Preschool teacher arrested after trying to drug toddlers with sleeping pills

Deborah Gratz 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A school teacher who was supposed to watch over little children tried to drug them with sleeping pills, according to California police officers.

The California preschool teacher, accused of trying to drug young children, was arrested this week on charges of child abuse.

According to the Morgan Hill police, Kiddie Academy employee Deborah Gratz on Friday allegedly used over-the-counter sleeping pills to drug several children.

Police obtained a search warrant after the alleged incident in which a witness came forward. Sergeant Troy Hoefling said that the witness saw Gratz deposit an unknown substance in the cups of the students in her class, aged between 1 and 2-years-old. Gratz, 59, was arrested after local authorities found evidence on Monday at her home.

The school fired the employee over the alleged incident. During the discussion with school administrators, Gratz has admitted to her actions.

The Kiddie Academy spokesperson confirmed in a statement that administrators took control of the situation before the children were exposed to contaminated drinking cups. While the preschool insists that Friday's incident was the only case, the police will investigate further to see whether such a case has happened before.

Gratz, who worked at Kiddie Academy for five years, faces one count of felony child neglect. She is currently awaiting trial in the prison of Santa Clara County.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

South African police again drag man behind police vehicle

South African police car 
By: Shifra Unger

Just weeks after a police dragging incident in South Africa that drew international condemnation, it happened again, according to press reports in the United States.

A police officer in South Africa has been arrested for allegedly dragging a man from a police vehicle in the second such incident in recent weeks.

South Africa's police watchdog agency said that the latest incident occurred last week in northwest Lomanyang province, and was reported to authorities this week. The agency said that after a dispute, a police officer allegedly took a man and dragged him about 100 meters or 300 feet from a vehicle, causing severe foot injuries to the man.

The officer was arrested and will appear in court on Friday.
In another incident, nine South African Police officers were accused of murdering a Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged from a police vehicle east of Johannesburg last month. Some onlookers recorded the event that caused a national outcry.

Woman sells all her husband's belongings while on vacation with mistress

Secret lovers caught in the act illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman sold off all her husband’s belongings while he was vacationing with his mistress, according to press reports in British Columbia.

the Canadian woman sought revenge against her husband, so she held a yard sale of all his belongings.
"The husband abandoned us for a piece of garbage, so I’m selling everything while he is gone this weekend with his little woman," an ad posted on Craigslist stated.

The woman, who refused to discuss the matter with a local Canadian newspaper lives in White Rock, British Columbia. She said in the announcement that she was moving on after 10 years of marriage.

"I want the house to be empty on Monday when he returns. It will be a surprise for him to see," the announcement said. "So come by and pick up what you want on Saturday and Sunday until 8:00 am," the advertisement continued.

The newspaper stopped by the house of the woman and confirmed that the sale happened, but a lawyer said that any funds the woman had received from the sale would have to be divided in divorce court.

$1 billion in diamonds for sale in Ramat Gan Israel trade show

Israeli diamond dealer inspecting a diamond 
By: David Ross

A massive amount of diamonds are now for sale at the trade show in Ramat Gan, Israel, according to press reports in Israel.

It is the first joint effort between the United States and Israel to sell diamonds on the floor of the Israel Diamond Exchange located in the Israeli stock exchange.

Polished diamonds worth more than $1 billion will be offered for sale at a fair to be held at the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan.

More than 150 Israeli companies have registered for the U.S. International diamond trade show, where a wide range of polished stones will be on display and for sale.
The trade show is scheduled for next week.

The show is expected to help Israeli diamond dealers to continue recovering from the global decline in prices affecting the diamond industry worldwide.

Jerusalem Israel covered in American flags in honor of President Obama visit

American flags in Jerusalem 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) The state of Israel is covered in American flags ahead of president Obama’s visit.

As Israel is preparing for the much anticipated arrival of President Barack Obama, thousands of American flags were displayed in honor of the president.

Workers raised thousands of flags on lampposts around the capital city of Jerusalem along the routes the president will travel during his three-day visit.

About 15,000 police officers will participate in efforts to ensure the safety of U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit next week. Every Israeli police officer will participate in operational activity, canceling all vacations and days off.

More than 5,000 police officers will be involved in the protection of the presidential entourage alone, which will include more than 600 people. In Jerusalem alone, there will be 3,000 active agents.

"We are preparing for every possibility, even the most serious and threats not based on intelligence. We're taking into account all the scenarios that could develop," the head of police operations, Brigadier General Nissim Mor, said. "We're talking about a very complicated operation," he added.

Police are preparing for different scenarios ranging from an attempt to hurt the president, to the possibility of a war in the north or south. There are also agreements which were made with the Palestinian Authority and the police early next week will launch a campaign to locate Palestinians illegally residing in Israel.

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British parliament member suspended after blaming Jews for being jailed for reckless driving

Nazir Ahmed 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A British parliament member was suspended after blaming the Jews for being jailed on a reckless driving charge, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Pakistan-born Nazir Ahmed was suspended Thursday by Britain's Labour Party over his remarks that Jews conspired in order to have him jailed over a fatal car crash.

A British newspaper reported that Ahmed, who was jailed for dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before the accident, has linked his prison sentence, to Jewish pressure on the British courts.

He also blamed Jews who own newspapers and television channels. The report said that Nazir apparently had told a Pakistani television station that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was involved in helping a Jewish colleague of former Prime Minister Tony Blair during a case, according to a translation of his remarks obtained by the newspaper. He said that Jews are angry at him because he supports the Palestinian cause, according to press reports.

"The Labour Party regrets and does not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism. Following the reports in today's newspapers we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation," a party spokesperson, said.

Ahmed’s car hit a parked car on a motorway in northern England, in 2007, killing a driver, 28. Ahmed pleaded guilty to reckless driving and a judge sentenced him to 12 weeks in jail in February 2009 after hearing that he sent five text messages in the minutes before the crash.

Ahmed was suspended in April 2012 after he offered a £10 million reward for the capture of U.S. president Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. He denied making the offer and was later reinstated.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Muslim rock throwing leaves Israeli baby in critical condition

Window damaged in rock attack 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

An Israeli baby is in critical condition after a car came under a rock attack by Muslims, according to press reports in Israel.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles across Judea and Samaria on Thursday evening, March 14, left an Israeli infant in critical condition.

According to Tazpit News Agency, a serious traffic collision took place at the Gitai Avisar junction, near Ariel in Samaria in what appeared to be the result of rock throwing by a group of Arabs.

According to eye witnesses, Arabs throwing rocks were able to strike a bus on the road, as well as a passing truck, lightly injuring both drivers. The truck driver was subsequently forced to pull over and a car that followed was also struck by the rocks. The car’s driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the parked truck, around 6:30 p.m.

The family inside the car was seriously injured in the crash, with the mother suffering serious injuries. The mother’s two-year-old girl was left in critical condition, while her other two daughters, ages 4 and 6, suffered moderate injuries.

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics, police, and firefighting crews arrived on scene to treat the family. The mother who was trapped in the vehicle, which had been crushed by the truck, had to be extricated out. The four family members, from the nearby community of Yakir, were then transported by ambulance to Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital.

In another rock-throwing incident, around the same time and on the same road, another Israeli vehicle was hit, and its passengers from the community of Eli - a father and his 10-month-old baby - were slightly injured, with the baby receiving light shrapnel wounds to its face.

There were several other areas in Judea and Samaria were rock-throwing on passing vehicles took place on Thursday evening. IDF and police forces scouted the area to locate the group of Palestinians throwing the rocks at Israeli civilians. They are suspected to come from an Arab village near Ariel.

“Rock terror is a daily occurrence in Judea and Samaria,” one resident told Tazpit News Agency. “Only when someone is injured, does this dangerous act receive any media attention.”

Following the incidents, Yesha Council chairman, Avi Roeh turned to the IDF and Minister of Security to demand that security forces respond more strongly to the rock throwing phenomenon. “A rock can kill and that is how security forces should address this situation,” said Roeh.

“These tragic incidents are becoming increasingly more commonplace every day in Judea and Samaria. Tonight’s events are terror attacks and must be addressed as such,” he told Tazpit News Agency.

In Jerusalem, a rocket-throwing incident on French Hill at an Egged bus at 10 p.m. injuring an Israeli civilian, whose head was hit by shrapnel. He was transported in light condition to the Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus.
At least seven people were injured on Thursday night in 10 different rock-throwing incidents, mostly in Judea and Samaria.

A senior IDF source told Israel’s Channel 10 News that, “We have seen a 50 percent upsurge in rock throwing incidents since the announcement of [US President Barack] Obama’s visit to the country.”

Special-Ed teacher jailed after becoming pregnant by her underage student

McKenzy Kelly Watson 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A 35-year-old Special-Ed teacher violated the trust and angered many people after she had unprotected sex with her student.

McKenzy Kelly Watson, a former teacher from San Diego, California, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years probation but she will be release early from prison after she revealed that she was pregnant.

Watson met the boy when he was a student in her class at New Haven Youth & Family Services, a residential and educational center that treats children 8 to 17-year-olds who suffer from behavioral and emotional problems. She met the 16-year-old student and they had unprotected sex.

Surprisingly, Watson will not have to register as a sex offender, but is banned from teaching. Watson now works in accounting, according to reports.

The judge, ordered the defendant to stay away from the baby’s father except to notify him via a third party about pregnancy-related information. The teenager will also be allowed to attend the birth.

Woman tries to raise funds for boyfriend’s bail by selling her kids

Misty VanHorn 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested after she offered to sell her children on facebook.

Misty VanHorn, said she was just trying to raise money to pay the bail for her boyfriend.

At first she tried to raise money in her neighborhood. VanHorn went knocking on the doors of her neighbors in an effort to raise money for his bail, according to her neighbors.

"She went from door to door, all around town asking for money to get her boyfriend out of jail,” one neighbor said.

When she wasn’t successful in raising enough money, 22-year-old VanHorn from Oklahoma, allegedly tried to sell her two children to a woman on facebook.

An investigation was launched after a woman called the Fort Smith Department of Human Services and reported that a woman had contacted her through facebook and was trying to sell her two kids. Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials contacted the Sallisaw Police, who arrested VanHorn and took her into custody without incident.

VanHorn offered to sell her 2-year-old son for $1,000 and her 10-month-old baby along with the 2-year-old for $4,000.

When officers asked her why she was trying to sell her children VanHorn said she needed money to bail her boyfriend out of jail, according to police.

VanHorn was jailed and charged with child trafficking. Her children were taken into state custody. Now, she will have to find a way to pay her own $40,000 bail.

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Volkswagen to sell new car for less than $8,000

Volkswagen logo 
By: Debbie Gross

Soon everyone will have a chance to drive around with a new car thanks to Volkswagen, according to a statement released by the company this week.

Volkswagen said it had begun to develop a low-cost car specifically for China, but analysts said it is likely going to sell in other emerging markets. The car, which the company said it would cost around $8,000 is based on Renault's low cost brand Dacia SA, which in the meantime has found success in Europe and became the main profit driver for Renault.

Volkswagen only plans on selling the new model in China for now, though that could change and it is fair to think that there would be a market for this car almost everywhere. Who does not want a brand new Volkswagen for $7800?

Volkswagen also plans to expand production in China by more than 70 percent over the next five years, with the construction of at least seven new factories, including one announced today that will produce 300,000 cars a year.

The company needs China to deliver, because Europe, its historical base, is looking bleak. Volkswagen's sales have been declining, and fell 8 percent in the first two months of 2013. The problems on the continent go far beyond Volkswagen, with falling demand for all autos.

Man arrested after falling asleep on French fries and ketchup

Bratten Hale Cook 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Restaurant workers called police after a man fell asleep face first on his French fries and ketchup.

32-year-old Bratten Hale Cook, was eating at Hardee's restaurant when he fell asleep on his food. After sleeping in this uncomfortable position for a while, restaurant workers at the Hardee's restaurant called police.

Workers at the Hardee's restaurant in Cookeville, Tennessee, said Cook had been passed out for an hour.

When officers woke him up, Cook , just started eating his fries again.
Officers realized that Cook was so drunk that he did not even realize that police officers were speaking to him.

The officers took Cook outside the restaurant and arrested him for public intoxication. His troubles however, had just begun. As officers searched him they found marijuana and prescription pills in his pockets. Cook was taken to Putnam County Jail, where his bond was set at $500.
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Man kills his grandmother because angel Michael told him so

Levi Daniel Staver 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after killing his grandmother because God’s angel told him to do so, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Police in Richland Township, Pennsylvania, said that the 26-year-old man killed his grandmother while she ate breakfast, then claimed that Archangel Michael, told him to do so.

Connie Johnston, 76, was having breakfast with her husband, the Reverend David Johnston, on Tuesday morning, when his grandson, Levi Daniel Staver allegedly approached her from behind and fatally stabbed her in the back with a knife.

Authorities said that Staver, who lived in the house, later told them he was sitting at the computer in his bedroom when the Archangel Michael led him to kill the witch.

Staver also allegedly told authorities that before the stabbing, he made ​​the sign of the cross, dressed as a soldier, grabbed the knife and said, "This has to go."

After the incident, Staver got into a fight with his grandfather, who pushed Staver outside the house where he was arrested by police, according to a local newspaper.

Staver was charged with criminal homicide. Officials told the press that the family had previously had concerns about the mental health of the suspect. Officials also said they have been called to the family home in the past, but did not say why.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman arrested after trying to drown baby because Jesus told her so

Victoria Soliz 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was arrested and charged with child abuse related charges after trying to drown her child in a puddle of water because Jesus told her so, according to police reports in Arizona.

A neighbor of Victoria Soliz, 30, told police that he heard screams around 12:30 pm Friday. The man said he ran outside and saw Soliz in her front yard, pushing her son's face in a puddle. Apparently, she did not stop, so he called police.

The neighbor also said that while he was calling the police, Soliz moved the child to a big puddle and kept doing it and then pulled him out and it looked like she was trying to perform CPR on the child.
Deputies of the Maricopa County sheriff arrived at the scene and both Soliz and her son were taken to a hospital.

Soliz told doctors she had been using methamphetamine to self-medicate herself for schizophrenia, according to court documents obtained by the local newspaper.

She allegedly added, however, that Jesus had told her to drown her son. Police also said that she said her son was glued to the ground.

The child was not injured.
Soliz has been charged with felony child abuse.

2 men charged with rape after woman was too drunk to consent

Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Two men were arrested and charged with rape related charges after the woman was allegedly too drunk to consent to sex, according to court proceedings in Ohio.

The woman who accused two Steubenville, Ohio, football players of rape last summer was so drunk she could not have consented to sexual activity, a prosecutor told the jury during opening statements this week.

Special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter said that quarterback Trent Mays, 17, and wide receiver Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, allegedly took advantage of the victim because she was too drunk to say no.

The football players are accused of using their hands to rape the girl in West Virginia last summer, first in the back seat of a car and later in the basement of a house where a high school alcohol party was underway.

Attorney, Brian Duncan, disputed the prosecutor's statement. "Any sexual activity was consensual," he said.
Richmond and Mays have denied the rape allegations and their lawyers said that they have been told that any sexual activity between the two Steubenville High School football players and the girl was consensual.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Black and white lamb with two heads born in Ghana

Two headed lamb recently born in Ghana 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) New photos emerged on the internet showing a newly born baby lamb sporting two heads.

The photos of the two headed lamb spread quickly in Ghana, with sources saying that the a lamb has been born in Borborbor, a town between the Bogoso Junction and the News Site junction in Tarkwa in the Western Region.

An eyewitness, Bernard Sackitey told a local news website that the white and black two-headed lamb was born at 2:00 pm Monday behind a store selling spare parts and general goods called Sackious Ventures.

The two-headed lamb has four legs and a lamb like tail, but it has two pairs of fully developed heads.
Local residents said they did not know the owner of the sheep that gave birth to the two-headed lamb.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

New York dog caught on video viciously attacking little girl

Eduardo Candelier helped pull the dog off the girl 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A surveillance camera captured the shocking moments when a violent dog attacked an innocent little girl walking with her grandmother in the Bronx section of New York, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The girl who is only 6-years-old, was attacked by a dog while walking down a sidewalk in the Bronx, Sunday afternoon. The entire violent assault along with the rescue was captured on video surveillance.

The girl and her grandmother were walking down Webster Avenue, when the dog bolted toward her from the other side of the street, attacked her and threw her around the sidewalk, the video showed.

Witness Eduardo Candelier, who works at a tire shop nearby, ran to the dog in order to pull it away from the girl.
"The dog was biting her," Candelier said. "She was crying, while I was freaking out," he added.

Nobody realized that the attack was caught on video until the owner of the tire shop, Fred Paulino, looked the video up on Monday.
"You can see that the dog running around with the girl in its mouth," Paulino said.

The girl was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries, including small puncture wounds on her right arm and right leg. She was treated and released.
The dog's owner, who lives near where the girl was attacked, stayed at the scene, police said.

He was issued a summons for having a dog off leash, but the dog was not taken away.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view



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