KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot for more than two decades is in stable condition after a weekend accident at Arrowhead Stadium. His attorney said Tuesday the injuries appear to have been caused by human error.
Dan Meers has played KC Wolf since the mascot's inception in 1989. He was seriously injured Saturday while rehearsing a zip line routine ahead of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. No details about the injury have been released.
Attorney Tim Dollar says Meers' injuries appear to have been caused from how an outside company secured the riggings. He says an investigation is pending.
According to the website mascothalloffame.com, Meers previously performed as Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals' mascot, and the University of Missouri's mascot Truman the Tiger.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether a legal standard that protects sports teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by in-game events should also apply to those caused by mascots or other team personnel.
The court's ruling on John Coomer's lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals could affect how major sports teams engage their fans during games.
Coomer says he was hit in the eye by a foil-wrapped hot dog thrown by the Royals' mascot four years ago. The Kansas man says he's had to endure two eye surgeries and that his vision was permanently damaged.
The team argues that it should be protected by the so-called "baseball rule." That legal standard holds that fans assume the risk of being struck by foul balls or stray pucks at games.
A Jefferson County man is in serious condition after he was run over by his son and stepdaughter.
The incident happened Thursday night. Police say the man started arguing with his son and tried to pull him out of his pick up truck. In the struggle the father was knocked down and the son ran him over. Police say the stepdaughter also ran over the man with an SUV.
The search continues for both suspects. The father remains hospitalized.
STANDARD, Ill. (AP) - A dog fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well, then dog-paddled for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety.
It happened Saturday near the tiny Putnam County town of Standard when a Goldendoodle named Doogie ran to greet a worker who had opened the top of the family's well to inspect it.
Homeowners Arch and Judy Hopkins called the ordeal "horrifying."
Doogie alternated between swimming and extending his legs to wedge himself from wall to wall while firefighters figured out how to get him out.
They feared he might fall again if they used a harness made for people.
Eventually he was hoisted out after a firefighter rappelled into the well and got the dog into a mesh body bag, which allowed air water to pass through.
The Cardinals will be without their RBI leader for the next few games.
Allen Craig was diagnosed with a left foot sprain Thursday. Craig injured his foot while attempting to avoid the umpire near first base in Wednesday night's win. Craig will wear a walking boot as a precaution and be re-evaluated by doctors next week.
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A hole similar to one that trapped a 6-year-old Illinois boy beneath 11 feet of sand has been found on the same northern Indiana dune.
National Park Service Ranger Bruce Rowe says a crew setting up ground-sensing equipment to examine Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Monday spotted a 10-inch wide hole resembling the size and shape of the pocket described by the boy's family.
Rowe says the hole is about 100 yards east of where Nathan Woessner, of Sterling, Ill., was trapped and is about 5-feet deep. He says the dune will remain closed until scientists determine what is causing the holes.
Emergency workers freed Nathan after he was trapped for more than three hours on July 12. He was hospitalized for two weeks.
One woman is in critical condition after a series accident in Des Peres Monday afternoon.
Police say a work truck hit a car at the intersection of Manchester and Lockett around 2 PM. A man and woman were in the car and both were injured. KMOV reports the woman was briefly trapped in the car and was freed by emergency crews. The woman remains in critical condition.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
Charges are filed against a St. Louis woman who bragged on Facebook about lighting a dog on fire.
On July 10, a dog owner found his pet on fire in the back yard of his house. The dog, named Brownie, died from the injuries. Police say they were alerted to a post on Facebook, in which the poster, identified as Adrienne Martin, referenced setting the animal on fire.
The post read “I’m on killa mode… kill dogs… today. I mean what I say and I say what I mean… all dogs don’t go to heaven.”
Martin was charged with felony animal abuse and knowingly burning on Thursday. No word on whether she is in police custody at this time.
A 12 year old Jefferson County girl is fighting for her life after being struck by a car while riding her bike Wednesday afternoon. It happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of West Rock Creek Road near Romaine Creek Road.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 72 year old woman was rounding a curve when she struck Isabella Marco. Investigators say Marco was riding her bike eastbound in a westbound lane when she was struck head-on.
The girl was airlifted to St. Louis Children's Hospital where she's listed in critical condition.