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Girl, 9, Shot By Relative Who Mistook Her in Her Halloween Costume as a Skunk


A 9-year-old girl has been accidentally shot by a relative who thought she was a skunk. Apparently, she was wearing a black dress and black hat with a white tassel outside a Halloween party, which led to the confusion. The male relative saw the young girl and thought she was a skunk, so he pulled out a shotgun and shot her in the shoulder.

According to authorities, the girl was awake and aware as she was being flown to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which is just 30 miles away from their home in New Sewickley Township. While you may be assuming that the relative was drinking, the news is reporting that he was not under the influence and we do not know if he will be charged at this time.


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[UPDATED] [VIDEO/AUDIO] WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC! Ronald Poppo Speaks Out For The Very First Time!

This combo made with undated photos made available by the Miami-Dade Police Dept. shows Rudy Eugene, 31, left, who police shot and killed as he ate the face of Ronald Poppo, 65, right, during a horrific attack in the shadow of the Miami Herald’s headquarters on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Poppo was in critical condition Tuesday, with only his goatee intact on his face, the newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Dept.)


UPDATE: THURSDAY August 9th, 2012 at 9:05 AM – Ronald Poppo is speaking out for the very first time, and we have the audio recording below in this news piece. 



UPDATE: MONDAY July 16th, 2012 at 10:45 AM – A friend of Eugene’s, Christian, 34, has come forward and told authorities that they had both previously met Poppo while volunteering to feed the homeless. 

‘Poppo seemed like a nice and kind man,’ Christian, 34, told the Herald. ‘I remember when we gave him food.’

The police are hoping that this new information might lead them to a motive for the attack. 

UPDATE: THURSDAY June 28th, 2012 at 10:35 AM - The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has come out and said that there was only Marijuana found in Rudy Eugene’s system. The toxicology report has been completed.

“The department’s toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana,” the medical examiner said in a statement. “The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs.”

Along with ruling out all drugs and alcohol other than Marijuana, the department has stated that there were no known drugs in bath salts present in Eugene’s system at the time. 

Poppo has been recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s Ryder Trauma Center since the attack on May 26th that took place along the MacArthur Causeway. 50 Percent of his face were attacked and he’s also suffering an infection, brain injury and some puncture wounds in his chest. 

 I am sorry, but there is NO WAY in hell that Eugene was just under the influence of Marijuana. To strip naked, viciously attack someone, eat their face and then to not retreat after being shot means he was clearly crazy or on some sort of drug, similar to LSD. Bath salts are a newer drug that people know very little about. Could it be possible that the drug had worked its way out of his system before the toxicology was performed? Did he have mental issues before this particular attack? The fact that he stripped off his clothing means he was feeling very hot, which is a feeling that many people get when they take Speed, Ecstasy, or LSD. Another common factor is that pain is dismissed while high on these drugs. It seems logical that Rudy Eugene was having a similar experience, yet the department says nothing was present? I think some more investigation needs to go into this, because if marijuana gets a bad name thanks to this crazy ass cannibal, I will not be happy about that. People have worked too hard to share the effects of marijuana, which usually don’t include eating people, getting naked and being able to take bullets like some kind of Superman.

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY June 13th at 9:08 AM – A photo has been released with the consequences of the attack finally revealed. Below, you can find that image as well as more about this story.

“He was always looking for ways to make money. Not necessarily illegal, but sometimes he got in trouble with it,” lifelong friend, Daniel Ruiz told the Miami Herald. “But for Rudy to do something that graphic, that aggressive, that violent, that gruesome — that’s what’s really troubling us. Rudy? Really? Rudy? Naw.”


The Associated Press -

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities were seeking more witnesses Tuesday to help explain what led a naked man to start chewing another naked man’s face and whose only response when confronted by police was to growl and keep attacking – even after being shot.

At least one witness so far has said he saw the attack Saturday on a busy highway off-ramp. Police have identified the attacker as Rudy Eugene, 31.

The victim, who has not been identified, is in critical condition at a hospital. Both men were naked at the time of the attack, The Miami Herald reported.

“We know that there were many people on the MacArthur Causeway and we’re hoping they come forward,” Detective William Moreno was quoted Monday by the newspaper as saying.

Police have released few details about the attack, other than confirming that an officer had fatally shot a suspect.

A police spokesman and the Miami-Dade County medical examiner did not immediately return telephone calls Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Witness Larry Vega was riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon off the MacArthur Causeway that connects downtown Miami with Miami Beach when he saw the savage attack, he told local news media.

“The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!’” Vega told Miami television station WSVN (http://bit.ly/L6kwWt). “The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin.”

Vega flagged down a Miami police officer, who he said repeatedly ordered the attacker to get off the victim. The attacker just picked his head up and growled at the officer, Vega said.

As the attack continued, Vega said the officer shot the attacker, who continued chewing the victim’s face. The officer fired again, killing the attacker.

A surveillance camera from The Miami Herald building nearby captured images of the men’s naked legs lying side by side after the shooting.

Vega said the victim appeared gravely injured.

“It was just a blob of blood,” Vega said. “You couldn’t really see, it was just blood all over the place.”

Vega declined to speak Tuesday with The Associated Press. He said he was trying to put the attack behind him.

Ives Eugene, who identified himself as Rudy Eugene’s uncle, described his nephew as a “nice and hard-working” man who washed cars at a local dealership.

In a telephone interview, Eugene, 55, said his nephew had asked his girlfriend to borrow her car, but she said no. “So he rode the bicycle, and he never came back home.”

Ives Eugene said the family heard Monday about the attack but did not know what sparked it.

Rudy Eugene’s ex-wife declined to be interviewed when reached by The Associated Press by telephone.

Ronald Poppo was a quiet homeless man that supposedly, never bothered anyone. Although he was a bit down and out during this incident, he attended a prestigious New York School as a young man and wasn’t heading for a life on the streets. Sadly, he’s still in critical condition. Even if he does survive, there’s not much left of his face and it could be a very long recovery process.

Ronald Poppo as a young student in New York


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[VIDEO] Crazy Hit and Run Driver Sends Teen Flying Through The Air


This video was released by The Buffalo Police Department and shows 18-year-old, Victor Jerez, along with two other friends trying to run out-of-the-way of the vehicle. Unfortunately, Jerez wasn’t so lucky, and was struck by the vehicle and then thrown into the air. The other two friends that were with Jerez were lucky enough to avoid the car, driven by 19-year-old Tornubari Gbaraba.

Five minutes after the incident, the driver was already on the police’s radar, and a high-speed chase took place before they were able to arrest the suspect.

Buffalo Mayor Bryan Brown said, “The footage is extremely graphic,” but explained he was releasing the video to address the apparent spike of hit-and-run incidents (including the death of a 14-year-old boy on his bike) the city has seen lately, “The purpose for showing this video footage is to dramatize how dangerous hit and run accidents are.”

While you may be thinking that Jerez suffered from fatal injuries, this is where his luck began to change. He left the hospital shortly after arriving and being treated for his injuries. Along with that, Gbaraba, has been charged with assault, reckless driving and fleeing from a police officer.



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Father and Girlfriend Keep 13-Year-Old Caged And Starved Until He Weighed Just 40lbs












The father of a 13-year-old boy and his girlfriend have been arrested after keeping the young teen caged and deprived him of food. Michael Marshall, 38, and his live-in girlfriend, Sharon Glass, 48, were discovered to have kept the boy caged, strapped to a bed, and locked in a bathroom up to weeks at a time. In the end, he was found lying on the bathroom floor weighing only 40 pounds.

Hospital staff said the condition of the child resembled images of  ‘concentration camp survivors’. He was severely malnourished and treated for dehydration.

The couple is from Orlando and have been charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The police in Titusville went to the home in Brevard County on Thursday evening after they had received a child abuse complaint. While the police were tending to the teen in very poor condition, the couple returned home.

Marshall and Glass confessed to keeping the boy caged as well as punishing him. According to these sick people, they punished the boy for stealing food after he had been denied food for a good amount of time.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken the boy into custody, along with two other children living at the home.

They are still trying to investigate whether the other two children had to face the same type of abuse as the 13-year-old teen. Sadly, in many of these cases, one child is singled out, and this seems to be the case in this household as well. What a sad excuse for a father!


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[UPDATE] [VIDEO] Shooting At Ohio High School Leaves 4 Wounded, 1 Dead, Suspect In Custody

UPDATE February 28th, 2012 @ 10:10 AM: Demetrius Hewlin, 16, is the third victim to die after this horrendous shooting. His death was reported just hours after the announcement that King had passed. Hopefully, the bad news and deaths will end here, although this is already a horrible outcome. 

Frank Hall, assistant football coach at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, is being identified as the brave adult that chased TJ lane outside of the school, which later led to him surrendering and wounding less individuals than he could have. 

Parrot Saves Owner From Being Beat To Death

Jack Dukes was apparently at his home in Fort Smith, Arkansas, when two gentlemen came to his door on Monday morning and had asked to be let inside. Both men knew Dukes by name and he believed one was a neighbor who could have been in some trouble, and so he allowed them to enter his home. Big mistake.

After entering the home, one of the suspects hit Dukes over the head and knocked him down. His beloved macaw, Charlie, decided to make quite a scene when one of the suspects demanding Hydrocodone (Vicodin) picked him up. Charlie even went so far as to bite a chunk of skin from the suspects arms.

Charlie is being hailed as a hero, as he should be, but the parrot isn’t the first to be rewarded for his heroism.

In 2009, Willie the parrot saved a little girl from choking. The bird began flapping its wings and yelling “Mama, baby” to its owner until she returned to the room to find the girl she was babysitting turning blue, according to the Associated Press.

In 2007, a parrot named Peanut imitated the sound of the fire alarm after it went off at 3 a.m. one morning, according to WTHR. The bird’s squawking woke the mother from her sleep. She found the house filled with smoke, grabbed her children and Peanut, and darted out of the house.


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VIDEO: Man Rescued After Being Trapped Under Burning Car

Witnesses help lift a burning car off an injured motorcyclist Monday morning in Logan. Credit: Kelley Sandall

The Salt Lake Tribune -

A Logan motorcyclist rescued when several good samaritans lifted a burning car off of him remained in critical condition Tuesday but thanked his rescuers.

“I’m just very thankful for everyone that helped me out,” Brandon Wright told The Associated Press by telephone from his hospital bed. “They saved my life.”

Brandon Wright, 21, had been flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray shortly after his eastbound motorcycle collided with a BMW sedan about 11:40 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 89 in Logan. Tyler Riggs, who identified himself as a cousin of Wright’s, said Tuesday that Wright had undergone surgery Monday night and was expected to recover, though it would be a long recuperation.

Assistant Logan Police Chief Jeff Curtis said the accident occurred when the BMW, exiting a parking lot across the street from the Utah State University campus, drove in front of Wright’s bike. Wright and his bike then slid into and under the car.

The bike caught fire when its gas line ruptured, and the flames spread to the BMW. Passersby saw Wright wedged underneath the car. Several of them, despite the flames, rushed to lift the car off of Wright while others pulled him out by his feet.

“Every one of those people put their lives in danger,” Curtis said to The Associated Press. “Those people are heroes. You can only speculate what the outcome would have been if they had lifted that car and waited for the emergency service personnel to get up there.”

‘Newly Discovered Planet: Hot, Muggy And (Maybe) Liveable’

This entire planet’s weather is strikingly familiar to that of Florida. I have to got to say that so far, I am uninterested; Although, it is a brand new fucking planet.


It’s the second planet outside our solar system that seems to be orbiting in “the habitable zone” around its star, according to the European Southern Observatory, which today announced the discovery of HD 85512 b and more than 50 other plants around other stars. In that habitable zone, “water may be present in liquid form if conditions are right,” the ESC adds.

One issue, though, if you don’t like steamy weather: “Temperatures there may range from 85 to 120 degrees with plenty of humidity,” the AP adds.

The news of HD 85512 b’s discovery has been filtering out for a couple weeks. National Geographic wrote about it late last month and offered this cautionary note for all those hoping the planet has or had life:

“Manfred Cuntz, director of the astronomy program at the University of Texas, Arlington, noted that more information is needed before anyone can speculate whether aliens are wandering around the newfound planet.

” ‘It’s not their fault no extra information [about the planet's atmosphere] is available right now,’ Cuntz said of the research team. ‘It looks like this is a strong candidate, in principle.’ ”


DA: Yogurt store owner put naked employee in box

ALHAMBRA, Calif. — The owner of a Southern California yogurt shop has been charged with attacking an employee, removing her clothes, binding her with tape and locking her in a box.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Robert Yachen Lee allegedly attacked the woman Wednesday morning after luring her into an upstairs storage room at the Monterey Park shop. The woman blacked out. When she woke up she was naked, except for an adult diaper, bound with tape with a collar around her neck and lying face down in a box that had been placed in a soundproofed storage room.

The woman managed to free herself and call police.

Lee was charged Friday with kidnapping to commit rape and attempted murder. He’s being held on $10 million bail.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

I really wish there was more to this story because I am left insanely confused. First of all, why the hell did he put a diaper on her? Was he planning on leaving her in there for awhile and didn’t want her to pee in the box? Because that just seems odd. I mean, kidnapping an employee, stripping them and keeping them as a pet in a box is pretty fucking odd too, but what purpose does the diaper serve?

Also, how was she bound? Because she was obviously able to get out pretty easily. Where were you while she was making this escape Mr. Lee? You kidnap someone and then just leave? I need to know more. I am unsatisfied, disturbed, and very confused.

Regardless, you’re a sick piece of shit and I hope to God that while you’re in jail on that $10 million (holy *%$*@&^$ shit!) bond, that you decide to come clean and answer some of the questions I have asked. And, I hope that you’re ass gets raped so hard that you’re forced to wear an adult diaper. Why? You tell me.


Kanye West Booed at Music Fest After He Compares Himself to Hitler

The Hollywood Reporter - Kanye West was met with boos at the Big Chill music fest in England Saturday night.

“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m [expletive] insane, like I’m Hitler,” he said on stage, according to the Associated Press as the audience booed. “One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”

West also defended his “Monster,” music video, which features girls hanging from their necks and cannibalism.

“Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women’s groups starting saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?” asked West, referring to the 2007 death of his mother Donda West​.

West apologized for starting 30 minutes late, saying, “Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much [expletive] going on in music right now and somebody has to make a [expletive] difference,” he said.

West closed his show by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse. He spoke about meeting her during Paris fashion week, and played a few moments from her songs “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Back to Black.” He called her “beautiful” and “amazing.”

But West closed his show on a positive note by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse​.

But then he added, “Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here. This is for [Alexander] McQueen, for Amy, for Michael and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?”

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The crowd, which had booed him earlier, cheered and applauded.

This isn’t the first time the rapper has been met with boos. He was booed at a Chicago Bulls basketball game in February, at the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he stormed the stage to protest Taylor Swift beating out Beyonce.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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