Arab man gets 6 months community service after raping Haredi girl, 15

Sad girl illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape related charges after he raped a 15-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl, according to court proceedings in Israel.

Nawaf Atamna, 52, who works as a journalist, was convicted of sexual harassment, making threats, extortion and raping the girl. He was sentenced to six months of community service. The state appealed the extremely light sentence to Israel’s High Court, but a panel of three judges rejected the state's appeal.

The incident began in early 2012 when Atamna made contact with the Haredi girl via a social media website. He told the girl at the time that he was just 25-years-old.

Once he got to know the girl he began to threaten to publish her details online if she did not comply with his demands.

In July 2012, Atamna also began to sexually harass the 15-year-old’s sister. That is when the two sisters along their mother filed a police complaint against the suspect.

After several days, Atamna was arrested and charged.

Six months ago, the Haifa District Court sentenced Atamna to 24 months in prison suspended and six months in prison. He was also sentenced to 3 years probation.

Atamna was ordered to pay the victim 60,000 shekels.

Before reporting to prison his six month sentence was changed to six months community service.

‘Kill the Jews’ and swastikas found written on Brooklyn apartment buildings

Scene of the attack (photo via Kikar Hashabbat) 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Jews across New York are angry after hate graffiti were found on several residential apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York, according to police reports.

Hasidic Jews living in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, found that vandals spray-painted graffiti including swastikas and racist slogans, at the entrance of residential buildings.

The stunned residents called the police, who launched an extensive search to locate the suspects or suspects.

"This is an increase in the level of expression of anti-Semitism against the ultra-Orthodox Jews of Brooklyn, New York," one concerned resident said.

"The recent attacks undermined the sense of personal security of residents. I hope the next mayor will end these attacks and the police will handle it very seriously," he added.

Over in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, the words "kill Jews" was found painted at 86 Sullivan Place. Police do not know if the two incidents are related.

Palestinian honor killings rise sharply to 25 so far in 2013

Protest against honor killings 
By: Anav Silverman

Palestinian honor killing rose sharply so far this year to a total of 25, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

According to the Palestinian NGO, Women’s Center for Legal Aid Counseling, a total of 25 Palestinian women have been murdered in 2013 in honor crimes, compared to 13 women killed in 2012.

The latest honor killings took place in September, leaving two Palestinian women dead. A 33-year-old mother from Deir al-Ghusun village in the Tulkarem district was found strangled on September 21, according to a report in Maan News Agency. Her father allegedly admitted to killing his daughter, Thamar Zeidan.

Zeidan had been married before she turned 15 and had gotten divorced four years ago, with two children according to Palestinian media reports. Prior to her murder, extended family members had signed a public statement hung on the door of the mosque and on village homes condemning Thamar of “disgraceful and outrageous acts.” According to the Middle East news source, Al-Monitor, the statement also accused her father of failing to uphold family honor, stating that the Zeiden family had disowned him, “absolving itself of any tribal or legal obligations regarding him.”

A Hamas deputy in the Legislative Council, Abdel Rahman Zeidan, had also signed the public condemnation, noting in a Ma’an News Agency report that the other option had been to expel the father and his family from Judea and Samaria.

Despite a general statement by Abdel Rahman condemning honor killings, the Hamas parliamentarian has consequently been accused of incitement in Palestinian media reports.

Al-Monitor noted that the reason why this particular honor killing received widespread Palestinian media attention was the fact that the Hamas parliamentarian’s entanglement in the killing would “serve as political infighting between Hamas and Fatah.” Another honor crime against a 21-year-old woman with special needs on September 14 elicited much less media. A mother from the Yatta village near Hebron killed her mentally handicapped daughter to protect family honor after a man apparently assaulted her.

In Ramallah, women rights groups demanded that President Mahmoud Abbas immediately implement an amendment to the Palestinian Penal Code to end the reduced punishment that killers normally receive for committing honor crimes. The current Palestinian law usually gives honor crime perpetrators a maximum of a six-month prison term.

Haredi father of 8 wins 26 million lottery jackpot

Israeli lottery stand illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father of 8 children is celebrating today after he won 26 million shekels from the Israeli national lottery, according to a statement released by lottery officials.

The man was the only winner of the 26 million lottery jackpot. The man, who arrived on Tuesday to the Israel National Lottery headquarters, said he almost lost his winning ticket.

"Yesterday, I found the lucky ticket when I took some papers out from my pants pocket. I had forgotten about the ticket, but it fell to the floor and I decided to check it. That is when I realized I had the winning ticket,” the man told lottery officials.

The winner, 40, is self employed and lives in central Israel. "Yesterday, I told my wife about the winning ticket, and we decided to keep the news secret and not tell anyone," he said.

When asked by lottery officials what he plans to do with the money, he replied: "I will open savings accounts for all my children, so they will be able to concentrate on their studies. I will also purchase apartments for all of them. I'm going to help my parents and help other people in need." The winner also added: "I will continue to work as usual."

The man said he buys lottery tickets from time to time.

"I felt good after the holidays so I went to nearest lottery stand to buy a ticket, and indeed, heaven sent me a wonderful gift," he said.

Elderly Jewish man slashed with knife while visiting Jewish cemetery in New Jersey

Rabbi at the scene of the crime 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest and charge a suspect, who attacked and robbed a Jewish man, with assault and theft related charges, according to police reports in New Jersey.

New York Police said that a 75-year-old victim was assaulted in a cemetery located in Essex County, last Sunday. He was hospitalized after the attack after suffering multiple injuries to his body. He has since been released.

The man and his wife were visiting the grave of a relative in a Jewish cemetery called Adas Emunah, also known as the Grove Street Cemetery.

It is located across from Holy Sepulchre. The victim was cut with a knife, and struck with a baseball bat before being stripped of his money and car.

Police recovered the car of the victim in Irvington. Police have urged anyone with information to contact Major Crimes Task Force of the Essex County Prosecutor.

Haredi art displays in Jerusalem draws wide interest from the public

Haredi art on display 
By: Anav Silverman

For the first time, Haredi art is being displayed alongside artwork from typical artists in Jerusalem, Israel, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

Jerusalem's first Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art is giving an artistic twist to Israel's capital, as a wide range of artwork by Haredi, modern orthodox and secular artists, from both Israel and around the world, are now on display in five different venues across the city.

Modeled after the century-old Venice Biennale, the major contemporary art exhibition held in Italy every two years, the Jerusalem Biennale offers the public a chance to see 150 artworks by 50 different emerging and established artists. The Biennale features a rich interpretation of Jewish life and tradition through a wide range of contemporary artwork that includes paintings, sculpture, photography, video art and performance art.

“We are thrilled that so many artists from Israel and overseas will be participating in the first Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art,” said the Biennale initiator, Rami Ozeri.

One of the more unique exhibitions features work by haredi artists, graduates of the Oman School of Art, the Jerusalem art school for the haredi public that was established a decade ago by the Jerusalem municipality. The haredi art school is the only one of its kind in Israel, and is today a satellite of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

The charedi works are part of the “My Soul Thirsts” exhibition at the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art that features artwork reflecting Jewish spiritual subjects by 35 Jewish artists, including religious and secular.

"We have Kabbalah artists from Tzfat with works on display, alongside new immigrants who recently made aliyah to Israel, sabra Israelis, as well as secular and hassidic artists - all the different voices that make up our nation,” exhibition curator, Nurit Sirkis-Bank told Tazpit News Agency.

"There is no contradiction between Jewish belief and art," explains Sirkis-Bank, who herself became ultra-Orthodox when she was a 27-year-old art history student.

“The Haredi art here gives us an opportunity to see a more personal view of a world that is often stereotyped,” says Sirkis-Bank, pointing to the photography section of the exhibition featuring the works of an Oman graduate, Tzofnat Hindi.

Hindi, who is from Mea She’arim, the well-known ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, photographed a series of photos of Hassidic schoolboys from her neighborhood, that Sirkis-Bank sought to include in her exhibit.

“Someone who isn’t part of the Haredi world, would not have been able to capture these kinds of natural shots,” she explains. “The subjects are comfortable, they are not afraid of the camera because they know the photographer. This gives the viewers a chance to see these children in a clear, unbiased way in a time when most of Israeli society doesn’t get to interact with the Haredi world.”

Sirkis-Bank, who was an associate curator at the Israel Museum for 15 years, said that her aim was to bring the different kinds of contemporary understanding and appreciation for Jewish life shared among different Jewish artists into one exhibition.

"What all these pieces have in common is the search for a world beyond materialism, a spiritual yearning for something greater" points out Sirkis Bank.

“My Soul Thirsts” exhibition also features works by leading Israeli artists, Avraham Levental from Tzfat, the late Esther Yonah and Jerusalem artist, Yossi Arish.

The first Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art is running from September 15 – October 31. Art venues are located at Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art, Hechal Shlomo, 58 King George Street, Jerusalem: Achim Chasid complex at 45-47 Emek Refaim Street, the First Station Beit Avi-Chai and the Musrara neighborhood.

Couple spends wedding night at hospital after horse throws them out of carriage

Bride and groom in horse and carriage illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

Many people ride to their wedding in a limousine or some other nice vehicle while others choose different and unique forms of transportation.

One couple of Lucerne, Switzerland, chose to ride a horse and carriage to their wedding reception. Unfortunately, they never reached their destination.

The newlywed couple spent their wedding night in adjoining beds at the hospital after a horse and carriage, which was taking them on a romantic trip to the hotel where the wedding was to be held, overturned, leaving them trapped underneath the carriage.

Steffen Shuster, 32, and his wife Andrea, 28, were taken to the hospital. The horse reportedly bolted after being startled when a rabbit suddenly ran across the road. The horse turned abruptly causing the carriage to break free.

The driver and a child, who had been travelling with them in the carriage, were also injured.
Meanwhile, guests at the reception waited for the couple to arrive. Police went to the hotel to inform guests of the accident.

Later that night, both bride and groom were released from the hospital.
The couple went on their honeymoon as planned, this time taking a car service to the airport.

Helicopter pilot chasing his hat killed by rotor blades during Pennsylvania fair

Carl Enlow’s hat next to rotor blades 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A pilot died after giving rides to people at a Pennsylvania fair.

Many people love riding a helicopter as the view from high above ground is magnificent.

Carl Enlow, 69, a pilot with 50-years experience, was killed when he was hit by the rotor Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fair.

“The helicopter was refueling when Enlow spoke with the pilot, who was taking over the shift,” The fair's superintendent of police and parking, Bill Barratt, said.

Suddenly, Enlow’s hat flew off his head. As he reached to grab the hat he was hit by the rotor of the helicopter.
“Enlow was an experienced pilot, having flown helicopters for 50 years, including in the military,” Barratt said.

Friend’s said that Enlow enjoyed helping other people, and that last year he fulfilled the last wish of a six-year-old girl battling with cancer by taking her for a ride on his helicopter.

“He was a sweet man with a heart of gold, we appreciated everything he did,” Dawn Kingston said.
Enlow worked for Rotors Heritage, which has been providing helicopter tours since 1993, and is a popular attraction at the fair. Enlow is survived by his wife Connie Enlow, two sisters and a brother.

Woman killed while man loses his legs while having sex on train tracks

Couple having sex on train tracks illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A thrill-seeking couple decided to have sex on the train tracks in Ukraine.

Unfortunately for them, trains were still in service at the time and they were run over by an oncoming train.

The woman died instantly and her boyfriend lost both of his legs when they were hit by the train.

The couple was having sex on the tracks in the city of Zaporozhye when the train ran them over.

Police said the couple had embarked on the morning romp after a night of drinking.

The woman, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene while her 41-year-old lover was taken to a hospital with both legs severed.

The couple was on their way home from a party at a friend's house when they were overcome by the desire to have sex. The daring couple decided to do it right then and there, on the train tracks.

"The man told police they had not managed to overcome their natural passion when walking home, and wanted to experience an extreme sensation near the train tracks," the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.

The driver later told police that he saw the couple and honked, "but they went on with their business."

Two adults charged with incest despite not being blood relatives

Kelcey Nicholas and Lataura Jarrett 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) Two adults were arrested by police while having sex.

Police officer went to the house of Kelcey Nicholas, 28, in Charleston, West Virginia, to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

He was wanted for violating his home confinement order on an earlier date. When police arrived, they discovered that Nicholas and 21-year-old Lataura Jarrett, were having sex, the sheriff said.

Nicholas and Jarrett, are not biologically related. Despite this fact, they were arrested for incest. Nicholas married Jarrett's mother five years ago, and Jarrett had referred to him as her father, the sheriff said.

Nicholas County Sargent W.K. Shafer investigated state law on incest and he consulted Nicholas County Prosecuting Attorney James Milam. “They all agreed that Nicholas and Jarrett should be arrested by the definition of the law of a daughter,” Sheriff David Hopkins said.

According to state law, when a person marries a spouse, who has a child, the new parent is viewed as a natural parent. At the time of the arrest, Nicholas was still married to Jarrett’s mother. Jarrett was about 16-years-old when her mother married Nicholas. Nicholas never officially adopted Jarrett as his daughter, according to Hopkins.

Nicholas and Jarrett were charged with seven counts each of incest, a felony that requires a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.
Nicholas is in jail in lieu of $70,000 bail. Jarrett was freed after she posted bail.

Women leave their newborns with placenta attached for up to 10 days

Baby with placenta still attached  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Some women are choosing to leave their baby with the placenta until it falls off by itself.

Deborah Rhodes, 36, of West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, said that of the 50 births in which she was present as a midwife, 20 were lotus births.

Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut after childbirth so that the baby is left attached to the placenta until the cord naturally comes off, usually a few days after birth.

Rhodes’s patients may be more likely to do so, given that Rhodes chose to leave the cord connected when her son, Max, was born at home in West Yorkshire three years ago.

"The placenta belongs to the baby, who often spends a lot of time playing with the cord inside the uterus, so it is a very familiar and comforting object for them when everything else is so new. With the lotus birth you are letting the baby decide when he or she is ready to break that bond,” Rhodes said.

Max is now a happy and active child, and Rhodes believes it is due in part to his relaxed entry into the world.

Some doctors however, have come out strongly against lotus births.
"We are aware that a number of women choose not to cut the cord, and this is something that we strongly discourage," consultant obstetrician Pat O'Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said.

“Soon after the baby is born there is no longer any circulation in the placenta, so it’s dead tissue and full of blood, allowing bacteria to grow on it,” O'Brien added.

Last local sex shop forced to shut down due to lack of interest

Nice 'n' Naughty store location 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Everyone knows that sex sells, but not when it comes to one town in the United Kingdom.

The people of Aberystwyth seem uninterested in getting it on.

The only sex shop in the coastal city of West Wales has been forced to close after the clear lack of interest from the locals.

Trish Murray, the entrepreneur behind the store Nice 'n' Naughty, came to the conclusion that the residents she was trying to service were just not kinky enough.

Murray, 48, said members of the community were not lining up to buy her range of sex toys, erotica and skimpy lingerie.

"We could not sustain the business and it was not profitable at all," she said. "Maybe the people in Aberystwyth are just not interested in sex, who knows?" She said.

The store was the only licensed sex shop in the university town.

It had been the talk of the town with their imaginative displays and merchandise outright, but the talk does not translate into sales.

"We used to laugh when we saw elderly couples stand in front of the store,” Eva Egerton, a local cafe manager, said.
Two employees have lost their jobs after the closure of the branch. Nice 'n' Naughty has another 14 stores across the country.

'Pregnant' boy, 2, gives 'birth' to his parasitic twin

Pregnant baby 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A baby boy “gave birth” to his twin, who grew inside his stomach.

The two-year-old boy had emergency surgery to give birth to his own twin after doctors discovered that his brother was living and growing inside his stomach.

Xiao Feng, 2, of China, had a rare case of cryptodidymus, which is known as conjoined twins, and was slowly being killed by the twin that no one knew was there.

Feng was taken to a hospital with breathing problems and a severely bloated stomach. After a series of X-rays and MRI tests doctors made ​​the remarkable discovery. The child was diagnosed as "pregnant." He was rushed to the operating room for surgery to remove the fetus.

The undeveloped fetus had grown to 20 centimeters wide, had a spine and fully formed limbs, including fingers and toes. The twin was so big it took up almost two-thirds of Feng’s stomach. If left untreated, the parasitic twin would have kept growing and developing eventually resulting in the death of Feng.

Identical twins are formed when an egg splits in half after fertilization, but conjoined twins occur when the egg does not completely separate.

Doctor saves diner’s life by performing surgery with knife and pen

Dr. Royce Johnson 
By: Moses Gold

A doctor’s night out with his wife ended with him performing surgery at a restaurant.

A doctor saved a woman’s life after he performed an emergency tracheotomy surgery right then and there, in the restaurant.

Pauline Larwood choked on a piece of meat at the Mark Restaurant in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Royce Johnson, chief of infectious diseases at Kern Medical Center, cleared her airways with a knife and pen.

Some of the best doctors of the United States and other leading doctors, were in town for a symposium on Valley Fever and were also in the restaurant.

Bakersfield Assemblywoman Shannon Grove said she and her husband, were sitting at a table with Pauline Larwood and her husband, when Pauline Larwood began to choke on the meat.

Grove said her husband ran to Larwood and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her. When it didn't work he called for a doctor to help. Doctor Johnson ran over to the table and tried the Heimlich maneuver as well.

"Larwood’s fingers and lips began turning blue," Assemblywoman Grove said.

After the Heimlich maneuver did not open her airways, Dr. Johnson asked if anyone had a pocket knife. Someone handed the doctor a pocket knife and he made an incision in her throat.

At that point, several doctors had gathered around Mrs. Larwood. Dr. Johnson then asked for a pen, he broke it in half, he removed the tube and inserted the hollow cylinder as a breathing tube.
The procedure was successful and Mrs. Larwood was rushed to a hospital. Thankfully, Larwood is doing well.

Man from China travels to the United States to stalk his former girlfriend at university

Chenxi Deng 
By: David Ross

A man was upset when his girlfriend left him and moved to the United States to get an education.

The man decided to follow her to the United States and stabbed her.

Chenxi Deng, 22, of China, was arrested after he stabbed his former girlfriend in the face with a fork.

Police were called to the University of Texas campus on Wednesday night, after Deng stabbed the woman in the face with a fork. She was stabbed after she refused his requests to rekindle their relationship.

Deng told investigators that he and the victim were dating, while both were students at a university in China. The relationship allegedly became estranged when she left for the United States to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Texas in Austin.

After she arrived in the United States, Deng did some investigative work to learn what courses his former girlfriend was taking. He had a good idea of what area she would be pursuing since they attended undergraduate college together.

He then traveled to the United States and went to the college where he found her outside the Engineering-Science building.

Investigators said the victim tried to ignore Deng and warned him that she would call the police if he did not leave her alone. Instead of heeding the warning Deng followed her as he argued his case for her to rekindled their relationship.

At some point during the discussion, Deng took a fork from his pocket and stabbed the woman in the face. Four witnesses held Deng down until police arrived.

Officers found the victim with puncture wounds to the nose, and a bloody fork nearby. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for her injuries.
Deng was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault and causing bodily injury.

Illegal porn dealers arrested after mailing their catalog to the chief of police

Stash of dvds illustration 
By: Eva Fett

Six men were arrested and charged with distribution of illegal pornography after they accidentally mailed their catalog to the head of police, according to police reports in Japan.

Osaka Police said that six porn distributors in western Japan, have been arrested after sending their catalogs to the head of the Osaka Police Department.

Police arrested Toshiharu Hidaka, 27, and five other men on suspicion of possession of obscene material with intent to sell.

The arrests came after police raided Flower in Naniwa Ward and confiscated 280,000 illegal DVDs and 7,000 pills for erectile dysfunction.

The suspects had been sending illegal porn DVD catalogs to random male customers by mail, and three sets went to the house of the chief of police by accident.

Police then raided the office of Hidaka in Osaka, and seized 280,000 uncensored dvds and 7,000 pills. Police also suspect the pills were illegally obtained.

The six men have admitted the charges.

New York man arrested after squeezing his girlfriend’s neck while arguing about sex

Damon Dash II (left) 
By: Moses Gold

A man was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he choked his girlfriend during an argument about sex, according to police reports in New York.

New York City Police said that the son of former Roc-A-Fella Records music mogul, Damon "Dame" Dash, was arrested on Tuesday for choking his girlfriend in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Damon Dash II, 22, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly choking and squeezing the neck of his girlfriend during an argument in his West 16th Street apartment.

"They had a dispute over sex," a police officer said.

"She visited him in his apartment, he became violent with her, hit her, slapped her, put her in bed, got on top of her, grabbed her by the neck and choked her," the officer said.

They briefly reconciled, but then they had another fight. That is when the victim called police.
Dash climbed on top of her and with his two hands squeezed hard to the point that she had trouble breathing.

A protective order was issued and he was released without bail.

"She suffered bruises, a black eye and a cut on her lip," a court was told. Her neck was left with red marks.

Man seen on video punching female store clerk in the face while arguing over price of cigar

Man punching woman in the face 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest and charge a man with assault related charges after he was seen on video assaulting a store clerk, according to police reports in California.

Lakewood Police said that the incident occurred on Thursday. Police believe that an argument broke out over the price of a cigar inside in a Chevron gas station on Lakewood Boulevard.

Surveillance video shows a man standing in a long line at the checkout at 1:15 pm.

When it was his turn at the register, he asked the 23-year-old employee for a $1.41 Swisher Sweet cigar.
The man allegedly gave the clerk a dollar bill.

When she told him he needed to pay an additional 41 cents, he protested and threatened her.

The man can be seen trying to grab the cigar from the employee's hand, but she was able to put it behind the counter out of his reach.

Then, she asked the man to leave the store.

Instead of leaving, the man leaned over the counter and punched her in the face with his right hand.

The employee, who declined to be identified, said she was scared and surprised that no one came to her aid.
"No one did anything, not one of them," she said.

She still finds it hard to believe that someone hit her for a cigar.

The man is described as black, 35 to 45-years-old, standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 215 to 225 pounds, with short black hair, a slight mustache and a beard.

Police asked anyone with information to contact the Lakewood Sheriff's station at 562 623-3500.

Mother beats her daughter, 2, to death after she did not listen to her

Michelle Harris and her child Zion 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested and charged with murder related charges after she allegedly beat her 2-year-old girl to death because she refused to listen to her, according to police reports is Louisiana.

New Orleans Police said that they arrested Michelle Harris, 28, after an autopsy determined her girl, Zion Harris, died from a laceration to the liver, on Tuesday.

"During the course of the investigation detectives learned that Harris beat her daughter after she did not listen to her," a police spokesperson said in a written statement.

The coroner's office called the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the body.

The incident, which occurred in the 4100 block of Gibson Street around 1:30 pm, was initially listed as an "unclassified death."

According to initial police reports, the stepfather of Zion, took her to a park in the afternoon on Tuesday, and told authorities he noticed she "was not acting like herself." The stepfather called the mother, and she asked him to bring Zion home.

When Zion's mother returned home she found her daughter unresponsive and called Emergency Medical Services, police said.

Man kills his pregnant girlfriend because he didn’t want to pay child support

Kaloni Flynn 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder related charges after he killed his pregnant girlfriend because he didn’t want to pay child support and his girlfriend refused to get an abortion, according to police reports in Oklahoma.

LeFlore County Police said a man accused of killing pregnant Kaloni Flynn had told another person that if the 20-year-old woman did not end the pregnancy, he would get rid of it for her.

As we reported earlier, police arrested Christopher Simpson Kenyon, 26, on Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder.
"He thought he was the father of her unborn child," LeFlore County Sheriff Bruce Curnutt said.

Her body was found in April in a car parked on McGinnis Lane. She had been shot in the head, police said. Her purse was found in the car, but her cell phone was not located.

Flynn told relatives that Simpson was the father of her child.

The couple had been dating for about three months when Flynn told Simpson she was pregnant. He became angry, police said.
"She did not believe in abortion," Flynn’s father said.

Police said that Simpson was late in paying child support for a child, 7, who lives in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Investigators were able to trace a cell phone that made ​​several calls to Flynn minutes before she was killed.
The phone was traced back to Simpson.

DNA tests are underway to determine whether Simpson is really the father.

Sheriff Curnutt said that Simpson has been uncooperative since being arrested. He is currently being held without bail in the LeFlore County Jail.

Ohio mother jailed after cooking her baby in microwave

China Arnold 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the brutal killing of her baby, according to court proceedings in Ohio.

Now, the woman is asking for a new trial.

A lawyer for China Arnold, who murdered her 28-day-old baby by placing her in a microwave in August 2005, applied on Tuesday for a new trial, which would be her fourth in the case.

Defense attorney Christopher Thompson argued before the Second District Court of Appeals of Ohio that there were five errors in the last trial of Arnold, and therefore, she should get another trial without the possibility of the death penalty.

Arnold, 33, was tried three times, with the death penalty a possibility every time, in the murder of her daughter, Paris Talley.

Her first trial in February 2008 ended in a mistrial and the second trial ended in September 2008 when she was convicted, but the jury could not decide on the death penalty.

However, Judge Mary Wiseman sentenced her to life imprisonment, but ultimately the decision was overturned on appeal in November 2010.

Arnold's third trial ended in May 2011 when she was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole after a jury did not approve of the death penalty.

California pastor arrested after molesting women with his ‘healing hands’

Jorge Juan Castro 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A pastor was arrested and charged with sexual assault related charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted several women with his so-called “healing hands”, according to police reports in California.

Norwalk Police said that Jorge Juan Castro, 54, was arrested last week and charged with rape, forcible oral sex and penetration with a foreign object.

Castro was associate pastor of the Las Buenas Nuevas Church in a suburb of Los Angeles. He was removed from his position after church officials learned of the investigation.

Castro has been charged with attacking only a few women, despite the fact that over 20 women aged from 18 to 39, made ​​abuse claims to an officer of the church, which led to the investigation. Police said that more charges could be added.

Castro remained jailed Thursday on $2 million bail.

Prosecutors said he began assaulting women in the church and in their homes in 2004, the same year that he moved to Los Angeles from Argentina. He met the women on the pretext of advising and conducting faith healing.

"During the counseling session, he would carry out certain acts in the name of God, saying that the actions being undertaken would help them in their problems," Los Angeles County Sheriff sergeant Al Garcia said.

"He said he had healing hands and eventually used this process to sexually assault them," Sheriff Captain Robert Esson said.
Many of the women were Spanish speakers, who were illegally in the country, according to the Sheriff's Department statement.

Castro allegedly exploited their vulnerability by threatening to expose them to public ridicule and get them deported, the statement said.


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