused had been dressing up as the iconic figure.
Other reports in Indian media suggest that the suspects pretended to conjure up a genie, to convince the doctor of the lamp's authenticity.
The men eventually offered him the lamp, promising it "would bring wealth, health and good fortune", for 15,000,000 Indian rupees ($201,200) but settled for a down payment of 33,10000 rupees ($41,584).
A senior Meerut police officer, Amit Rai, told NDTV that the same men were suspected of cheating other families in similar ways. "Two have been arrested. A woman is on the run," he said.
Self-driving race car crashes before race starts
An autonomous car taking part in the recent Roborace event managed to crash before crossing the start line.
In a mishap that can only be described as the very epitome of the term 'epic fail', the Swiss team's vehicle had made its way on to the racetrack as part of this year's Roborace autonomous car event when it took an immediate hard-right turn and plowed straight into the wall at the side of the track before it had even managed to cross the start line.
The embarrassing blunder, which would seem to emphasize the fact that self-driving cars aren't quite ready for mainstream use, occurred during a three-lap time-trial involving six teams - each using the same type of autonomous vehicle but with custom software developed by the teams for the event.
One perk of the race is that the cars drive through a type of mixed-reality course with various virtual obstacles and collectibles appearing on the track. Teams can choose to drive through the virtual obstacles if they choose to do so however this does come with a time penalty.
It remains unclear exactly what caused the car to veer straight into the wall, however it sadly sustained significant damage in the crash and is unlikely to be racing again for a while.
Oftentimes, people who get scammed are themselves trying to cheat. If the lamp were real, it would be worth tens of millions of dollars, at the very least.
"A third, female, suspect is at large." ... yeah with a bag of magic beans that she only wants $100,000. for!
...I know I shouldn't make fun when an innocent [greedy] man has been fleeced by some unscrupulous mf's ... but come on... just how green are the Doctors in India? .... everybody knows that Aladdin's lamp is kept under lock and key in area 51 with the Ark Of The Covenant and all them other doody ancient toys!
Off-duty state trooper returning from a Halloween party in a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume stops drink-drive suspect driving the wrong way
The Nevada Highway Patrol says an off-duty state trooper wearing a “Star War”” costume while returning home from a Halloween party prevented a suspected drunken driver from entering a Las Vegas freeway in the wrong direction.
The Highway Patrol said Trooper Britta Foesch was a designated sober driver and in her personal vehicle and wearing a Stormtrooper costume — but not its helmet — when she stopped the other vehicle and called dispatchers to get on-duty troopers to the scene early Saturday morning.
The Highway Patrol said the other vehicle’s driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver’s license and two traffic violations.
The Highway Patrol said in a statement that it doesn’t recommend that citizens take matters into their own hands. But it said Foesch “is a trained professional having been a state trooper for seven years and a NHP dispatcher before that.”
The statement said Foesch’s actions potentially saved lives.
Here's the officer:
And the official Highway Patrol announcement.
Did she have her pooch with her too?...
I want that suit. Godzilla that is. Make it a 44 long.
I don't think so.
But it is a rescue.
Wis. State Patrol pulls over car with snowmobile strapped to the roof
How could you fail to stop and read a headline like that?
Russia’s ‘Sausage King’ killed with crossbow while in sauna with woman
A Russian oligarch nicknamed the “Sausage King” was killed by a crossbow Monday when two masked men attacked the meat magnate and a woman in a sauna at his countryside estate outside Moscow, according to reports.
Vladimir Marugov was found dead in the sauna after his partner fled through a window in the outdoor hut and notified police about the attack some 25 miles west of the capital, the Moscow Times reported.
The assailants tied up Marugov and the woman and demanded money before killing him with the crossbow, according to Reuters.
They left behind the murder weapon before taking off in a car, which was later found in the nearby village of Istra, where affluent Russians have country homes known as dachas.
Russia’s Investigative Committee — the country’s equivalent of the FBI — did not name the victim, but he was identified by local media as Marugov, the owner of the Ozyorsky and Meat Empire sausage factories, the BBC reported.
Since last year, he had been involved in a highly publicized property rights dispute with his ex-wife, poet Tatyana Marugova, almost five years after their divorce, according to the Moscow Times.
It was not yet clear who was behind the attack and an investigation has been launched.
Old tech used to control new tech!
Essex: Firefighters rescue three men trapped in a tumble dryer
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to a derelict laundry site in Bower Hill, Epping at 6.35pm on Friday. They found the three young men, all believed to be in their late teens, stuck in the industrial-sized dryer.
While two of them had successfully climbed in, the third had got his ankles trapped in the door, the force said.
The fire service had to call out Essex Police, the helicopter medical emergency service (HEMS) and the ambulance service's hazardous area response team to help free the young men.
They used a range of heavy equipment and removed the dryer door so the third man could free himself. All three were given pain relief and left in the care of paramedics, the fire service said.
@The shadow isn't this your neck of the woods?...
Yeah! Insane crazy!
In Other News: 2 Kayakers Were Almost Swallowed By A Whale. The Video Is Wild.
Two whale watchers in California got more than the full experience when their kayak was capsized by a breaching humpback whale. In astonishing footage of the incident taken by several witnesses, the kayak is thrust into the air as the whale breaches the surface with its mouth wide open.
Julie McSorley and her friend Liz Cottriel, both of San Luis Obispo, were kayaking off the coast of Avila Beach, watching whales about 30 feet from them, when they were surprised by the encounter, according to FOX26 News.
Local KSBY-TV journalist Melissa Newman shared two videos from bystanders who were filming at the time:
McSorley told FOX26 that she saw a large school of fish known as a bait ball approaching when she saw the whale coming toward her.
“I thought, ’Oh no! It’s too close,” said McSorley, who was recording on her cellphone.
“All of a sudden, I lifted up, and I was in the water.”
Cottriel said she thought the whale was going to crush her.
“I’m thinking to myself, ’I’m going to push. Like, I’m going to push a whale out of the way! It was the weirdest thought. I’m thinking, ‘I’m dead. I’m dead.’ I thought it was going to land on me,” she said. “Next thing I know, I’m underwater.”
According to KSBY, although footage from bystanders makes it look as though the women actually went inside the whale’s mouth, McSorley said the kayak just overturned and they were thrust into the water.
In McSorley’s video, she can be heard screaming before going underwater. When she resurfaces, she and her friend ask each other if they’re OK before one replies, “We’re good.”
Both women escaped unharmed and were assisted back to shore by other kayakers and paddle-boarders.
Experts say it’s important for whale watchers to keep their distance when swimming with or observing whales. They can behave unpredictably, and active surface behaviors, such as breaching, tail and fin slaps, pose risks to swimmers.
The harbor patrol told KSBY this can be tough to enforce as one moment there’s plenty of space and the next the whales may have quickly approached.
Dog accidentally shoots owner in the leg, police say
A dog accidentally fired a gun into its owner's leg recently, the Plano, Texas, police department said this week.
The owner was picking up his dog when its paw got lodged in the trigger of the gun in his waistband, sending a bullet through his thigh.
The man was not badly hurt. The bullet didn't hit any major arteries, and he was able to drive himself to the hospital.
The Plano Police Department took the opportunity to remind Texans to be responsible with guns.
"When you are carrying your firearm, make sure you have a holster that is safe and protects the trigger from any inadvertent discharges.
When you are not carrying your firearm, store it in a gun safe or other locking device to keep them out of the hands of others.
Always assume the weapon is loaded and treat it as such.
Keep your finger off the trigger until the weapon is ready to be fired.
Practice, practice, practice. Know your weapon, how and when to use it, and be a smart and responsible gun owner."
Idaho Man Busted Cooking Chickens In Yellowstone Hot Spring
This is weird, even by 2020 standards. A group of people, including a man from Idaho Falls, was recently busted in Yellowstone National Park while they were cooking a chicken in one of the park's geothermal hot springs.
The culinary event happened in early August, according to Nate Eaton at East Idaho News, when park authorities were given reports of a group carrying cooking gear towards a hot spring. Rangers arrived and found the group had two chickens cooking in the hot waters of a spring. The Idaho Falls man was given a citation for walking in the thermal area, to which he plead guilty. He was also given a $600 fine, probation, and he is banned from Yellowstone for the next two years.
I can't imagine that chicken boiled in sulfur heated water can be very delicious, and while Yellowstone may be doing many things to improve the park for visitors, cooking stations at the geysers isn't part of the plans. Yet. Travelling off the designated paths is dangerous at Yellowstone as ground can be brittle and home to a body of hot water underneath. Many of the geysers and hot springs are unpredictable, so park rangers take the off-trail excursions very seriously. Plus, you don't need to leave the pathways to have an amazing vacation at Yellowstone and you also don't need a lot of time. A nice weekend vacation to Yellowstone is possible for residents of Southern Idaho.
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