SMH: How spa was forced to close after sacked worker cancelled hundreds of appointments

Lauran Arafat A woman was forced to close her business after a disgruntled receptionist cancelled hundreds of appointments. Lauran Arafat, 30, deleted the bookings in a ‘calculated and sustained attack’ after she was fired due to erratic behaviour. She had only worked for the company for two days which mostly involved training before she was let go due to “red flags” in June 2019. Arafat was arrested in January 2021. After leaving the building, she spent half an hour deleting 211 appointments from her iPhone, which had access to the reservations, pretending to be another employee. The spa had to … Continue reading SMH: How spa was forced to close after sacked worker cancelled hundreds of appointments

‘No idea’ passenger lands Florida plane as pilot falls ill

News networks in Florida are searching for a mystery passenger who landed a plane solo after his pilot passed out. The unidentified man’s voice was heard in public flight recordings telling the airport tower that he had “no idea how to stop the airplane”. An air traffic controller who teaches new pilots helped guide the man down to Palm Beach International Airport just after noon on Tuesday. The two met on the tarmac for a hug, but reportedly did not exchange names. “I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent,” the man was heard saying over the … Continue reading ‘No idea’ passenger lands Florida plane as pilot falls ill

Dog owner tries to flee in elevator as her own pet mauls her

A dog owner’s desperate attempts to escape a brutal mauling by her own pet has been captured on security camera. The savage attack occurred in an apartment complex in the Prados del Este neighborhood in Cúcuta, Colombia on Thursday. According to local outlet La Opinion, the 25-year-old woman was tying her shoes in her bedroom, when the four-year-old dog suddenly turned on her. “Her reaction was to crawl to the door and go out into the hallway, hoping a neighbor would help her,” police told the publication. When nobody came to her aid, she knew her only hope was to escape … Continue reading Dog owner tries to flee in elevator as her own pet mauls her

Tragic: Dog bought a week ago kills girl at home

A 17-month-old girl has died after being attacked by a dog in her home. The toddler died in hospital after the attack in Bidston Avenue, in the Blackbrook area of St Helens, at about 15:50 GMT on Monday. Merseyside Police said her “absolutely devastated” family had only bought the dog a week ago. Officers will carry out tests on the dog, which was killed by police, to see if it was an illegal breed, as well as trying to identify its previous owners. Det Insp Lisa Milligan said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the child’s … Continue reading Tragic: Dog bought a week ago kills girl at home

Queensland man dies after allegedly having leg sawn off

A man has been charged with murder after allegedly sawing another man’s leg off in north-eastern Australia. A man, 66, died in a park in Innisfail, Far North Queensland, early on Saturday after being found by passers-by, said police. Police believe the man and the suspect, 36, had some sort of arrangement in which the younger man would amputate the older man’s leg. The two men were known to each other, police said. Police said the men drove to the park together then 20 minutes later, the 36-year-old man allegedly cut the other’s leg off under the knee with a … Continue reading Queensland man dies after allegedly having leg sawn off

Police hunt for ‘healer’ who hit nail into woman’s head

A manhunt is under way in Pakistan for a faith healer who allegedly hammered a nail into a pregnant woman’s head. The woman arrived at a hospital in Peshawar after trying to extract the 5cm (two-inch) nail with pliers. Initially, she told doctors that she had carried out the act herself, but later admitted a faith healer who had claimed he could guarantee she gave birth to a baby boy was responsible. Police began investigating after x-ray images of the injury appeared online. Dr Haider Khan, a staff member at the Lady Reading Hospital, said the woman was “fully conscious, … Continue reading Police hunt for ‘healer’ who hit nail into woman’s head

Mother abandons newborn baby in toilet bin of Air Mauritius plane

Airport staff in Mauritius have found a newborn baby boy abandoned in the rubbish bin of a plane’s toilet. A 20-year-old woman from Madagascar, suspected of having given birth on the flight, was arrested. The Air Mauritius plane, which arrived from Madagascar, landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on 1 January. Airport officers made the discovery when they screened the plane for a routine customs check. They rushed the baby to a public hospital for treatment. The woman suspected of being the child’s mother, who initially denied the boy was hers, was made to undergo a medical examination which … Continue reading Mother abandons newborn baby in toilet bin of Air Mauritius plane

Surfer killed in apparent shark attack in California

A male surfer was killed in an apparent shark attack on Christmas Eve in California, officials in the state say. Local police say they responded to a report of a male victim “unresponsive on the beach after he was pulled from the water” in Morro Bay early on Friday. The man – who has not been identified – was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is now under way. Beachgoers have been ordered to stay out of the water for the next 24 hours. Morro Bay lies about halfway between San Jose and Los Angeles. “It’s a horrible accident,” … Continue reading Surfer killed in apparent shark attack in California

Death of woman in Newcastle hotel devastates children

The children of a tourist found dead in a Newcastle hotel room say her death has left them “truly devastated”. Pek Ying Ling, 51, was discovered at the County Aparthotel in the city centre at 07:15 GMT on Monday. She had been on a trip from her native Singapore with her husband Soong Hert Fong, 50, who has been charged with her murder. “The whole situation is a huge shock to us,” her three sons said in a family statement. “We were supposed to meet up for a family holiday, we are truly devastated. “This is an incredibly difficult time … Continue reading Death of woman in Newcastle hotel devastates children

Doctor in Austria fined for amputating wrong leg of patient

A surgeon in Austria has been fined after amputating the wrong leg of a patient earlier this year. The elderly patient’s right leg was removed instead of his left, with the mistake only discovered two days later. On Wednesday, the court in Linz found the 43-year-old guilty of gross negligence and fined her €2,700 (£2,296). The widow of the patient, who died before the case came to court, was also awarded €5,000 in damages. The patient attended the clinic in Freistadt last May to have his leg amputated but the surgeon marked the wrong limb for amputation, AFP news agency … Continue reading Doctor in Austria fined for amputating wrong leg of patient

America Oh America: Kevin Strickland exonerated after 42 years in Missouri prison

A Missouri man wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in 1978 and imprisoned for more than 42 years has been exonerated and released. Kevin Strickland, 62, has maintained his innocence since his arrest at age 18. He was sentenced in June 1979. Mr Strickland said outside court: “I didn’t think this day would come.” It was the longest wrongful incarceration in state history, but under Missouri law he is unlikely to receive any financial compensation. According to data from the National Registry of Exonerations, which has logged exonerations since 1989, it would also be the seventh longest wrongful sentence acknowledged … Continue reading America Oh America: Kevin Strickland exonerated after 42 years in Missouri prison

Sicko: How a small-town Mayor, used Reddit to spread ‘revenge porn’ of his ex girlfriend

Andrew Bradshaw  A Maryland mayor has been arrested and charged with 50 counts of distributing “revenge porn” after being accused of posting nude photos of someone without their consent to Reddit, according to prosecutors. In a statement issued on Monday, Maryland’s state prosecutor announced the charges, which stemmed from Reddit accounts that Cambridge Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is suspected of making to post images of a woman with whom he “had a past romantic relationship.”  According to the prosecutor’s office, the 32-year-old Bradshaw, a Republican elected in 2020, created several accounts using usernames that were variations on the victim’s name and birth date … Continue reading Sicko: How a small-town Mayor, used Reddit to spread ‘revenge porn’ of his ex girlfriend