WILMINGTON, NC (THECOUNT) — Have you ever wanted to throw a few down and then throw an axe? You’re in luck..
Wilmington, NC, Axes & Allies, the first venue of its kind, officially opens to the public Friday. And don’t laugh. Throwing and axe while consuming alcohol as a form of entertainment goes way back to the middle ages.
Here’s how it works: an “axpert” explains the rules and oversees participants to ensure safety.
Each lane can accommodate up to eight people at a time.
Axes & Allies said the throwing axe, originally established in the middle ages, has long been used as a weapon.
The venue said recreational axe-throwing has been featured for decades in lumberjack competitions, fairs, festivals and more.
“The most fun thing about Axes & Allies is doing something that your mom always told you you shouldn’t do,” Axes & Allies owner Mia Troy said. Continue reading
Doctors treating STRYPER guitarist, Oz Fox, saw they have found two masses in his head — one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain.
Oz’s wife, Annie Lobért, wrote in a Facebook post that doctors told Fox the tumor behind the ear isn’t as worrisome as the tumor on his brain. They told him, she said, that they could operate and do a biopsy or wait to see if the growth on his brain grows.
According to Annie, Oz has decided to be operated on because he “wants his quality of life back, and wants to find out what it is.”
She asked fans to keep praying “serious, strategic prayer.
“Please pray for this mass to NOT be cancerous, and that he will recover quickly!” Lobért wrote. Continue reading
(KTLA/CNN/AZFAMILY) — A body found inside a column of California grocery store, WinCo Foods, could be the remains of a man who was fleeing from authorities.
Police said it’s possible the body belongs to a man who ran into the store on Monday — fleeing from deputies after he was suspected of stealing a vehicle.
A strong odor led police to the body, which was stuffed inside a stone pillar located just outside the WinCo Foods grocery store in Lancaster.
Deputies were called to the scene at 2:40 p.m Saturday. Earlier, in the morning, a manager at the grocery store could smell the odor coming from the pillar, according to Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina.
Corina said the manager called a plumber, thinking there was some sort of sewage problem there. When the plumber arrived and started to knock away the pillar’s stone, a leg and tennis shoes were visible, he said.
Upon investigating the finding, authorities linked it to the carjacking incident earlier in the week. Continue reading
PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale is speaking out on the death of HUNTRESS singer, Jill Janus. Janus passed away on Tuesday, August 14, and now Hale has called for improved awareness around mental health following the musician’s tragic death.
Earlier today, Hale took to her Instagram page to write: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today.”
“Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high.
“I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for your lifeline, something that makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you… that’s okay!
“We need to stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be ‘normal.’ And we need to stop being quiet about our mental well-being. Continue reading
SUFFOLK, VA. (THECOUNT) — Officials in Virginia are investigating a shooting that reportedly stemmed from an argument involving two men over whether or not Halle Berry played Aretha Franklin in a movie.
Officers responded to the shooting on East Washington Street in Suffolk around 10:45 a.m. Thursday. A witness told WTKR they overheard the two people arguing about whether Halle Berry played Aretha Franklin in a movie.
Police said one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other man “at least once.” The gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in serious condition. Continue reading
LA PORTE CITY, IA. (THECOUNT) — Authorities have recovered human remains near the area where 16-year-old Jake Wilson, an autistic boy from La Porte City, Iowa, disappeared in April.
Investigators said the remains are believed to be Wilson’s.
His disappearance prompted a search involving the FBI, state and local police officers and hundreds of volunteers in La Porte City, a town of about 2,300 in northeastern Iowa.
Wilson was last seen April 7, when he said he was going for a walk blocks from his home along Wolf Creek, which winds through La Porte City. His family said he didn’t have his glasses, and that he had the mental capacity of a 9-year-old boy. Continue reading
FOREST CITY, NC. (THECOUNT) — A quick thinking North Carolina teenage girl took the extreme action of shooting her mother’s abusive boyfriend who was strangling her and threatening the family with a knife.
A North Carolina sheriff’s office says, the girl’s 12-year-old brother handed her a handgun and in turn, she shot and killed, Steven Kelley, 46, the man who was in the process of assaulting her mother.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page 46-year-old Steven Kelley was assaulting a woman Aug. 8 at a home in Forest City where they lived with her three children. Investigators said that during the assault, Kelley threatened to cut the woman’s throat and kill everyone in the house. The sheriff’s office said the woman’s 12-year-old son got a gun and handed it to his 15-year-old sister, who shot Kelley in the chest. Continue reading
LUFKIN, TX. (THECOUNT) — Jaime Gray has been named as the Texas person who died in the hospital Wednesday following a motorcycle-vs-auto crash Tuesday.
Gray, 45, was identified by the Lufkin Police Department as the victim killed in a crash involving a Dodge Challenger around 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of Atkinson Drive.
Crystal Tovar was pulling out of her driveway and into the path of Gray, who was thrown from the bike as a result of the collision.
Gray was transported via helicopter to an area hospital where he later died of blunt force trauma injuries suffered in the crash.
Tovar was cited for failure to yield the right of way from a private drive and no insurance. She was not physically injured in the crash, officials said. Continue reading
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA. (THECOUNT) — Matthew E. Monse, of Huntsville, AL, and his passenger, Carla F. Swift, of Chesterfield, have been identified as the mom and her friend killed in a Wednesday morning crash in Chesterfield County.
Monse, 36, and Swift, 36, were killed Wednesday at about 1:30 a.m. when Monse’s 2012 Jeep Liberty collided with a 2007 International Truck head-on along Route 360 near the Chesterfield-Amelia line.
Both victims were pronounced dead on scene.
The truck driver was not hurt, police added.
Swift was the mother to three children, according to relatives. Continue reading
BIRMINGHAM, AL. (THECOUNT) — Evan Thomas Mumpower, of Hoover, has been named as the victim killed Saturday in a fiery crash near Homewood, AL.
“Evan” Mumpower, 24, was confirmed as the victim by Jefferson County Coroner’s Office Thursday.
The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 31 northbound just past Brookwood Baptist Medical Center. According to authorities, Mumpower struck another vehicle, a guardrail and then veered off the roadway and into a ravine near the exit ramp to Shades Creek Parkway.
Police said the vehicle then burst in flames.
Mumpower was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Evan will be remembered forever as a loving son, brother, and grandson, as well as a highly intelligent, uniquely creative, and fun-loving friend and individual,” according to Mumpower’s obituary. Continue reading