#RizzNews: Hazelwood man facing charges for allegedly carjacking Meals on Wheels truck, The Majority of Married Couples Won't Be Doing Anything For Valentine's Day, Oregon woman infected with rare "eye worm", and MORE!
Carjacking victim forced to drive around, as suspect held gun on him
A carjacking in St. Louis County ended with a multi-vehicle crash in the Central West End Monday afternoon. The suspected carjacker was trapped inside the vehicle he stole and eventually taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to Capt. Clay Farmer with the North County Police Cooperative. A total of 6 vehicles appeared to have been damaged. Two innocent people had to be taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Farmer said it all began with his department assisting Pagedale with a traffic stop. Officers pulled over a vehicle they say was traveling erratically. They had no idea the driver would turn out to be a carjacking victim. Farmer said the driver was in a tough spot. Police pulled him over while the carjacker pointed a gun at him from the passenger seat. Famer said the driver was halfway out of the vehicle when he yelled to officers, “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!”
The carjacker then pushed the victim out of the car and drove away. Farmer said the victim was not injured but was definitely shaken.
“I couldn’t imagine driving around with a suspect with a gun on me and then the good guys show up to help and then you’re still scared to get completely out of the car,” said Farmer. “It had to be a very harrowing experience.”
Farmer said the chase was justified because a dangerous felony was taking place. As of Monday night, police had yet to identify the suspect who was in critical condition from his injuries.
1 dead, 1 injured in South City crash
One person was killed and another was injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in South City Monday night. Police say the accident involving two cars happened near the intersection of Kingshighway and Arsenal just after 9:30 p.m. Police said one of the victims was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Accident reconstruction crews were called to investigate. The intersection was closed for a while but reopened overnight.
Hazelwood man facing charges for allegedly carjacking Meals on Wheels truck
A Hazelwood man is accused of carjacking two vehicles including a Meals on Wheels truck. Jorion Garrett, 19, of the 6900 block of Woodhurst Dr. is facing federal charges including two counts of armed carjacking and two felony charges for pulling out a gun to commit a crime of violence. Garrett is being identified as one of two suspects who are accusing to stealing a 2014 Jeep Liberty from a Meals on Wheels volunteer on Jan. 4 in the 8300 block of Sagewood Lane in Hazelwood, Mo. Charging documents disclose St. Louis County police were led on a high-speed chase after they spotted the stolen Jeep Liberty a few days later but Garrett and a passenger ran off after the Jeep’s tire blew out. Documents also claim Garrett was involved in a 2016 Dodge Journey carjacking in St. Louis County on Nov. 21. Garrett was arrested on Feb. 6 following a police raid of his home and found a gun with faded serial numbers, according to charging documents. Garrett is scheduled to plead not guilty.
Major Case Squad investigating fatal Belleville shooting
Police said a 19-year-old was shot and killed in Belleville Monday. Authorities said they received a call from Memorial Hospital in Belleville around 5:15 p.m. about someone being brought to the E.R. who had been shot. Police believe Cole Weircizewski was shot in the 100 block of Paulette Drive Drive. He died at the hospital around 6:50 p.m. Both the Major Case Squad St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. If you have any information on the shooting, contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 618-825-5204.
13% of People Say Valentine's Day Is Their Favorite Holiday . . . 5% Say It's the Most Depressing Day of the Year
Valentine's Day is tomorrow . . . and apparently, it's bringing up some very strong feelings in people. Not for their significant other, oh God no . . . about the day itself.
According to a new survey, 13% of people say Valentine's Day is their favorite holiday.
But 6% say they hate it . . . and 5% say it's the MOST DEPRESSING day of the year.
The survey also found that 23% of single women and 7% of single men say they're fine spending tomorrow with their DOG or CAT instead of another person.
Also, 23% of single people are planning to treat themselves to a nice dinner . . . 21% will watch romantic comedies . . . and 18% will buy themselves a gift. That's not sad at all. Nope. Not sad at all.
But 3% are taking a VERY different approach. They're planning to either hammer Tinder tomorrow looking for someone . . . or they've already got a date set up from a Tinder match.
The Majority of Married Couples Won't Be Doing Anything For Valentine's Day
I gotta say, one of the best parts about getting married is that you can drop the charade that Valentine's Day is a "thing."
According to a new survey, 54% of married people say they WON'T be going out to celebrate tomorrow. That means the majority of married couples will maybe give each other a little gift, but that's about it.
That being said . . . it looks like a lot of them COULD be gearing up to get-it-on tomorrow.
According to a health clinic, the number of men who've looked into erectile dysfunction treatments has gone up 300% over the past few weeks.
And more than three-quarters of the guys who've asked about Viagra or any of the other treatments specifically said it was to be ready for Valentine's Day.
Oregon woman infected with rare "eye worm"
Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ever infected by a type of eye worm previously seen only in cattle. For days, the woman's left eye felt irritated. It felt like there was a hair or something in her eye. After about a week, she reached up and pulled a small worm off of her eye, said Richard Bradbury, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher and lead author of a case report on the event. The woman went to a local doctor, who pulled two more worms from her eye. The next day she proceeded to an optometrist, who found another three worms.
"A total of 14 worms were removed from her left eye over 20 days," said Bradbury, team lead of the Parasitology Reference Diagnostic Laboratory at the CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. "They weren't able to remove them all at once. They had to remove them as they became present and visible."
All the worms were less than half an inch long. Doctors either tweezed them out or flushed them out of the eye, the researchers reported. The worm, Thelazia gulosa, causes eye irritation but usually no permanent damage, Bradbury said. It simply crawls over the eye and under the eyelid, feeding on your tears.
"It's just really gross and very psychologically disturbing to see multiple small worms crawling across the surface of your eye," Bradbury said.
Other worms from the Thelazia family have been found on human eyes before, but this is the first time this specific worm has infested a person, Bradbury said.
"This is the first report in 20 years of this occurring in the United States, and that's about how regularly this happens," he said. "It's a very rare situation."
The researchers suspect the woman became infected with the eye worms whilehorseback riding in Gold Beach, Ore., a cattle farming region. The worms are transmitted by face flies, which carry the larvae in their mouth parts, said Dr. Audrey Schuetz, an associate professor of pathology with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
"In general, flies are attracted to the moisture and salt in our tears, said Schuetz, who wasn't involved with the study. "The larvae are introduced into the fleshy part of our eyes when the fly is feeding on our tear film, the moist part around our eyes."
Most people avoid contracting eye worms because they wave away flies that land on their face, Bradbury said. In this instance, the woman might have been too distracted while riding horseback to free a hand and shoo the fly off. In the end, the worms were removed from the woman's eye without any lasting damage. Several of the worms were sent to the CDC for analysis. It took about a week of investigation -- including reference to papers published in German back in 1928 -- to specifically identify them as Thelazia gulosa cattle eye worms, Bradbury said.
Thelazia eye worms in general are very rare. Only 160 cases -- linked to species of Thelazia other than the one discovered in Oregon --- have been reported in Europe and Asia, where the worms are more common, Bradbury said.
"There's only ever been in the history of the published literature 11 cases of [any Thelazia infection] in America, so it's very rare and unusual," Bradbury said.
It is possible but generally unlikely for these worms to cause scarring of the cornea and even blindness if they saunter off the whites of an eye and into your field of vision, Bradbury and Schuetz said. Folks worried about contracting eye worms can wear a hat with a net attached to protect their faces from flies, Schuetz said.
via CBS News
Doctors Find A Sea Snail Living In Child's Elbow
Of all the ways to ruin a day at the beach, slipping over and accidentally becoming home to a sea mollusk must be one of the worst. The story, published in BMJ Case Reports, starts with an 11-year-old boy slipping over while exploring a tide pool at a beach in San Pedro, California. After a few days, his parents noticed his elbow wasn't healing and appeared to be badly infected. When the wound seemed to be increasing in size, they took him to the hospital. Dr Albert Khait, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University in California, examined the elbow that had become a pus-filled red skin abscess, a sure sign of a nasty infection. Doctors sliced the abscess open and discovered a small checkered periwinkle marine snail (Littorina scutulata) living within the subcutaneous tissue of the boy's elbow. Through a massive stroke of bad luck, it appears that the egg of the periwinkle managed to become lodged in his cut when he slipped over. How, though, could this small sea creature live in the hostile environment of a wound for over a week? It turns out, these sea snails are pretty tough little guys.
"Periwinkles are herbivores, feeding primarily on algae from rocks in the high tidal zones,” the report explains. “As a result of living in this habitat, they are often exposed to air and have the capability to close their shell tightly onto firm surfaces with a horny operculum and a glue-like mucous.
"This allows them to preserve water and moisture inside their shell, therefore avoiding desiccation and suffocation. These characteristics make the chequered periwinkle a unique visitor into the human body and appear to have allowed this organism to survive despite the extreme environment of the host."
After the snail's removal, the boy was given a course of antibiotics and was as right as rain within a couple of days. Although you’d think this was a freak accident, there was an extremely similar story in 2015 of a sea snail getting trapped in a boy's knee after he fell over at the beach. Well, that's summer ruined.
via IFL Science
Remington Is Planning to File for Bankruptcy
For two centuries, it has been a totem of America’s gun culture -- a name emblazoned on frontier flintlocks and U.S. Army .45s.
But on Monday Remington Outdoor Co., which traces its history back to 1816, said it would file for bankruptcy protection, succumbing to a slump in business worsened by, of all things, a president who has steadfastly supported Americans’ right to bear arms.
The bankruptcy is a blow to the private-equity mogul Stephen Feinberg, who has been a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump. Feinberg’s firm, Cerberus Capital Management, acquired Remington in 2007 and subsequently saddled it with almost $1 billion in debt. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will let Remington stay in business while it works out a plan to turn around the company and pay its creditors.
Remington has been around for over 200 years, dating back to 1816 when Eliphalet Remington II worked with a local gunsmith to create a flintlock rifle. It received its first contract in 1845, manufacturing 5,000 “Mississippi” rifles for the U.S. military. Today, the company employs 3,500 people and is among the largest American manufacturers of ammunition and firearms.
Read more at Bloomberg.com
Someone Mailed a White Powder to Donald Trump Jr.'s House, But It Was Just a Hoax
Someone mailed a letter with a suspicious white powder in it to DONALD TRUMP JR.'s house, but it turned out to be a hoax. Police said the substance appeared to be corn starch.
But Trump's wife VANESSA and two other people were sent to a Manhattan hospital as a precaution.
The letter was addressed to Donald Jr. and postmarked from Boston. Donald Jr. Tweeted, quote, "Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning.
"Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior."
And his sister IVANKA said, quote, "No one deserves to be frightened this way."
via NBC News
Police Catch a Burglar Who'd Use the Obituaries to Rob Dead People's Relatives
This guy almost makes it seem like people who are obsessed with reading the obituaries are creepy. I never would've guessed.
There's a 35-year-old guy named Randy Brunelle from Plymouth, Massachusetts. He's a burglar, and apparently his strategy was to read the obituaries . . . figure out when a dead person's relatives would be at the funeral . . . then rob their houses. That's EVIL.
He'd actually been busted for doing that before . . . back in 2012, he broke into a cop's house while he was attending his mother's funeral. Randy got 18 months in jail for that.
So when the funeral burglaries started happening again, the cops were prepared, and they caught Randy in the act on Friday.
He's facing several charges, including felony breaking and entering.
via CBS 4 - Boston
Marijuana's 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes
Marijuana users' self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but marijuana can impair driving ability. Previous studies have shown that many pot-using motorists drive after partaking and think it's safe to do so. The researchers analyzed U.S. government data on fatal traffic accidents from 1992 — shortly after 4/20 was popularized as a pot holiday in High Times magazine — through 2016. They compared driver deaths on that date with deaths on a day the week before and the week after during the study period. Deaths increased slightly in most but not all states, amounting to an overall increased risk of 12 percent — or an extra 142 driver deaths linked with the holiday, said lead author Dr. JohnStaples at the University of British Columbia. Other studies have found a similarly elevated risk linked with alcohol and driving on Super Bowl Sunday and New Year's Eve. Most accidents had no police data on drug testing so there's no way to confirm that marijuana was involved, but researchers think the drug was responsible for some crashes. The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
"It's a really relevant question to be thinking about now since legalization seems to be progressing across the United States and in Canada," Staples said.
Marijuana is legal for medical use in most U.S. states and in Canada; recreational use has been legalized in nine states plus Washington, D.C. and is expected to become legal in Canada in July. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can impair driving ability. However, the U.S. agency also notes that directly linking marijuana with car crashes can be difficult because it's often used while drinking alcohol.
Read more at abcnew.go.com
#MeToo Fashion Show Features Pig-Faced Men Handcuffed to Models with Angel Wings
It's great to be a male in 2018 -- if you're a glutton for punishment. There's no doubt that some men deserve every bit of disapprobation they are receiving. But most #MeToo activists and feminists don't bother to differentiate between the vast majority of men who are "good," and the limited number of men who are "bad."
Case in point: The "#MeToo Fashion Show" held during Fashion Week in New York City. Let's just say, Victoria's Secret it wasn't.
"A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the United States opened on Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks," according to Reuters. "Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college."
“I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I’ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we’re real people who have gone through real things,” Jacobs told Reuters.
“I don’t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I’ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,” brainchild Myriam Chalek told Reuters.
"To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life, some smiling and others more serious, first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks," Reuters explained. "Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age."
Read more at PJMedia.com
Instagram is testing a new tool that will let users know who is taking screenshots of their Stories
Instagram is about to make it harder for users who like to creep on social media.
The Facebook-owned social media platform is testing a new feature that notifies other users when you screenshot a post from their Instagram Stories.
It was first revealed last month that the new feature is being tested among a select group of users but could be expanded beyond that soon - and now, new images shared on social media show how it might work.
After you screenshot someone's story, a tiny camera shutter icon will show up next to your username in the list of people who have viewed it.
Other users who are part of the test have gotten a notification from Instagram saying that the next time they screenshot a story, the person who posted it will be notified.
This means the user gets one 'free' screenshot before the app will begin notifying the original poster.
Each person's username appears on a list of people who have viewed a story.
The account owner can view this by tapping on their story in the Instagram app.
And, this is where the camera icon will appear if someone has taken a screenshot of your story.
Instagram confirmed last month that it was testing the tool.
'We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you,' the firm said.
Users in Japan had reported seeing the screenshot notification warning in January.
Read more at DailyMail.com
Woman suffers from rare condition that causes her to wake up with a British accent
A woman in Arizona suffers from a rare condition that causes her to wake up with different accents, according to KNXV.
"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins," said Michelle Myers, while speaking in a British accent.
Myers suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare condition that causes the accents. She's never left the United States.
The first time it happened to her, the accent was Irish. Then in was Australian. Now, its British.
"Some people think it’s physiological; others think it’s psychological,” she said. “People like me - we don’t care which one it is. We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that’s going to hurt me, help me."
How Do You Feel About Getting Naked in the Gym Locker Room?
Do you get naked in the gym locker room? Or does it still feel weird to you, even though other people are doing it?
According to a new survey, only 34% of people say they feel comfortable walking around totally naked in the locker room. And men are twice as likely as women to say they're cool with taking it all off at the gym.
And even though it FEELS like older people are the most comfortable being nude at the gym, people over 55 are just as insecure about being naked as people in every other age group.
The Light From Your Phone Could Be Prematurely Aging Your Skin
Here's reason number 85,671 that your phone addiction is bad for you.
According to a new study, the light from your phone could be making your skin AGE prematurely. The researchers found that the ultraviolet light from your screen could make your skin lose some of its color and develop age spots.
On the plus side, it won't up your risk of getting skin cancer . . . but still, maybe you should think about using your phone a little less so you don't look like you're 97 years old by the next Olympics.
via New York Post
As Walt Disney World, Disneyland hike prices, are they still affordable?
Walt Disney World and Disneyland prices rose over the weekend, testing again how much families can afford to pay for a day in the nation's best-known theme parks.
"Regular" ticket pricing is up $4 to $119 for adults and $113 for kids at the Magic Kingdom park in Orlando. On the most expensive days — the peak visitation times of the year — parents will need to shell out $5 more to $129 for themselves and $123 for children. On the cheapest days, prices rose by $2 to $109 for adults and $103 for kids on the cheapest days.
Parking prices also rose, the Orlando Sentinel reports, by $2 to $22. Preferred parking will be $5 more, now $45.
On the most expensive days, the new pricing structure means a family of four with two kids will have to pay $526 for a day of fun in the park. Walt Disney Co. has steadily boosted prices at its theme parks over the years, but the amusement centers remain popular.
Disney's 24 hour event features everything you'd imagine, except the gates stay open all night. VPC
At Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., regular tickets were boosted $7 to $117 for adults, "peak" period tickets climb $11 to $135 and the cheapest ticket remains at $97.
“We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to our guests and we will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives them a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit," said spokeswoman Suzi Brown in a statement.
Disney World issued a similar statement, saying, too, that the goal of its flexible pricing is to try to spread out attendance during the year.
At Disneyland, annual pass prices are also rising significantly.
The most expensive, Signature Plus annual passport, rises by $100 to $1,149. But even the cheapest, with the fewest number of days goes up $30 to $369.
“We will be reshaping our Annual Pass program to better manage the guest experience throughout the year, which will help all Disneyland Resort guests have a great visit, particularly as we look forward to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019,” Brown said.
via USA Today