New York Police seen on video saving suicidal man from jumping off Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Suicidal man about to jump off Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A suicidal man is in the hospital after police successfully prevented him from jumping off a bridge, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Officers of the New York Police Department rescued the man before he was able to jump from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Monday morning.

Around 10:00 a.m., a 39-year-old man from Merrick, Long Island, stopped at the right lane in a Dodge Caravan, got out and walked to the edge of the bridge on the Brooklyn side.

A video showed how police officers were trying to negotiate with the man. Rescuers pulled him back to safety after he began looking at the water below.

"We thought we were making progress with him. We thought he was coming back, but then he shut down. He started praying, and it looked like he was making peace with what he was about to do," Detective Jeffrey Loughery said.

"At that time, we saw a small window of opportunity, and we grabbed him," he also said.

The man told officers he had lost his job and feared he would not be able to keep his 2-year-old son.

British woman caught on video stealing charity boxes in front of her little child

Paula Barker stealing charity box 
By: Moses Gold

A woman was caught red-handed on video stealing charity boxes in front of her child, according to photos uploaded to the Internet.

Paula Barker, who appeared to be drunk, stole a charity box from a mobility shop while posing as a customer asking for help for her father.

When a staff member left her desk to get something from the back of the store, the 31-year-old woman took a charity box belonging to the British Heart Foundation and shook it to see how much it contained.

Surveillance video showed how the woman put the charity box into her purse before leaving the store in located in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Fifteen minutes later she repeated the offense at an eyeglasses shop taking a charity box meant to help the blind, while her son was still with her.

Staff members confronted her outside the shop and asked to look in her bag.

"Do you have to return it?” Her son asked.
"Yes, because I do not want to be arrested again,” she told her son.

Barker pleaded guilty to stealing charity boxes and swiping beer from a local supermarket.

Barker was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a 12 month drug treatment program.

Rabbi finds $98,000 inside old desk he bought on Craigslist

Noach Muroff with the cash 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A rabbi in Connecticut, hit the jackpot after he bought an old desk on Craigslist.

He said that he bought the desk for under $200 to use in his home office.

Noach Muroff of New Haven, said he and his wife brought the desk home and discovered that it would not fit through the door without being dismantled. He began to disassemble the desk and that is when he found the hidden cash.

"Behind the drawers there was this plastic bag, like a shopping bag," Muroff said. "In the bag, I could see what looked like hundred dollar bills. We opened it up and it was full of cash. We counted it and the total was $98,000 in cash," he said.

Muroff said that he and his wife called the former owner of the desk, who told them she hid an inheritance inside the desk a long time ago, and she forget all about it.

The rabbi said that he and his wife were willing to return the money to the grateful woman. He said the most important thing in life is to be honest.

Group of black men beat two Chabad Lubavitch students in Crown Heights

President Street in Crown Heights Brooklyn 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest and charge several black men with assault as a hate crime after they allegedly attacked two Chabad Lubavitch students, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that yeshiva student was attacked by a group of African-Americans in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, on Sunday night.

The student, 20, who was walking south on Kingston Avenue near Crown Street at 9:30 p.m., was attacked by a group of black men, also in their 20s. “One of the men hit me in the back of the head,” the student said.

"I was in total shock. It came out of nowhere," he also said.

Officer of the nearby police station responded to the scene and began searching the area for the suspects, but so far, no arrests have been made.

This is the second attack as a hate crime in Crown heights within a week. On Wednesday, a Jewish boy, 12-years-old, was beaten by two black teenagers while playing ball on President Street.

Pregnant woman fights off intruder with a knife

Rachel Rhodes 
By: Debbi Gross

A pregnant woman was confronted by an intruder in broad daylight.

Rachel Rhodes, 30, of LaPorte County, Indiana, had a very frightening experience.

Rhodes was on the phone with a friend when a man knocked on her door at about 11:30 a.m.

She decided not to open the door for the stranger.

She was happy to see the man leave her house, but he did not leave for long. The man returned a few minutes later with a car.

At first, the car was facing the family’s home, but then, the intruder turned the car around so it would be easier to escape.

He kicked the door a few times until he managed to break it down.

A frightened Rhodes grabbed the first knife she found.

She held the long knife up and yelled at the man to get out of her house. She also told the intruder that she had a gun.

This mother of two children, who is five months pregnant with their third child, managed to get rid of the intruder.

Her husband, Matthew, who is an avid hunter, said he will make sure that his wife is ready if there is ever a repeat attack.

“Anyone who tries that again will be met with more than just a knife,” Matthew Rhodes said.

Grown women create Facebook group to make fun of ugly and disabled children

The group's Facebook page 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A group of vicious women have caused outrage for bullying young and disabled children.

It's bullying of a different kind, and not by teens, but by mothers, and their targets are little kids and babies.

The group search random people’s Facebook pages for photos of children, who they deem ugly.

Without the owner's knowledge, they post photos to the group’s Facebook page to make fun of the “ugly” kids.

Ellen Veach was one the victims, whose child was the butt of jokes by the evil women.

She said that a friend notified her that her 2-year-old daughter's photo was on the site, and people were making fun of her daughter.

"At first, I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. It was basically just a head shot of one of the pictures I posted in my Facebook album,” Veach said.

The women posted the photo of Veach’s daughter next to a photo of a cartoon character.

Veach said she didn't realize friends of her friends had access to her Facebook photos.

Many of the victims are very upset about the grown women, who are making fun of children. Like every parent, these mothers think their children are very cute.

Under one photo of a baby, a woman wrote: "It's hideous."
Another woman commented: "You can absolutely not fix ugly."

"They're comparing this little girl to the mean little boy in 'Toy Story,’" Nicole Harris said.

Veach said that some children, who were made fun of on the site, are disabled.

The women apparently know that what they're doing is wrong. After a comment, one woman wrote: "I'm probably going to hell for saying that.

Woman calls police to report drunk people inside a bar, but she was the only one to be arrested

Bar illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman claimed that she was a good Samaritan and a concerned citizen when she called police to report drunk people inside a bar.

The Florida woman was arrested after she called 911 to report that there was too much drinking going on at her neighborhood bar.

Mary Jaggers, 58, called police dispatchers six times on Monday, to report the presence of intoxicated people at Artie's Sportsman Lounge in Hollywood, Florida.

Jaggers wanted all bar patrons arrested as they might be driving drunk after leaving the bar.

Officials finally came to the bar and arrested Jaggers.

She was charged with abusing the 911 system.

During a search, they found hydrocodone on the woman and charged her with drug possession.

Jaggers appeared in court on Tuesday, and told the judge that she made repeated calls to 911 because she did not want people to drive home while they were drunk.

Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley ordered Jaggers to stay away from Artie's Sportsman Lounge and from alcohol in general.

"I have a feeling that the mixture between Artie's Sportsman Lounge and the hydrocodone probably led to her calling 911," the judge said.

Woman caught hiding another person’s urine inside her private parts

Jade Cullen 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A woman was arrested after her probation officer discovered that she was hiding another person’s urine.

Jade Cullen, 26, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was jailed on Monday, after she hid the urine of another person inside her vagina during a drug test.

Cullen was reporting for a drug test at the Monroe County Courthouse on Monday. Her probation officer realized that she was shaking abnormally in her seat.

The officer then realized that she had something between her legs.

A thorough examination revealed that Cullen hid a condom inside her vagina. The condom was filled with clean urine from another person.
Cullen later admitted that she tried to falsify the urine test because she had inhaled heroin earlier in the month.

Earlier, Cullen was sentenced to prison for 6 to 23 months on child endangerment and drug charges.

She was released on parole to attend drug rehabilitation, Monroe County detectives said.

Cullen was ordered to meet with a probation officer and submit to random drug testing when she was released.

She violated her parole less than a month later by doing drugs again, authorities said.

Cullen was booked at the Monroe County Correctional Facility, and was charged with possession of an instrument of crime and furnishing drug-free urine.

School principal arrested for animal cruelty after her dog’s leg rot and fall off

Rosa Martinez with her dog 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A school principal is angry that police were called when she brought her severely neglected dogs to a shelter.

Rosa Martinez, 57, is the principal of a private school in Houston, Texas.

She said it is "unfair" that she is being arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

The charges came after three of her small dogs were found to be in deplorable conditions.

One of her dogs, a Maltese mix named Rainy, had two of its legs injured. One leg was so severely injured it rot and fell off, the other leg was broken and untreated. The dog was malnourished too.

Martinez was unable to explain the dog’s injuries.

A second dog, also a Maltese mix, had chronic ear and staph infections, and her third dog was underweight and suffering from pain.

“It really upsets me,” Martinez said. “I know the dogs need advocates to protect them. In my case, it’s not fair. I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.

The three dogs have since been released to Red Collar Rescue for additional treatment.

Martinez was released from jail after she posted $3,000 bond.

Man accidentally shoots half his face off while showing gun to friends

Dale Poulin  
By: Moses Gold

A man is unable to talk or eat after he accidentally shot himself in the face.

After spending the day hunting, Dale Poulin, 31, of Waterville, Maine, was visiting friends.

He and his friends were drinking and sharing stories about hunting.

At some point during the evening, Poulin decided to get his .270 caliber hunting rifle to show it off to his friends.

While doing so, he ended up shooting half his face off.

Poulin was showing the gun to his friends when he accidentally dropped the gun and it discharged, hitting Poulin in the lower part of his face.

When police arrived, police found Poulin surrounded by blood, teeth, skin and a missing chin.

Poulin was conscious, but was unable to speak due to his injuries. He was able to communicate only by shaking his head.

He was taken to a hospital where he is being treated. He will need reconstructive surgery.

Poulin is communicating by writing. He wrote note to his father, Donald Poulin, which read: “Dad, I just dropped the rifle and it accidentally discharged.”

Even though he is unable to speak, police determined that no foul play was involved and that Poulin was not trying to commit suicide when he shot himself.

Texas cemetery worker buried alive after grave stone falls on top of him

The scene of the incident 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A cemetery worker is dead after a grave stone fell on top of him, according to emergency workers in Texas.

Edinburg Police said that they are still investigating the death of a worker, who was crushed in a cemetery on Wednesday morning, under a 2,000 pounds 5 foot tall stone.

Police rushed to Hillcrest Cemetery at 9:05 a.m. near the intersection of Schunior Road and Interstate 281 69C/Expressway and found the body of a 64-year-old, who had been crushed by a stone monument that fell on top of him.

"As in all cases where a person does not die of natural causes the death is being investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise," a police spokesperson said.

"We are waiting for autopsy results and the results of the investigation, but it appears that the death was an accident," the spokesperson added.

Federal authorities will be conducting their own investigation, police said.

The worker was identified as Guadalupe "Lupe" Mendoza of San Juan.

Mendoza seemed to have been trying to level the 2,000 pounds tombstone, which was more than 5 feet tall, when it toppled over.

Two people, who were visiting a nearby tomb found the body of Mendoza, and called for help.

Man named ‘Batman Suparman’ caught stealing and smoking illegal drugs

ID card of Batman bin Suparman 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) There is one man, who is nothing like his name would suggest.

The man of Singapore, whose superhero sounding name made ​​him a celebrity on social media sites, was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of theft, breaking and entering and illegal drugs.

Batman bin Suparman, an unemployed 23-year-old, was arrested after security videos showed him breaking into stores on two separate occasions.

He stole a total of $400 from the stores, according to court documents.

Batman bin Suparman also pleaded guilty to other charges, including stealing an ATM card to make withdrawals totaling $850, and heroin possession.

Batman bin Suparman became a social media sensation after an image of his identity card with his unusual name circulated online.

A Facebook page for Batman bin Suparman has gotten nearly 11,000 likes so far.

Woman throws bag of dog poo on professor's head because she hates cyclists

Susan Currall and Michael Ramage 
By: Sarah Weiss

An elderly woman was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after throwing a bag of dog poo on a professor because she hates cyclists, according to court proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Police said that Susan Currall did it because she was sick of cyclists driving full speed towards her.

The 75-year-old also taunted the victim and told him to "go cry to your mom," and called him a "big bully.”

Currall pleaded guilty to assault and was ordered to pay 25 pounds or about $35 in dry cleaning costs.

Victim Michael Ramage said that he was not physically intimidated.

“I know that I did not suffer any serious injuries, but the mental anguish of having to deal with the dog poo was terrible. I had my children with me, and the incident is stressing them out," he said.

The incident occurred on a pedestrians path for cyclists in Trumpington, Cambridge. Currall was walking her dog at the time.

Currall, who worked for the British Embassy in the U.S., was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay 100 pounds or about $150 in court costs.

The woman was cited for assault twice in 2007.

Washington man traumatized after his dog brings home human foot

The dog that found a human leg 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was afraid to call the police when his dog brought home a severed human foot, according to police reports in Washington.

Police said that a search is on to locate more human remains after the dog brought home the human foot.

The gruesome discovery was made on the Nisqually Reservation on Sunday, and investigators found even more body parts after a day of searching.

93-year-old Bill Flores found the leg after his dog dragged it home.

"I examined it," Flores said. "I picked it up and I looked at the toes and nothing seemed to be damaged," he also said.

Flores said the leg was gray, and it was dismembered about 4 inches below the buttocks.

He buried the leg in his backyard, and did not call the police until four days later.

"When my daughter came home, she said: 'Dad, we have to call the police,'" Flores said.

Flores said that he did not report the incident immediately because he was afraid he might be accused of killing the person.

"I was afraid to call. I'm 93-years-old. I do not want to have to go to the pen for something I did not," he said.

Search and rescue dogs found more remains, a pelvis and a rib cage in the forest of the old fish hatchery of the Nisqually Tribe.

A pathologist will examine the remains to determine whether the parts belong to a man or a woman, and what instruments or tools were used to dismember the body.




Florida man leaves pipe bomb on kitchen table because he was pissed at his wife

The pipe bomb 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Florida man was arrested and charged with assault after leaving a pipe bomb on his kitchen table because he was pissed at his wife, according to police reports.

Vero Beach Police said that Randolph Smith, 51, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a hoax bomb and resisting arrest without violence.

On Thursday night, deputies received a call from a woman, who said that her husband left a gray pipe with a wire protruding from one end on the kitchen table. There were also several handwritten notes on the table, including one that said: "This is explosives. A bomb."

Smith's wife told deputies that she is in the process of getting a divorce.

The bomb squad was called and determined that the device contained no explosives.

Deputies track down Smith at a Burger King and arrested him.

During questioning, Smith tried to leave the interview room and had to be handcuffed.

Smith told detectives that he left the pipe bomb look-alike on the table because his wife pissed him off.




Female drunk driver, 18, seen on video getting caught after wearing just her underwear

Woman driving dressed in underwear illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A female drunk driver was caught after wearing just her underwear, according to police reports in Florida.

Fort Pierce Police said that a woman, 18-years-old, who was driving in her underwear, drew the attention of the police after violating some traffic laws.

Kristen Forester, of the 3100 block of North U.S. 1, was arrested on a DUI charge at 3:16 a.m.

Police stopped Forester, who was driving a 2001 Honda, and informed her that she was speeding and driving recklessly on Seaway Drive.

"At that time the officer stopped the defendant, she was wearing only her bra and panties," the arresting police officer said.

People usually wear something while driving.

Forester smelled of alcohol, and she told an officer that she had a drink.

When she was asked why she isn’t wearing any clothes, she said that it was because she is driving home for work.

Police arrested her on the scene on a charge of DUI after failing a field sobriety test.

Her blood alcohol content level registered at 0.157 and 0.144, greater than the legal limit of 0.08.

Florida police officer writes ‘stinky poo poo’ in his daily reports

 
By: Eva Fett

A Florida police officer nearly lost his job for writing childish phrases in his daily reports, according to police reports.

Thomas D'Orazio almost lost his job after supervisors discovered that he had filled contact cards with fictitious names that were sexually explicit.

The officer also filled the back of several daily activity reports with bad words and phrases like "stinky poo poo garbage."

Chief Dwayne Flournoy threatened to fire D'Orazio, but union leaders stepped in and helped organize a 10-day suspension without pay instead.

"The officer understands the gravity of his mistake and was also very remorseful," Flournoy said. "It was a wakeup call for the officer and I'm glad he had a chance to go back to work," he said.

D'Orazio, 30, had to sign a "Last Chance Agreement,” saying that if he was caught making a similar mistake again, he would resign immediately and give up his right to union intervention. The agreement expires after two years.

Signs You May Be a Victim of Identity Theft

 
By: Moses Gold

Identity theft is on the rise, with more than 12.6 million people falling victim in 2012, reported NBC News. On average, this means one out of 20 consumers were affected and proves absolutely no one is safe.

By skimming ATMs or rifling through a stolen wallet, the identity thief's toolkit is diverse. Online hackers have been known to use phishing scams or false public Wi-Fi networks to pilfer identities and personal information. Paying attention and staying aware of your finances is one of the greatest tools to fight against the ID theft scourge.

Annualcreditreport.com is another great tool to use every year to obtain your free credit report. It will show anything negatively affecting your credit. If you notice something you never applied for, or a debt you know nothing about, you can dispute these online to Equifax, Experian and Transunion Credit Bureaus.

Preparing Before Identity Theft Happens

Even if everything looks good on your reports, the Experian Credit Agency recommends you should still go ahead and request a protection called fraud alert. For instance, when someone is attempting to apply for a credit card in your name, the credit card company is required to check your credit to see if you qualify. When they do, they will be notified to call you directly to make sure you are the one actually applying. If overseas transactions are attempted, you will also be notified. Prevention is the best defense.

Recent Scamming Trends

Elderly citizens are often targeted, not only by stealing their information online but by calling them on the phone. Some thieves are even brave enough to go door to door. After all, if they are actually in your home, they must be legit, right? The scammers who are targeting the elderly profited more than $50 million last year alone, Experian reported. They tend to make up amounts owed on a fake bill and try to demand those amounts. Sadly, elderly people do fall for this quite often.

IRS tax refunds have now become a favorite among thieves. According to the IRS, thieves will try to file early, using a legitimate taxpayer's identity, to make sure they get the refund before the actual person does. One of their favorite ways to steal refunds is by using H&R Block, TurboTax or other online tax preparation software. These programs are used because they are able to receive a debit card with the money on it, so it’s fast and easy to use.

Child identity theft seems almost impossible, but unfortunately, it happens every day. Depending on how long it takes to discover the theft, your child's credit may be severely damaged. Parents need to know how to protect their child, as well as where the child may be letting important information leak. Most kids are on some sort of mobile app or social networking site, such as Facebook and Twitter.

There are apps and websites such as Kik Messenger and Omegle, where you can talk to strangers anywhere in the world. Keep a close on watch on your child’s phone and Internet usage. Warn your kids of the danger of revealing too much personal information online. Transunion Credit Agency recommends contacting their agency and completing a form to find out if your child's ID has been affected. It is also possible to place a freeze on their account to ensure no one is continually stealing their information.