Category: Strange Accidents

The Story is in the Pipes

Copper-pipeDesperation makes people do strange things. In the beginning there is a feeling that something will come along and things will begin to look up again. As the days become weeks and then months this faith slowly dwindles until there seems to be no hope left. What would have never crossed their mind before slowly creeps in until it is seen as a possibility. This happened to Brett A. Roberts.

Something drove Roberts on. There was a devil on his tail and he responded. There was a vacant house on Queen Anne Road near Woodstock, Illinois. How he got in I don’t know but once in he saw a possibility few would have. In the basement Roberts found the plumbing pipes to be copper. Copper has gone up in the last few years and Roberts must have known this and devised to steal them. melted down they would feed him for days. What he didn’t count on was someone coming into the supposedly vacant residence.

The house might not have had people living in it but it wasn’t abandoned. It was simply For Sale. While Roberts was busy in the basement, hacksaw in hand, the real estate agent came in to check things out. He was interrupted in the act but got away before McHenry County Sheriff’s Police could get there. If he’d been smart he’d have worn gloves but he hadn’t thought of that.

In his haste he left behind the hacksaw and the pipes he’d already cut loose. On the pipes he left his fingerprints. Already in the criminal database they left a direct trail.

Roberts thought he could steel the copper pipes and get on with his life. He couldn’t see the future and so he didn’t know the outcome. April 14, 2011 he was charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to a property. He was found guilty. His punishment could have been up to fifteen years in prison. He was able to testify that since no one was living in the house it was no residential burglary and therefore his sentence was reduced to the possibility of three to seven years. If he got it or not, I doubt he would say the pipes were that valuable. He should have known better. After all, he’d already been convicted in the past for theft and forgery. Lesson learned this time? Perhaps, at least, one would hope so.


Northwest Herald Friday, February 2, 2011 Pg. 3B


Some people firmly believe in zombies, some don’t. Either way we know when someone is supposed to be dead. When no one can find a pulse it’s time for the death certificate to be filled out. That happened last month when the coroner filled out the form for Walter Williams.

That was February 27, 2014 and later that day Williams shocked the undertaker when he started kicking from inside his body bag right before he was to be embalmed. The 78-year-old Williams started breathing from inside the blackness of the bag and understandably panicked, as did the undertaker.

Williams had been suffering from an end-stage cardiovascular disease but February 27 was not his day. He still had a few weeks to go. Mr. Williams died Thursday March 13th for the second time in 14 days.

It is always better to error on the side of caution. That is what was done Thursday when a US Airways plane didn’t take off from Philadelphia International Airport on its scheduled trip to Fort Lauderdale.

On its way to take-off the Airbus A320 had a tire blow out. Rather than take off on time and possibly put his 154 passengers and crew at risk upon landing later, the pilot decided to abort the flight. It was a good idea because without its tire the plane’s nose collapsed. No need to imagine what would have happened had the pilot tried to land without the tire. As it stands, there were no serious injuries reported according to a spokesman.

Source: Chicago Tribune Friday March 14, 2014 Section 1, Page 14

Crazy = Bus Crash

When you have over 40 people on a bus together you never know what type of characters and what antics you’ll have to deal with. Most of the time a ride on a Greyhound bus can be enjoyable but then there’s the times that you wished you’d driven yourself. Last Thursday was that day for people traveling in Arizona.

This passenger had his or her own thoughts of what was going on. They were on drugs and in their haze they attacked the driver. Who knows why this addict thought rolling the bus was a good idea. Thankfully they were not successful in rolling it, though they did make the bus skid off the road.

The outcome was 26 of 40+ being injured, with 3 being airlifted. At the moment I don’t know what happened to the person responsible for the accident.

Source Used:
Chicago Tribune Friday January 24, 2014 Section 1, Page 23

As we grew up many of us had fun playing cops and robbers. We got out our guns and had a ball switching it up; some times we played the cop, other times the robber. The more real looking the gun the more envied we were by the other kids in the neighborhood. Today playing with our toys can get us killed.

The family of a boy in Santa Rosa, California found this out October 22, 2013 when their 13-year-old was killed by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies. The boy had a replica assault rife in his hands when the officers shot him. With all the children these days shooting up schools, these men didn’t stop to ask questions. They shot first and now their office has declined answering questions.

It is sad to think that our children can not grow up in the same safe and natural manner that we did. We knew right from wrong and many of us who played cops and robbers became cops while very few became robbers. Perhaps someday this gentle innocence will return where children will again be safe to play without fear that their play-acting will be taken as true actions.

I weep for this child and his family who lost their child to the terror of modern day living. Children should be allowed to be children. They should grow up gradual and enjoy being outside making up their own games and roll-playing to their hearts contents versus living in the darkness of a house staring at a computer or television screen playing video games.

Source Used:
Chicago Tribune Thursday October 24, 2013 Section 1, Page 22

You are in a tugboat that has made its way to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, some 100 feet. By a miracle there is an air pocked and with each passing second you pray that someone will find you before your precious air is gone. That is what Nigerian cook, Harrison Odjegba Okene was doing. For three days he breathed in air and wondered if anyone knew where to find him or if anyone was looking.
Seventy-five miles away Tony Walker and his team of divers where busy working an oil field when they got the message to help. One by one they recovered the bodies of the other eleven men who had been on the Jascon 4. Then, fate led them to Harrison. As the video camera recorded another hand in its sight and the diver reached for it, the hand grasped the diver’s. “There’s a survivor! He’s alive,” the diver yelled as he worked to bring the man freezing in his boxer shorts up from the depths. Shock and awed are we to learn that heroics can be found on even the ocean floor.

Northwest Herald, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Section A, Page 2

Imagine being all alone and falling 100 feet into Box Canyon? That happened to a 69-year-old woman. She fell on Saturday and it wasn’t until a hunter heard her calls on Monday that help came. She was hoisted up by helicopter and by Tuesday she was recovering in a hospital. Falling into a canyon outside Tucson Arizona wasn’t her idea of fun. Without the hunter who came to her aid, where would she be today?

Chicago Tribune Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Section 1, Page 17

Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui was crossing over the Argentina mountains on his motorcycle when it died. Deciding not to give up he continued his journey on foot. The 58-year-old man soon found the winter to be harsh and took refuge 9,318 feet above sea level in a shelter. There he lived off the meat of rats and raisins. He was found and brought to civilization by men who were recording snow fall in the mountains. The 44-pound lighter Circunegui will never forget his trek into the land that no man lives in.

Chicago Tribune, 2013

Today’s your wedding day, the happiest day of your life. Everything is going great. You feel wonderful and on top of the world. You could do anything.

That’s how William Knight felt the Saturday of December 14, 2013. That night at 11:45 pm he was driving with his new wife when he stopped at the sight of a car stuck in a ditch. Still feeling high and being a true Knight in Shining Armor he stopped to help.

The car’s driver, Linda Darlington, climbed up the embankment to meet him. As they stood there a passenger car hit them both. In a matter of minutes two more cars hit the pair. Both were killed as the new bride watched in horror.

All drivers of the three vehicals were found and issued sobriety tests. None were found guilty of drunk driving and by the next day no one had been arrested.

I would like to tell you that someone was held responsible but the paper never issued an outcome beyond the cut and paste details. To say what happened requires research that may or may not be offer answers.

Source Info Found:
Chicago Tribune
Monday 12-16-13 Section 1, Page 9

It used to be that people had common sense. They knew if they were able to do something or if it wasn’t really a possibility. They knew their own restrictions and they either lived with it or they did what they could to change the situation. They did not make their own personal problem everyone else’s problem. Today we live in a world where we share too much and expect too much.

This past summer tragedy struck when Rosa Ayala-Goana fell to her death from a roller coaster in Arlington, Texas at the Six Flags Over Texas amusment park. Rosa, a large woman, complained about the safety bar which she felt wasn’t catching on the 14 story Texas Giant roller coaster. Instead of getting off, she went up and came down in the fashion of nightmare dreams where you’re flying until you hit the ground.

Rosa has not been the only person to come tumbling from a roller coaster in recent years. In 2011 an Army Veteran of Iraq fell from a New York coaster. Unlike Rosa, his problem was not his size but his lack. The man was missing both legs.

Increasingly ride guardians are having to turn more and more riders away. American’s sizes has changed much in the past 40-50 years and the one size fit all seat no longer works. Frustrated people who are turned away don’t seem to see the wisdom behind the park worker’s decison. They only know they’ve been turned away. They don’t realize that that man or woman could have just saved their life.

Several amusment parks have begun to post a two arms, two legs requirement. Others use what they’re calling “Sample seats,” to help the public understand. If you don’t fit, you can’t ride. It’s as simple as that. It’s important to know that the people at the park are on your side. They are doing this for your own good. Heed their advise. There really is a reason why they said, “No.”

Source Info. Found:

Chicago Tribune
Tuesday 7-23-13 Section 1, Page10
Wednesday 7-24-13 Section 2, Page 5

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