Gas station explodes after woman decides to answer her cellphone while pumping gas

Woman pumping gas illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A gas station erupted in flames after a woman decided to answer her cellphone while pumping gas into her vehicle, according to rescue workers in Israel.

Tiberias Police said that a local gas station exploded on Sunday morning, after a woman, 50, spoke on her cellphone while pumping gas.

Magen David Adom paramedics who responded to the scene, said that the woman suffered minor injuries, and she was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to the initial investigation, the explosion occurred because the woman answered her phone while pumping gas. Her phone generated a spark that ignited the fuel pump. Tiberias Police are still investigating the incident.

The Fire Department launched an investigation into the incident and they will report their findings to the Ministry of Economy.

"We reiterate that it is forbidden to use a mobile device while refueling at gas stations," police said.

6-year-old children seen on video playing the piano like experts

Children playing the piano illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A group of children showed off their talent at playing the piano in front of judges in Israel, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Some children began playing the piano when they were 2-years-old.

One child, had her mother teach her to play the piano like the big boys.

"I'll play Hayden, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich," Katya said. For Yehudah Bloch, playing the piano is like martial arts and football. He looks to be a very quiet boy. He even smiles when he asked about his performance.

"I enjoyed it," Yehuda said about his performance.

Throughout last week, more than 100 young pianists took part in a competition, showing off their little fingers on the keys.

"My mother gave me delicious food and spoiled me," Yehuda said.

Katya and Lizzie Gerbich were both given little treats.

"Donuts are not really healthy. They are made with lots of oil," they laughed.

The judges made their decision at midnight. While everyone won an award for their participation, the grand prize was shared by Yehudah and another young pianist.

"I promised my father that I would become better in playing soccer," Yehuda said.

Everyone has their own way of celebrating their victory.

Flatbush man arrested after stealing from J.C. Penney for 4 years

J.C. Penney location illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A man was arrested and charged with theft after he was caught scamming J.C. Penney for the past four years, according to police reports in New York.

Nassau County Police said that they have arrested a Flatbush man after being accused of participating in a scheme to defraud J.C. Penney department stores in the New York area.

Eric Willis, 50, is accused of changing price tags and then buying the items at a lower price. He later returned the items to a different store without a receipt and received a gift card for the original price, pocketing the difference.

Willis then purchased additional items with changed price tags. All items were then returned for a full refund.

Willis was arrested on Thursday, at a J.C. Penney in East Garden City. He is charged with grand larceny and scheming to defraud.

The scheme ran from February 2009 until Thursday, police said. It is unclear how much money Ellis accumulated during that time.

Man, 30, killed while crossing the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn

Scene of the accident 
By: Moses Gold

A man is dead after illegally crossing the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, according to rescue workers.

Brooklyn Police said that a man was crossing the Belt Parkway when he was fatally struck by a car on Saturday.

The man, who police have not yet been able to identify, was crossing the Belt Parkway near Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, about 4:45 a.m., when he was hit by a gray 2008 Toyota Scion, police officers said.

The victim, who appeared to be 30-years-old, died at the scene. His body was thrown into the center divider of the roadway.

The driver, a 34-year-old from Staten Island, remained at the scene and is not expected to be charged, police said.

Long Island man finds $1 million lottery ticket while raking leaves

Marvin Rosales-Martinez with his $1 million check 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man became a millionaire just by raking leaves, according to lottery officials in New York.

Many of us dream of walking down the street and finding a winning lottery ticket.

A month after Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area, Marvin Rosales-Martinez was raking leaves when he found the Win For Life scratch off lottery ticket in a pile of leaves.

The ticket was wet and a little damaged, but it was a winner, and had a value of $1 million.

"He took it to a 7-Eleven, but he could not scan it because it was still a bit damp. They realized that the ticket was valuable, and they told him to go to the headquarters of the lottery," Yolanda Vega, a spokesperson for the Lottery of the State of New York, said.

Lottery officials of New York conducted a yearlong investigation to ensure that the winning ticket was legitimate and that no one else could claim it.

The 27-year-old lives with his mother in Hicksville. He plans to continue working as a gardener six days a week.

Hundreds of teens seen on video destroying Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza shopping mall

Kings Plaza 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police have stepped up security and have banned teens from entering the Kings Plaza shopping mall in Brooklyn, New York, after hundreds of teens destroyed the place in Thursday.

Hundreds of teenagers attacked and destroyed the mall, forcing the center to close for the day.

Over 400 crazed teenagers grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole balloons and baby items. They also beat security guards at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center, which is located in the Mill Basin neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The teens used social media networks to plan the massive looting.

Employees who rushed to close their shops, said that they were terrified.

"I've been here seven years and have never seen anything like this before. I'm really scared that they will come back," Abu Tabel, 31, an employee selling candy said.

Employees at stores like Macy's and Victoria's Secret quickly rolled down their metal doors as security guards desperately tried to break up the mob. The mall was closed for about an hour.

Fierce fighting also broke out in front of McDonald’s and Best Buy, police said. Video showed a group of teenagers punching one other and shouting as security guards struggled to break up the brawl.

Rocket fired from Lebanon seen on video exploding in Israel

Rocket explodes in Israel 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) The Israel Defense Forces opened fire on Lebanese targets after a rocket was fired from that country into Israel, according to a report by the IDF Blog.

Five rockets were fired this morning from Lebanon at Israel. The attack is an inexcusable and blatant violation of Israel’s sovereignty.

Residents of Israel’s north woke up this morning (December 29) to five rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel. One of the rockets landed west of Kiryat Shmona, an Israeli city near the Lebanese border. IDF forces responded with artillery fire toward the source of the launch.

At least five rockets were fired from Lebanon, with one confirmed explosion in Israel. The IDF is currently searching for evidence of others.

In response to the attack, an official complaint was filed to UNIFIL, the United Nations force charged with maintaining security in Southern Lebanon and preventing hostilities against Israel. While no injuries were reported, the attack constitutes an unacceptable and blatant breach of Israel’s sovereignty.

Launching rockets from Lebanon into Israel jeopardizes thousands of civilian lives in the north, a reality no sovereign state would accept. The IDF maintains the right to self defense and will continue to operate accordingly.

Son cuts his mother’s stomach open looking for a baby

Robert Owen Rankin and his mother Margaret Rohner 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A mother died when her son cut her stomach open and removed her intestines.

Robert Owen Rankin, 22, of Connecticut, was arrested after he used a fire poker, hunting knife and bare hands to kill his mother before removing her intestines.

Rankin was held in jail for the brutal killing of his mother, Margaret Rohner, 45.

He has been put on suicide watch after police said he confessed to the murder and showed no remorse.

Rankin allegedly cut open his mother’s abdomen and began removing her intestine saying he was "looking for a baby."

After killing his mother, the suspect took a shower and went to walk his dog before calling his father. On the phone, he told his father about the murder.

His father then called police and told the dispatcher “my son killed my former wife.”

When he was taken into custody, Rankin told police that his mother was "pretty much responsible for everything that has gone wrong in my life."

"I just want you to know that she put up ​​a good fight. She is a strong woman. I give her credit for that," Rankin told police.

Rankin is being held on $1 million bond.

Man files police report over his stolen identity not knowing that his father was the thief

Jeffrey Harris Sr. 
By: John Roberts

A man was frustrated when he kept getting calls from a collection agency over charges he never made.

When 26-year-old Jeffrey Harris Jr., of the Bronx, New York, kept getting harassed by a collection agency, he decided he had enough.

He told police that someone had stolen his identity and that the person had racked up a bill and never paid it.

Detectives launched an investigation in order to find out who stole his identity.

To his surprise, police arrested his own father for the identity theft.

The father, Jeffrey Harris Sr., 55, opened a credit card account using the Social Security number of his son, authorities said.

The father later closed the account with a negative balance of $2,235.95.

He also opened a checking account at TD Bank, and a cellphone account at AT&T, using the identity of his son, according to court documents.

State Police arrested the father on Monday, on multiple counts of felony identity theft, falsifying business records, unlawful possession of personal identification and criminal impersonation.

Man escapes wife’s attempt to kill him so she can be with another man who lived in their house

Robert Crosby (left) Kimberly Thompkins, Darieth Stevens
and victim Adam Thompkins
 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man allowed two of his wife’s co-workers to live in their house.

Little did he know that his wife was having an affair with one of them.

Kimberly Thompkins, 26, attempted to kill her husband with the help of two coworkers, but their plan was stopped by a park ranger.

The three worked together at Burger King in Rostraver, Pennsylvania.

The coworkers were identified as Daryith Stevens, 18, and Robert Crosby, 24.

Kimberly Thompkins, a mother of three, told police that her marriage was rocky and that she was having an affair with Crosby, who lived in her house, which was owned by the her husband Adam Thompkins.

One day, Kimberly Thompkins drove her husband to a park to “talk about their marital problems.

When they reached the park, the three stabbed and beat up Adam Thompkins.

However, their plans was foiled when a park ranger arrived at the scene and found the bleeding man.

When he questioned the three they explained that Adam Thompkins had fallen and that they are taking him to a hospital.

The park employee became suspicious when he saw a bloody knife nearby and he called police.

Police found that the suspects had gas and pair of pliers in their possession.

Authorities believe that they intended to pull out the victim’s teeth and set his body on fire so it would be difficult to identify him.

The three suspects were interviewed separately in the park by the police, and “all gave conflicting statements," police said.

The three were arrested and remain in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Mr. Thompkins was taken by helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompkins got married in 2006, according to their Facebook photo albums. It appears that they have three children together.

Adam Thompkins was reportedly released from the hospital and is in good condition.

Ungrateful man kills aunt’s boyfriend then leaves body parts in her bed

Alexis Valdez 
By: Moses Gold

A woman in Chicago, Illinois, allowed her nephew to stay at her home, but that good gesture ended with the nephew killing the love of her life.

Alexis Valdez, 18, called police at about 2:00 a.m., and reported that he killed his aunt’s boyfriend.

Police found 41-year-old Silvestre Diaz-Hernandez beheaded in his apartment, authorities said.

Prosecutors said that Valdez had been living with the couple for about six months.

His aunt had allowed him to live there on the condition that he goes to school, work and contribute to household costs.

When he failed to do that, his aunt told him he needed to move out, this angered the teen.

One night, while his aunt was out partying, Valdez killed her boyfriend and then used a butcher knife to dismember the body.

When he was done, he left all the body parts in his aunt’s bed.

Diaz-Hernandez suffered multiple injuries from blunt force trauma, according to the medical examiner's office of Cook County.

When police arrived, Valdez was standing outside the building and taken into custody. A knife was found at the scene, police said.

Valdez was held without bail after being charged with first-degree murder.

Man shoots neighbor's rooster for having a love affair with his own rooster

The rooster with the arrow pierced through it 
By: Shifra Unger

A man became angry when he caught his neighbor’s rooster having a love affair with his own rooster.

The neighbor's rooster narrowly escaped death after the man in India, shot it with an arrow as punishment.

Gyan Singh of Madhya Pradesh, walked around his property when he found that a rooster belonging to his neighbor, Jagliya Bhil, had slipped onto his property and was having a love affair with his rooster.

Seeing his hen in the company of somebody else's rooster infuriated Singh.

He grabbed a bow and arrow and aimed at the rooster.

The arrow pierced through the neighbor’s rooster, but it was not killed.

Bhil was shocked when he found his rooster with an arrow through its body.

He took the rooster to an animal hospital for treatment. He also called police to lodge a complaint against Singh.

The rooster is expected to make a full recovery.

New vending machine selling bras for women

Bras for sale illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Shoppers in Japan, were surprised to see a new vending machine that is selling bras for women.

The bra vending machine was seen in Osaka. The new machine attracted much attention, but very few people actually bought anything from the machine.

Une Nana Cool Corp. installed the machine last month, in the Tennoji Mio Plaza. The company said that only seven bras had been purchased through the machine as of last week.

The company said that it is not worried because they planned to remove the machine after several weeks.

They placed the bra vending machine to draw attention to their new wireless bra, which are said to be easier to fit.

The machine is scheduled to be removed on Friday.

A company official said that a large number of women were talking about the machine, but refused to buy bras at a cost of $29.

"This was something that needs getting used to, but I would like women to see how it feels to buy a bra from a vending machine," a company official said.

Teen robber killed after being hit by bullet that bounced off his victim

Crime scene illustration 
By: David Ross

A teenage boy was killed during a robbery gone wrong.

According to police, 16-year-old Clifton Chatman was killed when a bullet meant for the victim bounced off the victim's face and hit the teen.

Chatman was said to be amongst a group of men, who tried to rob the victim at 1:001 p.m., at the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco, California.

The victim told police that he was surrounded by several men, who demanded his belongings while one man pulled out a gun.

The victim handed over his bag and the suspects rummaged through it.

Despite handing over his possessions, the armed robber fired a shot.

The bullet hit the victim in the face, but it bounced off and hit Chatman, who was reportedly an accomplice to the crime.

Chatman died at the scene. The shooter, who is also 16-years-old, was arrested on murder and attempted robbery charges.

Police detective caught recording his stepdaughter taking showers

Keith Tabron  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman was disgusted when she found out that her husband was secretly recording her daughter in the shower and in her bedroom.

Detective Keith Tabron, 51, was named the "Detective of the Year" in Washington D.C.

Now, he has lost his job and his wife after he has pleaded guilty to secretly recording his adult stepdaughter as she undressed.

Metropolitan Police Department Detective Tabron pleaded guilty on Thursday, to multiple counts of video surveillance with prurient intent.

Authorities said that the victim moved into the home with her mother and stepfather after she fell on hard times.

The victim told investigators that she realized she was being spied on when she found fresh paint in her bathroom wall.

Upon closer inspection, she found a camera, which was pointed toward the shower.

She called a cousin, who found a second camera in her bedroom.

They tracked the cables back to Tabron’s home office.

The victim now believes that she has been spied on for 9 months.

Tabron has been suspended from the D.C. police without pay.

Tabron pleaded guilty to the charges, and received a 5 year suspended sentence and 5 years of probation, Prince George County State Attorney’s Office spokesperson Gina Ford said.

Tabron joined the police force in 1990, and was named “Detective of the Year” for using his excellent interviewing skills to bring closure to crimes.

In one case, he got a suspect to confess to 28 burglaries.

Now, the tables had turned, and it was Tabron who confessed to a crime.

Grandmother jailed after forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter to hold a Bible

Girl holding Bible illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) An elderly woman is spending time behind bars after she forced her granddaughter to hold a Bible over her head, according to court proceedings in Washington.

Olympia Police said that a local grandmother is accused of abusing her 9-year-old granddaughter because she claimed the girl had a demon inside her.

Cynthia Miller looked confused as she appeared before a Thurston County judge during a probable cause hearing on Monday. At one point, Miller tried to tell the judge the charges against him were false.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Miller is accused of abusing the girl over a long period of time, causing her bruises, burns and broken bones. The affidavit said Miller would force the girl to stand in a corner of the family apartment holding a Bible over her head while other members of the family, including other children, screamed in an effort to get rid of the demon.

"The grandmother said that she was a demon child," neighbor Amanda Gerber said.

Detectives launched an investigation after teachers at an elementary school saw bruises on her. The probable cause affidavit said that the girl had bruises on various areas of her body in various stages of healing. She also appeared to have burns and several old fractures to her arms, legs, fingers and feet.

Miller was jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail.

The 9-year-old victim and two other children living at the apartment, were removed from the home by Child Protective Services of Washington State.

Woman, 35, hypnotizes elderly priest before making off with the church’s cash

The Bible illustration 
By: Moses Gold

A church was left without funds after a woman hypnotized the church’s priest and made off with all the cash, according to police reports in Italy.

Padua Police said that a local woman managed to hypnotize the 71-year-old priest.

The woman, 35, who was described by police as a Roma or gypsy, fled with $2,750 collected by locals throughout the holiday season.

The woman also entered the cloister of the church, a place where the presence of women is strictly prohibited.

The priest learned of the theft and alerted police after he came out of his hypnosis.

This was not the first time that a woman stole charity funds.

As we reported earlier, a British woman was caught stealing several charity boxes in the presence of her young child.

Married woman agrees to come home after husband promises her new toilet

New toilet illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman of India, agreed to come home to her husband after he promised her a new toilet.

The 27-year-old Dalit woman has agreed to return to her husband's house, which is located in the Dewas district, after he pledged in court to get a proper toilet built.

Savita, who married Devkaran Malviya, 30, seven years ago, left the house of her husband along with their two children three years ago and went to live with her parents because she felt a sense of shame by being forced to answer the call of nature outdoors.

Later, a lawsuit was filed in a local court seeking monthly maintenance from her husband. During the court session, the judge heard that a dispute arose between the couple because there was no plumbing in their home.

She told the court that she would not go back to her husband’s house unless an adequate toilet was built there.

Devkaran assured the court that he would ensure an adequate toilet at the home.

Texas police Taser boy into coma while he was trying to break up fight between girls at school

Noe Nino de Rivera 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A boy was left in serious condition after being Tasered by a police officer because he was trying to break up a fight between girls, according to a lawsuit filed in a Texas court.

The 17-year-old boy is in a coma after being Tasered last week by a police officer in a school hallway after he tried to stop a fight between two girls.

Noe Nino de Rivera had intervened to stop a fight between girls at Cedar Creek High School, according to his mother, Maria Acosta.

Bastrop County Deputy Randy McMillan, arrived on the scene and Tasered Rivera, who fell on his face and was knocked unconscious.

McMillan reportedly handcuffed the unconscious boy, who had only been trying to help the situation.

Rivera‘s devastated mother is now suing the Bastrop County School District and McMillan, who works as a school resource officer.
She claims in the lawsuit that school officials delayed medical assistance to her son despite the fact that her son was in an obvious state of medical emergency.

The teenager was airlifted to St. David's Medical Center, where he immediately underwent surgery to repair a severe brain hemorrhage. He was also placed in a medical induced coma.

Rivera remains in a coma, and was unable to communicate with his family since his hospitalization, according to the lawsuit.

The mother said that the police officer was never in danger, and the defendant kept working at the school, even after he shot a student with a Taser last year.

That created an "immediate danger" that led to the injury of her son, the mother said in her lawsuit.

She is seeking damages and medical expenses for excessive force, lack of training and discipline, and civil rights and Education Code violations.

New Jersey boy, 17, fatally stabs his 20-year-old sister during argument

Travis Gallo and Teia Gallo 
By: Sarah Weiss

A young woman is dead after being stabbed by her own brother, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

Hackensack Police said that a 17-year-old boy, whose family was described by friends and neighbors as being affectionate and very close, was charged on Friday, with killing his 20-year-old sister, Teia Gallo, during an argument at her home in Washington Township.

Travis Gallo, who grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, was charged as a juvenile during a closed hearing in Superior Court of Hackensack. Authorities later said they are considering whether to charge him as an adult.

On Thursday night, Travis used a kitchen knife to repeatedly stab his sister until she died.

Their father, Dr. Robert James Gallo, an obstetrics gynecologist whose practice is in Hackensack, said on Friday, that the family was "devastated." He also said that he has no idea what their children had been arguing about.

"Two lives were lost," the father said. "It's a tragedy," he added.

Gallo faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of murder in juvenile court. However, he faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of murder in Supreme Court.

Two Florida police officers caught stealing thousands of dollars

Sheriff's office illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Two Florida police officers were arrested and charged with theft after allegedly stealing police funds for personal use, according to police reports.

The Sheriff's Office of Hernando County said that they are investigating two deputies, who are accused of stealing money. The office held a press conference on Friday morning, to announce the results of two separate investigations.

The two men, a deputy and a sergeant, have been charged with crimes, and they have both resigned from their positions.

Deputy Mike Glatfelter, 51, is charged with grand larceny and scheming to defraud. As treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police in his area for several years, he took $14,000 from the group for his personal use, including funds meant for the family of Scott Bierwiler, who was killed in the line of duty.

In a separate case, Sergeant Joseph Reid, 41, is accused of using money allocated for vice operations for his personal use. He is also charged with grand larceny and scheming to defraud.

Sheriff Nienhuis said that the actions of these two men are very disappointing.

Cases like these tarnish the badge, and the sheriff wants the public to know that if people in the department are committing crimes they will be brought to justice.

2 men stabbed after fight breaks out over song playing at restaurant

Martin Marroquin Rodriguez 
By: David Ross

Two men were stabbed after a fight broke out over a song playing at a restaurant, according to police reports in Maryland.

Police said that a man was stabbed and his friend was injured in an incident that occurred on the 1300 block of Forest Drive in Annapolis at 12:45 a.m., when police said the adult male victim and Martin Marroquin Rodriguez, 34, fought over a song playing on a jukebox at the LuPita’s Restaurant.

When the victim was walking home, he was approached by Rodriguez, who gave him a hug. While hugging, Rodriguez stabbed the victim in the stomach.

A friend of the victim was also wounded by a second individual, who was with Rodriguez. Demesio Portillo Lopez assaulted the friend with a sharp object, which cut his clothing and caused a small cut to the abdomen.

The first victim was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he underwent surgery. The second victim refused treatment.

Rodriguez, 34, of Annapolis, is charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and reckless endangerment.

Lopez, 41, also of Annapolis, is charged with first and second degree assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.