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French findings in mysterious S.F. death

Dentist fear led girl to starve

 A girl who starved to death after having eight teeth removed had a deep fear of dentists which went unnoticed by authorities, a coroner has said.

Sophie Waller, of St Dennis, Cornwall, died in December 2005 of renal failure caused by starvation and dehydration.

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Wreckage, remains being gathered at NY crash site

Saturday, February 14, 2009

(02-14) 09:20 PST Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) —

Investigators began gathering pieces of the incinerated wreckage of a commuter airliner early Saturday in search of clues to the cause of the fiery crash that killed 50 people.

Workers also had begun the somber task of removing the remains of the victims from the crash site — a suburban house.

Recovery could take several days, said Steve Chealander, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. “We’re very sensitive to the families,” he said.

Investigators have been examining instrument data and have listened to the last words of the pilot and co-pilot of Flight 3407 in an effort to determine whether ice on the plane’s wings caused the crash.

Officials say the crew of the Continental Connection flight remarked upon significant ice buildup on the wings and windshield shortly before the aircraft pitched violently and slammed into the house Thursday night.

Ice on the wings can interfere catastrophically with an aircraft’s handling and has been blamed for a number of major air disasters over the years, but officials said they had drawn no conclusions as to the cause of this crash.

Chealander said early Saturday that the icing noted by the pilot of Flight 3407 is just one of several things investigators are looking at.

Investigators will probably stay in Buffalo for another week before shipping plane parts for study, with a full report not likely for another year, Chealander said.

The NTSB has been pressing for more regulations to improve deicing, he said.

“We don’t like the progress that’s taken place right now,” Chealander said. “It’s something that requires constant focus.”

The NTSB had made recommendations “for several years,” he said.

The aircraft, bound to Buffalo from Newark, N.J., went down in light snow and mist — ideal icing conditions — about six miles short of the Buffalo airport, plunging nose-first through the roof of the house in the suburb of Clarence.

All 44 passengers, four crew members, an off-duty pilot and one person on the ground were killed. Two others escaped from the home, which was engulfed in a fireball that burned for hours, making it too hot to begin removing the bodies until around nightfall Friday.

Families of the victims remained secluded in a hotel Saturday, and police turned reporters away.

Investigators pulled the “black box” flight recorders from the incinerated wreckage, sent them to Washington and immediately began analyzing the data. The full analysis will take weeks, Chealander said.

It was the nation’s first deadly crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years.

One of the survivors from the house, Karen Wielinski, 57, told WBEN-AM that she was watching TV when she heard a noise. She said her daughter, 22-year-old Jill, who also survived, was watching TV elsewhere in the house.

“When the ceiling first fell down, I think the first thing I said to myself was, ‘Is this real? Is this reality? Was I dreaming something?'” she told the station. “I didn’t think I was going to get out of there. I thought, this is it.”

She escaped with only a fractured collar bone, while her daughter suffered scratches to her feet.

Her husband, Doug, had gone up to bed and was in the middle of the house, where the plane hit.

“He was a good person, loved his family,” Wielinski said.

Among the passengers killed was a woman whose husband died in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11; one of the world’s leading experts on the Rwandan genocide; and two musicians who played with trumpeter Chuck Mangione.

Chealander said Friday that the crew of the twin-engine turboprop discussed ice buildup on the windshield and the leading edge of the wings at an altitude of around 11,000 feet as the plane was descending for a landing.

The flight data recorder indicated the plane’s deicing equipment was in the “on” position, but Chealander would not say whether the equipment was functioning.

The landing gear was lowered one minute before the end of the flight at an altitude of more than 2,000 feet, and 20 seconds later the wing flaps were set to slow the plane down, after which the aircraft went through “severe pitch and roll,” Chealander said.

The crew raised the landing gear at the last moment, just before the recording ran out. No mayday call came from the pilot.

“Icing, if a significant buildup, is an aerodynamic impediment, if you will,” Chealander said. “Airplanes are built with wings that are shaped a certain way. If you have too much ice, the shape of the wing can change requiring different airspeeds.”

But he refused to draw any conclusions from the data, and cautioned: “We are not ruling anything in or anything out at this time.”

Witnesses heard the plane sputtering before it plunged through the roof of the house.

“I saw a glow in the sky and I ran to get my husband,” said Michelle Winer, 46. “He thought I was crazy, and then there was a huge explosion. You heard it and felt it.”

After the crash, at least two pilots were heard on air traffic control circuits saying they had been picking up ice on their wings.

The 74-seat Q400 Bombardier aircraft, in the Dash 8 family of planes, was operated by Colgan Air, based in Manassas, Va. Colgan’s parent company, Pinnacle Airlines of Memphis, Tenn., said the plane was new and had a clean safety record.

The pilot, Capt. Marvin Renslow, had been with the airline for nearly 3 1/2 years and had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience with Colgan, which is nearly the maximum a pilot can fly over that period of time under government regulations.

The last fatal U.S. crash of a commercial airliner was on Aug. 27, 2006, when a Comair airliner took off from a runway in Lexington, Ky., that was too short. The crash killed 49 people.

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Husband Left Wife on Floor for 10 Weeks Before She Died, Police Say

Wednesday, February 11, 2009



Sheriff’s officers have arrested an 82-year-old man after his wife died on the floor of their home, apparently about 10 weeks after she fell out of bed and was unable to get up.


John Klein was arrested for investigation of second-degree manslaughter after he called 911 on Monday to report that his 73-year-old wife Pia had no pulse.

Klein told Spokane County sheriff’s Detective Jim Dresback that his wife of 52 years fell out of bed around last Thanksgiving, Dresback said in court papers filed Tuesday.

According to that account, Klein had been working outside, came in and found his wife lying next to the bed in the doorway of the master bathroom. He said she cried out in pain and told him to leave her alone when he tried to help her up.

After that, Klein said he left her lying on her left side on the floor for the next 10 weeks, bringing her food and water, giving her medications and cleaning her but did not summon any medical aid. The woman had no significant medical problems, Klein told detectives. It was not clear what medications he gave her.

Klein’s bond was set at $200,000 at his initial court appearance Tuesday. Klein told the judge, in his words, “I don’t consider it to be my fault. She did not want help.” It was not immediately known if he was represented by a lawyer.

Klein told Dresback the couple have an adult daughter who lives in North Carolina and normally talks with them by phone every other weekend. Asked if the daughter spoke to her mother after the fall, Klein said his wife had told him to tell the daughter she was sick.

When Klein was asked whether his wife had asked him to summon help for her, “he looked down for about five or six seconds, then said, ‘No,”‘ the detective wrote. In the affidavit, the detective alleged Klein was criminally negligent in failing to summon medical help.

Klein reportedly told the detective he thought his wife would eventually get up and start walking on her own, adding he told her to exercise while she was lying on the floor.

The woman apparently had been lying naked on the stained, carpeted floor and had several large ulcers on her left hip and left leg, “consistent with her having been lying on her left side for an extended period of time,” the affidavit said. A soiled pillow lay in the bathroom doorway.

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Boy, 5, Dragged Away by Crocodile as Brother Watches

 Sunday, February 08, 2009An Australian tour guide plunged into a croc-infested swamp in a desperate bid to save his five-year-old son snatched by a 10-foot-long crocodile.

Steve Doble of Queensland, who owns Daintree Rainforest Rivertrain, flung himself into the waist-deep floodwaters Saturday only to find that his youngest boy had vanished.

He was alerted by the screams of his older son Ryan, 7, who had to be treated for shock after witnessing the attack.

Jeremy Doble, 5, is missing and feared dead after he was taken by the crocodile in the swamp behind his family home.

Locals said the “sweet, gentle-natured” child and his older brother were playing on a boogie board as their father fixed a broken boardwalk nearby, The Courier-Mail reported.

The Doble family was too upset to speak publicly about their ordeal Saturday.

“It is just devastating,” said long-time local Col Patterson, 44, whose family built and sold the tourist property to the family five years ago.

“Dad jumped in after him, but it was too late,” Patterson said. “His older brother saw it all and will, no doubt, be haunted by that image.”

Family of boy taken by crocodile in Daintree doesn’t want it killed

February 09, 2009 02:00pm

THE parents of a five-year-old boy feared taken by a 3-metre crocodile on a north Queensland river say they don’t want any of the reptiles put down.

A search for the boy in the Daintree River, north of Cairns, resumed today, but has been hampered by the high tide.

Police say the boy, whose parents run a Daintree tourist venture, disappeared about 9.30am (AEST) yesterday after following his dog into the water from a boardwalk.

His seven-year-old brother was with him and told police he saw a crocodile soon after his brother vanished.

Rangers have set a trap to try to determine what happened to the boy.

Acting Police Inspector Jason Smith said the parents had said they did not want anything to happen to crocodiles along the river.

“I’ve been advised that the child’s family that they do not want any adverse action against crocodiles in the Daintree,” he said.

Steve Doble, who owns Daintree Rainforest Rivertrain, flung himself into the waist-deep floodwaters only to find his youngest boy had vanished.

He was alerted by the screams of his older son Ryan, 7, who had to be treated for shock after witnessing the attack.

Locals said the “sweet, gentle-natured” child and his older brother were playing on a boogie board as their father fixed a broken mangrove boardwalk nearby, The Courier-Mail reports.

The Doble family were too upset to speak publicly about their horrific ordeal yesterday.

“It is just devastating,” said long-time local Col Patterson, 44, whose family built and sold the 13ha tourist property to the family five years ago.

“Dad jumped in after him, but it was too late. His older brother saw it all and will, no doubt, be haunted by that image.

“Everyone in the community has come together for them.”

Mr Patterson said it was the end of the breeding season and up to 100 resident mature-age crocodiles in the Daintree River system were “hungry, aggressive and on the move”.

The big male and several nesting females had been seen sheltering in the mangrove away from the fast-flowing cold floodwaters in recent weeks.

Police, SES, and about 20 local tour guides on boats scoured the treacherous waters and swamps, hampered by king tides and flash flooding, probing deep holes with bamboo poles.

SES controller Bob Taylor said many crocodiles up to 5m were spotted yesterday.

Australian wildfire death toll at 108: officials

108 killed in Australia's worst wildfires AFP – A tree burns close to a burnt out house at Kinglake, north of Melbourne.(AFP/William West)

KINGLAKE, Australia (AFP) – The death toll from the worst wildfires in Australia’s history — described by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as “hell in all its fury” — has risen to 108, authorities said Monday.

Firefighters in the southeast of the country were battling dozens of blazes amid fears the death toll could rise still further, as emergency crews sifted through the charred remains of entire towns razed in the inferno.

People died in their cars as they attempted to escape the fast-advancing flames — smouldering wrecks on roads outside this town told of failed attempts to flee — while others were burnt to death in their homes.

Police and a spokesman for the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Victoria state put the death toll at 108 early Monday, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

But there were fears it could rise yet as medics treated badly burned and emergency crews made it through to more than 700 houses destroyed by the fires, some of which have been blamed on arsonists.

Thousands of survivors jammed community halls, schools and other makeshift accommodation as troops and firefighters battled to control huge blazes fed by tinder-box conditions after a once-in-a-century heatwave.

The devastating fires have affected around 3,000 square kilometres (1,200 square miles) — an area larger than Luxembourg or nearly three times the size of Hong Kong.

“Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria in the last 24 hours. Many good people lie dead, many injured,” Rudd told reporters Sunday, deploying army units to help 3,000 firefighters battling the flames.

The number of dead has risen steadily as rescue crews reach townships that bore the brunt of the most intense firestorm northwest of Melbourne, which survivors likened to a nuclear bomb explosion.

The death toll has far surpassed the 75 killed in wildfires in Victoria and neighbouring South Australia in 1983.

The latest fires in Australia’s southeast flared on Saturday, fanned by high winds after a heatwave sent temperatures soaring to 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit), and continued to burn out of control Sunday.

They wiped out the pretty resort village of Marysville and largely destroyed the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, with houses, shops, petrol stations and schools razed to the ground.

Marie Jones said she was staying at a friend’s house in Kinglake, where at least 18 people perished, when a badly burnt man arrived with his infant daughter saying his wife and other child had been killed.

“He was so badly burnt,” she told the Melbourne Age’s website.

“He had skin hanging off him everywhere and his little girl was burnt, but not as badly as her dad, and he just came down and he said ‘Look, I’ve lost my wife, I’ve lost my other kid, I just need you to save (my daughter)’.”

An AFP photographer who made it into Kinglake described a road strewn with wrecked cars telling of desperate, failed attempts to escape.

The cars appeared to have crashed into each other or into trees as towering flames put an end to their desperate flight from the town.

Some did not even make it onto the road, said Victoria Harvey, a resident waiting at a roadblock to be allowed to return to the site of her destroyed home.

She told reporters of a local businessman who lost two of his children as the family tried to flee.

“He apparently went to put his kids in the car, put them in, turned around to go grab something from the house, then his car was on fire with his kids in it and they burnt,” she said.

In Kinglake, scores of homes were levelled along with shops and the school. The smouldering ruins of the town were deserted except for police and forensic experts.

Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said there was no doubt that arsonists were behind some of the fires.

“Some of these fires have started in localities that could only be by hand, it could not be natural causes,” he said.

Police have warned that arsonists could face murder charges.

Meanwhile, in Queensland, in the northeast of the country, where some towns have been inundated for a week by cyclonic rains, two people were missing after their car was swept away — and a crocodile is believed to have taken a boy.

“The boy was walking with his seven-year-old brother earlier this morning when he followed his dog into floodwaters,” police said in a statement.

“He disappeared in the water and his brother saw a large crocodile in the vicinity of his disappearance.”

Much of the state has been declared a disaster zone, with an area of more than a million square kilometres (386,100 square miles) and 3,000 homes affected by floods.