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Wednesday
Sep072011

Arkansas Weatherman Wakes Up in Bathtub with Corpse

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- An Arkansas weatherman woke up in a bathtub with a dead body this week after an evening of alcohol and drugs, according to a police report. The meteorologist’s friend, Dexter Williams, 24, was found dead, wearing nothing but a dog collar.

Brett Cummins, 33, is a meteorologist for KARK, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. On Sunday, Cummins’ friend Christopher Barbour, 36, invited Cummins to his house in Maumelle. Cummins arrived at 8 p.m. with his friend Williams.

According to a police report Barbour said the trio “began to drink and use illegal narcotics.”

“Mr. Barbour stated that he was not sure of the drugs that they were using but that they were snorting them,” Officer Gergory Roussie wrote in his report of the scene. He also said that they consumed alcohol in a hot tub.

Barbour said that around 11 p.m., he left the other two men in the jacuzzi and went to sleep on the couch. When he woke up at 8 a.m. the next morning, he found his bed still made and the two men in a bathtub with no water in it. Barbour began to clean up glassware from the previous night and woke Cummins up.

They quickly realized that Williams was unconscious and looked discolored. “Brett screamed and became ill and left the bathroom and vomited on the carpet in the living room,” Roussie wrote in the police report. Cummins left the house but eventually came back to give a police statement.

The men called the police, who arrived shortly after. Officer Roussie entered the bathroom and saw a naked, white male in the bathtub.

“The subject was lying on his right side in a fetal position, his face was blue and purple in color with a chain around his neck,” Roussie wrote. He also wrote that he believed the chain was a dog collar and that he “observed a small ring of blood around the bottom of the tub.”

Neighbors noticed the party on Sunday night but were shocked to hear about the mysterious death.

Neither Cummins nor Barbour could be reached for comment. Cummins’ station, KARK, reported on the story and included a few lines about the involvement of their meteorologist.

“Our Meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers,” KARK wrote in its report of the incident. “Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Dexter Williams.”

The Maumelle Police Department is investigating the incident as a “sudden death” and awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report. No charges have been filed and no one is in police custody.

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Sunday
Jan022011

Hundreds of Dead Birds Fall From Arkansas Sky

Photo Courtesy - KATV Little Rock, Ark.(BEEBE, Ark.) -- Officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to fall from the sky across a one mile area in Beebe, Arkansas.

The dead birds began falling New Year’s Eve and littered the streets, along with residential lawns and rooftops. Steven Bryant found 40 birds strewn across his front lawn and won’t let his kids play outside until he knows more about what caused it.

“I wouldn’t let them go outside right now until I really know exactly what the explanation is,” he said. “I’m not going to take no chances.”

Tests are ongoing but wildlife officials believe the birds may have been hit by lightning or hail, or were startled by fireworks. One city official said, “I thought the mayor was messing with me when he called…He got me up at 4 o’clock in the morning and told me he had birds falling out of the sky.”

State wildlife officials are also investigating what killed possibly hundreds of thousands of drum fish in the Arkansas River.

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