Monthly Archives: March 2012
‘This was a tragic accident’: Man sentenced for shooting woman in head because he thought her red Mohawk was a BIRD
A man was sentenced to five years probation for shooting a woman because he thought her red Mohawk was a bird.
Derrill Rockwell, 49, shot the 23-year-old woman with his .22-caliber rifle in Grand Junction, Colorado late last year because he confused her cherry-colored hairdo for a fowl that had been bothering his cats.
The woman, whose named was not released, survived the gunshot wounds to the head that Rockwell fired after chasing a bird he spotted on a hill 90 feet away.
In the courtroom Friday, Sean Crocker, a detective on the case, called the case an unusual one.
He said: ‘In 15 years in law enforcement, this was one of the more interesting cases I’ve worked.’
On the day of the shooting, Rockwell had grabbed his firearm to go after a bird on the hill that he believed was responsible for annoying his cats.
He pulled the trigger once.
But the ‘bird’ did not go away.
He soon heard moans coming from a woman, and discovered her with a large Mohawk and a wound on her head.
Rockwell pleaded guilty to felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender.
This was a tragic accident, and I’m truly sorry,’ he said.
Other charges filed against the shooter were dropped. Those included tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct, tampering with evidence and false reporting.
Rockwell had to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.
Authorities said the man had been misleading in their investigation about his role in bringing the woman to safety.
The shooter told police that he gave the woman a towel for her head and took her to the emergency at a local hospital.
He said he had left his name and a phone number where he can be reached to doctors.
But prosecutors said the woman entered the hospital alone.
He apparently told a nurse that he had found a woman bleeding from her head after he heard noises outside.
The shooter later got rid of the weapon by throwing it into the Colorado River, according to prosecutors.
Nearly a week later, he told police that he had mistook the woman’s hairstyle for a bird.
Rockwell was not allowed to own a gun after he was convicted in 1995 for attempted burglary.
‘His body flew to the ceiling like he was in a rocket’: Miracle as elevator cable snaps and teen survives THREE-story drop
A Bronx teenager is lucky to be alive after the cable on a elevator car he was in snapped, sending him plummeting down three floors.
Kenneth Lacen, 17, got into the elevator around 9pm on Thursday after spending the evening visiting friends on the fifth floor of a Woodycrest Avenue apartment block.
As the car neared the second floor, where Lacen lives, the cable suddenly split, sending him flying through the air.
‘His body flew to the ceiling like he was in a rocket,’ his godmother Tashone Glenn, 36, told the New York Daily News. ‘He hit his back. He is alive by the grace of God.’
The force of the impact shook the building, alarming Lacen’s godbrothers who realised he was in there.
They started screaming ‘Are you okay?’ He was shocked and scared,’ said his cousin Tiffany Shalmers, 30.
Lacen was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he was treated for neck and back injuries, after being rescued by firefighters.
The Grace Dodge High School sophomore said his life flashed before his eyes during his ordeal, adding that the faulty elevator was an accident waiting to happen.
‘I just heard the thing pop and it just went down, I thought I was going to die,’ he told CBS.
‘When it came down I flew in the air, I hurt my back and my knee, When it came down I flew in the air, I hurt my back and my knee.’
It isn’t the first time the six-story building has suffered elevator-related problems.
There are three open violations, according to Department of Buildings records, including failure to maintain building in code for worn car shoes, improper lighting and insecure electrical wires on the top of the elevator.
Meet Johanna Quaas, the lycra-donning granny whose muscular physique puts Madonna to shame.
At 86 Quass, of Halle, Saxony, would be forgiven for wanting to put her feet up, which she does – over her head that is.
And her gymnastic prowess is not the only trophy in her cabinet, she was once a member of the East German handball champion team, too.
The octogenarian showed off her skills at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup in Germany, where she wowed the crowd with her moves, performing an impressive parallel bar and floor demonstration.
Cult of the ‘Holy Death’: Eight arrested in Mexico after woman and two 10-year-old boys are ‘ritually sacrificed’
Eight people have been arrested in northern Mexico have over the killing of two 10-year-old boys and a woman in what appears to be ritual sacrifices.
Prosecutors in Sonora, in the north-west of the country have accused the suspects of belonging to the La Santa Muerte (Holy Death) cult.
The victims’ blood has been poured round an altar to the idol, which is portrayed as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes.
The cult, which celebrates death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico in the last 20 years, and now has up to two million followers.
Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the most recent killing was earlier this month, while the other two were committed in 2009 and 2010.
Their bodies were found at the altar site in the small mining community of Nacozari, 70 miles south of Douglas, Arizona.
Investigations were launched after the family of 10-year-old Jesus Octavio Martinez Yanez reported him missing early this month.
Mr Larrinaga said the murders took place at a ritual during the night, lit by candles.
‘They sliced open the victims’ veins and, while they were still alive, they waited for them to bleed to death and collected the blood in a container,’ he said.
There have been no confirmed killings previously attributed to the cult, which follows a mix of Catholic faith with indigenous and pagan beliefs.
Many of those arrested belonged to the same family, reports said.
Silvia Meraz, one of the suspects, and her son, Ramon Palacios, were allegedly leaders of the cult, according to prosecutors.
Speaking to reporters, she said: ‘We all agreed to do it. Supposedly she [one of the victims] was a witch or something.’
She did not comment on the other killings.
STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford Academy student was arrested Wednesday and charged with trying to strangle a teacher with his own necktie, police said.
Police believe Shaquille Leon Waldron-Gray, 18, of Stamford got into an argument with one of his teachers about the number of times he was late for class. They say the argument escalated until Waldron-Gray attempted to strangle the teacher, eventually fleeing the school when police were called.
Witnesses led police to a Bedford Street Parking Garage, where the suspect was found and arrested, police said. Before he was taken into custody the suspect tried to punch one of the officers, but missed, police said.
Waldron-Gray was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution, third-degree assault, first-degree threatening, second-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct, police said. He was unable to post $2,500 bond, and appeared in court Thursday morning, police said.
The victim told police he would drive himself to the hospital later Wednesday to have his injuries checked.
(Newser) What the world needs now is more children, declares 19 Kids and Counting mother Michelle Duggar. What about overpopulation? Not to worry, says the reality show mom. Despite the world supporting a record 7 billion people, the whole “mindset” of overpopulation is “not true; it’s a lie,” Duggar tells the Christian Broadcasting Network. “The idea of overpopulation is not accurate because, really, the entire population of the world, if they were stood shoulder to shoulder, could fit in the city limits of Jacksonville,” says Duggar. “So if you realize that aspect of it, we realize we’re not anywhere near being overpopulated,” she explains.
“We’ve had other countries coming to our doorstep asking us to please let their people know that they need to have more children because their death rates are outnumbering their births rates and they’re in crisis,” Duggar adds, without specifying which countries she’s talking about. Duggar, who recently had a family funeral for her miscarried fetus, said she agrees with Mother Teresa: “To say that there are too many kids is like saying there are too many flowers.” The interview started with a question from a viewer asking if 19 children might be too many. “Oh wow,” a shocked Duggar responded.
(CBS/AP) MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A nightclub in Alabama’s capital city has come up with a unique theme night involving food support for needy families.
The Rose Supper Club in Montgomery will host a “Food Stamp Friday” theme night in April.
A flyer for the April 6, 2012 event says that entrance will be $5 up until 10:30 p.m. with a valid food stamp card and free shots will be given at the door.
Manager Harman Wilson says the night is meant to complement the club’s other theme nights, such as Fat Tuesday, Karaoke Wednesday or Thirsty Thursday.
Wilson says patrons will not be able to use their food stamps to buy alcoholic beverages. He says he hopes the novel approach will draw people to the club.
Human Resources Department spokesman Barry Sparks says the department does not approve of the promotion. He says food assistance benefits are meant to provide nourishment for hungry families.
MEDFORD, Ore. — Police have arrested a Medford, Ore., man accused of firing two shots into the air to quiet a pair of neighborhood children playing outside his trailer.
Officers responded to the Shirleen Trailer Park on Wednesday after 911 callers reported the shots.
Police say 42-year-old Danny Way “had become angry with the amount of noise” the 9-year-old and 14-year-old were making and walked outside. According to the police account, the man was about 10 feet away when he fired a .9 mm handgun twice “in their direction, but in the air over their heads.” The children were unhurt.
Way was booked in the Jackson County Jail for investigation of menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.