Michigan man killed after family feud breaks out over television remote control

Television set illustration 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he killed a man during a fight over a television remote control, according to police reports in Michigan.

Police said that a 57-year-old Michigan man was reportedly killed by his 45-year-old nephew on Monday after the two argued over control of a television set, according to the Sheriff's Office of Oakland County.
The alleged murderer called police to tell authorities about the incident.

When authorities arrived on the scene in Pontiac, which is about 25 miles northwest of Detroit, they saw the 45-year-old man performing CPR on his uncle, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they believe that after a fight broke out over the television remote control, the nephew strangled his uncle until he fell unconscious. Specific details of the argument were not disclosed.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Oakland County Jail. The county coroner is performing an autopsy on the deceased.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Gang of female robbers receive lengthy jail sentences

The gang of female robbers 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Four women were arrested and charged with theft related charges after they were accused of running a crime ring and being involved in numerous thefts, according to court proceedings in Florida.

The Sheriff's Office of Sarasota County reported that the four women, who were arrested and charged last year as part of a criminal gang, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a various lengthy prison terms.

Police said that in November 2012, a group of four women were arrested for taking part in more than 30 burglaries in Sarasota, Florida. All women received various sentences on the basis of their participation.

Caroline Catarzi pleaded guilty to 14 thefts, six counts of dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawnbroker. She received a sentence of 10 years with a year community control, and four years of drug offender probation.

Alyssa Conrad pleaded guilty to 14 robberies, eight counts of dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawnbroker. She received a sentence of 10 years with a year community control, and four years of drug offender probation.

Samantha Smith pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft four counts of dealing in stolen property, and providing false information to a pawnbroker. She received a sentence of four years in prison and 10 years probation.

Brandy Kinney pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and was sentenced to less than a year in prison with four years probation.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Meth lab found in motel room along with 8 children

Devin R. Devoe 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with drug related charges after they found a meth lab inside his motel room along with eight children, according to police reports in Florida.

Police said that the Seffner man is facing charges after he was running a meth lab in the motel room, while eight children were present.

Devin R. Devoe, 21, was arrested Tuesday after deputies responded to the Masters Inn on Highway 579 in Seffner.

According to reports, deputies were acting on a Crime Stoppers tip when they went to the motel. Devoe invited them into the room, where they found three adults and eight children, deputies said.

Deputies then went into the bathroom, where they found a meth lab in the bathroom under the sink, according to the police report. Deputies said that Devoe admitted to operating the laboratory.

Authorities evacuated several nearby rooms, and a professional team was called to neutralize the laboratory.
Deputies said that ultimately 86 grams of methamphetamine in the laboratory were seized. In addition, deputies said Devoe had 1.6 grams of marijuana and 0.3 grams of methamphetamine in his pockets.

Devoe was arrested and charged with child abuse, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance and illegal drug trafficking.
Child Protective Services also responded to the scene.

Almost 50 percent of Belgian, French, Hungarian Jews thinking of moving to Israel or North America

Welcome to Israel sign 
By: Sarah Weiss

A large portion of Jews living in Belgium, France and Hungary are contemplating leaving their country in order to seek out safer ground in Israel and in North America, according to a new poll conducted by JNS.org.

The new study showed that despite the fact that European Jewish life is still vibrant, 40 to 50 percent of the Jews in Belgium, France and Hungary are considering emigrating, some to Israel and others to North America.

In a report entitled "Jewish-European Signals and Noise", the Jewish People Planning Institute cited a European Union study on the perception of anti-Semitism, which showed that anti-Semitic incidents in Europe increased by over 30 percent in 2012. In France, anti-Semitic incidents increased by 58 percent in 2012, with a staggering 96 violent attacks.

In countries such as France and Sweden, anti-Semitism is thriving among Muslim elements and rationalized as a response to Israeli policy against the Palestinians. In Greece and Hungary, it is rationalized based on the calls for ethnic purity and nationalism.

According to a large-scale survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism commissioned by the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU Jews, 26 percent of respondents claim to have experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once in the last 12 months, and 34 percent experienced anti-Semitic harassment in the last five years.

Lakewood New Jersey ‘Chaverim’ member attacked by two drunk men

Chaverim member illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A member of the Lakewood, New Jersey “Chaverim” organization was assaulted by two drunk men late at night, according to a statement released by the organization.

The organization said that it was surprised to receive an urgent call last night from a senior member of the volunteer group seeking assistance after being attacked by two drunk men.

The incident occurred at 10:30 pm, as the volunteer drove along Route 5. A car, with two young men and a young woman, attempted to cut him off and cause a collision.

The volunteer was able to drive away, but the young drunks decided to chase after the volunteer's car, and eventually managed to catch up with him.
The three got out, carrying beer bottles and sticks and began to hit the car and smash the car's windows.

The volunteer called for help while trying to protect himself from the flying broken glass. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the two young men. The woman however, managed to escape from the scene, and police are looking for her.

Police have gathered video surveillance from nearby homes for evidence in the case. The volunteer suffered injuries from the broken glass.

Supreme Court orders Tel Aviv stores to close on Shabbat

AM:PM store location 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The Supreme Court in Tel Aviv dealt a major blow to secular residents of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after ruling that city stores must close on Shabbat, according to court proceedings in Tel Aviv.

The Tel Aviv municipality must enforce bylaws that prohibit the operation of businesses on Shabbat, the Supreme Court ruled this week. The court ruled in favor of an appeal by food retailers in the city against a decision by Tel Aviv Administrative Judge Esther Covo, which refused to order that businesses be closed on Shabbat.

Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor, Elyakim Rubinstein, and Asher Grunis ruled that the Tel Aviv municipality must enforce municipal ordinances. "With its current behavior, the municipality, in practice enables continuous violation of this bylaw," the ruling stated.

The decision will affect supermarket chains AM:PM and Tiv Taam, which are open on Shabbat.
AM:PM said in response: "We will review the court ruling."

Tiv Taam said in response: "The ruling states that the Municipality of Tel Aviv has 60 days to decide on a policy that properly balances the various interests of the residents of the city. We are confident that the Municipality of Tel Aviv will adopt an appropriate policy and maintain the religious-secular status quo for the benefit of residents."

Hiddush executive director Rabbi Uri Regev, asked the Tel Aviv Municipality to change the rules at the next meeting of the city council in order to allow the opening of convenience stores and supermarkets on Shabbat and holidays.

McDonald’s refuses to open West Bank location

McDonald's Israel location 
By: Eva Fett

McDonald’s decided to take a stance against Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

McDonald’s Israel refused a request to open a branch in the city of Ariel in the West Bank, and angry residents are threatening a boycott of the company.

Ariel residents expected the burger chain would open a new branch in the city's commercial center that was opened by Rami Levi, but McDonald’s Israel said that it is standing by a longstanding policy of not opening branches the West Bank.

Ariel Mayor Eli Shviro was surprised by McDonald’s Israel's refusal and said he immediately brought the matter to the attention of Rami Levi CEO Rami Levy. "If this is the case, their decision is bad. It discriminates. We are allowed to live like everyone else in the country, and this is out of place," Shviro said. "I believe that other large companies will open branch locations in Ariel," Shviro added.

Rami Levi, said other Israeli companies have refused to open locations in the new mall. "They are making a big mistake," he said.
The Israeli franchise of McDonald’s Corporation is owned by Omri Padan, the founder of Peace Now.
McDonald’s Israel said in response: "This has always been the policy of Dr. Omri Padan."

New Israeli law to allow employees who pray to arrive late to work

 
By: Debbie Gross

If you are a Jew who prays every morning, you will soon be allowed to arrive late to work.

During the last two weeks of October, sunrise is relatively late, and people who attend the Shacharit prayer before going to work, would not be afforded to do so when the new Daylight Savings Time law goes into force.

Religious Services Minister Deputy Eli Ben-Dahan of the Habayit Hayehudi party has negotiated an amendment to the Daylight Savings Time law that will allow observant Jews to arrive late to work, if the reason is that they were busy with their morning prayers.

Dahan worked out an agreement with the coalition chairman Yariv Levin of the Likud party that the bill will be modified to help those who are in the habit of praying every morning. The proposal was also approved at a meeting of the Habayit Hayehudi party on Monday.

The new law if approved, calls for Daylight Savings Time to start the Friday before the last Sunday in March and continue it through the last Sunday in October.

The bill, presented by Interior Minister Gideon Saar of the Likud party would synchronize Israel’s time with that of most European countries. The implication of the new law will be an extra hour of light every night for an additional month.

‘Jewish pigs’ graffiti found scrawled on community board 12 building in Borough Park Brooklyn New York

Community Board 12 in Brooklyn New York 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled on a community board building serving the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York, according to a statement released by councilman David Greenfield.

Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for leaving the hate graffiti that was found at the front door of the Community Board 12 office in Borough Park. According to a source, graffiti, written with a black marker on the front door said "Jewish pigs". Community Board 12 covers a predominantly Jewish area. The president and district manager are both Orthodox Jews, like Greenfield.

"Once again our community is the target of a cowardly person who thinks nothing of spreading vile rhetoric of hatred against the Jewish community," the councilman said. "I hope this award encourages anyone with information to come forward and help bring that person to justice as soon as possible," he said.

Greenfield said the New York Police Department believes the graffiti was scrawled over the weekend, sometime between when the office closed Friday night and when it was discovered by an employee on Monday morning.

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New video shows Gilad Shalit getting dressed before being released from captivity

Gilad Shalit tying his shoes 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) New video emerged today showing former captive soldier Gilad Shalit getting dressed in preparation of being released, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Seven years after the Hamas kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades Hamas military wing, released new video of Shalit, shortly before being escorted to the border crossing with Egypt. In the video, you can see Shalit tying his shoes, buttoning a shirt and rising from his chair, accompanied by two Hamas men.

In the video title, Hamas added: "We started to achieve the goal, and we will go all the way." Therefore, Hamas threatens that the organization will continue with kidnappings of Israeli soldiers in order to facilitate the release of other Palestinian prisoners currently in Israeli jails.

At the beginning of the video, the military wing showed images of other kidnapped Israelis, who Hamas captured and killed over the years. These include Nachshon Waxman, Avi Sasportas and Ilan Saadon.

A spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas, Abu Ubaida, said the kidnapping of Shalit will not be the last. He also promised that all Palestinian prisoners will be released from Israeli jails. In addition, Abu Ubaida said that the Palestinian people were partners in the success of the Shalit kidnapping and achievements.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Second Temple artifacts found buried in Jerusalem home

Some of the artifacts 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) The Siebenberg House Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City recently reopened to the public.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency for
YourJewishNews.com

Miriam Siebenberg lives in a very unusual house – unusual because of the fact that her home was built on top of another home, one that existed over 2,000 years ago. Within the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, Miriam and her husband Theo purchased a house after the Six Day War, eventually discovering that it contained a treasure trove of history buried deep underground.

In the Siebenberg’s house, a collection of archaeological artifacts discovered after years of digging in the basement, appear on display. Arrowheads, ink-wells, coins, ancient pottery, a glass cup and pieces of jewelry including a bronze key ring, likely used in the Second Temple era by a woman to unlock her jewelry box, can all be seen in the display.

But even more intriguing is what lies beneath their home. One can see the remains of an ancient Jewish residence and a way of life that dates back to the days of King Solomon and the Second Temple period.

“The further we dug, the more history we uncovered,” Seibenberg told Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview.
Siebenberg credits her husband Theo with the drive to initiate the not-so-simple years of digging under their modern four-story house that eventually led to the archaeological discoveries

"When we moved into our finished home in 1970, Theo had a feeling that there was much more to this place," said Siebenberg.
At that time, archaeological discoveries by Hebrew University archaeologists in the Jewish Quarter including the area around the Siebenberg's home were making headlines. The Siebenbergs believed that perhaps there were artifacts buried under their home as well so Theo applied to the Department of Antiquities for a permit to excavate beneath their house.

"We invested our own money, brought in engineers, architects, archaeologists expert diggers, and donkeys to remove the rubble, digging up to 60 feet down to discover all this," Siebenberg explains.

During more than 18 years of unearthing, the Siebenbergs discovered a ritual bath, known as a mikveh used by Jews during the Second Temple era, an aqueduct, a Byzantine water cistern, and even empty burial chambers believed to have been used by Jewish royalty in the 10th century B.C. during King Solomon's reign.

Eventually, the remnants of the base wall of what is believed to be a Jewish home that stood 2,000 years ago, were also uncovered as were ancient Hasmonean stones, including one with a menorah engraving. Evidence of the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. was also discovered –a line of ash sealed into sedimentary rock was sent to a special lab in South Africa for testing, which found that the ashes were indeed from that time.

In the 1980s, the story behind the Siebenberg's basement, which Theo had transformed into a museum for the public in 1985, received much international attention. National Geographic, the New York Times, BBC, ABC, NBC, and many other international media sources devoted coverage to the history being uncovered under the Siebenberg House.

"We had groups from all around the world visiting our archaeological museum including European parliamentarians, US Congressmen, foreign press and other leading figures," Siebenberg told Tazpit News Agency.

In addition to the fascinating story of the Siebenberg House, the couple behind the digging has their own unique tale. Theo, named after Theodore Herzl, came from a wealthy diamond family in Antwerp that barely escaped Belgium following the Nazi takeover. While not religious, Theo grew up in a traditional Jewish family with a strong love for Israel. Siebenberg eventually emigrated to the Jewish state in 1966 after a series of successful international investments and married Miriam, who was born and raised in Tel Aviv.

"Theo always felt homeless, having been uprooted from his Antwerp home at the age of 16 by the Nazis," says Miriam. "But he always knew he wanted to live in Jerusalem and as close as possible to where the Temple once stood - the most important place in Jewish history. This was the only place he considered home in his lifetime.”

Today, Miriam, continues to carry the legacy of the Siebenberg House. This past June, Miriam, with the help of her assistant, 27-year-old Adi Rabinowitz-Bedein, reopened the museum to the general public, providing tours of the home’s unique history while showcasing the archaeological finds. “This is our life’s work,”comments Miriam.

“My friends in Tel Aviv don’t understand why we live in Jerusalem,” says Miriam who describes herself as secular. “But I know my roots are here – both my roots and the roots of our people are right underneath this house.”

“I live the ancient past of the Jewish nation," says Miriam. “And I want to share this history and experience with as many people as possible.”

To visit the Siebenberg House museum, call to make a reservation for a guided tour: 02-628-2341 or 0547267754. The museum is also available for cultural events and special occasions.

Orthodox Jewish Art Show Finds it's ‘Divine’ Space in Brooklyn, New York

The art show in Brooklyn New York 
By: Ari Zeigler

As the stereotype goes, Jewish mothers will brag about having a doctor or a lawyer in the family. While the fact is that Jewish mothers will brag about having just about anything in the family, perhaps we should start thinking about another profession to that list: Artist.

Orthodox Judaism is not necessarily known for its pantheon of artists. In fact, the function of art in a religious Jew’s life is not immediately apparent. Fact is, for an Orthodox Jew to get serious about a hobby or a career through art isn’t viewed as the noblest of causes.

But maybe it should be.

In Bereishit (1:27) it’s relayed that God created man in his image. What it means by the fact that man is created in God’s image is that whatever ends up a part of us – hands, feet, fingers, feelings – is an aspect of God revealed, in whatever small fashion, to the world.

The universe itself is in many ways, God’s great work of art. Therefore, by understanding something about ourselves and the world around us and by binding that understanding in some physical worldly way, we can begin to understand something about God.
The fact that art exists reveals some facet of the Divine.

So how does this revelation through art manifest itself in the real world? According to some artists, it does just that, connect him to the Divine. “Whenever a person does a maaseh, they create a maluch,” says Jeff Reznik, owner and manager of J. Reznik Studios. “That maluch is a representation of their good (or bad) actions. When an artist creates an image, they are creating a divine space where a ‘spirit’ lives. By looking at art, talking, sharing or feeling art, one enters that divine space.”

It’s not just building a connection to God that drives artists in the Jewish community. J. Reznik Studios, owned and run by artist Jodi Reznik and her husband Jeff, has been using art to bridge communities for years. Their “Fallen Angel Project,” where the families of police officers killed in the line of duty, were given – free of charge - portraits of their loved one, was received with appreciation and admiration from the family recipients. Additionally, pieces of Ms. Reznik’s works were given to several European and Asian embassies as a show of appreciation for their efforts in saving WWII refugees.

Recently, the studio hosted an exhibition fittingly called “Living in Divine Space” featuring works of 11 local Jewish artists. Not only did this exhibition serve as a platform for these artists’ work, it also served a springboard for remarkable chessed in the community as all the participating artists volunteered at Masbia, a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry that provides meals for hundreds of needy New Yorkers. Additionally, a portion of the exhibitions proceeds are also to be donated to the Masbia initiative, which in addition to its hot meal program, provides bags of much-needed groceries every week to those with not enough at home, through their weekend take-home package program.

“When planning the show, our thoughts were on how to reach out to the community and give to those in need,” says Dovid Orlansky, featured artist and curator of the exhibition. “Helping others means we have the opportunity to give of ourselves and our goal is to satiate the needs of those who are hungry; spiritually, physically and emotionally. Living in Divine Space is not just a show, it’s a mindset.”

Featured artist Yitzchok Moully was quite excited about the opportunity to inspire others by both sharing his art and using it as a platform for chessed. “It is truly wonderful to create a work of art that can impact the viewer as well as be an instrument in bringing good through a portion of sales going to such a worthy cause,” said Moully. “I look forward to participating in person at Masbia.”

Another featured artist, Shoshannah Brombacher says that she’s glad to showcase art from a frum perspective as a more than noble endeavor. “It proves that the artists 'live' their art by incorporating their mitzvot in their art and their art in mitzvot. We, frum artists, work from a Torah perspective while creating beauty.”

“Living in Divine Space” serves as a wonderful example of how art can connect us to God and to each other alike, bringing us closer to each other through chessed and giving physicality and tangibility to the spirituality that is so a part of Jewish life. According to Brombacher, art in the Jewish world is not only noble but integral. “It is not necessarily kitsch, it is not 'goyish', it is not 'fringe', it is connected to our lifestyle,” she says.

Perhaps, the day when bragging about an artist in the family is not only stereotypical but regularly so isn’t as far away as we might think.

Judge berates district attorney for pursuing charges against man for crossing road too slowly

People crossing 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man, who was charged with crossing the road too slowly, is now free and won't have to pay.

The man in Australia, who was fined for crossing the road too slowly, decided to fight the charge rather than paying the fine.

Now, he has escaped a conviction after the judge criticized the police. Judge Sue O'Connor of Adelaide, Australia, criticized the police and the district attorney for pursuing the charges. The judge joked and said the man could have been just "doing the cha-cha, where is the crime in that?"

James Claassen, 33, of Perth fought the law and won, but only after spending hundreds of dollars in airfare to fly to hearings in Adelaide, 1,700 miles from home. The police finally dropped the charges, which they had pursued for over a year. The maximum penalty was a $43 fine.

Judge O'Connor asked prosecutors to reconsider whether they would pursue the matter. The judge told Claassen to go and have lunch at the market while prosecutors decided whether they would pursue the matter. During the break, they agreed to drop the charges.

The judge then apologized to the defendant for the hassle he had to go through to fight the silly charge. Claassen lives in Perth, Australia, which is 1,700 miles from Adelaide, he had spent more than $470 in airfares alone travelling to Adelaide for court hearings.

"It is the moral victory and a victory for the little man that counts. I think most people have been in the situation where they get a ticket and just pay the fine," Claassen said.
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Colorado 6-year-old transgender girl wins right to use female bathroom

Mathis family, Coy left  
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A mother claims that her 6-year-old child was discriminated against after the school asked her to use the teachers bathroom.

The 6-year-old, who was born a boy and still has all male genitals, chose to live as a girl.

Coy Mathis, identifies herself as a girl and dresses as a girl.

The school felt it was inappropriate for Mathis to use the girls bathroom, and asked the child to use the teachers bathroom or the nurses bathroom. Her parents however, did not like the idea. They wanted their daughter to have the same rights as any other girl. Her parents filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division against the Eagleside School District.

They Civil Rights group agreed with the child’s parents, and Mathis won the right to use the girls bathroom at her school. The civil rights ruling stated that the school district “denied the child full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, or accommodation in a public place due to sex and sexual orientation," the ruling stated.

Now, the 6-year-old transgender girl, will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the female bathroom. Her parents, Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, are very happy with the ruling. They said the decision will end the stigmatization of their daughter.

Since filing their complaint, the Mathis family has moved to Aurora, Colorado, and have home schooled the 6-year-old. Mathis will not attend the Eagleside School District where she was originally denied access to the girls bathroom, instead, she will be enrolled in the Cherry Creek School District, which is closer to their new home.

According to her parents, Mathis, who is a triplet, “showed early preference for things related to girls,” her parents said. At five-months-old, she took a pink blanket meant for her sister, showed little interest in toy cars and refused to leave the house if she had to wear boys clothes.

Her parents said she became depressed and withdrawn, saying she wanted to be "fixed" by a doctor. They later learned that she had gender identity disorder, a condition in which a person is identified as the opposite sex. Her parents said they decided to help their child live as a girl. She came out of her shell and she became much happier.

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Doctor helps teen girl who has rare condition which leaves her looking like 50-year-old

Zara Hartshorn before and after facelift 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) After suffering from a rare skin condition, a teenager has gotten a new lease in life.

The teenager suffered from a rare genetic condition that makes her skin age quickly.

At 16-years-old, the teenager looked like she was 50-years-old. Now, she will be able to show off her new younger looks thanks to a special facelift surgery. Zara Hartshorn, 16, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, has endured years of cruel taunts and even physical attacks because of her appearance. The bullying became so severe that her mother had to pull her out of school.

The young girl inherited the condition known as lipodystrophy, which makes skin look wrinkled, from her mother, Tracey Gibson, who also suffers from the disease. The mother and daughter went public about the condition, which plagued their family. After learning about their unique situation, a top surgeon in the U.S. offered to perform cosmetic surgery on the teen for free.

The surgery proved be a success. With her new looks, Hartshorn is feeling much more confident and was able to start a relationship with her new boyfriend Ricky Andrews, 22, who is a painter and decorator. She is even thinking about going to college. This is a remarkable change for the teenager, who was constantly mistaken for a grown woman.

One of the many incidents that the girl endured while growing up, was on her way to school, she was left in tears after she tried paying student fair, but the bus driver laughed at her and demanded full payment as an adult. Instead of arguing with the driver and embarrassing herself in front of all the passengers, the young girl got off the bus.

But now, thanks to Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, Hartshorn feels good about her looks. She is ready to leave the past behind, forgive her tormentors and live a fulfilling life.
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Storage Wars member Brandi Passante wins lawsuit against adult entertainment site, gets $750

Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schultz 
By: David Ross

Popular Storage Wars sweetheart Brandi Passante, won a lawsuit against an adult entertainment site, which used her photos without permission.

Brandi Passante, a star of A&E's "Storage Wars", won a lawsuit against the adult entertainment site, after they used a video and nude photos, while claiming it was her. The lawsuit also claimed that the site offered merchandise that resembled her.

Passante sued Hunter Moore, the former operator of the website called “Is Anyone Up?”. She was seeking $2.5 million in actual and exemplary damages, plus $5,250 in statutory damages. The damages included false designation of origin, defamation, false light invasion of privacy and disparagement.

Judge James V. Selna of U.S. District Court in central California ruled in her favor. She won the lawsuit, but surprisingly, the judge awarded her only $750. It is a small amount compared to what she was asking. The judge reportedly ruled that Passante provided "absolutely no support for her calculation of damages” and lacked showing evidence to support her claim.

In addition to the $750, the judge ordered Moore to pay her attorney fees, and issued a permanent injunction ordering Moore to "remove all remaining and undisclosed content of video and photos from all websites and restraining Defendant from disseminating the content." Passante has the option to submit a renewed application or actual damages within 30 days of the judge's order.

Jarrod Schultz and Brandi Passante are seen as the “husband and wife team of underdogs” on the Storage Wars show. Many people have asked if they are married since they both have different last names, the truth is that they are not married. They have reportedly been together for over 12 years and they have two children, a boy and a girl together, but they have never officially tied the knot.

Man steals $5 worth of snacks despite having $2,000 on him

Stephen Anthony Jacalone 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A Man was arrested and charged with theft related charges after stealing less than $5 worth of cookie and soda from Walmart.

You might think that the man was penniless or homeless when he was arrested for stealing the snacks.

However, police said it was not the case. When 34-year-old Stephen Anthony Jacalone of Crescent City, California, was arrested and searched, police found money on him and in his car. Jacalone, was in Ada County, Idaho when the alleged crime was committed. Ada County Police were called after Jacalone was caught shoplifting.

According to reports, Jacalone was caught stealing cookies and soda with a total value of less than $5 from a local Walmart store. What makes this particularly surprising is that police found $20 on him at the time of the robbery, and $2,000 more in his vehicle.

To make matters worse for Jacalone, during his arrest, police discovered he had a pending warrant in Medford, Oregon for a felony drug charge. Jacalone has waived his right to challenge an extradition. He remains in the Ada County Jail pending his extradition to Oregon.

Wales government website offers business advice for strippers

A stripper 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Visitors to the Wales government website were shocked to see that it is now offering business tips for strippers.

Now, the first minister of Wales, said his office is investigating why the business website included tips and advice on the work in strip clubs.

Prime Minister Carwyn Jones, said Tuesday that his office is also investigating after it was reported that the section of "launch business ideas" on the business website offered advice on lap dancing, being an escort and owning companies where such services are performed.

The "start-up business ideas" web page was removed on Tuesday.
The advice on the website included noting that a stripper "can expect to earn an average $358 a night."
Jocelyn Davies, a Plaid Cymru Assembly Member of South Wales East, called the website "degrading to women."

"I'm certainly not a prude, but it is difficult to understand how the Welsh government can believe that it is acceptable to provide information to help women become strippers or running a lap dancing club, which is classified as an establishment of sex," he said.

Indiana doctor ordered to pay $55 million after performing unnecessary surgeries

Mark Weinberger 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A doctor was slapped with a large fine after he pleaded guilty to making unnecessary surgeries, according to court proceedings in Indiana.

Authorities said that a judge has approved a $55 million fine for nearly 300 former patients of the Indiana nose doctor, who pleaded guilty to fraud after disappearing for five years while vacationing in Greece.

Mark Weinberger, also known as "Dr. Nose", was also sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to health care fraud. A Lake County judge Monday approved a settlement for 282 former patients of Weinberger, who accused the former doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries.

Some of the claims date back to 2004, when Weinberger disappeared during a family vacation in Europe. The authorities arrested the doctor five years later in a snowy Italian mountain, where they found Weinberger living in a tent.

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Babysitter camera shows intruder beating woman as little child watches

The home intruder beating the woman 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A babysitter surveillance camera captured the moment a home intruder beat a woman while a little child watched the horrific incident from the couch, according to police reports in New Jersey.

Police said that they are searching for a man, who appeared on the hidden video camera, repeatedly beating the woman in New Jersey in front of her daughter during a home invasion.

The attack occurred on Friday in a room where the woman’s daughter, 3, was sitting on a couch watching cartoons.
The nanny surveillance video showed the man punching and kicking the woman. Police said that the intruder had forced his way into the home.

The woman told police that she did not scream during the beatings because if she did her daughter would begin screaming and she did not want the girl to get hurt.

The woman suffered a concussion and chipped teeth. The little girl was not injured.
The man fled with a wedding ring and other jewelry that belonged to the woman. Detectives have released video in order to get the public's help to identify the intruder.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Burned and beaten horse found hiding in barn

Dr. Todd Overcash with his horse Sassy 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A horse in Florida fled after being severely abused by its owner, according to police in Florida.

The Marion County police appealed to the public that they want to know who attacked the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.

Police said that Lisa Hensley found the injured horse hiding in her mini-farm, when she returned home from a weekend camping trip.
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff's Office said the horse named Sassy was burned at the left leg and on its side.

Hensley told police that the horse was hiding in a dark corner of the barn and could barely stand or walk.
The owner of Sassy, Dr. Todd Overcash, said that the horse in a lot of pain. He said that the horse has bruises on the bottom of its belly, as if someone kicked it repeatedly.

The horse is receiving treatment twice a day and is expected to recover.
Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Office of Marion County.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

New York woman dies in gym bathroom after male employee refused to enter

Emily Hamlin 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman died because the male gym employee refused to go into the ladies room in order to help the sick woman, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York.

The lawsuit alleged that the Long Island New York woman collapsed and died in the bathroom of a Bay Shore health club because the male employee refused to enter the women's locker room to try to save her.

Emily Hamlin, 22, was in the ladies room at Planet Fitness on Route 27 during a workout early in the morning when another gym member heard her fall to the ground.

"I heard a flush and then a thud," the member, Stephanie Dick, recalled in a sworn statement about the incident. "I saw the arm of a woman lying on the floor, followed immediately by a loud snoring sound," the woman said.

Dick said she ran to the desk and begged gym employee Sean Higgins to help.
"He said he did not know what to do and is not allowed to go inside the ladies room," Dick said in her affidavit.

Nothing was done to help the woman. Later, when police arrived, she was pronounced dead. Planet Fitness said that they are not responsible for the woman’s death. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Mother, daughter, arrested after poisoning woman’s husband, son, daughter with anti-freeze

Diane Staudte and Rachel Staudte 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A woman and her daughter were arrested and charged with murder related charges after the poisoning of the woman’s husband and son with anti-freeze, according to police reports in Missouri.

Police said that the two have confessed to fatally poisoning them with antifreeze and trying to kill a third person, during a period of 14 months.

Diane Staudte, 51, of Springfield, was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action. Her daughter, Rachel Staudte, 22, was accused of the same charges Saturday.

Diane Staudte initially told police that her husband, Mark Staudte, 61, had not been feeling well and suffered from seizures before his death. She also said that her son, Shawn Staudte, 26, had been ill with flu-like symptoms before his death.

The county medical examiner initially ruled that Greene's husband died of natural causes and the son as a result of previous medical problems. However, an anonymous tip led authorities to re-examine the deaths earlier this month after the hospitalization Diane Staudte’s daughter, 24-year-old Sarah Staudte, the statement said.

A detective said that a nurse told him that although Sarah Staudte’s condition was potentially fatal, Diane Staudte had visited a couple of times and did not stay long. The nurse described Diane Staudte’s actions as "inappropriate", saying she joked and laughed with the hospital staff. The nurse also told the detective that Diane Staudte said she planned to go on her next vacation to Florida regardless of the state of her daughter.

A doctor told the detective that the condition of Sarah Staudte was "very suspicious" and said he suspected that she had been poisoned.

Diane Staudte admitted during questioning to poisoning her family by putting anti-freeze in their soft drinks and Gatorade for several days.

She told the detective that she killed her husband because she hated him and her son because he was worse than a pest. She said she wanted to kill her daughter, Sarah, because she did not work and she had student loans she had to pay.

Her daughter, Rachel Staudte, when confronted with the evidence admitted to taking part in the deaths and assaults.
During a later interview, Diane Staudte admitted that she and Rachel Staudte planned, studied and committed the crimes together.
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Man tears off his own private part after eating poisonous mushrooms

poisonous mushrooms 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man is in critical condition after ripping off his own private part while hallucinating from poisonous mushrooms, according to hospital officials in Michigan.

Michigan police said that the Ohio man is recovering after ripping off his own private parts while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The Office of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies said they responded to a burglar alarm at Ypsilanti Middle School where they found the 41-year-old Columbus man naked, screaming and bloody from the waist down.

"He really did not say much at all. There was just a lot of shouting and screaming," Sergeant Geoff Fox said. Police could not really communicate with him in terms of a constructive conversation," Fox said.

Fox said that the man had broken a window of the school, but had not stolen anything. He said the man was holding a piece of his own private part, which apparently he had ripped off.

The man, along with his cut off private part were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township.
Fox said the man had been near death.

"In terms of vital signs, they were as low as they could go before being dead. We could only assume this happened due to blood loss, shock and trauma to the body," he said.

Fox said the man had a history of mental health and drug problems. He said the man apparently consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms before the incident.

"We have sent his blood out for further analysis to see if there was something else, if the mushrooms could have been laced with something else," Fox said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

28 tourists arrested after playing Bingo for cookies and drinks

The tourists who were arrested for playing Bingo 
By: David Ross

A group of foreigners were disappointed after police busted their fun game of Bingo.

Police said that the group of 28, which consisted of expatriates, British tourists and Irish tourists in Portugal, were fined for the unlicensed play of a bingo game for cookies and drinks.

Marianne Pittaway, 34, originally from North Yorkshire, England, who is the owner of The Yorkshire Tavern in Albufeira, said she was fined $915 and sentenced to four months suspended imprisonment, for organizing the night party celebration for the expatriates, British and Irish tourists in the tavern.

Pittaway said she was still in shock about her arrest and believes that the Portuguese authorities were wrong in the way they handled the incident.

"I decided to incorporate a bingo game for a little fun. We're just playing for some cookies and drinks," Pittaway said. "At one point we were all playing and having some fun, and the next minute we were all tied up and thrown into three police vans, on our way to a police station," Pittaway said.

She said that all bingo players were fined while some other customers in the tavern received smaller fines for "witnessing illegal gambling".

Officials said the tavern needed a license to operate bingo games.
Police said that officers found that people were playing "games of chance" out of an unauthorized place.

Portuguese police issued a statement saying that "the information reported by ordinary citizens" led to the arrests of people playing "games of chance" out of an authorized location.

Boy, 3, dies after being left in car while parents attended funeral

The Anderson family home 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A little boy is dead after his parents left him locked inside a car while they were attending a family funeral, according to police reports in Florida.

Police of Manatee County said that they are investigating the death of the 3-year-old boy, who was left in a car for three hours on Saturday.

Kyrese Dwayne Anderson was accidentally left in the car on Saturday afternoon while his parents thought he was with a nanny, authorities said. The parents had driven separately to the funeral in order to drop off their children at the babysitter's house in the 2700 block of 5th Avenue before going to the funeral.

The parents thought that all children were dropped off at the babysitter, authorities said.
After the funeral, at about 4:20 pm, they discovered that the child was still in the car and called an ambulance.
The family is from Lehigh Acres and was in town for the funeral, officials said.

An autopsy showed that the boy died after suffering from abnormally high body temperature. No charges have been filed at this time against the parents, Robert Anderson, 29, and Amanda Jo Anderson, 30.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view