Blind couple to marry after their dogs fall in love

The blind couple and their dogs 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) They are both blind, they also have guide dogs, and soon they will be husband and wife.

A blind couple has revealed how they found love after their guide dogs became an item.

Claire Johnson, 50, fell first to Mark Gaffey, 52, when her guide dog Venice befriended guide dog Rodd during guide dog training classes.

The two dogs, both three-years-old, became inseparable, and soon their owners, who are both legally blind, followed suit.
After an 11-month romance, the couple of Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, decided to get engaged, and are due to marry next year. The two dogs will be at their side.

Gaffey, who has been blind since birth, first met Claire when she took her dog Venice on a two-week course in Shrewsbury.

"During training, our two dogs, Rodd and Venice, seemed to know something that we did not. They were always playing together and stroking together. The coaches said they were in love. We could have easily missed each other because it was a residential course and you just happen to be put in it. It's ironic that we met there because we realized we only live a mile and a half away from each other, but we had never met. We were simply in the right place at the right time. I've never believed in fate, but it does seem like it was meant to be,” Gaffey said.

Johnson, who lost her sight due to diabetes when she was 24, said she took the first step when she invited Gaffey to the cafe at the end of the two-week residential course.

"Rodd and Venice sleep in the same bed and are both a couple like me and Mark. They're going to be walking down the aisle and be ring bearers. This wedding is for them as well," Johnson said.

New York Knicks superstar Amar'e Stoudemire applies for Israeli citizenship

Amare Stoudemir with Shimon Peres 
By: John Roberts

A U.S. sports icon has applied for Israeli citizenship. according to a statement released by his agent.
New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire has taken a step closer to the Promised Land.

"He asked for citizenship, and he is getting there now," Stoudemire's agent Happy Walters said.

Stoudemire, 30, put in the paperwork while in the Jewish state for the annual Maccabiah Games, where he served as assistant basketball coach for Canada.

The Maccabiah Games concluded earlier this week, but Stoudemire has more than religious reasons to forge closer ties with Israel.
In July, Stoudemire announced that he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire, who was signed by the New York Knicks in 2010 with a contract of nearly $100 million over five years, was not raised Jewish.

He has been flirting with religion since moving to New York and began to tell people that his wayward mother, Carrie, had Jewish ties.

In interviews, Stoudemire said he has "no religion", although he does keep certain Jewish ritual practices because "we are all Jews. It's the original culture."

Also, Stoudemire put on a yarmulke and a prayer shawl when he and Alexis Welch married last year.
"I'm not a religious person, I am a spiritual person," Stoudemire said. "So I keep the rules of the Bible that are coordinated with and connect with the Jewish culture," he also said.

Israeli soldier wins 27 million lotto jackpot

The Israeli soldier who won 27 million shekels 
By: Shifra Unger

An Israeli soldier has single-handedly conquered the lottery by winning millions of shekels in one week, according to a statement released by Israeli lottery officials.

The soldier learned of his winnings upon returning home from his army base last Friday. The soldier won 27 million shekels or about $7.3 million.

The soldier, who lives in southern Israel, bought lotto tickets totaling 290 shekels, or about $80 in Ashkelon on his way to the army base. When he arrived home to his family, he received the great news that he had won the first prize of the Israel national lottery, which totaled 26 million shekels.

If 26 million shekels was not enough, the soldier also won the second prize, adding another 1 million shekels to his winnings.

On Sunday, the soldier came along with his father to the Mifal Hapayis, or the government sponsored company running the lottery, in Tel Aviv to claim his money. His check totaled 27,072,404 shekels. The father and son wore masks on their faces when posing for pictures with the check.

“I have big plans for my money,” the soldier said. "My two feet are now firmly on the ground. I'm going to put the money into a savings plan in one bank and I'll live off the monthly interest," he said.

He intends to use the interest to pay for college and rent. The young man also promised to take care of his parents and his three siblings, with the money.

Mifal Hapayis was founded in 1951, and it funds public projects. The funds go to pay for schools, hospitals, and community centers throughout Israel.

Tomb of The Patriarchs desecrated by radicalized Muslims for the third time

The missing mezuzah 
By: David Ross

The sacred site of the Tomb of The Patriarchs was vandalized for the third time this month, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

For the third time this month Muslims frequenting the Tomb of Patriarchs desecrated Jewish religious objects at the site, tearing the Mezuzahs off the doorposts again and stealing them. They took advantage of the special visiting privileges the Muslims receive during the month of Ramadan, during which the Tomb of Patriarchs is opened only for Muslims and closed for Jews on Fridays of the month and the special dates.

Local police announced they have arrested two Palestinians in connection with the vandalism, but that they were still searching for the thieves. The act was recorded by surveillance cameras. A member of the Waqf was nearby during the act of sabotage.

The site administration has decided to limit access of Palestinians in response to these repetitive attacks. Muslims aged 18 – 35 will not receive access on the special days allocated to Muslims. They further stated they would not allow such actions to continue without a response and that they were taking further actions to prevent such attacks in the future.

Following the previous attack, Member of Knesset Orit Struk, a resident of Hebron, told Tazpit News Agency: "The Arabs took the opportunity they had on Friday to desecrate the Mezuzot. We cannot be silent about this incident. During the 700 years of Muslim occupation the Tomb of the Patriarchs was completely closed to Jews. Today, when the State of Israel is considerate of Muslims holidays and enables them full use of the site – they exploit it to harm Jewish symbols. I expect the Muslim leaders in Hebron and Israel to apologize to the Jewish People and condemn this heinous episode."

Indiana kids catch 'pedophile' after he kidnapped their 6-year-old friend

Caleb Cooper 
By: Debbi Gross

Police were called to an apartment building after children were seen banging on an apartment door claiming that their friend was kidnapped and taken inside the apartment.

The group of young children in Indiana are credited with saving a 6-year-old from a suspected pedophile, who abducted the girl from the playground.

Caleb Cooper, 19, of New Castle, was arrested after the neighborhood kids led police to his apartment, claiming that he took the girl to his house after he promised to show her his new kitten. The kids followed Cooper as he led the girl to his house.

They waited at the door, but Cooper would not let them enter to see the kitten. He only took the 6-year-old girl with him. The children then knocked on other doors in the building and asked people to help. A neighbor called police.

When police arrived, the police allegedly found the little girl completely nude in Cooper’s bedroom. They also found a kitten in the apartment.
As he was led away by police, Cooper was heard saying: “I’m so stupid! I can’t believe I got caught doing this again.”

Cooper was advised of his right to remain silent and that anything he said can be used against him in court, but he kept talking.
He revealed that he had been charged in the past with a sexual crime for an incident that took place when he was 14-years-old. That incident involved a sexual encounter with another child.

Cooper was charged with criminal confinement and child abuse. He was booked into the Henry County Jail where he was being held on $10,000 cash bond.

Security camera shows man being deliberately hit by car during fight

Tony Morgan 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was deliberately run over by a car after he tried to stop a drug deal on his property.

Tony Morgan, 44, who runs the Poachers Pocket Pub in Walderslade, United Kingdom, was left with broken ribs after he was deliberately hit by a car in an argument.

Morgan asked a driver to leave his parking lot. After a brief struggle, the driver escaped, but not before he hit Morgan with his car. Morgan was outside his establishment as he walked to the parking lot outside the pub.

That is when he saw a grey Peugeot 307 in his parking lot. The men inside seemed suspicious. "I thought that's a drug deal. I will not have that,” Morgan said. Morgan approached the passenger and told him: “Don't come here to buy your drugs, do it somewhere else."

According to police, the driver allegedly hit the father of three through the partially open window. Morgan informed the driver that he could not park there so they got into a heated argument. The driver tried to hit Morgan again, but he dodged the blow and the car drove off.

As the car left, Morgan was walking back to the pub. Morgan appeared to be talking to the men as they were leaving. All of a sudden the car reversed and crashed into him, knocking him to the ground. Morgan was taken to the Medway Maritime Hospital, where he was treated for broken ribs.

Morgan, who runs the pub for the past 13 years with his wife Lorraine, 45, is recovering and is said be in doing good.
The men in the car managed to escape. Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

Thief, 20, blocks mother from Facebook because she humiliated him after a robbery

Charlie Cooper with his mother Teresa 
By: Shifra Unger

A man was humiliated by his own mother after he was arrested for stealing jewelry from a woman.

Charlie Cooper, 20, of Canterbury, England, was convicted of stealing over $2,000 worth of jewelry from a house that belonged to Vandra Henderson while he was working with his father to clean her home.

When the local paper reported the story and posted his photo, Cooper was angry and claimed that it violated his human rights.
He posed a message on their Facebook page demanding compensation for violating his human rights.

In the post he wrote: “Well done guys. I have to watch my back every time I go out now. Thanks to the idiots, I'm getting threats left, right and center. I know what I did was wrong, but you didn't ask me if you could take a picture of me and put it in the papers. I know the public has a right to know, but I have my human rights, and now they have been breached. Thanks guys, well done.”

His mother, Teresa, responded to his remarks by telling him he didn’t have the right to complain as he had committed the crime.
Cooper’s mother wrote on his Facebook page: "They do not need your permission to take your picture as the courts has given them permission to take it."

The 20-year-old thief replied: "They do. I don't want my picture taken. End of."
His mother was not having any of it and said that he should have thought about it before he stole the jewelry in the first place.

The mother replied: “That lady didn’t want her jewelry taken, but you did it anyway. End of.”
This got Cooper very upset, as his mother humiliated him on Facebook for all his friends to read. This prompted Cooper to block his mother from his Facebook.

He wrote: “Mom, you say things like that, I'm blocking you ok.”
But his mother had the last word before being blocked from his Facebook. “Its the truth charlie. You don't like the truth,” she wrote. His mother went on to explain that her son has to realize that his actions have consequences.

Cooper was ordered to do 240 hours of community service. He must also pay $2,300 in compensation to Henderson.

Man hospitalized after shooting himself while sleeping

Police lieutenant Tim O'Malley 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was hospitalized after he shot himself while sleeping.

The man had a rude awakening when he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Police were called after the man in Concord, New Hampshire, blew a hole in his knee by shooting himself while he was sleepwalking. The man was wandering around his house at 12:30 am, with the gun in his hand when he accidentally released the weapon and shot himself.

His wife woke up to find that her husband was bleeding from the knee. She called police and he was rushed to a local hospital where he is recovering from injuries that are not life threatening.
The man told officers that he had been sleepwalking when the gun was fired.

"We'd like to know what happened and have more details. But the only witness to the incident was the person who was shot, and it sounds like he doesn't know exactly what happened," police lieutenant Tim O'Malley said.

Police Chief John Duval said it was a good opportunity to remind citizens to store their guns in a safe place.

Man sentenced to jail after urinating on cases of soda at Tesco supermarket

Moses Gold 
By: Tesco illustration

A man was a jailed, and he was ordered to pay restitution after he urinated on soda instead of going to the bathroom.

Surveillance cameras caught 36-year-old Stephen Goldring, relieving himself on a pile of Coca Cola, which destroyed them all.

According to court documents, Goldring caused $365 in damage when he urinated on the pallet, which was stored in an aisle of the Tesco store in Swansea Marina, United Kingdom.

Prosecutor Lisa Jones said the defendant was seen on camera as he was shopping with his friends. He then left the group to find a quiet place at another aisle. “He unzipped his pants and urinated on the whole display of coke bottles. He then zipped up and wiped his hands on his pants. Finally, he went back to his friends,” she said.

He went with the group to the checkout counter where he paid for his purchases and he walked away as if nothing happened. "The items cannot be resold because they were completely soaked in urine," the prosecutor said.

Attorney Matt Henson, who defended Goldring, said his client suffered from severe sciatica and the medication he was taking for the pain often causes a sudden urge to use the bathroom. His attorney claimed that while he was at Tesco, Goldring found himself desperately having to use the bathroom, and rather than the embarrassment of wetting himself in the store, he found a quiet place to relieve himself.

Goldring pleaded guilty to criminal damage. He was sentenced to two weeks in prison. He was also ordered to pay $365 in restitution to Tesco for the damage he caused.

New York spa now offering bird poop facials

Shizuka Bernstein 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Who said bird poop is all bad. A New York spa is offering bird poop facials for a hefty price.

The luxury spa is offering the traditional Japanese treatment made from imported Asian nightingale droppings mixed with rice bran for $180 each.

About 100 men and women go to the Shizuka New York skin salon, just off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, each month to receive this treatment, which is touted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth.

Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein, a native of Tokyo married to a U.S. citizen, has been offering what she calls the Geisha Facial, for the past five years.

"I bring the Japanese beauty secrets to the United States," Bernstein, who learned the treatment from her mother, said.

The Geisha Facial poop treatment, while relatively rare in the United States, is secret in Japan, where it was first used in the 1600s by actors and geishas.

"That's why Japanese grandmothers have beautiful skin," Duke Klauck, owner of the Ten Thousand Waves spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering the bird poop facial for $129 said.

Woman receives $100 train card after giving birth inside Washington train station

Shavonnte Taylor and her baby 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman received a preloaded $100 train card after she gave birth inside a train station, according to officials of the Metro Transit in Washington DC.

The baby was delivered on the platform of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station Thursday morning.
Metro Transit Police first tweeted the event around 10:48 am, but the baby was born around 10:30 am.

Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel said that the 23-year-old woman went into labor aboard a Green Line train heading toward Greenbelt, Maryland. An emergency medical technician, who was off duty at the time, helped the woman get off the train.

Police and station managers responded when someone called police, but the baby could not wait, and EMT delivered the child at the time.

Both mother and son were taken to George Washington University Hospital, and both appear to be in good health, according to the DC Fire Department.

A hospital spokesperson said the boy, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces, has been named Amir Mason.
Around 3:00 pm, Metro officials tweeted a photo of a letter written by the Metro General Manager Richard Sarles to the baby's mother. It reads:

"Dear Shavonnte Taylor,

Congratulations on the birth of your child! I am sure that the delivery was not exactly as you had imagined, but I hope that our employees and customers, who assisted you were a source of support and comfort.
Please accept our SmarTrip card with preloaded $100 Metro fare as our gift."

Woman dies on her first date in New York City after plunging from high rise balcony

Jennifer Rosoff and the balcony 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman fell to her death in a tragic accident while enjoying a first date with a new man, according to police reports in New York.

New York City Police said that a 35-year-old woman on a first date, fell to her death Thursday after the rail at a New York City 17th floor balcony gave way.

Jennifer Rosoff went outside to smoke a cigarette around 12:50 am and either sat on the railing or leaned against it. Her date told her that she should not do, and then moments later, apparently, fell backwards and landed on a scaffold on the first floor, officials said. Police spoke with the man and no foul play was suspected.

Emergency crews pronounced Rosoff dead at the scene. Doctors will determine the cause of death.
The gray brick high-rise building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was built before World War Two. Only the apartments on the upper-floor rooms have balconies, and the department of buildings in the city ordered residents to stay off them.

Building Department officials examined the railing to determine how it could have given way and plan to determine if the other balconies are structurally sound.

Rosoff worked at The New Yorker, Lucky and Cosmopolitan magazine before joining a new startup called TripleLift Media Advertising. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Boy, 10, calls police to report his father’s drunk driving moments before crash

Owen B. Gilman 
By: Debbie Gross

A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he crashed a car while driving drunk according to police reports in Connecticut.

Rhode Island Police said that a 10-year-old boy, who was riding in the backseat of his father's Mercedes-Benz, made frantic calls to police on Wednesday night, saying he feared he would die because his father was drunk and speeding on the I-95.

The boy was so scared, he told police, he was thinking of jumping out from the moving car, thinking his chances to survive will be better than staying inside the car waiting for a high-speed crash.

Moments later, the Mercedes slammed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee, sending the child and his 12-year-old sister to the hospital, police said. Owen B. Gilman, 49, of Warwick, Rhode Island, the Mercedes driver and the child's father, was not injured.

Rhode Island State Police took the initial call of the boy, and tried to transfer the call to the Connecticut State Police as the car approached the state line. Troopers lost the boy’s call, however, police in Connecticut soon received several calls reporting an accident on I-95 in Stonington.

The Mercedes-Benz, drove the jeep and its driver off the road and down an embankment, where it rolled over. The Jeep driver, whom police did not identify, was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London for treatment of blunt-force trauma and cuts.

The two children in the Mercedes were taken to Westerly Hospital for treatment after suffering cuts.
Gilman, of 88 Cooper Road in Warwick, was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, police said. Police said they found "a significant amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia" in the car.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, two counts of risk of injury to a minor, drunk driving, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.

He was initially held on $35,000 bail, but at his appearance on Thursday in New London Superior Court, his bail was increased to $250,000.

Senior female television news anchor tells viewers ‘Tonight I will sound like a drunk’

Kerryn Johnson 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A popular female television news anchor caused controversy after telling her audience that “tonight I am going to sound like a drunk,” according to video uploaded to the internet.

Now, the video clip of the Australian news presenter, has gone viral after she accidentally made ​​the comment, live on air.

WIN News Canberra anchor Kerryn Johnson began her live broadcast with a joke saying. "Good evening. Tonight I'm going to sound like a drunk."

The 30-second news clip has been making the rounds on social networks, though Johnson herself has expressed shame for the gaffe.

WIN News issued a statement after the incident saying: "Kerryn Johnson usually sets a very high standard for herself. For her to go on air when she had no intention of it, has been more than embarrassing for her. Kerryn has presented the news for more than two decades and has never been involved in anything like this before. We are sure that our viewers will understand."

Florida man arrested after nearly drowning police dog

Landon Barnes 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with injuring a police dog related charges after he kept a police dog underwater until it passed out, according to police reports in Florida.

Orlando Police said that after climbing an eight-foot tall barbed wire fence, and running through thick brush and black mud to chase down a robbery suspect, Seabee, an Orlando police dog, had a brush with death.

Seabee, a two-year-old German shepherd, chased down Landon Barnes in a marshy area near Audubon Park after the suspect allegedly burglarized a home on Chelsea Street on Thursday, according to an Orlando Police spokesperson.

When the 18-year-old suspect ran into the water it was so dark that the police could not see below the surface, so they unleashed Seabee to track him down.

That's when police said Barnes attacked the dog, dipping Seabee’s head into the water at least three times, forcing thick and dirty water into the lungs of the dog.

“Barnes held the head of the dog below the water in order to drown and kill the K-9 dog," Jim Young, a police sergeant, said.
Although Seabee escaped, he began to convulse, so he was taken to a vet in order to receive treatment, according to a police report.

Seabee has been with the Orlando Police Department for about 18 months. The dog spent the night recovering at an animal hospital. He was released on Friday with a high fever, and will be monitored to ensure that it was not exposed to contamination.

Seabee and his handler, Officer Tim Stanley, who also climbed the high fence in order to stop Barnes, will be out of service for three days.

In an interview with police after his arrest, Barnes said he was drinking water from a hose belonging to an area resident, but never entered the actual house.

Homeowner Barbara Sills had a different story.
Sills, who had been a victim of burglary in the past and came home to check her mail at 1:30 pm on Thursday, heard the back door slam and saw Barnes flee.

She pursued Barnes until he jumped a fence, Sills said.
Barnes was bitten at least once be the dog.

After a brief stay at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Barnes was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of robbery, resisting arrest with violence and injuring a police dog. He is being held on $5,300 bail.

Woman receives no jail after pleading guilty to killing her baby with rat poison

Bei Bei Shuai 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of killing her baby with rat poison.

Now, she was sentenced to time served as part of a plea bargain agreement, according to court proceedings in Indiana.

Indianapolis prosecutors said that a Chinese immigrant accused of killing her baby by eating rat poison while she was pregnant, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness as part of a plea deal.

Bei Bei Shuai, 36, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence and sentenced to time served, which was 178 days, the Marion County Prosecutor, Terry Curry, said. The woman had been charged with murder, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Curry said that his office decided to accept the lesser charges after the prosecution suffered major setbacks in court. He said he decided to accept the lesser charge instead of appealing those court rulings that destroyed the state’s case against the woman.

"The evidentiary rulings made our case too difficult to proceed," he said. "We felt it was appropriate to resolve this case with a conviction and with some recognition of guilt so that everyone can move on," Curry said.

Prosecutors had argued that Shuai, a native of Shanghai, killed her son by eating rat poison when she was eight months pregnant. Shuai gave birth to Angel. The baby died three days later.

The plea agreement states that the two sides believe that the sentence will not result in adverse immigration consequences, and if it does, the plea agreement can be vacated.