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The Russian “Sex Doll” Race

After a nine-year hiatus, the infamous “Russian Sex Doll Race” has returned! Officially it is known as the “Bubble Baba Challenge.” The world’s most raucous race involves a river race in which participants use a beloved sex doll to ride the rapids.

According to locals, the tradition began “as a joke at a party where the men got drunk, and the women didn’t show up,” said founder Dmitry Bulavinov.

Racers and their inflatable playmates came to compete from 2003 to 2011 on the Losevsky threshold in the Leningrad region, but the event was put on hold in 2012, supposedly for “construction and administrative reasons.” 

But this year, the totally inappropriate – and therefore fun – event returned. Around 500 men and women jumped into the Losevsky Rapids on the Vuoksi River with their blow-up babes over the weekend of June 26. Though technically still banned, the intrepid racers and the rubberized partners ignored the red tape and off-limits signs to hilariously wade through the water on dolls, despite the efforts of authorities to forbid the bawdy event.

Ahead of the contest, there were complaints of traffic problems as cyclists rode to the event carrying the inflatable dolls on their bikes. 

“It’s a highlight of the summer,” said one male swimmer clutching his sex doll.

Baba in Russian can mean “countrywoman,” but is sometimes used in a sexually derogatory way.

The organizers say the event is back for good. Do you think that you might want to participate next year? You can. All you have to be is over 16, able to swim, and sober Alcohol tests are administered before the race, so they actually take that last requirement seriously. And don’t worry if you don’t have your own sex doll, or if you do and care too much about her to use her in this way, event organizers say they buy the blow-up dolls in bulk before the race and rent them out to qualifying participants.

As to why the organizers of Baba Bubble decided to return this year after accepting the ban for so long was because people needed some good old fashioned fun after the long battle with COVID-19, and June 26 marked the 50th anniversary of the Vuskova water festival, which was also revived over the weekend.

While we don’t know who won – or what the prize was, but everyone seemed to have a blast and was happy for this odd tradition to return. The New York Post uploaded some great footage of the event if you would like to see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

As news and images of the bizarre sex doll race “blow up” on social media, it’s probably only a matter of time till we see this activity spreading to the US!

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New Charges for Doomsday Cult Leader Lori Vallow Daybell

“Doomsday cult mom” Lori Vallow Daybell, who earlier this year was deemed mentally unfit for trial in the deaths of her two children and her new husband’s ex-wife, has been indicted on a new count of conspiracy to commit murder first-degree in the death of her ex-husband.

Lori Vallow Daybell, along with her current husband Chad Daybell, were charged earlier this year in Idaho with murder and conspiracy, among others offenses, in connection with the deaths of several people, including Lori’s two youngest children. Lori was later also indicted in Phoenix, Arizona, on a charge of conspiring to murder her ex-husband.

In May, Daybell was declared to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

According to local Fox News affiliate FOX 10, Phoenix, a Maricopa County grand jury indicted Daybell in connection with the 2019 death of Charles Vallow in suburban Phoenix. The two-page indictment alleges that Daybell conspired with her brother, Alexander Cox, to kill Vallow. 

Cox did fatally shoot his brother-in-law in a home in Chandler, Ariz., on the same day he had conspired with Daybell to do so in July 2019, but he claimed self-defense and died four months later. 

Vallow had been seeking a divorce from Daybell at the time. He said that Lori had been exhibiting bizarre behavior, telling the divorce court that  Lori believed she was a God-like figure who was supposed to usher in the end times.

Investigators had recommended an additional charge in connection with her ex’s death in the Phoenix suburb ahead of her competency hearing. Police had been pushing for charges since at least August 2020.

“Complex, difficult cases of this nature take time to properly investigate and solve,” County Attorney Allister Adel said in a statement to FOX10. “I appreciate the tremendous number of hours the dedicated officers of the Chandler Police Department have invested, and my office is equally committed to bringing those responsible for Charles Vallow’s death to justice.”

The complex cases against Daybell and her current husband, Chad Daybell, has spanned almost four years and a handful of states, involving her two dead children and a pair of slain ex-spouses, and a possible accomplice brother who died before the entire conspiracy came to light.

In 2018, while each still married to their exes, the two began dating, and within months, the romance took a macabre twist. Joshua “JJ” and Rylee Ryan Vallow, ages 7 and 17, were reported missing in January 2019.

Chad Daybell has also been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell, weeks before he married Lori Vallow. Soon after, Cox shot and killed Lori’s ex, Charles.

The two have maintained their innocence.

The new charge is a Class 1 felony. What will happen to Lori next is unclear.

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The Murder Gracie Spinks

Michael Sellers is believed to have attacked Miss Spinks as she tended her horse before killing himself. Friends and neighbors who knew Sellers have since come forward and described him as a “weirdo” and a “perverted stalker.” One described him as a “creepy-looking” loner who could not make eye contact.

Neighbors have also now revealed he would use binoculars to spy on women. Sellers is thought to have become obsessed with Miss Spinks while they worked at Chesterfield e-commerce firm Xbite Ltd.

This week, his neighbors spoke to the local Derbyshire press about his odd behavior. One, who asked not to be named, said, “I found him a little strange. He would never speak or give you eye contact if he saw you in the street. He would spy on people from his parents’ home, especially women. I’m convinced I once caught him looking at me through a pair of binoculars.”

The unnamed source went on, “A friend told me she thought he had followed her once. It was really creepy behavior. He wasn’t a bad-looking lad – just odd. It’s terrible what happened.”

Another neighbor said, “I always said he was a little strange. He’d never speak to anyone but just stare. It’s scary that someone living so close to us could have murdered that woman.”

Another neighbor said, “I have a daughter, and I’m glad he didn’t speak to her.”

One of his co-workers said of Sellers, “He was strange. He became very weird at work, going like blank and staring at people. The women became wary of him. Hardly anyone liked him. He was a real loner.”

Sellers, 35, is thought to have fatally attacked Miss Spinks, 23, as she tended to her horse, Paddy, at a farm in Duckmanton, on Friday, June 18.

Shortly after her body was found, he was discovered dead in fields half a mile away.

Friends have told how Sellers became obsessed with Miss Spinks following a date and continued to turn up at the stables. She contacted police to say she was being stalked by Sellers. Derbyshire police are now being investigated by the UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct over the contact they had with her prior to her death.

According to the Daily Mirror, one of Miss Spinks’ work friends claimed, “It’s going around that she had a stalker who was totally obsessed with her. He wouldn’t take no for an answer, so she got a restraining order out against him.”

In a heartbreaking tribute, Miss Spinks’ mother, Alison Heaton, wrote on Facebook, “My beautiful daughter Gracie taken away from me, her dad and brother and sister and everyone who loved and cared for her.”

Mrs. Heaton added broken heart and crying emojis and changed her Facebook profile picture to a photo of her daughter with a pink frame stating, “Stop violence against women, justice for women.”

Heaton wants people to support a petition to be sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for a “Gracie’s Law” demanding harsher punishment for stalkers, especially those who threaten a woman’s life.

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Viral Video Proves Aliens Are Among Us

A viral video has been making the rounds that pretty clearly shows what is known in UFO circles as a “gray” alien walking in front of the camera. The video that shows a “strange figure” walking down a road in Jharkhand, India, has sparked a frenzy on social media.  

Chilling footage of what is now being called the “Jharkhand alien” has been shared thousands of times on Twitter. The video emerged after a group of motorcyclists appeared to film a mysterious figure walking down a poorly lit road in Jharkhand, a state in eastern India. At first glance, UFO enthusiasts have claimed, the tall and slender figure appears to resemble a character straight out of an X-file episode. The viral video clip shows the figure emerge from the dark, illuminated by the front lights of the group’s motorcycles.

The bikers seem to approach the figure with some degree of trepidation, and they can be heard talking to one another. At one point towards the end of the brief clip, the figure turns around and looks at the group before continuing down the road and into the darkness.

The video has sparked a number of bizarre theories, with some claiming it was a ghost and others suggesting it was an alien visitor.

Ashutosh Gautam, the person or posted the original video to Twitter, even tagged NASA in the tweet in a bid to share the video far and wide.

Scott Waring, a popular UFO hunter, and conspiracy theorist has weighed in on the bizarre clip, unsurprisingly claiming the figure is an alien. He analyzed the footage on his UFO blog, UFOSightingsDaily.com, where he frequently posts questionable pictures and videos of UFO reports from around the globe.

He said of the “Jharkhand alien,” “A strange figure was seen…resembling an alien or ghostly figure was recorded along a road in India this week. Motorists were riding past when one motorcyclist with a helmet cam recorded a strange figure walking carelessly along the road.”

Waring continues, “The figure looks human enough. However, its arms are 20 percent longer than humans. The whitish figure looks to be wearing a skin-tight outfit, or they are nude.”

Waring went on to claim aliens have finally taken a step towards revealing themselves to us – but he fears the bikers squandered the opportunity. He added, “Aliens are getting closer and closer; my advice when you see one, stop and chat with it. Perhaps it wanted to give the cure to COVID to someone, but no one would approach it.”

Concluding his analysis, Waring said, “Perhaps it wanted to give them the secrets to immortality, and yet, no one cared enough to approach it and greet the alien.” 

However, others seem to think that the video is something a little more down to Earth, if not still somewhat unusual – a very skinny nude woman taking a stroll. In fact, since the video has gone viral, one of the men who was there and actually shot the video contacted a local Indian news channel and told them that is exactly what it was, not an alien, not a ghost, but a very naked lady!

Deepak, one of the men, told Jan Doot News that he and his friend were returning to Seraikela when they spotted the strange woman walking naked. While they were initially scared by the sight and continued on their way, they returned a few minutes later to film the woman.

“It was a lady walking down the road without clothes… The clip circulating online is 30-second long. I have the full video of one and a half minutes,” said Deepak in Hindi.

He also told the reporter that the video was not filmed in Hazaribagh, as has been widely claimed online, but in Seraikela in Kharsawan district.

“We were returning to Seraikela from Chakradharpur after attending a funeral of a friend’s mother. We got scared when we first saw the woman and stopped at a shop near the highway. When a few others reached the spot, we asked if they too saw the woman. She was not a witch. She was a woman, and this was also confirmed by other passers-by,” said Deepak.

As of now, there is no information as to who the woman was and why she was walking in the nude. Local authorities say the matter is under investigation.

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A Black Bear Bandit is Responsible for Multiple Vehicle Break-Ins

Police in Thornton, NH, could “bearly” believe their eyes when they found out “who” was responsible for a series of car break-ins in a usually quiet neighborhood. 

Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in the town of Thornton. But they were quite surprised when home security footage revealed that the bandit was a black bear! The bear was caught red-handed, or should that be red-pawed? Opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside.

Police believe the bear was rummaging for food and that the bear is responsible for damaging other vehicles. Police warned residents to remove food from their vehicles to avoid enticing the bear.

The good news is the criminal is unarmed and probably not dangerous. Officials say that making loud noises is usually enough to send a black bear scampering away. 

This particular brown bear was clever enough to open the car doors and search for food. The animal was unharmed in the incidents.

This isn’t the only incident of a bear carjacking that has graced headlines in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, an art teacher from Houston County got the shock of her life after coming face to face with a black bear that had managed to get itself trapped in her car.

It’s never a good idea to leave your car unattended while you are journeying through the woods in the countryside of the United States. For starters, your car might get robbed or damaged by passing vehicles. However, the strongest possibility is that it might be noticed by wild animals.

Mary Jane Yarbrough, a teacher at Warner Robins High School in Houston County, said she was in disbelief when she saw the animal locked inside her parked car. Unfortunately for her, the bear had rummaged so aggressively, the interiors of her car were in shambles.

Last year, a group of friends filmed the moment when a fully-grown bear made his way through the woods and approached their unattended vehicle, which was parked in the middle of a winding road. A few seconds later, the bear got frisky and managed to pull open the front door of the vehicle.

Earlier this month, a California teen, Hailey Morinico, made headlines when she warded off a black bear that was attempting to jump her fence and attack her dogs.

While none of these encounters between humans and bears ended in any harm to the bear or the people involved, other cases were not so lucky. Wildlife experts nationwide say that encounters between bears and humans are on the rise as homes continue to encroach on the bear’s habitats. Some of these encounters end tragically – for the animals. 

In May of this year, a bear was shot and killed by authorities in the backyard of an Oregon homeowner. “We’re not surprised that bears are on the move. We’ve known that for a long time,” said Micah Holmes of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The only surprising thing was it was in someone’s backyard.”

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The UFO from the Pentagon Report was Recently Seen Over England

The anxiously awaited report to Congress from the Pentagon on what it knows about UFOs has been completed. Unfortunately, it provided no bombshells and few real answers about the leaked footage of the military’s ongoing encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAPs, more commonly referred to as UFOs. Are they hiding the truth?

The very same “Tic Tac” UAP’s that were at the heart of that report have been seen over England!

The now infamous UFO, which U.S. Navy pilots said looked like a “white Tic Tac,” spotted is back – but this time, it’s floating over England.

Pictures of the notorious UFO, which was first seen in leaked footage shot by the wing cams of Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor, while on duty at the USS Nimitz were this time snapped by Lucy Jane Castle, from Hinckley in southwest Leicestershire, who managed to grab a snap of the unexplained object and posted it on a UFO hunter’s Facebook page.

“It was hovering for a while, and within a blink of an eye, it had gone,” Castle said. “Never seen anything like this before in that shape… Quickly took a picture while it was very still, and within a blink of an eye, it disappeared.”

Dan Watson, a leader of the private UK UFO Sightings group, then posted a pic of two similar objects he claims to have seen over Swindon last year, and a man called Terry Moore noted, “Sightings have Increased massively. From what I’ve heard U.S. military had 6000 sightings last year along. So either we’re being visited, or someone has some new tech.”

In a 2017 interview, Fravor, who was on a routine training mission about 60 to 100 miles off the coast between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, described his initial sighting as a “white Tic Tac, about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings… Just hanging close to the water.”

The object didn’t create rotor wash — air turbulence caused by helicopter blades — and mirrored the pilots’ movements as they got closer, then disappeared altogether.

The retired Navy man spoke out after the Pentagon confirmed that a top-secret initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program studied UFOs between 2007 and 2012 with a budget of $22 million.

What is the U.S. government still not telling us about what they know about UFOs and our military’s encounters with them? Please reply using the comments below!

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Former Soldier Found Dead After Sending Mom Disturbing Texts

“I hope I am not being abducted.”

Those are the last words of a cryptic text a frantic mother received before her daughter,  Catherine Serou; an Ex-US Marine, was found murdered in Russia! 

Serou vanished while studying abroad in Russia. She sent her family a puzzling — and ominous — text message shortly before she turned up dead. The decorated 34-year-old Marine texted her mother that she was “in a car with a stranger,” adding, “I hope I’m not being abducted” prior to disappearing from Nizhny Novgorod last week.

Serou later turned up dead in a forest near the Bor community of Nizhny Novgorod in Western Russia where she resided, officials announced. 

Serou disappeared on June 15, shortly after getting into a vehicle with an unknown individual in Nizhny Novgorod, roughly 250 miles east of Moscow. The car was headed in the direction of Rekshino village.

“It says: ‘In a car with a stranger. I hope I’m not being abducted.’ And that’s the last thing she wrote,” Beccy Serou, her mother, told NPR. “She’s out there in this forest, I think, relying on her wits — if she hasn’t been killed — to stay alive.”

Beccy Serou said she last saw her daughter in person in 2019.

In the days following Serou’s disappearance, extensive search efforts were launched in the area where she was believed to have been using her cell phone shortly before she was last heard from. 

Alexander Popov, 44, has been arrested in connection to her disappearance, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. The man has past criminal convictions, authorities said. He has reportedly been cooperating with law enforcement. “Investigative actions are being carried out in order to prove the evidence,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement to the press. “In the nearest future, a decision on charging the defendant of the probe and on choosing a preventive measure will be made.”

Authorities suspect the 34-year-old California native may have gotten into the stranger’s car, mistaking it for her Uber. A motive in her killing wasn’t immediately released.

Yandex, a Russian-Dutch multinational company, which operates Uber in Russia, didn’t immediately respond to questions surrounding the alleged incident on Monday.

Serou served as a corporal in the US Marines from 2006 until 2011, according to a spokesperson for the military branch. She was a logistics specialist. In 2008, she was deployed to Afghanistan. During her service, she was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and other accolades. She was previously headquartered at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

In 2019, Serou enrolled in a graduate law program at Lobachevsky University, her family said. She’d planned on studying the Russian language before returning to law school in America. 

“She loved the university,” Beccy Serou added. “I’m not going to use the past tense, I’m sorry for doing that. She loves the University. It has very small classes, extremely good teachers, and she had many friends outside the University as well.”

“Lobachevsky University extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Catherine Elaine Serou on the tragic death of this first-year master’s student of the UNN Faculty of Law,” Rector Elena Zagaynova said in a statement. “This is a personal, painful loss for all of our staff and students. The University is an international fraternity of thousands of students from more than a hundred countries. Their lives, health, successes, and achievements are our great value. The tragedy that has occurred echoes in the hearts of all of us.”

The school, which is located in Nizhny Novgorod, has 30,000 students from approximately 100 countries across the world, according to its website. 

“Since the news of Catherine’s disappearance, we have lived in anxious anticipation, doing our best to help investigators and search parties, and never lost hope. To our great regret, the girl suffered at the hands of a criminal and tragically died,” Zagaynova added.

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Pork Burrito Disqualifies Olympic Runner?

Olympic hopeful Shelby Houlihan’s hopes of competing in the games were dashed when she tested positive for testosterone and was barred from the competition.  Houlihan has been suspended from competing for four years.

Yet, she claims that it was her consumption of a pork burrito the day before she was tested that was to blame for the nandrolone found in her system. In an Instagram post, she states that pig organ meat, or offal, can cause a false positive nandrolone result because certain types of pigs produce the substance naturally. 

As crazy as that may sound, her assertion is actually backed by a study funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the very agency that banned her from her beloved sport. 

Houlihan claims that while she was racking her brains trying to figure out just how she got a positive drug test from a December 15, 2020 sample she provided, she reconstructed a food log for that week and determined that it must have been the pork burrito she purchased from an authentic Mexican food truck near her home in Beaverton, Oregon, and consumed 10 hours before the drug test.

Now, according to her, that one little burrito has dashed her hopes of competing in the US Olympic Trials and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused, and betrayed by the very sport that I’ve loved and poured myself into just to see how good I was,” Houlihan said in her lengthy Instagram caption. “I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance-enhancing substances. And that includes that of which I am being accused.”

The burrito excuse could be possible. But, while Houlihan took the test on December 15, 2020, she did not receive the positive drug test results until January 14, 2021. That means she had to remember what she ate a whole month prior with painstaking detail. Can you do that? Can you tell me exactly what you ate at an exact day and time one month ago? Can anyone? 

Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health for the National Pork Board (NPB), says the literature suggests it is possible that a person can excrete nandrolone if they consume boar meat, which NPB says makes up significantly less than 1% of commercial pork production today, so small it’s not tracked nationally. But, that could have been the type of meat used by the “authentic Mexican food truck,” where Houlihan claims she purchased the competition banning burrito.

Still, as Houlihan’s claims continue to spread on social media, Fowler believes that the NPB must set the record straight and insists that the pork raised by US pig farmers is a valuable source of nutrition and protein for athletes. She says US pork producers face strict food safety and production standards, which ensure the pork consumers eat is safe.

“The US has some of the strictest food production and safety standards in the world, with regulations enforced by both the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers can feel confident that eating a pork chop from their local grocery store or a side of bacon at their favorite local breakfast spot should not be cause for concern,” Fowler says.As for Houlihan, she insists that she has been done dirty by WADA. “I did everything I could to prove my innocence,” Houlihan said in a Sports Illustrated report. “I passed a polygraph test. I had my hair sampled by one of the world’s foremost toxicologists. WADA agreed that test proved that there was no buildup of this substance in my body, which there would have been if I were taking it regularly. Nothing moved the lab from their initial snap decision.”

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Catholic Church Vote to Ban Biden From Communion

A council of US Catholic bishops has voted to keep President Joe Biden from taking Holy Communion because of his views on abortion. 

After three days of online debate, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted by three to one to draft new guidance on the eucharist. Conservative bishops are behind the push to draw up a new teaching document expected to say that Catholics who diverge from the church’s standpoint on abortion should be denied Holy Communion.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who proposed the motion, said: “We need to accept the discipline that those who obstinately persist in grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”

Biden, only the second Catholic behind JFK to be elected president, attends Mass every weekend and carries a rosary that belonged to his late son, said in response to the vote that the matter was private, saying only, “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

US bishops voted 168-55 to advance plans for a statement on Communion access that will be reviewed at a future meeting, likely in November. The new teaching document, to be drafted by the doctrine committee of US bishops, will not be binding on individual bishops, who have the right to decide whether a parishioner should be denied Communion.

Some members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops argued that a rebuke of Biden is needed as his administration promotes the expansion of abortion rights in other countries.

The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said last month that Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) cannot be served Communion over their political support for abortion rights.

Cordileone said in an interview with The Daily Caller that he has privately discussed the issue with Pelosi and that she knows better than to do something “so provocative” as take Communion.

But Pope Francis, who is known for his oftentimes liberal views, is believed to oppose cutting off Communion to Biden. He said in a recent sermon that Communion “is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners,” and his allies campaigned against the US bishops’ push.

Catholics believe that bread and wine served during Communion literally becomes the blood and body of Jesus.

Biden is a frequent churchgoer and the first Catholic in office since the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The Catholic church says that Catholics in public life should uphold principles consistent with its doctrine. But in a survey carried out by the Pew Research Center in March, more than two-thirds of US Catholics said Biden’s views on abortion should not disqualify him from receiving Communion. What do you think?

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Dog Thrown From Car Found Days Later Herding Sheep

A dog that was thrown from a car in an accident miraculously survived and turned up days later herding sheep!

The beloved pet, named Tilly, who vanished for two days after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident, has been found apparently doing the job it was bred to do — herding sheep.

Linda Oswald’s family and their dog, Tilly, were driving along Idaho State Highway 41 on Sunday when they crashed into another car, launching the dog through the rear window, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the accident, they said, but when Linda Oswald climbed out of the car, she noticed Tilly running as fast as he could across northern Idaho’s Rathdrum Prairie.

“I tore off after him, but he soon disappeared, and we couldn’t find him,” said Oswald, 68. “We spent the next 10 hours looking for him, and I was worried I’d never see him again. I was so upset — Tilly’s my baby.”

The unharmed but stunned dog then ran off, prompting an immediate search with at least six complete strangers who witnessed the crash and pulled over along the highway to help, Oswald said.

“People just kept going out,” Oswald said, noting that the search lasted about 10 hours on the day of the crash before the family went home. “We were sore and exhausted.”

“Dozens of people stopped everything they were doing and went out and looked for him,” she said. “In the middle of the night, people were out calling for him. I was extremely grateful.”

But after nearly two days of searching, there was still no sign of Tilly.

“At night, I couldn’t feel him with my feet at the bottom of the bed, and that really made me sad,” said Oswald. “I couldn’t stop crying.”

Found Through Facebook

Oswald said the family then wrote a Facebook post that included a picture of the 2-year-old border collie and red heeler mix and more than 3,000 people shared the post. That’s when Tyler, Travis, and Zane Potter recognized the dog in the photo as the same dog they saw on their family farm south of Rathdrum – two days after the collision! 

The brothers initially wondered why their Australian shepherd looked a little different, but then they realized they were looking at a dog that did not belong to them, Mike Oswald said they later told him.

Both the Potters and Oswald think Tilly was drawn to the farm and their sheep.

“I think that dog was trying to herd,” Travis Potter said.

Oswald said if it weren’t for the farm owners seeing the post, he would still be out there. Linda Oswald said she was not surprised that the pup she’d adopted from a neighbor when Tilly was six weeks old ended up on a sheepherding adventure.

Since he was very young, Tilly nipped at the heels of other animals, children, and adults and tried to round them up, Oswald said.

Border collies take naturally to herding because they were originally bred for that purpose, according to the Border Collie Society of America.

Tilly’s herding instinct can be a little embarrassing sometimes, said Linda Oswald, who noted that she often has to explain to people that Tilly isn’t trying to hurt them when he nips at their heels.

“But he’s truly the smartest dog I’ve ever known,” she added.

Tilly is eager to please and responds quickly to commands at home, she said. He will run to the bedroom to fetch her slippers if asked.

Although it isn’t known where Tilly was before he was spotted on the sheep farm, Oswald said she believes he was making his way home after the car accident and became distracted.

“He saw all those sheep and just wanted to go to work,” she said.

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Cult Mummifies and Worships the Body of Its Deceased Leader

In May, a man called the local police to report he had found a dead body in his home. While somewhat alarming, it is not such an unusual call for police. The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office just figured this was either going to be a routine call for someone who had passed away at home or perhaps something more nefarious but not out of the realm of “normal” police work.

What they did not expect to find was a mummified corpse, wrapped in Christmas lights, with glitter around empty eye sockets. The body was ensconced in a sleeping bag, lying on a bed, surrounded by “some kind of shrine,” according to a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Although both the coroner’s office and law enforcement have not been able to identify the body through fingerprints, it allegedly belongs to Lia “Amy” Carlson, the leader of the Love Has Won cult, who often goes by the name “Mother God.” 

When a man walked into a Colorado police station last week to report a dead body in his home, the officers dispatched to the scene were likely not expecting to discover a mummified corpse, wrapped in Christmas lights, with glitter around empty eye sockets. The body was ensconced in a sleeping bag, lying on a bed, surrounded by “some kind of shrine,” according to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office.

Although both the coroner’s office and law enforcement have not been able to identify the body through fingerprints, it allegedly belongs to Lia “Amy” Carlson, the leader of the Love Has Won cult, who often goes by the name “Mother God.”

The man who called the police about Carlson’s body, Miguel Lamboy, claimed to be a member of Love Has Won and said he found the body after returning to his home, where several other members of the group were staying while he was out of town. Seven adults were found and arrested in conjunction with Carlson’s death; however, there were also two children — aged two and 13 — in the home at the time officers arrived. They appear to be in good health, but all seven adults will face child abuse charges.

According to investigators, the cult members — other than Lamboy, who had the peace of mind to call the police – don’t see this as a crime. They say that this is their leader’s “ascension.” 

Now, a larger public investigation seeks to identify who Amy Carlson was, what she was teaching this group, and why her body was mummified in a bizarre shrine by members of her own cult. Carlson claimed on the group’s now-defunct website that she was on her “534th reincarnation in my quest to recover my beloved Planet” and that her past lives included Jesus Christ and Marilyn Monroe. 

The early history of the cult is not entirely documented, but according to Amy Carlson’s children, who have since spoken out, the cult started about 15 years ago. That’s when they said Carlson abandoned her family to teach “spiritual intuitive ascension sessions.”

Although the cult appeared to be a local organization, with a few members living with Carlson, one former follower — Andrew Profaci — said that Love Has Won reached thousands of people, often recruiting people through social media and YouTube videos. A Vice News documentary from March 2021 detailed how Carlson would promise her followers “a superior alternative reality” if they provided the organization with financial compensation.

An investigation into Carlson’s death is ongoing, with all seven people likely to be charged, as officers begin to piece together other damages that Love Has Won caused. But for now, members continue not to mourn but to celebrate.

“Her essence left the body of Amy Carlson at 12:22,” one follower posted on Facebook. “She is indeed happy now.”

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Woman Says She Gave Birth to Ten Babies… But Did She Really?

In what would be a new world record, a South African woman has reportedly given birth to 10 babies.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, is already a mom of six-year-old twins. She and her husband initially thought she was going to have eight kids, becoming a rare “Octomom” like Californian Nadya Suleman, according to news reports.

Sithole’s husband says they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb – making her a “Decumom.” 

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the press that Ms. Sithole had had ten babies – five via natural birth and five via cesarean section.

According to the BBC, the Guinness World Records is investigating Ms. Sithole’s case. If it can be confirmed to be true, it would be a record-breaker.

A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 currently holds the official Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.

Last month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali gave birth to nine babies, who are reportedly doing well at a clinic in Morocco.

Sithole, from Ekurhuleni, said that her pregnancy was natural and that she had not received fertility treatment, which has been linked to other multiple-baby births.

If confirmed, Sithole’s 10-kid delivery would make it the first known birth of decuplets.

“Guinness World Records is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we send our congratulations and best wishes to the family,” a spokesperson for the records listing told the New York Post.

“At the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is of top priority.

“Our records team, alongside a specialist consultant, are looking into this,” the spokesperson said.

Sithole had shown off her huge pregnant belly last month during a photoshoot with her husband when they still thought they were expecting octuplets. Even that had been a surprise, as the initial scans only showing only six babies, she previously told Pretoria News.

“When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it,” she said of the seemingly inaccurate news that she was expecting octuplets.

“Even when I saw the scans, I didn’t believe it. But, as time went by, I realized it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night, though,” she said.

“God made a miracle, and my children stayed in the womb without any complications,” she said of her “hard” pregnancy.

As news of the decuplets spread, donations for the couple’s burgeoning family started pouring in so much so that father, Tsotetsi, has requested people stop donating money to his wife and their 10 new babies, whom he says he still hasn’t seen.

“I appreciate the financial support that we have been getting from members of the public, but I also would like to appeal to the public to stop making money deposits into our accounts until members of the community have seen the babies,” Tsotetsi told local newspaper Pretoria News, according to the Daily Mail.

Not only has Tsotetsi not yet seen his children, but he hasn’t seen his wife since she left home on June 7. While she has purportedly given birth to her hefty brood, the Mail reported that local authorities have been unable to trace Sithole to any public or private hospitals -casting some doubt on her incredible story.

Numerous family relatives have come forward to maintain that Sithole did indeed recently give birth to 10 children. However, as of the writing of this story, no doctors have been able to verify the fact, nor have any photos surfaced of the newborns. 

Pretoria News purportedly has all the details of the delivery but is holding publication due to “cultural and religious reasons.”

Tsotetsi, meanwhile, said he is excited to eventually meet his children, whenever that may be. As of June 11, he had accepted over $70,000 in public donations for them in Cape Town.

“I can’t wait to have them in my arms,” he previously told local media.

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Fisherman Gets Swallowed By A Whale

Michael Packard, a Cape Cod fisherman, is recovering after miraculously emerging without serious injuries after spending nearly a minute in the maw of a humpback whale who mistook him for a snack.

“I was lobster diving, and a humpback whale tried to eat me,” Packard wrote on his Facebook page.

This tale, reminiscent of the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, began innocently enough when the 56-year-old sea captain went diving to check on his lobster traps near Provincetown, where he’s from. He was about to check a trap — when a passing whale just scooped him up and gulped him down!

“He was in a whale’s mouth for 30 to 40 seconds, and then he was spit out,” his mother, local painter Anne Packard, told the local press.

Michael Packard wrote on Facebook that the whale swam to the surface and spewed him out.

“I realized I’m in a whale’s mouth, and he’s trying to swallow me,” a shaken-sounding Michael Packard told a WBZ reporter outside of the hospital a few hours after the incident, according to the TV station. “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, this is it. I’m going to die.'”

But happily, his physical recovery seems to be going swimmingly. His mother said he was recovering in a local hospital and had been pretty doped up to tend to his myriad bumps and bruises — but that he’s doing pretty well, all things considered. Medical personnel had suspected he’d broken at least one of his legs, but it appears he escaped even that.

“He doesn’t have any broken bones,” she said. “He’s terribly fortunate.”

She said she’d just talked to him on the phone, and they didn’t get too far into what it’s like in a whale’s mouth. But she did say, “He said he knew it was the end — he absolutely accepted it.” 

Packard may very well be the luckiest man alive. Like something from the popular “Final Destination” movies, this isn’t the first time he escaped certain death. According to the NY Post, Packard was also nearly killed in 2001, when a plane he was on reportedly crashed in Costa Rica, killing three other people on board. The plane went down on Nov. 29, 2001, while flying from the capital of San José to the fishing village of Puerto Jimenez, the Cape Cod Times reported at the time.

Packard, 57, “suffered severe facial injuries and multiple broken long bones in his arms and legs,” the outlet reported. He and four other passengers reportedly spent two nights in the jungle before rescuers found them.

A doctor who treated them said at the time that, “They would not have survived another night at that [crash] site.”

As to how he survived this most recent brush with the Grim Reaper, marine biology experts have said that whales don’t actually eat people. They say that this kind of behavior is essentially unheard of and likely is just a freak incident — a fluke, if you will — in which an open-mouthed whale and a diving man happened to be in the same place at the same time. 

They also say that whales and other sea mammals such as dolphins have been known to help people in trouble in the oceans. It could very well be that the whale was indeed knowingly saving Packard’s life by bringing him to the surface before spitting him out!

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Prince Harry’s Mysterious ‘Older Woman’ Lover Comes Forward (Video)

A former worker at King Charles’s home has outed herself as the “older” woman who took Prince Harry’s virginity.

Sasha Walpole, who is now 40 and just two years older than Harry, said she and the prince had a quickie when she was 19 during the summer of 2001, The Sun reported.

“It was literally wham-bam between two friends,” Walpole said.

The tryst took place in a field behind a pub where both had been drinking while celebrating Walpole’s birthday. They downed shots of tequila, Baileys and sambuca and stepped outside to smoke, according to the report.

They walked through a beer garden and climbed over a fence to the field.

Walpole said Harry wore boxers and there was no chatting or words. Afterward, they made their separate ways back to the pub and, although they had been gone just minutes, the prince’s security team was looking for him, she said.

She said a friend ended up driving around with one of the guards looking for Harry, who was in a phone booth down the road.

“I didn’t know Harry was a virgin at the time. Then it kind of dawned on me that perhaps he was,” Walpole said, noting the young prince never had any girlfriends that she knew about.

Harry was two months shy of his 17th birthday at the time. Walpole worked at the stable at Highgrove, his father’s residence, and said the two teens were “mates.”

The identity of Harry’s lover had become a guessing game after the prince described his first time as an “inglorious episode” with an older woman in his bombshell new memoir “Spare.”

He wrote that “she liked horses, quite a lot, and treated me not unlike a young stallion.”

“Quick ride, after which she’d smacked my rump and sent me off to graze,” he wrote.

Walpole said she didn’t mind the “inglorious” description.

“It wasn’t that glorious. We were drunk and having sex in a field,” she said. “It’s never going to be glorious.”

Walpole, now a mother of two who drives excavators, said she hadn’t seen Harry since that night and never planned to reveal the encounter.

“I’ve kept this a secret for 21 years. I would never have said anything if he hadn’t put it in his book,” she said. “I have to say it in my words.”

Speculation about the identity of Harry’s possible lover included Suzannah Harvey, a former model and CEO of Cotswold Airport in England. Harvey had once described a steamy encounter she had with Harry at a Christmas ball.

Actress Elizabeth Hurley denied she was the prince’s lover after rumors swirled that she was the mystery woman.

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Missing Woman Found on Mountain After 40 Years

A mummified woman found on mountain is thought to be a climber missing for over 40 years.

Marta Emilia Altamirano, better known as Patty, died during an expedition in the Andes in March 1981.

She was then aged 20 and slipped on ice at an altitude of around 5,000 meters.

Marta is believed to have fallen hundreds of meters to her death, according to the sister who accompanied her.

At least four expeditions have taken place over the years to find the young woman’s body, however without any success.

Over the years, the search was dropped and her disappearance became a legend in the mountain village of Barreal in Argentina’s San Juan province.

Part of the story includes Patty’s father, a retired police officer who searched for her body for many years until eventually passing away in the town where she stayed for the last time.

But on 28 January a body was found on the Cerro Mercedario, the highest peak of the Cordillera de la Ramada range and the eighth-highest mountain in the Andes.

It was discovered at an altitude of around 5,000 meters and was first presumed to be a German mountaineer called Andreas Colli who disappeared in the area in 2002.

But it was soon confirmed the mummified remains belonged to a woman aged between 18 and 30 years.

The climber’s body was found attached to a glacier and the authorities had to break the ice to extract it.

According to a news report of the time, Patty embarked on the fateful expedition with her sister Corina and experienced climber Sergio Bossini on 23 March 1981 from Barreal.

A guide accompanied the group part of the way before they continued alone.

On the evening of March 24 that year, the trio set up base at the foot of a glacier at an altitude of 4,300 meters.

They then embarked on their ascent to the summit three days later and stopped to set up camp on the ice at an altitude of over 5,000 meters at around 7pm.

According to the report, Patty went off to survey the surrounding area alone and lost her footing, sliding hundreds of metres down an icy slope.

Corina and Sergio searched for her throughout the night, but to no avail.

They managed to find her the following morning, but Patty had already passed away.

Because of the weather conditions and difficult terrain, the pair decided they would not be able to bring her body back with them so they left to ask for help.

Corina and Sergio arrived at the nearest gendarmerie post on 29 March 1981 to report the tragedy.

However, snow and ice had buried Patty’s body in the time it took the authorities to assemble a search team and they were unable to find her.

Another search operation was organized the following year, but again with no luck.

In the subsequent years, at least two other search operations were carried out to find Patty’s remains.

Doctor Jorge Prieto, who took part in the second search operation, said after the mummified body was found last week: “There is no doubt that it is her. I am absolutely sure.

“There is no other missing person, much less a woman. Everything matches.”

Orlando Bravo, a family friend and experienced climber who also took part in the search operations in the early 80s, said: “I’ve spoken with Patty’s brother and they are considering coming to San Juan.

“I’m concerned about the emotional state of all of them. We are all very surprised.”

He added: “This is all very strong for the family. We have to wait for them to identify the body. But it is also about closing a chapter. Over 41 years have passed.”

The results of forensic tests on the mummified body have yet to be announced.

Plane Carrying 321 Tourists Bursts into Flames

An engine erupted into flames on a tourist plane carrying 321 people in Thailand as its tyres exploded during takeoff, leading to the pilot abruptly aborting the departure.

In the emergency 309 passengers and 12 crew on a Russian tourist plane in Phuket, Thailand, were offloaded and forced to await a new aircraft.

Dramatic pictures and footage showed the Boeing 767-306ER hit by sudden fire due to an ‘engine surge’.

There were reports of a ‘loud bang’ in the takeoff emergency.

The landing gear also ignited in flames on the same right side of the aircraft as the aircraft aborted its departure, said reports.

A suspicion is that Russian airlines are cutting corners with safety and seeking to operate ageing aircraft without proper maintenance following tough Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

This 26-year-old plane operated by charter company Azur Air was en route from Phuket International Airport to Moscow when it was hit by the drama.

Passengers on board included families of men hiding from Putin’s mobilisation decree.

Some had left their men in Thailand – seen as a ‘friendly’ country by Russia – amid suspicions of a new round of conscription.

Other men were returning to Russia after running out of money, despite the fear they could be mobilised in a feared new forced recruitment drive and sent to the front.

The images and footage shows the frightening twin problems on the plane which had a total of 321 on board.

‘Airline technical specialists have already started work to eliminate the malfunctions,’ said a statement from the Russian airline.

‘Passengers of flight ZF-3604 will be provided with a hotel, hot meals and soft drinks while waiting for departure to Moscow.’

Passengers were told they would now fly on Sunday on a replacement aircraft.

‘The vacation continues,’ one posted.

‘At first the takeoff was normal,’ a passenger told Izvestia.

‘But then there was a surge and I heard the sound of crackling.

‘When passengers left the plane, it was clear that the landing gear of the aircraft was damaged.’

One report said the plane had been close to taking off at 120mph when problems arose.

On Wednesday a top Russian aviation official said Western-made airliners – which are not undergoing normal service in Russian currently due to sanctions – can be used until 2030.

‘I am confident that it has not become more dangerous to fly – and it has nothing to do with the presence or absence of original spare parts,’ said Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport, Alexander Neradko.

He demanded that people stop describing as ‘cannibalisation’ for the way planes are being kept flying in Russia by using spare parts from other aircraft.

‘It appeared at the behest of those who have never worked in civil aviation and who are unaware of the fact that the practice of interchanging serviceable spare parts from jet to jet has always been widespread, even during the Soviet times,’ he claimed.

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MSNBC Anchor Rushed to the Hospital

Yasmin Vossoughian had a “nightmare” January. 

After experiencing chest pain for nearly two weeks, Vossoughian, a weekend MSNBC news anchor, was rushed to the hospital on New Years Eve and diagnosed with pericarditis, a condition in which causes thin tissue surrounding the heart to become inflamed. Causes of pericarditis are hard to determine, but include inflammation disorders and, as in Vossoughian’s case, infections like the cold.

Vossoughian said she spent January in and out of hospitals. The journalist needed to get fluid around her heart drained, and was later diagnosed with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. 

But Vossoughian could have been diagnosed one day earlier, when she initially sought medical attention at an urgent care on December 30. On that day, the doctor misdiagnosed Vossoughian with acid reflux. 

In an interview with Insider, Vossoughian said though she was “frustrated” at her misdiagnosis, she blamed herself for not choosing to go to the hospital right away. The 44-year-old journalist said she knew she should have gotten her heart checked in urgent care, but a part of her did not want to believe she was having heart problems. 

“A part of me wanted that diagnosis because I didn’t wanna be told it was something with my heart. Because that’s scary,” Vossoughian said. 

With her misdiagnosis, Vossoughian joined the many American women who are more likely than men to have their pain dismissed by a physician — particularly when it comes to heart problems. Women tend to wait longer for heart disease diagnosis, The New York Times reported, and one study suggested that younger women were twice as likely as young men to receive a mental health diagnosis from a medical professional when their symptoms pointed more to heart disease. 

Vossoughian, who broadcasted her misdiagnosis and health journey during a ten minute segment on the January 28 episode of her show, said she is sharing her story to encourage women to prioritize their health and listen to their bodies if something does not seem right.

“A lot of times as women specifically, we don’t trust our gut, we don’t trust our instincts because we’re pleasers, society tells us to be pleasers,” Vossoughian told Insider. “My advice is listen to your gut.”

Vossoughian tells career women to ‘pump the brakes’ and prioritize their physical needs 

On the MSNBC segment, Vossoughian said she ran seven miles multiple times a week, didn’t eat meat or smoke, and did yoga. “Aside from not getting enough sleep and working too much I’m a pretty healthy person.”

But following her month-long health scare, Vossoughian said she acknowledged she pushed too hard at work, at times at the expense of her physical health. Prior to feeling chest pains, Vossoughian said she felt exhausted and feverish, but carried on in the hopes it would go away.

Vossoughian said she might have chosen not to listen to her body because of societal pressure for career women to “do everything and anything, because we can do it all and have it all.”

But the journalist said does not want to go back to her old mindset of putting her physical health to the side. Even now, Vossoughian said she feels tempted to “hop on a plane” to chase news stories, and has to remind herself to “pump the brakes a little bit.” 

“Everything’s going to be there and you’ve got to take care of yourself,” Vossoughian tells women who might feel the same pressure after experiencing a health problem. “You have to not let kind of all of those insecure feelings back in.”

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Prince Harry to Go Under Oath in Case Against Meghan?

Legal documents show Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle has formally asked Prince Harry to take part in deposition proceedings under oath on video.

Meghan Markle ’s sister has called on Prince Harry to give evidence in her US defamation court case against his wife.

Legal papers seen by the Sunday Mirror show Samantha Markle has formally asked him to take part in deposition proceedings under oath on video.

She also wants her sister to be interviewed on camera the day before Harry is questioned.

Samantha, 56, has requested Meghan make 38 separate admissions in the case, inc-luding that “Queen Elizabeth was not a racist” and “King Charles is not a racist”.

Samantha is suing Meghan, 41, for £60,000 in damages. She claims her reputation was ruined by “malicious lies” her sister told Oprah Winfrey about her childhood during a TV interview in 2021.

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Samantha – who shares the same father as Meghan but has a different mum – was also angered by claims made in Meghan and Harry’s 2020 biography, Finding Freedom.

Samantha says she has been the victim of “demonstrably false and malicious statements” which subjected her to “humiliation and hatred”.

As the case heads towards a possible jury trial in Tampa, Florida, next January, Samantha also wants their dad Thomas Markle and former royal aide Jason Knauf to give deposition statements.

Her daughter Ashleigh Hale and online security expert Christopher Bouzy – who both appeared in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series – have also been called.

Legal papers filed in Florida on Friday reveal Samantha is demanding Meghan answer 23 questions as part of a ‘discovery’ period – the provision of evidence intended to be used in a trial.

The pair’s lawyers were said to have spoken about the case over the phone on Friday but could not agree on a date for the depositions.

They could go on for up to seven hours each – and be filmed.

In the documents, Samantha’s lawyer Taylor E. Young accused Meghan – who wants the case dismissed – of withholding evidence and stonewalling discovery.

But Meghan’s lawyer Michael J. Kump says the demands are irrelevant to the issues in the defamation case.

British-born lawyer Mary Ruth Houston, 61, has been hired as a mediator in a bid to find a solution between the pair and avoid a trial.

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Boy, 3, Saved After Parents are Found Dead on Porch

A toddler is safe with relatives after his parents were found dead outside of their Ohio home this week.

The bodies of Amber Barry, 35, and her partner Eddie Parthemer, 55, were discovered on the porch of their house in Mecca Township on Tuesday afternoon, CBS affiliate WKBN reported, citing the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

Barry’s sister went to check on the couple after she was unable to reach them and found them “slumped over” and “unresponsive” on the porch, according to portions of a 911 call published by the outlet.

“I’m sure they’re dead,” the caller also said.

“Evidence from the residence at this point is leading us to believe that this is a possible overdose,” Maj. Tony Villanueva of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office told WKBN.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

According to NBC affiliate WFMJ, authorities believe the couple’s 3-year-old son may have been alone for as long as 48 hours.

Villanueva told the outlet that Barry’s sister rescued the boy after entering the home through a window. The residence was in “deplorable conditions” with no heat, according to the official.

The boy has since been released to relatives, WFMJ reports.

On Facebook, a friend of the couple said the boy was “checked out” and that he “will be OK.”

“Gone but never forgotten,” the friend wrote in the post, which featured a picture of the couple playfully sticking out their tongues with a child.

According to Villanueva, Barry’s sister likely prevented another death by going to check on her family members after she was unable to get in touch with them.

“Because of that gut instinct,” he said, according to WKBN, “she was able to save that boy’s life.”

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Coast Guard Makes Incredible Save After Boat Gets Caught in Huge Waves (VIDEOS)

The mouth of the Columbia River can be an extremely treacherous place for mariners. The recent videos posted by the U.S. Coast Guard are a case in point. In it, we see just how absurdly brave Coasties can be – notably those hardened by the at times very hostile seas off the Pacific Northwest. This is especially true of one rescue swimmer who faced down a huge, sudden wave, en route to his target, and went on to still make the save.

The mouth of the Columbia River separates the states of Washington and Oregon. It’s a body of water notorious for its extremely powerful currents that can become too difficult for even the most experienced sailors to navigate. 

While conducting a routine training mission from their base in nearby Astoria, two USCG aircrews aboard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters received a distress call from the skipper of the private vessel Sandpiper. After alerting watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, who ordered the launch of the incredibly capable 47-foot motor lifeboats from USCG Station Cape Disappointment, aircrews quickly found the Sandpiper being thrashed-about by large waves.

In the video linked above, Sandpiper is seen next to a USCG Motor Lifeboat. With the waves as strong as they were, rescue from the lifeboat was deemed too dangerous, so a rescue swimmer was dropped from the Jayhawk into the storm-punished waters below.

In the additional video, we can see the rescue swimmer battling the swells as they approach Sandpiper. The Coast Guard notes that the intention here was to have Sandpiper’s captain also enter the water for the rescue to be performed. 

At least that was the plan.

Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, an absolutely huge and fast-moving wave comes barreling toward the boat and the swimmer, who was still between his drop point and the boat in peril. You can see the ‘oh shit’ moment as the rescue swimmer stops, sees the wave, and prepares to ride it out. An instant later it engulfs the rescue swimmer and tosses the Sandpiper like a toy, capsizing it with its captain still aboard.

The scene looked like a catastrophe.

Lo and behold, and somewhat astonishingly, the rescue swimmer was still able to safely recover the individual after the wave passed. Lifted aboard USCG MH-60T ‘6009,’ the individual was then flown to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria where emergency medical services were waiting. At this time, we do not know the condition of the rescued individual, but they were carried off the helicopter without a stretcher. All in all, the videos go to show just how important the work of the USCG really is, and underscore the bravery and persistence demonstrated by USCG personnel in risking their own lives every day in order to save others. Well done!

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UPDATE:

This story has gotten way weirder. It turns out, the man that was rescued stole the boat after leaving a dead fish on the front porch of the famed house in Astoria that was used in the ’80s smash hit Goonies.

Police identified the alleged dead-fish deliverer as 35-year-old Jericho Lobonte of Victoria, B.C.

KGW, a local NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, reported that, following the rescue, Lobonte was released from medical care before it was understood he was wanted by police, but was later arrested in nearby Seaside, Oregon.

The fact that the man put other lives at direct risk due to his failed escape antics isn’t likely to help him in the eyes of the law.

We will update this post over the next 24 hours with any new information about this bizarre story.

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Jack Nicholson’s Daughter Tessa Feels Abandoned

Jack Nicholson is openly a father to five children: Ray, Jennifer, and Lorraine Nicholson, Honey Hollman, and Caleb James Goddard. He is also the biological father of actress Tessa Gourin, though he has never publicly acknowledged this connection.

Tessa recently penned an essay for Newsweek in which she discusses the term “nepo baby” and the connections that some celebrity children enjoy in Hollywood.

At the beginning of her essay, Tessa explains, “Having grown up without my father, I’ve sat on the sidelines and watched in frustration as other celebrity children have seamlessly secured roles or been signed to huge agencies. More recently, I have grown even more frustrated at what I think is a missed opportunity for these so-called ‘nepo babies’ to own their position and embrace it instead of complaining about it.”

She then explains that she understands how difficult it can be to get in front of casting agents and directors as an actor, but that there are some in Hollywood who are able to bypass the traditional routes because of the connections their parents have.

Tessa writes, “It is no secret that Hollywood was built on connections. However, once those doors open, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work, which should be an exciting prospect if you truly love acting as an art form. You can’t continually book the work without the talent.

“Look at Drew Barrymore. She comes from an acting dynasty and she’s also incredible in her own right. And would we really dismiss Jane Fonda as a ‘nepo baby,’ given that she is a talented woman who has achieved longevity through countless incredible performances?”

Tessa also dives into the relationship she’s had with her dad, or the lack of one.

“Although I flew from New York City to Los Angeles to meet on the odd occasion as a young girl (at the behest of my mother), it was always clear that he wanted no part in my life,” she explains. “Have you ever been on a date and sensed that the other person just wasn’t feeling it? That’s pretty much how every interaction I have ever had with Jack Nicholson has gone. Harsh though it may seem, I hold no bitterness toward him for his decision, though it’s taken a while for me to understand it.”

She continues, “I even read Anjelica Huston’s memoir, Watch Me, for the sole purpose of gaining an insight into the years she spent with him. I think he’s one of the greatest actors of all time (groundbreaking opinion, I know). I heard he likes to paint, as do I. He is also said to be a student of method acting, which I am too. If there is anything I am mourning, it is not a father-daughter relationship, but an artist-to-artist connection that we could have shared had the circumstances been different.”

Ultimately, she concludes, her biological father has impacted how she feels about pursuing a career in acting entirely. As Tessa puts it, “Here’s the deal: in many ways, I appreciate that my upbringing was unique. Jack Nicholson has affected every part of my life imaginable. One of the most influential actors happens to be my biological father and for whatever reason, he isn’t interested in having a relationship. This has always left me conflicted about pursuing something I truly love.”

In short, nepo babies need to calm down. Tessa adds, “I hope that those privileged enough to be called ‘nepo babies’ are taking the same approach. Yes, your mommy or daddy might be famous, but just embrace it and be thankful it opened a door for you. Then put in the work to prove that you deserve it.”

Trump Fears Melania’s Wrath Over Proposed Stormy Daniels Defense

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers think they have a surefire defense if he gets hit with charges over his hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels — but Rolling Stone reports that he’s been reluctant to pull the trigger.

According to Rolling Stone’s sources, Trump’s lawyers are telling him to claim that he made hush-money payments to Daniels so as not to hurt his marriage with wife Melania Trump, rather than trying to cover up news of their affair ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The trouble is, however, that Trump has insisted to Melania that the affair never happened, and that admitting it did happen would invite her wrath.

Former Trump White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Rolling Stone that Trump has long seemed particularly fearful of Melania’s reaction to his affair with Daniels, which occurred shortly after the former first lady had given birth to their first child, Barron Trump.

“He at one point called me, after the Stormy Daniels news broke, to ask if we [in the first lady’s office] would be responding to her allegations — and I could tell he was trying to take my temperature to see if his wife was pissed off,” she explained. “He never, ever called me to ask if the East Wing was going to respond to something. Never. And he never did again.”

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to facilitating the hush payments on Trump’s behalf, but Trump himself has never been charged for authorizing them.

Priscilla Presley’s Son Breaks His Silence

Aside from having his mother’s eyes, Navarone Garibaldi Garcia isn’t immediately recognizable as the son of actress Priscilla Presley, the 77-year-old ex-wife of Elvis.

“A lot of people know about me,” the musician states in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “But they don’t know me.”

Though he remained largely out of the spotlight growing up, Navarone, 35, says his lineage loomed.

“I got in trouble more than everybody else, because kids’ parents would find out who my mom was, and they’d want a reason to talk to her,” he says. “I wasn’t very comfortable with it.”

Recently, he was brought back into the public eye when he attended a memorial at Graceland for his half-sister Lisa Marie Presley on Jan. 22. The only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, Lisa Marie died suddenly of apparent cardiac arrest at age 54 on Jan. 12.

“It’s still so surreal,” Navarone says of the loss, another dark blip in a lifetime of ups and downs.

With his new song “Acid Plane” with his band Them Guns out on Friday, Navarone is finally ready to tell the world his story, including life with his famous mom, his recovery from fentanyl addiction and discovering the truth about the background of his father, producer Marco Garibaldi.

Navarone’s story begins in the early ’80s, when Priscilla met Garibaldi through friends. A few months after the birth of Navarone, their only child together, in 1987, Priscilla received a call from one of Garibaldi’s exes warning her that “he’s not who you think he is,” Navarone says. “My mom pretty much said, ‘Don’t call here again,’ because she didn’t know what to do with that information.”

Priscilla stuck to her routine, which also meant not playing Elvis’ music around the house.

“I think my dad had a bit of a complex about it,” Navarone says. “It wasn’t until after he left that my mom started playing his music again freely.”

Priscilla and Garibaldi parted ways in 2006 after 20 years as a couple; they never married. It wasn’t until the split that Navarone became close with his dad.

“The disciplinarian role didn’t work between us, but the friend role did,” he recalls. “He wanted someone to go out drinking with.”

At 18, Navarone distanced himself from his family in L.A. by moving nearly six hours away to Santa Cruz, where he later formed Them Guns.

“It was an escape,” he says. “It was a fresh start. Santa Cruz is a little portal that sucks you in.”

His bubble burst in 2008 when a reporter at the National Enquirer found out that he was growing marijuana at his home.

“It ended up on the front page,” he says. “Everybody knew who my family was again.”

By 2012, Navarone — who had been in another band as a teen — returned to L.A. to pursue music with Them Guns.

“I thought, ‘OK, I’m going into the family business. I’ll write a song, and then we’ll start touring it,'” he says. “I didn’t realize it takes way more than that.”

While he recognizes he’s been lucky to have his mom’s help and connections, he says it’s a “misconception that I was raised extravagantly with Elvis’ estate and money … That wasn’t the case.”

While Navarone’s half-sister Lisa Marie also made a foray into the music business with the release of her debut album in 2003, the two weren’t close in the years leading up to her death.

In 2017, Navarone’s life changed when he confirmed some truths about his dad — whom he had believed to be from a wealthy Italian family — that he says he hadn’t been told before.

After reaching out to a teenager from Brazil who had contacted him years before claiming to be his “cousin,” Navarone learned his dad had come to the United States from Brazil — not Italy — and changed his last name from Garcia to Garibaldi after being told he’d never make it in Hollywood with a Hispanic last name.

Navarone says when he confronted his father, Garibaldi told him, “Lose my number.” That was the last time they spoke.

Two weeks after learning about his extended family, Navarone flew to Brazil to meet them.

“I lost one family member, but I gained 20-plus,” he says. “I have zero regrets.”

He ended up having to cut his trip short though because of another secret.

“My family there didn’t know I had a drug problem, and I was so ashamed to tell them,” he says. “I promised I wouldn’t come back again until my problem was resolved.”

Navarone’s problem with drugs began in his teen years, when he started using heroin. He then became addicted to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

“I was under the impression I was doing heroin, but then it’d turn out to be fentanyl,” he says. “That was a whole different beast. I became so addicted that I’d need it every 45 minutes.”

He got clean from hard drugs and opioids in 2020, in part so he could visit his now wife Elisa (whom he married in 2022) in her home country of Switzerland.

“When COVID happened, I wanted to go there and see her for more than three or four days. I didn’t want to have to bring a pound of fentanyl with me anywhere I went,” he says. “I buckled down and said, ‘Let’s see how bad this can get.'”

From there, he spent a month detoxing at his mom’s house.

“I was pretty much in my bed in the fetal position all day,” says Navarone, who still smokes marijuana and drinks alcohol. “It feels like a different lifetime, almost. The whole world got a lot better [afterward].”

Notes his bandmate Kyle Hamood: “It’s a night-and-day difference. It’s like we have the old Navarone back.”

Now Navarone says it’s his turn to support Priscilla after Lisa Marie’s death, which came two yearsafter Priscilla’s grandson Benjamin died by suicideat age 27. Despite his mother’s petition contesting anamendment to Lisa Marie’s will that names her two oldest children, Riley, 33, and Benjamin, as sole trustees of her estate, Navarone says he is close to his oldest niece.

“Riley has been so good with the twins,” he says, referring to Lisa Marie’s daughters Finley and Harper, 14, with ex-husband Michael Lockwood.

Later this year, Navarone plans to take his mom to Brazil.

“She was there in the ’80s, but I think she needs a reminder of how nice it is,” he says. “I would love to move there someday.”

He is also hoping to go on an international tour with Them Guns and finally put himself on the map as a successful musician.

“There were some points where I didn’t think I’d make it here,” he says. “I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.”

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