Archive for 08/08/2012

Meghann M. Cuniff – 

A Spokane diving instructor romantically linked to a woman who was found shot to death on New Year’s Day has been arrested as a suspect in her murder.

Daniel R. Arteaga, 40, was arrested at the Public Safety Building Tuesday after voluntarily reporting there for an interview.

He is expected to appear in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon via video from the jail, where he is booked on a first-degree murder charge.

Detectives searched his home at 19329 E. Valleyway Ave. in east Spokane Valley Tuesday “acquiring all the evidence that we possibly can,” said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Arteaga is accused of killing Kimberly Rae Schmidt, 34, who was found dead of a gunshot wound to her head Jan. 1.

Schmidt, who has a 13-year-old daughter, was killed about two and a half weeks after she and Arteaga were notified of two pending civil lawsuits regarding scuba diving accidents: one that left a man dead and another that allegedly left a woman with brain damage.

Arteaga and Schmidt worked part time for the Scuba Center of Spokane.

Schmidt was expected to be a key witness in the lawsuits.

Arteaga’s arrest came less than two weeks after he sued Schmidt’s mother and her estate for property damages, alleging her family was withholding diving gear and other property from him.

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L’Alsace –

L’émotion est vive dans les milieux du surf et des loisirs de mer, après plusieurs attaques de requins, dont certaines mortelles.

La version réunionnaise des «Dents de la mer» n’attire pas les foules dans les salles obscures.

Elle aurait plutôt tendance à transformer une partie des plages de l’île en désert.

La huitième attaque en vingt mois a eu lieu dimanche après-midi, quand un surfeur, présenté comme expérimenté, a été attaqué par un squale.

Le sportif a été gravement blessé à la main et au pied droits. Bien qu’amputé de sa main et de son pied, le malheureux a pu regagner seul le rivage.

Même si ses jours ne sont pas en danger, ce nouveau drame de la mer a relancé la polémique sur la présence des requins à proximité des plages les plus fréquentées de l’île française.

Sur ces huit attaques, trois ont été mortelles. La dernière victime a été tuée le 23 juillet dernier en plein après-midi.

Les témoins l’ont entendu crier, puis ils l’ont vu disparaître sous l’eau. Il est ensuite remonté à la surface.

Les baigneurs présents ont alors pu le tirer de l’eau et le ramener sur la plage.

Malheureusement, le jeune surfer, une jambe sectionnée par les mâchoires du requin, avait perdu trop de sang.

Les secours n’ont pu le sauver. Les Réunionnais, qui avaient déclaré 2011 «année requins», en vivent une seconde tout aussi dramatique.

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BBC News –

A South American seabird’s high-speed deep dive to the ocean floor has been filmed by researchers.

A camera was fitted to an imperial cormorant’s back before it dived 150ft underwater off Argentina’s Patagonia Coast in 40 seconds.

The footage shows how in just over a minute it finds and catches a fish, before returning to the surface.

A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) team is studying the birds to help spot priority feeding areas.

The team led by Dr Flavio Quintana and including conservationists from the National Research Council of Argentina, was able to witness the birds’ feeding techniques firsthand for the first time by capturing the underwater behaviour on camera.

The footage shows the cormorant on the surface of the protected coastal area of Punta León in Patagonia, Argentina, which is home to more than 3,500 pairs of the birds.

The camera is attached to the bird’s back, and the video shows it pushing its feet to dive deeper, and exploring a vast area searching for food.

It eventually finds an elongated fish, which it brings to the surface to eat.

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