Thirty injured at office party
A brawl broke out as prizes were being awarded at a carmaker’s office party and more than 30 people were injured in the melee in which glasses, bottles and even homemade grenades were thrown, police and media said yesterday. AutoAlliance Thailand, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co and Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp, threw the party for its 4,000 staff on Friday evening at a restaurant in Chonburi, 100km southeast of Bangkok. The Bangkok Post newspaper said the brawl started in front of a stage as prizes were being handed out. It was not clear what sparked it. “The chaos quickly spread as glasses and other missiles were thrown with periodic explosions and gunshots also heard, according to some witnesses,” the newspaper said. “A lot of property was also damaged or destroyed.” “We have incidents like this every year,” said a police officer, who declined to be identified.
Two killed in Las Vegas
Police said a man and woman were dead after a murder-suicide shooting at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Ray Steiber said the shooting happened at about 8:30pm on Friday at the Excalibur hotel-casino. Steiber said a man shot a woman near the front entrance of the high-rise hotel. He then turned the gun on himself and was found dead at the scene. Steiber said the woman was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Neither the gunman not the victim was identified. However, Steiber said the woman worked as a vendor at the hotel’s concierge desk, where tourists can get show tickets and restaurant reservations.
Trapped dog honks for help
A dog trapped with other pets in a truck for several days alerted police by honking the horn. Police said on Friday that the muzzled dog — along with two other dogs and two cats — had been left in deplorable conditions without proper care in the parked truck. Police said the discovery came a week after someone complained to the London Humane Society in Ontario about three dogs exposed to unsanitary conditions in a home. The police statement said the residents left with the dogs, likely to avoid Humane Society officers. Donna Hebert and Allan Folkins-Wyre were charged on Thursday with several counts of cruelty to animals.
Nudists seek ban overturn
San Francisco’s city attorney is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s recently approved nudity ban. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Dennis Herrera responded on Thursday to the complaint filed by nudity activists who say the ordinance violates their constitutional rights. The ban was approved by the Board of Supervisors this month and is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1. It bars nudity in public places, with exceptions at events like the Bay to Breakers race and the Folsom Street Fair.
Jogger followed by emu
A man picked up an unusual jogging partner when an emu began following him. A Virginia Beach animal shelter supervisor said residents contacted the city after the tall, gangly bird showed up on Thursday. It turns out that the bird had merely drifted away from home. Emus are legal to own in the area. Animal shelter supervisor Wayne Gilbert told media outlets that animal control officers located the bird, which was returned to its owner.