Washington state drug dog dies after inhaling meth

Barney, a police dog for a Washington state police department, died after being hospitalized for inhaling meth during one of the region’s largest drug busts, local reports said. The 11-year-old pup with Tacoma Police Department had been with the agency for five years and was assigned to Officer Henry Betts, who took him to a veterinarian Tuesday night. The dog mistakenly inhaled a dose of methamphetamine while sniffing around a storage unit for a suspected drug trafficker that evening, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The dogs are trained to touch the drugs with their nose and in this case, the substance had not been wrapped. The overdose sent Barney’s body into hyperthermia with a 109-degree fever and a series of seizures. Despite being alert and responsive Wednesday afternoon, he died that night. His handler, Betts, described Barney as a “phenomenal dog,” according to KING-TV. The raid stemmed from a case against three men on drug charges. Authorities found 44 pounds of methamphetamine in the Puyallup storage unit that was apparently smuggled from the Southwest, in addition to $225,000 in cash stashed inside a pile of diapers at one of the suspect’s home, the Tribune reported. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Nets blow out Wizards, 117-80, with John Wall resting for Washington

NETS 117, WIZARDS 80 For someone who just had a career night, Bojan Bogdanovic seemed unusually quiet in the locker room, speaking barely above a whisper. The 25-year-old would later say he was under the weather, suffering from a sore throat. “I can’t breathe good,” he said. But he still played hard on Friday, motivated by the Nets’ desire to make the playoffs for a third straight season. RELATED: BOJAN BOGDANOVIC QUIETLY COMING INTO HIS OWN FOR NETS Meanwhile, with a spot in the postseason already secured, Washington rested All-Star point guard John Wall. The Nets happily took advantage, blowing out the Wizards, 117-80, before an announced sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center. They remained a full game ahead of ninth-place Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with just three games remaining. “If we don’t keep it going we’ll be at home,” Lionel Hollins said afterward. “If we keep it going we’ll be in the playoffs. If we win out, we’re in and that’s the beauty of it.” Brook Lopez led the Nets (37-42) with 26 points and nine rebounds while Bogdanovic equaled a Nets rookie single-game record with six 3-pointers for 22 points (matching a career high), going 6-for-6 from long distance. Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov witnessed it all from his suite high above the court. “They are finding me,” Bogdanovic said of a Nets team that handed out 29 assists and committed just six turnovers. “Many of the shots were open, just the last one was over a hand.” His teammate Thaddeus Young could only smile when told of Bogdanovic’s illness since Young had just mentioned how reserved he is. “No, I didn’t know it at all,” Young said. “Bogey is so quiet to the point that you don’t know too much of anything that’s going on Continue Reading

Transgender woman jumps from George Washington Bridge after facing ‘constant transphobia’ online

A young transgender woman from New Jersey leaped to her death from the George Washington Bridge Thursday as two off-duty cops begged her not to take her life. "Don't do it! Don't jump!" one policewoman yelled as Rachel Bryk's jumped, leaving behind her shoes, her purse and her ID, a source familiar with the incident told the Daily News. The 23-year-old, a popular developer for game emulator Dolphin, faced “constant transphobia” and brutal bullying online, she wrote before her suicide. Police have not recovered Bryk’s body. Teams spotted her corpse floating in the river during their initial search, but it sunk below the water before rescue teams could recover it. Eight hours after the Thursday afternoon jump, a scheduled tweet appeared on Bryk’s Twitter account: “Guess I am dead. Killed myself. Sorry.” Weeks before she leapt into the Hudson River, Bryk wrote about the “constant transphobia” she faced online. She left message board 4Chan because of the continual torment, she wrote on April 7 during a brief return to the anonymous website. “The rest of you don't have to worry though, i'm gonna kill myself soon enough and you won't have to be bothered by me anymore,” she wrote after pointing out the brutality. That comment spurred only more hatred. “DO IT, if you're such a weak willed thin skinned dips--t then f--king do it,” one user commented. Bryk committed suicide a day before Bruce Jenner revealed that he is transgender and transitioning, an announcement hailed as a landmark in transgender awareness and acceptance. Bryk’s mom said her daughter’s suicide was likely “a combination of everything,” including years of chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Those conditions made it difficult for her to keep a job or regular schedule, Lisa Bryk told Gay Continue Reading

Washington 8-year-old girl performs 600 acts of kindness to honor late grandmother

She turned a sad story sweet. An inspirational 8-year-old Washington girl will complete her 600th act of kindness Sunday in memory of her late grandmother. “I want to show the world why we are doing this,” little Alex McKelvey told KTLA 5 TV. “It make me feel like, it just makes me feel super happy.” The big-hearted girl’s mission began in September 2013 after she saw how devastated her mother Sarah was after her own mom Linda’s death. “Mom and Grandma were best buddies, and mom cried a lot when she passed on,” Alex said, according to The News Tribune. “I told her Grandma was up in heaven. I was sad, too, but I comforted her.” Since then, Alex has kept busy leaving little signs of love wherever she goes and documenting them on Instagram, using the hashtag #ForLinda to honor “the best Nana/Mother in the world.” Alex has left money for kids on rides at the mall, given strangers flowers and dropped lucky pennies on the ground. She also volunteers at shelters and donates food and clothes to the needy. She’ll fulfil her 600th act of kindness — which hasn’t been revealed yet — Sunday on what would have been her grandma’s 60th birthday. “I’m always amazed by her heart,” Sarah told The News Tribune. “I look at her spirit of giving to others and think, ‘If an 8-year-old can do this, why can’t anyone?’” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

SEE IT: Good Samaritans rescue man in wheelchair who fell onto subway tracks in Washington, D.C.

Two men risked their lives to rescue a man in a wheelchair who fell onto the subway tracks in Washington, D.C., surveillance video shows. The man's automated wheelchair carried him over the edge of the U Street platform at 1:30 p.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told WUSA9. Within seconds, two unidentified Good Samaritans jumped in after him, hoisting him back up to the platform as frantic bystanders watched, the video shows. The men lifted the wheelchair and then climbed to safety within 1 minute. The closest train was about five minutes away. The injured man was taken to the hospital for cuts to his mouth and is expected to recover. Police said they are looking for the heroes who saved the man. Officials cautioned that people should not jump onto the tracks until station managers cut electricity to the third rail, which powers the train, NBC Washington reported. It is not yet clear how or why the man fell off the platform. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Washington corrections officer arrested on child porn charges

A Washington state corrections officer is going from jailer to jailed after investigators discovered child porn on his computer, authorities say. Michael Boone, who was also a reserve police officer, used his home computer to store the sickening pictures online, Washington State Police said. Microsoft workers tipped off authorities after they unearthed the illicit images in an online account registered to the 38-year-old. Detectives raided Boone’s house in Olympia and confiscated his personal computer. They also grabbed his work computer from his job and a smart-phone he had from his duties with the Tenino Police Department. So far, detectives have found child pornography only on the home computer, authorities say. Tenino police put Boone on administrative leave and barred him from entering the station. The state Department of Corrections also plans to suspend the 12-year veteran, pending an investigation, a spokesman told the Daily News. The corrections officer was arrested on Tuesday and booked into Thurston County Jail on charges of possessing child pornography. He was held without bail, according to jail records. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Semitrailer-car collision kills 1 on George Washington Bridge

A tractor-trailer truck and a car collided on the George Washington Bridge early Sunday, killing one person in the car, officials said. A Honda Accord carrying four people collided with the tractor-trailer in the eastbound lanes on the upper level of the bridge about 2 a.m., a spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said. Emergency responders extracted two people from the car. One passenger, who was not immediately identified but a spokesman said was from Manhattan, was rushed to Harlem Hospital and died there about 5 a.m. Everyone else involved in the collision is in stable condition. The accident is under investigation. Debris was cleared and traffic was moving normally by about 8 a.m. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Islanders tip their Caps to Washington ‘tank’ Ovechkin

The Capitals have plenty of players that could cause problems for the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs, but there’s no question which one of them casts the tallest shadow. Alex Ovechkin is the best goal scorer on the planet and among the best of his generation. The Great 8 won his third consecutive — and fifth career — Maurice Richard Trophy this season, topping the league with 53 goals, 10 more than Tampa’s Steven Stamkos. But beyond the offense, this year has widely been regarded as Ovechkin’s best season as a two-way player. Isles defenseman Johnny Boychuk has certainly taken notice. “In previous years he got made fun of for not backchecking. To see him become a more complete player means he’s pretty dangerous,” Boychuk said. “He’s a tank...You have to look around and see where he is. You don’t want to get run over by a tank.” RELATED: ISLANDERS NEED TO MAKE CAPITALS PAY IN STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Ovechkin has owned the Islanders throughout his career with 41 points (25 goals, 16 assists) in 37 games. Four of those goals — and one assist — came during the their four matchups this season. While they likely won’t be able to contain every scoring chance from Ovechkin throughout the series, the Isles would certainly do well to limit them. Unfortunately for the Isles, Travis Hamonic, who would typically match up with Ovechkin in 5-on-5 situations, seems unlikely to play in Game 1 with an apparent left knee injury. So who matches up with Ovechkin if Hamonic can’t go? “That’s a good question. Obviously we’ve thought a lot about that,” coach Jack Capuano said. “When you take No. 3 (Hamonic) out of your lineup — if that’s the case — that’s a guy that thrives against other guys’ top lines . . . It’s something that we’ve discussed and size and strength will obviously come into play Continue Reading

Homeless man saves Washington, D.C., woman from rape, beats attacker with stick: report

A homeless man in Washington, D.C., is being hailed a hero after he saved a woman from being raped by repeatedly beating her attacker with a stick, according to a report. Ketrell Ferguson stumbled upon the attempted rape Tuesday while he was looking for a place to sleep shortly before 3:30 a.m., NBC 4 Washington reported. Instead of a bed, the recently homeless man heard screams by a bus stop and sprang to action, using a stick and brick lying nearby to hurt the assailant until he ran away. “As soon as he lifted his head up, I smacked him with the stick, hard as I could on his head,” Ferguson told the TV station. “And he fell off the lady, stumbled, and I smacked him again. And I just kept smacking him with the stick, I mean as hard as I could.” The 23-year-old suspect, Alemen Gonzalo, was bleeding from his head when he was cuffed near the scene of the crime, police said. He was charged with assault with the intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse. “Even though I’m going through hard times, God put in me in a place where I could help,” Ferguson told NBC 4. “I was at the right place at right time.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

DUI van driver put senior center passengers through highway hell en route to Washington tulip fest: cops (VIDEO)

This ride was anything but rosy. A volunteer van driver, apparently adrift from medications, put a pack of elderly passengers from Snohomish, Wash., through highway hell en route to a tulip fest. Gilbert Maier, 45, had picked up 11 people from the Snohomish Senior Center on Wednesday morning for a trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Kiro TV reported. But the ride went wrong from the get-go. The disoriented driver talked on his phone, went over curbs, blew through stop signs and at one point swerved into the wrong lane, almost knocking out a jersey barrier while heading west toward Interstate 5, passengers said. “I was beginning to get scared not only for myself but for the van,” passenger Patricia Ellis told Komo News. Maier finally came a stop only after the panicked passengers spotted a motorcycle trooper on the road and one of the senior citizens pointed at the officer and yelled: “All right, you’re stopping right here!” And the driver did stop — nearly running over the cop in the process. Passengers ran out. No one was injured. The state trooper later said the driver showed signs of impairment from taking anti-depressants and painkillers. Maier was arrested for DUI and held overnight in jail for a Thursday court appearance. He reportedly had driven for the senior center before without a problem. Another driver eventually came to pick up the van passengers, but it was too late to get to the flowers. “They were pretty happy (Maier) stopped — they were pretty ticked they didn’t get to go the Tulip Festival,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis told Komo News. Follow @jaysunsilver Join the Conversation: Continue Reading