Officials boot Brooklyn volunteer ambulance over unpaid tickets

The boot on the ambulance (photo via The NY Post) 
By: Sarah Weiss

The commander of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps is angry after one of his ambulances was booted by the New York City Marshal office over unpaid tickets.

"I'm sure that they would have never done this to a Hatzolah ambulance," James “Rocky” Robinson, commander of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said referring to the volunteer corps serving Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.

A city marshal slapped a boot on an ambulance in Brooklyn last week, preventing emergency response during that time.

"I hope no one died because of this," Robinson said.

"I do not understand how they have the audacity to do this!" He added.

The ambulance was parked in front of the base along Greene Avenue on Tuesday morning, when city marshal Robert Solimine hit it with a steel boot because the vehicle had accumulated more than $350 worth in parking tickets.

"I thought someone was playing a joke, but then reality set in," volunteer Lem Peterkin said.

"Emergency vehicles should not be booted over unpaid parking tickets," New York City Finance Department spokesperson Owen Stone said.

"When we learned of the problem, we ordered the immediate release of the boot," he said.

Brooklyn bus driver kicks 10-year-old Muslim boy off for being a terrorist

MTA bus 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A young Muslim boy was called a terrorist by a Brooklyn, New York bus driver, and was thrown off the bus.

The boy, who is only 10-years-old, was praying in Arabic, when the driver decided he was a terrorist.

The child’s parents are suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also known as the MTA, after the driver called their son a terrorist and would not allow him on the bus.

The boy said that he was on his way home from school near Sheepshead Bay, around 2:45 p.m., when the bus arrived and he was unable to find his Metrocard. The boy began to pray.

He recited a Muslim prayer as he searched for the card, and finally found it.

The prayer is a commonly used by Muslims when a person faces a challenge.

“The boy was trying to find his card so he could get home,” the boy's lawyer, Hyder Naqvi, said.

When the 10-year-old finally found the card, he tried to board the bus, but the driver did not allow him to do so. He heard the boy praying and called him a "terrorist." The driver then forced the child to step off the bus before closing the doors.

"He's a young boy, but he is old enough to know what discrimination is," Naqvi said.

When the boy finally got home, he told his parents what happened, and they decided to meet with the MTA.

The family met with the MTA and asked the company to identify the bus driver, but were not given the driver's identity.

“At that point, they decided to seek counsel,” Naqvi said.

The family is suing the MTA and the driver, for religious discrimination and abuse of civil rights. They are seeking unspecified damages.

Rihanna slapped with 13 million lawsuit for arriving late at her concert

Rihanna in the Dead Sea 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Rihanna was slapped with a multi-million shekel lawsuit after she came late to her own concert, according to court proceedings in Israel.

The thirteen million shekel lawsuit was filed in the Tel Aviv District Court and was classified as a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks to recover damages from the concert organizers, Shay Moore Yoseph and Guy Besser.

The lawsuit claims that organizers did not provide consumers with services for the full value of the price of the tickets.

“The show started an hour and ten minutes late, while the audience stood waiting for the singer with great frustration, hurt and anger," the lawsuit states.

"We wish to note that we arranged the best service regarding security, parking, direction, stage, sound and all other things we were responsible for. Unfortunately, the international singer arrived late to the show. We regret that, but we had nothing to do with the delay. We want to stress that despite the delay, 50,000 Israelis were at the show. We understand that some were not satisfied, but we think the majority enjoyed it,” the Israeli producers of the Rihanna concert said in a statement.

Woman seen stripping man’s clothes after he tried to rape her

Woman strips mans clothes 
By: John Roberts

A woman took revenge of her alleged attacker by stripping him naked.

A woman called her friends when the man tried to rape her.

Two of her friends came to her aid as they ganged up on the man, who was said to be intoxicated.

The three women of Johannesburg, South Africa, undressed the man after he tried to drag one of the women to his shack in order to rape her.

The two women chased the man down the street while the other woman grabbed a glass bottle and smashed it on him. She then stabbed the man in the back with a broken piece of glass.

When they caught the man, the women ripped off all his clothes until he was stripped naked. In the photo (left) one woman is seen removing the man’s undershirt.

The man finally surrendered and walked away, leaving his torn clothes on the ground.

When they were questioned, the women said the man had tried to rape a woman outside the pub.

Several witnesses had different versions of the events.

One resident in the neighborhood said that the fight was over a failed prostitution deal. "The man wanted to pay the woman for sex, but when they could not agree on the price, the woman called her friends, who then ganged up on the man," the resident said.

Another witness said that the man and woman got into an argument after the man had exposed his private parts while urinating in front of children.

Soon, the injured man returned to get his cell phone out of his pants pocket. Then, he was seen returning to the pub to continue drinking.

"Every weekend we remove drunken residents like this man from our streets,” Police officer Mitileni Tshifhiwa said.
So far police have not filed any charges in this case.

Three women beat up man after he tried to rob one of them

Pink scooter illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man was beaten by three sisters after he tried to steal a motor scooter.

The man walked into an apartment building and tried to steal a pink motor scooter, police said.

As he entered the elevator, the thief in Sichuan, China, came face to face with the victim’s sister.

The criminal did not get very far with the easy to recognize bright pink bike. Security cameras also captured the action.

It all began about 3:00 p.m. when a woman named Liu, went to visit her sister. As she was exiting the elevator with her own motor scooter, a man went into the elevator with the hot pink motor scooter.

Unfortunately for the criminal, Liu recognized her sister’s striking pink scooter. Liu acted quickly. She hit the man with her motor scooter.

He tried shoving her scooter out of the elevator as he was pressing the elevator button to get away from her.

The woman’s sisters heard the commotion and came to investigate.

They held the elevator open so the man cannot escape, all the while fighting the man. One of the sisters went to get a metal object and hit the man with it.

After being beaten by the three sisters for a few minutes, the man finally gave up. He walked out of the elevator and left the scooter behind with its rightful owner.

Curly fries lead police to man who groped teen at drive-through window

James Randolph Cowan 
By: David Ross

A trail of curly fries helped police locate a man, who allegedly groped a server at a restaurant.

The Georgia man was arrested after groping a teenager as she served him at a drive-through window of a restaurant in East Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania, police said.

James Randolph Cowan, 36, of Fitzgerald, ordered food shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at Arby’s. When a 19-year-old employee gave him the order through the window, Cowan reached up and groped her before he quickly drove away, Lt. Robin Weaver said.

Employees gave police a description of the man and his car. Employees also told police that Cowan appeared to be intoxicated.

Police located the suspect’s vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner, at a Travelodge hotel nearby. Cowan was found in one of the rooms.

Police were able to locate Cowan when they found a trail of curly fries and sauce going from Cowan’s vehicle through the hotel hallway and all the way to his room, Weaver said.

Cowan was accused of indecent assault. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest. Cowan was taken into custody. He was later released after posting $10,000 bail.

Man injects acid into teen’s private parts as punishment for stealing

By: Moses Gold

A man was arrested after he punished a thief by injecting acid into his private parts.

The teenager was brutally tortured by having acid injected into his private parts as punishment after he was caught trying to steal from his boss.

The 14-year-old would-be-thief lives in the Nalanda district of Bihar, northern India, police said on Saturday.

The teen was identified as Mohammad Amir, who was working at a scrap shop, when the owner allegedly caught him stealing things from the shop, according to police.

In retaliation, the owner, who was identified as Santosh Kumar, poured acid into the teens private parts, police officer Ravi Jyoti said.

The boy was rushed to the Bihar Sharif Sadar Hospital, but was transferred to Patna Medical College and Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries, after his condition deteriorated.

The shop owner has been arrested and sent to jail, Jyoti said.

Cheerleaders car wash banned for violating environmental laws

Cheerleader car wash illustration 
By: Eva Fett

Who doesn't like to get their car wash by attractive girls in bikinis? Apparently, the environmentalist don't like it.

One sure way to raise a nice amount of cash in a short period of time was to offer car washes done by sexy girls.

Now, that might all come to an end.

Cheerleaders Lincoln high school in San Jose, California, organized a car wash event to raise money, but were warned by local environmental officials that their car wash event would violate the city’s water discharge laws.

“We were visited by the Environmental Services Department, and they informed us that the car washes at the Hoover Middle School are in violation of the water discharge laws, so we had to cancel this one and all future car washes,” the school wrote in an email.

“Anything other than storm water or rainwater is considered a pollutant," Jennie Loft, acting communications manager of the San Jose Environmental Services Department, said.

"When the water goes into the storm drain, it harms wildlife and habitats in the creeks, as the water goes directly from the storm drain into the creeks," he said.

The city also gave some advice on what the girls can do in the future so that their sexy car wash events comply with the law.

The following are some of the rules the girls need to implement in order to comply with the car wash law.

Make sure the wash water is not running into the street, sewer or storm drain.

Car washes can be done on grass or on gravel.

Water used to wash paved areas, should be collected and diverted either in the sanitary sewer system or a landscaped area.

Make sure there are no soap stains on the floor.

These regulations not only apply to cheerleaders who wash cars to raise money, but it also applies to people who wash cars at their own house.

"If people are washing their cars at home, they should park on a lawn so that the water is diverted into the landscape,“ Loft said.

“If that is not possible, people need to go to a designated car wash area, so that the dirty water does not enter the storm drain," he also said.

Parts of murdered woman’s remains found in Los Angeles waste treatment plant

The scene of the incident 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Police are desperately looking for more information about human remains found at a waste treatment plant, according to police reports in California.

Basset Police said they believe that the upper torso of a woman found on Monday, in a waste treatment plant, is related to the human remains found this weekend in a similar center in Carson.

Human remains of the woman, possibly Hispanic, were found by maintenance workers in a facility operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in the 1900 block of Workman Mill Road in Bassett, near highways 60 and 605.

The remains were discovered in one of the pools of water at the plant.

"During a check, they found a human torso," sheriff's Lieutenant Mike Rosson said.

"That human torso seems related to remains that were found in Carson on Saturday morning," he said.

A calf and foot were found on Saturday, in the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, at 24501 South Figueroa Street, in Carson, also owned by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

Investigators believe the victim was probably put into the system through a manhole.

The cause of woman's death is unknown and will be determined by the Department of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.

Four snakes seen on video protecting baby

Snakes protecting baby 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A video was uploaded to YouTube showing venomous snakes standing guard around a baby.

Four snakes are seen sitting next to the baby, two at each side. The child is seen wrapping her arms around one of the snakes, as if it was a teddy bear.

The video has shocked many people.

The video showed the baby lying on a blanket, in the sand, while the four snakes surrounded her. The snakes are guarding the child at four sides like canopy poles at the corners of a bed.

Many viewers were horrified by the video.

"How can any parent leave their baby with snakes?" One person wrote.

Other viewers were more skeptical saying that snakes are common in India, and are not venomous.

Someone pointed out that teeth from cobras are often removed making them totally harmless.

Cobras are said to be a common feature in magic shows in India.

Owners caught feeding cocaine to pigeons in preparation for race

Pigeon race 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A firestorm erupted in the pigeon racing world as it was uncovered that some owners had drugged their pigeons.

In an attempt to get their pigeons to fly faster and farther for the pigeon race, some people injected drugs in their animals.

Six pigeons in Belgium, were found to have been given drugs such as cocaine and painkillers.

The drugging was revealed when the Belgian Racing-Pigeons Federation took samples from 20 birds.

They sent the samples to the National Horseracing Authority in South Africa, for testing. Many of the birds tested positive for numerous drugs.

The pigeon race in Belgium, is a highly lucrative sport. People pay a lot of money for good pigeons.

One Belgian racing pigeon called Bolt, named after the Olympic gold-winning Jamaican sprinter named Usain Bolt, was sold to a Chinese businessman for a record price of $400,000.

It is believed that the buyer wanted to use Bolt for breeding other race birds.

The pigeon racing sport, involves releasing specially trained racing pigeons at one location and then, they return to their homes.

Judges carefully measure distance, time and speed. It is all calculated and compared to determine which animal is the winner. Pigeon races are often won or lost by mere seconds.

Woman arrested after giving birth in bar bathroom and stuffing her baby in the toilet tank

Amanda Hein 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder after she allegedly gave birth inside a bar bathroom and stuffed her baby inside the toilet tank, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.

Allentown Police said that they arrested twenty-six-year-old Amanda Hein, and she was charged with criminal homicide after a preliminary hearing on Monday.

A cleaning crew found the baby's body in the bathroom, on August 19, at Starters Pub in Bethlehem, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.

A medical examiner determined that the child was born alive.

Police said that they traced blood, which was found in the bar to Hein. Police detectives said that Hein could not give them a reason for killing her baby.

“The only thing she said was that she was scared," a police spokesperson said.

Man, 84, jailed after raping deaf and mute girl he kept as sex slave

Ilyas and Tallat Ashar 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after he raped a girl, who is deaf and mute, according to court proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Now, the 84-year-old man was sentenced to thirteen years in prison for repeatedly raping the girl, whom he trafficked to Britain and kept as a sex slave.

Ilyas Ashar, who brought the girl into the United Kingdom from Pakistan in 2000, when he was just 10-years-old, was convicted of rape by a jury last week.

He was convicted in an earlier trial of trafficking and benefits fraud in connection with the child.

The victim was beaten and kept in a basement of the family home the Manchester area.

At sentencing, Judge Peter Lakin said that neither Ashar or his wife had expressed any remorse for not treating the child as a human being.

"For her, it was more than an object to be used, abused and neglected at will," the judge said.

Ashar's wife, Tallat, was jailed for five years on the trafficking and profits for fraud charges.

The girl was rescued during a police raid in 2009.

Speaking through an interpreter using sign language, the victim described being beaten with a rolling-pin while forced to work for nothing, and made ??to sleep on a concrete floor in the cellar, which was locked with bolts.

She also told the court how she was sexually abused.

Numerous ducks seen on video invading New York pharmacy

The ducks in the store 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Workers and shoppers at a CVS pharmacy in New York, were shocked to see a large group of ducks walking around the aisles, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Dozens of ducks invaded the CVS pharmacy in Saratoga Springs, over the weekend after being let in by the store’s automatic sliding doors.

More than fifty ducks entered the prescription drug store, and employees were confused as to how to disperse the ducks.

After brainstorming for a short period of time, one of the store employees used a bag of popcorn to lead the ducks out of the store.

Despite leaving behind a little mud in the store, the place was left in good condition.

At least it was not a group of bears.

As we reported earlier, a large black bear shockingly left a bar after a female bartender ordered it to leave, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

We've all heard jokes that begin with someone who walks into a bar, but few of us would actually live through a story in which a black bear was the one coming into the bar.

That's what happened in one Alaska hotel in downtown Juneau, when the large animal stumbled into a bar to the shock of employee Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy.

Instead of fleeing the scene, the brave waitress shouted, "No bear! Out! No! You cannot be here!"

What happened next was unexpected as the beast quickly obeyed and left the bar.

State Biologist Ryan Scott said that although black bears had wandered into houses in the area before, it was rare for them to go into businesses.

"I think it did very well, and is good news that the bear obliged,” he said.

The owner of the bar, C Scott Fry, said the bear had entered as if it wanted a beer.

Angry bull seen on video attacking police officer

The angry bull 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Police officers usually know how to deal with violent criminals, but one police officers had a hard time with an out of control bull, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

When the Romanian traffic officer woke up that morning, he probably did not expect to face a great beast during his shift.

However, that's exactly what happened when he ended up being speared by a bull after a passing red car apparently irritated the bull.

Surveillance video that was posted on YouTube shows the bull attacking the officer, and then making its escape down the road.

Several people came to the aid of the traffic officer, who was later taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

The bull on the other hand, was transported back to the farm that it escaped from near Braila, after being tranquilized.

Despite being in a state of sedation, the video shows several men struggling to get the beast under control until they finally managed to tie a rope around its horns.

Officials are not sure how the animal escaped from the farm, and are currently investigating the incident.

Thief caught red handed stealing women’s underwear

Panty thief caught in the act 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Recently, numerous women have been reporting missing underwear, according to police reports in France.

One man living in the Poitiers area decided to take some action after his wife kept losing her panties, and she became too afraid to leave the house.

The man pinpointed the theft as happening on Wednesday and Sunday nights, between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. He said up a camera in order to catch the thief in action.

It worked. One night, the camera captured the underwear thief in the garden, wearing gloves, a hat and a scarf to mask the face. The thief helped himself by taking several panties from the clothing rack.

On Sunday night, he waited for the thief outside in a shed. Around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, the man, who had already stolen from his wife around 70 pairs of underwear, appeared.

The husband launched a commando-style attack before the thief could flee with his wife's underwear.

"I jumped over him, and my two children tied his feet together. We called the police, who arrived within a few minutes," the husband said.

The culprit confessed to stealing women's underwear in the nearby towns of Chatellerault and Cenon.

When police found and searched his car, they discovered more than 30 pairs of underwear, which were taken as evidence.

The 35-year-old man is facing community service if convicted of theft charges.

Massachusetts man arrested after breaking into home and forcing homeowner to drink vodka

Woman drinking vodka illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with home invasion after allegedly breaking into a home and forcing the homeowner to drink vodka, according to police reports in Massachusetts.

Waltham Police said that they arrested a local 29-year-old man last week, and he faces felony charges of home invasion.

Scott Topham of 75 Prospect Street, faces charges of armed burglary, kidnapping, threats to commit a crime and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, namely a knife, according to the Waltham Police captain Steven Champeon.

The charges stem from an incident that began at 1:04 a.m. on October 24.

Police responded to a report of a man knocking at the door of 81 Prospect Street trying to break in. The victim, a resident of the house, went to the door and recognized Topham as his down the block neighbor.

Topham was holding a bottle of vodka.

Topham forced ??his way into the residence and went to the kitchen. The victim followed Champeon, police said.

Topham, who was armed with a knife, pushed the victim to a chair and ordered him to drink vodka. The victim drank the vodka.

Topham told the victim: "I have hurt people before, and I’m not afraid to kill somebody," police said.

Topham also pushed the victim twice with the knife.

The victim’s partner came to the aid of the victim and forced Topham out of the house.

Police arrived, and after an investigation, arrested Topham.

The victim was not injured.

Dealing with Lawsuits and Your Small Business

By: Sarah Weiss

You were sure that you had all the bases covered to legally protect your small business. That's when you get a letter in the mail from an attorney on behalf of a previous employee about your non-compete agreement. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) says that these types of lawsuits have tripled in the past 20 years. There are many ways you can be surprised with a legal action, so be prepared when that most unwelcome surprise arrives.

Being Prepared

One of the most important rules for any small business is to have everything in writing. While this is common sense, some business owners will prefer to do business on a handshake because they think the transaction is too small. If some legal action happens, oral agreements are nearly impossible to prove. Each state requires different levels of contracts. You should always have a written contract for:

Services that last longer than one year
The sale of goods or services valued more than $500
The ownership transfer of copyrights or real estate
Your Next Step

If you receive a letter from an attorney stating that you are being involved in a lawsuit, the first thing to remember is to remain silent. Do not contact the attorney or any of the other people named in the letter. If you are contacted directly, listen and take notes but offer no information. Do not discuss the situation, offer any explanations, state any opinions or make threats of action. Your next step is to contact an attorney to discuss the matter.

An attorney will know how to respond in a way that protects you and your company. Your desire to explain something could make the lawsuit more difficult to fight. Disclosing business plans or your company's financial status without going through your attorney may give the other side information they can use against you.

Paying for the Attorney

Understand how attorneys charge so you'll know what to expect and how to negotiate the rate. The typical payment methods for an attorney include:

Hourly rate – most common with attorneys that work with small businesses
Retainer fee – most often used when there will be a long lawsuit and you need to know the attorney will be available when you need them
Contingent fee – most often used in personal injury or debt collection matters where the attorney gets part of the settlement
Flat fee – most common when you just need a one-time task such as a letter written
A new attorney's office is more likely to negotiate the rate than an established office. You'll have to weigh the risk to your business should a less experienced attorney lose your case.

Cash flow is always a concern of the small business owner, and you may not have planned for such an event. If cash is low, then you could look into a lawsuit loan. This service offers you a cash advance on potential settlements and can help you get through the costs of a trial.

Getting Ready for an Attorney

Before you talk with an attorney, get all of your information together. Make copies of any documents associated with the legal matter. Find any emails or electronic documents that may be related to the case. Sit down and make notes about what transpired, chronologically, so the attorney can get the complete picture. Anything you can think of that might be relevant could be helpful. Let the attorney decide what is and isn't useful to your case. The U.S. Small Business Administration has many resources to help you get information together for your attorney.