Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames.
Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure.
A man who lived at the home told fire officials he was trying to kill a spider in his laundry room using a can of spray paint and a lighter when the wall caught fire, according to Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department. The man wasn’t able to put the fire out himself, and he left the home when it began to spread.
“I don’t want to encourage people to do this, but that’s what he did,” Moore said. “The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling…”
“There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire,” Moore said. “Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.”
BTW, Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department opined, “I’m pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire…”
An Illinois woman who allegedly stole a dress from a West Frankfort store was arrested after she posted a selfie of herself wearing the pilfered garment on Facebook.
Danielle Saxton allegedly swiped a leopard-print dress from Mortie’s Boutique and then posted four photos of herself wearing the ill-gotten garb just hours later. Saxton even made one of the snaps her profile picture.
People who had also seen the store post about the theft were able to connect the dots and alert police. “Not two hours and our stolen dress has shown up on Facebook,” Mortie’s posted. “Gotta love it.”
“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” said Police Chief Shawn Talluto.
When police arrived to arrest the 27-year-old suspect, she was holding the dress and other stolen clothes.
The store previously used its surveillance cameras and social media to catch three other…shoplifters.
Same as it ever was. You don’t set off on a day’s worth of stealing because you’re extra bright.
Minnesota police arrested a burglary suspect who apparently forgot to log out of Facebook after checking his profile during a break-in at a St. Paul home.
The homeowner came back to his house and found that credit cards, cash and a watch were missing. The thief had also left behind a pair of Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt that he apparently discarded because it had been raining outside.
He also left behind his information on James Wood’s computer.
“World’s dumbest criminal,” Wood told CBS Minnesota. “I don’t know. I started to panic, but then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile.”
Wood began posting on Nicholas Wig’s profile and the 26-year-old eventually texted him. After they made a plan to meet up later to exchange items, Wood went for a walk. He then spotted Wig on the street and called police…
The two Kazakh students arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation are not accused of being part of the plot to set off the bombs, but questions have arisen about the novelty license plate on the front of the BMW they drove, which bore the words “Terrorista #1.”
Dumb hardly begins to characterize the two spoiled upper class kids here in the US as students – and helping their criminal buddy cover up the murder plot he and his brother concocted.
Fenerbahçe fans threw flares into their team’s stadium during yesterday’s Europa League second-leg tie against Belarusian champion BATE Borisov even though the game was being played behind closed doors to a previous UEFA ban.
Five people were detained on suspicion of launching the flares into the ground. Fenerbahçe fans had gathered outside the Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium in Kadıköy to support their team despite not being allowed to enter the stadium.
“Those who sent these flares must be idiots,” said UEFA observer Stefano Farina, adding that the incendiary devices resulted in the burning of the Turkish flag and a fine against the team.
Despite the incidents and the lack of crowd support, the Yellow Canaries managed to see off the Belarusian challenge with a 1-0 victory, giving them a 1-0 aggregate victory.
Meanwhile, the club gets to pay fines, lose ticket sales, penalized for the behavior of dipshit hooligans.
2012 has been the year big businesses finally took the big leap toward embracing social media. But it’s also produced some of the most disastrous tweets in corporate Twitter history…
Here are 5 of the year’s biggest corporate Twitter blunders, and some thoughts on how the right technology and some basic training could’ve helped:
1. Insensitive employee tweets a presidential low-blow
On Oct. 3, in the course of the first US presidential debate, President Barack Obama mentioned his grandmother, who died just days before he took office. Moments later, this tweet went out to KitchenAid’s 24,000-plus followers. As outrage flooded in, KitchenAid went into apology mode, explaining that an employee mistakenly sent the offensive remark from the corporate handle, rather than his or her personal account.
Analysis: Sadly, this kind of account mix-up happens all the time. Heavy Twitter users often post to multiple accounts, switching back and forth on the fly. Mistakes are inevitable. That’s why leading social media management systems like HootSuite now prompt users with a special window before they publish to designated, high-profile accounts. Setting up these so-called secure profiles is often all it takes to avert a Twitter meltdown.
Click here to see the other 4. Sometimes stupid, gauche, silly – always embarrassing to any corporation committed to a dialogue with a broad representation of American society.
Rene Morris was at work at DelaBruere Auto Sales Thursday when he heard some unusual sounds coming from next door at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.
“I felt like I was in a monster jam rally or something,” said Rene Morris, who witnessed the crash.
But police say that monster jam rally was actually 34-year-old Roger Pion of Newport driving over and crushing seven police vehicles with a massive tractor.
“I just couldn’t believe it, just backing up going over it, turns around makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up,” said Morris…
“We came out and sure enough someone had run over our cruisers with a tractor,” said Chief Deputy Philip Brooks, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department secretary saw the tractor go by before the rampage, but didn’t think twice about it.
“I mean it is Vermont. No, nobody saw it happen,” said Brooks.
After the demo-derby happened in Derby — Pion was arrested a mile and a half away in Newport by other officers. Sheriff’s Deputies couldn’t chase him, because they had no cars on site. Pion’s been in trouble with the law before. He was arrested this past month by the Newport City police for marijuana possession. There’s speculation — the car crushing was revenge…
Police say Pion took out more than half of the sheriff department’s fleet — some of its newest vehicles were only four months old. Damages could be as much as $300,000.
Idiot. The local Tea Party will probably bail him out for his “defense” of individual liberty.
Huntsville, Alabama — A college student from Texas believes he is lucky to be alive after a terrible crash. He was texting and driving when his truck flew off of a cliff.
Chance Bothe’s truck plunged off of a bridge and into a ravine. One of the last things he typed indicated what almost happened to him.
After the crash, Chance had a broken neck, a crushed face, a fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. Doctors had to bring him back to life three times . Now, 6 months later, he’s finally able to talk about what happened.
“They just need to understand, don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he said. “I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago, and I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head, I’m surprised that’s not me up in that casket. I came very close to that, to being gone forever.”
Better late than never – just about became never.
Here’s a cautionary tale for would-be thieves.
A Connecticut man accidentally called 911 on his cell phone while he was allegedly stealing 700 pounds of scrap metal from a local business Thursday.
Police initially thought the call was a medical emergency, since they could only hear rustling in the background before the call disconnected…But once identified the caller’s location using GPS, they arrived at the scene to find Michael Gorneau, 46, had transferred the metal from a local business’s dumpster into his pick-up truck.
Gorneau accidentally called 911 while crawling under a fence, police told Southington Patch…The metal belonged to a company that makes metal doors, NBC Connecticut reported. Far from being trash, it’s generally sold to help pay for the employees’ benefits.
Gorneau was charged with third-degree trespassing and sixth-degree larceny.
Has anyone written a book yet called “Stealing for Dummies”?
Older children consume more sugar than younger ones do, boys consume more than girls, and white children consume more than black or Mexican-American children, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. And they all consume too much.
Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a continuous examination of a large cross-section of the American population. The survey includes interviews, physical examinations and laboratory tests of blood and urine. For this study, published on Feb. 29, researchers interviewed subjects about their food consumption over the previous 24 hours…
Boys got an average of 16.3 percent of their calories from added sugar, and girls 15.5 percent. The older the child, the greater the intake of sugar calories — the diets of 2- to 5-year-olds had less than 14 percent sugar, but boys 12 to 19 consumed 17.5 percent of their calories as added sugar, and adolescent girls, 16.6 percent.
Non-Hispanic whites consumed the largest percentage of calories from sugar and Mexican-Americans the smallest. Family income made no difference in sugar consumption.
The numbers reveal two facts that may contradict commonly held beliefs. First, young people got 60 percent of their sugar calories from foods, and only 40 percent from soft drinks. And second, whether it was from food or drink, they got most of their sugar at home, not at school or elsewhere.
Golly – what a surprise.
Before the next study determines the same stupid behavior one more time – how about we spend the money on something that explains to parents they’re brainwashing their kids into self-destruction?