April 2010 Archives

Two Dead And More Injured After Train Accident

Two are dead and many more are injured after a luxury train derailed near the South African capital, Pretoria, the BBC reported.

The derailment of the Rovos Rail train resulted in the death of a mother and her baby born shortly after the accident. At least 25 people are injured.

"It's absolute carnage," Chris Botha, an emergency worker, said, the BBC reported.

Crew members advised riders to jump off the moving train when they realized the brakes did not work, USA Today said.

Forty-four of the passengers were American, four each were from France, South Africa, and Britain, and three were from Germany, for a total of 59 passengers, USA Today said.

100 Pulled Over After Biker Brawl

Police closed down a lane of U.S. Highway 61 after pulling over more than 100
bikers after a brawl between two rival biker gangs in Southeastern Minnesota,
KSAX said.

At least eight bike members of Hell's Angels and the Outlaws were involved in
a fight that broke out in the parking lots of Eagle Vi
ew Bar and Buck's Bar and Grill around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Kare 11 reported.

More than 100 members of Outlaw motorcycle club were pulled over near Minnesota
Highway 248 after leaving the two bars, Kare 11 said.

Police could not give any fighting citations because bikers from both groups
refused to talk, KSAX said.

One man with facial injuries claimed he fell. Two men with brass knuckles were
cited for possession of dangerous weapons, Kare 11 said.

One Farmer Saves Another

A South Dakota farmer rescued a Minnesota farmer from a grain bin earlier this
month, saving his life, the Pioneer Press reported.

David O'Hara, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, kept corn away Everett Vande
Roovt's head until rescue workers arrived at Voort's farm near Beaver

Roovt, 74, climbed into a grain bin to fix a problem, but was unable to climb
out. Corn swirled up to his neck, trapping him in the grain bin, the Pioneer
Press said.

O'Hara, who had an appointment with Roovt, was waiting in his kitchen with
his wife. Both went searching for Roovt after he didn't show up to the
appointment, the Pioneer Press said.

Roovt said he remembers little about the rescue, but credits O'Hara with
saving his life, KTTC said.

Nude Models At Art Display Groped

Nude models participating in an art museum display have complained of being groped by visitors, Kare 11 said.

Performers in Marina Abramovic's new exhibition, showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, have been pushed, pulled, poked, and groped, the New York Post said.

Will Rawls, one of the 38 performers, said one visitor touched his butt after brushing his hand, chest, and back, Kare 11 said.

"As he was passing me he looked me in the eyes and said 'You feel good man,'" Rawls said, Kare 11 reported.

Regardless of the incidents, all of the performers said they enjoy what they are doing.

"You feel you're a part of something bigger," Elke Luyten, another performer, said, the New York Post reported.

"We are well aware of the challenge posed by having nude performers in the galleries," the museum said in a statement. "Any visitor who improperly touches or disturbs any of the performers is escorted fromt the museum by MoMA security," Kare 11 reported.

The exhibit, titled "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present," opened March 14 and runs until March 31.

Prom-Goers Watch As Limousine Is Taken Away

Prom-goers in Oklahoma watched as their rented limousine was driven away by a repo man Friday night, Kare 11 reported.

Landon Wiland and his friends, who were attending prom in Jenks, a suburb of Tulsa, had just gotten out of the their rental when the repo man drove it away, News 9 reported.

"Our limo is getting carjacked," Wiland first thought, Kare 11 reported.

Jim Nicolotti, owner of the rental company Galaxy Limos, said that the repossesion resulted from a miscommunication between his lender and the repossesion company. Nicolotti said he worked the issues out with his bank, but that the bank forgot to cancel the repossesion job, News 9 said.

Nicolotti said he would offer the prom-goers a partial refund of a free rental in the future, Kare 11 said.

Driver Hits Motorcycle Killing One

An Oakdale woman died after being thrown from a motorcycle Saturday morning when a car ran into the moving bike, Fox said.

William Sobania, 48, and Lori Sobania, 50, were hit when Amy Raymo pulled into oncoming traffic at the intersection of State Highway 63 and County Highway E, Kare 11 said. William Sobania was driving the motorcycle.

The emergency call came in at 11:23 a.m. William Sobania was airlifted and Lori Sobania was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital. She was pronounced dead at 2 p.m., Kare 11 said.

Amy Raymo, 31, and her passenger, Sandra Raymo, 55, were taken to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries, Kare 11 said.

Plea Agreement In Trial Of Two Murdered Teenagers

A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to the murder to two teenage girls in northern San Diego County after agreeing to a deal that spared him from the death penalty Friday, the Los Angeles Times said.

John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14. He will return to prison for life without the possibility of parole, in exchange for his plea.

Gardner admitted to kidnapping, raping and stabbing Amber, and to raping, strangling and burying Chelsea after dragging her to a remote area, CBS said. He also admitted to another attempted rape in San Diego last year.

Prosecutor Kristen Spieler said the victims' families agreed to the plea agreement before it proceeded, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said that there would not have been enough evidence to take Gardner to court for Amber's murder without his guilty plea, the Los Angeles Time reported.

Twin Cities Twins Flash Mob

Song and dance erupted on the Target Plaza as a "flash mob" surprised waiting Twins fans Thursday morning, KSTP said.

The crowd that congregated in Target Plaza awaiting the start of the Twins game against the Red Sox, watched as 100 people performed versions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "We're Gonna Win Twins," Kare 11 reported.

The group quickly dispersed after performing for 3 1/2 minutes, Kare 11 said.

Web sites such as Facebook and Craigslist were used by organizers from "Meet Minneapolis" to organize the performance, Kare 11 reported.

Indian Stampede Leaves Five Dead

Five people died in a stampede during the Maha Kumbh festival as hundreds of thousands gathered to bathe in the Ganges River, the BBC reported.

It is unclear what caused the stampede on Wednesday in the northern Indian city of Hardiwar. Eyewitnesses said a clash between Hindu holy men and devotees triggered the stampede, but an official said the stampede followed a car accident, the BBC said.

At least 15 other people reported injuries as a result of the stampede.

Wednesday was the "main royal bathing day" of the Maha Kumbh, a religious festival held every 12 years, with smaller festivals held every three years, the BBC and Irish Examiner reported.

Eyewitnesses said the stampede followed a clash between the "naga sadhus," or naked holy men, and devotees, the BBC reported.

No More Fighting Sioux

The University of North Dakota will drop its "Fighting Sioux" nickname after a four year controversy resulting in two court decisions, WJAC said.

A state Supreme Court and the Board of Higher Education ruled Thursday that the nickname must be retired. The nickname will remain through the following school year, Kare 11 and WJAC reported.

"It's been a tough day," Chay Genoway, a UND hockey player, said, Kare 11 reported.

The controversial nickname represented pride and tradition to some and reinforced negative and false stereotypes for others, WJAC said.

The NCAA considers the nickname "hostile and offensive," and said the school could not host postseason events without consent from the two Sioux tribes in the state. One tribe has approved the nickname and the other tribe declined to vote on the issue, WJAC said.

"Now that we have a decision from the state board, we can move ahead," UND President Robert Kelley, WJAC reported.

Threatening Note Found During Flight

A threatening note found on board a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta prompted the crew to declare an emergency on Friday, Kare 11 said.

The note, which read "This plane will go down," was found by passengers on flight 1747, 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. The note was scrawled on a customer feedback card and found in a seat pocket, the Star Tribune said.

"The flight landed without incident and passengers were deplaned normally," Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta, said.

After landing, a canine unit swept the plane. Nothing was found, Kare 11 said.

Couple Donates Land To State Park

A state park in Washington County is 48 acres larger after a Minneapolis couple donated the acreage, the Star Tribune said.

The land, donated by Peter and Sally Anson, will be added to William O'Brien State Park and increase space for public recreation and resource conservation, Kare 11 said.

The couple has donated 200 acres of land since 1993.

"It was a beautiful tract of unspoiled land," Peter Anson said of the 49 acres, the Star Tribune reported.

Violence Prompts Doctors To Strike

Doctors in the southern state of Edo went on strike and refused to work after a colleague was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, the BBC said

More than 50 doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital will not return to work until their colleague, the director of the hospital, is found and released, Reuters reported.

Gunmen abducted the director of the hospital while he was on his way home from work, the BBC said.

This is not the first time doctors have been angry about a lack of security in Edo state Dr. Osahun Enabulele, a spokesman for the Nigerian Medical Association, told the BBC. In 2009, doctors staged a demonstration after five coworkers were kidnapped.

Doctors are only treating emergency cases, but Anselm Ojezua, spokesman for the Edo state government, has appealed to doctors to return to work for the sake of the patients, Reuters said.

Ojezua said the government is working with security to ensure the release of the captured director.

State Trooper Allegedly Drove Drunk

An off-duty Minnesota State Trooper was arrested following a two car collision Tuesday night after he was suspected of driving while impaired, the Pioneer Press reported.

Scott Urdahl, 40, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 12, after his vehicle crossed the center-line and hit an oncoming car about two miles from Litchfield, Kare 11 said.

The driver of that vehicle sustained minor injuries and was released from Litchfield Hospital after being treated, the Pioneer Press said.

Urdahl is being charged with one count of felony vehicular operation and had a .112 alcohol concentration on a preliminary breath test. Urdahl also admitted to texting while driving in the criminal complaint, Kare 11 reported.

"This is disappointing, unacceptable behavior and it will not be tolerated," Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the State Patrol, said, Kare 11 reported.

Urdahl has been placed on unpaid leave until investigations into the crash are complete.

Mexican Wolf Moves To North Dakota

A Mexican wolf was moved from Minnesota to the North Dakota Zoo after her two sisters rejected and attacked her, Kare 11 said.

The 4-year-old wolf, nicknamed "Medium Toast", left the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake Wednesday. She was one of three wolves let loose on Feb. 14 after someone broke into the wildlife center, the Pioneer Press reported.

The three wolves to be recaptured, she was dehydrated and tired when she returned to the center. Sensing her weakness, her two sisters attacked her, the Pioneer Press said.

Eventually the 4-year-old wolf will be paired with a male wolf at the North Dakota Zoo, the Pioneer Press reported.

No arrests have been made in connection to the break-in at the wildlife center, the Pioneer Press said.

Father resuscitated son

A father resuscitated his 10-year-old son after the boy accidently hung himself with a rope while playing in Moorhead, Kare 11 said.

First responders received a call around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday about a child hanging from a rope who was not breathing, Inforum reported.

The father performed CPR upon discovering his son caught in the rope.

Lt. Tory Jacobson said the boy was playing with a rope swing hung by the rafters in the garage. The rope had a loop at the end.

The boy was taken to Innovis Health in Fargo where he was treated for serious injuries, Inforum said.

No foul play is suspected Jacobson said.

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