Israeli IDF soldier becomes a U.S. millionaire

Elie Tahari with Joan Rivers 
By: Shifra Unger

An Israeli citizen who lived in an orphanage, decided to move to New York to make a better life for himself.

Elie Tahari, who still speaks with a thick Israeli accent, came to New York with just $100 in his pocket. While addressing an audience at the New York fashion show he said: "The city of New York gave me everything."

It's now 40 years since the Israeli fashion designer became famous for his unique clothing designs. Recently, New York city recognized his contributions to the fashion industry by designating September 4 as Elie Tahari day.

Tahari runs a $500 million business with an international presence in over 40 countries, including 600 stores in the United States. He has a celebrity clientele which includes Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Jennifer Hudson.

When Tahari first came to New York City from Israel in the 1970s, his first bed was a park bench in Central Park. At that time, he was a poor kid with only $100 in his pocket.

His family moved to Israel from Iran in the late 1950s, experiencing poverty familiar to many families during that period. Tahari's parents eventually divorced, sending him to an orphanage. He later joined the Israeli army, where he served as a mechanic.

It was during one of his first jobs in New York that he started his career. He was an electrician at a boutique in Greenwich Village. At that shop, he bought some articles of clothing that the store was unable to sell. He did some work on it and made it into unique tube tops. People loved his work and the rest is history.

Israel's private citizens helping Syrian refugees in Jordan

Syrian refugee 
By: Anav Silverman

Syrian refugees are receiving unexpected help from Israeli citizens, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

In what UNHCR officials have described as the worst refugee crisis in 20 years, over a million Syrians, half of which are children, have fled the country in the past six months. Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in March 2011, the total number of Syrian refugees is now up to 2 million people. According to Jordan’s minister of state for media affairs, Mohammad al-Momani, over one million of those Syrian refugees have flooded into Jordan.

For neighboring Israelis, the tragic developments have not gone by unnoticed.

“There are a number of Israeli citizens and organizations involved with aid distribution to Syrian refugees, which have sent hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid to Jordan,” said Dr. Nir Boms from Haifa University in a recent interview with Tazpit News Agency.

Dr. Boms himself is involved with aid distribution to Syrian refugees through an Israeli group called Hand in Hand with Syrian Refugees. Made up of concerned Israeli citizens and NGOs, Hand in Hand was initiated in the beginning of 2013 to address the Syrian situation

Partnering up with an American Christian charity, Operation Blessing, and Israel’s Reut Institute, Hand in Hand has been raising funds, sending and distributing humanitarian aid to Jordan’s Syrian refugees throughout the past year.

In May, Hand in Hand sent a special truckload filled with 5,000 winter jackets and sweaters, along with 1,000 pairs of shoes and toys, with the aid of Operation Blessing to Syrian refugees.

"We didn't know at first if we would succeed in getting the truckload of items into Jordan and to the Syrian refugees," says Melanie, who asked that her last name not be mentioned. An Israeli mom from northern Israel who spearheaded the distribution project with Dr. Boms, Melanie collected thousands of clothing items and raised money to make the project happen.

"It began as word of mouth - first we started collecting from neighbors and friends, then from different sectors across the nation including Jews and Arabs and finally from international supporters," explains Melanie.

“What we are doing is our Jewish duty,” Dr. Boms explains. “This is a Jewish message – we cannot ignore what is going on in Syria after everything our own nation has been through. On a humanitarian level, we owe the Syrian people this help.”

Melanie says that when the truck finally reached its destination, the Syrian refugees were ecstatic. "Our Israeli delegation reported that many of the children were missing winter jackets and other articles of clothing, so the truckload was met by many happy faces."

The political sensitivities also had to be addressed – Melanie removed any Hebrew labels from the clothing. Moreover, the items were sent through a Christian organization because Jordan would have refused to allow the truck entry had it become known that Israel or Jewish organizations were behind the clothing collection.

"We are getting a lot of positive feedback – especially from Syrian refugees via our group's Facebook page," says Melanie. This year, Hand in Hand is collecting funds to purchase woolen blankets to keep Syrian refugees in Jordan warm during the winter.

“There’s always bad news from this region – the humanitarian aid is the only positive outcome from the Syrian tragedy. Maybe projects like Hand in Hand can help create a different Middle East,” concludes Dr. Boms.

Boy, 13, scoops up $100,000 after building own scooter wheel company

Nicholas Pinto 
By: John Roberts

A little boy rang his register for $100,000 after creating his own scooter wheel company.

Nicholas Pinto, 13, of Cranford, New Jersey, turned his desire for a better scooter wheel into a booming international business.

Frustrated by the shape of the wheels of his scooter that always broke, Pinto one day decided to create his own design. After receiving a loan of $2,000 from his parents, he sent his designs to a manufacturer in California, which helped him start producing his own LB Scoots.

Then, people started buying the wheels, and in just its first year, the eighth grader has already racked up $100,000 in sales.
Pinto also built his own website.

It did not take long for bike enthusiasts from around the world to try to get their hands on Pinto’s wheels. He even received orders from Australia, Pinto said.

Pinto is now working with a group of about five people, along with the California dealer, to continue production of the wheels.
The company also sells clothing, bracelets, stickers and other scooter parts, according to the website of LB Scoots.

"I feel like other companies are in it just to get money," Pinto said. "They do not focus on quality. I want to help children to have a wheel that lasts a long time and is affordable," he said.

Man arrested after burning his initials into his girlfriend’s privates

Christopher Lynn Jackson 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he allegedly burned his initials into his girlfriend's privates while she was passed out, according to police reports in Arizona.

Police said that a Chandler man drugged his girlfriend and branded his initials into her vagina while she was unconscious.

Christopher Lynn Jackson, the owner of a landscaping business called Lawn Tamers, boasted to his now former girlfriend of doing the same thing with other girlfriends in the past, according to court documents.

Although the incident occurred several months ago, it was only recently reported to the police. Analysis showed that the letters "C" and "J" were "clearly" branded onto her vagina, according to court documents.

The woman told police that the two went to a baseball game together, and after the game, Jackson wanted to go dancing. The woman told Jackson she was too tired to do that. He "offered a pill to boost her energy" according to court documents.

However, she did not feel energized after taking the pill, that is when Jackson gave her two more. The woman fainted shortly after taking the other two pills.

She woke up in Jackson's bed in severe pain, and discovered that Jackson had branded her. She said she saw Jackson with a brand iron and a butane torch.

Jackson told her she did because "her vagina was his."

Police recovered branding tools and a butane torch from Jackson’s home.

Jackson, 49, was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault with serious injury.

Georgia girl, 8, commits suicide by hanging herself in closet

Messy closet 
By: Shifra Unger

A family is devastated after their girl was found hanging in her closet in an apparent suicide, according to police reports in Georgia.

Henry County Police said that a local eight-year-old girl was found hanged on Friday night in what authorities believe could be a suicide.

The girl's father discovered her hanging in a closet in their Locust Grove home a little after 8:00 pm, according to Locust Grove Police Department Chief Jesse Patton. The father immediately called police after the shocking discovery.

The child was pronounced dead at Henry County Hospital on arrival, he said.

No arrests have been made and foul play is not suspected at this time, he said.

"The parents are dismayed and we will give them time to mourn, but we will continue with the investigation," Patton said.

No names have been released. The authorities will conduct an autopsy on Monday, he said.

Georgia teen jailed for life after shooting death of baby in stroller

De'Marquise Elkins 
By: David Ross

A teen was arrested, charged and convicted of murder related charges after shooting a baby dead while his mother was pushing him in his stroller, according to court proceedings in Georgia.

Now, the teenager was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

De'Marquise Elkins, 18, was sentenced in Superior Court of Glynn County less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

As we reported earlier, two boys were arrested and charged with murder related charges after they killed a baby boy in his baby stroller while being pushed by his mother, according to police reports in Georgia.

Georgia Police said that two monsters shot and killed a helpless baby in vain as he sat in his stroller.
The meaningless execution came seconds after the murderers, who are teenagers, shot and wounded the baby’s terrified mother in a botched robbery.

"You want me to shoot your baby?" Said one of them, before ending the life of the 13-month-old child, police said.
Sherry West, the mother of little Antonio Santiago, despite the fact that she was wounded, gave police a detailed description of the adolescents, 17, and 14-years-old, who were arrested on Friday.

West also gave a harrowing account of what supposedly happened when the older child pointing a gun at her.
"I said, 'No, do not kill my baby!’" West said.

“They killed him anyway,” she said.
West, who lost her 18-year-old son to senseless violence five years ago, was left to bury another child.

De'Marquis Elkins, 17, and his 14-year-old accomplice were caught after heavily armed police in Brunswick, Georgia, went door to door looking for them.

Elkins was charged as an adult of first-degree murder, Police Chief Tobe Green said.
The younger boy, who was not identified because he is a minor, was also charged with first-degree murder, Green said.
The tragedy in the small southern town began to unfold on Thursday, said West, when she took her son out for a walk in the normally quiet and leafy suburb of Brunswick.

"He asked me for money and I said I do not have," she said.
To show he was serious, West said, Elkins fired a shot at the ground.
Not seeing a cap bullet, West said, she thought the gun was fake.

Then, in quick succession, Elkins fired a shot that grazed her left ear and one in her left leg, just above the knee, West told police.

West said it all happened very fast. "I did not know I was hurt," she said.
Then she said: "the boy proceeded to go around the stroller and shot my baby in the face."

West was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital and later released.
She said her broken heart will take much longer to repair.
Antonio was a beautiful baby, the weeping mother said.

Abusive babysitter jailed after dog alerts family to the abuse

Finn Jordan with the dog 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A family is grateful to their dog that alerted them to the abuse of their baby, who was suffering at the hands of a babysitter.

The South Carolina couple said that it was their dog that sniffed out the abusive babysitter.

Benjamin and Hope Jordan hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan to take care of their then seven-month-old son Finn after they moved to Charleston.

After Khan cared for their baby for five months, the couple noticed that every time the nanny came to the door, their dog became very protective of their son.

The dog that is usually good with people was very aggressive with the nanny, so much so that they had to physically restrain the dog a few times.

After seeing the dog’s behavior towards the babysitter the family suspected that something was wrong.
They placed an iPhone under the couch and let the phone record what happens while they were at work.

When the couple got home, they were horrified by what they heard. It started with curses, then sounds of slaps after which the baby began crying in pain.
The parents felt sick knowing that for five months they had handed over their baby to a monster. The Charleston City Police arrested the nanny, who confessed to the crime.

Khan was sentenced to serve one to three years in prison. As part of his guilty plea, she was also placed in a child abuse registry, which means that she is not allowed to work with children.

"This is fantastic news for us. Knowing that Finn’s ordeal may have possibly saved the life of another child in the future," Benjamin Jordan said.
The Jordans said their son is doing well and has no lingering effects of the abuse.

Woman jailed after telling police her fiance threatened to kill her

Russell Crowe and Sarah Lopez 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A woman was jailed after she told police that her fiance held her hostage and tried to kill her.

The woman gave police an 8-page statement of how her fiance imprisoned her and threatened to stab her to death. The statement also said that he was is controlling and jealous.

Russell Crowe, 21, was engaged to Sarah Lopez, 32, of Barry, south Wales, United Kingdom, but when things did not go well between them she called police.

Lopez told police that Crowe had broken into her house in middle of the night and struck her with a glass bottle. She said that he tied her to a chair, gagged her and put a pillow over her head.

Lopez also told police that Crowe pressed knives on her and said: "This is gonna get ugly."
Lopez, who has one child, told police that Crowe had previously threatened to kill her.

Due to the seriousness of the crime, Crowe was held without bail.
However, after he spent 30 days behind bars awaiting trial, Lopez admitted that she had made the whole thing up.

Lopez is not a stranger to the court system. She is said to have convictions, which include theft, assault, drug possession and harassment.
Attorney Sara Griffiths defended Lopez saying she was vulnerable at the time as she had been drinking at the time when she made the accusations.

Lopez pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the cause of justice.
Judge Neil Bidder said "It was a wicked crime" before sentencing her to 10 months in prison.

Woman tells her biological daughter she was adopted as form of discipline

Mother daughter illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

Until she was married, a woman thought she was adopted because her biological mother told her so.

A mother in China lied to her daughter for more than a decade, telling her that she was not her biological mother so that her daughter doesn't grow up spoiled.

The mother, who is known as Shen, of Shenyang, married into a wealthy family and wanted her daughter to grow up to be a responsible adult rather than a spoiled rich kid.

When her daughter Cheng Cheng was 13-years-old, the mother became concerned that she was becoming spoiled and arrogant, because she was born into a wealthy family.

The mother decided to take dramatic steps to ensure her daughter becomes a productive human being rather than sitting around and living off of her family's wealth.

The woman told her daughter that she was adopted and will be supported until she is an adult, and at that time she will have to take care of herself.

At first, the girl did not believe her mother’s story of her being adopted, when she asked questions she was told her biological mother had died many years ago.

The mother said that since being told that she was adopted, her daughter began to study more and her grades improved. She also became "sensitive and obedient."

Cheng Cheng decided to attend a boarding school and she did well for herself.
After graduating, she was accepted in Dalian Jiaotong University in Liaoning, China, with several scholarships.
She found a good job at a software company in Shanghai.

After her daughter had a good job and got married, Shen then revealed to her daughter that she had lied about the adoption, and that she was her biological mother.

The mother said that she does not regret telling her daughter the lie.
"My daughter is beautiful, and she has a good job. She makes more than 6,000 yuan ($1050) each month and is now married to a good man," Shen said.

Shen faced backlash and criticism from many people including psychologists with many saying that her daughter may suffer severe psychological effects from the ordeal.

Man charged after thrusting his privates through woman's door mail slot

Mail slot illustration 
By: John Roberts

A woman called police after she found a man having sex with her
door mail slot.

The 35-year-old man is facing criminal charges after pushing his genitals through the mail slot at the house of the 50-year-old woman in southern Sweden.

The incident took place after the victim noticed a man following her as she made her way home in the town of Solvesborg. When she reached her house the woman locked her door.

Shortly after returning home, she heard a noise coming from outside her front door.
When she came to the door to investigate the mysterious sounds, she was surprised to see the man’s privates exposed through her mail slot.

When the woman opened the door the suspect fled from the scene.
The next day police were alerted to another incident where a man exposed himself to a woman on the street.
The description of the man led police to believe that it was the same man in both incidents.

The man has been charged with two counts of sexual assault. Although he denies the allegations, he did however admit that he was under the influence of amphetamines, which makes it very likely that he committed the crime without remembering the incident.

Drug tests revealed traces of the drug in his blood. As a result, he has also been charged with drug offenses.

Fat bride sells her house to spend on plastic surgery to look good on wedding day

Tsia Pullen before and after surgery  
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Every bride wants to look good for their wedding, but one bride went to an extreme to achieve her dream.

Tsia Pullen, 34, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, was determined to look good for her wedding, so she decided to have plastic surgery.

However, she had no money to pay for the surgery so she sold her dream house to pay for it.

Pullen, who weighs about 250 pounds, spent $35,000 on a variety of cosmetic operations including a gastric band that helped her drop seven dress sizes and lose 140 pounds.

The money came from her home that she put on the market within weeks of her commitment to marry her boyfriend, Alastair.
"People thought I was crazy. It was the first house I bought and I was proud of it. But most of all, I wanted to look amazing on my wedding day," the 34-year-old bride said.

After she sold her house she moved in with her fiance in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
At her heaviest, Pullen, who is 5 feet 1 inch, weighed 250 pounds and wore a size 24.

"I used to end up in tears when I went shopping. Walking around the shops left me breathless and in agony. I was so big," Pullen said.
“I did not want Alastair to have to marry me like this. I wanted to be a beautiful bride,” she added.

Pullen is happy with her decision. She said: "When I had my wedding dress ready, I was so excited to put it on and walk down the aisle. I felt like a princess.”

North Carolina woman arrested after molesting 4-year-old boy

Shirley Whicker 
By: Debbi Gross

A woman was charged with sex abuse related charges after she allegedly molested a 4-year-old boy, who trusted her.

Shirley Whicker, 24, of King, North Carolina, has been arrested after she molested a 4-year-old relative.

According to King Police, Whicker was charged on Tuesday in response to an ongoing investigation involving a 4-year-old boy, who is known to her.
Investigators have released few details in the case because of the nature of the relationship between Whicker and her victim.

She was arrested and booked into the Stokes County Jail where she was charged with first-degree sexual offense with a child, child abuse through a sexual act and taking indecent liberties with a child. She is now free after she posted $100,000 bail.

In another incident, a man and a woman were both arrested after police found videos of them having sex with a 7-year old-girl.

Margaret Ann O'Neill, 26, from Florida, claims that her boyfriend asked her to perform oral sex on the girl, while he recorded them. In an attempt to prove her love to her boyfriend, O'Neill agreed to fulfil his perverted fantasy.

According to the office of the Orange County Sheriff, O'Neill was arrested after she admitted to molesting the 7-year-old at least three times.

O'Neill told detectives that she performed oral sex on the child in an effort to prove her love to her boyfriend, Christopher Smith, 32, who is married to another woman.

Turns out that Smith was not only cheating on his wife with O'Neill, as he was also cheating on O'Neill, which led to his arrest. While he was having an affair with a third woman, Smith asked the woman to have sex with the same 7-year-old girl. That woman turned Smith into police.

McDonald’s manager robs his own restaurant at gunpoint

Felix Jerome Gonzalez-Becerra 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A McDonald's manager was short on cash so he decided to rob his own restaurant.

The manager,Felix Jerome Gonzalez-Becerra, 42, of Oakland, California, used a ski mask hoodie to rob his store at gunpoint.

Gonzalez-Becerra left workers at the San Mateo McDonald’s traumatized after he forced all employees into the walk-in freezers before he robbed the place.

Interestingly enough, this was not the first time he robbed his own employer. According to reports, there had been a similar break-in five days earlier at the McDonald's that he also manages, in Pleasanton, California.

On this occasion, Gonzalez-Becerra did not manage to get far.
Police were called and they went out looking for the dark color Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Officers stopped a vehicle matching that description.
Gonzalez-Becerra was ordered out of his car, and after a quick search, officers found the money that was stolen from the McDonald’s, a replica gun, a backpack and a hoodie.

During his interview with police, Gonzalez-Becerra confessed to robbing the two restaurants he managed.