Man Lives After Setting Self On Fire At Gas Station, Cutting Throat With Ice Scraper

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Police are investigating an attempted suicide at the Cenex gas station here early Tuesday morning after a man doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire.

Matthew-LuedermanPolice Chief Bruce Lang said Matthew R. Luedeman, 27, arrived at the Cenex station on North Sixth Street about 5:15 a.m. wearing blue jeans but no shirt or shoes.

“He took the gas nozzle, turned the gas pump on, held the nozzle above his head and poured gasoline on himself,” Lang said. “He then set himself on fire.”

Lang said Luedeman was engulfed in flames for about 10 seconds and tried to pour more gasoline on himself but a clerk inside the station shut off the pump.

Luedeman then went into the store and chased the clerk outside, police said. She fled and called police.

“He then returned back inside the store, where he found a pair of scissors in a rack that’s for sale,” Lang said. “He took those scissors and cut himself vertically down the middle about 18 inches, fairly deep. That still hasn’t gotten done what he wants to get done.

“He went to where they’re selling ice scrapers. He took an ice scraper and attempted to cut his carotid artery in his neck on the right side.”

Lang said Officer Robert Soldo arrived before Luedeman could inflict further injury on himself.

“(Soldo) was able to deploy the Taser and subdue the individual,” he said. “(Luedeman) was noncompliant throughout that at different points. … He didn’t show the typical pain signs that somebody that’s been tased shows. It hurts. He had the involuntary muscle response, but not a pain response.”

Luedeman was flown to Lincoln for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was in critical condition Tuesday night at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

Lang said he doesn’t know why Luedeman tried to kill himself. He said the Blackfoot County, Idaho, native, who most recently worked in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had no history of substance abuse or mental illness.

Lang said he doesn’t know why Luedeman was in Beatrice, either. Beatrice police got a call from law enforcement in Idaho about the time Luedeman got to the station Tuesday morning.

“They had pinged his cellphone and located him here in Gage County,” Lang said. “His family had been concerned about him for several days, because he had made some somewhat irrational phone calls to them.”

Police here had contact with Luedeman Monday after multiple calls about suspicious behavior. Lang said Luedeman was acting irrationally, but not to the extent that he needed to be committed and that he refused assistance.

“He was acting kind of strange, but as we all know, there are people acting strange that don’t necessarily rise to the level of us needing to do anything with them,” the chief said.

Lang said the Cenex clerk acted fast in preventing further injury to Luedeman.

“I certainly want to commend the clerk at Cenex,” he said. “Her quick action in shutting the gas pump off certainly prevented a bigger explosion of problems, too. She handled the situation well when confronted by calling us and fleeing the danger zone. She did all the right things.”

Man Dismembered Dad, Used Boxed Body Parts As TV Stand

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A U.K. man is accused of killing and dismembering his father, then using a box full of the man’s body parts as a TV stand.

Crown court stockNathan Robinson, 28, admitted in Winchester Crown Court to killing his father, The Guardian reported Wednesday. However, Robinson’s lawyers argue that he is only guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because Robinson was experiencing “abnormality of mental function” when the killing occurred.

Prosecutors say Robinson fatally stabbed his father, 48-year-old William Spiller, in May 2013 at the apartment where they both lived in Dorset. He then dismembered the body and cut it into pieces before storing the remains of his 6’5”, 350-pound father in plastic boxes, with Spiller’s head in a filing cabinet, according to the BBC.

According to police, he was using the plastic boxes that held his father’s body parts to prop up a television.

A few hours after the killing allegedly took place, a downstairs neighbor noticed a “pink liquid” dripping through his ceiling, but when he went to ask Robinson about it, he was told nothing was wrong. Prosecutors now believe the liquid was Spiller’s blood, which had become diluted while Robinson was cleaning up.

Despite the neighbor’s observations, no one discovered Spiller’s remains until about a month later, after the man’s girlfriend reported him missing and law enforcement searched the apartment.

Widow takes husband’s ashes to T-Mobile after they refuse to cancel his plan

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A grieving widow is speaking out about the agony that plagued her following her late husband’s death to cancer — not from his burial, but from trying to cancel his cell phone plan.

910-32-t-mobile-179276Weathered widow Maria Raybould, speaking to the Telegraph, said she did everything from produce her husband’s death certificate to carry his ashes to a T-Mobile store in Cardiff, Wales.

But despite her best efforts, the cell phone provider not only tried to penalize the 56-year-old with a cancellation fee but terrorized her with bill collectors.

“I’ve been up to the shop with the death certificate, with a letter from the crematorium, the funeral bills — even his ashes,” she told the paper of her late husband David, who passed away in August.

After one visit that left her having a panic attack outside the store, she was told that everything would be taken care of.

Fast forward several days later, she received yet another letter from bailiffs seeking payments on his £26-a-month contract — approximately $40.50.

“How dare they put me and my sons through this after all we have been through already,” she said. “I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we have gone through over the last few months. It was easier for us to bury him than sort this out.”

T-Mobile, reached by the Telegraph for comment, has apologized to the widow while blaming their mistake on a delayed automatic process.

They said in a statement: “We apologize to Mrs. Raybould for any distress caused at this difficult time. We can confirm that the account has been closed and the balance cleared.”

Woman In Critical Condition With Burns Over Half Her Body She Was Sexually Assaulted & Set On Fire

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A woman who was sexually assaulted and set on fire was in critical condition Monday, and police turn to the public for help in finding her assailant.

2pq6v7aInvestigators have been unable to interview the victim at the hospital due to her medication and condition, but the Wichita woman gave a very brief description of her assailant at the scene, said police Lt. James Espinoza.

Firefighters responding to a grass fire found the 36-year-old woman with severe burns over 55 percent of her body and cuts on her head.

The attack happened sometime between 10:50 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Friday at Fairmount Park.

‘It is a very heinous act, very cruel,’ Espinoza told the Associated Press.

It is so early in the investigation that police do not know if the attacker may be someone who knew the victim, nor do they know why she was set on fire, he said.

‘We would know if we had a suspect, but we don’t right now,’ Espinoza said.

Police have not yet determined why the woman was in the park, and Espinoza said the victim did not have a nearby car.

The victim’s family said in a statement to KWCH on Sunday ‘We just would hope that if anyone saw anything if they would just come forward. We don’t want this to happen to another innocent person. The victim is a mother to four beautiful children and is a very loving and caring person.’

Police are urging any witnesses to contact authorities. They are looking for anyone who may have seen a person running away, a vehicle speeding off from the area Friday evening or a couple walking in the park.

Resident Brody Wellman told KAKE ‘I think this is a great neighborhood and has been historically a very safe place to live and that makes this very disturbing.’

Another resident, Cierra Bethea, told the affiliate station ‘It kind of makes me feel uncomfortable just living over here now. To know that I’m not safe anymore. That somebody could come do this and we have a lot of kids that live around here.’

Two Teen Girls Accused Of Trying To Have Man Murdered For $2000

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Two Oakland County teenagers are facing life in prison after they allegedly offered undercover agents $2,000 to kill a Flint man.

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Eighteen-year-old Mia Rae Buscemi and 19-year-old Dallys Emery Vogel are due in court Thursday to face charges of solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Authorities say the whole thing began back in October, when the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office received information that the Waterford Township teens were attempting find a hitman to kill a Flint man.

Undercover detectives made contact with the girls and set up a meeting on Nov. 4 at a location in Waterford Township. During the meeting, police say the girls specified that they wanted a man killed and even told the detectives how they wanted it done, before offering a payment of $2,000.

After the meeting, the teens were arrested and taken to the Oakland County Jail. Police have not yet indicated why the teens wanted the man killed.

Buscemi and Vogel were arraigned Nov. 6. Both are being held on  $100,000 cash surety, no 10 percent, bonds.

Ha ha Grim Reaper, this declared dead 91-year-old woman who was in cold storage at the morgue for 11 hours is not yours YET

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A 91-year-old woman who spent 11 hours in cold storage gave morgue staff the shock of their lives when she started moving in her body bag.

PAY-MorgueJanina Kolkiewicz was declared dead by a family doctor, and after her miracle recovery simply complained to her family of feeling cold.

Polish officials have since launched an investigation into how the pensioner could have been sent to the morgue alive.

After the astonishing recovery Ms Kolkiewicz returned home to warm up with a bowl of soup and two pancakes, Polish newspaper Dziennik Wschodni reports.

The pensioner’s family and doctor said they had been left in shock – with the doctor admitting he had never known anything like this before.

Her niece Bogumil Kołkiewicz had called the medic in the eastern Polish town of Ostrow Lubelski after coming home one morning to find that her aunt did not appear to be breathing or to have a pulse.

After an examination, the woman was declared dead and she was taken to the morgue.

He family even started making arrangements for a funeral in two days’ time.

“I was sure she was dead,” Dr Wieslawa Czyz told the television channel TVP.

“I’m stunned, I don’t understand what happened. Her heart had stopped beating, she was no longer breathing.”

Just a few hours later morgue staff called Ms Kołkiewicz to report the astonishing news that she was not dead.

Ms Kolkiewicz told her relatives she felt “normal, fine” after returning home, and she is apparently unaware of how near she came to the grave.