Brooklyn student arrested for taking photos of Borough Park area police station

Justin Thomas being arrested 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after taking photos for a school project.

Justin Thomas, 29, was taking photos and video outside a police station in Brooklyn, New York, when officers confronted him and told him he was not allowed to do so.

He was arrested and given a desk appearance ticket despite standing on public property.

The Manhattan film student, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn, after he was wrongfully arrested.

Thomas, who is a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts, was recording the 72nd Precinct as part of a documentary he was making about Sunset Park, called "Truth Through a Lens," according to his lawsuit filed Wednesday, in Brooklyn Federal Court.

A police sergeant identified in the complaint as Viet Cato, came out of the station and confronted Thomas. He erroneously told Thomas that he needed a permit to film the building, according to the lawsuit.

Officer Cato confiscated the camera and another unidentified police officer removed the memory card. The officer did not realize that the camera had a second memory card, which recorded their confrontation.
Thomas was locked up for about three hours before being released with a desk appearance on charges of obstruction of governmental administration.

“I’m standing up for myself because I don’t think I should have been detained or arrested for this, but I’m also standing up for all of us as photographers and filmmakers. We have every right to film on a public street,” Thomas said.

German Spa Hotel advertises special treatment for Kristallnacht

Kristall Sauna Wellnesspark 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) An upscale German hotel and spa offered customers a special and unforgettable night for “Kristallnacht.”

The German spa is in hot water after posting an advertisement, which invited guests to enjoy a "long and romantic KristallNacht" to be held on the anniversary of a Nazi pogrom against Jews, known as "The Night of Broken Glass" or "Kristallnacht.”

Kristall Sauna Wellnesspark hotel and spa which is located in Bad Klosterlausnitz, issued an apology and pulled the offensive advertisement after being criticized.

An employee of the spa said that it was all a misunderstanding because the company uses the word "Kristall" as a prefix for events and promotions on their website.

Even the business name starts with Kristall as in Kristall Sauna-Wellnesspark, according to their website.

People took offense to the Kristallnacht advertisement, as they chose the night of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, for the promotion. The advertisement read: “The long romantic KristallNacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax.”

An apology on the company's website stated: “We are ashamed of the mistake.”

Many times, advertisements like these are done on purpose in order to bring a lot of attention to the place of business.

When news outlets all over the world report the story, the company gets a lot of free press, and that was accomplished with the Kristallnacht advertisement.

Man seen on video setting wife on fire at gas station

Jessica Dawkins on fire 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after security camera captured him accidentally setting his wife on fire.

Police in Georgia, confirmed that they have arrested the man seen in the video accidentally setting his wife on fire at a gas station in Clarkesville.

Austin Dawkins, 37, was playing with a lighter while pumping gas into his truck.

In the surveillance video, Dawkins is seen speaking with his wife, Jessica Dawkins, 30, when he held the lighter too close to his truck. The gas vapor ignited.

His wife, seeing the flames, ran away. In attempt to stop the fire, Dawkins pulled the nozzle out from the truck, which caused the flames to spread.

His wife caught on fire and then fell to the ground.

Jessica Dawkins suffered second and third degree burns on her legs, arms and back.

Authorities said she was treated at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, and was later released.

Dawkins suffered minor burns to his hands.

Austin Dawkins was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

If convicted, Dawkins could face a year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Man from Scotland punished after choosing his black wife over his white family

Green Thompson 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was left homeless and penniless after he chose to stay with the love of his life, who happens to be a black woman.

The Scottish man paid a heavy price for marrying the black woman.

Green Thompson, 46, who now lives in Africa, was forced to choose between his white family, and his black wife and kids.

Thompson was given an ultimatum by his family to leave his black wife or be out of their lives.

Thompson opted to keep his wife and kids over his birth family, and was disowned by his angry mother.

Thompson had lived with his aunt in Queensdale, Harare, but his mother convinced the aunt to kick him out of the house.

Jobless and penniless, Thompson and his wife settled in Hopley, in Harare, where they rent a room for $10.

He now survives by buying and selling cheap items. Thompson admits that life has never been more difficult for him.

He and his family are hungry. They have been living in Hopley, the past 10 months.

His neighbors in Hopley, said that they were surprised when the white man came to live among them. They were even more surprised when they realized he was as poor as they were, and that he was also struggling to put food on the table.

Thompson said that for years he lived in the home of his aunt with his wife and five children. His mother was always against his marriage to a black woman of Indian origin.

"My mother influenced my aunt to evict me from the house only because she was not happy that I married a black woman. I love my wife, and I decided to leave rather than being without my wife," Thompson said.

Thompson was a brand manager for a local company for 11 years, but lost his job when the company closed down, and new jobs were hard to come by.

As a result, his family is suffering. His wife said that their life is difficult. She said that the most painful thing is that they could not afford to send their children to school.

Woman killed by her own pit bull which was returned to her after it bit her nephew

Terry Douglas 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was killed by her own beloved pit bull.

The woman, who has cerebral palsy, was mauled to death by her pit bull a few months after she fought to get the dog back.

Terry Douglas, 56, of Baltimore, Maryland, died on Friday, after she fell out from her wheelchair while reaching to get a glass of water.

When she was on the floor, her dog Boosie attacked her and killed her.

Animal control officers had seized the pit bull earlier this year, because it bit her nephew, but returned the dog to her after it was determined that the dog was not a threat to the public.

Douglas’ nephew was attacked by the pit bull when he went to pick up food from the floor. Douglas was also bitten by the dog during that incident when she tried to intervene.

After the attack, Douglas “was adamant on getting the dog back. We returned the dog when the quarantine period was up,” the Baltimore City Health Department said in a statement.

Douglas' daughter, Tamathia Davis, said that her mother had grown attached to the dog as she raised the dog since it was a puppy, and that Douglas loved the dog unconditionally.

The dog was put to sleep after the incident.

Drunk man accidentally tells waiter that he and his friend raped his daughter

Ramesh Rajbhar and Shivchand Rajbhar arrested 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A drunken outburst led a man and his friend to jail.

A 17-year-old girl was raped by her father and his friend, before the two killed her and discarded her body.

This crime came about after the girl ran away from her home to marry her boyfriend of Uttar Pradesh northern India. Together they moved to Mumbai, where they got married.

The teen is said to have been four months pregnant when her father tracked her down and found her.

The teen’s father, Ramesh Rajbhar, 45, tried to convince her to come home with him.

When she refused, her father and his friend, Shivchand Rajbhar, 42, took her by force.

The girl was raped by her father, who then asked his friend to rape the teen to "teach her a lesson," police said.

Fearing that she will report the sexual assault, the men strangled her to death and dumped her body in the bushes.

Kashimira Police said the murder came to light when the father, in a drunken state, mentioned the rape and murder of his daughter to a waiter in a hotel in Bhayander.

The waiter told his boss, who alerted police in Kashimira.

Police arrested the father, who led them to the body. His friend was also arrested.

"They have independently confessed to the rape and murder," senior inspector Fatehsinh Patil of the Kashimira police said.

Man dresses up as homeless for a cool marriage proposal

Homeless man proposal 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man who is known to be a prankster, came up with a cool way to propose to his girlfriend.

While most people want to look their best when proposing to their lover, Mike King, 22, of Indiana, dressed up as a homeless man for the occasion.

His girlfriend Katie Barabas, was out with Feed the Homeless volunteers in South Bend, Indiana, handing out pizza to the homeless.

Barabas was seen holding a box of pizza as homeless people stood around her eating the pizza.

King’s friend and movie maker Cody Clemons, recorded the proposal and the surprised reaction from his new fiancee.

King explained that he is not usually nervous when he pranks people, but this time was different.

"I was definitely very nervous. The significance of this prank was a lot greater," King said.

The video showed how King was transformed into a homeless looking man.

He then walked up to his girlfriend and told her that he thought she was cute. He pulled out a fake ring and asked her to marry him.
Barabas was taken aback as she smiled politely, but did not say anything.

That's when King made his move, he pulled off his disguise, he got down on one knee, pulled out a real ring and proposed to Barabas.

"When he took of his mask and got down on one knee, I was in complete shock and in such joy. It was so special the way he did it,” Barabas said.

Police dogs will now receive pensions

U.K. police dog illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Police dogs will now be treated just like police officers in the United Kingdom.

Police dogs will be given their own pensions to ensure that their medical expenses are paid after retiring from the police force.

Nottinghamshire Police dogs will receive up to 1,500 pounds in pension after declaring that animals should be recognized as "law officers."

Nottinghamshire Police are the first in the U.K. to announce the plan to recognize the efforts of highly trained dogs that help catch criminals.

The new policy has been announced by Paddy Tipping, the police and crime commissioner of Nottinghamshire.

"We care for people who work for us, who have been police officers and staff members. We all receive a decent pension and I think it is important to do the same for dogs. These animals work hard for the police and are officials in their own right," Tipping said.

Under the plan, which will be launched next month, each dog will receive up to 500 pounds for medical expenses per year for the first three years after leaving the force.’

Notts Police have 26 police dogs, of which 13 help search for people and work at public events, while the other 13 are trained as specialized search dogs to track bodies, cash and drugs.

It is expected that nine dogs working for the force will retire in the next three years.

Girls win contest after dressing up as burning twin towers

Amber Langford and Annie Collinge
 
By: John Roberts

Two friends won a competition after they dressed as the burning twin towers.

Now, the two students in England, have apologized for the offensive costume.

Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19, were given $240 in shopping vouchers after winning a costume contest at the Rosies nightclub in Chester.

Their matching outfits, which were labelled North Tower and South Tower, featured depictions of flames and planes hanging from windows.

“We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused,” Langford and Collinge, who are both students at Chester University, said.

“The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime, and it was not intended as a joke,” they added.

Langford’s father Martin, who is a pilot, was not happy about the outfits.

“She knows I’m a pilot and that’s not cool at all,” he said. “We will have a little chat,” he also said.

Stonegate Pub Company, which operates Rosies, said that the decision to award the prize to theses women was a “serious error of judgment”’ made by a DJ.

“We apologize to anybody who may have been upset or offended by this,” the company spokesperson said.

The University of Chester and its student union also condemned the appalling costumes.

Woman ordered to repay child support after lying about boyfriend being her baby’s father

Regina Zima and Joseph Mazhinji Marikite 
By: David Ross

A court ordered a woman to pay back the money she received as child support from her former boyfriend after it turned out the child was not his.

Regina Zima of South Africa, petitioned the court to order her child's father to pay child support.

Joseph Mazhinji Marikite, 36, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, told the court that he has doubts about the child bein ghis, as Zima cheated on him.

Regardless of his claims, the court ordered Marikite to pay $60 a month child support for his former girlfriend’s son, who is now 4-years-old.

$60 a month is a significant amount of money in Zimbabwe, as the average salary is about $200 a month.

Now, Marikite demanded that his former girlfriend return more than $700 of child support money after a paternity test proved that he is not the father of her child.

Bulawayo judge Victor Mpofu, cancelled the child support order and then ordered the woman to make a payment plan to repay her former boyfriend for the money she wrongfully obtained by deceiving him.

Zima is employed by the Ministry of Health. She works at the Ingutsheni Central Hospital where she earns $280 a month.

Zima still believes that Marikite is her child's father.

Although Zima made ​​a commitment to return the money to her former boyfriend, she wants a second round of DNA testing because she is not convinced that the results, which were done at the Unistel Medical Laboratory in Cape Town, South Africa, were accurate.

Mother and daughter find $13,000 in cash on Florida beach

Darlene Curley and her family 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A mother and daughter uncovered loads of cash while vacationing on the beach in Florida.

Darlene Curley and her 16-year-old daughter went for a walk along Daytona Beach, on Sunday morning, before jumping into their car and go home to Tennessee, after a family vacation.

Suddenly, they ran into a woman's purse that had washed up on shore, and they could not believe what was inside.

Along with some other objects like shoes and a towel, was a bank bag with $13,000 in cash.

Instead of keeping it, Curley, of the small suburb of Etowah, called police.

"We were more worried that someone might have drowned or something," she said. "There were all these things in the water," she added.

Beach Safety Ocean Rescue responded to the call and put the items in a lifeguard station to dry. It was they who counted the money from the bag.

Police said that a woman from Maryland claimed the money. The woman told police said she left it behind at the beach while vacationing in Florida.

Florida man begs kids to return his ring after losing it while giving out candy

John Wildeman 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A Florida man is devastated after losing his ring while giving out candy to kids.

The Punta Gorda man is asking the public's help in locating his diamond ring he said fell into a bag of candy.

John Wildeman said he was handing out candy at his home on Holly Road, when the ring disappeared.

He gave candy to about 300 children, and he did not realize it was missing until the next day.

He said that he bought the ring at a pawn shop for about $500. He described it as a simple 14K gold band with a 0.25 carat diamond.

Wildeman said that he cannot afford to replace the ring because he lives on a fixed income now that he has retired.

Wildeman was a firefighter for nearly 20 years.

He believes the ring may have slipped from his finger because he just lost 30 pounds, and the ring was not as tight around his finger.

Wildeman is offering a reward of $100.

New York woman slams her vehicle into herd of 50 cows while texting

Daisy Cowit 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Numerous cows were left with serious injuries after a woman plowed her vehicle into a herd of cows because she was texting while driving, according to police reports in New York.

New York State Police said that Daisy Cowit has been arrested for plowing her car directly into a herd of 50 cows last week.

Cowit was texting while behind the wheel of her Jeep Liberty when it hit several 1,500 pound dairy cows.
Three of the cows were seriously injured and had to undergo emergency surgery. Witnesses said one of them was thrown five feet into the air.

The woman of Wawayanda, almost struck a farmer, who was furiously trying to get her to stop the car. The jeep was totally destroyed.

Farmer Mike Hosking said he will probably lose three cows because of the woman’s recklessness. He also said that the woman was angry at him because he was making a fuss about the cows.

Hosking said that the cows were not just cattle. Some had names and had become house pets.

“I’m happy that no person was injured. She could have hit children waiting for the school bus," he said.

Missouri man looking for someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter

Anthony Brinkman 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A Missouri man was arrested after he placed an advertisement looking for someone to rape and beat his daughter, according to police reports.

St. Louis County Police said that a local man was charged with plotting the rape of his and assault of his daughter.

Anthony Brinkman, 32, allegedly placed an online advertisement looking for someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter while he would watch.

An undercover agent responded to the request. Officer Randy Vaughn, a spokesperson for the local Police Department, said that the undercover agent agreed to meet the suspect at a predetermined location.

Brinkman drove with his daughter 80 miles away from his home in Cuba, where he thought he was going to meet a woman interested in sexually assaulting the girl with sex toys. When he entered the location he was immediately taken into custody.

Brinkman admitted to police that he placed the advertisement.

Brinkman sent photos of the girl to the undercover agent.

Brinkman is being held on bail of $100,000 cash only on charges of attempted statutory sodomy.

Man stabs best friend while being invited to 80th birthday party because he spoke with his wife

Stabbed in the back illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A man is dead after being stabbed by his best friend because he spoke with his wife, according to police reports in Nigeria.

Ogun State Police said that 50-year-old Wasiu Yusuf has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his best friend Adeolu Olatoye to death.

The incident occurred in Oke-Efon, Abeokuta, on Saturday night, according to police reports.

The stabbing was carried out by the suspect and an accomplice identified as Mukaila. Police said that Mukaila is still on the run.

The suspect lost his temper when he saw his 32-year-old friend on his wife’s bed. That is when he decided to kill him, police said.

The victim was killed when he had gone to his friend’s house in order to invite him to his mother’s 80th birthday party.

Olatoye worked as a graphic artist, and he has a child just two weeks ago.

The victim was transported to Ijaiye State Hospital, and police are awaiting an autopsy report.

Akinyemi Olatoye, a brother of the victim, said he was shocked by the incident. “My brother just wanted to invite him to our mother’s birthday party,” Olatoye said.

Girl, 16, gang raped until she fell into a coma

Man raping woman illustration 
By: David Ross

An underage girl was raped until she fell into a coma, according to police reports in Nigeria.

Abeokuta Police said that a 16-year-old girl has been hospitalized and is in critical condition after she was allegedly raped by unknown men.

The incident occurred at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, on her way back home from shopping for her family.

"A 16-year-old from Abeokuta in Ogun State, was sent shopping by her family on Monday, but at 8:00 p.m. she was abducted and raped on the side of a road. Several men ambushed her and continued to rape her until she fell unconscious. Passersby alerted rescue workers, who transported her to the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta. She is in critical condition," according to a person close to the investigation.

Police said that such violence is unacceptable and are searching for the men. Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Hospital officials said that they expect the girl to recover.

Man, 54, beats his 80-year-old girlfriend to drive the devil out of her

David Edward Benes 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man told police that he beat his elderly girlfriend because he wanted to drive the devil out of her, according to police reports in Florida.

Pasco County Police said that a 54-year-old man bound his 80-year-old girlfriend and tried to "exorcise her and get the devil out of her."

David Edward Benes remained in jail on Thursday, after being arrested on charges including domestic battery of a person over 65 years, tampering with a witness and unlawful detention, officials said.

According to reports, the incident began on Monday.

Police officers said that Benes took the batteries out from the phones in the house in order to keep his girlfriend from calling for help. He also took away her car keys.

The abuse continued on Tuesday. Police officers found the woman sitting outside the house crying with scratches on her arms.

Police officers said that Benes was too drunk to remember what happened. He told police officers that his girlfriend started the fight because "she's crazy."


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