Parliamentary Assembly votes to ban circumcision in the European Union

Activist protesting circumcision illustration 
By: David Ross

A total ban on circumcision moves a step closer in the European Union.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, also known as PACE, adopted a resolution in which we could see circumcision banned in the European Union.

This move has alarmed Turkey, a country with nearly 4 million people living in Europe.

The plan to ban circumcision in Europe has upset many Jews and Muslims, who consider the practice as a fundamental part of their religion.

Turkey, a Muslim country, showed their anger at the decision. Jews across the world have also expressed their shock and anger.

After PACE accepted the proposed plan made by a member of the German Parliament, Marlene Rupprecht, Turkey did not hesitate to criticize the decision.

The Turkish Ambassador to PACE, Nursuna Memecan, described the move as "irresponsible, dangerous and provocative.”
The resolution was passed with 77 votes for and 19 votes against.

The report also states that those who "force" their children to be circumcised before the age of 14 without their consent should be prosecuted.

It also states that circumcision should be done by professional surgeons, who are qualified, and proposes the crackdown on unqualified doctors.

Hundreds of New Jersey residents protest planned Jewish high school near Lakewood

Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Hundreds of people came out in force to voice their opposition of a planned Jewish high school in New Jersey.

Hundreds protested against planned construction of a female Orthodox Jewish school for 400 students in Jackson.

Township Zoning Board on Wednesday, deferred a decision on a variance because the board said it needed a traffic impact study.

The attorney representing the rabbi, who wants to build the school, urged the Board not to discriminate between public and private schools. The rabbi’s engineer said two public schools were built in similar neighborhoods.

Many residents expressed fears that such a school could increase school transport costs similar to neighboring Lakewood, where the school board is facing a deficit of $4 million.

Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum, who is behind the planned new school, said at the conference that such fears are unfounded.

Girl doused with gas and set on fire after refusing wealthy teen’s advances

Zhou Yan  
By: Shifra Unger

A Chinese teenager suffered serious burns to her face after she was doused with gas and set on fire because she refused the advances of her classmate.

Zhou Yan, 17, was flattered when Tao Rukun, also 17 years-old, who is the son of a wealthy and well-connected family, had asked her out for a date.

Then, she decided that he was too arrogant, and told him to leave her alone. She said he had become aggressive and threatening.

Her worried parents decided to move her to a new school, but instead of leaving her alone Rukun began to stalk her home.

One day, Rukun asked the girl is he can speak privately in her room, that’s when he sprayed her with gasoline and set her on fire.

Yan began to scream and her grandmother came to help. She tried to extinguish the fire. By the time the fire was extinguish Yan was left horribly burned on over 30 percent of her body, especially on the head, neck and chest.

Despite the pain, her ordeal did not end. Her parents could not pay the medical bills. They were dependent on the boy’s family to pay the medical cost.

Rukun’s parents work for local government officials. His father works for the urban planning bureau and his mother works at the Audit Bureau.

The boy’s family began to pay for the hospital bills. Then, they demanded for the girl to sign a statement saying that her burns were the result of an accident. When she refused to sign the document, the payments stopped suddenly and she could no longer stay at the hospital.

"We do not even have money to properly repair her room, which had been damaged by the fire,” her parents said.

The girl’s family was frustrated as Rukun seemed to be getting away with the crime. The father posted pictures of his daughter of before and after she was viciously burned. The photos went viral, and people put enormous pressure on local authorities to reopen the case.

They did. The boy’s family once again began to pay the victim’s medical bills. Rukun was arrested and later found guilty of the crime. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Correction officer ordered to register as sex offender after having sex with three adolescent prisoners

Amber Harris 
By: John Roberts

A corrections officer of Fairfield, Ohio, admitted to having sex with teenagers, who were under her care in prison, but she blames it on her depression.

Former corrections officer at the Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after she admitted to having had sex with three teenagers, who were at the facility where she worked.

“Police were alerted to the sex crime when a member of the staff at the Juvenile Detention Center overheard a conversation between two teens discussing their sexual encounter with Amber Harris,” Rob Clevenger, director of the Juvenile Justice Center, said.

Harris, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a mienor and one count of sexual assault.

The maximum penalty for each count is five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Judge Charles L. Pater sentenced Harris to three suspended five-year concurrent sentences and 90 days in jail.

Harris will serve five years of probation. She must also register as a Level 3 sex offender for the rest of her life and she must enter a substance abuse/mental illness program.

Attorney Mark Krumbein said that Harris suffered from severe depression and she was battered by her spouse at the time of the incident. Krumbein said his client had never been in a substance abuse program, but has a substance abuse problem.

"We are grateful to the judge to have recognized that she was a battered woman, combined with her substance abuse problem and that it was first time in her life that she committed illegal acts," said Krumbein.

Probation officer arrested after giving female felon his gun while in a relationship with her

Jorge Martir 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A probation officer was arrested after allowing a woman to hold his gun.

Jorge Martir, 38, a probation officer in Lakeland, Florida, is accused of having a personal relationship with a woman, whose probation he supervised, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office of Polk County.

Police found that Martir and the convicted felon exchanged more than 700 text messages. They also found nude photo of Matir, which he sent to the woman via email.

Martir told authorities that the incident took place when he conducted a curfew check on the woman in her motel room in Lakeland.

He told authorities that when he arrived, the woman was upset and crying. He spoke with her, and he calmed her down before he left. He then returned to the motel room after midnight, bringing along his 9mm gun.

The probation officer allegedly confessed to taking his gun out of the holster, unloading it and handing it to the woman.

“A convicted felon is prohibited from handling or have possession of a firearm. Martir knows that criminals are legally forbidden to have contact with weapons,” deputies said.
Martir was booked into the Polk County jail and released after posting bond.

Boy, 3, labeled as sex offender after witnessing his mother being abused

Daniel Chipchaseg 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) It is a very sad life for a child, who was registered as a sex offender in the United Kingdom, since age 3.

He never had a chance in life. The child began displaying bad sexual behavior when he was a small child.

When he was just 3-years-old, Daniel Chipchase became known to social services for his sexual abuse tendencies. When Chipchase started school, a teacher reported him for touching another child in a sexual manner.

At 5-years-old, he was summoned for the first time to social services as a potential sex offender because of his "sexualized" behavior.

As the boy grew older he repeatedly got into trouble for sexually abusing young girls. Most of the time he got away with his crimes because of his young age.

Now, Chipchase who is 20-years-old, is being held responsible for his actions. He was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing young children.

“Perhaps the most important mitigation is his background. He has been subjected to serious sexual abuse, and he has also witnessed abuse and violence perpetrated against his mother,” attorney Alexander Dunn said.

"It is clear that the formative years of Chipchase’s life have had a profound and lasting effect on him. He is a very damaged individual. He was showing sexualized behaviors from an extremely young age,” Dunn told the court.

Chipchase has been sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting to raping and abusing a number of children. He was ordered to serve a minimum of six years before he could be considered for parole. The Lincoln Crown Court judge said that he was a "significant risk of harming children again."

Girl, 7, seen on video stealing woman’s cell phone

Girl,7, steals phone 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Be careful with your purse as an innocent looking child might rob it.

Seems like one mother is turning her daughter into a professional thief.

A video has emerged of the moment a 7-year-old girl stole a cellphone out of a woman’s bag. The crime was captured on CCTV at a restaurant in Norwood, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Two women were seen on video sitting at a table with the young girl. At the next table was a young red-headed woman with an elderly woman.

While the red-headed woman was enjoying her meal, the women at the next table spotted her cellphone sticking out of her handbag, so they decided to steal it.

The woman, who was believed to be the girl’s mother, was seen walking around the table where the red-headed woman was sitting. She paused for a moment as she was looking at the phone.

According to the security people, who reviewed the CCTV, the woman was sitting on part of the phone, making it harder to steal.
The woman then sat down and coached her daughter on how to steal the phone.

The 7-year-old rummaged through the bag for a few seconds before she removed a white phone. She slipped back to the table under the watchful eyes of her mother. The three then quickly got up from the table and left the restaurant.
The thieves have not yet been caught.

New service will allow anyone to automatically block robocalls

Nomorobo website 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) If you are sick of constantly receiving robocalls there is some good news for you.

A new service will allow you to automatically block all robocalls so you only get real phone calls.

Many people have a spam filter on email accounts and now you can have one on your home phone.

A new website, Nomorobo, which went live this week, will provide an easy and free way to block annoying and often illegal automated phone calls that interrupt your day.

Nomorobo is the brainchild of Aaron Foss, a software programmer from Long Island, New York, who hates robocalls as much as you do.

"People are crying out for a solution," he said. "I hope to make their lives a little better," he added.

Nomorobo is a cloud-based solution that enables many phone lines to ring at the same time.

Sign up for the service and all calls will also go to Nomorobo. If the call is marked as a robocall, the computer hangs up on it before you get the second ring.

You do not need to have caller ID on your phone for this to work and call information collected by Nomorobo will be anonymous to protect the privacy of customers.

Nomorobo promise not to block legitimate robocalls blocks, including school closings, doctor visits, prescription drug reminders and weather warnings.

Man disowns his daughter after she disowns her gay son

Grandpa’s handwritten letter 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) What a cool grandfather.

A man decided to send his daughter a message of unconditional love after she disowned her son, who came out as gay.

The teen went to live with his grandfather after his mother, who was identified only as Christine, threw him out of her house.

Christine became angry at her son Chad after he told her that he was gay. She responded by telling him that she did not raise him that way, and she wanted no part of his gay lifestyle. Chad was thrown out of the house and disowned by his mother until he changes his ways.

After Christine’s father heard what she had done to her son, his grandson, he sat down and wrote a letter to his daughter. The letter was posted by FCKH8.com, a site that promotes equality rights for the LGBT community and has now gone viral.

Here is the full letter:
Dear Christine:

I'm disappointed in you as a daughter. You're correct that we have a "shame in the family", but mistaken about what it is.

Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real "abomination" here. A parent disowning her child is what goes "against nature".

The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that "you didn't raise your son to be gay". Of course you didn't. He was born this way and didn't choose it any more than he being left-handed.

You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. So, while we are in the business of [disowning] our children, I think I'll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gay put it) grandson to raise, and I don't have time for heartless B-word of a daughter.

[If] you find your heart, give us a call.
-Dad

Police officers remove woman’s clothing and place her naked in jail cell

Dana Holmes 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman was subjected to very cruel treatment in jail by police officers.

Prison security cameras captured the actions of police officers, who for no apparent reason, undressed a woman and left her that way.

Dana Holmes, 33, of Coal City, Illinois, is suing LaSalle County prison authorities for the incident. Holmes was arrested for drunk driving, then, she was forcibly stripped and left naked in a prison cell.

At first, Holmes was striped searched by a female officer when she allegedly became belligerent.

Three deputies threw her to the ground and then all of the officers carried her into a prison cell. She was then stripped naked before the deputies left the cell with her clothes. They returned a few minutes later with a blanket and a padded suit.

Holmes’ lawyer said that the officers committed official misconduct by stripping her without justification.

The police report said the woman’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, and that she was loud and uncooperative, but does not mention why the woman was striped and left naked in the cell for a while.

Woman kills her newborn babies so she can continue to party at swingers clubs

Steffie Koppers 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman was arrested and charged with murder related charges after she allegedly killed her two newborn babies so she can continue to party at swingers clubs, according to police reports in Germany.

Police said that Steffie Koppers, 24, who killed her two newborn babies so she could go to swingers clubs for more sex, has been arrested after the bodies of her babies were found by her father.

She repeatedly bragged about her sex club visits on her Facebook page.

Police believe that Koppers, who worked for a local tourism authority, became pregnant from men she had sex with at the clubs.

One of the deaths occurred in November of last year.
She lived on a remote farm with her father near Duesseldorf.

On Tuesday, when she was at work, her father Heinz Koppers, made ​​the terrible discovery of a dead baby in the house they shared.

The father called police, who arrested his daughter in her workplace.

"She admitted what happened, but she was not able to tell us exactly why,” a police spokesperson said.

Police said she was addicted to sex and she did not want babies around to disturb her.

Police are talking with customers of the swingers clubs in order to try to find out the identity of the men, who got her pregnant.

Woman jailed after ordering husband to shoot neighbor because he telepathically raped her

Michael Selleneit and Meloney Selleneit 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman was behind bars after admitting that she convinced her husband to shoot their neighbor because he telepathically raped her on several occasions, according to court proceedings in Utah.

Centerville Police said that during a pretrial conference on Thursday, Meloney Selleneit pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of attempted criminal solicitation and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, according to court documents.

Selleneit's husband, Michael Selleneit, shot neighbor Tony Pierce in the back twice with a gun.
Meloney Selleneit had convinced her husband that Pierce had telepathically raped her many times.

After several assessments of whether Michael Selleneit was competent enough to stand trial, Judge Thomas Kay ruled that he was.

In January, Michael Selleneit pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. In May, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, starting with treatment at Utah State Hospital.

A similar debate about whether Meloney Selleneit should stand trial ended after several evaluations, and Judge Kay decided that she was competent. She was previously admitted at the Utah State Hospital for treatment.

According to an arrest warrant, Meloney Selleneit bought the gun for her husband 11 years ago. The couple kept the gun under their pillow.

Tony Pierce survived the murder attempt.

Sandwich vendor shot for not putting onions in omelet

Omelet 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound after he did not put onions inside an omelet for a local criminal and his friends, according to police reports in India.

Police said that the man was shot in the city Etah located in the Uttar Pradesh province on Tuesday.

Etah is 265 kilometers from Lucknow.

Pujari, who police described as a local criminal, ordered an omelet for four of his friends. When they realized that there were no onions in it, the group became furious.

Sandwich vendor Deepu Kashyap said he could not afford to buy onions, which have become expensive in recent weeks. Pujari then pulled out a gun and shot the sandwich maker.

The victim was rushed to a local medical center. Inspector General of Police, Ashutosh Pandey, said that the assailants were local criminals, who all have lengthy rap sheets.

"A case of attempted murder and extortion, has been slapped on them and we are trying to locate them," the police officer said.

Woman jailed after intentionally running over her boyfriend with her minivan

Esther Brubaker 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder related charges after she intentionally ran over her boyfriend with her minivan, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Silver Spring Township Police said that they arrested a woman on Monday, on charges that she ran over her boyfriend during an argument and then just walked away.

Esther Brubaker, 36, was involved in a death hit-and-run of her boyfriend. The boyfriend was run over at the end of his driveway.

The Mechanicsburg woman was charged in Cumberland County with murder by vehicle, according to court documents.

Silver Spring Township Police that the victim was 34-year-old Jeremy Anderson.

District Attorney David Freed said the victim had significant tire marks on his body when found around 5:45 pm on Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said neighbors reported hearing an argument before the incident. Brubaker remains in custody after being unable to post $1 million bail.

Man named Fudge caught on video stealing ice cream

Conor Fudge 
By: David Ross

With a last name Fudge, we can understand why he likes ice cream, but he was arrested and charged with theft related charges after allegedly being caught stealing cakes, according to police reports in Iowa.

Iowa City Police said that the suspect is a former employee of the ice cream shop from which he is accused of stealing money, ice cream, cakes and other delights.

His name is Conor Fudge.

The 25-year-old Fudge broke into the Cold Stone Creamery store after business hours, on September 11 and September 12. Security camera video shows him taking money from a safe, as well as cakes and ice cream containers.

The shop owner said that Fudge, who stopped working in the business in late August, got in with an unauthorized key. The money and property stolen was estimated at $500.

Fudge was charged with third-degree theft and one count of aggravated misdemeanor third-degree theft.

Man arrested after being seen stuffing live goat in his car trunk

Ernesto Rodriguez stuffing live goat in his car 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty related charges after he allegedly stuffed a live goat in his car trunk, according to police reports in Connecticut.

State Police said that they arrested a Hartford man, who was seen putting a goat in the trunk of his car on Monday, right before leaving a cattle auction.

When a police officer caught up with Ernesto Rodriguez, 36, he also found several chickens in the trunk, police said. The animals survived the trip and they were handed over to the State Agriculture Department.

Rodriguez was charged with cruelty to animals and for violation of peace, police said. He posted $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court, later this month.

Police were called to the Middlesex Livestock Auction on Monday afternoon, after the auction people told police they saw Rodriguez putting a goat in the trunk of his car and closing it.

Witnesses confronted Rodriguez and an argument broke out. They recorded it and gave the information to the police.

They also asked the Humane Society of the United States to contact the State Department of Agriculture.

In total, police found one live goat and five chickens.

Authorities suspect that the animals were needed for religious reasons.

"The goat is fine, and the same goes for the chickens," George Krivda, a spokesperson for the State Department of Agriculture, said.

3 seen on video robbing unconscious bicycle rider

unconscious bike rider being robbed 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) People are angry after a video was released showing how three thieves rob an unconscious man after he crashed his bike, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Surveillance video shows the unidentified man falling off his bike in an Ann Arbor, Michigan parking lot at 8:16 pm on Tuesday night.

Lying lifeless on the ground, a man believed to be Jonas Abrams, 19, arrives and he wastes no time lifting the bike and fleeing from the scene.

Then, a few minutes later, two other suspects, Audreyanna Little, 21, and Willie McGraw, 39, approach the 25-year-old victim.

Both can be seen going through the victim’s pockets, and taking money and valuables, then, walking away without making any attempt to see if the man needs any help.

Passersby found the man unconscious on the floor and he was rushed to a local hospital.

The victim suffered from a broken eye socket and a severely split lip. He also lost several teeth and had bleeding in the brain, as a result of the accident.

The police have arrested the three, who are suspected of the despicable crime.

Little has been charged with two counts of theft, Abrams faces a charge of armed robbery while McGraw faces a charge of theft.