New Jersey woman convicted of killing her husband with poison after he asked to divorce

Tianle Li 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of murder related charges after killing her husband with a lethal dose of poison after he wanted to divorce, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

A Middlesex County jury convicted a 44-year-old former chemist of Bristol-Myers Squibb of fatally poisoning her husband 2 years ago with thallium, a tasteless, odorless and highly lethal drug, after having attempted to divorce.

Tianle Li, a Chinese citizen, faces life in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael Toto, who led the six-week trial in New Brunswick, said that the woman will be sentenced later this year.

The lack of emotion at the culmination of the six-month investigation and the trial was in stark contrast to Li’s stormy relationship with her husband and her victim, Xiaoye Wang, 39. The testimony revealed that police had been called to their Monroe home 16 times to intervene in internal conflicts, and Wang told officers after his wife had poisoned him.

Li did not testify in her own defense. Her lawyer, Steven Altman, told the jury that there was no evidence that she ever poisoned her husband or gave him thallium.
The authorities accused Li of poisoning her husband and continued to do so even as he was in a hospital bed.

Wang was admitted to the University Medical Center of Princeton, complaining of abdominal pain, the day the couple was to finalize their divorce in a New Brunswick court. He remained hospitalized until his death, the day after doctors receive test results showing that he had lethal amounts of thallium, a heavy metal, in his system.

Li tried unsuccessfully to return to China with her son and an aunt, just before the death of her husband, but was not able to pay for tickets.

She was charged with obstruction, two days after Wang died, after she told police she had never worked with thallium, only to be contradicted by the records obtained by investigators from Bristol-Myers Squibb. She was charged with murder several days later.

Thieves use naked woman to distract homeowner while robbing his home

Pool in back yard illustration 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Thieves came up with a great idea how to easily rob from a man’s home, use a naked woman, according to police reports in Tennessee.

Crossville Police said that a Tennessee man was too distracted by a 30-year-old woman swimming naked in the pool to realize that a robbery is taking place inside his home.

The events took place on Saturday in Crossville when a couple, who are neighbors of the man, stopped by his house, according to the Crossville police officer Camden Davis.

The woman sent her husband home to bring her some cigarettes before asking the 54-year-old homeowner if she could swim in his pool.
After the man agreed and took her to the back yard, she asked if he would mind if she swam nude. He said that it would not be a problem.

The woman swam in the pool for 20 minutes, but when she left, the homeowner realized that a gun, jewelry and medication from his house was missing.

The victim was identified as Stephen Amaral, who said that the stolen items were worth about $1,200.

Police have identified the suspects, but they have not been found so far.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Alabama bank robber waits for police to arrive outside bank he just robbed

Rickie Lawrence Gardner 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with bank robbery related charges after robbing a bank in Alabama.

The bank robber also made it easy for police as he waited outside the bank until police responded to the scene, according to police reports in Alabama.

Moulton Police said that it wasn’t too difficult to arrest the suspect in Monday morning’s bank robbery.
Rickie Lawrence Gardner robbed the Independent Bank on Court Street, put the money in his car, then waited on a bench outside the bank until the police responded to the call shortly after 9:00 am, Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said.

Gardner, 49, of 7667 Alabama 33, told police that he feared losing his job at International Paper after suffering a leg injury and needed a place to stay.

Gardner entered the bank with a note saying that he was carrying a gun, and the teller gave him $4,000 police said.

Then, he left the building, entered his 2003 white Ford Explorer and put the money in the passenger seat of the car before waiting for the police to arrive, police said.
Gardner is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

"We are pleased that none of our employees and none of our clients were injured in this incident," the communications officer Patricia Hartley of Independent Bank said.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu seen writing letters in new Torah scroll

Benjamin Netanyahu writing in Torah scroll 
By: Debbie Gross

The Israeli prime minister was seen recently writing letters in a new Torah scroll, according to photos uploaded to the internet.

This week, Benjamin Netanyahu attended a tour of Masada and the Dead Sea, including an ancient synagogue that has been built during the Second Temple by Herod the Great. The synagogue was discovered in the 1960s during archaeological excavations.

Rabbi Shimon Elharar, who is the director of Chabad of the Dead Sea area, offered Netanyahu to participate in the writing of a Torah scroll that is currently being written for the synagogue.

Netanyahu agreed. He put on a yarmulke and tzitzit, which is a small version of a Jewish ritual prayer shawl. The prime minister wrote the verse in Exodus: "And every wise hearted man among you should come and create all that the Lord has commanded."

Lady Gaga buys her boyfriend $55,000 backpack as birthday gift

Gaga brought her boyfriend one of these backpacks 
By: Sarah Weiss

What can the rich and famous buy for their lover, who already have everything they can want, as a birthday present?
Maybe a designer backpack, designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, would be nice.

Pop star Lady Gaga, reportedly bought her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, a crocodile skin backpack,
which was designed and signed by renowned artist Damien Hirst along with the Olsen twins.

Gaga gave her boyfriend, who turned 32-years-old, the designer backpack as a birthday gift, which has a price tag of $55,000.

Artist Damien Hirst collaborated with the Olsen twins to design the high-end, weird-looking backpacks, with prescription pills all over the backpacks, and some other designs with rows of randomly colored circles as well as gold-plated brass circles.

Many people wonder who would shell out $55,000 to buy the product. Now, we know. It is people like Gaga, who need to find something unique for their significant other. Only 12 of these backpacks have reportedly been made.

Gaga is said to have arranged other goodies for her boyfriend, including a trip to see his family. She arranged a jet to fly them to Chicago, Illinois, so he can see his family. Gaga has been with Kinney for two years.


Child Services takes away boy, 8, from parents after he saved father from drowning

Joshua Garcia  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) In a very shocking turn of events, a boy was called a hero when he saved his father after their car fell into a river.

After the father was rescued, Child Services came to the family’s home and took the boy into their custody.

8-year-old Joshua Garcia of Massachusetts, is being credited with helping save his father after his car crashed into a guard rail and landed on a sandbar in the middle of a river. Authorities said that the boy’s father, Eugenio Garcia of Fitchburg, was trapped in the vehicle in the Nashua River after the accident, which occurred around 3:00 am on Thursday.

That is when his 8-years-old, son, Joshua, managed to slip through the wreckage, climbed an embankment, and then ran more than a half a mile to his house to tell his step-mother to call for help. The woman called police. Garcia was rescued around 3:30 am, and then treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Later, he was released from the hospital.

Firefighters said that if the car had fallen into the water rather than on the sandbar, then, both father and son, probably would have been dead. It is what happened after the accident that got people talking. Child Services went to the family’s house and took the couple's 8-year-old boy away.

Child Services said they are keeping the child while an investigation is being conducted as to why the father and son were out at 3:00 am. They want answers as to how and why the father crashed. Authorities want to know if the father was intoxicated while driving with the child in his car or was he too tired to drive.

Joshua saved his father, hopefully they will be reunited very soon.
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Man has surgery after hot dog gets stuck in him during charity hot dog eating contest

Brian Read 
By: John Roberts

A baseball pitcher had to undergo surgery after he was injured in a hot dog eating contest.

Brian Read, a pitcher for Jefferson College in Mississippi, is now playing in New Hampshire with the Seacoast Mavericks during the summer.

19-year-old Read signed up to eat in a charity hot dog eating contest. Unfortunately for him, things did not turn out well. Not only did he finish last in the charity hot dog eating contest on Sunday, but he needed surgery on Tuesday to remove a piece of sausage stuck in his esophagus.

"I started to swallow too early, and I did not chew the food very well," Read said.
Immediately after the incident, which was held during the seventh inning of a game in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League game, Read vomited.

The college athlete did not feel better and vomited several times more until the next day. He was unable to drink liquids or even swallow his own saliva.
An endoscopy revealed a 1.5 inch piece of sausage wedged sideways inside him at the point where the esophagus meets the stomach. A surgeon was forced to operate in order to remove the food.

After surgery, Read was able to go back to eating solid foods.

Woman uses 9-year-old nephew to steal woman's bag at Chuck E. Cheese

Jasmine Johnson, and Chantel Jenkins 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was caught on video directing her nephew to grab a stranger’s purse during a birthday party.

One aunt was a bad role model to her 9-year-old nephew when she used him to steal a purse.

On Tuesday night, Jasmine Johnson, 26, and Chantel Jenkins, 24, entered the Chuck-E-Cheese restaurant in Brandon, Florida to attend a birthday party.

During the party, the two women saw a purse that had been left at the counter. Video surveillance showed Johnson directing her nephew to snatch the purse, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The nephew then went up behind the owner of the purse and grabbed it from the counter.

He then ran to a seating area and placed the purse on a table, where the two women were sitting. Both women were seen in the surveillance video leaving Chuck-E-Cheese, while Chantel Jenkins was carrying the stolen purse.

When the victim realized that her purse was stolen, her husband, who is handicapped, went after the women. Police were called and they questioned Johnson, and Jenkins. Both women denied taking the purse so officers allowed them to leave.

That same night, the stolen credit cards were used fraudulently at a local convenience store, deputies said.
Only after police reviewed the surveillance video at Chuck-E-Cheese, did they realize that the women had used the 9-year-old in the theft.

Both women are wanted on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, grand theft, and fraudulent possession of personal information. Detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of the two women, and they have released photos of them. Police are asking the public's help to catch these women. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Couple arrested after trying to steal pizza from women, calling them fat, which led to a fight

George Joseph Burns and Midiala Siverio Dunn 
By: Moses Gold

A couple walked into a eatery and took pizza out of a box from two women they called “fat”.

Deputies were called to Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill Bar in the Florida Keys on Thursday night after a fight broke out.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff, a couple of Key Largo, went out to eat with their 21-year-old daughter and her friend. They had all been eating pizza at the bar, when a couple from Miami, Florida, approached their table and tried to swipe some pizza from their box.

This led to a confrontation, especially after the couple, George Joseph Burns, 44, and Midiala Siverio Dunn, 43, began calling the two women "fat", according to the Sheriff's Office. Things deteriorated rapidly, when Burns allegedly attacked the two women, knocking one of the women to the ground, deputies said.

After the incident, Burns and Dunn allegedly left the eatery, but one of the women’s father was angry about the couple’s behavior towards his daughter and her friend. The man met the couple in the parking lot, where both men began fighting.

A woman on the street saw them fighting, she intervened and tried to stop the fight. Dunn told her to move out of harm's way, and then he allegedly punched her.
Police were called and several witnesses corroborated the story told by the couple and the two women of Key Largo, deputies said.

After Burns and Dunn were both treated for injuries at a hospital, they were arrested and taken to jail. Burns was charged with three counts of assault and Dunn was charged with one count of assault.

Washington Denny’s restaurant shuts down after undercover video shows filth in the kitchen

The filth at Denny's 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A restaurant was shut down after an undercover video was posted to YouTube that showed filth all over the kitchen right next to food, according to video uploaded to the internet.

A Denny's restaurant in northwest Washington state closed last week for a deep cleaning, after the secretly recorded video showed stomach-churning dirt throughout the kitchen.

The video showed layers of old food coating the spaces under kitchen appliances, dirty dishes and utensils stacked in piles around the kitchen, and dirt clinging to various cooking surfaces. The restaurant is located in Ferndale, Washington. The video has so far been viewed over 12,500 time since it was first posted on YouTube.

Some viewers of the video were alarmed enough to contact the Health Department in Whatcom County, which sent an inspector to the restaurant. When the inspector arrived, the restaurant was in the midst of its deep cleaning.

The restaurant re-opened the same day, after the inspection. The health inspector said that the restaurant was inspected again the following week.

“At Denny’s, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality experience for our customers, and that includes the food we serve and the condition of our restaurants. We take any report that suggests otherwise very seriously and any kitchen in violation of local health standards is unacceptable.

We sent the restaurant in Ferndale resources to work with the local health department to ensure the quality and safety of the food. The department has inspected and approved the conditions. The Ferndale, Washington restaurant is now open to the public,” Denny’s Restaurant said in a statement.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

2 women give birth in hospital parking lot after bomb threat shuts down Alabama hospital

Tessa Kilgore 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Two women were forced to give birth in a hospital parking lot after the hospital building was evacuated due to a bomb threat, according to hospital officials in Alabama.

Alabama Hospital officials said that the women gave birth in that area after the bomb threat forced all nurses and staff into the parking lot.

Tessa Kilgore, of Oakman, was one of the 76 patients in the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper when the threat was called into police on Friday.

The 21-year-old was in labor and hospital staff covered her with blankets before taking off. She gave birth to a girl, Kylie, 30 minutes later.

"It was crazy," Kilgore said. "At the moment she was born, I did not care who was around and watching," she added.
Kilgore and the baby were then taken by ambulance to Alabama Outpatient Surgery Center.
"There are certain things you cannot plan every time. Birth is one of them," Doctor LoRissia Autery said.

This was not the first time a woman gave birth in a hospital parking lot. As we reported earlier, pregnant 21-year-old Jessica Miracle of Tazewell, Tennessee, went to the Claiborne County hospital emergency room with labor pains.
The doctor in charge felt that Miracle was in danger. He therefore told Miracle that she had to be transferred by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Miracle, who was accompanied by her boyfriend, Ronnie Ray Smith, decided against the doctor’s warning and they left the hospital on their own.

The doctor who saw Miracle leave, warned her that if she left the hospital, "She and her baby would be in danger and they could die.”

As soon as Miracle walked out into the hospital parking lot, she went into heavy labor.Ms. Miracle started walking back to Claiborne County Hospital but she did not make it on time, her baby was born on the floor of the parking lot and her newborn son passed away a short time later.

Miracle was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment, where she was arrested.
"She decided she was going to leave and signed herself out against medical advice," the Tazewell Police Chief Mark Lamb said.

Court records do not indicate why the doctor thought miracle required specialized treatment.
At first she was charged with second-degree murder, then after further consultation with the district attorney's office, the charge was amended to aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Miracle was released from the Claiborne County Jail after posting $50,000 bail.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

California man gunned down hours before getting married

Crime scene illustration 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was shot and killed just hours before he was set to get married, according to police reports in California.

Modesto Police said that a man, 19-years-old, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the day that he was getting married.

The shooting was first reported around 2:00 pm. Police believe the shooting occurred in another area and not where the victim was found. After the shooting, the friend drove the car to a residential area near Leon and Figaro avenues and called police.

The man’s family also said that a baby and a friend of the man, were in the car at the time of the shooting. The baby belongs to the friend, and not the victim. The baby and the friend were unharmed.

Police are trying to figure out the motive for the shooting. Gang violence has not been ruled out, according to police.

This is not the first time that a man was killed just hours before getting married. As we reported earlier, a woman was arrested and charged with murder related charges after she stabbed and killed her groom just hours before the wedding ceremony, according to court proceedings in Pennsylvania.

Now, the Pennsylvania woman who was accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death on her wedding day has been convicted of murder.
A jury in Allentown, found 31-year-old Na Cola Franklin guilty.

Prosecutors said that Franklin and 36-year-old Billy Brewster, had a discussion in the morning, the day they were supposed to get married.

Defense attorney John Waldron claimed that Brewster came home to their Whitehall Township apartment drunk after an all night bachelor party. He said that Brewster attacked Franklin and then tried to leave with the couple's son, who was 9-months-old at the time.

The defense attorney also claimed that the woman grabbed a knife in order to protect her child from being harmed by the drunk groom.

Prosecutors said however, that the child was never in any danger, instead, the woman was worried about her hair not being perfect for the wedding.

“Talk about loving each other to death. What normal bride stabs her groom to death the day of the wedding? Something was seriously wrong with their relationship to begin with. The woman is a danger to society, she should never be allowed to leave prison,” Cindy Lopez, 24, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania told YourJewishNews.com after being asked to comment on Franklin’s murder conviction.

The woman is facing life in prison after being convicted of first degree murder.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Police seize chicken 46 years after sell-by date

Chicken feet illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Police have confiscated a large amount of chicken with a sell-by date of 46 years ago, according to police reports in China.

China Police said that have seized 20 tons of chicken from a Vietnamese smuggling group including chicken legs that were 46 years past its sell-by date.

During a raid, police in the southwestern province of Guangxi, said they busted an underground network that had been flooding the Chinese market with low quality chicken feet, tripe and throat.

Among their discoveries were stomach-turning chicken legs that date back to 1967, when China was still ruled by Chairman Mao and the Tiananmen Square slaughter was still twenty-two years away.

Li Jianmin, a local security chief, said that the old chicken was treated with chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, to kill bacteria, extend the expiration date and make the feet white.

The chicken feet entered the market during a crucial year in the history of the world.
Under Chairman Mao, China was in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, fierce repression against landowners, intellectuals and religion that is believed to have claimed at least one million lives.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Judge orders woman to write ‘How a Lady Should Behave in Public’ essay after drunk in public charge

Drunk women in public illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A woman was given a strange sentence after she was charged with being drunk in public, according to court proceedings in North Carolina.

North Carolina Police said that a Warrenton woman has been ordered by a Halifax County judge to think about how a woman should behave in public after pleading guilty in connection with disorderly conduct and drunk in public charges.

Toni Marie King, 21, of Warrenton, was arrested after police officer Chris Biggerstaff of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, said the woman stole some beer and appeared to be intoxicated in a store in Presto.

Police also said that King yelled and rudely insulted others through the use of profanity.
Police also said that King kicked Biggerstaff while he was arresting her for stealing beer.

King pleaded guilty in the Halifax County District Court on charges of resisting an officer and being intoxicated in public.
Judge Brenda Branch sentenced King to suspended 45 days in prison, 12 months of supervised probation.

King was also sentenced to write a two-page article, "How a woman should behave in public."
King also was sentenced to pay a fine and court costs, and not to possess or consume alcohol while on probation.

Man arrested after being seen on video throwing dog off motel balcony

Marcell Sibley 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty related charges after he was seen on video throwing a dog off a balcony, according to police reports in Georgia.

Marietta Police said that shocked residents of an extended stay motel called police after seeing a man throwing a dog in a box of a second floor balcony.
Police said they could hardly believe the story until they reviewed the motel security video.

"I think it takes a sick person to mistreat a small animal like that. I do not care if it's a dog, a cat or whatever," Don Dugan, a witness, said.

People who live in the suites and police still cannot understand why the man did what he did.
Investigators said that Marcell Sibley is the man who was caught on camera grabbing his little Yorkshire terrier by the neck, slapping it, and then, seconds after leaving his room with the dog in a cage, throwing it down to the concrete below.

"The owner of the dog then went down to the sidewalk, picked it up and discarded it into the dumpster," police officer David Baldwin said.
Police, who arrived minutes later, found the dog barely alive in the trash.

After allegedly getting rid of the dog, Sibley fled the area, but there were plenty of witnesses in the case, including video cameras.

Sibley was later arrested at his home in Atlanta. He told officers that he was angry with the dog.
According to police, felony cruelty to animals is punishable by one to five years in prison.

"I think it's the same as if it were a small child, it is something that cannot help themselves," Dugan said.
The little dog suffered fractures and spinal injuries and it was unclear whether it would survive.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman caught on video hiring hitman to kill husband because it is easier than divorce

Julia Merfeld 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with soliciting a murder related charges after being caught on video hiring a hitman to kill her husband, according to police reports in Michigan.

Michigan Police said that Julia Merfeld was secretly being recorded while discussing the murder of her husband with an undercover police officer posing as a murderer for hire.

The 21-year-old Muskegon, Michigan woman offered the police officer $50,000 of the $400,000 life insurance police of her husband, Jacob Merfeld, paid over several weeks. Make it look like a robbery, she suggested. It should be painless if possible, she said. She also asked the murderer to surprise her.

"The more surprised I am when it happens, the better," she said.
If possible, kill him outside of my house because it would be messy in the house, she said.

Merfeld’s coworker, Carlos Ramos, told police that Merfeld planned to hire a hitman to kill her husband after the woman talked about it at work. Ramos thought it was a joke at first and hoped that the issue would never come up again. When she continued to talk about the plan in more detail, Ramos made the decision to go to the police, who set up the sting operation.

"As terrible as it sounds, it is easier than divorcing him. I do not have to worry about the judgment of my family, I did not have to worry about breaking his heart," the woman said.

Merfeld pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month. She is facing a minimum sentence of six years in jail. Surprisingly, Jacob Merfeld did not want his wife to go to jail at all.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view