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Dog stabbed repeatedly while on walk with owner

Published: Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 9:41 AM
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A barbershop owner was held without bail after stabbing a dog nearly to death on Thursday night.

Fall River police say 45-year-old William Whitson stabbed 3-year-old blue nose pit bull Smokey while he was on a walk with his owner around 7:30 p.m.

Smokey suffered five stab wounds and was critically injured. He had a punctured lung and excessive bleeding, according to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Veterinary Emergency Room in Swansea. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Friday. 

"I didn't even realize he was stabbing my dog," an emotional Heather Lemieux said. "I thought he was punching my dog."

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Smokey collapsed in the street, where several neighbors helped to slow his bleeding before rushing him to the veterinary hospital.
 
Whitson was arraigned on Friday on charges of animal cruelty, disturbing the peace while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

The suspect's brother told Fox 25 News on Friday that William Whitson had been intervening in a dog fight between Smokey and another neighborhood dog and that he had to defend himself when Smokey bit him. 

"He was defending himself, and he was defending the lady and the dog," Michael Whitson said. "It's not like he went inside and said, 'Oh, I'm gonna kill this dog.'"

Lemieux said Smokey was on a leash when another unleashed dog ran up to him and the other dog's owner overreacted, calling for help from Whitson and others.

"The lady was screaming bloody murder," Lemieux said, "and I'm trying to reassure this woman this dog will not hurt your dog."

Lemieux said the stabbing followed a dispute a couple weeks ago in which Whitson's dog ran up to Smokey and Whitson threatened to hurt both her and her dog. The suspect's brother denied that allegation, saying Lemieux has been causing trouble in the neighborhood.

Lemieux, who said her dog is not aggressive and has never attacked anyone, is focused on bringing her dog home.

"My 8-year-old son was sent home from school, because he couldn't stop crying," Lemieux said. "They can't tell me he's going to be OK yet, so that's the thing that's killing me."

Whitson will appear in Fall River District Court again on Sept. 18, for a dangerousness hearing.

How – and when – to protect your pipes from freezing

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM



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When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.

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What causes pipes to burst?

Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.

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Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.

What should you do to protect your pipes?

When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:

  • Leave water dripping or trickling slowly from your faucets. This helps reduce the buildup of pressure inside your pipes. If the water stops dripping, it could mean that ice has formed and is blocking the pipe, providing a good indication that the situation needs close monitoring.
  • Closely monitor all pipes. This is especially important for those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls and near electrical outlets, because these have the most exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Learn where your water shutoff valve is located. That way, you'll be able to shut it off in case your pipes burst. If your home is built on a slab, your shutoff valve is probably near your hot water tank. If you have a basement, you'll probably find your shutoff valve there. And if your home is built on a crawl space, the valve will probably be located there, under the front wall of your house. If all else fails, you can also shut the water off at the city water line's covered box near the front of your home.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks. This is especially helpful if the sink is on an outside wall, because this helps keep the pipes underneath it warmer.
  • Use an insulating dome or similar covering. This can cover and protect outdoor spigots.
  • Check the areas around pipes and hoses that come into your home. Look for signs of daylight or outside air that's getting into your home. Block the holes with insulating foam or caulk.
  • Wrap your pipes. Look for thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves, UL-listed heat tape or other insulating products at a home improvement store. Wrap your pipes tightly and secure with acrylic or duct tape, cable ties, or aluminum foil tape or wire every foot or so to make sure it stays secure. Wrapping your pipes isn't expensive, and it can save a great deal of money and aggravation.
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Apple hiring for work from home positions

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

Apple Announces Plan To Hire Remote Workers

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.

Click here to see what jobs are open and to apply.

When temperatures drop, don't be thrifty with your heat

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:43 PM



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As the temperatures dip, Tom Pricone’s phone rings more and more.

Broken heating systems and frozen pipes; the complaints are always the same. 

On Thursday, his company had received more than 30 calls before noon. 

“Non-stop! this is what happens all day long,” he laughed as his phone rang during our interview. 

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Pricone, with Kannan and Pricone Heating and Plumbing, recommends keeping the thermostat at 72 degrees, even if you're not there. He says keeping the temperature constant can prevent your system from burning out. It also prevents the water inside your pipes from freezing and causing a messy, expensive problem.

“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said. “I got a customer that just called, she had frozen pipes last winter, same scenario happened again. Last winter it was $8,000 worth of water damage for her.”

Pricone took us to a house he's working on right now. Because it's empty, they're having to take extra precautions. Because this house doesn't have any heat, they're running a shower to keep the pipes from freezing. 

They're also running a space heater to keep temperatures up and Pricone also recommends opening as many cabinets as possible.

“When you leave the cabinet doors open, we're getting the heat underneath there because it's on an outside wall and it will stop it from freezing,” he explained. 

With temperatures dropping even lower over the weekend, Pricone expects even more phone calls.
Experts say the wind chill is what could make or break your pipes.

“The wind chill factor can find a pinhole and go right through that and freeze pipes,” he said. 

And if you're worried about frozen pipes bursting while you're away, Pricone recommends turning your water off when you leave the house so the flooding isn't as bad.

“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said. 

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Girl attacked, killed by dog family owned for five days

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

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An Oklahoma family is mourning the loss of their 3-year-old daughter who was the victim of a dog attack.

Rylee Marie Dodge was mauled by her family’s dog, an animal they said they had owned for only five days, KSWO reported.

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Rylee’s father Jason was visiting his brother, when he got a call about the attack from his mother who was watching Rylee.

When he got home, he said his mother was trying to rescue the little girl from the pit bull named Remington, KSWO reported. His mother was also injured by the dog. Eventually he was successful in getting his daughter away from the animal, and was putting Rylee in his truck when paramedics arrived, KSWO reported.

Doctors tried to save Rylee, but she died at an area hospital.

Dodge said the dog hadn’t acted strangely before the attack and that it had been playing with Rylee’s brother the day before Rylee was attacked, KSWO reported.