Chicks suffocate after Nordia poultry plant employees threw them away in garbage bags

Found in the trash 
By: Shifra Unger

Several employees of the Nordia poultry plant were charged with animal cruelty after throwing away live chicken in garbage bags, according to police reports in Israel.

According to an indictment filed with the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, workers along with the production manager, threw away live chicks that were rejected by machines along with hundreds of hatching eggs containing embryos.

After throwing them away in the trash, the eggs hatched and the chicks suffocated to death.

The indictment was filed by the Ministry of Agriculture, after receiving the results of an investigation by the Israeli police. Activists of the "Let the Animals Live" organization originally filed the police complaint.

Dog in England becomes popular because it looks like Hitler

“Patch” the puppy 
By: David Ross

A dog in the United Kingdom, has become an Internet star because it looks like Adolf Hitler.

Many people are saying that “Patch” the puppy looks like the Nazi leader.

The adorable dog lives with its owner, Lynda Whitehead, near Walmgate, Yorkshire, and has a strong resemblance to the Hitler.

The black fur that covers the left side of its face and its upper lip patch looks very similar to the haircut and mustache of the dictator.

“Although it is called Patch, everyone now calls the dog Adolf,” Whitehead said.

Patch, a Shih Tzu and french bulldog cross breed, has two brothers, but they do not seem to resemble fellow dictators Mussolini and Stalin.

Man found not guilty of exposing himself on plane as his penis was not erect

Ronald Stuart Clarke 
By: Eva Fett

A man was cleared of wrongdoing after he was accused of exposing himself on a plane next to a woman.

Ronald Stuart Clarke, 49, of Provo, Utah, first came under investigation when a woman sitting beside him on a flight from Washington, DC, had seen his exposed genitals.

Clarke told police that he exposed himself on a flight because he accidentally got peppermint oil on the penis.

The FBI finally began to investigate the case and federal prosecutors filed a charges against him for indecent exposure of his genitals and/or participation in masturbation in a public place.

On Thursday, a judge found Clarke not guilty, saying federal prosecutors could not prove that he intended to break the law.

Problems for Clarke began on the flight when according to documents, he sat in a middle seat between two women.

The documents stated that the woman in the window seat saw the man covering his lap with a coat and "continually moving his arm under his coat."

As the flight approached Salt Lake City, the woman leaned forward to remove her glasses and saw that Clarke was "holding his exposed penis in his right hand."

She confronted the man, and he apologized.

The woman reported the incident to the police when the plane landed.

During an interview, Clarke told investigators that he had inadvertently put peppermint oil on his genitals.

He told police he had a headache before the flight, and he applied peppermint oil to the head in an airport bathroom.

While using the bathroom, oil got onto his genitals. During the flight, his privates began to burn and feel irritated. In response, he unbuttoned his pants and removed his genitals from his underwear. However, he told investigators that he did not take his penis out of his pants.

The other woman, who sat in the aisle seat next to the suspect testified at the trial that she saw nothing.

The federal judge cited five reasons for declaring Clarke not guilty.

He did not have an erection.
He was covered with his coat.
The first woman did not see anything until she leaned over.
It was a night flight and it was dark.
He has no criminal record.

These facts raise a reasonable doubt of his guilt, the judge concluded.

Woman embarrassed as her foot grows to a whopping 70 pounds

Sadia Abdinur 
By: David Ross

A woman was left horrified after her foot did not stop growing.

The mother-of-two was told by doctors that her foot swelled to a whopping 70 pounds as a result of a disease called elephantiasis.

Sadia Abdinur, 35, of Somalia, has developed a severe case of elephantiasis and was shunned by her community because they believed that she has been possessed by the devil.

Abdinur has been living a difficult life since her husband has been shot to death in front of her.

Now, the woman is living in shame and isolation as a result of her illness.

Surgeons in Nairobi, Kenya, refused to treat her illness because they do not have the expertise or facilities to do so.

However, if left untreated, the woman will likely die from an infection.

As a single mother, Abdinur is unable to work in order to support her two children, Ayan, 9, and Ayub, 7. The kids are now forced to wander the streets begging for scraps to keep their family alive.

After picking up a parasite that causes "elephantiasis parasite infection," she became immobilized and unable to care for her children.

Dietitians warn against the new orange juice laced cotton ball diet

Teen eating a cotton ball illustration 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) Women are always looking for a quick and easy diet.

Now, it seems like a new diet is emerging, it is called the cotton ball diet.

The diet entails dipping cotton balls in orange juice and eating them.

The idea behind this is that the cotton balls make people feel fuller so they eat less real food and lose weight fast.

Rachel Brogan, a dietitian in Phoenix, Arizona, warns that the diet is likely to do more harm than good.

Brogan also said that the cotton balls have no nutritional value and like most diet fads it is not effective.

Dietitian Marta Wright said that many models are on the cotton ball diet as they mistakenly believe that cotton balls have fiber, but she said that it is the wrong kind of fiber, and it will send your body into starvation mode.

Both dietitians said that the body has a hard time to digest the cotton balls and can actually lead to many issues such as bowel blockages and other GI (gastrointestinal) problems.

Over 1,000 criminals go free after lab technician pleads guilty to tampering with evidence

Annie Dookhan 
By: Moses Gold

Many criminals have already been freed and many more are expected to be freed in the future after a lab technician tampered with drug evidence.

A drug lab worker in Boston, Massachusetts, threw the legal system into turmoil after she falsely said that people tested positive for drugs.

Annie Dookhan, a former chemist, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence.

Dookhan was sentenced to three to five years in prison, followed by two years probation.

More than 330 convicted prisoners have been released from custody and at least 1,100 cases have been dismissed or not prosecuted after Dookhan lied about drug tests.

The scandal led to the resignation of the state's public health commissioner, the resignation of a manager at the lab and the firing of another manager.

Thousands of other people are now challenging the court system and are demanding to be released from prison, and rightfully so.

State officials estimate that Dookhan tested samples involving more than 40,000 defendants during the nine years she worked at a state Department of Public Health lab.

Governor Deval Patrick appointed a lawyer to help create a database of cases which Dookhan worked on.

U.S. energy company convicted of killing birds

Bird near wind farm illustration 
By: Moses Gold

A U.S. energy has agreed to plead guilty to killing birds, according to court proceedings.

The U.S. power company has been convicted of killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming, and it agreed to pay $1 million in fines.

Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy division was in violation of federal law because it didn’t obtain a license to kill birds.

The company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds in their Top of the World and Campbell Hill wind farms outside Casper, Wyoming.

The company killed eagles, hawks, blackbirds, crows and sparrows, from 2009 to 2013.

"In the plea agreement, Duke Energy Renewables admits that it built these wind projects knowing that it will kill birds," Robert G. Dreher, assistant attorney general of the Division of Environment and Natural Resources of the Department of Justice, said in a statement.

"We deeply regret the impact of our wind farms on golden eagles," Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables, said in a statement.

"Our goal is to provide the benefits of wind energy in the most responsible manner possible," he also said.

Mother sentenced to 54 years in prison for having sex with her 4-year-old while others watched

Sarah Adleta and Jonathan Adleta 
By: John Roberts

A 29-year-old mother pleaded guilty to performing sex acts on her 4-year-old daughter.

A judge sentenced Sarah Adleta of Orlando, Florida, to 54 years in federal prison for sexually abusing her two children, and for producing child pornography by recording the sex acts.

Prosecutors said that Adleta and her former husband, Jonathan Adleta, 25, a former Navy officer, had sex with her two children as part of their parenting plan.

The couple also recorded their sex acts with their children. At one point, Mrs. Adleta performed sex acts on her 4-year-old daughter while another man, Aaron Dixon, watched via Skype.

Sarah Adleta also testified against her former husband during his trial.

During the sentencing hearing for the mother, mental health counselor Cherilyn Rowland Petrie testified that the couple’s daughter, who was 4-years-old at the time of the abuse, was malnourished, not toilet trained, was at the developmental level of an 18-month-old, and had sexualized behaviors.

Sarah Aldeta's father, Leonard Lippy, who is angry about the sex abuse his grandchildren suffered, asked the Judge to give his daughter the maximum sentence.

Sarah Adleta begged the judge for leniency, saying that she was manipulated by her former husband, and will be haunted by her actions for the rest of her life.

In exchange for her guilty plea, and for her testimony against her former husband, Sarah Adleta hoped to get a lighter sentence.

Public defender James Smith pointed out that Adleta not only helped secure her former husband’s conviction, but she also helped put two other people behind bars.

Prosecutor Karen Gable also recommended a lower sentence because her help in convicting those people.

However, the judge sentence Sarah Adleta to 27 years in prison for each count, and did not give her a concurrent sentence as she hoped for.

Dash cam video shows cops chasing man, 22, who hijacked school bus full of children

Nicholas Miller and the crime scene 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Children in Jacksonville, Arkansas, were put through a terrifying ordeal when a
knife wielding man boarded their bus on their way to school.

The man ordered the female bus driver to drive without giving her a specific destination.

A woman called police after she saw the suspect, who was identified as 22-year-old Nicholas Miller, enter the bus with a knife and pointing it at the bus driver.

Police officers followed the bus for 20 minutes before they were able to stop it and rescue the 11 children who were inside.

Bus driver Sheila Hart, who was hailed as a hero, explained that the hijacker held the knife at her throat and said: “close the door and drive.” She did just that.

Hart said that at one point, Miller asked her to switch seats with him while the bus was rolling, but the brave driver said: “no, we cannot do that.”

The bus driver had to reassure the terrified children that everything will be fine.

Police were finally able to stop the bus and get the children to safety.

The children and the driver were unharmed, and Miller was taken into custody.

Miller was charged with 22 criminal charges, including kidnapping.

Miller told police that he took control of the bus because he felt that somebody was after him.

He was being held in lieu of $340,000 bond.

Miller's father said that he is a “great kid who wasn't trying to hurt anyone.”

Miller has a history of drug use.

Virginia woman kills man because he called her ugly

Barbara Banks 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman was arrested and charged with manslaughter after killing a man because he called her ugly, according to court proceedings in Virginia.

Now, Barbara Banks of Richmond, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in court on Thursday.

Banks testified that she fatally stabbed Keon J. Robinson because he called her ugly and proceeded to slap her repeatedly.

The stabbing occurred on February 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Banks told Richmond Police that she first met Robinson when she left the apartment of a friend. Robinson slapped her in the back of the head and called her ugly as she passed him.

Moments later, Robinson hit her again and continued to insult her. The alcohol content in Robinson’s blood was three times the legal limit at the time of the assault.

Banks said that after being hit by Robinson for the second time, she went back into her friend’s apartment and grabbed a knife.

Banks said that when she returned Robinson hit her again.

“At that point I had enough. I stabbed Robinson in the chest,” Banks said.

Although the stab wound was only an inch deep, Banks pierced Robinson’s main artery. He bled to death at the scene.

Banks admitted to police that she was looking for revenge when she stabbed Robinson.

Man married to 3 women impregnates his younger sister

 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after sleeping with his younger sister and getting her pregnant, according to court proceedings in Nigeria.

Now, the Bauchi State Sharia Superior Court has sentenced the 30-year-old Umar Mohammed Kandahar to death by stoning for impregnating his younger sister.

The defendant, who is married to three women, was accused of having intercourse with his sister on an ongoing basis.

Police said that the girl was just 16-years-old when she became pregnant from her brother.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of incest, but denied the charge of rape. Kandahar argued that the sexual relationship was consensual.

The judge sentenced Kandahar to death by stoning.

Kandahar is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Missouri man puts baby inside bucket of wet concrete

Matthew Scroggs 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was placed behind bars after he allegedly put a baby inside a bucket containing wet concrete, according to police reports in Missouri.

Pleasant Hill Police said that a local man has been charged with disposing a baby's body by placing it in a bucket and filling it with concrete.

28-year-old Matthew Scroggs was charged on Thursday, with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with a vehicle.

The police had received a tip about the baby before they went to Scroggs' home located on the 300 block of Cline Street, to investigate reports of drugs and a stolen car.

Authorities also received information that the wife of Scroggs, Krystal Scroggs, gave birth to a child and the child was dead.

When police searched the home, they found a bucket with rope handles, sitting on the garage floor.

The bucket was filled to the brim with hardened concrete that appeared to have been freshly poured, court records state. Next to the bucket were three empty sacks of the concrete mix.

Matthew Scroggs said that he helped his wife deliver their baby, who was stillborn, then he put the baby in the bucket and filled it with concrete.

He said that he bought the concrete the next day at the hardware store.

The Office of the Jackson County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the baby.

The other children of the couple have been placed under the care of a relative.

Michigan woman pricked with hypodermic needle during international flight

Hypodermic needle illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A woman freaked out after being pricked with a hypodermic needle during a flight from the United Arab Emirates to the United States, according to a new lawsuit filed in court.

The Michigan woman is suing Etihad Airways for the incident that occurred during the flight.

According to the complaint, the woman was flying with her ​​11-year-old daughter when a knob holding the tray table on the seat in front of her broke off. The woman asked to change seats, but a flight attendant said it was not possible, and she told the woman that she was going to have to sit through the rest of the flight with the tray table down.

As the plane was preparing to land, a flight attendant told the woman that she would have to move to another seat for landing because her tray table was open.

"She reached into the pocket on the back of the seat and retrieved a piece of the tray table. That is when she was pricked with a needle," the woman's lawyer stated in court documents.

"There was blood on her finger. They looked inside the seat pocket and there was a hypodermic needle with an attached syringe,” according to court documents.

The airline never offered the woman any medical attention.

The lawyer stated that his client was traumatized by the possibility of contracting HIV, hepatitis or other diseases.

A doctor has put the woman on a regimen of powerful drugs used to help fight against the spread of the AIDS virus.

Oregon man kidnaps his grandmother so he could repay drug debts

Bryce Altenhofen 
By: David Ross

A man kidnapped his grandmother and drove her around to withdraw money from banks so he could repay his drug debts, according to police reports in Oregon.

Portland Police said that a West Linn man kidnapped his grandmother so she could help pay a debt to his drug dealer.

Police arrested 24-year-old Bryce Altenhofen after being accused of forcing his 76-year-old grandmother into a car on Thursday afternoon, and driving her around to several banks so she could withdraw cash.

A suspicious bank employee called police, and officers arrived and arrested Altenhofen at a Albertsons store located at 1855 Blankenship Road. Officers found heroin on Altenhofen when he was taken into custody.

Altenhofen's grandmother was not injured.

He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges including kidnapping, forgery and possession of heroin. His bail was set at nearly $300,000.

California man wraps his dog in fireworks and lights it on fire

Indy 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man, who wrapped his dog in fireworks and lit it on fire, according to police reports in California.

The dog was badly burned and left to die on a roadside in North Hollywood. However, the dog has made a full recovery after a series of surgeries and skin grafts, according to staff members in the Westlake Village Animal Hospital.

The 3-year-old American Staffordshire terrier was found abandoned on July 5. The dog, nicknamed Indy, suffered severe burns on the stomach, legs and feet.

"There were fireworks attached to it and he set them on fire," Dr. Daniel Slaton of the Westlake Village Animal Hospital said.

"These are the patterns of burn marks across the back of the legs," Slaton said. "As it walked, it was burning the back of the foot," he said.

Slaton has treated many animals with injuries, but never to this extent.

The person responsible for the attack on Indy has never been caught despite the $50,000 reward.

Surveillance video showed the suspect driving a white Toyota van with dark stripes, a sunroof and a little extra cabin.

He also seemed to have a toolbox in the truck bed.



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