Archive for January, 2017

Burn Victim Found in University Parking Structure

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Chattanooga, TN — A death investigation is underway after a body was found Tuesday morning at the University of Tennessee high-rise parking garage.

Chattanooga police and fire responded around 3 a.m. to a phoned report of a “burn victim” on the 5th floor of the visitor parking garage.  When they arrived, they found the remains of an unidentified person. No further details about the deceased were released.

Chattanooga police and arson detectives were on the scene, working to determine the cause of cause of death, but at this time have not found any source of fire.

Fredericksburg Water Contamination Finally Under Control

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Since April 2016, the water supply of Fredericksburg, VA has been contaminated with what was believed to be cholera.  The CDC tested and treated the water twice with no effect, causing them to expand their range of testing to include other organisms while the number of infected people increased.  The contaminant was ultimately determined to be a bacterium known as cryptosporidium, which presents with symptoms similar to that of cholera but is more difficult to identify.

Much to their bafflement, the first attempt at treating the water was unsuccessful, resulting in further infection among the populous and requiring a second attempt.  Said a CDC representative, “The treatment worked the second time, but it shouldn’t have been necessary.  All protocols were followed and there was no reason to think the contamination would continue.  From the looks of the water treatment plant, the water never should have been infected in the first place.  Their equipment is well-maintained and up to regulatory standards.  All their safeguards are in place.  It’s just plain weird, to be frank.”

Overall there were sixty-five reported cases of infection, and twelve fatalities.

Homeless Shelters and Non-Profits Sacked

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Martinsburg, WV- In a new wave of civil disobedience and violence, five separate locations- three shelters, a food pantry, and a thrift shop- have been robbed and vandalized since the beginning of the year.  There were two similar incidents in late December.  Police are looking for leads on what has been described as a group of men in used or generic military clothing and gear as the suspected perpetrators.

Severe and Unseasonable Weather Across Mid-Atlantic

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Wachington, D.C.- It is the middle of January, and with forecasts of highs in the mid-to-upper 50s throughout the region, what will be rain could really have gotten us as snow, but we are still looking at severe weather and flooding along rivers and in isolated areas.  Spotters have reported two waterspouts near Baltimore.  Radar indicates more possible funnels in a storm tracking east-northeast from Gaithersburg, toward Baltimore and Towson.  Be careful out there, and take shelter, away from doors and windows if you’re in the path of this storm.

Spike in Homeless Deaths Prompts Vigil and Protest

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Baltimore, MD- Upon release of the statistics for 2016, it has been found that the rates of death among Baltimore’s homeless population have increased 370% over the previous average.  Most were found within three blocks of City Hall, prompting a small protest and a much larger vigil, both advocating for better care of the city’s most downtrodden residents.  City officials are discussing plans for reducing this number in 2017.

Bridge Failure- Highway 90

Friday, January 13th, 2017

New Orleans, LA- The Highway 90 bridge over the Rigolets has collapsed due to structural failure.  Traffic is being diverted to I-10.

Massive Pileup Closes Interstate 10 East of New Orleans

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

New Orleans, LA- A massive pileup, estimated to involve at least 80 vehicles, has closed I-10 eastbound and westbound at Diamondhead, Mississippi.  Drivers are advised to seek other routes.  The interstate is expected to remain closed through the morning rush hour.

Rabies in Georgia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Atlanta, GA- Health officials are warning the public to be careful as a Pickens County resident is recovering after being bitten by a feral dog with rabies.  Details on the person or his or her condition were not immediately available.