MARCONI BEACH IS CLOSED AFTER A SHARK BIT A PADDLE BOARD. THE PERSON WRITING IT WAS NOT HURT.
MARCONI BEACH IS CLOSED AFTER A SHARK BIT A PADDLE BOARD. THE PERSON WRITING IT WAS NOT HURT.
Busker claims he sparked Melbourne train terror scare after p0lice mistook DIDGERIDOO for rifle Da Published: 06:17 GMT, 28 March 2019 | Updated: 12:17 GMT, 28 March 2019 Chaos and panic at a Melbourne train station this morning was caused by a busker holding a didgeridoo bag that was mistaken for a rifle, it has been claimed. Busker Will Austin took to social media on Thursday afternoon to post a selfie with his didgeridoo and explain how the incident unfolded. When you get swarmed by police at Flagstaff Station after reports of a gunman, looking suspicious on a mission and carrying a Yidaki and a bag full of artefacts… Im not carrying no rifle or ammunition fellas, he posted. Chaos and panic at a Melbourne train station this morning was caused by a busker holding a didgeridoo bag that was mistaken for a rifle, it has been revealed Mr Austin admitted that he may have looked suspicious running through the crowd carrying the bag. People were running off the trains. Out of everyone that was running, I probably looked pretty suspicious, he told 9News. Everyones on their toes at the moment, although it was a big ordeal for nothing in the end, it was good to see the police had such a quick response and everyone can go home safe. Mr Austin told 3AW. Police stormed Flagstaff Train Station in the citys centre about 8.30am after reports of a gunman, they instead found a well known busker. A passenger had called Triple 0 claiming a man was carrying a bag with a gun sticking out from it. Passengers were immediately evacuated from the area as police searched the station and trains. By mid morning, police confirmed the man was a busker who had been carrying a sports duffel bag with an instrument in it. Its understood the mass police response had nothing to do with Mr Austin. Victoria Police pictured responded to an incident at Flagstaff train station in the citys centre on Thursday Commuters were told by a train driver someone had been spotted with a firearm on Thursday morning Victoria Police Inspector Jacob Bugeja said a person had been seen carrying a sports duffel bag doing breathing exercises on the train. He was a local busker who was there to play an instrument in town. There was a bag a person was carrying to do his busking in. Nothing was left on the train. They exited the train at another station. He said after viewing security footage police were able to track the man in question to the CBD where police spoke to him. The busker was found within 20 minutes, Inspector Bugeja said. People were encouraged to report any strange activity to police, he said. We can then make sure there is no risk ongoing. Hundreds of commuters were left stranded as the city loop service stopped running while police searched Flagstaff Station Armed police were seen surrounding the train station on Thursday morning Panic erupted among commuters, with some left in tears over fears of a gunman. Sarsha Vacocz told passengers dropped to the ground when police stormed a train. Everybody started panicking. There was a woman next to me in hysterics, she was calling her whole family, telling them that she loved them, that she wasnt sure what was going on. She thought it was a terrorist attack. She said the police officer calmly told everyone to stand up, put their hands on their head and walk out of the train. Victoria Police have confirmed they are responding to an incident at Flagstaff train station Hundreds of passengers were stranded as all trains stopped running to Flagstaff as police searched area. The City Loop service resumed running by 9.10am after police declared the area safe, according to Metro Train, however, passengers have been warned there will be delays up to 30 minutes. In a statement, police said they would continue to investigate the incident, however at this time there was no ongoing threat to the community. Police will remain in the area today to speak with any members of the public who may have concerns. People took to Twitter to share their astonishment that a busker carrying a trumpet had sparked mass fear and chaos Melbournes morning commute Commuters have been left stranded as police search the area Armed police were also seen at Flinders Station The comments below have been moderated in advance. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? 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ON THE WAY. KATHLEEN: SUMMERS AT WELLS BEACH — SWIMMERS AT WELLS BEACH BACK IN THE WATER TODAY AFTER AFTER REPORTS OF A SHARK SIGHTING FORCED EVERYONE OUT. POLICE SAY SWIMMERS WERE EVACUATED FROM THE WATER AS A PRECAUTION AFTER REPORTS OF A SIGHTING NEAR THE WELLS-OGUNQUIT TOWN LINE. THE INITIAL REPORT CAME FROM A PADDLEBOARDER WHO SAID THE SHARK WAS AS LONG, OR LONGER THAN, HIS 12-FOOT BOARD. OFFICIALS FOLLOWING AN EMERGENCY PLAN IMMEDIATELY.>>BASKING SHARKS ARE COMMON OCCURRENCES IN THIS AREA. THEY ARE LARGE AND IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ONE BEFORE, IT DOESN’T TWO-MINUTE YOU — INTIMIDATE YOU.
Husband, daughter who claimed woman was killed after helping Baltimore panhandler are now charged wi The killing of a took a stunning twist Sunday when her husband and stepdaughter were arrested on murder charges, two months after they claimed a black man panhandling with a woman and a baby stabbed her when she gave them money. Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was stabbed to death just after midnight on Dec. 1 in the Johnson Square neighborhood of East Baltimore, police said. Her husband, Keith Smith, called 911 and later told police that he and his wife, along with his daughter, Valeria Smith, were driving when they saw a woman standing on the side of the road, carrying what looked like a baby wrapped in a blanket. They said she was holding a sign that read, “Help me feed my baby, God Bless.” Keith Smith said they pulled over and the window to hand the woman dollar 10. He told ABC News that he noticed a man standing next to the panhandling woman. But it never crossed his mind that he and his wife were being set up, he said in an interview after the killing. “She was trying to help someone out,” Keith Smith told ABC News just days after he said his wife was stabbed in front of him and Valeria Smith, who were out with celebrating her 28th birthday when the tragedy unfolded. However, after a lengthy investigation, Baltimore Police allege it was Keith Smith, along with his daughter, who were responsible for Jacquelyn Smiths murder. The pair was arrested near the U.S. Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas, and now face charges of first degree murder, police said at a news conference Sunday. Investigators learned Keith Smith was leaving Maryland and coordinated with the Texas State Police to take him into custody Sunday morning. “Were looking forward to this cruel act being brought to justice,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said. Police would not comment on how they determined Keith and Valeria Smith were responsible for the death, citing an ongoing investigation. Officials would not comment on a possible motive. In an interview with ABC News shortly after his wifes death, Keith Smith described what he told police happened that day and how saddened he was that his wifes life was taken over a few dollars. Jacquelyn Smith, her husband and daughter were driving home when Jacquelyn Smith spotted the woman standing in the drizzling, cold weather and the holding what she thought was a baby, according to Keith Smith. The family pulled over to help, Keith Smith said. “As she was handing her the money, the guy came to say Thank you, and the woman was saying God bless you. God bless you,” Smith recalled. “While were looking at her saying God bless you and my wife was handing her the money, he came over to the car and said Thank you and then he started stabbing my wife and snatched her necklace off and ran.” He said the female panhandler reached into the car, grabbed his wifes purse and scurried off into the darkness. “For most people, the last thing youre going to think about is that this person is about to take your life for a few dollars,” Keith Smith said. “I think the reality is, we forget about the times that were living in,” he said. “You may have the best intentions on helping this person, but when you let a person get into your safe zone, youre actually opening yourself up to whatever this person has intended for you.” Two days after the fatal stabbing, Keith Smith and his daughter returned to the scene of the killing with then Baltimore interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle for a news conference, in which Tuggle asked the public to help investigators identify the two suspect. At the time, Tuggle said it appeared the two panhandlers were working together. “Theyre using this ruse as panhandlers to get the attention of their would be victims,” Tuggle said at the time. “We also want to caution the public about engaging with panhandlers in recognizing the fact not all of them have honest intent. Not all of them are in real need.” Jacquelyn Smith worked as an electrical engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army facility in Aberdeen, Maryland, her husband said. He said he and his wife were members of the Helping Hands Ministries Church in the Baltimore suburb of Churchville, where Jacquelyns memorial service was held on Dec. 7. ABC News Amanda Maile contributed to this report.
Tourists Jump into Shark Infested Waters After Galapagos Cruise Boat Catches Fire A group of tourists was in the dark of night after a fire broke out on a small cruise boat in the Galapagos Islands last week. At least 16 passengers lept into the shark infested waters to escape the flames and heavy smoke. HIGH SEAS DRAMA: A group of tourists including Americans were forced to make an awful decision when the boat they were on in the Galapagos Islands caught fire: Either stay onboard or jump into shark infested waters. reports. “I didnt know if I was supposed to stay on board a burning boat or jump into the water with sharks,” said Dana Kirk, a nurse from Huntington Beach, California. ABC7 Investigative Producer Lisa Bartley was also on board and said the group knew that there were sharks in the water because they had been swimming with them earlier in the day. To make matters worse, the two life rafts didnt inflate at first, prompting passengers and some crew members to begin swimming toward the nearest island. The rafts eventually inflated and the group was rescued by a sailboat several hours after evacuating the burning boat. “Once we got in the life raft, I knew we were going to be safe,” added Kirk. Fortunately, all passengers and crew escaped unscathed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the boat has since been repaired and has returned to service, the tour company said.