5-year-old Crown Heights boy killed after being run over by minivan

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By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A little boy is dead after being run over by a minivan while crossing a street in Crown Heights, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that the driver of the minivan, who allegedly killed the 5-year-old boy while crossing the street with his mother on Sunday night, has been arrested.

Rashard Charles died after being hit on Empire Boulevard about 8:30 p.m. Charles and his mother were crossing the road in the middle of a block when they were hit by the minivan.

The boy and his mother were both knocked to the ground and the child was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police said that the driver of a Honda Odyssey, 23-year-old Elizabeth Mayard, left the scene after hitting Charles.

She later returned and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, reckless driving and other traffic offenses.

39-year-old man found dead with pair of scissors in his neck

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By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man was found dead in his apartment after being stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors, Israel Police said.

The Tel Aviv Police department said that the 39-year-old man has a criminal history.

When investigators arrived at his apartment he was found with a pair of scissors in his neck. The owner of the building alerted police after fearing that his tenant was attacked.

Police began questioning the victim’s neighbors and residents of the area. A spokesperson for Magen David Adom said that when they arrived at the apartment, paramedics tried to revive the victim, but all efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

Last April, an Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed numerous times in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, New York. The man was stabbed several times all over his body, despite driving in the heavily ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

The incident occurred around 1:00 a.m., at the intersection of Quentin Road and McDonald Avenue. According to the initial investigation, the suspect was standing at the crosswalk. The driver was stopped at the red light when the suspect approached the car. The driver opened the window, and the attacker stabbed him several times all over his body in front of his horrified wife.

A passerby called police, while Hatzolah of Borough Park took the wounded man to Lutheran Hospital where he was said to be in critical but stable condition. Police and the Borough Park Shomrim Patrol began searching for the perpetrator.

Police released no motive for the attack.

Armed security guard who is also a fun clown speaks out

Reuven Singer 
By: Anav Silverman

A Jewish settler who is an armed security guard and a fun clown, recently spoke with the Tazpit News Agency about his work.

Reuven Singer can often be seen wearing two very different uniforms that seem worlds apart.

The 33-year-old father, who lives in Karnei Shomron in northwestern Samaria, dons his bulletproof vest and carries his M16 to protect his community in an event of a terrorist attack, as a volunteer in his neighborhood security watch team. Singer’s other uniform - a far jollier one - consists of a red rubber nose, clown shoes, a colorful tie and crazy hat that he wears during clown therapy sessions at a Tel Aviv hospital.

The religious settler travels once a week to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital), where he works to uplift patients, through jokes, laughter and improvisation.

“A hospital is not a fun place,” Singer told the Tazpit News Agency. You want the patients to feel more comfortable. “I’ve worked with children and parents who are hysterical before blood infusions, check-ups, or surgery. My job is to relax the parents and help the child overcome the pain and tension. That helps the staff and doctors too. Once you give the parent and child a chance to smile and breathe more easily, it helps everyone,” Singer told the Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview.

Singer, who has been volunteering as clown therapist for three years, has worked with many different sectors of Israeli society including Palestinian children from Gaza, who have been brought into Israel for treatment.

“You don’t look at the person before you – I don’t see an Arab, Eritrean, Russian, or whatever ethnicity the person is – all I see is the pain. To me, it doesn’t matter if it’s an Arab child or a Jewish child – I want to help bring that person out of the pain and give him or her some positive energy,” Singer explains.

“Sometimes, I throw in a word in Russian or Arabic during a joke and the smile in return is worth everything,” he added. Singer has found himself in situations where rocks have been thrown at his vehicle on his way home to Samaria from the hospital.

“Palestinians throwing rocks at my vehicle won’t stop me,” he said. “I believe that when Arab patients see me, it will give them a chance to see that a religious settler is not a monster and maybe in turn it will make them stop throwing rocks,” Singer said.

Singer’s day job is aerial photography, but he said that it’s his volunteer work that is most meaningful. “I volunteer in two very different professions, but both save lives in different ways,” he said.

He described a unique Purim two years ago in Karnei Shomron, when he dressed up in the clown costume he usually donned for clown therapy session. Suddenly, in the middle of the Purim seudah (festive holiday meal) the community was alerted to a potential terror threat.

“Here I was, dressed as a clown with a red rubber nose, and I had to go out with my M16 for a security check,” he said. “That was truly a bizarre experience,” he added.

Today an estimated 320 clown therapists operate across Israel. Following a chance meeting with a clown therapist who treated Singer's daughter when she was hospitalized five years ago, Singer decided to take a six-month clown therapy course where he learned how to be a medical clown himself.

“I go to the hospital every week and act as a clown to make someone feel better. I want to change a child’s reality for good and this is how I do it,” he said.

Model sues Playboy after being slapped on her behind with a golf club (video)

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By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Playboy is facing a $500,000 lawsuit after a model was slapped on the behind with a gold club, according to court documents filed with a California court.

The model appeared in the Playboy Golf Finals at the Industry Hills Golf Club in Los Angeles, California, several years ago.

Liz Dickson was hit on her behind by a golfer, who was trying to hit a golf ball that was wedged between her cheeks. The player who missed the shot, Playboy Morning Show radio host Kevin Klein, is also named in the lawsuit.

She is suing for battery and negligence, and is seeking $500,000 plus punitive damages.

3 men gang rape mother of four and steal her eye

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By: Sanvi Rizvi

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after being gang raped and blinded by three men, police in Nigeria said.

Bauchi State Police said that the three suspects, who allegedly belong to a cult, were arrested by police.


They were charged with assault after they were accused of gouging out the eye of the mentally challenged woman. The suspects, Bitrus Yakubu, 45, Sabo Rabo, 40, and Mohammed Sani, 30, attacked 30-year-old Zainab Mohamed as she was walking home.

The suspects said that a doctor, 35-year-old Usman Sambo, offered them N1 million ($6,000), for the woman’s eye. The doctor did not reveal why he needed the eye.

According to the initial police investigation, the suspects attacked the woman while she was walking home after attending a ceremony. The suspects stopped their attack only after passersby began to gather at the scene.

The victim is a mother of four children. Police said that the suspects confessed to the allegations.

Woman’s dog swallowed alive by snake after being chained in backyard (video)

The snake after it swallowed a chained dog 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A woman is upset after her pet dog was swallowed alive by a hungry snake in her backyard, the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service of Australia said.

When the woman of Lismore, went outside to check on her dog, a Chihuahua-Maltese cross, she found an 8 foot (2.5 meters) python in its place.

She reported that her dog's body was still visible inside the snake. The woman said that she chained to the dog so it does not harm the wildlife nearby, but instead, the wildlife hurt her dog.

When WIRES volunteers arrived to the home, they found that the python was still in the doghouse with the chain coming out of its mouth. The snake may undergo surgery to have the chain removed.

WIRES warned dog owners to keep their pets indoors.

Father arrested after being accused of killing his daughter because she was a lesbian

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By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A woman and her lover are dead after a father did not like the fact that they are lesbians, police in Texas said.

Sheriff's deputies said that they have arrested the father of one of the women, who were found dead near a convenience store in Bolivar.

The father of Britney Cosby, James Larry Cosby, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of his daughter and her friend, Crystal Jackson, Galveston County Police said.

The two women were found dead in Houston, next to a dumpster. A delivery person found the victims at 7:30 a.m. when he threw away garbage in the bin.

Cosby told several family members that he does not like the fact that his daughter was gay. Detectives suspect that the young women, both 24 years old, were killed elsewhere and dumped outside the store.

Deputies said that Britney Cosby died of blunt force trauma and Jackson was shot dead. Detectives said that they found Crosby’s fingerprint at the crime scene.

Cosby is being held in the Galveston County Jail on $500,000 bail. Detectives said that Crosby may be charged with first degree murder.

New York suicidal teen stabs younger brother so he won't be alone

Ruben Renderos 
By: Hydar Tomar

A teenager was arrested after he stabbed his brother before he was allegedly going to kill himself.

Police were called after an 18 year old of Long Island, stabbed his younger brother.

Ruben Renderos allegedly told his brother that he wanted to commit suicide, but he did not want his 14-year-old brother to be lonely.

The two were alone in their Williston Park home when Renderos tried to kill his younger brother, police said.

The 14 year old was taken to a hospital after he suffered stab wounds to the back, head and chest, police said. Despite his injuries, the younger brother survived.

Officer searched for the suspect who was believed to be suicidal at the time. He was later found and arrested.
Renderos was charged with attempted murder.

Beauty queen, 18, may lose title after shoplifting cosmetics days before being crowned

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By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A beauty queen did not think about the consequences she might face over shoplifting.

Chloe Curry, 18, had a bright future ahead of her when she and a friend decided to shoplift some cosmetics from Walmart.

Now, Curry is regretting her actions as it may have ruined her dream of being a beauty queen. Curry, won the title of Miss Congeniality at the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Pageant in Centralia, Washington, three days after she was caught shoplifting.

At the time she was crowned, organizers did not know of her alleged crime. When they became aware of the criminal charges she is facing, organizers said that she might lose the title over it.

Curry will however be able to keep the $600 Miss Congeniality scholarship, which cannot be taken away under pageant rules.

Police said that Curry and another 18 year old, tried to leave the store with lip balm, nail polish, fake eyelashes, fake nails and other beauty products worth more than $100 in their purse. Both were cited for the crime.

Man sentenced to death after killing girl, 8, to take revenge against his former wife

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By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man was sentenced to death for fatally shooting his stepdaughter in front of her mother.

Ricky Lee Blackwell Sr., 55, of Chesnee, South Carolina, was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of the 8 year old.

Blackwell reportedly held Heather Brooke Center in a chokehold and shot her four times in front of his former wife.

Blackwell and Davis were separated at the time of the incident and Davis went back to her former lover Bobby Center, who is the girl’s father.

Prosecutors said that the murder was an act of revenge. Blackwell was angry when his wife left him for the girl’s father and wanted to hurt her.

Angela Davis, the deceased child’s mother, testified how her former husband placed her daugher in a chokehold and put a gun to her head as Davis pleaded for him to let the child go and take her instead. Blackwell refused.

The defense tried to argue that Blackwell is mentally retarded. One forensic psychologist testified to that fact, however, two other psychologists did not find him to be intellectually disabled.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated for more than five hours. Jurors did not find Blackwell to have mental retardation and unanimously convicted him of the crimes. He will be executed for the crime.

Blackwell’s mother was seen crying when the verdict was read. However the victim’s family as well as the prosecutor were pleased.

Man bangs 3 large nails into his head

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By: Aarav Sen

A man was hospitalized after he banged three large nails into his head, hospital officials in China said.

Doctors said that they have removed the three nails, which all measured 4 inches (10 centimeters) long, that had been driven into his skull after stating that he did it to himself.

The 69-year-old man from the province of Fujian, has been undergoing treatment since late last year. He kept telling doctors not to call the police regarding his injuries.

Doctors believe that the crime was committed by someone else because of the severity of his injuries. The doctors had to carefully remove the nails, and the man spent three months recovering in the hospital.

He was discharged after three months, and doctors believe that he has made ​​a full recovery of all injuries.

Woman seen on video destroying husband’s car because he cheated

Angry wife smashing her husband’s car 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman took an iron bar and destroyed her husband’s car because he allegedly cheated on her, a video uploaded to YouTube showed.

The video showed how the woman was screaming at a shirtless man while taking swings at his vehicle.

The angry wife spent more than two minutes smashing the car, while her husband watched helplessly with his arms crossed. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Tashi Siny with the caption: “Wife destroys cheating husband's car.”

In the description of the video the person stated: “This is a very passionate woman!” The video quickly went viral on the Internet.

Viewers of the video voiced a split reaction. “Classy!” Gareth Whiteside wrote, while Harijs K called the woman a “psycho.”

Teen girl allows abandoned squirrel to live in her hair

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By: Sanvi Rizvi

A teen girl showed how a squirrel lives in her hair.

The girl of Zimbabwe, whose parents run an animal sanctuary 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the capital Harare, said that Hammy, a mopane squirrel, climbed into her hair one day.

After that incident, Abby Putterill, 16, decided that the squirrel can stay. The school girl and her furry partner have been together for two months.

Hammy was just a few days old when it was found on the floor of the Bally Vaughan Wildlife Sanctuary office.
Abby's mother Debbie Putterill, and her ​​husband Gordon, took the squirrel home.

Except for sleeping and showering, the squirrel and the student are virtually inseparable. The squirrel is being fed baby formula and cereals, and is quickly regaining its strength. It has now become a part of the family.

The Bally Vaughan Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1980 by the mother and father of Debbie, fulfilling their dream of caring for the sick and wounded African wildlife.

Doctors remove worm living in young girl’s throat for 2 months

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By: Anika Rao

A young girl was rushed to a hospital after having difficulty breathing.

Doctors were shocked to discover a long worm living in her throat, hospital officials in China said.

The doctors who treated the 7-year-old girl, said that they have removed the two inch leech after living in the girl’s throat for two months. The girl of Yunnan, said that she and her family often drink water straight from the tap.

The girl was treated at Kunming Children's Hospital on Monday. The parents of the child said that she had been suffering from a sore throat for more than two months.

“We thought she had a bad cold. We never imagined that a worm was living inside her,” the parents said. It is unclear how the worm got stuck in her throat.

A surgeon said that the worm grew bigger by sucking blood. The girl is now recovering and will soon be discharged from the hospital.

Couple loses their child over medical marijuana

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By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A couple was devastated when authorities took away their baby after finding legal marijuana in their home.

Police were called to the home after the couple got into an argument. The husband was taken into custody before police returned to take their son.

Officers found that the couple had drugs in their living room while their 11 month old was in the house. Officers allegedly discovered loose marijuana, cannabis oil, and cigarettes on a desk in the living room.

Shawnee and Aaron Hillyer of Napa, California, were shocked when officers said that have a court order to take their 11-month-old son away.

The parents explained that their marijuana was legal. However, officers said that their house had a strong smell of the drugs and that the baby should not be exposed to it.

The couple said that they are hard working people and good parents, and that their drugs were prescribed by a doctor. Aaron Hillyer is reportedly prescribed medical marijuana for anxiety and chronic pain, while Shawnee Hillyer has prescriptions for depression and anxiety.

The couple’s son was in child protective custody for 12 days before being returned, the couple is still facing legal issues.

Man photoshops former girlfriend’s face onto hot looking nude body and hangs it around town

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By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man was angry after his girlfriend, who was also his boss, broke up with him and fired him.

In revenge, he photoshopped her face onto a hot looking body.

He then placed the flyers around town where the woman’s son found it. The shocked teenage boy called his mother and told her about the flyers.

The woman owns a kickboxing gym and her former boyfriend Lin, was an assistant kickboxing coach in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.

When the two broke up, the woman fired her former boyfriend from his job, so when the flyers went up around town the woman knew that he was the culprit, and he was seeking revenge.

The woman called police and her boyfriend Lin was arrested. He denied the allegations. However, police later found that his phone contained the photos, which he used in the flyers.

Lin was recently sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Man offers to kill random person if his message gets 100 retweets

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By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man posted a message to his Twitter account offering to kill a random person.

The man of California, posted a photo to Twitter of his gun pointing out his window.

Dakkari McAnuff, 20, who goes by the Twitter handle @StillDMC, said that he was willing to shoot a random person who was walking by his house, if his message was retweeted 100 times.

“I'm gonna laugh so hard if these 100 RTs get you locked up,” one person responded.

He later posted a photo of a dead man lying on the floor with crime scene tape around him. Someone forwarded his message to authorities.

Police tracked down McAnuff in Los Angeles, where he was arrested. Officers found his weapon, and discovered that it was an air rifle.

Police said that there was no indication that McAnuff had actually hurt anyone as he implied in his photo. McAnuff is being held on $50,000 bail.

Teacher charged with kidnapping after luring 8th grader to have sex with her

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By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A teacher was arrested and charged with a host of charges including kidnapping after having sex with a student.

The victim was identified as a 15-year-old boy, who has been in the 8th grade three times.

It seems like his teacher was distracting him and keeping the kid entertained with her body rather than with a good education.

Tanikka Queen, 22, of California, was a substitute teacher at the Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas, when she began having a relationship with the 15-year-old student.

The teacher and student exchanged more the 2,000 text and photo messages in addition to many phone calls and sex.

The teacher admitted to police that on one occasion she asked the student to meet her, without his parents’ consent, to have sex. This led to kidnapping charges.

The father of the student had become suspicious when her son told her he had been spending time with a girlfriend named Bella.

He snooped around and found that Bella was the 22-year-old substitute teacher.

Queen was arrested on charges including sex assault against a child under 16 years old, sexual act with a student and first-degree kidnapping.

Man kills his aunt because he no longer wanted to pay rent with sex

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By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man told police that his aunt made him pay rent with sex rather than cash.

The man of Oklahoma, said that he had sex with his aunt in exchange for rent.

Police said that he shot and killed his aunt to end the incestuous arrangement.

Jeremy Sappington, 37, divorced his wife, and went to live with his mother's sister. Once he was living there, the two allegedly began having an incestuous relationship.

The aunt, Verna Sarten, 50, of Chouteau, lived with her ​​boyfriend, Gerald Howard, who was out of town for work at the time.

Sappington told authorities that he wanted to end the incestuous relationship. However, rather than moving out of his aunt’s house, he took a gun, which he had hidden under the mattress of a bed, and shot his aunt in the head.

Investigators found that Sappington also tried to set the house on fire, as he left the oven partially open and running. He also left a space heater on with papers near it.

Sappington, who has an extensive criminal history, confessed to killing his aunt. He has been charged with first-degree murder.


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