Man arrested after robbing two Borough Park area banks

Michael Rodriguez 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man was arrested and charged with bank robbery after going on a bank robbery spree in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn New York, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced the indictment of Michael Rodriguez, 33, accused of robbing three banks and attempting to rob a fourth bank last month.

The defendant faces multiple charges of larceny and robbery, among others.

“We simply will not allow anyone to rob our banks in broad daylight and terrorize bank tellers in the process. We will hold the Defendant accountable for this bank robbery spree,” said District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson.

According to court documents, Defendant Rodriguez followed a distinct pattern. Each time, he allegedly gave the bank teller a handwritten note, written with the same pen, on the same type of paper with identical wording, including misspellings.

The defendant demanded money and said he had a gun. He never spoke. In addition, Rodriguez consistently wore a hooded black full length “North Face” coat with a logo. There were surveillance photos taken at each location.

The defendant took $5,761 from Flushing Bank, located at 4616 13th Ave.

The defendant took $485 from Investor’s Bank, located at 431 Court St.

The defendant took $16,943 from Flushing Bank, 7102 3rd Ave.

The defendant was turned away by a bank teller at Apple Bank, 1973 86th St.

The defendant Rodriguez was arrested on the same day of his last attempt at his home at 2860 West 23rd Street. Prior to his arrest, the police matched the defendant’s fingerprints to prints found on the note from one bank robbery. The note from the fourth location was found in
the defendant’s car.

Turks using Israeli technology to get past government Twitter ban

Twitter 
By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) Millions of Turks were left without Twitter after the government shut it down earlier this week.

However, some Turks are able to get past the ban by using Israeli technology, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Internet users have been getting past the Turkish Internet Service Providers, thanks to the Israeli Internet start-up called Green Team. While Green Team’s goal is to provide solutions to enable safe access to the Internet for kids, schools and families, the service provider also offers a free, alternative DNS that does not block Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites.

Turkish users have been utilizing different methods including using the different DNS’s provided by Green Team to access Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites. Last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned Twitter.

“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdogan stated at a campaign rally in Bursa, a day before the ban was officially announced. When incriminating audio recordings revealing government corruption in Erdogan’s inner circles began appearing on social media sites, Erdogan began taking action against social media sites, stating that his enemies were using those sites against him.

Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development Party, won in local elections on Sunday, following the Turkish PM’s clampdown on the press and the Internet as well as corruption claims.

Green Team CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel that his company has noticed significantly more traffic on their servers than usual - with most of them originating from Turkey this past week. “On Tuesday, we noticed there was a lot of traffic on our servers, more than usual,” GreenTeam CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel.

“A check of the IP addresses connecting to us showed that most of them originated in Turkey — with about 100,000 connections from Turkish users over a 24-hour period,” he said.

The traffic spike occurred because Turkish Internet service providers had banned connections to an open server run by Google the previous day. Now that the word is out, Allouch will continue to help out the Turkish users, saying that he believes that his company has an obligation to help them, if they are turning to Green Team.

“Starting Thursday, we will set up an alternative DNS server without filtering restrictions, specifically for use by Turkish users,” he said. In the meantime, Turkey’s highest court challenged the Twitter ban, ruling on Thursday that the government’s block on the on-line messaging service is unconstitutional, violating freedom of expression and individual rights to citizens.

Face of supermodel Bar Refaeli covered in liquid gold (photo)

Bar Refaeli's face covered in liquid gold 
By: Anika Rao

Supermodel Bar Refaeli published a picture on her Instagram account showing her face covered in liquid gold.

The former girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio, posted the picture of herself while laying in a facial treatment room with the liquid gold oozing on her face.

The 28-year-old Refaeli is no stranger to extreme beauty treatments. In December, Bar Refaeli said that she treated herself to a Vampire Facial.

Refaeli followed in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, and underwent the treatment, in which blood is drawn from the body and is injected into the face. The Israeli model uploaded a picture of her face covered in blood onto her Instagram page.

The Vampire Facial is known to be an anti-wrinkle treatment. The procedure, which was shown in an episode of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami, involves drawing blood from the arm before it is rotated in a machine to remove platelets.

Numbing cream is then applied to the face before tiny needles are used to inject the blood. The treatment is an updated version of the traditional Vampire Facelift, which involved a series of painful injections into the face.

Beautiful women rob two brothers after being invited for sex

Bedroom illustration 
Bedroom illustration
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Two brothers were looking forward for a night of fun when they brought two women to their home.

However, the women turned out to be thieves, who robbed them while they were sleeping.

The brothers of South Africa, met the two beautiful women at a nightclub, and invited them to their home.The women agreed to sleep with the men.

The brothers, Ronald Mageza, 36, and Jabu Mageza, 31, said that they suspect they were drugged by the women. When they woke up in the morning, the women were gone and their belongings were missing.

Jabu Mageza said that they left the Europa nightclub in Sunnyside, Tshwane, with the women in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Before heading home, the women said that they were hungry so they all went out to eat before going to their apartment. At home, they were drinking and dancing to music in one of the bedrooms.

The next thing the brothers remember is being woken up in the morning by their friend, Rhulani Mashaba, about 10:00 a.m.

“My brother’s plasma TV, sound system, microwave, cellphones, keys and R2000 (about $188) in cash were missing, and the women were nowhere to be found,” Jabu Mageza said.

The brothers filed a police report. However, they knew little about the women they brought home. The only detail they remembered was that one of the women said her name was Mavis.

“We want to warn others not to fall into the same trap,” Mageza said. Sergeant Asnath Malatsi confirmed that a case of theft was opened.

Teen infects 324 men with HIV as revenge because rapist infected her

The woman 
By: Aarav Sen

A woman caused outrage after she wrote a post on Facebook saying how she deliberately infected men with HIV.

The teen, who is a student at the Kabarak University in Nakuru, has confessed to deliberately infecting 324 men so far.

The 19 year old posted her confession on the Kenya scandals Facebook page. She also admitted that she has set herself a goal of infecting at least 2,000 men with HIV.

The teen, who did not give her name, revealed that she was infected with HIV by a man she met at a party.

The teen explained that she went clubbing and got drunk with some senior students. When they returned, they went to a hotel party. When she awoke the next day, she found herself next to a man named Javan.

The teen asked Javan if they had sex the night before, and when he said that they did, she asked if he used a condom. He said: “yes.”

However, the teen discovered sperm near her privates while taking a shower. “I wanted to commit suicide,” she wrote. “I was afraid that I might have gotten pregnant or contracted HIV,” she wrote.

On a later date, when she got tested, she was informed that she was indeed HIV positive.

“My future is ruined and somehow, someone had to pay,” the teen wrote.

Jump rope gets stuck in man’s urethra in sex game gone wrong

The rope that was removed from the man’s body 
By: Anika Rao

A man was left embarrassed when he was forced to seek help after a sex game went wrong.

The 40 year-old man of China, went to a hospital after he inserted a jump rope into his privates and was unable to remove it.

The man tried to remove the plastic jump rope by himself, but was unable to do so because it became knotted and stuck in his bladder, making extremely painful to urinate.

When he was unable to pull out the rope, the man panicked and went to a hospital in Yichang, Hubei Province.

Doctors had to perform an operation on the man to remove the jump rope, which got stuck in his urethra and bladder.

Doctors were told that the man had inserted the jump rope into his privates for “sexual pleasure.” Doctors found a 1.1 meter long and 4.4 millimeter thick jumping rope in the man.

According to doctors, the patient had forced all but four inches of the rope into his urethra. The unusual sex toy became stuck inside him and had to be surgically removed, as pulling it could have caused serious damage and infection.

The procedure was successful, and the man is recovering and doing well, according to his surgeon.

Parents chain 24-year-old son to his bed as punishment for his continuous stealing

Chuang Yuan in his bed 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A couple was fed up with their 24-year-old son’s constant stealing and decided to teach him a lesson.

The man, who still lives at home with his parents, has a habit of stealing from neighbors in their small community.

Chuang Yuan’s parents said that when their son steals from their neighbors they have to apologize and reimburse them for the stolen items in order for the victims not to call the police.

The family lives in the small community located in the Jiangxi province, southern China, and his actions are very embarrassing to his family.

The father, Wen Yuan, 47, admitted that he chained his son to his bed and refused to let him go outside as punishment for his habit of stealing.

Chuang Yuan had a chain tied around his neck, which was connected to a heavy concrete. The chain was long enough so he could walk around in his room but he couldn’t go outside.

His parents claim that this punishment was done out of love, as they feared that his stealing will one day land him in jail. They want their son to learn to appreciate freedom before he gets jailed.

Woman burned to death after telling her lover she’s leaving him for his son

Julie Beattie 
By: Hydar Tomar

A woman was killed after she wanted to leave her older lover for his 18-year-old son, a court in England heard.

Julie Beattie, 24, began a relationship with a much older man and the two had 4 children together.

However, the woman eventually began hanging out with his 18-year-old son. When she wanted to leave the man for his son the man became angry.

The angry man poured gas over her and set the woman on fire, burning 90 percent of her body.

Julie Beattie began dating Ashley Williams, 49, when she was just 16 years old. Beattie and Williams had four children together, making him a father of 12.

Her sister, Lucie Beattie, told the court that when the victim wanted to act her age, have fun and get a tattoo, Mr. Williams would not allow her to do so.

When Beattie told her children’s father that she was going to leave him for his son, Ashley Williams Jr., the father became angry.

Williams allegedly doused her with gas, set her on fire and hit over the head with a hammer. The woman’s sister walked into the house and heard her screaming.

Beattie was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries. Mr. Williams denied the allegation of murder.

5 tips to protect your primary residence while you're away

Lock securing house illustration 
By: Anika Rao

You're getting ready to head to your lake house or cabin, maybe for the weekend or maybe for the month.

The car is packed, the kids are ready, even Fido is looking forward to it. One last thing—have you taken the steps to secure the home you're leaving?

If you regularly leave town for a getaway haven, follow these tips to help protect your primary residence. No one wants to return home to discover it's been broken into while they were away.

Get a Housesitter

One of the best ways to protect your home is to leave it occupied. Talk to friends and family to see if anyone is interested in housesitting while you're gone. Not only does this reduce your home's vulnerability, it will be helpful if a maintenance issue pops up, such as a burst pipe.

Switch out Front Doors

If you have a front door with a mail slot, consider changing it. Some savvy burglars use devices to grab easily accessible keys through the mail slot. Swap out these weak points in your home's defenses with new doors, so you don't come home to a ransacked house. Let your neighbors know when you're leaving, so they can keep an eye out for anyone who shouldn't be hanging around your property.

Watch What You Post on Social Media

Don't post on social media about your upcoming trip—it's like putting a big "rob me" sign on your door. Be careful with the information you share publicly, and only share it with your friends list, not friends of friends. Make sure your home address isn't accessible to people not on your friends list. Sign out of your account and look at your profile how it appears to those not on your friends list. Adjust the privacy settings to the strictest one available, and don't post about your vacation until you return.

Consider a Home Security System

Keep some electronic eyes on your home with a complete home security system that calls the police if it detects any intrusions. The mere fact you have a security system installed is often enough to deter would-be thieves. Some systems also turn lights off and on to make the house look like it's occupied, and app-controlled systems enable you to do so while you're miles away.

Have the Proper Insurance Coverage

You can take all the precautions in the world, but nothing is fool-proof. You could still end up getting hit by a burglar, so make sure you have solid insurance coverage—not all homeowners insurance covers the complete contents of your home. Check your insurance policy for your coverage details or request information from an insurer like The Hartford to find out the best insurance options for your particular situation.

911 operator takes call and saves her father’s life hours after starting her new job

Rescue scene illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A woman was well trained for her new job as a 911 operator.

However, she was horrified when she received a phone call for emergency services for her own father.

Crystal Morrow of Dekalb County, Georgia, took a call for help for her own father, who went into a diabetic shock.

On her first day on the job, Morrow answered about 40 emergency telephone calls, including one about a house fire and another about a robbery.

The next call Morrow took was from her aunt, who was called for emergency services after Morrow’s father went into diabetic shock.

Morrow knew she had to stay calm and do her job to get emergency workers to help her father.

Morrow helped calm her aunt and dispatched an ambulance for her father despite her own turbulent emotions.

“My hands froze over the keyboard, but I knew I had to take the call,” Morrow said. When an ambulance was on the way, Morrow got permission from her boss to check on her father.

Man kills two roommates because they ate his instant soup mix

Mr. Wang 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man was found guilty of manslaughter after killing his two roommates over soup and a messy kitchen.

The man of Beijing, China, killed his roommates during an argument over a pack of instant noodles.

The 30-year-old man, who was identified as Wang, wanted to eat his soup, but became angry after finding the packet of noodles empty.

He was also angry that his two roommates did not clean the kitchen they shared.

Wang confronted the men over the soup and about not cleaning up after themselves. A fight broke out among the three.

That is when Wang grabbed a kitchen knife and attacked his two roommates, stabbing them to death, police said.

After the incident, Wang calmly called police to report what he had done. He was recently convicted of manslaughter.

Thugs kidnap and beat prosecutor after arranging a meeting to discuss their case

Man tied up 
By: Devansh Dutt

Two thugs called a prosecutor and asked for a meeting, only to kidnap and beat him.

The prosecutor in South Africa, had no idea what awaited him when two men, who pretended to be police officers, called him one morning.

The caller asked him to meet them in the Mofolo Village, in Soweto, to sign documents for bail. As he drove there, the man called again suggesting that they meet in the Protea Magistrate's Court. The unsuspecting prosecutor agreed.

When he reached the courthouse, the two thugs, who are said to be 29 or 30 years old, kidnapped him. They tied him up and drove him to the Mofolo Village.

There they beat him up, and later dumped him in a field while he was still tied up.

A police patrol unit found the prosecutor bleeding and called an ambulance. He was airlifted to Milpark Hospital in Parktown West, Johannesburg.

Police began a search for the suspects. Hours later, the two were found driving the prosecutor’s car. Captain Mpande Khoza of Moroka Police, confirmed that the two thugs were arrested.

The two men were charged with kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Groom arrested after poisoning drinks at his own wedding

Drinks illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A groom and another man were arrested after poisoning the drinks at their own wedding, police in Nigeria said.

Kano State Police said that they arrested the two in connection with the deaths of six young people on Tuesday.

As we reported earlier this week, police have launched an investigation after at least six people died several hours after attending a wedding, police in Nigeria said. Kano State Police said that six people, aged between 20 and 22, died after allegedly consuming a local drink called Zakami at the wedding reception, which was held in Unguwa Uku.

A witness who was at the wedding, said that the incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The victims, all male, drank the substance at the party.

Woman, 27, and her baby found decomposed on her bed after laying dead for 3 weeks

Bed illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A young mother and her child were found dead on a bed in their home by police, a court in the United Kingdom has heard.

The Troedyrhiw, south Wales, mother and daughter lay dead in the house about three weeks before their bodies were discovered.

Joanne Thomas was found in her bed along with her four-month-old daughter Harper. The 27-year-old had not been seen for several weeks and concerned neighbors called the police after seeing her clothes hanging outside.

The bodies were so badly decomposed they could only be identified using dental records and DNA tests. An investigation uncovered that a social worker went to the house three times, but no one answered the door.

Detectives found that the front door of the house had been unlocked. Police ruled out foul play. The Medical Examiner could not pinpoint the exact cause of death.

Thomas recently ended an abusive relationship. She had also moved to the two bedroom house, which is located on Church Street. Social services became concerned when Thomas did not take Harper for her injections.

Neighbors said they became concerned after seeing that Thomas' clothes had been on the line for several weeks. Police were called when a Church Street resident looked into the window of the home and saw a gruesome scene in the master bedroom.

Woman arrested after she was seen on video pooping in courthouse elevator

Patricia Ann Jamison 
By: Hydar Tomar

A woman was arrested and charged with endangering the public’s health after she was seen on video pooping in a courthouse elevator, police in Florida said.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said that 49-year-old Patricia Ann Jamison, was seen pooping in the County Court of St. Lucie elevator in downtown Fort Pierce.

The case against Jamison of Lake Worth, came about after the court security staff noticed what seemed to be human feces in the corner of the elevator near the buttons.

A deputy reviewed the security camera video to see the last person in the elevator. The deputy saw Jamison pulling her pants down and maneuvering like someone going to the bathroom.

When the elevator reached the first floor, Jamison was seen on video fixing her pants. Jamison was arrested on a charge of health safety nuisance.

Woman decorates dog poo with strawberries and whip cream

Strawberries and whip cream illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A woman said that in order to bring attention to the issue of dog poo on the streets she began decorating the fecal matter with strawberries and whip cream.

By decorating the poo, dog owners will have no choice but to clean up after their dogs, the woman claims.

Theresa Ritchie of the United Kingdom, also carries Nutella in her handbag to spread on the dog feces on her way to work. Ritchie hopes her decorative technique will make the owners of the dogs in Peterhead, aware that someone is watching them.

Ritchie is a member of the Pick Up Peterhead organization. “People in Peterhead are regularly stepping into dog mess on the pavements. I wanted to highlight the problem in a fun way. It shows people are watching dog owners, who do not bother to clean up after their pets,” Ritchie said.

“Poop sometimes lay in the streets for eight weeks," she added.

Naked man seen on video breaking into several homes

Ashdon Gibbs 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with burglary after being seen on video breaking into several homes, police in Georgia said.

Johns Creek Police said that they have detained the man accused of a wild and crazy crime spree that included breaking into homes while wearing nothing but a cowboy hat.

Ashdon Gibbs, 21, was arrested on Monday, and is being charged with two counts of theft, burglary, impersonating a police officer and indecent exposure. Investigators said that the crime spree began when Gibbs stole a car on Monday morning. His adventures just got weirder from there.

One of the houses Gibbs broke into belongs to Councilwoman Cori Davenport. “He was completely naked and wore a cowboy hat,” she said.

Her daughter was the first to see the suspect. At the other houses, Gibbs stole beer, ate meals and watched baseball games, according to police. When Gibbs was arrested at the home of Katy Johnson, he told officers that his parents were the Johsnons.

Gibbs told detectives that he is a U.S. Marshal.




Man rapes lesbian woman because he wanted to turn her straight

Lesbians illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man told police that he raped a lesbian woman because he wanted to cure her, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the 50-year-old man is facing trial for raping the lesbian woman.

Ronald Paton hurled homophobic slurs against the 63-year-old woman before trying to forcibly have sex with her. He dislocated her hip in the process, the Crown Court of Gloucester was told.

Paton denies the charges. According to the police investigation, Paton knocked on the victim’s door, invited himself for a drink at her home and sexually attacked her for 20 minutes.

Prosecutors told the court that Paton believes that if a gay people have sex with a member of the opposite sex they will be cured. The 63-year-old woman, who was previously married and has four children, told the court that she was having a garden party with her gay friends when the defendant came over and started shouting homophobic comments.

At night, he came over to the house where he began drinking. At some point, he pulled off her bra and pants. Paton sexually assaulted her before she ran into the bathroom and locked the door.

Woman burns down restaurant because she was refused kebabs

Zorbas 
By: Aarav Sen

A woman who became very angry at a restaurant establishment, decided to burn it to the ground, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

According to police, the woman was shouting “I want my chips” as she set fire to the restaurant moments after closing time.

The woman has now been jailed for two years. The incident happened when Danielle Miles, 26, called Zorbas to prepare her a meal, and said that she was going to pick up her order at 10:00 p.m.

Instead of coming at 10:00 p.m., she arrived just after 11:15 p.m., minutes after closing time. She stood outside screaming “I want my chips,” before threatening to burn down the place.

She then pushed a burning paper into the mailbox. Miles of Saxmundham, admitted to a charge of arson and being reckless.

Miles said that she had been taking medication for depression at the time of the incident.