Weird News 10/18/15
A woman’s body was found dangling from a chain-link fence in Ohio on Tuesday — and at first people mistook her corpse for an elaborate Halloween decoration. According to Fox8, construction workers called 911 when they realized it was a body.
Rebeca Cade, 31, is believed to have gotten in a fight with her attacker, then gotten stuck on the fence as she was trying to flee. A bloody rock was found near the scene, and is believed to have been the murder weapon. She apparently died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
According to the Washington Post, local resident Tammy Dixon noticed Cade’s body when she headed out to take her child to school, saying, “I thought somebody was playing a prank on the construction workers and I told my daughter it was just a dummy. It was so awful that I thought the prank went too far.”
A man named Donnie Cochenour, 27, has been arrested in connection with Cade’s murder. A string of other women’s deaths and disappearances has rocked the small town of Chillicothe, but officials have said that Cade’s death is unrelated to the other unsolved cases.
A Portland Oregon mother is accused of smuggling drugs to her jailed daughter. The mother’s equally creative and disturbing method of transporting the drugs was tampon applicators.
The daughter, Brandi Miller, was in jail for raiding mailboxes and requested that her mother, Elizabeth Sparkman, bring her drugs.
Like many moms, Sparkman couldn’t say no to her daughter. Sparkman shoved prescription drugs inside of two tampon applicators and taped them to the back of a toilet in the health center. Miller then went to an appointment at the health center and asked for a bathroom break. Unfortunately for Miller, the tampons had already fallen to the ground and were confiscated before she could get the goods.
Sparkman had a backup plan, which included passing off a second set of tampons to her daughter. This time the tampons had meth and prescription drugs inside of them.
Luckily police had been listening on the duo’s phone conversations and were able to interviene before Miller got the second batch of drugs. Now mother and daughter are both behind bars.
Neighbors claim an argument between two men over dog poop escalated into murder in West Palm Beach, Florida.
According to reports, 46-year-old Amado Lago and 60-year-old Mauro Londono were always fighting over Londono’s dog using Lago’s yard as a bathroom. Last Wednesday was apparently the final straw for Lago, though, because he allegedly grabbed a machete and stabbed Londono.
When police arrived, they saw Londono’s body in the driveway, and Lago was approximately 25 feet away. Lago was reportedly pacing in another driveway, still holding the machete. One of the deputies reportedly tried to use a stun gun to subdue Lago while the other repeatedly instructed Lago to put the machete down as he approached Londono’s body to check on his status. Lago reportedly charged that deputy with the machete, and the unnamed deputy pulled his sidearm and fired, killing Lago.
Also injured during the fight was 54-year-old Claudia Morales. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of cut wounds and a broken arm, and was still in the hospital as of Monday. Morales was Londono’s partner. According to the couple’s son, Mauricio, Mauro Londono was trying to protect Morales from Lago when he was killed. Mauricio told reporters that Lago was always trying to fight with Londono any time they stepped outside, even if it was just to play with the dog in their own yard.
An Oregon man was in for an unpleasant surprise when he discovered a dead mouse in his Subway sandwich.
Posting a photo of the gross sight on Facebook, Matt Jones claims the rodent was wrapped snugly in his friend’s Italian sub with spinach. After making his chicken teriyaki sandwich, the employee began to make Jones’ pal’s sub. When getting the last bit of spinach in the container, Jones told 11 Alive that he turned around after getting a drink and made the shocking discovery.
“Look at that Beast of a mouse in the spinach at Subway today! Good thing we didn’t bite into it! AMAZING! WTF!!! The manager was in shock!” he wrote.
After the discovery, Jones claimed he told the restaurant to contact everyone who could’ve eaten the questionable spinach and said “they laughed at me, [and] said it would be impossible for them to track everyone down.”
Though Jay Armstead was intending to eat the sandwich, he told KGW he’s happy the mouse was discovered before taking a bite out of his lunch.
“It was unfortunate I was the lucky recipient,” he said. “It was wet and dead. His tail was curled up and you could see his two front teeth.”
The state Health Department has weighed in and has determined that the likelihood of others getting sick from contaminated spinach is low. Since it was not a public health emergency, others that could’ve consumed the spinach do not need to be contacted.
“The investigation determined that the rodent problem did not come from inside the facility. It was probably in a bag of the bagged spinach product, not from the facility itself,” Director Of Lincoln County Health and Human Services Cheryl Connell said. “Everything was sanitized and cleaned properly afterwards.”
Subway has since responded to the backlash and maintain that they acted promptly and appropriately in light of the situation.
They told KGW, “As soon as the customer alerted the owner about what happened, they were immediately given a full refund and an investigation was launched. To be cautious, all of the products in the sandwich unit were disposed of and a thorough cleaning took place, in which the Health Department gave the restaurant a clean bill of health. There were no other complaints made.”
When police in Manatee County, Florida, tried to pull over 26-year-old Reliford Cooper, III, for speeding last week, they ended up in the middle of a high-speed chase.
According to reports, when officers first noticed Cooper’s vehicle speeding down the road, they attempted to pull him over. That did not deter Cooper; he reportedly ran a stop sign and made several turns, including driving through two ditches, before colliding with a local home.
Cooper then reportedly got out of the car and ran to a nearby church. After one of the parishioners notified the pastor of his presence, the pastor found Cooper hiding in a bathroom. When officers finally apprehended Cooper, he reportedly reeked of alcohol and pot. As police were cuffing him, Cooper reportedly began making comments denying that he was driving the car, going on to say, “My dog was driving that car.”\
At that point, police say that Cooper began to throw up and claimed he had a back injury. He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for evaluation, and then transported to the local jail where he’s been charged with DWI leading to property damage, among other things. He remains in custody on a combined bond of $26,120.
Only in New York?
This graphic, somewhat depressing clip might be even better — or worse, depending on your perspective — than the now-infamous Pizza Rat video of last month.
In this viral video, a very hungry rat can be seen wrestling with an injured pigeon in an attempt to, well, eat it. We guess. It’s kind of unclear exactly what the critter’s mission is, but it doesn’t look pretty.
It all went down on the sidewalk in front of shocked onlookers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A video shows an Indian man nonchalantly holding his wife’s decapitated head as he strolls through a congested neighborhood.
The man in question is believed to be 60-year-old Ram Chavan, who allegedly killed his wife as punishment for cheating on him. He reportedly chopped up her body with an axe, and then lugged her bloody remains through a busy city outside of Mumbai, according to the Mirror.
“He frequently quarreled with his wife and … it was a case of household quarrel between a couple where Chavan lost his control and killed his wife using a knife,” senior police inspector M. Chavhan told DNA India.
In the video, the 60-year-old can be seen walking through the city holding what appears to be her head. Though some passerby walked past him unsuspectingly, others are seen stopping in awe and confusion. According to reports, the man walked with the head for several minutes before being stopped by a constable.
The website also pointed out Chavan, who worked as a watchman, also lived with his two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren — who are all being questioned at this point.
The police inspector also announced that the suspect isn’t believed to have any mental illnesses. The 60-year-old was apparently arrested and charged with murder.
While gore and all things scary are common sights at this time of year, one Ohio family’s Halloween display just might have gone too far.
Located near a neighborhood elementary school, the Barrett family’s graphic Halloween decorations have several residents concerned — with one local even contacting the city to have them removed. That hasn’t happened, however, because it would infringe on the family’s right to expression, WKRC reports.
With impaled, bloody faux corpses hung on stakes and trees, Vicki Barrett claims she and her husband haven’t gotten any direct complaints. In fact, they say their intention is not to upset anyone, and having a two-year-old daughter with special needs, they are willing to tone it down if it upsets their neighbors.
“We don’t want to scare kids,” Barrett said. “We just want to do the Halloween fun of it … definitely no ill intent, no.
A 23-year-old Florida woman was arrested for DUI on Saturday night after broadcasting herself driving drunk on the live-streaming platform Periscope.
Whitney Marie Beall, 23, of Lakeland, was busted after horrified Periscope viewers saw her clip and reported her to the police. Some users sent her messages pleading with her to stop driving. One caller told a 911 dispatcher, “She’s really drunk. She just hit something. She might be driving with a flat tire. She’s in a Toyota.”
According to authorities, she recorded a whopping 7 videos that night of her binge-drinking and driving exploits. In the video of her wasted behind the wheel, she says, ”I’m (expletive) drunk and this is horrible. I don’t even know where the next gas station is. This is horrible guys.”
According to ABC Action News, a cop was able to track her down after downloading the Periscope app on their personal phone.
Beall was reportedly driving on a flat tire, and failed a sobriety test. She bonded out of jail.
Though protests are common to both pro- and anti-gun activists, neither have envisioned a demonstration where students would bring sex toys to class to rally against “open carry” law — but that’s exactly what’s happening.
A University of Texas student has organized a Campus (DILDO) Carry event in which students will bring dildos to class because, due to a recent law, that comes with more consequences than having a gun on school premises.
“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression,”organizer of the #CocksNotGlocks event and UT graduate Jessica Jin wrote on the Facebook group’s page. “You would receive a citation for taking a dildo to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class.”
The bill students are protesting is Senate Bill 11, which was signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in August of this year. The legislation would allow gun owners to bring weapons to most locations on campus. However, the specifics of those locations aren’t set in stone yet, The Austin Chronicle reports.
Since there are obscenity policies at UT and in Texas’ penal code, Jin and other students argue that even in light of school shootings, there has been more done to censor student sexuality than keep pupils safe.
And this message has resonated. As of Monday night, close to 7,000 people have signed up for the Aug. 24 event, which will take place the first day of the 2016-17 school year.
Speaking with Chron, Jin claimed that, despite the unorthodox protest, there is a goal. She commented, “I need this proliferation of dildos to offer people a visual representation of what it would be like if we all carried guns. It should look ridiculous to you. That is the point. This is America; if guns and bloodshed don’t wake people up, a public celebration of sexuality may just do the trick. We’re going to need a lot of dildos.”