- San Jose Mercury News An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a
club to break a former girlfriends windshield, accidentally shot himself to
death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.
- Hickory Daily Record 12/21/92 Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally
shot himself to death in December in Newton, N.C., when, awakening to the
sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed,, he reached for the phone but
grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson .38 Special, which discharged when he drew
it to his ear.
- Unknown, 25 March A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are
being blamed for the death of a man who was killed by his own gas. There
no mark on his body but autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his
system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage (and a couple
of other things). It was just the right combination of foods. It appears
that the man died in his sleep from breathing in the poisonous cloud that
hanging over his bed. Had he been outside or had his windows been opened,
wouldn't have been fatal. But the man was shut up in his near airtight
bedroom. He was a big man with a huge capacity for creating (this deadly
gas). Three of the rescuers got sick and one was hospitalized.
- Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario Man slips and falls 23 stories to his
death. A man cleaning a bird feeder on his balcony of his condominium
apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death,
police said Monday. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair Sunday
when the accident occurred, said Inspector D'Arcy Honer of the Peel regional
police. "It appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony, " Honer
said. "It's one of those freak accidents. No foul play is suspected."
- UPI, Toronto Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of
in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder
plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell
into the courtyard of the Toronto dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening
he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to visiting law
students. Hoy previously had conducted demonstrations of window strength
according to police reports Peter Lauwers, managing partner of the firm
Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the
best and brightest" members of the 200-man association. (editors note - I
think this guy should win, not only because he removed some incredibly
genes from the pool, but he also eliminated a lawyer in the process....)
- AP, Cairo, Egypt, 31 Aug 1995 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Six people drowned
Monday while trying to rescue a chicken that had fallen into a well in
southern Egypt. An 18 year old farmer was the first to descend into the
60-foot well. He drowned, apparently after an undercurrent pulled him down.
Police said his sister and two brothers, none of whom could swim well, went
in one by one to help him, but also drowned. Two elderly farmers then came
to help. But they apparently were pulled by the same undercurrent. The
bodies of the six were later pulled out of the well in the village of Nazlat
Imara, 240 miles south of Cairo. The chicken was also pulled out. It
- Times of London A thief who sneaked into a hospital was scarred for
life when he tried to get a suntan. After evading security staff at Odstock
Hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and helping himself to doctor's paging
devices, the thief spotted a vertical sun bed. He walked into the unit and
removed his clothes for a 45-minute tan. However, the high-voltage UV
machine at the hospital, which is reknowned for its treatment of burn
victims, has a maximum dosage of 10 seconds. After lying on the bed for
almost 300 times the recommended maximum time, the man was covered in
blisters. Hours later, when the pain of the burns became unbearable, he
to Southampton General Hospital, 20 miles away, in Hampshire. There, the
became suspicious because he was wearing a doctor's coat. After tending his
wounds they called the police. Southampton police said: "This man broke
Odstock and decided he fancied a quick suntan. Doctors say he is going to
scarred for life."
- 45 year old Amy Brasher was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a
mechanic reported to police that 18 packages of marijuana were packed in the
engine compartment of the car which she had brought to the mechanic for an
oil change. According to police, Brasher later said that she didn't realize
that the mechanic would have to raise the hood to change the oil.
- Portsmouth, RI police charged Gregory Rosa, 25, with a string of vending
machine robberies in January when he: 1.) fled from police inexplicably
when they spotted him loitering around a vending machine and 2.) later
tried to post his $400 bail in coins.
- Karen Lee Joachimi, 20, was arrested in Lake City, Florida, for robbery
of a Howard Johnson's motel. She was armed with only an electric chain saw,
which was not plugged in.
- The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into Burger
King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 7:50 am, flashed a gun and demanded cash.
clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register
without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they
weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.