Dad, 34, is sucked into wood chipper and killed while ‘trying to clear jam’  – The Sun

A LUMBER yard worker was killed when he got caught in a wood chipper.

Brandon Lee VanDyke, 34, a boiler operator, had responded to an alarm within the facility, reported.

It’s thought he was trying to clear a jam when he became entangled in the machine.

His “partial remains” were discovered by officers called to the lumber yard in the early hours of Wednesday in Phenix City, Alabama.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers discovered partial remains of the attendant that went to check on an equipment malfunction,’’ police said in a statement.

VanDyke leaves behind one daughter, according to an online obituary.

His death has been ruled an accident, and there will be no criminal investigation.

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Robbie Williams' dad Pete battling Parkinson’s disease

Robbie Williams’ dad, Pete, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The Angels singer has opened up about fears for his family, explaining they have ‘a lot of issues’ at the moment.

And he has been struggling spending lockdown in LA, as he’s desperate to be by the 70-year-old’s side.

‘We’ve got a lot of family issues right now,’ he said according to the Mirror. ‘My dad has got Parkinson’s, my mother-in-law who I love dearly has got a very big illness. We can’t get to them. My dad is thousands of miles away.

‘My mum is just a year short of 80 and she’s in isolation and I can see the things whirling in her mind and her eyes going.’

The 46-year-old also explained there were points at the beginning of isolation where he felt he was ‘going into fear’.

Discussing the difficult times himself and wife Ayda Field have been through, he added: ‘But the difference between me now and the person I used to be… I saw it, thought “That’s interesting – tomorrow will be different”. And it was.’

Robbie’s words come after it was rumoured he would be reuniting with his Take That bandmates for a charity concert.

The Never Forget stars have allegedly secured a ‘huge undisclosed fee’ to perform together during lockdown, almost 30 years after the release of their first album, with the dad-of-four getting on board.

A source told The Sun that ‘hundreds and thousands of pounds’ are being spent to host the show that will see Take That perform from their homes. 

‘The amount of money involved to make this happen is hundreds of thousands of pounds,’ they claimed.

‘The gig will go out into people’s homes over the internet and each band member will be performing from their own homes so they won’t actually be together.

‘They can’t be physically reunited because of travel restrictions and corona rules but it is still them all coming together to perform their hits, something no one has seen in a long time.’ has contacted Robbie’s reps for a comment.

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Dad turns his house into a giant ball pit filled with 250,000 balls

A dad-of-four turned his house into an enormous ball pit, filled with 250,000 balls – all without his wife knowing.

Joel Conder wanted to surprise his four daughters: 14-year-old Kaci, 12-year-old Grace, eight-year-old Sophie and two-year-old and Chloe.

The kids weren’t able to attend soft play in the weeks leading up to lockdown because of Sophie’s weak immune system and Joel’s asthma.

So Joel took it upon himself to recreate one of the family’s favourite outings at home – but keeping it a secret from his daughters and wife Sarah.

It’s worth pointing out that this prank took place before UK lockdown, on 15 March (which explains why his family was out the house and why other people help Joel out with the ball pit).

Joel got to work hiring 250,000 balls from adult ball pit company Ballmania, to transform the house into a giant playground. 

But to ensure the family were kept safe from germs, Ballmania brought either brand new balls or ones that had been cleaned and in storage for at least two weeks

In total, it took Joel two hours to fill the house, with the kitchen and lounge almost three foot deep.

Joel said: ‘Kaci, Grace, Sophie and Chloe came home first – everything was worth it just for that reaction.

‘They were shrieking with laughter – Kaci was like, “Mum’s going to kill you.”

‘Then Sarah came home – her face was like ‘oh my god, what have you done?

‘Then she dived in and started playing with all of us.

‘It’s honestly one of the best memories I think we will have.’

The family spent hours playing in the homemade ball pit together and took turns sliding down the stairs in suitcases into the balls.

Joel, who is a YouTube vlogger, shared the video on his channel Dad V Girls – which has more 890,000 subscribers.

The dad-of-four says he’s trying to do more fun things with his family in lockdown and thinks other parents should cherish this time, too.

He said: ‘I know that in many ways, for lots of people, it’s not an ideal situation – people not being able to work and things like this.

‘Let’s just remember that we probably will never get this chance again as families, to all be at home together.

‘Just to have my eldest daughter nagging me to play more board games with her – that just shows me how special this time is.’

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Disney dad Anthony Todt said his kids were at a sleepover on day cops found their deformed and ‘black-as-leather’ bodies – The Sun

'KILLER' Disney dad Anthony Todt claimed his wife was sleeping and his children were at a sleepover when authorities arrived at the family home and found their badly decomposed bodies.

The corpses of wife Megan, sons Aleksander and Tyler and daughter Zoe, were "black as leather" and so deformed from weeks of decay that they could not even make a guess as to cause of death.

Todt, 44, is currently behind bars awaiting trial next month after waving his right to a preliminary hearing.

He is facing the death penalty after being charged with the murders of wife Megan, sons Aleksander and Tyler and daughter Zoe.

The former physical therapist initially confessed to the murders in the wake of his arrest according to Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson.

He then entered a plea of not guilty just days later at his arraignment.

Three agents from the Department of Health and Human Services brought Todt in back in January.

The Sun has obtained the interviews all three gave to police that morning, revealing the horrific scene inside the family’s Florida home.

The lead agent on the case, Melissa O’Neal, explained in her interview that the team was doing some basic surveillance to assist their Boston field office.

“The plan was, we were going to do some surveillance, take our photos and rally with the two guys who were coming down from Connecticut,” explained Agent O’Neal.

Agents from that region were flying down to arrest Todt for health care fraud that morning, but there was concern because he and his family had not been seen for weeks.

However, two hours into their stakeout, one of the agents, Jim Nguyen, saw Todt walk out in his porch wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Agent Nguyen then radioed to the team that he had been spotted, at which point the third agent, Michael Phelps, moved in to keep watch over Todt.

The group’s supervisor then suggested a new plan, which ultimately fell apart.

“If he was on front porch we were going to grab him,” explained Agent O’Neal.

“I called [back-up police] units when he went back in [the house]. We wanted to get some marked units because we didn’t know if the kids would be alone and we would have a DCS problem.”

Agent Phelps recounted to police that when Todt walked inside he noticed that the man could barely stand or walk, and was convulsing with each step.

Phelps was the first into the house that day.

“We knocked and no one came to the the door. Mike tried the door, the door was unlocked and mike popped it open,” recalled O’Neal.

“And we could hear mumbling from inside the house. It sounded like it was from the top of the stairs.”

That is when they laid eyes on Todt, who Agent Phelps said was wearing just underwear and a shirt.

“He was still mumbling and needing a lot if assistance to get down, but saying don’t touch him because he would fall,” O’Neal said of Todt.

“It took him a long time to get down the stairs."

Once he was down, the agents immediately asked him were Megan and the children were, having seen no sign of them in the house.

“He said Megan was upstairs sleeping and he also called for her, like she was alive,” said O’Neal.

“We asked where are the children, and he said: ‘I don’t know, I can’t remember if they went to a sleepover last night.'"

Phelps then sat with Todt while the other searched for bodies, noting he had no choice as he had brought only one pair of handcuffs with him and Todt was so large he required two to be restrained.

A deputy accompanied O’Neal upstairs, where the two immediately made the harrowing discovery.

“We went upstairs to check for Megan and the children because we had called for her too and obviously there was no answer.

“The door of the master bedroom was open.’

She quickly realized there were multiple bodies in the room.

“I could see feet, and you could tell it was somebody who was deceased,” said O’Neal.

“You cook see the buttocks of another person”

The deputy then found Megan underneath the sheets, but they could not find the youngest child, Zoe.

O’Neal said she ran out of the room to ask Todt where she could find his daughter.

Todt suggested she was sleeping or in another room, leading the deputy to kick down a door in his search.

She was eventually found with the rest of the family.

“We went back in the master bedroom, and she’s so little. She’s only like three or four,” said O’Neal.

“There's another little blanket at the foot of the bed … Zoe’s there, at the foot of the bed, underneath blankets.”

Todt was the taken outside, at which point he suggested that he tried to overdose on Benadryl.

The agent left then too so the crime scene investigators could look over the evidence and examine the bodies.

“We saw a knife on the windowsill. One of your deputies said they saw vomit,” recalled O’Neal of the scene.

Then she described the victims.

“So, the bodies are black, like, as black as this [points to leather],” explained O’Neal.

“It looked like there was deformation but he didn’t know if it was overdose cause there was vomit or stabbing because the bodies are so far gone.”

She later stressed this again stating: “The boys’ bodies are black as leather.”

There was one victim the agents missed however, though O’Neal did warn officers.

“There’s also a dog,” said said at the end of her interview.

“So there may be another deceased.”

She also noted that she and the agents were set to rendezvous with the two individuals who flew down to arrest Todt.


Their plane landed that morning around the same time Todt was taken into custody and sent to receive medical attention before being booked into jail.

They were sitting in the parking lot of a nearby Publix waiting to hear if O’Neal and her team had managed to locate Todt or any members of his family.

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Moment dad and son are arrested for killing black jogger in their neighborhood

Dramatic photos captured the moment a former police officer and his son were arrested on suspicion of murdering a black jogger they spotted running through their neighborhood. The snaps, shot by MailOnline, show Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, being apprehended at their home in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday.

Around a dozen members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wearing bulletproof vests and equipped with assault rifles arrived at the McMichaels’ home to arrest the pair.

Both men were then photographed being frog-marched into a waiting GBI car with their hands cuffed behind their backs, with neither answering a reporter’s questions as they were taken away.

The arrests came two-and-a-half months after they chased and shot 25 year-old Ahmaud Arbery dead. GBI agents took over the case after horrific cellphone video footage was leaked earlier this week showing Arbery’s violent death on February 23.

That clip shows the father and son ‘ambushing’ Arbery as he tried to run past their truck, with Travis McMichael getting into a physical fight with the jogger, before shooting him with a shotgun.

The McMichaels initially escaped police investigation after claiming they’d pursued and shot Arbery because they’d believed him to be a burglar. They are said to have lied that they tried to make a citizen’s arrest after their neighborhood fell victim to a spate of burglaries.

S Lee Merritt, the attorney representing Arbery’s family, told MailOnline the McMichaels’ arrests were ‘a huge, huge step,’ then added: ‘But it’s only a first step on a very long road to justice.’

Merritt said Arbery’s loved ones, including his mother Wanda, did not know her son’s alleged murderers were going to be arrested.

He continued: ‘Wanda was extremely relieved but she remains very stoic as she has been since this all started. The lawyer also blasted the original investigation team, who he said had ‘failed in their duty’ to seek justice for Arbery.

Merritt added: ‘A case like this breeds mistrust within the community. It hurts the people involved, it hurts the law enforcement community, the prosecutorial community, the black community, everyone.’

A GBI spokesman confirmed the McMichaels had been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault. They said they were also investigating threats made to its officers during their investigation into Arbery’s death. Both men are being held at a local jail ahead of their first court appearance.

The video of Arbery’s death which triggered Thursday’s arrests sparked a nationwide outcry, and shows him jogging along the left side of a road. The McMichaels’ truck can be seen parked ahead of him, with Gregory in its bed, and Travis stood next to the vehicle’s open driver’s door.

Arbery crosses the road to pass the truck on its passenger side, before passing the front of the vehicle. A gunshot can be heard sounding, with Arbery and Travis then seen grappling with what looks like a shotgun. A second shot is fired, with Arbery seen punching Travis. A third shot is then fired at point-blank range, with Arbery seen staggering a few feet forward before collapsing.

Local defense attorney Alan Tucker named himself as the person behind the leak Thursday, and said he had done so because the local community ‘was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions.’

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Clever dad creates free McDonald's packaging out of cereal boxes for his kids’ and it looks just like the real thing

IT'S been six weeks since the UK went into lockdown which saw fast-food stores, along with everything else, close up shop. 

Since then, food enthusiasts and takeaway fans have been trying their best to fill the gaping hole in their hearts by replicating their favourite treats at home.

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Desperate parents have also been trying to provide their kids with a sense or normality throughout lockdown, and with that comes the occasional meal from McDonald's.

But with the  food chain off-limits, parents and non-parents alike have been forced to think on their feet, and not only whip up an epic burger and chips meal from home, but many have been taking it a step further by recreating its iconic packaging too.

While the concept is far from new (fans have been doing it since lockdown began), it's still amazing to see the lengths parents will go to provide their kids with just a few minutes of happiness while they scoff down nuggets and burgers from McDonald's.

Some have taken a marker to paper to draw the famous golden arches, while others have used actual packaging they'd held onto from when the stores were open and running.


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Taking part in the creative process,  one clever dad thought to recreate the iconic red and yellow packaging using leftover cereal boxes and had printed authentic logos online, instead of making his own – and it looks just like the actual McDonald's packaging.

Complete with golden chicken nuggets, shoe-string fries and a burger, a proud mum shared a snap of the home meal to Facebook, showing off her hubby's creative work.

Posting to the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, she said: "These were Absolutely free to make for the kids. My hubby made the templates on his computer then printed them on paper before sticking them onto cereal boxes.

"Kids were over the moon. Burgers and chicken nuggets we already had from farm foods."

While it's been done before, many parents still praise the idea for keeping their little ones happy "throughout such challenging times".

One person wrote: "Well done to you amazing parents, creating something fun and entertaining for you kids and looking after all your mental wellbeing under difficult circumstances."

While another added: "Kids are finding all this very hard and if the occasional McDonald’s fake away makes them smile- go for it "

Meanwhile, many others were encouraged to share their own fakeaway solutions they've made for their kids throughout lockdown.

Some McDonald's stores are set to re-open on May 13, but will initially launch for delivery orders only – and with a reduced menu in place.

Those lucky enough to live close to one of the few re-opened stores will be able to indulge in their favourite menu items again, while for others, fakeaways will have to do – for now at least.

In other food related news, ‘Queen of fakeaway’ shares how to make McDonald’s McMuffins and KFC chicken at home – for HALF the cost and calories.

And a chef reveals how to make McDonald’s hash browns at home using just a potato and egg – and fans can’t get enough of them.

Meanwhile, a mum shares her three-step homemade KFC chicken recipe – and kids think it’s BETTER than the real thing.

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Dad killed by coronavirus after dismissing ‘bulls***’ lockdown as a ‘political ploy’ – The Sun

A DAD who reportedly said the coronavirus was a political ploy, and called his state's lockdown "bulls***" has died of COVID-19.

John W. McDaniel, from Marion County in Ohio, was diagnosed with the virus in late March, and died in hospital on April 15.

The 60-year-old man had allegedly posted several times on Facebook regarding the coronavirus, and the posts have been circulated widely on social media.

On March 15, he seemingly commented on Ohio governor Mike DeWine's stay at home order, which required shops, bars and restaurants to close.

"If what I'm hearing is true, that DeWine has ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed, I say bullshit!," the post reads.

"He doesn't have that authority. If you are paranoid about getting sick just don't go out. It shouldn't keep those of us from living our lives.

"The madness has to stop."

In another post, also believed to have been written by McDaniel, he asks: "Does anybody have the guts to say this Covid19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong."

McDaniel's page appears to have since been taken down from Facebook.

In an obituary posted by Snyder Funeral Homes, McDaniel, who worked for the family business the O & M Company, was described as having a love of the water.

"You could not have known a more loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

"He was truly looking forward to building a new family cabin in the self-titled nature retreat of “Locwood,” fifty plus acres in Marion County where he and Lisa [his wife] had planned to enjoy their retirement years (damn Covid-19!)."

A service celebrating McDaniel's life will be livestreamed by the funeral home on April 22.

"On behalf of [McDaniel's] family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the nurses at Marion General Hospital and to all the staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital for everything they did to try and save Johnny’s life from Covid-19," the obituary continued.

"They would also like to remind everyone to continue practicing social distancing to keep each other safe."

There have been 1,834 confirmed cases in Marion County, Ohio, and 12,516 in the state.

At least 491 people have died in Ohio from the coronavirus.

Across the US, protests have broken out calling on states to end the lockdown.

But the government's coronavirus expert Dr Tony Fauci has said the country's testing capabilities need to be upped by threefold, and opening the nation too soon could set the US back.

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