Woman, 94, wins Holocaust survivor beauty pageant

Shoshana Kolmer 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) An old woman is extremely happy after winning an Israeli beauty pageant.

Shoshana Kolmer, 94, an Israeli citizen of Czech origin, smiled after winning the Miss Holocaust Survivor Beauty Contest in Haifa, Israel. Kolmer was liberated from Auschwitz in Poland. She told a story of how she used to sing a song to a Nazi guard every day, and therefore, received a small piece of bread. She immigrated to Israel in 1946.

The 18 finalists of the beauty contest on a stage in the Haifa basketball arena, wore beautiful dresses, their jewels, and their hair thickened with hairspray.

Unlike the typical beauty contestants, the Israeli women standing before a crowd of 2,000 were between 70 and 94-years-old. They all suffered through the Holocaust.

Esther Gorovitsky, one of the finalists, said the event "gave me the opportunity to be with other women, who have faced great adversity in their life."

Dressed in a flattering black blouse and a long skirt with silver beads, she told how, when she was 6-days-old, her mother fled with her and her brother to Siberia.

"It's good to be with other women who have experienced difficulties," she said while looking at the other contestants. "We speak the same language," she said.

When it was first introduced last year, Miss Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant drew both praise and criticism from Israelis, many of whom lost family at the hands of the Nazis.

Israel was created three years after the end of World War Two, largely as a refuge for the rest of the Jews of Europe who were not destroyed during the Holocaust. About 6 million Jews perished while millions more were interned in labor camps or survived in hiding in indescribable conditions.

Less than 200,000 of those survivors are living today in Israel.

Australian company ridiculed after censuring reproductive organ on photo of kangaroo

Photo of the censured kangaroo 
By: Sarah Weiss

An Australian company was mocked after it decided to censure the reproductive organ on a photo of a kangaroo, according to images uploaded to the internet.

Using humorous censorship the Australian company has been met with bewilderment on Facebook.

Tourism Australia published the photograph of a kangaroo, named Big Baz, on their official Facebook page, chilling on some grass.
However, several users complained after Baz's genitals were pixellated as a joke.
"Censorship of the reproductive organs of an animal is one of the dumbest things I've seen in my life," an annoyed reader said.

Another wrote: "Why are you censoring a kangaroo. My God, that's crazy. I have a lot of pictures of my dog on Facebook and none of them are censored, it just seems silly and something weird about that. It looks like you're trying to turn it into a centerfold instead of it being a normal picture of kangaroo behavior.”

A spokesperson for Tourism Australia later stated that the picture was intended to be a gag.
"Anyone familiar with our Facebook page knows that we are having fun," the spokesperson said.

Washington World War Two veteran beaten to death by teens

Delbert Belton and one of the suspects 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A World War Two veteran was beaten to death by a group of teens, according to police reports in Washington.

Spokane Police said that Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left to die by two teenagers at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday night.

Belton, 88, succumbed to his injuries this morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Witnesses said that Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 North Lidgerwood, next to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8:00 pm on Wednesday when two men attacked him as he was to head inside to play pool.
Police responded with K-9 dogs to track the suspects’ smell, but could not locate them.

"It does seem random. He was in the parking lot when he was attacked and there was no evidence that these people had known each other before the assault," Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

Belton died of his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War Two and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum company in the Trentwood plant of the company for over 30 years. Belton's wife died several years ago.
He liked to play pool. Besides playing billiards he loved working on cars.

Spokane Police are looking for two men suspected in the attack. They said the suspects are African-Americans between 16 and 19-years-old. One suspect was described as heavy-set and wearing black clothing. The other was described as about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what the second suspect was wearing.

Police investigating the fatal attack also obtained surveillance video of the scene.

Employee arrested for theft after company mistakenly gives him big paycheck

Cesar Saldivar 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was extremely happy when he received a huge amount of money from his employer.

However, his joy did not last too long after he found out that the money did not come as a bonus for his hard work, but rather through an accounting error.

Cesar Saldivar, 25, of Bryan, Texas, was arrested and charged with theft after being mistakenly paid 100 times more than he should have been paid, but he did not return the money to the company.

Saldivar was paid a whopping $99,275 instead of the $992.75 that was owed to him. It was all due to an accounting error at the Texas Steel Conversion where he worked, according to a police report.
When they realized their mistake, the company attempted to recover the money from Saldivar, but was unsuccessful.

According to the police report, Saldivar told employees of the company that he felt he had not done anything wrong, and he had no money left. He also said that he needed more time to figure out what to do.

Out of the $99,275, approximately $38,000 was deducted from federal income taxes and about $6,000 for Social Security. The net amount deposited in the account was $53,221.79 according to the report.

Saldivar opened a new bank account and deposited $53,221 of the money he received. He also withdrew $20,000 on that day and another $25,000 four days later, according to the report. Saldivar did not actually steal the money, but when he did not return the money, which was deposited into his account, he was charged with theft.

In Texas, theft of property valued between $20,000 and $100,000 is a third-degree felony. Saldivar was released from the Brazos County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Woman gives birth to healthy baby from 19-year-old embryo, surprising scientists

Kelly Burke with her baby 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman, who was experiencing difficulties conceiving a baby, received a unique offer to adopt, not a child, but an embryo.

After years of failed fertility treatments, Kelly Burke, 45, who is a NASA scientist, decided to go for it.

She adopted four embryos from a couple in Oregon, who underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive their twins in 1994.

"Embryos are not easily available and the opportunity came unexpectedly," Burke said in a statement at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area, which coordinated the procedure. “I was excited by the idea of carrying my child,” she said.

The doctors told her that there was only a 60 to 65 percent chance for the 19-year-old frozen embryo to be successful, but surprisingly, the procedure was a success and nine months ago, Burke gave birth to a healthy son, named Liam James.

The birth marks the second-oldest cryopreserved human embryo resulting in a live birth. According to the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, the oldest frozen embryo resulting in a live birth was 19 years and 7 months old.

Although there are about 500,000 frozen embryos in the U.S., embryo donations are rare, and Burke had to undergo an extensive vetting process before the procedure. She also had to legally adopt the eggs that had been frozen in 1994.

The couple who donated the eggs and Burke, agreed that it would be an open adoption. Burke will keep the donors updated on his development. The Oregon couple’s 18-year-old twins, who are the baby’s full biological siblings, will be a part of his life as he grows up.

Professor jailed after setting fires because his son committed suicide

Rainer Klaus Reinscheid 
By: David Ross

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of arson related charges after he set numerous fires, according to court proceedings in California.

After carefully considering the case, an Orange County judge on Thursday sentenced a former professor at the University California Irvine, who set several fires without injury following the suicide of his 14-year-old son, to 14 years and four months in prison.

Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, a German citizen, who was an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was given 393 days credit since he was in custody since his arrest. He also received another 393 days credit for good behavior.
"It was a tragic case," defense attorney Dan Leib said. "The judge seemed to be heavily influenced by the impact on the school, families and community," he said.

Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett sentenced the man.
Reinscheid wrote in an email saying that those who hurt his child "need to suffer before they die."

Defense attorney Leib argued that the professor was under the influence after being distraught about his son’s suicide. His son was found hanging in a local park.

Reinscheid told the court he lost his son, and then himself. He pleaded for mercy, saying he wanted to return to Germany and take care of his wife and child, 7.

Reinscheid could have gotten just three years in prison or as many as 18.
Reinscheid’s late son, Claas, was allegedly caught stealing something from a snack bar and was told to pick up trash as his punishment.

He pleaded guilty to one count of arson of another's property, two counts of arson of a structure and three counts each of arson of forest land. He also pleaded guilty to attempted arson, along with a misdemeanor charge of resisting and obstructing an officer.

Because he is a German citizen, Reinscheid could be deported when he is released from prison.

Man goes on drug-fueled rampage assaulting boy, disabled man, dog

Sean Carnell 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man, who was high on drugs, went on a rampage, assaulting several people and a dog, according to police reports in Idaho.

Meridian Police said that a local 23-year-old man allegedly assaulted many people, including children and a man in a wheelchair.

Sean Carnell began his rampage on Wednesday morning with hitting a 15-year-old in the face several times in Tully Park and stealing a skateboard from another teen.

Meridian Police said he later kicked a dog in the leg and ribs near 8th Street and Delmar and walked away. Soon after, he attacked a construction worker with a shovel and hit him in the face and back, leaving the worker lying in a ditch.

After the attack on the construction worker, Carnell made his way into an apartment and assaulted a 36-year-old woman. The daughter and boyfriend of the woman threatened Carnell. That is when he decided to flee.

The 23-year-old then approached a 45-year-old in a wheelchair and push him down the street.
The Nampa Fire Department said Thursday that one of the victims of Carnell was a 16 year veteran of the force.

Officials arrested Carnell without incident in the 700 block of West Pine Street, seven minutes after the first 911 call. Officers believe Carnell was under the influence of illegal narcotics. Police anticipate more charges and are asking the public for any help with information about Wednesday's events.

In total, Carnell faces six felony charges and five misdemeanor charges related to the alleged assault.

Vandal caught after liking his own crime photo on Police department’s Facebook page

Luis Enrique Rodriguez 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with vandalism after he liked his own crime photo that police had posted on their Facebook page, according to police reports in California.

Anaheim Police said that a local man, 18, liked a photo of himself on a Facebook Page belonging to the Huntington Beach Police Department, which police posted in order to get the public’s help in identifying suspects.

The man, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, also shared the image with his friends. Then, people left comments on the police Facebook page saying they knew him. After learning the suspect’s identity police showed up at his door.

Rodriguez was arrested on Friday on suspicion of vandalism.
Rodriguez is accused of writing “f*** the pigs” on a police car.

Couple beats Dunkin’ Donuts employee for serving wrong coffee

Jeffrey Wright and Alexis Longo 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested and charged with assault related charges after they allegedly beat a Dunkin’ Donuts employee for serving them the wrong coffee, according to police reports in Florida.

Lauderhill Police arrested a local couple after they pistol whipped an employee at a Dunkin' Donuts on Tuesday.

Arrested were Jeffrey Wright, 27, who was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his wife, Alexis Longo, 22, who was charged with simple assault.

The lunchtime brawl over the wrong coffee order was captured by restaurant surveillance cameras. It began at about 1:00 pm when the couple went through the drive-thru and placed their order.

After Longo discovered that her coffee was wrong, Wright and his wife parked their car and walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts located at 7125 West Oakland Park Boulevard in Lauderhill, according to a police report.

The two asked to speak to the manager, but before the manager could arrive an argument between the couple and the person who took their order broke out.

Longo tried to hit the employee. Her husband jumped in and a melee broke out near the front door.
Other customers tried to break up the fight, the video shows. Amid the fighting, Wright pulled out a handgun and began pistol-whipping the employee in the head.

Lauderhill police arrived and arrested the couple.
Wright is a security guard and has a concealed weapons permit, police said.
His bail was set at $20,000, while Longo’s bail was set at $1,000.

Man arrested after laughing at local city council meeting

Dustin Drabot 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after what he claimed was just because he laughed during a city council meeting, according to police reports in Georgia.

East Point Police said that a local man was forcibly removed from a city council meeting and arrested for laughing.
"It's not a crime to laugh," Dustin Drabot, the detainee, said. "I do not even remember laughing to be honest with you. I smiled and others in the audience laughed. I was in the front row," he said.

Drabot said the incident began when Mayor Earnestine Pittman left the meeting before it was concluded. The audience laughed because the meeting concluded before it was properly adjourned.

Drabot said Mayor Pro Tem Marcel Reed took over the meeting and said he would ask anyone who laughed to be removed.
"If I did laugh it did not obstruct anything," he said.

Reed said Drabot was persistently disruptive, jeered and laughed at the meeting.
Drabot said police used excessive force to subdue him.

Police said that Drabot interrupted the meeting, put a hole in a wall and broke the glasses of two officers as he was being arrested.

Drabot said that the allegations are not true and plans to plead not guilty when the case goes to court.

Groom arrested at his wedding after beating his bride’s sister

Saudi wedding illustration 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he assaulted several family members of his new wife, according to police reports in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Police said that a joyous wedding turned into a tragedy after the groom ended up in prison after allegedly assaulting his wife’s relatives minutes before going home.

The wedding celebration was held in a hall in Mecca in western Saudi Arabia. The fight began when the groom wanted to take a picture with his new wife.

However, the older sister of the bride opposed the presence of a man in the picture room. She called her sister to the side and told her to ask the groom to leave.

However, the groom insisted on taking pictures and an intense discussion with the bride's sister erupted.

The situation escalated quickly and the groom assaulted the woman, which caused other female relatives to join the fight.
The bride attempted to calm the situation, but failed, and the fight escalated to include the male relatives.

After the groom fled from the scene, several women complained to the police, saying they were victims of an assault.
The groom was arrested hours later and his case was transferred to the investigation’s unit.

Married Goldman Sachs banker arrested for raping 20-year-old woman during nude pool party

Jason Lee 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested at an upscale East Hampton New York vacation home on allegations of rape.

Jason Lee, 37, who is the managing director for the Goldman Sachs Group that handles initial public offerings, has been arrested on charges of raping a 20-year-old woman during a nude pool party.

Lee is a senior banker with Goldman Sachs and worked at the investment bank's headquarters at 200 West Street in Lower Manhattan since 1998.

The party was being held at a four-bedroom $33,000 a month, mansion in the Hamptons, where Lee and his wife Alicia had rented for the summer. It is alleged that Lee raped the woman inside the house in East Hampton, Long Island, New York, during a nude pool party.

At his court hearing in East Hampton, which was attended by Lee's wife and several members of his family, Lee pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His lawyer Edward Burke said his client is innocent and is looking forward to clearing his name.
Lee was placed on leave from his job at Goldman Sachs following his arrest.
Lee was released after posting $20,000 bond in cash.

City revokes permit of cab driver after forcing lesbian couple out of car

Kate Neal and Shanko Devoll 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A taxi driver lost his cab license after he dumped a lesbian couple on the side of the road in middle of the night.

The city of Portland, Oregon, has revoked the license of the cab driver, who was accused of kicking a lesbian couple out of his cab on I-84.

It is alleged that after the lesbian couple began making out, Ahmed Egal used homophobic slurs before throwing Kate Neal, her partner Shanko Devoll, and another woman, who was with them, out of his cab, leaving the three stranded on the side of the road.

The couple claims that the driver of Broadway Cab Company forced them out of his cab after he saw them become affectionate with each other in the back of his cab. According to the complaint, a second driver soon arrived, but Egal talked him out of taking the lesbian women home.

According to a police call of that night, Egal was the one who called police and told a 911 operator that the women in his cab are drunk and they are leaving his cab without paying the fare.

Despite the evidence of the 911 call, the city has made the decision to revoke his cab license citing that Egal has violated city codes of not getting his client to the destination, safely.

"My clients are pleased with the results, evidence shows that they were not in the wrong that night as many have claimed," Nicholas Yanchar, the couple's lawyer, said.

The city has also fined Broadway Cab Company $1,000, saying the company failed to provide a prompt response when the couple called for service that night.

"We believe the 911 call of the incident tells a different story," Raye Miles, president of Broadway Cab, said in a written statement.
"Broadway Cab is fully committed to the practice of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and diversity," he added.
Egal and Broadway Cab each have 10 days to appeal the city's decision.

New York man walks into home and hits sleeping 8-year-old with mop

Matthew Levine 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was left terrified after a man walked into her bedroom and hit her with a mop.

The man broke into a house in Long Island, New York, he woke up a sleeping 8-year-old and ordered her to leave the house, before hitting her over the head with a mop.

According to reports, 22-year-old Matthew Levine of Westbury, New York, broke into his neighbor's house at about 1:00 am, stole a cell phone and made a call.

The homeowner, Susan Nunez, 34, said that she was upstairs watching a movie. She admits that she did not lock her front door.
She heard someone talking in her house. "I went downstairs and heard someone talking in the kitchen and I was like who is it," Nunez said.

Nunez ran to her neighbor Daryl Ernest’s house and asked for help. She also called police. Meanwhile, Levine locked the front door and headed upstairs. He went to the room of the homeowner's 8-year-old daughter.

She was sleeping when Levine took a mop and repeatedly hit her on the head. The girl woke up and screamed for Levine to stop, but the man ordered her to leave the house claiming it was his house.

When the mother returned with her neighbor, they found the door locked. Ernest broke the door down and found the 22-year-old in the house.

"I talked to him for a couple of minutes. I tried to get him to calm down. I told him that everything would be all right and waited for the police to arrive,” Daryl Ernest said.
Levine was arrested and charged with burglary, assault, possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Helicopter drops $10,000 cash from the sky after man's last wish

Leonard Maull  
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man had an interesting last wish. He wanted that money be thrown from a helicopter so that his community members can enjoy some free cash.

A helicopter hovered above a marina in Lewes, Delaware, and people were stunned when money came flying out of the helicopter.

$10,000 in $50, $20, $10, and $5 bills were thrown from the helicopter as it was carrying out the last wish of the dead person.

"Nobody really knew what was going on until it happened. People started screaming that it was money, and then everyone ran to grab some," Kara Miele said. "Nobody was fighting each other for it, but everyone was struggling trying to grab everything they could," she said.

The money was courtesy of the last wishes of a man named Leonard Maull. In his will, Maull wrote that he wants $10,000 to be thrown from a helicopter, one year after he died.

Maull liked to hang out with friends at the Lewes Harbor Marina in Delaware. He was popular and well liked. Now, a year after his death, he has many more friends, and has become the talk of the town.
"This is probably the most exciting thing that happened here,” said Miele.

Lewes Police were told about the event and they sent an officer over to make sure there were no fights about the money.
It was a peaceful event just the way Maull would have like it to be.