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Massachusetts woman mauled to death by her dog while suffering seizure, authorities say

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Massachusetts woman died Friday after being mauled by her family dog while having a seizure, authorities said.

Police got a call around 5:20 p.m. from the daughter of the victim, who said her mother, Melissa Astacio, 44, was having a seizure in their home when the dog decided to attack.

When police and paramedics arrived, the 8-year-old pit bull was reportedly still attacking Astacio. Law enforcement personnel had to use a stun gun on the canine so paramedics could attempt to save the victim, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.

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Following the attack, Astacio, who Quinn’s office said had a history of seizures, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where she was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.

The pit bull was taken by Swansea Animal Control where it was placed in quarantine. Police said Saturday that no foul play was suspected and an investigation was ongoing.

Dr. Terri Bright, director of behavior services at MSPCA-Angell, said she hoped the incident would be investigated beyond breed, according to the Boston Herald.

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“Every dog has behavior that comes from both nature and nurture, and no breed is inherently good or inherently bad any more than any human being is,” she said.

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In 2015, a pit bull named Ember was credited with saving the life of a 10-year-old Ohio boy who was suffering from a seizure because the pet started growling to alert the child’s parents, according to Cincinnati’s WKRC-TV.

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Philadelphia fire officials say 2nd body recovered from site of gas explosion that leveled homes, sparked fire

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Fire crews say they have recovered two bodies of people who were believed to be victims of a “violent” gas explosion and subsequent 3-alarm fire that rocked a number of homes in South Philadelphia on Thursday.

Emergency responders recovered the body of the first victim Friday before saying they would need to demolish a nearby home to reach the second victim, whose remains were found Saturday. Authorities didn’t immediately release the identities of the victims.

Officials said Friday that an “undermined” street had prevented them from digging out the bodies. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel added they had made two attempts to rescue someone they saw trapped, but the fire was too intense and collapsing buildings pushed the victim away from them, according to Philadelphia’s FOX 29.

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Philadelphia’s Red Paw Relief Team said that one dog and one cat remained unaccounted for as of Friday.

The explosion leveled three houses and significantly damaged two others around 11:36 a.m. at South 8th and South Franklin streets. Sixty people on the block were evacuated as nearly 120 firefighters battled the raging fires for hours.

“We believe now that we have pretty good confidence that there are two people who are missing and presumably deceased,” Thiel said Thursday.

Rescuers on Thursday were still putting out “pockets of fire” in the burning homes, which were under control just before 3 p.m., FOX 29 reported. Theil said the charred buildings were too structurally unstable “to put anyone else in there” as day turned to night.

After the fire, Thiel didn’t rule out the possibility that additional people may have been trapped in the rubble after walking by on the street when the explosion occurred.

“Don’t know what’s in the debris field,” he said at a news conference Thursday night. “We’re not giving up. We don’t ever give up.”

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Theil added that the “herculean” rescue efforts would start up again at first light Friday to remove the debris in the area and search for additional people who may be trapped underneath.

The explosion, described as “a firestorm,” sent plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles, as wind gusts reached 20 miles an hour.

“It sounded like a bomb exploded,” one witness told Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV.

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A reception center at South Philadelphia High School was available for anyone affected by the fire. The Red Cross had been on the scene to provide aid as needed.

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Florida vet removes stick from dog’s mouth that was likely there for years, shelter says

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A Florida veterinarian discovered a stick that was likely lodged inside a dog’s mouth for three to four years, after examining the canine at a shelter in St. Petersberg on Thursday.

A no-kill animal shelter called Friends of Strays had rescued the 8-year-old dog, named Buddy, last month. After they noticed rot on his teeth, they put him under with anesthesia for a dental cleaning, according to ABC Action News.

“Our veterinarian had noticed some rotting teeth in his mouth so she did a dental cleaning,” said Holly Clare, the shelter’s communications manager.

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The shelter posted photos of Buddy and the stick on Facebook and credited the dog for his calm demeanor — despite having the stick lodged across the roof of his mouth.

“Our veterinary team gave Buddy a dental cleaning today and what they found was shocking,” the shelter said. “He had a stick wedged across the roof of his mouth, stuck between a tooth on each side. It had likely been there for years and had eaten into the roof of his mouth and rotted two of his teeth, yet he never once complained. Thankfully he is going to feel so much better moving forward!”

The vet reportedly had to extract the two rotten teeth but expects Buddy to make a full recovery.

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Misti Tate, who had been fostering Buddy for several weeks, told ABC that he has always been a kind, gentle dog who rarely barked. She also said she is happy to finally have him back home.

“We’re grateful to have him and just glad we could take him home,” she said.

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Indiana man stole police department speaker playing Christmas music, cops say

A trip to a police department headquarters in Indiana was an opportunity for one man to steal a little Christmas joy, according to a report.

Avon police said the man was caught on surveillance video stealing a speaker that was playing Christmas music in the police station lobby, WISH-TV reported.

Police said 43-year-old Quannah Gilbert, of Avon, was charged with the theft Friday after being identified as the person in the video.

The man had gone to the Avon Police Department to get his impounded car back last week, the station reported.

As he was leaving, he took the small Bluetooth speaker, according to the station.

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Individual seen on camera stealing a speaker from the lobby of the Avon Police Department in Indiana was later identified as Quannah Charles, 43, who was arrested. (Avon Police Department)

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“[The clerk] went to sync up to the speaker and there was no music,” Avon Police Chief Sean Stoops told the station. “So she thought something may have happened to the speaker, so she went out to check on it and it was gone.”

Stoops isn’t sure what possessed Gilbert to steal the speaker.

“Something like this, a very inexpensive speaker, I don’t know,” Stoops said, according to the station. “Only he knows the answer to that. One thing’s for certain: We’re not going to allow that to happen here.”

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WISH reported that the speaker had been recovered and was back in the lobby playing Christmas music.

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North Carolina man accused of murder by poisoning wife with eye drops in 2018

A North Carolina man who collected $250,000 in insurance money upon his wife’s 2018 death has been accused of fatally poisoning her with eye drops.

Stacy Hunsucker’s death had been ruled a heart attack. She was 32 and the mother of two young children, now 5 and 6, when she died.

Joshua Hunsucker, a paramedic, was charged with her murder Friday after being accused by a prosecutor of poisoning her with Visine.

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A blood test “detected very high levels of tetrahydrozoline which is one of the active ingredients in certain eye drops,” prosecutor Jordan Green said in court, according to Fox 46 Charlotte.

The station also quoted Green as telling the judge, “We believe, through the interrogation of the defendant that occurred yesterday, that he was the one that poisoned Hunsucker with Visine or a similar product.”

Hunsucker was ordered held on a $1.5 million bond.

High levels of tetrahydrozoline in the body can cause heart stoppages, WBTV reported.

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The station quoted prosecutors as saying they believe the life insurance money was the motive for the crime.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance opened a fraud case after Stacy’s mother Suzie Robinson reported her suspicions about the death in May, the Gaston Gazette reported.

A search warrant affidavit says that her suspicions were based on her belief that Hunsicker was having an affair during the marriage, the paper reported.

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Mugshot for Joshua Hunsucker, 35. (Gaston County Sheriff’s Office )

Two weeks before Stacy’s death, local media had reported the arrest of a South Carolina nurse who was accused of killing her husband by putting eye drops in his water, the paper reported.

The paper also reported that Stacy had suffered from heart problems in the past and had received a pacemaker in 2015.

Hunsucker’s Facebook page shows that on the first anniversary of his wife’s death he posted a photo of the two of them together.

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“One year ago our lives changed forever,” he wrote. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, her encouragement, her smile, how awesome of a mother she was”.

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Las Vegas apartment complex fire kills at least 6, injures 13

A fire that erupted at a Las Vegas apartment building early Saturday morning killed at least six people and injured 13, officials said.

Authorities said they are investigating the fire that broke out at the Alpine Motel Apartments, a three-story complex in downtown Las Vegas. Initial reports showed that it appears to have been accidental, a fire official told reporters.

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The fire was in a first-floor unit of the Alpine Motel Apartments and its cause was under investigation, the department said. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

The fire department earlier said five of the injured were in critical condition and that several residents were hanging out of windows as firefighters arrived. Several jumped and were injured, the department said.

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Tim Szymanski, the public information officer for the fire department, told Fox 5 Las Vegas that the fire originated on the first floor of the building before spreading. He said when crews arrived, multiple people were seen hanging from windows on the second floor.

Heavy smoke and high heat were coming from the building, the station reported.

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Six people were killed and 13 injured after a fire Saturday morning in a three-story apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas, authorities said. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

The incident reportedly happened at around 4:15 a.m. Later that morning, the Red Cross announced that it was helping people at a nearby school.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, at least 30-35 people were displaced by the fire. The damage is currently estimated at $475,000, KTVN reported.

No firefighters were injured.

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Las Vegas Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a fire at a three-story apartment complex early Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Fire and Rescue)

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The station reported the fire may be the second deadliest fire since the 1980 blaze at the MGM Grand Hotel where more than 80 people were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jayme Closs’ captor manipulated her, admitted to having sexual fantasies of the teen, new documents reveal

The kidnapping of 14-year-old Jayme Closs from her parent’s Wisconsin home more than a year ago captured the nation’s attention for weeks but left more questions than answers.

For the first time since Jayme returned home on Jan. 10, investigators have released a trove of documents, which are shedding new light on her parents’ brutal murder in their home and her 88-day captivity. Up until this point, her ordeal remained a mystery to anyone outside the Closs family and law enforcement.

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Thousands of investigative reports released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Friday revealed disturbing details about the three-month period where Jayme was being held hostage by her parents killer, 22-year-old Jake Patterson.

The newly released transcripts from police interviews with Patterson following his arrest showed the psychological manipulation that Jayme underwent.

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This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis. Jake Thomas Patterson, a 22-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap Jayme Closs, their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she narrowly managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. (Jennifer Smith via AP)

“I know that she was just (expletive) terrified of me,” Patterson, who is serving a life sentence for the shooting deaths of James and Denise Closs, said. “I just trusted her and that, she wouldn’t try to get out.”

The transcript of Patterson’s interview paints a picture of a man who acted on impulse and controlled Jayme’s movements around the cabin where she was held more than an hour away from her family home.

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Patterson believed he had restrained Jayme with fear, telling police he never put extra locks on the doors or windows, because he thought she’d never leave. He said he was counting on “mind things” to keep her from running.

Patterson also admitted to having sexual thoughts about the then-13-year-old girl but refused to act on them because of the guilt he had from killing her parents. He said they slept in the same bed.

Much of the documents are heavily redacted.

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Jake Patterson appears for a hearing at the Barron County Justice Center, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Barron, Wis. Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. (T’xer Zhon Kha/The Post-Crescent via AP, Pool)

Patterson said he became drunk one night and let Jayme write a letter to her aunt but he never sent it. He also told police that he allowed Jayme out of the house on rare occasions to walk in the yard with him but never off the property.

The documents also revealed Patterson’s train of thought during the killings and his desire to kidnap anyone: “If it wasn’t Jayme, it would probably be someone else,” he said.

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Officials also released the horrifying 911 call Jayme’s mom placed, seconds before she was killed and another video from a police dashcam that showed responding officers pass right by Pattersons car on the way to the initial crime scene.

Jayme was in the trunk of that car.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Conan, the ISIS raid dog, leads list of most heroic dogs of 2019

People will let you down, but in 2019, dogs proved yet again that come rain or shine — or an ISIS raid — you can always rely on your furry friend.

They’re there when you need a hug or a (furry) shoulder to cry on, but sometimes take their jobs as man’s best friend to the next level.

Many of the dogs who made headlines or went viral online in 2019 can be considered heroic, but below is a list of the best, bravest and most courageous dogs of the year.

Conan, dog who helped capture ISIS boss

Conan, a young Belgian Malinois named after talk show host Conan O’Brien, was credited with helping take down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October.

The military working dog was injured during the Middle East mission after being exposed to live electrical wires while pursuing Baghdadi through a tunnel underneath a compound in northwestern Syria, officials said.

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Following the raid, Conan was commended by President Trump for his heroic actions, describing the pooch as “incredible,” brilliant,” “smart” and the “ultimate fighter” during a visit to the White House in November.

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President Trump called Conan, pictured here at the White House on Nov. 25, an “incredible” dog after he helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

According to U.S. Central Command, Conan has worked with special operations for four years and has taken part in roughly 50 missions.

While it was eventually confirmed Conan is of the male gender, there was, however, some confusion over whether he was a very good boy or a very good girl.

Pit bull puppy dies saving baby from snake

Zeus, an 8-month-old pit bull, died in September rescuing his human siblings from a coral snake in Sumter County, Florida.

The Richardson family was in their backyard cleaning Zeus’ water bowl when the snake — a venomous snake whose bite could eventually cause respiratory or cardiac failure in humans if left untreated — slithered up near their two kids.

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary Richardson told WOFL.

The beloved puppy was rushed to the vet, where he was administered antivenom, Sadly, he died the next day.

Mom Gina Richardson said Zeus was “a member of the family” and his loss “just killed us.”

“If you find [a pitbull] that’s aggressive, most likely, it’s because they weren’t treated right,” she said. “If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to him.”

Rescue pooch credited with rescuing kids from possible kidnapping

A Pennsylvania rescue dog was hailed as a hero earlier this year when his owners credited him with saving their three children from possibly being abducted at home.

Edgar, a 4-year-old hound-mix, was acting strangely on April 28 — both growling and howling at the same time — grabbing the attention of his owner, Thom Lambert.

Once Lambert got Edgar to quiet down, he heard someone on his staircase. He dialed 911, but authorities didn’t find anyone or anything.

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Days later, 20-year-old Thomas Dewald was arrested for abducting a girl who lived down the street — and confessed to being in the Lamberts’ home. He said he entered the house through the window but was scared off by a dog.

“Without Edgar genuinely who knows where our daughters would be right now,” Lambert told WPMT. “Our family was 100 percent rescued by our dog that we rescued.”

Jack Russell dies alerting family to house fire

A tiny family dog named Zippy died in September after a fire broke out at his home in Bradenton, Fla.

The rescue dog alerted his family to the flames that were spreading through the house at around 2 a.m., his owner, Leroy Butler, told WTVT  Zippy kept trying to run back and forth “from bed to bed” trying to tell his loved ones what was happening.

But the fire was too quick, and engulfed everything. Butler said he tried running back to grab Zippy, but it was too late. Firefighters found him, but the small pup seemingly died from the smoke.

“He was a short little dog. There was nowhere for him to go,” Butler said. “We adopted him as a pet, so we can only, I can only, say he was a good dog. He only did what he could.”

Bear rescues koalas from Australian wildfires

A “koala detection dog” with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works alongside human rescuers to find koalas and other wildlife that have become trapped or injured in the flames of Australian wildfires.

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Bear, a 6-year-old Border Collie-Koolie mix, was surrendered after his family discovered he is “high-energy, obsessive, doesn’t like to be touched and is completely uninterested in people,” the IFAW said.

While such qualities aren’t conducive to life in a home, they “do make him a perfect candidate for a detection dog which is exactly why he was chosen.”

The IFAW said in November that Bear and his handler had recently deployed to areas of Queensland and New South Wales, which have been hit hard by bushfires that appear to be decimating the koala population.

“Although they did not locate koala survivors, Bear indicated possible live koalas at a number of spots, and we’re hopeful more will be found in the coming days,” the organization said.

Bonus: A heroic cat!

Cats — often described as elusive and mischievous, as well as warm and cuddly — have shown moments of bravery, too. A cat named Gatubela in Bogota, Colombia, was credited in October with saving a little boy who almost fell down a flight of stairs.

In surveillance video of the heroic ordeal, the boy is seen crawling on the floor at home, toward a staircase, while the cat sits on a chair nearby. Quickly, the cat spots the child before leaping over and latching on to him.

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California shop owner fatally shoots masked robbers, 3rd suspect on the run

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A California smoke shop owner fatally shot two armed robbers in ski masks when they tried to rob his store Friday night, police said.

A third suspect is on the run after he fled from the Smoke N Vape Smoke Shop near the intersection of Blackstone and Cambridge avenues in Fresno.

Police Lt. Tim Tietjen said the three armed men, dressed in dark clothing and ski masks, entered the shop around 9:30 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.

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The store owner, who was outside, re-entered the shop and confronted the robbers as they were trying to leave, the Fresno Bee reported.

Tietjen said the owner pulled out his own gun and multiple shots were then fired.

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“As we understand, there might’ve been an exchange of gunfire,” he added.

Police said two of the suspected robbers were hit by bullets and were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center where they later died.

A third suspect fled the scene on foot and remains loose. A description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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Tietjen said there were no other injuries and that the store owner is not expected to face any charges.

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Wife, 3 sons hopeful as veteran starts to emerge from 10-week coma: ‘Christmas miracle’

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A Missouri veteran and father of three has started to emerge from a 10-week coma, giving his family the best Christmas gift they could imagine.

“The doctors told me he probably wasn’t going to make it to the weekend,” Kyli Belt told KETV in Nebraska.

Her husband, Tony Belt, went into the coma after a workplace accident when he fell 18 feet from a scissor lift and suffered a traumatic brain injury at the steel company where he works.

This isn’t Belt’s first fight. He was in the Army for eight years and while deployed to the Middle East he was separately injured in a tank explosion and was later shot in the head for which he received a Purple Heart. The injury ended his military career, KETV reported.

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Kyli told KETV although the doctors said Tony wouldn’t wake up, “last week, he started moving his left side, opening his eyes.”

Their three sons, who are four years old, three years old and seven months, have been by their father’s side. “They talk to him and play with him. The baby lays in bed with him,” Kyli said.

She stressed that it has been a confusing time for them.

“They went from being told that daddy was going to heaven and they will never see him again to him being here and interacting with them,” she explained. “I just want to change their moods and let them be kids again.”

Their four-year-old son determined his father would wake up by Christmas Eve, she said. “Maybe he was right. Maybe he will be the Christmas miracle that what he’s been telling me,” Kyli said as Tony gave a thumbs up, the station reported.

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The boys have been receiving Christmas cards from friends and well-wishers at the hospital, and they are hoping to receive at least 1,000.

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