Lady Gaga’s dogs returned unharmed after armed robbery

Rest assured Gaga fans, the pop singer’s missing pooches have been returned in one piece, but the dog napping debacle is far from over.

French bulldogs Gustav and Koji are back in the hands of Lady Gaga’s team after they were stolen from her dog walker at gunpoint in Hollywood earlier this week.

It’s understood a woman dropped the pooches into the Los Angeles Police Department sometime yesterday, but investigators believe she’s not at all linked to the robbery.

They’ve instead released descriptions of two men they’re now looking for, who are accused of shooting her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, and making off with two out of three of her beloved pets.

The other dog, Miss Asia, was able to get away from the scene and was later found and returned to the family.

Police are now looking for two men in their early 20s who were believed to be in a white Nissan Altima with four dogs in the car.

One of them is believed to be responsible for shooting dog walker Ryan Fischer in the chest with a semiautomatic handgun.

He’s reportedly recovering from the wound in hospital but has been moved out of ICU.

Gaga remains in Rome filming a movie but posted the following on Instagram shortly before the dogs were handed in.

 

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New Zealand forced into week-long lockdown over new mystery case

New Zealand’s been woken to fresh lockdown restrictions once again after a new mystery case of coronavirus emerged.

A 21-year-old man developed symptoms on Tuesday and may have been infectious since last Sunday, prompting authorities to place Auckland into a strict seven-day lockdown.

The rest of the country will reenter level 2 restrictions for the week, starting this morning.

Contact tracing efforts have so far been unable to link the new infection to the existing cluster in the city’s south, which is concerning authorities.

Director-General of Health Doctor Ashley Bloomfield says they’re also concerned that the man failed to isolate while waiting for his test result.

“My understanding is they visited the GP in the afternoon, and had the test, and then the information I had is that they went to the gym after that test,” Doctor Bloomfield said.

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Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot, two Frenchies stolen

Lady Gaga is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of her French bulldogs after her dog walker was shot and robbed in the United States.

The dog walker was attacked on Wednesday night while walking three of Gaga’s dogs while the superstar was filming a movie in Rome.

He was confronted by a sedan along Sunset Boulevard just before 10.00 pm, where two men got out and tried to steal the dogs.

The dog walker tried to fight them off before he sustained one gunshot wound.

It’s understood one of the dogs escaped, while the other two were taken away in the vehicle.

Several 911 calls were made to police, who rushed to the scene.

The dog walker is expected to survive his injuries, while the one dog that escaped has since been located.

Lady Gaga is now reportedly offering a $US500,000 reward – no questions asked – for the return of her other two dogs.

It’s still not clear if the dogs were targetted because they belong to Lady Gaga, or because the French bulldog is a popular breed.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ horror car crash deemed ‘pure accident’

Authorities in LA have confirmed that golfing legend Tiger Woods will not face criminal charges after his car crash down a hillside yesterday morning.

The former World Number One had to be cut out from his vehicle by the jaws of life, after he veered into oncoming traffic, hit a median strip and flipped down a hill beside the road.

He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his leg, which had been seriously injured in the wreck.

He’s understood to now have a metal rod in his leg between his knee and ankle.

Investigations were then carried out into exactly what may have caused the crash.

But the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has since confirmed that it was just “purely an accident”.

The black box from the SUV vehicle told police that the car was travelling above the speed limit when it lost control but that’s not unusual for the steep hill road.

Investigators have also ruled out that he may have been under the influence, and know that he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident.

Further inquiries are being made as to whether the golfer may have been distracted on the road.

But for now, no charges are expected to be laid.

Meantime, Tiger Woods is now believed to be responsive in hospital and is recovering well.

Tiger Woods

Woods lucky to survive horrific car crash

Tiger Woods crashed his SUV on a sweeping, downhill road in the Los Angeles suburbs on Tuesday morning, and doctors have tried to stabilise “significant” injuries to his right leg with rods and a combination of screws and pins.

Woods was driving to a television shoot when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side near a steep road known for wrecks, authorities said.

Golf’s biggest star had to be pulled out through the windshield.

Woods’ foundation said in a statement he was awake, responsive and recovering in the hospital.

Dr Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre, said Woods had shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg in multiple locations.

Those injuries were stabilised with a rod in the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins, Mahajan said in a statement released on Woods’ Twitter account late Tuesday night.

The lengthy surgery also reduced swelling.

A resident near the accident site called 911. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, the first on the scene, poked his head through a hole in the windshield to see Woods, his seatbelt fastened, sitting in the driver’s seat.

The single-car crash was another setback for Woods, the preeminent golfer of his generation who has spent the last decade in a cycle of injuries, self-inflicted personal problems and an arrest for DUI. Each time, he returned to the course and won.

Even at 45, Woods is among the more recognisable sports figures in the world and remains golf’s biggest draw.

His 2019 Masters victory was seen as a transcendent comeback and further cemented his reputation for toughness and clutch performances.

Briefly Tuesday, the world paused and worried that Woods might be critically injured or worse. As it became clear his life wasn’t in danger, the obvious question came out: Can he play golf again?

“As if his body hasn’t endured enough,” Jon Rahm, the No. 2 player in the world, said from the Workday Championship in Florida. “I just hope he can get out of the hospital after recovery and he can still play with his kids and have a normal life.”

No charges were filed, police said there was no evidence he was impaired and no one else was injured.

It was the 10th surgery for Woods, who has suffered knee, back and neck problems for more than a decade.

Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as tournament host of the Genesis Invitational that ended Sunday, and then to film content for his sponsor, Discovery-owned GOLFTV. He was not playing while recovering from a fifth back surgery on December 23.

Woods was alone in the SUV when it crashed into a raised median, crossed two oncoming lanes and rolled several times. Police said Woods was alert as firefighters pried open the front windshield to get him out.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the airbags deployed and the inside of the SUV stayed mostly intact, which “gave him a cushion to survive the crash.”

Authorities said they had checked for any odour of alcohol or other signs he was under the influence of a substance and found none. They didn’t say how fast he was driving.

The crash happened about 7.15 am on a downhill stretch of a two-lane road through upscale suburbs.

Gonzalez, the first to get to the wreck, said: “I will say that it’s very fortunate that Woods was able to come out of this alive.”

Thoughts and prayers have come from everywhere – Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson and former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, who has played golf with Woods and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019.

Woods shares with Sam Snead the PGA Tour record of 82 career victories.

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