When you get home at night, do you just close the door behind you, or do you close it and lock it? Well a video making the rounds on TikTok shows why you should always be locking it.
The clip comes from Jojo Ramirez’s doorbell cam by the front door of her home in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. In the video, you see her arriving home with her child.
She closes her door and locks it and seconds later, a man, who seemed to be following her, walks up to her door and attempts to open it, only to find it locked.
In the video, which Jojo shared on TikTok, you can hear her confused and saying, “Who is that?” before she yells, “Who is that, get out of here!” The man then stands in front of her door, looking at it and waiting.
She captioned the post, “You never know when something like this could happen to you, the outcome could’ve been different if I wouldn’t have locked the door right away, God was by my side.”
Jojo explained to her local news, “I was getting out of my car, walking up to my apartment and I get into my house and I just heard the doorknob wiggle. I look at my app, my Ring door app. I see a guy standing outside and I just freak out. It was just pretty creepy to see a guy on the Ring door app outside. I heard the door knob wiggle… and, I was thinking, ‘What does he want?’”
According to the police, it is hard to tell what the man’s intentions were, and he could be charged with attempted trespassing.
In this situation, the LAPD was able to identify the man as someone who lives nearby with mental health issues who cannot remember where he lives, but nevertheless urge residents to “always be aware of your surroundings.
Don’t just jump out of your car. Don’t just assume everything is just safe and cleared. Look around. See who’s around.”
Original Article – The man had been travelling on board the Carnival Splendor cruise ship which was sailing around the South Pacific.
They had set off from Sydney, Australia, on 15 May and had been planning to return there in a matter of days.
The Carnival Splendor had journeyed to Mystery Island, Vanuatu – an uninhabited piece of land in the Pacific Ocean – and the passenger had died after swimming off the island’s coast.
Cruise ship passengers are allowed to disembark from their vessel and set foot on the island, and there are some dwellings for overnight stays, but living there is considered taboo as the island is considered to be haunted.
Passengers who visit the island as part of their cruise can go snorkeling off the coast and according to Carnival Australia, this is what the deceased man was doing when he died.
The cruise ship owners issued a statement about the passenger’s death, which occurred on 20 May five days into their voyage.
They said: “Carnival Cruise Line is deeply saddened by the death of a guest on Mystery Island, following what appears to be a medical situation whilst swimming.
“Our Care Team are supporting the guest’s family along with other guests during this difficult time.”
The cruise ship is scheduled to return to Sydney on May 24.
The island’s real name is Inyeug, which means ‘small island’ in a local language, but it was given the name ‘Mystery Island’ after it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, when they were sailing around the Pacific as part of a tour.
The name ‘Mystery Island’ was invented to give Inyeug a more interesting headline from outlets that decided to cover the impromptu royal island picnic.
Meanwhile, some locals have speculated the island is ‘haunted’ at night.
The small island does contain a runway to handle flights for people wanting to reach the nearby Aneityum Island, the southernmost island of Vanuatu.
Last month, Australian man Warwick Tollemache vanished from the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship south of Hawaii and despite search efforts, he has not been found.
“Our family is heartbroken at the loss of our beloved Warwick,” his family said in a statement.
“He was a kind, beautiful, and gentle soul who was adored by everyone who knew him. He will be deeply missed.”
Original Article – A man who was walking on tidal mud flats with friends in an Alaska estuary got stuck up to his waist in the quicksand-like silt and drowned as the tide came in before frantic rescuers could extract him, authorities said.
Zachary Porter, 20, of Lake Bluff, Illinois, was submerged Sunday evening as the tide came in, and his body was recovered Monday morning, Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Austin McDaniel told The Associated Press.
A member of Porter’s group called 911 when they couldn’t get him out, but it was too late, authorities said.
The accident was the latest tragedy at Turnagain Arm, a 48-mile-long (77-kilometer-long) estuary carved out long ago by glaciers that travels southeast from the Anchorage area and parallels a major highway.
At low tide, the estuary is known for its dangerous mud flats made of silt created by glacier-pulverized rocks. At least three other people have gotten stuck and drowned there over the years. Many more have been rescued, including someone who was fishing there last month.
“It’s big, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, and it’s overwhelming,” Kristy Peterson, the administrator and lead EMT for the Hope-Sunrise Volunteer Fire Department, said of Alaska. “But you have to remember that it’s Mother Nature, and she has no mercy for humanity.”
Peterson, who responded to the call, spoke with others in Porter’s party but didn’t talk to him during the desperate rescue attempt.
“When we respond, we respond with the utmost of good intentions and as mothers and fathers and uncles and brothers,” she said. “We respond with as much passion and vigor as we can.”
The volunteer members of the department will gather later in the week for a debriefing, she said.
“I have been in contact with all my members, and they’re all heartbroken,” Peterson said. “This is a hard situation.”
The accident occurred near the community of Hope, a quaint community of about 80 people. It lies across Turnagain Arm just 22 miles — but a 90-minute drive — from Anchorage.
The estuary travels southeast from the Anchorage area and parallels the Seward Highway, the only highway that goes south and delivers tourists from Anchorage to the sportsman’s paradise of the Kenai Peninsula.
At low tide, Turnagain Arm is known for its mud flats that “can suck you down,” Peterson said. “It looks like it’s solid, but it’s not.”
When the tide comes back in, the silt gets wet from the bottom, loosens up and can create a vacuum if a person walks on it.
Signs are posted warning people of hazardous waters and mud flats.
“I’ve really got to warn people against playing the mud,” Peterson said. “It’s dangerous.”
Some people attempt to walk across Turnagain Arm or walk the 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Anchorage to Fire Island during low tide, sometimes prompting rescue efforts.
There have been other deaths on the mud flats. In 1988, newlyweds Adeana and Jay Dickison were gold dredging on the eastern end of the arm when her ATV got stuck in the mud, the Anchorage Daily News reported. She then became stuck when trying to push it out and drowned with the incoming tide.
In 1978, an unnamed Air Force sergeant attempting to cross Turnagain Arm was swept away with the leading edge of the tide. His body was never found, the Anchorage newspaper reported. In 2013, Army Capt. Joseph Eros died while trying to cross from Fire Island back to Anchorage.
Earlier this month, a man was rescued from the mud flats after one leg became stuck, and he sank to his waist while fishing in Turnagain Arm.
Peterson said they got the rescue call after Porter was in serious trouble, and it takes time to mobilize. Another department — about an hour’s drive away — also responded.
Peterson urged people to call 911 as soon as possible.
“If you think that there’s an issue, if you think that there even might be an issue, call,” she said. “Because we can get resources moving, and we would rather turn around and go home then it be a disaster.”
Original Article – A nighttime fire raced through a dormitory in Guyana early Monday, killing at least 19 students and injuring several others at a boarding school catering to remote, mostly Indigenous villages, authorities said.
“This is a horrific incident. It’s tragic. It’s painful,” President Irfaan Ali said, adding that his government was mobilizing all possible resources to care for the children.
The fire broke out shortly before midnight in the dormitory building of a secondary school in the southwestern border town of Mahdia, a gold and diamond mining community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of the capital, Georgetown, the government said in a statement.
Officials initially said 20 students were killed but later updated the toll to 19, with several others injured. National Security Adviser Gerald Gouveia said the figure was revised after doctors revived a very critical patient that “everyone thought was dead.”
“When firefighters arrived on the scene, the building was already completely engulfed in flames,” Guyana’s Fire Service said in a statement. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the relatives and friends of those young souls.”
The department said 14 students died at the scene and five others at a local hospital. Officials said two children remain in critical condition and four have severe injuries. Six students were flown to Georgetown for treatment, while five others remain at a hospital in Mahdia, with another 10 under observation.
“Firefighters did manage to rescue some 20 students by breaking holes in the northeastern wall of the building,” the department said. “Our team is still on the ground investigating as we seek to provide clarity regarding how the fire started and all other necessary information.”
The school serves mostly Indigenous children aged 12 through 18, Gouveia said. He said it was too early to speculate what might have caused the fire, adding that heavy thunderstorms in the area posed a challenge to those responding by air.
“It was a battle for us,” he said. “The pilots were very brave, very determined.”
He added that the government and emergency responders “made a gigantic effort” to save as many people as possible.
Ali said officials were contacting parents and mobilizing psychologists to help deal with those affected by the fire.
“I cannot imagine the pain right now of the parents,” he said. “This is a major disaster.”
Local newspaper Stabroek News reported that the fire broke out in a girls’ dormitory.
The opposition party, APNU+AFC, issued a statement also said it will seek a thorough investigation and thanked people in the small community for helping authorities rescue children who were trapped.
“We need to understand how this most horrific and deadly incident occurred and take all necessary measures to prevent such a tragedy from happening again in the future,” opposition lawmaker Natasha Singh-Lewis said.
A man has sustained “significant injuries” after being attacked by an alligator in Florida.
The unnamed 23-year-old victim was bitten close to a pond in Charlotte County on Sunday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) confirmed in a statement. The pond was located behind a local establishment, the Banditos Bar, in Port Charlotte, the FWC said.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte County EMS “all responded to the scene,” the FWC said.
“The victim was taken to the hospital by helicopter for significant injuries,” the statement added.
A contracted nuisance alligator trapper was sent to the scene, the commission said, adding it was now investigating the incident.
Alligators have lived in the marshes, rivers, swamps, and lakes in the state “for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties,” the FWC has previously said in a factsheet posted online. Although home to an estimated 1.3 million alligators, “serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida,” the commission added.
Earlier this month, a 10-foot alligator was found in the backyard pool of a home in Kendall, Florida.
“Alligators in swimming pools, especially without screens, isn’t uncommon,” Todd Hardwick of Pesty Critters pest control service, which was called to the scene, previously told Newsweek.
“This particular alligator was living in a body of water in the neighborhood and they of course don’t know the difference between a pool and a pond,” he added.
Inspection crews “came across a five-foot alligator,” the city’s administration said, posting footage of the alligator as the robot approached the reptile.
“At first, they thought it was a toad and in the video, you see two little glowing eyes until you get closer – but when it turned around, they saw the long tail of the alligator and followed it through the pipes!” Oviedo officials said in the video description. “They got about 340 feet in before the robot got stuck on a little indentation and the alligator meandered off,” the statement added.
American alligators will have a “broad, rounded snout” which does not display lower teeth when the reptile’s jaw is closed, according to the FWC. Younger alligators will have “light-colored stripes on their side for camouflage,” whereas adults will be dark grey with a lighter underside, the commission said.
Male American alligators can grow to be much larger than female alligators, the commission continued, adding that female alligators are unlikely to grow longer than 10 feet in length.
The Daily Beast – As right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner spent Saturday night in a local hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive, his Rockies teammates and Phillies opponents kept him in their thoughts.
Nick Castellanos’ 92.7 mph liner in the second inning of the Phillies’ 7-4 victory struck Feltner just above the right ear. After being attended to for several minutes on the mound, Feltner was able to walk off the field.
“He’s under observation at a local hospital, undergoing a litany of exams and tests — we’ll know more in the morning,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Before his press conference, Black relayed the information he had to teammates who were still stunned by what they saw.
“It was a slider away and Castellanos barreled it up,” third baseman Ryan McMahon said. “It happened so quick. But it was good to see him walk off. He was a little dazed, for sure.
“As soon as the ball hit him, I don’t even know where the ball went. All eyes went to him.”
Catcher Elias Díaz said, “I just saw the ball hit his head — I didn’t know where. I asked him how he felt and just said, ‘Stay there. Stay down.’ It was something crazy.”
It’s the third injury to a Rockies starter in short order. Righty Germán Márquez underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday.
Antonio Senzatela left Wednesday’s start at Pittsburgh with what has been diagnosed as a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in the right elbow. But Saturday’s injury to Feltner was one of those rare and concerning sights.
The Phillies led, 4-0, as Feltner struggled with control with four first-inning walks. Bryce Harper — whose two-run shot in the top of the ninth put the game away in much the same way his two-run double on Friday made the difference in a Phillies win — doubled with two outs in the second before Castellanos came up.
“It happens, and then I felt like I was running to first base because it was my job,” Castellanos said. “Instantly what I thought was, like, ‘Holy [expletive], I hit him.’ There was a part of me that wanted to go to the mound, but I guess the baseball player takes over and you go to first.
“As soon as I touched first, I turned around and was just really hoping that what happened didn’t happen.”
As Feltner dealt with the pain, it didn’t matter which uniform a player was wearing.
“We don’t want anybody to get hurt in that way,” Díaz said. “We are baseball players, we’ve got different uniforms, but we’re still human.”
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At least six passengers were killed after they were stung to death by bees when the bus they were traveling on crashed on a road in Nicaragua.
Authorities said Santos Herrera, 22, was driving on El Caracol-La Rica route that covers the northern cities of Jinotega and San Sebastián de Yalí, when he encountered mechanical problems and lost control of the school bus in the municipality of San Sebastián de Yalí on Monday.
The crash sent the bus crashing into a 160-foot-deep slope where the beehives was were located.
The impact of the crash caused the bus to break open multiple wooden boxes and allowed the swarm of African bees to escape the hives where they produced honey.
The killer bees attacked 45 of the 60 passengers and Herrera, health officials said.
State television channel 8 reported that area residents tried to rescue the trapped passengers, but stopped their efforts because of the presence of the bees.
The dead victims were identified as Eneyda Tórrez, 47, and her eight-year-old daughter, Andrea Carolina García, who died at a local hospital.
The accident also left dead Kenia Soza, 19; Dilcia Amparo, 32; Santos Calderón, 38; and Reyna Olivas, 84.
At least 14 passengers, including a four-year-old Justin Rivas and Alma Rivas, who is pregnant, were hospitalized at a clinic in San Sebastián de Yalí and a hospital in Jinotega.
Video footage showed several men, who appeared to be paramedics, loading the body of a male survivor on the flatbed of a city government pickup truck and placing him next to another woman who had also survived the accident.
The National Police’s transit unit initiated a probe into the accident.
The incident comes after a swarm of bees stung five people, three of them minors, at a children’s birthday party in central Mexican state of Hidalgo on April 14.
All five were taken to the Mezquital Valley Regional Hospital for treatment.
In March, at least 10 people were attacked by bees at a street intersection in the western state of Jalisco. Three of the victims required medical attention.
An explosion in the centre of Milan has left several vehicles engulfed in flames.
Video from the scene showed cars and motorbikes on fire in a street between two buildings, one of which is a pharmacy, with thick black smoke billowing from the blast.
Italian media reports that the explosion happened after a van carrying oxygen cylindars caught fire.
Euronews journalist Alessio Dell’Anna in Milan says the driver of the vehicle received burns to his hands in the blast, which happened in the northern city’s Porta Romana neighbourhood.
He says the area has been cordoned off, and a nearby kindergarten was evacuated.
“The only injured person was the driver of the van carrying oxygen cylinders,” explains firefighter Carlo Cardinali.
“He was on his way to a health facility nearby, a fairly normal phenomenon developed from the start: the van started to burn and the presence of oxygen accelerated the combustion.”
Local residents and teachers at the kindergarten say they thought the explosions were bombs, and they had to try and keep the children calm throughout the incident.
“The explosions were so strong we thought it was a bomb,” says Barbara Coppola, a teacher at the school which was evacuated.
“We were preparing some little presents for Mother’s Day when we heard the first blast. The children were very frightened but they were all very disciplined. We left the building in an orderly manner,” she tells Euronews.
Laura, who lives in an apartment in a nearby building, says she “heard an incredibly loud bang, it sounded like a bomb. My house was rattling: I immediately rushed to the street and left the area,” she explains.
And Rita, another teacher at the kindergarten which was caught in flames from the blast, tells Euronews that “the explosions were very loud.”
“We left the building quickly and sang a song to keep the children calm. The building wasn’t seriously damaged but we still don’t know when we’ll be able to come in.”
Twenty-seven people, most of them teenage school children, were injured on Thursday when a temporary pedestrian bridge collapsed in the Finnish city of Espoo, just outside the capital Helsinki, rescue services said.
The injuries were not life threatening, they added.
The children were part of a group of 14 and 15 year olds on a field trip together with their teachers when the bridge collapsed, a Helsinki hospital district physician told a press conference.
“They mainly have limb injuries,” chief physician Eero Hirvensalo said.
Police later said they had launched an investigation into the accident that left 26 children and one adult injured with 24 of them needing hospital care.
Police added the temporary bridge had been built from plywood while construction was ongoing in the area.
Finnish media published pictures of at least five people lying on the ground while being attended to by rescue workers.
Prominent figures, including President Sauli Niinisto, expressed their condolences on social media.
“Shocking news about the accident,” Niinisto tweeted, adding the focus was now on providing support for those injured.