Brooke Baures Killed After Head Was Crushed Inside Dumbwaiter


Brook-BauresOfficials have ruled that the death of Brooke Baures, the 21-year-old waitress found dead inside a restaurant’s dumbwaiter, was accidental.

The Wisconsin college gymnast was found dead inside a dumbwaiter at the at the WingDam Saloon and Grill where she worked as a waitress.

A co-worker on the first floor opened the dumbwaiter expecting to find dirty dishes from a second floor banquet, but found Baures’ dead body instead.

Now that the autopsy report has been released we know that a crime was not committed, which is a good thing, but I still have no idea how she managed to get herself killed.

Based on the autopsy results, FCPD believes that Brooke’s head was located almost entirely inside the cab of the elevator canted slightly to her right as the cab descended. When the roof of the cab passed the sill of the second floor access, Brooke sustained fatal crushing injuries to her brainstem and cerebellum.

The autopsy report goes on to state Baures suffered extensive crushing of her calvarium, mandible and maxilla – all areas around the nose and mouth. Put all of that info together and it paints a pretty gruesome picture. I am guessing the only thing that stopped her from being half-capped was her spinal cord.

Instead of the top half of her head being sent down to the kitchen while the rest of her body slumped on the second floor, it looks like her body was pulled in behind the dumbwaiter after her head was crushed.

This explains some of the earlier reports of her being tangled up in the machinery and why the person who found her told 911: “I think one of my co-workers got (caught) in, like, our dumbwaiter, but I’m not willing to look close enough.”

Federal and state regulators have launched separate investigations into Baures death, but I have doubt they will come to the same conclusions. The dumbwaiter has since been permanently removed.

Heather Green Tried To Comfort Her Two Sons As They Died In Trailer Fire


The children killed in an RV fire Monday night were Damion Green, 1, and Kayden Green, 4. Their 3-year-old sister, Amiyah Green, was in the RV but was rescued with minor injuries.

Heather-GreenHeather Green, their mother, was outside the RV when the fire started.

The father, Christopher Green, is an inmate in the Twin Falls County Jail. He has been notified, and accommodations were being made for him, officials said.

Gina Johnson said Creekside Court RV Park, which she manages, is providing the family housing for the next few months.

“I’ve known (Heather Green) for five years, and this woman would die for her children. She loved her babies,” Johnson said.

She said the stricken mother gave her this account:

Heather was standing outside, smoking, playing a game with one of her sons. He pushed the camper door toward her, and she pushed it back at him. Then the door clicked closed and locked from the inside

Soon after, Green looked back at the camper and saw flames.

“She was screaming for her daughter to unlock the door,” Johnson said.

Park manager Gary Zimmers said Heather yelled at a neighbor for help. When they couldn’t break into the RV, the neighbor ran to Zimmers for help.

“We sprinted back over there,” he said. Zimmers broke a window, reached in, grabbed Amiyah and pulled her out. In the process, he got a 5-inch gash on his arm.

“I still don’t know what I broke the window with,” he said. “It was dark, and I was groping around.”

Meanwhile, Johnson said, “Heather was at the other window. She almost cut her finger off. Her poor hands were burned.”

She couldn’t reach the boys but kept talking to them.

“She was standing by the window with her hand in there, telling them that she loved them. She made sure they heard it until she heard no more from them.”

Johnson said, “They were great kids. The youngest little boy, he was just a peach.”

Zimmers and other neighbors then sprayed a garden hose on the fire.

Zimmers said he’s thankful the girl was near a window. “Any quick-thinking person would have done the same thing.”

He said a fire official told him a space heater caused the fire. Police suspect that was the cause, and they confirm that the door had locked.

Tuesday morning, the smell of smoke still hung in the air at the High Desert R.V. Park.

Children’s toys were strewn outside. The camper interior was gutted, and areas around the door and windows were blackened with soot.

State Fire Marshal investigators were on site. So was a police detective, and a patrol officer provided security.

Detectives believe the children were the only people inside the RV at the time, a news release said.

The investigation could take days. Detectives are interviewing witnesses and the mother, who had lived at the park with her children for several months.

“The wheels are in motion,” said Ron Aguirre, battalion chief for the Twin Falls Fire Department.

Firefighters removed the little boys from the RV on Monday night, and the children were pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center.

Johnson said she was with Heather at the emergency room, and the doctor, nurses and chaplain were “amazing. They were loving. The chaplain never left her side.”

Firefighters had been called about 6 p.m. Monday to the High Desert RV Park at 221 Addison Ave. W. The trailer, a Fleetwood Wilderness, was engulfed in flames.

Residents told them children were inside, and firefighters immediately went in and removed the boys.

The family lost everything. Johnson is collecting items for Heather and Amiyah at Creekside Court, 146 Addison Ave W.

Amiyah wears a size 4T and a size 8 in girl’s shoes. Heather wears a size small shirt, size 5 pants and size 8 shoes, Johnson said. She also welcomes blankets and other items for the family.

The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing, food and clothing for the girl and her mother. It also is coordinating efforts to help the family, said Aguirre.

An account has been set up at Farmers National Bank under the name “Gina Johnson, care of Heather Green.” Donations can be made at any branch. Johnson said donations have come in from residents of Washington, D.C., New York, Boise and the Magic Valley.

The TEARS Foundation is helping with funeral expenses and offers ongoing emotional support, Johnson said.

She said she will set up a Christmas tree with presents in the cabin where the family will stay. She wants to show Amiyah that “Santa Claus is still here.”

Randy Barker, a neighbor, said he had met the Greens, and Heather often stopped to say hello to him and his dog. He said the family had two dogs, but he didn’t know if they were in the RV Monday night.

Barker said he was away when the fire started but returned to see fire engines and police cars. “I thought I’d left my heater on in my trailer and it was on fire.”

Then another neighbor told him whose trailer was burning.

“Everybody in here is like a family almost,” Zimmers said.

As for the father, the jail can arrange special visits, but an early release or furlough would be for a judge to decide, said Capt. Brent Hilliard, of the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.

Two criminal masterminds decide the best place to discuss their alibi is the backseat of a patrol car with a camera inside it


The back seat of a patrol car wasn’t the best place for two suspected burglars to form an alibi.

Their recorded conversation about where the purses and drills in their vehicle came from would eventually land them in jail, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.


Daniel Gargiulo, 39, of Jupiter, was arrested the day of the Sept. 25 incident while Michael Rochefort, 38, who has no fixed address, was arrested Friday.

Despite noticing the camera pointed at them in the back seat of the patrol car, a deputy said the two tried to construct an alibi and blame the stolen items on another man who they said they dropped off at a gas station.

“We dropped him off at the — what’s that star over there? That gas station … ,” Gargiulo said, according to the report.

However, afterward deputies checked the gas station surveillance video and didn’t see any of the men at the station.

After Gargiulo asked Rochefort how they would explain to the deputies how they know the other man, Rochefort responds, [tell them] “he used to live across the street.”

Their profanity-laced conversation included Rochefort worrying about what his dad was going to think and their concerns as they watched investigators photograph the stolen items:

Gargiulo: “I wanna see what they’re pulling out.”

Rochefort: “Everything … What’s that paper?”

Gargiulo: “What paper?”

Rochefort: “Uh, huh. Maybe it’s a pawn receipt or something? You don’t have pawn receipts do you?”

Gargiulo: “No, should I?”

Gargiulo would get upset seconds later, asking Rochefort what else investigators were pulling out of the vehicle.

The two men ended up in the back seat of the patrol car after deputies got a report of a suspicious person at about 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the 7400 block of Trentino Way.

About 15 minutes later, deputies arrived to find a four-door, silver Nissan parked halfway in the road in the 9700 block of Hagen Ranch Road.

A deputy said the driver, Gargiulo, had blood on his shirt, pants and arm and appeared to be on narcotics. Deputies would later find drugs and a burnt spoon in the vehicle along with Louis Vuitton purses as well as drills, according to the report.

Another deputy came up to the car and said he immediately recognized Rochefort because he was a suspect in several residential burglaries throughout the county.

Deputies said the estimated loss to two burglarized families was $3,436.

Gargiulo is being held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $1,138,000 bail and faces drug trafficking and drug possession, charges. Rochefort is being held on $18,250 bail and faces a failure to appear charge. Both also face burglary, criminal mischief and grand theft charges.

Woman’s Kidnapping Foiled After Alleged Abductor Meets Her Family


An enraged stranger pulled into a woman’s driveway Sunday night as she unloaded her car from a shopping trip and the two fought, with the woman, screaming for help, managing to fall into her house along with the man.

Chad-BabinThe incident began about 8 p.m. at 11168 Martin Road in Gonzales, where the woman, unpacking her vehicle, saw a stranger pull in behind her, get out and begin screaming at her, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. “She had no idea who he was,” Webre said.

As the woman began to head toward her house, the man said, “You’re coming with me” and grabbed her, Webre said.

Struggling with the man, the woman managed to open the door of her house while calling for help, and both she and her attacker fell into the home, Webre said.

The woman’s husband, who had been asleep, got up, yelled at the intruder to get out, and the man charged the husband, Webre said.

As the husband began to fight off the stranger, the woman called for help in the backyard from her son and his friends, who had just returned from duck hunting, Webre said.

Together, four men — family members and friends — held the man at gunpoint on his stomach in the living room until deputies arrived; the stranger, Chad Babin, 46, 14450 L. Keller Road, St. Amant, was struck in the head by a gun by one of the homeowners in the struggle, Webre said.

Babin was brought to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales — where he was disruptive, Webre said — and treated for a laceration above his right eye, then brought to Ascension Parish Jail.

Babin was booked on counts of simple battery, simple criminal damage to property, home invasion and simple attempted kidnapping, Webre said. Bail had not yet been set as of late Monday afternoon.

Making a phony bomb threat to divert cops from your home is not likely to work if you leave caller ID on


A fugitive attempting to evade arrest allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to a North Idaho elementary school Friday, but in his haste forgot to turn off his caller ID.

Jacob-MooreFriday afternoon a bomb threat was called in to Atlas Elementary School in Hayden. Students and staff were promptly evacuated from the campus and taken to the nearby Panhandle Health District while local law enforcement officers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Police Department and Idaho State Police responded to the scene along with crews from Northern Lakes Fire.

The interior and exterior of the school was swept, no device was found, so the elementary was cleared and students and staff were allowed back on campus.

Meanwhile, authorities were zeroing in on the suspect who, as it turned out, they were already looking for.

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force was staking out a residence where they were preparing to execute a warrant to arrest fugitive Jacob Moore. When the bomb threat was called in, the caller ID was traced back to a phone line at the same home the task force was observing for signs of Moore.

Kootenai County sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller said authorities believe Moore called in the phony bomb threat in order to divert attention from his home so he could make his escape but didn’t realize his phone number showed up when the threat was made.

However, since they had the number traced back to his home, officers went ahead and arrested him.

Moore, 25, was arrested on the unrelated felony charge he was wanted for along with fresh charges for Making a False Report of a Bomb at a School, Obstructing an Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Feds Bust Air Traveler Trying To Smuggle Liquid Cocaine Disguised As Rum



A man carrying what appeared to be four bottles of duty-free rum was actually seeking to smuggle liquid cocaine worth $310,000 into the U.S., federal agents allege.

sinclair1Wilton Sinclair flew last month from Guyana to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was traveling with two pieces of luggage and a pair of duty-free bags, each of which contained two large bottles of El Dorado rum (the “liquid gold of Guyana,” according to its manufacturer).

When Sinclair, 35, was screened at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint, agents noticed that the four bottles contained a “thick syrup-like substance inconsistent with rum,”according to a criminal complaint.

Officers opened the 1.75-liter bottles and detected an unusual chemical odor. Subsequent tests showed that all four bottles field-tested positive for cocaine. Investigators estimated that the bottles held 8.2 kilos of cocaine.

After waiving his Miranda rights, Sinclair, a Georgia resident who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Guyana, told agents that he was to be paid $6000 to get the four bottles into the country.

Charged with a felony smuggling count, Sinclair (pictured above) is free on an unsecured $75,000 bond. According to his Facebook page, Sinclair has served in the U.S. Army.

Things not to leave behind on a train … like a $1.25 million artwork from the 13th century


1417436307_artwork.lost.train.dauphine.Lib (1)Francesco Plateroti had more reason than most to visit the lost property section at a train station.

The Franco-Italian art collector left a 13th century Chinese scroll “Le banquet des immortels à la terrasse de Jade” (“The banquet of immortals on the terrace of Jade”) by Wang Zhenpeng, estimated to be worth around €1 million ($1.25M), on the TGV train he was travelling on on November 21st.

After presenting the work of art, which dates from the Yuan dynasty (1280 – 1329) in the French capital, Plateroti took the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Geneva line and got off at Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a town close to the border with Switzerland and the final stop before Geneva.

Plateroti, who gives lectures on art around the world, didn’t realize immediately that he didn’t have the scroll with him. By the time a panicked Plateroti noticed that something was missing, the train had already left for Geneva.

“I was crushed when I realized I didn’t have it with me,” Plateroti told The Local. “It was a massive shock”.

He immediately alerted staff, who contacted colleagues in Geneva. The train was searched, but unfortunately nothing was found.

All lost property items are sent to a central office in the Swiss city of Berne, but so far no million-euro painting has been handed in.