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Woman falls into sinkhole in Springvale

A woman has had to be rescued from a 3m-deep hole after the ground opened under her feet while she was hanging washing out in a Melbourne backyard.

The woman, 53, was trapped in the hole at the Olympic Ave home in Springvale South in at least metre-high water for at least 20 minutes before neighbours heard her screams for help just after midday.

Emergency services raced to the backyard and worked frantically to rescue her, fearing throughout the operation the hole could collapse in on top of her.

The woman — a cleaner from Noble Park assisting an elderly woman named Mary who lives in the house — remarkably escaped the ordeal without injury.

It was initially feared a burst water pipe below the backyard may have caused the ground to fall in, with surrounding neighbours warned to be careful in their yards while engineers from City of Greater Dandenong and South East Water investigated.

But the investigation later revealed the hole was an old well that had not been covered properly.

“The well a number of years ago was covered up, but not too satisfactorily and (the cover) degraded over the years to the point where the lady has fallen through,” a council spokeswoman said.

“It was an isolated incident.”

Paramedic Stephanie Palamberis said the woman told her rescuers that she had been hanging washing out in the backyard at about 11.30am when the ground gave way.

“She fell with the dirt and mud, dropping about three metres and landing in waist-deep water. At one stage her head was under the water,” Ms Palamberis said.

“The woman told us she couldn’t touch the bottom of the hole, so was trying to swim and stay afloat, to avoid the risk of further mud collapses.”

CFA trench rescue teams were required to help lift the woman to safety.

CFA Dandenong operations manager Paul Carrigg said about eight rescuers lowered a rope down to the woman, asked her to wrap it around her underarms and hauled her up until they were able to reach her arms and pull her out.


Furious driver admits assault on traffic warden after slapping his HEAD with parking ticket

Dad-of-two Robert Croucher saw red after he was given a fined for parking on double yellows outside his children's school.
A slap-happy driver whacked a parking ticket on to the back of a traffic warden's head after being landed with a fine.
Robert Croucher was dropping his two children off to school at Welholme Community Primary School in Grimsby when he parked illegally on zigzag lines. Minutes later a eagle-eyed traffic attendant slapped a fine on him but a furious Croucher saw red and shouted "Nice one d * head" at warden James Parker.
He then removed the fine off his windshield and tried to stick it to the back of Mr Parker's head.
Martin Howard, prosecuting at Grimsby Magistrates Court, said: "Mr Parker was standing with his back to the defendant when he felt what he described as pain to the head and stumbled forward.
"His colleague later described what had happened. He said the defendant took the ticket off the windscreen of his vehicle, put it on his palm and attempted to stick it to Mr Parker's head.
"The defendant then told them to 'get a real job' before driving away."
When he was nicked, Croucher said he was running late and wasn't aware of the parking restriction.
He admitted one count of assault by beating and one of using threatening and abusive words and behaviour.
The court heard how Croucher, 27, from Grainsby, Lincolnshire, works part-time in an office and is studying for a degree in business management and accounts.
Nick Furman, defending, said Croucher takes his two children to school and then has to rush to get to lectures on time.
Mr Furman added: "In retrospect he fully accepts that he shouldn't have reacted in the way that he did. It was a very unfortunate incident and once which is extremely out of character. He is embarrassed by his actions and has offered his apologies. He stuck the parking ticket on the back of the warden's head and it was in no way meant to be a violent attack."
Croucher was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and made to pay £50 compensation to the victim, £85 costs and a £60 victims' surcharge.
Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Trevor Moss said: "This court doesn't take this lightly. I think it is appalling that someone doing their job trying to keep children outside a school safe should be abused in this way. On top of that, you drove away from the school area in what could be described as a dangerous manner. And to say you didn't think the lines were there to stop people parking, we don't accept. Your behaviour was unacceptable."

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Connecticut man charged with trying to eat his DWI results

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A Connecticut man accused of snatching his DWI test results and attempting to eat them was charged with obstruction and criminal tampering, police said.

New York State Police stopped 40-year-old Kenneth Desormes on suspicion of speeding on Interstate 95, not far from the Connecticut state line, early on Sunday morning, police said in a statement.

Desormes, who appeared drunk, was arrested and taken into a trooper station in Tarrytown, New York, about 25 miles north of Manhattan, police said.

When troopers printed out the results of Desormes' breathalyzer results, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent - above the New York state legal limit of 0.08 percent - he grabbed the paper printout and attempted to eat it, police said.

Desormes was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration and criminal tampering, all misdemeanor offenses, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether Desormes was in custody on Tuesday or whether he had obtained a lawyer.

Cloud of pot smoke puts Colorado high school on partial lockdown

A high school in Colorado, one of the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use, was put on partial lockdown on Friday after a student's weed pipe filled a classroom with pot smoke, the school said.

The smoke from the device, known as a "gravity bong" or "bucket," was released into a classroom at about 9:45 a.m. at Adams City High School in Commerce City, a northeastern suburb of Denver.

"As a precautionary measure, our students were placed on a modified lockdown to limit movement throughout the school," the school said in a statement, adding that teenagers who had been near the device were examined by medical personnel.

"As always, students' safety is our number one priority," it said. "All students were fine and the school is resuming business as usual."

The school said it was working with the proper authorities to resolve the issue, and that it would provide more information when available. It did not give details on the student who brought the pipe to class, nor possible disciplinary measures.

Colorado voted in 2012 to allow recreational marijuana sales to adults aged 21 and older beginning this year. But consumption of the drug by minors, or by anyone in public settings such as schools, parks and on the street, remains illegal.

The tale of the partial lockdown received widespread attention on social media, with some Denverites describing it as the story of the day and an "only in Colorado" moment.

A gravity bong or bucket uses the force of gravity, normally by releasing water from a chamber, to suck a large amount of pot smoke into a container, from where it is inhaled by the user.

Most annoying things people do on planes

Most annoying things people do on planes

THERE should be a set of rules outlining social etiquette on planes considering you’re stuck in a cabin with hundreds of strangers 39,000 feet up in the air with nowhere to escape.

Some of us seem to have no concept of what’s right and wrong in a public space and it’s particularly noticeable up in the sky. Here are the most annoying things people do on planes (in no particular order).

Clap when the plane lands
We’re not at the theatre.

Laugh out loud in movies
Just because you have your headphones on doesn’t mean you shut out everyone around you, too. We can still hear you.

Get up before the seatbelt sign is turned off after landing
The doors are still closed people, you’re not going anywhere fast.

Think the floor of the plane is a bin
It’s not a dumping ground for your used cups and plastic wrappers, you wouldn’t do this at home.

Come on to the plane sick
Some argue there should be a law about this. Planes are a breeding ground for germs.

People who spend too much time in the toilet
There’s two cubicles for about 200 passengers, come on people speed it up.

Bare feet
Seriously bare feet are wrong.

Strike up conversation
Small chat on planes should be banned.

Overload the overhead luggage
Now there’s no room for the rest of your row to stow their bags which means they’re either going to have to be checked in or inconveniently moved to the back of the plane.

Have the volume up on their headphones REALLY high
If we wanted to share your music we’d let you know.

Drunk people
We’re looking at the bucks, hens and footy trips.

Loud chewing
It’s bad enough we have to eat our meal elbow to elbow so make sure you keep your mouth shut too.

Wearing sunglasses
You’re not Bono, and the sun is definitely not shining in the cabin.

People working on laptops with paper work everywhere
We call these people the space invaders.

People who keep their seat reclined at meal time
Seriously, we don’t like eating with the back of your head in our face.

Freaking out over turbulence
A bump every now and then is completely normal.

People who push to get off the plane
We’re just as sick as you are of being stuck on the plane but pushing into my back is not going to get you off any faster.

Man accidentally orders $3750 bottle of wine

$3750 bottle of wine
This is one of those times where choosing your words is so important.

Last week, Joe Lentini went for a business dinner at Bobby Flay's Steak at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City and he asked his waitress for a wine recommendation for him and his dining companions.

So far, so simple.

The waitress suggested a bottle of Screaming Eagle Oakville 2011, Joe asked for the price. And here is where the misunderstanding arose.

"I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini told "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'"

Joe (understandably) took that to mean $37.50 (€29.97). But when the bill came he and his friends got a bit of a shock when they saw the actual price of the bottle - $3750 (€2996). After some haggling with the restaurant, the diners agreed to split the discounted price of $2,200 (€1758) - still a hefty sum.

Meanwhile, the restaurant is maintaining the waitress did nothing wrong and was clear about the price. But Joe is backed up in his version of events by his fellow diners.

"Joe asked the price and she said 'thirty-seven fifty,' not 'three-thousand, seven-hundred and fifty,' which is what I would have said, so we all thought it was $37.50," said Don Chin. "When the bill came, "We all had a heart attack." As you would.

And as for the Joe's verdict on the accidental, very expensive vino? "It was okay. It was good. It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine."


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A Simple Invention For Your Cheap Whiskey That Makes It Taste Expensive

Customize your Whiskey in 24 hours
Customize your Whiskey in 24 hours
Portland-based company Whiskey Elements has created a simple tool that makes cheap whiskey taste deliciously oak-aged in just 24 hours. 

Discovering a fine whiskey is distinguished from a cheap one by two elements: time and oak, they named their product after that. 

Each piece of the product is a wooden oak stick that has ridges that allow the whiskey to be absorbed by the oak at a quicker rate. 

The creators of this item call this "accelerated transpiration through capillary action", where the whiskey will then be aged perfectly while in the bottle. 

The project is currently in its Kickstarter stage. For more information, visit their Kickstarter page


69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment

69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment
69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment

Animal control officers have removed 69 cats from a Rhode Island apartment.

Police say they were called to the house in Providence on Thursday morning. The animal control department had received a complaint about a tenant on the second floor hoarding cats.

Animal control officers helped by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Providence Animal Rescue League took the cats from the apartment.

The tenant has not been charged with any crime.

A police report describes the apartment as "dirty."

WJAR-TV first reported the discovery of the cats in the apartment. It says a building inspector has condemned the house.


Woman Loses Wedding Ring in Halloween Candy

Woman in Mesa is desperate to find her wedding ring after she says she accidentally gave it away with the Halloween candy Friday night.
When I first realized what had happened, I just lost my speech, I froze,” said wife and mother Brooklin Yazzie.
The ring didn’t slip off her finger. She had placed it in a candy jar while helping her daughters carve pumpkins, and when the night became hectic she absentmindedly dumped the contents of the jar into the candy bag.
I actually had plastic rings in there too, so it wouldn’t have felt much different” she said.
Brooklin was barely 20 years old when she married her husband 10 years ago, and says she couldn’t afford a fancy ring at the time.
If you were to try and pawn it or sell it you could probably get $50 for it. It's not an expensive ring” she said.
But to Brooklin, it’s priceless. “It’s my wedding ring, you know? I mean you could replace it but it’s not the same.”
Brooklin is hoping someone has the ring and doesn’t know who it belongs to or how to return it. She lives in the area of Broadway and Dobson roads in Mesa.

If you happen to have the ring or know someone who does, you can email Brooklin at


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Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway

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Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.

Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open Friday morning. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana and the bills flew in the air.

Police say a number of drivers stopped on the interstate and grabbed what cash they could before a fire department vehicle arrived and turned on its emergency lights.

Responding troopers were able to help the truck's driver recover about $200. It's not known how much cash was lost.

Police urge the drivers who took the cash to return it to the state police barracks in Frederick, or else face charges of theft if they're found.

NYC worker suspended for using 'robotic voice'

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If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite.

He was suspended for 20 days without pay partly for answering an information-technology help line "in a robotic voice." The city Civil Service Commission upheld the suspension this month.

An administrative law judge's report says the Health Department worker told callers "you have reached the help desk" in an over-enunciated monotone. Callers complained and one even hung up, later saying she needed "to speak to a human."

The worker said at a hearing he was following a call-answering script and articulating carefully because his Brooklyn accent can be difficult to understand.

The judge called him a "disgruntled employee" acting out.

His lawyer called the suspension "exceedingly harsh."

Clown Ban In French Town After Street Attacks

Clown Ban In French Town
A town in southern France has banned people from dressing up as clowns after a spate of attacks in several parts of the country.
There have been a number of assaults by people disguised as fake, "evil" clowns. Some of those wreaking havoc on the streets have been armed with pistols, knives or baseball bats. The incidents include one where a youngster hit a passer-by 30 times with an iron bar in Montpellier. He was jailed for four months.
Vendargues, which has a population of about 6,000 and is near Montpellier, is believed to be the first town to impose such a ban. The decision was made by the mayor, and official Bruno Giraudo said France wants to "avoid any disruption... by evil clowns". He added: "It's about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents."
Police say people have increasingly reported spotting clowns "outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square". Officers have arrested more than a dozen teenagers following the attacks.
The attacks have even sparked anti-clown vigilantes, forcing officers to step in to try and quell growing hysteria.
A rule on the town's website said the ban was "absolute" on Friday night, Halloween, and will be in force throughout November for everyone aged 13 and older. Any teenager wanting to dress up as a clown in November will have to ask for official authorisation.
Last week, a 19-year-old received a six-month suspended jail sentence for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown in the town of Bethune. On Monday, a 14-year-old dressed as a clown was arrested near the capital Paris for attempting to attack a woman.