Lawnmower Shoots 3.5-Inch Metal Wire Into Louisiana Man’s Skull

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When Bill Parker cut his grass last Sunday, he was the one who got sliced and diced.

Parker, 34, was mowing in front of his home in Gulfport, Mississippi, when the lawnmower shot a 3.5-inch piece of metal straight into his left nostril.

“At first I thought a rock had flew out and hit me and struck me in the face,” Parker, 34, told SunHerald.com. “It threw me back a little bit and it hurt real bad. I felt my face but I didn’t feel any disfiguring or anything. I saw blood, so I knew I got a bloody nose.”

At first, Parker thought he had a broken cheekbone, but decided to have it checked out at a local hospital.

A CT scan revealed the thick wire had embedded itself in Parker’s sinus cavity beneath his eye socket and next to his jaw hinge.

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“The metal had somehow made its way through a tangle of really important nerves and arteries and finally rested about a millimeter from both carotid artery and my jugular vein,” Parker said, according to CBS News. “Guess it just wasn’t my time yet.”

The wire was removed in about 20 minutes, and Parker was back at work as a restaurant chef by Wednesday, a little bruised and on antibiotics, ClarionLedger.comreports.

Under normal circumstances, Parker enjoys mowing his lawn. This Sunday, he plans to relax and find someone else to do the dirty work, according to the Associated Press.

Counterfeit condoms with holes recalled by Groupon Australia

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Groupon Australia is recalling condoms that it had offered on its website after it was discovered that the condoms were counterfeit and may have had holes in them.

condomThe counterfeit condoms were advertised as Durex brand and sold through the Groupon website between March 12, 2015 and April 10, 2015.

“It has been identified that the condoms sold are counterfeit goods and may have defects such as holes in the latex. Defects may result in the condoms failing to prevent pregnancy and protect users against sexually transmitted infections,” said a notice posted by the Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration on its website.

Groupon Australia is contacting customers who bought the condoms.

“Counterfeiting is a problem for all major condom brands and consumers should be alert for potential fakes. Signs that might indicate a potential counterfeit products include suspiciously low prices, poor quality of printing on the packaging and whether information on the foil packaging of individual condoms match that on the box,” said the TGA in the notice on its website.

Police Tase And Arrest Man Over His Big Beach Umbrella

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The attorneys of a mentally ill homeless man want the FBI to investigate his Venice Beach arrest after cellphone footage shows a different version of events than the police report.

Samuel Calhoun Arrington, 52, is a homeless man who suffers from bipolar disorder. His attorneys say he has been repeatedly brutalized by LAPD officers for over a year now. One of these incidents was caught on video and Arrington’s lawyer, Nazareth Haysbert, said the video differs greatly from the officers’ report of the incident, for which Arrington was jailed for over one month on charges of resisting arrest.

On August 7, 2014, Arrington was sitting in a chair on the Venice boardwalk near Sunset Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, under an umbrella he had tied to a bench, KTLA reports. LAPD officers said in their report that they had told him earlier that he could not solicit donations, which he was doing by placing an open backpack near him where people who passed by could drop money, according to Buzzfeed. At the time of his arrest, officers were attempting to cite him for numerous violations that included his umbrella being the wrong size, “vending outside of a designated space,” and tampering with property that belonged to the City, among other equally small infractions.

When an unarmed Arrington refused to accept the ticket—and also began yelling about God—officers decided to arrest him. The officers are seen surrounding Arrington and taking him to the ground. It’s difficult to see what exactly the officers are doing, but Haysbert said Arrington was hog-tied, punched and tased. You can hear the taser in the video. Onlookers are heard shouting at the officers, including the woman filming who gets pretty heated, screaming, “You do not need to tase him!” One bystander can be heard calling the officers “evil.”

Warning: The video may be graphic for some viewers, and there is profanity in the language.

Haysbert said that the account of events the arresting officers provided in their report is much different from the video. In the report, Arrington is accused of lunging at an officer and grabbing for his belt. The video also shows LAPD Sgt. Skinner recording at least part of the incident on his own cellphone, but Haysbert said the report does not mention this footage as part of the collected evidence.

Haysbert said in his letter to the FBI yesterday that his client was taken to a hospital following the arrest, then booked on charges of felony resisting arrest. Arrest records show Arrington being booked on August 8, then released on September 17.

Haysbert also said that Arrington was beaten by officers on two other instances, one on January 5, 2014 and the other June 27, 2014. Arrington’s family says that his repeated run-ins with officers and police brutality have worsened his illness.

Arrington used to work for the Parks Department as a coach for children, but fell on hard times after his long-time girlfriend kicked him out of the house where they lived with his two children. Arrington’s mental illness became more severe, and he eventually lost his job and driver’s license, ultimately becoming homeless. His sister told Buzzfeed he decided to remain in L.A., despite having no immediate family there, because he enjoyed the beach and the warm weather.

Former LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, who used to work on Venice Beach, told Buzzfeed, “What was the urgency? What was the exigent circumstance that caused [the officers] to act right now? There was none. If he don’t want to sign the damn ticket today, really how big of a deal is that? Can we finesse him into cooperating and not just bully him?”

Earlier this week, LAPD Officer Richard Garcia was charged with Battery Under the Color of Authority after the arrest of a 22-year-old South L.A. man was caught by a nearby surveillance camera.

Burglary Suspect Used His Infant As Human Shield When Homeowner Fired Warning Shots

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A burglary suspect used an infant as a human shield as he fled yesterday from warning shots being fired by an Alabama homeowner, police report.

ronnieleewilliamsAccording to cops, two men were stealing items from a home in Adamsville, a town outside Birmingham, when a next-door neighbor spotted the pair in action.The witness called the homeowner at work, prompting the man to race home.

Upon arriving at his residence, the homeowner interrupted the burglary in progress. The suspects fled in different directions as the man fired warning shots into the ground, cops noted.

One suspect was believed to be carrying a gun, while the other was armed with a baby.

Police apprehended Ronnie Lee Williams, 24, about 30 minutes after the burglary, according to Adamsville Police Chief R.W. Carter, who added that Williams was found with a gun holster, but no weapon, when he was nabbed. Williams is seen above in a mug shot taken after one of his many prior arrests.

Carter told TSG that police have identified the other burglary suspect, whom he described as a tall black male in his 20s. Carter said that investigators are securing warrants and that, “We’ll be in his life real soon.”

As the unnamed suspect fled, Carter said, he held out the baby “between the victim and himself.” The suspect, who is on probation, is the father of the infant, who is about one year old, Carter said.

Investigators interviewed the child’s mother, who was unaware that the infant had been used as a “shield” by the suspect. The child was not injured during the burglary.

When the baby’s father is arrested, he will be charged, like Williams, with felony burglary, said Carter.

Mother Charged After Blaming Spider Bite For Toddler’s Beating Death

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Police have arrested 21-year-old Taylor Fast, and are looking for Fast’s boyfriend, after her 17-month old daughter was found beat to death.

Police say they were called to Fast’s home Sunday morning after the mother called to report her daughter, Layla, had been bitten by a spider the night before and was now unconscious.

When police arrived at the home, they found the girl dead and quickly realized that Fast’s story was complete bullshit. Layla had bruises to her face and neck, bruises all over her body, and had been dead for several hours.

“I’ve been a policeman for 32 years and this is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen,” Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said. “Nothing even comes close to this. This child looked like a situation, say if a child was involved in a car accident. It was horrible.”

According to Roche Madden from Fox 2 St, Louis, the little girl’s face had been smashed in.

They also found that Layla’s 3-year-old brother was suffering from a broken leg and cried every time he tried to stand on it. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and police say he was lucky to survive whatever happened inside the home.

Fast was arrested and placed in jail on charges of child endangerment, but police say those charges can change depending on autopsy reports and information they may get from Fast’s boyfriend.

He is not being named, but police have been looking for him for over twenty-four hours. They haven’t named him as a suspect, but say that he is a person of interest. But like Fast’s charges, police say that status can change.

“What got me is when I first saw this child, she looked like one of my great nieces,” said Lewis. “Just a small innocent child maybe 25 pounds. Just a little one year old girl should not have experienced what this child experienced. Her last few seconds of life were a pure hell.”

As usual, a gofundme account has been established for anyone wanting to help with Layla’s funeral costs.

Mother Charged After Dead Daughter Found Being Eaten By Cockroaches

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Brittany-BellPolice have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Bell after her 3-month-old daughter was found dead in her home being eaten by roaches.

Police were initially called to Bell’s apartment on Jan 8, on a report of a dead infant. When they arrived, Bell told the officers she had put her baby, Alice, in her crib and came back a while later to find her dead.

She then changed her story, telling the officers she thought that it was possible that her 18-month-old twins may have accidentally smothered Alice. She said she fell asleep while watching a movie and that the twins may have killed the baby by sitting on her.

The Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and listed the cause of death as sudden unexplained infant death, with the manner of death undetermined. It was also noted that abrasions found on the baby’s head and legs were caused by the roaches feeding on the baby’s corpse.

“I can conclude that she laid the baby on the floor and fell asleep without waking during which time Alice may have been suffocated by one or both of her twins or became distressed due to the surface of the floor and suffocated,” Investigator Jim Warring stated in the affidavit. “Also enough time passed that roaches were able to start feeding on both the baby’s legs and head. All of this took place less than 10 feet from the couch where Bell was reportedly sleeping.”

Since a cause of death could not be determined, Bell got lucky and is only facing child neglect charges. She is currently being held on $10,0000 bond with a hearing set for May 8.

A week prior to Alice’s death, a neighbor called police to report Bell had left her children alone in the apartment and they were crying. The neighbor also said this wasn’t the first time Bell had done this.

When Bell arrived at the apartment five minutes later, she told officers she wasn’t gone long “and acted as if it was not a big deal.”

Bell has no children to worry about at the moment. One is dead, the twins were removed by the Washington County Department of Human Services, and she doesn’t have custody of her other children. I say this is a perfect time to break out the salad tongs and rid this woman of her pesky uterus.

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Boy, 8, Tested For STDs After Mistaking Used Condom For Balloon

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An 8-year-old boy will be undergoing frequent STD exams after he put a used condom in his mouth while playing in his school’s playground.

condomThe boy was in the playground at Bennett Elementary School when he found the used condom. He thought it was a balloon and put it in his mouth in an attempt to blow it up.

A teacher noticed the poor schmuck walking around with the used condom hanging out of his mouth and removed it. She took took the boy inside and had him wash his hands and mouth, noting the condom “wasn’t fresh, it looked like it had been used.” Le Gag.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the condom was tossed so it could not be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases. This mean the boy will have to undergo STD exams for the next year to make sure he didn’t catch any diseases.

“He’s at risk for HIV, Hepatitis C, Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia,” said the child’s mother.

According to her, these tests will be paid for out of her pocket as the Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool denied her claim. If it turns out the boy did catch an STD, then she will be footing the bill for the treatment as well.

The school called the incident “regrettable” but doesn’t feel they are at fault. School superintendent Dennis Veal said they plan on installing surveillance cameras and increasing how often maintenance crews inspect the playgrounds.

Health officials said the risk of infection is low, given that the condom could have been outside for any period of time and void of any herpes-laden vagina juice or Chlamydia tainted semen.