Trapped Due To Missing Stairs

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Trapped Due To Missing Stairs

When Olivia Crump tried to leave her apartment in Milledgeville, Ga., she was surprised to the stairs to the ground floor missing. Crump said the management company did not notify her that the stairs had been removed for construction. “It was impossible to get down without climbing over the ledge with a ladder or scaling the side with a decent drop below,” she said. She and her dog were trapped in the apartment for four hours. While Crump doesn’t plan any legal action, she did note that the absence of stairs could be a fire hazard, and she hopes the management company will compensate tenants for putting them in a dangerous situation.

Virtual Reality For Cows

In Aksaray, Turkey, a family has been raising cattle for three generations. Izzet Kocak believes their success is linked to their willingness to keep up with modern technology. To that end, the farmer is testing virtual reality goggles that make his cows think they’re standing in a green field of grass even when they’re in a barn. Kocak says the average yield per day from his cows is 22 liters, but “we had two of our cows wear virtual reality glasses and watch vast green pasture all day, and the daily milk production increased up to 27 liters.” He said the quality of the milk also improved. He has ordered 10 more pairs of VR goggles; if results are similar, he plans to order them for all of his 180 cows.

Pop Goes The Cockroach

Zane Wedding, 40, of Auckland, New Zealand, went swimming and thought he got water in his ear. The next day, he saw a doctor who suggested he use a hair dryer to evaporate the moisture in his ear. But, as the sensation persisted, he saw a specialist. “She said, ‘I think you have an insect in your ear,’” Wedding said. It took the doctor only five minutes to extract a cockroach, and Wedding felt instant relief: “I felt a pop as soon as the doctor pulled it away.” He also noted that a fumigator was scheduled at his home for Jan. 14.

‘All I Wanted Was Some Steak’

“All I wanted was some steak,” one customer said in a video of a brawl that broke out at a Golden Corral in Bensalem, Penn. 

It was unclear what started the brawl. Employee Gaven Lauletta gave his account: “There was a shortage of steak. Two parties were involved and one family cut in front of another family. They were taking their time and they ran out of steak and it got into a heated exchange at the tables,” he said. 

Police said more than 40 people may have been involved in the melee. But no serious injuries were reported.

Be Careful What You Tag

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in the United Kingdom removed the medical license from Simon Bramhall, a transplant surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. 

The action stemmed from a 2013 incident in which Bramhall used an electric beam to burn his initials into the patient’s liver after he completed the transplant. 

The liver began to fail the following week and another surgeon discovered the signature. Bramhall said at the time it was something he did to relieve stress during long, difficult operations. 

In 2017, he was convicted of assault and fined $13,000. In 2021, he submitted a letter arguing that he was again fit to practice. But the latest ruling has denied him the right to do so, noting that his actions “undermined people’s trust in the medical profession.”

Oh Lord, Don’t Text That

Jerry McDonald of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed out while he was drinking with an acquaintance. The acquaintance tried to help McDonald out by using the latter’s phone to text McDonald’s boss and tell him that McDonald wouldn’t come in to work that afternoon. 

But the friend found texts in which McDonald said he planned to have someone kill a woman and take her money: “Please, kill her babe, please,” texted McDonald. “I’m begging you. There’s over a million in her dad’s safe. I’m saying I won’t get caught.” 

Now he sits in the Hamilton County Jail, pondering the principles of texting.

Somebody Has Ammunition

Vivian Richards of Oakland Park, Fla., tried to smuggle 56 guns in the trunk of her car into Sarnia, Ontario. When officers of the Canada Border Services Agency looked in her trunk, they found, along with the firearms, 13 over-capacity magazines, 43 pistol magazines and 100 rounds of ammunition. Richards faces several charges, including possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking.

He Could Have Just Changed The Light Bulb

Police in New Kensington, Penn., pulled over a Chevy Trax because its license plate light was burned out. The driver, Ise Lamont Woods had an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct and other charges. 

One of the passengers, Raphael Angel Geiger, was wanted for a parole violation. Passenger Don Lamont Carter allegedly tossed a bag with 29 grams of crack cocaine in it to a female passenger, asking her to “tuck it.” 

He was wanted on a previous warrant. When police searched the vehicle, the bag of cocaine fell out of the woman’s sweatshirt; she also had a crack pipe hidden in her bra. Geiger and Woods were taken into custody; Carter was released on his own recognizance.

Armed and Courteous

When a couple returned to their home in Santa Fe, N.M., on Jan. 30 after a few days away, they were shocked to find a messy kitchen and a young man with an assault weapon inside it. The intruder’s explained that his family in east Texas had been killed and he was on the run from someone. 

He told the husband that his car had broken down 100 miles away. “He was extremely embarrassed and apologetic about the situation,” the husband told sheriff’s officers. As he left, he dropped $200 on a table to help pay for the window he had broken to get in. None of the couple’s items had been stolen, including jewelry that was left on a counter, but he had cooked some of their food, slept in a bed and bathed in the master bathroom. Investigators figured he owed the couple $15 for beers and shrimp he consumed.

Where Do People Go To Cry Around Here?

Georgetown University’s dean William Treanor met with a Black student group to hear their complaints about an incoming lecturer, Ilya Shapiro, after he made comments about President Joe Biden’s plans to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. 

The students wanted to discuss a “reparations” package with Treanor, which included a designated place on campus to cry. “Is there an office they can go to?” one student asked. “I don’t know what it would look like, but if they want to cry, if they need to break down, where can they go? Because we’re at the point where students are coming out of class to go to the bathroom to cry.”

The High Cost Of Trafficking

As Rebecca Lanette Taylor waited to check out at Walmart in Crockett, Texas, an unnamed woman approached her and “began commenting on her son’s blond hair and blue eyes. She asked how much she could purchase him for,” police reported. 

The mom thought Taylor was making a weird joke, but Taylor said she had $250,000 cash in her car. When the mom said no amount of money would be enough, Taylor increased her voice volume and her bid to $500,000, and told her she’d been wanting to buy a baby for a long time. Again, the offer was refused. Taylor was arrested on Jan. 18 and charged with sale or purchase of a child, a third-degree felony.

Let Your Clown Light Shine

When Mark and his wife left for work, their back garden in Belfast, Northern Ireland, looked just as it does any other day. But when the wife returned that afternoon, there was a concrete slab painted with a creepy clown face propped against the garden wall. “Someone would have had to come through our gate and down the steps to place it there — and deliberately place it so it was facing the window so we would see it,” Mark said. 

The clown was holding a lighted candle, and on the reverse. On the back of the clown, someone had written “Let your light shine. Matthew 5:16.” 

Mark contacted friends, neighbors and family members to see if it was a prank, or if others had received a clown, but no one had experienced anything similar. He threw the clown away, but remains creeped out. “It’s so unsettling.” 

Note: Baby’s Skin Should Not Change Color

Robin Folsom, the former director of external affairs for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, was indicted for faking multiple pregnancies in order to get paid leave. Folsom reported her latest pregnancy to human resources in October, 2020, and allegedly gave birth in May, 2021. 

The “father” of the newborn, Bran Otmembebwe, emailed her bosses and said her doctor had called for seven weeks of leave following the birth, which she ordinarily would not have received. Pictures that Folsom shared with co-workers were found to be “inconsistent and depicted children with varying skin tones.” 

Co-workers also noticed that her baby bump seemed to be detached from her body. In addition, “a review of medical and insurance records found no indication that Folsom had ever delivered a child.” Folsom resigned after an October, 2021, interview with investigators. She is due back in court.



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