Worker Cooked In Tuna Oven

SANTA FE SPRINGS  — Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods.

The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found Thursday shortly before 7 a.m. at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza says it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”

The state department has launched an investigation into the accident.

In a written statement, Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena’s family and says operations at the canning facility will be suspended at the plant until Monday.

 

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Mattel puts end to search for real-life Barbie

A CAMPAIGN to find Australia’s real-life Barbie has been shut down by the iconic doll’s creators.

The Sunday Mail has learnt that an Australian licensee of Mattel has been given a dressing down after issuing a casting call without the permission of the plastic doll’s international manufacturer.

The advertisement, which bore the Mattel name, called for tanned Queensland women, size six to 10, and 25 years or under, to apply for the role. The successful candidate was also required to have Barbie’s trademark blonde locks, be no shorter than 170cm, have a perfect face and teeth, and be able to speak with an American accent.

“You will need to have the right personality to become Mattel’s Barbie,” the casting call said.

It was issued on online audition noticeboard StarNow on September 18 but pulled last week after Mattel Australia was contacted by The Sunday Mail.

Gretta Addison of Mattel Australia said the casting call had been issued by a licensee partner.

“This was not posted by Mattel. It was a partner of Mattel who manages specific promotions and we are working with them to understand why this was posted,” Ms Addison said.

“And, in fact, when we cast Barbie models around the world, while we do look for young women and men to play Barbie and Ken who have some resemblance to the local image, we are looking for clever, fun actors who relate to children and understand how to interpret the brand.”

In place of the advertisement was a one line message: This listing has been temporarily removed by StarNow staff for further review.

The popular plastic fashion doll was launched by Mattel in 1959 and her “life” has been controversial. She has been criticised for promoting an unrealistic body image for young women with estimates putting her body mass index at 16.24, anorexic by health standards.

 

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Massive Apartment Fire Started By Man Cooking a Squirrel With a Blow Torch

Squirrel Eating Torch Fire Apartment

Hope he likes his squirrel well-done.

A fire that ravaged an apartment complex in Holland Township, Mich. reportedly started because a resident was a little clumsy with a propane blowtorch, which he was using to prepare a squirrel carcass for eating.

The blaze started at about 12:30 pm Wednesday, Michigan Live reports. The resident was on his third-floor patio, using the torch to singe the fur off the dead animal, when he accidentally ignited the deck.

The flames rapidly got out of control and spread to the roof, according to Wood TV. Ultimately, eight apartments were destroyed, several more sustained significant damage, and the roof of the apartment complex caved in.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the American Red Cross is providing assistance to the dozen families who have been left homeless.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Squirrel torched to eat; apts destroyed

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man indicted for buying enemas from CVS and returning them USED

	Ronald Eugene Robinson, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted on federal charges of tampering with a consumer product.

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Ronald Eugene Robinson, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted on federal charges of tampering with a consumer product.

A cheeky CVS customer is accused of a sickening scam in which he allegedly purchased boxes of enemas, used them and returned them sealed — leaving the polluted product to be resold to unsuspecting shoppers, federal prosecutors say.

Ronald Eugene Robinson, 34, of Jackonsville, Fla., is facing federal charges of tampering with consumer products, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

 

 

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Enema brands sold at CVS.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigation found that he allegedly began returning the used enemas in April to a Jacksonville CVS pharmacy. He may have brought back as many as 12 enemas on multiple occassions.

A sheriff’s office report identified a CVS employee in June who said a customer had been returning the enemas to the store. He believed the packaging had been tampered with.

When he checked the boxes, he found “that all the enemas were used” and that “the unknown white male … re-glued the bottom of the box so that it appeared that it had not been opened,” reported thesmokinggun.com.

 

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The CVS in Jacksonville, Fla., where a man is accused of returning used enemas.

The Florida Department of Health tested samples of the fluid in the bottles and found they contained fecal matter, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Authorities say the 21 customers who purchased the used enemas have been notified.

If convicted, Robinson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

 

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The CVS drugstore at 9509 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla., has removed enemas from a shelf and instructed customers who bought them recently to phone a number.

He had already been arrested June 15 on an out-of-county warrant, and has a rap sheet that includes burglary and writing bad checks, The Smoking Gun said.

Investigators reportedly identified him through a credit card and the tag number of his car.

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Florida man dies after winning cockroach-eating contest

Edward Archbold was, according to those who met him on Friday night, the life of the party – a bit of a showoff who was up for anything, even a giant cockroach-eating contest.

He won. And then, tragically, he died.

Now police from Deerfield Beach, Fla., about 40 miles north of Miami, are investigating the death of the 32-year-old, who on Facebook went by Edward William Barry.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Archbold, of West Palm Beach, and several other contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach. After eating dozens of giant cockroaches, Archbold was declared the winner of an ivory-ball python. (The prizes, Archbold indicated on his Facebook page that night, were less significant than the glory.)

He had also entered a superworm-eating contest earlier in the night.

But after winning, Archbold felt sick and started vomiting. He then collapsed in the store and was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office is conducting tests to determine a cause of death, according to the sheriff’s office statement.

On Facebook, Ben Siegel Reptiles wrote that staff met Archbold the night of the Midnight Madness sale: “We all liked him right away. All of us here at Ben Siegel Reptiles are sad that we will not get to know Eddie better, for in the short time we knew him, he was very well liked by all.”

In the comments beneath the statement, the reptile store wrote that the prize “now belongs to his estate.”

In another Facebook comment, an attorney claiming to represent Ben Siegel Reptiles wrote that contest participants had signed waivers accepting their participation in this “unique and unorthodox contest.”

“The consumption of insects is widely accepted throughout the world, and the insects presented as part of the contest were taken from an inventory of insects that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles,” wrote attorney Luke Lirot.

No other contestants felt sick, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

And Archbold seemed to be doing all right earlier in the night, according to his own account on Facebook. He took photos of the superworms and wrote: ” Also side note im NOW in a super worm eating comp now…….what ever the hell a super worm is?”

Eating the bugs yielded valuable rewards, according to the store’s Facebook page: “Eat the most bugs in 4 minutes, win the ball morph. That’s it. Oh yeah, any vomiting is an automatic DQ,” the advertisement stated. “Eat the most crickets, win a male lesser. Eat the most superworms, win a female orange belly. Eat the most discoid roaches, win a female graphite sired ivory!”

Michael Adams, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, told The Associated Press that he has never heard of someone dying after eating roaches.

“Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don’t think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat,” Adams said. “Some people do have allergies to roaches but there are no toxins in roaches or related insects.”

Meanwhile, Archbold’s friends took to his Facebook page to remember him. Wrote one: “This goes out to one of the most funnest, craziest, and most energetic person I have ever met!!! I will never ever forget u Eddie… I don’t think anyone could!!”

 

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Funeral Director’s License Suspended After He Dismembers Body

Ellenberg Funeral Services on Highway 81 in Loganville closed down almost as quickly as it opened. It is now being reported that the owner, William B. Ellenger III, has had his licenses suspended following a series of bizarre incidents.

According to CBS Atlanta, Ellenberg, who also is the owner of Metro Embalming and Crematory in Conyers, had his license suspended after it was reported that he dismembered an 800-pound body in the Conyers location in order to fit it into the crematory. Conyers police investigated and reported it is not a crime to do so. Permission needs to be sought from the family first, though, and it is reported that Ellenberg did not do so.

Ellenberg appeared on a large billboard on Highway 78 in Loganville earlier in the year advertising the opening of Ellenberg Funeral Services in Loganville. However, it wasn’t open long before it was found to no longer be in operation. CBS Atlanta reports that Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suicide attempt by Ellenberg on Aug. 15 when he allegedly shot himself in the leg. He also is reported to have threatened the life of a former business partner.

Ellenberg’s license was suspended on Sept. 20, but he can appeal the ruling. Ellenberg told CBS Atlanta that his troubles are the result of a woman scorned – the former business partner with whom he reportedly had a relationship at one time.

 

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Fox airs Ariz. carjacker shooting self after chase

An Arizona carjacking suspect shot himself in the head as Fox News broadcast the end of a police chase west of Phoenix. Fox anchor Shep Smith apologized, saying, “We really messed up.”

Update at 5:46 p.m. ET: Fox’s executive vice president of news editorial, Michael Clemente, issued a statement, the Associated Press says.

“We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five second delay,” he said. “Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.”

KSAZ-TV, the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, was providing the live feed from its helicopter but was not broadcasting it locally.

Update at 4:54 p.m. ET: Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV reports that the suspect’s body is still lying in the field where he fell. Police still have not confirmed that he is dead.

Update at 4:20 p.m. ET: Here’s what some viewers tweeted afterward (h/t Poynter):

Geraldo Rivera: Oh man just watched that car chase kid
in Arizona shoot himself in the head. Sick to my stomach. Feel so sorry for my
brother Shep.

HuffPostMedia: WOW. Shep Smith just narrated the car chase suspect shooting himself in the head. ‘Get off it!’ he screamed, and cut to a commercial.

Michael van Poppel: Holy crap. The suspect just killed himself on live TV.

Tom Vear: Cannot believe i just watched a live car chase for an hour and then all
the sudden watched him shoot himself in the head.. Crazy.

Sabrina Guma: Thank you #FoxNews for showing a LIVE car chase where obviously a
mentally unstable man gets out of the car and shoots himself in the
head.

Amanda Palumbo: Just saw a guy shoot himself after a chase on a live feed. Shows how
careful you have to be with live television. Wow.

Update at 3:38 p.m. ET: Fox News anchor Shep Smith apologized for airing the shocking sight, saying, “We really messed up.”

“That didn’t belong on TV. I personally apologize to you that that happened. That will not happen again on my watch, and I am sorry.”

According to an account by Mediabistro, which has Smith’s full apology, viewers could hear the studio crew members gasp and Smith say, “Get off, get off, get off,” asking the control room to cut away.

After jumping out of the car, the suspect ran down a dirt road, put the gun to his head, then slumped to the ground.

Police have not identified the man or confirmed that he is dead.

Original post: An Arizona carjacking suspect shot himself in the head on live TV after a police chase near Phoenix, according to Fox News.

His condition is not known.

The suspect fired shots at pursuing officers along westbound Interstate 10. After exiting he drove along dirt road in the town of Salome, Fox reports.

Fox anchor Shep Smith was narrating the chase when the suspect shot himself. He shouted, “Get off it!” and cut to a commercial.

The suspect stole a red Dodge Caliber in Phoenix and led police on a high-speed chase that lasted about an hour.

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Teens Laugh While Recording Violent Beating Of Woman

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A group of teens violently attacked a mentally challenged woman at random in Chester and recorded the entire incident on tape.

During the vicious attack, which was later posted on Facebook, the teens could be heard screaming obscenities and even laughing.

Police say on Thursday morning, an anonymous Chester resident alerted police of the taped incident that was apparently posted on Facebook.

The video starts as the group of teen girls are walking down Morton Avenue. Several seconds into the video, one of the girls casually walks up to the 48-year-old victim, who was sitting on her front step, and began to punch and beat the victim.

The attack then leads inside the woman’s home, at which point several other teens join in on the attack.

In the video, it appears the teens are laughing throughout the entire ordeal, but instead of stopping, they complain of how much the woman’s home “stinks.”

Investigators say the attack lasted about 90 seconds. The video then shows the teens running out of the victim’s home.

Police believe the attack happened possibly Tuesday night just after 9.

“That’s one of the more horrific, savage attacks I’ve seen,” Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said.

Police say the victim did not notify authorities after the assault, but did seek medical treatment. The victim didn’t contact police it’s believed due to her diminished mental capacity. The victim was not seriously injured.

Bail said four of the six suspects have been arrested and all six will be charged as adults. Police do know the identities of the two girls at large. The four girls arrested are expected to be arraigned Friday morning on felony aggravated assault charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chester Police.

 

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Man stalks clerk, steals her mail, pays her bills

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) — A Southern Indiana man is now charged in a bizarre case of stalking.

James Horlander is charged in Clark County. Police say Horlander was stalking a clerk from the Thornton’s on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

Court documents show Horlander went to the store several times a day and was seen sitting outside her residence on numerous occasions.

The alleged victim says he was even taking her mail, paying her bills and followed her every where she went.

The two only know each other from the Thornton’s.

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Teen dressed in sheet with fake grenade launcher leads to arrest!

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PHOENIX — Police have arrested an Arizona man who allegedly filmed his 16-year-old nephew walking city streets dressed in a sheet and carrying a fake grenade launcher, authorities said on Wednesday.

Michael David Turley, 39, was arrested Monday over the making of the video, in which an unidentified narrator says he aims to discover how quickly police in Phoenix would respond following the fatal shooting of 12 people at the screening of the “Dark Knight Rises” Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, in July.

The bizarre, amateurish video depicts a person with a fairly realistic but fake grenade launcher walking around a Phoenix intersection in what appears to be a blue sheet with dark material covering his head and face.

Made eight days after the shooting at a screening of a Batman movie, the film was posted on YouTube and titled, “Dark Knight Shooting Response, Rocket Launcher Police Test.”

“Given this event, I wanted to run a little test here in Phoenix, Arizona,” the narrator says in the film. “I want to find out how safe I really am, and I want to know the response time of the Phoenix police department.”

The filmmaker claims it took 15 minutes for police to respond.

The first officer finds the filmmaker and the teen standing in a driveway. The officer calmly tells the boy to put down the weapon and the man to put down the camera. He didn’t draw his gun.

Officer James Holmes, a police spokesman, said Turley told the officer they were just filming a movie, and the officer took down their names and left.

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After interviewing people who called 911 and later seeing the video posted on YouTube, police arrested Turley.

“It surprised us that he actually put that video on YouTube,” Holmes said.

Not ‘fun and games’
Holmes said the police response took just over three minutes from the first call, and a helicopter and SWAT team was dispatched as backup.

The Anonymous Filmmaker explores how the Phoenix Police Department reacts days after the event at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado where a gunman, James Holmes, killed 12 people and injured 58 more at the premiere of Batman The Dark Knight Rises. In our Hollywood style video, a man resembling a terrorist paces around a busy street in Phoenix Arizona carrying a rocket launcher until the police apprehend him. This film explores the response time and reaction of law enforcement within the Phoenix rural community. You will be shocked to see what happens.

Turley was charged with knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving a simulated explosive.

He is being held in county jail on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 45 months in prison, said Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb.

“We take something like this seriously,” Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes said. “It wasn’t fun and games to all the people who were affected by this. We don’t behave like this in this country to prove a point.”

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The 16-year-old has not been arrested, Holmes said.

“The video told us what Turley was intentionally trying to do — creating a terrorist hoax for his own personal ideals,” he said.

Turley doesn’t have a listed phone number. He didn’t immediately respond to messages sent Wednesday through the YouTube account.

An attorney for Turley could not be immediately reached for comment.

 

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