Brooklyn car burglar nearly dies after jumping into icy Manhattan Beach waters to escape from police

Manhattan Beach illustration 
By: Eva Fett

A Brooklyn car thief nearly killed himself after jumping into the icy waters of Manhattan Beach, in order to escape from police, according to rescue workers in New York.

The Fire Department New York said that Steven Fishman, 20, who allegedly slipped into the campus of Kingsborough Community College in order to steal cars, had to be pulled from the icy waters off Manhattan Beach when he jumped to avoid capture.

Campus security officials said that when Fishman was trying to get into a vehicle around 1:00 p.m., a chase began.

Fishman jumped into the cold water off Manhattan Beach, but soon regretted his decision and called for help.

Firefighters jumped into the water while Fishman shouted "Are you the police? Are you a cop?”

"He must have been in the water for a while. His heart rate began to fall," a firefighter said. "A few more seconds and he could have gone under," he said.

Fishman was rushed to Coney Island Hospital.

He was charged with theft, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.

A firefighter was also taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Two Palestinians die from starvation at camp

Yarmouk refugee camp 
By: Moses Gold

Two Palestinians are dead as a result of hunger, according to a statement released by a human rights group.

The two Palestinians died from starvation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, on Tuesday.

Action Group for Palestinians in Syria, said that Hussain Nazzal and Safyeh al-Shlabi have died due to malnutrition as a result of the lack of medical supplies and food.

The human rights group said that the number of people who have died of hunger in the camp, rose to 48 since last year.

Hebrew teacher beaten in anti-Jewish attack on his way home from Kiev synagogue

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walking in the street illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A Hebrew teacher was severely beaten while he was walking home from evening prayers in an anti-Semitic attack, according to a statement released by the World Jewish Congress.

The Israeli born teacher in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was beaten, in what local Jewish leaders said was an anti-Semitic incident. World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer called the beating "a vicious act that should not go unpunished," and said that the World Jewish Congress was closely following the situation.

A group of at least four thugs beat Professor Hillel Wertheimer on Saturday night, after following him home from synagogue services.

The head of the Vaad of Ukraine, said that three of the four men beat and kicked Wertheimer in the lobby of his house.

A neighbor came down to investigate after hearing Wertheimer shouting for help. The teacher was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Terror victims come under fierce stone attack while visiting murdered son's grave

Mount of Olives illustration 
By: Aryeh Savir

Members of a family who were visiting the grave of a boy killed during a terror attack, came under a stone attack, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.

Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen, father of Nerya Cohen, went to visit his son's grave yesterday (Jan. 14) on his deceased son's birthday. Nerya was murdered on March 6th, 2008, by a Palestinian together with seven other students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem.

On his way to visit the grave on Har HaZietim (Mount of Olives) in Jerusalem Rabbi Cohen, together with his wife and two young children, were attacked by Arab terrorists throwing stones. They were attacked at three different points on the way. The car was heavily damaged.

"I began weaving my way through, while they continued to pursue us. At some point I got out of the car and drew my gun; only then did they flee," he told.

Cohen called the police. They arrived only 45 minutes later; several other cars were attacked in the interim. They claimed they were held up by a different incident.

"There is no question that the police is guilty of negligence in ensuring the safety of the citizens of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. These were not children who were attacking, they were much older. You must understand that a stone can kill or cause life-long injury. Why do the police and state not take this seriously? My daughter wanted to visit the grave today but refrained from doing so because of this attack. This is not a normal situation that a bereaved father cannot visit the grave of his son who was murdered by a terrorist. This is a terrible situation, and it causes me a terrible feeling," he said.

Nerya was one of eight yeshiva students who were murdered by Alaa Abu Dhein from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. The terrorist was killed by Mercaz HaRav student Yitzchak Dadon and off-duty IDF Captain David Shapira who fought back using their personal firearms. Eleven more students were wounded, five of them placed in serious to critical condition.

Nerya was only 15 years old when he died.

According to a subsequent poll, the massacre was supported by 84 percent of the Palestinian population.

New York woman, 64, charged with raping 14-year-old boy who helped her out

Mary Ann Acee 
By: Moses Gold

A woman was arrested for raping a young boy, according to police in Upstate New York.

Many teenagers do small jobs for people in their neighborhood to earn some extra money.

Girls usually do babysitting, and help with children, while boys do the lawns and small repair jobs around the house.

One 14-year-old boy worked for an older woman. He helped her with the little stuff she needed around the house.

However, the woman wanted more from the teen, and she allegedly raped him.

The 64-year-old woman has been charged after she raped the 14-year-old,, an investigator said.

Mary Ann Acee of Westmoreland, New York, was arrested on charges of second-degree rape for having sex with the child.

Police investigated the incident after the boy came to them to report the assault.

Acee was arraigned in the village of New York Mills.

She has been sent to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Man killed, wife injured, while trying to break up fight between their dogs

Diane Vick 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) A School teacher was attacked and killed by his own dog.

Tom Vick, who was a social sciences teacher, died after being attacked by the family dog.

His wife, Diane Vick, who is the former Mayor of Bullhead City, Arizona, was wounded and her husband died when their family dog jumped on him on Saturday.

Mrs. Vick called 911 at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, saying that her husband had been badly bitten by the dog.

The vicious attack came after Tom Vick tried to break up a fight between their boxer and cocker spaniel.

The boxer suddenly turned on its owners Tom and Diane Vick, killing him and injuring her.

Jack Hakim, the current Mayor of Bullhead City, said that the attack was "quite devastating."

"We've had dog bites before, but never anything like this. It's very sad for all of us in Bullhead City," Hakim said.

The family is devastated by the attack, which came from their beloved dog, but are grateful that Vick survived.

Television station allows worker to have sex with clients to seal a deal

19 Action news truck 
By: John Roberts

A television company is accused of allowing its workers to have sex with clients in order to get their business.

Kevin Flanigan, who works in the sales department at 19 Action News in Cleveland, Ohio, said that his company encouraged workers to use any method to develop a business relationship with new clients, including giving customers oral sex.

Managers are said to have turned a blind eye to the "rampant" drinking and drug use at office parties.

One sales manager boasted that she gave oral sex in front of a horrified customer, who then canceled his account.

The claims emerged in a lawsuit filed by Kevin Flanigan.

Flanigan was initially fired from the company for voicing his concerns over the sex and drugs.

He was eventually reinstated, but he claims that he was ostracized and mistreated at work.

He is suing the company for sexual harassment and retaliation. He is seeking $35,000 in damages.

Man and woman die while trying to retrieve a cellphone from Chicago river

Ken Hoang (left) Lauren Li and Phan Hoang (right) 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) Three people fell into an icy river while trying to retrieve a cellphone.

Two people have lost their lives and one is hospitalized, over a cellphone, police in Illinois said.

It was shortly after midnight, when 26-year-old Ken Hoang of St. Paul, Minnesota, jumped over a fence to retrieve a cellphone that had fallen into the partially frozen river.

The ice broke and Haong started screaming for help. His friends, Phan Hoang, 23, and Lauren Li, 21, then climbed over the fence and went into the water in attempt to help him.

However, they too fell into the river.

Witnesses called 911, and rescue teams pulled the two men out of the water, but have not been able to find the woman.

Sadly, Ken Hoang, who was the first to go into the water for the cellphone, died in a hospital while Li is presumed dead in the river.

Phan Hoang was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Retired police officer shoots man dead inside theater for texting his daughter before a movie

Chad and Nicole Oulson 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A silly fight over a man using his phone inside a movie theater left a father dead and his wife wounded.

It all began about 1:30 p.m., during a screening of the Mark Wahlberg movie, Lone Survivor.

The shooter, 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, who is retired police officer in Tampa, Florida, went to watch the movie, and took his gun along with him.

Before the movie began, Reeves saw a man using his phone to text someone.

Reeves began screaming at the 43-year-old Chad Oulson, who was using his phone to text his daughter while waiting for the movie to start.

An argument erupted and popcorn was thrown around, before the retired officer pulled his gun and shot the father.

Oulson was shot in front of his horrified wife and other moviegoers.

The victim's wife, Nicole Oulson, was also wounded in the shootout when she placed her hand in front of her husband as she tried to protect him.

Reeves was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder over the shooting.

About 25 people were in the theater at the time, and witnesses said that they heard an argument between the two men in the back of the room moments before the shooting.

Officials from the Pasco County Sheriff said that the shooting occurred when Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting in the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of the city of Tampa.

Reeves and his wife were sitting behind Mr. and Mrs. Oulson.

Mother horrified after finding glass inside Tesco ice cream while eating with her children

Ice cream illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A mother was horrified when she bit into a piece of glass while eating ice cream she bought at her local Tesco supermarket.

Tesco has promised an investigation after the mother of three said that she found glass in her ice cream.

Julie Taylor, 40, bought the Knickerbocker Glory ice cream at the Tesco located on Norham Road, North Shields, United Kingdom.

The ice cream was on sale and it cost £3.50 ($5.00) for two.

However, when the family began to eat the ice cream at their home in Wallsend, pieces of what is believed to be glass were found.

Her daughters, Reo, 2, and Tillie, 9, are not believed to have swallowed glass.

The family later filed a complaint with Tesco, and the woman was asked to bring the ice back to her store for further investigation.

Mother fatally shoots her teen son and daughter before killing herself at their foreclosed home

Jennifer Berman with her chikdren 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A Florida woman shot and killed her two musically talented teenage children before killing herself.

The recently divorced woman had taken her former husband to court for financial support after she was forced to sell her valuables to pay for food and gas.

On top of that, the family's home was in foreclosure, and they were ordered to move out next month.

Jennifer Berman, 48, was said to be under a lot of stress when she killed her son Alexander, 16, and her 15-year-old daughter Jacqueline, in their home in West Palm Beach.

Before shooting her children, Berman sent an email to her former husband saying that she was going to harm herself and others.

The children's father, Richard Berman, 51, went to the house immediately after receiving the email, but he was too late.

He found the bodies of his former wife and children.

Mr. Berman is a prominent real estate agent of luxury homes. He and his wife divorced a few weeks before the murder-suicide.

In court documents, Jennifer Berman said that she was struggling financially, taking 12 hours night shifts as a nurse to make ends meet.

Investigators said that the deaths are being treated as murder-suicide after the three died from gunshot wounds. Richard Berman is not considered a suspect, police said.

The Bermans got married in 1992 in Miami.

Jennifer Berman filed for divorced in August 2012, but the couple remained living under the same roof for a while.

A few months ago, Mrs. Berman asked a judge to remove her husband from the home because of emotional abuse, and there was a lot of fighting in the home.

After the husband left the house, Richard Berman stopped paying the mortgage and other bills, leaving the newly single mother to struggle for herself.

The couple shared equal custody of their two teenage children.

Boy, 13, dies while stepping on live wire after his mother crashed into a utility pole

Zachary Stoyer 
By: Eva Fett

A teen died after his mother crashed into a utility pole causing a live wire to fall to the ground.

Zachary Stoyer, 13, tragically died after stepping on a downed power line when his mother's car crashed into a power pole in North Carolina.

Stoyer was heading to his basketball game on Saturday afternoon, along with five of his friends when the accident occurred.

The family’s SUV, which was driven by his mother, Amber Osborne, swerved off the road and hit the pole.

The mother opened her door to get out of the car when she felt a shock on her leg.

She then warned everyone else to stay inside the vehicle, but Zachary had already stepped out and came into contact with the power line.

Police said that the 13-year-old fell to the ground. CPR was administered, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The other passengers were not seriously injured.

Troopers said that the group was on their way to a basketball game at the nearby Recreation Center in Hertford County.

Octomom Nadya Suleman charged with welfare fraud for failing to report income as a dancer

Nadya Suleman with her octuplets 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Nadya Suleman, 38, who is known as Octomom, is making headlines again, as she is being accused of defrauding the welfare system.

The mother of 14 is facing charges of welfare fraud because she failed to report money earned as a dancer.

Prosecutors said that she illegally received $2,000 in welfare payments each month, and if she is found guilty of the charges she could face more than five years behind bars.

Suleman did not disclose about $30,000 in income from personal appearances and video royalties, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Suleman, who received a total of $16,481 from welfare so far, was not arrested, but she was ordered to appear before a judge of the County of Los Angeles for her initial arraignment on Friday, according to the district attorney's office.

She is facing charges for misrepresentation and perjury by application.

Mother starves her 3-year-old daughter to death

Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with murder after starving her little girl to death, according to court proceedings in California.

Last September, 3-year-old Nathlayz Rivera, was found unconscious in the West Oak Lane neighborhood. She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died. Authorities ruled her starvation death a homicide.

Police later arrested Rivera's father, 30-year-old Carlos Rivera. Police said that Rivera initially found his twin daughter Nathlayz, unresponsive at midnight in a house infested with insects. The house was located in 7300 block of Sommers Road.

"Instead of going to the police and calling an ambulance, he called his mother, who was at a friend’s house," a police spokesperson said.

"The mother and the friend came to the house, took the child, and went to the emergency room where she was pronounced dead. The child died of hunger.

Nathlayz only weighed 11 pounds at the time of her death, less than half the weight of the average of 3-year-old.

The girl had not seen a doctor in over a year, even with all her serious disabilities.

Investigators said that the girl had a chronic disorder and was blind in one eye.

The mother, Carmen Ramirez, was later arrested. Ramirez, 27, and Rivera both face charges of third-degree murder, manslaughter, criminal conspiracy and child abuse charges.

Rivera's other children, ages 9, 8, 7 and 3, were placed with the Department of Human Services.

Hundreds seen flocking to ATM after it began dispensing free cash

Cash from ATM illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

It was a full-fledged “bank run” at one ATM in the United Kingdom, after word got around that it was dispensing free cash.

The Lloyds Bank ATM in Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts, did not work and started spitting cash as customers withdrew cash on Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of people were seen waiting in line at the ATM for their chance to get free cash as word of the broken ATM spread like fire.

The flaw was discovered by the managers at the cash machine service station at 3:00 p.m.

A spokesperson for Lloyds Bank said that an investigation had begun into how the error occurred and the bank would not be able to give details on the amount of money that was taken from the ATM.

So far, the bank does not intend to pursue charges against those who took the free cash.

"We are aware that there was an error with the Lloyds Bank ATM in Mansfield Woodhouse, which resulted in incorrect amounts being distributed. The ATM is out of service and we are investigating the error," a spokesperson for the bank said.

Teacher for special needs children caught poisoning schoolgirl for years

Mary Kidson 
By: Eva Fett

A teacher for special needs children was arrested and charged with child endangerment after being caught poisoning a schoolgirl, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

The Ledbury mother who runs an online tutoring service for children with learning difficulties, Mary Kidson, 55, is accused of giving the child a toxic substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious bodily injury for over two years.

She was first arrested in March of last year and remained on bail while detectives conducted an investigation in cooperation with local social services and health authorities.

The allegations relate to a girl who is now in her teens, and dates back to between December 2010 and March 2013, police said. The alleged victim has not been identified.

Kidson was charged on Friday, and was released on bail pending an initial court appearance.

A spokesperson for the West Mercia Police said that the charges came after a long investigation.

The charges relate to a child who is now in her late teens.

Photographer charged after taking photos of topless woman on the Empire State Building

The topless photo taken on the Empire State Building 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man is facing an enormous lawsuit after he was caught taking a photo of a topless woman on top of the Empire State Building, according to a lawsuit filed in a New York court.

The fashion photographer is facing the lawsuit after taking the photo on the observation deck of the building.

The owners of the historic building filed a lawsuit against Allen Henson for $1.1 million.

According to court documents filed on Monday, Henson did not ask permission and never notified the building on his plans for the photo shoot.

Building representatives called it objectionable and inappropriate, because the observation deck is a family oriented tourist attraction.

Henson said that the view from the top of the building is so impressive he did not think anyone would notice him taking the pictures.

Drunk driver arrested after parrot tells police ‘he’s drunk he’s drunk’

Parrot illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A man was arrested and charged with drunk driving after his parrot ratted him out to police, according to police reports in Mexico.

Mexico City Police said that Guillermo Reyes, 49, was arrested by traffic police at a checkpoint that was set up to catch drunk drivers.

When the man stepped out of his blue Chevy for a field sobriety test, police heard a voice saying: "He's drunk, he's drunk."

At first, they thought that there was someone else inside the vehicle.

However, on closer inspection, they were astonished to find that the suspect’s bird was warning police.

Reyes was indeed found to be drunk and was subsequently arrested.

Animal control was called to the scene to take care of the bird.

Later, police allowed the bird to accompany its owner to jail after they feared that the bird would die if separated from its owner.

The two were taken to jail to spend the night.

Young home intruder caught red handed after falling asleep in the house next to the homeowner

Man sleeping on floor illustration 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A home intruder was caught red-handed after he fell asleep while burglarizing a home, according to police reports in California.

Santa Ana Police said that a local man has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing cellphones and a PlayStation console from a house where he fell asleep next to the owners.

Ruben Diego Ortega, 20, was arrested and booked into jail after a homeowner reported finding him in the house about 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim was in his room sleeping with his wife when he felt something touch his leg, according to a statement issued by the Police Department of Santa Ana. He said that he got up and saw Ortega sleeping at the foot of his bed.

The man chased the suspect out of the house. A few hours later, the victim realized that some of his property was missing.

He went to Ortega's apartment, which is located in the 1200 block of West Highland Street, confronted him and recovered the property.

After calling the police to report the crime, the man led the officers to Ortega.

The suspect admitted to crawling into the home and falling asleep in the house.

His bail was set at $50,000.

Man, 22, hospitalized after suffering erection for 7 weeks

Man riding his bike illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

A young man was rushed to a hospital after he suffered from an erection for nearly two months, according to hospital officials in Ireland.

Maintaining an erection for an extended period of time has long been the dream of many young people, but for this 22-year-old man it became a nightmare.

The man checked himself into a Dublin hospital after sustaining an erection for seven whole weeks.

The mountain biker, had been injured by the crossbar of his bike, resulting in abnormal blood flow to his penis and subsequent priapism, also known as an endless erection.

The man went to the hospital only after suffering the problem for seven weeks, and was told that his erection may have caused him a blood clot if left untreated.

The man’s condition was cured after doctors inserted a gel foam into an artery and a vein that supplies blood to the penis.

Doctors who treated the man at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, said that they saw no signs of injury.