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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

You Bought Porn? That's Gonna Cost You... Your Life!

In Arkansas, 69-year-old Patricia Hill shot and killed her husband... because he bought porn. No kidding. Mrs. Hill admitted to police she killed 65-year-old Frank Hill following an argument that began after her husband purchased pornography on their television. In a statement, police said Patricia Hill canceled the purchase, but her husband then made a second one. She then approached her husband in a shed outside the home and asked him to leave. When he refused, she went back into the house and armed herself with a .22-caliber pistol. Back at the shed, she shot her husband twice, striking him once in the leg and once in the head. Immediately following the shooting, Patricia Hill told authorities she went back inside the house, put the gun back where it belonged, and called 911 to report what she had done. Her husband was discovered dead in the shed when police arrived. Patricia is now being held without bond on felony probable cause for capital murder. (FOX 16)

Bad News for My Little Bronies

You've probably at least heard of "bronies" - those hilarious if not somewhat creepy adult men who love to watch the children's cartoon: My Little Pony. Well, that whole thing is kind of run its course it looks like and the organizers of the bronie convention dedicated to "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among "bronies." Chairs Sheva Goldberg and Eliana Summers write in a letter: "It's been a wild ride, but all rides end eventually." But they do plan to go out with a bang. BronyCon 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center will be the longest yet, running from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 next year. The convention was born in New York in 2011 and peaked at 10,000 attendees. (Baltimore Sun)

Love The Drake?

Drake's "In My Feelings" is catchy enough to make people want to get up out of their seats and dance. But some should be staying in their seats, specifically those who are behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Maybe you've heard of the ridiculously stupid "Kiki Challenge" which involves cranking up the Drake tune, then jumping out of a slowly moving car while it's alongside the dancer, and of course catching the whole thing on video to share on social media. Comedian Shiggy jump-started the craze with his Instagram video, and now others have followed suit-and tripped, crashed, and even gotten hit. Now law enforcement officials around the world-including in the US, India, Spain, and the UAE-are warning folks not to partake in this stunt on their watch. In Florida, violators could be hit with a $1,000 fine and Cairo police have arrested a university student who decided it would be fun to try. Seriously, how stupid are you to try this? (Guardian)

Woman Goes Into Early Labor... After Cop Kicks Her

In North Miami Beach Police Officer Ambar Pacheco has been relieved from duty and charged with aggravated battery after kicking an 8-month pregnant woman in the stomach. The victim was 27-year-old Evoni Murray who reportedly felt "severe pain" after being kicked, and then began to have contractions. She was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she soon gave birth to a healthy baby. According to a police arrest affidavit Pacheco told officers the victim's boyfriend kicked Pacheco's sister in the face, after which she "saw red and beat the s--- out of her." Pacheco later told officers she knew she kicked someone, but didn't know precisely who. She has been a uniformed patrol officer for one year. In a TV interview, Murray denied that her boyfriend kicked Pacheco's sister. "He was just trying to restrain the young ladies from doing anything to me or his child," she said. (ABC News)

The King of Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Sombra is a drug-sniffing dog with the Colombian National Police - and a darn good one at that. So good, in fact, that the drug cartels have put a bounty on her head forcing authorities to move her to a safer airport and have more officers accompanying her on her rounds. The 6-year-old German shepherd has become quite a thorn in drug traffickers' side as her strong sense of smell has helped Colombian police make over 200 arrests and seize around nine tons of illegal drugs. To that end, the UrabeƱos, also known as the Gulf Clan, have reportedly put a prize on Sombra's head, reportedly between $7,000 and $70,000. Sombra first made news headlines in 2016, when she led her human colleagues to a container of bananas that secretly contained 2,958 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. In May of last year, she discovered another 1.1 tons of cocaine heading for Belgium, and a month later she discovered another 5.3 tons of cocaine ready to be shipped out of the country. (Oddity Central)

The Only Thing to Stop a Bad Guy with a Finger Gun...

Of course we all know, the only that can stop a bad guy with a finger gun is a good guy with a finger gun - or maybe just one with a brain. Over in England, Brian Cawley demanded cash from a Tesco grocery store while pretending he had a gun by holding his finger like a gun in his pocket. But the staff called his bluff and also called police. Cawley tried to flee but was stopped and held for police. Sentencing him, Judge Timothy Rose said: "Fortunately, people stood up to you. Even if they didn't think you had a real gun, they could not be sure and the lady who told you to clear off must have been fearful of what you might have done if you did have a gun." Warren Robinson, defending, said Cawley was a heroin addict desperate for money who did not succeed in stealing anything and left without causing any violence. (BBC)

What the What?

Perhaps you heard about the American man who died last week after slipping off a cliff while taking selfies at a whale-watching site in Sydney. Of course he's far from alone in the book of selfie deaths. According to Turkish researchers who tallied up selfie-related incidents reported in the media from December 2013 to January 2017, most injuries resulted from falling, but the leading cause of selfie deaths was drowning. In more unusual cases, a Russian man died after posing with a grenade, and in 2016 a tourist in China was dragged underwater by a walrus while he was snapping a selfie with the massive marine mammal. Here's the way the top ten ways people died while taking dangerous selfies:

Drowning (57 deaths)
Falling (27 deaths)
Crushed by Train (18 deaths)
Gunshot (8 deaths)
Electrocution (7 deaths)
Truck collision (6 deaths)
Animal attack (4 deaths)
Explosions (3 deaths)
Motor cycle crash (1 death)
Hot water burns (1 death)

No wonder some countries run "safer selfie" campaigns. (ABC)

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