Not Again: Solomon Islands hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake of 7.0 magnitude has struck the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, near the south-west region of Malango. No injuries or deaths have been reported yet, but people in the capital Honiara reported significant shaking and tremors for around 20 seconds. Amid immediate warnings of a tsunami, the prime minister’s office advised locals to move to higher ground. However, the islands’ meteorological service later dropped the warning. A separate authority, the US-supported Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, also said the threat had largely passed. The quake hit just after 13:00 local time, at a depth of 15km (9 miles) … Continue reading Not Again: Solomon Islands hit by 7.0 magnitude earthquake

Tragic: Former Australian pro-surfer punched to death outside a pub

Former Australian surfing star Chris Davidson has died after being punched outside a pub north of Sydney. The 45-year-old was hit in the face and fell, striking his head on the pavement, police said. He was treated at the scene but died in hospital a short time later. A man, 42, has been arrested and charged with assault causing death. Mr Davidson grew up in Sydney and competed on the world surfing tour in 2010 and 2011. He shot to fame as a 19-year-old after he was granted a wildcard entry into the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia, … Continue reading Tragic: Former Australian pro-surfer punched to death outside a pub

Australian man killed by kangaroo he kept as pet

An Australian man has died after being attacked by a kangaroo he had been keeping as a pet, police say. A relative found the 77-year-old man with serious injuries on Monday at his home in Redmond, about 400km (250 miles) south of Perth. When paramedics arrived at the rural property, the kangaroo prevented them from treating the man. Police were forced to shoot the marsupial dead. The man died at the scene. A police spokesperson told media they believed the man had been attacked by the kangaroo, a wild animal earlier in the day. Australia is home to about 50 … Continue reading Australian man killed by kangaroo he kept as pet

Funeral home director admits to selling arms, legs and heads for cash

A funeral home director has admitted making thousands of dollars illegally selling body parts to medical researchers.Megan Hess, 45 Megan Hess, 45, has pleaded guilty for her part in the scheme in which bereaved families were told their relatives had been cremated. But the cremations never took place. From around 2010 to 2018, Ms Hess ran a non-profit “body broker service” alongside the Sunset Mesa funeral home in Montrose, Colorado. The money made from selling body parts enabled Ms Hess to offer cheaper cremations than their rivals. This in turn guaranteed a steady supply of bodies. She even offered free cremations … Continue reading Funeral home director admits to selling arms, legs and heads for cash

Child stabbed in chest by catfish stinger in Florida

A child was hospitalized on Monday after being stabbed in the chest by a catfish in New Port Richey, a small town northwest of Tampa. WFLA in Tampa reported that the child, who was under ten years of age, was stabbed at an area pond. Rescue officials said that the child was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa on a trauma alert by emergency response personnel after experiencing difficulties breathing. According to Pasco Fire Rescue, the catfish’s barb went between one and one-and-a-half inches into the child’s chest cavity. Fishermen are advised to be careful when catfishing, a major industry and popular leisure activity in a number … Continue reading Child stabbed in chest by catfish stinger in Florida

How man hid wife’s remains in septic tank for nearly 40 years

An 89-year-old retired pig farmer who killed his wife so he could continue a longstanding affair hid her remains in a septic tank for nearly 40 years, a court has heard. David Venables is on trial for the murder of his wife, Brenda Venables, whom he reported missing on 4 May 1982. Her remains were discovered in 2019 in a septic tank behind the house the couple had lived in, and Venables was charged with her murder in June 2021. Police investigations at the time, which included using a helicopter to scour the local area, searching rivers, making door-to-door inquiries … Continue reading How man hid wife’s remains in septic tank for nearly 40 years

UK man who stabbed wife more than 60 times jailed for 15 years

A man who killed his partner at their home in the UK after stabbing her more than 60 times has been jailed for 15 years. Mark Alexander, 29, formerly of Clapham Road, had admitted manslaughter on ground of diminished responsibility after knifing Azaria Williams causing fatal wounds, the Old Bailey heard. He was sentenced at the court on Friday for the attack at the couple’s south London homes on 27 December 2020. A post mortem examination found that Ms Williams, 26, had been stabbed 63 times in a frenzied attack. Police were called at 9.10pm to the couple’s home in Clapham Road after after … Continue reading UK man who stabbed wife more than 60 times jailed for 15 years

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