Arabic speaking soldiers seen on video dancing after completing difficult Israel Defense Forces exercise

A Herev soldier kissing his mother 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A group of Arabic speaking Druze soldiers began dancing after they successfully completed a difficult Israel Defense Forces exercise, and it was all caught on video, IDF Blog reported.

The beret march of the all-Druze Herev Battalion is unlike any other in the IDF. It’s a long march not through the wilderness, but through the lands they defend, and the villages of their families.

The beret march begins with the assigning of numbers and a call off. Along the way, the soldiers keep their spirits up with chants.

The Herev Battalion is unique in the IDF. It’s fighters are all Druze, all from the same community, and nearly all from the northern Galilee.

The march itself goes through the seven villages, where most of the soldiers are from. They stop in each village where their families wait to cheer them on, and lay out food, coffee and tea.

“The march itself is a type of celebration that connects our community,” said the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Rafat Halabi. “I remember when I was in high school, and I heard the voices of the soldiers on the march. I ran from class to look at them,” he said.

“The younger generation sees the march and feels connected to the battalion,” said Lt Col. Halabi.

The feeling of community within the battalion is part of the reason that drafting among Druze men is the highest in Israel, as 88 percent of Druze men are drafted into the army.

When a Druze soldier enlists into the Herev Battalion, he not only joins many of his friends from school and the larger Druze community, he also joins a multi-generational brotherhood.

“Everyone has a lot of family in Herev, including brothers, father, uncles and grandfathers. It really is a large extended family,” said Lt. Col. Halabi.

On this particular march, the company commander leading the march was Cpt. Adam Jamal, along with his brother Amir.

“There are advantages and disadvantages to having a battalion made up of family members,” said Cpt. Jamal.

“For me it’s hard to hold command over my brother. I leave from home in a car and he takes public transportation. But it’s not something new, as our family has three generations in Herev,” he said.

“At the same time, during a war or a mission, the fact that we’re family becomes a distinct advantage. In Herev we are really defending our homes right here on the Lebanese border,” emphasized Cpt. Jamal, referring to the fact that Herev now specifically operates on the Lebanese border where the majority of Druze villages are situated.

Aside from its community-building advantage, the Herev beret march has operational significance.

“The Galilee has the same geographical characteristics as Southern Lebanon, and the villages are built very similarly and have a similar atmosphere,” pointed out Lt. Col. Halabi.

“These marches help give the soldiers the physical ability they need for their training in conditions similar to where they could be fighting Hezbollah. We know that Hezbollah has advanced their military ability due to their participation in the Syrian civil war,” stated the battalion leader.

“They are now more confident and more experienced. We are ready for them if they do strike,” he concluded.

Flatbush area man crashes his private plane in New Jersey

Chaim Masri’s overturned plane 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A Flatbush area man suffered minor injuries after crashing his private plane in New Jersey, the Fairfield Police Department said in a statement.

The pilot of the small plane suffered a minor leg injury after crash landing on a runway in Essex County, on Monday night.

Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused the single-engine Cessna 172 model to crash land, veer off the track and overturn.

Police were contacted around 6:53 p.m. on Monday, about the crashed plane.

The aircraft approached the airport from the west and tried to land on runway number 4 police said.

The plane touched down, veered off course, hit a snow bank and overturned.

The pilot, who was identified as Chaim Masri, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, suffered a minor leg injury. The man refused medical attention.

Woman throws special cut meat at grocery store worker because she insulted her fat husband

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By: Anika Rao

A woman who became angry at a grocery store employee decided to use meat as a weapon, police in Ohio said.

Brunswick Police said that they were called to the Giant Eagle store, which is located on Center Road, around 11:00 a.m.

Police said that they received a report about an irate customer throwing food products at an employee.

The incident began when Frances Slyman, 44, went to the meat counter to get some special cut meat.

At some point, Slyman threw two pieces of steak at the worker because she made a derogatory comment about her overweight husband.

Officers arrested Slyman, and she was charged with assault. She was booked into jail and later released.

Police beat man to death outside movie theater after trying to break up fight between wife and daughter

Recording video on cellphone illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) Police officers of Oklahoma, are being accused of beating a man to death in front of his horrified daughter, and it was all recorded on video.

Moore police detectives said that Luis Rodriguez died after being handcuffed by police officers responding to a domestic dispute in a movie theater on Friday.

Before police arrived to the Warren Theater, Rodriguez’s wife, Nair Rodriguez, had a dispute with her daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez.

Luis Rodriguez intervened and tried to break up the dispute. His wife fled from the scene and police officers placed Luis Rodriguez under arrest.

Lunahi Rodriguez said that her father did not resist arrest, but was repeatedly beaten by the officers. She said that the police beat her father to death in the parking lot of the theater.

Nair Rodriguez said her husband was just trying to break up the fight between her and her daughter. She said that she hit her daughter in the face when her husband intervened. She said that she knew her husband was dead when she saw his body.

Three police officers were placed on administrative leave while detectives investigate the death of Rodriguez.

Lunahi Rodriguez said that her mother recorded the incident on her cell phone, but police confiscated it.

Man fatally shoots teen girl because she smeared his car with mayonnaise

Adrian Broadway 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder after allegedly fatally shooting a teen girl, police in Arkansas said.

Little Rock Police said that a 15-year-old girl has died and another child was injured after a shooting early on Saturday.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting, which occurred at the Kum & Go gas station on the 7600 block of Baseline Road shortly before 1:00 a.m.

They found a white Hyundai Sonata parked in front of the business. The driver's side window of the vehicle was shattered and a bullet hole was found near the door on the driver’s side.

A passenger was unresponsive and suffered a gunshot wound to the head. The victim, Adrian Broadway, later died at Children's Hospital as a result of her injuries.

The driver, 18-year-old Nelson Dshone had minor lacerations to the hands, caused by the broken glass.

According to police, the victims smeared the suspect's car with mayonnaise. There were at least seven teens in the car at the time of the shooting.

48-year-old Willie Noble was charged with first-degree murder, committing a terrorist act, and five counts of aggravated assault.

College student commits suicide after failing 3 tests

Noose illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A young college student is dead after hanging himself because he failed several tests, rescue workers in Ghana said.

Winneba Police said that a 23-year-old Basic Education Student of the University of Education Winneba, committed suicide inside an incomplete building behind his hostel.

Solomon Obeng of Kumasi, was pronounced dead after hanging himself with a rope at 4:30 a.m.

According to the initial investigation, administrators of the university sent notices to students who failed three tests, to report to their academic counselors.

Friends of the deceased said that Obeng decided to end his life rather than comply with the directive.

Police said that the body was transported to Winneba Specialist and Trauma Hospital Mortuary for an autopsy.

3 security guards arrested after raping girl in church

Run down church illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Three security guards were arrested and will be charged with child rape after they allegedly raped a little girl inside a church, police in Nigeria said.

Anambra State Police said that they arrested three security guards of the Our ​​Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, for gang raping a 14-year-old girl on Saturday.

According to the initial investigation, the girl came to the church with two other boys to collect firewood. They were approached by the security guards, who grabbed the girl, took her to a room and raped her.

The suspects will be brought before a magistrate's court for bail hearings. Charges are still pending.

Last year, six men were arrested and charged with rape related charges after they gang raped a teen girl for several hours in a basement, according to a statement released by police in Malaysia.

A high school student was allegedly raped by six men, including her boyfriend in Kampung Akil, Kota Baru.

According to the initial police investigation, it is believed that before the incident took place, the victim had left home at 1:00 am on Friday to follow her boyfriend into the house of his friend's grandfather.

It is believed that the victim had been raped repeatedly by the suspects, police spokesperson Azham Othman said.

"Based on the initial investigation and confirmation of physicians, there were signs of tear in the teen girl’s private parts indicating that she was raped,” the police spokesperson also said.

"After receiving the police complaint, we immediately arrested the suspects, who are all aged between 17 and 18, in their homes," Othman said.

Othman said all the suspects were former students who were in the same class with the victim.

Woman burned after toilet explodes inside bar

Toilet on fire illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A woman suffered serious burn injuries after a toilet in a bar exploded, hospital officials in Spain.

The woman had to undergo skin graft procedures after she was badly burned in an explosion caused by methane gas. Fire official said that a lack of ventilation and cleaning caused the toilet at the Barcelona bar to explode.

According to the initial investigation, the incident occurred in a bar in the Gothic Quarter, when the woman turned on the toilet light. A spark acted as a trigger for methane gas that filled the toilet.

The woman has filed a lawsuit against the owners of the bar.

This was not the first time that a toilet exploded. As we reported earlier, a man was left with a fear of flushing toilets after one toilet exploded in his face.

Emergency workers said that a New York man was seriously injured when a toilet exploded in his face after he pulled the lever to test the water pressure in his apartment in Brooklyn.

Michel Pierre suffered shrapnel wounds from flying fragments of porcelain to his face, arms and legs. He required 30 stitches.

The 58-year-old specialist in information technology is so fearful that he uses a rope to pull the toilet lever behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.

Three other occupants were also injured during the incident.

Pierre was hit unconscious and covered in blood by the explosion.

"It sounds silly, but I'm still scared," Pierre said.
"Maybe someday I will, but right now I'm in pain," he said.

Pierre’s lawyer said a lawsuit was filed against the management company of the building so that a jury could decide how much he should be compensated.

Father sells his newborn baby to buy bicycle

Baby doll illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man was arrested and charged with human trafficking after he was caught selling his newborn baby in order to have cash to buy a bicycle, police in Nigeria said.

Delta State Police said that they also arrested a couple for buying and selling babies in their home, which is located on Urhobo Road.

According to the initial investigation, a midwife and her husband, who own a small pharmacy, bought and sold newborn babies.

The couple bought babies from parents who were in desperate need of cash, and sold the babies to couples who were unable to have children on their own.

The couple was caught after a man, who wanted cash to buy himself a new bicycle, agreed to sell his newborn baby without the knowledge of his wife.

When the woman went into labor, she was put to sleep, and the midwife took her newborn baby. Later, when the woman awoke, she asked to see her newborn baby. Her husband told her that the baby died and was buried.

The woman suspected that something was wrong and she immediately called police. Police raided the home of the midwife and found evidence of human trafficking.

During questioning, the midwife and her husband admitted to the allegations.

Two men set police officer on fire after being arrested for traffic offenses

Bus on fire illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A police officer was set on fire after detaining two people for traffic violations, a court in Nigeria has heard.

40-year-old Laminu Rasidi, a bus driver, was charged on Monday with assault after setting police officer Ashafa Ahmadu on fire.

Lagos Police also charged Okikiola Bello for being an accomplice of the driver.

Bello and Rasidi were also charged with two counts of violation of the public peace.

The two men pleaded not guilty.

The incident occurred on Jagunmolu Road in Lagos.

The defendants were detained for obstructing traffic flow and other traffic offenses. The police officer waited on the bus for backup to arrive. That is when the two suspects doused gasoline on the police officer and set him on fire.

Luckily, passersby were able to extinguish the flames quickly.

The two suspects were brought before the Lagos Magistrate's Court for bail hearings were they were released on bail.

Man offers himself as meal to tigers by jumping into their cage

Tiger illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man who was fed up with life, decided that his body would make a good meal for tigers at a local zoo.

Yang Jinhai, 27, of China, jumped into the cage full of tigers in front of horrified onlookers.

The man had announced that he wanted to improve the lives of the caged tigers by offering his own body for them to eat.

Zoo keepers managed to save the man after the tigers refused to eat him.

Jinhai had published several posts online about how boring his job was, saying that he felt there was more to life.

After going to the local zoo, he wrote about how depressing it was to see the tigers live in such humble surroundings, where they were caged and unable to follow their natural instincts to hunt and kill.

Jinhai climbed atop the outside fence of the cage and jumped inside. Rather than attacking the man, the female tiger ran away.

The male tiger bit the man, but he was not seriously hurt.

Zookeepers were able to remove the man. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital for an evaluation.

Husband calls police who respond and help his wife unzip her jacket

Broken zipper illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Talk about abuse of taxpayers’ money.

A man called emergency services to help remove his wife’s jacket in a way that it does not get ruined.

The man of Washington County, Oregon, called 911 when the zipper on his wife’s jacket got stuck and he was unable to open it.

When the dispatcher asked if his wife was breathing, the man said: “She is alright, she just cannot get her jacket off.”

The frustrated husband told the dispatcher that he did not want to ruin the jacket and needed help.

Rather than walking over to the local fire house for help, the man used important resources for his non emergency situation.

Mark Chandler, a spokesperson for the dispatch center, said a team of firefighters responded to the scene in order to help the man and his wife.

The fire department rescued the woman and saved jacket.

Boy stabs his classmate with chisel during carpentry class

Boy holding chisel illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A boy was arrested after he stabbed his classmate with a chisel during a carpentry class, police in the United Kingdom said.

The 16-year-old was stabbed behind his ear by another student, who is also 16, during an argument in Prospects College in Southend.

Emergency workers were called to the scene, and the injured teen was transported by helicopter to be treated at the Royal London Hospital, located about 40 miles away.

The injured boy is said to be in stable condition.

It all began when one teen threw a piece of wood at another boy, and that boy retaliated by stabbing him with his chisel.

The accused teen was charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Boy, 12, walks in on his 15-year-old brother having sex with teacher in his bed

Teacher caught in student’s bed illustration  
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A teacher went to her student’s home and had sex with him when his parents were out of town.

The middle school teacher was caught having sex with her 15-year-old student in his bed, by the student’s younger brother, 12, who walked into the bedroom.

A judge ordered her to stay away from the boy, but the two were once again found having sex, this time in her parents’ home.

Kathryn Camille Murray, 31, of Texas, was married at the time of the attack.

Murray pleaded guilty to the charges of inappropriate relationship with a student and sexual assault of a child.

She was sentenced to one year in prison and one year probation.

The affair began when Murray offered to tutor to boy, but instead, carried on a sexual relationship with him. The teen claims that he is in love with his teacher.

Teens sentenced to jail after beating 15-year-old in fight over married man

Girls fighting illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

Two teenagers were jailed after they beat up a younger girl over having sex with a married man.

Nomana Perseverance, 19, was angry when a 15-year-old girl was messing with “her man.”

Perseverance and her 17-year-old friend, lured the younger girl to a house where they beat her up as punishment for having sex with her ​​boyfriend, who is married to another woman.

District Attorney Medica Tshuma said that the women detained the 15-year-old in a room for two hours.

The girl was finally rescued by a neighbor, who heard her scream.

The judge told the teenagers that they are still young, and they need to focus on their education and not fight over men.

"Stop fighting over men at such a young age because men will always be there. To make matters worse, you were fighting over a married man who has his own family,” the judge said.

The two teens were sentenced to 12 months in prison of which three were suspended.

The remaining nine months were set aside on condition that each perform 315 hours of community service.

Kentucky pastor dies after being bitten by ‘holy snake’ and refusing to be treated by humans

Rattlesnake illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A pastor who refused to be treated by anyone other than God, died from a snake bite wound.

Pastor Jamie Coots of Kentucky, died on Saturday night, after being bitten by a rattlesnake.

According to the Middlesboro Police Department, around 8:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to a home after a man was bitten by a snake.

Police said they found Coots at home with an apparent snake bite to his hand.

However, the pastor refused to be treated by humans, as he believed that he would be healed by God.

Authorities said that the EMS responders explained the dangers of not treating the snake bite wound, but Coots still refused treatment.

Coots died an hour after he refused medical treatment.

This was not the first time that the pastor was bitten by a snake. A while ago, a snake bit his finger. He also refused treatment and lost his finger, and sadly, this time he lost his life.

Man, 22, arrested for assaulting two teenagers after his snowman went missing

Fallen snowman 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A 22-year-old beat up a teenager for breaking a snowman.

Police were called to a fight over a snowman that “went missing.”

James Knudsen, 22, of Clinton, Connecticut, had built the snowman outside his trailer park home.

However, when he looked for the snowman, it was gone, and he accused his 16-year-old neighbor of breaking it.

Police said that Knudsen broke the door to his neighbor’s house, stormed inside, grabbed a pool stick and hit the child.

When a 17-year-old tried to interfere, Knudsen beat that teen as well.

The teens suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical attention. Both teens denied the allegations, and they told police that the snowman might have melted.

Knudsen was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and third-degree assault.

Woman arrested after making up rape story to avoid getting in trouble at work

 
By: Anika Rao

A woman was arrested because she made up a rape story after not showing up to work.

Alexandra Westover, 21, of West Boca, Florida, was arrested after she lied about being raped in order not to get in trouble for missing work.

According to Florida State Police, an investigation began after Westover told police that she was raped by a Hispanic man, who stopped to help her while she was having car trouble on the Florida turnpike.

Investigators said that Westover claimed that she was on her way to work when her vehicle broke down between the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter exits.

She said that while the man helped her, he ripped her panties and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.

Investigators spent more than 100 hours investigating the alleged assault.

Officers became suspicious about Westover’s story when they reviewed video surveillance of the road and were unable find any evidence that a vehicle had broken down on that particular stretch of road.

Their suspicions were further confirmed when Westover’s father called police and said his daughter told him that she invented the story.

Westover later admitted to making up the rape story in order not to get in trouble for missing work.

She was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. She was charged with false report of a crime and perjury not during official proceedings.


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