Flatbush area woman, 56, found dead with rope tied around her neck

Woman with rope around her neck illustration 
By: David Ross

A woman was found dead inside her home with a rope tied around her neck, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that they are investigating the suspicious death of a 56-year-old Flatbush area woman, who was found on the floor of her bedroom with a rope tied around her neck.

The decomposing body of the woman was found inside her home, which is located on Hubbard Place, around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Her name was not released because police were unable to notify her family members.

Her body was discovered by her landlord, who entered her apartment after he smelled a foul odor, police said. He told police he had not seen his tenant or the man with whom she lived with, for about a month.

Investigators suspect that she was killed, police said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be carried out to see how the woman died.

Brooklyn school bus seen on video flipping over and injuring 4

The flipped over bus 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Four people were rushed to a local hospital after a school bus flipped over, according to rescue workers in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that the four injured people were hospitalized on Thursday, after the dramatic school bus accident.

The yellow bus, carrying only the driver and a bus worker, was traveling along the busy Atlantic Avenue near Hicks Street at 1:30 p.m., when it crashed into another car, causing the bus to flip over on its side.

The bus also hit the front of a truck, firefighters and witnesses said.

The bus driver, a bus worker, a motorist identified as a doctor from the nearby Long Island College Hospital and a fourth person, were taken to Kings County Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Atlantic Avenue was closed for about 40 minutes as first responders straightened the bus and cleared the area of debris.

Gang of 20 people wanted after group assault at Williamsburg area train station

Some of the suspects 
By: Moses Gold

Police are looking to arrest 20 people after they allegedly committed a group assault at a Williamsburg area train station, according to police reports in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn Police are still trying to locate at least seven people they say were involved in the group assault.

The Police Department of New York, said that at least 20 men and women attacked two people in the Dekalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn.

It happened in the early morning one day last month.

Some of the female suspects were allegedly seen leaving the station in a surveillance video.

Police said the victims were two women, aged 19 and 23.

Both suffered bruising to their head and face.

Flatbush man seen on video being shot dead on Brooklyn street

Scene of the shooting 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Police have released a video showing a man being gunned down in the middle of the street, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police are looking for a suspect, who was caught on surveillance cameras shooting dead a 33-year-old Flatbush man outside a Brooklyn housing project, while other people stood nearby.

The shooter, wearing a hoodie, could be seen running behind Cory Goulbourne outside Tompkins houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant with a gun in his hand. He was also seen firing two shots before running away. After the shooting, bystanders rush to the aid of the victim.

Goulbourne was unresponsive when police arrived and was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. He was shot twice, police said, once in the torso and once in the leg.

As we reported earlier, a man is dead after being shot numerous times outside an apartment complex, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that a 33-year-old man was shot dead as he left a building early on Monday, police said.

Cory Goulbourne, of East 37th Street, was shot four times in the legs and torso around 6:00 a.m. in front of 85 Tompkins Avenue, police said.

A demonstration was scheduled for Monday night, in order to condemn the shooting, said Tony Herbert, a community activist and a member of the National Action Network.

"We must continue to unite, fight and be diligent in putting light on these crimes against humanity. We must let the perpetrators know that they are going to get arrested and punished," Herbert said.

Police said that Goulbourne had 15 prior arrests, mostly for drug possession.

Orthodox Jewish Borough Park woman, 20, latest ‘Knockout Game’ attack victim

McDonald Avenue illustration 
By: John Roberts

An Orthodox Jewish woman was the latest “Knockout Game” attack victim after being assaulted Saturday afternoon, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that an Orthodox Jewish woman was whacked in the back of her head while walking down McDonald Avenue towards Bay Parkway, on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

“Fortunately, the victim did not lose consciousness after being knocked to the ground by an assailant in broad daylight in Midwood,” Councilman David Greenfield said.

“This latest ‘Knockout Game’ attack against a young woman is sickening,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.

On Saturday night, the 20-year-old woman called police to file a complaint.

The NYPD 66th precinct is investigating the incident.

Williamsburg man, 23, stabbed to death on Saturday morning

Scene of the incident 
By: Sarah Weiss

A young man was found stabbed to death in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, according to police reports.

Brooklyn Police said that they found a 23-year-old man fatally stabbed in the street near a train station.

The victim was in front of Zocalo Mexican Restaurant near Marcy Avenue and the Broadway train station, when he was stabbed several times in the torso just after 5:00 a.m., police said.

The victim was found unconscious and unresponsive when he was rushed to Woodhull Hospital.

He was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Police have not released the victim’s name because they were unable to contact a family member.

Austrian mayor wants journalists to be hanged like the Jews

Karl Simlinger 
By: David Ross

A mayor in Austria, is under fire after saying that journalists should be hanged like the Jews.

Now, the mayor of the Austrian town, resigned after being accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Karl Simlinger has denied some of the comments attributed to him by a member of the opposition of the village council. However, on Friday, he acknowledged that he made ​​a statement that "is contrary to my beliefs and my personal views."

Simlinger did not specify what he meant, but could have been referring to allegations that he had compared the foreign asylum seekers in Austria, to excrement, and said that journalists should be hanged "as the Jews."

Simlinger made ​​the remarks during a debate on the construction of a home for refugees in the Gfoehl village, which is located about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Vienna.

In Austria, such remarks are a crime, and an anti-racism group is filing charges against Simlinger.

Pennsylvania rabbi offers $100,000 for information about his missing 22-year-old son

Yaron Bernstein 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A Pennsylvania rabbi is desperate to find out what happened to his 22-year-old son, and is offering $100,000 for anyone who will provide him with information.

Rabbi Jeffery Bernstein is looking for his 22-year-old son, Yaron.

He was last seen leaving a friend's apartment in the 1100 block of North Third Street in Northern Liberties, back on November 13.

Authorities said that he told his friends he'd be back in 30 minutes, but he has not been seen since, and his phone was turned off.

Police said that they considered his disappearance suspicious.

Doctor continues performing surgeries despite being paralyzed from waist down

Doctor Ted Rummel in his stand-up wheelchair
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A Paralyzed doctor became an inspiration to people around the world after he decided to continue to perform surgeries despite his disabilities.

Dr. Ted Rummel an orthopedic surgeon of O'Fallon, Missouri, became paralyzed from the waist down in 2010.

The surgeon was diagnosed with a cavernous hemangioma, a cyst filled with blood in the spinal cord.

The doctor lived with the cyst for 11 months before the cyst ruptured, leaving the doctor paralyzed from the waist down.

After major spinal surgery, no one would have thought that the doctor would be able to go back to work as a surgeon.

Doctor Rummel would not give up or retire. He has a mission to help people and that is just what he did.

After a year of intense rehabilitation, Doctor Rummel was back in the operating room.

Many surgeries require the doctor to stand, and doctor Rummel overcame that hindrance by using a stand-up wheel chair.

The wheelchair goes from a sitting position to a standing position, holding the paralyzed doctor firmly in place, while he performs surgery.

Dr. Rummel is now on staff at Progress West HealthCare Center and Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

South Korea judge frees United States ‘mini skirt peeping tom’ who took upskirt photo of woman

Girl in mini skirt on train 
By: Shifra Unger

A man from the United States, was found not guilty after taking upskirt pictures of a woman in Seoul, South Korea.

The man, who had been employed as a teacher Seoul, was riding a train when he saw a woman wearing a mini skirt.

The woman sat with her legs crossed allowing the man to get good a peek.

The man liked what he saw, so he grabbed his phone and took an upskirt photo of the woman.

When the woman saw what the man had done, she was angry and called security.

The man was caught red-handed with the photo on his camera.

He was arrested and charged.

At the court hearing in Seoul, the man explained his actions: “his inner urges got the better of him,” he said.

The judge freed the man saying that the photo was taken in a public place, and no real harm was done.

Tourist takes Selfie with suicidal man on Brooklyn Bridge

The tourist with the suicidal man on the Brooklyn Bridge
By: David Ross

A woman made headlines after she took a Selfie, which included a suicidal man, who tried to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Tourists find many interesting things in New York.

One woman, saw helicopters and boats circling the area while police attempted to stop a man from jumping into the East River.

The woman apparently found the scene quite amusing and decided to get a shot of herself with the suicidal person.

Photographer Paul Martinka took the photo of the blond woman as she tilted her camera to make sure to capture the suicidal man in her shot.

When Martinka questioned the woman, she suddenly became camera shy and would not give her name.

Luckily, the story has a happy ending. After speaking with the suicidal man for about 25 minutes police managed to convince him to give up his quest to end his life.

Abducted woman finds her mother after denying her friends request on Facebook

Angela Palmer 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was told that her mother abandoned her when she was a baby.

However, that was far from the truth. She was abducted by her father, but her mother never stopped looking for her.

The woman, Angela Palmer, who is now 44-years-old, was born in Germany, but went to the United States, at age 18. She now lives in California.

One day, Palmer received a friends request on Facebook from a woman named Helga Simecki of Croatia. She ignored the request as she did not know who the woman was.

Simecki did not give up, she sent Palmer a message that she could not ignore.

"She said she was my mother. It surprised me because I knew my mother had abandoned me when I was a baby," Palmer said.

Palmer was suspicious at first, but soon became convinced when Simecki sent her a birth certificate and a photo of her daughter as a child.

“She also answered questions that only a mother would know,” Palmer said.

That's when the two began a conversation, and Palmer learned the truth about her upbringing.

Her parents had been divorced. One day, when her father took her to a doctor's appointment, he disappeared and never returned.

Simecki tried to get her daughter back, but had a hard time finding her former husband, since he moved very often.

According to Palmer, she and her father moved 12 times in 18 years.

"He told me that he was a traveling salesman, so he would have to move from one area to another to get new customers," Palmer said.

In reality, he was on the run as the German government was looking for him.

in the video below, you can see the emotional reunion via skype between Palmer and her mother.

“Until Friday, I had no family, now I have a mother, stepfather and two half brothers,” a beaming Palmer said.

Georgia man ordered to pay $50,000 to fiancee after breaking engagement

Melissa Cooper and Christopher Kelley 
By: Eva Fett

A Georgia court has ruled that a man has violated his contract with his fiancee by breaking his promise to marry her.

He was ordered to pay over $50,000 in damages.

Although he never officially asked her to marry him, Christopher Kelley, gave his fiancee a ring valued at about $10,000.

After he gave her the ring, Kelley bought a house and the couple moved in together.

His fiancee, Melissa Cooper, became pregnant and gave birth to their son.

Cooper claimed that Kelley asked her to leave her job to stay home and raise their new son along with his son from a previous relationship, according to a court document.

During the relationship, Cooper learned that Kelley had been in a two-year relationship with another woman while seeing her.

Cooper confronted him, but the two decided to work things out, and she agreed to stay with him.

"He promised that he will never see the other woman again, and he promised to marry her," she said in court documents.

The couple lived together for almost 10 years, when Cooper learned that Kelly was still in a relationship with the other woman.

He confessed that he wanted to be with the other woman.

He told Cooper to move out of his house with her children.

Cooper was devastated by this development, the court document said.

In response, Cooper filed a series of lawsuits, including fraud and breach of contract to marry.

The Superior Court of Coweta County, awarded her $43,500 and her attorney's fees and of $6,500.

Kelley appealed the decision.

However, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, ruled in favor of the woman saying that the promise of marriage is enforceable, and the fact that the couple lived together before and after the marriage proposal was proof of the promise to marry her.

Cooper plans to use part of the $50,000 to buy a house for herself and her two children, who she has primary physical custody of. Kelley pays child support for his son.

Students invent paper shopping bag that transforms into a hanger

Handbag becomes a hanger 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Several students invented a comfortable paper shopping bag that doubles up as a hanger, according to a report by the Mit Institute Of Design.

Three students of MIT Institute of Design have come up with an innovative solution that gives a new lease of life to the shopping bags.They have designed an interesting shopping bag which can be easily converted into a hanger to hang clothes in the wardrobe.

Parin Sanghvi, Mohit Singhvi and Shruti Gupta are studying Product Design at MIT ID and started this initiative as part of their classroom project for "Green Design."

Green Design is a project in which they learn how to make products that are environment friendly. The students have to choose a topic of their interest and develop a solution for it, which solves real life problems.

While exploring ideas for the topic they observed that everyone uses shopping bags,reuses it few times and finally discards it. They also observed that, in order to face against the environmental problems, many stores have switched to paper bags.

However, given the enormous number of shopping bags that are used nowadays they realized that even a small improvement will result in immense benefit and savings.

Thus these budding designers saw an opportunity in working on the shopping bags.

Parin said: "We wondered if there could be an interesting way in which shopping bags can be reused, such that it becomes a useful product in itself. With this challenge in our mind we came up with various whacky ideas and some really workable concepts."

After extensive research, brainstorming and discussion with their faculty they came up with a concept of making a clothes hanger out of the shopping bag!! By doing this they tackled two problems at a time. One they found an alternate use for shopping bag and secondly replaced a plastic hanger with more eco-friendly product.

As any true Designer would do they immediately got into action and started experimenting with existing shopping bags and figuring out way to make a hanger out of it.

Shruti said: "We wanted to keep the process very simple for the user so that anyone can make the hanger without any hassles.We met several paper bag manufacturers in order to understand the process and keep the cost as low as possible." They figured out a way and also made a prototype which worked.

Going further they printed the instruction for folding the bag in the correct manner and using very attractive graphics on the bag itself. So one can simply follow the instructions, fold the bag and the brand new clothes hanger is ready.

They have made few such pieces and given it to their friends to use and have got an amazing feedback. It became an instant hit on the campus and soon they started getting orders from their friends.

Looking at the response they were encouraged to take this further and they came up with a brand name "Hangbag" to promote this innovative product. Hangbag is already going viral on the social networks, international design blogs and websites. In a day itself it got 300+ likes on Facebook and close to 1000 views on YouTube.

When asked about their future plans, Mohit said: "that we would like to produce and supply such bags to major retail stores and brands like Levis, Lee, Nike etc. We wish that we can build an enterprise of our own to make more products like Hangbag."

They believe that using their Design skill sets they can develop many other products that will solve such other problems and contribute to make the world a better place.

17-year-old girl injects flesh eating bacteria into her genitals

By: Debbie Gross

A teen girl is suffering from severe injuries after she injected a flesh-eating bacteria into her genitals, according to hospital officials in Mexico.

Officials in Mexico are warning the public about a gruesome illness caused by the drug “Krokodil.” The incident is the first to be officially recorded in the state of Jalisco.

According to Jose Sotero Ruiz Hernandez, an official with the National Institute of Migration, a 17-year-old in Puerto Vallarta has lacerations on her genitals she said were caused by her addiction to Krokodil.

"The girl who used this drug, had an infection that had rotted her genitals. It was not transmitted sexually. She had been using Krokodil for the past two months," Hernandez said.

The woman told authorities that the drug was available on street corners. Hernandez said that the drug is also being sold in Mexico City.

Krokodil is a street drug similar to heroin that is produced by cooking crushed codeine pills with household chemicals. It is much cheaper than heroin, and ten times more potent. However, the drug causes vascular tissue damage, which causes the flesh to rot.

Woman jailed for stealing hair while her baby falls out of a stroller

Yvonne Williams 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman will spend five years behind bars after she stole hair from a wig shop while pushing her baby in a stroller, according to court proceedings in Maryland.

Gaithersburg City Police said that a local woman who stole hair from a wig shop, also got into a physical altercation with the owner of the store.

The attack occurred in September 2012. Surveillance video showed 19-year-old Yvonne Williams trying to fight with the shop owner behind the counter. Williams and her two accomplices are seen trying to steal more than $800 in hair weaves.

Williams hit the store owner in the head with her ​​shoe. At some point during the altercation, the baby slipped out of the stroller.

"She used the baby as a cover to steal things from the store and try to make her escape," Ramon Korionoff of the State Attorney's office said. "It is despicable. It is even more worrying that a child fell from the baby carriage during the assault," he said.

Williams was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday. One of her accomplices pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and the other suspect’s case is still pending.

Restaurant owner who offers ‘pay as you please’ to teach trust is learning to distrust people

Restaurant illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

A restaurant owner is offering people to eat and pay at their own discretion.

The owner of the restaurant named Five Loaves and Two Fish, in Fujian province, China, trusts diners to pay what they want.

Its owner, Liu Pengfei, 50, who is an interior designer, said that his goal was to establish an honor system and encourage people to bring trust back into their lives.

Pengfei wants to restore trust and morality amongst his customers.

While he had good intentions and has gotten a lot compliments for his noble act, the reality is that his faith in humanity has caused him to rack up a lot of debt.

The restaurant is running on a huge deficit as many people choose to pay nothing at all.

"It doesn't mean you can eat and drink for free, you just pay what you can," Pengfei said.

"The money box is not transparent, so no one can see how much a person paid. If you have the nerve, you can just walk away without paying," he added.

Despite being full every day, the restaurant has so far lost 250,000 yuan (about $41,000) over the three months it was open.

Pengfei said he plans to chat with people and ask them to explain why they are not paying for the food they eat.

"If they tell me they don't have the money, that's fine. However, paying nothing without a reason that is something else," he said.

Some suggested that the store should display a price list so people know the cost.

Pengfei wants to continue running the restaurant as he believes the feeling of trust is contagious.

However, some believe that Pengfei is too trusting, and that he will be the one learning not to trust people very soon.

U.S. court orders man to pay $50,000 for dumping his fiancee for another woman

Melissa Cooper and Christopher Ned Kelley 
By: Moses Gold

Before you dump your girlfriend for another woman you should know that it can cost you quite a bit, according to court proceedings in Georgia.

The Georgia appeals court ordered a man, who dumped his girlfriend for another woman to pay $50,000 to his jilted lover for breach of promise to marry her.

The court ruled to uphold a lower court ruling in favor of Melissa Cooper, who was awarded $50,000 when she sued Christopher Ned Kelley for fraud and breach of promise of marriage.

Cooper said that she and Kelley lived together in 2000, and had a son together before he proposed to her in 2004. However, Kelley kicked Cooper and his son from a previous relationship out of the house in 2011, when Cooper discovered he was seeing another woman.

Dog caught red handed staling treats from Dollar General store

Dog stealing treats 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A hungry dog was caught red-handed stealing treats from a Dollar General store in South Carolina, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

After dog treats went missing, employees of the Dollar General store in Clinton, soon discovered that the dog was the thief.

Cato spends most of his days resting at his home, but it's what it does when it goes outside that has its owner worried.

"My dog was shoplifting," Holly Darden laughed.

On Wednesday morning, Cato got off his belt and left. Not long after its escape, dog treats were stolen from the Dollar General Store on South Broad Street.

"We did not know what happened because it just slipped in and out with customers," store manager Anastasia Polson said.

Polson said it happened twice in a few minutes. She said someone had stolen pig ears, beef bones, treats and dog food off the shelf.

She knew that her surveillance cameras were rolling, so when she saw the video, she saw that the dog was the thief.

The video shows Cato walking in at 9:38 a.m., and after about three minutes, it left.

Cato did spend time in the kennel, but now, it is back home resting. The store did fill out a police report about the theft.

Officers steal woman’s dog while she was stuck on the toilet in pain

Patricia Abel and her dog 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman who was stuck on a toilet with severe pain, had her dog taken away from her by authorities in Australia.

Now, the architect has spoken out about her horror when she was struck with a bout of diarrhea, while jogging with her dog. She said that when she came out of the toilet, her beloved dog had been taken by officers.

Patricia Abel, 28, went jogging with her ​​three-year-old dog called Pepper.

"I was running and I thought oh my God, I really need to go to the bathroom," she said.

"I've been sick and had a funny tummy, so I was pretty desperate to get to a toilet and could not wait to get home,” she added.

I passed the last public park toilet by a few hundred feet, so instead of taking Pepper all the way back with me I tied it to a post thinking it would be fine for a couple of minutes.

"I just thought that I would not have enough time if I had to drag Pepper all the way back to the toilet with me. By the time I returned, it was gone," Abel said.

Abel, who had just moved to the Darwin, ran around in panic trying to locate her dog.

Later, she discovered that the authorities had taken her dog.

Abel had to pay a fine of 330 Australian dollars ($300).

Man puts his motorcycle and his wife up for sale on Craigslist

Bob White's wife and bike 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man who was fed up with his wife after she forced him to sell his motorcycle, decided to put her up for sale on Craigslist along with his bike.

The bike fan put up his Harley Davidson and his wife for sale after she told him he had to choose between the two.

Facing a difficult decision, Bob White of Virginia, has decided that buyers on Craigslist will help him decide what to do.

White uploaded photos of his wife and his bike, and has said he will also consider trade-ins.

"Sportster: Beautiful bike. Pearl white with black and orange stripes. Wife. Beautiful edition white with a mean streak," White wrote on Craigslist.

White went on to write that the Harley is in "excellent condition" while his is a 1959 model. However, she is considered good after taking her age into account.

Pictures of his spotless bike with his "high maintenance" wife standing next to it in a fur coat were also shown.

The man warned that although the bike is ideal for beginners or experienced riders, his wife is only for expert riders.

He is also offering delivery service to bidders in his home state.

Man detained after swinging his penis at women like helicopter propeller

Shawn Harvell 
By: David Ross

A man was arrested and charged with public indecency after several women accused him of swinging his penis around like a helicopter propeller, according to police reports in Indiana.

Indianapolis Police said that the man is facing charges after swinging his genitals in front of two women in the street.

Shawn Harvell, 34, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, on charges of public indecency, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement and battery.

Police said that an officer driving on 38th Street near Lawndale Avenue, was flagged down by the two women.

One woman, 29, said that Harvell approached her on the sidewalk from behind and grabbed her arm.

The woman said that the man's penis was outside his pants and it was swinging in a rotational movement, the police report said.

She also told her that he had a gun, and ordered her to follow him.

Police said that Harvell began running away from the women after they flagged down the officer.

After a brief foot chase, two officers found Harvell trying to get into his car, he said.

In addition to his arrest, Harvell was also fined for parking the car close to a fire hydrant.

Thieves bite off man’s ear during robbery at his mother’s house

Ear illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man who was resting at his mother’s house, was brutally attacked by a group of thieves, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

Manchester Police said that a man’s ear had been bitten off by two men, who have gained illegal entry into the house of his mother.

The two men, described as being Caucasian, gained illegal entry into the residence shortly before 10:00 p.m.

The men then confronted the man in the hallway of the residence where an altercation occurred. The victim was punched and kicked.

The man then had his ear bitten off by one of the attackers before they fled in a silver car.

"While we believe this is an isolated incident, and there is no reason for anyone in the area to be alarmed, it was a savage attack, which left a man permanently disfigured," Police Sergeant John Coleman said.

The victim described the attackers as in their late twenties to early thirties.

Sergeant Coleman advised witnesses to provide any information they may have that is relevant to the capture of the two men, who were behind this brutal attack.