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.

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Break-in suspect with huge face tattoo arrested after Facebook post goes viral

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:23 AM

Viral Facebook Post Leads to Arrest of Break-In Suspect

An Ohio break-in suspect who goes by “Popeye” and sports a large, unusual face tattoo may be as recognizable as the sailor man himself.

According to WKRC, Anthony Ward was arrested on theft and breaking-and-entering charges Wednesday after the Adams County Sheriff's Office shared his photo on Facebook.

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“Be on the look out for aka (Popeye) Anthony Ward,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Subject has Felony warrants through Brown County and wanted for questioning on several B&E's [breaking and entering]. AIso Dottie Worthington is with this subject and are driving a Black Chevy Cruz.”

Anthony Ward was arrested on theft and breaking-and-entering charges after the Adams County Sheriff's Office in Ohio shared his photo on Facebook.(Adams County Sheriff's Office)

The post quickly racked up 2,700 shares and more than 100 comments from bemused followers. 

Sheriff’s officials told Cox Media the post was removed from Facebook due to the overwhelming amount of comments.

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“Don't you have a better pic? This could be anybody,” one commenter quipped.

“Now they need to put a ‘be on the lookout’ for a bad tattoo artist,” wrote another.

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Ward has been located and is in police custody.

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School falls short for funding new weight equipment, NBA legend Shaq makes up the difference

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Shaquille O'Neal Pays For Louisiana High School's New Weight Room

A Louisiana high school can thank one of the biggest names in basketball for its new weight room.

Lafayette High School was given $21,000 by the Lafayette Parish School Board for the project to redo its weight room, but the total price tag was just over $40,000, The Daily Advertiser reported.

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But Shaquille O’Neal made sure they got the new weight equipment they needed for the school’s athletic programs by paying the remainder of the bill.

“If we didn’t have Shaq step in to help us, it would have been another two years for us to raise the money,” football coach Rob Pool told the Advertiser.

The coaches spent the day Wednesday putting the green and black customized machines together in time for Thursday’s football team workout, the Advertiser reported

The donation, which Shaq told the team about via a video back in March, was part of South Louisiana Giving Daythe Advertiser reported.

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Trump calls US-Mexico border 'a big mess' as House prepares for immigration vote

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Watch – President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Migrant Family Separations

President Donald Trump called the U.S.-Mexico border “a big mess” on Thursday morning as the House prepared to vote on a pair of immigration bills.

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Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”

She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.

“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”

He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.

“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.

The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.

Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”

The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.

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It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.

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Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

>> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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50 best restaurants in the world: Where are they, how many in the US?

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)
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If you want a seat at the world’s best restaurant, you had better make reservations. 
It has only 12 tables.
Osteria Francescana, a restaurant in Modena, Italy, took the top ranking as the world's best restaurant for the second time in three years in a survey from The World’s 50 Best.
The ranking includes restaurants in 23 countries. Six of the eateries are in the United States.
Osteria Francescana was noted for its “range of narratives” in the food, with compliments to chef Massimo Bottura for his dishes that play "with ingredients from the surrounding Emilia-Romagna region.”
The six restaurants in the United States making the list are: Eleven Madison Park (No. 4), Cosme (No. 25) and Le Bernardin (No. 26) in Manhattan; Blue Hill at Stone Barns (No. 12) in Pocantico Hills, New York; Alinea (No. 34) in Chicago; and Saison (No. 46) in San Francisco.

According to a statement, “the list is voted for by more than 1,000 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets who make up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.”

Here are the top 10 restaurants.  

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Mirazur, Menton, France 
  4. Eleven Madison Park, Manhattan 
  5. Gaggan, Bangkok
  6. Central, Lima, Peru
  7. Maido, Lima, Peru
  8. Arpege, Paris
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

Click here for the full list.Click here for the full list.

 

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