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Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 5:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 7:43 PM


            In this March 16, 2015 photo, Grant Thompson handles a large snake during a youth group's visit to Fish Bowl Pet Express in Temple, where Thompson was a senior staff member. Thompson, 18, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from an apparent snakebite after emergency medics found him in his car in North Austin. 
            Michael Miller / Temple Daily Telegram
In this March 16, 2015 photo, Grant Thompson handles a large snake during a youth group's visit to Fish Bowl Pet Express in Temple, where Thompson was a senior staff member. Thompson, 18, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from an apparent snakebite after emergency medics found him in his car in North Austin. (Michael Miller / Temple Daily Telegram)

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A cobra snake is missing from the Temple home of a teenage pet shop employee who died in North Austin Tuesday night after possibly being bitten by a snake.

At 9:37 p.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Austin police found 18-year-old Grant Thompson in a Lowe’s parking lot on 13000 North Interstate 35 with puncture wounds on his wrist. Thompson was in cardiac arrest and was unresponsive, according to police.

>>READ UPDATE: Intensive search for cobra to be conducted Friday morning

Thompson was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival, officials said. It is possible that a snake bit him, but the cause of death will remain unknown until an autopsy is completed, EMS said.

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According to a Temple Daily Telegram article from March, Thompson was a senior staff member at Fish Bowl Pet Express in Temple and would show exotic animals to children as part of his job.

According to social media posts, Thompson was passionate about animals. His mother had taken him to Fish Bowl Pet Express since he was a baby and, after she bought the business a few years ago, Thompson volunteered to work there before becoming a staff member, posts on Facebook said.

Medics found several containers in Thompson’s car, one of which was holding a live snake. Six tarantulas and a bullfrog were also found. The animals in the car were not venomous and were transported to Austin Reptile Rescue, officials said.

However, when police searched Thompson’s home in Temple, they could not find a cobra that was missing from its cage.

An Austin police spokeswoman did not confirm Wednesday afternoon whether there is an immediate danger to the public.

EMS officials said that snakebite cases are extremely uncommon in the area. EMS Capt. Darren Noak said that in his 20 years working with EMS, he has only seen one or two.

“Does it happen? Absolutely,” Noak said. “But it’s pretty rare.”

Police are investigating Thompson’s death, which is not considered suspicious, officials said.

WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM

WATCH: Firefighter Catches Child Thrown From Burning Building

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

Japanese national broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

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Japan's national public broadcaster issued a false alert about a North Korean missile launch Tuesday, just three days after Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent a false missile alert. 

>> Worker who sent mistaken missile message reassigned

According to CNN, NHK sent a message to users of its phone app that said, "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: Evacuate inside the building or underground."

Minutes after the alert went out, NHK issued a correction and apologized.

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"The news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake," the broadcaster said, according to CNN. "No government J alert was issued."

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Apple hiring for work from home positions

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 AM

FILE PHOTO: The new iMac Pro is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California.
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FILE PHOTO: The new iMac Pro is displayed during the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple is looking for additions to its workforce and you don’t even have to leave home. 

The tech company is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions to offer tech support of devices like iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the Houston Chronicle reported

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While working from home is a big enough perk for some, the job also comes with Apple discounts, paid time off and potential career growth, even for those who work part time, according to Apple’s job announcement.

Apple At Home employees work directly for Apple for the company’s normal support hours. There could be extra shifts for holidays, what’s considered “peak business hours,” and training.

Workers are required to have a distraction-free room that is quiet and that can be closed off to keep noise down, high-speed internet with at least 5 mps download/1 mps upload, a desk and an ergonomic chair. 

Apple provides the iMac and headset that is only for work.

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Florida boy dies of rabies after bat scratch, school officials say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

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A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.

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The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.

The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”

Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be. 

He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.

As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving. 

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"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said. 

Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.

But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.

A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.

Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.

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The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.

"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool. 

GoFundMe account was also set up for the family.