Sunday, April 29, 2012

House crashes onto person

The domiciles are starting to fight back, but I think they are taking it out on the wrong entities.
A man was taken to University Hospital after police said a house fell on him Sunday afternoon.

At around 3 p.m. on the West side, police said the 32-year-old man was trying to do some leveling work on his house when it fell on him.

"What had happened is the main pier that he was jacking up actually tilted," said San Antonio Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Giusti. "The whole house shifted and when it shifted it trapped the bottom part of his torso."


The victim was taken to University Hospital and as of Sunday evening was in stable condition, but paramedics were also checking for internal bleeding.
(from KSAT-12)

Maybe he was a car buff.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Doing Fiesta

Did you remember it was Fiesta? Have you been having a good time? There are a couple of days left to the party, so you've still got time to put your party face on and share it with friends, if you haven't done so already.

Just remember, everyone else is watching you have a fun time, too. So make it a good party face.

(from KENS-5)

Car crashes into house

Apartment building, really. But you get the point.
The accident happened at the Hunter's Ridge Apartments located in the 2300 Block of Northwest Military.

Crystal Marcs said she was trying to make a left hand turn onto Northwest Military when a Ford Focus came speeding through the traffic light at Braesview.

"He was doing probably about 50 miles an hour and slammed right into the building," Marcs said.

The car ended up in the front door of one of the buildings at the apartment complex.
(from KSAT-12)

I guess those bollards don't do much good, in real life. Or maybe they do. Maybe that car would have ended up doing a lot more damage without them.

But it seems there was definitely some damage going on inside the car as well.
Officers arrested the driver and found a large zip-lock bag of pot inside the car. Marcs said it appeared to her the teen was under the influence.

"When I asked him if was OK he was like, 'Oh my God, what did I do? Where am I?', I had to get his driver's license just to get his name," Marcs said.
Yes. Where are you, indeed.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Someone who should have started thinking a long time ago

Kinda hard to feel sorry for this guy.
Police say the man suspected of fatally stabbing two women and injuring an 11-year-old boy on Thursday morning was hospitalized after getting hit by a truck while running from police.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said 36-year-old Corey Hiller is expected to survive.

Hiller is accused of stabbing his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend Rhonda Watson-Hammonds, her 11-year-old son and a 48-year-old family friend on Thursday morning at a house in the 4500 block of Emil Street.


Hiller, who fled the scene and was missing Thursday morning, was later spotted and led police on a chase that ended when the suspect bailed out of his car near I-35 and Walters.

"Just when he got to the top of the highway, he turned around and made an obscene gesture to the police officers who were following him - trying to apprehend him - and then threw a knife at the officers," said McManus. "We don't know if it's the same knife that was used this morning. But then he ran out into the highway and was struck by a truck."
(from KENS-5)

I don't believe in karma, but if I did this incident would have bolstered my faith.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Someone who should think a little more when dressing

If you decide to embark upon a life of crime, you might want to seriously consider what you're wearing when you commit your illegal deeds. You know, in case you get caught after trying to carjack someone. And you get put on television wearing your Stewie-as-thug T-shirt.

(from KSAT-12)

Of course, if you're the cop who gets to escort this guy out in front of the cameras, you might want to put something on over your Coors Light shirt. That takes some consideration, too.

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Man, 82, dies in freak lawn accident"

Edward Turgeon, 82, died Monday morning after suffering severe leg injuries while clearing heavy brush from his property in the 5600 block of South Flores.

Turgeon was using an old-style bush whacker with a circular saw when he somehow fell and the blade cut both of his legs.

"The blade is not even sealed. It's wide open," said Moses Garza, a longtime friend and tenant, who rented out space on Turgeon's property. "It's a dangerous piece of equipment there."
(from KSAT-12)

The old man probably had that horrific piece of equipment since the days when he was a young man, so many years ago. Those were more dangerous times, in many ways.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Apparently someone thinks he's a rock-and-roll rebel.
Daniel Athens, 21, was allegedly intoxicated when he was detained in front of the Alamo around 9:25 p.m., according to a member of the Alamo Rangers. He was arrested on two Class C misdemeanors, for public intoxication and urinating in public.

According to Melinda Navarro, the Alamo Committee chairwoman with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Athens walked around the olive tree in front of the shrine, then ducked under a chain and did his deed on the nearly 300-year-old limestone fa├žade. One of three rangers guarding the historic site Saturday night saw Athens, Navarro said. There were numerous visitors also on the grounds.

“The ranger started running towards him, but the guy had already done his thing,” she said. “So he took him inside the gates and waited for the San Antonio Police Department.”
(from the Express-News)

But, also just as apparently, this isn't such a rebellious thing to do.
The last person arrested for urinating at the Alamo was in January 2009, according to published reports.
Do it first, you're a rebel. Do it fifth, you're just a copycat.

No, Cujo! No!

(from the KENS-5 slideshow covering the El Rey Fido coronation)

When taking photographs, even casually, you should pay close attention to forced perspective. Whether you want it to be there or not.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The gift of life

This is a heart-warming story that started off scary, included some heroic behavior, and ended happily with a bit of sentence to go with your solace.
Gina Walker said she was only a few weeks pregnant with her fifth child when things first started going wrong..

She thought she had a miscarriage but it turned out she had a blood clot.

She said things got worse from there.

"The whole pregnancy was horrific. Every week was a new symptom, a new hemorrhage, a new blood clot, a new this, a new that. The baby was going to have issues," she said.

Eventually, doctors said she had a condition called Placenta Percreta, which occurs in about 1 percent of all pregnancies.


Parker said the medical team was prepared for a lot of bleeding [during the birth] but they had never had a case this complicated.

They expected Gina to need about 10 liters of blood. She required 117. That's roughly about 35 gallons of blood.


Friends, family and hospital staff rushed to donate blood to keep up with the demand.
(from KSAT-12)

The mother survived. And so did the baby. And we all have those friends, family, and hospital staff workers to be grateful to.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

You will believe a car can fly

And then land with a mighty crunch.
A driver lost control of her SUV Monday night, leaving the highway and crashing into several cars in a church parking lot, police said.

The accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. outside Loop 410 West after the Northwest Military Highway exit, according to a police at the scene.

Police said the driver swerved off the westbound lanes of Loop 410. The SUV then crossed the access road, jumped a concrete barrier and rolled over half a dozen cars in the parking lot of a church.
(from KSAT-12)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Waking up on Easter

For those who don't know, camping out in the city parks on Easter weekend is a tradition for some people. They've been doing it for a long time, and they're going to keep doing it, no matter what, so the City of San Antonio accommodates them by lifting the ban on overnight camping for the weekend. It's sort of like an annual Occupy event that's been going on for decades, but one that's less angry and that's over by Monday morning.

If you've never camped out in the parks yourself, KSAT-12 has a brief look at the scene. For your entertainment, of course. The station sent one of its brave -- and perhaps a bit foolish -- reporters out on Sunday morning to see what it's like when these campers first wake up for their Easter festivities. Or, really, when they get woken up by a bright light and a camera.

Check it out. The fun part really starts at 1:10.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Fireball over San Antonio

Did you see it? Something hot and flamy fell through the sky over San Antonio today.
People who reported seeing a fiery ball of light in the cloudless noon sky today really did see an unidentified flying object.

The flying object has not been identified. But no one has conjectured that it held little green men with giant eyes.

It's likely falling space debris or a meteor, according to the National Weather Service.


Jane Marke, an amateur astronomer, said she was at a traffic light near the airport when she saw a bright light streaking across the eastern sky at 11:49 a.m.

“I saw a brightness of light fall from the sky, going very fast,” said Marke. “I would say it was about 1 magnitude. That's about as bright as you can get.”
(from the Express-News)

I didn't see today's event, but I did see something similar and very cool back in the late 1980s (possibly early 1990s). That something was a Russian satellite.

On that night so many years ago, I was driving home from work sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m., and I saw a big ball of flame burn its way across the black sky. It definitely surprised me, and I slowed down almost to a stop (don't worry; rural roads -- little to no traffic) just so I could watch the thing lumber across the sky until it burned out. I say "lumbered" because it didn't look like the streak of a typical meteorite. It looked big, and it looked like it was moving slow, and it was definitely burning. I could see real flames, and it took several seconds for the fires to burn themselves out into the blackness of the night.

I went home, thinking I had seen a meteor. And, since I lived alone at the time, I had no one to share the experience with right away. And then the next morning on my way to class I listened to the morning news on the radio and heard them announce that a defunct Russian satellite had re-entered the atmosphere and burned up somewhere over Central Texas.

I was ecstatic! I had seen it! I had actually been in a position to witness such a hardcore event firsthand, with my own eyes, and with the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the moment as it unfolded. I never found out if they located that Russian wreckage, and I have no idea what satellite that was, but it was very cool to see.

So I was a little jealous when I heard this news today. I would have liked to have seen it.

If you saw the event today, tell me: Was it cool?

"Man shot in head while hunting vermin on San Antonio River"

A man was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning after Bexar County deputies say he was shot in the head while hunting vermin along the San Antonio River near Braunig Lake.

Deputies said they received a call from a man around 4:40 a.m. saying his hunting partner has [sic] been shot while hunting on private property.


The men were first believed to be hunting for feral hogs, but deputies said the [sic] Davis's hunting partner then clarified that they were actually hunting vermin.
(from KENS-5)

I have to admit, I've never done any hunting at night (at least not with guns). Are the possums easier to hit in the dark?

I am genuinely curious.